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The Celebration of Art A full house turned out Feb. 6 to watch three artists whose painting process was projected on the Berger Center’s big screen. The day was a production of the Oakmont Art Association, funded by a grant from the Oakmont Community Foundation. Following a buffet lunch, visitors listened as the artists talked about their work and showed more works on the big screen. Artists taking part were David Lobenberg, Christopher Schink and Myrna Wacknov (pictured below), each working with a model seated in front of them. Visitors sketched and photographed their own depictions of the artists at work. Later, the Art Association plans an exhibit of works created by members of the audience.

Red Cross May Operate Oakmont Emergency Shelters

March 1, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 5

OVA Election Final Weeks of Activity Before OVA Voting Closes

nAl Haggerty

nMarty Thompson

The Oakmont Village Association is working on a contract under which the American Red Cross would operate Oakmont facilities as emergency response shelters and assume all liability. Pat Barclay, co-chair of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee, told the OVA Board Feb. 17 that the Red Cross is proposing that OVA “give them the buildings and let them run the show” in case of natural disasters and other emergencies. He said the Red Cross would store necessary supplies at facilities here, including Berger and the East and West Recreation Centers, at no expense to OVA. The Red Cross would train volunteers, including Oakmont residents, and certify them as members of a Red Cross disaster response team. Barclay said the Red Cross’ $1 million liability policy would cover OVA. He said a Red Cross representative already has inspected and approved the facilities. The board decided to vote on the proposal at a special business meeting preceding its monthly workshop March 3. Director Frank Batchelor, who is working with Barclay and OVA Manager Cassie Turner on the agreement, called it win-win. Barclay said there are issues still to be resolved, but emphasized that he doesn’t consider any to be “show-stoppers.” An OVA attorney raised several issues, but said if they are resolved the agreement with the Red Cross would be a sound business decision. Liability questions have put operation of Oakmont emergency centers by the OEPC in doubt.

Ballots for the 2015 Oakmont board election go out today to all OVA homeowners, kicking-off five weeks of activity before the votes are counted on April 7. Ballots are being mailed to some 3,200 OVA homeowners. Each home is entitled to one vote. The ballots are part of OVA’s annual meeting packet. Six candidates are seeking four open positions on the sevenmember board that governs the Oakmont Village Association. Two candidates are incumbents, one was previously on the board and three are making their first bids to serve. The new board will face major decisions including a proposed sports facility at the Central Complex and whether to remodel the aging Berger Center or perhaps plan for its replacement. A public candidates’ forum on Feb. 26 was livestreamed on the Internet, and also recorded. A video is posted for viewing on the website www. Candidates submitted photos and biographies, which are published elsewhere in this edition of the Oakmont News and are also online. The candidates also responded to four questions posed by the OVA Communications Committee. Short versions of their responses, edited by the candidates, also are printed in this newspaper on pages 14 and 15. Longer answers are posted on the newspaper website,


The reopening of a renovated West Recreation Center has been pushed back to May 1 because rain has delayed the stucco work, exterior painting and the addition of stone veneer around the building. Association Manager Cassie Turner also said that after Nordby Construction finishes its portion of the work, probably by March 1, a floor refinisher will come in and refinish the wood floors and install carpeting

The board approved a request by the ad hoc Berger Improvements Committee to spend up to $20,000 to hire an architectural design firm for help in estimating the cost of various aspects of remodeling Berger Center. Director Bob Giddings, a member of the Berger Committee, said: “We have to spend money to find out what needs to be done.“ He said the committee would ask board approval for any expenditure over $500. Turner recommended that the committee consider firms with experience in working with senior communities. Giddings said the committee is not ruling out anything. He noted that while Berger has 10,200 square feet of space, there is 10,400 square feet of undeveloped space between Berger and the Central Activities Center. He also said it would be heart breaking to many groups if Berger were shut down for up to a year for remodeling. He raised the prospect of borrowing money for a complete renovation of Berger, and noted that the loan to build the Central

Ballots can be deposited in a box at the OVA Office, returned by mail, or taken to the annual meeting, which starts at 3 p.m. on Monday, April 6, in the Berger Center. A vote-counting committee chaired by Nancy Caldwell will count the ballots starting at 8:30 a.m. in the East Recreation Center. Their session is open to the public. Results will be announced and newly-elected directors seated at the board’s reorganizational meeting that day at 2 p.m., also at the East Rec.

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See ova election on page 11

Photos by Kathy Sowers

Rain Will Delay West Rec. Reopening Until May 1

nAl Haggerty

Oakmont Village Association 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7 Santa Rosa, CA 95409-5906


Election At-A-Glance Now—Candidates’ Forum, view online April 6—Annual Meeting, voting ends April 7—Ballots counted, results announced VOTE BY APRIL 6

Inside the Oakmont News Golf Club News.................................5-6

OVA Board Candidates.................12–13

Puzzle Contest...................................11

Candidates Respond to Q & A.......14–15


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015 CAN’T ATTEND A BOARD MEETING? Watch it online at Board meetings will be available the day after the meeting. Also, check out past videos.


Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association

nOVA Administration

nJohn Renwick

The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings.


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

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

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

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

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

Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Room D is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, right side of stage. Room G is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, lobby across from rest rooms.

Publication Policy of the Oakmont News—Draft The OVA Board of Directors approved at its Jan. 20 Business Meeting the following amended Communications Committee Publication Policy. The document will be published in Feb. 15 and Mar. 1 Oakmont News editions for resident comments to the board in writing by E-mail or in person delivery to OVA Office Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. (note new office hours). Overview: The Oakmont News is published under the supervision of the Board of Directors by the Oakmont Village Association for the informational benefit of Oakmont residents. Its purpose is to report on current and planned activities in and around Oakmont or of general interest to the Oakmont community, disseminate information on upcoming planned social, recreational and arts and craft events by our approved clubs and organizations, provide our residents a platform to express their views, and include board and association communiqués. General News: The front page of the newspaper plus one or more

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inside pages are devoted to news and photos of interest to the Oakmont community. Content to be provided by the Communications Committee Editorial Team and other volunteers working with the team. Election of Directors: All candidates shall be provided equal access to the Oakmont News editions published during the annual nominations and election cycle. This access is limited to publication of a personal photo and statements that do not exceed 300 words. Candidate submissions shall not be edited by the Communications Committee or staff. Letters: Provide an avenue for residents and owners to express opinion, criticism or praise; but may not malign nor inflame. Letters are to include topic/title and author’s name and can be up to 250 words long. Also included (but not published) are the writers’ address, E-mail address and phone number so they can be contacted and notified of submittal status. Review: letters may be edited for clarity and length

LOMAA Quarterly Meeting on Wednesday, March 4, is cancelled.

Workshop for Public Comment on Architectural Guidelines Revision nMary C. Patricia, Administrator

A workshop will be held March 3 for comments on a revision of Oakmont’s Architectural Committee Guidelines and Standards. The revision, which is posted on bulletin boards inside the Berger Center, expands the current guidelines to conform to legal requirements. The March 3 workshop will be held at 3 p.m. in the East Recreation Center.

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Activities Center will be paid off in the middle of next year and the temporary $12 dues increase will be rolled back. $ The board put off consideration of a request from Sonoma State University to lease space in Oakmont for the Osher Lifelong Learning classes and to inspect the facility for earthquake standards and ADA requirements. The board said it was postponing action until it receives the proposed lease and details of other requirements. The board unanimously adopted a new policy to determine the residency for caregivers. The policy, which has been published as required in the Oakmont News, says a caregiver shall be considered a resident if a home in Oakmont has become the caregiver’s primary residence. A caregiver shall not be considered a resident of Oakmont if the caregiver retains a primary residence elsewhere, even if he or she is a live-in caregiver.

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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

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Golf News



January 30 OGC Pasta Feed fund-raiser, held in the Berger Center, was really successful. Put on by Frank Giannini and his Social Committee stalwarts, this dinner gathering drew 272 of us together for a very good cause: raising money for our club to use in purchasing sand for the restoration of our courses’ bunkers. Via ticket sales for the dinner, beverage purchases, corkage fees and raffle ticket purchases— and a huge amount of volunteers’ effort—the event netted $4,100! These funds will be used by our Superintendent, Andy Trinkino, to purchase 48 tons of special sand on or about March 1. That sand will be stored on site. Then, when the weather is favorable (around April 1), Andy will target those bunkers most in need of sand replenishment. Thus, we will enjoy greater playability whilst in those “traps.” All of us Oakmont Golf Club members can be proud of how successful this fund-raising effort was, as well as how much fun we all had being together. Frank is already looking forward to the next event!


Come on, we can all do this. Filling fairway and rough divots with sand encourages the surrounding grass to grow a bit sideways and fill in the damaged areas naturally. This simple act allows the grassy spaces to look a lot better and become more playable a lot faster. Our beloved Oakmont Golf Club is not a private country club with a dedicated staff to follow you around and fix your divots. So, it’s up to each of us to fill our own divots—plus a few more here and there as we play. Each of our golf courses has racks of sand containers available for you. Located by both the 1st and 10th tees on the West Course and near the 10th tee of the East Course, these containers are ready for you to take out on our courses. If you already have sand bottles on your private cart, there are large containers of sand by those racks for you to use in refilling those bottles. Not only will this simple act improve the fairways for you, our dear members, it will enhance the playing experience for the public players. We rely on those daily fee players a great deal: their play accounts for approximately 60% of the rounds played at the Oakmont Golf Club, and the revenues derived are really important to our club’s financial viability. So, please make the use of the divot sand containers a standard practice when you play. Thank you.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Mark your calendar for Tuesday’s General Meeting, March 10, after a shotgun Mixer on the East. The sign-up sheet is in the clubroom. The weather has been great and both courses are in fine condition and only getting better! North Bay Team Golf and Futures Team Golf begin next month. Good luck to all the ladies involved. Here are the results of sweeps for the first two weeks in February.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (76). First flight: first low net, K. Mokricky; second low net, N. Shaw; third low net, P. Buchholz; and fourth low net tie, K. Faherty and A. Miller. Second flight: first low net, Y. Smith; second low net, L. Leitner; third low net, J. DiMaggio; and fourth low net, L. Kilpatrick. Third flight: first low net, L. Yates; second low net, B. VanVoorhis; third low net tie, L. Vree and C. Romero; fifth low Congratulations Henni net, E. Baciocco. Fourth flight: first low net, Williston for winning first place in your flight H. Williston; second low net, E. Foote; third low net, C. Rexford; and fourth low net, D. Johnson.


Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (86). First flight: first low net tie, L. Paul and E. Beltrano; third low net, K. Peters.

Second flight: first low net, Y. Smith; second low net tie, K. Faherty and K. Mokricky; fourth low net tie, L. Clark and K.C. Cote. Third flight: first low net, B. VanVoorhis; second low net, J. O’Toole; third low net tie, E. Huff and K. Wittes.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (86). First flight: first low net tie, A. Miller and N. Shaw; third low net, P. Buchholz; fourth low net, K. Faherty; fifth low net, L. Clark. Second flight: first low net, C. Buchold; second low net, E. Baciocco; third low net. R. Nicholson; fourth low net tie, C. Carroll and L. Leitner; sixth low net tie, Y. Smith and L. Yates. Third flight: first low net, C. Sharpe; second low net tie, C. Rexford and J. O’Toole; fourth low net, V. Collins; and fifth low net, S. Kohut.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (91). First flight: first low net, S. Wood; second low net, K. Downey; and third low net, P. Buchholz. Second flight: first low net, Y. Smith; second low net, K. Mokricky; third low net tie, L. Clark and L. Leitner. Third flight: first low net, K. Wittes; second low net, C. Tripaldi; third low net, J. Larner Leitner has O’Toole; fourth low net tie, C. been playing great golf Rexford and E. Huff. these past few months. Nice going Larner! OK ladies, see you out there.

