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Employee Appreciation Fund New This Year nStaff Report

From the smiling welcomes in our front office to the meticulous care of our facilities and grounds, OVA’s employees come to work every day with one mission – making Oakmont the best place to live and play. Each year as the holiday season approaches, many Oakmonters ask, “What can we do to recognize the work of OVA employees?” This year the OVA Board is shining a spotlight on the dedication of our amazing 15 non-management employees—a way for a member to join together with a special “Well done!” A new Employee Appreciation Fund has been created to give the non-management team members a little extra pat on the back through a holiday bonus gift. Donations will be distributed at year-end. Participation is, of course, voluntary. Members who wish to make a donation—however large or small— may contribute via check by Dec. 1 to: 6575 Oakmont Drive (OVA Office). Please make checks payable to OVA and in the lower left corner of the check memo that it is for EMP APP Fund (OVA Employee Appreciation Fund.) We can’t shout our thanks loud enough. It’s hoped this fund puts a little extra cheer into the season for a very deserving group of employees.

Comedy Club Evening at the Berger

Comedian Stephen B entertains from the Berger Center stage Saturday evening, Sept. 17. His appearance in a cabaret format was an OVA Comedy Club presentation, hosted by the Oakmont Village Association. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

Now: Alerts to New Stories Like an E-mail alert when new stories are posted on the Oakmont News website? Just send your E-mail address, asking OVA to add you to the alert list to and we’ll start sending you alerts. (The newspaper regularly posts fresh stories between print editions.)

October 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 19

Oakmont Photographer is “Hometown Hero” nJim Brewer

For some 30 years, Oakmont resident Bob Starkey has been helping people deal with dying and loss, beginning with those suffering with AIDS in San Francisco and later with those suffering with the loss of their beloved pets.

Way Cleared for New Path to Trione-Annadel Park nAl Haggerty

Work is scheduled to begin Dec. 10 on volunteer construction of a path giving Oakmont clean access to Trione-Annadel State Park. Access was threatened when Brad Benson posted “no trespassing” signs on the paved road through his property near the Community Garden, which bicyclists and pedestrians long have used between the park and Stone Bridge Road. The new path, described at an Oakmont Village Association board meeting Sept. 20, will run on OVA open space property west of the Benson RV parcel, from the area of the Community Garden to a gravel fire road that ties into the northeast corner of the city treatment plant. From there, people can reach the bridge leading into the park. The OVA Board had voted unanimously Aug. 16 to work toward developing the new path pending approval by the city and Oakmont attorneys and insurers. Those approvals are now in place. Hugh Helm, who has been working with the city on the project for several years, told the board that the path will be a 4-foot-wide strip running less than 400 feet. After leveling of a bumpy, weed-strewn landscape, the path will consist of small gravel which will compact with use, Helm said. He said the project, which will be overseen by a professional with experience in this type work, will require the help of Oakmont volunteers. Tools will be provided, he said. Helm said that while the path will be open to the public, he recommended that “no trespassing” signs be posted so that Oakmont is seen as “not openly allowing” access. Currently the only legal access for Oakmont residents to Annadel is through Wild Oak, a gated community which is open only to Wild Oak residents. Wild Oak bans bicyclists, but not pedestrians. The paved, wider Benson road was posted, but its owner did not immediately shut down access. If it were closed, the nearby OVA path would have to be shared by cyclists and walkers. See board meeting on page 3 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Bob with Zoe.

Starkey was honored in September by Santa Rosa radio station KZST as one of its celebrated Hometown Heroes for his work helping people deal with grief. Starkey, who is skilled in Shamanic healing and breath work techniques, is a well known photographer whose photos often appear in the Oakmont News. His Facebook page dedicated to his beloved dog Zoe gained international attention. He also was instrumental in establishing “Zoe’s Trail” in Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen, which winds past a new picnic table dedicated to her. “I don’t consider myself a hero,” Starkey told the Oakmont News. “I consider those I’ve worked with— humans and dogs—to be my heroes.” To hear the KZST heroes dedication go to: https://

New to Oakmont? This Is for You nStaff Report

All new residents in Oakmont are invited to a reception and program at the Berger Center, Thursday morning, October 6 at 10 a.m. You will learn more about life in the community and how Oakmont Village Association operates. Have your questions answered, discover the highlights of living in Oakmont and meet fellow newcomers. The speaker will be OVA Manager Cassie Turner. People new to Oakmont in the last six months have received written invitations by mail. Tenants and others who have never attended a new resident’s reception are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.


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Volunteer Opportunities

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Board President Andie Altman, in an opening statement, said she would “like to see and help restore the community strength that exists here, but is now being cloaked by ongoing disagreements that must be resolved. The risks are too high to not address and fix this now.” As part of this effort, she said, the board brought to the meeting Sandra Gottleib, an OVA attorney with expertise in homeowner association law, “to evaluate and assist the board in helping us to move forward and also learn how to properly navigate our board meetings.” Referring to recent rancorous board meetings as proposals for pickleball courts were debated, Altman said, there is agreement that “these meetings were not what we want to experience and they have not been easy to sit through...” She called the problems, issues and opportunities facing the board “extreme and beyond the scope of the board’s or my understanding as to how to solve them.” Altman called the issues “very complicated and potentially dangerous and we want to be sure we do this right. Protecting the Oakmont Village Association is our first and absolutely highest priority. Sometimes it even becomes our only priority.”


In its ongoing effort to determine the future of Berger Center, the board said it would make a final decision at its Oct. 4 meeting on the future role of the Central Project Committee, which has been collecting and analyzing the use of Oakmont facilities and what changes are needed. Director Herm Hermann, chair of the CPC, suggested advertising in the Oakmont News for people with planning and construction experience to join the committee. There was general agreement that there is an urgent need to move forward on the future of Berger, the community’s main gathering place.


The board unanimously approved a contract with Blue Mountain Repair and Construction of Vacaville

to remodel the new OVA office space in the building behind Umpqua Bank on Oakmont Drive for approximately $144,000. Blue Mountain, which works for homeowner associations throughout California, is expected to start the work in October, with a move-in date no later than mid-December. The board approved spending $10,827 on two card readers at the East Recreation Center, one at the front door and the second at the bottom of the steps leading from the center’s main entrance down to the pool. Neither location now has key card entry. Altman said vandalism issues were a reason for adding key card access there. It also approved spending $11,362 on a replacement combination mower/shaver for the lawn bowling green pending further investigation into the possibility of replacing the lawn with a synthetic surface, which would eliminate the need for the new equipment. The East Rec. swimming pool fence is scheduled for replacement the first week in October, Manager Cassie Turner told the board. Temporary fencing will be used as the old fence is removed so that no pool closure is expected. Plastering and saline conversion at the East and Central Pools could be scheduled for the Spring of 2017 if approved, Turner said. She invited residents to send her comments on the proposed changes at the two pools. The West Rec. pool was converted earlier. The West Rec. tennis courts are due for resurfacing starting in early October with the work taking about two weeks, during which time the courts will be closed. During the monthly meeting open forum, residents called attention to rat infestation problems and asked the board to develop a program to address the issue. One resident said he spent $700 on professional service over five weeks, killed 15 rats and still has the problem. He blamed much of the problem on compost piles and urged that they be banned. The board also approved new tennis court rules, which were published in the Aug. 15 and Sept. 1 Oakmont News. Watch the meeting online at

Capital improvement project

OVA soon will commence a capital improvement project that involves our multi-purpose Berger Center. We will be looking for members to assist with this project who have experience in commercial construction management and operations, architecture, structural engineering, large project design/ build or similar. Team members should be comfortable working in a collaborative setting. The project will gain more definition in the next two months. This is our initial search for members who wish to volunteer for this exciting and vital project. Please E-mail OVA Manager Cassie Turner if interested:

Calling All Photographers!

Your photo can be the one featured on the front cover of the 2017 Oakmont Telephone Directory or one of the photos within. It must be taken in 1080 X 1920 high definition and in color. This is open to Oakmont residents only. All submissions must be digital and photos are preferably ones of places in Oakmont. Please send by E-mail to

nLinda Rubio

Architectural Committee

Rocky Road Ahead: Proceed with Caution

Oakmont Architectural Guidelines and Standards require an adequately maintained and attractive appearance for homes and landscape. Maintaining the appearance of our community and enhancing the overall value of properties is the goal of the committee. Roadblocks to obtaining these goals are failure to submit an application, failure to follow the plan on an approved application, and failure to follow the guidelines. There is growing concern over the abundance of rock being used as landscaping material in violation of the 15% limit per CC&Rs Art. III, Section 2(q). With drought conditions still an issue, some may believe that decorative rock is the answer. However, rock retains heat causing the temperature of the soil to rise and stresses plants with reflected heat. Bark and organic mulches retain more moisture than rock, cool the underlying soil and add nutrients. Violations for excessive use of rock will be issued as inspections progress. Brown grass which has been acceptable during the drought, must be replaced by approved landscaping when the entire lawn is dead. Bare earth is a cause of moisture loss from the soil and must be covered and landscaped. There are many options for drought tolerant plants appropriate for our climate and attractive for landscaping. There is a comprehensive list of drought tolerant plants available in the Architectural Office. Sonoma Master Gardeners’ website is one of many resources readily available. Ongoing site inspections by the Architectural Committee will be looking for violations of the guidelines and standards. Residents are encouraged to review the requirements and consult the architectural office with questions. Always file an application and obtain approval before making a modification to your property. Blindly following what your neighbor is doing is not the answer.


