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March 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 6



OVA Election—Candidates Focus on Long-Range Planning, Golf Course Viability

nAl Haggerty

The results of the just completed survey of what Oakmont residents want in their community will strongly influence deliberations when the new OVA Board is seated next month. This became clear as the six candidates for four open seats on the board discussed their views during a Feb. 26 forum before a packed house at Berger Center. The candidates also focused on the proposal for pickleball courts on property adjacent to Berger Center and the viability of the Oakmont Golf Club.

Zoe the Happy Dog

nJim Brewer

Oakmont photographer Bob Starkey still tears up when he talks about Zoe, the little McNab Border Collie mix that he lost a little more than a year ago.

OVA Election At-a-Glance

April 6: Annual Meeting, 3 p.m., Berger Center. Voting closes. April 7: Ballot Counting, 8:30 a.m., East Rec. Center, open to public. Results announced, 2 p.m., East Rec., new board meets. The candidates, who made five-minute opening statements and answered questions from the audience, include current board members Frank Batchelor and John Felton, the board president; and Lisa Berman,

Lifelong Learning Classes Hang in the Balance

nAl Haggerty

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The future of Osher Lifelong Learning classes in Oakmont hangs in the balance pending negotiations over a lease in which Sonoma State University is setting down conditions described as “onerous” and “draconian” at an Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors workshop March 3 at the East Recreation Center. Sonoma State is asking to lease space in Oakmont for the classes. Director Bob Giddings told the Oakmont News that he believes the board has no choice but to write a strong letter to SSU President Dr. Ruben See lifelong learning on page 11

All About Pickleball

A Community Expo Sponsored by the Oakmont Pickleball Club nNoel Lyons Bob Starkey takes Zoe for a ride in a Radio Flyer

Over that time, Zoe has become something of an international sensation, with words of support and sympathy pouring in from more than 40 countries on a Facebook page Starkey set up in her memory. “She allowed me to expand my heart beyond anything I’ve ever experienced before,” Starkey recalled during See zoe on page 11 Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906

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Jane Gyorgy, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunka. Ballots, which must be returned to OVA by April 6, will be counted starting at 8:30 a.m. April 7 at the East Recreation Center. Results will be announced there at 2 p.m., when the new board has its organizational meeting. Hermann, who was unable to attend the forum because of previously scheduled knee replacement surgery, appeared by video and stressed the need to examine the adequacy of current facilities, including whether to remodel or tear down Berger Center. A veteran of two terms on the board, Hermann said the directors also have to decide financing of future projects, including the possibility of loans. Berman, who led his year’s Long-Range Planning Committee survey of Oakmont’s needs, said the survey

OVA Names Auburt Maintenance Manager

nMarty Thompson

Rick L. Aubert has been named facilities maintenance manager for the Oakmont Village Association, Manager Cassie Turner announced. Aubert, of Windsor, will start work March 2. He comes to the OVA from Varenna at Fountaingrove, where he was maintenance director and housekeeping manager. His experience includes construction, maintenance and operation of properties and staff management. Auburt has held the Varenna position since 2013. He was director of engineering and housekeeping manager at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek from 2004 until 2013 and area facilities director and chief engineer at the Vineyard Creek Hotel, Spa and Conference Center from 2002 until 2004. He was senior building HVAC technician at Agilent Technologies in Santa Rosa and for its predecessor, Hewlett Packard. Auburt worked for a year for Siemens Building Technologies, to which Agilent outsourced his department, before moving to the Vineyard Creek position. He succeeds Mark Rogers, who left Feb. 18.

Inside the Oakmont News Volunteer Opportunities.....................3 Golf Club News...............................5–7 Relocation of West Rec. Classes & Events..........................................8

Letters to the Editor...........................9 OVA-Sponsored Events....................16 Puzzle Contest.................................17


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

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The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

It’s no secret that Oakmont’s many organizations run on volunteer power. But what is perhaps less known is the helping hand often extended by the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF), an independent group that provides a way for residents to recognize and contribute to educational and other activities benefitting the Oakmont community. Vickie Jackanich needed OCF’s help to bring in a facilitator for a bi-weekly caregiver’s support group under the umbrella of Volunteer Helpers. They have received funding for $3,500 to maintain the program now in its second year. Jackanich was a 24/7 caregiver for five years and sought support connections outside Oakmont. “It’s a tough job,” she said. “I knew there were others in Oakmont who could benefit from a support group and a way to find socialization. Being able to encourage and share made a difference in my life. The sessions also show us the importance of taking care of ourselves.” Sue Millar, OCF president, said residents have a way to share and support many of their favorite activities and programs by making tax-deductible contributions through the foundation. “One of our goals is to increase awareness of the need to donate, because Oakmont’s unique volunteerism is

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what keeps our due structure so low. We also hope residents will consider the foundation when they do estate planning.” The OCF was organized in 2007 and is an IRS 501(c)(3) not connected to the OVA. It primarily supports educational and charitable services, filling gaps to keep Oakmont’s diverse offerings strong, Millar said. The website, http://www., offers a grant application and donor forms, which are also available in the OVA Office. Donations can be earmarked for a specific activity or directed to the general fund or the endowment. Foundation grants support education, music, art and fitness, to name a few. The recent Celebration of Art event received a grant, as well as the Oakmont’s Emergency Planning Committee for equipment and instruction. The list of recipients includes the Sunday Symposium, Music at Oakmont, the Health Initiative, Documentary Film Masterworks, the Computer Center and the library. OCF has plans to increase awareness of the organization’s need for charitable contributions with a fundraiser. “We want people to think of us as a way to support their activities and keep our volunteer community vibrant,” said Millar.

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represents the first time in 50 years that Oakmont residents have spoken as a group. She said once the committee has analyzed the some 1,600 responses, the board can balance the needs and wants of the community. She said Oakmont needs a road map reaching five to ten years into the future in order to preserve and enhance our facilities. The importance of the survey results was echoed by other candidates. “We have to find out what the community wants. We have to prioritize. Get the biggest bang for our buck,” said Felton. Strunka, a retired certified public accountant, said the board must plan for the future instead of reacting to it. She said the board has to wait for the survey results and see what the people want. Batchelor, who practiced law in California for 32 years, expressed concern about the health of the Oakmont Golf Club and its impact on property values. He said failure of the golf club, while not probable, was possible. His concern was shared by Hermann, who questioned the long-term viability of OGC. He said the golf courses are vital to Oakmont, but questioned how or should the OVA be involved. Berman also said that the golf club needs attention. Gyorgy, while not mentioning the golf club, noted that the primary purpose of OVA as outlined in its bylaws is to provide athletic and recreational facilities for its residents. The first question from the audience was how the candidates would vote on a controversial proposal to build pickleball courts and other sports venues near the Berger Center, including possible impact on neighbors. Batchelor said that while he probably would vote for

the project, he didn’t know. While the other candidates said they were keeping an open mind, Berman said she would like to see the pickleball and tennis clubs work together to provide adequate facilities for both activities. Felton, saying it was a difficult question, noted that the development dubbed Central Park would include a basketball/volleyball court and picnic area in addition to pickleball. Gyorgy, who is on an ad hoc pickleball committee and acknowledged that she would like to see pickleball, was asked if she would recuse herself from board deliberations on the issue. She said that while she would realize no financial gain from the project and saw no conflict, she would recuse herself if asked by the board. When Berman was asked why she opposed OVA paying for water for the Community Garden while it paid for other facility expenses, she said that most residents can’t or find it impractical to build pools or tennis courts in their backyards. She added, however, that she would be willing to consider some type of user fees for Oakmont facilities in the future. Watch a video of Candidates’ Night at oakmontvideos. com. Click on “OVA Board Videos.”

Correction The March 1 calendar in the ON, inadvertently showed the Rainbow Women Saturday, March 28 “Evening with Vickie Shaw” beginning at 2 p.m. It actually begins at 7 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunity Communications Committee

If you enjoy writing and photography, the Oakmont News can use your skills. Volunteer writers and photographers provide coverage of Oakmont events and issues, including board activities and popular profiles of Oakmont residents. Their work appears in the print edition and on the OVA website throughout the month as news happens. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Marty Thompson at


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


Join us at the ECHO Wine Country Educational Seminar. WHEN: Saturday, March 21 WHERE: Double Tree, One Double Tree Drive, Rohnert Park TIME: 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Next board meeting: Monday, April 6, Room B, 12 noon

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First Phase of Oakmont Owner/ Resident Survey Completed nJason Wilkenfeld, Long-Range Planning Committee Co-Chair

The Long-Range Planning Committee and its Research Subcommittee wish to thank all of the Oakmont residents and owners for their community spirit in answering the OVA Survey. We received over 1,600 responses and analyzing the data will begin early in March. Before we do that, we must find and delete duplicates and convert the data from the website to a program that facilitates statistical analysis of the data. We will bring everyone the results as soon as possible. The survey data will provide very important input in the creation of the first long-range plan for Oakmont, and will be based on what a significant fraction of residents and owners say is important to them. Special thanks go to Sue Dibble, Kathy Cirksena, and Lisa Berman, and the other committee volunteers who devoted many hours to ensuring such a large response.

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The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

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Golf News



Please, one and all members, plan on attending our Oakmont Golf Club’s 2015 Annual Meeting. It will be held on Tuesday, March 31, and will commence at 5 p.m. With this gathering located in the renovated Quail Inn, its approximately one hour duration will make it very convenient for you to have dinner at the Quail afterwards. So you won’t get too hungry while being in our Annual Meeting. However, we will provide coffee, water and cookies. Our agenda for this Annual Meeting includes: recognition of outgoing directors from the 2014 Board; coverage of the 2015 Board’s Directors (including officers and committee chairs); reports from each committee chair; a comprehensive report from the KemperSports management team; an update on our new water well project; and, finally, lots of opportunity for your questions. There is a lot going on with your club right now, and attending our Annual Meeting is the best way to get fully up-to-date. See you there!


