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Oakmont Survey Results Unveiled at Public Forum Results of a survey to learn what residents see as the priorities for community’s future will be presented to the public and the Oakmont Village Association board on Thursday, April 2 at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center. The survey, a project of the Long-Range Planning Committee, sought to determine peoples’ project and spending priorities for the next five and 10 years. The confidential survey was conducted by E-mail and on paper. Assistance was offered through in-home visits and by telephone. The LRPC is providing the survey results for the board’s use in developing future plans for Oakmont.

Community Gardens Water to be Restored

nMarty Thompson

Irrigation water should be restored to the Oakmont Community Garden plots in time for spring planting. The Oakmont Village Association has awarded a contract to Ground Hog Construction of Sebastopol to bring a line beneath Stone Bridge Road to serve the garden plots. The firm’s bid for the work was $9,900. The OVA also had to obtain a utilities permit from the city for $5,589, OVA Manager Cassie Turner said. President John Felton got the permit March 9. Those costs and water bills are paid by OVA. “Everyone is delighted at the support we have received from the board,” said Pat Olive, president of the Community Garden Board. The gardens’ water supply was cut off late last year when the city said a line running via a neighbor to supply the plots violated city policy, and ordered it shut down. “The gardens have been on hold, especially with no rain, with people not putting in winter vegetables,” Olive said. There are presently 43 plots in the community garden. Some may be subdivided for the new growing season. The Garden Club has about 60 members, some of whom work plots together. Each member pays club dues, which cover some garden expenses.

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Follow the Berger Exterior Work at West Rec. Future of Berger Center: Committee’s Work So Far

nJim Brewer

Should the Berger Center auditorium be painted and spruced up a bit? Or do you want it torn down and replaced with new modern building? These are two of the six possible options identified so far by the Ad Hoc Berger Improvement Committee for updating the Berger. The other four possibilities lie somewhere in between.

“The improvement committee has a good start in exploring all possibilities as it works toward providing the OVA Board with its recommended approach to making the Berger look better, function better and better do its part in making Oakmont a sought-after destination for active senior adults going forward,” said Bob Giddings, chairman and one of three OVA Board members on the nine-member committee.


Giddings said that thanks to Berger user groups that completed the committee’s own survey of wants and needs, the previously obtained forensic reports on the center and comments from residents to the committee’s E-mail address (improveberger@gmail. com), some 20 elements of the Berger Center that need serious attention have been identified. See berger center on page 3

OVA Offices Will Return To Former Location

nAl Haggerty

The Oakmont Village Association will move its office back to its former location in the building behind Umpqua Bank on Oakmont Drive. President John Felton made the announcement at the OVA Board meeting March 17 at Berger Center. The board approved leasing space in the Laurel Leaf Place building, which housed the OVA before it moved to its current location on Oakmont Drive. “We were able to almost double our square footage in office space and only pay $500 a month more,” Manager Cassie Turner told the Oakmont News. While the five-year lease begins July 1 with a fiveyear option, OVA is getting three free months of rent starting April 1 to begin renovations plus a tenant improvement allowance of $10,000. The rent will be approximately $4,000 a month. See ova offices on page 11


Workman is seen here applying decorative stone to the lower portions of the West Recreation Center exterior walls. When stucco above the stonework finished curing, it was to be painted. The West Rec. is expected to reopen May 1 after remodeling and other work on the building, pool, cabana and pool deck is completed. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

OVA Election Points To Annual Meeting Finish

nMarty Thompson

The election contest for four openings on the Oakmont Village Association board is focused on the annual OVA meeting April 6, when balloting closes. Six candidates are seeking two-year board terms. Two incumbents are on the ballot: OVA President John Felton and Frank Batchelor. Also seeking board seats are Lisa Berman, Jane Gyorgy, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunka. Candidates were featured in a public forum Feb. 26, and their photos and biographies have been published in the Oakmont News. The candidates also answered questions posed by the OVA Communications Committee, and their responses were published in the newspaper and can be viewed in its online edition, at The forum can be viewed online at the Oakmont Videos website. Ballots can be delivered to the OVA Office prior to or at the association annual meeting, at 3 p.m. Monday, April 6 in the Berger Center. The annual meeting also will be live-streamed on the Internet, at Ballots will be counted starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 7 at the East Recreation Center. The ballotcounting is open to the public. Election results will be announced at 2 p.m. April 7 when the OVA Board meets at the East Recreation Center for its annual organization session where members of the new board choose a chairman and fill other board positions. Election results will be reported on the newspaper’s website.

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“The committee wishes to thank all those organizations, clubs, activities and individuals that have given us their opinions on what should be done to the Berger,” Giddings said. “Each and every one of them is being taken seriously. The committee has not ruled out any possible scenario—from those who would just like it spruced up a bit to those who want a entirely new building and everyone in between.” The committee may identify other elements after it looks at responses to community-wide survey done

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by the Long-Range Planning Committee that pertain to the Berger Center. But its next big task is to seek professional scope of work estimates for the various options. The selected firm will assist the committee in developing costs estimates for any work that the OVA Board may decide to undertake in the future. “The committee has much work to do,” Giddings said in an interview. “And there is a lot of work to be done before recommendations are forwarded to the OVA Board.” Besides Giddings, other members of the ad hoc Berger committee are OVA Board members Andie Altman and

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 OVA Board Workshop

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

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 9–11 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 4th Thurs. Monthly 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 1st Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Rm. G 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Thurs. (June) 4th Tues. Monthly

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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. Room D is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, right side of stage. Room G is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, lobby across from rest rooms.

Alan Scott; Noel Lyons, Terry Whitten, Lyn Crammer, Jim Sannar, Heidi Klyn and Herm Hermann.

Berger At-A-Glance

Key Elements: Identified by the Ad Hoc Berger Improvement Committee based on community input that should be updated, repaired or replaced. 1. Floor—Replace entire floor and asbestos abatement throughout Berger 2. Kitchen—Complete remodel and expansion, plus new exhaust system 3. Meeting rooms—Remodel or remove (one or both) 4. HVAC—replace with a new sealed combustion condensing boiler and new chiller, ducts and electronic control system 5. Lighting—Replace and modernize throughout with easy to understand switches and controls, while making sure the electrical system is adequate and up to code 6. Fireplace—Update or remove 7. Stage—Enlarge or un-clutter rear stage area 8. Storage areas—Reconfigure and organize by need with optimum utilization 9. Overall appearance—Paint and other cosmetic improvements including drapes, furniture and art work 10. Add insulation in ceiling’s high area 11. Pipe penetrations of exterior walls - Seal and insulate 12. Windows—Replace with triple-pane 13. Universal access to stage 14. Exterior paired entry doors—Replace with smaller perhaps glass doors 15. Audio/Visual equipment—Update or replace with microphone for speakers and musical instruments and make the control system easy to understand, with tele-coil system 16. Acoustical improvement for musical instruments played from the stage 17. Partition doors—Replace and possible add more 18. Bathroom location—Add partition walls to cutoff their sight and sound Repair or Replace? Six options for repairing or rebuilding the Berger Center identified so far by the Ad Hoc Committee based on community input. 1. Do nothing to the Berger except freshen it with cosmetic (paint, art work, etc.) upgrades. Spend no serious money on a building that is fundamentally sound and is currently providing good use to the community. 2. Complete all or most of the Axis Engineering Report recommended upgrades to include, new windows, remodeled or new doors, replacement of inefficient HVAC, etc.; plus the items wanted in #1, above. Redesign this Berger to affect the needs/wants of the user groups that have responded to the committee’s survey. This would include more and better storage, redesign of the two meeting rooms and fireside area, adding a lobby, etc.; plus the items wanted in #1 and #2, above. 3. Tear down Berger and rebuild on same site, meeting current and near future community needs and wants and to have a new building that will modernize Oakmont and keep it competitive in the future among other senior living and retirement villages. Suspend Berger center activities for the period of construction and find, if possible, alternative sites for those activities. This approach incorporates all the items of #1, #2, and #3, above. 4. Leave the Berger essentially “as is” and build an entirely new building at the Central area. A new modern building would incorporate all the benefits of items #1, #2, #3 and #4, above. This will allow essentially little disruption to the present and future activities scheduled at the Berger. At completion of the new CAC building, raze the current Berger center and add a garden and/or other community-needed facility. 6. Same as #5 above, except do not raze the old Berger. Keep it, with some upgrades/improvements, for specific indoor activities to be determined. For this to be a viable option for the community the now limited number of parking spaces would have to be seriously increased if past experience with city planning is a good indicator.


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The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

nChuck Wood

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The good folks of KemperSports put on a grand members-only event on February 26. The “Members Gras” dinner and dance was a truly enjoyable evening affair. Besides the New Orleans-themed dinner menu, there was Karaoke, dancing, trivia games and lots of laughter. Patrick, Heather, Santiago, Mike and John (JT) were all there to welcome us. New(ish) OGC members who attended included Tom and Debbie Kendrick, and Kirk and Rose Moeller. There was lots of opportunity to meet and mingle. As this dinner was not sold out, there was room for more members to be there, but we will have more opportunities for member mingle themed dinner events in 2015. So, please look for announcements in upcoming OGC newsletters, E-mail messages and posters here and there. Let’s have a full room of members next time.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

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Second flight: first low net, J. DiMaggio; second low net, R. Nicholson; third low net tie, J. Early and C. Carroll. Third flight: first low net tie, C. Locke and E. Baciocco; third low net tie, E. Huff and S. Baxter. Fourth flight: first low net, C. Rexford; second low net, K. Wittes; third low net, V. Collins; and fourth low net, D. Johnson. Barbara Robinson, the Captain of the Niners with Kris Peters, the Captain of the 18-Hole Thursday Club, planning a combined event that will happen in the near future

Hi there ladies. Do we live in paradise or what? I heard there’s going to be a huge rain storm next Thursday. Nah, April Fool’s! I did sign up to be a scorer in February, thinking I might have a few free Thursday’s due to rain. That didn’t happen, we had sweeps all four Thursday’s! Now that April is here, summer rules go into effect April 1. That’s not an April Fool’s joke either! Thursday’s Individual Eclectic is underway with Tuesday’s Eclectic starting the end of the month. Be sure to mark your calendar for our “Meet and Greet” gathering at the Quail Inn on April 21. Both clubs are invited to gather out on the patio and meet our new members, the new board and enjoy a glass of wine together. Here are the results of Sweeps for the beginning of March.

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Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (85). First flight: first low net, K. Mokricky; second low net, P. Buchholz; third low net, J. Moreno; and fourth low net, L. Leitner.

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Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (87). First flight low net, P. Buchholz; second low net (T), E. Beltrano and P. Wright; fourth low net, K. Downey Second flight: first low net, N. Shaw; second low net, L. Clark; third low net, Y. Smith; and fourth low net, K.C. Cote. Third flight: first low net, E. Huff; second low net tie, C. Locke and N. DeSousa; fourth low net, C. Sharpe.


First place team: Yoshi Smith, Betty Van Voorhis, Dee Johnson and Kay Wittes, 106. Second place team: Kathy Mokricky, Joan DiMaggio, Carol Locke and Tammy Siela, 107. Third place team: Joan Seliga, Ellean Huff, Linda Yates and Cathie Cunningham, 109. Fourth place team: Kathy Faherty, Charlene Buchold, Shy Baxter and Henni Williston, 112.


Low Gross of Field: Eileen Beltrano (92). First flight: first low net, E. Beltrano; second low net, K. Sites; third low net, K. Peters; and fourth low net tie, K. Downey and L. Clark. Second flight: first low net, K.C. Cote; second low net, L. Vree; and third low net, L. Leitner. Third flight: first low net, K. Wittes; second low net, J. O’Toole; and third low net tie, C. Locke and C. Rexford. OK ladies. See you out there

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nGary Stone

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

9 nBarbara Bowman

Thank you Niners for participating in the ballot process to amend our bylaws and standing rules. Copies of the amended bylaws/rules will be available on the table in the East Pro Shop. March 16 was the first round of our five-round Spring Eclectic Tournament. Hopefully, everyone wishing to play had signed up prior to the March 30 deadline. The Spring, Summer, and Fall Eclectics are always popular events. Our course is looking better each week, thanks to Andy and crew. Let’s make sure we do our part to keep it that way! Happy golfing!


First place was won by Dan Levin with a net 27. Second place went to Don Schulte with a net 29. Third place was taken by Paul Lawler with a net 30. Fourth place went to Kelly Snow with a net 31. Fifth place was Gary Stone with a 31.5. Sixth place was a tie between Neil Huber and Dan Sienes, both carding a net 32. Closest-to-the-hole on #8 was Neil Huber at 57’1” taking home a double jackpot since nobody had hit the elusive #8 green the week prior.


Co-chairs Ruth Levy and Liisa Karjalainen provided a great St. Paddy’s Day tournament and luncheon on March 5. Besides a beautiful day of golf scrambling and delicious corned beef and cabbage, cash prizes were awarded to teams with the best scores: First: Nancy Young, Janet Siela, Linda Yates and Jodie DiBenedetto. Second: Arlene Keenley, Elizabeth LaPointe, Barbara Robinson and Dodie Wallace. Third: Elaine Foote, Cindy Carroll, Sarah Wood and Joan McDonnell. Fourth: Ruth Levy, Liisa Karjalainen, Vanita Collins and Christy Rexford. Thanks to Ruth and Liisa for their hard work and creativity, and to Jeanine Haggerty and John Theilade for assisting.