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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club


nTony D’Agosta

nBarbara Bowman


On March 5, after a 9 a.m. shotgun start, greenclad Niners will converge on the East course to play in the first event of the year: the annual Puttin’ on the Green Tournament, to be followed, of course, by cocktails, socializing, the requisite corned beef and cabbage—and prizes! Ruth Levy and Lisa Karjalainen are working hard to assure that each of us has the best of times. Details, including winners, in the April 1 issue.


Welcome Ellen Comaduran to the Niners. We look forward to seeing you on the course and playing with you on Thursday mornings. If you, like Ellen, enjoy golf and are looking for sociable, compatible playing partners, the Women Niners invite you to join us. For more information, contact Jeanine Haggerty, 538-4183.



9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

Wednesday Men’s Club

nJim Kaiser

It appears that the east coast is taking all the precipitation in the form of snow and ice. They just couldn’t take the Super Bowl, they had to have everything. Well, they won’t be playing golf for a while nor working on their tans. Speaking of golf please find the results posted below. Oh! Did I say it was going to be in the 70’s today?

February 4, West: POINT PAR GAME, two-MAN TEAMS

First flight (5–13): First, Bill Hainke/Bob Peterson, 30; second, Ross Alzina/Dennis Cronin, 29; third tie, John Weston/Danny Morgan and Jim Scinto/Bob Baciocco, 28. Second flight (15–21): first, Jim Kaiser/Andy Frauenhofer, 32; second, Phil Sapp/Suru Subbarao, 30; third tie, Bob Giddings/John Greig, Dave Goulson/ John Williston and Gary Novak/Bill Roberts, 28. Third flight (23–31): first, Pete Eschelbach/Scott Ricci, 34; second, Rodi Martinelli/blind draw, 33; third, Tom Wayne/Bob Siela, 30. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Sal Cesario, 6’6”, Shelly Brodsky, 6’10”; #13—Bill Hainke, 15’3”, Danny Morgan, 31’5”; #16—Bill Roberts, 1’10”, Tony Hughes, 7’1”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Scott Ricci, 23’10”, Art Hastings, 25’1”; #13—Bill Smith, 32’10”, Bill Wellman, 33’9”; #16—Tom Wayne, 16’5”, Bob Siela, 21’1”.

February 4, East: TWO-MAN BEST BALL POINT PAR, 12 Teams

First tie, El Delagnes/Greg Carpenter and Noel Schween/Keith Wise, 31; third tie, Don Schulte/Dan Sienes, Frank Smith/Dick Scott, 29. Closest-to-the-pin (HCP 0–19): #16—Joe Leitner, 7’2”, Noel Schween, 14’7”. Closest-to-the-pin (HCP 20–up): #16—Gordon Hopper, 9’1”, Dan Sienes, 15’10”. Nothing cute to say today, because what is cute about experienced gentlemen (using this term loosely) parading around a green golf course showing their pasty white sticks they call legs after they have been in hibernation for several months. Fore!

Mark your calendars for some of the upcoming events. March 16 is our first round of our five-round eclectic tournament. Look for the sign-up envelope in the pro shop. On April 6 we will be playing two-man best ball on the back nine. We will play on Tuesday, May 26, due to the Memorial Day Holiday. On June 15 we will have our first mixer of the year. We will be playing with mixed groups of our Niners. It will be an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. More information on this to follow. Happy golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR FEBRUARY 2 Individual Low Net, 17 Players

First place tie: Keith Wise and Joe Lash, both with a 26.5. Third place: Rich Silvas with a 27. Fourth place: Kelly Snow with a 27.5. Fifth place: Dan Levin with a 28. Sixth place tie: Phil Sapp and Neil Huber, both with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Dan Sienes, 21’0”, Neil Huber, 37’4”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR February 9 Individual Low Net, 6 Players (Due to the heavy rains!)

First place: Keith Wise with a 29.5. Second place: Charlie Perrotti with a 30. Third place: Phil Sapp with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Stan Augustine, 6’7”.

nRay and Marie Haverson


You asked for a great swing band and 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, antipasta 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.


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.


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

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: __________

nLynn Seng, President


Oakmont HEARS

“I can’t HEAR you!”

Have you heard about those free phones for people with hearing loss? Did you know they are also for folks with low vision, speech problems and other disabilities? Come hear about the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP). This is a special presentation for all Oakmonters, brought to you by Oakmont HEARS (Hearing Education Advocacy, Resources, and Support). It features an outreach specialist from CTAP who will provide an overview of their program, the

disabilities besides hearing loss that qualify—e.g., mobility, cognitive, blindness and low vision, speech, and deafness— and how these phones apply to those situations. He will describe how to apply for the program, and will bring sample phones to demonstrate their features and show us how they work. Come and check it out! WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center

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nAl Thomas, Coordinator

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

Free Red Cross Training

nSuzanne Cassell, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee

The American Red Cross will be offering free training to Oakmont residents during the month of March. It will cover First Aid, Adult CPR and Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs). The training is free with limited enrollment and will include class materials and a Red Cross card upon completion. Available dates: March 18, East Rec. Center: CPR Training 9:30 a.m.– noon, First Aid Training 1–3 p.m. March 19, Berger Center: CPR Training 9:30 a.m.– noon, First Aid Training 1–3 p.m. March 26, Berger Center: CPR Training 9:30 a.m.– noon, First Aid Training 1–3 p.m. March 31, East Rec. Center: CPR Training 9:30 a.m.– noon, First Aid Training 1–3 p.m. You don’t need to take both sessions in one day. You can take one on one day and the other one on another date, or you can just take one. If you are interested, please enroll no later than March 10 by E-mail: Call Pat Barclay at 537-0909 if you don’t have E-mail or have any questions about the training. Please arrive on time and wear comfortable clothing. If you must cancel, please call Pat Barclay at 537-0909 as soon as possible so someone else on a wait list can take your place.


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015


nEd Low


Two separate hikes in the magnificent virgin redwood forest. Dick Shlegeris will lead the intermediate hike which covers the hills through the woods for a five-mile loop. It does include a significant climb. Sharon Shlegeris will lead the short hike on a two-mile stroll through the redwoods. Bring food and water. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m.


Switchbacks will take us past George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch to the summit of Big Rock Ridge— at 1,895’ the second-highest point in Marin County. If the day is clear, we will enjoy panoramic views of the Bay Area. Distance is about seven miles, with about 1,250’ of elevation gain. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382.


This intermediate hike is all flat with lots of stops and looking. The hike is centered in and around Sonoma town. Bring water, lunch and rain gear in case of light rain. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Stanley, 539-1696.


We park and start from The Warming Hut, visit the

Golden Gate Plaza, the World War II Memorial, Rob Hill and 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.

Annadel State Park (photo by Maurice Fliess)


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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.

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.


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Oakmont Art Association

nJane Carpenter


What is to be done when that stained glass window in the church has been damaged? What can be done when age or even an earthquake has rendered multiple windows in a cathedral to be twisted and broken? A Tiffany lamp or an elaborate crystal chandelier badly needs restoring. What skills are needed to make these repairs? To whom can you turn?

Restoration of glass art requires knowledge of and skill in historical methods of making and assembling glass as well as of metalworking. It also requires tracing the history of the objects and careful study of their design, content and intention. Ms. Makau will show us beautiful examples of the restoration projects her studio has undertaken around the Bay area including complete restoration of stained glass windows in a large cathedral, in historic buildings and a variety of commissions. Refreshments will be served starting at 10 a.m. and the program will commence at 10:30 a.m.


The paintings in the Berger Gallery will change on Saturday, March 14. Please bring your art work to the gallery by 9:30 a.m. You may also pick up any paintings or photographs that are now hanging in the gallery, the card room or the OVA conference room. St. Bonaventure, an example of a large stained glass window

Our program on Friday, March 13 in the Berger Center will feature Ms. Ariana Makau who founded and manages Nzilani Glass Conservation LLC, one of the few companies in the U.S. qualified to conserve historical glass works.


Many of you were taking pictures of the artists and their work at this event and some of you were sketching. As we mentioned we plan to have an exhibition of the work you did on that day. Please

Open studios sign-up form Name__________________________________________________________________________________________

finish the sketches if you did not have time then, add some color if you wish. Polish up you photos. Frame the work and we will get in touch with you soon to let you know when this follow-up exhibit will occur.


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

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The March dates are Mar. 2 and 16 from 6:45–9 p.m. in the Card Room at the CAC. If you have never played with us, this might be a good time to check us out. If you need a partner, call me at 539-5511 and I will do my best to find to a partner for you. There are several singles now who want to play. This is an ideal way to get started with contract bridge and to meet new folks. We keep the same partner throughout the evening as we rotate through each table and keep a running score. Hope to see you in March!

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publication policy

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by the communications chair (or designee) and by the committee to avoid maligning individuals or groups and inflammatory language. If a letter is deemed to be out of compliance, the writer will be given an opportunity to revise. Writers are limited to one letter per 90 days and priority is given to letters not previously printed elsewhere. In all cases, whether a letter is being published or not, the boilerplate that advertises/promotes this letter service must be displayed within the regular boxed section for resident letters. Writers will be notified of the status of submitted letters and if and when it is expected to be published by the association office. Association-Related Information: Space where the association can disseminate information pertaining to its plans, actions and rationale for actions. Features may include a Board President’s column, Association Manager’s column and to also include information on key actions being taken by association committees. One back inside page is reserved for Oakmont Village Association information, to include OVA office hours and contact information, current board members with email addresses, regular OVA committee meeting schedules with pseudonym E-mail address for each committee chair. Club, Organization and Class Announcements: Allows each of Oakmont’s approved clubs, organizations and classes to promote their activities. Preferred focus is upcoming events versus reporting on results of events. Exception would be results of special events, such as tournaments. Other Approved Newspaper Columns: • Crime reporting in summary pertaining to Oakmont. • Brief Death notices pertaining to Oakmont. • Soliciting interest in a proposed club/class/ organization with association office sign-off. Up to three notices in the newspaper can be published to determine interest. • Detailed class listings offered by Lifelong Learning at Oakmont three times per year. • Golf News: Oakmont Golf Club has contractual agreement for space allocation within the newspaper in exchange for services rendered. Page position

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photo by Robert Couse-Baker

on the interior stairway. She said replastering the pool and replacing the pool deck, which is expected to take six weeks, cannot begin until Nordby moves the scaffolding off the job. Also, the paint has to dry so that dust from removing the pool deck will not blow onto the wet exterior paint. In addition, Turner told the OVA Board Feb. 17, a water leak has been detected under the pool cabana and could cause complications once it’s uncovered. In the meantime, the water is only turned on when needed to keep down water costs to that facility. Turner also said the city may not issue a certificate of occupancy for the West Rec. Center as long as the pool renovation work cuts off the lower deck exit from the building. The board directed her to ask the city if the requirement for two exits and entrances would be met with the front bridge entrance and the lower doors entrance/exits on the tennis court side.