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Thursday Individual Eclectic (not Eckie!) begins on March 26 and Tuesday Individual Eclectic begins next month. You can still sign up. The sign-up sheets are on the board in the clubroom. Hey, don’t our newlyorganized and decorated bulletin boards look terrific? Thank you gals and Charlie Huff! So now, here are the results of sweeps for the second half of February. A big welcome goes out to Maureen McGittigan, a new Thursday Club Member. She’s on the right and is with Thursday Membership Chair, Elly Frauenhofer

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Two new members of our Tuesday and Thursday Club, Betty VanVoorhis and Laurie Vree

Hi there ladies. Looks like our play days in February were filled with great weather and wonderful conditions. Perhaps March will be the same, or perhaps not. Did someone say rain? We’re all to be congratulated for keeping up with the pace-of-play. We need to keep that pace going especially when the warmer weather arrives and our numbers increase. Thank you Kris for collecting all that data! A few reminders for our upcoming events:


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (89). First flight: first low net, K. Mokricky; second low net, A. Miller; third low net, P. Buchholz; fourth low net, K. Peters; and fifth low net, N. Shaw. Second flight: first low net, L. Leitner; second low net tie, R. Nicholson and L. Vree; fourth low net, J. Reed; fifth low net, C. Buchold; and sixth low net, E. Huff. Third flight: first low net, S. Baxter; second low net, C. Locke; third low net, L. Yates; fourth low net tie, C. Tripaldi and J. O’Toole; sixth low net, K. Wittes.


Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (77). First flight: first place team, K. Mokricky, B. VanVoorhis and S. Wood, 57; second place team, P. Buchholz,N. DeSousa and C. Sharpe, 62; and third place team, K. Downey, E. Frauenhofer and E. Huff, 63. Second flight: first place team, C. Locke, L. Paul and K. Wittes, 56; second place teams tie, C. Rexford, P. Wright and Y. Smith, L. Leitner, J. O’Toole and K. Peters, 57; fourth place team, E. Beltrano, C. Carter and L. Vree, 61

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, WEST 2-5-2, 30 players

Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz—an amazing 78. First flight: first low net, K. Faherty; second low net, P. Buchholz; third low net, A. Miller; and fourth low net tie, J. Seliga and E. Beltrano. Second flight: first low net tie, R. Nicholson and M.A. Gibbs; third low net, C. Sharpe; fourth low net tie, E. Frauenhofer and L. Vree. Third flight: first low net, G. Fahrner; second low net, D. Johnson; third low net, S. Baxter; and fourth low net tie, C. Locke, L. Yates and K. Wittes.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (83). First flight: first low net, Patty Buchholz; second low net, J. Moreno; third low net, E. Beltrano; and fourth low net tie, L. Paul and K. Downey. Second flight: first low net, P. Wright; second low net, Y. Smith; third low net tie, K.C. Cote and E. Frauenhofer. Third flight: first low net, L. Vree; second low net, C. Locke; third low net, C. Sharpe; and fourth low net, C. Rexford. It’s so great to see some of our ladies shooting in the 70s on the West! Never underestimate the power of a woman! Congratulations Patty Buchholz for breaking 80 for the second time! See you out there.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015


Wednesday Men’s Club


nJim Kaiser

Well, the golf gods have provided us with some beautiful weather though it has been a bit chilly in the early morning which is I suppose the reason for the following phone conversation overheard in the Pro Shop, believed to have been between Dan and Rick: Dan: Oakmont golf course, may I help you? Rick: Do you have any open tee times around 10 o’clock? Dan: Yes, we have one at 10:15. Rick: What’s the next time after that? Dan: We have one at 10:22. Rick: We’ll take that one. It will be a bit warmer. Proposed changes to the rules of golf have come to the attention of your humble scribe and I will pass them along as they become available to me. The first proposed rule change is: A ball sliced or hooked into the rough shall be lifted and placed on the fairway at a point equal to the distance it carried or rolled into the rough with no penalty. The senior should not be penalized for tall grass which groundskeepers failed to mow. Now for the results of play.

February 18, West: 3-2-1 Game

First flight (12.8–17.8): first, Mike Doyle, Sal Cesario, Bob Giddings and (blind draw), 121; second, Danny Morgan, John Weston, Bob Siela and Lou Lari, 129. Second flight (18.0–up): first, Charlie Perotti, Dave Goulson, Ray Pierce and John Williston, 127; second, Bill Wellman, Jeff Thomson, Larry Frediani and (blind draw), 130. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Rick Yates, 9’3”, Danny Morgan, 12’7”; #13—Bill Hainke, 16’5”, Bucky Peterson, 21’8”; #16—Bob Bransteter, 15’4”, Bob Peterson, 21’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bud Simi, 11’11”, Bill Smith, 18’9”; #13—Bob Siela, 27’2”, Tom Wayne, 59’7”; #16—Bob Siela, 36’10”, Dennis DeSousa, 46’7”.

February 18, East INDIVIDUAL LOW NET

First, Keith Wise, 58; second, Don Schulte, 60; third tie, Dave McDonnell and Neil Huber, 62; fifth, Jim Spangler, 63; sixth tie, Chuck Wood and Dick Scott, 64. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—Chuck Wood, 25’2”, Neil Huber, 28’1”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—Walt Brown, 18’5”, Frank Smith, 31’2”; #16—Keith Wise, 30’7”.

February 25, West Two-Man Shamble Game

First flight (6.5–14.0): first, Bill Hainke and Tony Hughes, 61.0; second, Charlie Huff and John Williston, 61.5; third, Bob Branstetter and Frank Giannini, 62.5. Second flight (16.5–21.0): first, Gary Novak and Phil Sapp, 55.5; second, Tommy Yturralde and Rick Yates, 59.0; third tie, Denny Mool and Bill Smith, and Jack Haggerty and Mike Isola, 62.0. Third flight (22.5–35.0): first, Larry Frediani and Bill Wellman, 58.0; second, Pete Eschelbach and Scott Ricci, 61.0; third, Ed Pierson and Wayne Shomaker, 63.5. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Ross Alzina, 4’1”, Dennis Cronin, 8’9”; #13—Gary Novak, 4’10”, Bill Hainke, 11’10”; #16—Denny Mool, 15’1”, John Weston, 17’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bob Flores, 8’11”, no second; #13—Larry Frediani, 32’2”, Bud Simi, 36’7”; #16—Ed Pierson, 2’4”, Dennis DeSousa, 21’11”.

February 25, East Two-Man Shamble Game

First tie, Chuck Wood/Dave McDonnell and Keith Wise/Gary Stone, 122. Third, Walt Brown/Jim Spangler, 123. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Chuck Wood, 42’2”; #16—Dave McDonnell, 5’6”, Neil Huber, 17’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—John Munkacsy, 19’1”, Jim Spangler, 36’3”; #16—Gary Stone, 17’10”, Keith Wise, 19’4”.


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nBarbara Bowman


After a warm and dry winter that allowed for lots of golf, the Niners are already into an event-filled year. The successful Wearin’ O’ The Green Tournament and Luncheon got March off to a good start, and while we compete for Sweeps the rest of the month, we can be thinking ahead to April when we begin the year-long Eclectic Tournament on Mar. 30. Look for the sign-up sheet co-chairs Jean Rockwell and Janie Rietow will have on the bulletin board. Remember, if you want to play any or all of the six Eclectic days, you must sign-up before April 30.

Finishing at #9: Jean Rockwell, Ada Branstetter and Jainie Rietow enjoy a beautiful morning of golf.

April also brings the first membership meeting on April 9, 11 a.m. at the East Clubhouse, following an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. Be sure it’s on your calendar—we have many important Niners issues to determine. Oakmont is hosting the WRENS Spring Meeting and Playday on April 20. Check out the WRENS bulletin board for information. Questions? Contact Linda Yates.


Don’t miss out on our golf fun. We’d like you be a Niners member. Call Jeanine Haggerty, 538-4183.

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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.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nGary Stone

The “Gimme”

Four old friends are out on the course and the sun is warming their backs, the birds are singing and the only thing at stake is perhaps bragging rights for the week (which are never exercised anyway) or who buys the first round at the Quail. One of them places his chip shot, or his first putt, two feet from the hole. Rare is the foursome that doesn’t declare “that’s good.” It’s probably the right thing to do and everyone goes to the next hole feeling good, notwithstanding the guy who just double bogeyed that hole. What are the odds that the recipient of the “gimme” would have missed that two-footer? Not very good. But who hasn’t played a tournament round when the rule is “putt everything out,” and sure enough, at least one person in a foursome missed one of those putts? For that matter, who hasn’t seen a pro, playing on Sunday afternoon TV, miss one of those? Sure it’s rare, but it happens. At Oakmont, every men’s and women’s golf section, to the best of my knowledge, has a rule that everyone must putt out on every hole in tournament or sweeps competition. Most members of these sections, and certainly the leadership of the sections, pay lip service to this rule. And most of the members follow the rule. Yet one doesn’t have to look far to see that it is violated on a regular basis by some players. Some players attempt to justify the “gimmes” by stating that it helps pick up the pace of play. If the putt is so short that it could virtually never be missed, then putting it out would take only a few seconds longer than picking up the ball. Are those few seconds worth sacrificing the integrity of the game? “Hole all putts” is a rule that leaves no room for ambiguity. There are no judgment calls involved. The Niners have recently added a “Standing Rule” to the bylaws stating that “All putts must be holed, regardless of the length of the putt.” Our hope and expectation is that all Niners will henceforth play by the same rules during sweeps competition.


First place was won by Dan Levin with a net 28. Second place went to John Munkacsy with a net 29. Third place was a three-way tie among Tony D’Agosta, Kelly Snow, and Paul Lawler, all with a net 29.5. Sixth place was also a tie between Neil Huber and Charlie Perotti, both carding a net 31. Closest-to-the-hole on #8 was Dan Levin at 36’, followed by Neil Huber at 61’5”.


First place was a tie between the teams of Tom Massip with John Munkacsy, and Art Boot with Dan Sienes, both teams with a 31. Third place was taken by the team of Paul Lawler and Wendell Freeman with a 33.25.

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On Thursday, April 9 Music at Oakmont presents the acclaimed artists Elena Urioste, violin, and Michael Brown, piano. Each is a distinguished solo artist, and they will join forces to present a most attractive program of British and American works. Violinist Elena Urioste’s debut performances with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra were praised by three separate critics for “hypnotic delicacy,” “expressive poise,” and “lyrical sensitivity.” Since first appearing with the Philadelphia Orchestra at age 13, she has performed with major orchestras including the Cleveland Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Boston Pops, and the National, Atlanta, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Richmond and San Antonio Symphony Orchestras. In Europe she has soloed with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Recital appearances have included London’s Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, and the Mondavi Center at the University of CA Davis. As first-place laureate of the Sphinx Competition, Ms. Urioste debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Isaac Stern Auditorium in 2004 and has returned annually as soloist. An avid chamber musician as well as soloist, she has been featured at the Marlboro, Ravinia, La Jolla, and Sarasota festivals, as well as Switzerland’s Sion Valais International Music Festival. Her media credits include the popular radio programs From the Top and Performance Today, and appearances on Telemundo and NBC’s Today Show. Her first CD was released on the White Pine label, and her second, with pianist Michael Brown, will appear shortly. Ms. Urioste is a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Joseph Silverstein, Pamela Frank and Ida Kavafian. She completed graduate studies with Joel Smirnoff at The Juilliard School. Pianist Michael Brown has been praised in the New York Times as “a young piano visionary.” He is a twotime winner of The Juilliard School’s Gina Bachauer Piano Competition, first-prize winner of the 2010 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition, and 2012 winner of Juilliard’s William Petschek Piano Recital Award. Mr. Brown is an equally dedicated composer whose unique artistry is reflected in a creative approach to programming, where he often interweaves the classics with contemporary works and his own compositions.

