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New Elnoka Plan Gets Little Early Support from Nearby Residents

Hundreds of Oakmont Homes Violate Landscaping Rules

nJim Brewer

nAl Haggerty

Developers presented their latest plan for Elnoka on 68 acres next door to Oakmont at a packed community hearing Oct. 5, where it became clear that the ambitious project will face plenty of opposition from residents here and along Melita Road. The meeting, held in the Berger Center but attended primarily by residents outside of Oakmont, was required as part of what will likely be three-year permitting process that will include an environmental report that itself take a year-and-a-half to complete. Preliminary plans for the gated senior living community were presented by Oakmont Senior Living, which is not affiliated with the Oakmont Village Association but did build some 600 homes here primarily on the west end. They call for 778 rental units, including 64 single-story cottages, more than a dozen two- and three-story apartment buildings, a recreation center and a memory care facility. The development will require another signal light on Highway 12 between Oakmont Drive and Melita Road. Developers said even their most optimistic estimates suggest it will take five or six years to complete the permitting process and finish construction. At the meeting, speaker after speaker warned that the impact on traffic will be severe. Oakmont Senior Living Project Manager Steven McCullagh said their studies indicate that because the project will be limited to residents 60 years and older, the impact on traffic will be 47% less than would be expected from an unrestricted development. He said, however, that he did know what the overall increase would be. Oakmont Senior Living, owned by First Community Bank Chairman Bill Gallaher, is making its third attempt to develop Elnoka. A multi-family project on

The Oakmont Board of Directors struggled with the issue of landscape violations after the Architectural Committee told an Oct. 4 workshop that hundreds of homes are violating the policy restricting the use of rock in landscaping to no more 15% of the property visible from the street. This does not include driveways and sidewalks. Marianne Neufeld, a member of the AC, said a recent tour of neighborhoods representing less than 20% of Oakmont homes turned up 91 violations of the rock restriction. This would indicate at least several hundred such violations throughout the community. Landscaping can include 50% mulch, but only with AC approval. “What do we want our community to be?” Neufeld asked, adding that the AC “has to have board backing.” She said the 15% restriction must apply to everyone, rejecting a suggestion that it could be applied as homes are sold.

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Join a Club nStaff Report

More than 50 Oakmont clubs and organizations are set to take part in a Join a Club event at the Berger Center Thursday, Oct. 27, starting at 10 a.m. It’s open to new residents and people who’ve been around for a while who are looking for a new activity—people who would like to try something new. Reservations are not needed. Groups’ representatives will be at tables around the Berger Center to describe their activities and answer questions during the 90-minute event. There will be a prize drawing and light refreshments will be available.

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Neufeld cited cases in which applications for landscaping are stamped across the face with the 15% restriction and yet some owners use as much as 100% rock. She said that if there is a violation on the record, escrow on a sale won’t be closed. Several speakers listed drawbacks of using rock in landscaping, including damage to the soil and the fact that it reflects the sun. Asked if the policy applies to side yards, Neufeld said it does if the side yard is visible from the street. Randy Ruark, a real estate agent active in the Oakmont market, said some people are neglecting their landscaping and it is having an effect on market values. She said one home sold for $100,000 less than its potential market value because of landscaping and the value of a triplex increased by 25% because of good landscaping. Director Frank Batchelor suggested a compromise under which rock violations would be corrected when a house is sold. Given the current rate of sales in Oakmont, he said, things would be better in 10 years. However, Director Ellen Leznik said any policy must be uniform so that members are not treated differently. While the OVA has had a policy of levying fines for violations of Oakmont architectural policy, Cassie Turner, association manager, said the association has never fined anyone for violations of the 15% rock rule.


Discussion of a draft of new OVA Election and Voting Rules began with Leznik questioning the need See board meeting on page 3 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Expansion Plan Submitted For Community Garden nJackie Reinhardt

A plan to extend the Oakmont Community Garden to make room for 24 new garden spaces is being submitted to the OVA Board for consideration at its regular meeting in October. The garden area on Stone Bridge Road would be expanded by 45 feet and a second gate added to serve the new area. There now are 71 gardeners and 10 on the waiting list, according to Pat Olive, president of the Oakmont Community Garden (OCG) board. “We attempt to provide a space within a year of request and must provide one within 18 months,” she said, noting there are no more divisible spaces suitable for adding plots. Olive said the requested extension will not only meet current needs but will provide for the foreseeable future. She cited the attraction of younger seniors to Oakmont which is expected to increase demand. Expenses for the extension are expected to be minimal, according to Olive. The proposal calls for relocating the north fencing, posts and vole (field mice) barrier, which will require about 100 feet of side fencing. Since there is a water stub near the northeast corner of the garden, less than 150 feet of plastic pipe would be required to carry water to the new plots, according to Olive. The plan requests the new water pipes be buried one foot deep for freeze protection. Existing pipes needing replacement or repair also would be buried. “The gate would be a major garden improvement at minimal cost,” Olive said. The Oakmont Community Garden began in 2007, according to Shirley Phillips, the group’s secretary. Today plantings include lettuce, kale, onions, tomatoes, peppers, peas and squash.

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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

OVA Proposed Revisions

Combined Swimming Pools Use Policy and Swimming Pool Rules

Members, please provide your written comments, by Monday, November 7, addressed to: OVA—Pool and Spa Information and Rules, 6575 Oakmont Dr., #7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you, OVA Board of Directors.

Pool and Spa Information and Rules

All pools, pool areas and spas are for the exclusive use and enjoyment of Oakmont residents and their guests. Pool and Spa Access and Rules: • Access to all pools and spas is controlled by the Electronic Access Card System. Cards are available to each resident in the OVA Office during regular business hours. (Electronic Access Card System Policy, Board approved Apr. 19, 2016) • Guest cards are available to members for guests 18 years of age and over in OVA Office. • Members and guests must use their access cards for each visit to a pool or spa. • Each household is limited to four (4) guests at one time and all guests must be accompanied by an Oakmont resident unless the guest holds his or her own Guest Card. Exceptions to the guest limit of four (4) may be approved by the OVA Manager on a caseby-case basis. • All persons are required to shower before entering the pool or the spa. Persons using oils or lotions mush shower after each application and before reentering the pool. • For safety reasons, no diving or jumping into the pools or spas. • No running in the pool areas. • Persons with bandages or with open wounds are not permitted in the pools or spas. • No food, beverage, glass, metal or other type of container in pool areas. Plastic water bottles are excepted. • Pets are not allowed in pool area except for leashed assistance dogs. • Proper swimming attire is to be worn while swimming. • Large flotation devices and large toys are not allowed in the pools, spas, or pool areas. • Children and adults not toilet trained are not permitted in the pools or spas. • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult in locker rooms or bathrooms. • Discourtesy or failure to observe pool rules may cause discipline of resident and may result in suspension of privileges.

General Information

Reserving Pools: Generally, pools or spas may not be reserved for private use or use that excludes other Oakmont residents. However, some activities may limit general access temporarily. Examples of these are recognized fitness groups and grandparent’s week activities. • Requests for adding similar activities to any pool or shifting some or all of existing activities to another pool shall be made to the OVA Manager. Any

Oakmont Telephone Directory Deadline

nOVA Administration

The deadline for first-time listings or changes to a current listing for the 2017 Oakmont Telephone Directory is October 15. All entries/changes must be made on an “Oakmont Resident Fact Sheet,” available in the OVA Office during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. It is also available online at or in your current 2016 Directory on page 41.

changes made will be noticed in the Oakmont News and the weekly e-blast. • Recognized groups (Recognized Groups must be open to any Oakmont resident—Board approved Facility Use Group Matrix Jan. 15, 2013) may sponsor OVA approved events at any pool provided they are open to all residents. Requests for event approval must be made through the OVA Office. The Association Manager has the authority to grant or deny them. Children’s Hours: Children under the age of 18 may only use the Central Pool. The hours are described on signs at the Central Pool and in the Oakmont News and may be shifted with notice. Hours of Operation —Closures: Normal hours of operation of each pool and spa facility vary by location and season. The hours are published, bi-monthly, on the inside back page of the Oakmont News. The Central pool may be unheated in the winter for energy saving purposes. For emergency or maintenance related closures, members will be given as much notice on pool gates and in the Oakmont News as is reasonable under the circumstances. Temperature Settings: The intended temperature settings vary for each pool as follows: Central 81–84°, East 80–83°, West 84-87° (Board approved facility pool and spa temperatures Sept. 15, 2015). All spas are set between 99–102°, but may vary in normal operation by a degree or so.


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nine acres of the property was blocked after it ran into stiff opposition from Oakmont in 2011. But after long negotiations between the developer and the Oakmont Community Development Committee, a scaled-down, seniors-only project was proposed. That project was withdrawn after the Santa Rosa City Council refused to remove a protected ridgeline on the Elnoka property from the city’s master plan. Before formally starting the permitting process, McCullagh will discuss the project at a meeting of the OCDC, probably in November. Oakmont has yet to take a position on the latest project.

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for the new rules. She said that the rules adopted in 2006 were “done properly” and questioned the need for a review. She said an 11-page draft of new rules is “very difficult to read,” adding that a one-page summary should have been included. When Leznik asked who requested the new rules, Turner said the board wanted rules “more customized” to comply with Oakmont’s governing documents. Director Herm Hermann said Leznik had raised valid points. He said he needed more time to compare the new and old documents. Leznik added that AB1799, a bill now before the California Legislature, would change homeowners association voting rules. There was no decision on the next step in the process.

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League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick

BUDGET TIME (Again and Again!)

This is a reminder that in accordance Civil Code 5300, during the next few weeks associations will be finalizing their Operating Budgets for 2017. Water and sewer rates may be up about 3% for 2017. Civil Code 5550 requires a Reserve Study every three years (refer to Community Association Statute Book, 2014 Edition, last distributed to all associations with the LOMAA Handbook update for requirements). The Pro-forma budget is due to be distributed to association members not more than 90 days or less than 30 days before the beginning of the Fiscal Year. The annual distribution of association policies and annual disclosures should be included with this distribution. Next Board Meeting: Monday, November 7, 12 noon, Room B.

Public Notice

Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Members Draft Election Rules The OVA Board of Directors is reviewing draft election rules for adoption this year. A hardcopy of these rules has been posted on the centrally-located bulletin board outside the Berger Auditorium as of September 21, in accordance with State law and OVA governing documents. The board requests any written comments be sent to Association Manager, Cassie Turner no later than Friday, October 21. Comments may be E-mailed to or mailed to the OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Dr., #7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you, OVA Board of Directors

Work Day Set For New Trione-Annadel Path nStaff Report

The OVA will hold a volunteer work day on Dec. 10 to build a trail linking Stone Bridge Road at the community garden to the now-shuttered wastewater treatment plant that will give residents a new access to Trione-Annadel State Park. Access was threatened when Brad Benson posted “no trespassing” signs on the paved road through his property, which bicyclists and pedestrians long have used between the park and Stone Bridge Road. “This trail will be an opportunity for us to join together in a shared community effort to improve our neighborhood,” Hugh Helm, who has been working with the city on the project, said in a recent post on social media. “Work will be done under expert supervision and tools will be provided.” After leveling of a bumpy, weed-strewn landscape, the 400-foot path will be covered with gravel that will compact with use, Helm said. Currently the only legal access for Oakmont residents to Trione-Annadel is through Wild Oak, which wants to ban bicyclists, but not pedestrians. Helm asked that anyone interesting in helping on Dec. 10 E-mail him at


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

Oakmont Progressives

nVince Taylor

Who to Vote for in Local Elections

Note: Go to for help with the propositions and local measures. We see more and more evidence every day that our democracy has been hijacked by the banks, corporations, and billionaires. As Bernie Sanders emphasizes, we need a grassroots revolution to overthrow the oligarchy. The most important contribution we can make now is to elect progressives to our local offices. Not only will this directly benefit our community, but local offices are often the first step to higher offices. We are fortunate to have community-minded people with progressive values running for local offices.

nGayle Miller

Oakmont Progressives has identified 8 candidates that deserve your vote. By voting for them, you will help ensure that our local government works for the people, not developers and big-money interests. Santa Rosa City Council: There are four open seats and six candidates. There are three progressive candidates and three pro-business candidates. I have met with the three progressives and was highly impressed by their character, experience, and dedication. We need to elect all three progressives to gain a progressive majority on the Santa Rosa City Council. Given the booming Bay economy, Santa Rosa is sure to have big money coming to exploit our fair city without regard to the welfare of our citizens. Be warned. Vote smart.


