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Event Honoring Veterans and First Responders Attracts Overflow Crowd to the Berger Center nMichael Connolly

Persistent rain could not dampen the enthusiastic turnout of Oakmont residents at the Berger Center on Friday, November 10 to honor our veterans and the emergency first responders who contributed to the safety and wellbeing of Oakmonters and the protection of the community. Co-sponsored by the Oakmont Kiwanis Club, OVA and Oakmont Gardens, the event was introduced by Kiwanis President Charlie Ensley with a flag ceremony performed by the Boy Scout Troop 55 of Santa Rosa and the Pledge of Allegiance.

As she opened the November 21 board meeting, Board President Gloria Young expressed the board’s gratitude to all who assisted in organizing the very successful and moving Veterans Day/First Responders appreciation event held at the Berger Center on November 10. In particular, she thanked Pat Amedeo, Charlie Ensley, Ann and Jay Cobb, and board liaison Karen Oswald. She also thanked Oakmont Market for donating many of the lunches handed out at the event.

Supervisor Susan Gorin speaks at Nov. 10 event.

See event honors on page 6

Boy Scout Troop 55 of Santa Rosa performed flag ceremony.

OVA Board Workshop on Emergency Preparedness nStaff Report

City Council members Chris Rogers, John Sawyer, and Jack Tibbets with former Santa Rosa mayor Jane Bender.

Sparsely Attended Board Meeting Two Days Before Thanksgiving nMichael Connolly

Photos by Julie Kiil.

Cal Fire heavy equipment near Berger Center.

December 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 23

The Board of Directors’ first Emergency Preparedness Workshop took place on November 14 in the Berger Center and was well attended. Director Lynda Oneto organized the workshop and served as chair. In her opening remarks she said that this would be the first of many workshops on this subject and would focus on what was done right in the recent emergency and what can be done better moving forward. Oneto continued: “The wildfire we experienced was unprecedented. A firefighter called it ‘the perfect storm’ with multiple out of control fires surrounding us which began during the night. We experienced loss of power, internet service, landline and cell service. The City and County services were completely overwhelmed.” OVA President, Gloria Young, emphasized that Oakmont relies on the city and county for disaster information and services. We are different from Oakmont Gardens and Varenna, who have paid staff to fulfill emergency situations for their residents. This

Young then informed the community that the conditional use permit for conversion of two ERC tennis courts to six pickleball courts was filed with the City of Santa Rosa on November 13. She thanked Director Greg Goodwin and resident/technical See board meeting on page 5

Sunday Symposium: “The Fire and the Future” nDon McPherson

“We are now showing the potential of our community... can you imagine, if we kept this up moving into the future, what we can accomplish?” Santa Rosa City Council Member Tom Schwedhelm asked a capacity crowd at the Oakmont Sunday Symposium November 12.


Schwedhelm has spent his entire career with the city, including 31 years with the Santa Rosa Police Department. He retired in 2014 after a nearly fiveyear stint as Chief of Police. He was elected to City Council in 2014 and served a term as Vice Mayor in 2015. See sunday symposium on page 7


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Although our October fundraising event was unfortunately cancelled due to the evacuation from the fires, Oakmont Gardens is taking part in the Holiday Gift Basket program this year to help OVH fund the gift baskets. If you wish to donate, drop off your checks (payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers) to The Gardens anytime between now and December 15th. Donations will support the delivery of holiday merriment to selected Oakmont residents with a cheerful gift basket.

The Basket Delivery will take place on Wednesday December 13th at 1:30pm Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, a 501(c)(3), has provided free transportation for 30 years. They donate their time, cars, and gas to transport Oakmont residents unable to drive themselves to medical and dental appointments as well as Safeway on Calistoga. Their efforts serve an important need in Oakmont

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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 1:30 PM Conf. Rm. 1st and 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 9–11 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 2nd Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Mgrs. Conf. Rm. 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Wed. (June)

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A quorum of OVA Board of Directors may be present at these meetings. *It is sometimes necessary to change meeting locations and/or dates and times. Please check the Rec. Center bulletin boards for written notice of change or call the OVA office prior to scheduled meetings for confirmation.

Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Conf. Rm. is in the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A Mgrs. Conf. Rm. is in the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A

Reminder: Locker Rental Fee For 2018 Due January 2 Locker rental fees are $30 per year. Please send your $30 fee to the OVA Office by January 2, 2018. Please let us know if you no longer use your assigned locker. If dues are not received by February 16, 2018, we will assume you are releasing the locker and contents will be removed. Make checks payable to OVA. Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Facility: Central___ East ___ West ___ Locker #: __________ Amount enclosed: $__________

Moving and Heroic Stories To Be Told In Future Issue The Oakmont News is planning a segment in a future issue commemorating our extraordinary experiences during the fire and evacuation. We are asking residents to submit written accounts of their experiences during the firestorm, including your

interactions with your neighbors, first responders and firefighters. There are many moving and heroic stories to be told and they should be combined in a way that all of Oakmont can share. Please submit your photos and stories of any length to

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A new committee has been formed to work on Oakmont Village Association’s Reserve Fund to help facilitate a comprehensive and annual update of OVA’s facilities and assets, a requirement of California Civil Code sections 5550-5580. By law, every three years an on-site visual inspection of OVA facilities is conducted. The next such visual inspection occurs in 2018 and forms the basis of the Reserve Study, which is then updated over the succeeding two years between visual inspections. An accurate and complete reserve study is critical to producing a stable and proactive annual funding plan for the association which will serve to offset our long-term and often costly expenditures. It also protects and enhances the investment that each owner has made in buying property in Oakmont. It does this by making sure that funds are available to replace worn out components on a timely basis while avoiding deferred maintenance or the need for special assessments and unexpected dues increases. If you are interested in being part of this committee, please email your CV to AssetProtectionCommittee@

Letters to the Editor

The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page. Dear Editor: We have just had a Thanksgiving with more meaning than we ever thought possible. Thousands of people in Sonoma County have now begun the difficult task of finding safe places to stay while they rebuild their lives in the aftermath of the wildfires, and many Oakmonters are seeking ways to help those who have lost the solace, comfort, and memories of their homes. For those in Oakmont who have a rental home, or extra room available please contact me, and I will connect them with the proper agencies and non-profits to assist with this. Respectfully, Claudette Brero-Gow, a Proud Oakmonter

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adviser Herb Bieser for their efforts in compiling Committee, made a motion to appoint Donald the information included with the permit application McPherson and Michael Connolly as members of the and submitting it to the city. committee. The motion passed unanimously. Director Heyman then made a motion to approve In concluding her announcements, she said that a Social Media Policy for the Communications interviews have been scheduled in the last week of Committee. The policy was proposed to him by CC November with four of the top candidates for the Chair James Foreman in the interest of establishing general manager position. The board is hopeful that guidelines for utilizing Facebook, NextDoor and a permanent general manager will be in place in other similar media in much the same way as January. the Santa Rosa Press Democrat and city agencies Appointments to the Nominating Committee use social media to disseminate information to for next year’s board election were announced. On the public. Such information could include OVA a motion by President Young, Ruthie Snyder was announcements, community events, meetings and nominated as chair with David Dearden, Bern Lefson, other similar information. With two edits made Ed Sutter and Tony Lachowicz nominated as members to the wording of the policy it was approved of the committee. Bob Dodd was nominated as an unanimously. alternate in the event one of the others is unavailable The final action items to serve. The motion passed on the agenda involved on a vote of 6-1, with Director Oakmont Enhances the Asset Protection Kathleen Connelly voting no. Its Digital and Social Committee Charter Philip Herzog, chair of Media Presence approval and committee the Election Rules Review nStaff Writer member appointments. Committee, provided an update Director Lynda Oneto At their November 21 Open Meeting, on the draft election rules. The made a motion to approve the Board of Directors voted unanimously committee has been meeting the proposed charter. to adopt a Social Media Policy, leading the almost weekly for several There followed a lengthy way for the association to join and utilize months and hopes to have a discussion, with President social media. With her yes vote, President final draft ready for a board vote Young and Treasurer Rob Gloria Young stated, “The Oakmont Village before the end of the year. Most Lenahan voicing their Association recognizes the importance of the discussion involved the opposition to the wording in connecting with residents and visitors updated rules for vote counting through a variety of digital platforms.” OVA of the proposed charter and recount procedures. A new and also maintaining that currently utilizes electronic newsletters, its provision in the proposed rules it should wait until the website and video channels to connect with allows for an automatic recount new general manager is in our community. of a close election on the same place. OVA and its Communications Committee day as initial vote counting. Director Oneto and understands that the most engaging and There was also some discussion other directors made the easily accessible of communication methods about using an outside vote point that the association’s are the ever-evolving social media platforms counting vendor for next year’s Reserve Study (on which such as Facebook, Nextdoor, YouTube and election. On motion, the draft annual budgets and dues Vimeo to provide concise information when was approved unanimously. assessments are largely and where they are sought. These platforms The rules will likely be approved based) has contained will be used for OVA notifications, to share at the December board meeting. inaccurate information breaking news, promote community based A proposed Ethics Policy for several years and that activities, and share valuable information on for Directors and Committee this committee will act as association services. Members was discussed by an oversight committee The newly formed Communications the board. The primary area reporting to the board Committee is seeking members for its of discussion was in regards as the Reserve Study is Social Media sub-committee, tasked with to conflicts of interest and updated annually. monitoring all posts and social media abstaining from voting on The matter was tabled content. Committee members will be matters when one exists. to allow for revisions to responsible to post Oakmont News items The policy was approved the charter language and as well as OVA Announcements and unanimously. Director Karen will be taken up at the Notifications as directed by the Editorial Oswald offered to arrange December board meeting. Team. To become part of Oakmont’s a workshop for committee The video of the expanding digital presence, contact James members to clarify the policy November 21 board meeting Foreman, Chair of the Communications and its implementation. can be viewed at www. Committee: Director Ken Heyman, liaison to the Communications

