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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Civility Returns to Oakmont

September 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 17

The Oakmont Troubles

nStaff Reporter

nYvonne Frauenfelder

The board meeting heard that I resigned on Tuesday, August 22, from the OVA Board was a return to civility. of Directors. I wish to The parking lot was full thank all members of and most of the chairs the association who were occupied with have supported and members and guests placed their trust in within the first few me and I hope that minutes of the meeting. I have lived up to New President Gloria your expectations. Young, after calling By getting active in the meeting to order, the community, I reported on the have formed many sequence of recent friendships that After months of delays, the cement rubble has been removed events resulting in the otherwise would not from the Shuffle Board courts. election of a president have occurred... The and vice president (Greg Goodwin) after Ken Boards of Directors that I have proudly served on Heyman resigned as an officer of the board to become for the past three years have accomplished many a community-at-large director. things, including the complete remodel of the West Announcements and Appointments: The chair Rec. building and pool, the engagement of the thanked Rich Laden, official Timekeeper, and Cathy Red Cross in case of a catastrophic emergency in Dougherty, official Taskmaster. Goodwin reviewed Oakmont, the leasing and remodeling of an ADA the Employee Abuse Policy after an incident with a friendly Administration building that we can all be resident involving harsh words with maintenance proud of, and the soon to be installation of a Senior staff. Another item was to move the board onto the Care Center at the West Rec.” The board thanked stage for better visibility. Batchelor for his service and wished him well in the The board accepted Frank Batchelor’s resignation future. as a director. Batchelor posted on Nextdoor Oakmont (excerpted): “No doubt many of you have See board on page 5

“An anti-Oakmont group has attempted to take us over, and I will oppose them to my dying breath.” (Oakmont resident) Do these fighting words describe a generational conflict between an established gerontocracy and the newer and younger arrivals in their 50s and 60s? Do they represent an attempt to retain the authority and the power? The elections of this spring saw the seating of three youthful members to the Oakmont Board of Directors. Led by a controversial president, the new majority opted out of the expensive contract (total projected costs $450,000) to build pickleball courts next to the Berger Center, favoring the conversion of underutilized tennis courts. This decision served as a prelude to a tumultuous time heretofore never experienced in our village. In rapid succession followed the resignation of the OVA attorney, the general manager, the treasurer, a prominent director and, ultimately, that of the board president. With the emerging struggles finding fulminant expression on two social networks, Nextdoor and Facebook, the general manager became its focus. The popular mind saw her a victim at the hands of an overly assertive and micro-managing president. Paeans were written on the former’s behalf, while inequitable denunciations abounded for the latter. After the president’s departure, the residents’ wrath, not yet having exhausted itself, turned to her successor, the acting president. He was accused of censorship by the editorial team of the Oakmont News. “Freedom of the Press” became the rallying cry in support of the reporters, with angry condemnations directed against the supposed censor. Irate members vented their fury for days on the social pages, disregarding the actual circumstances of the case, the VP’s exoneration by the OVA attorney and apologies by the newspaper’s editor. Oakmont’s troubles were not over. On a quiet Saturday morning, a paper bag was placed at the doorsteps of the residence of OVA’s Vice President. Inside was found the severed head of a rat, and on the outside crudely written “YOU NEXT.” Social media excoriations and defamations had found their nadir in the expression of a physical threat. Handwritten and hand delivered! See troubles on page 3

A Backyard Paradise in Three Easy Steps nJim Golway

With the summer travel season winding down it’s natural that Oakmont residents begin to wonder if the old saying is still true: “getting there is half the fun.” Whether it is on the road or in the air, travel these days can be a real pain. If you are not fighting the traffic, you’re putting up with the hassle of getting to and from the airport, waiting to board, squished into a tiny airline seat for seemingly endless hours. Exhausted you disembark t0 push your luggage along the slow creep through customs. Ugh! So it is not surprising that more and more residents are choosing to stay home and enjoy their own private paradise. According to home and garden experts, the following are the three elements homeowners need to create their next vacation destination in their own backyard. The Deck: Home and garden experts say a central space is essential in creating a pleasurable outdoor experience for homeowner and guests. It could be a patio, veranda or raised deck but it’s really a stage, a place where folks congregate, converse, drink, and

nibble as they enjoy good fellowship and Sonoma Valley weather. For patios, slate, tile, flagstone and interlocking pavers have replaced the common slab of cement. Many homeowners are adding an elevated deck which offers a better vantage point to enjoy the view of emerald green fairways or the changing tones of the Mayacamas at sunset while sipping your favorite chardonnay. If you’re a traditionalist you’re likely to want a redwood or cedar deck. To protect the wood from weathering or to return an old deck to its natural appearance use a UVresistant clear wood finish. Home improvement experts say, before applying any type of stain or sealer to the wood, first remove all the old stain with a wood stripper and/or power washing. It’s best to apply the new finish with a brush instead of a spray. Try to do the job when the temperature is below 80 degrees and out of direct sunlight, as it can make the stain dry too quickly and not be absorbed into the wood. See backyard on page 10 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

$2,000 Reward Santa Rosa police continue their search for the perpetrator of the Hate Crime targeted at former OVA Acting President Ken Heyman. During the night or early morning of Saturday, August 12, a severed head of a rat with a note “YOU NEXT,” was left on the doorstep of Ken Heyman’s home on Stonebridge Rd. The public’s help is needed in identifying the person or persons who delivered a threatening package to Ken Heyman with a $2,000 Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons who made the threat. Anyone with information should call Officer Mark Martin, Santa Rosa Police Department, 528-5222. Case #17-10568.


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

nGloria Young, President

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 1:30 PM Conf. Rm. 1st and 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center

COMMITTEES Communications (CC) / Community Development (OCDC) / Finance (FC) / Landscape Improvement Committee (LIC) League of Maintained Area Associations (LOMAA) Regular Meetings Quarterly Meetings LOMAA Annual Workshop 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 The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 2nd Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Mgrs. Conf. Rm. 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Wed. (June)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. East Rec.

1st Thurs. Monthly 3rd Thurs. (Jan., May, Sept.)

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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


Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Conf. Rm. is in the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A Mgrs. Conf. Rm. is in the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A

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What lies at the root of all this indignation and anger? Are they encapsulated in the little yellow pickle ball? The new racquet game that fascinates a nation and has kept Oakmont in its thrall for almost four years? Where should it be played permanently? On underutilized tennis courts or at one of the last remaining green oasis in our village? Questions that still elude an answer, have instead uncovered a dynamic that seemingly runs deeply through the collective psyche of our community. “An anti-Oakmont group has attempted to take us over, and I will oppose them to my dying breath.” Who is opposing whom? Whose are these desperate words? And who are the individuals in the anti-Oakmont group? Are they the new and younger members: are

they the interlopers trying to find their footing in an hierarchical and settled society, where longevity of both age and place is priced? Has a little yellow ball managed to uncover generational tensions unknown in an hitherto homogeneous retirement community? If so, what are the remedies? Certainly not continuing strife, nor threatened violence. Perhaps, age obliges and those of us having reached the upper levels of years, must assume the critical duty of becoming the peace makers, by reaching out and starting a dialogue between those intrepid new comers and the long established residents of our home. As a wise elder once said: “Old people always prefer the status quo and doing things their habitual way; but there must be room for new thoughts.”

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Message From the OVA Board President

#4 South A St., Santa Rosa •

Dear Members of the OVA: The Board of Directors came away from our last meeting, August 7, with hope that the escalating divisiveness since the election would be giving way to a kinder and gentler future for our community. Today, we are asking ourselves if this was a false hope. Due to the adversarial relationships in our village, a most deplorable incident took place on Saturday, August 12. A paper bag inscribed with the words “YOU NEXT,” containing a severed rat’s head was placed on the front porch of Vice President Ken Heyman’s residence in the dark of the night. In an emergency meeting called this morning by directors Bettencourt and Young, Ken Heyman announced that he is stepping down from his officer’s position on the board. By a unanimous vote of the board, Gloria Young was elected President, and Greg Goodwin elected Vice President. Carolyn Bettencourt will remain OVA Board Secretary. The board also unanimously voted to have surveillance cameras installed immediately at each director’s home in order to identify the criminal(s) perpetrating these shameful acts and, more importantly, to provide a measure of safety to each director while they are serving our community. Whether one agrees or disagrees with any particular board member’s position on the issues facing Oakmont, we must be united in soundly rejecting this campaign of personal attacks and threats of intimidation and violence. These cowardly tactics have no place in any form of democratic governance, let alone in our OVA governance. OVA members who are elected to the board each year are decent people who volunteer countless hours of their time to contribute to our community. These sinister and destructive acts targeting directors must stop. I am calling on all of our residents to come together to respect our political process and allow this volunteer board to continue its governance of OVA. Put aside your grievances and join as a community to condemn these deplorable acts. I pledge that all your voices be heard, and together we find the solutions and enable the discourse that will make Oakmont a better place to live for years to come.

Volunteer Opportunity nYvonne Horn

Landscape Committee

The Landscape Committee is calling for additional members. While gardening and landscaping experience is a plus, also needed are volunteers with an interest in maintaining Oakmont’s natural-yetcared-for appearance. Possibilities for involvement extend from caring for planted pots at the doors of our various recreation facilities to look-ahead OVA landscaping visions. Note that the Landscape Committee is charged with overseeing only OVAowned property and not the village in its entirety. For more information contact me at yhorn@sonic. net, 537-9135.



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Reports: Elke Strunke was welcomed back as Treasurer and updated members on the OVA accounts. Strunke reported that next year’s operational budget will be addressd in an open board meeting on Tuesday, October 10, at 10 a.m. at the Berger auditorium. Rick Aubert presented two disbursement requests: four new sauna heaters at $27K and a heat pump replacement at $9,300. Both were approved. Director Ken Heyman offered that a new OVA IT Tech person has been hired with further details to be available soon. Director Goodwin announced the concrete, dug up just prior to the election, was finally removed after a long approval process at the cost of $2,200. Open Forum: During the Member Open Forum, a number of people wished Frank Batchelor well in the future and others voiced dismay at the actions of the people who bullied Ken away from his Board Officer position, asking again for civility. Pickleball proponents Bob Giddings and Anita Easland felt that President Young was blaming the PB folks for the rat head incident, and Young responded that it was never her intention to cast blame on any person or group for this violent act. There also were a few people who were disappointed with the board’s decision to reexamine the editing/publication policies governing the Communications Committee. Action Items: Iris Harrell was appointed Chair of the Construction Management Committee and Phil Herzog Chair of the Election Rules Review ad hoc Committee. The Communications Committee was dissolved and an Ad Hoc Committee was appointed with Herm Hermann as Chair to review, reaffirm and/or revise the policies governing the Oakmont Communications Committee and the Oakmont News. Following the ad hoc committee’s report, the Communications Committee will be regenerated, and past communications committee members and new members will be invited to submit applications. The board unanimously approved The Berger Action Committee’s (BAC) request of an acoustic

consultant, Charles M. Salter & Associates, the Construction Management Committee’s request for an architect, a landscape consultant and ADA consultant to render the designs for the work required at East Rec. A contract with Perry,, law firm, represented by Malcolm Manwell, was unanimously approved by the board. Finally, two directors were chosen to fill the two board vacancies: Lynda Oneto for the remaining 19 months of Batchelor’s term and Karen Oswald for the remaining seven months of Leznick’s term.