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The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

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nJim Brewer

This season the Sunday Symposium is reducing the requested weekly donation from $3 to $2. Annual passes will continue to be available at a price of $40. In addition, on a trial basis, we are offering free coffee and tea from our friends at The Vault Cafe. It will be served beginning shortly after 10 a.m. for the first four Sundays of the season. Baked goods will be available for purchase as well.

October 2: Andrew Merrifield The 2016 Election: Implication for the Presidency, Congress and the US

Uncertainty is probably the only thing that is certain about the impact of the 2016 elections. Professor Andy Merrifield of the Sonoma State University Political Science Department, a frequent commentator in local and national media, will help make sense one of the most volatile campaign seasons in our lifetime. Merrifield has been teaching in higher education for nearly 40 years—30 of them at Sonoma State. His research areas have included the policies of Teddy Roosevelt and Jimmy Carter and the corruption scandals of Watergate and Iran-Contra.

October 9: Peter Verbiscar Global Partners Sustainable Solutions for Community Development

Rohnert Park-based Global Partners works handin-hand with grassroots organizations in East Africa to provide individualized, sustainable solutions to the most pressing problems in their communities. This symposium presentation will be a multimedia exploration of the needs of communities in Tanzania, Uganda, and Kenya as well as various projects that are ongoing in those areas. Global Partners focuses on promoting community development by partnering with local people on projects related to education, health, water and women’s empowerment.

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.

SIR Branch #92 nJim Knapp, Little SIR

Oktoberfest SIR 92 Luncheon

With pleasure, SIR Branch 92 here in Oakmont announces the speaker for our October 11 meeting in Berger Center. Ron Lindenbusch of Lagunitas Brewing Company will fill us in on the history, romance, and chemistry of beer making. He will also share with us the history of the local brewery that became a national brand with a second brewery in Chicago. His presentation will no doubt be very interesting to us Sons In Retirement, embellished with a sample of their products donated by Lagunitas. SIR Branch 92 meets on the second Tuesday of the month, starting at 11:15 p.m. with a social hour, followed by a catered luncheon and an interesting presentation. Sons In Retirement is a social club for retired gentlemen, and we host our ladies in June for ladies’ day, and for our annual Holiday Dance in December. Any gentlemen in the area are invited to attend and explore the possibility of joining. Luncheons are $20, and annual dues are $25. For more information contact me at (415) 336-8844.

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Letter to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise. Dear Editor and Fellow Oakmonters, One of my jobs with Fawn Rescue is to publicize our activities in or near Oakmont. I would like to let everyone know about our Fall Festival to be held Sunday, October 9. The time is from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and the location is a private residence just down the highway at 600 Lawndale Road. Everyone is invited and there should be plenty of parking. The Festival will include live music, food, exhibits, games for all ages, wildlife education, a raffle and a silent auction. This is our big opportunity to thank Oakmonters and others for their help and support over the years and to continue our vital fundraising efforts. As most know, Fawn Rescue is a non-profit organization that receives no government or public funds. We operate exclusively in Sonoma County and rescue many fawns here in Oakmont. Please help us celebrate and support our delightful black-tailed friends, learn more about fawn behavior and enjoy a lovely fall afternoon. Bob Stinson

SR Seeks Public Input Here nStaff Report

Santa Rosa’s Community Advisory Board is asking for public ideas about roads, traffic, affordable housing and other city matters at a public meeting in Oakmont Wednesday, Oct. 19 from noon until 1:30 p.m. in Room B at the Central Activities Center. The board, urging residents to be part of the solution, is seeking ideas and suggestions about how the city should be investing our community’s limited resources. It is one of eight public meetings around the city, with the invitation: “Let’s Shape the Future of Santa Rosa.”


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Oakmont Progressives Volunteer Helpers Announce New Program nMarianne Neufeld

Beginning October 1, the Volunteers Helpers are starting a pilot program, “Rides within Oakmont.” This service will provide rides to any event or service within Oakmont, such as the bank, library, gym or movies, for Oakmont residents who are unable to drive. If you would like a ride within Oakmont, call the coordinator listed in OVH’s notice in the Oakmont News which appears on the inside of the back page for “Rides within Oakmont.” The only requirement is that you call at least three working days before you need a driver. At the present we are limiting rides to one per resident per week. We will do our best to accommodate your request. If you have questions about this service, please call me at 528-0161. For information on being a Volunteer Driver, please contact me at 528-0161 or

nVince Taylor

November Election Special on Monday, October 10

The Oakmont Progressives will be holding a very special meeting on October 10 to help you understand some of the multitude of ballot choices. The meeting will emphasize two areas: local election candidates and both local and statewide ballot propositions. Three candidates for Santa Rosa City Council, Julie Combs, Chris Rogers and Jack Tibbets, will be there, as well as Jason Carter, candidate for First District County Board of Education. Each will make a brief presentation and answer questions. Our meeting will also tackle the plethora of propositions. Statewide propositions alone will total 17! Additionally, Sonoma County has its own propositions, including one to ban the growing of GMO plants in the county. We promise to help you better understand your choices in this important election. Mark your calendar for Monday, October 10, 7 p.m. at the East Rec. Center.

What’s the Truth about Genetically Engineered Foods (GMOs)? Thursday, October 6

“GMOs are completely safe.” “GMOs threaten our future!” Two sides of a heated controversy that inflames strong passions on both sides. Where does the truth lie? The answer to this question is now

extremely timely, because there will be a measure on the November ballot to ban growing of genetically modified plants in Sonoma County. Steven Drucker will give a talk in Oakmont based on his recently published book, Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public. The title certainly tells on which side he stands, but what evidence does he have for his assertions of subversion, corruption, and deceit? Apparently the evidence comes from a lawsuit Mr. Drucker initiated that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files on genetically engineered (GE) foods. They revealed that politically influenced administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the abnormal risks, misrepresented the facts, and then ushered these novel products onto the market in violation of explicit mandates of federal food safety law. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about why GMOs are so controversial. WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center Doors will open for above events at 6:30 p.m. for social time. Sign up at to have a printed name tag, get on our E-mail list, or just help us prepare for the appropriate number of people. Any questions, contact me at 583-9490. The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.

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The Enocureans

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Summer has been good to the Enocureans. We celebrated its start with a fun family-style Peruvian dinner at Sazon in Santa Rosa. In August we headed to Sonoma for a lovely Italian dinner under the stars at the historic Depot Hotel Restaurant. And we toasted to this and all summers past at our mini-retreat at the Westerbeke Ranch, where we spent some fun quality time playing petanque, drinking good wines, eating delicious Romantic moment at the food and bonding. Depot Hotel Restaurant.

Winners of the petanque tournament at the Westerbeke Ranch.

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Golf News

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The Oakmont Golf Club is a seven-days-a-week operation with our KemperSports department heads working five or six days each week. But, what do they enjoy doing when they do get time off? Mike Ash, our General Manager, loves to go trout fishing, especially in mountain streams. He spends time with his immediate family, including visits with other family members. Mike enjoys yard and garden projects. And, when he has the time, he really likes playing golf with his buddies. John Theilade, our Director of Golf, regularly attends church worship on Sundays. He volunteers at the Redwood Gospel Mission in Santa Rosa. John enjoys playing golf with his wife, Marie. And if they have two days off, they go on motor home trips, taking their dog, to places like Bodega Bay. Rich Treglia, Director of Food and Beverage, grows grapes to make his own wine. He also assists others in learning the craft of wine making. When he and his wife have the same day off they like to go to movies and do other things together. That includes going out to Bodega Bay with their two dogs. Heather Peterson, Director of Sales and Marketing, regularly takes Tuesdays and Thursday off. On Tuesday she enjoys spending time with her stepson, and on Thursday she gets to spend time with her husband, Tucker. Not only do they do house and yard chores together, they are working hard getting the baby nursery ready for the December birth of their child. Heather and Tucker also enjoy taking little camping trips with their two dogs. Andy Trinkino, our Superintendent, often meets with, assists and plays golf with his fellow superintendents in northern California. He enjoys family trips, going to places like Carmel, as well as camping trips to parks in California—taking their old but trusty four-person tent. And, if Andy really has some free time, he likes to return to his hobby of black and white photography. Louisa Wycoff is our newest team member, holding the position of Controller. She is a single mother of two teenage boys, both athletes. Currently, they are each playing football for the Cardinal Newman High School. So, Louisa spends a lot of her time at football games and practices and helping with homework. There’s time for fun, too. Over the Labor Day weekend she got to attend the Melissa Etheridge concert at the Green Music Center.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY

September is a busy month for both Women’s Clubs! The annual Invitational put on by OWGS (Tuesday) was held on September 20. Look for those results in the next issue. September 6: We held a Guest Day and practiced the format of the Invitational, playing holes 1–9 as the Better Ball of the partners on each team. Holes 10–18 were a Step Aside Scramble. Both are really great games to play as a team and we all had a good time! Here are the results: First flight: first, team of Leslie Clark, Ginny Manos, Kathy Mokricky and Jean Reed; second tie, team of Joan Seliga, Patty Buchholz, Marie Delganes and MaryAnn Gibbs, and team of Kris Peters, Kathy Moranda, Kelly Downey and Carol Locke. Second flight: first, team of Becky Hulick, Diane Tucker, Nancy Shaw and Susan Hazelwood; second tie, team of Mary Jobson, Shy Baxter, Ellie Baciocco and Jane O’Toole, and team of Cindy Carroll, Barbara Robinson, Tammy Siela and Linda Frediani. Club Champion Kathy September 13: Joan Mocricky (left) and Net Seliga was low gross of Champion Yoshi Smith. the field of 23 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second, Judy Duport; third, Ginny Manos; fourth, Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first, Laurie Vree; second, Chris Carter; third tie, Charlene Buchold and Piilani Edwards; fifth, Elaine Foote. Third flight: first tie, Ellie Baciocco and Carol Locke; third, Dee Johnson; fourth, Vanita Collins. Please look for the results of the Yearlong Eclectic on the Tuesday bulletin board in the Clubroom.