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He has appeared on four continents, in such major venues as New York’s Carnegie Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, and Wigmore Hall in London. Recent schedule highlights have included a Carnegie Hall Stern Auditorium debut with the New York Youth Symphony, recitals at Dame Myra Hess Concerts in Chicago, the Phillips Collection in Washington DC, and performances at the Marlboro, Ravinia, Caramoor, Moab, Mostly Mozart, Music@Menlo, Beijing International, and Kyoto International music festivals. Mr. Brown’s debut solo CD features his own compositions as well as works by Schubert and Debussy. Other recordings include a Schubert disc and a four-hand album with pianist Jerome Lowenthal. A native New Yorker, Michael Brown earned dual bachelor’s and master’s degrees in piano and composition from The Juilliard School. He was recently appointed Adjunct Assistant Professor of Piano at Brooklyn College. The April 9 program of Ms. Urioste and Mr. Brown will include works by Elgar, Britten, Copland, and Gershwin.


Next season we observe a very special anniversary: 25 years of live, world-class classical music in Oakmont. We are honored to carry on this exceptional tradition conceived and launched by our illustrious founder, Bob Hayden. To celebrate, we have compiled an amazing roster of artists, and you will be the first to share this wonderful news at our April 9 concert. Season tickets will be on sale at the April 9 and May 14 concerts. We are delighted to maintain the current exceedingly reasonable prices. Single tickets will remain at $15, and you will receive one concert free of charge if you purchase a season pass for all eight concerts, an outstanding bargain at $105. You may pay by cash or check, made out to Music at Oakmont.


We are able to present Music at Oakmont at very affordable prices through the continued generosity of our donors, both corporate sponsors and many individuals. Our campaign will take place in April and May, and you will find envelopes and information in your programs at those concerts. Once again, we thank the Oakmont Community Foundation for their help in facilitating our Donor Drive. Donation checks should be made out to OCF, with the memo notation “for Music at Oakmont.” We urge you to be as generous as you can. Your gifts are completely taxdeductible. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass


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nErnie Rose

Documentary Film Masterworks

More than two generations have come and gone since the end of World War II. For many German and American youth, the history of events leading up to it has been passed down orally by grandparents who experienced it firsthand. But for those who lived through that period, words and memories have often been inadequate to convey its powerful impact. A newly-released British film called Night Will Fall (80 min., 2014) does much to help flesh out an aspect of the visual history of that era which should not be forgotten. Among the unsung heroes of the Second World War were some who never carried a rifle. The weapon used by these frontline soldiers and sailors was a motion picture camera. It documented a record of what war was really like that was not subject to the frailties of memory or exaggeration. And it provided factual evidence, later to be important in prosecuting those responsible for crimes against humanity in the Nuremberg Trials. Combat camera teams accompanying the troops from Russian and from America where among the first to enter the horrific, other-worldly landscape of Concentration Camps. Just hours earlier the retreating Nazi forces had been hurriedly vacating some of these camps that were scattered throughout eastern Europe. Much of that footage ended up in powerful propaganda films produced by Allied governments, but some of the images were so beyond-the-pale that they were deemed unfit for public viewing. For Winston Churchill, though, that too was a part of human history that needed to be preserved and made use of in such a way that it should never be allowed to happen again. As footage poured in from the battle fronts, Churchill turned to the House of Lords, asking his friend Baron Sidney Bernstein (a film producer and theater chain owner) to take on

Rumi, Sufi Poetry and Meditation for Women

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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 .

that task. Being overwhelmed with its complexity, Bernstein contacted Alfred Hitchcock in Hollywood and urged him to join the team trying to give some shape to the movie. But neither of them had ever made a documentary. After hiring a journalist to write a script and poring over the footage in the editing room for months, progress was painfully slow. In the meantime, Eisenhower and other Allied leaders realized that they needed help from the Germans in confronting Russia in the Cold War, and that this was not a time to demonize the German people. Some months later an edict was received withdrawing support for Bernstein’s efforts. All the materials they had were then carefully labeled and stored in London’s Imperial War Museum where they remained dormant for 70 years. That historic footage has now been resurrected and a film completed, using much of the original script and commentary. And while it deals with some of the darkest moments in human history, the powerful lesson it teaches us is as relevant today as it was 70 years ago. A Cautionary Note: Given its subject matter, some of the images that are shown may not be for the squeamish.

WHEN: Thursday, March 19, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

West Recreation Center Renovation

nOVA Administration

Effective immediately, all classes and events at the West Recreation Center will be moving to other locations until the renovation is complete.


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nGreg Goodwin

Lawn Bowling

I’m mad as heck and I’m not going to ask my doctor if another pill is right for me. I’ve written down a partial list of medications promoted on television to brainwash viewers into believing these meds are the answer to their health concerns. In no particular order: Yeljanz and Embril for joint pain, Prevnar 13 for pneumonia, Phazyme and Humira for gas relief, Latuda for depression, Belviq for weight loss, Calfinate for calluses, Prilosec for I don’t know what and Zantac, Claritin, Zyrtec, Flonase and let’s not forget Cialis for when the time is right. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. Spring is almost here and the time is right to try your hand at Lawn Bowling. You don’t have to take a pill to Lawn Bowl and there are no side effects. Our sport has been enjoyed here at Oakmont for close to 50 years. Fifty years ago an aspirin was the medicine of choice for most of us. By the way, did you figure out the phony drug listed above?


The Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club will be well represented as seven teams have registered to participate in the field of 18 vying for the Sonoma Wine Country Games Championship. Other Lawn Bowling Clubs are expected to send their finest to compete on Friday, June 12 with hopes of advancing to the finals scheduled for Saturday, June 13. This is going to be fun and highly competitive. We are the hosts of the first ever Lawn Bowling games and need volunteers to help make this a memorable event. Please contact Kathleen Connelly at 537-8638 and ask her how you can help make bowling at Oakmont something special for guest teams, and especially for our magnificent seven.


On Wednesday, February 25, I (as a 50th Anniversary Co-Chair) met with the OLBC Board to report on the preliminary plans scheduled for the upcoming celebration—50 years of Lawn Bowling at Oakmont. I first reported that the Leisure Town Bowling Club has accepted our invitation to join us in the Daily Draw on Wednesday, June 24 followed by a potluck lunch

nTom Finlay

Senior Singers

Come sing some old songs with the Senior Singers at Mei-Don’s music room, 6576 Oakmont Drive, any February Thursday from 4–5:30 p.m. Afterwards, if you wish, have dinner with us in the main dining room. To reserve your space E-mail me at tfinlay@sonic. net or call 539-9688.

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hosted by club members. Leisure Town President, Charlie Thorpe said that 12 members are looking forward to traveling here to join in our celebration. I also reported on plans for the “Where were you in ‘65” Cocktail Party scheduled for Friday, June 26 from 5–8 p.m. at the East Rec. Then I revealed plans for the distinct, exceptional and zany events starting at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27 at the green. I ended his report asking the board to encourage members to attend and volunteer at these festivities.


Ain’t it good to be back home (on the green) again? Being off the green in golf isn’t good and neither is being off the green in Lawn Bowling. Our rinks needed major repairs which kept players off the green from January 20 through February 20. That’s a whole month of Lawn Bowling deprivation. The work has been completed and club members are smiling once more as they merrily roll along. On March 20 we will be at the vernal equinox, which means we will be getting more hours of sun each day. That will encourage our grass to change its color from the winter brown to the spring green we know and love.


Recently, I read an article by Dan Ehrmann regarding building strong clubs. The first point made was being a member of a sports club and participating in its activities has enormous rewards. Club members share the game’s passion with others, make new friends and build community bonds. He commented on how to attract and keep members interested in their club by trying new and various ideas for both regularly scheduled and special events. Ehrmann’s conclusion was that participation is what strengthens ties and makes a club experience richer for everyone. If you would like to participate in our Lawn Bowling Club, stop by the green around 12:15 p.m. Monday through Saturday and ask any member how to get started. Another way would be to contact the March greeter of the month, Linda Goodwin, at 5396729. She will be happy to meet with you to set up an opportunity for you to try bowling.

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Once again we bring you beautiful old cars. Many owners are from here in Oakmont. Last year showcased 100 cars so this year should be equal or better. Enjoy the cars, chat with the owners, and maybe find that car that brings back fond memories from your past. Hours are from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your eyes and memories and we will supply the cars, food and unexpected fun. To register your car or for questions, call me at 539-2802.

Letters to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. Dear Editor: I hope the OVA Board of Directors and the manager resist the temptation to extensively remodel the Berger Center. I can see the logic in an upgrade for the windows and doors, some work on the stage, but not much more. The restrooms were recently remodeled and the carpet was replaced not long ago. It looks fine. The interior was recently repainted. The kitchen was remodeled after we moved here. We use our kitchen more than the one is used at the Berger. Ours is fine. If the one at the Berger is remodeled, attractive and durable products should be used so that it will last. We feel the wood floor is adequate and a light sanding and recoating should suffice. My wife and I have been looking forward to the time when our dues will return to normal once the loan for the CAC is fully repaid. We would be displeased if a new loan is obtained to undertake expensive and unnecessary upgrades/remodeling at the Berger. Tom Conley Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines Author must be an Oakmont resident or owner Letter must include topic title, author’s signature and Oakmont address, email address and/or phone number (not published). Maximum length 250 words. Letters not previously printed elsewhere may be given publishing priority. Writers will be limited to one letter per 90 days. Letters may be subject to editing for length or clarity. Personal attacks and inflammatory comments will not be printed. Communications Committee retains its right of refusal to publish Send letter to OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Ste 7 or by email to kelly@


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If You Can Walk and Talk, the OEPC Needs You!

nSuzanne Cassell, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee

Tony Lukes, Zone Communications Coordinator, is talking to one of the Zone Communicators via radio during a recent disaster drill. (Photo by Suzanne Cassell)

When a disaster hits, don’t count on your phone or the Internet. History tells us that those resources will likely be inaccessible, possibly for days. Anticipating

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this, the OEPC has established radio networks to maintain contact with the outside world, allowing us to report problems or request assistance from city, county, and federal emergency services. One critical part of our communications starts in Oakmont neighborhoods, with volunteers patrolling our streets with simple-to-use walkie-talkie radios that allow them to report problems and request assistance. Unfortunately, we only have enough volunteers, called Zone Communicators (ZC’s) to cover about 25% of Oakmont—far less than we would need to adequately respond in the event of an emergency. The only requirement to be a Zone Communicator is the ability to walk, talk and push a button on a walkie-talkie. No license or previous radio experience is needed, and the area you would be asked to cover would be in or near your home and limited to your physical abilities. In terms of time, you’ll be asked to use your OVA-provided radio to check in once a month for about five minutes to make sure it’s still working, and possibly support a four-hour communications test twice a year. Be a part of the solution! For more information, or better yet to volunteer, contact Tony Lukes, our Zone Communications Coordinator, at 537-9631 or E-mail him at Your neighbors and your community will thank you!

