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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Volunteer Opportunities Fair

OVA invites all residents to attend the Oakmont Volunteer Opportunities Fair, Thursday, April 23, in the Berger Center from 12 noon–2 p.m. This first-time event will be a huge opportunity to meet with at least 23 different non-profit organizations throughout Sonoma County, who are each seeking their own volunteers. Come and learn how you can make a difference. For more details see page 13.

Golf Is Here To Stay

Despite rumors of its impending demise, the Oakmont Golf Club wants you to know that it is on pace to set a revenue record this year thanks in part to a combination of restaurant and golf course upgrades and great winter weather. “I get a lot of phone calls about whether this thing (golf in Oakmont) is still going to be here,” said Frank Giannini, OGC Board President. “Well, it is. It’s going to be here for a long time.” The full story is on page 5.

Issues Facing New Board

nAl Haggerty

What to do with the Berger Center and pickleball are the most important issues in the pipeline for Oakmont this year, according to Cassie Turner, manager of the Oakmont Village Association. What will the Berger Improvement Committee recommend for Berger Center and what will the new OVA board decide about the proposed sports center? These questions were posed by Turner in her report to the OVA’s 49th annual meeting April 6 at Berger Center. Recommendations for Berger Center range from leaving it as is to tearing it down and replacing it with a new facility. The sports center, with its pickleball courts, has been at the center of a vigorous controversy. In his report, board president John Felton outlined major accomplishments of the past year, including the West Recreation Center remodel, repainting the East Recreation Center and improvements in the lawn bowling and bocce ball courts. A highlight of the meeting was the naming of Marianne Neufeld as Volunteer of the Year and Pat Barclay as the recipient of the Community Appreciation Award. Neufeld, described as one of the busiest volunteers in Oakmont, is chair of the Architectural Committee, which oversaw the implementation last year of a new fines policy for architectural violations, and a leader of the Grandparents Club. “No one has worked harder,” said board director Andie Altman, emphasizing the cumulative impact of Neufeld’s efforts.

New Residents’ Reception May 5

nMarty Thompson

If you are new to Oakmont and haven’t been to a new residents’ reception, here is your opportunity. Everyone new to the community is invited to gather at the Berger Center on Tuesday, May 5 from 6–8 p.m. You will have an opportunity to learn from representatives of Oakmont groups and clubs how you can take part in their activities. There will be a presentation by OVA Manager Cassie Turner, OVA Board members will be introduced and you will have an opportunity to ask questions about the community. There will be door prizes and light refreshments. Advance registration is not required.

Batchelor, Felton, Hermann, Strunka Elected to OVA Board

n Al Haggerty

Frank Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunka won two-year terms on the Oakmont Village Association Board of Director in an election that saw 44% of 3,200 eligible voters cast ballots. Batchelor has been serving on the board since September, 2014, when he was appointed to complete the term of John Taylor, who resigned. Felton was elected to a second two-year term and Hermann returns to the board for his third two-year term. He was term-limited following completion of his second two-year term in 2013. Lisa Berman and Jane Gyorgy were unsuccessful in their bids for seats.

Volunteers tally the vote count for four new OVA directors. The election drew a 44% turnout with 1,401 households casting ballots. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

The vote totals were: Batchelor, 1,116; Felton, 953; Hermann, 846; Strunka, 842; Berman, 677, and Gyorgy, 383. There were 1,401 ballots and 4,821 total votes.