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Please, Swimwear and No Shoes nStaff Report

The OVA maintenance team has managed to rebalance the alkalinity of the water in the West Rec. pool and asks members to lend a helping hand by always wearing appropriate swimwear in all Oakmont pools. Water had to be removed from the pool recently. Street clothes and any kind of shoes are not allowed in the pools. Removal of water from the saline West Rec. pool to balance alkalinity has never occurred before late September, said Rick Aubert, OVA facilities manager. Backwashing of pool filters, which is done regularly has been the only maintenance needed in the West pool until recent issues with cloudy water. “The Ph levels were out of range and the best way to balance alkalinity in a saline pool is to remove water rather than adding chemicals. Adding fresh water will bring the pool back into balance,” he said. Increased use of the West pool, especially at classes, is likely one of the factors impacting the chemistry of the water, Aubert said. He added that failure of some swimmers to follow pool rules is putting stress on the pool. “The rules are critical. Don’t wear street clothes, or shoes, and shower well before getting in the water,” said Aubert, who noted that street clothes can also have high levels of detergents in fabric fiber. Staff is currently reviewing optimum pool capacity and has asked class instructors to assist in ensuring swimmers are not wearing street clothes and shoes and have showered before entering the water.

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New Emergency Alert System Here

nStaff Report

Sonoma County has urged the public to sign up for SoCoAlert, a new system that provides emergency notifications via telephone, mobile photos, texts, E-mail and other media. SoCoAlert will be used only in the event of emergencies, alerts, and warnings, the county said in announcing the system. All notifications are specifically focused on taking action to save lives and/or property. The alerts can be specific to streets, neighborhoods or regions, the county said. The messages will be sent directly from police fire and emergency operations centers, speeding delivery. A recent event pointed up a possible use for a warning system. A smoky seven-acre fire near Lake

nPat Barclay

Ilsanjo in Trione-Annadel State Park Oct. 26 was clearly visible from Oakmont, disrupting a quiet Sunday. Worried Oakmont residents, who could see the smoke and air drops of retardant, took to social media and swamped officials with phone calls. The fire started about 1:44 p.m. in heaving brush and oak woodland that was difficult for fire fighters to reach. Nearly 150 firefighters, aided by air tankers, succeeded in quickly stopping the blaze. Residents may sign up online at SoCoAlert. com, or by phone at 565-1369. Mobil phone users can download a free app from CodeRED to receive notifications wherever they are. More information is available at

Yellow Jackets Are Back!

Not the flying pests, but rather resident volunteers with the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) wearing fluorescent yellow vests. They will be walking our neighborhoods the morning of Saturday, Oct. 22, from about. 9:30–11:30 a.m., as part of an emergency communications drill to exercise our response capabilities in the event of a disaster. In addition to the “yellow jackets” (Zone Communicators), OEPC communications volunteers will be operating at each of our major venues—East Rec., West Rec., and Berger Center—simulating requests for help from Oakmont neighborhoods to city and county emergency services organizations. It’s one of three drills conducted every year to hone the volunteers’ skills in an effort to help Oakmont respond to and recover from a disaster. Our Oct. 22 drill will be focused on a simulated major earthquake affecting all of Oakmont. This is in recognition of the annual California Great Shakeout drill (drop, cover, and hold) to be held on Oct. 20. Typical issues expected from an earthquake are structure damage, injuries from broken glass, and falling objects, etc. Public help is needed to ensure realism in the drill. If you should see one of the Zone Communicators wearing a yellow vest, please introduce yourself and use your imagination to report a simulated event—structure damage or fire, injury, gas leak, or water main break. The Zone Communicator will report the situation to one of the

Volunteer zone communicators Zlatica Hasa and Bonnie Lukes. (Photo by Tony Lukes)

Center communications volunteers who will simulate forwarding a request for help from the Santa Rosa Fire Department. The more events are reported, the better the exercise! If you don’t see a “yellow jacket” in your neighborhood, it may be because your neighborhood doesn’t have one. At present, OEPC only has enough volunteers to service about 40% of Oakmont. If your neighborhood isn’t represented, please consider volunteering. The OEPC provides all of the equipment and training, and the only skills you need are an ability to walk, talk, and press the button on a radio. If you can help, call Tony Lukes at 537-9631 or E-mail us at


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

Valley of the Moon Rotary

nJack Monahan

The Longevity Economy

If you’re at all like a typical Oakmont resident which all of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary happen to be, then you lead an active, fulfilling life. The world is changing rapidly and unlike previous generations ours is determined to change with them. Historically, older people haven’t been terribly comfortable with the future. In so many ways we risk feeling left behind. Through all our clubs and associations we have shown a determination to avoid irrelevance. But now things are looking up thanks to technology. We are already embracing its early fruits. Today 35% of the 65-plus population uses social media.

That’s triple the number since 2010. According to Pew Research, sites like FaceTime and Instagram make it possible to connect with children and grandchildren anywhere, anytime and in a way that was never possible before. Online dating for those over 50 is also taking off with over two million new users signing up for in the last two years. More good stuff lies ahead. Wearable technology will cater to older people. Prototype smart shoes with vibrating insoles have been shown to improve balance and prevent falls, a leading cause of death among seniors. Smart clothing will include shirts that have heart rate monitoring capability as well as socks with intelligent

Oakmont Rainbow Women

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Sultry Suede

Lights were low at the Berger and LED candles flickered on red tablecloths as we enjoyed cabaret ambience and shared hors d’oeuvres and beverages. Then Suede, a lesbian jazz-blues-pop musician from the East Coast, took the stage pairing stellar vocals and eclectic instrumentals in an electrifying and transformational set, from Ella Fitzgerald-style jazz scat to tender ballads. She was joined by an amazing local pianist, John R. Burr, and together the duo wove a tapestry of musical magic. Suede’s performance offered something for everyone— traditional blues, modern jazz and songs about love and heartache. Some said their favorite was her version of the Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah.” For others, it was her rendition of a difficult subject in the heartfelt song “Emily Remembers,” the story of a woman who no longer knows even her dearest friend and spouse. Playing multiple instruments including virtuoso jazz trumpet solos, Suede was a change of pace for the ORW concert series that introduced a new audience to another incredible performer of the women’s music genre. Oakmont Rainbow Productions, the ORW concerts SIG, is already planning our concert offerings for 2017, which will include next generation musicians and founding mothers of women’s music too, continuing to

bring wonderful talent for all Oakmonters to enjoy.

Special Interests

At the September meeting we spent time to refresh our Special Interest Groups (SIGs). A representative of each group brought everyone up to date about their activities and how to join in. Two new groups were formed that night: Mah-Jongg and Bridge. ORW SIGs now include: two book clubs, a biking group, a golf group, a hiking group, a local theater group, a movie group, Oakmont Rainbow Productions, oceanic gourmet group (lunch and walks on the beach), photography, poker, stock market and investments, writing and more. It’s not too late to join up or find out about SIGs that might be of interest. Just E-mail oakmontrainbowwomen@gmail. com to get a list of current SIGs and contacts.

Coming attractions

In November, OVA Manager Cassie Turner will give an update on the doings of the OVA. Second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. in the East Rec.— hope to see you there! While Oakmont Rainbow Women is a club started by and for lesbian residents of Oakmont, all Oakmont women are welcome to attend and participate. For more information, E-mail us at

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textiles that can detect complications from diabetes. Connectivity will help retirees stay in their homes longer. Home devices will give us more control over home system functions. Smart doorbells will tell who is there. Appliances that will turn off if when not needed. Monitoring systems like Emerald employ a radar-type system that can detect when someone in the home has fallen without a panic button. Senior moments? Proteus Digital Health is developing a “smart pill” that signals a smartphone app when it’s been taken. Similar devices will be able to monitor blood sugar levels constantly along with variables like meals eaten, activity, sleep, with Band Aids that deliver insulin as needed. The new virtual reality glasses used by video games will be adapted to provide us with the ability to see the world without leaving home. A new age of travel will liberate those who are housebound. What about that difficult moment when the DMV has deemed one no longer able to drive safely? Around 10 million cars with some self-driving features are predicted to be on the road by 2020. If you’re not in the car market, Uber and Lyft will continue to provide former drivers the freedom of movement we so desperately want. Finally, three-dimensional printers are enabling manufacturers to quickly and cheaply create products like orthotics and hearing aids customized just for us. The future’s so bright you might need a pair of Oculus shades. So stay active and if you feel the need to get a little more out of life, come join us for breakfast at 7 a.m. on Fridays at the Quail Inn. We may have a few ideas you’ll find appealing.

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

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Golf News OGC

nChuck Wood


The Oakmont Golf Club Board has authorized a Capital Fund Drive to begin in late October. This campaign is required because for the past 15 years important major capital projects have either been deferred indefinitely or paid for from the club’s operating budget, thus reducing day-to-day operating income needed for important things like course maintenance. As an example, our courses’ fairways have not been properly aerated (plugs pulled, fairways sanded and reseeded) in 15 years. The estimated cost of tackling all the deferred capital projects is between $1.5 and $2.0 million. The board has set a goal of generating $500,000 over the next three years to take on high priority capital project requirements. The refinancing of our club’s mortgage enabled the dedication of $180,000 for immediately needed capital projects. These include the reroofing of the East Course clubhouse building and repairing the Quail Inn’s patio deck. But there is much more to be done. We need an additional $320,000 in capital funds to address bunker drainage and golf cart path improvement projects, as well as proper care of trees on both courses. The Capital Fund Drive will be officially launched in the October 19 Member Appreciation Party. We hope that all OGC members, as well as non-members who live adjacent to our courses, will voluntarily participate in this effort to help ensure the long-term viability and beauty of the Oakmont Golf Club by pledging to this campaign. Rather than assessing all members to raise the needed funds, we will be relying on voluntary contributions. For more information, please contact John Weston at


Per Frank Giannini, the Social Committee has directed some proceeds from the Twilighter events’ raffle fund-raising to two convenient applications for golfers. A new compressor has been purchased for the East Course for use in cleaning shoes and cart wheels after play. It is located at the corner of the building just off the 18th green. Soon there will be an electric brush shoe cleaner near the West Course’s Pro Shop. Furthermore, the furniture in the Members Room in the Quail Inn has now been fully paid for, via the Social Committee. Thanks to all of you who have participated in the Twilighters and bought all those raffle tickets.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

September 15, West Course Yellow Tees, 15 players

First flight: first, Elaine Foote; second, Linda Yates; third, Barbara Goodman. Second flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second tie, Tammy Siela and Dee Johnson. Red Tees, third flight: first, Barbara James; second, Marie Crimali.

September 22, East Course 24 players

September 7, EAST COURSE

First place, David Beach/Alan Stewart, 51; second place, Chuck Wood/Joel Goodman, 52; third place, Jim Spangler/Bob Ure, 55; fourth place, Gary Stone/ Tony D’Agosta, 56. Closest-to-the-pins: #8 (HCP 0–24)—Chuck Wood, 28’5”; #16 (HCP 0–24)—Dan Levin, 7’10”; #16 (HCP 25–up)—Dan Sienes, 45’9”.

September 14, EAST COURSE

First flight: first tie, Linda Yates and Elaine Foote; third, Barbara Goodman. Second flight: first, Elisabeth LaPointe; second, Ellie Baciocco; third, Kay Wittes. Third flight: first, Ada Branstetter; second tie, Debbie Jaffe, Tammy Siela and Barbara James. Fourth flight: first, Joan Eiserloh; second, Sarah Wood; third tie, Audrey Engen and Jeanine Haggerty.