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within the newspaper is not specified. Newspaper Size, Material Limit, Responsibilities: CJM Productions, a contractor, handles and is responsible for all newspaper advertising. The overall newspaper content and distribution remains under the auspices of the Oakmont Village Association and all non-commercial ads, editorials and articles are to be made available to OVA for review before publishing. The newspaper is normally 32 pages and increases are in four-page increments, requiring added costs. If additional pages beyond the normal edition size are necessary, it should be identified early to minimize layout rework. The large number of clubs and organizations produces competition for the limited space in the paper. Writers are asked to focus on upcoming events, with briefer details on past events. Photos are popular and are encouraged, noting that pictures and registration coupons reduce space available for text. OVA and the CC have agreed on a maximum club story length of 500 words, although most stories should not approach this length. Groups exceeding that limit will be notified in writing and asked to adhere to the limit. The letter about the copy limit is to be sent only to those groups regularly exceeding the limit, to avoid encouraging others to write long stories. When overlong stories are submitted before the monthly deadlines, OVA staff may notify writers of a need to trim and resubmit. But the nature of publishing can make it necessary for the paper’s designer to trim some stories to fit available space on deadline. In those cases, it’s not possible to consult with writers. When groups consistently submit copy too long for available space, OVA and the Communications Committee will work with the groups to adjust future submissions. After edition has been submitted for printing, CJM will report to Association Office and what actions were taken to reduce content to fit. This will aid the Association Office designee in responding to resident inquires and communications designee in future planning. Adopted by Communications Committee for submission to Board 9/8/2014

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The candidates include John Felton, an electrical engineer who is the current board president. The other incumbent is Frank Batchelor, appointed to the board last year. Batchelor has practiced law, owned a sporting goods store and was a real estate broker. The other candidates are L. G. “Herm” Hermann, who had a career in the insurance industry and who previously served two terms on the board; Lisa Berman, who as a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee led the current survey seeking to learn what residents want now and in the future; Elke Strunka, with background in finance and accounting who volunteers for the Architecture Committee and is a driver for Oakmont Helpers; and Jane Gyorgy, with a business background, who is secretary of the Pickleball Club and a board member of Oakmont Lifelong Learning and the Tennis Club. Candidates were put forward by a nominating committee chaired by Brian Adams. Others may nominate themselves, but because ballots have been printed they would need to conduct write-in campaigns.

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Entry Form for march 1 issue Find this picture: $ hidden in the articles. The winner’s prize is $15.

Scissors #1 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #2 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #3 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #4 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #5 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #6 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #7 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #8 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Scissors #9 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________

Write your answers on this form and bring it in, or mail it, to the OVA Office. Either way it must reach us no later than Monday, March 9.

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Current Events Discussion Group

nTina Lewis

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


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Oakmont Board of Directors Candidates (In random order)

Lisa Berman

Preserve and enhance everything that makes Oakmont special. That’s my goal if elected to the Oakmont Board of Directors. Oakmont’s environment and location motivate many to move here. Let’s make sure we make smart decisions to keep our community beautiful. Oakmont’s facilities meet some resident needs and desires. As we update, let’s make sure we carefully choose projects that meet future needs and desires at reasonable cost. Oakmont’s home values continue to rise. Let’s make sure those who rely on home value for future financial needs can do so. I plan to live here many years, and am eager to help lead Oakmont toward its desired future. While serving on the Long-Range Planning Committee, I led Oakmont’s comprehensive research project. We are learning what Oakmonters want now and in the future, which will provide the board with tools to make informed decisions. In addition, I’d like to see greater openness and transparency regarding all Oakmont leadership activities. This includes developing more effective ways of communicating with every resident. We need ongoing research and communication. And we need to know community desires as they evolve and change. This will enable board members to make targeted spending decisions. My 38-year career prepared me for board membership. It included executive positions in communications, marketing, public relations, strategic planning, emergency preparedness, economic development, internal communications, government relations, community relations, branding and more. Notable employers included Harley-Davidson Motor Co. (director of communications worldwide), Office of the Milwaukee County Executive (executive staff/communications director) and the Milwaukee Public Museum (vice president/marketing and communications), while also serving on many boards and commissions. I began my career as a reporter/ photographer for Associated Press and ended it as a consultant to large businesses and non-profits. Let’s work together to make Oakmont the best it can be!

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

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

John Felton

My name is John Felton, a 71-year-old, third generation native of California and a Navy veteran. I have two daughters and three granddaughters. My wife and I moved to Oakmont in 2001. Sadly, she passed away in 2010. I am happily retired from a successful career in Electronic Engineering. I was elected to serve you two years ago and I would like to continue to do so. I served as Vice President and now President of the board. For many years I served on the Board of Directors of the Valley of the Moon Natural History Association. Overall I have served in all capacities as a member of more than four Boards of Directors and numerous operations and technical committees. I consider myself a team builder. But what has been accomplished has been made possible through the contributions of our many talented volunteers. Together we have successfully focused our efforts on updating and rebuilding our aging infrastructure. Working untold hours with our staff, engineers, architects, and contractors to assure that all work in done in a timely and cost effective manner, the results have been fruitful. I do not take my responsibilities lightly. I have not missed more than one or two meetings in the past two years. I care deeply about Oakmont. It is truly a wonderful place to live. It takes a dedicated and knowledgeable Board of Directors working hand in hand with our Committees and Management Team to keep us on course and meet the growing needs of our community while living with our budget. I have the time, the experience, and the willingness to serve our community. I would sincerely appreciate the chance to continue do so. Your vote would be appreciated.

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.

Elke E. Strunka

As a former Certified Public Accountant with 10 years’ experience in that field, I feel that I am well qualified for a position on the OVA Board. My particular interest lies in the financial aspects of the board’s activities. Because of my extensive background in the finance and accounting field, this is the area where I can make a significant contribution. Financial stability and fiscal responsibility are of utmost importance to the community. Before retiring in 2001, I served as Principal Accounting Officer for a large Real Estate investment trust, a company primarily engaged in leasing and property management of commercial real estate. Managing a department with more than 60 staff members, I was responsible for all accounting functions, cash management, taxation, shareholder and SEC reporting. Additionally, I led an information systems conversion, and served on the team to effect the company’s Initial Public Offering. Oakmont is a quality community in which to live and it would be an honor for me to be of service. My decision for moving to Oakmont in 2012 was based on its prime location in the Valley of the Moon and the many amenities it has to offer its residents. Presently, in Oakmont, I volunteer for the Architectural Committee and I am also a driver for the Oakmont Helpers, which I have enjoyed very much. Prior volunteer activity: Board member, Sharpsteen Museum Association, Calistoga, Ca 2004–2013, Treasurer—four years, Exhibit and Collection Chair— two years, Docent Chair—three years; Board member and Treasurer, 7001 Condominium Association, Seattle WA—three years. Your vote will be appreciated.

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L. G. ‘Herm” Hermann

The OVA Board will be faced with making a number of critically important decisions in the next two years, particularly regarding how to provide adequate facilities for present and future Oakmont residents and making decision on financing those facility additions and/or modifications. Plus of course, managing the “nuts and bolts” of maintaining our present facilities and the possibility of increasing the number of programs and size of programs provided. I believe my experience will be of value to the board and the community in the process of making these decisions. My life partner, Del Baker, and I have been in Oakmont for nearly 14 years. In that time, I have served on the OVA Board for four years, the Architectural Committee for six years, (chairing that committee for three years), the Long-Range Planning Committee. I was recently appointed to the Finance Committee and also I am on the Ad Hoc Committee studying how to renovate and/or expand the Berger. I also was a Director of the Hiking Club for weven years, was the Facilitator for an Alzheimer’s Support Group in Oakmont for several years and have been a volunteer driver for many years. In addition, previous experience (before coming to Oakmont) has been on a school board for 16 years and on another Homeowners Association Board for 18 years. I believe it is evident that I care strongly about Oakmont and I feel confident that I can be an asset to the community in helping to manage the present and plan for the future and would appreciate your vote for a position to the OVA Board of Directors.

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As the son of parents who had sixth grade educations and who were sharecroppers in Arkansas, I was brought up to be honest, hardworking and considerate of others. I was fortunate enough to be able to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University and a Law Degree from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. I practiced law in California for 32 years, where my wife and I raised our family. I also owned and operated a sporting goods store for 10 years, and was a Real Estate Agent and Broker in Flagstaff, AZ for seven years. In 2007, my wife Carolyn and I moved to Oakmont to be near our son’s family and to finally retire. At Oakmont, I have been very active with the Hiking Club, being a co-leader of that group for five years. Recently, I have been a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee and helped prepare the draft sections for Open Space and Recreation, Governance, Community Appearance and Finance. As a result of my work on the LRPC, I have a good understanding of Oakmont’s governing documents, finances, and the current and future issues facing Oakmont. In September, 2014 I was selected by the current Board of Directors to fill the board position vacated by John Taylor and have enjoyed serving on the board since that time. I believe my most significant contribution to the board to date has been in helping to get the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee reactivated by resolving liability and insurance coverage issues which faced our association. If elected, I would want to see improvement in board transparency and communication with its residents; continued updating of the association’s existing recreational facilities; open and courteous debate on possible new projects; actions taken which will attract future retirees to Oakmont and enhance the value of our properties and which will ensure the financial health of the association.

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!

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Monday, March 9: Exploring new Zentangle™ designs 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

Jane Gyorgy

Born in NY, and dreamed of becoming a PE teacher but, life took several different paths ranging from work in and management of SF restaurants, auto and real estate sales, to business owner. For the past 24 years my husband and I have owned our own business. I re-targeted our market niche, obtained two contractor’s licenses, and took our company from pencil and paper to cloud computing, while growing our company from the mid-five figures to seven-figure gross income. Oakmont allows me to enjoy community as well as realize my childhood dream of being able to participate in all the activities I love. Outside of Oakmont, for the past 17 years I’ve volunteered at Canyon Manor, a locked private residential facility for 89 adults with chronic mental illnesses visiting once a week and on Christmas and Easter mornings. Oakmont Activities and Volunteering: • Member Star of the Valley Women’s Club and volunteer Altar Server, Eucharistic Minister, and Lector at Mass. • Member of and secretary for the Oakmont Pickleball Club (designed and launched their Shutterfly site). • Member of the Ad Hoc Committee for the study of Pickleball courts construction. • Tap Dancer (designed and launched a Shutterfly site for videos of our drill work and dance routine practices, calendar, etc.). • Board Member and Audio Visual Lead Tech of Oakmont Lifelong Learning (designed and launched their Shutterfly site). • Lap swimmer (instructed the club founders in the design and launch of their Shutterfly site). • Tennis Club Member (brand new member). • Instructed the president of Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club in the design and launch of their Shutterfly site. Other Oakmont activities I’ve merely dabbled in include French Conversation, Mah Jongg, Yoga and Tai Chi classes, Table Tennis, Ballet and Line Dancing, Playreaders and golf.

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. If you have any questions contact me at 539-4111, or Ian Seddon, 843-4040.

14 nCommunications Committee

The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

OVA Board Candidates Respond to Q&A

The six candidates in this year’s OVA Board election have responded to questions posed by the Communications Committee as part of an effort to provide information to help inform Oakmonters as they cast ballots. The responses are published here as submitted by the candidates. Answers are in alphabetical order, by last name. (Space in the paper is limited. Some candidates offered longer answers for the Oakmont News website, where all of the questions and answers are posted. Read them at oakmont-news. ) 1. What issues do you consider to be of highest importance to Oakmont; and what criteria, including dues increases, do you think should be used to make a priorities list? Frank Batchelor: Maintaining Oakmont’s attractiveness, recreational opportunities, and property values should be the board’s highest priority. These features are the primary reason most of us moved to Oakmont and are what will bring future residents to our community. However, if our recreation facilities deteriorate, if residents fail to properly maintain their homes and common areas, and if we do not develop a backup plan to forestall a possible financial collapse of the Oakmont Golf Course, then all Oakmont residents could be adversely affected. Lisa Berman: The main issue—which really is an opportunity—is learning what our residents want now and in the future, so the board has a broad base of information with which to make decisions. As a member of the Long-Range Planning Committee, I led the Oakmont Community-Wide Research Project, which is nearly complete. For the first time in 50plus years, Oakmonters were asked to help the board create a roadmap for our community’s future. All together, nearly 2,000 Oakmonters expressed their needs and desires in listening sessions, focus groups and the survey. We should listen to their guidance and plan accordingly. If elected, I promise to use the research results to help the board make short- and long-term decisions, set priorities and carefully manage expenditures. I also believe it is important to preserve and enhance everything that makes Oakmont special: our community environment and attractiveness, our facilities and our property values. In addition, it appears the golf course may need our attention. I’d suggest the board create a study committee regarding the golf course’s challenges and what role, if any, OVA should play in resolving them. John Felton: Of highest importance, and an absolute priority, are issues dealing with the health and safety of our residents and preservation of our facilities. Results of the survey presently being conducted will provide much needed help in setting our goals and priorities. We need to remember that needs take priority over wants, but in the end it always come down to funding and funding depends on dues. Determining dues is a difficult, complex, and often controversial issue requiring careful analysis of our present financial condition and what we project for the future, both in the short term and long term. I am fiscally conservative and do not spend other people’s money casually. I wish that we never would have to raise dues, but that is not reality. Jane Gyorgy: Articles of Incorporation, page 4: First: that the name of the corporation is Oakmont Village Association. Second: the corporation’s purposes are: (a) The specific and primary purpose for which this corporation is formed is to provide athletic and recreational and club facilities for the use of the members of the corporation and their guests. Should residents express interest in improving or proposing additional, athletic, recreational, club

