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OCDC: What’s Ahead in 2015 and Beyond

nJim Brewer

Oakmont Community Development Committee members will be spending more time with city and county boards and auxiliary committees this year, as the number of projects that can impact residents here continues to grow. “Almost all resident complaints—particularly those about wineries that often host 30 events a year— have to do with traffic,” said Susan Millar, chairman of the committee that keeps an eye what’s going to change things for Oakmont. With Highway Susan Millar 12 the only available route away from Oakmont, Millar (photo by John Kiil) notes that the community is “kind of landlocked” if a major evacuation becomes necessary. In a wide-ranging interview, Millar cited the proliferation of wine tasting rooms and the signs, flags and balloons that advertise them as primary examples. “I don’t know how much right OCDC has to get involved with another community’s complaints, but Kenwood is just going nuts with the winery business,” she said. “Right now it is a problem for the residents who live there. But eventually it’s going to affect Oakmont.” Kenwood is just one reason why the OCDC goals for 2015 include closer ties to the alphabet soup of boards and commissions that deal with issues close to Oakmont, such as the Valley of the Moon Alliance (VOTMA) and the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission (SVAC), in addition to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Santa Rosa City Council.

The Oaks at Stonebridge to Offer Assisted Living, Memory Care

Construction of a 74-unit assisted living and memory care complex in Oakmont is expected to begin a year from now if all city approvals and public review processes proceed as planned. MBK Senior Living, owner of Oakmont Gardens, and Clearwater Senior Living are the principal partners in the development slated for a 2.8-acre parcel at the corner of Stonebridge and Oakmont Drive. The partnership and the City of Santa Rosa held a second pre-filing informational community meeting Jan. 7. The Oaks at Stonebridge would provide 50 assisted living and 24 memory care units with all amenities, such as activities and wellness services, included onsite. Carol McDermott, project planner, said the Oaks extends Oakmont Gardens and responds to a growing demand for assisted living services while meeting unmet needs in the Carol McDermott talks to community. “We believe it residents about building an is important to build high assisted living and memory quality facilities that are care complex. (Photo by Kathy Sowers) safe and secure and are residential in nature. The concept allows people to age in place in the same location,” she said.

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

Workers were removing sections of paving at the Central Activities Center parking lot Jan. 12 to locate underground utilities and begin trenching for new switching gear. When a new, smaller gear is installed in mid-February it will replace the large wood enclosure at the right. That will open up the area for additional parking space. In the interim, workers coned-off part of the parking lot for equipment and workspace. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

Resident Input Sought for Berger Center Update

nAl Haggerty

include your full name and address. Some residents may have been getting OVA E-mails in the past, but will not be sent an E-mail survey unless their E-mail addresses are linked to name and home address for verification purposes. A survey for non-resident owners was sent out in January. Conducting an E-mail survey is necessary to hold down costs and to improve accuracy and efficiency. The timeline for completing the survey is Feb. 1 through Feb. 21. If you do not have E-mail or cannot do the survey without assistance, help is available in three ways:

The Berger Improvement Committee, which will ultimately recommend changes needed at Berger Center, is urging residents to offer suggestions to update and improve one of Oakmont’s major recreation facilities. Bob Giddings, a director and member of the committee, told the board Jan. 20 that the committee will soon ask for funding to hire a multi-use building architect or designer for the project. The committee is evaluating and setting priorities for recommendations it already has received from 27 groups regularly using Berger. To facilitate input from the entire community, the committee has established a separate E-mail address: Changes already suggested include updating the electrical and heating/ventilation/air conditioning systems, new flooring throughout, remodeling the kitchen, installing energy efficient windows and improving the stage. Some have suggested expanding the building, but that could involve changing the footprint and addressing the permitting and ADA issues that could produce.

See survey on page 11

See input sought on page x

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You’re Important: Speak Up…Now! Survey Assistance from OVA

As of today, the Long-Range Planning Committee’s Oakmont Resident Survey is underway. If you want a say in project and spending priorities to be set by the OVA Board for this year, five years from now and 10 years from now, this is your opportunity to speak up. We need everyone to participate. All individuals living in our community, both owners and renters, are eligible to take the survey, which will provide the Oakmont Board with data to plan Oakmont’s future. E-mails have been sent to 2,800 residents who earlier supplied their names, addresses and E-mail addresses. If you did not receive this E-mail, but want to participate in the survey, please send your E-mail address to and

Electrical Switch Gear Work Underway

nJackie Ryan

See ocdc on page 3

nLisa Berman

February 1, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 3


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

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

New OVA Office Hours

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

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

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

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A report by Sue Millar, chair of the Oakmont Community Development Committee, raised concerns about plans for the Elnoka development on Highway 12 west of Oakmont. The current plan, supported by the Oakmont board, calls for an agerestricted community and eliminates two six-story buildings that were in the original plan. Oakmont successfully waged a 10-year battle for the age restriction and eliminating the multi-story buildings. However, at least six Oakmont residents, concerned about issues regarding the ridgeline and how it would affect the project, have written to the city opposing the project. Wally Schilpp, who is familiar with the project’s history from his service on the OCDC, said that until the city approves the plan, a zoning change prohibiting the six-story buildings will not take effect. He said that would “put us back to square one.” Millar and Schilpp said the project’s chances could be helped by a petition of support from Oakmont residents and Oakmont presence at future city hearings. While the board rejected a request to approve a Natural Resources Committee to maintain the natural beauty in Oakmont’s open spaces, the Landscape Improvement Committee agreed to work with those proposing the committee and incorporate its goals into the LIC charter. Kenneth Heyman, who sought approval of the committee, and Eleanor Brodnansky, chair of the LIC, agreed to work together. The board approved removing COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) from under the umbrella of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee and recognizing it as an individual group. This resulted from a concern that OVA could be open to liability issues growing out of COPE activities. The board put off consideration of renovating the West Recreation pool and surrounding deck to give board members time to evaluate bids. The Finance Committee has approved spending up to $185,000 for the project, which would include replastering the pool and spa, replacing the cabana roof and replacing the 7,000-square-foot deck surrounding the pool.

OVA Manager Cassie Turner said it’s important to get the work done before the swim season. OVA Treasurer Chuck Chenault reported that the association’s cash and investments going into 2015 totaled $2,583,375. This includes $480,336 in the operating fund, $956,861 in the asset replacement fund, $1,035,249 in the capital improvement fund and $110,929 in the catastrophe fund. However, the total will be reduced by about $600,000 to pay for remodeling the West Recreation Center, which is expected to reopen in late February.

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The conceptual plans presented at the meeting showed a Craftsman-style building, large central common living areas and paved trails around the entire complex to improve walkability in the neighborhood. About 35 residents attended the meeting to give input and ask questions about the development, including information on preference for Oakmont residents in relocating to the Oaks. McDermott said no decision on preference had been made but that it would be evaluated over the coming months. She said developers will communicate with residents as information becomes available. The planning phase also will look at traffic impact in the area. The review and approval process will eventually move to formal public hearings. People who live within 400 feet of the property will be notified by mail 10 days prior to hearings. The city will also post signage at Oakmont’s entrance and place notices in the Press Democrat.

Correction A caption with a photo of Al and Bea Thomas in the Jan. 15 paper misidentified the photographer who took the photo. It should have credited Pat Brigham.

The OVA has expanded its office hours. The staff now takes phone calls from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Architecture Office is keeping the same schedule, except it is closed on Fridays.


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Other major areas of concern to the OCDC this year include: • The Cunningham Winery expansion adjacent to Frey Road, where owner Steve Ledson wants to build two large barns with a crush pad in between them on property that until recently was a walnut orchard. “It’s almost a commercial/industrial project that is going to be tucked right next to a residential area,” Millar said. And it’s going to set a precedent, she said, because Ledson’s permit application includes plans to bottle for other wineries. “It will mean a lot of traffic even though people argue it’s only during the harvesting season that you get all the trucks with grapes, but he also is planning a huge tasting room.” • The Annadel/Bordigioni Winery, still in the planning stages, will require a four-way intersection at the entrance to Oakmont Drive. “That’s going to happen,” Millar said. “There could be an awful lot of events over there.” • The 186-acre Graywood Ranch project just across from Lawndale Road, approved by the board of supervisors in 2004 for luxury hotel, restaurant, 10,000-case winery and 11 private residences. The Kenwood Press reported the property has been sold for $40 million to a Beijing-based mega company, which under county rules inherits the already-approved building project, including 20 public events a year. Millar said that with big money in the mix, “it is a fight we cannot win.” The automatic transfer of entitlements once a property sells is what attracts powerful interests and “that’s when we lose control.” • The Water Treatment Plant on Stone Bridge Road, which the city is preparing to abandon sometime over the next few years. Of immediate concern is the future of the foot bridge that crosses into Annadel State Park. The bridge is in need of major repair, yet it could become the only viable bike access to the park from Oakmont. • The possible construction of a 75-foot pedestrian bridge across Santa Rosa Creek into Annadel proposed at the end of Meadow Creek Place. Discussions have been stalled pending the outcome a lawsuit between the city and Wild Oak Association, which wants to deny bicycle access to the park through its property. Part of the path for the proposed pedestrian span would include a small section of Wild Oak, but the association has declined to discuss the matter until the suit is resolved, which could happen this year.

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The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

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In a special meeting on January 6 officers were elected as follows: Frank Giannini, President; Michael Canar, Vice President; Russ Adamson, Treasurer; and Debbie Kiddoo, Secretary and Assistant Treasurer. Standing Committee Chairs were appointed, as well: Finance, Russ Adamson; Social, Frank Giannini; Golf, John Weston; Personnel, Michael Canar; House and Greens, Pete Waller; Communications, Marketing/Membership, Long-Range Planning, and OGC Board Liaison to the OVA/OGC Joint Task Force, Chuck Wood.


The Twilighter golf events were extremely popular with Oakmont Golf Club members in 2014. Social Committee Chair, Frank Giannini and his committee are revving up for an even better Twilighter program for this year. For those of you new to the club, these events are held once a month during our best weather on a late Monday afternoon. Sign-in begins at 2:30 p.m., followed by nine holes of golf on the East Course at 3 p.m., followed by cocktails and dinner at the Quail Inn. Each event features a sixsome (three couples) teamed in a fun competitive format. Prizes are generous. The food is very good. The camaraderie is super. Each date features a unique theme. Look for sign-up announcements before each date. Frank will announce the parameters for making up the sixsome teams well in advance for your planning and recruiting purposes. For now, please put these dates on your calendar: May 11, June 8, July 13, August 17, September 14 and October 12.


Save this date, please. The exact time and meeting details will be released soon. In the meantime, plan on a late afternoon or early evening gathering.



18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Looks like both clubs are off to a good start this new year. We had 31 and 28 players for two play days in early January. Here are the results of sweeps for the first two weeks in January.


net, K. Mokricky. Second flight: first low net tie, K. Faherty and J. DiMaggio; third low net tie, L. Leitner and L. Vree Third flight: first low net, C. Buchold; second low net, M. A. Gibbs; and third low net tie, E. Huff and C. Locke. Fourth flight: first low net, D. Johnson; second low net, V. Collins; third low net, C. Rexford; and fourth low net, J. O’Toole.

Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul and Tuesday Club member Marie Jerry Moreno (77). Theilade along with first place First flight: first low net, K. Mokricky; winner in her flight, two weeks THURSDAY, JANUARY 15, second low net, J. Moreno; and third in a row, Dee Johnson WEST SWEEPS, 17 players low net tie, L. Paul and P. Buchholz. Low Gross of Field: Jerry Moreno (81). Second flight: first low net, A. Miller; second low First flight: first low net, J. Moreno; second low net, net, Y. Smith; third low net, K. Faherty; and fourth P. Wright; third low net, L. Paul; and fourth, L. Clark. low net tie, L. Kilpatrick and J. DiMaggio. Second flight: first low net, N. Shaw; second low Third flight: first low net, M. Delagnes; second low net, E. Huff; and third low net, Y. Smith. net, M. A. Gibbs; third low net, E. Baciacco; and fourth Third flight: first low net, C. Locke; and second low low net, C. Locke. net, K. Wittes. Fourth flight: first low net, D. Johnson; second low A big congratulation net, C. Tripaldi; third low net, J. O’Toole; and fourth goes out to Marie Pierce low net, E. Foote. for getting a hole-in-one on number 13. She was playing THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, WEST on Saturday with other club SWEEPS, 13 players members. This was Marie’s Low Gross of Field: Sallie Wood (91). second hole-in-one! First flight: first low net, S. Wood; second low net, L. Oh by the way ladies, I just Clark; and third low net tie, P. Buchholz and P. Wright. returned from the Mexico trip Second flight: first low net, E. Huff; second low net, that our Pro John organized K.C. Cote; third low net, Y. Smith; and fourth low net, from Oakmont. It was J. O’Toole. fabulous! Everything went TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, WEST smoothly and the service was outstanding. There were 27 SWEEPS, 31 players of us from Oakmont. A good Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (83). Marie Pierce time was had by all. We’re (Thank you Linda Paul First flight: first low net, P. Buchholz; second low now all on diets! for taking the photo) net, L. Paul; third low net, J. Moreno; and fourth low

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club


Wednesday Men’s Club


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nJim Kaiser

The course is looking better every time we play. The greens are as nice as we have seen in a long time. The bare patches in the fairways are almost gone. The weeds and muck in the ponds have disappeared and the pond banks have been groomed to perfection. The roughs are a little long in some places due to the heavy rains we had a few weeks ago. The roughs will be cut to a playable length so please be patient. Thank you, Andy and crew, for a job well done. The condition of the course really makes an impact on play. Let’s all do our part in keeping the course in good condition. The 2015 schedules can be picked up at the table in the pro shop. Happy golfing!

The Wednesday Men’s Club would like to take the time to thank John Weston and his board for all the hard work they put forth. Bruce will have his work cut-out for him to keep pace. Yours truly will be taking over for Bucky Peterson as the scribe for the Wednesday Men’s Club. It was reported to this scribe that our Ross was overheard to say, “This is the worst course I’ve ever played on.” His scramble partner replied, “This isn’t the golf course. We left that an hour ago.” Now the results:

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR DECEMBER 29, 2014 Individual Low Net, 12 Players

First place tie: Stan Augustine and John Munkacsy, both with a 30.5. Third place tie: Don Morse and Phil Sapp, both with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Neil Huber, 13’1”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR January 5 Individual Low Net, 19 Players

First place: Gary Stone with a 28. Second place: Kelly Snow with a 28.5. Third place: Tom Massip with a 29. Fourth place: Clem Maassen with a 29.5. Fifth place: Joe Lash with a 30.5. Sixth place Tie: Art Boot, Paul Lawler and Dan Sienes, all with a 31.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR January12 Two-Man Total Net Score, nine Teams

First place: Dan Levin/Tom Massip with a 65. Second place: Paul Lawler/Bob Marotto with a 65.5. Third place tie: Don Schulte/Greg Carpenter and Keith Wise and John Munkacsy, all with a 68.5. Closest-to-the-pin (carryover): John Munkacsy, 22’6”.

December 31, west INDIVIDUAL LOW NET

First flight (5–20): first, John Weston, 69; second, Rick Yates, 72; third, Gary Novak, 73. Second flight (22–up): first, Bill Smith, 70; second tie, Lou Lari, Ed Pierson and Bob Siela, 73. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Gary Novak, 21’8”, Jeff Snyder, 32’3”; #13—Danny Morgan, 21’0”, Dennis Cronin, 21’6”; #16—Gary Novak, 9’5”, John Weston, 12’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—no one on the green; #13—John Derby, 14’6”, Bill Smith, 68’0”; #16—Jack Haggerty, 16’3”, Ed Pierson, 20’9”.


First flight (10.8–18.3): first tie, Sal Cesario/ Bob Giddings/Nick Beltrano/Bob Hartsock, and Bruce Hulick/Jim Kaiser/Dennis Cronin/Andy Frauenhofer, 118. Second flight (18.8–25.0): first, Alan McLintock/ Gary Novak/Phil Sapp/blind draw, 116; second, Lou Lari/Bob Thompson/Bob Siela/Jeff Snyder, 117. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bill Hainke, 8’1”, Bob Thompson, 9’6”; #13—John Weston, 5’1”, Ron Feibusch, 6’3”; #16—Phil Sapp, 4’0”, Jim Kaiser, 8’1”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Jack Haggerty, 14’7”, John Garcia, 21’0”; #13—Bill Wellman, 4’11”, Larry Frediani, 8’7”; #16—Bob

Hartsock, 16’1”, Tommy Yturralde, 17’9”.

January 7, East TWO-MAN BEST BALL, 11 Teams

First tie: Dan Levin/John Munkascy and Keith Wise/Tony D’Agosta, 51; third tie, El Delegas/Noel Schween and Frank Smith/Dick Scott. 52. Closest-to-the-pin (HCP 0–19): #16—Noel Schween, 50’5”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—John Munkascy, 12’7”, Art Boot, 13’5”; #16—Walt Brown, 16’2”, Art Boot, 16’3”.

January 14, west two-MAN SCRAMBLE

First flight (4.8–9.0): first, Danny Morgan/John Weston, 61.2; second, Ross Alzina/Jim Kaiser, 64.1. Second flight (10.2–12.6): first, Phil Sapp/Gary Novak, 62.2; second, Denny Mool/Bill Smith, 62.6. Third flight (13.2–up): first, Chuck Mendenhall/ Bob Flores, 65.7; second, Dave Goulson/John Garcia, 65.8. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—John Weston, 6’0”, Ross Alzina, 6’2”; #13—John Weston, 24’2”, Gary Novak, 37’11”; #16—Bob Baciocco, 10’0”, John Weston, 15’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Art Hastings, 6’6”, Andy Frauenhofer, 21’1”; #13—Tom Finnerty, 22’7”, Frank James, 39’5”; #16—Frank James, 16’9”, Pete Eschelbach, 21’7”.

January 14, East TWO-MAN BEST SCRAMBLE, 10 Teams

First, John Munkascy/Neil Huber, 47.5; second, Tony D’Agosta/Keith Wise, 51; third, Paul Lawler/ Bob Thorsen, 52; fourth, Dan Levin/Tom Massip, 52.5. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—John Munkascy, 25’2”, Neil Huber, 28’7”; #16—Tom Massip, 20’3”. Closest-to-the-pin (HCP 20–up): #16—Bob Ure, 16’5”, Frank Smith, 69’7”.

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The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

nJeff Davis

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In a country such as the US, deaths from tetanus seem trivially small. Simple immunization prevents its occurrence and/or negates its effects if contracted. By contrast, thousands of newborn babies and many of their mothers around the world die horribly painful deaths because of unsanitary conditions at their birth and because of ignorance of the cause of tetanus. Currently the World Health Organization estimates 60,000 newborns are killed each year. In 2010 Kiwanis International joined a major effort by UNICEF to eliminate this unnecessary scourge with a goal of raising the $110M needed to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus (MNT) from the Earth. Often we are susceptible to thinking that our individual contributions can hardly make a dent in the resources needed solve a major health problem. Many massive health efforts in undeveloped countries require huge commitments by professional medical personnel, large facilities for treatment and care and extensive training of local personnel—a huge expenditure of effort. The Project Eliminate, however, is a perfect case in which every dollar makes a difference between life and death. The cost of immunizing Eliminate a mother is $1.80 US. Those who travel to remote areas do not have to be medical professionals nor do they require medical facilities in the areas they visit. That $1.80 prevents tetanus in the mother, her soon-to-be-born child and all future children she may bear. Every contribution can save a life—more than a life. Locally, the Montgomery High School Key Club, sponsored by the Oakmont Kiwanis Club, conducted a campaign challenging each student at the high school to contribute $1 to Project Eliminate. They collected $1,340 in three days. Each student who contributed had the satisfaction of knowing they could directly affect the life of a child. The UNICEF effort is now reducing MNT at a rate of about 9,000 fewer deaths of new babies each year and

Oakmont Kiwanis members sport wrist bands showing contribution to Key Club Eliminate campaign

has eliminated MNT in 35 of the original 59 countries targeted. Project Eliminate has raised about $73M of the $110M target and hopes to reach this goal in 2015. Complete elimination of maternal/neonatal tetanus will be a major accomplishment in world health and is well within reach. Any individual or family who wishes to contribute to this effort can do so by sending a check made out to the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Community Foundation and sending it to Wendell Freeman, Treasurer, 408 Woodley Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or by credit card at under the Eliminate heading.

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The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

Table tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/ eye coordination and spatial brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont. So come join us. All skill levels are welcome. We play at the old Curves location, 6572 Oakmont Dr., as per the following schedule: Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.



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nJackie McDonald

On February 2 and 9, Sandy White will bring Steel Magnolias by Robert Harling to Playreaders. Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama about the strong bond among a group of Southern women in Louisiana. Harling based the play on his experience with his sister’s death. The play is set in Truvy’s beauty parlor where the women often meet and cover events over a three-year period. They use humor and trivial conversations to cope with the seriousness of the situations they face. Dolly Parton, Sally Field and Julia Roberts were some of the actresses in the movie. A film was made in 2012 with a cast of African-Americans in the roles. Readers are Susan Baggett, Maureen Christ, Cynthia Corn, Jackie Kokerman, Jackie McDonald, Joyce O’Conner and Sandy White.

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The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Current Events Discussion Group

nRay and Marie Haverson


WHEN: Saturday, February 21 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., music from 6–8 p.m. COST: $35 members and their guests, all others $40. The best deal $47 comes with a one-year membership MENU: No food will be served as this is a show only! However we will supply coffee, hot tea, lemon water, ice and cookies Doug Gabriel has been voted Entertainer of the Year 11 times and this year 2014 was voted Best Entertainer and Best Show in Branson, Missouri. He has also been inducted into the Branson Hall of Fame. Doug Gabriel Show is full of variety for all ages, from country to gospel and pop to Broadway. Doug brings a unique quality to each song he performs. Doug is also known for playing a very unique guitar called the “Muftar,” a combination of a muffler and guitar. A version of it resides in Ripley’s Believe It or Not. You’ve got to see it to believe it. Branson’s #1 vocalist and his talented cast perform the #1 hits of over 35 different artists including: Tom Jones, Taylor Swift, Elvis, Shania Twain, James Taylor, Righteous Brothers, Bee Gees, Marty Robbins, Tim McGraw, Jason Aldean, Barry Manilow and many more. Doug also has his own theater in Branson where he performs most of the year and then travels on the off season. He always plays to a sold out crowd. Mark your calendars for February 21 and get your money in early so you won’t miss out. Tables are assigned by the date your payment is received. No reservations or tables can be held until full payment is received.


We welcome all ages to our events and to become a Sha-Boom Events Club member it is only $12 per person per year for your membership. Your year starts from the day you join. All you need is to put your name, address, phone number and E-mail address in an envelope with your check for membership. You may leave your envelope in our folder at the OVA Office or you may mail it to our club address at 7111 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also call us for further information at 539-6666 or E-mail us at We are an all-age club with members from 55 to over 100 years of age. They are all having the time of their lives.

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nBill Anderson

OCF Annual Report for 2014

Total donor contributions were $23,235. Some 90 donors, couples and individuals, contributed. The foundation paid out $21,479 in grants to ten different Oakmont organizations. Those organizations included Music at Oakmont, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Oakmont, Oakmont Health Initiative, Caregivers Support Group, Oakmont Art Association, Oakmont Computer Learning Center, Documentary Film Masterworks, OVA Library, Genealogy Club and Oakmont Sunday Symposium. Donors contributed funds directed to support one or more of these organizations as well as to build our General Fund and our Endowment Fund. Many contributions were designated as a memorial to a deceased relative or friend, some were in honor of a resident who deserved recognition for contributions to our community. We were the recipient of a bequest in the will of a former longterm resident. We received contributions of $500 or more from 23 donors. For the year our ratio of expenses to income was 7.38%, quite low for charitable non-profit corporations. The primary reason is that the OCF is managed entirely by Oakmont resident volunteers who contribute funds, time and director meeting locations as well as management and marketing experience. Since April of 2007, the first month that OCF could legally accept contributions as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, it has received $177,364 in contributions and has issued grants totaling $106,187. These contributions and grants have had a positive impact on our community, as envisioned by the founding directors. The Oakmont organizations benefitting from the generous support of donors and grants from the OCF are enriching the lives of so many of us in this wonderful community. Anyone may make a tax-deductible contribution to the OCF by picking up a Donor Form at the OVA Office, picking up a contribution envelope at one of the participating grant organizations, mailing a contribution to the OCF at the OVA address or placing a form with your check in the OCF file in the OVA Office. Questions? Contact any of these OCF Directors: Pat Amedeo, Bob Chapman, Pat Clothier, Bob Giddings, Sue Millar, Emeritus, Bill Anderson. Consider OCF in your will, as a memorial or to honor someone.

