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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

ERC Project Update

November 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 22

Pickleball Sound Study Clears the Way For ERC Court Conversion

nMichael Connolly

nMichael Connolly

Construction Management Committee Chair Iris Harrell provided a detailed update on the ERC project at the October 31 BOD meeting at the Berger Center. She summarized the major points of work around the building, using preliminary design drawings projected on the video screen for reference. The following major elements of the project were covered: • Remove and replace front and entry sidewalk; regrade the parking lot to conform with ADA slope requirements.

• Remove and replace concrete pool deck, including electrical conduit and plumbing; replace pool equipment (conversion to salt water purification). • Expand pool equipment room on ground floor and add second story to this addition for upper floor storage area. • Remove old building deck on pool side and replace with smaller but deeper deck. Such a deck will provide a larger area for comfortably placing outdoor furniture. See erc project on page 5

At the October 31 Board of Directors Business Meeting, Bollard Acoustical Consultants reported on the results of the sound study they performed at the East Recreation Center tennis courts. Sound engineer Jonathan Lopez described how sound measurements were taken at both residential property lines and patios/decks of homes bordering the ERC. Ambient noise levels were also measured at both locations to determine background noise levels present when pickleball was not being played. Mr. Lopez then referred to the City of Santa Rosa noise standards, indicating that the residential standard is the most restrictive and cannot exceed 55 decibels (dB) during daytime at the nearest property lines. On the morning of September 8, with six pickleball courts in use and 24 players, pickleball noise levels measured at the nearest property lines and patios/ decks adjacent to the ERC ranged from 43 to 49 dB. Without noise from pickleball play, ambient levels were measured at 40–48 dB.

Ted Throndson Retires—A Third Time nYvonne Frauenfelder

Following the short and tumultuous tenures by Patricia Arnold and Cassie Turner as general managers of the Oakmont Village Association, we have been exceedingly fortunate to call on Ted Throndson, who took his leave as administrator seven years ago in 2010. On short notice, he twice left his home in the Sierras to return to his past place of work and take up the job of managing our village. To Ted we entrusted again and again the responsibilities of temporarily supervising the business of running the association and to provide guidance and counsel to the Board of Directors. There was yet another reason this time that residents looked to their former longtime and much respected executive. The planned establishment of pickleball courts had created a toxic environment among members, who lined up on opposing sides of the issue. Internecine struggles pitted neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend and General Manager against Board of Directors. Into this volatile environment stepped Ted Throndson, who managed quietly but authoritatively, to calm the roiling waters of the community. Proof of the moderating influence came at his first board meeting. Expecting a volatile atmosphere, his presence at the dais produced an opposite effect. We were all on our best behavior.

The just announced successful sound study report, a key hurdle to locating pickleball at the East Recreation Center tennis courts, contributes to the satisfaction felt by Ted upon his departure. Although what pleases him most, an unabashed lover of financial numbers, is the just completed 2018 Budget Report, a three-year financial forecast for Oakmont. As for the selection of a new permanent general manager, the board announced that a total of 19 resumes had been received, with 12 candidates selected for a closer look. Further narrowing the choices, interviews will be conducted shortly with the remaining suitable individuals. And what capabilities are required by the directors of this successor? A qualified HOA administrator needs to have the necessary experience in order to be able to envision, to innovate, to plan, to inform, to advise, to guide and to keep track of everything. In the case of Oakmont, much deferred maintenance is to be taken care of and rehabilitation of the East Rec. and eventually the Berger Center will be on the agenda. Oakmont, close to 55 years old, will benefit greatly from a much-needed facelift to its facilities.  See throndson on page 5 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Pickleball Club at play during sound study on September 8.

According to Mr. Lopez, the measured pickleball noise levels were well within compliance with the City of Santa Rosa residential standard, as even the loudest levels from pickleball play measured 6-7 dB below the city code requirements. Following his statement of the findings the audience erupted in applause. There was some discussion of additional sound dampening features, such as adding acoustic panels to the PB court fences to further decrease the noise level, even though this would not be required to meet city standards. Such a discussion can always be taken up at a later date since it will not be a requirement for the city permit. In reply to a question from the audience, Board President Gloria Young said that she has spoken with Susie Murray in the Planning Department and that OVA can now apply for a Conditional Use Permit based on the current sound study. At the first meeting with the Planning Department on November 3, Ms. Murray requested that two pieces of easily acquired additional information be included with the sound study data. These are an aerial view of the location with property lines delineated and photographic views of the ERC parking lot. With the additional information included, technical adviser Herb Bieser and Director Greg Goodwin planned to submit the application on November 10 (or soon thereafter). See sound study on page 5


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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


A new Communications Committee is forming and we are actively searching for people who want to be part of a team who will collectively make decisions, set intentions, create excellent content and creatively share the story of Oakmont. The OVA Board is in the process of updating its newsprint policies and we will need experienced writers, editors and digital contributors who can further help define the guidelines for the committee and our digital content. The goal is to have at least five members who have diverse and unique perspectives and want to explore the essence of Oakmont, both for our members as well as outside visitors to our website. The first step is to form a committed group, and

anyone who desires to be part of the committee will be considered. This includes prior committee members. Oakmont resident James Foreman will be guiding the process of forming the new Communications Committee and defining the structure. His experience working as a Marketing Professional and managing teams creating content for top Bay Area companies will help establish a fun, trusting and dedicated team. The board will be hosting get-togethers to solicit ideas and feedback from the community and will be announcing an open house shortly. If you are interested in being part of this dynamic committee and process, please email May we all play a part in the vision, narrative and future of Oakmont!

Lengthy and Productive Board Meeting Closes Extraordinary Month nMichael Connolly

As life in Oakmont began to return to normal in the wake of the fires and evacuation, the October 31 Board of Directors meeting at the Berger Center was well attended by Oakmont residents. President Gloria Young started the proceedings by stating that the Board of Directors was very pleased to announce that the OVA received 19 resumes in response to the marketing efforts to hire a new general manager. Of the 16 applicants that were deemed qualified by their paperwork, telephone interviews resulted in a final total of 12 applicants who are considered qualified for the job. The board will be meeting with consultant Karen Conlon to review the 12 candidates on November 13 with candidate interviews slated for the end of November. The goal is to have the new manager in place by the beginning of next year. Bollard Acoustical Consultants reported on the results of the ERC pickleball sound study. The measured pickleball noise levels were well within compliance with the City of Santa Rosa residential standard. Following unanimous approval of a board motion at this meeting, an application for a conditional use permit to convert two tennis courts to six pickleball courts is to be submitted on November 10. (See related article in this issue for details of the sound study results.) Pat Amadeo updated the community on the event planned for Friday, November 10 at the Berger Center. It combined the traditional Veteran’s Day event with a show of gratitude for the first responders who helped our community through the devastating fire. She also reminded the community about the fundraising drive. Checks should be made payable to the Oakmont Community Foundation (with the memo: Wildfire Fund) for inclusion in a donation fund for fire victims. Drop off at (or mail to) the OVA office. Construction Management Committee Chair Iris Harrel provided an update on the current design and plans for the ERC remodel and summarized the many elements of the project. Two board motions passed unanimously to move the project forward. (See related article in this issue for further details.) Director Ken Heyman expressed the board’s gratitude to the ad-hoc Communications Committee (Herm Hermann, Yvonne Frauenfelder and Ted Throndson) for their work and for their recommendations incorporated in the new Communications Committee Charter and Publication Policy. The board voted unanimously to approve the new charter and publication policy. The final action item involved the Election and Voting Rules Committee Charter. The final version of the charter was approved unanimously. A very productive board meeting, which lasted almost four hours, was adjourned just before 5 p.m. (To view the video of the meeting visit www.

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erc project


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

Side view of roomier outside deck.