September 1, 2, and 8 were the dates of the TOWGC (Thursday) Club Championship. The overall low gross winner and new Club Champion is Kathy Mokricky! The Net Champion is Yoshi Smith! Congratulations Kathy and Yoshi for prevailing over this three-day tournament! The flight winners are listed below: First flight: first tie, Sallie Wood and Kris Peters; third, Kelly Downey; fourth, Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Ginny Manos; second tie, Marie Pierce and Laura Bellows; fourth, Judy Duport. Third flight: first tie, Carol Sharpe and Laurie Vree; third, Chris Carter; fourth tie, Cindy Carroll and Leslie Wiener. Please look for the results of the Yearlong Eclectic on the Thursday bulletin board in the Clubroom.


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The divot sanding crew, headed by Walt Brown, is still in need for more volunteers. They meet every other Thursday morning at 8 a.m., weather permitting, and sand fill divots for nine holes on one of our courses. It only takes about one hour to complete the nine holes. It’s a great way to meet and socialize with some of our golfers and it helps keep our courses in good condition. Give Walt a call at 5370572 and join in on the fun. By the time you read this we will have crowned our 2016 Club Champion. More on this next article. We have started our Fall Eclectic Tournament. The final sign-up date is October 10. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for September 5 Individual Low Net, 30 Players

First place: Tony Apolloni, net 29.5. Second place: Charlie Perotti, net 30. Third place tie: Garth Stevick and Alan Stewart, both with a net 30.5. Fifth place tie: Jim Norem, Joe Lash, Rich Silvas, Don Schulte and Joe Di Benedetto, all with a net 31. Tenth place tie: Dan Levin and Greg Carpenter, both with a net 31.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Dan Levin, 20’9”; Alan Stewart, 34’3”; Pat Hart, 57’0”.

Sweeps Results for September 12 Individual Low Net, First Round Club Championship, 24 Players

First place: Dan Sienes, net 29.5. Second place: Charlie Perotti, net 31. Third place: Tony D’Agosta, net 31.5. Fourth place tie: Rich Silvas and Ron Bickert, both with a net 32. Sixth place tie: Pat Hart, Tom Finnerty and Wayne Mickaelian, all with a net 32.5. Ninth place: Joe Lash, net 33. Closest-to-the-pin: Charlie Perotti, 20’1”.

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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

On Thursdays, September 1 and 8, 16 ladies completed in the Club Championship Event on the East Course. Congratulations to two of our new members who became the 2016 Champions: Barbara Goodman with gross 91 and Debbie Jaffe with net 69.

Barbara Goodman and Debbie Jaffe.

The event was followed by the General Meeting to decide the officers for next year and to talk about the future of the club, etc. Next event will be the Halloween Tournament and Luncheon at the Quail Inn on Thursday, October 27. Looking forward to seeing the parade of costumes. WRENS News: Installation of officers and meeting will be November 9 at Oakmont. Poster and sign-up sheet will be on the WRENS bulletin board soon!


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight: first, John Weston, 60; second tie, Mike Hull and Charlie Huff, 64. Second flight: first, Rick Yates, 60; second tie, Noel Schween and Chuck Wood, 64. Third flight: first tie, Dennis DeSousa and Gary Novak, 62. Fourth flight: first, Rick Warfel, 57; second, Bob Ayers, 61. Fifth flight: first, Bob Siela, 60; second, Dan Sienes, 64. Sixth flight: first, Scott Ricci, 64; second tie, Bob Flores and Art Hastings, 66. Seventh flight: first, Lewis Gross, 55; second tie, Frank James and Rodi Martinelli, 59. Closest-to-the-pins 1: #8—Chuck Wood, 6’1”; #11— Rick Yates, 8’1”; #16—Noel Schween, 11’6”. Closest-to-the-pins 2: #8—Chuck Mendenhall, 22’4”; #11—Bob Siela, 15’11”; #16—Rick Warfel, 6’3”.


First flight: first, Charlie Huff, 58; second, Bucky Peterson, 60. Second flight: first, John Williston, 62; second, Wayne Mickaelian, 64. Third flight: first, Gary Novak, 56; second, Bill Smith, 68. Fourth flight: first, Ed Pierson, 63; second, Bob Ayers, 65. Fifth flight: first tie, Bob Carter and Dan Sienes, 62. Sixth flight: first, Art Hastings, 65; second, Jim Spangler, 66. Seventh flight: first, Frank James, 58; second, Lewis Gross, 65. Closest-to-the-pins 1: #8—Alan McLintock, 8’7”; #11—John Williston, 16’8”; #16—Chuck Wood, 7’10”. Closest-to-the-pins 2: #8—Rick Warfel, 10’2”; #11— Gary Stone, 50’3”; #16—Dan Sienes, 21’6”.


First flight: Low Gross—John Weston, 71 + 74 = 145; Low Net—Charlie Huff, 64 + 58 = 122. Second flight: Low Gross—John Williston, 81 + 78 = 159; Low Net—Rick Yates, 60 + 69 = 129. Third flight: Low Gross—Gary Novak, 82 + 70 = 152; Low Net—Dennis DeSousa, 62 + 71 = 133. Fourth flight: Low Gross—Rick Warfel, 77 + 89 = 166; Low Net—Bob Ayers, 61 + 65 = 126. Fifth flight: Low Gross—Bob Siela, 83 + 92 = 175; Low Net—Dan Sienes, 64 + 62 = 126. Sixth flight: Low Gross—Rich Silvas, 94 + 94 = 188; Low Net—Art Hastings, 66 + 65 = 131. Seventh flight: Low Gross—Frank James, 89 + 88 = 177; Low Net—Lewis Gross, 55 + 65 = 120.


Your Board of Directors has voted to limit the Hole-in-One awards to $500 for members playing in Wednesday Sweeps events only. This eliminates the $100 award for members playing other than Sweeps events. In Wednesday Sweeps events we will continue to move the ball to grass in the fairway only. Play it down in the rough. The East Course Mixer, originally scheduled for October 19, has been moved up to October 12. Sign-up sheets will be available at both Pro Shops in a week, so check for them and sign up. Lunch will follow.


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

Tuesday, October 11, 1 pm East Rec. Center Lip Reading and Listening

Dr. Peter Marincovich teaches a class at SRJC on Lip Reading/Listening Skills. He will give an abbreviated form of the class described here: “Lip Reading/Listening Skills classes are designed to show how the person with hearing loss (the listener) is the one in control of the person speaking (the talker), and how the listener is the one in control of the communication cycle. We teach listening skills that prepare, maintain, and repair conversations: the basics of communication control through the use of what we call, ‘Listener Stratagems.’ “Stratagems will help you remember the things we are teaching. These stratagems, in turn, may ultimately be used to communicate more effectively. To learn lip reading skills, you need to learn good communication skills.”

Microphones and hearing in Oakmont

Proper usage of our audio/visual systems is critical for attendees to know what is being discussed. Microphones are important elements in our meeting rooms. Not speaking directly into them is a major problem. Our mikes lose speech clarity when held more than six inches from the mouth and overemphasize the low sounds when closer than 1-2 inches. Holding it properly does not come easily without practice so an infrequent user has to pay special attention to its position while talking. Many infrequent users wave the mike around as they use their hands to illustrate their points—not a good way to make a point with the poor sound. Microphones are delicate instruments and warrant careful handling. Banging it to get its obedience is counterproductive; treat it gently. Be aware that our portable mikes take a moment to make the wireless connection before they are live—so after switching it on, wait a moment for it to make that connection. Everyone deserves to hear what is going on. If you can’t clearly understand what is being said, -raise and wave an arm around to signal the speaker or meeting leader that a problem exists. If you can’t hear you can be sure that there are others with the same problem Let’s be conscious of hearing in our meetings and classes and be quick to take or request whatever action is needed. Many Oakmonters have trouble hearing but deserve to hear if our systems and techniques can do the job . Unfortunately, there are some people who have no understanding or empathy with those of us not able to decipher what is being said. There are also individuals who are having trouble hearing but don’t take the steps to optimize their own situation with hearing aids or whatever is needed. 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 (

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Oakmont Art Association

Oakmont’s November 11 Veterans Day Parade Should Be The Most Rousing Yet

nCarol Decker


“Art Under the Oaks,” our 2016 show, will be held October 14 and 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artist registration closed on September 23. Art intake will be on Thursday, October 13 from 10 a.m.–12 noon in Berger Center, followed by show set-up. Postcards are still available. Contact me at A wine and cheese reception will be held on Saturday, October 15 from 3–5 p.m. at which time the raffle drawing will take place and the silent auction winners will be announced. These events yield the funds for our 2017 art scholarships. The 2016 SRJC Art Scholars have been chosen. They are Donna Farren, Phoenix Ritchie and Meighan Visco. Each will receive a check for $2,000 to further their education at four-year institutions. Phoenix has been accepted at California College of the Arts and Meighan at UC Berkeley. The recipients will be on hand at the art show to receive their awards. This year we are honoring the memory of Sharon Oswald, who made many contributions to the success of the art association over the years—as an artist, board member and chair of the art show for several years.