Help Select Grand Marshal for Veterans Day Parade nJeff Davis

Anyone who has been around Oakmont in November is bound to be aware that Oakmont turns out to honor our veterans with a fantastic Veterans Day Parade and Reception. This year will mark our 13th parade and it should be bigger than ever. All residents are urged to be part of the celebration whether as a veteran rider in the parade, a driver of a vehicle, a volunteer organizer, or an enthusiastic neighborhood spectator. Meanwhile, the search is on for a Grand Marshal for this year’s parade. Help find an honoree to lead the parade, one of our neighbors and distinguished veterans. Please send your nominee’s name, branch of military, conflict(s) in which he/she served, details, awards and any other pertinent information that you feel may help the selection process to: Jay Cobb at or 8834 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, 95409. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 15. For further information, please email or call 833-2391. Please help honor our former service people by participating in and viewing the Veterans Parade. More information in future issues of the Oakmont News.

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Kindness is Contagious

We have a bountiful supply of Bartlett pears. Each day we put out a basket of pears, with “we’re sharing” message, on our bench by the sidewalk. Many people have taken pears. Yesterday we were overcome when we saw a decorated black rock on the bench. On the reverse side was a neatly printed “Kindness is Contagious.” We have a mystery, kind friend. Oh, how we wish this message could be taken to heart by our local and national political figures. Thank you, thoughtful person. Bob and Elaine Adams Dear Editor: Many of us believe that recent activities have gone beyond the bounds of a civil society. Our Oakmont Village community appears to have become roiled by anger, dissent and an inability to resolve differences peacefully. With this letter, we propose an alternative path, and invite you to join us in exploring courteous discourse with the intent of reaffirming our collaborative interests as Oakmont friends and neighbors. We have created a website, a platform to share insights, tools, and to build support for Oakmont Forum through events, activities and in-person forums. This process will create a new way for residents to learn about and discuss issues critical to the Oakmont Village Association and its governance in a non-judgmental and productive manner. You are invited to visit and join the mailing list. We will be updating our website over the next several weeks and sending out future emails. You can always have us remove your name at any time, if we are not doing what you believe needs to be achieved. We hope that you will become engaged and volunteer in the governance process and attend board, committee and club meetings and become part of a kinder, gentler Oakmont. Sincerely, Yvonne Frauenfelder

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Lifelong Learning nCharlene Bunas

Osher lifelong learning More than Art

OLLI instructor Linda Reid will once again rivet Oakmont students in her class, Artistic Couples: Fights of Fancy. Passion, love, respect and jealousy are found in the provocative lives of Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter, Alfred Stieglitz and Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, Robert Rauschenberg and his lovers, and performance artists Marina Abramović and Ulay. Shortly after Marina Abramović and Ulay met in 1975, they became lovers and performance art partners. The stormy union ended in 1988 with a “spiritual journey.” After years of negotiations with Chinese authorities, each walked from opposite ends of the Chinese Wall to meet in the middle. This contact was to be their last… until 2010 when Ms. Abramovic had a performance art show at MOMA. Sitting across the table from any volunteer, she shared eye contact, but in total silence. After days of performing, she found herself facing Ulay. Their tearful reunion can be seen on YouTube. Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera married once, divorced a year later and married again the following year. Theirs was a relationship of scandals, betrayals and reunifications. Still, the couple seemed to esteem each other’s art. In 1952, Robert Rauschenberg was married to Susan Weil while having an tryst with artist Cy Twombly. Later, he had a stormy six year affair with Jasper Johns. They were one of the first openly gay couples of the New York art scene at the end of the 1950s. Rauschenberg died in 2008, leaving behind his partner of 25 years, former assistant, Daryl Pottorf. To discover more history and hearsay, tidbits and titillations of these and other couples, don’t miss Artistic Couples: Fights of Fancy. Linda Loveland Reid never disappoints.

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Tennis Club

nYoung Ran Kim


Terri and Fred set up the food and kegs of beer in the middle of the courts, resulting in a crazy, mixed up party. All the participants bought delicious food to share. Fred Merrill was captain of Team World and Terri Somers was captain of Team USA. And of course, USA won. Everybody had lots of fun. See photos on the Media page.

The OTC 2018 Board Nominating Committee

Participating players at OTC USA vs. World Tournament on Aug. 10. (Photo by Y.R. Kim)

The committee was assembled (Olivia Kinzler, Jenny Froyd, Jerry Gill, K. Jenkins and Young Ran Kim) and the first meeting was conducted on August The OTC Board Nomination Committee working hard on Aug. 14. (Photo by Tina Lewis)

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14. The committee members elected K. Jenkins as chairperson. See the photo below: this group is busy getting a slate of candidates that will represent the OTC in 2018. When they call you—please consider saying yes!

OTC Men’s Doubles Tournament is on Sept. 9

Sign up by September 5. You can register on the sign-up page of the OTC website or contact Chuck Hinckley, Sign up and include your partner’s name, and identify your tournament level (A or B). If you cannot find a partner, ask Chuck to find you one. If you can’t play after signing up, notify Chuck prior to September 7.


Sept. 21: OTC Golf Scramble September Oct. 7: OTC Women’s Doubles Tournament Oct. 18, 5:30 p.m., East Rec.: Fall Membership Meeting Nov. 4: Army vs. Navy Tournament November 10, 5:30 p.m., Berger: OTC USO show/ awards December 8, 6 p.m., Quail Inn: OTC 40th Anniversary Dinner/Dance


Fred and Terri are working on an OTC Golf tournament. We have a tentative date of Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. This will be a nine-hole scramble so get your friends together and let’s make this happen. We are awaiting final pricing from the Golf Course, but can assure you that the cost will not exceed $35 per person to play and ride.


If you are interested in a board position or a committee position, if you want to assist with a position, interested in baking or helping with tournaments, we need you! Call any of your board members to volunteer.

Grab a neighbor or Oakmont Friend to Join OTC

Our events are less costly to our members, so save a few bucks and call Paula Lewis (332-0433) or pick up a coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/ person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder located in the OVA Office. Start reaping the savings of being an OTC member!

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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel


The source for the following is Commemorative Magazine, Oakmont in the Valley of the Moon 50th Anniversary Edition, published by Edward Behen, and in particular, a chapter called “Oakmont Golf” written by John Williston. In 1963, Norwood (H.N.) Berger purchased the 1,400 acres of cattle ranch land that would become the Oakmont Active-Adult Community. Berger, a noted developer, had founded Prudential Savings and Loan, and owned Fairfield Homes, and he hired golf course architect Ted Robinson to draw-up the initial plans for the roads, village, homes, and golf courses. Oakmont was envisioned as a high quality, masterplanned golf course community for people, generally, aged 55 years and above. An essential feature of the community is that it would offer a wide array of sports, cultural, and fitness facilities for all residents. The first nine of the West Course opened-up for play on July 1, 1964 and the second nine opened up about a year later. The first nine of the East Golf Course was developed in 1973 with the second nine added in 1980. It is interesting to note that, for both courses, the lowest score ever is reportedly a 59. Therefore, since the West is a par 72, and the East is a par 63, with its large number of long three pars, the shorter East Course is actually more challenging. In 1986, local developers William and Pat Gallaher purchased the remaining development interest of Oakmont from Berger. This sale did not include the golf courses, although the agreement stated that Gallaher was required to operate the 36-hole facility. Gallaher did receive an option to buy the golf courses, however, only if the residents turned-down their “right of first refusal” to purchase the club. The Oakmont homeowner’s association decided not to purchase the club for an asking price of $4 million and, during a period considered contentious, residents rejected a proposed assessment of $1,500 per household in 1989 to cover the club purchase price. Several other groups then expressed interest in purchasing the club, and, finally, in 1992, it was agreed that a corporation named “Residents for the Purchase of the Oakmont Golf Course,” composed of 863 equity members, would purchase the Oakmont Golf Club for $2.96 million. The sale of the club meant a separation of the golf club from the homeowner’s association who had worked together for 25 years. Since 1992, the OGC Board of Directors has overseen management of the club. Major improvements include a renovation of the Quail Inn and conversion of the water system from an obsolete local treatment plant to three on-site wells with an upgraded irrigation system. Between 2005 and 2013, the Oakmont Golf Club was operated by Empire Golf, Inc., and in 2014 KemperSports Management was hired. Kemper is a top-rated national management firm that operates over 100 courses, and with improved course conditions and a thriving tournament and wedding business, Kemper’s contract was renewed for an additional five years in 2017.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

August 2, East Course One-Odd, Two-Even Game

First flight (6.0–14.5): first, Rusty Sims and John Cook, 80; second, Mike Isola and Danny Morgan, 83; third, Bill Hainke and Frank Zelco, 85. Second flight (15.0–18.0): first, Lou Lari and blind draw, 86; second, John Williston and Rick Warfel, 87; third, Chuck Wood and Ed Pierson, 88. Third flight (18.5+): first, Art Fitchtenberg and Greg Zawrotny, 78; second, Bud Simi and Pete Eschelbach, 87; third, Joe DiBenedetto and Bill Wellman, 87. Closest-to-the-pins (0–19): #8—John Weston, 15”4”; #11—Nick Beltrano, 4’0”; #16—Bob Branstetter, 12’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (20+): #8—Pete Eschelbach, 8’7”; #11—John Garcia, 35’6”; #16—Ed Person, 19’11”.

August 2, East Course Individual Low Net Game

First, Jack Haggerty, 58; second, Jim Spangler, 59, third (three-way tie), Art Hastings, Tom Massip and Noel Schween, 60. Closest-to-the-pin #8: HCP 0–24, Noel Schween, 13’0”; HCP 25–up, Dick Thayer, 45’0”. Closest-to-the-pin #16: HCP 0–24, Bob Thompson, 33’0”; HCP 25–up, John Derby, 13’5.”


