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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

nMichael Connolly

October 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 20

What Does the Reserve Study Mean to You as a Member of OVA?

As discussed at the September 5 board Manager in evaluating the maintenance, meeting, the OVA Board of Directors is repair, upgrade and replacement of our currently in the process of preparing the facilities on an ongoing basis. association’s operating budget for 2018. A Director Lynda Oneto serves as liaison very important component of this budget to the APC. As she stated at the September process is the information contained in the 5 board meeting, her goal is to “work Reserve Study. California Civil Code Section with a group of individuals who have 5550 requires that: “At least once every financial backgrounds and construction backgrounds.” She continued, “I was going to try to three years, the board shall cause to be conducted a get our numbers up so that the budget could reflect reasonably competent and diligent visual inspection those figures this year,” and not be put off to future of the accessible areas of the major components that years as has been the practice in the recent past. She the association is obligated to repair, replace, restore, pointed out that this committee would be a valuable or maintain as part of a study of the reserve account contributor to the process as they would include requirements of the common interest development…” project estimates based on local prices for contractors, The visual inspections under this code section were materials and life expectancy of construction materials performed in 2012, 2015 and will be again in 2018. in the Oakmont environment. Section 5550 continues: “The board shall review this Current review of the Reserve Study has identified study, or cause it to be reviewed, annually and shall the following issues: consider and implement necessary adjustments to the Replacement/maintenance costs are often board’s analysis of the reserve account requirements understated. One recent example of significant as a result of that review.” That is, in conjunction underfunding was discussed at the September 5 with the budget process the Reserve Study must be board meeting. The ERC repairs and upgrades have regularly updated to reflect the most current and been carried in the Reserve Study in the amount of accurate maintenance, repair and upgrade costs approximately $720,000; they are now estimated at associated with our many facilities. $1.5 million dollars. And this dollar amount does not Under this requirement the board is currently include the cost of the parking lot ADA requirements, reviewing the Reserve Study to determine, “An which are significant according to Facilities Manager estimate of the total annual contribution necessary to Rick Aubert. Construction Management Committee defray the cost to repair, replace, restore, or maintain Chair Iris Harrell stated at the same board meeting the components identified…” [§5550(b)(4)] in setting that OVA has been in “ADA avoidance mode for a the budget and any potential dues increases to our long time to keep costs down for improvements.” members. Such contributions required in accordance Percentage Funded: Brian McCaffery, President with the Reserve Study are made by OVA to its Asset of McCaffery Reserve Consulting, states: “A reserve Replacement Fund (also known as the Reserve Fund). study not only tells you what your future expenses According to Tyler Berding, a founding partner will be but also tells you your current percent funded. of the law firm of OVA attorney Steven Weil: “… ’Percent funded’ is the ratio of what an association has budget preparation requires a broad array of skills set aside for reserves vs. the total depreciation of all and experience—accounting, construction, cost their components (aka estimating, property fully funded balance). management, and ’Percent funded’ is one maybe even a little law of the most important thrown in…” numbers to look at Along these lines, when reviewing an an Asset Protection association’s reserve Committee (APC) was study. The higher created in April of this the percent funded year to bring together the better off your an array of such talents association is. As in providing oversight the percent funded of the asset evaluation increases the risk of a of the Reserve Study. special assessments and The mission of the APC deferred maintenance is to work with the OVA decreases.” Treasurer, the Finance Committee, our General East Rec. repairs and upgrades are on the near horizon, See reserve study on page 5 projected to begin in 2018. Manager and Facilities PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Oakmont is a Community Supported by Committees and Volunteers nYvonne Frauenfelder

Ted Throndson, upon his retirement as manager of Oakmont—and presently serving as interim general manager and consultant—paid tribute to the legions of volunteers who enable our village to function smoothly and effectively: “I have to thank the multitude of residents for pursuing the essential investigative work. All the functions they do, whether it is researching chairs, or landscaping, or conceptualizing entire buildings, or websites, they take a tremendous load off management and staff. The help that committees give is just absolutely imperative and the best way to get things done around here.” He could have added that the support of these volunteers has kept the dues low in our association year after year. Throndson, in his days, afforded the committees considerable autonomy. Groups would form around specific ideas and plans and the OVA Board of Directors would sanction their actions. There were no recording secretaries and the taking of minutes was not required. Once a project was accomplished, the committees would send their report to the board, which either adopted the work, or sent it back for more information and/or clarification. This laissez-faire attitude changed significantly in 2010 and again in 2013 when the then-directors decided to tighten committee procedures. The board wanted more control over the appointment of volunteers and their respective tasks. During numerous open meetings, the BOD developed the “Oakmont Village Association Committee Procedure C-001” in 2010, and the “Policy for Committee Appointments and Operations” in 2013. To begin with, according to the new regulations, the BOD determines and approves the committee charter and establishes what type of assistance will be needed. Furthermore, greater transparency into the appointment of volunteers and chairmanship is specified. Namely, anyone interested in joining a committee has to demonstrate proven abilities and skills. For instance, appointment to the Communications Committee calls for a background in writing, editing, publishing, or public relations; the Finance Committee expects proficiency in fiscal matters and accounting procedures. Once selected, the new member has to be approved by the directors. Committee chairpersons are also ratified See volunteers on page 5

A Note from the Publisher The editorials in this issue were submitted before the devastating fire. As we go to print, all of Oakmont is being evacuated. We sincerely hope by the time this paper comes in the mail all of us are safely back in our homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings. MEETINGS Architectural (No participation) / Oakmont Village Association (OVA) Board

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

Attention Oakmont Residents Regarding Solicitations by SFE nStaff Report

Over the past few weeks a company named SFE has been knocking on doors in Oakmont, generating a lot of questions from residents on social media and otherwise. SFE’s website states that they provide “natural gas and electricity fixed price protection programs to homes and businesses.” They offer flat rate gas plans on a three-year term. The following testimonial was submitted to an online complaint website describing one person’s experience and what he learned about this company. The sales pitch he describes is similar to what some Oakmont residents have reported and may answer some of the questions about SFE. “SFE Energy California, Inc. is a very slick, door to door approach to alternative natural gas for home heating, etc. Their sales rep came to my door, invited himself in (“I need to sit down in order to write your order”), and then proceeded to start filling out an order form. They told me that I would be trading in my PG&E metered gas plan for their flat rate natural gas plan. PG&E (Pacific Gas and Electric) would still bill me, but instead of my gas being metered and charged accordingly, I would pay a mere $29.99/month. Since I work for a water utility, I really questioned the guy about how it was

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possible for them to deliver on such a promise. He assured me that it was because the industry had been deregulated. “I signed up because it was easier to do so and cancel within California’s three-day remorse period than it was to argue with their sales guy. I subsequently faxed my cancellation to them and received confirmation that it was indeed cancelled. I also received confirmation from PG&E that it was cancelled. “The real deal with these guys, and the part they don’t tell you, is that your regular provider is still entitled to bill you for generation and delivery charges. SFE Energy is billing for the gas only. When I called PG&E, I was told that generation and delivery is the majority of what I pay for gas. Additionally, since I only use any volume of gas during December and January, paying $29.99 throughout the year would actually cost me roughly $200/yr more than what I currently pay. “This is not a rip-off, per se, but it is a withholding of information that is pertinent to the sale. Remember, they are billing for gas only. Your regular provider will still be entitled to bill you for generation and delivery of the gas.”

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Message From the OVA Board President Dear Members,

As we begin October with its cooler weather and the vibrant colors of Oakmont’s fall foliage, we share with you the work the board and our many committees are doing on your behalf. The search for a General Manager (GM) is well underway. Currently, the GM position is being advertised throughout the state and nationwide. Consultant Karen Conlon is pre-screening applicants in preparation for our next meeting scheduled for November 13, during which time we will review resumes. Interviews will then be set up for those candidates who are best suited to be OVA’s GM. The Job Description for the GM is posted on OVA’s website under LATEST NEWS FROM YOUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS in the NEWS & MORE section. There is also a copy at the front desk of the OVA office for those members who do not have internet access. The board approved the Berger Action Committee’s (BAC) recommendation for a seismic retrofit of the four pillars in the Berger auditorium with project completion in 2018. The concrete debris has been removed from the area once known as the putting green. Yesterday OVA interim manager Ted Throndson was delighted to see a white egret elegantly strolling across this now cleared area. A management audit of the OVA administrative offices was completed by CPAs Levy, Erlanger & Company and reviewed by the Finance Committee. The most serious infractions identified in the audit have been corrected. The new GM will implement the remaining infractions. Members Herm Hermann, Yvonne Frauenfelder and Ted Throndson have submitted revised operating policies for the Communications Committee to directors for review and approval. James Foreman has been appointed to serve as chair after the committee is reconstituted. The board is advertising for volunteers who have an interest in marketing, in reporting news, and who have IT experience to send in their resumes to serve on this dynamic committee. Colin Hannigan is the new IT Administrator for the OVA. He brings with him ample gifts to the digital, internet technology, marketing, and communications world of Oakmont. We have all benefitted from his great patience and knowledge in assisting with many queries on the use of iPads that are assigned to all new directors. Colin is staff liaison to the communications committee. Construction Oversight Committee (COC) Chair Iris Harrell has been tirelessly working these past several months to identify the construction work and repairs that need to be done at East Rec., which the board has identified as a priority for 2018. The COC will be reporting at the October 10 budget meeting to provide the fullest picture of the work planned at East Rec. Ted Throndson has been working closely with Facilities Manager Rick Aubert, Elke Strunke and our new Treasurer Rob Lenahan (you will learn more about Rob in the November issue of the Oakmont News) to complete the 2018 Budget. They will be on hand at the October 10 Budget Meeting to present the budget to directors and members. The noise study conducted at the East Recreation tennis courts to determine the feasibility of court conversion was completed by board-appointed project manager Herb Bieser. Other volunteers who worked diligently to make this happen were Melissa Bowers, Kerry Oswald, Mary Blake, Al Madeiros and board liaison Kathleen Connelly. This matter is on See message on page 5