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means that every Oakmont resident is responsible for themselves during any emergency. What Oakmont does have, however, is a dedicated group of volunteers who have organized to assist in an emergency. This is not mandatory. The way Oakmont’s volunteer system works was clarified at the meeting by the leaders of the two volunteer entities, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) and Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE). OEPC provides radio communications to COPE. COPE oversees 236 neighborhood groups throughout Oakmont and COPE leaders are assigned households to inform in the event of an emergency. In order for Oakmont’s volunteer emergency system to be successful we need more volunteers, as COPE is in need of approximately 68 more team leaders to cover the neighborhoods which have none. According to COPE Director Sue Hattendorf, “the primary purpose of COPE is to build neighborhood families” as “in a community such as Oakmont, in an emergency your neighbors are your closest family.” She also covered some evacuation preparations that can be set up in advance. One of these is a “Go Bag” with essential items one would need in an evacuation. Such a bag can be prepared by making a lists of “required” and “preferred” items in each room of your house. In a rapid evacuation, the “required” items can be ready and in a slower evacuation one can add the “preferred items.” OEPC has been in existence for over 30 years in one form or another. It is responsible for providing information to the OVA Board related to emergency preparedness and response, to assist with Oakmont resident education on emergency preparedness, and to provide emergency communications to support Oakmont residents when the 911 system is down. Please consider volunteering to be a COPE leader. Contact Sue Hattendorf at 539-2543. To volunteer for the communications team (OEPC), contact Pat Barclay at 537-0909. Dana Nussbaum, Ph.D., a mental health professional with a background in disaster mental health, discussed some difficulties residents may be having post disaster and offered suggestions for coping. In the open forum segment, there were very good suggestions offered by residents that will be considered by the board. It is the board’s stated desire to work with our volunteer emergency groups to assist with their success. One resident stated that she was never contacted by her COPE leader before or since the fire and evacuation. Several speakers raised the issue of the difficulties encountered in alerting those with hearing issues. Installation of a siren system or use of air horns were proposed by many residents. Difficulty in raising garage doors during power outages was also discussed. OEPC Director Pat Barclay pointed out that, due to the historic and unprecedented nature of the recent emergency, many things did not go as planned. He mentioned a discussion he had with a firefighter with 30 years of experience working wildfires who said that he had never seen anything like this. This does not excuse breakdowns in the system but does offer lessons for future planning. The video of the November 14 workshop can be viewed at

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Grand Marshal, Captain Earl O’Grady of the Army Air Corp, was introduced by Jay Cobb and gave a lighthearted and humorous speech, while also acknowledging the many veterans present in the room. Cobb continued the program by introducing Honorary and past Grand Marshals, Rear Admiral Mac McHenry, Corporal Bob Reed, Lt. Col. Margaret Lee Marabito, Major Del Teideman, Captain Jerry Foster, M.D. and Captain Pete Folkens. Veterans from all branches of the armed services were then asked to stand as groups in succession and received spirited applause from the audience. Mr. Cobb concluded his remarks by noting that this was the 13th annual Veterans Day celebration in Oakmont. In so doing, he acknowledged the late Captain Mel Ruiz for starting the annual tribute to veterans. His widow Kathy was in attendance and was asked to stand, with appreciation expressed in applause. OVA Board President Gloria Young gave an emotional and heartwarming speech in thanking and listing all the various groups of first responders by name. In addition, she recognized all who supported them, both government officials and private citizens. And she warmly acknowledged Barry Lloyd, the Helicopter Program Manager for Cal Fire, and invited him to say a few words. Cal Fire, he noted, has the largest free-standing aerial firefighting force in the world, comprising 52 dedicated aircraft and over 160 aviation professionals. In addition, over 70 helicopters were brought in to fight these fires from as far away as Colorado and Montana, many flown by active duty and military veteran pilots. He also mentioned that 8,500 people in Cal Fire worked on the fires. In concluding her remarks, Young said, “We express our love and our deepest gratitude to all those who rise to the call of heroism.” Event organizer Pat Amadeo said her efforts and those of her team were “a labor of love.” She then introduced Supervisor Susan Gorin, who lost her Oakmont home in the fire. In spite of her loss, she graciously addressed her thanks to all the firefighters and first responders for their “stellar” and “incredible” efforts. To her husband she has said, “Honey, just pretend we are newlyweds, we’re starting over.” She added that they have decided to rebuild on their lot and were even meeting with an architect that very afternoon. As of press time, $107,613.00 has been donated to the Wildfire Relief Fund for victims of the firestorm, coordinated by the Oakmont Community Foundation. Donations were accepted through Monday, November 27. Thank you to all contributors.

Barry Lloyd, Aviation Management Cal Fire, with event coordinator Pat Amedeo.

Jay/Anne Cobb with Fire Chief Bellach and team of Cal Fire and First Responders.

City Council Members Jack Tibbits, left, and Chris Rogers with Gloria Young and Pat Amedeo.

Acknowledgements and Special Thanks

Judy Walker’s young grandson, Alex Martikan, donated the $40 he received for his birthday to the fire relief fund. Alex reportedly said words to the effect, “I have enough toys. I want my birthday money to help those who have lost everything.” The Oakmont Current Events group donated $2,000. Tina Lewis says that they cancelled their Christmas party, as all their members wanted to donate the group’s funds to the RCU drive. Susan Chauncy almost single handedly invited most of the first responders who attended and made special arrangements for those who brought vehicles. Kiwanis: Charley Ensley; Jay and Anne Cobb. Oakmont Community Foundation: Pat Amedeo, Sue Millar, Nancy Giddings and Marnie McCarthy. Oakmont Gardens: John Gilfillan. OVA Staff: Rick Aubert, Colin Hannigan, Ofelia Roman, Anita Roraus and Cathy Daughtery. Oakmont Community and Board: Wally Schilpp and Jane Bender; Paula Lewis, Century 21; Gloria Young, Oakmont Board President; Kathleen Connelly, Oakmont Board Member; Karen Oswald, Oakmont Board Member.

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Cal Fire Team with heavy duty bulldozer that helped save Oakmont.

Firefighters and First Responders honored at November 10 event.


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His presentation provided an overview of the problems facing Santa Rosa before—“Saturday Problems”—and after the devastating fires that began on Sunday night, October 8–9. He also gave a comprehensive report on the city’s organized response to date and its recovery and development efforts going forward. City Council’s declared top action and planning priorities have all been set back by the fires: reducing homelessness, increasing and attracting housing, addressing rent stabilization, addressing infrastructure and deferred maintenance and pursuing business and employment opportunities with medical marijuana and the cannabis industry. In addition, unrelated to the fires but arising unexpectedly as a priority in the same time frame, the City has been obligated by legal challenges under the California Voting Rights Act immediately to plan for and implement District elections, a daunting demographic and political challenge. The fires covered 173 square miles, destroyed nearly 7,000 structures including 5% of the housing stock in Santa Rosa, displaced over 100,000 people and caused an initial $3 billion loss. But Schwedhelm pointed out that as significant as those figures are, they understate substantially the ongoing loss as recovery efforts proceed over the next several years. For example, approximately half of the general fund revenue of the city and county comes from property tax and sales tax. With rebuilding and redevelopment efforts necessarily extending years into the future, destroyed property will not produce the tax revenue it did immediately before the fires. Similarly, an exodus of population in the near term will strain sales taxes as a revenue source. In addition, lost businesses affect not only the owners but also their suppliers and all those employees who were on the payroll. He urged deliberate decisions by citizens to “buy local” rather than elsewhere or on-line and to “eat local” when dining out to keep existing businesses operating and ameliorate significant revenue losses. Schwedhelm explained how City Council’s creation of a “Resilient City Combining District” overlay for the neighborhoods most seriously affected has waived fees and streamlined demolition

operations, construction permitting, and allowance for many types of temporary housing including trailers, RVs, manufactured homes and tiny homes. He encouraged the public to use three websites that have been established to assist in recovery:;; and Schwedhelm praised the resolve of City Council, whose representatives consistently have voted 7-0 on recovery issues. In addition, he praised an unprecedented level of City-County cooperation through the creation and empowerment of joint Recovery Task Forces addressing Debris, Housing, Schools, Watershed and Economic Development. The city is exploring a variety of creative ideas for accelerating recovery and for development. Schwedhelm said that instead of devoting federal resources to large numbers of temporary trailers, efforts have been made to focus on the building up of hotels to house displaced citizens so that the end result will be a collection of community assets. Similarly, efforts have been made to direct available federal housing assistance funds to direct long term leasing of entire newly constructed housing developments to expedite their completion. He also illustrated a variety of current and potential opportunities, including many directly related to the advent of operational SMART transit in the city, to develop the downtown core, where the value of newly developed and redeveloped properties would provide “the biggest bang for the buck” in ameliorating revenue loss due to the fires. Schwedhelm noted that many areas of response to the fires will require more time and extensive community discussion, including ongoing investigation of the causes, evaluation of existing alert systems and procedures, and the utility of potential new alert systems such as sirens. He emphasized that for hypothetical future emergencies, however, nothing can substitute for the exercise of individual responsibility to develop specific personal household response plans. Schwedhelm closed his presentation with a plea for citizens to participate actively as a community in promoting creative opportunities for recovery and development rather than being consumed, no matter how understandably, by the urge to criticize.

Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson

Annual Art Show Rescheduled

The 2017 Annual Art Show in the Berger was cancelled due to the fires, but we have rescheduled it for February 1, 2 and 3, 2018, in the Berger. We will contact those who had entered for the October show, and possibly extend the deadline for more submissions as we go forward. More on this later, when we sort it all out. But keep the dates on your calendars.

Art Journaling Workshop and Demonstration

MaryKate Fleming is a watercolor and mixed media artist who enjoys sharing her art and inspiration with others. She works individually with class members to help them find their inspiration and strengths, and to grow their self-confidence in this art. MaryKate will give a demo at the East Rec. Center on Friday, January 12 at 6:30 p.m. and teach a two-day workshop that will be held on Saturday and Sunday, January 20 and 21, starting at 9:30 a.m. each day. You can see her work at Contact Dan Fishman for more workshop details and to register for the workshop at

Lian Zhen Workshop

Lian Zhen has scheduled a workshop in Oakmont for September 16, 17 and 18, 2018. Lian did a demo painting and workshop in September this year that was fully subscribed, and we expect that this new workshop will also be fully attended. If you are interested, contact Dan Fishman at dfishman@pacbell. net to reserve a place.

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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club

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On Friday, November 10 at 6:30 p.m., a community Town Hall Meeting was held at the East Recreation Center in order to discuss the “Economic Benefits of the Oakmont Golf Courses to the Community of Oakmont.” The meeting was attended by about 70 people including OVA Board members Carolyn Bettencourt, Greg Goodwin, Key Heyman and Lynda Oneto, and OGC Board members Barbara Robinson (President), Rick Warfel (presenter), Neil Huber, Pete Waller, and Tony D’Agosta. The following is a summary of key points: 1. With the worst wildfires in California history just concluded, the golf courses served as effective fire breaks, and provided strategic defensible space for the community. At the peak of the fires, Oakmont was protected by about 11,000 firemen, 70 helicopters and 7 aerial tankers. 2. Oakmont is an Active-Adult Community and the golf club is the key amenity that creates and reinforces this image. All residents of Oakmont benefit from living in a golf course community and there is a price premium for living at Oakmont. 3. With 60 inches of rain last winter, it is clear that the extensive golf course waterway system provided effective flood control for the entire community. 4. The OGC maintains 250 acres of scenic open space areas and supports abundant wildlife including deer, ducks, geese, rabbits, otters, egret and turkeys. Surveys indicate that scenic open space areas are typically one of the most highly valued amenities sought by homeowners. 5. The golf club serves as a social center for the community and hosts many dinners, shows, concerts, banquets, and weddings throughout the year. 6. The golf club provides many benefits to the community-at-large: a. Two-thirds of golf play is from the general public. b. The club enthusiastically supports junior golf, summer golf camps, and high school and college teams. c. The club hosts many large charity fund-raising events. d. The club paid $80,000 in property taxes last year. e. The club is hosting several fund-raising drives for First Responders. 7. The golf courses significantly impact property values within the Oakmont community. Assuming 500 golf course homes and an average golf course view premium of $70,000, and 2,700 non-golf course view homes and an average premium of $25,000, the impact of the golf courses on the Oakmont community is estimated at over $100 million. 8. In conclusion, the OGC is supported by only 323 members, yet serves over 4,700 residents with economic benefits estimated at well over $100 million. Representing less than one percent of the Oakmont community population, the OGC seeks financial support from the entire community. Following the presentation, questions and comments were presented for a variety of issues including: 1. How are the courses marketed? 2. What is being done to increase rounds of play? 3. If an agreement were structured with the OVA, how would that work? 4. What level of funding does the OGC seek? These and other issues will be addressed at the next Town Hall Meeting planned for February, 2018.