facilities, it behooves the board obtain a study of interests within our community as well as the general trends of athletic and recreational interests of 55+ peoples nationwide. With that the board can make an informed decision and decide on a proper course of action. (See #4) “Herm” Hermann: In the next two years our major planning must be on how we will expand our facilities and services to meet the needs of future generations of Oakmont residents. A priorities list needs to be developed for just what additional facilities and services are needed. After that is developed we will need some cost estimates of those improvements. Then we can use all of that information to see just how we might finance those improvements. That financing can take a number of forms including loans, assessments, etc., but anything we do to provide the adequate facilities and services needed will impinge on our dues. Elke Strunka: For me, the issue of highest importance is the continuing financial stability of the OVA. I have experience in developing realistic annual operating budgets, focusing on operating expenses and reserve contributions. The accuracy of a budget directly affects future year budgets and therefore the homeowners. Fees are a function of these budgets. Further, I would review recurring operating expenses for possible savings opportunities. 2. An ad hoc committee is studying possible upgrades to Berger Center. As a board member, how will you go about deciding which changes should be made? Frank Batchelor: I would anticipate that the ad hoc committee will prioritize the Berger Center upgrades, in this order: safety (earthquakes, etc.); utilities (heating and air conditioning); existing community use requirements (dance floor, etc.); identifying new community recreational needs and requests; and appearance. We will also need a combination of community input, open debate, and professional advice (architectural, etc.). And then of course we must address the cost and how to pay for those upgrades. Lisa Berman: Regarding the Berger Center, the survey and study committee are looking at this question. The board should analyze costs and benefits of the several proposed solutions to the age and condition of the building and make prudent decisions about its future. John Felton: I will evaluate the committee’s recommendations first, by cost and second by what people have stated they want in the survey. It is important to understand that the Berger Center is only one part of the overall picture of Oakmont. The board’s task is to maintain and preserve all the Oakmont facilities and common areas. So how to fund any upgrades will be evaluated in relation to the funding needed for all Oakmont facilities. Jane Gyorgy: As a board member I will ask: Do the upgrades add to or improve the athletic, recreational and club facilities of Oakmont? What is the current resident interest as well as potential trends of interest in said upgrades? If the upgrades are to be funded, how will we best fund them? “Herm” Hermann: I am a member of the Ad Hoc Berger Improvement Committee and it is becoming very apparent that the existing structure will not allow for all of the space needs required in the future. These needs are extensive. Possible solutions to these space needs include remodeling the existing building on the same footprint and adding a second building, or, expanding the existing building or demolishing the existing building and building new. All with different consequences and costs. Elke Strunka: Before committing to any changes at all, I would want to see the results of the survey

being conducted as we speak. The Berger Center is one of the issues being questioned. Hopefully, there will be widespread participation in the survey and a consensus will emerge. This should set the direction for the BOD. 3. What ideas do you have to promote transparency between the OVA Board and the residents? Frank Batchelor: I think Cassie Turner, our manager, has already contributed enormously to promoting transparency between the OVA Board and the residents by posting the OVA E-blast and OVA minutes and policies on the Internet. And it is very important that the board strictly adhere to the legal requirement that all board meetings and discussions be public, with the limited exception of those meetings allowed in executive session by California law. Lisa Berman: If elected, I’d work to create more opportunities for board members to interact directly with residents via coffee meetings, receptions, listening sessions and community events. Even more important is development of effective communications strategies between leadership and Oakmonters, so that all residents feel informed about, and included in, decision-making. John Felton: Transparency between the OVA Board and the residents is both essential and challenging. We already video tape our meetings and board workshops and the manager does a weekly E-blast. I suggest we add to that an “Ask the Board Member” series where once a month 1 to 3 board members would meet in the Berger Fireside room for an hour and listen to residents who would like to ask questions or voice their opinions. Jane Gyorgy: Create Chronology of Proposals Page for the website documenting dates, proposals, dollar amounts (estimated and actual), and each stage of progress. “Herm” Hermann: I believe the board and management is doing an excellent job in keeping Oakmont residents informed. Between the Oakmont News, the Oakmont Website, the Manager’s weekly informative newsletter, I think information is disseminated about as well as possible and I have no other suggestions. Elke Strunka: Transparency will be achieved by simply following California law, as spelled out in Davis–Stirling: the only subjects to be discussed behind closed doors (executive session) are: Personnel issues, formation of contracts with third parties, member discipline, member payment plans, foreclosure issues, litigation. All other issues should be discussed in open meetings and sessions, for which timely notifications are made. 4. What should be done in Oakmont to keep pace with evolving trends in senior communities? Frank Batchelor: The Long-Range Planning Committee is researching other adult communities for evolving trends. This is being done through Internet research and by visiting these communities. In fact, when preparations began for the Long-Range Plan, members of the committee, including myself, visited the active adult community in Rossmoor, where we took note of the indoor swimming pool, wood shop, restaurant-coffee shop, and new events center. Lisa Berman: While Oakmont is very unique in its location and physical beauty, we need to recognize other communities have more modern amenities. Web research and board “field trips” to nearby over55 communities would help us understand how to be reasonably competitive. John Felton: We must stop thinking that we have no competition, look at what others are doing, and listen to what they and others have to say. See candidates respond on page 15


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Bocce News

nLynn Wycoff

Valentine’s Day was a gala event at the courts as we held our annual tournament. Winners and losers were treated to a large heart-shaped box of Valentine treats. The weather was beautiful and the crowd enthusiastic. Where else can you be a loser and still share in the spoils equally? Our goal is “keep ’em happy.” Pictures of winners are shown to the right.

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Jane Gyorgy: LRPC “Stats” sub-committee, semiannual report: list 55+ communities our size and larger (Northern CA, CA, countrywide) by community, include website; list athletic, recreational, club facilities, original, added and when to be added and ETA; Sports of Senior Games, original sports, sports added and when, number of participants in each sport each year; demographics; number homes sold here in Oakmont six mo. and annual, three years; number of residents/renters in Oakmont; number of occupants at the Oakmont Gardens; other verifiable interest/trends of 55+ people. “Herm” Hermann: One of the major reasons given by many for moving to Oakmont is the surroundings, the hills, the parks, the vineyards etc. But once here they do expect those facilities and services they want and deserve. We have limited space available for additional facilities. Consequently we must use that space as wisely as possible and plan our facilities with as much flexibility as possible for potential future use. Elke Strunka: Every community is unique in some ways. Evolving trends in other communities might be interesting but not necessarily appropriate to our circumstances. I would want to keep “taking the pulse” of Oakmont residents. The current survey is a great tool to that end. Similar surveys could be conducted in the future.

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Those of us who have dared to play on stormylooking days have experienced some success and some rapid retreats. However we are happy to find that the drainage system works well and even after a very rainy day the courts are dry enough to play on the following day. I regret to announce the passing of another longtime member, Dick Walsh. We will miss his presence at the courts and also his wife, Dale who has moved to Spring Lake. Most of the dues are in and we appreciate your promptness in paying. However, we are still missing some and the new roster is now out without their names. You should have received your copy by E-mail and we hope you have printed it out or saved it on your computer so that it is a handy reference for you. If you do not have E-mail you can pick up a copy at the courts. Senior Games are coming up the first week of June. Early registration begins March 1. This year it is possible to play in more than one sport without having to pay a separate registration fee. Many of our members plan to do that. If you are interested in joining in the fun and would like to find some willing partners just sign your name on the sheet posted on the bulletin board so others know you will play. Teams can then be formed from those listed. It is a lot of fun and you don’t need to feel like an expert to participate. You won’t regret your decision. Please remember to put away things if you play on your own at the courts. There have been some items left out: tapes, mats, etc. Mats can get soggy if it rains and tapes get taken. So look around before you leave to check. Next big event in the St. Patrick’s Day Tournament on Saturday, Mar. listing 14 at 1 p.m. Mark your calendar. new

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







1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM COPE BC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

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

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





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

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




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

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

10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 2:00 PM OHI 2015 Dance Showcase BC 4:00 PM COPE Acorn Lane E 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Comm Committee B 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM OAKMUG+B11 Ste 6 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint. Grp AR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM OPCUG E 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:30 PM Genealogy Club E 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid D 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Orientation E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Great Decisions E 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Paint. Grp AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


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

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



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

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10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 1:00 PM OVA Event BC 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Photography Club E 3:30 PM Café Mortel B 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 7:00 PM Democratic Club E

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

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Boomer Board Ste 6 2:00 PM OEPC Board G 3:30 PM Oakmont Educators Club AR 7:00 PM Single Boomers BC 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 7:00 PM OVA Wine Tasting Class AR


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


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

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM OEPC Training BC 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM OTC Membership Mtg E 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness 7:00 PM Boomers BC 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 7:00 PM OVA Wine Tasting Class AR 7:00 PM Documentary Films E



9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM AARP Tax Aid G 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 5:00 PM Republican Club E 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM OEPC Training BC 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 7:00 PM OVA Wine Tasting Class AR

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

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







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

8:30 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:45 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 3:00 PM Art Assoc. New Mem Resp. BC

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

9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 3:00 PM Music at Oakmont BC

9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG E 4:00 PM Sha-Boom BC

9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Rainbow Women Concert BC

The West Recreation Renovation Project is underway. Please see page 13 of the February 1 edition for the temporary relocation of West events and classes.

AR Art Room (new building complex) EC East Conference Room B Meeting Room (new building complex) G Berger Center (old library) BC Berger Center LW Lower West, See page 13 of the February 1 edition BCFS Berger Center Fireside Room Ste 6 In OVA Administration Building CR Card Room (new building complex) Upper West, See page 13 of D Adjacent to stage in Berger Center UW the February 1 edition E East Recreation Center


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

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Valley of the Moon Rotary with the support of VOM Rotary was created for the families who utilize the services of the St. Joseph’s Mobile Health Clinic. The La Luz Center is for children while their parents are receiving medical assistance. The book was created in English and Spanish to encourage children in developing lifelong healthy habits One of our Rotarians, Les Holve, M. D., a retired pediatrician, suggested the book be submitted to the American Academy of Pediatrics. VOM Rotary meets on Friday mornings for a full breakfast at 7:15 a.m. at the Quail Inn. Please visit our website at for details on our speakers, programs, involvement in the community and international projects. All are welcome. Be our guest and see if you fit. Our Membership Chair Marie Thielade, 569-8780, will be happy to answer any questions. The four-way test of the things we think, say or do: 1. Is it the truth? 2. Is it fair to all concerned? 3. Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Valley of the Moon Rotarian Kazumi Nishio displays newly written bi-lingual children’s book, 100 copies of which were donated to the St. Joseph’s Mobile Health Clinic as part of the club’s long-standing support of that organization.

We welcome new member, Shawn Hetherman. We thank Kazumi Nishio for promoting the writing, illustrating and printing of “The Bear Family Moves to Rabbit Country” by Cindy K. This book

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Wednesday, March 18th 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. RSVP at (707) 861-3065

Cal Alumni Club

The most notable symbol of the Berkeley campus of the University of California is the Campanile which turned 100 years old on February 3. How well do you know this historic landmark? Here are some interesting facts from The Daily Californian, Feb. 4, 2015: 1. The official name of the Campanile is the Sather Tower. 2. At 307 feet, it is the third tallest bell and clock tower in the world (the Elizabeth Tower in London which houses Big Ben is 315 feet tall). 3. The tower was designed by the architect John Galen Howard. 4. The Campanile boasts a 61-bell grand carillon. 5. On four of its seven floors, it contains a collection of more than 30,000 fossils from the La Brea Tar Pits. 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.