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April 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 8

West Rec. Center Re-Opened

The West Rec. Center re-opened April 13 for activities and events, including OVA ballot counting and the board’s annual organizational meeting held a week earlier. The facility has been extensively remodeled and a few finishing touches to the exterior and pool area will be completed in the coming weeks. (Photo by Keith Sauer)

Oakmont Survey: Lots of Data, No Conclusions

nJim Brewer and Jackie Ryan

The results of the long-awaited Oakmont survey drew no conclusions but did have some surprising findings in a report presented to about 150 residents at the Berger Center April 2. According to Kathy Cirksena and Sue Dibble, survey leaders, the 1,639 respondents to the survey were more concerned about health and safety than facilities and programs, with 96% of respondents listing safety as important or very important. The survey looked at Oakmont demographics, use of facilities/activities and priorities and preferences. When it came to facility usage, the library and Berger Center ranked highest at 67% each. The Fitness Center and East Rec. followed at 57% and 51% respectively. At 59%, pools were the most used outdoor facilities, but 27% of respondents said they use no outdoor facilities at all. In a question specifically about the Berger, 49% wanted to see some updating to the flooring, kitchen, sound systems and renovation, 13% favored a major expansion and only 4% wanted to see it torn down and replaced. Residents were also asked about their priorities and what’s important about living here. Safety was number one with 96% of residents ranking it very important or important. Ranking in the 88–80% range were good neighbors, facilities, rural atmosphere, single level housing, open space and property values. Social opportunities and fitness were priorities for 72 and 71% respectively. Clubs came in at 51%, outranking only golf at a distant 30%. Respondents ranked having a good wifi system highest at 29%, followed by a central gathering place, safe streets and expanding the fitness center. Among the less favorable were pickleball, 11%, coming in behind a dog park at 17%. On dues, some 60% of respondents said they were willing to take at least a “wee bit of an increase” in dues to support facilities improvements, Dibble said. Responses were similar for special assessments. See survey on page 3


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Manager’s Newsletter Continues Growing

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nMarty Thompson

nOVA Administration

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

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

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

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

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

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Barclay, chairman of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee, was instrumental in arranging for the Red Cross to operate Oakmont’s emergency centers, a move which became necessary when liability issues forced changes to OEPC operations. Felton also thanked Barclay for his work improving the sound systems in the recreation facilities and the operation of the Computer Learning Center. Barclay in turn recognized Al Thomas, who headed up OEPC for 16 years before retiring last year. Turner said a “hot button” issue this year is the question of outside instructors using Oakmont facilities for their classes for free. “They are not contributing anything for maintenance and upkeep of the facilities they use,” she said. “Is that fair? Is that equitable? A case in point: We just remodeled the West Rec. Should the instructors who are freely using these facilities and getting paid by Oakmont residents

A weekly E-mail newsletter from Oakmont Manager Cassie Turner is now reaching more than 1,800 residents, and the list is growing. The newsletter, called “What’s Happening,” and also dubbed an “E-blast,” is sent every Friday afternoon to Oakmont residents who ask to be on the E-mail distribution list. It includes news of developments affecting life in Oakmont, plus information about events in the community and beyond around Cassie Turner Sonoma County. Anyone wishing to join the E-mail list can do so by sending a request to be included to kelly@ Turner noted that there had been a few reports of subscribers not receiving the E-blast. She said if that happens people should simply request to be readded.

be asked to pay a fee to Oakmont to help pay for the maintenance of these facilities? I don’t have an opinion on the outcome but I do feel this issue should be further explored by the new board.” Turner said as a result of the new architectural fines policy, “most people cleared up their violations and very few residents received fines. I can see a huge difference in the level of property maintenance and I hope you can too.” Turner said an entirely new Oakmont website will be unveiled in the next couple of months and thanked Dutch Lichliter, Gary Pickering and Jackie Ryan for their efforts. Also recognized for their efforts to provide Oakmonters with fun and enjoyment were those involved in the library volunteers, Sha-Boom, the Boomers Club, the Enocureans food and wine club, Movies At Oakmont and the Oakmont Tour Guides.