The Oakmont Golf Committee reviewed the Drop Zone on Hole #13 West and has decided to modify the Oakmont Local Rule on this hole. Specifically, the use of the Drop Zone is now an option to replay a ball played into either of the two hazards on that hole. Previously it had been only for the pond directly in front of the green. Please remember the Drop Zone is an option for you as a player, it is not required that a shot be replayed from the DZ. Players still have the options available under Rule 26: Replay/re-tee from the same spot; drop within two club lengths of where the ball crossed the margin of the hazard; or drop the ball at any distance behind the spot where the ball crossed the margin keeping the ball on a line with that spot and the pin.


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18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY/OWGS

August 1 Sweeps Results, East: Kathy Mokricky was low gross winner of the field of 27 players. First flight: first, Becky Hulick; second tie, Kathy Mokricky and Willie Hoerr; fourth, Leslie Clark; fifth tie, Peggy Price and Charlene Buchold. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second tie, Linda Yates and Ro Nicholson; fourth, Linda Barr; fifth, Mary Jobson. Third flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Patti Schweizer; third tie, Dee Johnson and Ellean Huff; fifth, Debbie Warfel. August 8 Sweeps Results: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 20 players. First flight: first, Joan DiMaggio; second, Joan Seliga; third, Susan Gross. Second flight: first, Janyce Buell; second, Mary Ann Gibbs; third tie, Ro Nicholson and Mary Jobson. Third flight: first, Vicki Eschelbach; second, Christie Rexford; third, Ellean Huff.


August 3 Sweeps Results: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 21 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second, Marie Pierce; third tie, Leslie Clark and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Becky Hulick; second, Laurie Vree; third, Linda Barr; fourth, Chris Carter. Third flight: first, Vanita Collins, second, Ellean Huff; third, Carol Locke; fourth, Leslie Wiener. Will report on the August 10 Captain’s Choice Ryder Cup Event in the next issue. Upcoming: Club Championship #2 on Sept. 7 and #3 on Sept. 14. Have fun golfing with your club mates.



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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

Windsor Golf Club made us welcome with a beautiful day and great golf. As usual this writer tried to put his tee shot on the third hole over the twin silos on the left rough or into the small hole in one of them, and, as usual, he missed by a mile… But someday, perhaps… Our intrepid Oakmont crew did quite well in this large tournament earning two ties for first place. They also enjoyed the condition of the course, a good food menu, and the sights of the jets landing at nearby Sonoma County Airport. It’s amazing how many planes fly into that airport these days. With only the trip to Stone Tree left on the schedule, it is sad to see the Seniors’ season ending. There will be a meeting of the club at Oakmont later this fall to discuss the past season and to elect club officers for next year.

AUGUST 1: OAKMONT SENIORS AT WINDSOR GOLF CLUB Four-Man Team, Two Best Balls— one flight

First place (tie, card-off), Dale, J. Williston, Anderson and Mattieri, and Manwiller, Crocklenberg, J. Garcia, and Neal, 114; third, Robinson, Fox, Kim, and McDermmott, 117; fourth (tie, card-off), Evans, Croy, Clark and Carpenter and Walle, Rivas, Perry, and B. Faherty, 120.



9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nCharlie Perotti

nValerie Boot

AUGUST SWEEPS RESULTS August 3, 20 players, East Course

First flight: first, Elaine Foote; second tie, Maria Mar, Debbie Warfel; fourth, Sheila Sada. Second flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second, Cathie Cunningham; third, Henni Williston. Third flight: first, Barbara James; second, .Barbara Bowman; third tie, Audrey Engen, Joan Eiserloh. Wow! Debbie Warfel got a chip-in on hole #2 with an Eagle! Barbara Robinson and Roberta Lommori got a chip-in on hole #6.

August 10, 18 players, East Course

First flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Elisabeth La Pointe; third, Ada Branstetter. Second flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second tie, Arlene Keenley, Barbara Olsen. Third flight: first, Barbara James; second, Audrey Engen; third, Sarah Wood.

Coming up

September 28 and October 5: Club Championship. September 21: WRENS Play Day at St. Helena.


Tuesday, September 19: at Stone Tree

The Greater Orchard Open

9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

August heated up both in terms of temperature and player’s game. Members continue to appreciate the grounds crew during these hot spells by keeping the fairways green, and the greens in shape to hold approach shots. Members also wish the best for GM Mike Ash and his decision to take a similar position in Walnut Creek to be closer to where he lives with his family. Mike has been a terrific asset to OGC. August 7 game was a 2-Man Best Ball format won by Rod Martinelli and Bill Wellman (net 23); second, Joe DiBenedetto and Charlie Perotti, 24; third, Tony Apolloni and Greg Zawrotny, 25; fourth three-way tie, Stan Augustine/Tom Tremont, Tony D’Agosta/ Gary Stone, and Art Boot/Rich Silvas, 26. Closestto-the-pin on #8—Ron Bickert and Stan Augustine, 17’2”; Jim Norem, 25’; Wayne Mickaelian, 29’7”; Tony Apolloni’s, 34’7”. August 14 was the fifth and final round of the Summer Eclectic, with low net won by Keith Wise, 27; second, David Beach, 28; third tie, Rich Silvas and Charlie Perotti, 30.5; fifth tie, John Monkascy, Wayne Mickaelian, and Noel Schween, 31; Tony D’Agosta and Bob Ure, each carding 32, finished out the top finishers.

The second annual “Greater Open” was held on August 10 at the Oakmont Golf Club. Participants included 24 avid golfers from the Orchard development. The individual net tournament was divided into three flights: Men’s 0–19 index, Men’s 20+ index, and Women’s. Awards were presented for closest-to-the-hole, #8 and #13 par three’s, first and second place in each flight, and special categories. Award winners for the 2017 event were: Closest-to-the-hole, #8 green: men—Ernie Carter, 23’4”; there was no women flight winner. Closest-to-the-hole, #13 green: men—Jack Hammel, 14’4”; women—Peggy Giannini, 13’. Special Category: men—Frank Giannini, women— Peggy Giannini. First flight men: first place and trophy winner, Bob Giddings, 66; second place and the 2016 Tournament Champion, Mike Hull, 68. Second flight men: first place and trophy winner, Mel Sandholm, 64; second tie, Brad Benedetti and John Munkascy, 65 Women’s flight: first place trophy winner and the 2017 Tournament Champion, Eileen Michaelian, 63; second place, Michele Yturralde, 64. Each year the Tournament Champion has his/her name engraved on a perpetual trophy and may keep that award for one year only unless, of course, they repeat. Later in the afternoon participants and their nonplaying spouses shared a wonderful “Italian Buffet” at the Quail Inn. Next year “The Greater Orchard Open” will again be held on the second Thursday in August. Interested Orchard golfers who have not participated in the past but would like to in the future can call me at 843-3808.

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Instead of natural woods, many homeowners today are choosing “green” materials that offer the look of wood. Trex decking and railing materials are among the more popular brands of composite, renewable Instead of natural woods, many homeowners today are choosing “green” materials that offer the look of wood. Trex decking and railing materials are among materials on the market. Durable, easy to install and according to the manufacturer, will look better longer than real wood. Trex decking, available in a variety of grains, textures and stains can be found at Friedman’s. Outdoor Furniture: Rattan patio furniture looks cool outdoors but to prevent weathering you’ll always have to throw a tarp over it when the fog rolls in and rains come. Home outdoor experts say, for durability, come rain or shine, choose outdoor furniture designed with cast aluminum or coated steel foundations. For table tops it’s best to go with glass or a plastic material. And don’t forget the option of choosing bar stool height for outdoor tables and chairs. The extra 12-inch boost makes a big difference in backyard viewing enjoyment, plus outdoor barstools add a sense of casual sophistication. No matter what patio furniture you choose it’s important to be sure it has sun protection. After all, Oakmont summer weather is wonderful, but it can get hot. If you’re lucky, a century or so ago an oak tree decided to grow near your deck and has now conveniently covered your patio furniture with a shelter of cooling shade. If you’re not so lucky, you can buy yourself some shade with a myriad of umbrellas and tent-like gazebos that are perfect for keeping the sun out and the bugs at bay. For high tech outdoor sun protection, check out the Multi-directional Remote Control Umbrella by Hammacher. The stylish nine-foot umbrella has a remote tilt and lift mechanism that can be adjusted from up to 40 feet away. As the sun’s rays change position or the wind alters direction, the handheld unit allows for quick and simple adjustments; a handy gadget for backyard chefs who’d rather not have the guests roast under the sun while they wait for the coals. You can find it at: The BBQ: Without the BBQ the pleasure of outdoor living would be far less enjoyable and a lot messier. Outdoor cooking not only keeps the kitchen relatively clean (and the carpet unstained by steak juice) but it gives the man of the house something useful to do while the salad is being made. After all, the barbeque has always been “a guy thing” since most women are more than happy to avoid its volatile mixture of fire, grease, grime and beer. Backyard cookery was born in the late 1950s when a welder for Webber Metal Works stuck three legs on the bottom half of a buoy, jammed a grill on top, and called the contraption Sputnik. A decade later, the barbeque reached American icon status as homeowners from all ranks of life discovered the joys of outdoor cooking. Soon, little Hibachis were sprouting up everywhere. But in the 1980s, gasfueled grills overtook charcoal in popularity, and the

BBQ became not just a rite of manhood but a rite of summer. You can still find the pot-belly Webber model that started it all at Friedman’s and Parson’s Lumber and Hardwood Supply store. They both carry a fleet of BBQs to choose from, though the most popular are the stainless steel models made by Lynx. When you step behind one of these high-tech babies, better get a good grip on your tongs. Lynx makes mouth-watering gorgeous barbeque ensembles that resemble the bridge of a starship. But forget about warp drive. Lynx’s advanced technology, ceramic infrared burners, multi-position controls and up to 100,000 BTUs of power will make newbie barbeque cadets into Captain Kirks of backyard cookery.