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Women’s Friendship Bible Studies

nNancy Crosby

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

nSue Rowlands


STUDY: Exodus: Learning to Trust God TIME: Tuesdays, 9:45–1130 a.m. PLACE: The Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Drive. This study is open to all Oakmont residents. Coffee, tea, and desserts served. GUIDE: Jannece Gill


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

nRosemary Waller


ZOFO Duet brings a wonderfully eclectic assortment of musical gems to Oakmont on Thursday, March 12, at 1:30 p.m., in our regular series concert. And on Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m., we once again partner with the Santa Rosa Symphony in a special extra concert, showcasing the gifted young people of the Brass Choir and the Chamber Orchestra. On March 12 Eva-Maria Zimmermann and Keisuke Nakagoshi (ZOFO Duet) return for their second appearance in Oakmont. In addition to the works described below, their program will include a brilliant four-hand piano transcription of Leonard Bernstein’s everpopular Overture to Candide, and Johannes Brahms’ beloved Waltzes Op. 39. Claude Debussy’s Six Epigraphes antiques: In 1901 Debussy was immersed in his own personal melodrama when he composed incidental music for a collection of erotic poetry by Pierre Louÿs. Mary Garden, the original Mélisande in Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande, wrote: “I honestly don’t know if Debussy ever loved anybody really. He loved his music—and perhaps himself. He was a very, very strange man.” In the 1880s he had been flamboyantly carrying on several simultaneous affairs, behavior that cost him his close friendship with the composer Ernest Chausson. Debussy wed fashion model Lilly Texier in 1899, but became increasingly irritated by her musical and intellectual deficits. Still married, he ran off with Emma Bardac, a banker’s wife, after threatening suicide if she refused him. Five days before their fifth wedding anniversary Texier shot herself while standing in the middle of the Place de la Concorde. She survived, but the bullet remained in her spine for the rest of her life. Debussy and Bardac, now pregnant, fled the scandal, staying briefly in London. Their daughter was born in 1905. Her parents finally married in 1908, their troubled union lasting until the composer’s death in 1918. In 1914 Debussy revisited the music he had written for Louÿs’ poetry, originally for two flutes, two harps, and celesta. He reworked six of the beautiful pieces, which he called Six Epigraphes antiques, first for fourhand piano, and later for piano solo. William Bolcom’s Primer: Composer, pianist, and raconteur William Bolcom was born in Seattle, entering the University of Washington at age 11 to study composition and piano. Later teachers included Darius Milhaud at Mills College and Olivier Messiaen at the Paris Conservatory. His stated goal has long been to erase boundaries between “popular”


and “serious” music. He has had three major operas commissioned and premiered by the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and has composed concertos for violin, flute, and clarinet. His wrote his concerto Gaea for two pianos, left hand only, for the pianists Gary Graffman and Leon Fleisher, both of whom suffered injuries to their right hands. The work is constructed so that it can be performed three ways: either piano part alone with reduced orchestra, or both piano parts together with a full ensemble. Bolcom was inspired by Milhaud’s 14th and 15th string quartets, which can be performed individually, or together as an octet. Primer was commissioned by Chamber Music America, and premiered by ZOFO in San Francisco, in December 2014. Schubert’s Fantasia D940: Franz Schubert wrote a total of 35 works for four-hand piano, including his first catalogued piece, at age 12. The Fantasia D940 was composed between January and April of 1828, just before he died at age 31. The dedicatee was the Countess Karoline Esterházy, who at 13 had become Schubert’s piano student, and with whom the composer had fallen into unrequited love. Schubert’s last wish was to hear Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 131. The violinist Karl Holz, who was present, commented, “The King of Harmony has sent the King of Song a friendly bidding to the crossing.” Beethoven had died just the year before, and Schubert requested to be buried next to him, in the village cemetery in Währing. In 1888 both were moved to Vienna’s Zentralfriedhof, where they now reside next to Brahms.

Special Extra Concert Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups

Please join us in welcoming these two outstanding ensembles: the Youth Orchestra Brass and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra, on Saturday, March 14, at 3 p.m. in Berger Center. This concert, not a part of our regular season series, is a benefit for both the Youth Groups and Music at Oakmont. Admission is $10 at the door, with free entrance to those 16 and under. WHAT: ZOFO Piano Duet (regular concert series) WHEN: Thursday, Mar. 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center $ ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass WHAT: Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Groups WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 14, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $10 at the door, under 16 free

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.

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

March 8: Getting the Most from Your Medical Appointment Dr. Deborah Hunter

Given the myriad of problems involving our country’s healthcare system, extreme workload demands on physicians and high-stress environment of most medical offices, important health issues sometimes can get overlooked or even forgotten, despite the best intentions of your physician and other healthcare professionals. Due to this fact, it is crucial for everyone to become his or her own healthcare advocate. Physician and patients’ rights advocate Deborah Hunger will offer some valuable insights into achieving the best results from your medical appointment with your doctor.

March 15: One Woman’s Journey Confronting the War on Terror Linda Sartor

In this unusual Symposium presentation, Linda Sartor will share stories and experiences from the seven war-torn countries where she traveled to in the roles of peacekeeper and citizen diplomat over the period of a decade after 9/11. She hopes her insights and recollections will help inspire citizens to follow the call of their hearts in order to affect social change even when they are afraid. “It is a story of the development of my personal sense of empowerment in the face of violent forces that had always appeared to be beyond my reach,” she says. 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


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha

As spring approaches, now is a good time to work on balance and breathing agility and flexibility. Tai Chi is well known all over the world, not just China, for improving our general health as we age. Our class has been going steadily in Oakmont for the last 28 years. We hope you may wish to join us. We offer a five-week workshop for the beginner to introduce the foundation of this ancient movement in meditation. Tuition is $75 for the five-class workshop and you can begin anytime. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. at 6572 Oakmont Drive (the old Curves Fitness Center.) Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have an appointment.

Lap Swim Club

nNancy Crosby


So is March coming in like a lion or a lamb? We’ve certainly had our share of both in February; nothing stops those dedicated lap swimmers from their exercise! This should be the month the west facility is reopened. Hopefully in the interim, new friendships have been established by the mixing of the “westerners” with the central and east pool regulars. Always fun to meet more Oakmont neighbors.


Spotted in mid-February one of our east pool lappers with a frog sitting on his shoulder! After rescuing to the deck, another swimmer seen running after the hopping frog to capture and bring it back to the creek. Participants to this chaos will remain anonymous to keep from being unduly kidded. See what fun you miss when you swim in the summer and only have to dodge the bees? If you’d like to join us and view the website for pool news and information, send your name and E-mail address to:

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.

Cardio Fitness

nBetsy Smith

Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. No class Thursday, March 5 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!

Water Fitness nCathy Rapp

Have you ever overheard a conversation that began something like this, “I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on!” You, too, can be part of the conversation. Just take the plunge! You’ve just overheard a conversation between two Oakmont swimmers who are used to seeing one another in a bathing suit, immersed in water, and disguised with sunglasses, a bathing cap, a fishing hat or, when it’s raining, a shower cap. Obviously, fashion has given way to functionality. Now that spring is in bloom, consider water fitness as a way to get in the swim for summer. Water aerobics classes are being held at the Central Pool 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 537-9281 or 2cathyrapp@

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.

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.


nSimu Janet Seaforth, Choice Studios

Welcome to the Year of the Wood Sheep February 18

The Wood Sheep or Goat is the eighth sign of the Chinese Zodiac. Each of the 12 signs represents either the yin or yang aspect of the five elements. This year we are in the yin aspect of the wood element. Last year was the year of the wood horse, representing the yang aspect of the wood element.

Although the elements rotate through a 60-year cycle, the yin or yang quality of the animal remains constant. They appear in pairs. The yin Sheep is always a reflection of the yang Horse. The even numbers are yin; the odd, creative numbers are yang (all prime numbers are odd, except for the number 2). The Wood Sheep Year promises to be a time of creativity, healing and diplomacy. This is a time for enjoying family, attention to home, and to negotiating peace. Plans (from the Wood Horse) are carried forward and ideas turn into designs. A time to get along with others and be social, balanced, with time to oneself to heal and restore. Sheep, like Scorpios, have a duel nature. They can endure hardships of high mountain isolation, and they like to flock together. They are stubborn and yet docile. It is a good year to cultivate compassion for yourself and others. Take care of what you love, and nurture your future.


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

nJohn Phillips

Fitness Center

More HIIT Research

Timing is everything. The last two articles that I have written for the Oakmont News have been on the health benefits of HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training, and then in my inbox appears an article “Sweaty Answer for Chronic Ills” by Jane E. Brody. It addresses the idea that HIIT workouts may not be only for the athlete or the truly physically fit, but beneficial to persons with chronic illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, stroke, pulmonary disease, arthritis and Parkinson’s disease. Prior to this article, much of the research that I was able to find was performed on athletes and the effects HIIT has on VO2 or how much oxygen are bodies can intake, not necessarily on heart rate. However, the more efficient our bodies become at oxygen intake the more efficient it becomes at energy consumption and blood flow which in turn should make the heart work more efficiently. In fact, because HIIT utilizes short, intense intervals may make it be better for those who have chronic illnesses. We know that in many of these cases the best thing to do is to exercise. However, if you are in pain or don’t feel up to exercising the chances are that you won’t. Researchers of various studies have discovered that participants find interval training more enjoyable and more likely perform it. One reason may be because you can get a great interval workout in 10 or more minutes, where you are just beginning your workout in 20 minutes of a continuous workout. One other good thing about interval training is that you can do almost any type of workout as an interval. An interval is a change in the tempo of the workout. You have a fast or work period and then a slow down or rest period. So you work out for 30–60 seconds near you peak and then slow it down for 10 or more seconds for a rest period. This makes it much easier for those who have pain or trouble with motor control to workout. You are able to work out in a short period which will not require so much determination of control or pain, yet allow your muscles to move and maintain their strength. Why are HIIT programs so beneficial? It helps promote elasticity in the arteries, allowing them to handle more blood flow and increase intake of oxygen which is beneficial to the muscles, organs and brain. It has been noted that HIIT may not be for everyone. It has been shown to be most beneficial for those individuals who have low to moderate risk levels or who have been released by their doctors for such activity. If you are interested in reading the article I have it posted in the Fitness Center. If you are actually interested in how to change your workout into an interval training session, stop by the center or call me at 494-9086. If you feel like taking a real challenge come join me and my group at the Old Beauty Shop located at 6549 Stone Bridge Road, Mondays at 2 p.m., Wednesday and Fridays at 2:45 p.m., for a real-life example of an exhilarating workout. All are welcome. All you need is a skid-free mat and some light hand weights. All we ask is that you do what you can and push yourself just a little bit! nTom Pugliese

Fitness Club Survey—Completion Deadline is March 15

Oakmonters are being asked by the Fitness Club to complete a survey about Fitness Center operations and future needs. Residents who have provided an E-mail address for the survey will receive an E-mail from surveymonkey. com. Open the E-mail and click on the “Begin Survey” button. When complete, you need only click “Done.” The survey is open to everyone, whether or not a

member of the Fitness Club. You may also participate in the survey by visiting the Oakmont Fitness Club Website at: https://sites. Scroll to the bottom of the Home page and you will find the document: Oakmont Fitness Club Survey.docx Download the document by clicking on the arrow at the right margin. Complete the survey and drop it in the slot outside John Phillips’ office in the Fitness Center or E-mail it to: oakmontfitnessclub@gmail. com. You can also pick up a paper copy of the survey in the Fitness Center, complete it and drop it in the slot outside John Phillips’ office.