• ADA remodel of bathrooms. • Add main floor fire sprinklers and drop ceiling to hide sprinkler pipes and existing “cottage cheese” ceiling; install LED lighting throughout; install new faux wood, waterproof, vinyl plank flooring in main room. • Additional outside landscaping. The total cost of the work is currently estimated at $1.5 million. Doing all the work around the same time will lead to economies of scale as well as minimizing disruption in the use of the facilities for members. In conclusion, Harrell said, “If we do the many required things for the East Rec., OVA will have very little maintenance cost in the foreseeable future for the East Rec., which means the Reserve Study will not be burdened by this facility for a very long time.” A board motion was unanimously approved to

allow the Construction Management Committee to solicit a preconstruction services contract. This would involve having the designer, architect and builder on the same program, working in unison to get the ERC project started as soon as possible. Such a “design/build” arrangement worked well in the CAC remodel a few years back, according to Interim Manager Throndson. Harrell also commented on the value of such an arrangement in her own past construction experience in streamlining a building project. A second board motion was also unanimously approved for the architect and landscape designer to continue work on their current contracts for the ERC project and to complete permit drawings. If all goes according to plan, the work will begin early next year.

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The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, November 20 at 11 a.m. in Room B of CAC. This will take place in lieu of the cancelled October HSG. These are informal gatherings to exchange information and learn about hearing problems, hearing aids, new technology, etc. with other Oakmonters. Come if you are having trouble hearing, wear hearing aids or are thinking that maybe it’s time to consider them. It will be beneficial if you share any helpful information about experiences, providers, technology, etc. Remember: • If you or your partner think you are having trouble hearing, come to the HSG meeting to discuss it. • If you have hearing aids wear them from morning to bedtime, your brain must be trained. • If you have uncomfortable hearing aids, keep going back for adjustments until satisfactory. • Go back every six months or so to get them tuned to any changes in your hearing. • If your hearing aids are more than five years old, get new ones. • Be aware of the advantages of having Bluetooth wireless capability included in the Hearing Aid. • If you are buying new ones, insist on the inclusion of a T coil. • If you have T coils, use them in classes and lectures in Berger, and in East and West Rec. Centers. HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list by emailing to and attend the HSG meetings.


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Increasingly younger generations are joining our village. Satisfying their desires, while respecting the wishes of us old timers, calls for sensitivity and dexterity in dealing with the community. An open mind towards all sides is a prerequisite for a manager, concludes Ted. While all of us extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ted Throndson for helping us out once more at a time of unusual challenges, the following words of farewell reflect the kindness and modesty of a cherished leader: “Thank you all for the opportunity given to me to be of service to Oakmont and its people.” “This is a man who lives wholeheartedly and without judgment, walks a path of consciousness and courage, not the path of least resistance. I forevermore am grateful for his guidance, wisdom and compassion.”—Gloria Young, Board President

sound study

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Much work went into preparing for this sound study and several Oakmont residents contributed their time and efforts. Herb Bieser helped coordinate the setup of the courts for sound measurements and worked with the ERC neighbors and Bollard to facilitate acquisition of sound readings at nearby homes. Taping of the courts to configure for pickleball was organized by Al Medeiros. PB Club President Melissa Bowers borrowed additional nets from Finley Park to accommodate sound testing with six pickleball courts in use. The OVA Board and membership extend a hearty thank-you to all the volunteers who assisted in this effort.


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nTerri Somers

Tennis Club


“I’ve heard a hundred spellings and pronunciations of my last name,” laughed Tony Agocs, correctly pronounced as if you said, “You did well on the test. You get an A, Gus.” Born in Hungary and raised in Cuba, Tony’s family moved to New York when he was 14. I told him he’s a polyglot because he speaks English, Hungarian and Spanish. Tony and Liz made the 3,000-mile move to Oakmont two years ago to be close to their daughter, who lives in Oakland. He said he’d lived in cities most of his life and never thought he’d end up in such a beautiful environment. This setting embodies his philosophy of life, which he said is to “enjoy life while you can, especially in an area as beautiful as this.” Tony has been a Tony—Big Man, Big Racquet, tiger on the tennis Big Award—OTC MVP recipient. court for many years. Racquet is owned by The In New York he gave Competitor. free lessons, on both indoor and outdoor courts. Soon after moving to Oakmont, the 6’5” tennis player again started giving free lessons. I asked if he ever considered charging for lessons. “Everyone in

Oakmont volunteers,” he said. “I enjoy it. It wouldn’t be good [to charge].” And so there Tony is, every Tuesday and Thursday, pressing players to do their best. He emphasized that it’s an ongoing process and that you have to keep coming to the lessons. “Many want a quick fix,” he said. “No such thing.” He drew an analogy to before a child can run, he/she first learns to crawl and walk. “If you put in the effort, you’ll see improvement,” he insisted. The hours of the lessons vary with the seasons, but for the coming winter months, the less experienced players gather on court #1 at the west from 3–4 p.m., replaced by the more experienced players from 4–5 p.m. Oakmont tennis players are deeply grateful to Tony for his patience and generosity. Look for Tony’s Tips on the OTC website. Happy playing, everyone!


President Terri Somers and Social Director Fred Merrill secured the Blues Burners for an encore appearance from an OTC party last year! Menu: Buffet—2 salads, 2 entrées, 2 side dishes and dessert. Please note that Sha-Boom has rescheduled their event which conflicts with our party. You will want to be with us, guaranteed! As of this writing the following individuals will have been voted upon, at the Nov. 10 Fall Meeting, to serve as our 2018 OTC Board of Directors: President, Terri Somers; Vice President, Arnie Herskovic; Secretary, Diane Linneball; Treasurer, Paula Lewis; Social Director, Fred Merrill; and Tournament Director, Phil House. Ex-Officio: Neil Linneball.

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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


John Theilade, general manager of the Oakmont Golf Club, will present an overview of golf course operations at the Nov. 22 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Theilade, a 35-year golf industry veteran, was named director of golf at the Oakmont course in 2012 and has just been appointed general manager. Prior to his tenure at Oakmont he was general manager at several Bay Area golf clubs, including Tilden Park Golf Course, Foxtail Golf Course, Fountaingrove Country Club and Alameda’s Chuck Corica Golf Complex and Bishop Country Club. Theilade is a long-time student of the game and likes to teach as well as play and compete. John has played at an elite level and has had top finishes in professional tournaments throughout the Pacific Northwest, Hawaii, Arizona and California. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Washington and is a PGA of America, Quarter Century member and has served the PGA as a Class “A” member since 1986. 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.


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Wednesday, November 29th, 2017 Time: 11:30am We look forward to meeting you! Leave your checkbook at home. Nothing will be sold during this educational seminar.


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nTony Lachowicz




No hikes planned.


Lake Tahoe up close. (Photo by Florentia Scott)

To be revised—see website. This one-way hike, starting in Sugarloaf and ending in Hood Mountain Park, is only a bit over eight miles. The initial trek up Goodspeed Trail makes it feel a bit longer, especially when combined with the 2,000’ elevation gain. But after ooh-ing and aah-ing at the views from Gunsight Overlook, it’s (almost) all downhill. Bring lunch and water, hiking poles, state regional parking passes if you have them, and be prepared for changeable weather. We’ll leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Jeanne Osterland, 978-4212. Note: if we have much early, rainy weather, the one creek crossing may be a tad more difficult. Creek status will be posted online a few days prior to the hike.


Drakes Estero. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Due to the wildfires, many parks may be closed. Check the website for hike status. All hikes are subject to change. For updates, photos and other information please visit our website www.oakmonthikingclub. com


The Rush Creek Open Space Preserve is adjacent to a vast wetland along the Petaluma River and is a resting place for thousands of migrating and resident waterfowl. This is an easy in and out hike of about 6 level miles. We might include a side hike up Bahia Ridge, adding about 600’ of elevation gain and two miles, based on interest of group. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


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.

League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association

nJohn Renwick


This coming winter rains are expected as usual. A few associations at times have experienced some drainage problems that require corrections. A review of your areas may be in order: 1. Does the ground slope/drain away from the building foundations? 2. Is water pooling between units? 3. Are the gutter downspouts draining away from the building, into drainage pipes or onto the designated drainage area? 4. Are there provisions for collecting and channeling area drainage to the street, storm water drop inlets or natural streams and channels and does it work? All of the above problems should be reviewed during the early rainy season and corrected to ensure the area drains properly with no damage to the landscape, units and neighbors. Next Board Meeting: Monday, December 3, 12 noon, Room B General Meeting: Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m., West Rec. Our speaker will be Raymond Moritz, an arborist with Urban Forestry Associates in Marin County. Among the topics the LOMAA Board has requested that he cover are tree disease, insect problems, cabling large limbs, proper pruning, issues with roots, problems with non-indigenous trees, and what to consider when selecting new appropriate trees.