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


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BRAND NEW STUDY STARTING SEPTEMBER 12 Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore

The presentation will be on a large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. Join us in a very personal examination of the Old Testament story of Esther as Beth peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story is to our lives today. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author.  She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! We have discussion time to share and fellowship with one another. This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call for additional information.  DATE: Tuesdays, beginning September 12 TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017

Oakmont Democratic Club nMolly Fleischman, President

ODC presents CLIMATE CHANGE: UNDERSTANDING and RESPONDING What You Can Do Now in Sonoma County and Beyond

Our esteemed panel of experts presents the ways California leads in solutions to global warming and protection of our jeopardized natural resources. This non-partisan issue affects all life on our shared planet. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event! WHEN: Thursday, September 14 TIME: Check-in and Social 6:30 p.m.; Program and Q&A 7–8:30 p.m. WHERE: West Recreation Center, 6470 Meadow Ridge Drive Moderator: Alex Hinds has been a leader in environmental protections and sustainability for decades. In 2009, Alex co-founded Sonoma State University’s Center for Sustainable Communities. He provided technical assistance to the cities of Santa Rosa, Vallejo and Benicia; Marin, Sonoma and San Luis Obispo Counties; the California Department of Water Resources, California County Planning Directors Association, and the Bay Area Planning Directors Association. From 1984 to 2008, Alex directed California community development and environmental protection-related agencies for Marin, San Luis Obispo, and Lake Counties. He was the principal architect of the trend-setting Marin Countywide Plan update and nationally recognized implementation programs focusing on sustainability and climate protection. Panelists: Barry Vesser, Deputy Director, Center for Climate Protection, Santa Rosa also coordinates the Business for Clean Energy program and writes an informative blog. The Center’s mission is to inspire, align, and mobilize action in response to the climate crisis. They create model programs for communities everywhere to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Their many successes include the $1 million grant from the California Energy Commission to Sonoma County to transition energy infrastructure from fossil fuels to renewables. David Warrenber is a volunteer for the Santa Rosa Chapter of the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on creating the political will for a livable world. Their reach is vast, with volunteers in every U.S. state and international chapters in Germany, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Canada and Sweden. David is a strong advocate of Carbon Fee and Dividend, CCL’s preferred climate solution. He is a retired electrical engineer with an impressive professional background who designed photovoltaic instrumentation for the solar industry Liz Yager is Program Manager for the County of Sonoma’s General Services Department’s Energy and Sustainability Division, which promotes and delivers solutions necessary to mitigate environmental impacts and prepare for climate change. The Division emphasizes the economic, environmental and health benefits of sustainability. Resources and assistance are offered for building efficiency upgrades, installation of renewable energy systems and storage, and efforts to retire fossil fuel vehicles. Liz has a background in biomedical engineering, electronics, and previously worked in the high-tech industry of Silicon Valley.


Stay informed on pertinent local, national and global issues. ODC meets third Thursday monthly at the West Recreation Center. Participate in actions and volunteer to help make important political change. Volunteer and serve on the ODC board. Contact me at 755 3722 or

Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“In his garden every man may be his own artist without apology or explanations.”—Louise Beebe Wilder


Dawn Smith from Sunset Magazine and Cornerstone Gardens will be our speaker. Dawn has worked at Cornerstone for 13 years and is responsible for all the gardens. She will have a slide presentation about the history of Cornerstone and the new partnership with Sunset Magazine. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, September 19, Berger Center TIME: 10–11:30 a.m.


• Give azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons and citrus their final feeding this month. • Sow seeds of poppies, clarkia and lupine. • Now is the best time to sow a new lawn or reseed bare spots. • Hit the fall plant sales at local nurseries! Check around—websites are a good way to get information quickly—and shop the sales early for best selection.

nPennijean Savage

Caution: many of the sale plants are pot-bound and will need extra care when planting. Some can be divided before planting, doubling your savings. Anything that is not planted right away needs to be kept wellwatered. • Shop for plants that have good fall color. Some plants that give you great September and October color are Autumn Sedum, Ceratostigma, Viburnum, Cornus stolonifera, Cotinus, Berberis, Crab Apples, Persimmons, and many others. • Bulbs will begin appearing in nurseries and garden centers. It is generally easier to wait until after the first rains to plant them, but buy them ahead of time so that you are prepared. • Continue to build your checklist of fall chores— plants that need to be moved or divided, for example, will appreciate your waiting for shorter days and cooler, moister weather. With a few exceptions, fall blooming plants should be divided in the spring, spring blooming ones should be divided just after they bloom, and summer bloomers should be divided in early fall. Share your divisions with friends!

Buddhist Meeting—September 30

Note: New Location

Q: I see Buddhism as a tranquil religion, but in the SGI I hear terms like “fight,” “battle” or “victory and defeat.” Why is this? “...To break through the darkness and delusion that exists within our own hearts as well as well as in society, we must wage a battle against the negativity that holds us back. In this way, terms such as ‘battle,’ ‘fight’ and ‘victory or defeat’ are used in our practice to refer to an internal struggle against the negativity of our lives and the lives of others. It rouses our inner fortitude and spirit to blaze a path for peace and justice.”—Living Buddhism, September 2017, pg. 6.

You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, September 30 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, September 30, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place. Note: new location. Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

COPE Updates

Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

For COPE leaders who do not have Internet access, this is your reminder that, once again, it is time to check your team for any changes, mark up your block diagram, and put it in the COPE file in the OVA office. For new residents, a completed census form should be submitted. I will generate new block diagrams for your team. If, in the future, you begin Internet usage, please call me at 539-2543 to let me know so I can add you to our online communication group. Also, if you do not currently have an active COPE team in your neighborhood, please call me to learn how simple it is to form a neighborhood family. Thank you!

Do You Have a COPE Team Leader in your Neighborhood?

As can be expected, due to normal attrition, we periodically have to solicit new COPE team leaders. This month, new COPE leaders are needed in the following areas. Check to see if your neighborhood is one of them: Deerfield Circle 401–425; Fairfield Drive 6617–6711, 6855–6928, 7110–7170, 7200–7236; Falling Star Court 457–477; Greenfield Circle 304–334 even, 340–370 even; Glengreen 1–21; Golf Court 333–355 odd; Hood Mountain Circle 8808–8835, 8832–8854; Hood Mountain Court 8823–8837; Meadowcreek Lane 6408– 6441; Meadowgreen Place 6502–6528; Meadowridge

Drive 6340–6360, 6519–6563 odd, 6534–6564 even, 6567–6597 odd, 6568–6596 even. Mesa Oaks Circle 6439–6477; Mesa Oaks Lane 6427–6433; Mesa Oaks Drive 6425–6449; Mesa Oaks Court 6445–6456; Miramonte Court 345–369 odd; Miramonte Place 342–374 even; Mountain Vista Lane 207–273; Oak Brook Court 460–504; Oak Brook Lane 420–456; Oak Island Circle 50–136 even; Oak Island Drive 2–22,164–186; Oak Leaf Circle 310–321; Oak Mesa Drive 451–493, 1004–1045; Oakmont Drive 6850–6956 even, 7323–7343, 7601–7840, 7849–8050, 8826–8837, 8840–8861, 8927–8963; Oak Shadow Drive 129–153, 201–223. Oak Trail Circle 9003–9049, 9212–9241, 9330–9357; Oak Trail Court 8839–8859; Oak Trail Drive 8811– 8838; Oak Vista Court 493–511; Oak Vista Place 495– 503; Oak Vista Lane 509–519; Pin Oak Place 3–11; Pine Valley Drive 6479–6503 odd; Pythian Road 320–360 even, 327–349 odd, 357–365 odd, 461–473; Rockgreen Place 316–346, 350–374 even, 371–395 odd; Silver Creek Circle 228–260; Starry Knoll Court 454–470 even; Stone Bridge Road 6498–6544; Valleygreen 1–24; Walnut Orchard Drive 7512–7547; White Oak Drive 177–205 odd, 400–422 even; Woodgreen Street 11–18, 19–22. Please call me at 539-2543 if you would like to help or if you have any questions about the COPE program. Thanks for your willingness to help!


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday for 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you. On September 4 and 11 Sandy White will produce The Browning Version by Terrence Rattigan. Playreaders include John Dolan, Charlie Ensley, Pete Folkens, Dennis Hall, Jackie Kokemor, Joyce O’Connor, Ron White and Sandy White. The play introduces us to Andrew Crocker-Harris, an aging Classics master at an English public School, who is forced into retirement by his increasing ill health. The play follows the schoolmaster’s final few days in his post, as he comes to terms with his sense of failure as a teacher, a sense of weakness exacerbated by his wife’s infidelity and the realization that he is despised by both pupils and staff of the school. The emotional turning-point for the cold CrockerHarris is a pupil’s unexpected parting gift, Robert Browning’s translation of the Agamemnon, which he has inscribed with the Greek phrase that translates as “God from afar looks graciously upon a gentle master.” Rattigan was one of England’s most popular mid20th century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. A troubled homosexual, he saw himself as an outsider. His plays “confronted issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships and adultery,” and a world of repression and reticence. The Browning Version was later written as a successful movie with additional plot and dialogue.

In early August Playreaders presented Something’s Burning by Eric Chappell. Readers included: (standing) Max Fenson, Jeffrey Sheff, Jackie Kokemor; (seated) Ginny Smith and Jane Borr.

SIR Branch #92 nPat Donnelly, Little Sir

September 12 luncheon

SIR Branch #92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include a social hour, bar service lunch, a golf tournament and a monthly speaker. We are delighted to announce that Chris Coursey, Mayor of Santa Rosa will be our guest speaker at our September 12 luncheon. Chris grew up in a military family and by the time he graduated from college, had never lived in the same city for more than three years. He took a job here in Santa Rosa that he thought would be a brief stop in his rising journalism career. Instead, he found a community that has sustained him for 37 years and a city that is now his hometown! Chris will be speaking on doings at City Hall and the launch of the Smart Train.

nKate Hill

Easy Beginning Bridge

Been out of the Bridge Mix? Join Us Friday Morning, September 8

An absolute beginning bridge class starts Friday, September 8. The series runs for seven weeks on Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center. Last class will be October 27 (no class on October 13). If you’ve ever been intimidated by the thought of learning bridge, you’re in for a surprise. We’ll show you how much fun it can be. The series will include “how to come into the 21st Century” for those who learned bridge the old way and feel a little rusty! I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for

over 15 years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. Zero intimidation is guaranteed. We never forget that bridge is about PLAY! You needn’t have ever played bridge before, and no partner is needed. Cost for the class is $110 (includes text). Those who’ve taken my classes before may attend for just $5/session. Sign up at the first class session (come 15 minutes early), or by contacting me at kate.hill@ or 545-3664. All questions are most welcome.