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

Letter to the Editor The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page. Editor, My compliments to Gloria and the OVA’s all volunteer Board of Directors. The management of board meetings and the conduct of all the directors “when in action” is very professional! Facts and issues are being presented in a very transparent and straightforward manner by our board to keep the Oakmont community informed in all its communications, as in the steps being taken in search for a General Manager. The Board exercised great wisdom in selecting Ted Throndson as interim General Manager. Ted is a “great profile”’ of someone who has the talents, moxie, and professionalism, to bring to the table... if only we could be clone him! I have great respect for the work that this board is doing, and trust that both long time Oakmonters and newer residents will recognize this Board’s Integrity! Certainly we can all appreciate the time and dedication, a good Board must put into our Community’s Best Interests. Frank Schretlen


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by the board of directors. With certain committee members often serving for years, this tradition found an echo through appointments of new members for one year, with no limit on the number of reappointments. The chairmanship is slated for the duration of one year, with the possibility of longer service. Members can be removed any time at the discretion of the BOD, with the exception of the Finance and Personnel Committees that are headed by members of the board. Further, it is recommended that residents serve on no more than two standing committees. Each committee is assigned a board member as liaison to assist, monitor and, if necessary, report back to the directors on the ongoing processes. According to Robert’s Rules of Order, committee meetings are not open to the public, although in Oakmont this rule is being superseded and anyone can attend and be heard at standing committee meetings. The Architectural Committee has its own duties and powers, determined by the OVA’s CC&Rs. The appointments are for three years, and the chairperson is assisted by a paid secretary who deals with the committee’s workload, consisting of inquiries by residents, requests for yard changes and building improvements. Each December, a member of the community is designated by the board to form a nominating committee to search for prospective candidates for the following term. A director can serve no more than two consecutive periods in office, unless filling in for a vacancy. Oakmont has a steady need for enthusiastic and competent volunteers, without whose generous efforts Oakmont could not exist. And anybody enlisting to serve can be assured of welcome recognition and assistance by the administration, as well as the gratitude of his or her community.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


The time has come to review your Fall and Winter landscape work. Tree pruning is best during the dormant winter months. Your landscape contractor should be of assistance in planning any shrubbery pruning and in many cases tree work, although an Arborist may be the best choice for your association’s problems. Fall and winter may also be a good time to review your irrigation system for rebuilding and upgrading. It is also a good time to start any changes in the turf areas to reduce water consumption. Contractors will not be as busy as in the summer when they to try keep systems operating. In addition the ground is a little easier to dig when wet. Next board meeting: Monday, November 6, 12 noon, Room B


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the agenda of the October 17 board meeting and will be the first item addressed. Bollard Acoustical Consultants will share the results of the noise study and will be on hand to answer questions from members, as will Herb Bieser. Thank you to all our members and to our talented volunteers, our spectacular office staff and maintenance staff for your hard work and support during this exceptionally busy time. We are an interesting patchwork of people and our strength stems from our diversity and our contributions. In the words of a favorite Oakmont writer, Yvonne Frauenfelder, “It is up to every one of us to lead our cherished village back to its rightful place, namely a place in the valley so beautiful that God had created it on a day he was smiling.” Cordially, Gloria Young, President OVA Board of Directors

$12,200 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 $12,200 Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons who made the threat. The police have received many requests for donations to the reward. So, a unique account was established at our local Umpqua Bank. Checks and cash are being accepted at the tellers and 100% of the money will be returned by 2018 if there is no arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should call Officer Mark Martin, Santa Rosa Police Department, 528-5222. Case #17-10568.

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It is the OVA Board’s fiduciary duty to ensure an appropriate level of reserve funding for the Association. In the course of evaluating the current Reserve Study in light of recently updated cost estimates (for example, with the ERC, as above) there is concern that it is currently funded at only 25.2%. Our long-time reserve consultant Tom O’Neill has confirmed that it should be closer to 50%. A general rule of thumb in the reserve consulting industry is as follows: 0—30% Funded = Poorly Funded; 30–70% Funded = Fairly Funded; >70% Funded = Well Funded. Real Estate Effects: If Reserve Study numbers are considered inadequate it can negatively impact sellers as well as buyers. Again quoting attorney Tyler Berding: “Buyers are becoming increasingly more sophisticated in the financial and physical health of condominium and planned development projects, and will want to know not only the condition of the buildings but that of the budget as well.” And according to Brian McCaffery: “…these days most lenders want to see a current reserve study before they lend to someone purchasing into an HOA. Typically lenders want to see an association above 60% funded.” While there is some debate regarding these funding goals and whether they need to be achieved in any given year, most experts consider them useful targets when homeowners associations are involved in their yearly budgeting process and their forecasts for future reserves and budgets. The Board of Directors’ role is to give guidance on the budgeting process to the general manager and his team (which includes the facilities manager and the treasurer). As the process continues they can provide needed oversight. Ultimately, they are responsible to the membership of OVA for the current validity and accuracy of the Reserve Study dollar numbers and their relationship to the yearly budget (including dues assessments) in fulfilling their fiduciary duty to the association.

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Boomers nCarolita Carr


WHEN: Saturday, October 21 TIME: 6:30–9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Your own food, maybe even something to share with your table. We will have coffee and water, while you supply the dinner beverage of your choice. By now you have your costumes, and you are ready for a really great time. Don’t forget your food and/or snacks and a special beverage to highlight this great evening. If you missed getting reservations for this party, there are more events ahead. Just act fast.


WHEN: Thursday, November 16 TIME: 6 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Snacks and beverages Trivia is back! How much do you remember? We supply the questions, pictures, and a “name that tune” segment. You and your team come up with the answers. This event is free, just register to let us know how many people to plan for. Make up a team of eight before you come, or create a team upon arrival. There will be prizes for winning teams and lots of fun for everyone. On December 7, we will have our annual Holiday Member Appreciation Party. Mark your calendars now.

2018—The Best Year Ever

And for the new year, here are some dates you will want to save: February 9: Mardi Gras with a DJ March 15: Social with a speaker April 19: Concert, Neil Diamond tribute May 19: Motown Party with Nathan Owens June 23: Dance Party with the Poyntlyss Sistars August: Dance Party with the Sun Kings September 20: Playlist Party October 27: Halloween Party November 15: Trivia Night December 13: Holiday Member Appreciation Event Remember, make reservations, either on our website or with a coupon from the Oakmont News, as soon as events are posted.

Buddhist Meeting October 28 nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location Strengthen Your Faith Day by Day and Month After Month

“Our Buddhist practice is not an obligation, but a right that enables us to attain happiness. We will gain benefit in direct proportion to our own determination and efforts in faith.”—Living Buddhism, September 2017, pg. 7. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, October 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 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.

nTerry Whitten

Let’s Dance Together!

The Basic Steps of Rumba

WHAT: Beginning Rumba Partner Dance Classes WHEN: Wednesdays, November 8 and 15 TIME: 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9 per person for single class; $7 per person for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. In November, we will meet for two sessions to learn the basic steps of the beautiful Rumba. Rumba is a Latin dance with Afro-Cuban origins. It is danced to slower music than Cha Cha or Salsa. Rumba music was made popular in the United States in the late 1920’s by orchestra leaders such as Xavier Cugat and this dance style continued to grow in the 1930’s and 1940’s. Besides slower Latin music, there are also a lot of contemporary non-Latin songs that Rumba can be danced to. Some of these are “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, “I’m So Blue” by Michael Jackson,

nNancy Crosby

“You’ve Got A Friend” by James Taylor and “Water Under The Bridge” by Adele. There are even Country songs that a Rumba can be danced to! As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great but not necessary. I would also like to invite any ladies who are interested in leading to come and learn how to lead some basic steps. The Rumba is a good dance to start with. Also, aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. It is definitely good for our brains, muscles and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions or if you have any suggestions for dances you would like to see taught in Oakmont in the future. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell). I hope to see you on the dance floor!

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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

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Star of the Valley Bingo

Bocce Club

nSusan Lynn

It is hard to believe that we are inching ever closer to the end of the year. We’ve had some wonderful events in 2017, and if you haven’t joined the Bocce Club you missed our Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, and Tax Time Tournaments. We had tournaments to celebrate Mother’s Day and Independence Day, not to mention the Battle of the Sexes Tournament and the annual games with the Grandparent’s Club. The Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club hosted us for an evening of wine, food, and play, and we reciprocated in kind. We had evening bocce games and picnics and we’re not finished yet. Our Winter Games start time changes to 1 p.m. on November 1 and our Falling Leaves Tournament

will pit the men against the women on November 4. Everyone, from newbies to seasoned players, is welcome. Join us at the Bocce Courts and enjoy a fun playing experience with the friendliest people in Oakmont. WHEN: November 4, 1 p.m. WHERE: Bocce Courts near the West Rec.

Save the Date

Our social committee is hard at work getting ready for our Christmas Party, so mark your calendars. More details about the party along with information about dues for 2018 will be provided in the next edition of the Oakmont News.

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Calling all Oakmont singles! If your social life has been feeling a bit flat lately, we have the answer. We gather at least two times a month for mixers and other special events. We dine out, dance at winery events, and party right here in Oakmont. We play pool, balloon volleyball, board games, line dance, and generally socialize with each other. Join us by filling out the coupon below.

Upcoming Events

WHAT: October Mixer —wear a mask and casual clothes WHEN: October 26, 6 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Something to drink, and members whose last names begin with N–Z should bring an appetizer of their choice. Respond to the email

invitation when you get it.