First place, John Munkacsy, 59; second place, David Beach, 61; third place, Bob Carter, 63; fourth place tie, Joe Lash, Tony D’Agosta, Gary Stone, Keith Wise and Bob Ure, 64. Closest-to-the-pins: #16 (HCP 0–24)—Gary Stone, 18’9”. East Course golfers, where are you? We miss you and want you to return.

September 29, East Course 19 players

September 14, WEST COURSE 1 net on 5’s, 2 net on 4’s, 3 net on 3’s

First flight: first, Betty Van Voorhis; second tie, Arlene Keenley and Elisabeth LaPointe; fourth tie, Elaine Foote and Roberta Lammori. Second flight: first tie, Joan Eiserloh and Joan McDonnell; third, Marie Crimaldi; fourth tie, Audrey Engen and Henni Williston. Another big winner Betty Van Voorhis whose chipin was the first since July.


You have a few days to sign up for the Halloween Tournament and Luncheon. Another fun event and a chance to wear a costume and perhaps win a prize. In any case our events are always lots of fun. Hope to see all our members social and golfers on October 27.


Poster is up for the very popular Witches Brew Soup Bowl at black Rock on Oct. 26, Sign up today. On Nov. 9 Oakmont will be hosting a WRENS Invitational and Planning Meeting. Mark your calendars.

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Renewal forms: Remember to turn in Niner renewal form and check before October 27. The renewal forms are in a manila envelope hanging on the Niner Board at the East Clubhouse.

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First, Ted Mokricky, Bob Thompson, Ray Pierce and (blind draw), 112; second, Bob Flores, Chuck Mendenhall, Frank James and (blind draw), 114; third, Nick Belrano, Ross Alzina, Rick Warfel and Randy Kephart, 115; fourth, Jack Haggerty, Art Hastings, Tom Finnerty and Ed Pierson, 116. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Nick Beltrano, 7’6”; #13—Bill Salmina, 9’9”; #16—Rick Yates, 1’7”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—John Garcia, 8’9”; #13—Bob Thompson, 10’6”; #16—Rick Warfel, 18’1”.


First tie, Bob Baciocco/Roy Manos/Danny Morgan/ John Weston and Bill Hainke/Tony Hughes/Ed Pierson/Frank Zelko, 153; third, Dennis DeSousa/ Bob Flores/Frank James/Chuck Mendenhall, 149. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Tom Parker, 12’3”; #13—Roy Manos, 12’0”; #16—Roy Manos, 6’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Tommy Yturralde, 36’1”; #13—Charlie Perotti, 12’10”; #16— Ed Pierson, 8’0”.

You are a golfaholic if…

You think that someday you’ll shoot your age, when a more realistic goal would be to shoot your weight. You know there’s more to life than golf, but you’re not interested in finding out what it is. You quit the game forever, twice a month. You buy every new golf gizmo that comes out. You think you’re skillful and everybody else is lucky. You miss the ball, but still think it was a great swing. The new clubs you just bough cost more than your mortgage and car payment combined. You can’t break a 100 but still think you could give Dustin a few tips. Even your work gloves have a ball marker on the wrist. You mow your backyard to 11 on the Stimpmeter. Tees in all your pockets, even your jammies. When you stand at the urinal, you use the overlapping grip.



The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nKathy Faherty


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta


September 20: The annual OWGS Women’s Invitational “Up, Up and Away” on September 20 was a huge success! Congratulations to co-chairs Leslie Clark and Nancy Shaw and their hard-working committee for facilitating such a fun event for all. The format was Partner Best Ball on the front nine and Step Aside Scramble on the back nine. Closest-to-thehole paid two places on all par 3’s:

Judy Duport, Tuesday Captain, picking up signs after the tournament.

field of 24 players. First flight: first, Judy Early; second, Marie Delagnes; third, Patty Buchholz; fourth tie, Joan Seliga and Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second, Michele Yturralde; third, Joan DiMaggio; fourth, Lynn Davis. Third flight: first tie, Dee Johnson and Vanita Collins; third, Ellie Baciocco; fourth, Vicki Eschelbach.

Charlie Perotti is our 2016 Club Champion. He completed the two rounds with a net 61. We crowned our champion at our luncheon held at the Quail Inn. Congratulations Charlie! Our newest member is Jim Spangler. Jim is a long-time OGC member and is a tough competitor. Welcome aboard Jim. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!


Sweeps Results for Sept. 16 Individual Low Net, 29 Players

September 15: Kris Peters was low gross of the field of 16 players. First flight: first, Ginny Manos; second, Kris Peters; third, Mary Rossi; fourth, Kathy Mocricky. Second flight: first, Yoshi Smith; second, Nancy DeSousa; third, Carol Locke; fourth tie, Linda Kilpatrick and Vanita Collins. September 22: Kathy Mokricky was low gross of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Mary Rossi; second, Kathy Mokricky; third, Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Carol Sharpe; second, Judy Duport; third, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Nancy DeSousa; third tie, Ro Nicholson and Christy Rexford. September 29: Kathy Mokricky was low gross of the field of 15 players. First flight: first, Penny Wright; second, Kathy Mokricky; third, Marie Pierce; fourth, Leslie Clark. Second flight: first tie, Yoshi Smith and Nancy DeSousa; third, Michele Yturralde; fourth, Laurie Vree.


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

Leslie Clark (left) and Nancy Shaw distributing raffle prizes.

Hole #5 (sponsored by McBride Realty): first, Kay Robinson; second, Linda Yates (second shot closest on this hole only. Golfers will know why!) Hole #8 (sponsored by Nancy Shaw): first, Nancy Shaw; second, Elise Sterett. (Is paying for a hole motivational?!) Hole #13 (sponsored by Karen Sites): first, Colette Johanson; second, Karen Thom. Hole #16 (sponsored by Linda Frediani): first, Iris Harrell; second, Ginny Manos. First flight: first, Leslie Wiener, Mary Knudsen, Jerry Moreno, Elaine Markovich; second, Marie Theilade, Cathie Cramer, Patty Buchholz, Donna Blankenbaker; third, Kathy Mokricky, Anne Friedmann, Barbara Goodman, Laura Bellows. Second flight: first, Jan Buell, Ann Fisher, Barrie Allison, Debbie Ferini; second, Ellean Huff, Linda Walsh, Linda Paul, Elsie Sterett; third, Kathy Faherty, Maureen McGettigan, Eileen Beltrano, Evelyn Murphy. Third flight: first, Judy Duport, Sharon Braden, Judy Early, Suzi Shultz; second, Charlene Buchold, Karen Thom, Willie Hoerr, Liza Valencia; third, Lynn Davis, Letica House, Darlene Bath, Florine Ellingson. Fourth flight: first, Shy Baxter, Sue Olson, Mary Jobson, Lissa Vecchio; second, Linda Yates, Nancy DeSousa, Linda Frediani, Debbie Kendrick; third, Cindy Carroll, Colette Johanson, Tammy Siela, Barbara Robinson. September 27: Patty Buchholz was low gross of the

The last event of 2016, as originally scheduled for the Oakmont Seniors, was a highly anticipated visit to the Marin Country Club. At the last minute a trip to Stone Tree Golf Club was added for Tuesday, October 11. Results will be reported in the November 1 edition of the Oakmont News. Marin was, as usual, one of the highlights of the 2016 schedule and did not disappoint with an excellent golf course (albeit slower greens compared to Oakmont), wonderful food, and a very friendly and helpful staff. This writer has always favored this event over almost any other on our schedule. Other clubs also joining Oakmont at Marin on this date were Mira Vista and Round Hill Country Clubs. In all, 72 golfers participated in a single flight with awards given to the top four teams.


First Place, Paul Sloan, Ron Egy, Herb Victor and Bern Lefson, 116; second, Bob Forrest, Carter Stauch, Gary Novak and Larry Frediani, 119; third, Alex Aal, John Snider, Kerry Gough and John Munkacsy, 122; fourth, (card-off) Tom DeMartino, Henry Kitajima, Joe Dillon and David Chang, 122. Closest-to-the-hole (Oakmont): Jim Scinto, 10’3”. Only one more column to go for this year and then the winter hiatus will set in. It has been a good year for the club with big turn-outs for many of the events. It is hoped that the Seniors players have enjoyed this year’s activities and will share their enthusiasm with other members of the OGC. Next year’s schedule is still to be announced, but should be another worthwhile addition to everyone’s must-do list.

First place: Alan Stewart with a net 29.5. Second place tie: Charlie Perotti and Bob Ure, both with a net 30. Fourth place: Dan Levin with a net 30.5. Fifth place tie: Gordon Hopper and Mike Baer, both with a net 31. Seventh place tie: Stan Augustine, Tony D’Agosta and John Munkacsy, all with a net 31.5. Tenth place: Wayne Mickaelian with a net 32.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Dan Levin, 29’11”; Stan Augustine, 36’0”.

Sweeps Results for Sept. 26 Individual Low Ne—First Round Fall Eclectic, 26 Players

First place: Charlie Perotti with a net 26. Second place: Wayne Mickaelian with a net 29.5. Third place: Jim Norem with a net 30. Fourth place tie: Gary Stone and Tom Finnerty, both with a net 30.5. Sixth place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Art Boot, both with a net 31.5. Eighth place: Paul Lawler with a net 32.5. Ninth place tie: Alan Stewart and Pat Hart, both with a net 33.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Phil Sapp, 22’9”; Gary Stone, 27’10”; Wayne Mickaelian, 44’11”; Charlie Perotti, 52’4”.



The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

Oakmont Art Association nCarol Decker


There are still spaces left on our bus trip to the new SFMOMA. Don’t miss the chance to take advantage of an affordable and relaxing trip to see this incredible building and the art it houses. With nearly three times more gallery space than before, the expansion includes 170,000 square feet of new and renovated indoor and outdoor galleries tailored to the collection, enabling SFMOMA to display more of its outstanding holdings of modern and contemporary artworks. Bus will leave Berger parking lot at 9 a.m., returning at approximately 4:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own. Cost is $50 per person, with checks made out to Oakmont Art Association, mailed to Honora Clemens at 100 Oak Island Place. Please include emergency contact information with your check. Those who signed up for the original date of November 30 need to confirm with Honora, that you can still go on the tour, despite the date change to December 1. If you cannot make it, your money will be refunded, but let her know so that she can do this. Send an E-mail to or phone or text her at 596-0593.


On September 24, an E-mail survey went out to Art Association members. We have had to cancel several workshops and two-day classes to be presented by well known artists in the recent past, and the purpose of the survey is to more closely determine our member’s interests and desires, hopefully to prevent this happening in the future. In addition, we want to see if there is enough interest to recruit teachers on an ongoing basis for recurring classes at the Central Activities Center. Members who have not already completed the survey are urged to do so.


The workshop was held September 17–18, with a free, open demo on the evening of Sept. 16. Those who participated were quite enthusiastic, saying the class was “incredible,” and “thanks for organizing this and picking such a likable knowledgeable teacher.”

nCharlene Bunas

Lifelong Learning

At a Theater Near You

Oakmonter Bill White remembers his first movie because, “it was a reward my mom promised me if I’d be good at the dentist. We saw The Day the Earth Stood Still.” That was in 1951 when the cost of a theater ticket was 41¢. Not sure if little Billy got his popcorn that day, coming straight from the dentist and all. If he did, it would have cost a dime. Since that first experience, Bill has widened his genre appetite. Now he is one of 45 students in Barbara Spear’s Oakmont OLL class, Screwball: Hollywood’s Madcap Romantic Comedies. During the past four weeks, Ms Spear and her students have met to watch vintage comedies such William White. as: My Man Godfrey, Bringing Up Baby, The Lady Eve. They view each film, learn tidbits about the stars and Hollywood gossip, glamour and grit. Then they discuss. One student, Bunny Schmidt, says she goes to movies with an open mind and no preconceived notions. “I read reviews, enjoy many types of movies,” and agrees when her friend Judi says, “You can always trust a performance by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks or Helen Mirren.” Other classmates chime in: Emma Thompson, Robert DeNiro, Leonardo DiCaprio. Most concur that anything directed by Clint Eastwood will be done well. Class is split in opinions of Hitchcock and Woody Allen films. These Oakmont students are definitely aficionados of the large screen. Not only do they recall details, they can recite lines. Oh, how they can recite lines! Bill says, “One of my favorites is the classic line from The Day the Earth Stood Still: ‘Klatu barrado nikto.’” (“Klatu don’t do it”; “it” being destroying our civilization.) One very sweet, calm, Oakmont woman enthusiastically began, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore;” and, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Huzzahs and applause all round. Screwball comedies began in the early 1930s.