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February 6: Jim Duport February 13: Moderator to be determined February 20: Karen Krestensen February 27: Bernie Palk Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information contact me at 539-5546 or E-mail at


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont Community Church

A New Feature: Pet of the Month

nLaurie Hartmann

nOVA Administration

Will your pet pose for a photo?

The Oakmont News is starting a new pet of the month feature. The newspaper will publish a photo of the selected pet, along with a short caption. To nominate your pet, send a photo along with its name and breed (mixed breeds count), and describe in two sentences or less why your pet is special enough to be featured. Send entries to


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• Visit or phone the Oakmont office at 539-1611 and ask for survey help either through an in-home visit or a phone call; • Go to the Computer Learning Center (across from the library in the Central Activities Center) on one of three dates where volunteers will help you fill out the survey on OVA computers; or • Go to the OVA Office for a paper survey. The in-home and phone assistance will be provided by Sonoma State University senior-level nursing students under the supervision of their professor and several Oakmont residents who are research professionals. Volunteers from the CLC board will provide Computer Learning Center assistance on the following dates: Feb. 3 from 1–4 p.m.; Feb. 13 from 9 a.m.–12 noon; and Feb. 14 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The survey is completely confidential, and residents cannot be identified after filling it out. The OVA Board will use the results to develop a strategic plan for Oakmont. Oakmont is an ever-changing community, with more of our residents continuing to remain in the workplace after they move here. By responding to this survey you can help to better define changing needs and future directions.

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New OVA-Sponsored Class “Developing Your Palate for Wine” Sign up for a six-week, hands-on wine appreciation class in an unpretentious, fun environment. Come and learn about the six major wine varietals of our region. Explore sensory analysis, label language and wine terminology. Your instructor is Mark DeVincenzi, a certified wine educator and sommelier. Each student must bring five wine glasses to each class. Class size is small, so register early in the OVA Office. WHEN: Classes begin Thursday, February 19 and run each Thursday, through March 26 TIME: 7–9 p.m. LOCATION: CAC, Art Room COST: $80 registration fee, please bring your check to the OVA Office made out to Mark DeVincenzi

Free Tax Prep Services

nAl Thomas, Coordinator

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

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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.

A new sermon series: The Apostle’s Creed

The Apostle’s Creed is generally regarded as the earliest re-statement or symbol of faith following the establishment of the canon of the Bible. Since 390 AD Christians have been reciting this statement as confirmation of faith and baptism. During the winter and spring of the new year Pastor Dan Melligan will present the Bible’s teaching on each of the articles of the creed.

Sunday, February 1

Dan will be preaching on what it means that “I believe in God, the Father Almighty.”

Sunday, February 8

Our thoughts will turn to God as “Maker of heaven and earth” as we consider these words from the Apostle’s Creed. Debbie Knapp will provide music at the keyboards.

Sunday, February 15

We will look at “Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord,” the next words in the Creed. The men’s a capella group, Sonoma Chanson, will be enlivening the service with their warm blend and diverse repertoire. Check them out at

Partners Contract Bridge

nHelen Hargrave, Coordinator

Our February dates are Feb. 2 and 16 at 7–9 p.m. in the Card Room at the CAC. If you have never played with us, this might be a good time to check us out. If you need a partner, call me at 539-5511 and I will do my best to find to a partner for you. There are several singles now who want to play. This is an ideal way to get started with contract bridge and to meet new folks. We keep the same partner throughout the evening as we rotate through each table and keep a running score. Hope to see you in February.

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The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

nMark Randol

Cal Alumni Club


The February Saddle Club dinner will be held on Thursday, February 19 in their newly-remodeled dining room. Cocktails start at 5 p.m. and a buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The menu will be meatloaf, mashed potatoes and gravy, green salad and dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club

nKathy Sowers

members and $32 for non-members. The price includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Reservations in advance a must and are due by Monday, February 16. Contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive. For additional information about the Cal Alumni Club, please contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes, at 537-9631, or go to the club’s website: www.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont


Classes opened with a bang! Students were drawn in to see Eric Williams’ course about the Supreme Court. Registration for the Wednesday and Thursday classes are expected to jump too, as returning and new students indicate their satisfaction with the December previews by Charlene Lohmeier and Douglas Kenning. Have you tried a lifelong learning class yet? First-time students qualify for a $20 discount! Why not try one of these fantastic classes? Don’t have a discount coupon? Stop by the registration tables at any class, and volunteers will help you out.

THE SUPREME COURT: The Cases, Controversies and Personal Histories that Shaped American History By ERIC J. WILLIAMS, Ph.D. MONDAYS, Jan. 12–Feb. 23, 3–5 PM BERGER CENTER

This class has two phases. In the first, you will explore the history and inner workings of the court through stories from some of the most important Justices in American history. The latter phase explores specifically some of the cases in the past 60 years. Eric J. Williams, Ph.D., is the Chair of the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies at SSU. He teaches classes in constitutional law, punishment and corrections, and is published in academic journals.


This was a time of rapidly increasing population, a rising middle class, and a society that begins to question ancient authority. How did this affect the common folk and women? And what about uncommon commoners like Shakespeare and Newton? Explore how all this contributed to the change from a medieval to a modern society. Charlene Lohmeier, M.A., set out to conquer the world as an English major in college. But she always maintained her passion for poetry, the 1600’s, and the fascinating history during the Stuart Dynasty.


Italy served as a parade route for Western Civilization as it marched from the ancient Greeks to us. But the story of Italy is convoluted with characters such as Caligula, Cyclops, Galileo, Mussolini, daVinci and Pythagoras. Explore an overview of this history to make sense of the Romans, Renaissance, Bronze Age, and Age of Enlightenment. Douglas Kenning, Ph.D., earned his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and has taught in Tunisia, Japan, and Italy as a professor of literature and history. He spends half of each year in Petaluma. He also resides in Sicily where he operates a small tour guide business. Winter OLLI at SSU brochures, course descriptions, and registration forms are available in the OVA Office and the Central Activity Center. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at OakmontLLL@ Students may also register online at Osher at SSU-Oakmont Lifelong Learning classes are open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests.

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Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the former Curves location on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See for club information and Winter 2015 League Schedule. Dates for February: Feb. 3, 10 and 17. No bowling Feb. 24—fourth Tuesday. Our 10-week Winter 2015 League started on January 6 and ends on March 31 with team champion playoff on April 14.


Our Oakmont Lanes Fifth Annual Charity Bow-AThon fund-raiser has been moved to Saturday, March 14 at Austin Creek Elementary School, 1480 Snowy Egret Dr. Santa Rosa, to be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District and the Oakmont Kiwanis. Note date change and save the date. Planning is in the works! See our website for update information.

RESULTS AS OF Jan. 13 (second week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Pocket Hits; tie for second place, 4 Tops, Strikers and Wii Four; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, Alley Oops. Men’s High Games: Elmer Swanton, 237; Juan Fuentes, 222; Don Shelhart, 214; Ed Schudel, 211. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 258; Kathryn Miller, 257; Germaine Byrne, 255; Peggy Ensley, 253; Florence Palica, 237; Phyllis Jennings, 223; Mariel Green, 217; Sandy Osheroff, 210; Sandy Wald, 208; Sue Bowman, 205; Margo Chicoine, 204. High Game Subs: Beverly Thompson, 257; Debbie Miller, 212. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; tie for second place, High Rollers and King Pins; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 242; Mark Attebery, 213. Women’s High Games: Mollie Atkinson, 279; Valerie Hulsey, 258; Diane Price, 258; Jan Blackburn, 257; Shirley Jamison, 246; Carolyn Mack, 225; Debbie Miller, 222; Irene Lucia, 212; Doris Ruh, 205; Nicole Reed, 206. High Game Subs: Germaine Byrne, 244; Fritzie Amantite, 238; Sue Bowman, 217; Juan Fuentes, 210.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont Puzzle Contest

nMarianne Neufeld


The purpose of this survey is to find out what services you would like to see offered to Oakmont residents. This survey does not mean that these services will be offered by the Volunteer Helpers, but may be offered by other organizations if enough interest warrants the service. Check each of the following that you may be interested in using:

■ Ofelia Roman — OVA Administration

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

Rides to Oakmont Services (bank, library, gym, etc.): would definitely use___ might use___ would not use____

Heart #1 Pg. #______

Transportation to events in Oakmont (Music at Oakmont, movies): would definitely use___ might use___ would not use____


Friendly phone call from a caring neighbor: would definitely use___ might use___ would not use____

Heart #2 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________

Social Brunch/Lunch/Bingo: would definitely use___ might use___ would not use____ Shopping from list for groceries or personal needs: would definitely use___ might use___ would not use____ Grief Support Group: would definitely use___ might use___ would not use____ Other services you would be interested in using:____________________________________________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Name _____________________________________________________Phone No.___________________________

Thank you for taking part in this survey to help Oakmont Volunteer Helpers better serve our community. After you have completed the survey, please send to OVH, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Suite 7, or place in the Volunteer Helpers file in the OVA Office.

West Recreation Center Renovation

Heart #3 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Heart #4 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Heart #5 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Heart #6 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Heart #7 Pg. #______ Article:_____________________________________ Heart #8 Pg. #______

nOVA Administration


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


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

Name______________________________________ Phone______________________________________ Street Address_______________________________ ___________________________________________

january 15 CONTEST WINNER rose callori

Congratulations Rose!

Single Boomers Social Club

nJim Ptak

Nobody was “crabby” and everyone walked away happy from our members-only Crab Feed held on January 17. This was just one of the benefits you could have enjoyed as a member of the Single Boomers Social Club. Our next social for members and guests will be held at the Quail Inn on “lucky” Friday, February 13 from 6–9 p.m. Our membership continues to grow as word spreads about our friendly socials and upcoming events. Feel free to drop by any of our Socials, meet our members and get a sense of who we are. You won’t be disappointed! Our club’s purpose is to offer a friendly social environment and to promote fun, camaraderie, and entertaining events combined with an opportunity to meet single baby boomers in a relaxed setting. If you are interested in joining our club for a mere $12, contact Sandy Throne at for a membership application.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Pickleball Club News

nAnita Easland


“Paddle up” is the unique ritual that is done at the end of each pickleball game. It is the equivalent to the fist bump, the man hug, the high five, the simple hug and the kiss on the cheek (not that any of these are precluded by doing paddle up). This is how it goes: all four players come to net and either tap the paddle surfaces together or the four handle butts together. In essence, “paddle up” is a way of demonstrating good sportsmanship and building camaraderie, as well as a non-verbal way of saying: “wow, aren’t we lucky to be out here playing this fun game together!”

The OPC members put in just as much fun-filled energy off the courts when they gather together to party! Planning for a spring party is in the works, and of course, we hope that the Sweet Dills will do an encore performance. Our parties are for OPC members and guests, so if you didn’t notice the renewal coupon in the last few issues, no worries. You can simply put your name on a piece of paper stating that it is a renewal and all of your contact information is the same, or note any changes. Oh yes, include your very reasonable annual payment of $10. Take your envelope to the OVA Office and put it in the Pickleball file. For new members and for those who want to be supporters/friends of the OPC, please know you are welcome to join. You can be added to our contact list and notified of all OPC sporting and nonsporting events (many-long time residents said our last party was the best they had ever attended in Oakmont!). WHO: Pickleball members and guests WHERE: East Rec. Tennis court #4 WHEN: 10 a.m.–12 noon, Monday–Saturday, drop-in play for all players, all skill levels—no reservations required. Instruction and orientation to the game is offered every Monday from 10–11 a.m. We have loaner paddles available. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people WEBSITE: CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266; E-mail pjsavage24@


I have good news and bad news. The good news is our first major Boomers event of 2015 looks like it will be another big success. The bad news is for those who did not reserve a spot, this event is sold out! If you missed the chance to attend this party, don’t worry. There are more big events to come. The Blues Box Bayou Band will provide the music, and Red Rose Catering will serve up traditional N’awlins food, including Jambalaya, red beans and rice, and more! Fancy dress is always welcome, but not necessary, and of course, BYOB. WHAT: Mardi Gras Celebration WHEN: February 14, 6–9 p.m. (doors open at 5 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB

SRJC Programs and Classes Available at Oakmont Gardens

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

Independent Program offered by Oakmont Gardens

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

April 16, Trivia Night

This annual favorite is coming around again, so you’ll have the chance to show off all those bits of extraneous information you’ve got buried deep in your brain. Teams will compete for bragging rights and prizes. Can you beat last year’s two-time winners? WHAT: Trivia Night WHEN: April 16, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: Appetizer or dessert to share, BYOB

Boomer Movie Quiz:

Fill in the blank: “Ben, I just want to say one word to you—just one word...” Find the answer on the Oakmont Boomers website:

May 16: Motown Yesterday, Today, Forever!