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Armiñana outlining the board’s concerns. Paul and Susi Heidenreich, co-chairs of Lifelong Learning, said, “Even though we obviously champion the cause of Lifelong Learning here in Oakmont, we fully understand that setting a precedent, such as the lease itself and the accompanying stipulations presented by SSU, presents draconian stipulations to this community that are unacceptable.” In what Giddings described as a “Catch 22 situation,” the university’s director of contracts said she will not meet with board representatives until OVA has an architectural engineer evaluate a 169-page document outlining the university’s requirements regarding earthquake standards and ADA requirements of the OVA facility in question. With such an evaluation costing as much as $3,000, Giddings said OVA wants to discuss the lease requirements before spending that money. One of the lease conditions would require OVA to construct any improvements and/or alterations needed to meet earthquake and ADA standards and that OVA warrant and guarantee that the leased space be operated and maintained free of asbestos. Other conditions outline detailed cleaning and maintenance requirements. Board President John Felton said that while OVA has some bargaining power, he believes the classes could come to an end. “We still have a problem understanding why these hurdles have been placed in front of us after nine years of success and cooperation with SSU and over 1,000 hours of student education,” said Heidenreich. He speculated that “SSU’s goal is to locate a facility that is outside Oakmont, probably in either the Windsor or Santa Rosa vicinity and establish a new OLLI venue which will increase both student enrollment as well as revenue.” Heidenreich said that should the relationship with SSU end, “we will do all we can to search out another institution of higher learning in the North Bay, as well as the San Francisco-based OSHER foundation itself, to establish Oakmont as either an independent OSHER site or as a satellite of another college or university.” At its March 17 meeting, the board will consider

whether to sign a contract with the American Red Cross to operate Oakmont facilities as emergency response shelters and assume all liability. Action was delayed because the contract requires that shelters be open to Oakmont residents as well as residents from the surrounding community. The OVA has conflicting opinions on whether Oakmont’s $1 million liability policy would cover outsiders. Felton said Oakmont is committed to the good of the community and that a risk vs. award analysis concludes that the risk is very small and the reward is huge. He said he considers it a foregone conclusion to accept the contract. The board was updated on plans to construct a 74unit assisted living and memory care complex in two separate buildings behind Oakmont Gardens. The project is awaiting comments from the City of Santa Rosa, and a straw vote indicated unanimous board approval of writing a letter of support to the city. No more pink or purple driveways, aluminum awnings on the front of houses or private garage sales without approval. These are a few of the changes in the revised Oakmont Architectural Guidelines and Standards for Residential Property. Marianne Neufeld, Chair of the Architectural Committee, said the guidelines now include a palette of colors allowed in the painting, coloring and/or staining of residents’ driveways. While acceptable awning materials include wood, prefinished aluminum and appropriate fabrics and colors, aluminum window awnings in the front of a dwelling are not permitted. Private garage sales need written approval and require the owner’s execution of a waiver and indemnity agreement in favor of Oakmont. The guidelines allowing contractors to work, including clean up, only between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. now apply to landscapers and gardeners. No work is permitted on Sundays or federal holidays. The guidelines also include new sections governing the installation of antennas and satellite dishes and the storage of vehicles in driveways. Residents can’t leave a vehicle in the driveway for more than four days.


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an interview at his home on Stone Bridge Road. Zoe only lived with Starkey the last 20 months of her life, but when she got there in 2012 at the age of 14, “her life changed and my life changed,” Starkey said. “I discovered all the parks and I discovered my talent with photography. She’s the one who inspired me to take photographs. Starkey figures that he snapped more than 5,000 photos of Zoe on daily walks that often lasted for hours, going only as fast as she wanted to go. After Zoe died, Starkey wrote a story on a Facebook page he had created for her which was picked up by a dog lover website. “Thirty-thousand people from 43 different countries came to her Facebook page,” Starkey said. “Every day I would post a picture of her. Then people started writing personal messages to me saying, ‘I’ve been following Zoe’s page and it’s really helped me through my own grieving.’” And the outpouring wasn’t just on social media. After a friend told of dedicating a picnic table in Sonoma Valley Regional Park to another friend, Starkey decided to dedicate a memorial table to Zoe. “People would bring flowers, a tennis ball, little stones, little hearts and it turned into a shrine,” Starkey said, and now there are plans in the works to dedicate a park trail to Zoe. “People contributed to the table and now they are contributing to the trail,” Starkey said. “I don’t know if I get naming rights, but I would call it Zoe the Happy Dog’s Trail.” Even after a year, Starkey isn’t entirely sure why Zoe’s death hit him so hard. He has lost other dogs, “but I’m learning from people on this website that this happens. People have one dog after another dog after another dog and then, boom, there’s a dog that comes that’s like an old soul or something that is just different from all the other dogs.” Starkey says he hopes to turn his experience photographing Zoe into a business, producing high quality digital photos of people’s dogs. “Hire me for two hours and I’ll go out and will do what I did with Zoe,” he said. Further information will soon be available at A favorite photo of Starkey’s is one of him pulling Zoe in a wagon on one of their last walks. It reminds him of the day on the Polo Field parking area when a driver rolled down his window and shouted: “When I die, I want to come back as your dog!”

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Compassion and choice lecture

Café Mortel is sponsoring a lecture by Jacie Rowe IV of “Compassion and Choices” on April 15 from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the East Rec. Center. Mr. Rowe will introduce the End-of-Life Option Act, a bill to authorize dying for terminally-ill Californians. This group supports giving Californians the option to die at home peacefully and surrounded by their loved ones. The lecture will be followed by a question-andanswer period. For questions call me at 537-9645 or Ed at 539-3065.

Valley of the Moon Rotary

nRandy Ruark

Our Annual Crab Feed fund-raiser was a giant success and a lot of fun. The live and silent auctions items had good bidding resulting in a record for this event. This year we had fund a need for Polio Plus and over $6,000 came in. These donations will be tripled by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rotary International is working very successfully and hard to eradicate polio. Oakmont definitely cares

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March 22: Life Planning Network—Critical Issues of the Second Half of Life

Individuals often attempt to achieve their life planning goals by choosing to work with one or more experts, including financial planners, attorneys, coaches, counselors and others specializing in life style issues in the second half of life. Now, many of these professionals have grouped together to form the Life Planning Network, a national non-profit organization with a chapter in Northern California and a subgroup in the North Bay. The members of this subgroup have formed a speakers’ panel, and four of them will present information on their areas of expertise—legacy planning, third act design, financial planning and estate organizing.

March 29: Santa Rosa Junior College-Past, Present, and Future By Dr. Frank Chong

Santa Rosa Junior College, opened in 1918, has helped thousands of students launch academic and professional careers. With more than 160 certificate programs offered, SRJC’s 30,000 students include recent high school graduates, re-entry folks creating a new career, returning vets, or moms now going back to work. The college is a vibrant, dynamic place which continues to evolve in technology, agriculture, the arts, medicine and more. In this wide-ranging symposium program, Dr. Frank Chong, SRJC President since 2012, will talk about the school’s past, present and future. Previously he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Community Colleges at the U.S. Department of Education in Washington, D.C. He formerly served as President of Laney College in Oakland and Mission College in Santa Clara. 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

nSteve Spanier

and $18,000 is not just a drop in the bucket. Thank you, all of you. Upcoming are some great speakers, including a speaker from the Salvation Army, Cynthia Brooks on senior at home care options and Dave Goodman from the Redwood Empire food Bank, which Valley of the Moon Rotary will John Brodey be visiting soon. A standing and open invitation to anyone who is interested in Rotary to visit one of our breakfast meetings. We meet at the Quail Inn at 7 a.m. on Friday. Contact Marie Thielade, our membership chair, at 569-8789 or visit our website at www.


Mardi Gras, our first big party of the year, was by all accounts a smashing success. Great food, music and company make for a great event, but when you add startlingly original costumes, you get something special. Check out the “Mardi Gras Photos 2015” section of our Boomers Club website for proof positive that Boomers—and Oakmont Boomers in particular—rock! Also, thank you to our volunteers! Without them, none of these great celebrations would be possible. We have several big bashes coming up this year, and we’ll need volunteers to help us set up and take down decorations, etc. If you have never pitched in, why not do it now? This is your club, get involved! It is fun and you’ll meet wonderful people. We’ll send specific requests when the events get closer.

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!

March: Let’s Play Charades

We are looking forward to a great turnout for our first Charades Night. If you’re planning to attend and have not yet RSVP’d on our website, please E-mail to let us know you’re coming. For those unfamiliar with this fantastic party game, here are a few basics: • Each team produces a secret word or phrase and writes it on a slip of paper. • The secret phrase is revealed to one member of the opposing team, who tries to act out the word or phrase for the rest of his/her team to guess. • The most popular words and phrases are usually titles of books, songs, movies, or TV shows. Start working on your list of secret words and phrases now so that you’re ready to compete on game night. WHAT: Charades Night WHEN: March 19, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: BYOB (no need to bring appetizers or desserts!

April 16, 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!

May 16: Motown…Yesterday, Today, Forever!

Food trucks return to Oakmont, and Nathan Owens and the Legends of Motown will have you “Dancing in the Streets.” This band is superb—you won’t want to miss them. Tickets go on sale April 1. WHAT: Motown…Yesterday, Today, Forever! WHEN: May 16, doors open at 5 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 per member/guest (two guests per member welcome) BRING: Cash for the Food Trucks, your beverage of choice Remember, if you haven’t joined Oakmont Boomers or renewed your membership, you will not be able to reserve your spot! To join or renew, visit If you have any problem with the website or PayPal, contact support@ for assistance.