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

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On behalf of the Oakmont Women Niners, Joanne Finnerty, Captain and Barbara Robinson, Treasurer donated $300 to the North Bay Relief Fund through the Redwood Credit Union and the Press Democrat.

ECLECTIC RESULTS: OCTOBER 4 26 players, East Front

First flight: first tie, Sheila Sada, Elisabeth LaPointe; third tie, Linda Yates, Elaine Foote, Barbara Robinson; sixth, Maria Mar; seventh, Ada Branstetter. Second flight: first, Tammy Siela; second, Debbie Warfel; third, Marie Crimaldi; fourth, Roberta Lommori; fifth, Henni Williston. Third flight: first tie, Joan Eiserloh, Audrey Engen; third, Barbara Bowman; fourth, Barbara James; fifth tie, Nancy Young, Sarah Wood; seventh tie, Joan McDonnell, Jeanine Haggerty. Tammy Siela had low net score of 20 in second flight. Congratulations to all the winners!


First flight: first, Elisabeth LaPointe; second, Betty Van Voorhis; third, Ellie Baciocco. Second flight: first tie, Roberta Lommori, Henni Williston; third, Marie Crimaldi. Third flight: first, Joan McDonnell; second tie, Joan Eiserloh, Audrey Engen. Hope to see you all at the Holiday Luncheon on Thursday, December 14. Sign up at the East Pro Shop. Deadline is December 7. Rain, rain, go away, come again another day. Except Thursday!

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First flight (11.8–18.5): first, Bill Hainke, Bob Peterson, Tony Hughes, Frank Zelco, 165; second, Lou Lari, Charlie Huff, John Cook, Rusty Sims, 163. Second flight (19.5+): first, Bill Wellman, John Garcia, Rodi Martinelli, Blind Draw, 164; second, Bob Ayers, Dave Goulson, Ted Mokricky, Ray Pierce, 152. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP <20): #8—Randy Kephart, 8’7”; #13—Steve Spanier, 16’7”; #16—Gary Smith, 2’4”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20+): #8—Bob Siela, 14’6”; #13—Wally Juchert, 16’9”; #16—Dennis DeSousa, 17’4”.


First, Jack Haggerty/Bob Willkinson, 53; second, David Beach/Ross Worboys, 56; third tie, Bob Ure/ Dick Thayer, Tony D’Agosta/Neil Huber and Dan Levin/John Munkacsy, 58. Closest-to-the-pins: #8 HCP 0–24, Bob Ure, 8’5; #16 HCP 25-up, Dick Thayer, 30’9.”


First flight (3.6–7.2): first, Rick Warfel and Paul Phillips, 64.9; second, Andy Frauenhofer and Gary Smith, 65.2; third, John Weston and Bucky Peterson, 65.4. Second flight (7.4+): first, Larry Frediani and John Garcia, 68.4; second, Lew Gross and Bob Thompson, 72.2; third, John Williston and Wally Juchert, 73.4. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP <20): #8—Bill Hainke, 10’7”; #13—John Williston, 17’0”; #16—Danny Morgan, 20’2.” Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20+): #8—Lew Gross, 45’0”; #13—Dennis DeSousa, 36’7”; #16—John Garcia, 21’4”; #5—no one hit green.


First, Dick Thayer, 29.5; second, Tom Finnerty, 30; third, Neil Huber, 32.5; fourth, Dick Kaiser, 33.5; fifth, Jack Haggerty, 34.5. Closest-to-the-pins: #8 (0–24)—Noel Schween, 26’0”; #8 (25+)—David Beach, 16’6”.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nDebbie Warfel

We had our fun and festive joint OWGS and TOWGC Halloween Tournament and Luncheon on October 31. There was a two best ball foursome format with a shotgun start and a luncheon and prizes to follow. We had two flights with first, second and third place prizes for each flight. One of the flight winners were: Linda Barr, Penny Wright, KC Cote and Leslie Wiener. The decorations were creative and dramatic—thank you Kim Agrella! Also, many thanks to Mary Jobson for all her efforts to organize and run a wonderful tournament. Lastly, thank you to all the golfers for their unique and clever costumes.


Sweeps results for Nov. 7, East Course: Kathy Mokricky was low gross winner of the field of 24 players. First flight: first, Kathy Faherty; second tie, Kim Agrella and Charlene Buchold; fourth, Kathy Mockricky. Second flight: first, Joan DiMaggio; second, Linda Yates; third, Michele Yturralde, fourth tie, Laurie Vree and Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Patti Schweizer; second tie, Christy Rexford and Tammy Siela; fourth, Vanita Collins. No sweeps on Nov. 14.


Sweeps results for Nov. 2: Penny Wright was low gross winner of the field of 18 players. First flight: first, Penny Wright; second, Kathy Faherty; third, Kathy Mockricky; fourth, Joan Seliga. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Christy Rexford; third, Leslie Wiener; fourth, KC Cote; fifth tie, Laurie Vree and Yoshi Smith. No sweeps on Nov. 9. News and upcoming dates: I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday with family and/ or friends. We certainly had so much to be thankful for with our homes and community. In December we will have Open Play every Tuesday and Thursday. Our joint Holiday Luncheon and general meeting will be Thursday, Dec. 7. A Save the Date reminder is posted in our West Club Room and a sign-up will be posted soon. Maureen McGettigan, Kathy Faherty, Eileen Beltrano and Betty VanVoiris.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine, Captain

Left to right: Patti Schweizer, Christy Rexford, Patty Buchholz and Vanita Collins.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Twenty-three players participated in the second round of the Fall Eclectic play on November 6. Note: Eclectic play where the best score on each individual hole is counted over four rounds of play. The third round will be on November 20 and the final round on December 11. Joe DiBenedetto and Keith Wise tied for lowest individual low net with 31, followed by Al Bentham and John Derby at 32. Also tying were John Munkascy and Charlie Perotti netting 32.5’s. Ron Bickert was closest-to-the-pin on #8 at 19’7½”. November 13 was a cool, damp morning that attracted 10 hearty golfing souls who participated in a Stableford game where highest points win based on point formula (bogey=1, par=2, birdie=3, eagle=4) which was won by Tom Tremont, 20; followed by John Derby, 17; Jim Beach, 16; Keith Wise, 15; and Gary Stone, 14. Member registration for 2018 is due now. Returning members please return your updated forms and $20 annual fee by today (December 1). New members are encouraged to join the Monday Men’s Niners. We have scheduled weekly Monday morning rounds on the front nine of the East Course and have a lot of fun at it!

nRay Haverson

sha-boom events club is proud to present New year’s eve party at the berger center featuring mr. Charley baker & co.

Happy holidays to all. Come join us for a dinner/ dance party you won’t soon forget! WHAT: New Years Eve Dinner/Dance. This is a BYOB party. We will supply the mixers, ice, lemon water and coffee. WHEN: December 31 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7p.m., music from 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. MUSIC: By Mr. Charley Baker and Company COST: Only $65 for members, member’s guest $70, non-members $75. The best deal is $77 that includes one-year membership and the New Year’s Eve Party. Please include your name, address, phone number and your e-mail address with your new membership application. Menu is as follows: Prime Rib carving station, Chicken Chardonnay, oven roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, mixed green salad with candied walnuts and dried cranberries and vinaigrette, Hawaiian rolls and sweet butter. Please note: we will have vegetable stuffed squash available for our vegan and vegetarian guests, however, you must let me know with your payment. Otherwise we may not have enough available as this is special order item only. Dessert: chocolate mousse cake and assorted cheesecake. Hats, noise makers and a lot of fun also available, so do not miss out! Call me at 539-6666 or email haversonr@comcast. net. See you all on New Year’s Eve!

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The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore

The presentation will be on a large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. Join us in a very personal examination of the Old Testament story of Esther as Beth peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story is to our lives today. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author.  She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! We have discussion time to share and fellowship with one another. 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 for additional information.  DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Winter 2018 Class Preview Wednesday, December 13 Berger Center, 3:00 PM Adventures in English

Mondays, January 8 – February 12 (No class on Monday, January 15 — rescheduled for Monday, February 19) 3 – 5 p.m., Berger Center Over the past 1,600 years, the English language has undergone a remarkable transformation. Today English is the most widely spoken language in the world. The story of its evolution is a fascinating one that is full of surprising turns, and it’s not over yet. This course will trace the long trip — through a series of historical, cultural and international adventures — that has brought us to the English we speak today. Marie T. Huhtala, M.A., a native of California, earned her B.A. (French) from Santa Clara University; M.A. (Linguistics) at George Mason University; M.A. (Political Science) from Laval University. In 1972, she entered the U.S. Foreign Service and remained for the next three decades. Immediately after the events of 9/11, she was the U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia.

Hitchcock’s Women

Wednesdays, January 10 – February 14 2– 4:45 p.m., Berger Center Alfred Hitchcock, the director known as the “Master of Suspense,” has been criticized for decades about the ways his movies portray women. In this course, we’ll trace the development of the main female characters in six of his important films, starting with his work in England in the silent era when his fascination with the “cool blonde” began, and continuing through his early career in the U.S. and the later Hollywood masterpieces. Barbara Spear, M.A. has watched and loved movies all her life. She has taught courses for OLLI that concentrate on the classic Hollywood cinema, as well as general film courses at Sonoma State University and Napa Valley College. Her special area of interest is the narrative strategies of classic films, with an emphasis on the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

Planets Around Other Stars

Thursdays, January 11 – February 15 3–5 p.m., East Rec. Center Our galaxy likely contains over 100 billion planets, with 9 billion being Earth-sized or smaller. These discoveries have catalyzed new models of solar system formation and new insights into the stability and longevity of solar systems. This course will survey what we currently know about exoplanets, including: their types, how they form, how we detect them, which ones are Earth-like and possibly habitable, and what the histories of Earth, Mars and Venus tell us about possible Earth-like exoplanets. Warren Wiscombe, Ph.D. has done research in the climate science field since its birth in the early 1970s. He turned his focus to exoplanets in his final two years at NASA before retiring from there in 2013 after a 30-year career. He has taught climate and atmospheric science at New York University and University of Maryland.