Food trucks return to Oakmont, and Nathan Owens and the Legends of Motown will have you “Dancing in the Streets.” More information to come in future Oakmont News issues. As if that isn’t enough, we’ve got plans for more celebrations throughout the rest of the year. Mark your calendars for these upcoming big events: June 20, August 15, October 17 and December 10—Member Appreciation Party.

Membership Renewals


We hope you’ll help us make our first ever Charades Night a success. This game has endless possibilities for laughs, and to make it even more fun, you get to pick the words, movies, books, and TV or Broadway shows for your opposing team to act out. Make a list and write the words/phrases on a post-it or small paper and see what happens.

Meet new Boomers and reconnect with friends you may not have seen for a while. Bring a snack to share and BYOB. WHAT: Charades Night WHEN: March 19, 7–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: Appetizer or dessert to share, BYOB

nLynn Wycoff

nBridget Mendoza, Activities Assistant


nSusan Lynn

All these upcoming events should have inspired you to renew your Boomers membership. So if you haven’t done it yet, take a moment to do it now. It’s only $10 per person per year, and it couldn’t be easier. You should have received an E-mail reminder on January 15, but if not, this is what you should do: save yourself a trip to the OVA Office by paying online. Simply visit our website,, and click on User Profile in the Members Only section (https://oakmontboomers. Follow the instructions and you’ll be set for the next year. New members should click on Apply for Membership and follow the prompts. You do not need a PayPal account, and you can use your debit or credit card. If you wish to pay by check, make it payable to Oakmont Boomers and leave it in the Boomers’ Dues folder at the OVA Office. (Please remember to provide your E-mail address.) No matter which payment option you choose, do it by February 15 so that your membership remains in good standing. If you have any questions about joining the Boomers, please E-mail our Membership Director at

Bocce News

Cold weather has arrived but the sun comes out by afternoon and so far it has been pleasant. The courts are in fine shape and the players have been in fine shape as well. We have acquired some new members and several prospective ones have come up to check us out. I guess news travels fast and much has been said about what a great game we have. Our first tournament of the year will be Valentine’s Day which is Saturday, February 14 at 1 p.m. at the courts. Bring your sweetheart and join in the fun. There will be candy for the winning teams and candy for the losing teams. How can you lose with that!

Reminder: there are still some who have not sent in their dues. A new membership list is due to come out soon so you want to be on it. Besides, if we have to send Jeff after you remember he wields a mean tennis racket! Dues are $15 each and can be placed in the folder at the OVA Ask about Jeanne’s Office. A membership form is incredible final shot! shown below to assist you. Hope to see all of you at the courts. If it is chilly just add another layer. That will do the job nicely.

Membership sign-up Form Name ___________________________________________________________________ Phone ________________ Address ________________________________________________________ E-mail _________________________ Make checks for $15 to Oakmont Bocce Club.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont Art Association

nJane Carpenter

THE CELEBRATION OF ART FEBRUARY 6 9:30 am–2:30 pm, Berger Center

Free admission—a gift to all Oakmont residents from the Oakmont Art Association, made possible by a grant from the Oakmont Community Foundation. Come in the morning and watch the creations of three distinguished artists. The painting process will be streaming on the big screen as you sit or wander to get another view or grab a cup of coffee or tea and a snack.

David Lobenberg

Christopher Schink

You are encouraged to bring your sketch pads and pencils to draw the artists, the model and other visual interests (no paint). Photographers are encouraged to take pictures (no flash). The buffet lunch is sold out. You can bring your own lunch. Water and hot tea will be available. You may purchase a soft drink. If you have made a lunch reservation, Jackie Smith, Hospitality Chairman, urges you to remember to pick up a lunch voucher at the entrance to the Berger Center when you arrive. After lunch hear from the artists as they each talk about their individual styles while they show more of their works on the big screen during a short Power Point demonstration. A few weeks after this event there will be an exhibit of works created on this day by those in the audience. Some will be unfinished sketches, and some might be paintings that were finished at home. Images caught by the camera and perhaps a showing of the three works done by the artists on Feb. 6 would round out this follow-up exhibit. Plan to show your own creativity so we can all enjoy the meaning of the celebration of the arts.


The Ikebana classes that started on Jan. 23 are full. If you wish to be on a waiting list call Bonnie Crosse at 282-9076.


Myrna Wacnov

Paintings in the Berger Gallery were changed on Jan. 10. On the back walls of the auditorium are the paintings of Philip Wilkenson and Jean Palmer. In our last issue there was a brief biography of Philip’s art history and a picture of one of his paintings. In this issue Jean Palmer describes some of her background in art.

Jean was born in San Francisco and is related to two early California Gold Rush artists, Harry Eastman and his son Edward Eastman. Her interest in art began in elementary school and continued while raising her children and working as a florist. She has taken classes in drawing, art history, oil painting, color theory and mixed media at Santa Rosa Junior College. For several years she served as an art docent for the Rincon Valley School District. She has always been the family photographer and as of late has renewed her interest in this medium. One of Jean Palmer’s photos will appear in the next issue of the Oakmont News.

Oakmont Democratic Club

nL. Malcolm Rodman

Open Discussion: Re-Inventing the Oakmont Democratic Club

WHEN: Tuesday, February 10, 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center Oakmont residents and their guests are cordially invited. We are at the beginning of an exciting election cycle here in California, with open contests for both our party’s presidential candidate and the U.S. Senate seat opening up by the retirement of Sen. Barbara Boxer. Our club has been active in recent elections and we want to position ourselves to play an active role in the elections coming up. Toward this end, we want to identify opportunities to serve for volunteers. This includes the election of Officers for 2015. Please join us in re-inventing the Oakmont Democratic Club.

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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

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



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

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

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


9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Chess CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR



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

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




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

10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 1:00 PM Oscar Night at Oakmont BC

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


9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 10:00 AM Edgar Cayce Study Group B 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM iPad Sig BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:30 PM Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Grandparents Club Ste 6 6:00 PM Will Durst Show BC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

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


BERGER & CAC CLOSED TODAY, ALL CLASSES CANCELED 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM Lawn Bowling Brown Bag BC 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Boomer Board Ste 6 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 3:00 PM OLLI E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR 7:00 PM Single Boomers BC


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

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

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








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

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



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

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

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM OLLI E 5:30 PM OVA Candidate’s Forum BC 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness Central Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg BC 12:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce

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

Monthly Event Calendars are also available online at

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

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, See page 13 CR Card Room (new building complex) Ste 6 In OVA Administration Building D Adjacent to stage in Berger Center UW Upper West, See page 13

9:00 AM Tap Practice Adv BC 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 5:30 PM Boomers BC

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

9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E Tennis Court #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 5:00 PM Rotary Crab Feed BC


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Star of the Valley Valentine Bingo

OVA-Sponsored Events

nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, February 11 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; soup, muffins, rolls and dessert $5 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for soup at approx. 5:15 p.m.

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MOST LIKELY TO BREAK THE SPEED OF LIGHT Things I learned in astrophysics: it’s no fun orbiting around without a co-pilot. When you thrive on affection and playtime like I do, being on a solo mission gets a little lonely. Plus, this microgravity makes for a boring game of fetch. I’m looking for a crew with the right stuff, which may include kids over 10 and possibly another dog-o-naut. As a 6 y/o Mini-Pin/Chihuahua mix, I’m ready to launch right into a stellar forever home. Houston, do we have lift-off?


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OVA Presents the Comedy Event of the Year! Will Durst’s BoomeRaging!

nMarsha Zolkower

WHEN: Tuesday, February 24 TIME: 7 p.m. COST: $15 WHERE: Berger Center Will Durst, “the thinking man’s comic,” will grace us with his performance of “BoomeRaging: From LSD to OMG,” an uproarious tribute to the joys, achievements, frustrations and looming doom of the Baby Boom Generation. In this rollicking heartfelt monologue, Durst encourages his chronologically gifted brethren to refuse to grow old in the face of gravity no matter how many times they forget their online banking security question. “Will Durst is a five-time Emmy nominee and host/co-producer of the PBS series Livelyhood. He

has been a regular commentator on NPR, CNN, and C-SPAN. He has appeared on television over 800 times including Late Night with David Letterman, Comedy Central, HBO and Showtime. He received seven consecutive nominations for the American Comedy Awards Stand-Up Comedian of the Year.” (Wikipedia) Join us for a Tuesday Cabaret with table seating, bring your own munchies and drinks. Tickets are $15 each. Buy a table with your friends, or come and make some new ones! Tickets are sold in advance in the OVA Office. Please complete the order slip, include your check and drop it in our folder in the office. No cash please.

BoomeRaging, february 24 Reservation form Name__________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone#____________________________ Number of tickets__________ Amount enclosed (check)$__________

OVA Presents Oscar Night at Oakmont

nMarsha Zolkower

For the first time in Oakmont’s history, we will meet on the Red Carpet outside the Berger Center for a live broadcast of the 87th Academy Awards. Join us on Sunday, February 22, for the 4 p.m. show. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m.. Bring your bubbly and hors d’oeuvres to enjoy as you view the live telecast at a cabaret table. You have the option of purchasing a table of eight for you and your friends, or sit in open seating.

Door prizes and popcorn will add to the festivities! Formal Oscar attire welcome, but optional. Tickets will be sold in advance at the OVA Office for $5.


Please complete the order slip, include your check and drop it in our folder in the office. No cash please.

OSCAR NIGHT AT OAKMONT, february 22 reservation form Name__________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone#____________________________ Number of tickets__________ Amount enclosed (check)$__________

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nRosemary Waller


On Thursday, Feb. 12, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, the distinguished Calidore Quartet will be heard in works by three giants of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries: Haydn, Beethoven and Bartók. Haydn’s Quartet in F Minor, Op. 20 No. 5: The great musicologist Sir Donald Tovey says of Haydn’s six Op. 20 quartets: “Every page is of historic and aesthetic importance; there is perhaps no single or sextuple opus in the history of instrumental music which has achieved so much.” Op. 20 No. 5 (1772) was perhaps Haydn’s 23rd work for two violins, viola, and cello; he would, astonishingly, go on to write 45 more. Eight years previously Prince Nikolaus Esterházy had built his estate southeast of Vienna. His court included Haydn and a sizable coterie of musicians. The palace itself was splendid (the “Hungarian Versailles”), but it was isolated and situated atop a swamp, with constant humidity and a nasty north wind. The instrumentalists, singers, and Haydn himself suffered from multiple illnesses, including depression. Op. 20 changed forever the nature of the string quartet. “It was from Haydn that I first learned the true way to write quartets,” said Mozart. Beethoven, who bore a grudge against Haydn (for criticizing Beethoven’s early works), nonetheless immersed himself in Op. 20, copying out the quartets, and even scoring one of them for string orchestra. Three years after Haydn’s death, Beethoven wrote, in an uncharacteristic burst of humility, “Do not rob Handel, Haydn and Mozart of their laurel wreaths. They are entitled to theirs, I am not yet entitled to mine.” An important innovation of Op. 20 is the equality of the four voices. The form had previously been dominated by the first violinist, who carried the melody and was accompanied by the other