Thanksgiving Potluck

WHAT: Our annual sharing event WHEN: Sunday, November 12 WHERE: East Rec. Center Please save the date. We fix the turkey and our members supply the side dishes. A not-to-be-missed event! Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding these and other events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


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


nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, October 25 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; Senate Bean Soup, French bread and brownies $7 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at approx. 5:15 p.m.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 538-9177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the East Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Fall 2017 League schedule. Remaining bowling dates for October: Oct. 17 (pizza lunch), 24 (fourth Tuesday, make-up for Oct. 10) and 31 (come dressed for Halloween). No bowling Oct. 10 (scheduling conflict—OVA Board Meeting). Note for Oct. 24 only: bowl an hour early, 12:30 p.m. for 1:30 League, 2:15 p.m. for 3:15 League. Oakmont Lanes Club moved to the East Recreation Center on Tuesday, September 19. We all enjoyed better parking, air-conditioning, lighting, sound system and more space to set up our lunch/party tables without affecting our bowling set-up. Can you tell we’re excited! Speaking of lunch, because of a scheduling conflict not allowing us to bowl on Oct. 10, we will now have a pizza lunch on Oct. 17 from 1–3 p.m. to celebrate our new home.

Halloween Challenge

On October 31, we will celebrate Halloween with a challenge. Don’t forget to come dressed for Halloween.

RESULTS AS OF SEPTember 19 (Third week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, Alley Oops; second place tie, 4 Tops and Pocket Hits; fourth place, Wii Four; fifth place, Strikers; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 259; Charlie Ensley, 235; Juan Fuentes, 234; Terry Leuthner, 229; Will Cohn, 205. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 300 (seventh); Joanne Abrams, 278; Sandy Osheroff, 258; Elisabeth LaPointe, 225; Phyllis Jennings, 212; Carole Berenyi, 204; Peggy Ensley, 203; June Dismuke, 201; Alicia Panizo, 201. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; second place, Strike Outs; third place, Wii Power; fourth place, King Pins; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, Strikes and Spares. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 226; Bruce Price, 213. Women’s High Games: Diane Price, 288; Joanne Abrams, 280; Debbie Miller, 258; Mollie Atkinson, 256; Vickie Jackanich, 236; Pat Stokes, 234; Valerie Hulsey, 233; Maurine Bennett, 224; Shirley Jamison, 214. Subs High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 279; Terry Leuthner, 232.


Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel


The Oakmont Golf Course waterway system is extensive and serves the entire Oakmont community providing drainage, flood control, irrigation, wildlife habitat areas, water features for the golf courses, and serving as scenic open space for all residents. The following are key components of the waterways: Water Source: Three on-site wells. In 2012, in an agreement with the City of Santa Rosa, the courses converted to use of well water with a new course irrigation system. Previously, water came from an onsite treatment plant built in the 1960’s, but closed by the City about five years ago when it became obsolete. Main Irrigation Pond West: An essential part of the system, this pond irrigates the West Course. The OGC hired Clear Pond Solutions to complete regular pond clean-up work. Main Irrigation Pond East: This pond has required the most work including dredging, cutting cattails, removing arrowroot, and removing and cutting an old willow tree that fell over. Clear Pond Solutions is performing regular pond maintenance. Wedding Pond: Weddings are a major source of revenue for the club and the wedding site overlooks a scenic pond. A great deal of work has been completed at the wedding pond recently including installing an electrical outlet, landscaping, the planting of decorative flowers, and general pond clean-up work. 17th Hole West Canal: This waterway is the major conduit for runoff from the surrounding mountains. Every gallon of water we get from runoff is a gallon we do not have to pump from the wells and incur electricity costs. The canal is connected to the wedding pond and the West irrigation pond. Considering the waterway system as a whole, and the need to concentrate limited resources on the most important elements, the board decided recently to fill-in the small pond on Hole #16 West and replant the area with colorful wispy grasses. This decision was made for the following reasons: • After 50 years, this man-made pond was already turning into a marsh. Key problems included about four feet of sludge, thick-brown, unsightly alzoa, stagnant water, over-grown cattails, too-much runoff, and water that is too shallow. • Of importance, this pond is a stand-alone feature not connected to the course irrigation system or any other course waterway. • The visual impact on homes in this particular area is minimal. In place of the pond, an attractive, natural area will be created. • The required dirt for the project, about 600 cubic yards, became available for free at the nearby Sugarloaf Winery, and truck delivery costs were quite low. • The closure of this pond will result in significant cost savings in golf course maintenance allowing money to be redirected towards other higher priority waterway projects. With waterway problems building up for over 50 years, it should be noted that the waterway clean-up effort will likely require several years to complete. The Green Committee and the OGC are currently developing additional plans to enhance our waterways, including, hopefully, collaborating with the OVA.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (5–13): first, Nick Beltrano, 69; second, Jeff Snyder, 70; third, Mike Hull, 71. Second flight (14–18): first, Ross Alzina, 66; second, John Williston, 72; third, Bucky Peterson, 73. Third flight (21–26): first, Rick Warfel 70; second, Bob Siela, 73; third, Phil Sapp, 76. Fourth flight (27–37): first, Larry Frediani, 68; second, Bill Smith, 74; third tie, John Garcia and Rodi Martinelli, 75. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Tom Woodrum, 16’7”; #13—Tom Woodrum, 4’10”; #16— Nick Beltrano, 13’6.” Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Lew Gross, 25’4”; #13—Rick Warfel, 40’6”; #16—Rick Warfel, 24’9”.


First, Dan Sienes, 52; second tie, Neil Huber and Bob Wilkinson, 59; fourth tie, Tom Finnerty and Keith Wise, 60. Closest-to-the-pin #8: Neil Huber, 26’1” (HCP 0–24); Dan Sienes, 18’ (HCP 25+). Closest-to-the-pin #16: Keith Wise, 16’2” (HCP 0–24); Dan Sienes, 18’8” (HCP 25+).


2017 WMC Champion (Low Gross Score): Tom Woodrum, 157. Congratulations Tom! First flight (5–13): first, Jeff Snyder, 139; second, Mike Isola, 141. Second flight (14-18): first, Ross Alzina, 136; second, Bucky Peterson, 144. Third flight (21–26): first, Bob Siela, 141; second tie, Rick Warfel and Phil Sapp, 142. Fourth flight (27–up): first, Larry Frediani, 141; second, Lew Gross, 144. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Jeff Snyder, 6’8”; #13—Tom Woodrum, 16’7”; #16—Rick Yates, 8’2”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Phil Sapp, 6’8”; #13—Frank James, 48’3”; #16—Rick Warfel, 3’2”.


First, Dan Sienes and Art Boot, 48.5; second, Tom Finnerty and John Derby, 50; third, Joe Lash and Rich Silvas, 50.5.

The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

September marked low net games including the two-week Men’s Niners Section Championship play. September 11 and 18 were the two low net individual game days that included the combined score for Section Champion. There was a first place tie on #11 between Tony D’Agosta and Bob Ure, 27; third tie, Ron Bickert and Bill Wellman, 27.5; fifth, Don Schulte, 28. Highlight of the day was Bob Ure’s closest-to-thepin on #8 at a narrow 2½”! John Munkascy and Tony D’Agosta also placed their drives onto the green but at 18’4” and 33’8” respectively. On September 18 low net game was won by Joe DiBenedetto, 26; second, Dan Sienes, 27; third tie, Bill Wellman and Bob Wilkinson, 28; fifth, Art Boot, 29.5; sixth, Al Bentham, 30; seventh, Rod Martinelli, 30.5; and eighth tie, Tony Apolloni and Keith Wise, 31. Low net on September 25 was won by Keith Wise, 28; second tie, Dave Beach and Ron Bickert, 28.5; fourth tie, Al Bentham and Noel Schween, 29; sixth tie, John Derby and Phil Sapp, 29.5; eighth, Tony D’Agosta, 30. Closest-to-the-pin on #8 were Tony Apolloni, 9’5” and Stan Augustine, 16’2”. Twenty-nine section members attended the Championship Awards Luncheon on Sept. 25 at the Quail Inn. In attendance, and playing in his 100th year of active living, was Gordon Hopper. Members of the Niners unanimously voted to name the annual OGC Mens’ Niners Championship Award in Gordon’s name. A perpetual plaque will be hung in the East Pro Shop listing each year’s Gordon Hopper award winner. The 2017 Champion is Bill Wellman, who scored a net 55.5 over the two-day event.



The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

9 nValerie Boot

SEPTEMBER SWEEPS RESULTS September 21, 12 players, East Front

First flight: first, Elisabeth LaPointe; second, Barbara Robinson; third, Jane Fulkerson. Second flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Jean Rockwell; third tie, Henni Williston, Joan McDonnell.


To all you Witches, Goblins, and Black Cats: sign in for the Halloween Tournament and Luncheon on October 26. Deadline is Oct. 20.


Last chance to sign up for the Invitational Soup Bowl at Black Rock. Save the date for a Play Day and Officers Meeting at Oakmont. Watch out for those Black Cats!


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

After events stretching from April to September, the Oakmont Seniors finished their 2017 schedule playing at Stone Tree Golf Club in Marin County. Joining four other golf clubs in the event in ideal weather, our club members did quite well, talking home generous golf ball prizes and memories of sumptuous food and beautiful golf holes.


First flight: first, Seth Barad, Dave Schwartz, Rob Mengarelli and Bob Dunlavey, 122; second, Arba Stinnett, Jeff Darlett, John Williston, and Blind Draw, 124; third (card-off), Dennis Kettler, Allen Wiesverger, Vern Nathe and Blind Draw, 124. Second flight: first, Ken Albert, Dan Cahill, Rob Anderson, and John Schwanke, 121; second, Hugh Tierney, Don McAluman, Chuck Whaley and Alan McLintock, 124; third, Jesse Bedi, Dan Alter, Barry Jacobs and Thomas Demartina, 129. It will be seven months before the 2018 Senior’s season begins again, but we will have a Fall meeting of our members scheduled for November for a review of the past season and election of officers for the coming year. Look for the email announcement in your mailbox.