The museum is going to be closed on Wednesdays after September 16, so we had to change the date of our Art Association Tour from Wednesday, Nov. 30 to Thursday, Dec. 1. 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 have already signed up 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 honora@sonic. net or phone or text her at 596-0593.


Classes with Ron Brown, Ikebana master, resumed on September 30. Classes are held in the Art Room at the CAC, from 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Fridays of the month. Cost is $15 per session.

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study

nNancy Crosby

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 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

nJeff Davis

Every year more and more Oakmont residents have turned out to celebrate our veterans with a grand parade. Sponsored by OVA, Oakmont Gardens and the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, this year’s event on Friday, November 11, should be the best. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the Berger Center, winds its way up Oakmont Drive, along Oak Trail Drive, around Oak Trail Circle, then Oak Leaf Drive and back to Berger. The parade will be followed by a big celebration at the Berger Center hosted by the Oakmont Gardens staff. Your participation is needed to make this the biggest celebration we’ve ever had. Some ideas:

Veterans to Ride in the Parade

Ride, don’t walk! Call Oakmont Automotive, 5395800, and ask for Robin. She will sign you up to ride in the parade. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know now in what vehicle you will ride. All that will be worked out in the next few weeks by Robin and the parade crew. All veterans (any service, any time frame) are welcome. Don’t be modest.

Vehicles to Carry Veterans and Decorations

Convertibles, classic cars, utility vehicles, golf carts—use your imagination. Every veteran in the parade will need something to ride in as well as those who would just like to be in the parade. Fill out the form below and bring it to the Vets Day Parade folder in the OVA Office.

Neighborhood Groups to Cheer On the Parade

What’s a parade without a cheering crowd? Maybe you don’t live on the parade route. Why don’t you get a few families in the neighborhood to gather at a spot along the route and get excited? Bring flags, banners, signs to wave. If you live on the route it should be even easier to get together a cheering crowd to help the parade along. There’s a lot of space along the route for participants and the map of the parade route will include approximate times for the parade to reach different points along the route. There will be more details as we get closer to Nov. 11 but start to talk it up now.

Enjoy the Post-parade Party

The celebration after the parade will hosted by Oakmont Gardens in the Berger Center. There will be a color guard and introductions of the grand marshal and other veterans and refreshments for all. Honor our veterans and enjoy yourself at the same time. See you there.


Parade to be held on Friday, November 11, 1 p.m.

Name: __________________________________________________________ Phone: ______________________ E-mail: ___________________________________________________________ Vehicle (golf cart, convertible, antique car, car, make and year): _____________________________________ _____________________________________________________________ Room for a veteran? 1____ or 2____ Please place this form in the Veterans Day Parade folder in the OVA Office by Nov. 8. For questions regarding entries, please call Pat Veuve at 843-3290.

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Start of Work on Pickleball Courts Closer to Reality


nAl Haggerty

Jim Mogck, 5-year Oakmont resident, passed away August 17. Dennis James Cronin, 19-year Oakmont resident, passed away September 11 Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

nDonna Kaiser

With city permits expected as early as mid-October, the contractor is poised to begin work on the longawaited and debated pickleball courts near the Berger Center. Contracts totaling $333,711 were approved at a special OVA Board meeting Sept. 10. The two motions needed to approve the contracts passed 4-2, with directors Ellen Leznik and Gloria Young voting no. Director Elke Strunka was absent.

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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In order to comply with its previous vote to spend up to $310,000 on the project, the board accepted a $16,131 donation from the Pickleball Club and subtracted the $7,850 cost of a city-mandated ADA access ramp at the corner of Oakmont and White Oak Drives, which is not directly related to the pickleball courts. Director Herm Hermann said amortizing a total cost of $400,000, which includes approximately $75,000 previously spent on planning the courts, over 20 years amounts to 54 cents per resident per month. He called this “a drop in the bucket” and said the “vitriol” expressed over the project was “exceedingly unnecessary.” Director John Felton, who earlier had filed the application for a city permit for the project, said at the time: “I’m happy with the progress. I think we are getting close to creating an excellent facility for the community.” He said a clerk at the city office guessed that a permit would be issued in four to six weeks. Board President Andie Altman said the special meeting was necessary because the full board would not be available again until mid-October due to vacation schedules. In a statement to the Oakmont News, she stressed the need to schedule grading work “before the weather changes and more delays would impact this project.” “At this time of the year,” Altman continued, “every week can make a difference and once we have our permit we would like our general contractor to begin work. This project has been in the works for one month shy of three years and we are proud to be here now due to the professional and excellent work done by our association manager, the Construction Oversight Committee and the Ad Hoc Pickleball Committee.” Early in the special meeting, Leznik said she was “present under protest” and was “not properly noticed.” Her remarks were cut off by Altman, who said the meeting was properly noticed on OVA bulletin boards and that OVA attorneys confirmed that the meeting conformed with state statutes and OVA governing documents. During the member forum, which was limited to 20 minutes and during which Altman several times had to call for order, some residents called the meeting “illegal,” a “shell game” and “an embarrassment” and questioned the urgency for the meeting. Several also disputed the cost of the project. One speaker put the cost at $440,000 and another put the tab at $500,000. One speaker thanked the board for approving funds for “an attractive addition” to Oakmont and another called the board action an inspiration to others and “the definition of great leadership.” Wally Schilpp, a former board member, reiterated his stand “in favor of what we’re here for.” Objections to the project have included location and costs for the courts. A group of residents earlier had unsuccessfully asked the city Planning Commission to deny approval for the courts. A breakdown of the contracts includes $264,523 for court construction by Siri Grading and Paving of Santa Rosa, $47,450 for landscape and lighting by JLP Landscape and Irrigation and JLP Lighting, both of Santa Rosa, and $21,738 “soft costs,” which include special fencing, surveying, on-site inspection, project management of the JLP work, permit and allowance for repairing any damage to the Benson lot by construction equipment. This brings the total to $333,711, which is reduced to $310,000 by reflecting the $16,131 Pickleball Club donation and the $7,850 cost of the ADA ramp. The Pickleball Club also will foot the $2,000 bill for a windscreen on the courts and $5,635 for trash receptacles and a bike rack. Watch the meeting online at videos.

12 nJack Monahan

The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Valley of the Moon Rotary

LifeWorks of Sonoma County

Our club members were recently given a fascinating presentation by Linda Walsh, licensed therapist and the Clinical Director of LifeWorks of Sonoma County. LifeWorks is a non-profit mental health agency providing personalized counseling and education services throughout our community. Linda has been at LifeWorks for 10 years, also serving as the Program Director for Transitions@ LifeWorks. She spent another ten-year career as a high school teacher, so enjoyable that it prompted her to pursue a career in mental health. She now has over 25 years of experience in the educational and mental health fields. LifeWorks formed in 1996 as a non-profit organization in Sonoma County to offer a spectrum of services that would fulfill a Systems of Care (SOC) federal grant providing comprehensive mental health services to children identified as severely emotionally disturbed. Following six years of success as a oneprogram organization, LifeWorks began to partner and merge with already established programs in Sonoma County. LifeWorks’ vision is to build a stronger community where access to effective mental health services supports individuals and families. LifeWorks is involved in six different school districts in Sonoma County, offering bilingual counseling to individuals, couples and families. Six distinct, yet complementary programs are offered. (1) Choices for Change provides prevention education for children and families at risk for substance abuse. (2) Counseling Center provides comprehensive mental health services to promote the healthy emotional development of children, adolescents, adults, couples and families throughout

nRay and Marie Haverson

sha-boom is proud to announce MR. JAMES GARNER AND HIS SOLUTE TO JOHNNY CASH

WHAT: A Solute 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.

VOM Rotary Club Program Director Caroline Keller and President Fred Polkinghorn, holding a check, make a generous donation to LifeWorks Clinical Director Linda Walsh to support their county-wide mental health efforts.

Sonoma County. (3) El Puente is a prevention/ intervention program offering at-risk and gangaffiliated youth an alternate structure to support a healthy transition to adulthood. (4) LifeWorks Behavioral Services is an in-home program serving families struggling with severe behavior problems. (5) School-Based Counseling Program serves students

nStephanie Wrightson

identified as emotionally challenged. (6) Transitions@ LifeWorks increases the self-sufficiency and success of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Nonverbal Learning Disorder and their families. Linda showed us a brief video of LifeWorks in action. One of the statistics that jumped off the screen to most of us was that 50% of us will encounter mental illness health issues in our lifetime. Another statistic startling to us was that Linda’s staff makes more than 100 interventions in gang-related issues each year. Following Linda’s talk a spirited question and answer session ensued leading to more revelations about the widespread instances of mental health issues in Sonoma County that LifeWorks addresses daily. LifeWorks’ motto is “Growing Healthy Minds.” At the conclusion of Linda’s program, Rotary Club Program Director Caroline Keller and Club President Fred Polkinghorn presented her with a generous check to show our club’s ongoing confidence in this vital community program. Our ability to support LifeWorks and other local community programs is a direct result of our fundraising efforts during the previous fiscal year. If you have ever supported the Valley of the Moon Rotary Club at our fund-raisers, this is an excellent example of where the proceeds go.