We Need You!

Our Secretary, Shera Carlton needs to step back from her board duties for a while, so we are looking for someone to fill her capable (and stylish) shoes. Responsibilities include taking minutes at board meetings, distributing the minutes to other board members via email, and keeping records for the board. If you or someone you know can fill in for the rest of the year, please contact me at saspanier@

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We park and start from the Warming Hut, visit the Golden Gate Plaza, the World War II Memorial, Rob Hill, have lunch at Julius Khan Park. Return through Ecology Trail, the Main Post, the National Cemetery and back to Warming Hut. Hike is approximately six miles, mostly flat ground. Poles are optional. Bring lunch and water. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Ed Low, 538-7785.


Hikers will start from either the upper or lower trail. Both are strenuous and about an 11-mile through hike. It will be difficult with lots of up and down but the views are spectacular and wild flowers are usually abundant. Elevation gain about 2,500’. We will hopefully, go down in a different way. If the weather is bad, we will cancel the Pallisades hike with option to a hike in Annadel. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier, 537 7011.


This 4.5 to 5-mile hike on the northwestern side of Mt. Tamalpais is part of the Marin Municipal Water District’s open space land. We will hike around the lake with panoramic views of Mt. Tamalpais. Elevation gain is 600’. Bring water and lunch. Poles and hiking boots are recommended. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. The hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


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.


Mt. St. Helen. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

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.


Oakmont Hiking Club has 35 rooms set aside for those dates at La Quinta Inn, 2401 Del Monte Blvd., Monterey. Front desk phone number is (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.

Indian Rock, Sugar. (Photo by Zlatica Hass)

Important note: After making the reservation at La Quinta Inn please contact George or Zlatica Hasa at the following phone number 843-4527 or E-mail Let us know if you will be attending the Wednesday night dinner at Gianni’s.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.

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The Oakmont Mini Club’s first fun run will take place on Saturday, March 28. We will caravan from Oakmont through western Sonoma County to Bodega Bay, around the Marina and up to Bodega Head for stunning views of the Pacific and an optional walk along the cliffs. We’ll lunch together at the Tides and return along the rural Coleman Valley, Graton and Occidental roads. There should be a nice display of wildflowers along the way and, if the weather cooperates, a great day for opening sunroofs and dropping those convertible tops. Meet at the Berger parking lot at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP to me at 538-7785 or Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089.

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Quilting Bee

Our February meetings had great member turnout. Even though our weather has been rather nice, quilters seem to busy themselves with quilting projects in the winter. Our sewing day was abuzz with the sharing of projects, ideas and help as well as chatter. Sewing day is always a fun day. Our meeting day seemed to be short and sweet. We discussed upcoming quilt shows: the Healdsburg Quilt Show on March 28 and current shows at the Sonoma Valley Art Museum and Vallejo Naval Museum. Lisa Boyer must delay her anticipated “Mystery Class” until May or possibly later, due to current family issues. It was announced Dennis Marvin still has a sewing machine for sale if anyone is interested. Show-and-tell started off with Nancy O’Brien displaying a birthday quilt for a two-year-old who likes owls and the color orange. Nancy obliged with a quilt I’m sure the little one will treasure. Sandi McConnell showed some doll quilts she made for our on-going project, as well as her challenge quilt which she claims is so ugly her cat refuses to sit on it. Paula Scull showed her March tabletop quilt celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Barbara Arnold showed very cute baby quilts made with quilt panels. Kay Smith showed her Dr. Seuss quilt made for her daughter’s classroom. The quilt is in the reading corner of the classroom and children, when allowed to visit the corner to read, race to see who gets the quilt. Lisa Boyer showed a cute, small quilt made with the Twisted Sister pattern and ruler. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our Lisa Boyer business meeting.

We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Paula Scull

Kay Smith

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Celebrating our NEW Art Museum! 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


Price per Ticket: $1 7 5 members, $200 general

RSVP now at 505 B Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

Oakmont Art Association

nJane Carpenter

have painted. For a view of my other works google aquamarvels, a name derived from watercolors of the Caribbean.” In the next issue of the Oakmont News we will feature the paintings and artistic experiences of Gary Caldwell who will also have paintings on the back wall of the Berger Center, March until May. Paintings in Gallery G will change on Saturday, March 14. Bring your art work to the Gallery by 9:30 a.m. and pick up paintings or photos that are now in the Gallery, the Card Room or the OVA Conference room.



Above is a painting by Dorothy Pierce entitled The Market Place. This painting along with others by Dorothy will be displayed on the back wall of the Berger Auditorium from March 14 until May 9. Here is a brief view of Dorothy’s artistic history. “My parents encouraged me to draw and paint. There was no TV at this time so this kept me busy. I went on to get a degree in Humanities/Aesthetics at Stanford, a grad degree in painting at Cal, Berkeley, and finally a Ph.D. at UNTX in Art Education, after which I taught at SMU and directed a program for TAG in the DFW area. “Exposed to a variety of style and media and free to experiment, I have painted whatever was important to me, from portraits to non-objective imagery. The group of California paintings in the Berger Center are some of the most representational scenes I

In 1910 the furor over impressionism and the styles that followed like the paintings of Van Gogh, Gauguin, Braque and Picasso, had hardly touched the art consciousness of Americans. It remained for a champion of artistic photography, Alfred Stieglitz, to bring the so-called modern paintings by these new creators to our shores and display them, often alongside new photographic works. The April meeting of the Oakmont Art Association will feature Alfred Escoffier, a docent for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, who will show and describe these days in a presentation entitled Shock of the Modern: Alfred Stieglitz and his Circle. The talk will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center on Friday, April 10, with refreshments served at 10 a.m.


Philip Wilkinson has created a new Art Association website. Check it out at It is

a great place to find out more about the association, what activities are coming up and how you might like to be involved.


Ron Brown’s Ikebana class now has space for a few more members. It meets every other Friday in the Art Room, $15 per class. Call Bonnie Crosse at 282-9076 to register or if you have questions.


David Lobenberg, one of the artists at the “Celebration of the Arts,” is offering a weekend workshop here, designed for sketching when traveling or at home, indoors or out.. If you are planning summer travel this may be a perfect way to record your trip or sunny summer days in Oakmont. Called “On The Go, Ink-Wash”, it employs pen, pencil and tombo pens. WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. COST: $160. Send a check made out to David Lobenberg to Bonnie at 8824 Oakmont Dr. by April 1. Class limited to 14.


April 1 is the deadline to sign up for the annual Open Studios to be held Saturday and Sunday, May 16 and 17, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. All 2-D and 3-D media are welcome. To register please complete and mail the form below. You will be provided with yard signs, maps and mailers. For further information E-mail

open studios registration form Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________ Phone__________________ E-mail________________________________________________ Media___________________________________ Amount enclosed___________ ($25 for Open Studio plus Art Assoc. dues of $10 single or $15 couple if not already a member)

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nJackie McDonald

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

nMarsha Zolkower, OVA

The readers of Go Back for Murder

On March 16 Ron White will present the one-act comedy, Two Across. Janet, an uptight psychologist, and Jeff, a happygo-lucky guy, meet on a Bart train. During the course of the ride they discover they are both avid crossword puzzle freaks and become friends. Their totally different personality and attitude differences make for some hilarious situations. However, they are both wearing wedding rings. Readers are Jane Borr, Jeffrey Sheff, Ron White and Sandy White. On March 23 and 30, Ned Luzmoor will present S.R. Behrman’s Jane. Jane is based on a short story by W. Somerset Maugham and the lead character, William Tower, was played by Basil Rathbone. He discovers that his daughter and her poet boyfriend are in love. There are obstacles to this romance however: his wife can’t stand the boyfriend and the young man has already married another girl in order to help her get a much needed passport. Readers are Susan Bagett, Charlie Ensley, Pete Folkens, Jackie Kokemor, Stephe Litzenberger, Ned Luzmoor, Jackie McDonald and Evelyn Zigmont.

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 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 / March 15, 2015

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


“If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft, And of thy meager store, Two loaves alone to thee are left, Sell one, and with the dole, Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul.” Sheikh Muslih-uddin Saadi Shirazi, The Gulistan of Saadi, 1270


WHAT: Pauline Haro, Master Gardener, presents “Work Smarter, Not Harder, to Enjoy your Garden.” There will be tips for easier gardening. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, March 17 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


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


• Sow seeds of fava beans, beets, carrots, leeks, lettuce and other leafy greens, peas, radish, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips. • Plant Summer-blooming bulbs such as agapanthus, canna, gladiolus, lilies, watsonia and dahlias; fertilize early spring bulbs after blooming. • Divide and plant perennials. • Prune spring-blooming shrubs after blooming is over. • Fertilize your roses—they should receive their first application at bud break and then every 4-6 weeks thereafter. • Fertilize other perennials that are emerging from winter dormancy. • Apply Sluggo (non-toxic) to deal with snails, which are hatching in the garden now. • Feed your compost pile—add some good sources of nitrogen to the compost heap now (alfalfa meal, blood meal, cottonseed meal, fish meal).

GARDEN CLUB FIELD TRIP sign-up form, April 22

Enclose with check made out to Oakmont Garden Club and send to Janet Schade, 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Lunch selection will be available at the March 17 meeting. Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number___________________________ E-mail address_________________________________________ Amount ($50 per person)_____________ # of tickets______________

Warming Trends

Oakmont Puzzle Contest

■ Ofelia Roman — OVA Administration

march 1 CONTEST WINNER Ed Sutter

Congratulations Ed!

Oakmont Community Church

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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


Do you love to sing? Would you like to create in community with others? Choir has started! We meet on Thursdays from 6:30–8 p.m. in Room D of the Berger. Call me at 829-0158 if you are interested.

A new 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.

Sunday, March 15

Dan will continue preaching from the Apostle’s Creed; Crucified, Died and Buried. This will be a service with worship music and Celtic tunes with Sylvan Eidleman playing fiddle, Kathy Littman on bass, Roxanne Rogers on guitar and me on harp.

Sunday, March 22

Oakmont Special

Dan will preach on the price that Jesus paid for us. Jan Lappin of Sonoma Chanson will be our pianist and a special guest will be sharing in song.

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The choir and guest singers and musicians will tell the first half of the Apostle’s Creed, highlighting the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in spoken word and song. Join us for a very creative offering with congregational participation!