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18 nDebbie Warfel

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

Sweeps results for Sept. 19: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 26 players. First flight: first tie, Joan Seliga and Kim Agrella; third tie, Shy Baxter and Dee Johnson. Second flight: first, Jean Reed; second tie, Laurie Vree, Ginny Manos and Joan DiMaggio; fifth, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second, Vanita Collins; third, Carol Locke; fourth, Ellean Huff. Sweeps results for Sept. 26: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 24 players. First flight: first, Ginny Manos; second, Joan Seliga; third tie, Kathy Mokricky and Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Ro Nicholson; second, Mary Ann Gibbs; third, Linda Yates; fourth, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second tie, Vanita Collins, Patti Schweizer and Christie Rexford. OWGS and TOWGC: Super Guest Day on Sept. 21 was a “Fall Fling” themed event with a CHA-CHACHA game with a twist. There was a field of 64 players hailing from Oakmont (and Niners), Stonetree, Adobe Creek at Rooster Run, Santa Rosa CC, E-Club North Bay, Indian Valley, Fountaingrove, Marin CC, Foxtail, Corral de Tierra, E-Club Sacramento, Monarch Dunes, Sonoma CC, Windsor, Desert Princess. There were two flights comprised of foursomes. The Maple Flight had Team Handicaps ranging from 88–114 and nine teams. First, Marie Pierce and Yoshi Smith; second, Iris Harrell’s team; third, Chris Carter and Vanita Collins’ team; fourth, Kathy Faherty and Kathy Mokricky’s team; fifth, Leslie Clark and Ginny Manos’ team. Next was the Oak flight with Team Handicaps ranging from 121–162 and seven teams. First, Michele Yturralde, Carol Locke, Roberta Lommori and Christie Rexford; second, Judy Duport and Leslie Wiener; third place, Elly Frauenhofer, Cynthia Tripaldi and Donna James; fourth, Ellean Huff. Closest-to-the-pins winners: Yoshi Smith on #8; Ellean Huff on #16; and Linda Yates on #13. No one reached the green on #5, but Cynthia Tripaldi did get the only par on #5. Upcoming: OWGS and TOWGC Halloween Shotgun golf and luncheon will be on Oct. 31. Prizes for individual and team costumes—be creative and enjoy your fellow golfers’ get-ups!


Sweeps results for Sept. 28: Penny Wright was low gross winner of the field of 14. First flight: first, Penny Wright; second, Becky Hulick; third, Joan Seliga; fourth, Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first, Linda Barr; second tie, Ginny Manos and Laurie Vree; fourth, Vanita Collins.

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.

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“Old gardeners never die...they just spade away.”


Master Gardener Ellyn Pelikand has been making floral arrangements since her mother taught her this skill as a child. Ellyn owned a florist shop for many years and then moved the shop back to her farm where she now specializes in making seasonal dried floral arrangements. Ellyn uses all natural materials that she grows on her farm. Ellyn has also worked all over the Bay Area designing seasonal floral decorations for major department stores. She will speak to us about creating dazzling Fall arrangements. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, October 17, Berger Center TIME: 10–11:30 a.m.


• Squeeze out one more bloom from roses this year. Cut off faded flowers, fertilize the soil with rose food and water deeply. Hold off the main pruning until after new year’s. If you haven’t been raking up those rose leaves as they fall be sure to do it now. A single rose leaf can carry millions of tiny spores that can overwinter and plague the roses next year. Don’t compost them! • Bulbs are on display in nurseries and garden centers— and good selections are available from specialty catalogues. It is generally easier to wait until after the first rains to plant them, but buy them now so that you are prepared. • October is a great time to take hardwood cuttings of woody plants such as lavender, rosemary, manzanita, etc. Take small cuttings, dip in rooting hormone, stick in damp vermiculite and keep misted (using plastic wrap over a plastic box works well). Keep out of direct sunlight and wait for roots to form—several weeks to a couple of months depending on the plant variety. • Grow from seeds sown directly in the ground: chard, carrots and radishes. Start from nursery seedlings: broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. • Give houseplants a rest. Withhold fertilizer until spring. If plants have been outside, hose them off before bringing indoors for the winter.

Pinochle 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.

Thursday morning Pinochle

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.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

nRosemary Waller


be played virtually without pause. Schott was not amused. Aware of Beethoven’s questionable dealings with publishers, he demanded reassurance that the work was, in fact, completely new. Richard Wagner praised Op. 131 extravagantly in his 1870 Beethoven essay. The composer himself considered Op. 131 his favorite of the late quartets, rating it his most perfect single work.

On Thursday, Oct. 19 the Calidore String Quartet returns for a highly anticipated third concert in Oakmont. Since last performing here in May 2016, the ensemble has won the $100,000 Grand Prize in the first M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the most lucrative award in any such competition worldwide. The Quartet will perform two of Beethoven’s fabled late quartets: Op. 127 and Op. 131. Program notes for Op. 131 follow. For complete program notes please visit our website


Our generous neighbor, Oakmont Gardens, invites the entire audience to a reception across the street from Berger, immediately following the Oct. 19 concert. Join us there to meet the artists, visit with friends, and savor a variety of delicious refreshments.


In 1822 the Russian aristocrat Prince Nikolai Galitsin wrote to Beethoven, asking to commission “one, two, or three” quartets. The composer agreed, Galitsin promising 50 ducats for each of three quartets. Soon after he paid for the first one, Op. 127, the Prince went bankrupt and Beethoven never received the remaining 100 ducats. But in 1858, 31 years after Beethoven’s death, Galitsin’s son George paid in full the composer’s sole remaining heir, the widow of his nephew Karl. After finishing the Galitsin quartets Beethoven continued, without commissions, with two more. Opus 131 was begun in late 1825 and completed the following summer, just before Beethoven’s death in 1827. It was not played publicly until 1835, but private performances included one requested by Franz Schubert, on his deathbed. He remarked, “After this,


Calidore String Quartet.

what is left for us to write?” When he sent Op. 131 to the publisher Schott, Beethoven wrote capriciously on the score, “Patched together from various bits filched here and there.” This was probably in reference to the work’s unusual structure. Gone were the traditional four movements, replaced by a novel succession of seven sections, to

A big thank-you to those who have already contributed to our 2017 Donor Drive. If you have not yet had a chance to do so, there will be donor envelopes available at the concert. Checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line. This concert will be your last opportunity to purchase 2017–18 season passes, which provide admission to eight concerts for the price of seven. Checks for $140 should be made out to Music at Oakmont. WHAT: Calidore String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman

CONDITION OF THE GREEN September. The finals on September 18 pitted team Jim Bob Dodd’s report: The Oakmont Lawn Bowling MacAlastaire, Jim Krause and Rob Lenahan against Club has accomplished a remarkable repair to the team Bob Dodd, Don Shelhart and Blair Beatie. Jim, bowling green. The 4’ ribbon around the edge of the Jim and Rob were the winners. green had become about a 1” lower than The Women’s Triples play also finished the main part of the green resulting in on Sept. 28. Team Jeana Garcia, Carole bowls drifting out of the rink and into the Berenyi and Ann Miller prevailed over ditch. The cost to remedy the situation Team Denise Lenahan, Bonnie Johnston was $3,000–4,000, money not in the OVA and Liliane Rains. These teams were budget. composed entirely of novices! But one of our club members had The remaining tournament schedule: experience for this kind of repair and Novice Singles: October 16, noon with the excellent cooperation of Rick Halloween: October 31, noon Aubert, the OVA Maintenance Manager, Thanksgiving: November 21, noon Sign up and participate. As we have seen the landscape maintenance contractor, the recently, novices as well as veterans can win. Oakmont Golf Club greens keeper, others and a lot of labor by several bowling club BOCCE BOWLING members, work proceeded. On Sept. 26, 16 of our members accepted A 1” strip of wood was added to the the invitation of the Oakmont Bocce Club plinth and after aerating the low area, Gary and Jeana. to join them for a barbecue and some sand and seed was added to raise the level. This was repeated several Bocce play. Those who attended times until that area of the green reported a good time and good was level with the rest of rest of the food was had by all. green and the grass was flourishing. AFTER FIVE Some other areas are still under Our last After Five will be repair using the same method and October 17 at 4 p.m. all should be ready by spring DEMO DAYS


There was a flurry of tournament play during the last half of September. The Open Singles tourney that began with 14 players using seven rinks came to a conclusion. Jeana Garcia, still a novice, prevailed over veteran Gary Scott in the finals. The Men’s Triples competition was played during the last half of

Ann, Jeana and Carole.

On September 18 we had another of our Demo Days. About 40 prospects showed up and we now have 16 prospective new bowlers. Many members pitched in to make this day a success. Co-chairs Tony Lachowicz and Bill Livingston will be arranging lessons for them. We look forward to seeing lots of new members out bowling soon.

Oakmont Enneagram Enthusiasts Gains OVA Recognition nDoug Woodard

The OVA Board voted unanimously on Tuesday, September 26, to grant official recognition to the newlyformed group “Oakmont Enneagram Enthusiasts. “ The Board’s action follows the group’s first meeting on September 7 which was attended by 23 Oakmont residents. A second meeting on September 28 was attended by 20 residents, with three group members unable to attend. The next group meeting will happen Thursday, October 29, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the CAC. Thereafter, meetings will happen every other Thursday, same time, same place. The Enneagram—the word simply means “ninefigure”—is one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves, others and for enhancing our relationships. It has a long and interesting history and is in wide use today in business, psychological, spiritual and other contexts. The Enneagram makes real for each of us a radical distinction between who we take ourselves to be as personalities and the deeper truth of who we are as essential presence. Its study launches a new kind of adventure, an inner journey of profound discovery. For more information, and to join our group, please call me at 293-9864 or email doug@penwoodpartners. com. It’s never too late to “Know Thyself!”


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

Hikers nTony Lachowicz

All hikes are subject to change. For updates, photos and other information please visit our website www.