It Happened One Night starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert.

Talkies had arrived and with them, the “golden age” of Hollywood. And escape. Every week, three out of five people paid a quarter to flee realities of the Great Depression, the threat of war and an uncertain future. This comedy sub-genre offered moviegoers wacky but sophisticated plot twists, and dueling dialogues between men and women who came from different social classes. In the end, of course, they fall in love. Think Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant. Think Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert, who both won Oscars for their roles in It Happened One Night. Early comedies laid the foundation for decades of funny shows. Think I Love Lucy, Some Like it Hot, She’s Funny That Way. Instructor Spear will end this semester with a 1993 Ang Lee screwball comedy, The Wedding Banquet. Today, less than one out of 100 of us will shell out the $30 that’s necessary for a date-night. Popcorn? These Oakmont OLL movie-going classmates can’t agree. But they all nod when Judi concludes: “Please, someone, develop a silent bag!”

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Susan Ball is going to teach the ongoing oil painting classes every second and fourth Mondays from 12:30– 3:30 p.m. in the art room at the Central Activities Center. The first class will be October 24. Susan likes to paint landscapes and still life, lives in West Sonoma County, and her works are represented in several galleries, including Graton Gallery. She takes part in Art at the Source each year. Those wanting to join the class can contact her at


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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nAl Haggerty


Jon Stout, manager of the Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport, will speak at the Oct. 26 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at Oakmont’s East Recreation Center. Stout was manager of the Grosse Ile Municipal Airport in Gross Ile, Mich., from April 1993–June 2002, when he became manager of the Sonoma County Airport. He was a noise abatement intern at South Lake Tahoe Airport from May to December 1989 and operations intern at Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport from May to August 1990.

A 1986 graduate of Santa Rosa’s Piner High School, he earned a Bachelors of Airport Administration from the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 1990 and a Masters of Business Administration from Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, in 1992. He is a member of the American Association of Airport Executives, a member of the board of the Southwest Chapter of the American Association of Airport Executives and a member of the California Airports Council and the Association of California Airports. He is an accredited and certified airport executive. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

October 30, 6 PM, East Rec. Center Happy Anniversary, SBSC!

It’s a dress-up occasion and we are celebrating it with a cocktail party. Our club is five years old, so we are going all out (with your help). We are Oakmont’s only club for singles, and we make certain that each and every one of us has a great time. We will supply hot hors d’oeuvres and Martinelli’s sparkling cider (we encourage you all to bring the good stuff—champagne, prosecco, etc.) for a toast to our past and the bright future ahead. In SBSC, we know that we are all better off with each other. This is a not to miss event. If you haven’t attended in a while (or if you have joined and never participated), it’s time you came back. Don’t you really want to slip into that little black dress? And, you guys, would putting on a sport coat be so bad? Look for our Evite in your inbox. Don’t forget to attend the Boomer Halloween dance (in costume if possible) on Oct. 22 if you have given us your check. This is just a few days away, so get those costumes now. Let’s let everyone know how creative we singles are! In November, we will have our Thanksgiving potluck on the afternoon of Nov. 13. Mark your calendars now. This is always a big event, so we will need a little help. We are looking for volunteers to fix turkeys, and maybe

a ham, and gravy. Members each bring a side dish to share. In addition to the meats, SBSC will supply the rolls and butter and some pumpkin pie. If you like other pies, bring them to share. What can we say? We added three new members since the last edition! We welcome Linda, Marilyn, and Nancy. We urge you all to be active in our club and attend the activities. We try to have two social opportunities per month. There is always the monthly mixer, we go to a restaurant as a group, or maybe we attend an Oakmont function together. The board is always on the lookout for fun things to do. Our dues are $12 per calendar year, but anyone who joins us as a brand new member between now and January will have their 2017 dues included in their payment. So if you have been thinking of joining, now is the time! We encourage our members to suggest activities, like theater presentations, concert opportunities, etc. Remember if you suggest, you may be asked to shoulder some of the responsibilities of bringing the group together. This isn’t difficult, and we will help you. The more variety, the more fun. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication.

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Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith; being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Pastor Brinda Peterson will be starting a Sermon Series entitled, “10 Steps Closer to God.” As a community we will together move closer to the one who knows us best and loves us the most.

Midweek Bible Study

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


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


In a service, our new pastor, Brinda Peterson, spoke about building on a foundation. I heard these words, “Anyone who builds on that foundation may use a variety of materials—gold, silver, jewels, wood, hay, or straw.” These words created an image that I could hold and turn around in my mind and ponder. What things are the gold, silver and jewels? What choices in my life build a beautiful building upon the foundation that Jesus has already laid? Truthfully, I am writing this article to help myself find out. Now, one can build with wood, straw or hay. Clay and straw structures are going up all around the county. My own house has wood above the foundation. It has stood a hundred years and yet I still have a healthy fear of what fire could do to the house. The picture Brinda was conveying is that compared to wood or straw, precious metals and jewels would not easily burn. When I examine my life, I find that the things that seem like precious stones or metals are not things that I can see. Choices such as listening deeply to a friend and holding each other’s souls; enjoying the sound of voices harmonizing, creating something bigger than ourselves; the joy of praying for someone and finding their shoulders lighten; hearing words that reach a deep root in me, thirsty for water, and noticing change in response to this nourishment. I would say that I did just learn from writing this. I was given the gift of trusting that the searching in my soul, looking for the gold and silver and jewels around me is worth it. There is great value for me in this type of building even though I cannot say, “there it is, look how beautiful!” as one might do looking at one of our county’s visions of architecture such as the McDonald Mansion or even one’s home. Gold, silver or precious stones—an image to treasure.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

nErnie Rose

At a time when we are inundated by a media blitz of candidate statements and paid political announcements, it’s hard to remember what the essence of campaigns for election to public office looked like at the grass roots level for much of our history as a democracy. To help provide some perspective on that topic, we turn to a classic film called, simply, Campaign (77 min.). It had its origin in some pioneering research done in the 1920’s by a husband and wife team of sociologists at the University of Chicago. Based on available demographic data, Robert and Helen Lynd identified Muncie, Indiana (which they renamed “Middletown” in their subsequent publication) as having many characteristics of a “typical American town.” They then spent several years studying key elements of life in Muncie. Observed in their research were such things as work, family life, education, religious practices, as well as government and community life. In 1937 the Lynds also wrote a follow-up volume called Middletown in Transition detailing the changes that had occurred following the Depression years. Forty years later a former CBS Newsman named Peter Davis (who had recently won an Oscar for his anti-Vietnam War film Hearts and Minds) put together a group of seven colleagues with instructions to visit Muncie once again. Each team was to make a film on one of the seven areas that the Lynds had studied. Among the most memorable of those efforts was a cinematic depiction of the two-party system in American politics. Campaign follows a 1976 mayoral race in Muncie and its near-archetypal candidates. Jim Carey is an Irish Democrat, a lifelong politician, and an avid campaigner. Alan Wilson is a buttoned-down WASP, a lawyer who is well respected within the community. Carey is a former sheriff with only a grade school education. The Wilsons are active in the PTA and in other civic organizations. Both know each other casually, having grown up in the same community.

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And while the contest is a serious matter for each contender, one senses an underlying atmosphere of calm, of civility, of humor, of respect and integrity in that process. No epithets are cast about. No accusations about the enemy’s limitations. No secrets hidden from curious journalists. No wild promises. How far we have regressed in the 40 years between 1976 and 2016! More importantly, which political environment ultimately better serves American democracy? WHEN: Thursday, October 20, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

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Want to attend the October 22 potluck that follows the 9:30 a.m. Autumn Tournament? October 15 is the deadline to sign up, so look for the sheet on the bulletin board and indicate your choice of dish to bring. The potluck at the West Rec. begins at noon, after the tournament, and the annual meeting follows the potluck. The meeting includes an update about what’s going on in bocce, and the nominating committee will present its slate of officers. You’ll want to be present to vote. Questions? Contact Chris or Phil Duda, Social Co-chairs.


Summer was officially over when everyone gathered on September 10 for the Harvest Moon Tournament. As usual, there was a good turnout to compete for the candy bars.

Happy tournament winners Pilani Edwards, Debbie Kendrick, Eddi Pelton and Lisa Bonomi (not pictured, Chris Duda, Ann Miller and Sherry Magers).

More winners: Phil Duda, Carol Green, Barbara Newton and Don Paulson (not pictured, Blair Beatie and Gordon Freedman).

November 5 is the date for the Falling Leaves Tournament, our last tourney of the year. It begins at 1 p.m., so be there at 12:45 p.m. to get a spot. On December 10, we’ll gather at the East Rec. Center for our annual Christmas Party, and final event of the year. President Sherry says there will be a fun surprise program after dinner! Look for the party reservation coupon in future issues of the Oakmont News.


It’s never too late to become a member of our club. Just fill out the membership coupon found in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA Office. You’ll find many members continue to play bocce throughout the winter months and will be happy to instruct. Remember, winter bocce play starts at 1 p.m. beginning November 1.


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Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support

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nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

“I don’t need hearing aids!“

Some folks tell me their spouse needs hearing aids but refuses to get them. Here’s a description of how hearing loss can creep up on you and how hearing aids improve the quality of life from a blogger’s cousin. I lifted (with permission) and edited the following from a blog. “My comments are probably just like those of many other people you’ve heard over the years. The loss was gradual, so I didn’t realize what was happening. I thought my husband had started to mumble, I kept asking him to repeat—I couldn’t understand him when his back was turned, or he was too far away, or he leaned on his hand so it covered his mouth (and I couldn’t read his lips but I didn’t realize what I was doing). Then it seemed like everyone was mumbling! “I could always hear the volume, but I couldn’t distinguish the words—especially women’s voices, children’s voices, radio, TV, telephone. I started to avoid conversation and contact because I just couldn’t follow clearly and wrapped myself in a cloak of quiet solitude. And when I taught my folk dance classes, I couldn’t hear the beat of the music very well. Most bird songs disappeared. No crickets! None at all! “Whew, finally I had a good diagnostic test (after driving my husband crazy with my requests to repeat—what? what? what did you say?) and found I had lost most of the upper frequencies, in particular those that define the consonants, so I couldn’t distinguish back, track, pack, sack, stack, lack, etc.— all sounded the same—some low tones too, but seems those high frequencies were the worst. “The test also explained why so many sounds were impossible to distinguish: rain on windows vs. refrigerator motor vs. car passing on the road vs. washing machine vs. TV or live conversation in the next room vs. all sorts of other ordinary things all were to me the same ambiguous rumbling with no special clue for identification, because the special defining tones (similar to the consonants that distinguish one word from another) were gone. “I bought hearing aids at Costco, because the price was reasonable. The brand is ReSound, a wireless receiver-in-the-ear (RIE) type of instrument, tuned specifically to correct my loss. (The receiver is tiny, connected by a thin tube to the behind-the-ear case that holds the battery and multi-function switch.) I now could distinguish separate conversations around me, determine the directional source, and understand the words instead of just hearing an ambiguous wall of noise all around me. What a revelation! I wore them full time from the first day on. A Happy Hearer!” (John’s note: Costco has just started selling the Signature 7, a Rexton TRAX42 w/T coils.) The HEARS group exists to improve hearing for Oakmont residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list. ( photo by Robert Couse-Baker

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Air Force Nurse Margaret “Lee” Marabito Announced as Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal

nJeff Davis

The Veterans Day Parade and Reception Planning Committee is proud to announce the 12th Annual Oakmont Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal, Lt. Colonel Margaret “Lee” Marabito, a retired U.S. Air Force Nurse. She will be leading the Veterans Day Parade on Friday, November 11. Margaret prefers to be called Lee and is a resident of Oakmont Gardens. Lee served as an Air Force nurse for 20 years (1957–1977). Many of her assignments were spent overseas in Europe, Japan and Vietnam. Highlights of her career were as a Flight Nurse, an Educational Coordinator and Chief Nurse at David Grant Medical Center at Travis Air Force Base. Her most gratifying and memorable assignment was joining the first group of Air Force nurses sent to Vietnam in 1966 and participating in the creation of the 12th U.S. Air Force Hospital, located in Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.