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How easy is it to get information in Oakmont? “Evidently pretty easy,” said Dibble, with 94% saying it is easy or very easy. The Oakmont News is topranked information source at 97% followed by 45% for the Manager’s E-blast weekly newsletter and 16% for the website. Respondents gave the performance of the OVA Office a 90% satisfaction rate and 55% for the OVA Board of Directors. The 1,639 responses represent 35% of the 4,634 dues-paying residents of Oakmont and included E-mail, paper surveys and interviews conducted over a three-week period in February. Questions were informed in part by listening sessions and focus groups held last fall. Cirksena said the LRPC was confident the response rate was enough because they did a huge outreach to residents. The response rate for E-mail surveys was 67% and for paper surveys 88%. “Realistically you had to want to take the survey,” Dibble said. “If you didn’t want to, it isn’t going to happen.” For those concerned with anonymity, she said there are no addresses, E-mailed or written, attached to any of the data anymore. “There is no way you can go back and figure out who answered what.” The LRPC plans to analyze the survey data over the next few months and use it to help write a strategic long-range plan by the end of the year. Dibble said they will likely conduct more surveys to follow trends over the next few years. The data results outlined April 2 will be posted on the Long-Range Planning section of the OVA website Video of the presentation is available at


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The Oakmont News / April 15, 2015

Golf News

OGC On Pace for Record Revenue

nJim Brewer

Despite rumors of impending demise swirling around it, the Oakmont Golf Club wants you to know that it is on pace to set a revenue record this year. Thanks to a combination of restaurant and golf course upgrades, great winter weather and price increases, total revenue for the first three months of the year beat projections by more than $100,000 on its way toward reaching an all-time record $4.2 million for the year, according to the OGC. “I get a lot of phone calls about whether this thing (golf in Oakmont) is still going to be here,” said Frank Giannini, OGC board president. “Well, it is. It’s going to be here for a long time.” Overall play increased by 700 rounds in the first two months of this year and is on course to be 3,000 rounds more than last year, said OGC General Manager Mike Ash. Figures for March were not yet available at press time. But with revenue per round up $4 this year, “even though it may not be a record-breaking year for rounds, it’s going to be for revenue per round, which is really what you’re looking for,” said Ash, who was brought in to manage OGC by Kemper Sports. Much of that increase is due to new patronage from players outside of Oakmont or from local residents who are not members of the OGC. Revenue from weddings and other events also is up—$100,000 in the first two months of 2015 alone, Ash said. “We’re putting money into the facility; were not going broke.’’ Ash said he was surprised recently to be asked if the East Golf Course is up for sale. “That course adds a great deal of benefit. It’s the only executive (shorter) course in the county for seniors and juniors and people who are just beginning to play golf.” Ash and others like to point out that despite a surge of boomers now eligible for retirement, there also are larger numbers of retirees in their 70s and 80s wanting to play golf and other sports. This changing demographic spells good news for the OGC, Giannini believes. “We’ve got so much opportunity here that there is no way in hell that this golf course is going to be sold or bought by somebody,” Giannini said. “It’s just on its way to, I think, higher ground and better happenings.”


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. Whew, another tax season comes to an end. Too bad our sweeps money isn’t taxdeductible. Speaking of money, be sure to sign up and pay for the Tuesday Individual Eclectic—the first round is April 28. Our North Bay Team Play and our Futures Team Play is underway. Thank you and good luck to all you ladies playing on these traveling teams representing Oakmont. Here are the results of Sweeps from mid-March.


Low Gross of Field: Jerry Moreno (82). First flight: first low net, J. Moreno; second low net, E. Beltrano; third low net tie, K. Mokricky and K. Peters. Second flight: first low net, M. Pierce; second low net, N. Shaw; third low net, J. DiMaggio; fourth low net tie, B. Hulick and K. Murphy. Third flight: first low Here’s a fun golf hat, Go Giants! net, B. VanVoorhis; Thank you Joan DiMaggio. second low net, C. Carroll; third low net, E. Frauenhofer; and fourth low net, L. Kilpatrick. Fourth flight: first low net tie, L. Vree and E. Baciocco; third low net, S. Baxter; fourth low net, C. Locke. Fifth flight: first low net, J. O’Toole; second low net tie, C. Dominiguez and C. Rexford; fourth low net, K. Wittes.