This moderately-strenuous hike that follows shaded trails past an old homestead and some view spots, lunch on a hillside that is breeding ground for ladybugs. And maybe some figs and apples ready to be picked. Distance is about eight miles with 1,000’ of elevation gain. Depart Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. for the ride to Napa. Bring lunch and water. Hike leader is Lynn Pelletier,


This moderate hike will be about 4.5 miles with an elevation gain of approx. 400’. We will hike to London Lake, the Ancient Redwood and the Historic Orchard. We will snack/lunch at picnic tables overlooking the vineyards. Parking is $10 per car so bring your Jack London or Sugarloaf pass if you have one. Leave Berger in car-pools at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Susan and Gary Novak, 569-6016.


This hike is a little over three miles, but has about 400– 500’ of elevation gain. It starts and ends in the parking lot at General Vallejo’s house. There are wonderful vistas of Sonoma and the hike returns through the

Blackie’s Pasture Hike in Tiburon. (Photo by Florentia Scott)

Sonoma Coast State Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Mountain Cemetery with lots of historical family plots, including the grave of General Vallejo. There will be an optional lunch on the plaza following the hike. The hike leader is Jason Wilkenfeld, 978-2385.

November 2 Long Hike Lake Sonoma Park

November 2 Short Hike Jack London Wolf House

We will hike to the Wolf House, museum and London’s cottage. This is an easy walk of about two miles with minimal elevation gain and on good trails. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Guest hike leader is Susan Nuerenberg, a Jack London scholar and docent at Jack London State Park. For info call Tony Lachowicz, 8881430. Bring your state parking pass.


This is a strenuous hike of about eight miles and elevation gain of about 2,000’, over varied hilly terrain with rewarding views of the lake and surroundings. Bring seasonally appropriate attire, poles, water and lunch. Leave the Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Martin Johns, (330) 815-5167.


If the hiking trail is more than 30 miles round trip from Oakmont, it is customary to compensate your driver at least $5 for gas.

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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

Art Association

Quilting Bee

nPhilip Wilkinson

nElizabeth McDonnell


The OAA is organizing a trip to the Crocker museum in Sacramento on Wednesday, November 29. The Crocker has exhibits of “Richard Diebenkorn: Beginnings, Masters of Venice,” and “Exhuberant Earth: Ceramics by Ruth Rippon.” Cost is $50 per person. Those wishing to reserve a place can contact Honora Clemens at

Missy Spence and Kim Taddei, two new Oakmont residents, introduced themselves to our group and shared their quilting backgrounds and current projects with us.

Kim Taddei.

showed Halloween themed pillow cases she has made for her grandchildren. Julie Sapp didn’t bring her quilt, but passed around her iPad with a picture of the Drunkards Path quilt she made in mustard, black and white. Mary Ann Allen told us of a hiking trip with her husband in the Shasta/McCloud area. Walking into the hotel in McCloud Mary Ann discovered a quilt retreat was in progress and instantly bonded and visited with the quilters. Our other Marianne (Johnstone) showed us a quilt her son bought in Laos. It is in need of repair and she asked for suggestions on how to proceed. Cathy Rapp discussed her recent experience of paper piecing a Storm at Sea block which contained seven pages of instructions. She further told of the fun and many benefits of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild and encouraged Bee members to join. Helen White is currently working on a Laurel Burch design in wool. She didn’t have it with her but passed around her phone with a picture of the work in progress. Cheryl Anderson told us she, too, has been making pillow cases and of cute rescue dog fabric she found at a Reno quilt show. Lisa showed us a beautiful fall quilt of owls which she paper pieced. New member Kim just finished making several Spider Web quilts which she foundation pieced and will give to charity. She discussed the process and offered the rest of the blocks to anyone who wanted to sew them together. I showed quilt tops I finished while on a quilt retreat at South Lake Tahoe. Two were appliquéd of underwater critters and farm animals, as well as a pillow case for my brother stating “Old Guys Rule.” The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Missy Spence.

Just For Fun Game Club


MaryKate Fleming is a watercolor and mixed media artist who enjoys sharing her art and inspiration with others. She works individually with class members to help them find their inspiration and strengths, and to grow their self-confidence in this art.

MaryKate Fleming.

MaryKate will teach a two-day workshop that will be held on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, starting at 9:30 a.m. each day. You can see her work at Contact Dan Fishman for more workshop details and to register for the workshop.

We announced the Pacific International Quilt Festival will take place in Santa Clara October 12–15, The Pointless Sisters art quilt show at the Occidental Center for the Arts is October 6–29 and the Oakmont Art Association’s show is October 13 and 14. New member, Missy, showed us her treasured baby quilt hand made for her by her grandmother. It was lovely and we enjoyed getting to see it up close. She offered 35 Bear Claw blocks she made to anyone in the group. She is “over” this intended quilt and wants to pass it on.


Phyllis Rapp, a noted Northern California artist and a signature member of the California Watercolor Association will teach an intermediate/advanced watercolor workshop here at Oakmont. The emphasis of the workshop will be to create artwork that contains context, that is, a work that “tells a story” and has meaning for both the artist and the viewer. DEMONSTRATION: Friday, November 17, 3–4:30 p.m., Berger WORKSHOP: Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19, Art Room, CAC You can see Phyllis’ work at the Upstairs Art Gallery in Healdsburg starting November 1. Contact Dan Fishman at for more workshop details and to register for the workshop.

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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 Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

Veterans Day Parade

nJeff Davis


The Veteran’s Day Parade and Reception Planning Committee is proud to announce the 13th Annual Oakmont Veteran’s Day Parade Grand Marshal, Captain Earl J. O’Grady, a retired U.S. Air Force Pilot. He will be leading the Veteran’s Day Parade on Friday, November 10. Earl has been a resident of Oakmont for 36 years. Earl was born in San Francisco in 1921 and lived most of his childhood in San Luis Obispo during which time he received his private pilot’s license at age 16 (before it was even legal for him to drive a car). He entered the Air Corps Cadet Program at Notre Dame University in 1939 and graduated in 1942 as a Lieutenant in the Army Air Corps. After flight training at WrightPatterson Field in Ohio, he served in Rock Hampton, Australia as a forward liaison then went to the 5th Air Force 339th Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Theatre flying P-40, P-47 and P-38 fighter planes until the end of the war. During this time he flew a total of 180 missions, was shot down three times, and had nine enemy planes shot down to his credit. For his service to our country he was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart medals. Upon release from service in 1949 Capt. O’Grady returned to the Bay Area and entered business life. He was with Pacific Telephone and Telegraph for 38

years ending as head of the Comptroller’s office. He dedicated time to civic duties as well as business, elected to the Larkspur City Council and serving three terms as Mayor of Larkspur. In 1981 he and his wife Marilyn, now deceased, moved to Oakmont where he still resides. You honor Capt. O’Grady as he leads the 13th Annual Oakmont Veteran’s Day Parade, starting at 1 p.m. at Berger Center. Following the hour-long parade, there will be a Veterans Day Reception at Berger Center at approximately 2 p.m.


Veterans: Ride, Don’t Walk! Call Nancy Giddings, 539-6158. She will sign you up to ride in the parade and start the process of assigning you to a ride if you don’t have one. Don’t be shy. Ask some other veterans to ride also. Vehicles to Carry Veterans and Decorations: Fill out the form below and bring it to the Vets Day Parade folder in the OVA office. nLarry Maniscalco


Calling all Mini’s! For the last couple of years a handful of Oakmont Mini Cooper owners have participated in our village Veterans Day Parade. It’s been a lot of fun and we hope to attract an even larger contingent this year. So, if you’d like to participate, please let us know and we’ll send you all the information that you will need. The Oakmont Veterans Day parade will be held on November 10.

13TH ANNUAL OAKMONT VETERANS DAY PARADE ENTRY FORM Friday, November 10, 1 pm Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________ Email: _______________________________________________________ Vehicle (golf cart, convertible, antique car, car, make and year): ________________________________________ Room for a veteran (check one): 1___ 2___ or more (indicate number)___________

Please place this form in the Veterans Day Parade folder in the OVA Office by Nov. 7. For questions regarding entries, please call Pat Veuve at 843-3290.

Photo by Judy Burness.

You don’t have to be a veteran to participate, but you might like to have a vet ride with you along the parade route. You can decorate your car or not (the parade coordinators have in the past had flags available for passengers to wave). For more information and/or to join in the fun, please contact me at 538-2089 or email louson@aol. com.

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker


Student musicians coached by a distinguished professional, an academic setting, and scores of music waiting to be brought to life: these are the typical ingredients of a phenomenon known as the master class. When the student is particularly gifted, the “master” is particularly eloquent, and the music is particularly beautiful. The combined effect can be thrilling! A former accompanist/coach at DePaul University in Chicago, John Burchard will concentrate his presentation on vocal master classes. Young singers are especially in need of expert coaching: their instruments are invisible to themselves, and in addition to singing all the right notes with conviction they must simultaneously try to communicate a world of language charged with intense emotion. John’s presentation will include filmed excerpts from instrumental as well as vocal master classes— excerpts that demonstrate a wide variety of coaching styles. Featured will be classes conducted by worldclass performers (including Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Andras Schiff, and Joyce DiDonato). WHEN: November 7 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

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Good Day Café Now Open at Central Activity Center nJulie Kiil

The Coffee Cart reopened October 3 as the Good Day Café under the ownership of Debie Alioto. Thanks to the continued persistence of Melissa Lapely-Schertz’s the new owner, Debie Alioto, reopened this week providing Oakmont residents again with great coffee, healthy tea plus wonderful pastries at the CAC.

Melissa passes the baton with hints how to make the café a success to Debie Alioto.

On grand opening day, Debbie offered free mini samples of cherry-cranberry scones, pecan pie, coconut oil brownies and organic oolong tea to the delight of returning and new customers.

Debie offered free samples on Opening Day to long-time customer Gerhart Rossbach.

Longtime customers dropped by to wish Melissa good luck and good-bye, and then welcome Debie on board. Tony Lachowicz was there for a great Cup-OJoe and Greg Goodwin dropped by to congratulate both ladies. Gehart Rossbach enjoyed free mini scones from new owner Debie Alioto. So come one and all to our convenient Good Day Café offering quality beverages and pastries most mornings at the CAC. Please join Debie in making our new Good Day Café a grand success, meet and greet your neighbors, grab a good coffee on the way to a meeting or just take all the goodies to go.