While performing her nursing duties in Vietnam, Lee and other nurses rode in aircraft, such as C-130’s, to remote locations in Vietnam to pick up and transport military wounded to their hospital. In addition she was part of medical teams sent to particular villages to treat children, parents and others. She distinguished herself by meritorious service and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and Meritorious Service Medal. You honor Lt. Colonel Marabito as she leads the 12th Annual Oakmont Veterans Day Parade, starting at 1 p.m. at Berger Center. Following the hour-long parade, there will be a Veterans Day Reception at Berger Center at approximately 2 p.m.


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Veterans: Ride, call Oakmont Automotive, 5395800, and ask for Robin. She will sign you up to ride in the parade and start the process of assigning you to a ride if you don’t have one. Vehicles to Carry Veterans and Decorations: Fill out the form below and bring it to the Vets Day Parade folder in the OVA Office.

WHEN: Saturday, October 22 TIME: 5–8 p.m. WHERE: Berger Parking Lot with dining on the plaza WHO: Tri Tip Trolley, El Coyote—Mexican Food, Cookie Take a Bite BRING: Cash for the food trucks

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Mickey Gilley’s Live Show on the Berger Center Stage


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This 4.5-mile loop with an elevation gain of 850’ hike will start from the parking lot near the visitor center, traverse the Ritchey Canyon and climb to the Coyote Peak. We will hike up the Redwood Trail to the Coyote Trail to the summit. Down via the South Fork Trail, Spring Trail and the Ritchey Canyon Trail. Bring poles, water and a lunch/snack. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155. Leave Burger Center at 9 a.m.

Crater Lake. (Photo by George Hasa)


The Music Hall of Fame entertainer who regularly performs in his Branson, Missouri, theater, was brought to Oakmont for a Sept. 28 show by the Sha-Boom Events Club. (Photo by Ray Haverson)


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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 .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¢ per game, paid to the winners. For information or questions call Chuck or me at 537-7498.


This is a strenuous hike with great views overlooking the lake as well as crossing through the interesting Madrone Forest. We will take the Bummer, Crowley’s Lake View, Half Canoe and Dry Creek trails. The hike is 8.5 miles with 2,020’ elevation gain. Take water and lunch, and dress in layers. Cancel if rain. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Bernie Palk, 537-8662.


A moderately-strenuous hike beginning at the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus in Novato, with a $4 parking fee. We’ll explore oak-bay woods, open space areas and shady ravines with a couple of steep ups and downs. Just over six miles and about 900’ elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and poles. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


A hike of about two miles or slightly over with minor elevation gain. Good trails. One 0.4-mile spur that can be taken if group wishes. This is a creek-side trail but probably no water this time of year. Regional Park Pass required. Hike leader is Herm Hermann, 539-1657. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. We will hike with showers but not with a downpour.


No driving—all hiking! Starting from the Berger Center at 8:30 a.m., we’ll hike into Annadel and to Lake Ilsanjo for a short break. From there we’ll climb to Henry’s Knob for lunch and awesome views. The return route will be via various trails. This is a

Moore Creek Park, Napa County Regional Park and Open Space District. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

moderately strenuous hike of 10.5 miles with an elevation gain of 1,300’. Wear weather-appropriate clothing, and bring lunch and water. Hiking poles are recommended. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847.


Start from Park Trail Drive on to Rough Go Trail. This trail is a steep rough path to Lake Ilsanjo. Continue on Lake Trail around the lake. Lunch at picnic area. Return via Spring Creek Trail. Hike distance is 5.6 miles, elevation gain 660’. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are George and Zlatica Hasa, 843-4527.


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Pickleball Corner

nGeorge McKinney


In an attempt to understand the growing popularity of pickleball, both locally and across the nation, a random unscientific sampling of comments from players in Oakmont has been gathered. Here are a few heartfelt answers regarding this oddly-named sport offered by our club members: “It is a fast-paced game with a silly name played by a bunch of fun loving people.” “I break a sweat faster than when I play tennis.” (Who’s sweating? He must be an advanced player.) “You can learn to play the game in less than an hour.” “My wife loves that I’m out of the house.” “It’s great exercise. I meet the nicest people!” “The games are short and the memory of who won or lost is even shorter.” “Size doesn’t matter. Nor, in my case, does skill.” “People laugh out loud during the game.” “It allows you to compete on a friendly basis, stay physically fit and meet some incredible people.” “There’s no need to pre-arrange time and players. Just “It’s all about the paddle,” says show up at a court, Russ Elmer humbly, as it covers introduce yourself, and his face. you’re soon playing pickleball with people you’ve never met before. This happens wherever I travel.” “It’s totally acceptable to play competitively or just for fun.” “I wanted to see if I could learn to keep score.” “It’s a good excuse to buy a new pair of tennis shoes.” “It’s fun even though I couldn’t hit a bull in the butt with a bass fiddle!” “The friendly people who play are so welcoming. “ The most recurring responses refer to the very friendly and helpful nature of the people who play the sport. Is there a screening process for friendly people, you may ask? If you are interested in learning a fun game and


Steve Morse is internationally recognized as the expert in how to find records for your immigrant ancestors’ entry into this country. He has expanded his interests to include tools that help in researching the census records and records in New York City.

“It’s all about the ball,” responds Troy Sowers, with paddles up from Marcia, Sherry and Lindy.

are physically able, beginner introduction is offered every Tuesday morning through October.


In accordance with club by-laws, the fall general meeting of the Oakmont Pickleball Club will be held on Friday, Nov. 4 at the East Rec. Center at 3 p.m.


Welcome to new club members in August and September: George and Zlatica Hasa, Ron and Carol Joseph, Joanne and Tom Knez, Doc Savarese and Pamela Simpson.

Oakmont Pickleball Play Information

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


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Whether or not you’re interested in genealogical research, if your ancestors came through Ellis Island, you may want to come and hear Steve describe how you can find the original manifest listing your ancestors and identifying the ships they used to reach this country (you can even get a picture of the ship!). WHERE: West Recreation Center WHEN: 1 p.m. on October 24 At our September meeting, Don Edwards led a well-received discussion on Genealogy Writing. Don presented a number of circumstances which could form the basis for a Family History, and introduced the group to a variety of books which are valuable when doing serious genealogical writing. The Oakmont Genealogical Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, July and December) at 1 p.m. This is a permanent change of time. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our E-newsletter, then E-mail:


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Table Tennis Club nKay Kim

Weather has been hot for outdoor sports. Fortunately, Oakmont Village has the best indoor sport, Ping-pong, in West Creation Center upstairs. NIH studies show that “taking it easy” is risky for aging population. Exercise is also a natural mood enhancer. When you work out, the body releases endorphins that make you feel young and energetic. Come to play ping-pong with us. As a complex game of mind, soul and body, table tennis is one of the most beneficial sports for aging population, improving mental and physical conditions alike. It’s an excellent investment for your well-being.

Drop-in Session Schedule

Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: 3–5:30 p.m. Fridays: 3–5:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 noon–4 p.m. (bring your own partner) Contact information: Kay Kim, 318-0644; Bob Vogenthaler, 537-3040.


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Quilting Bee

Our sewing day in September was a busy and productive afternoon. Nancy O’Brien told us she recently was traveling through the Portland airport and was stitching on her appliqué project while waiting for her plane. A lady sitting next to her asked questions and soon Nancy was discussing her project and mentioned her favorite patterns were made by a company called Pacific Rim. Suddenly a woman poked her head around the corner and said she was Nancy Lee Chong, the creator of the patterns. What a surprise! Our Nancy and Nancy Chong enjoyed some laughter and conversation and even a “selfie” before they parted ways. Barbara Arnold showed us a new tool she utilized in a paper piecing class. I can see this method would save one from wasting fabric. Barbara is making a quilt of pieced lanterns. Cathy Rapp updated us on her appliquéd acorns and leaves quilt and mentioned she has finished the quilt top for this year’s challenge. Sandi McConnell showed us a machine appliquéd wall hanging of a tree she is making. Joan Rumrill told us about a quilt show she attended in Brentwood at which she won a big basket of Italian products (food theme fabric, food and Prosecco). Joan also reminded us of the upcoming Oakmont Art Show which will be held October 14 and 15. Barbara Klingbeil displayed a rail fence quilt made in a class taught at Village Sewing Center. Janet Shore spoke of a new quilt shop and gallery in El Cerrito called “Bay Quilts.” A trip has been planned and members will visit the shop in October. At our meeting on September 28 we had further discussion concerning the planned trip to Bay Quilts. Helen White told us of her recent trip to Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming, with visits to quilt shops along the way. She was especially taken with a huge store in Rupert, ID that boasted 14,000 bolts of fabric and is the largest quilt store in Idaho. She was completely overwhelmed by the store and didn’t buy a thing! In her favorite store in Bend, OR she viewed a display of challenge quilts and thought the theme would be a fun challenge for our Bee in 2017. Barbara Cortelyou showed us two quilts she is just finishing binding. One was the mystery quilt taught in a class at Santa Rosa Quilt Guild and a red, white and blue quilt she made from a book, and class taught, by

Kim Schrader Fauth. Barbara machine quilted both quilts. Nancy O’Brien was pin-basting her “grapes” quilt and I’m sure we’ll see it finished soon.

Barbara Cortelyou’s Challenge Quilt.

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The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.


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“If you can’t see it, you can’t be it.”—Gloria Steinen Our Halloween Spooktacular Ghostly Gala with the Joe Sharino Band, winner of 17 Bay Area “best band” awards, is just one week away. At the time of this writing, there are still openings, but the event may be sold out as of publication day. The band brings the best of pop, rock, Motown, funk, country, disco, jazz, Latin, R&B, and swing from the last six decades to its Oakmont debut performance. Wear your most comfortable shoes and dance the night away. Costumes are not required, but hey, it’s almost Halloween and we are going to be awarding prizes for the funniest, scariest, and most creative get-ups. We’ll also have a screaming contest, so practice your most bone-chilling, spine-tingling, and other-worldly

shrieks and compete for a prize. Tri-Tip Trolley will be serving up their famous “Sandos” and bowls for the first time in our ‘hood. A Boomers favorite, El Coyote, returns with their tasty Mexican fare, and Cookie Take a Bite will satisfy your sweet tooth with premium, handcrafted, flavorful, all natural cookies made with local, organic ingredients. All Oakmonters are welcome, so find some friends (or make some new ones) for dinner on the plaza. This is the last time this year to show your support for the food trucks, so let’s give them a good sendoff. Now, we know that you’re always eager to start the party, but please don’t show up before 4:45 p.m. We want everything inside to be perfect, so kindly hold out until 4:45 so that our set-up volunteers can work their

Saturday Morning Meditation Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle in comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara Kanowick at or 539-2733. nDonna Kaiser

WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activities Center, Room B.


There is a smaller meditation group consisting of 8-10 people that is held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. In this group, we simply sit together for 30 minutes. The Tuesday group is held in the Art Room of the Central Activities Center.

Oakmont Social and Dance Club


Our members say this dance is the best party of the year! Singles and couples will have a SPOOK-tacular time dressing up in that funny or scary costume and dancing the night away. Fabulous prizes for costumes! Or just come as a spectator and enjoy the view, if you dare! Either way, you will have a BOO-tiful time dancing to the bewitching tunes of the Tom Shader Band, who promises a variety of music, including line dance, swing and the classics. Don’t be afraid to partake in the offerings of Oakmont Village Market, who will be stirring up a witch’s brew of delights to die for! It would be a ghostly horror for you to miss this one! Sign up before it’s too late! Check out Disguise the Limit on 4th St., Backdoor Costumes on Piezzi Rd., or the Internet for a contestwinning costume! DATE: Saturday, October 29 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30 p.m. appetizers followed by dinner; 7–10 p.m. dancing to the music of the Tom Shader Band. BYOB, set-ups provided. COST: $40 for members, $45 for non-members


Appetizers: Charcuterie Tray on dining tables. Dinner: Baby Spinach Salad with mandarin oranges, candied pecans, shaved red onion and raspberry balsamic dressing.