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

Breakfast of Champions

Okay, that title might be misleading, as we don’t serve Wheaties but the Friday morning VOM Rotary breakfast meeting does offer a smorgasbord of other options. In this column, we often extend an invitation to readers to join us for a free breakfast. For some reason(s), not many accept. It may be the fear of the unknown or perhaps that the meeting begins at 7:30 a.m. So, in the interest of taking the unknown out of the experience, here is a rundown of what to expect. Some of the following may be true or not true but you’ll get the idea. People roll into the Quail Inn at no specific time. The doors open at 6:45 a.m. for the set-up folks. The rest of us come at various times and in various states of dress. I roll in around 7 a.m. and have been known to wear clothing that bears an uncomfortable resemblance to pajamas (true). Many of the ladies hold themselves to a higher standard naturally but you will see all forms of attire amongst the crowd. Our club has around 50 members of which 25–35 (not scary) attend. The earlier you arrive the more time you have to visit (7 a.m. is good). Roll into the Quail where you will be met by our morning greeter and a chalkboard listing the speaker and any guests (including you). You will receive a warm welcome (true) and a Mimosa (false). You mosey over to the welcome table for check in and get a name tag. Everyone wears them, so terrible short-term memory is not a problem. You will be introduced to a member or host of sorts who will point out which members to avoid (really false, we’re fun) and where the coffee is (true). From an array of round tables, you claim a spot. At any point, you can decide it’s time to eat and order from the gourmet menu (false) or buffet (true) but otherwise you’ll find we are happier to see you than your lost dog. The President rings the bell at 7:30 a.m. to start the meeting. We begin with the pledge and then to the “Thought for the Day” provided by rotating members. They cover the gamut from the meaning of life (false) to Rodney Dangerfield’s greatest hits (true). We move on to club news, comments as well as updates on events etc. from various committee or board persons. Then we hear from those celebrating their 39th birthday (false). Happy Dollars follows as members share any upbeat event which to some could include a grandchild’s graduation or non-fatal car accident (true). Next comes the weekly raffle which usually averages $1,000+ (false). At 8 a.m. we get to the main event and hear from our remarkable outside speakers. Their offerings have often been the subject of this column so you may know how inspiring and informative they can be. After questions, we end the meeting at 8:30 a.m. with a recitation of the 4-Way Test. Not a bad way to start the day if you ask me.

nPastor Brinda Peterson

Here at OCC we have had a grand summer. Besides having some wonderful worshipping opportunities, I have thoroughly enjoyed getting together at our fellowship events. Can you believe that on September 10 we will be celebrating my one-year anniversary here in Oakmont? The year has flown by and it has been a great year. As we continue to grow deeper in Christ and closer together as a family of believers, we will be experiencing new challenges along the way. Some will be fun and others will stretch us in new ways but both will be exciting. On Sunday, September 17 we are planning on having our bi-annual vision meeting following the Sunday worship service. We will be reviewing the past six months and looking towards our next six months serving together. We would love for you to be a part of our growing family. If you have considered joining us for Sunday worship now is the time to come. Hebrews 10: 24–25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another...” We worship on Sundays in the Berger Center at 10:30 a.m. and again at the Oakmont Gardens at 1 p.m. We also have a Bible study at the Gardens on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Need prayer? Call me anytime at 595-0166. nLaurie Hartmann

Cultivating Prayer

In cultivating an attentiveness to the presence of God spontaneous conversation and communication with God can arise. As you know we rarely communicate with someone who is not in our field of awareness. So, how can an awareness of the presence of God become a continual background of our life? One way to create a deep awareness is by reviewing the events of our day, trusting that the Spirit will bring to mind events that we should attend to. In reflecting back, we can notice the blessings of the day and give thanks for them. We can also pay attention to our thoughts and emotions in response to people and our experiences. Ask, “did I see the face of Christ in those I encountered or was I distracted?” We can thank God for the times we were swept along by the flow of His love. Likewise, we ask God for forgiveness for the times when we were not aware of His presence and love and did not allow it to flow through us. We can end this time of reviewing by asking for the grace to be open and attentive to the Lord’s loving presence going forward. I find that when I practice looking back over my day and I search for God moments, I am more attuned to what He may be doing in my life going forward. I would love to hear if this practice cultivates something in you also.


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nCarolita Carr

Denim Dinner Dance

WHEN: Thursday, September 21 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 5:45 p.m., food and music till 8 p.m. FOOD: Ike’s Sandwiches (included in Open Table’s top 100 restaurants!) WHO: Members of Oakmont Boomers only COST: Free!

at You won’t want to miss this special event. We will have nine varieties of sandwiches from Ike’s (including vegetarian) along with danceable recorded music. If you have been intending to join but just keep putting it off, it’s not too late. You can apply for membership by going to the website. Dues are $10 per person per calendar year, a bargain when you consider our free events. Even our large parties with

live music have a low entry fee. And you know they are fun because they sell out fast. Keep Saturday, October 21 in mind. It will be a night to remember, our Halloween “Ghoulish Gala.” Music will be provided by the Joe Sharino Band. Joe will be retiring after this gig, and those of us who have enjoyed Joe’s music over the years will want to bid him a fond farewell. Don’t be disappointed and get your reservations in early.


Doors open 5:45 p.m. Deadline for RSVP is no later than Monday, September 18, 3 p.m. How many members is this an RSVP for?__________ Have you joined Oakmont Boomers, the biggest social club in our corner of Paradise? If you have, then fill out the coupon below or register online

Name(s)______________________________________________________________________________________ There is no charge for this event, and there is no reserved seating. Please place completed coupon in the Boomers folder at the OVA office.

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Oakmont Cannabis Club nHeidi Klyn

CannaCraft CEO, Kirk Anderson, spoke before a packed crowd of 85 at the East Rec. on Thursday, August 3 informing the Oakmont Cannabis Club members about the brand, products and availability of Cannabis CBD oil products. Kirk has worked with Dr. Donald Abrams and spoke for over one hour and took many Q&A on the topics of his company, products and beneficial aspects of CBD and various doses that make it a wonderful alternative to heavy duty pain medications prescribed by many physicians that lead to addiction. For the month of September we will be doing

something different. Kirk Anderson invited us to have a tour of his facilities in Santa Rosa and will be bringing in medical cannabis advisors to talk about various products. These are manufactured in Sonoma County with the highest industry standards for organic cultivation. DATE: Thursday, September 14 TIME: Meet at the Berger to carpool at 12:30 p.m., return at 4 p.m. Look for an Evite invitation in your E-mail inbox to sign up. If we have more than 80 people, a second tour will be needed on another day.

Three founding members of the Oakmont Cannabis Club with Kirk Anderson of Canna Craft located here in Santa Rosa.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017 East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation nJim Brewer

September 10: Steve Spanier Solving the Problems of a Deeply Polarized American Society

Oakmont Sunday Symposium begins its fall season with a presentation by resident Steve Spanier. His talk will explore the causes of polarization in America and what form useful solutions might take. It will introduce a nascent movement in America toward “transpartisanship”—an emerging school of political thought that accepts the validity of truths across a range of political perspectives and seeks to synthesize them into an inclusive, pragmatic container beyond typical political dualities. It is distinct from bipartisanship, which aims to negotiate between “right” and “left,” resulting in a dualistic perspective,

and nonpartisanship, which tends to avoid political affiliation altogether. Since he retired from a career in high tech, Spanier has become interested in the root causes of and potential solutions to some of the big problems in our society. His research has led to various initiatives designed to educate the public about contentious issues such as money in politics, corporate power and responsibility, media consolidation and, more recently, societal polarization. His latest organization, Transpartisan Solutions, aims to create a grassroots movement dedicated to bridging ideological divides through a dialogue process designed to create empathetic understanding and connection between individuals on different sides of the divides.

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Friday Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Discovering the Joy of Jesus: A Guide to Philippians

“Our happiness usually depends on whether we think our lives are going well. The Bible talks about a quality of life that goes beyond everyday events and happenings. What is joy? Is there a secret to having it? Discover God’s gift of joy—a way to live above your circumstances, whether good or bad—a way to live close to God who loves you.” The above quote is a description of our new study from the book itself. Sound interesting? Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information. Hope to see you there! DATE: Fridays, beginning September 15 TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


Are you confident that you know all there is to know about ISP’s? Would you like to know more? Then you need to come and hear what Richard can tell you, and, of course, answer any questions that you may have. We look forward to seeing you in the West Recreation Center. WEBSITE:


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, Certified Apple Consultant. General questions about OakMUG please call me at 539-1598 or email

iPAD SIG “SHOW UP AND SHARE” WHEN: Tuesday, August 22, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room B, Activities Center

Windows Computer Information

As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we continue to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call phil kenny, 538-2075 or Al Medeiros, 843-4447.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Age and Training

This article is not about how exercise can reverse the aging process but more about how important it is to start exercising at any age. The purpose of this article is to urge you to begin working out sooner than later. Research has shown that exercise helps slow the aging process. During my time here at Oakmont, I have begun to discover that as we grow older, certain things begin to happen to our body and mind. We aren’t as flexible, as strong and our memories aren’t as good as they once were. Memory is what I would like to discuss today. I have found that for some of the older members, especially those who have never worked out before, to find some of the concepts of working out is hard to comprehend. Many find the operation of the machines totally foreign. If they get frustrated and unable to understand the idea of working out, I’m afraid they may quit trying. My goal is to help you succeed. That is why it is a good idea to try out all the many different fitness activities that Oakmont offers. Hopefully you will find a physical activity that will spark an interest and maybe even give you the needed initiative to discover more activities that can be fun and healthy. There are a couple of ways to make it easier to get into a good routine. First off, start with just a few exercises, maybe two or three and then once you understand those, you will begin to feel more comfortable. You may need to change the amount of reps and sets, or even exchange the exercise for a different type of exercise. Gradually you can start adding other exercises for different muscle groups. Eventually you will have a full body work out and hopefully start to understand how working out can be beneficial. If you have any questions regarding this article or help setting up a routine, please call me at 494-9086 or e-mail me at, or simply stop by the Fitness Center at the Central Activities Center.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith, Instructor

For All You Early Birds! Same Class, Same Day, New Time!

WHEN: Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 a.m.—Balance and Strength; Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.—Aerobics WHERE: Classes are held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), Get up early and get your fitness time in early. Come to the 7:30 a.m. Strength and Balance class! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Strength and Balance class offers. The Aerobic Class format uses aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body. Keep your fitness going! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. You can join at any time! You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. You should be able to get up and down from the floor. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us!

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in your body

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Turn on your inner smile with this fun and energetic class. Use your breath and focus on alignment. Core strengthening movements are done seated with the option of standing. Stretch your fingers and toes and all the places in between. Students may stay seated for the entire class or work with balance in a safe setting. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water.

Now is the Perfect Time to commit to your Yoga Practice

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Feel your breath and explore yoga poses safely. Challenge yourself and strengthen your core. Allow your neck and shoulders to relax. Enjoy the gifts of a regular practice—increased mental clarity and a stronger, more flexible body, on and off the mat. Poses are modified as needed to meet individual needs. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

We have just the workshop for you if you have never taken Tai Chi but always wanted to, especially for improving balance and reducing stress, as well has deepening breathing. Tuition for the workshop is $75 and that covers five classes (which do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Pre-registration is required so call 3185284. We would love to answer your questions and encourage you to have your first experience with this ancient Chinese slow movement for health.

nSandra Shaner

Foam Roller


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/6 classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis.