This is a strenuous hike of nine miles with an elevation gain of over 2,500’. We will hike the Hillside and Brushy Peaks trails to Bald Mountain. Then down by way of Headwaters, Vista and Lower Bald trails. There are lots of ups, downs and up again on our ascent. Dress in layers; bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.


To be revised—see website. We will start at Sebastiani Winery, walk to Bartholomew Park and hike on the loop trail through oaks, redwoods and madrones, returning to the picnic area of the park for lunch. Distance is about 5.5 miles with 650’ of elevation gain. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Donna McCulloch, 539-5730, email dmcculloch2986@gmail. com.


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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club

nRick Warfel


As a direct result of wind gusts up to 80 miles per hour, the worst wildfire in California history, and a mandatory evacuation, the Oakmont golf courses were closed from October 9 to October 21 (West) and October 25 (East). Many local heroes helped to save Oakmont, and the following is a summary of the impact of the fires on the golf club: • With “Red Flag” warnings, high temperatures, high winds and a prolonged electrical outage preventing course watering, there was a high risk of the golf course grass burning out. When electrical power was finally restored after day six, but evacuation orders were still in effect, course superintendent Andy Trinkino used back roads to enter Oakmont, escorted by a motorcycle officer. Andy, and his daughter Carsen, proceeded to the maintenance barn where they manually turned-on the irrigation systems for all the greens, probably saving them. • Rich Treglia and his food and beverage crew had to discard $8,000 worth of food and cleaned-up the Quail Inn in record time. • With phone service at the club out for several

days, golf pro John Murray called tournament groups from his home to update them on the fire status. • Heather and Michelle refunded deposits for two weddings that could not be accommodated and worked with the groups to find new venues. They are also talking to people who had weddings booked at Fountaingrove. These couples are now looking for new wedding sites since Fountaingrove lost its clubhouse, maintenance barn and maintenance equipment in the Tubbs fire. • General Manager John Theilade reached out to the Fountaingrove membership, 100 of whom lost their homes, and we will now offer complimentary greens fees (with cart rentals at member rates) to Fountaingrove members for the next month or two. • Dave Mock of Clear Pond Solutions, our waterway contractor, was working at the Fountaingrove Golf Course, and lost his equipment in the fire. The OGC is now looking at alternative ways to clean up the ponds. • Twenty-nine trees were severely damaged by the wind storm. The maintenance crew worked diligently to clean-up the debris and the club hired Arbor Well to assist with tree removal. • Insurance will cover tree damage, umbrellas, food loss, and lost revenues. • Bartender Matt Howell lost his home at Fountaingrove. For all funds raised to help his situation, Kemper will match the amount. • OGC golf sections are raising money to help First Responders and a special Oakmont Strong Twilighters event will raise money for the same cause. There is also a donation box located in the West Pro Shop. With the rainiest winter ever, the hottest summer temperatures on record, and the worst wildfires in California history, the Oakmont golf courses have proved highly resilient and are open for play. We are very lucky. Residents at Adobe Creek and Fountaingrove are not so fortunate.

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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

9 nValerie Boot

Members and guests enjoyed the Halloween luncheon at the Quail Inn on October 26. There was no costume parade or prizes, although some did turn up in costume. It was more like a time to talk about our evacuation experiences and to give thanks that we were all together safe and that our beautiful Oakmont Village and had been saved. Be sure to mark December 14 on your calendars for the Holliday Luncheon. I wish you all a happy and very thankful Thanksgiving!


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (11.5–15.8): first, Mike Hull, Andy Frauenhofer, Gary Smith and Danny Crobbe, 198; second, Shelly Brodsky, Tom Parker, Lou Lari and Charlie Huff, 207. Second flight (18+): first, Rick Warfel, Paul Phillips, Wally Juchert and John Williston, 214; second, Rodi Martinelli, Bill Wellman, John Garcia and Blind Draw, 221. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP <20): #8—Phil Sapp, 8’1”; #13—Bob Bransletter, 13’3”; #16—Paul Phillips, 3’. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20+): #8—Alan McLintock, 23’11”; #13—Alan McLintock, 16’9”; #16—Tony Hughes, 15’9”.


First, Dan Levin, 58; second, Keith Wise, 62; third tie, Tony D’Agosta, Noel Schween, Bob Ure, 63. Closest-to-the-hole: #16—Noel Schween, 26’3”.

October 25, WEST COURSE 1, 2, 3 GAME

First flight (11.5–14.8): first, Shelly Brodsky, Tom Parker, Pete Waller and Bob Thompson, 128; second, Mike Hull, Danny Crobbe, Gary Smith and Andy Frauenhofer, 130. Second flight (17.5+): first, Bob Giddings, Mike Doyle, Sal Cessario and Bill Salmina, 128; second, Phil Sapp, Alan McLintock, Gary Novak and Bill Roberts, 133. Closest-to-the-holes (HCP <20): #8—Nick Beltrano, 5’3”; #13—Bruce Hulick, 2’7”; #16—Bob Baciocco, 2’. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20+): #8—Wally Juchert, 7’2”; #13—Lou Lari, 8’2”; #16—Lou Lari, 17’4”; #5— Mike Hull, 9’9”.


First tie, David Beach and Dan Levin, 61; third, Tom Massip, 63; fourth, Neil Huber, 65; fifth, John Munkacsy, 68. Closest to-the-pins: #8 (front nine)—Tom Massip, 22’4”; #8 (back nine)—John Derby, 20’.



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18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Welcome home everyone to our homes, beautiful valley, golfing friends, neighbors and community. We have so much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and so many heroes and kindnesses to honor.


Sweeps results for Oct. 3, East Course: Kathy Mokricky was low gross winner of the field of 27 players. First flight: first, Kathy Mokricky; second, Joan Seliga, third, Willie Hoerr. Second flight: first, Joan DiMaggio; second, Linda Yates; third, Jean Reed. Third flight: first, Debbie Kendrick; second, Piilani Edwards; third, Maureen McGettigan; fourth, Mary Ann Gibbs. Fourth flight: first, Christie Rexford; second, Patti Schweizer; third, Debbie Warfel; fourth, Susan Hazlewood. No sweeps: Oct. 10 and 17. Sweeps results for Oct. 24: Kris Peters was low gross winner of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Kris Peters; second, Joan DiMaggio; third, Marie Delagnes; fourth, Linda Yates; fifth, Joan Seliga. Second flight: first tie, Vanita Collins, Debbie Warfel, and Patti Schweizer; fourth, Christie Rexford. OWGS and TOWGC: Halloween Tournament and Luncheon will be reported in the next issue. Remember to submit your renewal forms for 2018 and Tee start times are 9 a.m.


Sweeps results for Oct. 5: Eileen Beltrano was low gross winner of the field of 33. There was a twoperson team format for the Partner’s Nassau game where one teammate reported front nine results with 50% handicap and her partner reported back nine results with 50% handicap. First place team—Linda Barr and Judy Duport; second place team—Michele Yturralde and Laura Bellows; third place team—Eileen Beltrano and Penny Wright; fourth place team—Nancy DeSousa and Leslie Clark; fifth place team—Vanita Collins and Becky Hulick; sixth place team—Ro Nicholson and Linda Kilpatrick. No sweeps: Oct. 12, 19 and 26.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

The area fires not only took their toll on our beautiful county but also interrupted Niner golf for three weeks. A small inconvenience compared to what citizens in Oakmont and other fire-stricken areas have experienced. Monday Men’s Niners Section have contributed to the North Bay Fire Relief fund through Redwood Credit Union and encourage those who can to do so on an individual basis. I only have one day of play to report. October 30: we had 24 players brave the cool, fogshrouded morning, completing a 2-Man Alternate Yellow Ball game. First place team was John Derby and Bob Wilkinson, 68; followed by Neil Huber and Stan Augustine, 74; third place, Tony Apolloni and Phil Sapp, 76; fourth place, Ron Bickert and Tom Tremont, 77; fifth tie, Rich Silvas and Bob Ure, and Bob Marotto and Jim Norem, 78. Phil Sapp’s 6’2” won closest-to-the-pin on #8.