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Low Gross of Field: Eileen Beltrano (87). First flight: first low net, E. Beltrano; second low net tie, P. Buchholz, K. Peters and K. Downey. Second flight: first low net, L. Leitner; second low net tie, K. Sites and Y. Smith; fourth low net tie, B. Hulick, N. Shaw and R. Nicholoson. Third flight: first low net tie, B. VanVoorhis, C. Carter, K. Wittes and J. O’Toole; fifth low net, Vanita Collins.


Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (85). First flight: first low net, L. Paul; second low net, E. Beltrano; third low net, K. Mokricky; and fourth low net, L. Clark. Second flight: first low net tie, J. Early and E. Huff; third low net, Y. Smith; fourth low net, E. Frauenhofer. Third flight: first low net, J. O’Toole; second low net tie, E. Baciocco and V. Collins.


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Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (88). First flight: first low net, L. Clark; second low net tie, P. Buchholz, E. Beltrano and K. Faherty. Second flight: first low net tie, L. Kilpatrick and J. O’Toole; third low net, K. Wittes; fourth low net, L. Leitner; and fifth low net, R. Nicholoson. Remember ladies the LPGA is coming to town. Te Swinging Skirts Tournament is April 20–26 in San Francisco! It’s great to see these young gals play. I volunteered last year as a Marshal. I was stationed 250–255 yards from the tee box to help locate their drives. Awesome! See you out there.

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

Wednesday Men’s Club


nTony D’Agosta

nJim Kaiser

We have lost one of our long-time members, Dick Larsen. We will miss Dick. The Twilighter Committee held a spaghetti feed to raise funds for much needed bunker sand on both the East and West Courses. The sand has arrived and the new sand will be applied to a few bunkers on both courses. The Sand Your Divot program is working better. Sand bottles are available at both courses, so pick one up at the start of your round and return it to the rack when you finish your round. Remember to rake the bunkers and place the rake inside the bunker on a flat area facing the rake parallel to the fairway. Congratulations Andy, our new course superintendent. Thanks Andy and crew for all you do.

Well, fellow members, it is April 1 and you know what that means: play the ball down! Real golf! Handicaps may go up, for a while. Everyone is talking about the Best Nine game played this past month. If you wanted or needed some cheap entertainment while having a beer and a sandwich after the round, you should have been there to watch our members tabulating their score. I’m not saying it was amusing but Andy had beer shooting out of his nose, he was laughing so hard. And what can you say about our course? The fairways are improving and the greens are in great shape. Unfortunately, however, the course being in great shape does not necessarily guarantee a successful round of golf as evidenced by the following situation recanted to your scribe. Dennis was having a somewhat challenging day, shall we say, when finishing the ninth hole he was overheard to say that he should just quit after nine. However, his trusty sidekick Andy suggested he give the 10th hole a chance to change his mind. So, Dennis tees off on the 10th with a beautiful drive right down the center of the fairway. With a bounce in his step and smile on his face Dennis addressing his ball and hits it into the water on the next shot. He looks at Andy and says, “I’ve played so poorly all day; I think I’m going to go drown myself in that lake.” Andy looks back at him and says, “I don’t think you could keep your head down that long. Now for the results.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR March 16 Individual Low Net, 27 Players

First place: Clem Maassen with a 22.5. Second place tie: Jim Norem and Phil Sapp, both with a 27.5. Fourth place: Don Schulte with a 29. Fifth place tie: C. R. Webb and Wayne Mickaelian, both with a 30.5. Seventh place tie: Keith Wise and Greg Carpenter, both with a 31. Ninth place tie: Kelly Snow and Paul Lawler, both with a 32.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR MARCH 23 Two-Man Chapman, 10 Teams