Sleep Apnea Group

nBob Flandermeyer

Come and join us for an informal exchange of experiences with the equipment required, as well as new sources of supplies, technical people and any other pertinent subject. These meetings are especially helpful to those about to start or just starting to use the equipment. First-time attendees and new users of the apnea equipment please call me at 538-5277 before the meeting, so we can have enough long-time users to answer questions and pass on their experience. DATE: First Tuesday of every other month (April 7) TIME: 1–3 p.m. WHERE: Room G in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

Tai Chi for Beginners nKate Ha

Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

If you have never tried Tai Chi before and your doctor is recommending this ancient exercise for your balance and stress reduction as well as agility, this is the class for you. Many centuries old, Tai Chi has moved into the mainstream of western life from China and is now practiced by millions of seniors seeking to improve health. We offer a five-week workshop that will cover the basics of Tai Chi for the new student in Oakmont. The tuition is $75 for a five-class series held at the old Curves Fitness Center on 6572 Oakmont Drive. We meet from 9–l0 a.m. Thursdays. Pre-registration is required by calling 3l8-5284. Start any time. We are looking forward to introducing this valuable practice to you and perhaps changing your life.

continues her excellent Monday class. This month we have invited a new instructor for Wednesdays. It is our great pleasure to introduce Tredia. Please join us to welcome another great instructor.

Fridays, 9–10:15 AM, Berger Center

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

New! Soon there will be 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?

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.

2015 DANCE SHOWCASE—march 22

Oakmont Health Initiative thanks you for your support of the Dance showcase. Ticket sales have gone very nicely. The program will put a smile on your face, get your toes tapping and show you why dancing is such a fun and healthy activity. Proceeds will benefit the continuation of OHI Free Fitness Classes providing instructors and equipment.

FREE FITNESS CLASSES Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

YMCA Healthy Living: An exciting rotation of instructors from YMCA Healthy Living. JoRene

Stretch, Body Conditioning and Balance—SRJC Class: Exercises are done standing, sitting in a chair and on the mat. On Friday, March 20 SRJC is on spring break, but please join us for a gentle class of flowing movement. 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.

Cardio Fitness

nBetsy Smith

Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. 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 INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 321-2105 (cell) Keep those resolutions and challenges for good health going 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 (all the toys)

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! 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, and weights, balls INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or

321-2105 (cell) Improve your balance and strength this year by joining the Balance and Strength (All the Toys) Class Wednesday evenings from 4:30–5:30 pm. 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.

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!


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

Fitness Center

nMike Harris


“How a new club went from a storage room to the most heavily attended facility in Oakmont—The Fitness Center.” This quote is the opening statement from Ken Stueben, using his experience and countless hours compiling a short history of our fitness center from its beginning in 1977 through 2013. Many of you will have read the short poster version or the complete 37-page history folder at our gym. If not, this article is for you. History: The year was 1977. Our first gym measured 430 sq. ft. consisting of two barbells and a bench. Fast forward to 1987, space was allocated, the gym grew to 1,040 sq. ft. and the Oakmont Gym Club was formed. By 1989, club members raised $1,740 to purchase a self-actuating treadmill, a rowing machine, a ballet bar and several Schwinn exercycles. A 45-year-old compact “Multi-gym” (bench press, leg press, lat pull down and weight stack pulley) was purchased in 1990. In 1992 the club dues were raised to $5 per year and had 350 members. Annual attendance was 22,152. By 1996, the contribution from exercise contributing to good health both mentally and physically became better appreciated. A poll of Oakmont residents voted a Fitness Center to be the #1 priority. Early in 1997 a group was formed by Club President Ken Stueben. Their goal was accomplished in 1998 with upgraded equipment housed in an expanded 1,800 sq. ft gym. Attendance had increased by a record 19% to 38,350 and continued to grow climbing to 47,000 by 2002. The next two years saw a concerted effort launched once again by the proponents for another gym expansion. In 2004 a recommendation was to double the gym area to 3,600 sq. ft. After careful analysis, the OVA agreed on an overhaul of the whole CAC and a gym expansion up to 3,000 sq. ft. From that time a coalition including Fitness Club members, OVA personnel, architects and interior designers worked together on a design plan for the entire Central Activities Center which was completed in 2009. Conclusion: When Oakmont was first built, over 50 years ago, fitness facilities such as gymnasiums were not much

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Half-way through the Lion and the Lamb and one more week to spring! With that comes better weather, warmer days and returning seasonal swimmers. Please introduce yourself or re-acquaint with your fellow lap swimmers. Remember to follow the lane usage rules posted inside bulletin boards (no cross lane walking). Everyone wants pleasant days at the pools. And with only the two pools open, we must be extra-extra friendly and cooperative. Enjoy the new season.

Flip Turn News

The West Rec. building remodel is coming along and is jaw-dropping beautiful. But please know that the pool repair itself has not begun and will take quite awhile to complete. The deck replacement is a biggie and numerous other repairs. So again, be patient with each other as the warm days return. Thank you. Happy lapping!

Genealogy Club

nMelinda Price

Family Search

L to R: Ken Stueben and our Fitness Club President Richard Duncan

of a priority for the new residential complexes, particularly for seniors. Dell Webb founded his adult community idea in 1960. Complexes were built to include surrounding golf courses, the primary activity. Much has changed since those earlier days. Included in the hundreds of Dell Webb and other similar sites, large modern gyms are a must and are built into the plans from day one. Not so with Oakmont. It has taken many years and dedicated residents much time and effort to get to a 3,000 sq. ft. modern fitness center from a 430 sq. ft. room with two barbells and a bench! There is still work to be done: growing our membership, purchasing the latest equipment, expanding trainer hours, finding more space, all of which in competition with 100-plus clubs competing for necessary funding and space. Work in progress!

Water Fitness nCathy Rapp

Have you been waiting for the rainy season to end before joining water aerobics classes? Well, wait no longer. The days have been warm and sunny. The pool is warm. And should it rain (more like sprinkle?), we’ll have class anyway. We’re already wet! 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) Note: the 10 a.m. class on Friday with Julie as instructor is on hiatus for the winter and the plan is to begin the class again next spring.

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club will be on Monday, March 23. We will have Kathy Payne as our guest speaker, and the subject will be “Finding the Hidden Gems in Family Search.” Family Search is the Mormon (LDS) free website where you can search through many kinds of primary records and family trees that volunteers have been putting on the internet over the past few years at: https:// The February meeting welcomed Kurt Boldt as the guest speaker. The subject was “Fold 3, Military Records and the new Collaborative Model,” wherein Kurt explained how to find military records of your ancestors in Ancestry, Family Search and Fold 3. The available records include Civil War, Revolutionary War, Vietnam War and other conflicts. He also explained how by collaborating with other genealogists on the internet, you can add much new info to your own family tree. It was a very informative meeting followed up by a lively Q&A session. The Genealogy Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). Please note our meetings at present are in the East Rec. Center. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website or E-mail questions to:

Oakie Folkies

nJanet Dove

See You in the Spring!

It seems that winter has just about passed us by, so we hope to see you at one of our events in spring. The three events I am mentioning here are the twice-amonth jams, the monthly performances at Oakmont Gardens, and Oakmont’s own Easter Egg Hunt. Anyone in Oakmont is welcome to join us at our Wednesday evening jams—we meet on the second and fourth Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite B. We welcome guitars, banjos, ukuleles, concertinas, fiddles, harmonicas, autoharps, etc. The style of music varies during the evening, depending on the choice of each player as their turn comes up. Songs include country and western, folk, Irish, popular music from the 1930’s through the 1960’s, bluegrass, Elvis, ragtime, fiddle tunes, ballads, etc. This is a safe setting to come out to play if it’s been awhile for you. Please dust off that instrument and join us! Volunteers from within the Oakie Folkies E-mail list put on a performance/sing-along at Oakmont Gardens on the first Wednesday of every month from 1–3 p.m. All Oakmont residents are welcome to come enjoy the show and participate in the singing! This is a fun and rewarding event, coming up April 1 and May 6. Speaking of fun, the Oakie Folkies will once again be entertaining at the Easter Egg Hunt, put on by the Grandparents’ Club here in Oakmont. Look for us at the Berger Center Plaza on Saturday, April 4, between 1–2:30 p.m. Get music in your life!


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

nMarie Haverson

American Mah Jongg Club

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 March 16. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every

nKathy Sowers

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.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont

Betty Riess is the first Legacy Circle member from Oakmont to the Osher at SSU Lifelong Learning Institute. Incorrect information was included in an earlier issue.

NEW FOURTH COURSE THIS TERM: THE ART AND CRAFT OF MEMOIR by FRAN CLAGGETT, M.A. Fridays, 9–11 AM, Apr. 10–May 15, 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, 3–5 PM, Apr. 13–May 18, 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, 3–5 PM, Apr. 8–May 13, 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.

Cal Alumni Club

nMark Randol


The March Saddle Club dinner will be held on Thursday, March 19. Cocktails start at 5 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The menu will feature a St. Patrick’s Day theme: corned beef and cabbage with all the fixings with bread pudding for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members. The price includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations in advance a must and are due by Monday, March 16. Contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.


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.

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.


Residents enjoy course preview!

March 20: Art Shostak March 27: Malcolm Rodman 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


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The Enocureans

nEllen Leznik

The Enocureans’ next Mix and Mingle party is scheduled for Saturday, March 21, 4–7 p.m. at Lisa Berman’s house. Lisa is opening her beautiful house to us and we are very happy and grateful to be able to have our party at such a lovely place. Come and meet new friends or catch up with old acquaintances. As always, we’ll have lots of wine and food. Our catering this time will be by Sweet T’s Restaurant, so bring a hearty appetite for some really good Southern-style barbeque. The event fee is $35 per person for members, $40 for non-members. To register, please contact me at

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 and Winter 2015 League Schedule. Remaining bowling dates for March: Mar. 17 (St. Patrick’s Day Event) and 31. No bowling Mar. 24— fourth Tuesday.


Our Fifth Annual Wii Bowling Charity Fund-raiser was held on March 14 at Austin Creek Elementary School. Results will appear in future article.


On March 17, a bowler/substitute will win a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowls a strike in the first and seventh frames of the third game, hence date 3/17, and also a score ending in 17 in any game.