Foam rolling has been shown to be beneficial in reducing chance of injury and increasing recovery by hydrating the muscles with increased blood flow and breaking up adhesions between skin, muscles and bones. Range of motion is greatly increased, and the bottom line is, you just feel and move better in your body. I am a Yoga Alliance certified instructor, certified in Mat Pilates, and ACE-certified as a personal trainer. I developed this class in conjunction with the physical therapists at a health care facility where I taught for 18 years. The class will be taught on a foam roller, so you will need to purchase one. It needs to be 6” in diameter and 36” long. Just google “foam roller” and you can find them online much less expensive than in retail stores. If you would like to come and try a class, send me an email or give me a call, and I will bring an extra roller to class for you to try. This is a “feel good” class, but so good for your body. Come roll with us! The only requirements are a foam roller (which you will love having at home to do self-massage) and a yoga mat. Questions? Call me at (636) 532-4690 or email at

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

Classes are on second Monday from 4:30–6 p.m. and fourth Monday from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™. If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle or square, etc., you can do the Zentangle™ Art Method. You do not have to have attended any other Zentangle™ class to come. Everyone is welcome! Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class!

Coming up

Monday, September 11, 4:30–6 p.m.: Opus Tile (10” tile) Monday September 25, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon: 3Z (Triangle Tiles) TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017

Bocce Club nSusan Lynn

We had such a great turnout for our “Let the Good Times Roll Tournament” that yours truly didn’t get a chance to play! Congratulations for our winners, pictured below. (Sorry, but rules allow for only two photos per Oakmont News article.)

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, well-supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.

Cooking Demonstration Thursday, September 14, 3 pm Free admission, recipes and tastings

Join us for an afternoon of food and fun at the Berger! In this lively cooking demonstration, you’ll have a great view of the demonstration table and watch the charming Chef Charles work his magic as you learn great tips and techniques along the way. Ask the chef questions, relax with friends, and enjoy delicious food. Class instruction will include creating a classic dish from the garden, including specific techniques related to flavor development and plate presentation. Please help your hostess. Sign up to let us know you are coming. This is a much appreciated courtesy to help us provide adequate seating and to prepare your tasty samplings. Thank you!

Carol Huseby, Geoffrey Newton, Chris Duda and Sherry Kohut.

Cooking Demonstration, Thursday, September 14, 3 pm Sing-up form

You may leave this form in the OHI folder in the OVA office, or mail to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Names of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ Email (to confirm attendance):____________________________________________________________________ Jim Huseby, Barbara James, Bob Cresta and Jeff Clemence.

National Cribbage Tournament nMarlena Cannon

Did you know?

This year, the American Cribbage Congress will host its Grand National XXXVI Championship on September 8–10, in Lincoln City, OR at the Chinook Winds Hotel. Hundreds of competitors will meet to play 22 games in the Main Tournament although the event will offer mini-tournaments throughout the week. Want something closer to home? Come to the Oakmont Cribbage Club on Tuesdays from 12:30–3 p.m. Players can come at any time and stay for as many games as they want. New to the game or a little rusty? Here’s a YouTube about the game: watch?v=stAYNntn0hE. Or contact Sandra Stetzel at or 539-0300 and she’ll find someone who can teach you play.

L to R: Oakmont Cribbage players Marlena Cannon, Marsha Beck, Ken Weber and Sandy Stezel.

Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

The Just For Fun Game Club gathers to play games of all sorts and have fun. You name it, we’ll play it: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games, whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We meet every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Card Room in the Central Activity Center. We have lots of games on hand: Rummikub, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, Cribbage, Monopoly, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Deluxe Rook, Skip-Bo, a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes and more! Someone usually brings: Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo, Split, Uno as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring the game with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust the schedule or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

The third winning team included Ann Miller, Tony D’Agosta, Barbara Newton, and Pam Gilbert.

Coming up

Our next event will be the Harvest Moon Tournament. Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 9. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Bocce Courts. For all those who haven’t tried Bocce Ball yet, here is a quick tutorial to inspire you to come to the courts and play with us: 1. Someone throws the pallino (small red ball). 2. Someone tosses a red ball. 3. Opposition tosses a green ball. 4. Farthest from pallino throws again. 5. Continue doing this until out of balls. 6. Team with balls closest to the pallino wins points. 7. Repeat rounds until one team reaches 12.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

Looking for care for kitty when you’re away? Join the Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative. It’s free! Cat Care Co-op members share care and feeding for kitty when you travel or must be away. It’s easy! Just contact a fellow list member and arrange for care between you. We have members all around Oakmont. It works! The more members we have, the easier it is to find help when you need it. So join today! For more information and to put your name on the list contact me at 849-1581.



The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017

Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room: Tuesday evening at 6:45 p.m. and Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. Our Duplicate Bridge Club is a friendly, low-key group who enjoy a more challenging way of playing bridge. There is a small fee, currently $3, which pays for a professional club director who organizes and officiates the game. The fee also pays for our club’s membership with the American Contract Bridge League. We enjoy coaching newcomers to our ranks. Firsttime players may play for free, but you need to remind the recorder if you are a first-timer. What is duplicate? In social bridge, a new hand is dealt every time, and a pl ayer’s score often reflects quite a bit of luck. In duplicate bridge the hands are dealt only once and then played by nearly everyone. Your overall score is based on how well you do, compared to everyone else who played those hands. Another significant difference is that bidding is silent and uses colored bid cards from a bid box. If you enjoy bridge and want a fun, friendly and competitive way to improve your skills, bring your partner and try us out. For general information and partnerships call Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman

Where in the world is Bob Dodd?

Regular bowlers in the latter part of July probably noticed an absence of Bob Dodd. So where was he? He’s been out of the country. In Canada! This is not hearsay. Photographic proof shows he’s been spending his time on foreign bowling greens with a lady of high esteem, one Irene I’Anson, also a member of our club. This photo shows they have been seen together conquering the green Bob Dodd and Irene I’Anson at the Burlington Lawn Bowls Club, Ontario, Canada where their team won the Oakville Mixed Triples Invitational Canadian Regional Tournament.


The Men’s Singles got under way on August 14 with 12 participants, including several novices. It is expected to have been completed by the end of August.

Let’s Dance Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Nightclub 2-Step partner dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays, September 6, 13 and 20, 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9 pp for single class; $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. Beginning Nightclub 2-Step (NCTS) partner dance classes will start in September. This is a lovely dance to a large variety of slower ballad type music where dances such as Waltz and Rumba do not fit. It can be done compactly if the dance floor is crowded or with bigger gliding steps if there is a lot of room. Examples of songs that NCTS can be danced to are: “I will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion, “All of Me” by John Legend, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Million Reasons” by Lady Gaga, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, “The Lady In Red” by Chris De Burgh and many more. There are even a lot of Country songs that Nightclub 2-Step can be danced to, like “Remember When” by Alan Jackson and “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. No partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. I would also like to invite any ladies who are interested in learning how to lead to come and learn some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Join us for a fun way to get exercise. Some studies also indicate that partner dancing may actually increase mental acuity and reduce the possibility of cognitive decline. Some even say that “dancing makes you smarter!” It is definitely good for our muscles, balance, brains and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Tourney players.

Remaining tournament schedule (includes many new events): Labor Day—September 4, 9:15 a.m. Open Singles—September 14, 9:15 a.m. Men’s Triples—September 20, 9:15 a.m.

Women’s Triples—September 28, 9:15 a.m. Open Pairs—October 4, 12 noon Novice Singles—October 16, 12 noon Halloween—October 31, 12 noon Thanksgiving—November 21, 12 noon Sign up and participate. Win or not you’ll enjoy the games.

Condition of the Green

It’s looking better and better, but looks can be deceiving. You may find your bowl seems to forget its bias and takes off on a journey of its own. The cause varies from rink to rink. The most common complaint arises from the gouges in the middle (slowly repairing), caused by uncertain events. Other misadventures of bowls occur when they roll over a spot where a weed has died and been replaced by a sanded divot. This is disappointing but hope springs eternal. Frank Longoria has expectations that the maintenance company will continue to cooperate with our greens committee to restore the green that it was a several years ago. Patience is necessary.

OLBC in Days of Yore

Nineteen years ago the Press Democrat featured “Prime Lifestyles” about seniors. One piece was devoted to lawn bowling and focused on the sport here in Oakmont. Our celebrated Vanitta Olinger (then 78), with her husband Vane, was pictured in her whites, including a stylish cap, preparing to deliver her bowl. At that time the membership counted 150, with a “fairly even mix of men and women.” The Olingers have traveled all over the globe competing in tournaments. Vanitta observed that lawn bowls “is a game of finesse” and that “one of the nice things about lawn bowling is that no matter what your physical challenge is, you can compensate for it.” So would-be players should not be deterred from trying the game. Demo Days: One remaining, Sept. 18 from 10 a.m.– 12 noon.

Oakmont Rainbow Women nCarroll Johnson

Surely one of the great pleasures of summer is watching a baseball game on a beautiful evening. On August 10, 23 Oakmont Rainbow Women met at Arnold Field in Sonoma to watch the Sonoma Stompers face off against the Vallejo Admirals in a leisurely game that resulted in a 2-1 loss for the home team. That hardly seemed to matter to our ORW contingent. We sat together in the Krave Klub seats, loaded up on baseball food and visited with each other as dusk gathered, the field lights came on and we soaked up the sights and sounds of baseball in small town America. Here’s some information on future ORW meetings: September 14 Meeting: Sherry Austin with Henhouse will be entertaining us at the East Rec. at 7 p.m., our usual meeting time. With their eclectic blend of folk, country and rock in the tradition of Nanci Griffith and Kate Wolf, they are sure to blow the doors off! You can check them out at http:// concert is free and no tickets are required, but we encourage you to drop some cash in the tip jar for the musicians. October 12 Meeting: Mary Hastings, our own water aerobics and balance and strength guru, will

discuss the importance of balance and strength as we age. Be sure to wear your sneakers. If you know Mary, you know there will be opportunities to practice new skills. This is a regular meeting and free of charge for members. November 4 Berger Center Concert: Open to the entire Oakmont community. It is coming on November 4 when Oakmont Rainbow Productions presents Robin Flower and Libby McLaren in an evening of bluegrass harmony you won’t soon forget! You can listen and learn more about these two outstanding musicians on their website at www. Tickets are $20 for ORW members and $25 for non-members. You can purchase your tickets at a meeting or by placing a check made out to ORW in our file in the OVA office. Your tickets will be available at will call in the Berger Center on the night of the concert. Oakmont Rainbow Women is primarily a lesbian organization, but our membership is open to all women who are residents of Oakmont. If you are interested in joining, come to one of our meetings. If you have questions, email oakmotrainbowwomen@



The Oakmont News / September 1, 2017

Pickleball Corner nChuck Wood


Melissa Bowers reports that our club has gained 12 new members recently. Good bet that we can thank Shirley Liberman and Connie Medeiros for having staffed the OPC’s table at the Oakmont Village’s June 1 Club Night event. Furthermore, PJ Savage and Shirley report large (as many as 10 folks) turnouts for the Tuesday morning new player orientations. Great news with one large associated consequence: long waiting times for play on our two available pickleball courts. As Cecile Coar has captured in the photo below, seeing a long row of paddles placed in the courtside fence by players waiting to get on a court is a regular occurrence.