nDonna Kaiser

instruments. In Op. 20, each instrument was given an independent voice. Haydn also introduced radical structural revisions. Rather than traditional phrases of four and eight measures, Haydn wrote in chunks of five and seven measures, or 18 measures, divided asymmetrically. Minuet movements became fanciful in form, quite undanceable. Clearly Haydn was creating something new, and earning the sobriquet “Father of the String Quartet.” Bartók’s Quartet No. 2, Op. 17: Béla Bartók’s second string quartet was begun in 1915 and finished two years later. This work, along with the ballet The Wooden Prince, marked the start of the Hungarian composer’s mature period. He had trained as a pianist in the Western tradition, and his early compositions were influenced by Strauss and Debussy. Then he became caught up in the nationalism that swept Eastern Europe at the turn of the 20th century. Emerging from the Franz Liszt Conservatory, the young Bartók made lengthy forays into the countryside, recording and meticulously notating the folk music he encountered. Dismissing the cosmopolitan culture of Budapest as illegitimate, he brought back ethnic furniture and costumes and insisted on their use in the home he shared with his mother and sister. Rural Hungarian music, he wrote, “attains an unsurpassable degree of perfection and beauty.” From that point forward an ingenious infusion of Magyar melodies, scales and harmonies would significantly characterize Bartók’s compositions. Beethoven’s Quartet in E Minor, Op. 59 No. 2 “Razumovsky:” In 1808 the Russian Count Andrey Razumovsky engaged the Schuppanzigh Quartet as in-house musicians for his palace in Vienna. Here they performed the premiere of Beethoven’s three Op. 59 quartets, commissioned by the Count. The music was

poorly received by both musicians and public. The review closest to favorable stated, “The conception is profound and the construction excellent, but [the works] are not easily comprehended.” Edward Dusinberre of the Takács Quartet charmingly imagines the first performance of Op. 59 No. 2: “The guests, after a sumptuous meal, pause on the terrace to look down over the Danube and spires of Vienna; they adjourn to an elaborate concert hall. But the opening music of Op. 59 No. 2 is hardly an aid to digestion: two loud chords followed by a bar’s silence. A few bars of breathless, mysterious music and another silence. It was like nothing they had heard before … Schuppanzigh [the first violinist, who complained that the music was much too difficult] had good reason to feel worried—[there were] exposed runs and leaps that covered the whole range of the violin with alarming velocity.” Today the Op. 59 quartets are among Beethoven’s most popular works. As the composer responded to his critics: “They are not for you, but for a later age.” WHAT: Calidore String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, February 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

Valentine’s Dinner Dance Sponsored by the Dance Club


Love is in the air, and Valentine’s Day is for everyone! Come celebrate at the Dance Club’s Valentine’s Dinner Dance. You’ll be infatuated with Oakmont Village Market’s sumptuous dinner, and your heart will be dancing to the music of Steve Luther, our favorite DJ. Singles and couples, boomers or not, are all welcome. DATE: Friday, February 13 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30–6:30 p.m. hors d‘oeuvres, (BYOB) setups provided; 6:30 p.m. dinner by Oakmont Village Market; 7–-10 p.m. dancing COST: $45 for members, $50 for non-members


Appetizers: Bacon-wrapped smokies, cream cheese and red pepper wraps, spinach mushroom cheese frittata, bruschetta, veggie platter with peanut sauce. Wedge Salad with creamy blue cheese, bacon and cherry tomato dressing. Entrée #1: Surf and Turf (BBQ Tri-tip and Prawns in a butter garlic sauce). Entrée #2: Chicken Marsala (boneless chicken breast in a creamy mushroom Marsala sauce). Rice pilaf, broccoli florets, assorted bread and butter, and chocolate surprise. Vegetarian Entrée Upon Request.


All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone: 538-3574.


Membership dues for 2015, $10 each or $20 per couple, are payable now and may be included with your reservation or dropped in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office. Dues are for the calendar year, January through December.


• All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. • If you want to reserve a table for eight, please submit the amount due and forms for the entire table in one envelope, along with the name of a contact person. • If you want to sit with a specific group of fewer than eight, 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. • Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.

Valentine’s Dance Reservation Friday, February 13

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, February 6.

Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:_________________________________ E-mail:________________________________________________ Dance Club Dues for 2015: $10 each or $20 per couple Dance Club Member Dinner: $45

Non-Dance Club Member Dinners: $50

How many of entrée #1______ How many of entrée #2______ How many of vegetarian______ Dues for 2015_________ Check enclosed for $ __________ Table name request: ____________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha

now at 6572 Oakmont Drive (the Old Curves)

Do join us at our new location. We would love to see you and introduce this ancient Chinese exercise which enhances agility, breathing and most of all balance. We offer a five-class workshop for the beginners. Tuition is $75 for the five classes (which do not have to be consecutive). We meet Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. and pre-registration is required. Class is available for seniors who have canes, walkers or who have other challenges. Please call me at 318-5284 to register. I have been practicing Tai Chi for over 40 years and have been teaching it here at Oakmont for 28 years, as well as at Sonoma State University for over two-and-a-half decades. I am looking forward to meeting you.

Fit & Fun nLynn Seng, Instructor

Just say NO!

…If you don’t need to exercise, don’t enjoy moving to music, don’t want to leave your couch, don’t like to laugh, don’t care about your muscles or memory or balance, and don’t have anything to lose. Classes are at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday mornings and 2 p.m. on Thursday afternoons at the old Beauty Parlor behind McBride’s. Your first two classes are free so come check us out! Successive classes, which do not need to be consecutive, are $10 per week or discounted at five weeks for $40 or 10 weeks for $60. Make it a Healthy New Year!

Fit Water ness nCathy Rapp

The trees think it’s spring. They’re sending out their delicate new leaves. Consider joining the trees, the flowers, and your fellow Oakmonters in celebrating spring with a morning water aerobics workout. The steam rising from the warm pool is so welcoming. Water aerobics classes are being held at the Central Pool for the next few months as the West Rec. Center is being remodeled. To receive news about water fitness classes and the JC schedule, you may add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list by calling me at 537-9281 or E-mailing me at to receive updates.

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

Free Classes through SRJC: Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Participants may decide to continue the classes during the break on a fee basis. Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Note: the 10 a.m. class on Friday with Julie as instructor is on hiatus for the winter and the plan is to begin the class again next spring.

Fitness Club

nJohn Phillips

Muscle Tone and Age

Let me ask a question: at what age do you stop building muscle (hypertrophy)? About ten years ago when I was asked this question, the research indicated around age 70, an easy straight forward answer. At the same time studies where saying that people can continue to gain strength well into their 90’s. At the time I was young and naive and simply believed what the experts where saying. After all they were the experts and should know what they are talking about. So, a few months ago when I was asked the question, I gave the above answer and as it was coming out I started to think: does this really make sense, gain strength without gaining muscle mass, even a little muscle mass? I decided maybe it was time for me to see what the experts where saying about age and hypertrophy. After all new studies are constantly being performed and results are always being re-evaluated. I was right, viewpoints have changed. There really is no age where we stop developing muscle mass or strength. It is based on the individual. Of course there are some rules of thumb, which I will get to in a minute but I want to cover the previous statement: it is based on the individual. Even though we are all made up of the same fibers and cells, we are all different. So, in a way it makes sense that it is the individual that determines when we stop increasing strength and muscle mass. When I say it is up to the individual, I mean it is truly up to the individual. What the studies have shown is that we can make gains no matter what age. We just have to push ourselves. It all comes down to intensity, how hard are you willing to work to obtain or maintain your goals or lifestyle. As I have mentioned in previous articles there are many different ways of working out and you need to find the ones that work best for you but you don’t want to become complacent. Remember, it is good to be a little uncomfortable while you’re working out. Listen to your body. Your want to push yourself a little but don’t hurt yourself. The idea is to get and stay healthy. It takes longer to heal the older we become, so we don’t want injuries. We want to stay in the gym and most of all to keep moving. If you have any questions regarding this article or

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Goodbye chilly January! Hello February with your milder days. I think we have made the turn with the usual coldest days behind us. Days are noticeably longer, sunrises more beautiful, and the sun’s rays warmer. Hip, hip, hooray! So stay the course, the finish line is in sight!

Flip Turn News

Alert! “No cross lane” users. It’s a safety issue, a courtesy issue. The posted OVA stamped notice in bulletin boards is up for such reasons. Lap walking is fine. It’s not how fast/slow we go nor that we must swim. It’s proper lane usage. Keeping our pools safe and friendly is a priority. Please be aware and if you see someone new, direct their attention to the bulletin board notice. Let’s be safe, let’s be courteous. Join us at Happy lapping!

anything else, please stop by the Fitness Center, call me at 494-9086 or E-mail me at I will be more than happy to help. nTom Pugliese, Fitness Club Board

Recap: Nutrition Presentation

The Oakmont Fitness Club and Council on Aging hosted a presentation on “Food Choices for Healthy Aging” on January 19. The interactive presentation by Chris Bekins, Registered Dietitian for Meals on Wheels, was attended by 45 enthusiastic Oakmonters. Ms. Bekins’ presentation stressed that a healthy diet affects quality of life, independence, outlook and family by boosting our immune system to reduce susceptibility to or managing the effects of chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. She discussed the DASH diet and the concept of “Eating the Rainbow” to support her dietary recommendations which included abundant fruits and vegetables, whole grains, low fat dairy, healthy fats, lean protein and sodium limited to 1500mg per day. She provided appetizing food options for each of the categories and made specific food recommendations to reduce blood pressure. Ms. Bekins also stressed the importance of adequate hydration and the effectiveness of standardized vitamin supplements in maintaining adequate levels of Calcium, Vitamins D, B6, B12, Folate and Magnesium as we age. The health risks associated with excess sugar and alcohol were also discussed. Laura Colgate, Director of Senior Nutrition Services at the Council on Aging introduced Ms. Bekins and followed the nutrition presentation with interesting information about the Meals on Wheels program. Last year the program delivered over 260,000 meals to the 1,800 clients in Sonoma County, 45% living below the poverty level. The program is funded in part (only 43%) by the Older Americans Act, and still relies heavily on client reimbursement and donations. The Oakmont Fitness Club and presentation attendees donated a combined $150 to the program. Amy Crabb, Director of Development at the Council on Aging spoke briefly about the upcoming Wine Country Senior Games. The Oakmont Lawn Bowling court is being considered as a venue for the 2015 games.

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

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


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

Aerobics Class

Mondays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

Feb. 16: Cardio Fitness and Strength with Betsy Smith. Come and enjoy great music, easy routines, friendship; keep active and in shape all at the same time. No mats today. Hand weights optional.

Wednesdays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

An exciting rotation of instructors from YMCA Healthy Living.

Fridays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center (Feb. 6 at the East Rec.)

Stretch, Body Conditioning and Balance with Mary Hastings. This is a gentle class. If you have ever been in physical therapy, you will remember the movements. Exercises are done standing, sitting in a chair and on the mat. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, Therabands (available in class for $5), athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, water bottle and hand towel. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. We advise you to start with a smaller paid class or personal trainer. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. Thank you for coming.

2015 Dance Showcase Sunday, March 22, 3–5:30 PM Berger Center

Doors open at 2:45 p.m., open dancing 5:30–6 p.m. Admission is $15 per person. Oakmont Health Initiative invites you to join us for this delightful evening of show” dancers mixed with a little dancing of your own. This will be a very festive

event showcasing dancers of all ages. A variety of different dances will be performed by local professional and amateur dancers as well as competition Latin and Ballroom dancers. You’ll even see some of our talented Oakmont dancers! The program will put a smile on your face, get your toes tapping and show you why dancing is such a fun and healthy activity. Afternoon dress is “smart casual.” Light refreshments will be served. Please bring your beverage of choice. Seating arrangements at the tables will be open and flexible. Come early and mingle. Also, we appreciate that you invite friends to join your table—it is truly gracious. You may pay online with PayPal at https://sites. If you prefer to pay by check, please make your check payable to Oakmont Health Initiative. You may leave checks in the OHI Folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

Reservation form Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address:_______________________________________________________

Mentoring Opportunities at Dunbar Elementary School

nMJ Arner, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (SVMA)

Press release

There are many volunteer opportunities in our Glen Ellen/Kenwood community. At Dunbar, while there are a number of mentor/mentees currently matched through SVMA, there are over two dozen young candidates still on waiting list. The basic mentoring commitment is not extensive and entails, at a minimum, meeting with the child, usually at a Mentor Center, once a week for about an hour. As the bond develops through guidance and time, the relationship can expand in both scope and hours spent together per week. SVMA provides support off-campus, should mentors want to participate with their mentees in a myriad of scheduled outside activities with others in the mentoring community. If you are interested in learning more about mentoring opportunities at Dunbar School, contact me at 996-7328 or via E-mail at dunbar@ If you would like general SVMA information, contact the main office at 938-1990 or explore their website at www.sonomamentoring. org. You can apply online there, too.

nBetsy Smith

Cardio Fitness

The Enocureans

nMark Randol


You won’t need a date to celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Enocureans on Tuesday, February 10. Enjoy great food and toast to the occasion at Bistro 29, a small and friendly restaurant in downtown Santa Rosa specializing in the French “Breton” regional cuisine. We’ll have the entire restaurant and enjoy a fourcourse wine-paired dinner prepared specially for us by the owners Chef Brian Anderson and his wife Françoise. The price per person is $55 and includes all food, three 3-oz. pours of paired French wines, tax and tip.