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

The winter solstice and Christmas holidays are less than two months away and plans for the 2018 season are taking form. The annual meeting of the Bay Area Seniors Association (BASA) was held on October 23 at Richmond Country Club and our club Captain, John Garcia, was lining up Bay Area clubs for our new season. This meeting of the representatives of the 24 Golf Clubs of BASA involves discussions about the 2017 season and how the organization might change procedures to better serve its members. Since the “Great Fire” of 2017 had just been extinguished a hot topic of conversation among the meeting delegates was how Fountain Grove and Silverado golf clubs fared in the fire. Particularly hard hit was Fountain Grove which lost its main clubhouse and all of its maintenance equipment. They were offered the loan of replacement equipment by other golf clubs, an example of the generosity so many have given this month. Oakmont Golf Club has additionally extended an invitation to their members to come to OGC to play here. According to our bylaws, there are two meetings of the club each year, in the fall and the spring. The fall meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Quail Inn on December 5 and all interested OGC members are invited to attend. It will include a discussion of the events of the past year and the election of the club officers for the coming season. Four officers are to be chosen for one-year terms: Captain, Treasurer, Membership and Publicity Officers. A reminder email will be sent to all current members late November and a notice will be posted on the club bulletin boards. Have a great Thanksgiving! This year in Oakmont we have much to be grateful for as many in the wine country were not as fortunate as we were.

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.

Pickleball Corner nChuck Wood


In the October 31 OVA Board meeting President Gloria Young made a motion that was passed unanimously by the board: approve the conversion of the East Rec. Center’s tennis courts #1 and #2 into six pickleball courts and, accordingly, seek the needed conditional use permit from the City of Santa Rosa. The compelling data collected on September 8 by Bollard Acoustical Consultants demonstrated that simultaneous play on the six specially created temporary pickleball courts produced noise level readings between 43 and 49 dba (decibels) along the ERC’s property lines. The city’s noise ordinance standard is that sound levels not exceed 55 decibels at the property lines. Bollard also measured the pickleball play sound levels at some neighboring houses. Those readings showed that the noise was 2 to 3 decibels lower there than recorded along the ERC property lines.


As shown below, the Pacific Standard Times for Tuesday’s new player introduction to pickleball and then coached play for relative “newbies” to our game will be at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. respectively. For now, these sessions will continue to be held on court #4 at the East Rec. Center. Many, many thanks to PJ Savage and her ever-expanding team of volunteer coaches for hosting these sessions.


The Oakmont Pickleball Club Board approved holding the annual club membership dues at $20 for 2018. Moreover, for folks who join and pay up now, November and December of 2017 will be included— as in, these two months will be free.


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 10 a.m. Coached play for beginners and novices every Tuesday at 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, email, phone 595-5648 All residents are welcomed.

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Valley of the Moon Rotary Club nJohn Brodey

Giving Thanks

It seems oddly coincidental that the disaster we all faced as a community came as the Thanksgiving holiday loomed just over a month away. Without question, we all agree we were very fortunate to have come out of this crisis alive and with all but two of our homes still standing. We are in awe of what our responders/heroes were able to do eliminate this threat before more devastation could be inflicted. We may never fully comprehend how they managed to do it and I for one will never understand what it takes for a local firefighter whose own home is being threatened, to fight the natural instinct to be there with family, and instead risk their life to save the home of a complete stranger. The stories that were conveyed from neighbor to neighbor, friend to friend are harrowing, miraculous and inspirational all at once. There are a million of them already and they will be retold for years to come. They need to be told as it is a uniquely human way of healing from the trauma. So many of those stories describe actions people took to help others. From residents who alerted those nearby about the fires, to those who focused on those who were infirm and unable to help themselves or to others who communicated extremely helpful information in those first critical hours and into the post-evacuation period. What was also immediately evident was that despite the discord that had emerged earlier in the year creating an air of tension in Oakmont, it all seemed to vanish in the blink of an eye. Perspective is a remarkable thing and vital to the process of readjusting the real priorities in life. What is truly important? We have a good idea of what that looks like now. The unmistakable air of optimism has returned as we recover and express our gratitude with hugs, conversation and begin to look forward. For me, the other astounding lesson to be gleaned from it all was seeing the legions of volunteers working at the shelters, coordinating services and taking care of those in dire need. Pure inspiration. The energy it has created and the difference it has made is something we need to reflect upon collectively. Some of the issues the volunteers are still addressing will ultimately be resolved but we are missing the point if we allow time to lessen the importance of what it means to help others. Maybe this is the point of it all. Here’s hoping many more of us will find that this shouldn’t be a temporary part of our lives. We don’t need a crisis to justify continuing to make things better. So, give some thought to how you will keep making a difference. Find another cause: working on community projects through Rotary or Kiwanis, helping non-profit service organizations, youth programs, whatever it might be. Just do it, and don’t stop hugging one another. We owe it to those who weren’t so lucky.

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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.

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“Did you ever think how a bit of land 
shows the character of the owner?”—Laura Ingalls Wilder


Yvonne Horn, Oakmont resident, will present “The Traveling Gardener: Exploring the World One Garden at a Time” at the November 21 meeting. A travel writer for national and international publications, Yvonne is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers, Bay Area Travel Writers, and Garden Writers Association. Here in Oakmont, as a gardener, she founded the community garden and serves as a longtime member on the Landscape Committee. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, November 21, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


Once again Sandy Metzgar will lead us in a “howto” workshop on making beautiful natural material wreaths for your home. All the materials will be provided and a list of extras you might like to add will be sent to you the week before the workshop. Sign up deadline is Sunday, November 26. Cost for each wreath is $18, $10 additional for a second wreath. Send your check made out to The Oakmont Garden Club to Janet Schade, 6546 Stonecroft Terrace, or drop it off in the mailbox on the right facing the garage side of the house. You can also place your check in the Garden Club file in the OVA Office.


• Turn over and loosen compacted soil, add compost.
 • Remove “never-did-like’em” plants. • Service your mower when you put it away for the season. Do the same for pruners and other hand tools. Wipe down with oil on the blades, and be sure to sharpen as needed. • Dig up and divide grasses and perennials. Once you’ve excavated the plant, keep roots moist by keeping the plants in the shade and covering the roots with damp newspaper while you are working. • November is a great time to plant California Native Plants. These hardy species, ideally suited to our climate and ecosystem, need little water once established but need good irrigation to get their roots going—the best irrigation is our winter rainfall. • There are many annuals that you can plant for winter bloom, such as Icelandic poppies, pansies (or other Viola), Calendula and primroses. Most nurseries have a supply of six-packs of these and other winter bloomers.

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


Nov. 17: Bernie Palk Nov. 24: No meeting Dec. 1: David Dearden Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an email to

Table Tennis Club nTom Gilmer

Table Tennis is more than just fun—it is an easy way to improve your balance, mental acuity and hand/eye coordination! The Oakmont Table Tennis Club invites players of all ages and at all skill levels from novice to expert to participate in this easy and enjoyable form of low impact exercise. We play for the fun of it, usually doubles, and do not hold competitive tournaments. We play in the second floor of the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 3:30–5:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 noon–2 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays from 3–5 p.m. Members can also play on Sundays from 12 noon–4 p.m., but need to prearrange with other players to join them. We also have occasional social events for members and their significant others, including a New Year’s Eve party, and a summer picnic. Contact me at 791-7448 or Bob Vogenthaler at 3181921 for additional information.

Stanford Club nKay Nelson

Get Red-y for the Big Game

It’s almost time for the annual Big Game party, the time when Cal and Stanford alums show their colors. Plan to come to Berger Center on Saturday, November 18, for live streaming of the game (time to be determined). Tables are decorated in either Stanford red or Cal blue, and seating is open. Sit where you choose, with your friends from one or both schools. The food, catered by Oakmont Village Market, promises to be “hearty and plentiful,” as you can see from the menu below. Drinks will be available and the bar will be no-host. Cost is $23 per person. Invitations will be mailed to members of the Stanford Club, but if you are not now a member, phone me at 538-8777 to sign up. Cal/Stanford Big Game Day Menu: Mini Pork Sliders with creamy Cole slaw; Assorted Salami’s and cheeses with crackers; Honey and Spicy Wings with ranch sauce for dipping; 7 Layer Dip with tortilla chips; Veggie Platter with hummus and ranch dips; assorted cookies and brownie bites, macaroons, etc.; coffee (decaf) and water.