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First place was won by the team of Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone with a 24.5. Second place went to the Greg Carpenter/Charlie Perotti team with a 25. Third place was a tie between the teams of Gordon Hopper with Rich Silvas, and Al Bentham with Joe DiBenedetto, both teams scoring a 25.25. Closest-to-the-pin honors on #8 went to Phil Sapp at 9’1”, followed by Dan Sienes at 30’2”.

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Wednesday Men’s Club

nJim Kaiser

Your new OWMC board, not ones to sit on their laurels or content with maintaining the status quo, have agreed upon three new changes with more to come. The three new changes are: 1. If your age and west course white handicap combined are 100 or more you have the option to play from the forward tees utilizing the forward tee handicap for OWMC events. 2. OWMC will pay out first and second closestto-the-pin on holes #8, 13, and 16 for one handicap category. 3. Hole #5 has been designated as a voluntary closest-to-the-pin for those who contribute an extra $1 and place it in the envelope at check in. If no one gets the green the money will carry over to the next week. Jim was having a bad day on the links and says, “I would move heaven and earth just to break 100 today.” Bruce quickly replies, “Try heaven, you already moved most of the earth.” Now for the results:


First flight (3–12): first, Ross Alzina, 56; second, Kevin Buehner, 58; second tie, Bill Hainke and Jeff Snyder, 58. Second flight (13–19): first, Bruce Hulick, 56; second, Rick Yates, 57; third tie, Bill Roberts and Phil Sapp, 58. Third flight (20–25): first, Ed Pierson, 52; second, Gary Novak, 55; third tie, Charlie Perotti, Wayne Shomaker and Tommy Yturralde, 57. Fourth flight (27–up): first, Bob Flores, 52; second tie, Larry Frediani and John Garcia, 53; fourth, Scott Ricci, 55. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Nick Beltrano, 11’6”, Jim Kaiser, 22’6”; #13—Danny Morgan, 11’9”, Bud Simi, 22’4”; #16—Rick Yates, 7’11”, Nick Beltrano, 8’3”, Ross Alzina, 8’3”. Hole #5—Andy Frauenhofer, 11’11”.

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First flight: first tie, E. Baciocco, L. Yates and L. Karjalainen. Second flight: first, B. Robinson; second, J. Rietow; third, A. Branstetter. Third flight: first, J. DiBenedetto; second, E. LaPointe; third tie, H. Williston, A. Krajci, and J. Siela. Fourth flight: first, B. Bowman, second, N. Young, third tie, S. Wood and J. Guerber.

First flight (10.8–18.3): first, Nick Beltrano, Ron Feibusch, Tom Kendrick and Gil Moreno, 133; second, Tony Hughes, Bob Peterson, Bill Hainke and Mike LaForge, 134. Second flight (20.5–34.8): first, Tom Wayne, Pete Eschelbach, Bud Simi and Scott Ricci, 129; second, Bruce Hulick, Andy Frauenhofer, Lou Lari and Ted Mokricky, 130. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Bucky Peterson, 6’2”, Phil Sapp, 8’4”; #13—Bill Hainke, 12’11”, Lou Lari, 19’7”; #16—Gary Novak, 7’1”, Shelly Brodsky, 8’11”. Hole #5—Kevin Buehner, 18’10”.

March 11, East Two-Man Alternate Shot

First, Keith Wise/Noel Schween, 58; second, Gary Stone/Tony D’Agosta, 60.5; third tie, Gordon Hoper/ Rich Silvas and Dick Scott/Frank Smith, 63. Closest-to-the-pin (HCP 0–19): #16—Noel Schween, 39’3”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—Gary Stone, 16’10”; #16—Bob Thorsen, 20’4”, Bob Ure, 26’4”.

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Grandparents’ Club Activities

nRosemary Waller

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This coming Saturday, on April 4 the Easter Bunny is arriving in Oakmont for our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt takes place inside and outside the Berger Center from 1–2:30 p.m. The event is for toddlers through 12-year-olds. The cost is $5 per child and includes a bag to hold their colorful eggs, a jumpy house, The Balloon Guy, face painting, refreshments, prizes and dancing to music by the Oakie Folkies and much more. The hunt will go on rain or shine! Something new this year will be our “Pick Your Own Prize Tables.” Your grandchildren will find a numbered ticket inside their Easter egg. After their hunt is over they match their ticket number to the prize table with the same number and then select a prize. If they have 12 tickets they choose 12 prizes, 10 tickets—10 prizes. I think you get the idea. There will be three tables filled with prizes. You might ask why they don’t just stuff the eggs with prizes. Well, those eggs just aren’t very big and by doing this we can give prizes that are larger in size. Guaranteed your grandchildren will be happy when they see these tables. To keep our grandchildren safe they will be divided into three age groups so please be on time for your grandchild’s scheduled hunt. Everyone is anxious to get started so it’s important to be on time. Group 1: All toddlers–3 years old, start time is 1:15 p.m. Group 2: All 4–6 years old, start time is 1:25 p.m. Group 3: All 7–12 years old, start time is 1:35 p.m. For those of you who asked about our summer activities, the fun begins on Sunday, July 26–Friday, July 31. We are planning our one week of activities now. More information to come. If you have questions, please call Marianne Neufeld at 528-0161, or E-mail me


The distinguished violin and piano duo of Elena Urioste and Michael Brown will make their Music at Oakmont debut on April 9 at 1:30 p.m., at Berger Center. Both are acclaimed soloists, and each is the winner of numerous competitions, career grants and awards. The two met at Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, and their partnership flourished during summers at the Marlboro Festival in Vermont. They have recently recorded sonatas by Strauss, Janácek, Fauré, and Ravel, and additional discs are scheduled in the months ahead. Works by Schoenfield, Elgar, Britten, Copland, and Gershwin will be featured on the duo’s Oakmont recital. Paul Schoenfield’s Four Souvenirs: Paul Schoenfield, born in 1947 in Michigan, studied piano from the age of six, and wrote his first composition a year later. A highly praised concert pianist, he has also achieved recognition as a chamber musician, performing with such groups as Music from Marlboro, and he has recorded the complete violin and piano works of Bartók. Schoenfield performed the premiere of his piano concerto in 1983 with the Toledo Symphony, and in 1994 it was recorded by Jeffrey Kahane with the New World Symphony, along with other Schoenfield works, including Four Souvenirs. Critic Raymond Tuttle calls this CD “some of the most life-affirming new music I’ve heard in a long time.” Schoenfield is currently a Professor of Composition at the University of Michigan. His perhaps whimsical stated goal is to write music “which could be played at a restaurant, but might also (just barely) find its way into a concert hall.” Benjamin Britten’s Suite for Violin and Piano Op. 6: Benjamin Britten (1913–1976) wrote this about his childhood: “Once upon a time there was a prep-school boy, quite an ordinary little boy … who loved cricket,

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adored mathematics, got on all right with history— but there was one curious thing about him: he wrote music. He wrote lots and lots of it, reams and reams of it.” When he was 11 he heard Frank Bridge’s orchestral poem The Sea, in a performance conducted by the composer. In his own words, Britten was “knocked sideways.” As Bridge’s pupil from age 13, Britten would always remember his teacher’s maxim, “You should find yourself and be true to what you found.” Britten’s Suite Op. 6 was premiered with the composer, aged 21, at the piano (he was a spectacularly good keyboard collaborator throughout his life). In later years Britten became known for his large-scale symphonic and choral works, including 15 operas. But the recent centennial of the composer’s birth has brought deserved recognition of his early chamber works, already revealing his uniquely expressive voice. Sir Edward Elgar’s Sonata Op. 82: Though he lived until 1934, Elgar’s last major creative spurt occurred in 1918–19, which produced this sonata as well as a string quartet, piano quintet, and the famous cello concerto. It was a melancholy time in the British composer’s life: many friends had died in World War I, and he had come to realize that his once critically acclaimed music was now considered conservative and even reactionary. Not until the 1960s would there be a renewed appreciation of his output. Elgar was a self-taught composer who had always felt an outsider, both musically and socially. Nonetheless, he married the daughter of a senior British army officer. Her family disowned her, horrified by her attachment to an obscure musician who worked in a shop and was a Roman Catholic. Alice Elgar served devotedly as her husband’s business manager, social secretary, and muse. In 1918 she acquired “Brinkwells,” a country house in West Sussex, where Elgar regained the inspiration to compose. Alice’s death in 1920 devastated the composer, who would write no major works for the remainder of his life.

Donor Drive and 2015–16 Season

Our annual Donor Drive takes place during April and May. Once again, we thank the Oakmont Community Foundation for their assistance. Donor envelopes and information will be available at the April and May concerts. Checks should be made out to “Oakmont Community Foundation,” with “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line. Your gifts are fully tax-deductible. Look for some excitement on April 9: the unveiling of our very special 2015–16 season, celebrating 25 years of superb classical music in Oakmont. We are happy to announce that current ticket prices will prevail: $15 for single tickets, and $105 for the entire series, offering eight concerts for the cost of seven. Season passes will be on sale at the April and May concerts. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

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There are wonderful vistas over Sonoma, and the valley. The three-mile hike has an easy elevation gain of 400’. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Dona McCulloch, 539-5730.


This moderately strenuous hike up Sonoma Mountain will pass through redwoods and oaks via the Mountain Trail, Sonoma Ridge Trail and the newly-opened East Slope Trail. From the top we will enjoy great views of Sonoma Valley, weather permitting. Distance is about 11.5 miles, with about 1,500’ of elevation gain. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382.


This is a brand new county park off Sonoma Mountain Road that adjoins Jack London State Park. The hike is approx. four miles. Elevation gain is about 700’. It is not a difficult hike, good for newer members. Hike leader is Petitta Frost, 303-7448.


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

Big Rock Ridge. (Photos by Maurice Fliess)


We will go up the East Ridge Trail to Bull Frog Pond, come back by way of the Pool Ridge Trail. This is considered a strenuous hike of about eight miles and approximately 1,800’ of elevation. Bring poles and water. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent.


This is our annual wild flower hike. It will likely be somewhere in Annadel. We will be doing part of the hike at a strolling pace, partly because of the flowers, (and partly because the leader likes to talk?) This is a real hike (about five miles, with some hill climbing). It is not just a stroll in the park. Don’t forget lunch. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Dick Shlegeris leads, 537-6514.


Oakmont Hiking Club has 35 rooms set aside for those dates at La Quinta Inn, 2401 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey. Front desk phone (831) 373-7100 to reserve a room for $119 a night. Cocktail party with refreshments and appetizers on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the La Quinta breakfast room. Wednesday night dinner will be at Gianni’s in Monterey. Important note: After making the reservation at La Quinta Inn please contact George or Zlatica Hasa at 843-4527 or E-mail Let us know if you will be attending the Wednesday night dinner at Gianni’s.

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In the Spotlight Arcados Carry On Village Market Traditions nJoyce O’Connor

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series of profiles of your neighbors, community members with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont.

The Arcados also cater to The Village Market is as much a customers’ special tastes, adding fixture in Oakmont as is the Central gluten-free and organic foods. “The Activity Center. When Oakmont Boomers are party people, and they celebrated its 50th anniversary also have gourmet tastes,” Laura two years ago, Village Market noted. For the first time the market observed 45 years of serving the offered pate for the holidays. community. “We’ve always had salt-free items. Laura and David Arcado bought We don’t salt any of our foods. It’s the business 15 years ago, and hard to remove salt, but easy to add though they live in Santa Rosa, the it.” Arcados are not absentee owners. The market has a kitchen in They are at the market most the back of the store. “We cut days and through the years have and package our own meats and shared joys and sorrows with their chicken,” Laura revealed, with 90% Oakmont customers. of deli foods and all the dinners are Their offerings include homecooked deli foods, daily specials, Laura and David Arcado at the Village cooked there. “We have the best grocery delivery and catering, Market deli case. (Photo by Paul Ryan) Mexican food—all handmade,” (Another photo online at www. Laura said proudly. So are all the which accounted for more than 250 Chinese dishes, she added. jobs last year. The daily delivery service is a welcome convenience. The market continues to prepare dinners on request “We don’t charge for purchases $25 or more,” Laura and for holidays but now has added small complete said in an interview. “We also help people if they dinners to the meat/cheese case. need help when we arrive with groceries. We are not Laura attributes the market’s success to “word above changing a light bulb or driving someone to an of mouth” advertising that brings in not only appointment.” Oakmonters but the many workers who serve them. Another convenience avoids confusion. The Something new for customers to talk about is the Monday through Friday set of daily specials never wide, flat-screen television installed inside atop the changes. As Laura put it, if people want hot dogs store’s entrance to let customers know what’s new in they’ll know which day to come in. the market and the world.

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New Community Photos in 2015 Oakmont Directory

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The second edition of Oakmont’s new-format Community Directory and Resource Guide arrived at resident homes in March. The cover photo scene with the East Recreation Center pool in the foreground is by Robert Starkey, with graphic design by John Kiil. The book has a number of new full-page photos taken around Oakmont, along with new photos and descriptions of community activities. There is a new two-page entry for Oakmont Gardens. The OVA distributed 3,200 copies by mail, and more are available in the OVA Office for newcomers and others. Richard Duncan is responsible for maps, facility designs and illustrations. In addition to Starkey, photos are by Ed Behen, Pat Brigham, Maureen McGettigan, John Taylor and John Williston.