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!

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum


WHEN: Sunday, March 22 TIME: 3–6 p.m. Doors open at 3 p.m., showcase starts at 3:15 p.m., open dancing during intermission from 5:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 per person Oakmont Health Initiative invites you to join us for a delightful afternoon of show dancers mixed with a little dancing of your own. This will be a very festive event showcasing dancers of all ages. A variety of different dances and styles will be performed by local professional and amateur dancers from Sonoma and Marin Counties. You’ll see competition Ballroom, Latin, Swing and Salsa dancers. The Showcase will also include ballet, tap and line dancing exhibitions. You’ll even see some of our own Oakmont dancers in addition to a surprise or two! 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. We are pleased to offer light refreshments and invite you to bring your favorite beverage. Proceeds will benefit the continuation of OHI Free Fitness Classes. Please support us by telling your neighbors and buying lots of tickets for the 2015 Dance Showcase. Payment: You may pay online with PayPal and get more information about the Dance Showcase by visiting: dance-showcase. If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to “Oakmont Health Initiative.” You may leave checks in the OHI Folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank You!

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

YMCA Healthy Living: An exciting rotation of instructors from YMCA Healthy Living. This month, we have invited a new instructor for Wednesdays. With great pleasure, may we introduce Tredia Reichelderfer. I previewed Tredia in her class at the “Y” (‘cause, you know…I’m into that). When Tredia teaches, the room is full of smiles. Smiles so wide all you can see are teeth! Please join us to welcome another great instructor.

Christian and Whitney (Dance Arts, San Rafael)

Fridays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center (march 13 at the East Rec.)

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

showcase Reservation form

Please use extra paper as needed.

Names of attendees: ___________________________________________________________________________ E-mail addresses, requested to confirm receipt of payment: _________________________________________


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

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. Bowling dates for March: Mar. 3, 10, 17 (St. Patrick’s Day Event) and 31. No bowling Mar. 24—fourth Tuesday.


On February 10, a bowler/substitute won a $5 gift certificate to Safeway if he/she bowled a strike in the first and fourth frames of the second game and also a score of 214 in any game. Winners are: 1:30 PM League: Mariel Green, Kathryn Miller, Sandy Osheroff, Vicki Robinson, Robin Schudel, Elmer Swanton and Al Thomas. Kathryn Miller had a 214. 3:15 PM League: Mollie Atkinson, Jan Blackburn, Valerie Hulsey, Judy Lawrence, Bruce Price and Nicole Reed.

Parliamo Italiano!

nJane Rinaldi

Come and join us for fun conversation (mostly in Italian, but if our conversation becomes too interesting, we sometimes revert to English—but only for a few moments). We meet at our new, permanent meeting room in the East Rec. Center here in Oakmont every Tuesday from 2–3 p.m. Please call me at 843-7551 for further information. Ciao!


Our Oakmont Lanes Fifth Annual Charity Bow-AThon Fund-Raiser will be held on Saturday, March 14, at Austin Creek Elementary School, 1480 Snowy Egret Dr., Santa Rosa, to be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District which includes nine schools and the Oakmont Kiwanis. The price of $25 minimum per bowler/$100 for team of four includes one hour of bowling and a delicious lunch plus lots of raffle ticket opportunities with lots of raffle prizes per session (one-hour sessions, five sessions from 10 a.m.–4 p.m.). Donate $100 or more per bowler and be entered in a raffle to win either an iPad or a oneweek stay at the Five Star Welk Resort in San Diego. Come enjoy this event with family and friends. A portion of the proceeds will fund Science and the Arts in the Rincon Valley School District. Register online at html,, or write a check to Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Foundation with your session time, individual or team of four names and the amount for each name ($25 minimum per bowler, $100 per bowler to enter into grand prizes) and drop off or mail to Scott Harris at 6580 Oakmont Dr. Suite B. Don’t have time to bowl? Donations are welcome.

RESULTS AS OF FEBRUARY 10 (fifth week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Wild Turkeys; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place, Wii Four; sixth place, Alley Oops. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 239; Elmer Swanton, 238; Gordon Freedman, 213; Don Shelhart, 210. Women’s High Games: Kathryn Miller, 267; Germaine Byrne, 258; Mariel Green, 246; Robin Schudel, 244; Florence Palica, 235; Sandy Osheroff, 220; Sandy Wald, 218; Phyllis Jennings, 215; Vicki Robinson, 204. 3:15 PM League: first place, Stikes and Spares; second place, High Rollers; third place, Pin Heads; tied for fourth place, King Pins and Wii Power; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 264; Scott Harris, 236; Al Bentham, 223; Juan Fuentes, 204. Women’s High Games: Pat Stokes, 264; Debbie Miller, 258; Mollie Atkinson, 257; Jan Blackburn, 245; Valerie Hulsey, 237; Diane Price, 233; Judy Lawrence, 217; Doris Ruh, 212; Shirley Jamison, 210; Nicole Reed, 204; Carolyn Mack, 202.

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) spring Session march • april • may


Don’t miss our Spring Open House and Technology Forum coming on March 10 at the Berger Center, at 4 PM! The topic: Knock, Knock: Computer Security Starts with YOU!!

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.

Oakmont Tech Forum Presents: Computer Security Starts With You! Join our panel of computer savvy folks and learn some of the basic steps you can take to improve your computer security. It may surprise you to learn that you are the most important piece of the computer security puzzle. This is an equal opportunity Forum—all users of Apple and Windows PC’s will

benefit. The Forum will be held on March 10 at 4 p.m. in the Berger Center (along with the Oakmont Computer Learning Center Open House) and the format will be primarily an interactive Q&A, which was so successful at our last Forum.


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Star of the Valley Bingo

nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star Of The Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo Cards $2 each; baked potato bar, with all the fixings and dessert $6 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for Baked Potato Bar at approx. 5:15 p.m.

PC Users Group nBarbara G. Dudley


Our next General Meeting takes place on Monday, March 9 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!


Remember, the board has ended the Exchange Table benefit. Please, do not bring any computer-related object to any OPCUG meeting. Either keep them at home or contact Phillip Walker at, at, or at 902-3808 to recycle them ecologically.


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.


Winter classes are winding down at this time. Be sure to plan on being at the next “Tech” Forum on March 10 at 4 p.m. at the Berger Center to hear a Mac/Windows panel of experts discuss “Knock! Knock! The First Line of Defense in Security Is You!” For more information about the OCLC classes at any time, visit, and then click on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link).


nSusan Lynn

March 1, 1961—President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps. At press time, our Mardi Gras fete was still ahead of us, and I have no doubt it was another smashing success! Although it seems as if the table settings and sparkly lights appear as if by magic, it is all accomplished by a dedicated team of Boomers who work to transform the Berger Center to fit the theme of each spectacular event. Special thanks to those volunteers who show up to decorate, meet and greet partygoers, and stick around for the cleanup. Without them, none of these great celebrations would be nearly as festive and enjoyable. 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!

March: Let’s play charades!

We are looking forward to a great turnout for our first Charades Night. If you’re unfamiliar with this wonderful 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: Appetizer or dessert to share, BYOB

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

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.” Tickets go on sale on April 1. 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 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.


In an effort to improve the Boomers’ experience, we recently sent out a survey asking our members what they like about the Boomers Club and how we can make it even better. Thank you so very much for taking the time to tell us your impressions of our club. We are humbled and delighted to report that you really enjoy what we do! We received over 120 responses. Overall satisfaction is about six on a scale

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 PC issues in our past Newsletters, access information about Past Programs, find out about your board, 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 me at bd24-ecrivain@ Thank you!

If you live in Oakmont and want personal PC 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.

Survey Update

of one to seven. Comments included, “Every event has been 100 percent,” “This is a great club—kudos to all those (who) work very hard to provide great events,” “The Boomers Club is very well run and extremely well organized. Thanks!” and many others that made us blush. We’re also thankful for the suggestions for improvement and are working on a plan to meet your needs. Stay tuned. For complete survey results, please check our website later this month.

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 very capable (and stylish) shoes. Responsibilities include taking minutes at board meetings, distributing the minutes to other board members via E-mail, and keeping records for the board. If you or someone you know are willing to fill in for the rest of the year, please contact Steve at


Kudos to our members, Lisa Berman and Jane Gyorgy, who have decided to run for a spot on the OVA Board. Good luck, Boomers!

Boomer Trivia

Finish this sentence: When it’s least expected, you’re elected, you’re the star today… Find the answer at


nBarbara Powell


WHEN: Thursday, March 26 TIME: Leave Berger at 8 a.m.; return at 6 p.m. PRICE: $72 DEADLINE: March 12 LIMIT: 45 people It’s a mystery what we will be doing, but let me tell you, you don’t want to miss out! We’re going to have a blast! Unfortunately we need to limit the number of trippers to 45 so get your checks in early. A little birdie told me about this lovely lunch we are going to have. Starter choices are housemade New England clam chowder, organic mixed greens, or Caesar salad. Entrée choices are pan-roasted Alaskan cod topped with caper lemon sauce, garlic mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables; grilled chicken breast with mushroom herb sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, and seasonal vegetables; or baked shrimp penne pasta which is shrimp and vegetables tossed with penne pasta and baked in a creamy tomato sauce topped with cheese and sourdough breadcrumbs. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers, note starter and entrée choices 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


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

In the last column I said I would mention more about the concept of honor. Most of the time honor has a relationship to service, sacrifice or achievement. There are many common terms using the word honor, i.e. Maid of Honor, Medal of Honor, etc. Back to achievement and how it relates to lawn bowling. On June 27, 1965 the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club was formally recognized as a recreational club by the OVA. This year we celebrate our Golden 50th Anniversary and that is an achievement. Fifty years is a long time for a sport to remain popular. As you know, and many seniors agree, we develop aches and pains which limit us in participating in more active sports. One reason Lawn Bowling has endured is that it is less strenuous yet physically challenging enough to keep bowlers limber. The OLBC will host Lawn Bowling events on June 24, 26 and 27 to celebrate 50 years of Oakmont bowling. It would be our honor to have you join our club and help us party on!


Club President Phil Bowman called the February 50 Shades of Brown—that’s the February 5 Brown Bag Meeting—to order at 11:35 a.m. First on the agenda was the handing out of the 2015 Green Books by membership chairperson Sue Hattendorf. Every year Sue spends countless hours working to update the club’s list of members, their addresses, phone numbers and dues payment. What would we do without Sue? Thanks and well done Sue Hattendorf. Senior games contact person, Kathleen Connelly spoke and handed out information on how to register for the first ever Lawn Bowling Senior Games to be played here on June 12 and 13. In other business, it was reported that the new plinths needed to be made more secure which delayed the start of play on the green. By the time you read this, we should once again be bowling and making up for lost time.

our English-based heritage of Lawn Bowling. Jim Macalistaire reported on the findings of the club’s survey regarding brown bag meetings and social events. Jim gave a very detailed summary of the replies of 30% of club members. There were very favorable responses to continue brown bags and focus on two major social events each year.


Attention! Skips of teams planning to enter the Senior Games Lawn Bowling Tournament beginning Friday, June 12, now is the time to sign up your team to secure a spot for the bowling matches. The Senior Games Committee urges you to do so first thing Monday, March 2. To register, you’ll need to provide a team name, the three players, Captain (Skip), Second and Lead names and their birthdates. The fee is $40 per person until April 15. Skips can submit $120 using their credit card online. Go to the website and link to Senior Games registration. Any Questions? You can contact Kathleen Connelly at 537-8638.


Help promote our club by volunteering for the Senior Games, the 50th Anniversary events and don’t forget to sign up for League play. Only you can make our club grow. Your participation is important.