For more information or to register visit: http://WWW.SONOMA.EDU/EXED/OLLI


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


Novice Singles began November 1 with over dozen players. In the finals, defending champion Jim Kraus defeated challenger Jeana Garcia by two points. It was a very entertaining and well played match but unfortunately in front of only three spectators.

November 2 was this year’s annual meeting and we had a good turnout. There was a slate of candidates for all offices, and only one position where there was a contest: open seat on the board of directors. Jeana Garcia, Bonnie Johnston and Jim Kraus were nominated but withdrew in favor of the other two. When the votes were counted, Jeana was elected. All other officers and board members continue in their position. We saw a lot of new faces, many of which were novices. It’s good to have them. Our membership is growing! Speaking of membership, the renewal period starts January 1, 2018. The deadline for renewals is February 1. You can still renew after that date but your name and address, etc., probably won’t get into the Green Book. There are renewal forms in the bowls room and in the OLBC folder at the OVA office or you may use the form below. Note, there is a place for the email address. If you don’t want yours in the book, leave it blank. And, please take care to write legibly.


The Christmas Tree is up in the bowls room and adorned with tags of children in foster care identified by Sonoma County Human Services that are deserving of gifts this season. The tags are going fast so get yours soon and shop for a gift appropriate to the age of the boy or girl on the tag. Then, bring it to our Holiday Party, December 1. If shopping isn’t your thing, the club will take a cash donation and will do the shopping for you. Contact Jeana. The Holiday Party will also be a “gift wrapping party.” There will be able assistants to help you if wrapping isn’t your forte. At the party, December 1 at 5 p.m., gift wrapping will be the first order of business to be followed by a pizza and salad dinner (BYOB), and awards will be presented to the winners of this year’s tournaments. Below is a reservation coupon for the party. Also, Jeana Garcia is going to place a supply of coupons in the Bowls Room. Members can return them to Jeana with their check attached or take them to the OVA Office.


Not much to report here. The fires stalled a lot of play. The finals of the Open Pairs Championship will pit team Jeff Vanderheyden and Sue Tredick against team Jim MacAlistaire and Ann Miller.

Jeana, Jim and Bob Dodd, marker.

OLBC holiday party reservation coupon

Attach check payable to OLBC Holiday Party and place in the OLBC Holiday Party folder in the OVA Office.

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation

Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________

nHarriet Palk

Phone ___________________________ Email ________________________________________________________


Cost: $20 per person. Total enclosed $_______________

Reservations must be received by November 17. Questions? Call Jeana Garcia at (626) 617-5346.

2018 OLBC ANNUAL DUES FORM Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Email________________________________________________________ Phone ___________________________ Regular member at $20 per year_________ Associate member at $15 per year_________ Total $____________


Phone: 538-5115 Fax: 538-0367 Just minutes from Oakmont at 4908 Sonoma Highway Santa Rosa

Soren Kierkegaard critiqued what he saw as intellectual hubris among his Enlightenment contemporaries and argued that human beings tend to forget that they are existing creatures rather than abstract intellects. Our own age shares some of the confidence and ambition at which Kierkegaard raised an eyebrow. This talk explores how Kierkegaard’s response to his own epoch remains relevant to ours. Mark Stapp earned his Ph.D. in Theology while working for a software development firm. His career has been predominantly outside academia in the fields of technology and healthcare, but he has taken advantage of opportunities to pursue his passion for philosophy. He is currently Director of Development at Sonoma State University.

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Bernadette Heyburn Smith holds a Ph.D. in particle physics from the University of Colorado. She currently works as an R&D software engineer at Keysight Technologies and teaches physics at Santa Rosa Junior College. She will give an outline on the basics of particle physics including the four fundamental forces and how they interact with every day matter and will discuss the experiments she participated in on the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest particle accelerator, when she worked for CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research).


Join us as we celebrate the winter solstice with a gathering of our Oakmont friends who have supported Sunday Symposium during the past year. There is no charge for this lovely event catered by Oakmont Market. Champagne, mimosas and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided, and there will be musical entertainment.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Boomers nCarolita Carr


Holiday Member Appreciation Party (may be sold out): Start the holiday season with your Boomer friends at this casual event. WHEN: Thursday, December 7 TIME: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB This is for members only. The club will provide sandwiches, salad, chips and cookies. We will have our “ugly sweater” contest again. Check our website, Oakmont Boomers, to see if there is space available. Membership: It’s that time again, time to join or renew your membership. Dues are $10 per person, per year. You can join by using our website and Paypal, or you can bring a check to the OVA office and put it in our folder. We have big plans for the new year, so join now. Plan Ahead: There will be no event in January—a little “down time” is needed after the holidays. However, save the date of February 9 for our annual Mardi Gras party. We will have a DJ instead of a live band. More information will be forthcoming. Donation Made: We know that we were fortunate, in that our little community was saved, but many in our greater community were not. So, demonstrating that our club is not just about having good times, the Oakmont Boomers donated $1,000 to OCF for the Redwood Credit Union Relief Fund. Reporter Needed: Want to do your bit to help your club? Do you enjoy writing? Then consider joining the board as our Oakmont News correspondent. All you do is write one article (like this one) per month. If you are interested, email Connie at connielz@hotmail. com or call 888-1507.

Friday Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Hikers nTony Lachowicz

All hikes are subject to change. For updates, photos and other information please visit our website www.


We will take some of the lesser-known trails in Jack London State Historic Park, passing by Fern Lake, the “ancient redwood,” Camp Via, the orchard, and the old fallen bridge/upper fallen bridge area. Distance will be about 7.5 miles, with elevation gain of less than 1,000’. Bring water and lunch; hiking poles are recommended because of the potential for muddy trail segments. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382.

DECEMBER 7 SHORT HIKE Cotati trek to Laguna Headwaters

Walk creek-side paths and neighborhood streets to the acknowledged headwaters of the Laguna de Santa Rosa. Along the way, become acquainted with nooks and crannies of quirky, independent-thinking Cotati. Be prepared for possible mushy spots with waterproof shoes—three-mile round trip on flat terrain. Hike leader is Yvonne Horn, 537-9135. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.

Lake Ilsanjo-Annadel. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)


We will start from the parking lot at 5297 Sonoma Mountain Rd. Park at North Sonoma Mountain Trailhead and hike to Bennett Valley Overlook with approx. 750’ elevation gain of switchbacks, where we will have lunch. Round trip is approx. 4.5 miles. Options: going further 1.5 miles round trip is climbing the Umbrella Tree/Vista Trail, 400’ elevation gain. For details see the park map link North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve. Drivers need to bring $7 cash or use a credit card to pay for parking. It is free for Regional Park members. The park entrance is along Sonoma Mountain Road just east of Pressley Road. Bring poles, liquids and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Holly Kelly, (630) 247-6562 and Zlatica Hasa, (510) 331-2165.


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.

Easy Does It. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Discovering the Joy of Jesus: A Guide to Philippians

“Our happiness usually depends on whether we think our lives are going well. The Bible talks about a quality of life that goes beyond everyday events and happenings. What is joy? Is there a secret to having it? Discover God’s gift of joy—a way to live above your circumstances, whether good or bad—a way to live close to God who loves you.” The above quote is a description of our new study from the book itself. Need some joy and peace in your life? 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. Hope to see you there! DATE: Fridays (no class December 15, 22, and 29. We will be back on January 5) TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Current Events Discussion Group

Table Tennis Club

nTina Lewis

nTom Gilmer

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.

Table Tennis is more than just fun—it is an easy way to improve your balance, mental acuity and hand/eye coordination! The Oakmont Table Tennis Club invites players of all ages and at all skill levels from novice to expert to participate in this easy and enjoyable form of low impact exercise. We play for the fun of it, usually doubles, and do not hold competitive tournaments. We play in the second floor of the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 3:30–5:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 noon–2 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays from 3–5 p.m. Members can also play on Sundays from 12 noon–4 p.m., but need to prearrange with other players to join them. We also have occasional social events for members and their significant others, including a New Year’s Eve party and a summer picnic. Contact me at 791-7448 or Bob Vogenthaler at 3181921 for additional information.


Dec. 1: Ed Sutter Dec. 8: Karen Krestensen Dec. 15: David Dearden Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an email to


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Oakmont Great Decisions

Zentangle™ Art Classes

nGeorge McKinney

It’s time to sign up for Great Decisions for 2018. Great Decisions is a national program developed by the Foreign Policy Association which features eight discussion topics. The FPA produces a book with background material for each topic. We read the background material and then meet in discussion groups to discuss each topic in turn. Meetings for 2018 are 10 a.m.–12 noon on Monday mornings in East Rec. We plan on four groups this year, with each group 14–16 people. Each group meets every other week. Groups 1 and 2 will meet February 5 and 19, March 5 and 19, April 2, 16 and 30, and May 14. Groups 3 and 4 will meet February 12 and 26, March 12 and 26, April 9 and 23, May 7 and 21. Topics for 2018 will be: 1) The waning of Pax Americana?; 2) Russia’s foreign policy; 3) China and

America: the new geopolitical equation; 4) Media and foreign policy; 5) Turkey: a partner in crisis; 6) U.S. global engagement and the military; 7) South Africa’s fragile democracy; 8) Global health: progress and challenges. Cost for the program is $20 (to purchase the book). If two of you will be working together, you can work with one book, but if you want two the cost is $30 for two books. If you have a preference on dates, please indicate so, or we’ll just assign you to one group or the other as space allows. Please be sure to let us know if two people will be participating but sharing one book. To sign up, send your check made out to George McKinney, Coordinator, at 307 Stone Creek Circle. If you have any questions, please email me at

nBetsy Smith

Do you work and want to take an arti class in the afternoon? Zentangle™ art classes are for you! Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™ art technique. 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! Monday, December 11, 4:30–6 p.m.: Tangling Christmas Trees—last class for 2017! 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. Please E-mail me at


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Duffy Conneely General Manager

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

2017 Winter Warmth Coat Drive November 1—December 8

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 11. 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

december, 2017



This calendar does not reflect all events scheduled. Changes made on or after the 15th may not be reflected.