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Pickleball Corner nChuck Wood


Aided by sons Theo (age 13) and Willsy (age 9), Adam MacKinnon put on a fabulous clinic for the Oakmont Pickleball Club on Saturday, September 16. Some key kernels of advice: Begin drills or play with stretches, including the back of one’s calves, hip rotations, and moving (almost skipping) from side to side. Good players spend about three times as much on drills as they do in actual play to enable improvement (having six courts will help make this feasible for us pickleballers). The stance to receive a ball should have the feet relatively close together (not wide-spread) to enable quick movement in any direction. When warming up at the net, play real half-court games to five points. That is, try to make realistic shots and look to score. Start when facing each other across the net; then go to a cross court orientation; then practice with one player up and the other back. Include having one player standing in “no man’s land” to enable practice of low volleys and halfvolleys—it is realistic to find oneself in that part of the court when working up to the net after the return of serve. Work on the strokes. Serves and returns of serve do not require a big tennis-type stroke. A relaxed short stroke with not much follow-through will create deep, soft returns of serve that will enable getting up to the net. “Punch” a volley rather than take a big swing, especially if the approaching ball has been hit strongly. Practice stop volleys to create drop shots by letting the paddle give a bit upon impact. Adam also recommends a soft grip on the paddle, perhaps at a 3 or 4 firmness level out of 10, to enable flexibility in paddle position and control. To return a high lob turn sideways and shuffle and hop back—do not try to run backwards. Then set up to hit a tennis style overhead shot as the ball descends. If the lob is really deep try to run past it then turn to hit a forehand ground stroke after it bounces (it will pretty much bounce straight up). Those are the learnings I recorded. With at least

The clan MacKinnon: Willsy, Theo and Adam.

40 Oakmont pickleballers in attendance Adam was able to impart those and more to a rapt collection of students of the game. Thanks to Melissa for setting up this wonderful clinic.


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 or call 595-5648 All residents are welcomed.


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Stanford Club nKay Nelson

News Past and Future

Stanford alums continued their education by attending the Oakmont Lawn Bowling demonstration on September 18. Colin Pegley and other members of the Lawn Bowling Club gave pointers on this historic sport, which originated in England in the 13th century, and then migrated to the United States, which now boasts more than 100 clubs.

Tennis Club

nTina Lewis


November 4 is the OTC annual Army-Navy tennis tournament. Remember that wonderful 1973 M*A*S*H Army-Navy football game episode where everything that could go wrong did? We expect our Oakmont Army-Navy tennis game to go much more smoothly. No CIA bomb filled with propaganda leaflets will be dropped on our courts, we promise. We also promise that you’ll have a terrific time taking part in this annual dust-up. Who will be in the army and who will be in the navy? You’ll have to sign up online or with Chuck Hinckley at cchinckley@ to find out. But wait. There’s more. Following the tournament, gather at the picnic area by West Rec. for a much welcomed free picnic lunch.


The date is October 18. The time is 5:30 p.m. The place is East Rec. The event is two-fold. The Fall Membership Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. This is a very important meeting because not only will there Kay Nelson and Colin Pegley talk lawn bowling.

When given a chance to play, the alums received instruction on how to hold and roll the ball. Although the bowls weigh only three pounds, they have a weight bias, indicated by symbols on each side of the bowl. Because a bowl reaches its target by following a curved path, the player must compensate for the bias by rolling so that the bowl follows an arc. Lawn Bowling Club members were helpful and patient, and it was a good day for all, which ended with Stanford alums meeting for lunch. New events are in the planning stages. The board of the Stanford Club will meet in November, and all club members are invited to attend. We also welcome members who would like to join the board and help to plan future events. One big event in November is the Big Game Party, attended by both Cal and Stanford alums. As soon as the television schedule is definite, we will announce the place and time. For information on the board meeting or the Big Game Party, get in touch with me at 538-8777 or at

Sonoma County Emergency Response Planning nPat Barclay, Chair, OEPC

The Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) will be hosting a resident forum on Friday, October 20, at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center. Our guest speaker will be Sam Wallis, an Emergency Coordinator with Sonoma County’s Fire and Emergency Services. Mr. Wallis will discuss the County’s plans for responding to emergencies affecting our communities, including Oakmont. In the OEPC’s past forums, we have hosted presenters from the Santa Rosa Fire Department, the City’s emergency services department, Cal Fire, and other organizations that mobilize to respond to disasters and emergencies. Many of those organizations coordinate with Sonoma County in planning and executing their response efforts. This is an opportunity to find out how the county fits in the organizational response to emergencies, and the services that the county will provide in aiding Oakmont to prepare, respond, and recover from a disaster. All Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to attend. And bring your questions and concerns— Mr. Wallis will do his best to get you answers!

be a recap of the year’s events and a look at events in 2018, it’s also the election of the 2018 OTC Tennis Club Board. Here’s the illustrious slate: President, Terri Somers; Vice President, Arnie Herskovic; Secretary, Diane Linneball; Treasurer, Paula Lewis; Social Director, Fred Merrill; Tennis Events Director, Phil House; Director Ex-Officio, Neil Linneball. And then you go home. No wait! Around 6:15 p.m. you’ll enjoy chili dogs, chips, and beer at the annual Fall Dinner! Terri might even make some awesome desserts. And the cost? Nothing. It’s compliments of the Tennis Club. We need to know who plans to stay after the meeting to enjoy the repast so that we know how much food to buy. Either sign up on the website or email Terri Somers at The sign-up cut-off date is October 16 so if you haven’t done that, git crackin’!


On September 20, about 20 tennis players put away their racquets and got out their golf clubs for a 9-hole scramble on the front nine of the west golf course. Thanks again to Terri Somers for adding this fun event to the year’s activities. “We paid quite a bit of time looking for lost balls,” lamented Ann Miller, “but I’d do it again!” Social Events Director Fred Merrill was one of the golfers. His assessment was “Fabulous event!” Hmmm. Maybe that’s because he and a group of others finished the evening enjoying drinks on the 19th hole.


Nominees for the 2018 Board of Directors have plans as big as the out-sized racquet. From left: Neil Linneball, Arnie Herskovic, Diane Linneball, Terri Somers, Paula Lewis, Fred Merrill and Phil House. Humongous racquet compliments of The Competitor.

Time to sign up for the USO Show and Awards Presentation! Come lend your applause and cheers for the USO performers and awards winners. Fill out the coupon below and put it and your check in the OVA office Tennis Club file.

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

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is October 16 at 11 a.m. in Room B of CAC. Come if you think (or know) that you might not be hearing normally. We will exchange information and learn about hearing problems, solutions, hearing aids, new technology, and more with other Oakmonters. If you have hearing aids come and tell us about them and provide information on experiences, providers, problems, technology, etc. We will explore interest in again having HEARS arrange free, no obligation local hearing tests by a hearing aid professional. Not hearing is a huge problem for anyone with impaired capability. It affects most areas of our lives with special emphasis on the brain which, after all, is the center of our understanding and memory. A word or part of a word with sounds that do not come through clearly, require additional brain processing power to decipher it, if at all. Listening to a conversation or lecture in soft or accented English can be a trial and an hour or two of that can result in extreme fatigue. Mild to severe impairment usually can be largely mitigated by hearing aids. Even

profound impairment can be greatly helped. Hearing aids equipped with Bluetooth wireless capability that is controlled with a smart phone App can provide substantial additional help. Having phone calls, music, and audiobooks or an external microphone play directly to both hearing aids is a tremendous advantage. Normal Hearing (0–25 dB degree of loss): Hearing is considered normal. Mild Hearing Loss (25–40 dB degree of loss): Difficulty hearing soft speech in noisy situations. Moderate Hearing Loss (40–60 dB degree of loss): Difficulty hearing moderate speech when background noise is present. Severe Hearing Loss (60–80 dB degree of loss): Difficulty hearing loud speech, but heard if amplified. Profound Hearing Loss (80 dB or more): Difficulty hearing and understanding, even with amplification. HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@ and attend the HSG meetings.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


An inside look at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Center will be offered at the Oct. 25 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Meg Easter-Dawson, program development manager at VMCC, a program of the Sonoma County Human Services Department and the Family, Youth and Children’s Division, will describe her work with the VOM Children’s Foundation to support children and youth in foster care. In 2011, Easter-Dawson was responsible for developing an on-site dental clinic to serve children in emergency foster care. Most recently she has taken on responsibility for overseeing the foster care recruitment and support program for the county. She has a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. Before assuming her present post in 2006, she was coordinator of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis Office of Neighborhood Resources. The speaker at the Nov. 22 luncheon will be John Theilade, new general manager of the Oakmont Golf Club. SIR #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/ or membership should contact Dave McCuan at 539-3028.

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday from 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 October 23 and 30 Dennis Hall will present Rabbit Hole by David Lindsay-Abaire. Play readers include Bernie Cheriff, Honora Clemens, Norma Doyle, Dennis Hall, Jackie Kolekor and Jon Nolan. The plot deals with a couple Becca and Howe struggling to heal after the death of their four-yearold son, who was killed in a car accident. Becca wants to give away his clothes, but Howie is angry at Becca’s elimination of any of his things. He also wants to have another child, but Becca refuses. Becca’s mother has also lost a child of a drug overdose. Becca thinks the deaths are not comparable but eventually realizes that any grief of losing a child never stops. Becca and Howie try attending a self-help group, each having a different reaction. Becca tries meeting with Jason, the driver of the car that hit Danny discovering his deeply-founded guilt. Jason tells her about a comic book he is writing called Rabbit Hole, which is about parallel universes. Howie is distressed that Becca has been meeting Jason in secret. But slowly, Howie and Becca begin to have new activities and they start to accept their son’s death. Rabbit Hole won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play. Lindsay-Abaire has a broad literary career garnering a 2011 Tony Award, Best Play for Good People and the book and lyrics for the musical Shrek the Musical receiving a 2009 Tony Award nomination for Book of a Musical.

nBrinda Peterson and Laurie Hartmann

A place to call home, a family to call your own!