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nCarolita Carr

Upcoming Events Celebration Time (Sold Out)

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Holiday Member Appreciation Party

Zentangle™ Art Classes

WHEN: Thursday, November 16 TIME: 6:30–9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center BRING: Your own food and BYOB We are celebrating that we came through a horrific event and we are all back in Oakmont. Joe Sharino and his band will provide the music. This is a replacement for our cancelled Halloween party.

Start the holiday season with your Boomer friends at this casual event. WHEN: Thursday, December 7 TIME: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center BRING: BYOB This is for members only. The club will provide sandwiches, salad, chips and cookies. We will have our “ugly sweater” contest again. Sign up by using our website—Oakmont Boomers—or by filling out the coupon below and bringing it to the OVA office

Boomers will outdo royal family!

and placing it in the Boomers folder. Have you been thinking of joining Oakmont Boomers? Then now is the time. If you join before the December party, you not only get to attend, but your membership will last for all of 2018. Dues are $10 per person, per year. You can join by using our website and Paypal, or you can bring a check to the OVA office and put it in our folder. Boomers! Want to do your bit to help your club? Do


Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, December 1. How many members is this an RSVP for?____________

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

nBetsy Smith

Classes are on second Monday from 4:30–6 p.m. and fourth Monday from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. 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, 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

McBride Realty in conjunction with the Santa Rosa Chapter of Realtors invites you to share the warmth in its annual

2017 Winter Warmth Coat Drive November 1—December 8

Drop-off Box at McBride Realty 6520 Oakmont Drive (at the entrance to Oakmont) Receive one raffle ticket for each coat you donate & enter to win a bottle of wine and a $100 gift basket full of goodies for your holiday party. Drawing will be held December 11. Please go through your closets & donate your extra coats to those in need. Ask your family & friends to help donate too! We will be collecting coats for men, women & children. Donated coats will go to:

• Vets Connect • Catholic Charities Homeless Service Center • Redwood Covenant Church Charities • Redwood Gospel Mission

707-538-2270 • 6520 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

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Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

It’s difficult to begin this article. So much has happened to each of us: escaping from our homes in fear and concern our homes will survive the fires around us. Now the smoke has cleared and life goes on. Many of us know people who have lost their homes and maybe even loved ones. We are sad and unsettled to say the least. Our Quilting Bee wanted to meet on our regular meeting date in October to talk and support each other. Unfortunately the meeting room was not available as the CAC was closed. A small group instead carpooled to Occidental to view an art quilt show at the Occidental Center for the Arts.

Quilting Bee members.

Quilts on display were made by a local quilt art group called The Pointless Sisters, whose members’ quilts have been shown nationally and internationally. The group of 50 contemporary artists challenges each other annually to produce quilts with a common theme. The two challenges in the exhibit were “Black and White and One Color” and “Flowers.” Oakmont Quilting Bee member, Janet Shore, who arranged our visit, had two quilts on display.

Janet Shore.

We are all looking forward to gathering for a meeting to talk, hug and support each other in our recovery from the recent fires. I’m sure others are as unfocused and uneasy as I am. It helped me to return to a bit of normalcy by working with friends in the construction of quilts to be given to fire victims. 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.


nRosemary Waller


Many of you will recall the beautiful Oakmont performance two years ago by Frank Almond and William Wolfram. That concert featured music from A Violin’s Life Vol. 1, a recording by the duo of music with a historic connection to the 1715 Stradivari violin played by Mr. Almond since 2008. That disc debuted in the Billboard Top Ten Classical in its first week.

In May 2016 Mr. Almond and Mr. Wolfram released A Violin’s Life Vol. 2, which also charted immediately at the top of Billboard. On December 14 the duo will again perform works associated with the “Lipinski,” including compositions by Amanda Maier-Röntgen and two beloved sonatas by Mozart and César Franck. Mr. Wolfram will be heard in a solo work, the Scherzo in B Minor Op. 20 by Chopin. The “Lipinski” has had an extraordinary past. It is named for the Polish virtuoso Karol Lipinski, who owned and performed on it from around 1818 until his death in 1861. On January 27, 2014, the instrument was stolen from Mr. Almond in an armed robbery after a concert. It was recovered nine days later, and the story continues to make headlines around the world. Mr. Almond is extremely grateful to the Milwaukee Police Department, the FBI, and

the thousands of individuals who sent messages of concern and support. Frank Almond holds the Charles and Marie Caestecker Concertmaster Chair at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Now celebrating his 20th season with the MSO, he has also held positions as concertmaster of the Rotterdam Philharmonic and guest concertmaster of the London Philharmonic. At 17 he was one of the youngest prizewinners in the history of the Nicolo Paganini Competition in Genoa, Italy, and five years later was one of two American prizewinners at the Eighth International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Mr. Almond holds two degrees from The Juilliard School, where he studied with Dorothy Delay. In August 2014 he began an Artist/Teacher appointment at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Pianist William Wolfram was a silver medalist at both the William Kapell and the Naumburg International Piano Competitions and a bronze medalist at the prestigious Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow. He has soloed with the symphony orchestras of San Francisco, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Seattle, New Jersey, Baltimore, and San Diego, as well as abroad with the BBC Symphony Orchestra of London, the city of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the Bergen Philharmonic, and many others. Mr. Wolfram has developed a special reputation as the rare concerto soloist who is equally versatile and adept as a recitalist, accompanist, and chamber musician. Please plan to remain after the concert December 14 for the annual celebration of the birthday of our illustrious founder, Bob Hayden. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, December 14, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door, or your season pas


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2017

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


This fun event was played somewhat differently although there were some contestants in costume. Instead of the usual format, it was a joint tourney and pizza party.

Play started at 4 p.m. and continued until about 5:45 p.m. when the pizza arrived. Over 24 showed up for play and/or the party on the patio. There was an assortment of salads, pizza from Round Table and some sweets. All agreed the pizza was very good and that the bowling was fun. Winners? Everyone was a winner.

nWes Doerr


Not much more to report here. The fires stalled a lot of the play. The Open Pairs has come down to the finals between Jim Krause and Eva McGinn and Jeff Vanderheyden and Sue Tredick, soon to be played. The Novice Singles tourney began November 1.


Although we haven’t had Thanksgiving yet, now is the time to be getting ready our Holiday Party, December 1. As we did last year we are having a “gift wrapping party” to wrap gifts for deserving children in foster care who have been identified by the Sonoma County Human Services Department. If you haven’t already done so, visit the bowls room and choose a tag from the Christmas tree with the name, age, and wishes for one or more children. You then shop for, and bring the gifts to the Holiday Party where we’ll be wrapping them. If shopping isn’t your thing, the club will take a cash donation and will do the shopping for you. At the party, gift wrapping will be the first order of business to be followed by a Pizza and salad dinner (BYOB), and awards will be presented to the winners of this year’s tournaments. Below is a reservation coupon for the party. Also, Jeana Garcia is going to place a supply of coupons in the Bowls Room. Members can return them to Jeana with their check attached or take to the OVA Office.

OLBC holiday party reservation coupon

Attach check payable to OLBC Holiday Party and place in the OLBC Holiday Party folder in the OVA Office. Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone ___________________________ Email ________________________________________________________ Cost: $20 per person. Total enclosed $_______________

Reservations must be received by November 17. Questions? Call Jeana Garcia at (626) 617-5346.

Marie McBride


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CalBRE #01169355

This Thanksgiving more than ever, I want to say how grateful I am for your friendships, and grateful to still have a home in beautiful Sonoma County while so many others lost everything. May this Thanksgiving fill your heart and home with friends, family and love.