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Boomers Club

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Renew Your Membership!

Have you renewed your membership yet? It’s still the best deal in town at $10 per person and it’s easy to do. Watch the fun video on our website for complete instructions and reasons why it’s good to do so sooner rather than later. From any web page, click on “Boomerville Videos—Time to Renew” in the menu on the left-hand-side of the screen and enjoy watching our own Oakmont film stars Susan and Nick!

Trivia Night

This year we’re taking our annual brain battle to the Quail Inn. The game starts promptly at 6:30 p.m., but come as early as you like for pub grub (Fish ‘n Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, or Bangers ‘n Mash for just $8.95 each). There is a special $5 corkage fee for our members, or try a Guinness for just $3. Prizes and bragging rights go to the winning teams (limit of six people per team). WHAT: Trivia Night WHEN: April 16, game begins at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Quail Inn COST: Free—members only, please (bring money for pre-game food if you wish) BRING: A team of up to six—it’s never too early to begin recruiting!

BIG EVENT: Motown … Yesterday, Today, Forever!

Tickets go on sale today for this not-to-be-missed big event. Nathan Owens and the Legends of Motown are one of the hottest bands we’ve ever booked. They tour nationally and have performed at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe and other big venues. You’ll hear a high energy, soulful song and dance review featuring tunes from bands like The Temptations, Gladys Knight, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Aretha Franklin and other Motown legends.

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Thanks again to all those who completed our first ever Boomers Club survey. We learned a lot and really appreciate your input. For complete survey results, see the Boomers Club website at www.

New Board Members, But We Still Need

We continue to grow our staff to enhance your Boomers Club experience. Joining us recently are Cindi Clemence (Secretary, Events Committee), Anne Marie Siu Yuan (Events Committee, Membership) and Tom Woodrum (Treasurer). We are lucky to have such marvelous talent to help bring you the best events possible. Despite our growth, we still need a few A/V experts to work at our big events. Compensation, you ask? How about free admission to the events you work!

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The additional space will be used for an office for the facilities maintenance manager, an employee break room, two “smart” conference rooms with the audiovisual equipment (like room B in the CAC) and a small room equipped for video and audio interviews. The new office will also include a reception/waiting area for residents. OVA will have first right of refusal for any additional space that becomes available in the building. The only other tenant in the building will be the chiropractor. Entrance to the office will be from the parking lot. There will be no entrance from Laurel Leaf Place.


The board unanimously approved a contract under which the American Red Cross would operate Oakmont’s three major facilities—Berger, the East and West Recreation Centers—if needed as emergency response shelters and assume all liability. While an Oakmont attorney questioned possible liability consequences of the Red Cross contract requiring that outsiders be admitted to Oakmont shelters in an emergency, the board decided to go ahead. Board President John Felton said the contract “works everywhere else. We have to be good neighbors. We can’t turn down people.” The Red Cross made it clear that its standard contract couldn’t be changed. Pat Barclay, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee co-chair who was instrumental in striking the Red Cross deal, said the contract will take effect after the Red Cross has deemed the Oakmont facilities adequate as emergency shelters. “It shouldn’t be too long,” he said, adding, “I can’t tell you how happy I am that we’ve reached this conclusion.”


The future of Osher Lifelong Learning Classes in Oakmont remains uncertain. “We’re not happy with the way they’ve handled it,” said director Bob Giddings, who has taken the lead in negotiations with Sonoma State University, which wants to lease space in Oakmont for its classes. He told the Oakmont News that the OVA Board “is not disposed to enter into a lease.” Giddings earlier described the terms of the lease request as “onerous.” Objectionable terms include requiring OVA to meet certain earthquake and ADA standards and details concerning the cleaning of

carpets, hard surface floors, window blinds, windows, walls and light fixtures. When OVA objected to SSU’s requirement that an architectural engineer evaluate a 169-page document outlining the university’s earthquake and ADA standards, Giddings said, an architect employed by SSU inspected the OVA facilities and said he doesn’t see any problem. He said the evaluation could have cost close to $10,000. Giddings said the OVA was going to run the issues past its attorney and accountant. In the meantime, he said, “We’ll try our best to get this concluded.” Lisa Berman, who led the recent Long-Range Planning Committee survey of Oakmont residents, said the committee was analyzing data from nearly 1,700 responses. She said the survey has produced very powerful information. She thanked the volunteers who helped with develop the survey, which she said could have cost $200,000 if done by an outside firm.


A proposal to establish a coffee cart/snack bar in the lobby of the Central Activities Center received a favorable reaction from the board and audience, but there were questions about whether the OVA could allow it. Turner said she would check with the OVA attorney and accountant. Melissa Lepley-Schurtz is proposing to operate the cart from 7 a.m. to noon for a few months and then assess its viability and decide whether to add afternoon hours from 12:30–4:30 p.m. and offer sandwiches and salads. She said she would be responsible for all equipment, insurance, fees and permits and everything else that goes along with the project. A straw poll of the audience showed near unanimous support. A request to extend the use of the East Tennis Court No. 4 for pickleball until the construction of new pickleball courts was approved with the support of the Tennis Club. Turner thanked directors Fran Dias and Herm Hess for their service on the board. Both served two-year terms and decided not to seek re-election.

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

Table tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/ eye coordination and spatial brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont. So come join us. All skill levels are welcome. We play at the old Curves location, 6572 Oakmont Dr., as per the following schedule: Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursday: 3–5:30 p.m. Friday: 3:15–5:30 p.m. Sunday: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. For Sunday play, you must bring your own partner. If you have any questions contact me at 539-4111, or Ian Seddon, 843-4040.

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(Hearing Education, Advocacy, Resources and Support) nJohn C. Taylor, Vice President

We hearing impaired folks usually think that not hearing enough to understand key words or sentences is our own private problem so we endure a frustrating situation rather than be disruptive. But I have learned that if I am having a problem others in the audience are also. At the risk of being just a noise in the atmosphere, in this article I am communicating my observations on hearing in specific Oakmont venues. (I am also working up courage to be “disruptive” in various meetings.) Current Affairs (East Rec. Center): Several years ago I gave up on it. Participants consistently ignored the mics and seemed to have no understanding or empathy with hearing problems. Art Shostak convinced me to give it another try and I found that the mics were being used and people would wait for them before talking—great progress—but, much of the dialogue was still not understandable due to mic technical problems and/or lack of proper mic technique. One portable mic is very heavy in bass and the other cuts out at times. OVA Candidates’ Meeting: Skipper (my wife) and I viewed the video on our home system. The picture was excellent (kudos to Dutch) but we found most of the dialogue unintelligible even with our good quality home audio system. The candidates seemed unaware of how best to make use of the microphones. Very frustrating. We got very little out of the session so still don’t have a good sense of our choices of candidates. Sunday Symposium: Excellent sound. In his introduction, Art Shostak used one of the same mics mentioned above and was 100% understandable. The speaker used an ear mic and was almost 100% understandable. After a short while, I activated my T-coils and found the speech clarity improved with better higher frequency reception. Hearing difficulties are our own individual problem that warrants taking whatever personal action will help us: hearing aids, helpers, seating position, T-coils, etc. But I know that if I am having difficulty hearing in, for example, the East Rec. Center, it doesn’t have to be that way—something is wrong that can be corrected. I have found that many people without hearing difficulties have zero understanding of the problem and no sympathy or empathy with those that do. HEARS is working on all of these aspects and appreciates the interest and support of OVA management and the Board of Directors. We have a big job to do to change the culture of 4,500 people in this regard.

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Cal Alumni Club

nMark Randol


Save the date for this narrated cruise along the Petaluma River (which is actually a tidal marsh— come along to find out why it’s called a river) from 1–4 p.m., $40 per person. Details to follow.


The club’s annual Spring Dinner will be held on Wednesday, April 15 at the East Rec. Center. The evening begins with no-host cocktails at 5:30 p.m. The price of the dinner is $35 which includes tax and tip. You will have a choice of entrée: Lamb Chop, Salmon, Chicken Cordon Bleu, or Vegetarian Lasagna. The program will start with a short performance by Stephan Stubbins, star of the Transcendence Theater’s “Broadway under the Stars.” This spring’s speaker will be Dr. Frank Chong, Superintendent/President of Santa Rosa Junior College. Dr. Chong will discuss “The Journey from Cal Golden Bear to Santa Rosa Bear Cub.” Prior to taking the reins of SRJC in January 2012, Dr. Chong served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He has also served as President of Laney College in Oakland, President of Mission College in Santa Clara, and special assistant to Willie Brown when Brown served as Speaker of the California Assembly. Please send your check with entrée choice to the Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont and mail to Helen Young; 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. For additional information about the Cal Alumni Club, please contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes, at 537-9631, or go to the club’s website: www.

Women’s Friendship Bible Studies

nNancy Crosby

Have you spent your whole life in church but never taken time to read the Bible? How can something written so long ago have any relevance for today? Knowledgeable or novice, our small groups provide a comfortable place to gather and learn what the Bible teaches, and it just might be a whole lot different than what you’d expect. Our lessons are informal, easy to follow, and use materials from Stonecroft and LifeGuide Bible Studies. Call me at 480-0566 for more information on either group or just join us anytime and begin to let God transform your life through His word.


I often wonder if what we do in our Tuesday morning writing class is anything like what used to occur in the great salons of Europe where writers and thinkers came together to share their work and engage in conversation. While no one in our group has a prominent place on the social register or counts oneself a distinguished luminary of erudite debate, the one thing we all have in common is the love of ideas. And so, we have great discussions. Our conversations have nothing to do with gossip or idle chit-chat. While we might consider the virtues

nSusan Ramsey


STUDY: I John: God’s Love Through You TIME: Fridays, 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 6 (directly across the hall from the OVA Office) GUIDE: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

of divorce or the debilities of aging, we also speculate on how these experiences form character and how best to convey this with the written word. We start with our writing and inevitably end with talk. That’s how we define who we are and how we write. It’s sharing in this kind of intellectual ferment that some say drove the whole salon movement into the heart of the Enlightenment. We don’t have such a lofty goal; we just enjoy the conversation. Join us on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., Room D in the Berger Center. For more information, call me at 829-1682.

Single Boomers Social Club May Meeting—Saturday, May 2

New board members: President, Susan Ramsey; Vice President and Activities Coordinator, Tina Hoogs; Secretary/Treasurer, Karen Hepner; and Membership Director, Sal Colombo.


SBSC will start out the new season with a new board and an exciting calendar of events! In addition to the monthly meetings, we will be having a variety of “shout out” activities to attend during each month.

April Meeting—Friday, April 3

WHERE: The Flipside Steak House and Sports Bar, 138 Calistoga Road (near the Safeway) TIME: The fun will begin at 4 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Drop by when you can, and enjoy a beverage, bite to eat and perhaps try your hand at pool.

WHERE: West Rec. Center Picnic Area TIME: Meet from 1–5 p.m. for Bocce and Barbecue You don’t have to be Italian to play! Bring your favorite protein to barbecue. Side salads and dessert will be provided. After lunch we will get a brief Bocce lesson from Sal and then form teams and try our skills at getting closest to the Pallino.

June Meeting—Friday, June 5 for a Funky Friday

Music by Second Line, a New Orleans influenced funk band. Pack a meal, or purchase food at the park grill. Music starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. The cost is $10 per person plus car fee of $8. More details for the above events will be sent out to SBSC members via Evite invitation for RSVP response. We have a wonderful year planned, so we hope all you Single Boomers out there will join up and join us for a great year ahead. Please fill out the application form and drop off your $12 check to the designated SBSC folder located at the OVA Office. Please be sure to include your E-mail so that you will receive all Evites and Shout Outs.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC Folder along with your check to Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC), in the amount of $12. Please print. Name: _______________________________________________________________ Date:____________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: _____________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature: ______________________________________________________________

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Valley of the Moon Rotary

VOM Rotary supports a wide variety of local and international causes. From clean water projects in third world countries, to community services such as Oakmont Volunteer Helpers and Youth Services, such as The Children’s Village. Rotarians do this by contributing money, time and talent. We usually meet at the Quail Inn for a breakfast and speaker meeting at 7 a.m. on Friday mornings. We welcome all who might have an interest. Please contact our membership chair, Marie Theilade at 3180928 or visit us at Coming up shortly we will be visiting the Redwood Empire Food Bank, car-pooling to the site. All are welcome. Recently we enjoyed a wine and food pairing at Landmark Winery. Major Joe Murray, one of the officers of the local Salvation Army Corps was one of our speakers in March. We are all familiar with the bell ringers who seek our donations, perhaps the recycle shops, and of course the trucks that gather our no longer needed clothing and furniture and the emergency services the Salvation

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Army provides. The Army however does much more. Major Murray spoke eloquently and humorously about many of the lesser known projects and opportunities for donations and volunteers. They need people to be volunteer “shopperones” for their back Major Joe Murray to school shopping sprees for in-need students. Boxing coaches, tutors and mentors for various youth services including their Double Punch Boxing Program are looking for suitable volunteers. Many people are not aware of the Lytton Springs Campus, or their Summer Day Camp to name just a few. The Salvation Army has been administering to the needs of the people in Sonoma County since 1889. Their web site is Valley of the Moon Rotary is privileged to contribute to this organization.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont

THE ART AND CRAFT OF MEMOIR by FRAN CLAGGETT, M.A. Fridays, Apr. 10–May 15, 9–11 AM, Card Room, Central Activity Center

This term we are offering a special class limited to 40 participants. Memoir is a blending of art and craft. It is about relationships that help define who we are, who we once were, and what values and heritage shaped us. You will both read and write in this course. No previous writing experience is required. Please note the new day, time, and location. Fran Claggett, M.A., is an award-winning teacher and writer. She has written books for teachers and texts for students, and has published two volumes of poetry.