First place: Clem Maassen/Bob Thorsen with a 27.75. Second place: Tom Massip/Dan Levin with a 28. Third place: Neil Huber/Phil Sapp with a 28.75. Fourth place: Al Bentham/Dan Sienes with a 29.25. Closest-to-the-pin tie: no tape measure—Jack Robinson, Wayne Mickaelian, Keith Wise and Paul Lawler.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR MARCH 30 Individual Low Net, Second Week of Spring Eclectic, 24 Players

First place: Gary Stone with a 26.5. Second place: Phil Sapp with a 28.5. Third place: Gordon Hopper with a 29.5. Fourth place tie: Dan Levin and Don Schulte, both with a 30. Sixth place tie: Rich Silvas, Noel Schwinn and Joe DiBenedetto, all with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 12’3”; Don Schulte, 12”4”; Dan Levin, 23’10”.

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

Table tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/ eye coordination and spatial brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont. So come join us. All skill levels are welcome. We play at the old Curves location, 6572 Oakmont Dr., as per the following schedule: Tuesday: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesday: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursday: 3–5:30 p.m. Friday: 3:15–5:30 p.m. Sunday: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. For Sunday play, you must bring your own partner. If you have any questions contact me at 539-4111, or Ian Seddon, 843-4040.


First flight (6.0–15.0): first tie, Ross Alzina/Bruce Hulick, Bill Hainke/Bob Peterson, Mike Doyle/Sal Cesario, 63. Second flight (16.5–23.0): first tie, Bill Roberts/Suru Subbarao, Phil Sapp/Alan McLintock, 61; third, Dave Goulson/Andy Frauenhofer, 61. Third flight (23.5–38.5): first, Pete Eschelbach/Scott Ricci, 58; second, Mike LaForge/John Garcia, 59; third, Jeff Thomson/Rodi Martinelli, 62. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Alan McLintock, 6’4”, Rick Yates, 13’0”; #13—Bill Roberts, 11’7”, Wayne

Shomaker, 14’7”, Pete Waller, 14’7”; #16—John Garcia, 2’3”, Wayne Shomaker, 4’11”.


First tie, Paul Lawler/Bob Thorsen and Noel Schween/Blind Draw, 53; third, Gordon Hopper/ Rich Silvas, 54; fourth tie, Jim Spangler/Bob Ure, Joe DiBenedetto/El DeLagnes, Frank Smith/Dick Scott, 55. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #16—Noel Schween, 28’6”, Neil Huber, 39’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up) #8—Bob Ure, 8’3”, Tom Massip, 19’10”; #16—Dan Levin, 30’0”.

March 25, West: INDIVIDUAL BEST 9 OF 18

First flight (4–11): first, Danny Morgan, 28; second, Bill Hainke, 29; third, John Weston, 30; fourth tie, Jim Scinto and Jeff Snyder, 31. Second flight (12–18): first tie, Ron Feibusch and Rick Yates, 29; third, Tom Kendrick, 30; fourth tie, Bob Giddings and Bob Peterson, 31. Third flight (19–25): first tie, Suru Subbarao and Tony Hughes, 29; third tie, Jack Haggerty and Andy Frauenhofer, 30. Fourth flight (26–up): first, Pete Eschelbach, 28; second tie, Lou Lari and Scott Ricci, 29; fourth tie, Rodi Martinelli and Bill Wellman, 30. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Pete Waller, 10’10”, Kevin Buehner, 18’5”; #13—John Weston, 0’9”, Bill Roberts, 9’2”; #16—Ron Feibusch, 17’5”, Ted Mokricky, 20’11”. Hole #5—Ron Feibusch, 13’10”. Note: I would like some feedback on this particular format. How many of you would like this game continued or thrown out?


First, Dan Levin, 57; second tie, Walt Brown and Gordon Hopper, 61; fourth tie, Rich Silvas and Gary Stone, 62; sixth tie, Keith Wise, Noel Schween and Dick Scott, 63. Closest-to-the-pin: #16—Tom Massip, 10’3”, Frank Smith, 17’9”.