RESULTS AS OF FEBRUARY 17 (sixth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; tied for second place, Strikers, Wii Four and Wild Turkeys; fifth place, Pocket Hits; sixth place, Alley Oops. Men’s High Games: Elmer Swanton, 245; Don Shelhart, 234; Gordon Freedman, 229; Juan Fuentes, 211; Terry Leuthner, 205. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 299; Germaine Byrne, 247; Peggy Ensley, 245; Robin Schudel, 245; Sue Bowman, 234; Sugar Carlton, 232; Kathryn Miller, 213; Sandy Wald, 212; Florence Palica, 211; Vicki Madden, 204; Vicki Robinson, 201. High Game Substitute: Beverly Thompson, 224. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, High Rollers; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, King Pins; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 279; Scott Harris, 222; Mark Attebery, 204. Women’s High Games: Pat Stokes, 286; Betsy Smith, 267; Debbie Miller, 266; Nicole Reed, 236; Valerie Hulsey, 234; Mollie Atkinson, 233; Elisabeth LaPointe, 215; Carolyn Mack, 215; Diane Price, 214; Doris Ruh, 202; Virginia Schrock, 202. High Game Substitute: Terry Leuthner, 213.


nSue Rowlands

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.

Bocce News

nLynn Wycoff

Another tournament is completed—the St. Patrick’s Day. Again there was much gayety and competition, and many tight matches. Pictures of the winners will appear in the next edition. Our tournaments are low key and fun for everyone especially since everyone wins the candy prizes. The only difference between winning and losing is that winners get their pictures in the paper. Wow! Next in the tournament schedule is the tax time one on Saturday, April 11 at 1 p.m. at the courts. Hopefully your struggle with taxes is over and you are ready to relax and celebrate another job completed. Don’t forget that registration for the Senior Games began on March 1. If you have not yet signed up you should do so soon. Be aware that the games are very popular and bocce is especially so. The Sonoma Co. Bocce Federation reports that they are filling the spots quickly and may not be able to accommodate all teams wishing to participate. Oakmont has made a good showing in the past and we hope to continue in that manner. Another event to consider is the Pallino Casino on April 25 at the Quail Inn. This is a fund-raiser for the Sonoma County Federation and sounds like a lot of fun. Many of us received notices of the event by E-mail so if you want more information ask around. I will also post a notice on the bulletin board. It would be nice to support our neighboring teams and also is a great way to socialize with them. Note this is a change in date for the event which was originally scheduled for March 7. New members continue to arrive and we welcome them. We play six days a week so there is always a group at the courts to greet you. Come up and enjoy our beautiful weather!

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.

Oakmont Music Lovers

nJoan Lounsbery


From the 10th Century through the Arab Spring, composers have written some of their best work using the Latin Mass for the Dead as their text. Usually inspired by personal loss of a parent, a friend, or even the massive loss of lives during a war, composers have written music to reflect the loss, set to the text of the requiem mass. I will work through five centuries, taking a look at requiems by Tomas Victoria, Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Faure, Durufle, Britten and Rami Khalife. The variances are striking, and reflect the times, from Victoria’s use of plain chant and voices only, Joan Lounsbery to Verdi’s use of a huge orchestra, chorus and soloists, including trumpets heralding from the far corners of the church. Brahms’ German Requiem, drawing from the “happy” texts in the Bible, marked 19th century romanticism and humanitarianism, and stands in stark contrast to what came before. The video excerpts shown will all be taken from live performances, and artists include The Tallis Scholars, Georg Solti and the Chicago Symphony, Cecilia Bartoli and the King’s College Choir. Special bonus: Following the presentation, the Sebastopol-based Alphabet Baroque Club will give a short live performance of early music, in advance of their appearance at the Galway Festival in Ireland later this spring. WHEN: Wednesday, April 1 (please note change of date!), 10:30 a.m.–12 noon (note 90-minute presentation) WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free admission

Buddhist Meeting

nPennijean Savage

March 28—The Bodhisattva Practice of Respecting All People

“President Ikeda teaches that practicing the bodhisattva way based on a spirit of compassion— deeply respecting the Buddha nature inherent in all people and drawing forth that ultimate dignity from our own lives and that of others—is the great path to happiness for both ourselves and others.”—Living Buddhism, Jan. 2015, p. 60. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, March 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, March 28, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


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nBarbara Powell

Republican Club of Oakmont

nBobbie Russell

The next meeting of the Republican Club of Oakmont will be held Wednesday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. We will again have the popular potluck dinner and ask all those attending to bring either a salad or an appetizer/main dish for six people. Please bring your beverage of choice. The club will provide coffee, dessert and bread. The current officers of the club, President Bobbie Russell, Vice President Ralph King and SecretaryTreasurer Nancy Maier wish to resign after the meeting. We hope the club will continue as a Republican Club. A few members of the club have been working on ideas concerning the club’s future and they may wish to speak briefly at the meeting. The hope of the current officers is that the club will continue as interested individuals step forward to run for one of the three offices. There will be time at the meeting for discussion on this issue if desired. In addition, the club treasury has a positive balance and a summary financial report will be available at the meeting. In the event candidates for club officers are not forthcoming at the meeting, the money will be held in our account for three months. If new officers are not installed at that time, the money will be donated to the Sonoma County Republican Central Committee unless there is a majority objection at the meeting. Hope to see you on March 25. Any questions E-mail me at or call 293-8938.


On March 26 we will be leaving Berger Center promptly at 8 a.m. and returning about 6 p.m. Please do not be late as the bus must leave on time. Thanks!


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

Sacramento Train Museum

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. Walker dues are $5 per calendar year. There is a one-time fee for a Walker name badge—$6 for a pin type or $8 for a magnet type. Our club’s website is oakmontwalkers. com.

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

nJerry Thompson

march 24: Google Maps!

Feeling lost? No direction? Richard Lazovick, our speaker, will put you on the right path with your Mac and iPad! This will be a combined meeting of OakMUG and the iPad SIG. WHEN: Tuesday, March 24, 2–4 p.m. WHERE: Berger 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.

spring Session march • april • may

Spring classes will start soon! Register today by calling 538-1485.


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PC Users Group nBarbara G. Dudley

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson

beverages (BYOB), paper goods and music. Dinner is potluck (the food is always amazing!). 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. Members may bring guests. See the sign-up/payment coupon below (due no later than April 11).


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.


Remember, the board has instituted additional changes to the group’s operations. If, as a member, you did not received the explanatory E-mail message, then go to our site and read about them on our Home (Announcements) page. In addition, please, let Krystine Boehme (Krystine_ know about the delivery problem to enable her to research and correct your E-mail address.


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.


Jim Oswald—fierce at the net and victorious in a three-set nail-biter against Petaluma’s #1 team

Or, be square. Show your support for the club by attending the OTC membership meeting on March 18, 2–4 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. Light refreshments will be served and 2015 OTC rosters will be distributed to dues-paying members.


Our Tennis Event Director is busy planning a second tennis tournament for members’ enjoyment the morning of May 2 at the West Courts. Sign-up procedures for this free social tennis event will be shared in the next issue of the Oakmont News.


Eva McGinn and Neil Linneball Petaluma USTA Clean Sweep!


Meet Play Love: 8 a.m.–12 noon, West Courts Spring Fling Dinner-Dance: 5–9 p.m., East Rec. Calling all new and returning OTC members! Begin the morning getting to know each other through the Meet Play Love tennis event starting at 8 a.m. at the West Courts. Tennis Events Director, Sumner Johnson, will accommodate everyone who signs up no later than Tuesday, April 14. Based on the total players, tennis may be played at both the West and East courts. There are three ways to sign up: send an E-mail or call Sumner ( or 539-3758), or sign up on the sheet at the East and West Court bulletin boards. Sumner will need your name, phone number and E-mail address plus your tennis level of A, B or C. All you have to do after that is to show up on time with your court shoes and tennis racket. Coffee and light refreshments will be available at the West Courts. If you decide not to play, come out to support the club and meet our newest members. The best viewing area? A folding chair on the parking lot above the West Courts. Then, rest up during the afternoon for the first social event of the season—the Spring Fling which begins at 5 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. Cost is just a low $10. Nothing fancy, just lots and lots of fun dining and dancing with the people who we have lots and lots of fun with on the courts. Think sock hop or school dance. OTC is providing the desserts, nonalcoholic

Things have been a bit confusing this past year and, on a number of mornings, court time has been at a premium with the temporary loss of a court. For much of the West Rec. construction, there was no sign-in board at the West Courts but, later, it was rehung on the fence of Court 1 West. The twain meets here—whether playing at the East or West Courts, please sign-in no matter if you are an OTC member or not. Detailed court rules are posted on the court bulletin boards.

Please sign-in to use a court


Tennis events, social events, drop-in tennis, interclub tennis, USTA leagues to support or participate in, a tennis substitute list, free instruction at the novice and intermediate skill levels, access to ball machines and, most important, the friendship of some really fabulous people who share your passion for tennis. Renew or join today, and participate in the April 18 fun!


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 members at $10 each_________ # of non-members at $10 each_________ Total enclosed $__________ Phone number_______________________________ Bring a salad or side dish if your last name begins with A–K; an entrée if your last name begins with L–Z. Desserts and non-alcoholic beverages provided by the club. This is a BYOB event.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

nRay and Marie Haverson

Doug Gabriel Report

Doug Gabriel and his family arrived in Santa Rosa at the Flamingo Hotel at 2 a.m. on Saturday, February 21. The Doug Gabriel #1 Tribute Show started at the Berger Center at 6 p.m. sharp and what a show it was. Doug and his family drove straight through from Branson just to perform for Oakmont—he had no other shows out this way. They performed comedy, Elvis, Taylor Swift, Tom Jones and many more. They had the audience on their feet applauding on many occasions. Doug played his muffler guitar, electric

guitar and keyboard. At the end of his show Doug and his family had all the veterans in the Berger stand up and they did a special song to all of our veterans. The show ended at about 8:30 p.m. They packed up and left at 7 a.m. on Sunday and drove straight through back to Branson, Missouri. It was a fantastic show with all the costume changes, comedy, movie presentation and song. If you are ever in Branson be sure to see his show and if you mention you saw them in Oakmont you will get a 50% discount on you tickets.

pasta platter, pesto polenta, bread and butter, hot tea, coffee, lemon water and whipped cream cake with fruit filling. As always it is B.Y.O.B. Honey Bee and the Pollinators is one of the best upbeat swing bands around. Honey Bee (Cici) has a great voice. Be prepared for some toe-tapping sounds and great dance music you won’t be able to sit still. Oakmont asked for swing and it took me awhile to find a great band. Now I have and they are coming our way so don’t miss out. Get your reservations in early as our events sell out fast.



You asked for a great swing band you got it! WHEN: Saturday, March 21 WHERE: Berger Center WHO: Honey Bee and the Pollinators TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner 5–6 p.m., music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: $30 per member, $33 per member’s guests, $40 per non-member; best deal is $42, includes membership from January1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. MENU: Penne pasta in marinara sauce, meatballs in sauce, tossed green salad with strawberries, anti-

nBarbara Bowman

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.

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

Sunday, March 22, 2 pm

No film shown—dance concert at Berger Center.