Amuse Bouche: Endive with grilled pear, pomegranate, hazelnuts, goat cheese and honey. First course: Espellette Roasted Prawn and Mussels with Saffron Risotto Beignet and Lobster/Cognac Sauce Armoricaine. Second course: Slow Roasted Bistro Filet with potato and Toma Cheese Gratin, crispy brusselssprout leaves and Shallot Jus. Dessert: Rose Panna Cotta with honey caramel, sea salt chocolate almonds and sweet Crêpe Dentelle. To reserve your space and to get more information about the Enocureans, please contact Ellen Leznik at

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m. No class Thursday, Feb. 5 WHERE: Class is currently being held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Keep those resolutions and challenges for good health going by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

Balance and Strength Class (all the toys)

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class will be held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, and weights, balls INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Improve your balance and strength this year by joining the Balance and Strength (All the Toys) Class Wednesday evenings from 4:30–5:30 pm. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights and a ball if you have them.

February 28 Buddhist Meeting

nPennijean Savage

Treasuring the Present Moment and the People Right in Front of Us

“Referring to a story by the Russian author Leo Tolstoy (1828–l910), Dr. Daisaku Ikeda, President of the SGI (international Buddhist layman’s organization), highlights the importance of the present moment and the people we are connected to right now, and emphasizes that we gain trust through valuing those around us.”—Living Buddhism, January 2015, pg. 57 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, February 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, February 28, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

nBette Shutt

winter Session —february • march


Taking pictures of a fun activity with family and friends is a way to save those cherished moments. But do you ask yourself, “What do I do with them now?” Well, Ronnie Roche is coming to share her ideas with you, because it seems there is always more to learn about what to do after we take the pictures. We look forward to seeing you. Important: this event will be held at the East Rec. Center. Website:

Register for a class today. Just call 538-1485.


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or E-mail A free service to our membership: send your Mac question by E-mail to the following E-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.


WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 2 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center

Women’s Friendship Bible Study

nGayle Miller

We extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend one of the weekly Women’s Friendship Bible studies held each week. It is a terrific time to meet new people and learn new things from the Bible. The classes are informal and you’ll have a delightful time of sharing with others. The studies are sponsored by Christian Women’s Club and Stonecroft Bible Ministries, also selected studies are from LifeGuide Bible Studies. The study groups are informal with easy-to-follow lessons. You are welcome to join at any time and attend the group of your choice. Please call one of the numbers below for additional information.


STUDY: Exodus: Learning to Trust God TIME: Tuesdays, 9:45–11:30 a.m. PLACE: The Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Drive. This group study is open to all Oakmont residents. Coffee, tea and dessert served GUIDE: Jannece Gill CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


STUDY: I John, Christ: Our Life TIME: Fridays, 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Dr., Suite 6 (directly across the hall from the OVA Office) GUIDE: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

nBarbara G. Dudley

PC Users Group


Our next Q&A Session takes place on Monday, February 9, at 2 p.m., at the East Recreation Center. (For more information on the location, see the paragraph in the middle of this article.) As usual, you need to E-mail your questions to Bob Mandelstam at to allow him to research them with our team of PC experts. You also can access a form on our site, below, or request a form from a board member at the meeting and submit your questions then. At this printing, the Q&A Coordinator for the session on Feb. 9 has yet to be determined. As coordinator, no expertise is required, and volunteers are welcome! Please E-mail the president at bd24-ecrivain@scglobal. net with any questions and to volunteer.


Due to the lack of a coordinator and the apparent obsolescence of most contributions, the board has ended the benefit known as the Exchange Table. (See the Minutes from the OPCUG January Board Meeting on our Board page.) Please, do not bring anything, including ink, printers, monitors, computers, any peripherals, and any publications, for trade to our meetings, as you will be asked to take them home with you. For a truly ecological method of E-waste disposal, which waste Phillip defines as “anything that uses electricity,” go to Phillip Walker’s site, www., or call him at 902-3808.


By now, you have probably heard of John Hamilton’s resignation as co-President from the OPCUG Board due to personal reasons. Because of this unexpected development, the board has instituted additional changes to the group’s operations. If, as a member, you did not receive the explanatory E-mail message, then go to our site and read about them on our Home (Announcements) page.


Bob Mandelstam, our consistently capable Q&A Coordinator and long-time Board of Directors member, is leaving us for the San Diego area to be closer to family. Because he will be accepting

questions and referring them to experts for the last time this month, please, take the time now to send your questions and perhaps a farewell/thank-you note to Bob, thank you for all that you have done for OPCUG over the years. We wish you only the very best and hope that you and your family enjoy your new life in sunny SoCal!


Remember, OPCUG now meets at the East Recreation Center on the second Monday of the month at 2 p.m. (Other publications have cited 1 p.m. as the start time; however, this information is incorrect.) This move is a permanent one for the group. For more information, see our December Newsletter on our Home page.


Winter classes began on January 12. If you didn’t attend the OCLC “Tech” Forum and Open House on Tuesday, January 6, then you missed a lively and informative discussion titled “Is Your Computer Outdated or Dying?” as presented by a panel of Mac and PC experts. For more information about the winter classes at any time, visit their site at OakmontLearning. org, and then click on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link).


At our site, you can find information about the upcoming Q&A Session or General Meeting and read timely articles about PC issues on our Home page. In addition, you can access past newsletters, information about past programs, find out about your board, and other useful information. We need you to know, as well, that we welcome comments and suggestions for this site. Please, send your insights to bd24-ecrivain@ Thank you!


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


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont Rainbow Women

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

On January 8, we rang in 2015 with a grand celebration. Marge Alette and Nancy Smythe arranged festive decorations with a rainbow theme. There was great food, music, a lot of laughter, and even a dance contest! One of the highlights of the evening was a “white elephant” raffle with Joyce Dean presiding. The rubber chicken finger flickers may have been the most inventive of all the gifts The February meeting is essential for all Rainbow Women. We’ll be talking about future directions for our group. We’ll look at what’s working and what’s not. We’ll discuss what activities and subjects you liked or would like to see. And, we’ll consider how Rainbow Women can better meet our needs and wishes. You know you have opinions—so please bring your thoughts and suggestions for ORW in 2015 and beyond. The meeting will be held on February 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. You’ll also have the chance to share some Valentine cookies baked by your board. March is going to be a busy month for ORW, with a fascinating speaker at our regular meeting plus the Vicki Shaw performance. Did you ever want to know the back story about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” Retired Brigadier General Keith H. Kerr will talk about it to Rainbow Women and their guests beginning at 7 p.m. at our regular meeting on March 12. Keith came out as a gay soldier in the New York Times in December 2003 to protest the 10th anniversary of “DADT.” He has testified before Congressional Committees in addition to his other activism. For that meeting, please invite anyone you think might be interested in the topic. And while you’re inviting friends and your Oakmont neighbors to Rainbow Women events, tell them about the March 28 performance by Vickie Shaw at 7 p.m. in the Berger Center. Vickie is a Texasbased comedienne who makes people laugh until their faces hurt and ribs crack! She gets her comedy from her life with her partner Sargent Patch, their three children and now three grandchildren. She has appeared on television including Comedy Central and four comedy specials on the LOGO channel, and she’s been in movies like Laughing Matters More. You can purchase tickets at the February and March meetings of ORW, or you can go the Rainbow Women folder in the OVA Office and put an envelope with your name and a check made out to Jeanne DeJoseph for $15 per ticket. You can pick your tickets up after 6:30 p.m. the night of the concert at will-call which is a table at the back of the Berger Center. We’re expecting that tickets will sell out for this popular performer, so get yours early! While Rainbow Women is a group for lesbians, any woman in Oakmont is welcome to become a member of Oakmont Rainbow Women. We generally meet on the second Thursday of each month in the East Rec. Center from 6:30–8:30 p.m. If you want more information about our group please contact:

Rumi’s Caravan

nAndrew Zarrillo, Volunteer Chair of Marketing

Press release

Rumi’s Caravan —the longest-active and most popular poetry ensemble in the North Bay—invites Oakmont residents to attend one of our upcoming events at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa, Saturday, February 7. Group discounts are available to Oakmont residents for only $15 each for the 3 p.m. matinee show. Rumi’s Caravan is an all-volunteer group of a dozen poets who reside all over the Bay Area. We donate 100% of event proceeds to communitybenefit organizations. This year, the beneficiary will be the Center for Climate Protection (http:// “Rumi’s Light:”Feb. 7, 3 p.m., $20. Rumi’s Caravan poets bring mystic poetry to light. The afternoon show includes tea and cake afterwards. “Rumi by Night:” Feb. 7, 7 p.m., $35. Evening performance with poems, live music, and a whirling

nGreg Goodwin

dervish Sufi dance performed by Chelsea Rose. Special guest musicians, Eliyahu Sills and Jason Ranjit Parmar, accompany the poetry and dance with their authentic Middle-Eastern improvisations to create a soul-opening experience. Includes tea, cake, and wine at intermission. New for 2015—Dinner Option between Performances: Feb. 7, 5 p.m.—Sensuous Persian Feast, $20. Audiences may choose to enjoy an (optional) Persian feast after the matinee or before the evening show. Prepared by Sima Vaghti, this is a sitdown, five-dish meal (Soufreh) to delight the senses. Dinner must be purchased with a performance ticket. Dinner guests get priority seating at the performance they are attending. Only 60 dinner tickets available. Tickets are available online at http://rumiscaravan or in person at Many Rivers Books and Tea, 130 South Main Street, Sebastopol, 829-8871.

Lawn Bowling

Play on our green will not be available for a few more days. The repairing of the backboards/plinths and weather conditions have curtailed the use of our rinks. Even though we’ve had a pause in bowling, I’m excited to learn that many club members have visited our fitness room to stay in tip top shape. Two famous trainers, Hans and Franz, recommend lunges, curls and “rowing down the noodle stream” to improve lawn bowling skills. These exercises help strengthen muscles, increase flexibility and balance. Hans and Franz developed other bowling exercises to pump and clap you up. If their program is followed, we’ll be wearing muscle shirts come June. We don’t want puny arms, do we?


Some people have asked me if the grass on our rinks has died. I assured them that just as surely as winter gives way to spring, the lawn will become emerald green again with more daylight and warmer temperatures. I also spoke to Connie from Scandia Landscaping regarding the corner area, where very little grass seems to grow. He will propose a plan to the OVA to allow that spot to match the rest of the green. Until then, think “brown is the new green.” Come out and enjoy a round on the brown green.


Check the bulletin board and the club website, for updated information regarding teams, umpires, subs and volunteers needed to set up the rinks for these senior games. This is the first time Lawn Bowling has been included in the Senior Games Tournaments. It will be both competitive and fun. So far, there are five teams representing the OLBC which is hosting the location for the Lawn Bowling games. Kathleen Connelly has gotten commitments from a few knowledgeable club bowlers to officiate match play. Save the dates: play starts (with two games) on Friday, June 12 and playoffs, if your team advances, on Saturday, June 13. This is a great opportunity to promote the sport of Lawn Bowling, our club and community. Spread the word. The Seniors are coming!


Club President, Phil Bowman, asked me, along with Mike Harris, to oversee potential League play this year. There were a few concerns over last year’s selection of teams, scheduling and scoring policies. Based on input from 2014 skips, the following 2015 League changes have been recommended and initiated. Offered is a spring schedule of pairs’ matches beginning March 28 through May 6, with games

taking place on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Random selection of teams will take place in February by skips who have signed up for League play. The Spring League will be limited to eight teams (two divisions) with the top two divisional teams playing for the League Pairs Championship. Entrant fee stays at $5 per person. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top four teams based on points scored and bonus points earned from winning ends of matches. League play is important. The purpose of the spring pairs format is to improve bowling skills and develop more competitive club members to participate in future matches.