PASSION AND JOY: The Music of Bach and Beethoven By KAYLEEN ASBO, Ph.D. MONDAYS, Apr. 13–May 18, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

Enjoy live piano performances by the instructor as she presents the masterpieces of two of the greatest composers of all time. Explore the lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., is a popular instructor who has been on the faculty of the San Francisco Conservatory for 16 years. She has masters in music, mythology and psychology. Her Ph.D. dissertation will be published in 2015.

DYNASTY: Rise and Fall of the Great Houses of Europe By BRUCE ELLIOTT, Ph.D. WEDNESDAYS, Apr. 8–May 13, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

Many great monarchies set the tone politically, socially, and aesthetically in their respective societies. During this course explore the Renaissance dynasties of the Medici and Tudor families, then the Hapsburgs and Bourbons in the Baroque period, and finally to the Hohenzollerns and Romanovs into the 20th century. Bruce Elliott, Ph.D., received his doctorate in history from UC Berkeley. He punctuates his lectures with extensive visuals of art to help convey his information.


Since the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s theory that evolution occurs through natural selection—survival of the fittest, this concept has been fraught with sinister overtones. This class will explore differing perspectives on natural selection from a diverse group of thinkers. William Garrett, Ph.D., received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from San Francisco State University. He earned his doctorate in religion and philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Spring Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU brochures and registration forms are available in the OVA Office and the Central Activity Center. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at OakmontLLL@ Osher at SSU-Oakmont Lifelong Learning classes are open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests.

The Oakmont Educators Club

nCarol Cotton

“Service Above Self—Giving Life Meaning!” was the theme of Caroline Keller’s presentation at the club’s second meeting in March, focusing on how and where retired educators can help young people in our community.. When the former middle school, high school and community college administrator moved to Oakmont, she carefully researched the needs of local school age young people and discovered an abundance of opportunities existed. To name a few Santa Rosa programs, she discussed how we could help through Rotary, R House for recovering addicted students, nearby Los Guilicos, PEO, The Living Room, gardening, sewing and job preparation at our Sierra Girls Center across the highway from Oakmont, reading to waiting young patients at La Luz Mobile Health Clinic, providing scholarships for high school and college youth and classroom assistance in area schools. Some club members are already volunteering. Others plan to sign up soon. Several attendees described their teaching experiences which were quite varied, interesting and worldwide. The topic of our next meeting will be Cyber Seniors, a program creating opportunities for high school students to mentor senior citizens on basic technology in the computer world, to help us access the incredible resources available. Well known, highly respected and active Oakmonter, Dutch Lichliter will be the presenter. Time will also be devoted to exchanging our teaching background information, other topics of interest, socializing and planning future focus and activities for the club. DATE: Thursday, April 2 TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. PLACE: Art Room, Central Activities Center CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

nJane Carpenter


After several generations of us all taking quick snapshots of everything within sight, it may be sometimes difficult to think of photography as an art. Photography was a complicated process in the early 20th century. Cameras were cumbersome, developing the film was painstaking and the process of making prints required deftness and understanding.

Oakmont Art Association artistic in every way. Stieglitz became the leader of this movement in New York City and became famous for his photographic works. Eventually he became convinced that the public needed to see photographic art and traditional art displayed together and in 1907 created the first such exhibit in his own gallery. In subsequent years he showed work by both American and European artists and became a mentor and friend to many of them. He is now credited for bringing to the public’s attention and appreciation many of the early 20th century’s great artists. Alfred Escoffier is a docent for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. He will show and describe these days in a presentation at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 10, in the Berger Center. Refreshments will be served at 10 a.m.


Call Dorothy Pierce at 495-6530 or E-mail pierce.


The Steerage, photo by Alfred Stieglitz

The Ice Hole, oil on canvas by Marsden Hartley

In the 1880s Alfred Stieglitz became interested in the idea that a photograph is a way of making art from nature, and the control of the developing and printing process could mold an image that was distinctive and

nDorrelle Aasland, Chair

Spring Awards Luncheon

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Oakmont Quail Inn COST: $20 DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION: May 7 CHAIRPERSON: Florence Boxerman, 539-3743 Please make checks payable to Oakmont Visual Aids and mail to Dorrelle Aasland, 7358 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. We look forward to seeing you all at this luncheon. Quail Inn has offered a lovely lunch of Chicken Crepe, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit cup and dessert. This will be followed by awards and then an afternoon of bridge. Let Florence know if you would prefer a vegan plate. Please bring $1 for winnings for the day. It is now time to sign up for our 2015–2016 season which will run from September through April. Please complete the form and either mail it with your check for $15 to me with your lunch reservation of $20 or bring it to the luncheon. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for next year and I urge you to encourage them to call me at 537-1518.

Paintings in the Berger Gallery were changed on March 14. Two artists have paintings hanging on the back walls of the auditorium, Dorothy Pierce and Gary Caldwell. In the last issue of this paper we featured a short biography of Dorothy’s artistic life and a picture of her painting, The Market Place. Here is a painting and a brief biography of Gary’s artistic experiences. “My educational background is that of an architect and management consultant. Like many people, I liked to draw and paint as a child and young adult. As an undergraduate in architecture I was exposed to drafting and drawing classes as well as watercolor and gouache painting along with charcoal and pastels. I especially found watercolors intriguing and determined to learn more about watercolor techniques. “However, life and work intervened and I didn’t get back to watercolor painting until I retired. During my working career I also became fascinated with photography, which I used a lot in my occupation and work travels. “When I retired I pursued two major directions: 1). I went back to college to take more art, graphic design, computer graphics and photography classes;

Painting by Gary Caldwell

2) I started to volunteer at the Palo Alto Senior Center, teaching computer-aided photography enhancement, and took watercolor classes. Thus the year 2002 became the real start in my watercolor painting. “Since that time I estimate I have painted approximately 200 watercolors in various styles. I primarily paint an architectural or landscape theme for a majority of my pieces. However, I am still evolving a painting style and am experimenting with other themes and styles of painting.”

“Celebration of art”

Sketches, paintings and photographs created at or inspired by the “Celebration of Art” will be hung in the Berger gallery starting on May 9 through July 11. Bring them framed and ready to be hung in the gallery by 9:30 a.m. on May 9.


WHEN: Sat. and Sun., April 11 and 12 TIME: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. PLACE: CAC Art Studio COST: $160 All you need is a Sharpie and a Tombow pen, a plastic waterbrush and an inexpensive watercolor sketch pad. You are set to sketch in Oakmont, in town, or around the world. You may also want to add a mini-watercolor palette. David was one of the artists at our recent “Celebration of the Arts.” Registration closes soon. Call Bonnie Crosse, 282-9076.


It’s sign-up time for next season’s Visual Aids Bridge

Marathon. You may also bring this to the luncheon. Please note on your sign-up the name of your partner! New players, or those needing a partner, are welcome and should call me.

Sign-up form

Please fill in the form below and return, along with your check for $15, made out to Oakmont Visual Aids, and mail to Dorrelle Aasland, 7358 Oakmont Dr., 537-1518. Deadline for checks is July 25. Advanced: Name_________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________ Intermediate: Name_________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

McBride Realty Sells Oakmont

707-538-2270 • 6520 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 CalBRE #01151843


April, 2015 This calendar does not reflect all events scheduled. Changes made on or after the 15th may not be reflected.







1 2 3 4 Monthly Event Calendars are also available online at

The West Recreation Renovation Project is underway. Please see page 8 of the March 15 edition for the temporary relocation of West events and classes.

AR Art Room (new building complex) EC East Conference Room B Meeting Room (new building complex) G Berger Center (old library) BC Berger Center LW Lower West, See page 8 of the March 15 edition BCFS Berger Center Fireside Room CR Card Room (new building complex) Ste 6 In OVA Administration Building Upper West, See page 8 of D Adjacent to stage in Berger Center UW the March 15 edition E East Recreation Center

10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) CR







10:00 AM Art Association AR 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) CR 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) CR 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck E 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) CR 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids E 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM American Mah Jongg E 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OVA Annual Meeting BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Commun Committee B 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Great Decisions E 11:30 AM OEPC Counselors B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint Grp AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM OPCUG E 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR

9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 12:00 PM Fitness Club Board B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Great Decisions E 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint Grp AR 1:00 PM Visual Aids E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


8:00 AM OVA Ballot Counting E 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM OVA Board Org. Meeting E 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:00 PM How to Optimize Your Med BC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:00 AM Garden Club Board Ste 6 10:00 AM SIR 92 Exec Board G 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM OVA Board Goal Setting E 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM OLLI Committee B 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:00 PM Preventative Health Measures BC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) Ste 6 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:00 PM How Meds Affect Health BC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM LRP Committee EC 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 12:00 PM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig BC 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Ste 6 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Photography Club E 3:30 PM Café Mortel B 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC


9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM OVA Board Orientation E 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Oakmont H.E.A.R.S. B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Brook Green HOA G 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM Lawn Bowling Brown Bag BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Boomer Board Ste 6 2:00 PM LRP Prelim Survey Res BC 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 3:30 PM Oakmont Educators Club AR 5:30 PM Orchard HOA Mtg B 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


8:30 AM Art Association Board G 8:30 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class E 9:45 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Art Association BC 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM HICAP D 1:00 PM Current Events E 5:30 PM Oak. Rovers RV Potluck E








7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Woodgreen #2 Ste 6 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM OLLI E 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 7:00 PM Boomers BC 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR




9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM OLLI BC 5:30 PM Community Church (OCC) B 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC

9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Easter Egg Hunt BC 1:00 PM Bocce

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM OCDC B 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 3:00 PM OLLI E 4:00 PM Sunday Symposium Bd. Ste 6 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Café Mortel E 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:30 PM Café Mortel B 5:30 PM Cal Alumni Spring Dinner E 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 7:00 PM Book Discussion Group II B

9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC

8:30 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:00 PM Volunteer Opp. Fair BC 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM OLLI E 5:00 PM Fairfield HOA Annual BC 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D

8:30 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids E 9:45 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:00 AM OVA Event The Kut-Ups CR 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E

8:30 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Int BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM HICAP D 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM OLLI E 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv BC 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Art Association AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Kiwanis CR

9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG E 5:00 PM OTC Spring Lunch E

9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv BC 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Dance Club BC 1:00 PM Bocce


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Announces the Return of the Goodwill Donation Truck

nMarsha Zolkower

Time to clean out those closets and garages, as OVA announces the return of the Goodwill Donation Truck. You can find the truck parked in the upper parking lot of the West Recreation Center at 6470 Meadowridge Drive. They will be accepting donations on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., beginning April 4.

Passages George Gillen, 8-year Oakmont resident, passed away February 20. John McCarthy, 18-year Oakmont resident, passed away February 26. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

SONOMA HUMANE SOCIETY 6 miles west of 101 on Hwy 12 | 707-542-0882


Future Purrr-fect I came to SHS as a stray so my history is a mystery. To me, my past is like looking in a rearview mirror – I like to glance back and see how far I’ve come, but I don’t want to stare too long because I’ll miss what’s right in front of me. (Have I ever actually driven a car and looked in a rearview mirror? That too shall remain a mystery!) Cats like to live in the “here and meow”. As an easy-going, snuggly 14 y/o I’m no different, but I do love the anticipation of your loving companionship and a place to call home. Come get me and I promise I won’t look back!


Better together. A Dachshund/ Chihuahua mix, you say? One could liken my heritage to other world-class pairings, champagne and Oysters Rockefeller perhaps. In the cute small dog world, we are talking highbrow, my friends – top hats and tails (the kind that wag a lot, of course). Speaking of pairings, we know that my affectionate 5-year-old personality will pair well with people who are home much of the day, but could I share you (and your lap) with a (sweet small female) dog? As long as you save plenty of love and lap time for me, we could be one class act!

OVA Presents a Series of Health Lectures “How to Optimize Your Medical Care”

nMarsha Zolkower, OVA

Dr. Deborah Hunter, M.D. will conduct a series of three lectures in Oakmont beginning on April 7. Her first talk is titled, “How to Get the Most out of Your Doctor’s Appointment.” Dr. Hunter will review 16 key health points to discuss with your doctor during each visit. The second lecture on April 14 is titled “Recommended Preventative Measures for Seniors.” These include immunizations and health screenings. For the third and final lecture on April 21 the subject will be “How Your Medications Maybe Affecting Your Health.” Join us for all three evenings, or just for the ones which resonate with you. Dr. Hunter cannot answer any personal health questions, but will address your

OVA Brings You the Rohnert Park Kut-Ups Mini-Show “Seasons of Love”

nMarsha Zolkower

WHAT: A Live Music and Dance Revue WHEN: Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive COST: Free admission!