Can we come out and play?


Tom Kendrick reports on a recent family trip to Park City, Utah that included cousins from Orange County. Looking to recreate, they found a local public pickleball court facility and found other tourists from Orange County eager to play our game. The happy gathering is shown below.

Park City Pickle Pals.


WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily from 9 a.m.–12 noon. New players’ (strictly beginners) introduction to Pickleball every Tuesday at 9 a.m. Coached play for beginners and novices every Tuesday at 10 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, Email, phone 595-5648 All residents are welcomed.


nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

Join us at the Activities Center in the card room on the second, fourth and fifth Thursdays of each month. Arrive by 6:15 p.m. We draw for partners just before 6:30 p.m. and play starts promptly after that. We change partners after each game of four hands. Need to brush up? Come at 6 p.m. for practice play. Singles and couples are welcome. There are no membership dues. Cost for the evening is $1 and money is awarded to the top scores for the evening.


Looking for daytime pinochle? We also meet every Thursday morning at 9:15 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. in the Activities Center card room. This is a wonderful way to learn pinochle or brush up on your game, as well as for experienced players. Arrive shortly before 9:15 a.m. We draw for partners, so singles or couples are welcome. Cost is 25¢ a game, paid to the winners. Call Chuck Rowlands or me for information or questions, 537-7498.

Palliative and Spiritual Care Better Health and More Fun in the Golden Years Through Group Singing nBarbara Spotleson

Press release

Come to Star of the Valley Catholic Church at the Monsignor Fahey Parish Center, 495 White Oak Drive in Oakmont on Thursday, September 28 from 1:30–3 p.m. for a free, lively presentation on Palliative and Spiritual Care in the Golden Years. Join Raymond Dougherty, Director of Spiritual Care at Kaiser Permanente for the Marin-Sonoma service area and social worker, Bill Dorsey, as they present information on various ways palliative and spiritual care can be approached. Palliative care is a multi-disciplinary approach to specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal of such therapy is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Raymond earned an MA in theology from the University of San Francisco and has over 14 years experience providing palliative and inpatient chaplaincy services. He completed his clinical pastoral education at St. Mary’s Medical Center in San Francisco and served as a CPE supervisory candidate at the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He served as a staff chaplain at O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, where he specialized in palliative care in the ICU and ED. He also led the Pastoral Visiting and Spiritual Care Field Education Programs. Joining Raymond is Bill Dorsey, a social worker, who educates about palliative care. After the 45-minute presentation there will be time for Q&A. We will follow up with refreshments of cookies, tea and coffee. Please call or email Judith Fleshman at (858) 6632880 or to reserve your space today! Deadline for reservations is Monday, September 25. Donations to help cover the cost of this presentation will be accepted at the door.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

The Drop-In Chess players meet on Tuesday afternoons between 1–4:30 p.m. in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Beginners are welcome and there are no fees or cost— just your time as you see fit. Bring a board and chess set if you have one. The atmosphere is casual and players of varying proficiency, both men and women, take part in these games. If you have not played chess in a while, are new to our Oakmont community, or are just curious and would like to know more about the “Game of Kings,” drop in and check us out. If you have any questions or would like to know more, feel free to contact us at or at 707-225-0661.

nTaylor Finlay

Would you like to have more fun and improve your health at the same time? Of course you would—and you can—trough group singing, which anyone can do. Group singing strengthens your immune system, improves your muscle tone, overall circulation and mental alertness and lowers your stress levels. It is good exercise and it makes you happier (Goolge “health benefits of group singing” for more details). We are meeting Friday, September 8 from 2:30–4 p.m. at the East Rec. to discuss the feasibility of a weekly musical therapy program for Oakmont. Come if you can. Call 539-9688 if you have questions.

nRay Haverson


WHEN: November 4 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., show is from 7–9 p.m. COST: Members $30, members’ guest $33, nonmembers $38. Best deal is $42—includes membership until January 1, 2018. James Garner puts on one of the best interpretators of Johnny Cash I have ever seen! Last time he was here we had a waiting list of over 60 people who could not get in. Those who attended the last show are still talking about it. We will have table assigned seating. You may reserve a table of eight: I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together with your friends, all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time as I will be unable to add someone later. This is just a suggestion. The best way to do it so you can get better seating, is send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. You will be able to bring your own food and drink. We will supply lemon water, cookies, coffee and cups. You need to bring your own plates, napkins and utensils. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them. Get your reservations in very early for better seating.


Saturday, October 7: A Great surprise to be announced as we get closer to the date Saturday, November 4: Back by popular demand— James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash Saturday, December 9: TBA Sunday, December 31: New Year’s Eve at the Berger—music by Mr. Charlie Baker and Company


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Visual Aids Workshop nBarbara Milan


The Visual Aids Workshop will be taking our break this year during the month of September. We will be back to work on Monday morning, October 2 from 9–11 a.m. We meet in the Upper West Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you when we resume making our visual aids. Come join us! For more information call me at 538-5321.

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This 10-mile moderately strenuous hike begins and ends at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park. Weather permitting, we will enjoy views of Bennett and Sonoma valleys from several knolls, including one noted for its “umbrella tree.” Elevation gain will be about 2,000’. Bring lunch and water, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. Hiking poles are recommended. Depart Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Dave Stein, (650) 215-0327.

September 14 Intermediate Hike Rodeo Beach to Hill 88 in the Marin Headlands

This is a 5.2-mile hike with 1,000’ elevation gain, no shade, and two steep rocky sections. This is one of the most scenic ridge hikes in the Marin Headlands with great coastal views and many old bunkers along the way. We’ll start at Rodeo Beach and take our time as we climb 960’ in 1.8 miles to the top of Hill 88, where we’ll enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the Marin Headlands and the SF Bay. Along the way up, we’ll explore WWII military ruins, including Battery Townsley and the Nike Missile Radar Station. After lunch at the top, we’ll continue around Hill 88 on the Wolf Ridge and Miwok Trails, gradually descending to Rodeo Lagoon and Beach. Bring lunch, water, hiking poles. Hike leader is Linne McAleer, (415) 847-4420. Note start time: leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.

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Oakmont Progressives

nVince Taylor


Healthy food and clean water are threatened as never before. Globalization, pesticides, GMOs, fracking, failing infrastructure, privatization and dirty fossil fuels are continually degrading the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink. Food and Water Watch is on the front lines of the battle between corporations and the people over safe food and water supplies. We are very fortunate that one of the principals of Food and Water Watch, Adam Scow, California’s Regional Director, has agreed to come and give us a picture from the inside of the alarming forces threatening safe food and water. If you are not a close follower of food and water news, prepare to be shocked and alarmed by what Adam has to tell us. Learn what you can do to help. Please join us on Monday, October 9. Doors open at the East Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. for social time; the program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To help us plan, please RSVP at www. Questions? Call me at 583-9490.

Exciting programs are coming your way in September and October! In September, the Progressives are sponsoring a concert by Oakmont’s own musical group, More Joy. In October, at our regular meeting time and place, Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch will give us an insider’s view of the alarming forces threatening safe food and water. Adam Scow.

Don’t Miss More Joy at the Berger

Our next meeting will be a very special event—a concert by Oakmont’s own More Joy musical group. The concert will be on Friday, September 8, from 7–8:30 p.m. at the Berger Center. Admission is $20. All proceeds above cost will go to the Global Fund for Women, an amazing organization that stands behind movements for women’s human rights all over the world More Joy is an all-acoustic group of five exceptional musicians—all Oakmonters—who bring the passion and commitment evoked by the songs of real American heroes like Joan Baez and Holly Near. They will also bring you the tight harmonies of simple love songs by the Everly Brothers and Dixie Chicks. Perhaps best of all, they will sing protest songs we can all join in singing. We are excited that the CEO of Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyaro, will join us and tell us briefly about the important work that the Fund is doing internationally.

This promises to be a wonderful evening. Seating is limited. To ensure seats, please fill in and follow the instructions on the tear-out form at the end of this column.

Can We Hope For Safe Foods And Clean Water?

Save the date for the Progressives October meeting on Monday, October 9, at the East Rec. Center, 7 p.m. This is a meeting you will not want to miss.

Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We seek a government that works for the people instead of banks, corporations and billionaires. For more information see www.oakmontprogressives. com: “How Progressives and Democrats Differ.”


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I would like to reserve seats for the More Joy Concert on Friday, September 8, Berger Center, 7 p.m. Number of seats: ____ Name(s): ________________________________________________

To reserve tickets, please deposit a check made out to “Global Fund for Women” for $20 per ticket in the Progressives folder in the OVA office. Be sure to include the names of those attending, because we will check the names at the door. If you have questions, call Iris at (650) 280-3265 or Vince at 583-9490.

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nBarbara Bowman

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, free of charge— compliments of the OVA

Sunday, September 3, 2 pm THE FOUNDER

The concept and expansion of McDonald’s global fast-food empire represents one of the great success stories of American business. This meaty biopic profiles company founder Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), whose canny instincts turned McDonald’s into a golden brand. Filled with ‘60s memories, the film’s as informative as it is dynamic and entertaining. Keaton’s riveting performance is supported by an exceptional cast which includes Laura Linney. (2016), PG-13, 115 minutes.

Sunday, September 10, 2 pm ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN

This Academy Award-nominated film chronicles how the work of reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) contributed to the public downfall of President Richard Nixon. A suspenseful, fast-paced and fascinating peek into the newspaper business, the story is as riveting—and relevant—today as it was 30 years ago. The cast includes Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jason Robards, as well as Hal Holbrook and Martin Balsam. (1976), PG, 139 minutes.

Sunday, September 17, 2 pm QUIZ SHOW

Robert Redford directs this infamous true story of Charles Van Doren (Ralph Fiennes), who rocketed to national fame in 1958 as a repeat winner on the TV quiz show “Twenty One.” The American public didn’t realize it was being hoodwinked until persevering congressional investigator Dick Goodwin (Rob Morrow) unmasked the corruption behind the show’s glittering facade. Oscar and Golden Globe Best Picture and Best Director nominations, plus numerous other honors and accolades. (1994), PG-13, 133 minutes.