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Due to court resurfacing (beginning October 3 at the West), the Mixed Doubles Tournament was rescheduled to October 1. The sign-up deadline has passed, but all are invited to cheer on the competitors at the East and West Courts. Coffee and light refreshments will be served at the West.


The OTC Annual Membership Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 12, 4:30 p.m., East Rec. 2017 OTC officer candidates to be presented by the Nomination Committee include: President, Terri Somers; Vice President, Jim Oswald; Treasurer, Paula Lewis; Secretary, Diane Linneball; Co-Social Directors, Barbara Kanowick and Connie Carrol (Barbara will hold the voting position on the board); and Tennis Events Director, Chuck Hinckley. Neil Linneball will continue as Ex-Officio. In addition, nominations will be accepted from the floor. Thanks to the Nominating Committee for performing this important task, and to the nominees for agreeing to run. Following a brief meeting and the election, complimentary hot and cold finger foods, a glass of wine, soda and water will be served. BYOB (if you’d like additional wine or a different alcoholic beverage). The business meeting and refreshments are for dues-paying club members only (no guests). To join the OTC, contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis,, 332-0433. Dues are a low $20/year. New members who sign up now are considered paid through 2017.

It’s Army vs. Navy! We’re looking for more than a few good men and good women. OTC members are invited to sign up for this team tennis event. By November 1 enlist on the OTC website (http:// or contact Commanders-in-Chief Doug Smith (dasmith_2@ or 303-949-3239) or George Hasa (hasageo@ or 843-4527), and provide your contact information and rank (A, B or C). Battle will commence on November 5 at 8 a.m., West Courts, where java and light rations will be served (contact George if you want to donate a refreshment). Ready, aim, fire! The surrender ceremony and troop picnic will follow tennis. The club provides the chow; you bring your alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverage of choice. No need to sign up for the picnic—all OTC members are invited to the fun.


This is OTC’s one formal affair: an elegant dinner, dancing and club awards. Details to follow.


We had a great turnout, and everyone played very hard. Thanks to all of the players and spectators! The B tournament winners were Ron Holladay and Fred Polkinghorn; runners-up were Peter Hogan and Jose Valencia. But, as they say, “It ain’t over until it’s over!” The A tournament final (Terry Brown and Jim Oswald vs. Tony Agocs and Fritz Spotleson) was suspended for medical reasons at 3-3. There will be a do-over. As of print deadline we have no A tournament winner. Stay tuned.

Ron, Fred, Peter and Jose.


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Women’s Meditation Circle

nSheikha Halima JoAnn Haymaker


You are invited to the Women’s Meditation Circle on Wednesday, October 5, at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Join us in meditation to find inner peace, balance and stability. Come to enjoy the tranquility, gentle

music, Rumi’s poetry, and words of Sufi wisdom. All are welcome. No fee. It is helpful if you let me know that you plan to attend, but it is also all right to just arrive and come in. Call me at 537-1275, or E-mail jhay@pacbell. net.



nPaul Heidenreich


Rapidly closing in on 10 years of giving, the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) continues to focus on making a difference in other people’s lives. Over time, our mission has not wavered, but continues to provide a way for Oakmont residents to recognize and contribute to our community’s educational and charitable activities. Those contributions have now reached $150,000 and, with your help, will continue to grow. We thank you for your dedication. Most important, each donation can be directed in specific ways: • Contributions may be directed to the General Fund for distribution by the OCF Directors, as needed. • Donations may be designated for a specific approved activity or organization within the Oakmont Community. • A memorial may be established to a friend or family member. • Donations may be made directed to our Endowment Fund to sustain OCF ongoing charitable efforts in years to come. • Donations can be made to honor a milestone birthday, anniversary, or special event of a friend, relative, neighbor, or spouse. Include the OCF as part of your charitable trust or will. Each OCF giving decision is made completely independent of outside agendas or special interests. The Oakmont Community Foundation is here for you, and has made a lasting difference in the life of our community. Finally, as our giving residents know, our 501 (c) (3) status insures that gifts to the OCF should be deductible as charitable donations. Consult your tax advisor for conditions relevant to your own personal circumstances.

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






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

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7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Goodwill Donations BC Pkg Lot 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Lawn Bowling CAC 10:30 AM Meditation B+G7 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Yoga Workshop LW

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9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 3:30 PM OHI Dance Showcase BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM LOMAA Board B 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR



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

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B



9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


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

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Fitness Club Board B 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR

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

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Sleep Apnea G 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:00 PM City of Santa Rosa BC

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM OVA New Res Reception BC 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

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

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

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle-Beginner E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM H.E.A.R.S. E 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM OLLI Committee B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM OTC Annual Meeting E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR


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







8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers Ste 6 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Chess Drop In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM City of Santa Rosa B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 5:30 PM Cal Alumni Fall Dinner E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:00 PM Volunteer Helpers E 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad SIG D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Blues and Beyond BC

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW


12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 7:00 PM Documentary Films E


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Join a Club in Oakmont BC 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study G 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Jazz w/ L. Vuckovich BC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

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


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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:00 AM Art Association Show BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Presentation E 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 6:45 PM Pickle UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Quilting Bee AR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge - Saturday CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:30 AM Bocce UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 1:30 PM Woodgreen #1 HOA Quarterly B 4:00 PM Boomers Berger BC


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


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Pickleball Corner

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nEric Lutz

nRay Haverson


Tickets are selling fast and “More Joy” will be here soon! Oakmonters Iris Harrell and Ann Benson will bring their five-piece folk group to the West Rec. on Oct. 15 to raise funds for the Sonoma County YWCA program “Make a Room in Your Heart.” This program raises funds to remodel Sonoma County’s only Safe House for women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Please visit http:// for more information. Tickets for the concert are $25 each, paid in advance. The Oakmont Pickleball Club will offer light refreshments. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. and the concert starts at 7:30 p.m. To attend, please contact Connie Medeiros at or drop your check in the OVA Pickleball Club folder. Please make checks out to YWCA of Sonoma County and on the memo line write “Make a Room in Your Heart.”


WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; drop-in play 9 a.m.–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, 595-5648, E-mail: Join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people!

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, October 6; start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at


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The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Music at Oakmont

nRosemary Waller

TRIO VALTORNA MAKES OAKMONT DEBUT On October 20, the opening of Music at Oakmont’s 2016–17 season, we are delighted to present one of New York’s premier chamber ensembles, the Trio Valtorna, performing music by Ravel, Brahms, and the eminent American composer John Harbison. Appearing together in 2011 at Music from Angel Fire in New Mexico, violinist Ida Kavafian and hornist David Jolley decided to create Trio Valtorna, adding pianist Gilles Vonsattel. Internationally acclaimed as both violinist and violist,

nSusan Lynn

Ida Kavafian is an artist-member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and former violinist of the Beaux Arts Trio. A co-founder of the chamber ensembles Opus One and Tashi, the versatile Ms. Kavafian has also premiered solo concertos by Toru Takemitsu and Michael Daugherty, and toured and recorded with jazz artists Chick Corea and Wynton Marsalis. David Jolley, whose stunning playing with the NY Brass Arts Trio will be remembered from our opening concert last season, has been hailed for his “remarkable virtuosity” (NY Times) and as “soloist

second to none” (Gramophone magazine). He has appeared with such groups as the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri and American Quartets, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. A founding member of New York’s Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, he has recorded the Mozart and Strauss concertos with the Israel Sinfonietta.


“Lead us not into temptation. Just tell us where it is; we’ll find it.”—Sam Levenson At our upcoming Halloween Spooktacular Ghostly Gala the Joe Sharino Band, winner of 17 Bay Area “best band” awards, makes its Berger Center debut. The band brings the best of pop, rock, Motown, funk, country, disco, jazz, Latin, R&B, and swing from the last six decades, so if you haven’t registered yet, there’s no time to lose. Wear your most comfortable shoes, because you won’t want to leave the dance floor.

Mexican fare. 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. This eerie event is going to be phantom-tastic, so register now at or fill out the coupon below and leave it, along with your check, in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office. 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 p.m. so that our set-up volunteers can work their magic and transform the Berger into Spook Central. 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 up

You don’t have to dress in costume, but 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, spinetingling, 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

It’s time for 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

It’s hard to believe that we’re already talking about the annual Holiday Member Appreciation Party, but it is almost here! This is our chance to thank you all for making the Boomers Club the most dynamic in Oakmont. WHEN: December 8 WHERE: Where else? Berger Center


Cost is $25 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: 1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $200. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Individual names: _____________________________________________________________________________ Party name: ___________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: ______________ 2. Unreserved seating at several non-reserved tables. Full payment must accompany registration. Name(s): _____________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed: ______________ Deadline for reservations is no later than 3 Monday, October 17, 3 .m.

Swiss-born American pianist Gilles Vonsattel is recipient of an Avery Fisher Career Grant and winner of the Naumburg and Geneva Competitions. Solo performances with orchestra include his recent debut with the San Francisco Symphony. A New York solo recital was praised as “tightly conceived and passionately performed” (NY Times). He has appeared with the Pacifica, Orion, Escher, and Boromeo Quartets, and with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. His recording of Debussy, Honegger, and Ravel was named one of TimeOut New York’s albums of the year.