Photo from the July, 2014 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center

general questions after her lectures. Dr. Deborah Hunter is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician with 14 years of clinical practice experience in a wide variety of medical settings. She has practiced Internal Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA; and at The Preventive Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic located at The World Trade Center in New York City. She has also provided medical care to our country’s war veterans for many years. TIME: 6–7:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center DATES: April 7, 14 and 21 COST: $5 at the door


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Bocce News

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


“And Spring arose on the garden fair, Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere; And each flower and herb on Earth’s dark breast Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.” Percy Bysshe Shelley, The Sensitive Plant


This year we will be visiting four Sonoma County nurseries with something unique at each one. 1. Cottage Gardens, Petaluma: succulents, clematis, roses, grasses, ferns, vines, vegetables (10% discount on all purchases). 2. Lone Pine Gardens, Sebastopol: Learn about caring for succulents and cacti, listen to a short talk about their Bonsai collection and how to create one for yourself. 3. Emerisa Gardens: annuals, perennials, herbs, organics and this season’s newest plants (10% discount on all purchases). 4. Momiji Japanese Maples: learn about the many varieties and how to care for them. Lunch (included in $50 cost) will be at the French Garden Restaurant, Sebastopol. WHEN AND WHERE: Depart the Berger Center parking lot promptly at 9 a.m.; return to Berger Center by 4:30 pm. COST: $50 (includes bus, lunch, tax and gratuities), payable by check or cash DETAILS: Reservations are necessary. Payment

can be made at the March meeting or placed in the Garden Club mail box at the OVA Office. Fill out the tear sheet below and include it with payment. This trip is open to Oakmont Garden Club members first. Space is limited to 45 people. The trip will be opened to non-members April 1. Payment must be received by March 31. Make sure your name, home address, and phone number is on your check and/or in the envelope. GOOD IDEA: Bring address labels to put on plants you purchase

nLynn Wycoff

St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone and our tournament celebrated the occasion with good old Irish (Italian!) spirit. I’m sure the leprechauns were around, at least I heard them being blamed for some missed shots. Pictures of the lucky winners are below.


Sandy Metzger, master gardener, will talk about “Habitat Gardening for Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Bugs.”


• After April 15, it should be safe to assume there will be no more frost. • Plant indoor-started seedlings outside. Harden off all homegrown vegetable seedlings before transplanting, bringing them in and out for a week before setting them free for good. • Plant container perennials, annuals, tender bulbs. • Divide and transplant summer and fall flowering perennials; fertilize as growth starts. • After azaleas, camellias, and rhododendrons finish blooming, remove spent blooms, taking care not to damage the new growth just beneath them. Feed the plants with a fertilizer especially developed for acid lovers.

GARDEN CLUB FIELD TRIP sign-up form April 22

Lisa Bonomi, Guido Arecco, Barbara Newton and Tony D’Agosta

Jim Huseby, Rosemary Toby, Jack Eldridge (tournament chair), Carol Huseby and Duane

Enclose with check made out to Oakmont Garden Club and send to Janet Schade, 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name(s)________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number__________________________ E-mail address___________________________________________ Amount ($50 per person)__________ # of tickets__________

Partners Contract Bridge

nHelen Hargrave, Coordinator

Our April dates are April 6 and 20 from 7–9 p.m. in the Card Room at the CAC. If you have never played with us, this might be a good time to check us out. If you need a partner, call me at 539-5511 and I will do my best to find to a partner for you. There are several singles now who

are wanting to play. This is an ideal way to get started with contract bridge and to meet new folks. We keep the same partner throughout the evening as we rotate through each table and keep a running score. Hope to see you in April.

Oakmont Volunteer Opportunities Fair

nMarsha Zolkower

WHEN: Thursday, April 23 TIME: 12 Noon–2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center Meet some of Sonoma County’s non-profit organizations and learn how you can make a difference. Partial list of participating organizations: American Cancer Society, Bright Haven, Canine Companions for Independence, Charles M. Schultz Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Oakmont (OVA, Vol. Helpers and Visual Aids), Kid Street Charter School, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Pets Lifeline, Rose Parade, Santa Rosa Comm. Health Centers, Santa Rosa City Schools, Sonoma Shakespeare Avalon Players, Sonoma Live

Arts, United Way Wine Country and Relay for Life, YMCA, Volunteer Center of Sonoma Country, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship and Sonoma League for Historical Preservation Meet Experience Works, a non-profit organization providing employment opportunities for older workers.

Kathy D’Agosta, Larry Souza, Florence Palica and Suzanne Hajek

Next on the agenda is the Tax Time Tournament on April 11 at 1 p.m. No refunds here but you do get your ration of candy! If you have not signed up for the Senior Games yet you should do so. Reports are that registrations are filling up. You don’t want to miss out. If you would like to join in, let it be known as some are still looking for people to fill a team. It is a really fun event and you won’t regret joining in regardless of the outcome. Also consider attending the Pallino Casino at the Quail Inn on April 25 starting at 5:30 p.m. This is a fund-raiser sponsored by the Sonoma County Bocce Federation to raise money for the Special Olympics and for their own teen tournament. It sounds like a good time event and is a chance to meet or renew our acquaintance with the Santa Rosa group. I’m sure they will appreciate our support as well. Details are in the notice for the event posted on our bulletin board. By now you have received your 2015 roster and calendar by E-mail. Copies are also available at the courts for those of you who don’t E-mail. At present we have 88 paid members. Umbrellas are up to help with the summer sunshine. Please remember to put them down when you finish playing so that the wind won’t blow them away. See you at the courts!

20 nBetsy Smith

The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Cardio Fitness Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. No class on Thursday, April 30 TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is currently being held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water if you have them. We have equipment if you do not have any, so come on down! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Spring into good health this spring by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

Balance and Strength Class

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! No class Wed., April 29 TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class will be held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Move into spring with better balance and strength by joining the Balance and Strength (All the Toys) Class. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights 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!

(Formerly Zumba Fit and Fun!) nLynn Seng, Instructor

now there are two ZUMBA speeds

Débutant: Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m. (starting March 19). The beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, who wants to build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!

Avancé: Tuesdays 8:30–9:45a.m., Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m. (starting March 19). The experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. All classes are in the old Beauty Parlor behind McBride’s at Oakmont and Stonebridge. The first two classes are free. Classes are $10 per week or discounted at five weeks for $40 or 10 weeks for $60, with no expiration. Come check it out. What do you have to lose?

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

Brain Fitness: Spring Word Jumble

Rearrange the letters to form a common word: 1. Aubogl; 2. Neryud; 3. Krayct; 4. Oescj; 5. Fmmuy; 6. Fualh; 7. Uimoshr; 8. Emliibusp; 9. Reapq. Answer Key: 9. Day; 8. Fools; 7. April; 6. Happy; 5. Pranked; 4. Been; 3. Have; 2. You; 1. Sorry. “I have great faith in fools---selfconfidence, my friends call it.”— Edgar Allan Poe “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.”—Japanese proverb “A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”—Douglas Adams For this joke, you’ll need tons of rubber bands. Put about a hundred of them around your victim’s cell phone or desk phone. Then call them! Make the perfect morning snack for April 1! Buy some plain donuts. Then coat them in baking powder. Leave them out for your victim. They will look just like powdered-sugar donuts, but taste terrible! Happy April Fool’s Day!


Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

YMCA Healthy Living: An exciting rotation of instructors from YMCA Healthy Living. JoRene continues her excellent Monday class. Wednesday’s instructors are rotating. Perspiration guaranteed.

Fridays, 9–10:15 AM, Berger Center (april 10 at East Rec.)

Stretch, Body Conditioning and Balance—SRJC Class: Exercises are done standing, sitting in a chair and on the mat. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, Therabands (available in class for $5), athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, water bottle and hand towel. For more details on classes and instructors, please visit the Oakmont Health Initiative website: https:// Welcome! Choose the entry level that is right for you, and then watch the improvement. YMCA’s Monday and Wednesday classes are designed for active adults. Friday Free Fitness class is a gentle stretch, body conditioning and balance class and a nice place to begin your exercise program. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. We recommend you to start with a smaller paid class or personal trainer. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. Thank you for coming.

Push Your Potential HIIT Boot Camp

(High Intensity Interval Training)

nJohn Phillips

Call it what you want, it is a fantastic workout. It promotes fat loss, muscle toning and improves endurance. WHEN: Mondays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:45 p.m. WHERE: 6549 Stone Bridge Rd. EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Light hand weights, nonslip mat, and water COST: $8 drop-in, 10 sessions $50, first session free Come on by and join us. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in 45 minutes!

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha

With spring here, now is the time to try this ancient form of Chinese movement and become more limber and balanced as you prepare for vacations and traveling. Tai Chi will also enhance your breathing so you will have more stamina and energy. Tai Chi is centuries old, based on gentle exercises that strengthen and stretch the body, perfect for seniors who need to get in shape. Do join us on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. at 6572 Oakmont Drive (the old Curves studio). Pre-registration is required. Tuition is $75 for a five-week workshop (classes do not need to be consecutive) Please call me at 318 5284 to register and for more information. I am looking forward to hearing from you.

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap (Laugh)!

News Alerts: We are putting lane ropes across the entire east pool today. The time has come to stop the big waves being splashed. Folks are sinking due to swallowing big gulps of water and we don’t want to lose anybody! Well, did you believe me? Did I get your dander up in a tizzy? April Fool’s! You know us better than that. Who made up this holiday anyway?

Join us

The Lap Swim Club is a group of year-round swimmers dedicated to working out in all types of weather. We support healthy, friendly, wellmaintained pools by reporting issues like clogged drains, etc. We follow the posted rules like showering before entry and after if using sun lotions, bring no foods/drinks other than water, and know the other listed rules. To join send your name and E-email to lapswim@ There are no dues, only a club website with current info and a place to voice concerns/issues. Happy lapping!

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

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


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Water Fitness

Qigong nSimu Janet Seaforth

The ancient Taoists had observatories on the mountains to look into the sky and map it. One of their Qigong practices was called “Spiral up to Heaven.” Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson suggests that we look up at the stars because that is where we came from. We are made of the elements created in stars. The sky holds all the memories of time, as we can chart the movements of the universal elements, and finally life itself, and the Looking Up, cement sculpture consciousness that we by Janet Seaforth posses.

Celebrate this creative process of our life!

In the beginning of our Qigong practice, we open to the universal life force energy, the creative intelligence that formed all things from the beginning of time, endlessly creating form through the energy of Qi. This great energy force is a loving light of consciousness that flows through us and has created us. Qi is like the quanta, the smallest form of energy, the pulsing of yin and yang, the stop/go, off/on, like electricity. Qi energy created life itself; and all of life is recorded in our DNA, the blue print of our evolution. This primal Qi, or universal Qi, makes up everything. This creative power is driven by the energy of love. Love is what works. Love helps us move forward, love heals our wounds; love dissolves the pain of fear, anger, regret and greed. Love is our natural state of being. It is our home. When we stand in the state of Wuji, of nothing, we experience the state of peace, of our natural loving energy. “Be still and know that I am God” is a helpful quote from the Psalms 46; 9. The deep truth of our nature is love seeking harmony and understanding.

So, Give yourself some qi love everyday!

In Qigong we practice taking time to do energy work. We open to the natural energies of the universe, and of our beautiful home earth. We line up our body to be able to receive the energy flow of the earth, gravity. We let our mother earth hold us up without strain. We rest, by alignment around our center axis, and surrender to the balanced alignment. “When the body is in balance there is no strain on any part of it,” says Sophia Delza. Then we experience the eternal presence with the sky, the universe, space, and all the memories of time held in the stars, the celestial objects. All created by the life force, yin/ yang, constantly moving, changing, energy force of primal Qi. When we are in balance physically, we can open to the Heavens and receive the radiant loving light of primal Qi. This loving life restores and heals, bringing natural harmony to all systems. It is the creative life force energy. It moves through us, directed by our mind, into the body, to restore and heal, to bring harmony and vitality to every cell, tissue, organ and system of our body. Oakmont Qigong (Chee gong) class is held at 6572 Oakmont Drive OVA temporary Fitness Studio on Fridays from 8:30–9:30 a.m. Chair Qigong is on the fourth Friday. Everyone welcome, no equipment necessary, chairs are available, work at your own ability. Dues are $40 month or $15 for drop-in session I am your instructor with over 30 years of teaching experience, NQA-certified, founding member of

nCathy Rapp

It’s officially spring! Julie is coming back! Julie’s Friday morning class will resume on April 3 on a $5 drop-in basis. The SRJC class (free) will begin on June 19. Get ready for an aerobic start to your weekends! Water aerobics classes are being held at the Central Pool for the next few months as the West Rec. Center is being remodeled. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact me at 5379281 or

spring 2015 water aerobics schedule Central Pool until west rec. remodel is complete

Free Classes through SRJC: Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Participants may decide to continue the classes during the break on a fee basis. Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee); 9:45 a.m.— Instructor Julie ($5) from April 3–June 12

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


nJudy Sannar

RV Club for Fun, Friendship and Travel Recent Social Events

The Rovers’ RV Club is more than just a travel club. We are an active social club as well. Since our last travels, more than 40 of our members attended the November potluck organized by Joan Rumrill and Jeanne Farris. The room was decorated in an Italian theme which set the mood for a special night out. In January, Dan and Chris Barger organized our annual President’s dinner with catering by Café Europe. Ray Farris handed over the gavel, as they say, to Dan Bargar who has already been doing a great job coordinating trips for this year.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

April 10: Spring Potluck at East Rec., Judy Sannar, 538-2289, April 23: 49er Resort in Plymouth’s Gold Country, Dan and Chris Bargar, 539-1834, dbargar@sbcglobal. net May 4–7: Olema Campground near Point Reyes, Jim and Lorene Ritter, 538-8215, lorenejim@comcast. net June 22–26: McCloud and Burney Falls, Jim and Judy Sannar, 538-2289, August 14: Annual Picnic BBQ at West Rec. Picnic Area September 14–18: Yosemite National Park, Sharon Threlkeld and Jan Young, 843-4942, jannerdog1@mac. com or November 7: Fall Potluck If you would like to meet our members and learn more about our group, we invite you to come as our guest to one of our events. Rovers is a social travel club for RV owners who enjoy the outdoors with the company of fellow campers. We plan at least four social gatherings and 4-6 trips each year. Yearly dues are only $10. For more information contact Dan Bargar, 539-1834 or Jim Ritter, 537-8215.