1 2 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Invest Oak B 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM Oakmont Cannabis club E

Monthly Event Calendar is also available online at

AR Art Room (Central Activity Center) E East Recreation Center B Meeting Room (Central Activity Center) EC East Conference Room BC Berger Center G Berger Center BCFS Berger Center Fireside Room LCR Large Conference Room in OVA Office CR Card Room (Central Activity Center) LW Lower West Recreation Center D Berger Center UW Upper West Recreation Center

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B

3 4 5 6 7 8 9

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 4:00 PM OVA Holiday Carols BC 5:30 PM Oakmont Travel & Adv Club E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Contract Bridge CR A+B


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 1:00 PM Line Dancing UW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR A+B 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Court #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes E 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board LCR 3:00 PM Women’s Discussion Group B 3:30 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Garden Club E 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Café Mortel B 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 10:00 AM Picklel Orient E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Court #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 11:00 AM Quilting Bee E 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC





8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners G 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Rotary E 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners G 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling LBG 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 7:00 PM Enneagram B 7:00 PM Democratic Club UW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:00 PM Women of Faith Party UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR B 11:00 AM H.E.A.R.S. B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 6:45 PM Contract Bridge CR A+B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Court #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:00 PM Women’s Discussion Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners G 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Invest Oak B 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 1:00 PM Bocce








9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-in CR B\ 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners G 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 7:00 PM Enneagram B

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Dancing is 4 Everyone nMariellen Munson

The joy of dance may be experienced by you, without a partner. We have a new Beginning Line Dance Class. Check it out! Remember, dance is exercise for your brain as much as for your body. While dancing your brain is constantly making new neural connections. Studies show that this is very beneficial for strong mental health. The pleasure of dance, even if you don’t have a partner, is available in Oakmont. Our instructor, Steve Luther, has a unique style of teaching that makes it easier to learn the steps to a variety of dances, and the

music he selects is upbeat and lively. As you progress you will enjoy a wide diversity of music and styles, from Country, Disco, Latin, Cajun, Rock and Roll, etc. It is the “only way” to exercise in the minds of our many line dancers. Some of us had never danced prior to this line dance class. No worries, Steve makes us feel good about our dance and good about ourselves. You don’t need a partner, so there is no reason or excuse for you not to get out and enjoy the glory of dance, and you will, most certainly, make new friends during this time. Beginning Line Dance Class is starting January 10,

2018 Wednesday nights from 7:15–8:30 p.m. at the Berger Center, and will continue weekly throughout the year. This beginning class series is only offered one time during the year, so jump right in and give line dance a try. A four-week session (monthly) is only $28 (or $7 a class). Individual classes are $10. Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. There are no reservations, so come early to allow time to sign up. Remember: Fragrance free! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Mariellen Munson, at 538-4142.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were rolling a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 538-9177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the East Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Winter 2017 League schedule. Bowling dates for December: Dec. 5 (final week of Fall League) and 12 (play-off at 1:30 p.m. where the top three teams from the 1:30 League play the top three teams from the 3:15 League to determine the Fall League team champion). No bowling December 19 and 26, we will take a break for the holidays. We will start the 2018 Winter League on January 9.


Bowlers and Substitutes, lunch on Friday, Dec. 8 at Berger Center from 1–3 p.m. Be sure to sign up at bowling or call Terry, 538-9177. On Nov. 21 we celebrated Veterans Day with a $5 gift certificate to Safeway for bowling a strike in frames 1, 4 and 7 of any game. Winners are: 1:30 PM League: Joanne Abrams, Will Cohn, Charlie Ensley, Sandy Osheroff and Don Shelhart. 3:15 PM League: Joanne Abrams, Mollie Atkinson, Maurine Bennett, Jan Blackburn and Shirley Jamison.

RESULTS AS OF Nov. 14 (Sixth week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place tie, Pocket Hits and Alley Oops; fourth place, Strikers; fifth place, Wii Four; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 234; Terry Leuthner, 228; Gordon Freedman, 223; Juan Fuentes, 212. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 299; Sandy Osheroff, 267; Joanne Abrams, 266; Mariel Green, 256; Mary Knight, 233; Alica Panizo, 214. Subs High Game: Beverly Shelhart, 216. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; second place tie, Strike Outs and King Pins; fourth place tie, Strikes and Spares and Wii Power; sixth place, Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 279; Scott Harris, 217; Juan Fuentes, 204. Women’s High Games: Joanne Abrams, 300 (fourth); Jan Blackburn, 279; Diane Price 278; Mollie Atkinson, 234; Nicole Reed, 224; Valerie Hulsey, 223; Judy Lawrence, 215; Shirley Jamison, 213; Maurine Bennett, 210; Jeri Gottbrath, 200. Subs High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 256; Joan Sena, 217.

Windows Computer Information

As a member of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, I continue to offer free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Al Medeiros, 843-4447.

nRosemary Waller


Music at Oakmont welcomes the return of Frank Almond, violin, and William Wolfram, piano, on Dec. 14 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center. These outstanding artists will again be heard in works bearing a connection to the storied 1715 Stradivari violin played by Mr. Almond: works by Swedish composer Amanda Maier-Röntgen, César Franck, and Mozart. Mr. Wolfram will be heard in a solo work by Frédéric Chopin.

We invite the audience to remain immediately following this concert to enjoy cake and punch in celebration of the birthday of our beloved founder, Bob Hayden. Program notes follow for the Mozart and MaierRöntgen selections. For the complete notes, and further information about the series, please visit our website, Mozart Sonata in A Major K. 526: In 1787 Mozart was enjoying the height of his popularity in Vienna. His immensely successful Marriage of Figaro had appeared just a year earlier. Sandwiched in between the composer’s ebullient serenade Eine kleine Nachtmusik (K. 525) and his most somber opera, Don Giovanni (K. 527), this sonata was written three months after the death of his protective but difficult father, and reflects the emotional orientation of both

masterworks. Mozart delayed finishing Don Giovanni, ignoring rigorous deadlines, completing both the sonata and the serenade before the opera. Mozart’s first 16 sonatas for violin and keyboard were youthful works, more for the keyboard with violin accompaniment. After a 10-year hiatus, he began to write more equally for the two instruments, developing the form in depth and complexity. K. 526, the second-to-last of his 36 violin/keyboard sonatas, finds Mozart in his glorious maturity. The outer movements of K. 526 offer the sunny cheerfulness of Eine kleine Nachtmusik, while the middle movement is more akin to the dark drama of Don Giovanni. Referring to this movement, Mozart biographer Alfred Einstein wrote, “It attains an equilibrium of art and soul that is as if God the Father had brought all motion everywhere to a momentary halt, so that man might savor the bittersweetness of existence.” Maier-Röntgen Six Pieces for Piano and Violin: The Swedish violinist Amanda Maier studied violin, piano, cello, composition, and harmony at the Royal School of Music in Stockholm, the first woman to graduate from that institution. Continuing her studies in Leipzig, she wed the pianist and composer Julius Röntgen, son of her violin teacher, Engelbert Röntgen. The Leipzig Röntgens were related to the German physicist Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, of X-ray fame: Engelbert’s and Wilhelm’s grandfathers were brothers. In 1875, at age 22, Amanda successfully premiered her violin concerto. She had already toured extensively as a concert violinist, and had also composed two piano quartets, two string quartets, and a piano trio. But after her 1880 marriage, in the manner of the time, her career ended. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 41. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door, or your season pass

nTony Lachowicz

Wildfire Fund Update

In 2017, the OCF is working with the Oakmont Village Association and other organizations to raise money for the victims of the wildfires and to celebrate our veterans and first responders. This should be the largest fundraising effort in our 10-year history! We will continue to accept donations through Sunday, November 26. A complete story on this project will be in the December 15 Oakmont News.

Your Contribution is Tax-Deductible

As the year winds down, income tax season is sure to follow. If you want to help Oakmont in some way, please consider making a contribution to the Oakmont Community Foundation. Any such contribution is fully tax-deductible, as the OCF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit California public benefit corporation. That means your gift to OCF would go to assist one of many organizations and activities that make Oakmont such a great place in which to live, while you get a tax deduction.

Thus far in 2017, we have issued 24 grants to eight separate Oakmont organizations. Some of the requests funded during 2017 include: Oakmont Health Initiative—free exercise programs, three times a week; Music at Oakmont—monthly classical music concerts; Oakmont Caregiver Support Group— monthly classes to help caregivers provide assistance to Oakmont residents; Oakmont Lifelong Learning— semester classes given in Oakmont in cooperation with Sonoma State University. Here’s how to make a contribution: pick up a form at the OVA office, fill it out and mail it to OCF along with your check. You can also put your check in the OCF file in the office cart. You can even earmark your contribution for a specific Oakmont activity. All funds stay in Oakmont and can only be used to fund and support services to the Oakmont Village Association and its members. If you wish to discuss your tax-deductible contribution, please call one of our OCF members listed on our website. You can find the link to our website on the Oakmont Village Association site.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

nSandra Shaner

Foam Roller


nTom and Teresa Woodrum

Special Events

Bling It On! Monday, Dec. 11: Wear your holiday jewelry—too much is never enough.

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Wednesday, Dec. 20: When the ridiculous becomes cool (and even in style) everyone gets to participate. At an ugly holiday sweater party, we get to remove ourselves from the protocols and societal norms for a day. We get to let loose, take down all of the guards and just be, well, ridiculous. We all are ridiculous on some level, and to get to strut it around with pride makes everyone feel happy and accepted. Christmas, Dec. 25: Class canceled. Holiday Potluck, Friday, Dec. 29: Olivia and Joan are organizing a potluck. Sign up to bring a brunch dish. All kinds of quiches, casseroles, scones, bagels, and mimosas. Cheers!

Instructor appreciation gifts

As the holidays approach, it is time for us to think about a show of appreciation to all your Oakmont fitness instructors. They are working keep you healthy. For JoRene, our Free Fitness Instructor, I recommend gifting $20. If you have it in your heart to give extra. Cheers! We request that you enclose your gift in a holiday card with kind words of appreciation. Tell her what you love about her, her great music, enthusiasm, laughter and especially share your personal stories with her. Please put your contribution in the big gift bag on the welcome table. Micki and Dennis Sabourin will be collecting until Dec. 18. We plan to give your envelopes to JoRene on Dec. 20.

ymca healthy living Mondays, wednesdays and fridays free classes by YMCA 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. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. 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. 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.

WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/6 classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis.

Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE-certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Just google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. If you would like to come and try a class, send me an email or give me a call, and I will bring an extra roller to class for you to try. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or email at

Afternoon Exercise Classes nBetsy Smith, Instructor

Not an exercise morning person? Still work but would like to take exercise classes in the afternoon? These exercise classes are for you! WHEN: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.—Aerobics; Thursday, 4:30–5:30 p.m.—Strength and balance WHERE: Classes are held at the West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, and weights, balls if you have them. We have equipment to share if not, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, Keep your fitness going! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. You can join at any time! You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. You should be able to get up and down from the floor. 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!

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

feel better in your body— now twice a week!

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Tuesdays from 2–3 p.m.—new class; Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Strengthen your core, even while seated. Connect and calm your inner self with breathwork! Stretch your fingers and toes and all the places in between. Students may stay seated for the entire class or safely explore balance. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water.