Sunday, March 22, 7 pm A FISH CALLED WANDA

A crooked foursome commits the heist of the century and is about to get away with it until the London police arrests one of them. Can the three on the lam persuade their comrade’s lawyer to reveal the stolen loot’s location? John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline and Michael Palin have fun in a laugh-filled tale of criminal incompetence and cultural misunderstandings. Numerous award nominations for this classic funny film, with Kline earning a Best Supporting Actor Oscar. (1988), R, 108 minutes.

Sunday, March 29, 2 pm AS GOOD AS IT GETS

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. Classes are on Mondays. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Everyone is welcome! Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class!

Upcoming class

Monday, March 23: Using color 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), 538-8304 (home) or E-mail

Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know his gay neighbor (Greg Kinnear) and his dog, and the waitress (Helen Hunt) who puts up with his abuse over breakfast every morning. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Nicholson and Hunt won Best Actor and Best Actress Oscars, as well as Best Actor and Actress Golden Globes. (1997), PG-13, 138 minutes.

Sunday, March 29, 7 pm BABETTE’S FEAST

Phillipa and Martina turn-down a chance to leave town, instead staying to care for their father. Decades later, they take in a French woman who prepares a grand feast in gratitude—a lavish meal eclipsed only by her secret, which is an eye-opening experience for everyone. A great movie about food, it also includes many surprises. In a class by itself, the movie won the Best Foreign Film Oscar plus numerous international awards. (1987), G, 103 minutes. (In Danish, Swedish and French.)

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

March 22, 2 p.m.: No film shown—dance concert at Berger. March 22, 7 p.m.: A Fish Called Wanda, (1988), R, 108 minutes. March 29, 2 p.m.: As Good As It Gets, (1997), PG-13, 138 minutes. March 29, 7 p.m.: Babette’s Feast, (1987), G, 103 minutes (In Danish.) April 7, 2 p.m.: Belle April 7, 7 p.m.: Big Night


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


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

George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Oakmont references. 30 years Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free experience. Free estimates. Call George estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454. at 987-3059. Macular Degeneration? WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV Professional, experienced locksmith for PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, SYS can help. For sale, or rent with all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS FAUX FINISHES option to purchase program. For Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years Reasonable rates, free estimates, more information or a no-obligation experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary demonstration call Jack Donnellan, references. I’ll work with your budget. Luurs, 528-8489. 595-3790. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, HANDYPERSON 707-239-1241. All trades, little fix-its and prickly A WOMAN'S COMPANION PET MAN DAN puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, Reasonable, fair and honest. Available I am an avid walker and have started ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning for 4 to 24-hr. shifts. References. Call a dog walking, pet sitting business. Dependable, experts serving you and Susan at 539-4861. too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since I have a license with this city and your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, am insured. Available on weekends. integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. SONOMA PATIENT GROUP References available. Please call Dan bonded and insured. Senior discounts CANNABIS DISPENSARY Lennox, 526-9154. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR We have daily discounts for seniors on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your and limited delivery. Located at 2425 GARDEN TRIMMING Welcoming new residents since Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. 526-2800. done with an emphasis upon a natural information given on every visit. If you look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. BABE’S are new to Oakmont and have not had WILLIAM R. KUTZ Richard, 833-1806. A personal transportation service for a home visit, please call Charlotte at GENERAL CONTRACTOR airports, cruises, vacations, family 538-9050. visits, etc. Oakmont resident, friendly Renovations, remodels, repairs, NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your IN YOUR HOME reliable service. Call Babe or Joe, MIKE’S REPAIR home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. 545-2850. Caring for your pets as you would. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, Lic. #769510. Serving Oakmont since Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat heating and air conditioning, general 1987. THE COMPUTER care. Daily schedules and routines. Day handyman (I can fix just about and overnight companionship. House TROUBLESHOOTER anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest O’DRISCOLL PAINTING sitting available. Insured and bonded. Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536Want to spruce up your home? Guests Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma. complete support for PC’s, Apples 9529, emergency—328-6635. and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior served. John Bradford. 578-6305. HELP WANTED ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. $40/hour. Experienced Real Estate Listing Agent GENERAL CONTRACTOR #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free wanted for Oakmont office. Please AND HANDYMAN estimate. reply in strictest confidence to: Craig A to Z home maintenance and repair. AC BURNS PAINT CO. Saxon, Broker, Real Property Advisors, Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, COMPUTER OOPS? Inc., 6570 Oakmont Dr., Suite 110, exterior, power washing, decks, tile, plumbing, electric, painting and Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Call 849-8995. wallpaper removed. Will not be gardening. No job too small. All phase Services. Call Chuck for all things CalBRE 01904379. Equal Employment undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588. construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee computer at your home or business. Opportunity Employer. Moen, 318-5591. 40+ years experience. $60/hr. GET ORGANIZED Oakmonters receive 20% discount. DOG SITTING, WALKS I can lead you through the whole 293-8011. $15 walk and feed; $30 overnight. process. Call Dot at 544-2633. Oakmont resident. Call Karen, 539-5666.

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



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


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, stoves and inserts for 30 years. Call 578-9276 for any fireplace needs.


Reliable, clean work done and without the dreaded leaf blower machine. Small jobs OK and handyman as well. Richard Garety, 833-1806.


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


Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an emphasis upon a natural look. Small jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806.


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


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


View profiles and direct hire your own caregiver in Sonoma County at www.


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 BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR painting specialist, drywall repairs and Heating season is here. Furnace textures. Licensed and insured. Call us check and service, $99. Expert repair, for your Free Estimate today! 707-833maintenance and unit replacement at 2890. low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, 230-0564. CAREGIVER AVAILABLE Personal assistance, driving, light CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANT housekeeping. Ten years experience. Personal and companion services. Certified Medical Assistant, excellent Range of motion exercises, mental DMV record. $17 per hr., 3-hour stimulation activities, healthy meal minimum. Call Paula at 703-6231. preparation, light housekeeping and driving. Medication management. MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL Bonded and insured. 15 years exp. HOUSE CLEANING Call Diana at 707-721-9318 or E-mail Commercial and residential. Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning. Call 548-9482 or E-mail marthal1041@


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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 / March 15, 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 March 16–31 Patresa Zwerling, 539-8996 April 1–15 Ann Ver Planck

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




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

(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. WINTER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Sat & Sun) (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) Thanksgiving to first Saturday in April: No one under 18 years in WEST and EAST or CENTRAL pools or Jacuzzis. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.

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

Loaner equipment

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

Association Manager Cassie Turner E-mail:

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.

Lost & found

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

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont?

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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 / March 15, 2015

nLynn Wycoff

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

Calling all bridge players!

Do you know we have an active group that meets twice a month for a friendly game of bridge? We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to about 9:40 p.m. We play four rounds of 40 minutes each and change partners with each round. There are table prizes for

high score, a grand prize for high score of the evening, and prizes for slams. We are a sociable group with coffee, teas and refreshments provided. To join us you need to have a partner and then just show up. It costs $1 to play. Check us out! For more information call Paul Wycoff or me at 537-7019.

Grandparents’ Club

nJoan Palma


Once again the Easter Bunny will be greeting you and your grandchildren at our annual Easter Egg Hunt. The hunt is for toddlers through 12-yearolds. The cost is $5 per child and includes hunting for colorful eggs, a craft table for decorating the bags to hold their eggs, face painting, jumpy house, the Balloon Guy making balloon art, refreshments, music by the Oakie Folkies and more. New this year—three prize tables where children will be choosing their own prizes. Arriving on time will insure a happy hunt. DATE: Saturday, April 4

TIME: 1–2:30 p.m. PLACE: On the greens outside the Berger Center. If it rains we go inside. To insure safety while hunting for the eggs the children will be divided into age groups. The schedule is as follows, so please don’t be late: 1:15 p.m. toddlers–3-year-old; 1:25 p.m. 4–6-year-old; 1:35 p.m. 7–12-year-old. Any questions please call Marianne 528-0161, or E-mail me at To sign up fill out below form and return with your cash or check made out to the Grandparents’ Club and place in club’s folder by March 27, last day to register.

EASTER EGG HUNT SIGN-UP FORM Grandparent(s): Name__________________________________________________________________________ Phone/E-mail__________________________________________________________________________________ Grandchild: Name____________________________________________________ Age______ Girl/Boy Fee: $5 Grandchild: Name____________________________________________________ Age______ Girl/Boy Fee: $5 Grandchild: Name____________________________________________________ Age______ Girl/Boy Fee: $5 Total enclosed: __________

Pickleball Club

nBill Lucker

Can You Hear Me Now?

In an effort to be good neighbors to the residents whose homes are near pickleball courts, the Oakmont Pickleball Club has identified and purchased “noiseless pickleballs” to be used at Oakmont pickleball courts. We believe that these balls will solve all noise concerns for those residents living nearby. We welcome everyone to come for a visit during play with these new pickleballs. Joan Seliga likes the new quiet pickleballs!

Hear for yourselves the sounds of Oakmont Pickleball— you will now only hear the sounds of Oakmont residents having fun! Haven’t heard of pickleball? It’s the fastest growing sport in America and continues to thrive at Oakmont, with new players showing up every Monday for orientation. Starting at 10 a.m. every Monday, volunteer club members will spend an hour or so introducing you to this fun game. Loaner paddles and balls are available. Just show up with suitable court shoes with non-marking soles. WHO: Pickleball members and guests WHERE: Two courts with portable nets on East Rec. Court #4 WHEN: 10 a.m.–12 noon, Monday through Saturday is drop-in play for all players, all skill levels—no reservations required. Reservations (at the club website) are recommended outside the 10 a.m.–12 noon drop-in period. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people WEBSITE: CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, or

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nDan Crossland

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All manner of manners will be on the menu for the Sons in Retirement (SIR) March 25 luncheon. Dr. Bruce Elliott will speak on “The Origins of Social Graces” which will colorfully trace the spread of courtesy and manners (including table manners) from the aristocracy to the middle classes in the time of the Enlightenment. The presentation will include a visual component, with artwork from the period illustrating key elements of this civilizing process. Dr. Elliott received his Ph.D. in History from UC Berkeley. Over the past decade, he has been teaching popular courses in European History for several Lifelong Learning programs at Berkeley, Stanford and Sonoma State. In April, he will begin his sixth OLLI class at Oakmont, entitled “Dynasty: Rise and Fall of the Great Houses of Europe.” SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. Our social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 noon catered by Café Europe. Any Oakmont men interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.


The Oakmont News / March 15, 2015

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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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The Oakmont News for March 15, 2015