April 5: Easter Sunday No Symposium

April 12: “Don’t Stop the Presses” By Chris Smith

Veteran Press Democrat reporter and columnist Chris Smith readily concedes that the printed, home-delivered daily newspaper is about as outmoded and inefficient as a steam locomotive. Yet with all the developments in digital technology and social media, the means of generating enough revenue to maintain a staff of reporters and editors without including the print model have yet to be discovered. Chris will share some perspective on the current state of printed newspapers and of the efforts to expand successfully into social media and other nontraditional venues. And he will have a few interesting and enlightening stories to tell about what he considers his dream job. A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Audio, and sometimes video recordings of the lectures are posted online at the Symposium website Presentation DVD’s are available in the Oakmont Library. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at

Zentangle™ Art Classes

nBetsy Smith

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


Monday, April 13: Shading techniques Monday, April 27: Black tiles TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $8 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)


nPete Hardy

spring Session april • may

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Msgr. Fahey Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; gourmet deli sandwiches, potato salad and dessert $6 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for soup at approx. 5:15 p.m.

Call 538-1485 to Register.


nBarbara Powell


WHERE: Healdsburg Museum, Bear Republic Brewing Co., and The Geysers WHEN: Thursday, April 23 TIME: Leaving Berger at 10 a.m.; return about 5:30 p.m. PRICE: $63 includes bus, driver tip, lunch and museum donation DEADLINE: April 9 LIMIT: 45 people Our first destination will be the Healdsburg Museum and Historical Society. The Museum tells the history of Healdsburg through artifacts, costumes, photographs, and model buildings. We will also be able to enjoy their special exhibit “Fitch Mountain Everlasting” highlighting one of Healdsburg’s beloved local landmarks. We will then proceed to the Bear Republic Brewing Co. for lunch. Appetizers of Calamari Fritti, hot onion dip, and guacamole and chips will be served family style and each person will receive a Caesar Salad. Entrée choices are a beef or veggie burger with lettuce, onion, pickle, and cheddar on bun; BBQ pork with coleslaw and pickles on bun; Rueben with beef simmered in Big Bear Stout, Swiss cheese and chipotle sauerkraut on rye; and Pasta Della Oso with grilled chicken breast, mushrooms, tomatoes, cream garlic sauce with penne pasta. The Pasta Della Oso can be prepared without the chicken. After lunch we will drive up in the Mayacamas Mountains to The Geysers Visitor Center in Middletown. The Geysers is the largest complex of geothermal power plants in the world. It supplies nearly 60% of the average electricity demand in the North Coast region from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. The Visitor’s Center will educate us on geothermal energy and how it is harnessed at The Geysers. Checks must be received no later than April 9. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers, note entrée choice on your check, and mail your check to Barbara Powell, 7466 Oak Leaf Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office, or in my garage mail slot. My E-mail address is, text or phone (714) 309-1987 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). The Walkers Club puts on one event each month: nine bus trips each year to various places in the Bay area, an annual meeting in January, a picnic in August, and a Harvest Dinner in November. Walkers’ dues are $5 per calendar year. There is a one-time fee for a Walkers’ name badge—$6 for a pin type or $8 for a magnet type. Our club’s website is

Wii Bowling—Oakmont Lanes

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, 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 throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the former Curves location on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See for club information. Bowling dates for April: Apr 14, 1:30 p.m. Winter Tournament Playoff and 21, first week of Summer League. No bowling April 7 due to counting of OVA Ballots and 28—fourth Tuesday.

Special thanks to all our lane sponsors and prize donors, to everyone who donated/participated in bowling, to Burger King for donating all the food and ice cream pie desserts, to Scott Harris of Oakmont Financial and Katie Ruppe of Ricon Valley Union School District for all their efforts in organizing this special event and to all of our hard workers who made this event so successful.


1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, Wii Four; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 235; Elmer Swanton, 221; Juan Furntes, 209. Women’s High Games: Kathryn Miller, 255; Phyllis Jennings, 247; Sandy Osheroff, 247; Germaine Byrne, 237; Robin Schudel, 235; Florence Palica, 227. High Game Substitute: Debbie Miller, 212. 3:15 PM League: first place, Stikes and Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, High Rollers; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, Strike Outs; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 300; Scott Harris, 233; Mark Attebery, 213. Women’s High Games: Germaine Byrne, 300; Jan Blackburn, 279; Doris Ruh, 257; Mollie Atkinson, 247; Diane Price, 232; Betsy Smith, 232; Debbie Miller, 225; Nicole Reed, 222; Pat Stokes, 216; Maurine Bennett, 211; Elisabeth LaPointe, 206; Judy Lawrence, 204; Barbara Ford, 200; Shirley Jamison, 200. High Game Substitute: Lorene Ritter, 234; Juan Furntes, 205; Fritzie Amantite, 203.

Our Fifth Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon FundRaiser was held on Saturday, March 14 at Austin Creek Elementary School. Money donated will be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District, which includes nine schools, and the Oakmont Kiwanis. The weather was perfect. A good time was had by all, from three-year-olds to grandparents having a blast bowling while listening to DJ Benjamin Farren aka Ben Jammin. For each $25 donated, a bowler bowled for a one-hour session, was given a delicious Burger King lunch with dessert and given five raffle tickets with the opportunity to be rewarded with more tickets for bowling a strike, picking up a spare/ split or showing extra ordinary exuberance. Forty-five prizes were raffled off at the end of the last session. Those who donated $100 or more per bowler were entered into a Grand Prize raffle to win either an iPad or a one week stay at the Five Star Welk Resort in San Diego. Also an online auction of 72 additional prizes were auctioned off between March 14 and 22. Winners and total amount donated will be announced in a future article.


On March 17, a bowler/substitute won a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowled a strike in the first and seventh frames of the third game, hence date 3/17. A score ending in 17 in any game also wins. Results will be in the April 15 article.

RESULTS AS OF March 10 (eight week of Winter League)


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

PC Users Group nBarbara G. Dudley


Our next General Meeting takes place on Monday, April 13 at 2 p.m., at the East Recreation Center. OPCUG’s own John Hamilton returns to the stage to present his program on “Chromebooks: If They’re Good for Your Grandchildren, Are They Good for You?” says, “A Chromebook, as defined by Gartner [an IT research and advisory company], is a mobile computing device powered by the Google Chrome OS, with up to 16GB local storage and a focus on cloud storage. All applications come from the Google Play store, which requires a wireless Internet connection.” It is quickly “filling the gap between popular mobile devices and the declining traditional PC market…” As a treat, the board is providing a Chromebook as a door prize! Be there for your chance to win it for free! Note: No, you are not seeing double. In early March, extenuating circumstances caused the OPCUG Board to switch the March General Meeting with the April Q&A Session. Thus, the Q&A Session was moved forward to March 9, and the General Meeting was pushed back to April 13.


As you may know, the OCLC offers computer classes for both Mac and Windows users. For this spring, their classes start on Monday, March 23. For more information on these classes, including dates and instructions on signing up, read their article in this paper or visit, and then click on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link), where you also can find class descriptions.


At our site, you can find information about the upcoming Q&A Session or General Meeting and other announcements on our Home page. In addition, you can read timely articles about Windows-PC issues in our past Newsletters, access information about Past Programs, find out about your board, and review Help articles and other useful information. We need you to know, as well, that we welcome comments and suggestions for this site. Please, send your insights to Webmaster Krystine at Krystine_ or me at bd24-ecrivain@


If you live in Oakmont and want personal WindowsPC help, group members are happy to assist you, free of charge. Call our experts: Phil Kenny at 538-2075, Dan Gaffney at (916) 878-9538, or Gordon Ramsey at 538-4981.

SIR Branch #92

nGreg Carpenter

The speaker for our April 14 lunch meeting will be the executive assistant for Sonoma Clean Power, speaking on the benefits and advantages that SCP can provide. Our meetings are on the second Tuesday of every month. If you are looking for some great fellowship and fun activities, come join us. Call me at 539-3686 or E-mail

nJerry Thompson

Saturday, April 18 Pat Barclay: Time to Upgrade?

Pat will guide us through the Mac’s upgrade paths, both hardware and software, to get your Mac running right. TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting WHERE: East Rec. Center Website:


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-3079 or E-mail

A free service to our membership

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

ipad SIG: Show Up and Share

WHEN: Tuesday, April 28 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Linda Canar

Buddhist Meeting

nRay and Marie Haverson

may 2: cinco de mayo celebration featuring charlie bAKER AND COMPANY

WHEN: Saturday, May 2 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner 5–6 p.m., music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: $35 per member, $38 per member’s guests, $45 per non-member; best deal is $47, includes membership from January1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. MENU: Beef or cheese enchiladas, tamales, rice, beans, tossed green salad with strawberries, make your own taco stand, coffee, tea, lemon water, ice and whipped cream cake with mixed fruit filling. As always it is BYOB. We will have a blender for those who want to make Margaritas or other blended drinks. For your listening and dancing pleasure we will feature the great Charlie Baker and Company! The stage is now set for a fantastic time! So don’t miss this one get your checks in early as we will sell out very fast. This is the only event of the year that we feature fun gag gifts, door prizes and of course our famous conga line!


May 2: Cinco De Mayo with the great Charlie Baker July 4: 60s Style BBQ with the great Hot Rod Band August 29: Country Hoe Down BBQ with ½ lb hamburgers, ¼ lb hot dogs and Ray’s famous chili (not to be missed). Music to be announced, not yet determined. October 3: Not yet set up December 12: Back by popular demand The Rat Pack Holiday Show with a Surprise Guest Star Feel free to call us at 539-6666 or E-mail haversonr@ with any questions.

nPennijean Savage

April 25 Transforming the Sufferings of Birth and Death

“President Ikeda stresses the importance of Buddhist practice to accumulate the treasures of the heart in this existence, in order to transcend the sufferings of birth and death, and achieve a life state of eternal happiness.”—Living Buddhism, March 2015, p. 60. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, April 25 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or me at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

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

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on April 6. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

nChris Sork

Café Mortel

nJackie McDonald


Special presentation limited to only those who are going to die

“Death with Dignity” will be discussed by advocacy group Compassion and Choices speaker Jacie Rowe IV Wednesday, April 15 from 10 a.m.—12 noon in the East Rec. Center. Mr. Rowe will introduce the End-ofLife Option Act, a bill to authorize medically-assisted death for terminally ill Californians who choose it. This group supports giving Californians the option to die at home peacefully surrounded by their loved ones. There will be a question-and-answer period following the presentation. For questions and information call me at 537-9645 or Ed at 539-3065.

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The Readers of the Wind Between the Houses

On April 6 and 13 Jerry Gow will bring On Golden Pond by Ernest Thompson to Playreaders. On Golden Pond was produced on Broadway in 1979 and made into a movie in 1981 starring Katherine Hepburn,



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Celebrating our NEW Art Museum!

nAl Thomas, Coordinator

Once again the AARP Tax-Aide Program will provide free tax assistance at the Berger Center for seniors and other taxpayers to prepare their 2014 Federal and State income tax returns. Sessions began Monday, February 2 and will end on Wednesday, April 15. Each session begins at 9 a.m. AARP Volunteer Tax Counselors, certified by the IRS, will be available in Room D on Mondays and Room G on Wednesdays. Taxpayers may stop in on any one of the scheduled days to sign up in advance for a time slot. Time slots will be 9–11 a.m., 11 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. and 12:30–3 p.m. The sites must close not later than 3 p.m. Taxpayers should bring their 2013 tax returns along with their 2014 W2s, Social Security SSA 1099s and all other 1099s, as well as detail of estimated tax payments made during 2014 and any other documents necessary to prepare their returns. If you have any questions about the program, please call the OVA Office at 539-1611. This service is provided for Oakmont residents and their invited guests.

Jane Fonda and Henry Fonda, who won an Academy Award for his role. Ethel and Norman Thayer spend their summers at their home on a lake called Golden Pond. They are visited by their daughter, Chelsea, her fiancé, Billy Ray, and his 13-year-old son, Billy Ray, Junior. Although Chelsea has had problems with her father in the past, she wants her parents to keep Billy Ray Junior while she and her fiancé go to Europe. They reluctantly agree. Although Norman is having some memory problems, he and the boy become good friends due to their fishing adventures. Readers are Charlie Ensley, Jerry Gow, Stephen Litzenberger, Ned Luzmoor, Joyce O’Connor, Ron White and Sandy White.