5 things Geese Can Teach Us About Teamwork

Don’t you just love the Fall season with bright colors, long shadows, falling leaves and our own Oakmont geese? This morning I saw them again, flying along in “V” formation, honking at one another as they flew over my house. I thought, where have they been and what are they saying to one another? Does anyone understand why geese do what they do? Here is what I found out. 1. As each bird flaps its wings, it creates uplift for the bird immediately following, so by flying in that “V” formation, the whole flock adds at least 70% greater flying range than if each bird flew on its own. People who share common direction and sense of community, can get where they are going more quickly and easily, because they are traveling on the effort of others. 2. When a goose drops out of the V formation… it quickly feels the drag and resistance of trying to “go it alone” and returns to the formation where the lifting power takes place. When we have humility to seek help from others and return to the core values of the team, we will experience renewal and purpose once again. 3. Geese rotate leadership: when the head goose gets tired, it rotates back in the “wing” and another goose takes the point position. It is sensible to take turns doing demanding jobs. 4. Geese honk as they communicate with one another. They are encouraging the birds up front to keep up their speed. Make sure when we encourage others that our words are clear and the message is positive. 5. Geese help each other. When a goose gets sick or injured and falls out of formation, two other geese will follow it down to lend help and protection. They stay with the fallen goose until it is able to fly or until it dies, and only then do they launch out on their own, often joining another formation to catch up with their group. We can do our best work by caring for the well being of each other. But how can we connect with one another and to God? A good start would be to join us this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the Berger Center to meet our Head Goose, Brinda Peterson, who just celebrated her oneyear anniversary as our pastor. She has assembled plenty of others to join her in serving the Oakmont community. Our goal is to be more like Jesus, by presenting His message of love and acceptance to our entire community. Please join us.

A note from the Pastor Brinda

We hope everyone has made it back home safely. If you need prayer or anything, please call or email me at 595-0166, Thursday, November 23 at 2 p.m.: Thanksgiving Dinner for the lonely. Seating is limited.


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Oakmont Cannabis Club nHeidi Klyn

WHEN: Thursday, December 1 WHERE: East Rec. Center TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. We will be having a party get-together. Bring an appetizer to share and BYOB to celebrate all the wonderful times we had and share what we have learned. Wear your favorite or ugliest holiday sweater if you dare. Hope to see you all then.

Partners Contract Bridge nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. This means we will be playing on November 20 and December 4 and 18. Play begins by 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. The cost is 50¢ cents per person or $1 per couple. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511. If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge.

We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.


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Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

The wildfires of October were a special challenge for us singles. Many of us are without family, but because of our club, we have a huge “family” of friends. And we came through for each other. We were scattered, but through social media and personal email, we checked in on each other. Once we were home, we had a great turnout for our Happy Hour at the Villa, where many of us shared our stories. Our Thanksgiving potluck was really special this year. We are indeed thankful for Oakmont’s and our own survival.

Upcoming Events

WHAT: December Mixer WHEN: Sunday, December 17

WHERE: East Rec. Center BRING: Something to drink, and all members should bring an appetizer of their choice. Respond to the email invitation when you get it. The holidays will be upon us. Bring your own version of holiday cheer. Barb has a special program planned. 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). Signature:___________________________________________________________________

Lifelong Learning

nMarlena Cannon

Instructor: Warren Wiscombe, Ph.D.

Winter 2018 Class Preview

WHEN: Wednesday, December 13 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 3 p.m.

Adventures in English Mondays, January 8–February 19 (No class on Jan. 15) 3–5 PM, Berger Center Instructor: Marie T. Huhtala, M.A.

Over the past 1,600 years, the English language has undergone a remarkable transformation, from the Germanic tongue of a backward population on the fringe of Europe to the world’s most widely spoken language. The story of its evolution is a fascinating one that is full of surprising turns, and it’s not over yet.

Hitchcock’s Women Wednesdays, January 10–February 14 2–4:45 PM, Berger Center Instructor: Barbara Spear, M.A

This is an extraordinary age of planet discovery! Since 1990, the number of “exoplanets” (known planets around stars) has grown from zero to over 5,000. With an estimated 100 billion planets in our galaxy, learn about exoplanets—the types, how they form; how we detect them; and which ones are Earthlike and possibly habitable. For more information visit http://www.sonoma. edu/exed/olli or call 664-2691

Mark Your Calendar Oakmont Lifelong Learning Presents A Holiday Concert

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center WHAT: Cantiamo Sonoma, an a capella choral ensemble COST: $20, BYOB. Light refreshments. To purchase tickets online go to or complete the registration form below and return it to the OLL folder at the OVA office or pay at the door.

For decades, critics and feminists have argued about Hitchcock’s portrayal of women. Follow this debate through six films starting with the “cool blonde” in the European silent film, Blackmail, through his early U.S. career in Notorious and his later Hollywood masterpieces, Rear Window and Vertigo.

Planets Around Other Stars Thursdays, January 11–February 15 3–5 PM, East Rec. Center Cantiamo Sonoma concert reservation form Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ # of tickets ________ at $20 each ___________ Email _________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________ (needed to notify you in the event of changes)

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


We are so blessed to have our homes to come home to. A huge thank-you to all our first responders and firefighters who saved Oakmont from all the fires surrounding our community. 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 rolling a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347, or stop by the 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 November: Nov. 21. No bowling Nov. 28, fourth Tuesday. We had a good turnout for Join a Club Night at the Berger Center on Nov. 2.


On Nov. 21 we will celebrate Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 23), with a $5 gift certificate to Safeway for bowling a strike in frames 2 and 3 of any game.

RESULTS AS OF Oct. 31 (Fourth week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, 4 Tops and Alley Oops; third place, Pocket Hits; fourth place, Wii Four; fifth place, Strikers; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 236; Charlie Ensley, 234; Larry Lazzarini, 211; Will Cohn, 208. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 290; Robin Schudel, 288; Mariel Green, 265; Peggy Ensley, 263; Joanne Abrams, 245; Elisabeth LaPointe, 236. Subs High Game: Vicki Robinson, 234. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; second place, Strike Outs; third place tie, King Pins and Pin Heads; fifth place, Wii Power; sixth place, Strikes and Spares. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 230; Bruce Price, 224; Mark Attebery, 217; Juan Fuentes, 215. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Maurine Bennett, 245; Pat Stokes, 238; Valerie Hulsey, 224; Nicole Reed, 223; Debbie Miller, 216; Mollie Atkinson, 215; Barbara Ford, 209; Vickie Jackanich, 207. Subs High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 265; Joanne Abrams, 259; Terry Leuthner, 237; Joan Sena, 225.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

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


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2017

nSandra Shaner

Foam Roller


nTeresa Woodrum


Prickett’s Nursery and Oakmont Health Initiative are proud to promote “Daffodils in Bloom: Planting Pride in Oakmont.” Prickett’s Nursery is offering a neighborly assist to help Oakmont move past the smoke and ash. They are gifting Oakmont residents with free daffodil bulbs. To pick up your free daffodil gift bag, containing five bulbs, stop by Prickett’s Nursery, 5875 Sonoma Hwy. Prickett’s is open every day from 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m., 5393030. Supply is limited. At press time, the Free Fitness Classes are scheduled to restart November 1. Sadly, JoRene, our wonderful instructor, lost her home to the Coffey Park fire. If you would like to contribute to a recovery fund, please make your check out to JoRene Woodworth. Bring it to class or place it in the OHI folder in the OVA office. Thanking you on her behalf! Hope this edition of the Oakmont News finds you safe.

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind, and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself and fostering connections with friends. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. 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. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community Foundation, supporting the health of our community through Physical Education. Whenever you go to the movies, please thank Summerfield Cinema for donating popcorn to all our events. Thank you for your support! The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, well-supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.

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

Afternoon Exercises Classes nBetsy Smith, Instructor

WHEN: Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.—Aerobics; Thursday, 4:30–5:30 p.m.—Strength and balance WHERE: Classes are held at the West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, and weights, balls if you have them. We have equipment to share if not, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith 707-321-2105 cell, Keep your fitness going! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. You can join at any time! You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. You should be able to get up and down from the floor. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us!

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

feel better in your body— 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. Connect and calm your inner self 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 and take action to destress

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. 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.