Single tickets for this concert may be purchased for $20 at the door on Oct. 20. You may also purchase a season pass for all eight 2016–17 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, designating on 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.


Once again 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

Blues and Beyond Band nEd Kelleher

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


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips 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!

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.

Leg Curl

In the past articles I have covered most of the major muscle groups. There is one group that seems, for some reason or another, to get overlooked quite often and yet you are always hearing about a baseball player, football player or sprinter pulling or tearing it. This muscle would be the hamstring. There are two possible reasons for this: it is either weak or it is tight. The main thing I notice at the Fitness Center is that people have a tendency to skip working their hamstrings, probably because they don’t understand how to set the leg curl machine (#3) up to work it properly or they don’t like working their hamstrings period. The hamstrings are located at the back of the upper leg and between it and the Quadriceps help keep the knee in alignment. The seated leg curl machine (#3) looks very intimidating to set up. There are some important things to remember when setting this machine up: make sure that your knees line up with the pivot point of the machine, the ankle pad should be above the ankle joint at the calf, and the lap arm should be tight against your thighs to help keep you from sliding forward. Then like in every other exercise, tighten your core, curl your legs back slowly, and then raise them in a controlled manner. Do not allow the weights to hit or bang. Perform between 6–10 reps and 2–3 sets with a 30–60-second rest between each set. Of course there are other ways to work the hamstrings. Both squats and the leg press can work the hamstrings as a secondary muscle. However, there is one exercise that I like to incorporate into my client’s routines that is very effective, that is a hamstring ball roll-in. This exercise is easy to set up: all you need is a balance ball, and as long as you do not have vertigo or any other issues that prevent you from lying on your back should be easily performed.

r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp

The seasons are in transition—one day may feel like Indian Summer and it may feel like winter the next. But don’t let that slow down your water fitness program. There are always lots of swimmers in the pool to make exercising fun! To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me 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)

You lay on your back, place the ball under the heel of your foot, straighten your legs, maintain your gluteus on the floor and tighten your core to maintain contact to the floor. Then, pressing your heel into the ball, roll it towards your gluteus, using the hamstrings. There is an advanced version of this called the ball bridge roll-in in which you raise your gluteus off the floor into a bridge, maintain the bridge as you roll the ball towards your gluteus. This is a very effective exercise and if you can perform the bridge portion is a great exercise to help build the core. If you have any questions regarding these exercises or how to stretch the muscle, please come by the Fitness Center and see me or call me at 494-9086, or E-mail at and I would be glad to answer any of your questions. I hope to see you all at the center.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were 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. Bowling dates for October: Oct. 4, 11 and 18. No bowling Oct. 5, fourth Tuesday.


On September 6, Robin Schudel and Maurine Bennett both bowled back to back 300 games. Great bowing!

BBQ Lunch

On October 4, we will have a pizza lunch.

RESULTS AS OF SEPT. 13 (fifth week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place tie, Strikers and Pocket Hits; fourth place, Wii Four; fifth place, Alley Oops; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 256; Gordon Freedman, 213; Al Thomas, 211; Juan Fuentes, 210; Christian van den Berghe, 200. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 278; Robin Schudel, 257; Kathryn Miller, 237; Vicki Robinson, 236; Sandy Wald, 233; Elisabeth LaPointe, 224; Vicki Madden, 210; Mary Knight, 205; Phyllis Jennings, 201. Subs High Games: Joanne Abrams, 279. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Wii Power and Strike Outs; third place tie, High Rollers, Strikes and Spares and Pin Heads; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 265; Juan Fuentes, 242; Al Bentham, 204. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Valerie Hulsey, 277; Maurine Bennett, 268; Judy Lawrence, 245; Mollie Atkinson, 236; Nicole Reed, 236; Diane Price, 222; Pat Stokes, 214; Vicki Jackanich, 213; Debbie Miller, 213; Mark Attebery, 206; Helen Herbert, 202. Subs High Games: Joanne Abrams, 279; Sandy Osheroff, 259; Terry Leuthner, 245.


The Oakmont News / October 1, 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.

Forest yoga workshop tame the tension—neck and shoulders workshop

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center, Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail to Allow your neck to go on vacation. Join me for a workshop dedicated to releasing the neck and shoulder area. Safely unlock habitual tension spots through focused breathwork and asana. Lengthen and strengthen the muscles of the neck and shoulders and create internal space. Ease chronic tight spots by releasing muscular holding.

Special attention will be given to shoulder alignment, opening the shoulders and how to wrap your shoulders in yoga postures.

ongoing Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series 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.

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

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

Yes, we are celebrating our fifth year as a club. We are Oakmont’s only club for singles, and we make certain that each and every one of us has a great time. To mark this special anniversary, we are dressing up and having a cocktail party. 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. Regarding our BYOB system. We provide a large tub with ice. If you put your beverage in it, you are indicating that you are sharing. If you do not wish to share, please keep your bottle on the table with you. And a note to those who help themselves to the bottles, remember someone brought it. If you like it, maybe you bring one the next time. It’s only fair. (This is a repeat from the last article, but it’s worth repeating…) Our membership is at an all time high, and we are adding new people monthly. Our newest member is Geri. We welcome her and encourage her (and all of

our members) to be active in the club. We try to have two social opportunities per month, but this is not always easy with our board consisting of only three officers. (It’s OK, we are hard workers, and know you appreciate us!) 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! This month, we will be attending the Boomer Halloween dance on Oct. 22 as a group. Make sure your name is on our list to secure a place at one of our tables. We are researching other seasonal opportunities at the moment and will let you know what’s available by E-mail. In November, we will have our Thanksgiving potluck on the afternoon of Nov. 13. Mark your calendars now. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name______________________________________________________________________ Date______________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to receive Evites and Shout-outs)__________________________________________________________ Phone________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:____________________________________________________________________

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Foxtrot partner dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays October 5, 12 and 19; 3:45–5 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9/pp for single class; $7/pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. Foxtrot is thought to have evolved from American Vaudeville performer Harry Fox around 1914 and was originally danced to faster music than today— like Scott Joplin’s ragtime music. After some changes over the years, the current style of Foxtrot became widespread and more danceable. This is a fun dance to a variety of music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald standards to songs by Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Adele, Jason Mraz, Aretha Franklin and more. There is probably more music that can be danced with Foxtrot than any other style of partner dance. It can be done compactly if the dance floor is crowded or with bigger gliding steps if there is a lot of room. Over the three classes, we will build on the material taught each week. So it is best to attend at least the first two sessions. No partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. We also welcome any ladies that want to learn to lead. Once you do learn to lead, you can dance as much as you want at our dances! Thank you to the five ladies who did learn to lead the steps in the Jitterbug Swing classes in July and August. A different partner dance will be taught in November. In the future, Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Country 2-Step, Salsa, Tango and others will be taught. The Jitterbug Swing classes were well attended and will likely be taught again in 4-6 months. 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 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 twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

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.


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016


nNorma Doyle

On October 3 Dennis Hall will produce It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play by Joe Landry. Landry’s plays have been produced across the country and internationally. He attended Playwrights Horizons/ NYU, founded Second Guess Theatre Company in Connecticut and is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America. He is currently developing new projects for the stage and screen. The setting for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is 1940s rural New York where things are about to go terribly wrong and then delightfully right for one George Bailey. As fans of the movie know, George had grown up in an idyllic small town, determined to get out. He planned to see the world but circumstances kept him at home. Many ups and downs occur to George.


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


This is your chance to learn more about social media: learn about Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Snapchat; learn what the differences are between each of these, when to use which, and the basics of how to use them! This is a hands-on course, so bring your favorite device so you can follow along. (Note: If you already have an account with any of these services, bring your Usernames and Passwords.) Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


Dues are $10 per household. Three ways to join: at any meeting; a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; or you may put your check into 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.

Then Clarence, George’s slightly bumbling 292-yearold guardian angel, comes to earth to help him. He shows George what his hometown and numerous loved ones would have been like if he had never been born. George is reawakened with appreciation of his life and the people he loves. It all happens on Christmas Eve, and an angel gets his wings. Readers for It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play include Norma Doyle, Max Fenton, Dennis Hall, Ginny Smith, Ron White and Sandy White. On October 12 and 19 Honora Clemens will produce Doubt: A Parable, a drama written by John Patrick Shanley. Shanley, a graduate of New York University, is the author and a frequent director of more than 23 plays, which have been translated and performed around the world. He has also written films including Moonstruck, which won three Academy Awards, including one for his screenplay. His play Doubt: A Parable won four 2005 Tony Awards (including Best Play) and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Shanley directed the 2008 film version, which was nominated for an Academy Award and in 2012, and wrote the libretto for an opera version. The play takes place in the Bronx, New York in1964 in a Catholic School. Based upon a few circumstantial details and a lot of intuition, an ultra-stern head nun, believes that one of the priests has been molesting a 12-year-old boy, the school’s only African American student. She recruits a young, naive nun to assist her in monitoring the suspicious yet charismatic Father Flynn. Playreaders are still being confirmed but will include Susan Baguette and Honora Clemens.

Playreaders for The Sunshine Boys in September were: standing, Mike Strenski, Jeffrey Sheff, Ron White, Star Power; seated, Sandy White, Dennis Hall, Bernie Cheriff and Kay Hardy.