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 Oakmont Gardens on Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.

Upcoming Events

Ladies’ Fellowship and Tea and Crumpets: Saturday, October 21 at 2 p.m. at the Manse, 6687 Oakmont Drive. Julie Eichelberger in Concert: Sunday, October 22 at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, Southern Gospel and Contemporary. Julie has an amazing testimony about how God has worked in her life to find her a kidney for a needed transplant. This is going to be a wonderful morning of worship. Come join us! Clean Comedy Night: Friday, November 3 at 5 p.m. in the East Rec. Bring finger foods to share. Be prepared for lots of laughs! No alcohol please.

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Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

What’s Happening with DNA Analysis

The next meeting of the Oakmont Genealogy Club will be on Monday, October 23 at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. We spend the first part of the meeting with an update on what’s been happening with DNA analysis, including a discussion of recent developments in adoption research. We’ll then go to an open session where those attending can discuss recent research results. It would be particularly interesting to discuss any DNA results. The September meeting program was “Online U.S., Newspaper Research for Genealogists” by George McKinnney. More and more pre-1923 newspapers are appearing online every day, but it can be a challenge to find the one that relates to your particular ancestor’s location at a certain period of time. The presentation on this subject and other topics are available on our website by clicking on “Recent Presentations.” The Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email: oakmontancestry@aol. com.

In mid-September Playreaders presented three one-act plays including Little Miss Fresno and Chocolate Cake by Ara Watson and Mary Gallagher and Blueberry Hill Accord by Daryl Watson. Readers included Ginny Smith, Norma Doyle and Evelyn Zigmont.

In late September Playreaders presented Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon. Readers included: (standing) Ron White, Jon Dolan, Ginny Smith, Jeff Shreff; (seated) Evelyn Zigmont, Sandy White and Kay Hardy.

I’ve lived in my 110-year-old house for 30 years with cracks in the foundation, slanting floors, and seasonably ill-fitting doors, but after last winter’s heavy rains I knew I couldn’t keep neglecting it. I called a contractor and for the past month have been living “up in the air” while my old foundation was removed and a new one was poured. Last week the house was lowered back down onto the new foundation and stood—straight and level—for the first time in decades. I was warned that straightening the house would very likely result in new cracks in the walls and, by golly, they weren’t kidding. It’s been a sort of game to wander around and watch how cracks have grown, or new ones have started as the house has settled. The laundry room window that no longer closes was obviously installed in a crooked house! Next thing on the list will be to repair those places, some of which will be simple patches, but some requiring much larger effort. I was updating a friend at church about the progress and realized as I was speaking how similar it was to a decision to change course in life—to “right myself”—and follow a teaching of Christ. There’s an assumption that making that decision should result in a happy, problem-free life. When I hit a rough spot, however, I wonder, “Why? What am I doing wrong?” I’m discovering that when “cracks” show up along my spiritual path it isn’t always bad. It’s often a gift. God is lovingly showing me where I’ve built on a crooked foundation and, as a result, there are weaknesses that need attention. And there’s an end goal. If I don’t quit, but let God attend to them, I will be a better me. So I’m learning to react with gratefulness instead of defensiveness, knowing that the process might not be fun, but the result will be well worth it.


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Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

Labor of Love the Santa Rosa Garden Club helped form a coalition Sometimes it takes more than love. Sometimes of horticultural clubs to begin the process. Anne it takes perseverance and a lot of help to make Gallagher-White helped restart the project after something special happen. the program lost funding and went dormant. Since Some of you may know a bit about the evolution then, sheds have been built, kitchens updated and of the Sierra Youth Center to the Sierra Girls’ Center, equipment replaced. It has been a communal effort then back again, and ultimately into the Sierra Garden to say the least. and Kitchen. Located up the hill past the St. Francis Bob Pye, CEO of Crossroads, a non-profit Winery, the original concept was to provide housing organization that offers residential housing to these other than the original Juvenile Hall facilities for at vulnerable youth, was honored for his commitment risk children who have become ensnared in the legal and efforts to preserve the Sierra Garden despite system. It’s a story of passion as a number of people the changes. The young people participating in came together because of their love of horticulture the program now come from the nearby Valley of and a commitment to mentoring and educating these Moon Children’s Center and the staff there has young people. The latter is the been indispensable in making the object of both the horticultural and program work. culinary programs which have been The good news for all of us is that the constant since the beginning. the literal fruits of their efforts are Even though the actual residential available to everyone. The Sierra portion of the SYC closed in Garden sells its produce as well as November, the work of the garden garden products like jams and bread and kitchen continues. On a recent every Saturday from 9–10:30 a.m. Friday night, it was time to celebrate from mid-April to mid-October. It the accomplishments of the is a prolific garden and after selling community of volunteers who have to the public as well as providing shepherded the transformation for the Children’s Center the rest of of these two programs. It was a the food raised is given to the FISH beautiful evening under the trees network of food banks. Last year accompanied by wonderful wine that donation amounted to 12 tons and great food as we heard what of food (that’s no typo…12 tons)! really went into their creation. The funds raised go to help finance The Valley of the Moon Rotary, all the supplies and equipment under the leadership of Caroline needed to maintain the facility Keller, has been involved in both as well as provide for activities Under Caroline Keller’s leadership the construction and financial and scholarships for at risk youth our club and numerous volunteers support of the gardens since 2000. throughout Sonoma County. It was celebrated the evolution of the Sierra She was quick to point out how it Youth Center to the Sierra Garden and a glorious night and everything was all came about as Maeve Clemens of right in paradise. Kitchen Center.

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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.

Passages Terence Schade, 6-year Oakmont resident, passed away September 30. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


Besides learning more about the iPhone or perhaps something new about the iPhone, I’m sure this will be a great time to hear some news about the new iPhone X. Here is the timeline for the two-hour program: 1:30 p.m. coffee; 1:45–2:30 p.m. Part 1; 2:30 p.m. break for coffee and goodies; 2:45–3:30 p.m. Part 2. 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. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


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

iPAD SIG “SHOW UP AND SHARE” WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 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.


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Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith, Instructor nTeresa Woodrum

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

Classes are cancelled on second Friday each month. 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, wellsupervised 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.

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), bsmith@ 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!

Fitness Club

nSue Carrell


WHEN: Friday, December 15 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–6 p.m. social hour/appetizers, dinner to follow. BYOB. PRICE: $50 per person MUSIC: By Jami Jamison Band RESERVATIONS: Reservations are accepted for members only through Nov. 14; reservations open to all Nov. 15–Dec. 8. QUESTIONS: Call Peggy Clark at (650) 274-4137


Appetizers: Antipasti platter with salami, olives,

dried fruits and baguettes, assorted cheese platter with fig tapenade and assorted nuts. Salad: Spring mix with gorgonzola cheese, dried cranberries, pears, red onion, pecans and white balsamic and shallot salad dressing. Entrée choice: Prime Rib with au jus and creamy horseradish sauce, mashed potatoes and petite green beans with toasted almonds; or Chicken Veggie Kabob with Hawaiian pineapple glaze, rice pilaf and petite green beans with toasted almonds; or Crispy Tofu Kabob with rice pilaf and petite green beans with toasted almonds. Dinner rolls and butter; coffee, hot tea, water. Dessert: Chocolate Cake and Vanilla Ice Cream with Candy Cane Sprinkles.

Holiday dinner reservation form

Make check payable to the Oakmont Fitness Club and place it with the form below in the OFC Fitness Folder at the OVA office or drop it in the OFC mail slot outside the trainer’s office. Please indicate your name and choice of entrée below. If you wish to guarantee a table of 8 please submit your reservation for the full table on one form. Name(s)/Entrée(s)______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Email______________________________________________________

nBetsy Smith

Zentangle™ Art Classes

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. Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class! 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!

Coming up

Monday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon: Tangling

autumn leaves Monday, November 13, 4:30–6 p.m.: Tangling a Cornucopia Monday, November 27, 10:30 a.m.–noon: Tangling a folded star Monday, December 11, 4:30–6 p.m.: Tangling Christmas Trees—last class for 2017! 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

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

feel better in your body now twice a week!

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Tuesdays from 2–3 p.m.—join the new class; 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 Strengthen your core, even while seated. Energize yourself with breathwork! Stretch your fingers and toes and all the places in between. Students may stay seated for the entire class or explore balance safely. 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.

feel grounded as we shift into fall

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 Clear your brain, use your breath and challenge your core. Connect inside and notice how your feet and legs support you in standing poses. Ease your neck and other tight spots. Feel grounded and steady as the daylight shrinks. 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://www. 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

Tai Chi is known for its emphasis on improving breathing and balance and can be quite energizing for the beginning student. There is no way you can make a mistake. We now meet in the Berger Center for our five-class workshop on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Tuition is $75 for the workshop. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 318-5284. I will love to answer your questions and encourage you to join our relaxing class of Chinese movements for the beginner.


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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

InvestOAK Club nDave White

Many Oakmont residents are retirees whose only source of income is from pensions and retirement savings. For those who are managing or monitoring their own investment portfolios InvestOAK was formed to address their needs through discussions and exchange of information about investing. Membership experience ranges all the way from investment novice through those who have had a professional career in the financial world. There is no actual monetary aspect to the club’s activities. Active member participation is encouraged. At the October 27 meeting of InvestOAK Len Grosso, Art Fichtenberg and David Williams will represent a diverse approach to real estate investments. Len will describe his experience in private investing, Art will detail the ins and outs of partnerships and David will explain REITS (Real Estate Investment Trusts). Interested Oakmont residents are invited to attend the next meeting which is Friday, October 27, 10–11:30 a.m., Room B, Central Activities Center. For further information contact me at

Oakmont Cannabis Club nHeidi Klyn

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation

nHarriet Palk


In his 15th appearance, Symposium favorite Bob Kirk will discuss the Russian Revolution of 1917, one of the most explosive political events of the 20th century. The violent revolution marked the end of the Romanov dynasty and centuries of Russian Imperial rule. During the Russian Revolution, the Bolsheviks, led by leftist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin, seized power and destroyed the tradition of czarist rule. The Bolsheviks would later become the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. Bob Kirk has a Ph.D. in History from UC Davis, has taught college since 1966 and presented enrichment lectures on 68 cruises worldwide. In his spare time, he has published five non-fiction books!