It’s a club tradition to hold a “Spider Contest” the first week of every month. The contest is won by a member who rolls their bowl closest to the jack. Gary Scott took the honors for January 2015. Here is a little brain teaser: who won the spider contest in January of 2014?

Gary Scott, first 2015 Spider Winner


Vice President, Jim MacAlistaire called the January 8 Brown Bag Meeting to order at 11:35 a.m. He facilitated a shortened agenda which started with Sue Hattendorf reminding those members who haven’t yet paid their 2015 dues to remit them ASAP. Then updates regarding the repair work being done on the backboards, Senior Games and remarks concerning the 50th Anniversary and club bylaws were addressed. An open discussion followed on how to improve attendance at both Brown Bag Meetings and social events took up the remainder of the meeting which was adjourned at 12:32 p.m. All OLBC members are encouraged to attend the next Brown Bag scheduled for February 5.


Here is an ongoing invitation to try lawn bowling. Oakmonters who are curious about what we actually do are welcome to find out. The best way would be to stop by the green around 12:15 a.m. Monday through Saturday when you can ask any member how to get started. The other easy way would be to contact the greeter of the month and for February that would be Fritzie Amantite. Give her a call at 484-7478 and she will be happy to meet with you to set up an opportunity for you to try rolling.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

Oakmont HEARS

nJohn Taylor, HEARS Vice President

Photography Club nBob Crosby

A new year is a good time to explore new techniques in your image making. At the next meeting of the Photography Club we will look at some ideas to make your photography more fun and impressive. We meet on Wednesday, February 4 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. No matter if you use your phone, your point-andshoot camera, a full digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) or something in between, we will have some ideas that you can use. Oftentimes our members will share some of their secrets and show how things are done. There will be a portion of the meeting devoted to showing work by members with helpful comments about the work. It is not competitive. The Photography Club is open to all Oakmonters interested in photography of whatever level of expertise. Our goal is education and fun! Dues are $10 per family and you may come to your first meeting as a guest. Come join us on February 4 for some useful information about cameras and photography! If you have questions contact me at bcphoto@bobcrosby. com or 539-4507.

Here is another element in the HEARS campaign to improve the hearing environment for Oakmont residents: inductive hearing loops with your Telecoils (T Coils). Hearing loops (installed by Kenwood Hearing) are currently in operation in Berger Center, East Rec. and West Rec. Centers and soon in room B in CAC. They can be in the ceilings or floors of the rooms but sometimes not around the very outside perimeter so sitting toward the room center is desirable. The sound signal from the speaker’s microphone is fed to the PA system speakers and to the hearing loop. T Coils in hearing aids (HAs) detect the magnetic signal emanating from these loops. A significant advantage of the loop/T Coil arrangement is that it feeds the electrical signal from the speaker’s microphone directly into the HAs bypassing the PA system speakers, the room acoustics, and the hearing aid microphones, all of which degrade sound quality. Costco says that most HAs fitted in the last eight years or so have a T Coil installed but not always activated. The VA says that most all of their HAs have T Coils but need to be activated by them. Kenwood says 90% of their recent HA fittings have T Coils. Also sometimes used are neck coils that sense the loop magnetic signal and feed it into earphones. Several of these are available in the East Rec. Center. Note also that hearing loops are now in many theaters and auditoriums. Wide-spread installation is being pushed by various national organizations. Over 2,000 private home installations have been made around Sonoma county. Most telephones have inductive loops. Recommendations for Oakmonters are to insure the T Coils activated in your HAs and to sit toward the center of the meeting rooms

First Day of School

Oakmont students sign in Jan. 12 for the first day of classes in a Lifelong Learning course, The Supreme Court: The Cases, Controversies and Personal Histories that Shaped American History. The popular class, which filled the Berger Center, is one of three six-week courses beginning last month. (Photo by Marty Thompson)

Star of the Valley Parish Center Super Bowl Party

nPete Hardy

WHEN: Sunday, February 1 WHERE: 495 White Oak Dr. COST: $5 TIME: Doors open 2:30 p.m., game at 3:15 p.m. FOOD: Nachos, chips and dip during the first half; hot dogs, potato salad and chili at half-time. Beer, wine and soft drinks available during the game at a nominal charge. There will be $5 and $1 pools for each quarter. Come and root for your team or just come and enjoy the fun.

Home Care

Top 10 Reasons

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You are invited to our regular Friday morning breakfast meetings. We will be rotating meeting areas for a few weeks due to the remodel of the Quail Inn. Check with our membership chair Marie Thielade, 569-8780, if you would like to attend and get to know more about VOM Rotary. We welcome guests in hopes of adding to our membership. Valley of the Moon Rotary provides monetary funding and thousands of hours of volunteer time to a wide variety of community and international organizations. It is our goal to make every dollar we raise provide a meaningful benefit for young people as well as those in need locally and around the world. For example, St. Joseph’s Mobile Health Clinic Vaccination Program helps fund a traveling health clinic that serves farm and service workers and their families in Sonoma County. We fund scholarships annually to graduating high school seniors and transferring JC students. Many of these students come back and tell us what their education has done for them. It is significant and rewarding to listen to them. Our annual Crab Feed is our biggest fund-raiser and it is coming up on February 28. See one of our Rotarians for tickets. The crabs are helped out by a fun and wonderful live and silent auction, the raffle buckets which hold many great goodies, and the wine cooler filled with some choice wines, and not to be missed the full bar. The food is prepared and served by the culinary class from Maria Carillo High School. They are working for tips, and everyone at each table puts into a tub for them. Some of the Rotarians’ grandkids have been the culinary students. We are looking for additional items, and if you have a time share you would like to donate a week or a weekend, or some other item, please call on us and we will be happy to accept. Susan Boak, Bob Jackson and John Derby are the chairs. Call on Frank Sites if you are interested in a corporate sponsorship. All of these folks are Oakmonters and Rotarians. Your contribution will be wisely used. The auction items are a lot of fun. Some of the larger items this year are a week in Mexico, a week in Hawaii and a week in Italy. There will be some excellent wines in the silent auction, lots of restaurants certificates and other goodies. The Italian Villa sleeps eight, so gather a bidding group. The Mexico holiday is a golfing resort. The Hanalei condo on Maui is for two, and you will only need your swimsuit and suntan lotion.


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nJessica Herritt

California State Railroad Museum and lunch at River City Saloon in Old Town Sacramento

WHEN: Thursday, February 26 TIME: Depart from Berger Center at 9 a.m., return about 5 p.m. PRICE: $50 per person, includes lunch and entry into State Railroad Museum and bus driver gratuity Catch an early lunch at the River City Saloon in Old Town Sacramento. We will have a buffet with a variety of award winning deli sandwiches, plus salad, chips and cookies. Soda and their specialty of Old West Sarsaparilla are also included. Veggie sandwiches will be plated separately for those who wish them. After lunch we will visit the California State Railroad Museum which is close to the restaurant. The museum has over 225,000 square feet of total exhibit space with 21 meticulously restored locomotives and cars, including a Pullman-style sleeping car, dining car fitted with Railroad China, and a Railroad Post Office. The exhibits illustrate how railroads have shaped people’s lives, the economy, and the unique culture of California and the West. The museum is ADAaccessible, with some chair lifts. Some exhibits, however, have limited accessibility due to narrow, historic stairways and door openings on railroad passenger cars. Please wander the museum as long as you like. Afterward, feel free to explore Old Town Sacramento on your own until it is time to board the bus for the ride home. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers. Write veggie on your check if you want the veggie sandwich. Mail check to Barbara Powell, 7464 Oak Leaf Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office or in Barbara’s garage mail slot. Barbara’s E-email address is oakmontwalkergal@ and her phone is (714) 309-1987, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our club website is

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson


Something for everyone—that’s what we love about the Tennis Club. In addition to the special social events and tournament play, consider the following club-organized offerings:


Oakmont residents don’t need to be dues-paying members of the Tennis Club to participate in dropin tennis. If you want to take up tennis again or your current lifestyle doesn’t allow you to commit to a regular tennis group or you want extra practice during the week, this is right up your alley. Sumner Johnson runs drop-in tennis every Tuesday at 11 a.m. and Hanns Ullrich runs the Saturday, 9 a.m. session—both at Hanns Ullrich and Sumner the West Rec. tennis Johnson, Drop-in Tennis courts. Coordinators Extraordinaire There are regular attendees but the overall group varies from week to week. In fact, these intrepid reporters recently attended the Tuesday morning drop-in session and thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and playing a set of tennis. There is no need to sign up for play, just show up with your racket and court shoes. Sumner, 539-3758 or Hanns, 537-6550, are happy to answer questions.

to play with a variety of these groups and, as often happens, be invited to join a merry band of players. Or, you may choose to remain a “free agent”—playing when available.


We are fortunate to have a number of talented men and women who offer free tennis lessons to club members as part of the Let’s Play Tennis! Program. The list of tennis instructors and their contact information is posted on the East and West court bulletin boards. Club members may contact an instructor directly to arrange a mutually agreeable date and time.


Throughout the year, various Oakmont teams— women’s, men’s and mixed doubles—are formed to compete with other U.S. Tennis Association-sanctioned teams. While you need basic but solid tennis skills to play USTA, you do not have to be a Tennis Club member or even a top-rated player. Often, a combination of USTA ratings determines the pairings. Have a blast while representing Oakmont! For more information, contact Terri Somers, Oakmont residents are invited to support the Oakmont 7.0 USTA mixed doubles team whose schedule follows (subject to change): Feb. 1, 10 a.m.: Oakmont, West Feb. 8, 1:30 p.m.: La Cantera Feb. 15, 10 a.m.: Oakmont, West Mar. 1, 10 a.m.: Oakmont, West Mar. 7, 12 noon: Fountain Grove Mar. 15, 10 a.m.: Oakmont, West


The general membership meeting is scheduled for March 18, 2–4 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Hang out with some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and hear about the fun Tennis Club social events and tennis tournaments lined up for 2015! Light refreshments will be provided.


Having fun at drop-in tennis: Charles Gresalfi, Hanns Ullrich, David White, Sumner Johnson and Barbara Kanowick


If you want to play tennis regularly and are looking for a good fit with a group of comparably proficient tennis players, first, join the Tennis Club. Second, call Diane Linneball, 331-2646, to sign up for the Tennis Club member substitute list that is posted at the East and West courts. Small group play is privately arranged. Being on the sub list affords you an opportunity

Some people like to get things squared away immediately and others have a more casual approach to life. It’s all good until you forget to pay your dues and miss out on the awesome social and tournament activities for Tennis Club members. Annual club dues are a sweet deal: $20 per year. Costs are extremely low because of the fabulous volunteers who organize our activities. Renew your dues using the coupon below. While you’re at it, invite an Oakmont friend or neighbor to join (if you’re responsible for a number of referrals, we’ll give you a shout-out). New members: If you once played tennis or would like to learn, please join us! Even if you don’t play, but enjoy watching sports, we’d love you to join us in our social activities. Plus, more supporters cheering on players is a wonderful thing. See you on the courts!


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

New members, if applicable, club member who referred you: ________________________________________


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015


nEd Low


Meet at Berger 9 a.m. and drive to Spring Lake and park at swim lagoon parking lot. A parking fee is required, $7 or a park pass. The hike is about two miles and is mostly level with two short uphill parts. Bring water. Hike leader is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730.


Starting at Wright’s Beach parking lot we will hike to the Shell Beach parking lot then hike up through the Pomo Canyon Trail to the deep redwoods of the Pomo Environmental Campground then loop back up to Red Hill. This path was an ancient trading route of the Pomo and Miwok people. The hike offers vistas of the lower Russian River, Willow Creek, the town of Jenner and our beautiful rugged coastline if the fog will allow us this pleasure. We will have lunch on a grassy mound atop Red Hill then return to Shell beach. The distance is estimated at 9.5 miles with approximately 1,500’ of elevation gain. Bring water, poles, a smile, good thoughts to share and your lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Mary Lou Hicks, 303-7113.

nMark Randol

February 1 Are We Alone in the Universe? By Seth Shostak

New approaches to detecting life suggest that there is good reason to expect a discovery of microbic organisms on other worlds soon, and that we could uncover evidence of sophisticated civilizations— the type of aliens we see in the movies and on TV— within a few decades. Dr. Seth Shostak, the Senior Astronomer at the SETI Institute in Mountain View and director of the Institute’s Center for SETI Research will discuss why this might be more than wishful thinking and what contact would mean are the subjects of this talk on the continuing efforts to establish our place in the universe of living things.