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

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Explore yoga poses safely while building strength. Classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Poses are modified as needed. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, power, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Feel stronger on and off the mat. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http://www. for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

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


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

The air is cooler but the water is warm so why don’t you join us for fun and a terrific exercise program. The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) sponsors many classes for seniors here in Oakmont. The no fee classes shown below are paid for by the SRJC Adult Program.


Monday: 9 a.m. $6, 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Tuesday: 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Wednesday: 9 a.m. $6, 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Thursday: 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Remember, if we do not have at least 15 people in every SRJC-sponsored class the JC will cancel the classes. Newcomers are always welcome at all the water aerobics classes. If you have a tender spot, the instructors will work with you to adjust the exercises for your individual needs. Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return.

nTina Lewis

Tennis Club


On November 8, the Tennis Club gathered 60 strong to hold the fall membership meeting at Berger Center. President Terri Somers’s opening remarks about the recent fire disaster, the thankfulness that Oakmont was saved, a review of the issues facing our club during the year, and how we look forward to next year were sensitive and heartfelt. Certificates of appreciation were presented to the Board of Directors and Committee Chairs for all the good work they’ve done during 2017. K Jenkins, Nominating Committee Chair, presented the proposed slate of Board of Directors for 2018: President, Terri Somers; Vice President, Arnie Herskovic; Secretary, Diane Linneball; Treasurer, Paula Lewis; Social Director, Fred Merrill; Tournament Director, Phil House; Ex-Officio, Neil Linneball. The vote to accept them was unanimous.

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

Duplicate Bridge

2018 Board of Directors: Paula Lewis, Neil Linneball, Diane Linneball, Phil House, Terri Somers, Arnie Herskovic and Fred Merrill.

The Committee Chairs for 2018 are: Court Maintenance, Ed Loaiza; Membership, Paula Lewis; Saturday Drop-in Tennis, Sumner Johnson and Hanns Ullrich; Newspaper Reporter, Tina Lewis; Web Reporting, Stephanie Wrightson; Roster Publisher, Zlatica Hasa; Sunshine Person, Olivia Kinzler. See the OTC website for their photo! Because of the generous donation of his time with players who are just beginning or hoping to improve, Tony Agocs has been named Most Valuable Person of 2017. Congratulations, Tony, and thanks so much for all you do for our club! Because of the devastating fires and subsequent difficulties of returning to normal life, the scheduled

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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


Navy finally did it! After three years of being trounced by Army, Navy pulls it off to win 43 games to Army’s 37. Vice Admiral Paula Lewis, captain of the Navy team, gleefully commiserated with Bird Colonel Sumner Johnson, captain of the Army team.

Army/Navy Tournament captains Bird Colonel Sumner Johnson and Vice Admiral Paula Lewis.

Tai Chi for Beginners Tai Chi is a slow, graceful ancient meditation in movement for improving balance and agility, a perfect exercise for seniors. Won’t you join us? We offer a five-class workshop to introduce you to the basics of this Chinese limbering practice. We meet on Thursdays in the G Room of the Berger Center from 9–10 a.m. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Tuition is $75 for the workshop. Pre-registration is required so please call me at 318-5284 so I can encourage you and answer your questions. Let this be the beginning of whole new way of approaching life. Start any time.

USO Show that was to follow the meeting was canceled. Instead, everyone enjoyed pizza, wine, and camaraderie.

Play started at 10 a.m., and at 11:30 a.m. pizza, beer, and wine were available to both players and onlookers. One team was so well matched that it took two-and-a-half hours to finish two sets! Although the pizza was still warm when they finished, most of the other players had left to get on with their busy day, sSo no group picture for either team. The photographer (me) should have taken group pictures before play began. I apologize.


You won’t want to miss this! If there are conflicting events, the Tennis Club party at the Quail Inn is the one to choose! With grit and soul, it’s all about the groove with an encore performance of the Blues Burners! December 2 is the deadline for making reservations, so don’t procrastinate! Buffet menu: appetizers, two salads, two entrées (chicken and tri tip), side dishes, dessert; no-host bar. There might be a $5 corkage fee. Watch for Terri’s E-blasts to clarify. Fill out this coupon and put it with your check in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA office.

40th Anniversary Dinner-Dance Sign-up form December 8, 6–10 pm, Quail Inn Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $40 _________ # of guests at $50 _________ Check enclosed $_________ Phone No. ________________________________________

nMarlena Cannon

Lifelong Learning

Mark Your Calendar Oakmont Lifelong Learning Presents A Holiday Concert

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center WHAT: Cantiamo Sonoma, an a capella choral ensemble COST: $20, BYOB. Light refreshments. To purchase tickets online go to or complete the registration form below and return it to

the OLL folder at the OVA office or pay at the door.

Cantiamo Sonoma concert reservation form Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ # of tickets ________ at $20 each ___________ Email _________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________ (needed to notify you in the event of changes)


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Pickleball Corner nChuck Wood


With the approval of the Oakmont Village Association’s Board of Directors, Iris Harrell formally requested the necessary Conditional Use Permit from the City of Santa Rosa on November 13 for the conversion of two East Rec. Center tennis courts to create six permanent pickleball courts. Iris advises that the city’s normal approval process for such a permit would require about eight weeks— and these are not normal times. We can anticipate approval in late January or early February. And then…

Freedom Day November 21 Press release

Oakmont General and Implant Dentistry participated in Freedom Day, which was a voluntary day where we provided free dental procedures for retired veterans, active military and first responders. This event was originally scheduled on October 12, but due to the wildfires our office was on a mandatory evacuation order and we had to close down for two weeks. Fortunately, we were able to reschedule this event on November 21.


Melissa Bowers reports that members of the Oakmont Pickleball Club pooled over $300 to make a donation to the Redwood Credit Union’s First Responder Fund, via the Oakmont Community Foundation. Way to go!

nJudy Walker

Amy Beal “Music, Community, and Healing”

In the aftermath of the Sonoma and Napa County fires this October, Professor Beal will offer historical and contemporary reflections on how communities cope with tragic events through the healing and unifying power of music. In her presentation, she will include live and recorded performances of a wide variety of musical styles that both lament tragic events and uplift communities Amy Beal to move forward. Amy Beal is a professor of Music at UC Santa Cruz and is returning to the Oakmont Music Lovers series for her sixth time. WHEN: Tuesday, December 5 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Oakmont Garden Club


We enjoyed a large turnout for the OPC’s semiannual meeting at the East Rec. Center on November 8. Per the membership report, we now have 128 members of the Oakmont Pickleball Club. How about that? We were reminded that the 2018 annual dues ($20 each —same as before) are due no later than Jan. 31, 2018. If folks join our club now, December 2017 will be included in the membership at no additional cost. Anita Easland informed us that a series of clinics will be conducted on our courts on December 7, 8 and 9. There will be a fee. Look for notices and sign-up information. Many new members of our club attended this meeting, and they are pictured below.

Oakmont Music Lovers

nPeggy Dombeck


Left to right: Taylor Finely (retired veteran) and Elisha.

“If you need five tools to solve a problem in the garden, four of them will be easy to find.”—Mike Garofalo


There is no regular meeting in December, but a wreath workshop instead. Once again Sandy Metzgar will lead us in a howto workshop on making beautiful natural material wreaths for your home. All the materials will be provided and a list of extras you might like to add will be sent to you the week before the workshop. Sign-up deadline was Sunday, November 26, but contact Janet Schade at 539-2099 for last-minute sign-up. Cost for each wreath is $18, $10 additional for a second wreath. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, December 5, Berger, room D TIME: 9 a.m.–12 noon


Left to right: Dr. Lara Rice, Ray Powers (retired veteran Army, served 3 years) and Elisha.

OPC New Members: left to right, Kim Taddei, Linda Jones, Priscilla Roslyn, Pete Gavin, Bruce Hill, Kathy Sowers and Linda Spiegelberg.


WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily from 9 a.m.–12 noon. New players’ (strictly beginners) introduction to Pickleball every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Coached play for beginners and novices every Tuesday at 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly. com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage; Email:; phone: 595-5648 All residents are welcomed.

Left to right: Carmen, Liz, Renee, Dr. Lara Rice and Elisha.

We donated a total of $12,000 in free dental procedures including cleanings, exams, x-rays, fillings, and extractions. We were all very thrilled to be able to give back to these people who risk their lives every day for our freedom and safety. Thank you for your service!

• Turn off irrigation systems. • Move tender container plants indoors or under patio covers for winter. • Clean garden of spent plants and debris. Add aged manure to planting beds for next spring. • Plants are more frostsensitive when it is dry—more plants die from desiccation during freezes than from low temperatures per se, so if the rain abates for a period that is followed by freezing weather, make sure to water small or new plantings. • Protect frost-tender plants such as Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Citrus, Tibuchina, etc. You can use an antidesiccant such as Cloudcover, and when frost is actually predicted, cover the plants with sheets or lightweight blankets or burlap. A strand of Christmas lights in a tree is often enough to protect the plant from frost. • You can still dig up and divide grasses and perennials—the moist earth, shorter days and cooler weather, combined with the dormancy of the plants, makes this the least stressful time for them to go through this process. You can also continue to plant California Native Plants and most hardy trees and shrubs. Water well after planting. • Whether with your own shredded leaves or purchased material, make sure that your garden is amply mulched for the winter. Mulch will insulate the roots and retard weed growth • Pot paper white bulbs in pots to give as gifts.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Valley of the Moon Rotary What’s Growing On at the Community Garden? nStephanie Wrightson and Shirley Phillips

The new garden extension is finally a reality and we’re all excited. Garden board members and volunteers will soon be staking and marking the new spaces. Here is some timely advice for the rainy season from fellow gardener and Master Gardener, Stephanie Wrightson. It’s never too late to protect your garden soil.