Playreaders in September for Driving Miss Daisy were: standing, Max Fenton and Charlie Ensley; seated, Sandy White and Jane Borr.

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) fall Session — october • november

Registration: 538-1485


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

Current Events Discussion Group

nPeggy Dombeck


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 7: Richard Gallagher October 14: K Jenkins 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

nBarbara Bowman

Garden Club

“I am rich today with autumn’s gold, All that my covetous hands can hold; Frost-painted leaves and goldenrod, A goldfinch on a milkweed pod, Huge golden pumpkins in the field With heaps of corn from a bounteous yield, Golden apples heavy on the trees Rivaling those of Hesperides, Golden rays of balmy sunshine spread Over all like butter on warm bread; And the harvest moon will this night unfold The streams running full of molten gold. Oh, who could find a dearth of bliss With autumn glory such as this!” Gladys Harp


“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

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


Henry (Michael Keaton) is an overworked, underpaid editor for a struggling New York City newspaper who is being wooed by a more stable paper to take a higher paying position. When his paper gets a hot legal scoop, will Henry stay by his ill editor-in-chief’s side? Directed by Ron Howard, the film’s an entertaining combination of comedy and drama, with fine performances by Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Glenn Close and Robert Duvall. (1994), R (language), 110 minutes.

Sunday, October 9, 7 pm THE BIG SHORT

Before the housing and credit bubble of 2007 triggers an international economic meltdown, a handful of financial outsiders see the crash coming and bets against the big banks in a daring play that could reap them huge profits. Adapted from the bestselling book, the film won numerous awards, including Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Director and Acting. Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt star. (2015), R, (language), 130 minutes.

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.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, October 2: No films shown, Dance Showcase at Berger Sunday, October 9, 2 p.m.: The Paper, (1994), R, 110 minutes. Sunday, October 9, 7 p.m.: The Big Short, (2015), R, 130 minutes. 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.

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, October 18, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• This may be the very best month of the year for planting perennials in your yard. They will get rained on soon and have plenty of time for roots to grow over the winter so they can resist next summer’s heat. • If you haven’t been raking up those rose leaves as they fall be sure to do it now. A single rose leaf can carry millions of tiny spores that can overwinter and plague the roses next year. Don’t compost them! • Apply serious amounts of compost this fall. Spread it out about 3 to 4 inches deep. This compost will slowly breakdown and improve the structure of your soil over time. • Perennials should be completely dormant before you begin to remove the foliage to just above ground level. This may range from November to January. The reason you need to leave the foliage alone is that as a general rule, the leaves will continue to feed the root system throughout the fall. You can cut back the flowering stems and trim some of the most unsightly leaves, but leave well enough alone until the leaves are killed by the frost. • You may be able to squeeze out one more bloom from roses this year. Cut off faded flowers, fertilize the soil with rose food and water deeply. Hold off the main pruning until after new year’s.

Lifelong Learning nDavid Dearden and Kathie Brix


Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Winston Churchill By Robert W. Kirk, Ph.D. Mondays, through October 24, 3–5 p.m., Berger Center South American Sojourns: Travels through Tahuantinsuyu By Tyra Benoit Wednesdays, through November 2, 3–5 p.m. Berger Center Screwball: Hollywood’s Madcap Romantic Comedies By Barbara Spear Thursdays, through October 27, 2–5 p.m. (Note, all classes are one hour longer than usual) East Rec. Center

Registration forms are available in the OVA Office, the Central Activity Center, and online at http:// Please direct questions to Chair, Fradel Been, at 2933181 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available for all classes.


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2016

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This 3.2-mile hike takes you from Highway 12 through the open oak savannah past vineyards and ponds. A walking path leads off of the main trail along the Laguna de Santa Rosa channel. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Lunch in the Barlow, if desired. Hike leader Jim Sannar, 538-2289.


This 7.3-mile, 1,600’ elevation circuit hike starts on the Dipsea Trail in Stinson Beach, climb on the Steep Ravine Trail, including a ladder, past redwoods, ferns and waterfalls to the Pantoll Ranger Station in Mount Tamalpais State Park. Return to Stinson Beach via the Matt Davis Trail. Lunch on a knoll with a view of the San Francisco skyline. Bring hiking poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Maurice Fliess, 536-9382 and Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.

Bothe Napa Valley. (Photo by Martin Johns)


We park at the Quarry lot on Wildcat Canyon Rd., start at the Sea View Trail and climb up heading south along a fairly strenuous 800’ climb. We’ll make frequent stops. From the high point we descend via Upper Big Springs trail for lunch and return via Quarry Trail. Total length of this hike is approx. six miles and a combined elevation gain of 900’. Bring lunch, water and poles. Meet at Berger at 9 a.m. Leader is George Hasa, 843-4527.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

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WHEN: Wednesday, October 5 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo Cards $2 each; Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at approx. 5:15 p.m.

Klamath Lake. (Photo by George Hasa)


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.


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nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Oakmont Rainbow Women—5th Anniversary

Why are we here?

In September, ORW celebrated five years of Oakmont life. Our founding members, Sue Dibble and Jeanne DeJoseph, were on hand recounting the early days of moving to Oakmont and deciding to organize Oakmont’s lesbian residents as an OVA club, using an Oakmont News ad as outreach. Some trepidation about being accepted by the wider community was quickly swept aside as our numbers began to grow and most neighbors positively received our presence and purpose. Five year later, we are thriving: adding new members every month, including women who are not lesbian-identified who enjoy the camaraderie of our group.

We have fun together

Our monthly programs educate and entertain while we enjoy each other’s company. Special Interest Groups, of which more than a dozen are active, provide a way to learn new things and make new friends in smaller topic-focused gatherings. Another highlight is the concerts featuring women music performers that have become a key part of Oakmont entertainment.

nGayle Miller

We help others (and each other)

Although ORW was founded as a social organization; we now include community engagement and mutual support as core to our mission. One dedicated SIG researched and set up a Care Calendar where we volunteer temporary aid and assistance to ORW members who need short-term help. Beginning with an ambitious fundraising and volunteer effort for the YWCA Safe House three years ago, we continue to support local non-profits with a focus on women and lesbians. Thanks to Carroll Johnson and Carol Riis, who were


Presentation on large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything

that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. Join us on a Bible journey unlike any other. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center GUIDE: Karen Vail CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

recognized at the September meeting, for their efforts to formalize our community benefit activities and locate appropriate recipient organizations. Having vetted Sonoma County non-profits, they guided us into a very gratifying relationship with the 10,000 Degrees organization. This year ORW funded an Oakmont Rainbow Women’s Scholarship that has already supported 10 lesbian students heading to college under the 10,000 Degrees program. One exciting development that came out of September’s meeting was unanimous support to continue fundraising for 10,000 Degrees over the next three years. Donations can still be made: https://donatenow. Use the drop down menu that says, “if you have a special purpose for your donation, please let us know,” and choose Oakmont Rainbow Women’s Scholarship.

We’re moving forward with your support

Rainbow Women depends on an active membership. Your participation and ideas lead to the events, the groups, even the meetings themselves. We encourage any member to offer suggestions—for topics, for meetings, speakers, entertainment or field trips. Proposals about community service opportunities are welcome. Send your recommendations for how Rainbow Women can have fun and/or make a difference to: OakmontRainbowWomen@gmail. com.

Upcoming monthly meetings

In November OVA Manager Cassie Turner will join us to give an update on the state of the Oakmont Village Association. And save the date: our December 3 holiday party will have a real DJ and, in keeping with the season, will gather donations to the Redwood Empire Food Bank.


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Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman


Play in the Autumn Tournament at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 22 then stay for the potluck and the annual meeting to follow at noon at the West Rec. This is always a well-attended event. Look for the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board. Chris and Phil Duda are planning an enjoyable day. You should plan to be there. Our last tournament of the season will be the Falling Leaves Tournament on November 1, at 1 p.m. How can that be already? As the old saying goes, “when you’re having fun, it goes by fast.” And, we have, starting in February and continuing through the summer. Remember, winter Bocce play starts at 1 p.m. beginning November 1.

OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Presents

nMarsha Zolkower

Oktoberfest, a time-honored annual event in Oakmont, will be celebrated on Saturday, October 8, from 12:30–3 p.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Tickets are $20, and can be purchase at the OVA Office. We are not reserving tables. Mix and have fun! This festive event will include a full lunch consisting of German Bratwurst or Bockwurst, with sauerkraut or cabbage, apple sauce, rolls, pretzels, German

chocolate cake, beer or soft drink, traditional Biergarten entertainment, dancing (WOW), oh, and did I say beer? Entertainment will be Big Lou’s Polka Casserole! They will be playing traditional German Oktoberfest and other lively music in the European style of Oktoberfest festivities! Tickets will fly out the door, come by early and buy yours! Beer! Beer! Beer!

Larry Vuckovich Concert

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

nDolora DeGeer

Presented by the blues and beyond band

Barbara Newton and Lynn and Paul Wycoff helped get the bocce season off and rolling last February.

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.

JAZZ AT OAKMONT reservation coupon october 27, 2:30–4:30 pm, BERGER CENTER, doors open 2 pm

Admission $25, open seating.

Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________ Phone: __________________________ Submit 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. Ann Miller and Betty Van Voorhis enjoy the club’s second Evening Bocce, the final event of the summer.

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


Mark your calendars: Daily Draw will start at 12:30 p.m. on October 3.