February 8 Becoming Independent By Lisa Folsom-Ernst and Kory Stradinger

Founded by parents determined to create an alternative to institutionalization for their children with disabilities, Becoming Independent has grown over 40 years to become the North Bay’s largest and strongest resource for adults with developmental disabilities. Lisa Folsom-Ernst, Fund Development Director, will provide the history of Becoming Independent and talk about the organization’s history,


The hike starts in downtown Forestville and follows the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad line to Graton. This is a sauntering hike of approximately 6.5 level miles through farms, vineyards and agricultural lands. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Jim and Joanne Evilsizer, 623-9345.

Champagne Hike, long hikers. (Photo by Jason Wilkenfeld)


A hike is in Glen Ellen through Sonoma Valley Regional Park, then to Sonoma Developmental Center property and Fern Lake. At least half of this hike will be on paved fire roads, and could be entirely paved depending on weather. We may try dirt trails which could be muddy, so wear your boots just in case. The hike is about six miles with 500’ of elevation gain. Serious rain will cancel hike. Leave Berger Center 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.

East Recreation Center 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 AM–12 noon $3 Donation mission and track record of successfully partnering with people with disabilities as they advance their journey toward inclusion and independence. Kory Stradinger, Chief Operating Officer, will provide a “state of the state” overview of Becoming Independent’s business model and the organization’s vision for the future.

February 15 Rolling the Climate Dice By Dr. Lisa Micheli

Pepperwood is a leader in forging solutions to advance the health of Northern California’s land, water and wildlife. Dr. Lisa Micheli, Pepperwood’s founding Executive Director, will offer an introduction to Pepperwood and provide an overview of the Climate Ready North Bay project that she is leading in partnership with our Regional Climate Protection Authority. Climate Ready is a privatepublic partnership to bring the very best science to bear on the challenge of how to prepare our natural resources and communities for climate change. This initiative earned Sonoma County a White House award for being a climate champion in early December! Dr. Micheli will share some of her research team’s latest findings and what it may mean for all us living in the North Bay.

A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Video recordings of the lectures are available any time online at the Symposium website Presentation DVD’s are available in the Oakmont Library. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at

Champagne Hike, combined long and intermediate groups. (Photo by Jason Wilkenfeld)


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

Oakmont Music Lovers

nJoan Lounsbery


All music lovers are invited to watch this film on the making of Hector Berlioz’s masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique from the San Francisco Symphony’s popular “Keeping Score” series, and featuring their Music Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Marc Helfman will be hosting this showing. “I feel, therefore I am.” For Hector Berlioz, and for the Romantic movement of the 19th Century, these were more than mere words—they were the guiding principle of much of the writing of the time. With the unprecedented outpouring of emotion in his Symphonie Fantastique, Berlioz almost Marc Helfman overpowered Paris. This orchestral sonic spectacular, written to win the heart of a beautiful actress, Harriet Smithson, tells the story (in the words of Berlioz) of “an artist gifted with a lively imagination, who has poisoned himself with opium in the depths of despair because of hopeless love.” That artist was Berlioz himself. From romantic daydreams to deadly displays of devotion, the work encapsulates the inner drama—and trauma—that made Berlioz one of the great Romantic masters. The piece is the equivalent of a literary epic, and dates from 1830. It is scored for a total of over 90 musicians. Watch the charismatic Michael Tilson Thomas and his San Francisco Symphony as they follow Berlioz to the brink and beyond. WHEN: Tuesday, February 3, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free admission


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Free Movies For Seniors Press release

The Free Seniors Movie Series began in November, at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa and will continue through June 4. As usual, a choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movies for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording, after the previous Friday at 522-0330 x 3#. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Detailed flyers are on display in the lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield, the Raven Film Center and the Third Street Cinemas. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors.

nBarbara Bowman

The series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen and Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services and Synergy Medical Group. The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1-1/2 blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all city and county busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by: one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The Rate is 75c per hour, but those with Handicapped Placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

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

Sunday, February 1: NO FILM SHOWN—SUPER BOWL SUNDAY Sunday, February 8, 2 pm THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

In concert with Lifelong Learning’s class The Stuart Dynasty: The Common Folk, Movies At Oakmont screens this boisterous and bawdy adaptation of William Shakespeare’s classic comedy, starring Elizabeth Taylor as the shrew Katherina, and Richard Burton as the fortune-hunting scoundrel Petrucio. The real-life husband-and-wife team have fun in this Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated film. (1967), NR, 122 minutes.

Sunday, February 8, 7 pm BROOKLYN CASTLE

Brooklyn I.S. 318 is home to America’s best junior high school chess team, but budget cuts are threatening to undermine the team’s success. This engaging and inspiring documentary goes inside the fight to keep chess alive and well at the struggling school. A powerful and positive movie spotlighting five students, it examines how chess improves their lives. Brooklyn Castle was a featured film at 12 film festivals, earning three awards. (2012 ), PG, 101 minutes.

Sunday, February 15, 2 pm AS GOOD AS IT GETS

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

Sunday, February 15, 7 pm BABETTE’S FEAST

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

For your refrigerator and/or wallet

February 1: No film shown—Super Bowl Sunday

February 8, 2 p.m.: The Taming of the Shrew, (1967), NR, 122 minutes. February 8, 7 p.m.: Brooklyn Castle, (2012), PG, 101 minutes.

February 15, 2 p.m.: As Good As It Gets, (1997), PG-13, 138 minutes.

February 15, 7 p.m.: Babette’s Feast, (1987), G, 103 minutes. (In Danish.)


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

George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Remodeling, kitchens and baths. Oakmont references. 30 years Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. Free experience. Free estimates. Call George estimates. Lic. #428073. Call 996-1454. at 987-3059. Macular Degeneration? WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV Professional, experienced locksmith for PAINTING, WALLPAPERING, SYS can help. For sale, or rent with all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS FAUX FINISHES option to purchase program. For Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years Reasonable rates, free estimates, more information or a no-obligation experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. Oakmont references. Lic. #573530. Gary demonstration call Jack Donnellan, references. I’ll work with your budget. Luurs, 528-8489. 595-3790. Lic. #954364. Call Angel, HANDYPERSON 707-239-1241. All trades, little fix-its and prickly A WOMAN'S COMPANION DRIVER FOR WOMEN puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, Reasonable, fair and honest. Available Services by women, for women! ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning for 4 to 24-hr. shifts. References. Call Excellent, dependable transportation Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since Susan at 539-4861. to appointments, errands, airport. Fair your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, rates. Call Regina at 596-1463. integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. SONOMA PATIENT GROUP bonded and insured. Senior discounts CANNABIS DISPENSARY available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us PET MAN DAN COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR We have daily discounts for seniors on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your and limited delivery. Located at 2425 I am an avid walker and Welcoming new residents since Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call have started a dog walking, 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. 526-2800. information given on every visit. If you pet sitting business. I have are new to Oakmont and have not had BABE’S a license with this city WILLIAM R. KUTZ A personal transportation service for a home visit, please call Charlotte at and am insured. Available GENERAL CONTRACTOR airports, cruises, vacations, family 538-9050. on weekends. References Renovations, remodels, repairs, visits, etc. Oakmont resident, friendly carpentry, electrical, plumbing, all your available. Please call Dan reliable service. Call Babe or Joe, MIKE’S REPAIR home needs. Call Bill Kutz, 575-8335. Lennox, 526-9154. 545-2850. Plumbing, electrical, appliance, Lic. #769510. Serving Oakmont since heating and air conditioning, general 1987. GARDEN TRIMMING THE COMPUTER handyman (I can fix just about Trees, hedges and shrubs. Careful work TROUBLESHOOTER anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest O’DRISCOLL PAINTING done with an emphasis upon a natural Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536Want to spruce up your home? Guests look. Affordable rates, small jobs OK. complete support for PC’s, Apples 9529, emergency—328-6635. Richard, 833-1806. and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior served. John Bradford. 578-6305. ANYTHING UNDER THE SUN painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. NOSE TO NOSE PET SITTING $40/hour. GENERAL CONTRACTOR #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free IN YOUR HOME AND HANDYMAN estimate. Caring for your pets as you would. A to Z home maintenance and repair. AC BURNS PAINT CO. Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, COMPUTER OOPS? care. Daily schedules and routines. Day exterior, power washing, decks, tile, plumbing, electric, painting and Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer and overnight companionship. House wallpaper removed. Will not be gardening. No job too small. All phase Services. Call Chuck for all things sitting available. Insured and bonded. undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588. construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee computer at your home or business. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma. Moen, 318-5591. 40+ years experience. $60/hr. Oakmonters receive 20% discount. 293-8011.

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


BILL KUTZ JR. HEATING AND AIR Heating season is here. Furnace check and service, $99. Expert repair, maintenance and unit replacement at low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, 230-0564.

Experienced Real Estate Listing Agent wanted for Oakmont office. Please reply in strictest confidence to: Craig Saxon, Broker, Real Property Advisors, Inc., 6570 Oakmont Dr., Suite 110, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Call 849-8995. CalBRE 01904379. Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.



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

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


Specializing in doors, screens, Hunter Douglas shutters and blinds, finish carpentry. Supply and installation. Free HOLISTIC HEALTH COACH estimates. Oakmont references. Lic. CA licensed Physical Therapist Asst., #527924. 539-3196. CHEK Holistic Lifestyle Coach, level 1 CHEK Exercise Coach. Call 758-7681.


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

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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


Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Dr. Hours: Daily 6 AM–9 PM. Closed Christmas Day. It is run by volunteers. All donations are gladly accepted. Materials we cannot use will be passed on to others.

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR February 1–15 Bev Schilpp, 539-4293

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

OAS Management Company

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

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




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

(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM. WINTER SCHEDULE Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Sat & Sun) (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) Thanksgiving to first Saturday in April: No one under 18 years in WEST and EAST or CENTRAL pools or Jacuzzis. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.

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

Loaner equipment

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


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

Association Manager Cassie Turner E-mail:

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

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

Lost & found

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

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / February 1, 2015

nPeggy Dombeck


“Forsythia is pure joy. There is not an ounce, not a glimmer of sadness or even knowledge in forsythia. Pure, undiluted, untouched joy.”—Anne Morrow Lindbergh


WHAT: Mark Rogers, Oakmont Facilities Maintenance Manager, presents “A Snapshot of Gardens and Gardening in Oakmont.” Bring your questions. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, February 17 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• If you didn’t prune your roses in January, do it now as soon as possible and follow up with dormant oil sprayed on the pruned plants. • Citrus trees need plenty of nitrogen, so start feeding them this month with a specially formulated citrus fertilizer. Spread the fertilizer out to the dripline of the tree; water soil before and after.

Landscape Improvement Committee

nAlan Scott

Just before the new year Oakmont volunteers planted over 400 daffodil bulbs at the Berger Center, West Rec. and Community Garden area. The photo shows Leo McKenna, Jim Gale and Denise Scott hard at work in the dirt. The Landscaping Improvement Committee has been sponsoring plantings over the last several years. With a little luck and rain, we’ll have a colorful spring.

Passages Leone Creed, 33-year Oakmont resident, passed away December 13, 2014. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

Garden Club • Finish pruning dormant plants. Wait to prune back frost-damaged plants until warmer weather when you see whether they have recovered. • To revitalize overgrown or leggy hedges of boxwood, holly, pittosporum, santolina, and sarcococca, cut plants back hard this month just before the flush of new spring growth. • To stimulate lush new growth on artemisia, butterfly bush, fuchsia, and Mexican bush sage, cut back woody stems to within a few inches of the ground. If left unpruned, plants become leggy and scraggly-looking. • Pull or hoe weeds while they are still small. Then cover ground with 1–4” mulch. Keep mulch a few

inches away from the base of plants. • Check plants for aphids as the weather warms. Remove infestations with a hard spray of water or insecticidal soap. • February is too early to plant warm weather annuals and vegetables in Sonoma County. Instead, plant winter-blooming color such as cyclamen or pansies. • February afternoons are good time for washing out old pots and trays. You can put clay pots in your dishwasher, after first rinsing off the dirt and debris. The dishwasher will sterilize them and they’ll be ready for spring planting. Rub the pots with linseed oil after cleaning to bring them back to life!


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