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Tai Chi for Beginners

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Welcome Back

The Fitness Center was closed for the first week of October for painting and some minor repairs. The morning before it was to re-open the wildfire storm hit, keeping us from the center for two and half additional weeks. Finally, it has re-opened and it looks fantastic. The painters did a good job slapping a fresh coat of paint on the walls and the maintenance crew did a great job cleaning after the fires. Now that everything is starting to settle down it’s time to focus once again on our health and well being. Before you start back up, there may be a few things to consider. First, it may be a good time to evaluate your previous routine, ask yourself what was working and what was not. Were you happy with your workout or is it a good time to make some changes or totally start with a new routine? Whatever you choose to do, remember that most of us haven’t been doing much while being evacuated. We are basically starting with a new routine even if you are still performing the routine that you were doing before you left. What that means is that you may want to start with lighter weight, less repetitions or fewer sets. The important thing to remember is to listen to your body, especially as you make increases. Keep it challenging but remember that as we grow older it takes longer for us to heal, be careful and don’t overdo. If you are interested in finding new ideas on how to change you old routine, there are a couple of ways to do it. There are all kinds of fitness magazines, you can also do some research on the internet, just remember that many of these will be directed to a slightly younger population. There are some very good sites that do address age, and mobility limits. The Fitness Club is also providing 20-minute sessions with me to evaluate your routine or to give you ideas on how to change it up a bit. These sessions are for club members and the sign-up sheet is located in the Fitness Center. I also have 20-30-minute seminars on various subject every Monday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m. These

are another good way to get some ideas on how to change up a routine. If you have any questions please come in to the Fitness Center, or call me at 494-9086, or email, I’ll be glad to answer your questions or give you some advice. I look forward to seeing everyone at the gym.


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 through Dec. 8. QUESTIONS: Call Peggy Clark at (650) 274-4137

Holiday dinner reservation form

Name(s)/Entrée(s)______________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_____________________________ Email______________________________________________________

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price



George McKinney will teach a class on Beginning DNA for Genealogy, which has been rescheduled to

So you are losing your balance? Welcome to the process of aging. The Chinese addressed this issue 5,000 years ago by developing a system of exercise and breathing that helps one’s balance as well as agility and breathing. Won’t you join us now to learn some of these very simple techniques practiced by millions from all over the world, not only the East? We offer a five-week workshop in the Berger Center on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Tuition is $75 for the five classes and preregistration is required by calling me at 318 5284. Now is a perfect time to start so you will have more energy for the holiday season that’s coming up. No class on Thanksgiving. I am looking forward to answering your questions about this ancient practice.


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 Baked Bodega Bay Salmon filet with orange citrus glaze, rice pilaf 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.

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.

By now hopefully everybody is settled back into their daily routines, and ready to tackle their family history again. The next meeting of the Oakmont Genealogy Club will be on Nov. 27 at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. The invited speaker, Jeffrey Vaillant, is a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists, and an expert in the Civil War and other military records. If you have an ancestor that served in the military, there are records available, which may include pension records containing valuable information about the soldier and his family, including extracts from the family Bible. Jeffrey will tell us how to obtain these records and which internet websites are useful for your genealogical research.

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

be held on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 9 a.m.–12 noon at the Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC). Contact George at if you want to sign up for this class. There will be no meeting in December. The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 1 p.m. (except July and December). 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 the new URL: www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


This is the last meeting of the year and Ronnie is coming to share with us all the news of what Apple has been doing this past year. You won’t want to miss it! This is always a fun program. We look forward to seeing you, Website:


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, a Certified Apple Consultant. A free service to our membership: send your Mac questions by e-mail to the following e-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.

iPAD SIG SHOW UP AND SHARE WHEN: Tuesday, November 28 TIME: 2 p.m. WHERE: Room B, Activities Center

Windows Computer Information

As a member of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, I continue to offer free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Al Medeiros, 843-4447.


The Oakmont News / November 15, 2017

“Time Machine” Musical Production Unites Oakmont after the Fires—A Grand Success nHeidi Klyn

In spite of 11 days of fire storm evacuation and only two rehearsals, Tom Kendrick produced an uplifting musical event “Time Machine” that transported us through music and dance through the eras from 1920 to 1980. It packed the Berger Center two nights in a row, Friday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Oct. 28. We also showed our roaring appreciation to the firefighters who came to visit, they were overwhelmed by it all. We thank our fabulous maintenance staff for working magic to bring the Berger back to normal and made it happen. The funding to help with props, costumes, and specialized lighting sources came from

the Oakmont Community Foundation. The staff and all the performers give them their most hearty thanks for everything to make this event over the top. Other than the Nordquist Junior Dance Club, professional dancers John Ross, Lauralie S. Mayhew, Chelsea Rose and actor Pamela Cullum, all of the other 65 members in the production were Oakmont residents. The proceeds from this show helped provide funding for our ever popular Oakmont Health Initiative, a program that keeps us all healthy and limber in this great community we call home. And yes, Tom’s imagination is at work for another surprise show next year.

James Knapp and Linda Jones played the couple going through a Time Machine. (Photo by Maureen McGettigan)

Tom Kendrick and the two sexy gals that did the Cuban dance, Chelsea Rose and Lauralie S. Mayhew. (Photo by Maureen McGettigan)

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

nHarriet Palk

NOVEMBER 19: DR. ALAN BERNSTEIN The Brain: New studies and Revelations about the Brain and Aging

Brain research has allowed new therapies to be tested to reduce presumed toxic elements from individuals with early signs of dementia. At the same time, more is being learned about preserving brain function and even improving it in the face of normal aging by changing our behavior patterns. The discussion will cover new classes of medications and the status of research into the reversible causes of memory loss. Allan L Bernstein, MD, is currently Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and was previously Professor of Neurology at UC Davis. He worked simultaneously for Kaiser and UC for 34 years allowing him to have both a clinical practice and gain research experience. He is the author of more than fifty publications in medical journals and textbooks covering the topics of dementia, migraine, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, pain management, nutrition and stroke. He directs research programs in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in Santa Rosa and sees clinic patients two days a week.


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 November 20 and 27 Jane Borr will present A Girl Could Get Lucky by Don Appell. Plays readers are being confirmed. This play is about two middle-aged people, an uptight taxi driver and a fun-loving secretary, and how they find relief from their loneliness through their romance, marriage, and first months together. Marriage is never easy, however, and this is a fond portrait of the period of adjustment. Reviewers of this play stated: “Husbands nudge their wives every time the wife in the play does something silly, wives dig their elbows into their husbands’ ribs... A knack for writing

real life dialogue.”—The New York Herald Tribune ”Mixes laughs with occasional tremors of emotion, but neither is overdone. It is observant and painstaking about the minutiae of light housekeeping in the modern New York way.”—The New York Times ”Bright, funny, tender… Wholesome and honest comedy.”—The New York World Telegram and Sun Appell was a playwright, director, and actor. He was best known for Milk and Honey (1961), a musical comedy about Americans in Israel. His work was praised by Howard Taubman in The New York Times for its ‘‘ring of authenticity’’ and ‘‘taste and imagination.’’ A native New Yorker, he began his acting career at age 12 in summer stock. He appeared on Broadway in a broad array of Broadway plays and also directed scores of television productions in New York and Hollywood.

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Bocce Club nLinda and Don McPherson

Bocce Club members join with all our neighbors in expressing gratitude to the hundreds of emergency responders who saved Oakmont during the October wildfires. We’re also grateful for the work of journalists and social media reporters who kept us informed under stressful conditions and join in expressing our deepest condolences for the devastating losses of lives and property. The Bocce Club always welcomes new members and anyone interested in learning about bocce. The club plays at the West Rec. Center bocce courts at 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Beginning May 1 until October 31, play moves to 9:30 a.m. Tournaments and social events are scheduled throughout the year. Don’t hesitate to drop in even if you’ve never played—we’ll be happy to show you the game. Dues are $15 per year and can be paid by anyone not planning to attend the December 9 holiday party by using the tear-off below. New members joining in the last quarter of 2017 will be considered as having paid in full for 2018.

D’Agosta and Jim Huseby; Historian and Badges, Barbara Newton.


WHEN: Saturday, December 9 TIME: 5:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center COST: $37.50 for members, $47.50 for non-members, BYOB We will be entertained by the Carlos Herrera Band, featuring Latin Music encompassing diverse styles ranging from its colonial roots to popular influences. A delicious dinner will be catered by the Oakmont Village Market. You can choose Beef Filet, Maple Glazed Baked Salmon or vegetarian entrée.

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Bocce Club member and Lawn Bowler Eric Neilsen, far right, explains bocce scoring to lawn bowling guests.