Follow the searchlight, walk the red carpet and mingle with celebrities at this don’t-miss event. The best DJs will keep your feet moving all night long. View opening art exhibit in beautiful, new 4,500 sq. ft. gallery. Score a masterpiece at the silent art auction.



Saturday, April 11, 2015 7:30 – 11 p.m. Food by Stark & Co. Catering RSVP now at or T: 707.579. 1500 ext. 16 Price per Ticket:

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The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

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Veterans and Surviving Spouses Long Term Care Benefits Seminar At VINTAGE BRUSH CREEK Presented by Mark Odell, Volunteer Advocate with U.S. Senior Vets Join Vintage Brush Creek to learn about the VA Non-Service Connected Aid & Attendance Pension; what it is, who can qualify and how to apply. Please don’t miss this important presentation to assist our veterans.

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nSusan Millar


The Oakmont Community Foundation has made some changes in board member duties. At a no-host luncheon in mid-March, accolades were given to Bob Giddings who has so ably guided us for several years as President of the OCF. Bob is a founding member and has served the foundation continually since its inception in 2007. He now will have Emeritus status, joining Bill Anderson in that capacity, and promising to help us out on an as-needed basis—which includes organizing another free opera night for Oakmont residents.

From left to right: Pat Amedeo, Sally Risberg, Pat Clothier, Bob Giddings (center), Susan Millar, Bob Chapman and Bill Anderson.

The OCF also thanks Sally Risberg for her help these past two years. Sally serves so many organizations both in Oakmont and the Santa Rosa area that she feels she can do a better job if she tackles fewer jobs. We will be depending on her to help us out on special projects. The new board includes: Susan Millar as President; Pat Clothier as VP, Pat Amedeo as recording secretary, and Bob Chapman as treasurer. Any one of the board members is available to answer questions on both giving to and receiving from the OCF. A fund-raising event will be held by the OCF on July 18. We are bringing Doug Morton and his Del Sol Latin Jazz group back to Oakmont. They performed to a sold out crowd during the 50th celebration and really wowed the audience. We will start with a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres served on the new terrace with music supplied by Carlos Herrera and his band members. Look for an announcement soon regarding ticket sales. As part of our continuing campaign for donations, the OCF urges you to consider donating to your favorite club or activity and doing your part in contributing to what you love and helping to keep Oakmont dues low. The Oakmont Community Foundation is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) corporation, and your entire donation is tax free. If you don’t have any favorites, your donation will be distributed as the OCF sees a need or receives a grant request. Remembering the OCF in your estate planning is always welcome. Finally, check out our website http://www. for more information about us and how to contact the OCF.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

An Evening of Dining and Dancing Sponsored by the Dance Club

nDonna Kaiser


And they’re off! The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, but you can bet that our fun is going to last all evening. Ladies, don your most elaborate hats, and gents, don’t be afraid to sport peacock colors as we gather to enjoy a winning meal prepared by Chef Matt of Epicurean Escape followed by a night of dancing to your favorite tunes. The Tom Shader Trio is equally at ease with many musical genres that provide for a variety of dance styles such as swing, Cha Cha, foxtrot, tango, rumba, polka, country, Bossa Nova, country line dance, samba, and rock. They firmly believe “If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong!” Raise your silver mint julep cup high as we listen to the Tom Shader’s rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home.” Singles and couples are all welcome to join us as we celebrate the Run for the Roses. DATE: Saturday, April 25 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30 p.m. food stations by Epicurean Escape; 7–10 p.m. dancing to the music of The Tom Shader Trio. BYOB, set-ups provided. COST: $40 for members, $45 for non-members DEADLINE: 3 p.m., Friday, April 17


Gourmet Popcorn Greeting: Guests will be greeted at the entrance with Truffled black pepper Parmesan popcorn bags. Tea Sandwich Station: Smoked salmon chive crème fraiche on rye. Cucumber, sea salted butter, gorgonzola mousse, red pepper diamond on Pullman loaf. Chicken apple waldorf salad on sourdough, red grape, garnish. Salad Station: Fresh melon mint julep salad—fresh melon tossed with a hint of mint, cucumber and arugula with candied almonds. Classic Caesar salad with garlic—thyme croutons and shaved parmesan. Grilled local vegetables with balsamic reduction, shaved Parmesan and fresh basil. Southern Station: Southern style buttermilk battered fried chicken with Chardonnay black pepper gravy; Truffled wild Mushroom Mac’n cheese; mashed potato bar with your choice of mix-ins, Applewood smoked bacon, Cheddar cheese, Chives, caramelized onions, roasted red bell pepper, broccoli. Dessert Station: Pecan pie with bourbon vanilla bean whipped cream. For the Bar: Minted sweet tea and lemonade. All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone: 707-538-3574.

Oakmont Car Show May 23

nRon Leve

Mark your calendar, make a date with your honey and join our party. Have an old car? Cal me at 539-2802 and enter it.


others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one. Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.



Membership dues for 2015, $10 each or $20 per couple, are payable now and may be included with your reservation or dropped in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office. Dues are for the calendar year, January through December. All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with

Saturday, October 31: Halloween Saturday, December 1: Holiday Monday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

Kentucky Derby Dance Reservation Saturday, April 25

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, April 17.

Name:____________________________________ Phone:________________________ E-mail:___________________________________ Dance Club dues for 2015: $10 each or $20 per couple. Dance Club Member Dinner $40; non-Dance Club Member Dinners $45. Check enclosed for $ __________ Table name request: ________________________ Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson


The OTC extends an invitation to all Oakmont residents to join us for a ton of fun at the Spring Fling Dinner-Dance, April 18, 5–9 p.m., East Recreation Center. The cost is just $10 for members; $15 for nonmembers. Think “sock hop:” OTC is providing an ice cream soda bar, non-alcoholic beverages (BYOB) and dance music. Dinner is a potluck. If your last name begins with A–K, bring a salad or side dish to share; if your last name begins with L–Z, bring an entrée to share. See the sign-up/payment coupon below (due by April 11).


“Meet Play Love” is an opportunity for new and old OTC members to get to know each other. Social tennis begins April 18 at 8 a.m., West Courts. Based on total players, tennis may be played at both the West and East courts. Sign up by April 14. E-mail or call Tennis Events Director, Sumner Johnson (rumford31@comcast. net or 539-3758), or sign up on the sheet at the East and West Court bulletin boards. Indicate your name, phone number and E-mail address plus your tennis level of A, B or C. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at the West Courts. If you’re not playing, come out to support the club and to meet our newest members.


Calling club members at all skill levels to play in the May 2 Round Robin. Sign up by April 28. E-mail or call Sumner Johnson ( or 5393758), or find a sign-up sheet at the East and West Court bulletin boards. Social tennis begins at 8 a.m. Provide your name, phone number and E-mail address plus your tennis level of A, B or C. Depending on the number of participants, tennis play may occur at both the West and East Courts. Refreshments will be served at the West Courts. If you’re not playing, come out to cheer on your favorites.

George Hasa officiating a 2014 tennis event


The Oakmont Tennis Club’s new website has everything you want to know about club activities and programs! Dues-paying members: go to; enter your name, E-mail and a password; agree to the terms and conditions; and click on “join now.” You will receive a confirming E-mail. Questions? Contact Web Coordinator, Diane Linneball, 331-2746 or dlinneball@


Complete this coupon and place it with your check made out to the OTC in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office no later than April 11. Name(s):______________________________________________________________________________________ # of OTC members at $10 each_________ # of non-OTC members at $10 each_________ Total enclosed $__________ Phone number_______________________________ If your last name begins with A–K, please bring a salad or side dish; L–Z, please bring an entrée. BYOB. The OTC will provide dessert, non-alcoholic beverages and dance music.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Current Events Discussion Group

nTina Lewis

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


April 3: John Sebastian April 10: Bernie Palk Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

Calling Violinists! Press release

nBridget Mendoza, Activities Assistant

SRJC Programs and Classes Available at Oakmont Gardens

Mon., Wed., Fri., 9–10:30 a.m.: Beginning/Intermediate Exercise Tues., 9–10:30 a.m.: US History Tues., Thurs, 9:50-11:20 a.m.: Intermediate/Advance Exercise with Aerobics Thurs., 10:15–11:45 a.m.: Classical and Popular Music Appreciation Thurs., 1–2:30 p.m.: History of Film through the Decades Fri., 1–4 p.m.: Watercolor Art Class Sat., 10–11:30 a.m.: Everyday Ethics

Independent Program offered by Oakmont Gardens

Fri., 10:45–11:45 a.m.: Tai Chi, $5 fee

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

The March 8 “Towns” section of the Press Democrat had two interesting articles on its front page. One was titled “Key to Longevity is--Bowling” by James Lanaras. The other article explained the joys of the Sunrise Walkers. Aileen Kauer, the woman featured in the bowling article is 93 years old and, until recently, bowled three times per week. She now bowls twice weekly and maintains a 138 average. That’s impressive. The Sunrisers, who include retirees, commit to morning walks along the Laguna Trail, a 14-mile stretch between Cotati and Forestville, five days a week. That also is impressive. The frequency of commitment these folks have to their sports/exercise programs, especially the elderly, may not only be key to longevity but, more importantly, key to vitality, good health and a positive outlook on life. This brings us to Lawn Bowling. Lawn Bowling helps players maintain the same hand/eye coordination used in pin bowling and the benefits of walking. Lawn Bowlers average a third of a mile walking during a typical match. Need pep in your step—try Lawn Bowling.


Tell ya’ll a story ‘bout a man named Fred. An Oakmonter who was lookin’ at our shed. Then one day, he got closer for a look see. Read our notices and became a wan a be. Lawn Bowler that is, L.B. for short, ready to wear whites. Next thing you know ol’ Fred’s a regulair. Bowling every day, won’t move away from hair. Says Oakmont’s the place one wants to be. For it’s the finest L.B. community. He haw, ya’ll come back now—Lawn Bowling retirees.


The most famous story in Lawn Bowling history took place in 1588. Sir Francis Drake was lawn bowling at Plymouth Hoe, U.K. when he was notified the Spanish Armada, intent on conquering England, was approaching. Hs response was “We still have time to finish the game and to thrash the Spaniards too.” Drake finished his match and later went on to defeat the Armada. There will be a reenactment of this historical event on Saturday, June 27, 1:30 p.m. at the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Green. Winkey Entertainment, in association with Lonesome Boots Productions, presents the Pinot Noir Players in the almost true story of this epic saga. The OLBC invites the public to attend and applaud the cast when the cannon balls start sinking the Armada.


The OLBC will host Lawn Bowling matches for the 2015 Senior Games on Friday, June 12 with the winning teams advancing to the finals on Saturday, June 13. So far, 16 teams from Northern California have registered to play. Mark the dates so you can come out to cheer the seven Oakmont teams vying for the 2015 Championship.


The March 5 Quarterly Meeting was attended by 20 members. Printed minutes from the last Annual Meeting were read and approved as was the Treasurer’s report. Revisions to this year’s scheduled intra-club tournaments were distributed. Kathleen Connelly reported that there are 16 teams registered for the Senior Lawn Bowling Games and asked for volunteers to help on June 12 and 13. Reports concerning the green and club’s plaques were also discussed. The one-hour meeting was adjourned at 12:05 p.m.


Where’s Fred?

Here is an ongoing invitation to try lawn bowling. Oakmonters who are curious about what we actually do are welcome to find out. The best way would be to stop by the green around 12:15 a.m. Monday through Saturday when you can ask any member how to get started. The other easy way would be to contact the “greeter of the month” and for April that would be Linda Goodwin. Give her a call at 539-6729 and she will be happy to meet with you to set up an opportunity for you to try rolling.

New or returning to the violin? Looking for an orchestra? Join our adult string orchestra! WHAT: Hilliard String Theory WHEN: Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m., in Santa Rosa LEVEL: Advanced-Beginner, Beginning-Intermediate DIRECTORS: Members of the Santa Rosa Symphony CONTACT: 583-3344 or hilliardstringtheory@gmail. com

Rumi, Sufi Poetry and Meditation for Women

nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

Are you longing for peacefulness in your life? The best way to find balance is to return to yourself. Are you ready to sit quietly and open your heart? Come and join our Sacred Circle of Women, read Rumi and other Sufi poets, learn Sufi heart-centered meditation and hear words of wisdom from Sufi masters. WHEN: Wednesday, April 1, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. WHERE: 147 White Oak Drive The Sacred Circle meets in my home on the first Wednesday of each month. I am a member of the International Association of Sufism. Open to all spiritual seekers. No fee. Call 537-1275 for information and see .