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A check from Dona Frank, CEO of Northern California Small Business Assistance, was presented to our treasurer to underwrite some of the costs of the Saturday, June 27 Golden Anniversary events. Ms. Frank, a highly successful business woman, is an advocate for senior health and fitness. She was pleased to make a generous donation to help celebrate


Mark your calendar! The month of June is shaping up to be extraordinary for the Lawn Bowling Club. We will proudly host the Senior Games on Friday, June 12 and Saturday, June 13. Then, get ready to take an active part in our Golden Anniversary celebrations. Planned events are intended to appeal to almost every bowler in the club, rockers, competitors, the silly and the more refined alike. We’ve invited the Leisure Town bowlers to join us in the daily draw and be our guests for a pot luck lunch on Wednesday, June 24. They are looking forward to coming and help the partying get started. Then on Friday, June 26, from 5–8 p.m. the OLBC will serve appetizers and wine at the East Rec. The theme being “Where were you in 1965?” with music from the era. Saturday, June 27 is the date. $ There will be a reenactment of the famous sea battle, when Sir Francis Drake, after finishing his lawn bowling match, defeated the Spanish Armada in 1588. This will be followed by a tournament and a civilized (not the Mad Hatter’s) Tea on the CAC patio. Saturday’s events begin at 1:30 p.m. This is your chance to help make this something special. Sign up to play, volunteer and promote 50 years of Lawn Bowling.

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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Garden Club

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“A garden, like a life, is composed of moments. I wish mine could always be as it is right now, this late afternoon at the end of March.”—Emily Bowers Do you know your umbel from your umbrella? An umbel is a type of flower head that is often flat on top and consists of multiple tiny florets that together look like one flower. The flowers arise on separate stalks from the same point in the main stem and have stalks of the same length, to give a cluster with the youngest flowers at the center. They give the appearance of an umbrella-like shape.

WHAT: Pauline Haro, Master Gardener, presents “Work Smarter, Not Harder, to Enjoy Your Garden” 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. COMING UP IN APRIL: Field Trip!


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The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

Oakmont Rainbow Women

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Tickets are going fast for the March 28 comedy performance by Vickie Shaw! To get tickets for you and your friends, you can either purchase them at the March meeting of ORW, or you can put a check in the Rainbow Women folder in the OVA Office made out to Oakmont Rainbow Women for $15 per ticket. Please include your name, and the tickets will be waiting for you after 6:30 p.m. the night of the performance at a will-call table at the back of the Berger Center. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and all seats are general admission. The night of February 12 was a special and important one to the future of Oakmont Rainbow Women when 38 members met to discuss our interests and opinions about what ORW should be doing going forward—all designed to steer us into the coming year and beyond with an organization that meets the needs and desires of our membership. Dianne Armer was instrumental in organizing our evening and she introduced the format and structure of the groups. Armed with a delicious assortment of Valentine’s cookies and other treats provided by the board, we sorted ourselves into small discussion groups of six including one moderator and one note-taker. Introductions were an opportunity to get a little better acquainted with each other and start our conversations. We first addressed the question of the monthly ORW meetings: what programs have people enjoyed in the past, what kinds of programs we want to have for the future and how best to integrate an opportunity to get acquainted with each other in an informal social hour before, during or after meetings. We talked about possibly instituting small annual dues to defray costs, whether there was support for a membership roster and what types of special interest groups might be added to our current book club, writing group and

nPaul Heidenreich

photography group. Getting more members involved in planning and producing our monthly meetings, social and special events was also a topic of conversation. Finally we considered whether ORW should continue to pursue community actions following on the YWCA project we did last fall. Of singular importance is the fact that the discussion questions we used to guide our conversation have also been distributed to all members who weren’t able to come. We need everyone’s input! If you haven’t already, please jot down your thoughts about how ORW can better serve your interests and send them back to the board at The board is now reviewing all the information and notes gathered during these discussions as well as receiving responses from the E-mailed survey and will be presenting the results of this effort to the group in the near future. The March meeting will be held on Thursday, March 12 at the East Rec. Everyone who is a resident of Oakmont is welcome to attend this important event and to invite friends. A very special speaker, Keith Kerr, former Brigadier General with the Army Reserves will share stories about being gay in the military. Keith was also instrumental in the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and he will tell us about his experiences with that process and fill us in on the back story of those times. So bring your questions and comments. We’ll have our usual social time from 6:30–7 p.m. While Rainbow Women is a group for lesbians, any woman in Oakmont is welcome to become a member of Oakmont Rainbow Women. We generally meet on the second Thursday of each month in the East Rec. Center from 6:30–8:30 p.m. If you want more information about our group please contact:

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WHEN: Wednesday, March 11, 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center Come, listen and learn.

Passion and Joy: The Music of Bach and Beethoven Instructor: Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D.

Join renowned professor and musician Kayleen Asbo for a deep introduction to the masterpieces of, arguably, the two greatest composers of all time. We will explore how the tumultuous and often tragic lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven led to the triumphs of the human spirit through profound musical imagination and creativity. Each class will feature live piano performances.

Dynasty: The Rise and Fall of the Great Houses of Europe Instructor: Bruce Elliott, Ph.D

Through the centuries, from the Medieval period all the way up till World War I, the monarchical form of government predominated. We will devote a class session to each of the Great Houses, beginning in Renaissance times with the Medici and Tudor dynasties, proceeding to highlight the Bourbons and Hapsburgs in the Baroque period,

and concluding with two dynasties that continued into the 20th century: the Hohenzollerns and Romanovs. Class lectures will be augmented by extensive visuals, helping to convey the grandeur of these magnificent courts.

Natural Selection: It isn’t what it used to be Instructor: William Garrett, Ph.D.

Darwin’s central insight was not the theory of evolution itself, but the dynamics of how evolution occurred. Since the publication of Origin of Species in 1859, the idea of natural selection has been fraught with sinister overtones, and was taken to be a dark and pessimistic theory, fundamentally at odds with the highest human aspirations. Recent evolutionary thought, as reflected in thinkers as diverse as Stephen Jay Gould, Richard Dawkins, Steven Pinker, E. O. Wilson and David Sloan Wilson, has allowed for very different perspectives on natural selection.

The Art and Craft of Memoir Instructor: Fran Claggett, M.A.

Memoir is a blending of art and craft. It is about relationships among the places, events, people, and ideas that define who we are, who we once were, and what values and heritage shaped us. In this course, we will both read and write. We will read short memoirs—both poetry and prose—to jog our own memories and explore this important genre of writing.

Edgar Cayce Study Group

nFran Todd

The Spiritual Study Group based on the Edgar Cayce material is moving towards a more experiental mode. This will be then utilized in our everyday lives as we interact with others. This is how we get to know ourselves and our relationship with the creator (God). This is an open-hearted and health-promoting process. For more information call me at 538-2943. We continue to meet every Tuesday from 10 a.m.–12 noon in the Central Activity Center, Room B.

Saturday Morning Bridge

nTom Conley

You are invited to join us for Contract Bridge on Saturday morning. We meet every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the CAC card room and play four rounds of six hands each, usually finishing around noon. You don’t need a partner to participate. All you need is enthusiasm, some experience, and $1. If you recently started playing bridge or are a veteran, you never stop learning about the game. This includes keeping abreast of new techniques, or just developing and maintaining your skills. It’s a good way to meet other bridge players in Oakmont. There’s nothing like starting Saturday off with an energizing game of bridge to get the brain cells working. To get more information or to just join the group, please contact me at 537-9402 no later than the preceding Thursday to reserve your place.

Oakmont Music Lovers

nJoan Lounsbery


In the 19th century the great violinist Sarasate remarked to his Spanish compatriot, the composer Granados, “Enrique, do you know what is happening today? I mean, these conductors. They stand in front of the orchestra waving their little sticks. And they get paid well for this, too!” The renowned violinist Carl Flesch, who performed with all the finest symphony conductors of the early 20th century, was more direct. “Conducting,” he said, “tends to spoil the character. When all is said and done, it is the only musical activity in which a dash of charlatanism is not only harmless but absolutely necessary.” Rosemary Waller Did Leopold Stokowski take these words to heart? He is arguably the most famous conductor in history. He dominated the field for well over 60 years, creating controversy and eliciting both adoration and disparagement everywhere he went. He created the famous “Philadelphia sound,” popularized Bach through his orchestral transcriptions, upgraded the science of sound recording, championed contemporary composers, and the list of his accomplishments goes on and on. He was loved by some, reviled by others, but ignored by no one. One biographer calls him an irresistible combination of St. Francis of Assisi, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Beau Brummel, Don Juan, and a Trilby to his own Svengali. We’ll take a look at the musician and the man, with some examples of the undeniable magic he wrought. WHEN: Tuesday, March 3 from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free Admission


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

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.

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 1

We will have our annual meeting and celebration, worship service and brunch from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Stephanie Ozer will be our pianist and Dan will be preaching. Call Associate Pastor Julie Miller at 5282916 if you haven’t already given an RSVP.

Sunday, March 8

This will be a communion Sunday. Debbie Knapp will be playing piano and Dick Meyer will be preaching and the choir will be singing.

Sunday, March 15

Dan will continue preaching from the Apostle’s Creed. 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.

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 own beverage of choice. As some of you know, the current officers of the club, President Bobbie Russell, Vice President Ralph King and Secretary-Treasurer 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. Hope to see you on March 25. Any questions E-mail me at or call 293-8938.

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson


Renew your membership or become a new member by March 1 and your name and contact information will be included in the 2015 OTC Roster. While residents can join the Tennis Club at any time, being included in the printed roster affords you a number of benefits: the roster allows members to contact each other for tennis play plus it is a handy reference containing the 2015 schedule of tournaments and social events, OTC board members and committee chairs, court telephones, court rules and important information regarding emergencies on the courts. See the coupon below for membership details.


The Tennis Club is only as strong as its membership. Show your support for the OTC by attending the first 2015 membership meeting on Wednesday, March 18, 2–4 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. Meet the OTC Board of Directors and Committee Chairpersons, and hear about the club activities and events to which we can look forward. Enjoy the company of some of the nicest people in Oakmont as well as some light refreshments.

Sharon Oswald and George Hasa agree: OTC membership meetings are fun. Join us March 18! (Photo by Tina Lewis)


April 18 marks the date of the first two OTC events of 2015. The Meet, Play, Love Tennis event will be held in the morning beginning at 8 a.m. This is a social tournament for our existing and new members giving us the opportunity to get to know each other better. And we’ll have a ton of fun! Information about signups from our Tennis Tournament Director, Sumner Johnson will be provided in the March 15 issue. After a fun morning, spend the afternoon resting up for the Spring Fling Dinner-Dance that will be held that evening from 5–9 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. Like Sumner, Social Director Terri Somers will fill us in on the food and event details as well as the sign-up process in the next issue. Practice your tennis strokes and your dance moves, and stay tuned!


Throughout the year, various Oakmont USTA teams—women’s, men’s and mixed doubles—are formed to compete with other U.S. Tennis Associationsanctioned teams. Last year, the following teams represented Oakmont in league play: Women’s 3.5 Team; Men’s 3.5 Team; Mixed Doubles 6.0 Combo Team; Mixed Doubles 7.0 Combo Team; and Men’s 7.5 Combo Team. Currently, Team Oakmont is representing the community in a Mixed Doubles 7.0 Combo league. There are two new USTA teams forming—one for women’s doubles (AKA Oakmont Shades of Gray) and the other for men’s doubles. At this time, the teams are recruiting players who are interested in competitive play against other Sonoma County teams. For both leagues, players must be age 65 or

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older by December 31, 2015. League play begins in early March and continues through May. League playoffs and the championship match will be held in June. The match format is three lines of doubles played weekdays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m. (typically, one match per week); no weekend play. The women’s doubles team is 3.5; the men’s doubles team is 4.0. This means that teams must consist of players who hold or can obtain a USTA ranking not higher than 3.5 or 4.0, respectively. USTA teams are open to all Oakmont residents. For additional details, contact the teams’ captain, Terri Somers at only1tls@ or the men’s co-captain Bill Wrightson at You’ll have lots of fun representing the community on Team Oakmont! There are still opportunities to cheer on Team Oakmont’s Mixed Doubles 7.0 Combo Team. The team, co-captained by Terri Somers and David Koch, has won two matches and lost one match as of press time. The last three league matches are scheduled for: March 1, 10 a.m. at Oakmont West (vs. Airport Athletic Club); March 7, 12 noon at Fountaingrove Athletic Club and March 15, 10 a.m. at Oakmont West (vs. La Cantera Racket Club).