Entrée #1: Oven Baked Chicken Thighs with sautéed onions and mushrooms in a white wine sauce. Entrée #2: Baked Fresh Salmon with a citrus maple glaze. Sides: rice pilaf with toasted almonds; petite green beans; fresh assorted breads and butter. Dessert: Pumpkin Cheese Cake topped with whipped cream; decaf coffee, hot tea, water. Vegetarian Entrée: Eggplant Parmesan or Veggie Lasagna.


All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance and Social Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Social and Dance Club, c/o Frank and Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone 888-5044.


All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one.


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Halloween Dance Reservation form Saturday, October 29

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, October 21.

Name: _________________________________________________________ Phone: ________________________ E-mail:________________________________________________________________ Dance Club Member: $40

Non-Dance Club Member: $45

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magic and transform the Berger into Spook Central. This ghoulish gala will give you goose bumps, so register now at Need help navigating our website? E-mail info@ WHEN: Saturday, October 22 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:45 p.m., band plays from 6:30–9:30 p.m. PRICE: $25 per person for members and one guest FOOD: Tri-Tip Trolley, El Coyote—Mexican Food BRING: BYOB and cash for the food trucks

Coming in November

It’s another Trivia night at the Quail Inn, where teams of eight compete to see who has the most extraneous information stuck in his/her head. Are you a know-it-all? Show us what you’ve got and you just might win a prize. Form a team or come alone and meet new people. The game starts at 6:30 p.m., but come for an early dinner and enjoy beer and wine at $5/glass. BYOB for just a $5 corkage fee. WHEN: November 17, play starts at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Quail Inn COST: Free trivia game

Save the date

Mark your calendars for the annual Holiday Member Appreciation Party. This is our chance to thank you for all the fun we’ve had this year and for helping us to keep the Boomers Club the most dynamic in Oakmont. Music and holiday socializing is the perfect way to end a great year. As ever, BYOB. WHEN: December 8 WHERE: Where else? Berger Center

Travel and Adventure Club nCarolita Carr

November 1, 6:30–8 PM East Rec. Center

Come join one of Oakmont’s newest clubs, dedicated to exploring the world. We will be meeting once a month, on the first Tuesday of the month at the East Rec. Center. We will start at 6:30 p.m. and wind up at 8 p.m.. Right now we are meeting to share travel destinations and travel tips with each other. Later we will have guest speakers and other programs, all centered on the topic of travel. So, if you have traveled, if you want to travel, and if you enjoy hearing about traveling, come join us.

AARP Tax-Aide Program nDianne Armer

The Oakmont site of the AARP Foundation’s TaxAide program is seeking volunteers to provide tax assistance for seniors and low-income taxpayers during the upcoming 2017 tax-filing season. The Oakmont Tax-Aide program operates on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. from February 1 to April 15 in the Berger Center. Volunteers do not need to be an AARP member or have previous tax preparation experience to participate. The program provides free tax training for all volunteers in January. Volunteers should be available to work at least four hours per day (Monday and Wednesday) during the tax-filing season. Besides the opening for more tax preparers we are also looking for a Client Facilitator who schedules appointments and checks to make sure a client has all the information necessary before an appointment. For more information on how to join the AARP Foundation’s Tax-Aide program in Oakmont please call me at (415) 548-0304 or E-mail


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Fitness Club nFitness Club Board

payable to the Oakmont Fitness Club and place it with the form below in the OFC Fitness Folder at the OVA or drop it in the OFC mail slot outside the trainer’s office. Questions? Call Julie Kiil, 570-7994, Peggy Clark, (650) 274-4137 or Claire Fugate, 521-9153.

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. On Wednesday, October 19, JoRene will take a “girl’cation” to San Diego. She has invited Homa to cover her absence with Bollywood Fitness. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community Foundation, supporting the health of our community through Physical Education. Whenever you go to the movies, please thank Summerfield Cinema for donating popcorn to all our events. Thank you for your support! The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen.

Bollywood Workout, 9 am Wednesday, Oct. 19 Please join us!

Bollywood dance workout classes are a way to bring balance in your fitness level and well-being through rhythmic movement of the body. Our classes target a total body workout combining two main elements of fitness: endurance and strength. This class is the perfect balance: 30 minutes of high energy and heart pumping Bollywood cardio, fitness dance moves that will warm up and loosen your body, and 25 minutes of conditioning exercises using your own body’s weight. It is designed by our very own instructor Homa to tone, strengthen and elongate your muscles, with a focus on helping you achieve a leaner figure.

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Carolyn Mack, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were 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 Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Fall 2016 League Schedule. Remaining bowling date for October: Oct. 18. No bowling Oct. 25, fourth Tuesday.


WHEN: Friday, December 16 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–6 p.m. Social Hour/appetizers; dinner to follow COST: $45 per person MUSIC: Jami Jamison Band MENU: Appetizers—Antipasti platter with provolone cheese, salami, olives and baguettes, assorted cheese platter with fig tapenade and smoked almonds. Salad—Romaine with gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, green apples, red onion and pecans in a tangy balsamic salad dressing. Entrée choices (served with petite green beans with toasted almonds, wild rice pilaf, including cranberry walnut bread and butter): 1. Baked Bodega Bay salmon filet with orange citrus glaze; 2. Stuffed chicken breast with apples, brie and herb reduction sauce; 3. Eggplant Parmesan or Vegetarian Lasagna. Dessert—Italian dessert, coffee/tea—regular and decaffeinated. BYOB—we will provide soft drinks and ice. Reservations accepted through Dec. 9. Make check

New Logo Wear Options

Fitness Club logo wear has new style and logo options. In addition to our short and long sleeve crew neck t-shirts, you can now select a tank top or short and long sleeve v-neck t-shirts. Also, the logo design below is now available in addition to our Vitruvian Man logo in both large and small formats. Check out the samples in the trainer’s office. Order forms are available outside the trainer’s office below the mail slot.

OAKMONT FITNESS CLUB HOLIDAY DINNER/DANCE reservation form Berger Center, Friday, December 16, 5 pm, $45 per person Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone(s): Home_____________________________________ Cell_______________________________________ E-mail: ______________________________________________________________ # of entrées: Salmon_______ Chicken_______ Eggplant Parmesan_______ Vegetarian Lasagna_______ Total amount of entrées x $45: $ _____________ Please indicate name(s) of persons with whom you wish to be seated or seating will be assigned at random (8 per table). If you want to guarantee your table of eight please submit your reservation for the full table and enclose the total amount of $360. List the total eight entrées above and the names and entrée choices below for all persons at your table. I wish to be seated with the following guests: Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________

Oakmont Lanes JOIN A CLUB EVENT Berger Center Thursday, Oct. 27, 10–11:30 am

Come by to discover our Oakmont Lanes Club and take part in our Wii Bowling Demonstration where you will experience the fun and excitement of Wii Bowling.

RESULTS AS OF SEP 20 (sixth week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Pocket Hits; third place, Strikers; fourth place tie, Wild Turkeys, Alley Oops and Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 250; Gordon Freedman, 213; Terry Leuthner, 206. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 279; Alicia Panizo, 257; Robin Schudel, 257; Sandy Wald, 237;

Peggy Ensley, 234; Elisabeth LaPointe, 234; Phyllis Jennings, 221; Mariel Green, 214; Vicki Robinson, 202. 3:15 PM League: first place, Wii Power; second place, Strike Outs; third place tie, High Rollers and Pin Heads; fifth place, Strikes and Spares; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 256; Scott Harris, 227; Juan Fuentes, 224. Women’s High Games: Barbara Ford, 248; Diane Price, 237; Maurine Bennett, 236; Debbie Miller, 233; Valerie Hulsey, 232; Mollie Atkinson, 226; Helen Herbert, 226; Judy Lawrence, 224; Pat Stokes, 222; Vicki Jackanich, 207; Nicole Reed, 207; Carolyn Mack, 204; Irene Lucia, 200. Subs High Games: Terry Leuthner, 229; Joy Guerber, 207; Christian van den Berghe, 203.

The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance—Ongoing Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body

WHEN: Thursdays 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Get moving and increase your energy in this fun and lively class. The class combines breath work and gentle movements with attention to alignment. Strengthen your abs while seated or standing. Students can remain seated for the class or get out of the chair for balance work. Small free weights are used to strengthen and tone the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of one, two or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water to class.

next Forest yoga workshop

WHEN: Saturday, November 5, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center, Lower Level

ongoing forrest Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap! “Timing Is Everything!”

As you probably noticed, the East Pool’s deck has cracks and deteriorated to the level requiring replacement. (Its lifespan reached.) And so here’s our perfect opportunity in supporting the pool and spa go to saline water, like the West. The switch has several positive reasons: 1. Skin and hair healthier. 2. Life of our swimwear extended. 3. Huge reduction in chemicals, therefore, lowers annual costs. 4. No chemical smells. 5. The spa will be saline too. Also, once converted, the East Pool will match the West’s inner workings or mechanics, helping our maintenance staff.


Give the West pool and spa a try to experience saline water. Then go to our website and reply to one question survey. Log in: Sign in each time a must! Survey is located below photos on Home Page. Thanks. Happy lapping!

Blues and Beyond Band

COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series Feel better, feel great—come to yoga and explore your inner journey. Ease your stress and breathe deeply. Challenging core work and standing poses build strength. Increase your flexibility and allow your neck and inner self to relax. Reap the rewards of a steady yoga practice— increased energy and mental clarity, feeling more centered, balanced and stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

Tai Chi for Beginners

nEd Kelleher

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

The recently formed Blues and Beyond Band is seeking additional band members. Member of this group should be able to play a band instrument. Our play list includes a mixture of blues, Dixieland, swing, and Latin jazz standards. With the exception of pianists, you will need your own instrument and a music stand. Music will be provided for you. We play arrangements in preparation for concerts and then jam from lead sheets for fun. Pianists and horn players will be especially welcome. We meet weekly for rehearsals on Tuesday evenings from 7:30–9:30 p.m. at the Berger Center. To join us or for more information, please contact me at 282-9191 or

If you have always wanted to try Tai Chi and didn’t have the opportunity, now you can start in your own backyard, so to speak. We meet at the Upper West Rec. Center on Thursdays (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive, in case you have other appointments to attend to) from 9–10 a.m. for a five-class workshop to introduce to you this ancient Chinese meditative exercise that increases balance and strengthens legs as well as improving stress reduction, posture and breathing. Class is small. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 318-5284 so I can answer your questions. Tuition is $75 for the five-class workshop. Come have some fun and improve your health.

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nCathy Rapp

Julie’s last class for 2016 will be on October 21 at 9:45 a.m. Jump in the pool to give Julie a big seasonal send-off as the class goes on winter hiatus. And if you enjoy the SRJC free classes, the Tuesday and Thursday classes have plenty of room for learners and experienced water aerobics fans. The Tuesday/ Thursday classes need more support in order to continue through the winter, so bring a friend! To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact Mme at 537-9281 or

fall water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:45 a.m.—CD (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($6) (last class Oct. 21)

Holistic Yoga nDonna Connell (IYT), Instructor

As we age it is more important than ever to keep the body moving and agile. It helps us avoid injury, stay centered and peaceful. You are invited to join our friendly, ongoing class, and find that you too can enjoy greater flexibility, strength, focus, body awareness, relaxation and have fun doing it! We would love to meet you and help you to begin moving toward greater health and freedom of movement. Cost is far below clubs and studios. I have been teaching seniors for 16 years. Join us and see why. WHEN: Mondays at 8:45 a.m.; Wednesdays at 9 a.m.; Fridays at 9 am. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $75 for eight classes (first class free with the purchase of a class pass) Feel free to call me at 799-3099 or E-mail to donnapc21@ with any questions or concerns.

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on October 17. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you October 17.