In October the Bocce Club hosted members of the Lawn Bowling Club for an evening social at the bocce courts. It was a return engagement for the Lawn Bowling Club’s hosting of an evening social for the Bocce Club earlier in the year. The lawn bowlers really seemed to enjoy learning about and playing bocce. By acclamation, Bocce Club member Donn Paulson’s chili was the highlight of the social. The Bocce Club looks forward to continuing this tradition.

At the November 4 Pot Luck/Business Meeting, the Nominating Committee recommended the following slate of officers for the coming year: President, Sherry Magers; Vice President, Jean Reed; Secretary and “Sunshine Lady,” Bev Schilpp; Treasurer, Carol Huseby; Social Committee, Patrice & Donn Paulson and Ellie and Bob Baciocco; Publicity, Linda and Don McPherson; Court Maintenance Overseers, Tony

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Holiday party reservation form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA Bocce folder, along with your check (payable to Oakmont Bocce Club), no later than November 30. _______ Beef Filet _______ Maple Glazed Baked Salmon _______ Vegetarian entrée (Eggplant Parmesan or Pasta Primavera)

Members: $37.50, non-members: $47.50 For your convenience, if you would like to pay your 2018 Bocce dues, please include an additional $15 per person in your check. Names: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Total enclosed: $________________

Bocce 2018 membership form

Those not attending the Holiday Party can pay 2018 dues by completing the form below and returning it, with check payable to the Oakmont Bocce Club at $15 per person, to the OVA Bocce Club file folder. Please print legibly. Name__________________________________________________________________________________________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone #______________________________ Email____________________________________________________

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nRay Haverson

sha-boom events club is proud to present New year’s eve party at the berger center, featuring mr. Charley baker and co.

Happy holidays to all. Come join us for a dinner/ dance party you won’t soon forget! WHAT: New Years Eve Dinner/Dance. This is a BYOB party. We will supply the mixers, ice, lemon water and coffee. WHEN: December 31 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., dinner at 7p.m., music from 8:30 p.m.–12:30 a.m. MUSIC: By Mr. Charley Baker and Company COST: Only $65 for members, member’s guest $70, non-members $75. The best deal is $77 that includes one-year membership and the New Year’s Eve Party. Please include your name, address, phone number and your e-mail address with your new membership application. Menu is as follows: Prime Rib carving station, Chicken Chardonnay, oven roasted potatoes, scalloped potatoes, mixed green salad with candied walnuts and dried cranberries and vinaigrette, Hawaiian rolls and sweet butter. Please note: we will have vegetable stuffed squash available for our vegan and vegetarian guests, however, you must let me know with your payment. Otherwise we may not have enough available as this is special order item only. Dessert: chocolate mousse cake and assorted cheesecake. Call me at 539-6666 or email See you all on New Year’s Eve!

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

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

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

Buddhist Meeting November 25

Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location “Can We Pray for Anything That We Want?”

“You can pray for anything that you believe may contribute to your happiness or to that of others... The stronger the power of your practice for yourself and others, the more you can tap the power of the Buddha and the power of the Law inherent in the Gohonzon and in your life.”—Daisaku Ikeda, World Tribune, Oct. 20, pg. 7 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, November 25 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, November 25, 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 5480225 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

nBarbara Bowman

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 player’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.

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays at 2 p.m.; also Sunday, November 26 at 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Mike McInnis.

NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA Sunday, November 19, 2 pm WINGED MIGRATION

Amazing cinematography propels this Oscar-nominated documentary that provides a hypnotic, bird’s-eye view of the grueling semiannual migrations of various avian species as they make their way across vast distances to more moderate climates. The astonishingly intimate photography has one literally flying with the birds, and it’s an enjoyable, heady ride. The film’s also a tour of the globe that reveals gorgeous landscapes that most humans never get to see. (2001), G, 89 minutes.

Sunday, November 26, 2 and 7 pm THE PRIZE WINNER OF DEFIANCE, OHIO

With ten children to feed, 1950s housewife Evelyn Ryan (Julianne Moore) has gotten used to being resourceful, stretching her husband’s meager salary to the limit. But when clipping coupons isn’t enough, she’s forced to rely on her creativity and begins entering contests. Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern co-star in this uncommon comedy-drama based on a heartwarming memoir by Ryan’s daughter, Terry. Superb acting from Moore and Harrelson, who plays her husband. (2005), PG-13, 99 minutes.

Sunday, December 3, 2 pm GAME CHANGE

Based on the best-selling nonfiction book, this political drama follows the historic 2008 presidential race, focusing on the sometimes contentious relationship between presidential nominee John McCain (Ed Harris) and his running mate, Sarah Palin (Julianne Moore.) Woody Harrelson portrays Republican consultant Steve Schmidt. Nominated for numerous awards, this HBO film won four Emmys, including an Outstanding Actress award for Moore. (2012), R (language), 118 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, November 19, 2 p.m.: Winged Migration, (2001), G, 89 minutes. Sunday, November 26, 2 and 7 p.m.: The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, (2005), PG-13, 99 minutes. Sunday, December 3, 2 p.m.: Game Change, (2012), R, 118 minutes.


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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.


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.


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.


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


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

Oakmont News Classified Rates • • • •

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

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


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.



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




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.


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


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.


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.


Quality work at reasonable rates and without the dreaded roar of a leaf blower machine. Small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806.


The best care for your best friends. 25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily visits. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. See profile at, enter “95476”. Alix Moline, 637-6267.

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,




Ten years experience. Can help with all your needs! References. Only 2-hour minimum! Pamela, 703-6231.

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.


Experienced, caring and reliable. Meal prep, light housekeeping, appointments, shopping. Your needs accommodated in a friendly, respectful manner. (707) 318-1139.


Oakmont 2 BR, 2 BA home available. Share with professional woman, NP, artistic, musical, spiritual, active. Seeking liberal, eco-friendly, nature and music lover to live in a peaceful, harmonious home. Call Lucia, (617) 763-2680.

There is a little-known pension that can provide extra income to help pay for care in Assisted Living or at home. Call for a free consultation to see if you can qualify. Good for wartime veterans or a surviving spouse. Design Benefits, (707) 795-2282.


Primal Red, an emerging wellness platform, looking for entrepreneurial part-time professionals for web/ phone consults. Flexible rate and time. Work from anywhere. We take care of marketing and administration. Must have current license. Looking for Counselor, Pre/Post-natal consultant, Naturalist/ Herbalist, Nutritionist/Food psychologist, Family finances and tax planning, Family law, Immigration law. Send resume at Call (916) 300-8517.



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

$75 per house. Excellent current Oakmont clients! I provide all supplies. Don’t be overcharged. English speaking, US citizen. Sian (Cee-Ann), (707) 343-6626.


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

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

Serving the North Bay since 1979, building new homes, additions and remodels. Call Craig Lawson, 579-9088. Lic. 377330.,


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.


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

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 November 16–30 Jack Luceti 833-1110 December 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

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

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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.


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OVA-Sponsored Events

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

Music, Community, and Healing

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

In the aftermath of the Sonoma and Napa County fires, music history scholar Amy. C. Beal offers reflections on how communities deal with tragic events through the healing and unifying power of music. Amy Beal is a professor of Music at UC Santa Cruz and has spoken at our sessions on a number of occasions. She specialized primarily in 20th century and American music. Amy Beal WHEN: Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

This course is 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 Course Room B, Central Activities Center

Thursday and Friday, November 30 and December 1, 1–5 p.m. Sign up by calling the OVA office at 539-1611 or come by in person.

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The New Horizons Band Concert at the Berger Center nHelen Hargrave

Saturday, November 25 at 2 PM

The New Horizons Concert Band of Sonoma County will return to the Berger Center on Saturday, November 25 at 2 p.m. for another entertaining and rousing concert! This concert has become an annual event popular with Oakmont residents. The local band is a member of a nationwide senior citizens activity started by an experienced musical educator, Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Ernst realized that there were many people who had played in high school and college bands that had a lingering desire to play again. The concept was a good one, and there are now over 150 such bands all over the United States and in Europe. The local unit in Santa Rosa was the second organization in California and began in 1998 with 12 players This concert will be dedicated to Dr. Bill Hamliton who was one of the 12 original members and is no

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