Then check out this video and learn how to refine your doubles game in eight steps and get a great workout at the same time:


Please complete the coupon and put it with your check to OTC in the Tennis Club folder near the front counter in the OVA office. Or mail to Paula Lewis, 6570 Stonecroft Terrace. Number of members at $20 each: ______ Check enclosed: $______ Name (print clearly): ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (print clearly): ______________________________________________ Phone number: _______________ Signature (if agree to roster inclusion): _______________________________________________ Date: ________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ New members, if applicable, club member who referred you: ________________________________________


The Oakmont News / March 1, 2015

nGregory Carpenter

On Tuesday, March 10 our speaker will be Mr. Ford Whipple and his subject will be “The Making and Testing of the Atomic Bomb.” He will take you to and from the Manhattan project to Oak Ridge Tenn. for the development of the bomb, then to Bikini atoll in the Pacific for the testing, while on the staff of Admiral Blandy. This presentation will not only be informative, but

nBarbara Bowman

Pickleball Club

SIR #92 extremely interesting. Don’t miss it. This would be a great time to bring a friend and a potential new member. The meetings are always held at the Berger Center, on the second Tuesday of every month. Social hour begins at 11 a.m., lunch at 12 noon and speaker at approximately 12:30 p.m. Adjourn by 1:30 p.m. See you there.

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 1, 2 pm SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE

After coming within one question of winning a fortune on a game show, an uneducated “slumdog” is accused of cheating and arrested. While in custody, he accounts for knowing all the answers by reflecting on his hardscrabble life. Upbeat and colorful, with dazzling cinematography of Mumbai, the film was nominated for ten Academy Awards, winning eight, including Best Film, as well as all four Golden Globes for which it was nominated. (2008), R (some violence, disturbing images and language), 120 minutes.

Sunday, March 1, 7 pm ORDINARY PEOPLE

Everything is in its proper place in the Jarrett household—except the past. Mary Tyler Moore scored an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe Best Actress award for her role as the repressed mother Beth Jarrett, whose favorite son has died, leaving her with another (Timothy Hutton) she can barely tolerate. This deeply moving film also earned Oscars and Golden Globes for Best Picture and Best Director (Robert Redford.) (1980), R, 124 minutes.

Sunday, March 8, 2 pm MODERN TIMES

Conceived and produced as talking pictures were taking Hollywood by storm, Charlie Chaplin’s brilliant satire of the machine age was also his last “silent” film, even though it also features his first words spoken on film. The Little Tramp shuffles bravely forward into a maze of technology and the rapidly changing shape of society, demonstrating pluck and endurance in the face of unstoppable forces. Paulette Goddard also stars in this timeless comedy masterpiece which is still relevant today. (1936), G, 83 minutes.

Sunday, March 8, 7 pm NORTH FACE

In 1936, Nazi propaganda urges German alpinists to conquer the unclimbed north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps—bringing two reluctant young climbers, Toni Kurz and Andreas Hinterstoisser, to face-off against a rival Austrian duo in an attempt to be the first team to scale it. Based on a true story, the competition between the two teams produces a suspenseful and gripping adventure movie, with harrowing white-knuckle images of the climb. A film festival favorite. (2008), NR, 212 minutes. (In German.)

Sunday, March 15, 2 pm JOBS

Ashton Krutcher delivers an outstanding performance as Apple founder Steve Jobs in this biopic that spans three decades of the entrepreneur’s life. The story follows college-dropout Jobs from the obscurity of a Palo Alto garage to global fame as a technology icon, including his relationships with family, friends, investors, and fellow entrepreneurs. The film also features a strong sound track of popular and classical music heard over that span of time. (2013), PG13), 122 minutes.

Sunday, March 15, 7 pm EMPEROR

As World War II ends, General Douglas MacArthur (Tommy Lee Jones) oversees Japan’s surrender, an act that dispels that nation’s centuries-old beliefs about its emperor. With the eyes of the world—and history—upon them, MacArthur and his protégé, General Bonner Fellers (Matthew Fox), will change Japan forever. The film also follows Fellers’ pre-war romance with his Japanese girlfriend. Impressive cinematography of Japan and a compelling performance by Jones. (2012), PG-13, 105 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

March 1, 2 p.m.: Slumdog Millionaire, (2008), R, 120 minutes. March 1, 7 p.m.: Ordinary People, (1980), R, 124 minutes. March 8, 2 p.m.: Modern Times, (1936), G, 83 minutes. March 8, 7 p.m.: North Face, (2008), NR, 212 minutes (in German.) March 15, 2 p.m.: Jobs, (2013), PG-13, 122 minutes. March 15, 7 p.m.: Emperor, (2013), PG-13, 105 minutes.

nNoel Lyons

Club to offer Coaching Sessions

With spring fast approaching, we’ll soon be playing more pickleball. Many of us would also like to be playing better pickleball. The club will be organizing coaching sessions, covering such topics as the serve, net play, lobs dinks and drop shots, and more. We expect to start these by mid-March. Since most of us are new to the game, many of the sessions will be taught by some of our better players, who have volunteered to do this. At the same time, we are reaching out to other clubs in the area to find coaches who are able to help our more advanced players. If you have not yet renewed your membership for 2015, now is the time to do so, since coaching sessions will only be available to club members. You’ll find the membership form on the club’s website: under the “Message Board” section.

Proper Footwear

When we ask players to wear proper footwear, this means court shoes with non-marking soles. The non-marking soles protect the court. But court shoes protect you, since they have the right kind of ankle support and enough grip to keep you stable, but not so much that you fall when your feet “stick” to the court. Let’s stay safe out there! Meanwhile, we continue to welcome new players every Monday. Starting at 10 a.m. on Mondays, 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. to 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 of the 10 a.m. to noon drop-in period. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people WEBSITE: CONTACT: PJ Savage 843-7266,

Oakmont Educators Club

nCarol Cotton

A large group of Oakmont active and retired teachers, counselors and administrators met in January to form the new Oakmont Educators Club. The meeting room was attractively decorated. Wine, soft drinks and refreshments were enjoyed. Attendees jotted down for later discussion, their educational background and experiences and indicated their preferences for group focus—social, invite speakers and/or to become involved in volunteer work or other educational activities. A presentation was made by the president of the local CALTRA organization, describing the strength of an 800,000-member group. Future presenters will be invited to bring information of interest to the group. Our next presenter will be well known and very active Oakmont resident, Caroline Keller, past president of Rotary, leader of the Computer Learning Center, PEO, Sierra Girls Center and endless other programs that support young people. Caroline will introduce us to a few nearby programs that need volunteers to read, mentor and assist students. The meeting will also include time to socialize with like-minded people and plan for future focus. DATE: Thursday, March 5 TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. PLACE: Art Room, Central Activities Center CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095


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


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

Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 8375030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).



Clothing alterations, repairs, updates and household sewing with over 25 years experience. In Rincon Valley. Call 539-0832.



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. References available. Please call Dan bonded and insured. Senior discounts SONOMA PATIENT GROUP Lennox, 526-9154. CANNABIS DISPENSARY 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 plumbing needs. Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work 1975. Have valuable local community 526-2800. done with an emphasis upon a natural information given on every visit. If you look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. are new to Oakmont and have not had BABE’S Richard, 833-1806. WILLIAM R. KUTZ A personal transportation service for a home visit, please call Charlotte at airports, cruises, vacations, family GENERAL CONTRACTOR 538-9050. visits, etc. Oakmont resident, friendly Renovations, remodels, repairs, NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING reliable service. Call Babe or Joe, carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your IN YOUR HOME MIKE’S REPAIR 545-2850. home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. 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 sitting available. Insured and bonded. O’DRISCOLL PAINTING 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, Inc., 6570 Oakmont Dr., Suite 110, COMPUTER OOPS? exterior, power washing, decks, tile, plumbing, electric, painting and Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Call 849-8995. Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer wallpaper removed. Will not be gardening. No job too small. All phase CalBRE 01904379. Equal Employment Services. Call Chuck for all things undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588. construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Opportunity Employer. computer at your home or business. Moen, 318-5591. 40+ years experience. $60/hr. Oakmonters receive 20% discount. 293-8011.

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.


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


$15 walk and feed; $30 overnight. Oakmont resident. Call Karen, 539-5666.


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.


Interior/exterior quality painting by experienced professional. Top quality non-toxic and low voc paints. Also deck refinishing. Free estimates, reasonable prices. License #762787. Call Walter, 569-8836.


New location: Kelly Kline, 4774 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa. Call 707-342-0992, BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR E-mail Heating season is here. Furnace check and service, $99. Expert repair, maintenance and unit replacement at CARPET, UPHOLSTERY low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, AND TILE CLEANING Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 230-0564. 13 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.


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


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


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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

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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 1–15 Matt Zwerling, 539-8996 March 16–31 Patresa Zwerling, 539-8996

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

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.


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nJackie McDonald

Dance Club Celebrates Valentine’s Day


On March 2 and 9, Cynthia Corn will bring The Wind Between the Houses by Maurice J. Hill to Playreaders. Grace Martin’s husband, Henry, has just died and she consoles herself by putting his urn of ashes on the mantelpiece and talking to it as though Henry were still alive. Gracie’s old friend, Amelia, supports her and always says hello to Henry when she visits. But Gracie’s children, John and Shelia, are so upset by the town’s gossip regarding Sophie’s behavior that they concoct a plot to get rid of the ashes. However, when Shelia realizes the depth of her mother’s despair, she devises a crazy scheme to remedy the situation and Gracie is happy again. Readers are Dorrelle Aasland, Maureen Christ,

nDonna Kaiser

Readers of Steel Magnolias

Pete Folkens, Kay Hardy, Morgan Lambert, Stephen Litzenberger, Ned Luzmoor, Jeffrey Sheff, Kathy Vincent and Evelyn Zigmont.

Participants in the Dance Club’s Valentine’s Day dinner dance enjoyed an evening of fabulous fun, which included a delicious sit down dinner and danceable music provided by DJ Steve Luther. Attendees were treated to chocolates and roses, and they danced to a variety of music, including rock and roll and line dancing. Save the date for our next event, The Kentucky Derby Dinner Dance, which will be held on Saturday, April 25. Singles and couples are all welcome to join in the fun!

Line Dancers get into the swing at the Dance Club’s Valentine’s Day Bash

Kiwanis Club Of Oakmont

nJeff Davis


There is nothing more exciting than sending that big ball down the lane and knocking down all those pins at the other end. Noise. Shouting. Laughter. And what if you don’t have to pick up and throw that big ball? With a very lightweight Wii controller in your hand you do all the same things, swing, put in a little body language, watch and hear the ball roll down the lane, the crashing of the pins, shouts, everything. Have fun and help raise funds at the same time to support the children in the Rincon Valley School District as well as aid projects for children supported by the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Foundation. Saturday, March 14 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at Austin Creek Elementary School (at 1480 Snowy Egret Drive in Skyhawk) is the time and place for all this fun. Individual bowlers can bowl for an hour for $25 and a team of four for $100. Lunch is included plus many raffle prizes. Raffle tickets are awarded for good bowling, bad bowling, singing and dancing, wild costumes and anything that’s fun. Those who donate $100 per bowler will be eligible in a drawing for an iPad or a week-long trip to San Diego. Bring your families and bring your friends. Have fun and support arts, sciences and literacy projects in the schools at the same time. Reserve a spot for you or your team(s) today by going to the Rincon Valley Education Foundation website at


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