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Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Jitterbug Swing and Nightclub 2-Step review classes WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 2—Jitterbug Swing Review; Wednesday, Nov. 9—Nightclub 2-Step Review TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9/pp for single class. $7/pp for 2 or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of any class. Thank you to all who have attended the partner dance classes over the past 3–4 months. It’s been a lot of fun getting to teach you all and getting to know you. For November, I want to hold two review classes to go over some of the material taught previously and reinforce what you have learned. Most of us only retain about 10% of what we hear, see or read. Periodic repetition of the same material is key to both brain and muscle memory! The prerequisite for these review classes is to have attended at least two of my Jitterbug Swing classes and two of Nightclub 2-Step or have the equivalent experience. If you did not attend any of the classes taught recently but have some experience with these dances, please contact me first if you are interested in joining us ( or 415-265-7590). As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. Thank you to the five ladies who did learn to lead the steps in the Jitterbug Swing classes in July and August and the two who learned to lead Nightclub 2-Step in September. For future classes, please check upcoming issues of the Oakmont News for the dates and dance to be taught. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that partner dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. Some even say that “dancing makes you smarter!” Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


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 the OakMUG file located 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, a Certified Apple Consultant. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or


WHEN: Tuesday, October 25, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Alan Schachman

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

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

nRosemary Waller


The renowned Trio Valtorna will inaugurate Music at Oakmont’s 2016–17 season, on Thursday, Oct. 20 at 1:30 p.m. Ida Kavafian, violin; David Jolley, French horn; and Gilles Vonsattel, piano will perform music by Ravel, Brahms, and the American composer John Harbison. Johannes Brahms: Trio for Horn, Violin and Piano, Op. 40: For many years, Brahms had followed the practice of the Viennese gentry who left during the hot summers for more temperate climes. For him, this break provided stimulation for great artistic output. He first chose Baden-Baden for his getaway in the summer of 1863, the year Clara Schumann moved there year-round. Their long relationship was close and complicated: she was then a 44-year-old widow and he was 30. Starting in 1865 he rented rooms in a wooden house in Lichtental, a few kilometers outside Baden-Baden, overlooking the Black Forest. He returned every year until 1874, when Clara sold her house and moved to Berlin. The Trio was written in 1865, Brahms’ first summer in Lichtental. Later, his future biographer Albert Dietrich would recall the composer showing him the exact spot on his hillside walks where he had been inspired to write the work. Premiered with Brahms at the keyboard in Karlsruhe in December 1865, the Trio was not an immediate hit. Clara Schumann performed it in Vienna in 1870, reporting that the audience “failed to understand this interesting and inspiring work.” But in 1879, Brahms’ confidant Theodor Billroth, the Austrian surgeon and amateur musician, wrote to the composer from Vienna, “Incidentally, your Horn Trio has had an enormous success here recently. I’d have scarcely expected it with such deeply felt music, all the more so since previously the public seemed disinclined to give it an attentive

hearing. How curious these changes in audiences are.” Program notes for Ravel’s Violin Sonata No. 2 and Harbison’s Twilight Music can be viewed at www.


Single tickets for this concert may be purchased for $20 at the door. Or you may obtain a season pass for eight concerts (including Oct. 20) for $140. Pay by cash or check, made out to Music at Oakmont.


We thank everyone who has already contributed, making possible the continuation of these concerts. If you have not yet donated and wish to do so, please write a check to the Oakmont Community Foundation, marking the memo line “for Music at Oakmont.” You may give your check to me or to Judy Walker, at the concert, or send it to OCF at 6575 Oakmont Dr. Suite #7, Santa Rosa, 95409.


Our generous neighbor Oakmont Gardens is hosting a reception immediately following the Oct. 20 concert, and the entire audience is invited. We urge you to join us there, meet the artists, visit with friends, and enjoy the delicious refreshments. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 20, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass

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Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


How bravely Autumn paints upon the sky The gorgeous fame of Summer which is fled! How of all flowers that in their ashes lie. Trophied in that fair light whereon they fed, Tulip, and hyacinth, and sweet rose red. —Thomas Hood


“What is a rain garden?” It’s a question Sandy Metzger asked about 10 years ago when the topic was offered at a gardening conference. It’s a system of directing and collecting rain but not in the barrel or cistern sense. Sandy will discuss rain gardens, how to test your soil to see if one is appropriate, and tell how to design and plant one. Sandy has been a Master Gardener for 16 years and has written nine gardening books for children. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, Oct. 18, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed

nNancy Crosby


• Here are some useful websites and phone numbers for gardening help:; (for pest information); Master Gardeners information desk, 565-2608, 9 a.m.–12 noon and 1–4 p.m. • Divide grasses and clump-forming perennials. Keep the divisions well-watered until it rains. • We sometimes have rain in October, but don’t count on it! If this turns out to be another dry Fall, make sure you continue to water your plants. • Before setting new plants in place, rake up garden debris to prevent the spread of insects and diseases. Clear away fallen fruit and rotting vegetables. • Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with 0-10-10 fertilizer. This no-nitrogen formula encourages bud formation. • Clean up the summer garden and compost the remains.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study

Following Jesus with Luke

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

nBern Lefson

by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

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FALL DINNER OCTOBER 19, East Rec. Center

COST: $40—cost of the dinner all-inclusive, including wine at each table TIME: No-host cocktails with appetizers 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6:30 p.m. MENU: Salad, choice of entrée—1. Prime Rib with creamy horseradish; 2. Eggplant Parmigiana; 3. Baked Salmon with white wine, shallot sauce. Lemon Cream Cake. GUEST SPEAKER: Joe Lurie “Understanding Misunderstanding Across Cultures” Joe Lurie is Executive Director Emeritus of the University of California Berkeley’s International House, a dynamic multi-national residential program center serving the campus, local community, and 1,000 residents from 75+ countries annually. Its mission is to foster intercultural respect and understanding for the promotion of a more peaceful world. He served in this role for two decades and subsequently

has been an active teacher and intercultural trainer at UC Berkeley and consultant on cross-cultural communications. A former Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, Joe directed programs in France, Kenya, and Ghana for the School for International Training, and served as Vice President for AFS Intercultural Programs in the U.S. and National Study Abroad Chair for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. His writings have appeared in Harper’s Magazine, U.S. News and World Report and were highlighted on National Public Radio. He is author of the recently released award winning book, Perception and Deception, A Mind-Opening Journey Across Cultures, which he will discuss in the context of a rabidly globalizing, often polarizing world. He is one of the wisest, most broadly experienced inter-culturalists, whose sense of humor and sense of perspective are revealed in his favorite tales and aphorisms from across the globe.

Fall Dinner reservation coupon

Limited seating! $40, reservations necessary—walk-ins not possible. No-Host Bar. Make check payable to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont and mail to Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail_________________________________________________ Phone #________________________________ Prime Rib_______ Salmon_______ Eggplant Parmigiana_______ # of dinners x $40.00 = $__________ Donation to Scholarship Fund $__________ Total $__________

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WHAT: A Salute to Johnny Cash WHEN: Saturday, December 3 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 7–9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. COST: $25 We have been working on this show for six months. James Garner puts on a fabulous Johnny Cash show. James claims to not be an impersonator—he is only doing a tribute to Johnny Cash. Well, let me tell you this: you will think you are watching and listening to Johnny Cash himself. This show will blow you away! What a great way to start your Christmas season! We will have table seating for this show so get your table together and get your payment in as you will not want to miss this show. This is a reserved seating event, seats are based on a first-come, first-served basis. If you are bringing guests, have all names and payments in one envelope as the seats are sold as the payments come in. You may not be able to add anyone to your table later as the empty seats at that table will be filled with people who sent in their payments. Yes, you can reserve a table for eight with full payment. For the best seats get your reservations in early. Please feel free to bring whatever food and drink for yourselves or your table as you see fit. Sha-Boom will supply lemon water, coffee and cookies at no charge. You may mail your checks made out to Sha-Boom to: Ray Haverson, 7111 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may put your payment in our ShaBoom folder at the OVA Office or you may simply drop your check into my mail box at the right hand side of my garage door. Our Mickey Gilley Show was a great success in spite of the fact he was taken ill the night before the show. I had to take hime to Memorial Hospital after the show. Turns out he did his show with pneumonia. They gave him a 90-minute infusion of antibiotics and two other medications to take and he left Santa Rosa at 4 a.m., traveled 700 miles to Jackpot, Nevada and did two more shows. He is sorry he could not do all his songs but vowed to come back at a much reduced price next year to make up for it. However, he did put on a great show!

October Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

October 29—The Ten Worlds: The World of Anger

“...Those in the world of anger cannot tolerate the existence of someone more capable or more respectable than themselves. They cannot truly respect others, because they believe that they alone are worthy of respect. A burning desire to surpass all others is their exclusive focus. How can we transform the world of Anger?”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, Sept. 2016, pg. 8. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, October 29 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2:30–3:30 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 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


Partners Contract Bridge

Troops will be led by a team General and Admiral. Battle commences on November 5 at 8 a.m., West Courts, where java and light rations will be served (contact George if you want to donate refreshment). Ready, aim, fire! The surrender ceremony and troop picnic will follow tennis. The club provides the chow; you bring your beverage of choice (alcoholic or not). No need to sign up for the picnic—all OTC members are invited to the fun. Let’s raise one to Mel! Consolation round winners: John Gray and Sumner Johnson.

Tournament finalists: Fritz Spotleson, Jim Oswald, Terry Brown and Tony Agocs.


It’s Army vs. Navy—the annual Mel Ruiz memorial team tennis event. We’re looking for more than a few good OTC men and good women. Enlist by November 1 on the OTC website (http://oakmonttennisclub. or contact Commanders-in-Chief Doug Smith ( or 303-949-3239) or George Hasa ( or 843-4527), and provide your contact information and rank (A, B or C).


On Saturday, November 12, 5:30 p.m., jazz up your life at the OTC supper club—the gala event of the OTC season: an elegant sit-down meal, dancing the night away to The Michael Brandeburg Trio (with vocalist) and presentation of our MVP award at the Berger Center. Choice of entrée: 1) beef filet with creamy horseradish sauce, 2) apple and brie stuffed chicken breast with white wine gravy or 3) a vegetarian option (TBA). The meal includes yummy appetizers, mixed greens with gorgonzola, grapes, pecans and balsamic dressing, sautéed vegetables, roasted potatoes with onions and, for dessert, tiramisu, BYOB. Use the coupon to RSVP by November 7. Cocktail attire (jackets and ties please; feel free to tux-it-up). Former members are welcome to sign up at the guest price. We would love to see you again! Questions? Contact Social Director, Cinda Gough, 537-9763.


To newly join or to submit your 2017 Oakmont Tennis Club dues (a low $20/year), find membership forms in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office, on the court bulletin boards or on the home page of the OTC website. If you newly join OTC in October– December, your dues are paid through 2017. Enjoy free tennis, free or discounted social events and many other benefits throughout the year. Questions? Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, paulalewis@ or 332-0433.

OTC SUPPER CLUB AND AWARDS DINNER NOVEMBER 12, 5:30–9 PM, BERGER CENTER OTC Member Name(s): _________________________________________________________________________

nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. Play begins by 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. This month we will be playing on Monday, October 17. If you like to plan ahead, in November we will play on Nov. 7 and 21. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511 or me at 282-9350, or E-mail me at jeff@ (yes, .cc). If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.