Sunday, September 24, 2 pm 5 FLIGHTS UP

Married for four decades, retired teacher Ruth (Diane Keaton) and her painter husband Alex (Morgan Freeman) have a wonderful life together—most of it spent in their cherished Brooklyn 5th floor walk-up. But now that it’s time to sell and move with their terrier Dorothy, the world seems determined to thwart them. Keaton and Freeman clearly enjoy themselves in this delightful film about life in New York City. Cynthia Nixon stars as their realtor. (2015), PG-13, 92 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, September 3, 2 p.m.: The Founder, (2016), PG-13, 115 minutes. Sunday, September 10, 2 p.m.: All The President’s Men, (1976), PG, 139 minutes. Sunday, September 17, 2 p.m.: Quiz Show, (1994), PG-13, 133 minutes. Sunday, September 24, 2 p.m.: 5 Flights Up, (2015), PG-13, 92 minutes.


The Great American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson

The American Mah Jongg Club is currently looking for experienced players to fill some open spots. We meet the first and third Monday of every month. We have no dues to pay. We have a great bunch of folks that play We meet at the East Rec. and play from 1–4 p.m. If you would like to join our fun club and meet great people and have a great time then call me at 539-6666 or e-mail me at Look forward to hearing from you!

Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson


Meetings will resume on September 15, when Linda Loveland Reid will give a presentation on the Fisher Collection at SFMOMA. The Fisher Collection reopened in 2014 with a brand new look. The story of the Fishers, local to San Francisco and owners of The Gap, is fascinating. Their post-WWII art includes both American and European artists, such as Gerhard Richter, Alexander Calder, Joan Mitchell, Chuck Close, Cy Twombly, Mark di Suvero, Eric Fischl, Philip Guston, Elsworth Kelly, Anselm Kiefer and Mark Bradford. We will review the collection, look into some of the artists’ lives and get to know the very generous Fishers. Linda holds two B.A. degrees from SSU, where she currently teaches art history classes for SSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Most recently, Linda has formed the OLLI Art Club providing lectures and field trips to art events. Linda is the author of two published novels and also writes for Sonoma Discoveries, a West County art and cultural magazine. She is past president of Redwood Writers with over 300 local members. Additionally, Linda is a figurative oil painter and director of community theaters in Sonoma and Marin Counties. Her website is


We need volunteers to help with the show, particularly a hospitality volunteer to oversee the refreshments for the two days of the show. Email for more info or if you can volunteer your time. The Annual Oakmont Art Association Show will be held on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, with set-up on Oct. 12. Entry packets have been sent out August 1 by e-mail to all members who have computers, and by mail to those few who don’t. Entry packets are also available online at www. and in the Art Association file in the OVA office. This year will be the 45th consecutive year for the show, which supports the association’s scholarship fund for Santa Rosa Junior College Artists through a silent auction and raffles. If you are interested in showing your art or selling at this event and are not currently a member, now is a good time to join! Membership forms are available at the OVA office and downloadable from www.


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


Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, LCO #2411.


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


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


A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and painting. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.


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

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


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


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

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



Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, bonded and insured. Senior discounts available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your plumbing needs.


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


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


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


For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since the late 20th century, licensed, bonded and insured. Same day service is often available. Money-saving coupons! CA Lic. #659920. Please call (707) 996-8683 or go to


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

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

A space is a letter (including those in the heading), punctuation mark, and a space between the words in the ad. Additional $4 for the next 40 or less spaces. Whenever applicable, CA state license or certification number must be included. DEADLINE: 10 days prior to publication.

No appointment hair cuts. Coloring, perms, styling. Great people, great prices. Open 7 days. 140 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa.


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


Retired, medical background. Local references. Call Evelyne, (707) 326-6610.


Let me help you walk, talk and play with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. Local references.


Keep your home or company up and running. Back-up, training, security, networking, repair, transfers, tuneup, Smart Homes. Call now for free consultation, (707) 486-5302.


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


Vacation home rental cleaning. Commercial and residential, home and office. Move-outs, bed linens and much more! With more than 19 yrs. of experience. References upon request. 548-9482.


15-year Oakmont resident, collector, not a dealer. American or foreign, 1970s or earlier. Dave, (707) 481-6505.


Personalized computer help in your home. PC and MAC, cell phones and tablets. Patient, experienced technology help in the comfort of your home. $35 per hour. Call Diana at (707) 327-8997.


Done at an affordable rate. Assistance with home projects as well. Small jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806. Since 2007.


Established 1963. Old fashion haircuts at a reasonable price. No appointment needed. 120 Calistoga Rd—down the breeze way by Safeway.

TEACHER NEEDS SUMMER WORK Will drive to appointments, shopping, airport, etc. New electric car. $18 per hour. References available. John, 537-0693.


Personalized meals for you. Transportation for errands/shopping. Companionship (sports fan), light housekeeping, relief care for a main caregiver. Jean Sharp, 570-5326.


Smart TV’s, Soundbars, Netflix, Roku and Apple TV’s are complicated. I will help you. 25 years experience. $40/hr. Important: know your passwords! Jason Baldwin, (707) 479-1364,

NEED HELP WITH YOUR WRITING? Memoir, book, stories, poetry? For coaching, evaluating, and editing support call Ida at (707) 978-5131, 25 years experience. Reasonable rates.


Learn all of your legal options to qualify for Medi-Cal to pay for long-term Nursing Home Care. You don’t need to spend down all of your assets or lose your home! Call for FREE consultation to see if your loved one can qualify. 100% application success rate over 25 years. Design Benefits, (707) 795-2282.


Reasonable rates for seniors who desire assistance for lifestyle enhancement! In-home meal preparation and catering; shopping, bill paying and appointments; house sitting, pet care, handyman work; technology help and much more. Real estate services by licensed broker. Lic. #01910501. Family support for hospice and home care. Allinclusive packages or hourly rates. Call for a free consultation today! (707) 695-6487.

September 1–4, 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (no Early Birds!), 296 Maple Ave. Housewares, collectibles, Asian items, jewelry, records, tools and construction things (no furniture).


Indoors: carpentry, plumbing, electric, flooring, drywall, painting, installation. Outdoors: irrigation—installation and repair, pruning, veggie gardens, fences. Phil, (707) 332-5003.

Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018.


Caregivers to work in our community. Flexible shifts, 2–24 hours. Hiring bonus. Call 843-3838 or drop by 6528 Oakmont Dr.

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Available October 1. 1,289 sq ft., 2 BD, 2-car garage, laundry. AC. Garden w/ gardener. One-year lease, prefer longterm. One story, very nice. $2,100 per month. Call John, 894 2443.



The best care for your best friends. 25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily visits, overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma Valley. Alix Moline, 637-6267.

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


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Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM Tel 539-1611 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A OVA E-mail: Website: 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......................................$25 ea Guest access card..................................$25 ea Emergency Contacts for Residents This form is confidential and used only in case of an emergency to notify your named contacts.

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–5 PM Tel 539-0701 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM September 1–15 Beverly Rodman 539-2658

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)

September 16–30 Dorrelle Aasland 537-1518

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 539-8996. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 Mon.–Fri. medical rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability. No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

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maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

City streets in Oakmont are cleaned by the city early on the fourth Friday of each month. Residents who want their streets swept should avoid street parking overnight on those days.


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.


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.

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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.

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

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Gloria Young, President Greg Goodwin, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer (Non-voting Officer) Kathleen Connelly, Director Ken Heyman, Director Lynda Oneto, Director Karen Oswald, Director CONSULTANT/INTERIM GENERAL Manager Ted Throndson

OVA Board Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays 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.

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


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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Presents: Libby Skala nAnita Roraus

Irena Sendler: Rescuing the Rescuer Written and performed by Libby Skala with music by Steve May

“Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”—The Talmud “Brilliantly compelling. Simply gorgeous.”—The London Free Press Oakmont Village Association presents Libby Skala, winner of London Fringe’s Best Solo Performer Award, in her new solo show “Irene Sendler: Rescuing The Rescuer,” a heroic intergenerational story about the power of one-person effect change in the world. Music is composed and performed by Steve May. WHEN: Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free admission

OVA Invites All Residents to a BBQ Burgers at the Berger (and Hot Dogs)

nAnita Roraus

OVA is inviting all Oakmonters to a Labor Day Weekend BBQ Burgers at the Berger (and dogs) which will take place on Saturday, September 2, 12 noon—2 p.m. It’s a communitywide event with free food, fun and friends. We think it is the way to spend the holiday weekend. A BBQ with no fuss or muss. Let The Wurst do the cooking and shopping for you! Join us for music and laughter, under big shade tents for comfort. Come and make this an annual tradition! Please call the OVA office in advance with your number of attendees at 539-1611. Due to high resident attendance, we are unable to accommodate guests at this event.

Toxic Waste Collection

nAnita Roraus

Tuesday, september 12 west rec. parking lot

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec. parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 2–7 p.m. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. Never mix chemicals. Place in sealed

Introducing the Enneagram: It’s Never Too Late to “Know Thyself” nDoug Woodard

Are you interested in learning more about yourself and the unconscious drives and patterns that shape your life? Would you like to know what drives family members, friends and others who impact your world? If so, please express your interest by attending an introductory meeting on Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the CAC. The Enneagram—the word simply means “ninefigure”—is one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others. Its study launches a new kind of adventure, an inner journey of profound discovery. It has a long and interesting history and is in wide use today in business, theological, spiritual and other contexts. For more information and to RSVP, please call me 293-9864 or email

containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/needles in sealed, approved Sharps containers. NOT ACCEPTED: explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics, business waste. Please call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions.

Are You Getting Everything You Are Entitled To With Your Medicare Plan? nStephanie Curry

You may be entitled to additional savings and greater healthcare benefits! Learn about the changes impacting health insurance options in your area. Attend this informative seminar to learn more about how you can: • Reduce your prescription drug costs; • Save money on you healthcare and dental expenses; • Access quality healthcare providers and facilities; And more! SEMINAR: Navigating the Medicare Landscape WHERE: Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive

BEST PRICES Glass & Sash, Inc.

WHEN: Thursday, September 7 from 6–8 p.m. SPEAKERS: Stephanie J Curry, CFP® and Rey Frimmersdorf, Registered Representative RSVP: We are not affiliated with the United States government or federal Medicare program. Not endorsed by government agencies. A representative will be present with information and applications. For accommodation of persons with special needs at this seminar, call 483-8307 or email medicare@

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Happy Labor Day Weekend!