Some Oakmont residents maintain a food garden year-round while others maintain a spring/summerinto early fall garden. Whatever your practice, put your garden to bed for the winter by nurturing and protecting the soil. The saying, “feed the soil and the soil will feed you” is true! Soil is alive with millions of macro- and microorganisms necessary for the growth and health of our crops. Plants cannot take up nutrients without their symbiotic relationship with a myriad of beneficial fungi and bacteria. The best thing to feed these microscopic critters is well-aged organic compost. Lay a couple inches of compost on the top of the soil once or twice a year to replace the nutrients used by intensive gardening. No need to dig it in. Rain/irrigation, heaving soil and worms and the like will take care of incorporating the compost’s nutrients into our soil. The best sustainable practice is minimum soil disturbance, but it may take a substantial amount of compost to break up the heavy clay (don’t do this when soil is wet—it will destroy soil structure). Raised bed gardening is an alternative. Don’t leave soil unprotected. Rain and wind can cause significant soil erosion. Use an organic mulch such as rice straw (not hay which has seeds), leaf mulch, organic wood chips, etc.—even a layer of compost may serve to protect the soil underneath (water it down well). Three to four inches of mulch will suppress weeds. Never mulch over seeds—they need light to germinate. If you have fall seedlings, let them grow about fourto five-inches tall before moving some light mulch around them. If you plant a winter cover crop like fava beans, “chop and drop” it as the flowers open for maximum nitrogen-fixing in the soil. If you plant a grassy cover crop, chop this before seed heads form (or you will have some unhappy neighbors). For those without a fall/winter garden, consider one next year. Cool-weather veggies are the most nutritious crops that you can grow with the added benefit of less work (less insects and hand watering). A number of coolweather crops are frost-tolerant and can be harvested throughout the winter. For more information about nurturing and protecting the soil: files/271129.pdf. For a list of cool-weather crops: files/160590.pdf. For more information about the garden, contact OVA at 539-1611 or email Oakmontcommunitygarden@

nJohn Brodey

Moving Forward

As we knew from the beginning, the task of recovering from our recent tragedy is going to be difficult. It will take an infinite amount of patience and hard work to put the pieces back together. The community response has been heartening, but we must understand the importance of sustaining that support for long term. This is a marathon. The Valley of the Moon Rotary is a proud member of District 5130, which includes Sonoma, Napa, Lake and Mendocino counties. Our role from day one was to work with our fellow clubs to organize a united response. It was decided to establish a fund that could distribute cash donations and administer them effectively. The fact that Rotary is one of the three highest rated not-for-profit organizations in the country, means that we have become experts at determining which charitable organizations meet the highest standards. You can donate to the Rotary District 5130 Fire Relief Fund by going online to www.larca5130. org. This money will be used to address a variety of needs in the district including but not limited to small business grants, housing, shelter support and other unmet needs pertaining to those displaced and impacted. Hundred percent of all donations will be used to support these efforts and the fund’s operating overhead expenses will be covered by the Rotary Clubs in our district. Even closer to home, your Valley of the Moon Rotary Club will be focused on making an impact right here in Santa Rosa. In addition to the work we’ve done through our Community and Youth Services avenues, we will be looking to partner with newer entities that are being established to deal with the current crisis specifically. We will be doing this through our own fundraising efforts, namely our annual Crab Feed. You can bet we will be working hard to make this year’s Crab Feed particularly meaningful. Mark your calendars. The date of this year’s Feed will be February 17, 2018 at the Berger as always. We will again rely on your generosity in donating, raffle and auction items as well as your presence. A truly amazing aspect of our event is the Fund A Need segment which, in the past, has inspired spontaneous cash contributions earmarked for the global Polio Plus campaign. This year, the focus of our Fund A Need campaign will be Fire Relief. Again, 100% of all monies raised will go to charities that are dedicated to helping those in our area who have lost so much, to rebuild their lives and businesses. While much has been raised already, we are hoping you will see our annual Crab Feed as a very personal and worthwhile effort to help our friends and neighbors, over the long haul. We are all grateful for the donations that have arrived from around the country, but let us not lose sight of how much it means to take care of our own. A wonderful evening in which to do just that is not far off. Join us in celebration of just who we are, Sonoma Strong.


Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

There will be no meeting for the Oakmont Buddhist Group in December. We will resume with our next Buddhist meeting on January 27, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Hope to see you then. Happy Holidays! Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Elaine Stanley at 539-3642 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

For the first time since the wildfires ORW members gathered for our regular November meeting. There were so many stories of disruption, fear and finally relief that Oakmont was safe while still acknowledging grief and loss for friends, family and loved ones who were not as fortunate as we. Board President Dianne Armer opened the meeting by encouraging us all to be gentle with ourselves and each other; she shared a resource list for all as we continue the process of healing. Calling the entire board to the front, Dianne then described how they have transitioned to each board member having a specific area of responsibility. The new succession plan includes two-year terms for board members. Dianne then brought forward former Board President Sue Lebow and presented her with a plaque in gratitude for Sue’s five years of extraordinary service to Rainbow Women. During her tenure, Sue covered all the areas now parsed among the board, and more! When she accepted the plaque, all 57 attendees gave her a “standing O.” Thank you, Sue. The next amazing concert by ORP features the very popular band “Blame Sally” January 27, 2018. Tickets are now on sale with more information on this dynamic group coming in the next article. The ORW Holiday Party potluck starts at 6:30 p.m. December 14 in the East Rec. with special entertainment by Sarah Feldman, comedienne and juggler! In addition to Sarah and the delicious dinner, there will be dancing into the night. The ORW Board will provide ham and turkey, and attendees will bring the rest. November’s featured speaker Lisa Carreno, Regional Director for 10,000 Degrees Sonoma County, introduced us to what the organization has been doing to support their 1,300 students who were affected by the fires. All were contacted to develop individualized plans for support to insure that their studies were minimally disrupted by the fires. By continuing to help them, we are helping fire victims directly. ORW now supports 15 lesbian students—twice as many as last year. Lisa shared with us the range of their programs of study including criminal justice, culinary arts, psychology, ethnic studies, secondary education, business, political science, music theory, gender studies, international relations, public health, kinesiology, journalism, wetland and river restoration. What inspiring young women! Lisa explained how much of a connection they feel to our large supportive community of women who have had success educationally and professionally. We value all of who they are; some of their families have not been able to provide that. The next concert where we will raise funds for 10,000 Degrees is in March, 2018. There will be a great deal more information about the concert and the fundraising efforts coming soon. We ended with another opportunity to interact with representatives from each of the 13 SIGs to receive information and sign up. Be the first to learn all the latest from ORW! If you are interested in helping to write these articles please contact us.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Bocce Club nLinda and Don McPherson

The Bocce Club continues regular Monday through Saturday play at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. bocce courts, with the chip draw for teams at 12:45 p.m. We encourage anyone interested in learning about bocce to drop by. Dues are $15 per member per year, payable now for 2018 (membership form below). New members joining in the last quarter of 2017 will be considered paid in full for 2018.


Following a tasty potluck lunch on November 4 at the West Rec. Center, Vice President Jean Reed presided over the annual meeting. Officers elected for 2018 are: Sherry Magers, President; Jean Reed, Vice President; Bev Schilpp, Secretary and “Sunshine Lady;” Carol Huseby, Treasurer; Patrice and Donn Paulson and Ellie and Bob Baciocco, Social Committee; Linda and Don McPherson, Publicity; Tony D’Agosta and Jim Huseby, Court Maintenance Overseers; and Barbara Newton, Historian and Badges. After lunch, members gathered at the bocce courts for the year-end Falling Leaves Tournament pitting three teams of men versus three teams of women.

Falling Leaves Tourney team winners: Pam Gilbert, Linda McPherson, Carol Green and Jim Tosio, Don McPherson, Geoffrey Newton.


Club members and friends will gather for the highlight and always well-attended final event of the year, the Bocce Holiday Party, at 5:30 p.m. on

Saturday, December 9 at the East Recreation Center. The Carlos Herrera Band will entertain with Latin music following dinner, BYOB, catered by the Oakmont Village Market.


Return this form to the OVA Bocce club folder to pay 2018 dues with check for $15 per person payable to the Oakmont Bocce Club. Please print legibly. Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #(s) ______________________ Email(s) _______________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________

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Sleep Apnea

nBob Flandermeyer

This group assists people with their CPAP— machines and masks. We meet the first Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December. The meeting is held in Berger Room G. Our next meeting is December 5 at 1 p.m.


Often a question regarding your treatment can get an answer this way, especially if you are new to using CPAP. Bring your machine and mask if you think it would help. Questions, call 538 5277.

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr


I don’t often do this, because you will be reading this article two weeks after I write it. And by then, well, the past is the past. But I just have to mention our Thanksgiving potluck. Our club is so incredible, and our members so caring and thoughtful. Our board consists of five people, and we were very busy. Barb Powell and Alan Schackman prepared the turkeys. Mark Guillory did the carving duties. Karen Hepner did the shopping, brought all our supplies for the set up, and directed the decorating. I was kept busy communicating with all of you regarding our food needs and decorating. But our membership really pitched in. Karen McMillan came early and made delicious gravy. Other members showed up to help decorate, and everyone brought the most delicious side dishes. When we found that the requested round tables were not present, two of our guys got really creative and brought in tables from the patio! Someone even brought music for line dancing. It was a great evening, and I look forward to many more.

Upcoming Events

WHAT: December Mixer WHEN: Sunday, December 17 WHERE: East Rec. Center BRING: Something to drink, and all members should bring an appetizer of their choice. Respond to the email invitation when you get it. The holidays will be upon us. Bring your own version of holiday cheer. Barb has a special program planned.

Membership Renewal

nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so that we can meet and greet you. On December 4 and 11 Sandy White will present The Things We Do For love by Alan Ayckbourn. Play readers include Jane Borr, Al Johnson, Morgan Lambert, Penny MacKenzie, and Sandy White. The Things We Do For Love is a 1997 play about a woman who begins an affair with her best friend’s fiancé, only for this new relationship to swiftly descend into violence. It had an unusual staging as the Ayckbourn play was performed with three floors in view: head-level of the basement, the whole of the ground floor and foot-level of the top floor. Alan Ayckbourn is an Olivier and Tony Awardwinning playwright and has written more than 80 plays, many of which have been produced in London and New York, as well as around the world. He is also an acclaimed director.

Get your check books out. It’s time to renew your membership to SBSC—$12 for an entire year of activities-mixers, happy hours, dine out experiences, etc. Rejoining keeps you on our email list. Our emails and online invitations are our main method of communication. Membership is open to any single person living in Oakmont. There are no age restrictions. 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_______________

In early November Playreaders presented Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Readers included: (standing) Dennis Hall, Bernie Cheriff, Norma Doyle, Jackie Kokemor; (seated) Jon Dolan and Honora Clemens.

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

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nPastor Brinda Peterson

“What’s On and Under Those Rocks and What Are Those Rocks Anyway?” Trione-Annadel State Park Press release

EVENT DATE: Sunday, December 10 TIME: 10 a.m. hike departure to about 1 p.m. LOCATION: Channel Drive Parking Lot, TrioneAnnadel State Park TRAILS: Channel—North-Burma—Richardson— Steve’s S Come along and explore geology and what lives in the rocky habitat! Join Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist John Lynch on a trail route to study rocks, amphibians, fungus, and lichens. The route will include approximately 450’ elevation gain over about four miles of varied trails. This route begins and ends at Channel Drive Parking Lot (Warren P Richardson Trailhead) and may include sightings of wildlife. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water and snack. You might get your feet wet! Trekking poles recommended. Some trails are rocky and uneven. Heavy rain cancels. Day use fee: $7 per car, $6 per car for seniors 62+. Pay at the STOP sign. No advance reservations needed. Restrooms, water and picnic tables available at the parking area. Dogs are not allowed. Directions: from Montgomery Drive, turn onto Channel Drive and follow the road in approximately ¾ mile to the STOP sign. Pay fee or display State Park Pass. Drive one mile to the large parking lot. Please park snug with other vehicles to accommodate the most cars. Please see the Annadel State Park website for more details about the park and Volunteer Hike Leader John Lynch ( id=480, click “Park Events”). Thank you to Trione-Annadel State Park Volunteers for providing this opportunity.