Men’s Singles started on September 15. Sixteen began the single elimination tourney using all eight rinks. Tom Turnullo (defending champion) awaits the semi-final match winner between Bob Dodd and Jeff Vanderheyden for the championship. Labor Day winners by largest margin: Team Tom Turnullo, Sue Tredick and James Chang. Tournaments for the rest of the year: Novice Singles on Monday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m.; Halloween on Monday, Oct. 31 at 10:30 a.m.; and Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 10:30 a.m.


Our annual meeting this year is on November 3, not so far away. President Jim MacAlistaire has named a Nominating Committee to seek members willing to serve on the board and in officer position. All offices are open for election at each annual meeting plus one on the board. If you are interested serving in one of these capacities, contact the nominating committee: Jeff Vanderhaven, Carlos Curbelo and George Hasa.


In August a member discovered a sprinkler was stuck and dumping excessive amounts of water on the green. He called the OVA and was told maintenance did not have a key to shut off the sprinkler and that someone from True North would have to do it. When no one came one of our members found and shut off the water valve. That didn’t sit well with the lawn care people and the member was chastised for his action. We were told we should use the phone by the bowl room to call them, the number is on the wall. We are seeking to establish procedures with Oakmont Maintenance and True North that will work. But our first concern is the health of the green. There is an old saying “emergency invites rescue” and our member did just that.

Holiday Pizza Party

This is a change from our customary Holiday Gala. This year instead of having our regular holiday party, we are going to make the holidays a little bit brighter for some children who can always use a little more cheer. We’ll still have a party, but this one will involve providing a gift for a foster child. Beginning November 3, there will be a holiday tree in the bowls room where you will be able to choose a tag off the

Tom Turnullo, Sue Tredick and James Chang.

tree that will provide a child’s age and gender, and identify the child’s wish for a gift ($20). Then come to the wrapping party on December 2, 5–8 p.m. at the Berger. When you arrive with the gift, there will be gift wrapping tables set up, with necessary paper, etc., even some qualified elves to help you wrap your gift. Following the wrapping party we’ll enjoy pizza and salad. BYOB—the club will provide mixers and ice as usual.


We still need a member to manage our website. No experience required. Training is available.


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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

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–5 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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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 1–15 Dorrelle Asland 537-1518 October 16–31 Sonia Moore 539-4119 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

OAS Management Company


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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Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, Best prices on Gutter Guard bonded and insured. Senior discounts installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your HERITAGE ROOFING CO. Specializing in residential re-roofing. plumbing needs. Top quality workmanship. Honest and THE COMPUTER reliable. Oakmont references. Free TROUBLESHOOTER estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498. Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, complete support for PC’s, Apples WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Professional, experienced locksmith for and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers all your security needs. Senior discount. served. John Bradford. 578-6305. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, $40/hour. LCO #2411.


Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had a home visit, please call Charlotte at 538-9050.


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


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


George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years experience. Free estimates. Call George at 987-3059.


Reasonable rates, free estimates, Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary Luurs, 528-8489.


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


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


All home repairs. Everything from fixing that leaking toilet, to hanging pictures, to replacing that broken light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality workmanship and excellent ref. Just make a “to do” list and call me. Local Oakmont references on request. 888-2013.


Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454.


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.


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.


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

An emphasis upon a natural look and no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont.


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.


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.


Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).


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


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

Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, 637-6267.


Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, 775-7520.


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, assemblies, gardening and pruning too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since BRAD CHIARAVALLE REGISTERED NURSE BODEN PLUMBING, Retired RN/Oakmont resident available 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, RESIDENTIAL DOOR 539-5217. for all your health care needs. HEATING AND AIR INSTALLATION AND REPAIRS For all your plumbing and heating Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont References. Call Alexis at 791-3566. CARPENTER needs. Local plumbers in business since references. License #527924. Call Sonoma Star Construction, licensed and the late 20th century, licensed, bonded 539-3196. QUALITY OVERNIGHT CARE bonded. Services include fences, decks, and insured. Same day service is often Private Home Health provider with dry rot repair, interior/exterior trim, available. Money-saving coupons! CA CHRISTO LIMO 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, shelves, cabinet installation. Call Alex, Lic. #659920. Please Commercially licensed, transportation hardworking, dependable. All aspects call (707) 996-8683 or go to of in-home care. Will care for you like 843-1898. for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. References available. Call Olive, (707) SPECIALTY IMPROVEMENTS Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. 393-0446. CONSTRUCTION SERVICES Complete home renovations, kitchen LOU DEMME PAINTING and bathroom design, remodeling and When quality and reliability count, call DOGWALKER Let me help you walk, talk and play repair. Door and window upgrades, on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting decks, fences and concrete. 30 years Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. local experience, timely and detail and exterior painting specialist, oriented. Lic. #669482. Call drywall repairs and textures. Licensed Local references. (707) 328-3555. and insured. Call us for your free estimate today! 833-2890. CAREGIVER Dedicated and professional caregiver D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR with 22 years experience. Personalized MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL SMALL JOB SPECIALIST care. Assistance with all types of needs. Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 HOUSE CLEANING years. Focus on small jobs, projects and Home, business, move-outs. Windows, Includes housekeeping and errands. CPR and First Aid Certification current. “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very bed linen changing and more. Over reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont 18 yrs. of experience. References upon Fingerprints on file with Department of Justice. Excellent references available. references. Please contact me at request., Karen, 321-6033. 533-7741. Thank you. 548-9482 or 542-8720.


New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers are complicated. I will help you. 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason Baldwin, 479-1364.



25+ years experience. Dogs and cats.

15 yr. experience, licensed tech. Mani $20, Pedi $40, Combo $50. Call Linn, 225-2656.

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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!

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

Music Lovers

Coming up

October 10: Paisley Passion October 24: Inspiring Sayings 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

nJudy Walker

The life of a Jazz Musician

Café Mortel nChristopher Sork

WHERE: Classroom B, OAC (library and gym building) DAY: Wednesday, October 5 TIME: 3 p.m. CONTACT NUMBERS: Chris, 523-2536 or Martie, 537-9645 Welcome back current members and a special welcome to newcomers who have a desire to live each day to its fullest! There will be scintillating discussions, guest speakers, group topics, and much more. See you then!


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Networking. Mixing. Mingling - do I hafta? Going for walks with my favorite person? Belly rubs and snuggles from my favorite person? Now you’re talking! As a shy yet smart and playful 1 ½ y/o Doxie/Terrier mix, I prefer a smaller circle of grown-up friends. Like any other dog, I love attention and learning new things, just at my own pace. I’m currently getting lots of quiet attention in a foster home, so if you’re looking to expand your own small circle of friends, please call the SHS Adoption Desk to arrange to meet me!

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Every season we like to interview at least one working musician to talk about how he got his start and have him provide us with insights into the daily life of a professional musician. For our October presentation, we will be featuring David Scott who has played all over the world as a jazz and zydeco saxophonist and vocalist. He will regale us with stories of his many adventures as well as clueing us in to the fundamentals of jazz and why it has such wide appeal. He will also be talking about his instruments, the saxophone and flute, and demonstrate with some improvisations. Plenty of time will be left for questions from the audience. A native of Australia, David, at the age of 15, boarded a ship headed for New Caledonia as a musician playing Jazz. He settled for ten years in Tahiti, playing island music, jazz and rock, and becoming fluent in French. He loved the fast dance tempos and when he sat in with Gator Beat in 1990, his fate was sealed. He has interwoven the horn with the accordion in an unprecedented style, unique to the world of zydeco. WHEN: October 4 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Mortgage Payments A Burden? Nest Egg Depleting Too Fast? Refi Existing Reverse Mortgage? If You Have Questions or Concerns Then Call or E-Mail THE EXPERT Ronald W. Seaman

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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.

October 2

Brinda Peterson will be speaking on “Cleansing Your Hands.” Confession is not only good for the soul but it breaks down any barriers between us and God. Debbie Knapp will be at the piano.

October 9

Brinda will be sharing on the topic “Connect to Wisdom.” It is strange to think of how close we are to the Creator of the universe, and yet so many of us have no idea of how to plug into Him. Are you plugged in? Lucas Sherman will be playing piano for the service.

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.

Choir! Choir! Choir!

Do you love to sing? We do too! Standing shoulder to shoulder and hearing your voice blend with those around you is a gift to yourself and our community. WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday evenings 7:15–8:30 p.m., November 3, 10, 17 and December 1, and Saturday, Dec. 10 from 10 .m.–12 noon in Room D. While we are enjoying all this singing we will prepare for the annual Christmas Concert to be presented Sunday, December 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center at what you know as Oakmont Community Church. Anyone is warmly welcome! Questions? Call or E-mail me at 829-0158,


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Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Paula Lewis 332-0433

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

Randy Ruark 322-2482

8834 Oak Trail Drive $459,000

2 Oak Forest Lane $495,000

6761 Wintergreen Court $635,000

675 Magnolia Avenue $675,000

267 Belgreen Place $759,000

7241 Oakmont Drive $850,000

in escrow


6368 Stone Bridge Road

480 Shooting Star Place

170 Laurel Avenue, Kenwood $1,050,000

Kay Nelson 538-8777

Sue Senk 318-9595

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

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Joey & Claudine Cuneo Peter & Roberta Lommori 694-2634 539-3200

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

Cheryl Peterson 974-9849

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Serving Oakmont residents for over 12 years! 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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