Free Movies For Seniors Press release

The Free Seniors Movie Series began in November, at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa and will continue through June 4. As usual, a choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movies for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording, after the previous Friday at 522-0330 x 3#. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Detailed flyers are on display in the lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield, the Raven Film Center and the Third Street Cinemas. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors. The series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen and Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services and Synergy Medical Group. The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1-1/2 blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all city and county busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by: one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The Rate is 75c per hour, but those with Handicapped Placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Oakmont Rainbow Women


nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

“I am a colonel in the US Air Force. It is a privilege and an honor to serve my country. But you cannot know my name.” Thus began our speaker for the March meeting, Keith Kerr (U.S. Army, ret.), who later earned the rank of Brigadier General in the California National Guard. Keith’s personal story started with his growing up in the San Joaquin Valley. He recognized his attraction to men at an early age but, like many people in those days, managed a dual existence. He joined the Army while at UC Berkeley and enjoyed his work in Military Intelligence. After leaving active service, Keith finished college and made a career as a professor and administrator at City College of San Francisco. Keith recalled the long history of gay men and lesbians in military service. For example, Fannie Mae Claecker was an early hero: the first to challenge her dishonorable discharge based on sexual orientation in the 1940’s. She and her partner insisted on a court martial and eventually won on appeal in 1960. Persecution of gay military personnel, Keith noted, often targeted women. The Servicemembers Legal Defense Network is dedicated to bringing full LGBT equality to America’s military. Keith said he reflected on the work of suffragettes Stanton and Anthony for women’s rights and asked himself what he had done for gay rights. So, he began to work actively with SLDN which led to his public coming out. In 2003, Kerr revealed in a front page article in the New York Times that he is gay, becoming one of the highest ranking members of the military to come out during the era of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Recounting the history of DADT Keith talked about the people, history and politics. He also related the cost to the US Government (more than $363 million according to the GAO) and to LGBT individuals in military service. He displayed books and other materials about the topic. In closing he said: “I am a colonel in the US Air Force. It is a privilege and an honor to have served my country for 43 years. My name is Keith Kerr and I am a gay man.” The audience of more than 40 people stood as one and applauded his courage, his actions and his service. Then Dianne Armer presented the results of the member discussion groups and survey from February. Many thanks to Dianne for synthesizing all of the information. The recap is: 1. We need a better way to stay in touch with each other. The board will roll out a roster starting in April. All who wish to be members of ORW will be asked to provide their name and at least an E-mail address that will be published in the roster, available to all members. There will also be an option to provide an address, preferred phone number, and (if appropriate) a partner’s name. As soon as the roster is ready it will be available for distribution. 2. Yahoo Groups isn’t working. The board will institute an E-mail system to replace the Yahoo Groups for members. There will be user guidelines. Quarterly updates will be primarily electronic, although a complete roster may be printed annually. 3. Our club needs help with events and money for incidentals. We will institute annual dues of $10. Obtaining the roster will be tied to paying dues: when you pay dues, you get a roster! If you would like to be on the ORW Roster, please let us know by sending an E-mail to: Members also said they were eager to help with events. We need volunteers to help with the Pride Picnic in June as well as other events. To sign up contact or

nSue Rowlands

speak to a Board member. 4. Meetings. People generally like the variety of monthly programs including speakers, games, and parties. There was discussion about both the social time and start time. So, beginning with the April meeting (Apr. 9), there will be a three-month trial period: the program will start at 7 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m. Then 8–9 p.m. will be a social time. 5. Special Interest Groups and Field Trips. Our April meeting will continue to implement what members want. Several small groups will discuss interest group formation, field trips and related topics. And there will be snacks and treats! While Rainbow Women is a group for lesbians, any woman in Oakmont is welcome to become a member of Oakmont Rainbow Women. We generally meet on the second Thursday of each month in the East Rec. Center from 7–9 p.m. If you want more information about our group please contact:

nBarbara Bowman

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

Movies At Oakmont

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


With his body progressively ravaged by ALS, world famous physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) must rely on his wife, Jane (Felicity Jones), to continue his life’s work as he faces various challenges. This extraordinary story and inspiring movie centers on the couple’s complicated relationship. The film was nominated for numerous awards, including five Academy Awards, with a Best Actress nomination for Jones. Redmayne won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for his performance. (2014), PG-13, 123 minutes.

Sunday, April 12, 7 pm PRIDE

In an unlikely alliance, striking British mine workers draw support from a coalition of gay and lesbian activists who solicit donations to help tide over the Welsh miners’ families during the 1984 standoff with Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s government. This true story, both humorous and poignant, about people supporting each other, stars an impeccable cast, including Bill Nighy, Dominic West—and the wonderful women who play the Welsh ladies. (2014), R (language and brief sexual content), 120 minutes.

Sunday, April 19, 2 pm FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

When longtime nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind thousands of photo negatives that she’d produced over the years. But the now-famous shutterbug’s unique body of work lay in storage until an amateur historian uncovered the treasure trove. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films and interviews in this absorbing, fascinating and ethically complex documentary. (2013), NR, 83 minutes.

Sunday, April 19, 7 pm EAT, DRINK, MAN, WOMAN

Distracted by their complicated love lives and secret ambitions, three adult sisters reluctantly humor their widower father by enduring the elaborate traditional Taiwanese dinners he insists on having every Sunday. Ang Lee directs this charming tale that humorously examines the clash between modernity and tradition and showcases wonderfully delectable food. Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (1994), NR, 124 minutes. (In Mandarin.) Sunday, April 5: No films shown—Easter Sunday

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, April 12, 2 p.m.: The Theory of Everything, (2014), PG-13, 123 minutes. Sunday, April 12, 7 p.m.: Pride, (2014), R, 120 minutes. Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.: Finding Vivian Maier, (2013), NR, 83 minutes. Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m.: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, (1994), NR, 124 minutes.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015


Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429


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Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, HANDYPERSON 707-239-1241. All trades, little fix-its and prickly puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had BABE’S A personal transportation service for a home visit, please call Charlotte at airports, cruises, vacations, family 538-9050. visits, etc. Oakmont resident, friendly reliable service. Call Babe or Joe, MIKE’S REPAIR 545-2850. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general THE COMPUTER handyman (I can fix just about TROUBLESHOOTER anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536complete support for PC’s, Apples 9529, emergency—328-6635. and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers served. John Bradford. 578-6305. ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN $40/hour. GENERAL CONTRACTOR


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


Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ exterior, power washing, decks, wallpaper removed. Will not be undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.


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Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV SYS can help. For sale, or rent with option to purchase program. For more information or a no-obligation demonstration call Jack Donnellan, 595-3790.


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


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


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


Warming Trends has been cleaning, servicing and installing fireplaces, GARDEN TRIMMING stoves and inserts for 30 years. Call Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work 578-9276 for any fireplace needs. WILLIAM R. KUTZ done with an emphasis upon a natural GENERAL CONTRACTOR look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. GARDEN TRIMMING Renovations, remodels, repairs, Richard, 833-1806. Reliable, clean work done and without carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your the dreaded leaf blower machine. home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING Small jobs OK and handyman as well. Lic. #769510. Serving Oakmont since IN YOUR HOME Richard Garety, 833-1806. 1987. Caring for your pets as you would. Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR O’DRISCOLL PAINTING care. Daily schedules and routines. Day Heating season is here. Furnace Want to spruce up your home? Guests and overnight companionship. House check and service, $99. Expert repair, this fall? One room at a time or your sitting available. Insured and bonded. maintenance and unit replacement at whole house. Interior and exterior Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma. low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. 230-0564. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free HELP WANTED estimate. Experienced Real Estate Listing Agent CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT wanted for Oakmont office. Please Personal and companion services. COMPUTER OOPS? reply in strictest confidence to: Craig Range of motion exercises, mental Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Saxon, Broker, Real Property Advisors, stimulation activities, healthy meal Services. Call Chuck for all things Inc., 6570 Oakmont Dr., Suite 110, preparation, light housekeeping and computer at your home or business. Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Call 849-8995. driving. Medication management. 40+ years experience. $60/hr. CalBRE 01904379. Equal Employment Bonded and insured. 15 years exp. Oakmonters receive 20% discount. Opportunity Employer. Call Diana at 707-721-9318 or E-mail 293-8011.


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


Rhonda Lee, Holistic Health Coach/ Personal Trainer. Fridays—special rates for Oakmont. Call for info at 758-7681.



Specializing in doors, screens, Hunter Douglas shutters and blinds, finish carpentry. Supply and installation. Free estimates. Oakmont references. Lic. #527924. 539-3196.



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



Installation of Milgard vinyl windows and doors. 35 yrs. experience. Free estimates. Senior discounts. Lic. #638684. 939-9374.


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


When quality and reliability count! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed and insured. Call us for your Free Estimate today! 707-8332890.


Personal assistance, driving, light housekeeping. Ten years experience. Certified Medical Assistant, excellent DMV record. $17 per hr., 3-hour minimum. Call Paula at 703-6231.


Commercial and residential. Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning. Call 548-9482 or E-mail marthal1041@


Oakmont resident. Computer work, errands/appts., H/H, misc. Excellent writing and organizational skills. 20yrs. legal/office experience and 10yrs. customer service. CA D/L insured. Reliable. $25/hr. (2-hr. min). Call Debie at (415) 246-0982.


Towncar services available for Oakmont residents. Commercially licensed and insured. Oakmont homeowner. Chris Sauer, (707) 206-5018.

HOMECARE AND HOUSEKEEPING California certified in the medical field. 21 yrs. hospital, dr. office, homecare, hospice care. Chores and housekeeping. Currently available. References. Call Laurie, 537-6735.


Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an $15 walk and feed; $30 overnight. Oakmont resident. Call Karen, emphasis upon a natural look. Small 539-5666. jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806.

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


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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


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.

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–4 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 9 E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR April 1–15 Ann Ver Planck 527-3411 April 16-30 Joyce Andrews 539-8345

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

OAS Management Company

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

2014-2015 OVA board of Directors E-mail: John R. Felton, President Andie Altman, Vice President Chuck Chenault, Treasurer Frank Batchelor, Director Frances Dias, Director Bob Giddings, Director Herm Hess, Director Alan Scott, Director


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


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

Lost & found

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

Loaner equipment

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


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


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

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


Association Manager Cassie Turner E-mail:

Schedules available at OVA office.

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

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

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont? Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Oakmont Community Church

Photography Club

nLaurie Hartmann, Director of Worship and Arts

nBob Crosby

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive.

the sermon series: The Apostle’s Creed

The Apostle’s Creed is generally regarded as the earliest re-statement or symbol of faith following the establishment of the canon of the Bible. Since 390

AD Christians have been reciting this statement as confirmation of faith and baptism. During the winter and spring Pastor Dan Melligan will present the Bible’s teaching on each of the articles of the creed.

The next meeting of the Photography Club is Wednesday, April 1 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. Photos from our March field trip to Quarryhill Botanical Garden will be shown.

April 5: Resurrection Sunday!

He Arose! Dan will bring this message to us. Debbie Knapp will play the piano and the choir will sing. Come join us and celebrate!

Sunday, April 12

The sermon will speak of Jesus sitting at the right hand of the Father. Amber Nyland will be playing the keyboards and singing.

Quarryhill is a 25-acre garden near Glen Ellen which has one of the largest collections of Asian plants in North America. The garden also contains many creative sculptures by Bruce Johnson. Our Oakmont photographers enjoyed walking the grounds and capturing photos of exotic plants and flowers as shadows lengthened in the late afternoon. In addition to the Quarryhill photos, we’ll see photos submitted by members capturing their travels or other special scenes. If you have an interest in photography, come join us on April 1. Dues are $10 per year per family and you may come as a guest to your first meeting. Members range from beginners to advanced photographers and we all learn from each other. For questions, contact me at or 539-4507.

Home Care

Top 10 Reasons

to choose the #1 agency* in Oakmont KEEP THIS AD! See below.

in e Marie McBride


Private Line 6520 Oakmont Drive

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#1 Quality. WeCare employs only the best caregivers. #2 Security. Employees are screened, bonded, insured. #3 Placement. Caregivers matched to clients’ satisfaction. #4 Supervision. Ongoing oversight of care. #5 Stability. 10 years in business. First agency in Oakmont. #6 Experience. Hundreds of satisfied clients. #7 Family-Owned. Highest standards. Not a franchise. #8 Reputation. Referred by clients and professionals alike. #9 Satisfaction. Guaranteed. #10 WE CARE! Caring for your family as we would our own. Keep this ad for a 10% discount on first month’s services.

Call TODAY for a free consultation: CalBRE #01169355

Are you thinking of selling this Spring, or just curious about your home’s value? Please call me for a confidential and complimentary COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS.


*According to clients, employees, and healthcare professionals.

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The Oakmont News / April 1, 2015

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Happy Spring!

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

Peter & Roberta Lommori 539-3200

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Kay Nelson 538-8777

88850 Hood Mountain Circle—$487,000

240 Los Alamos Road—$375,000

94 Aspen Meadows Circle—$425,000 Randy Ruark 322-2482

Paula Lewis 332-0433

2318 Eastwood Drive—$587,500

Louise Donahue 321-5559

in escrow

in escrow

456 Pythian Road

329 Oak Leaf Circle

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

707• 539 • 3200

Claudine Cuneo 540-2864

Joey Cuneo 538-1899

6580 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa 95409

Sue Senk 318-9595


My Spouse Has Been Diagnosed with Dementia – What Do I Do Now? Join Us! Speaking on:

“Legal rights and essential steps to be taken immediately after the diagnosis.” PRESENTER:

Some of Our Services: n

Roy N. Johnston Attorney At Law from Johnston l Thomas Law Firm

When: Tuesday, April 20, 2015 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am

Free Educational Series for Seniors

Location: Sequoia Senior Solutions Conference Room 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E RSVP (707) 539-0500

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Caring Companionship Meal Planning and Preparation Transportation and Errands Light Housekeeping Medication Reminders Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

Providing specialized care in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hospice | | Call us today for a free assessment at (707) 539-0500

Oakmont News April 1, 2015  

The Oakmont News for April 1, 2015