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Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker


A contemporary of Rachmaninoff—who considered him a great pianist as well as a great composer— Nikolai Medtner (1880–1951) composed 14 piano sonatas, three piano concertos, several dozen short piano pieces called “Fairy Tales,” 108 songs, and numerous other works. His compositions are usually very difficult technically, reveal subtle thematic designs and contrapuntal expertise, and contain many impressive passages. In his early and midcareer, Medtner frequently received great acclaim as a pianist and as a composer. But since his death— despite a few champions such as Emil Gilels—his compositions have receded to the fringes of the active repertoire. An intensely emotional and religious man, Medtner endured a long waiting period before he could marry his soul mate, Anna. Despite the friendship and support of many devoted admirers he experienced frequent financial struggles that necessitated several migrations, with England becoming his final home. In the 1930’s he wrote a book expressing his strongly conservative views on “Modern” music. At the end of his life, he was supported largely by an Indian maharajah admirer. In his presentation John Burchard will show excerpts from some of Medtner’s finest songs and instrumental works. He will also give a live performance of one of Medtner’s “Fairy Tales”—the volcanic B-flat minor, Op. 20, No. 1. The presentation will conclude with some thoughts on why Medtner’s music is not as well known as that of his Russian contemporaries Rachmaninoff, Scriabin and Prokofiev. WHEN: November 1 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

nPhil Bowman


Men’s Singles started on September 15t. Sixteen men began the single elimination tourney using all eight rinks. Tom Turnullo successfully defended his championship defeating Bob Dodd. Women’s Singles: We have a new champion. Sue Tredick won over Marilyn Garland, reigning champion for the past two years. Open Singles: Once again all eight rinks were used. Winners of the first round were Jack Breglio, Tom Ternullo, Gary Scott, Frank Gyorgy, Jim Krause, Marilyn Garland, Billy Cobb and Jim MacAlistaire. The field has now been reduced to Tom Ternullo against Jim MacAlistaire for the championship. Stay tuned… Tournaments for the rest of the year: Novice Singles: Monday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. Halloween: Monday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m. Thanksgiving: Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.


Coming up soon, November 3 at 1 p.m. at the Berger Center is our annual meeting. We will have an election of officers and board members for the coming year. Frank Gyorgy and Gary Scott still have a year left on their terms as directors, leaving only one position to be filled. All other offices positions are open for election. The Nominating Committee has nominated the following for the open positions: President, Jerry Garland; Vice President, Bob Dodd; Treasurer, Tony Lachowicz; Secretary, Marilyn Garland; Directors, Jeannette Breglio and Carlos Curbelo. Additional nominations for these positions may be made from the floor at the meeting.

Holiday Pizza Party—December 2

The club decided to give back to the community

Sue Tredick.

Tom Turnullo.

this year instead of having our regular holiday party. This year the party involves bringing and wrapping a gift for a foster child identified by the county’s Child Protective Services. Beginning November 3, please go into the bowls room and choose a tag of a child’s age and gender from the Christmas tree, the tag will suggest the child’s desire for a gift, suggested price range—approximately $20. We’ll bring the gifts to the party where there will be gift wrapping tables set up, with ample wrapping paper, ribbon, bows, tape, and scissors, etc. The wrapping party will be followed by pizza and salad (BYOB, the club will provide ice and mixers), and the championship trophies will be awarded to the 2016 bowling champions, followed by the presentation of the Dorr Mott Award. If you haven’t already done so, please sign up on the sheet posted on the club bulletin board, no later than November 15 and take your check with the reservation coupon to the OVA Office.


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2016

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

nBarbara Bowman

Coming up

October 24: Inspiring Sayings November 14: Fall Leaves TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 3212105 (cell), or E-mail

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

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.


October 21: Special event; no regular meeting October 28: Bernie Palk Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

Sunday, October 16, 2 pm —RAMS

Despite the fact that they live next door to each other in a remote valley, brothers and fellow sheep farmers Gummie and Kiddi have gone 40 years without speaking to each other. When a deadly virus attacks both of their flocks, the brothers are forced to communicate again. This quirky Icelandic gem—with its stunning cinematography—is a moving and skillfully-told tale of sibling rivalry, both humorous and heartbreaking. A film festival favorite. (2015), R (language, brief nudity), 93 minutes. (In Icelandic.)

Sunday, October 16, 7 pm—IN AMERICA

With their two daughters in tow, Johnny (Paddy Considine) and Sarah (Samantha Morton) leave Ireland and head to New York so Johnny can pursue an acting career. What follows is a series of adventures, both comical and terrifying, as they struggle to make the most of their new life. A touching and beautifully-acted film based on a true story, it’s a perceptive look at how difficult it is to be poor and a stranger in a new land. An Academy Award nomination for Morton. (2002), PG-13, 103 minutes.

Sunday, October 23, 2 pm—MONEY MONSTER

Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor takes Gates, his crew and ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air, threatening to kill Gates unless he turns the stock price around. Jodie Foster directs this tense, suspenseful comedy that keeps you on the edge of your seat. (2016), R (language), 98 minutes.

Sunday, October 23, 7 pm—THE UPSIDE OF ANGER

Terry Wolfmeyer (Joan Allen), a sharp-witted suburban housewife, has been dumped by her husband—who ran off with his secretary—and is left to raise her four daughters alone. But there could be a silver lining to it all when Terry hooks up with her neighbor, a retired baseball player (Kevin Costner). This poignant comedy about tangled family ties features strong acting by Allen and Costner, as well as the actors portraying the daughters. Keri Russell also stars. (2005), R (language), 118 minutes.

Sunday, October 30, 2 pm—GEORGIA O’KEEFFE

Joan Allen stars as 20th-century painter Georgia O’Keeffe in this Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated biopic that follows the artist’s tempestuous relationship with her lover and eventual husband Alfred Steiglitz (Jeremy Irons), a New York photographer and art promoter. Though their marriage weathers long absences and extramarital affairs, O’Keeffe prefers solitude in New Mexico, where she creates her greatest work. Stellar acting by Allen and Irons. (2009), NR, 89 minutes.

Sunday, October 30, 7 pm—EIGHT BELOW

When an accident forces a trio of Antarctic scientists to leave behind their team of sled dogs, the animals must survive a cruel and punishing winter on their own. Based on a true story, Eight Below is an engrossing adventure with gorgeous vistas of the Antarctic wilderness. The film is highlighted by the remarkable interactions among the dogs as they fend for themselves and try to survive. Will the scientists be able to return in time to rescue these courageous, smart and amazing canines? (2006), PG, 120 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, October 16, 2 p.m.: Rams, (2015), R, 93 minutes. (In Icelandic.) Sunday, October 16, 7 p.m.: In America, (2002), PG-13, 103 minutes. Sunday, October 23, 2 p.m.: Money Monster, (2016), R, 98 minutes. Sunday, October 23, 7 p.m.: The Upside of Anger, (2005), R, 118 minutes. Sunday, October 30, 2 p.m.: Georgia O’Keeffe (2009), NR, 89 minutes. Sunday, October 30, 7 p.m.: Eight Below, (2006), PG, 120 minutes.

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

nJim Brewer

October 16: Paul Gullixon What About All Those Down-Ballot Races Facing Voters This Year?

The November election will be one of the most important in years and not just because of the ClintonTrump race for the White House. California voters will be looking at a long ballot possibly including more than a dozen propositions, ranging from the full legalization of marijuana and a repeal of the death penalty to a $2 tax on cigarettes and a lifting of bans on plastic bags. Locally, residents also are looking at an array of ballot measures including tax increases for the county and the city, as well as competitive races for city council and school board. Paul Gullixson, Editorial Director for The Press Democrat, will give an overview of the state and local ballots.

October 23: Michele Anna Jordan Sonoma’s Table: How We Eat Now

Sonoma County is one of the most fertile regions in the world, with rich diverse soils and dozens of microclimates that make it possible to grow a tremendous variety of crops. Farm animals, too, thrive here. In this symposium presentation popular culinary media figure Michele Anna Jordan will focus on our local food web, exploring the various ways this natural abundance shapes the way we feed ourselves and each other. Jordan is an award-winning writer and chef, operates, a website that gathers together her passion for writing, home cooking, and Sonoma County. The site augments her work for The Press Democrat, and her radio show Mouthful, in its 21st year on KRCB-FM.

October 30: Quinton Martins Tracking the Big Cats in Sonoma County

The ACR Mountain Lion Project, a community-based research and education project in the Mayacamas Mountains of Sonoma and Napa, is studying the movement of mountain lions fitted with GPS collars within an area that encompasses approximately 1,000 square miles. In this symposium presentation, ACR’s principal investigator on the Project, Dr. Quinton Martins, will talk about the Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) Mountain Lion Project and his work with other large carnivores around the world.


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



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

Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for sale. Professional repairs, service. Many years servicing our friends in Oakmont. 584-5488.



Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, computer instructor. References available, many satisfied Oakmont customers. $45/hr. 293-8011.

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



Emergency services, regular service, water heaters, clogs, remodels, repair. Local business, owner-operated. Call (707) 933-7801 or (707) 800-2043.

Group coaching for cancer survivors. Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Register at or 536-9323. Coupon code OAKMONT50 for 50% discount.


Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call angel, 707-239-1241.


All trades, little fix-its and prickly puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, REGISTERED NURSE Retired RN/Oakmont resident available assemblies, gardening and pruning too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since for all your health care needs. 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, References. Call Alexis at 791-3566. 539-5217.


Private Home Health provider with 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, hardworking, dependable. All aspects of in-home care. Will care for you like Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. references. License #527924. Call References available. Call Olive, (707) 539-3196. 393-0446.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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

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

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM October 16–31 Sonia Moore 539-4119 November 1–15 Beverly Rodman 539-2658 Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Andie Altman, President

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


SUMMER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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


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

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

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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.

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

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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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



Schedules available at OVA office.

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

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Brings You a Presentation on Medicare nMarsha Zolkower

Toxic Waste Collection nMarsha Zolkower


Join us for: Navigating the Medicare Landscape. You may be entitled to additional savings and greater healthcare benefits! Learn about the changes impacting health insurance options in

your area. Attend this informative seminar to learn more about how you can: reduce your prescription drug costs, save money on your healthcare and dental expenses and access quality healthcare providers and facilities. And more! SPEAKERS: Stephanie J Curry and Rey Frimmersdorf RSVP:

Larry Vuckovich Concert

The Music of Benny Goodman, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa and Vince Guaraldi nDolora DeGeer

Returning by popular demand, noted jazz pianist Larry Vuckovich brings his world-class sextet ensemble to Oakmont. The only student of legendary pianist Vince Guaraldi, Larry will play Guaraldi’s famous piece “Cast Your Fate to the Winds.” The group will also bring back music from Benny Goodman’s famous Carnegie Hall concert, as well as many selections from one of the great areas in jazz.

The musicians in this ensemble are world-class players that have toured and performed with famous bands worldwide. Among the top sextet numbers are outstanding clarinetist Noel Jewkes, playing Goodman’s role; swing vibraphonist Tommy Kesecker, saluting Lionel Hampton; guitarist Jeff Massanari, emulating Charlie Christian; and outstanding bassist Jeff Chambers. Please join us for this outstanding jazz concert. WHAT: Larry Vuckovich, presented by Blues and Beyond Band WHEN: Thursday, October 27, 3–4:30 p.m.; doors open 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center TICKETS: $25

Tuesday, november 15 west rec. parking lot

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec. parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 2–7 p.m. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never mix chemicals. Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/ needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. NOT ACCEPTED: explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics, business waste. Please call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions,

JAZZ AT OAKMONT reservation coupon Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________________________________________

Submit this coupon with payment to OVA Office and place in the Jazz Concert folder, or mail to the OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa and mark “Jazz Concert” on the outside of the envelope. Make checks payable to Jazz at Oakmont.

Community “Homeless Talk” nMarsha Zolkower

Thursday, November 10, 1–2:30 pm East Rec.

Why are so many people homeless in the Santa Rosa area? Do you know someone who is homeless? Are you aware of what is being done in the Santa Rosa area for our homeless population? What more could be done to help homeless by the community, governmental agencies and by the homeless themselves? “Homeless Talk” is a series of group discussions scheduled this fall throughout Santa Rosa, organized by a coalition of local social service agencies, community and neighborhood groups, schools, businesses, religious congregations, and representatives from the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma, along with members of Santa Rosa Together and Homeless Action! organizations. Oakmonters are invited to attend a group discussion on area homelessness on Thursday, November 10. The meeting will be facilitated by trained professionals who will guide discussion, seek input and questions, and welcome commentary without judgment. Results from all community meetings will be collated and a public report prepared to help guide future community response to homeless issues. Light refreshments will be served. More information is available on the “Homeless Talk Santa Rosa” Facebook page or call Oakmont meeting coordinator Carolyn Greene at 791-7497.


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