There are many issues facing Santa Rosa that the City Council must tackle. Council member Tom Schwedhelm will address district elections, homelessness and the housing action plan, the cannabis program, the annexation of Roseland and will allow time for Q&A on other topics. Prior to his election to the City Council, Schwedhelm worked for 31 years with the Santa Rosa Police Department, retiring as its Chief of Police for the final five years of his service.

Oakmont-Wide Emergency Drill

Prominent Neurosurgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta Changed his Mind on Medical Cannabis

“It doesn’t have a high potential for abuse, and there are very legitimate medical applications. In fact, sometimes marijuana is the only thing that works… “It is irresponsible not to provide the best care we can as a medical community, care that could involve marijuana. We have been terribly and systematically misled for nearly 70 years in the United States, and I apologize for my own role in that.” Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 1 at 3 p.m. in the East Rec. with speaker Julia (Jewel) Mathieson, a founding member of Sonoma Patient Group, the oldest dispensary serving Sonoma County located in Santa Rosa. With degrees in Psychology and education from Sonoma State University, Jewel’s introduction to the cannabis industry came when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005. Having heard and then researched the benefits of cannabis as part of a cancer treatment she now has a decade of experience serving patients and strengthened her commitment to educating and advocating for cannabis as an alternative to pharmaceutical options. Also speaking will be Tamarya Hulme, who is the founder of Canna Care topical creams and salves. She is a leader in the local cannabis industry and has been making topicals for 11 years. She began because her own arthritic hands troubled her so much. She grows, manufactures and works with patients in dispensaries. She is a strong proponent of the natural power of cannabis on all fronts. She uses high CBD plants and is tested continually because purity is a priority of hers. Lacey Berzak is the Practice Manager representing the office of Dr. Douglas Ballaine D.O. and a former dispensary employee. A cannabis patient herself for years, Lacey advocates for cannabis as pain management in lieu of more commonly used management programs. Dr. Ballaine is a cannabis consultant practicing in Santa Rosa for six years.

nPat Barclay, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC)

The OEPC will be conducting its Fall emergency drill on Saturday, October 21 from 8:30–11:30 a.m. Three times a year, the OEPC exercises its ability to provide emergency communications in the event of a disaster affecting Oakmont. Radio communications volunteers will be walking Oakmont streets and operating radio equipment at each of our recreation centers, simulating emergency-related message traffic to and from outside support services. For this drill, we will be simulating a response to a major earthquake on the Rodger’s Creek fault affecting all of Santa Rosa and surrounding areas. And you can help! If you see a yellow-vested resident with a walkie-talkie walking in your neighborhood, give them a simulated report to process. (These reports could be structure fired, displaced persons, people in need of medical care, broken water or gas mains, etc.) And if you see residents working their radios outside our recreation centers, stop by and see what they do. In either case, consider thanking them for volunteering their time and talent to assist Oakmont in responding to and recovering from potentials disasters that will affect all of us. Lastly, if you are at all intrigued by what we do and would like to help, we are always in need of new volunteers—especially neighborhood radio operators. At present we only have enough volunteers to cover a bit over half of Oakmont. If you don’t see one of our volunteers on Oct. 21, your neighborhood may not be covered—and you could be the answer. Drop us an e-mail at or call Pat Barclay at 537-0909. The life you save may be your own!

Tamarya Hulme.

Lacey Berzak.

Better Health and More Fun Through Group Singing nTaylor Finlay

We meet every Friday, from 3–4:30 p.m. at the East Rec. For more information call me at 539-9688.


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Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

nBarbara Bowman

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays at 2 p.m.; also Sunday, October 29 at 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Mike McInnis and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA

Sunday, October 15, 2 pm DEAR FRANKIE

After years of lying to her young son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea aboard the HMS Accra, a protective mother (Emily Mortimer) must find a man willing to pose as the boy’s dad when the ship docks right by their home. Beautifully filmed in Scotland, this bittersweet, charming movie—with its twists and turns—features a fine screenplay and strong acting by all three main characters, including Gerard Butler as the boy’s pretend-father. (2004), PG-13, 105 minutes.

Sunday, October 22, 2 pm IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

Based on the award-winning book, this film tells the incredible true tale of the whaling ship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a mammothsized whale in 1820. The historical drama chronicles the aftermath and the crew’s horrific 90-day struggle to survive amid storms, hunger and despair, providing inspiration for Herman Melville’s great novel, Moby-Dick. Superb cinematography and an excellent cast, including Chris Hemsworth and Brandan Gleeson. (2015), PG-13, 122 minutes.

Sunday, October 29, 2 and 7 pm DEEPWATER HORIZON

Replaying the catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010, this tense drama recounts the horrific experiences of the 126 crew members onboard and the numerous acts of courage that saved many lives. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich star in this gripping and realistic depiction of one the world’s largest man-made ecological disasters. NOTE: The film will be shown twice, matinee and evening. (2016), PG-13, 114 minutes.

Sunday, November 5, 2 pm THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI

In this historical drama, British correspondent George Hogg (Jonathon Rhys Meyers) attempts to save 60 war orphans during Japan’s occupation of China in the 1930s. With help from a guerrilla fighter and a nurse, Hogg leads the children across miles of treacherous terrain. This engrossing true story of a remarkable man features spectacular cinematography and a fine supporting cast. (2008), R (some violence), 125 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m.: Dear Frankie, (2004), PG-13, 105 minutes. Sunday, October 22, 2 p.m.: In the Heart of the Sea, PG-13, 122 minutes. Sunday, October 29, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Deepwater Horizon, (2016), PG-13, 114 minutes. Sunday, November 5, 2 p.m.: The Children of Huang Shi, (2008), R, 125 minutes.


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.

nRay Haverson


WHAT: James Garner—A Tribute to Johnny Cash WHEN: Friday, December 8 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 interpretations 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.

New Year’s Eve Party

WHEN: December 31 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 6 p.m.–12:30 a.m. MUSIC: By Charlie Baker and Company COST: To be announced at a later date


Friday, December 8: Back by popular demand— James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash Sunday, December 31: New Year’s Eve at the Berger—music by Mr. Charlie Baker and Company


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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 5389050.


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.


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


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


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


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


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. 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

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


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.


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.



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.


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.




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.


Small dog specialist, 35 lb or less. Mon.– Fri., 8:30–4. Call or text at 538-8886, or book online at 4932 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa, 95409.

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MAIL TO: CJM Productions, 2105 Longhorn Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95401 Tel (707) 575-7200 •

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


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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We are experts at installing Moisture Barriers! Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since 1979. CAL Custom Bulding Services, Inc. (CALCBS). Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330., https://

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

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

Let me read their chart. 38 yrs. experience. 1½ hr. reading with 21year forecast, $295. Just 5 minutes from Oakmont, or I can come to you. See testimonials at www. 539-7827.





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.

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


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,



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.


Will personify your passion for the holiday season and allow you to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Free consultation! Some of the services: decorating Christmas trees, doors, wreaths, fireplace mantels, staircases, dining tables. Gift wrapping. Call or text Mimi at 591-4069.


15 years in Oakmont. Careful, professional and reliable. Call Alex, (707) 291-0429.

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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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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 October 16–31 Dorrelle Aasland 537-1518 November 1–15 Leanne Smith 539-6795

We provide the following services to Oakmont Residents: n Transportation to medical/ dental appointments in Santa Rosa only n Grocery shopping to Safeway (at Calistoga Center only) n

PAS Management Company

oakmont News

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

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.

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.


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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.

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

The Oakmont News welcomes residents’ letters to the editor about Oakmont life. Email letters of no more than 200 words to Writer’s name, address and phone number must be included. Writers will be limited to one letter published every 90 days. Letters may be edited for length and clarity.

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.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2017

OVA-Sponsored Events

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore

Toxic Waste Collection nAnita Roraus

Tuesday, november 28 west rec. parking lot

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

AARP Presents “The AARP Smart Driver Course” nAnita Roraus

These are four- and eight-hour classroom courses for drivers 50 years of age and older. Complete cost for the course is $15 for AARP members/$20 non-members. Open to Oakmont residents only.

Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule Room B, Central Activities Center

Refresher class: Friday, October 20, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day Course: Thursday and Friday, November 30 and December, 1–5 p.m. Sign up by calling the OVA office at 539-1611 or come by in person.

Financial Education Series nStephanie Curry

Join A Club Event nAnita Roraus

Thursday, November 2, 6–8 PM Berger Center

The OVA “Join a Club Event” is for everyone, not just new residents. Have you been curious about a club or group and would like to learn more? Maybe it’s just time to try something new! Come over to the Berger Center and meet over 50 of the clubs at a tabled event. Talk to current members and find out why they do what they do and why you will want to do it too! The event will run from 6–8 p.m. and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend.

Ova-sponsored event

The next seminar in the Financial Education Series is being held on October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center. The topic is Long-Term Care. Long-Term Care is an issue that each of us thinks about and often then put aside to address on another day. There are various statistics regarding how many of us will need long-term care. The most optimistic is 1 in 2 or 50% and the least optimistic is 7 in 10 or 70% of us will at some time have a need for some type of care. Most people like to hope that they will never need any type of care. Hope is not a plan. We will discuss the options to address this need including self-funding, family as caregivers or financial intermediaries, and a bit on state-facilitated options.

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 TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

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Oakmont News 10-15-2017  
Oakmont News 10-15-2017