Hello friends and neighbors, I pray you all are doing well since returning home. Many of us are finding that things just don’t quite feel the same. We are trying to settle into a “new” normal. We are grateful to have been spared and at the same time, some people are feeling a little guilty since so many people were not so lucky, and others are feeling fearful about the future. God calls us upward and onward. He does not wish for anyone to live in guilt or in fear. He wants us to embrace our future with hope and anticipation of the wondrous plans He has for each one of us as we love and serve one another. He wants us to move forward not to stay stuck in the quilt or the fear, trusting Him each step of the way. God wants us to look at our lives not just as an adventure, but also as a constant series of opportunities to serve Him and learn new things. You are not alone on this journey of life. God is with you and he loves you.


Join us this Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of Christ each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Berger Center. December 3: First Sunday of Advent and Communion—Hope. December 10: Second Sunday of Advent and Christmas Concert—Love.

nBarbara Bowman

December 20: Christmas Prayer Parade 5–7 p.m. (4–8 p.m. for participants). December 17: Third Sunday of Advent—Joy. December 24: Forth Sunday of Advent and Cookie Exchange—Peace.


Join us Sunday morning, December 10 at 10:30 a.m. for the delightful voice of Julie Eichelberger from Merced, California as she leads our Christmas Concert. The program will be simple this year. However, it is bound to delight the souls of those in attendance. Julie was scheduled to come in October for a Southern Gospel Concert. Unfortunately, like so many events scheduled in and around Oakmont, we had to cancel her due to the evacuations. It is a joy that she has agreed to give us a second opportunity to be blessed by her voice. The concert is in conjunction with our morning worship service.


May God bring fresh hope to your heart today! May He make a way where there’s been no way. May He give you wisdom and peace for your next steps. May He protect you where you’re vulnerable and establish you in your calling. May you dare to steward your time, treasures, and talents today so you’re ready for what God has for you tomorrow. Blessings on your day today.

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Mike McInnis NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA

December 3, 2 pm and 7 pm GAME CHANGE

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book, this political drama follows the historic 2008 presidential race, focusing on the sometimes contentious relationship between presidential nominee John McCain (Ed Harris) and his running mate, Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore.) Woody Harrelson portrays Republican consultant Steve Schmidt. Nominated for numerous awards, this HBO film won four Emmys, including an Outstanding Actress award for Moore. (2012), R (language), 118 minutes.

December 10, 2 pm and 7 pm GOING IN STYLE

Informational Meeting at Spring Lake Village Press release

WHEN: Monday, January 8 TIME: 12:15–1 p.m. PLACE: Auditorium West, Montgomery Center, Spring Lake Village—5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa Spring Lake Village is looking to begin a 12-week Weight Watchers session here on our campus! Come join us for an informational meeting to learn all about the Weight Watchers program, including membership benefits, pricing, and how the programming will be tailored to your unique situation. Registration forms will be available! Please contact Kayla Peirano at 537-4291 with any questions.

Cheated out of their pensions, three elderly lifelong friends, Willie (Morgan Freeman), Joe (Michael Caine), and Al (Alan Arkin), decide to extract justice from the system by robbing a bank and then heading for Las Vegas. But their grand plan starts to fall apart when a dogged FBI agent (Matt Dillon) picks up their trail. In this warm comedy, the Oscar-winning stars are classy, charismatic, and show lovely chemistry with each other. Ann-Margret costars. (2017), PG-13, 96 minutes.

December 17, 2 pm and 7 pm THE NUTCRACKER

Narrated by Kevin Kline, this movie version of Tchaikovsky’s timeless yuletide fantasy—produced by George Balanchine—features the New York City Ballet. Angels, sugarplums and candy canes dance, a magic prince conquers all, a dreamy young girl twirls across the stage and a Christmas tree grows sky high in this enchanting adaptation. The film’s cinematography, costumes and breathtaking dancing received critical praise. (1993), G, 89 minutes

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, December 3, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Game Change, (2012), R, 118 minutes. Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Going In Style, (2017), PG-13, 96 minutes. Sunday, December 17, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: The Nutcracker, (1993), G, 89 minutes


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017


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


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


Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had a home visit, please call Charlotte at 5389050.


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


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


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.


The best care for your best friends. 25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily visits. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. See profile at, enter “95476”. Alix Moline, 637-6267.


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.


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


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


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


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


Small dog specialist, 35 lb or less. Mon.– Fri., 8:30–4. Call or text at 538-8886, or book online at 4932 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa, 95409.

Oakmont News Classified Rates • • • •

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

A space is a letter (including those in the heading), punctuation mark, and a space between the words in the ad. Additional $4 for the next 40 or less spaces. Whenever applicable, CA state license or certification number must be included. DEADLINE: 10 days prior to publication.


For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since the late 20th century, licensed, bonded and insured. Same day service is often available. Money-saving coupons! CA Lic. #659920. Please call (707) 996-8683 or go to



Let me read their chart. 38 yrs. experience. 1½ hr. reading with 21year forecast, $295. Just 5 minutes from Oakmont, or I can come to you. See testimonials at www. 539-7827.

15 years in Oakmont. Careful, professional and reliable. Call Alex, (707) 291-0429.



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

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




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.


Established 1963. Old fashion haircuts at a reasonable price. No appointment needed. 120 Calistoga Rd—down the breeze way by Safeway.


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

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





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. 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.


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


Caregivers to work in our community. Flexible shifts, 2–24 hours. Hiring bonus. Call 843-3838 or drop by 6528 Oakmont Dr.

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MAIL TO: CJM Productions, 2105 Longhorn Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Tel (707) 575-7200 •

There is a little-known pension that can provide extra income to help pay for care in Assisted Living or at home. Call for a free consultation to see if you can qualify. Good for wartime veterans or a surviving spouse. Design Benefits, (707) 795-2282. Primal Red, an emerging wellness platform, looking for entrepreneurial part-time professionals for web/ phone consults. Flexible rate and time. Work from anywhere. We take care of marketing and administration. Must have current license. Looking for Counselor, Pre/Post-natal consultant, Naturalist/ Herbalist, Nutritionist/Food psychologist, Family finances and tax planning, Family law, Immigration law. Send resume at Call (916) 300-8517.

Will personify your passion for the holiday season and allow you to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Free consultation! Some of the services: decorating Christmas trees, doors, wreaths, fireplace mantels, staircases, dining tables. Gift wrapping. Call or text Mimi at 591-4069. On-site trainer needed for Dragon Dictate 15, a speech-to-text software program. Several hours per week until proficient. Hourly compensation. Contact Jenn at



Smart TV’s, Soundbars, Netflix, Roku and Apple TV’s are complicated. I will help you. 25 years experience. $40/hr. Important: know your passwords! Jason Baldwin, (707) 479-1364,


Serving the North Bay since 1979, building new homes, additions and remodels. Call Craig Lawson, 579-9088. Lic. 377330.,


Done at an affordable rate. Assistance with home projects as well. Small jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806. Since 2007.


Barber cuts, highlights, woman’s cut, perms, shampoo and set. Specials for everyone! Vidal Sassoon training. Barber: Sun., Mon. and Thurs. Cheryl: Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. every day. 700 4th St., free parking lot in the back of Barns and Noble bookstore. 596-2769.

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


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM December 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328 December 16–31 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

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

PAS Management Company

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Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 539-8996. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

Mon.–Fri. medical rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability.

No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.


SUMMER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 12 Noon– 4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day. Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Gloria Young, President Greg Goodwin, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer (Non-voting Officer) Kathleen Connelly, Director Ken Heyman, Director Lynda Oneto, Director Karen Oswald, Director CONSULTANT/INTERIM GENERAL Manager Ted Throndson

OVA Board Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 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.


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

OVA-Sponsored Events


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

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, January 15, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Room B of CAC.

Sudden Hearing Loss (SHL)

nAnita Roraus, OVA

The Maria Carrillo Jazz Chorus will entertain us with a caroling concert. Join us for a cup of eggnog and something sweet to eat! Refreshments will be provided by Oakmont Gardens.

This can happen to you. It did to me. Sudden hearing loss (SHL) is defined as greater than 30 dB hearing reduction, over at least three contiguous frequencies, occurring over 72 hours or less. It occurs most frequently in the 30 to 60-year age group and affects males and females equally. One morning in July, I couldn’t hear on my right side even with my hearing aids. A Kaiser audiologist removed some wax and advised an ear wash for more wax removal. The nurse washer said the ear drum was red. I saw a doctor who prescribed ear drops to relieve swelling but it was two weeks before I could see an ear specialist. A hearing test showed a new loss of 60 db between 250 and 1500K Hz, (right in the range of conversation frequencies). He said my loss was a “conductive” loss rather than “sensorineural,” the difference being that the “conductive” doesn’t properly transmit impulses to the inner ear whereas the “sensorineural” is an inner ear problem such as an infection. He didn’t do anything but said it may get better. Some mitigation was achieved by having the hearing aid amplification increased in those frequency ranges. A test three months later showed improvement that warranted a modest gain decrease. Further discussion at later appointment with the doctor lead me to speculate that the problem was most probably caused by inserting my hearing aid when I had excessive wax in the ear. That created pressure against the ear drum and irritated it enough to, essentially, stop working for a while. So, if SHL happens to you, see an ear doctor (ENT) right away. If the loss is from one of the many other possible causes, immediate treatment is imperative. And keep the wax buildup at a low level.


Our Tech Center (OTLC) has installed a hearing loop! If you have not signed up for classes because of not being able to hear, crank up your T coil and sign up. Most of today’s hearing aids are equipped with T coils. If yours is not so equipped or is not activated, consult with a hearing aid provider for potential solutions. HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@ and attend the HSG meetings.


Beautiful Jewelry at Amazing Prices Don’t miss out on this selection of pearls, natural stones and crystal jewelry to be held on December 4, 2017 from 2:30 pm–6:30 pm at the Wild Oak Saddle Club, 550 White Oak Drive. You’ll be sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. No pressure to purchase, just stop by to browse and visit, you’ll be happy you did! Flamingo Conference Resort & Spa 2777 Fourth St., Santa Rosa •


The Oakmont News / December 1, 2017

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known


Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519 CalBRE# 00610124

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CalBRE# 00337150

Please donate to our ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Kay Nelson 538-8777

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Paula Lewis 332-0433

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1012 Robbie Way $545,000

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Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583 CalBRE# 00788134 & 00544689

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6960 Oakmont Drive $769,000

8860 Oakmont Drive $825,000

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Joey & Claudine Cuneo 694-2634

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

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Some of our services: n Caring



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Light Housekeeping


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Oakmont News 12-1-2017