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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nBarbara Bowman

It’s getting warmer and brighter, as spring continues to blossom. Along with rising sap in plants and rising hormone levels in animals (Oakmont residents may be exceptions in some cases), comes the rising excitement of the new golf season. Perhaps best of all, the 2015 Oakmont Seniors playing season begins tomorrow with one of our favorite venues, an away trip to Napa Valley Country Club. We will be treated to entertaining golf, sweeping views, and an excellent breakfast and lunch, all for the bargain-basement price of about $45. One of the many perks of an Oakmont Golf Club membership is the privilege of joining the Oakmont Men’s Seniors and making visits to some of the best private and semi-private golf courses in the Bay Area for a fraction of what it would cost in other circumstances. In addition, car-pools are available to get you there. But, you must be an OGC member to join. Contact John Garcia at (541)-251-0031, (jongar2000@ or Dick Thayer at 538-4851, (chs48jhu52@ for more details, or see the West Pro Shop bulletin board. In two weeks (see the schedule to the right) the scene shifts to the Santa Rosa Country Club, where we will challenge their wide fairways and admire

their opulent clubhouse. This is always a fun trip and quite nearby. Check out the Santa Rosa Country Club website at: Oakmont Golf Club also acts as hosts for other golf clubs. On Monday, May 11, four clubs will visit here. We have always had really good food, a helpful staff, and this year we will have golf courses in great shape. The improvements made in the past year will definitely be noticeable. Come join us for another fun year.

2015 Oakmont Seniors Schedule

Thursday, April 16: at Napa Valley Country Club Wednesday, April 29: at Santa Rosa CC Monday, May 11: Santa Rosa, Fountaingrove, Moraga, and Contra Costa at Oakmont Tuesday, May 12: at Fountaingrove CC Thursday, June 4: at Moraga CC Monday, June 15: Windsor and Bodega at Oakmont Wednesday, June 24: Contra Costa CC Monday, July 13: Rio Vista and Napa at Oakmont Monday, July 27: Richmond and Marin at Oakmont Tuesday, August 4: at Windsor Thursday, August 27: at Richmond CC Wednesday, September 24: at Marin CC


There’s still time to sign up for the year-long Eclectic that starts April 30. See the poster/sign-up sheet in the East clubhouse—$6 for the year. Do so by April 20. May 14: Guys, Gals and Pals Derby Day! You won’t want to miss the shotgun tournament and the social hour that follows—with Mint Juleps, no less—and the authentic Kentucky Derby luncheon that Chair Valerie Boot has planned for you. Grab those special guys and dear pals and experience a trip to Louisville for an afternoon of fun, friendly wagering, horse racing and winners. Check out the poster and sign up by May 3. WRENS: April 20, Oakmont hosts the spring meeting and playday. See the bulletin board for details, or call Linda Yates.

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nNancy Crosby

Have you spent your whole life in church but never taken time to read the Bible? How can something written so long ago have any relevance for today? Knowledgeable or novice, our small groups provide a comfortable place to gather and learn what the Bible teaches, and it just might be a whole lot different than what you’d expect. Our lessons are informal, easy to follow, and use materials from Stonecroft and LifeGuide Bible Studies. Call me at 480-0566 for more information on either group or just join us anytime and begin to let God transform your life through His word.


STUDY: Exodus: Learning to Trust God TIME: Tuesdays, 9:45–1130 a.m. PLACE: The Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Drive. This study is open to all Oakmont residents. Coffee, tea, and desserts served. GUIDE: Jannece Gill


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the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University, Ms. Wei has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Stratford Civic Orchestra and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, Sharon Wei among others. As guest Principal Violist she has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony and Canadian Opera Company. Recitals have taken her across the US, Canada, and Europe, including appearances at Chicago’s Ravinia and Switzerland’s Verbier Festivals. Co-founder of the award-winning Ensemble Made in Canada, a piano quartet which makes its Oakmont debut on Nov. 12, Ms. Wei is also guest Principal Violist of the Ensemble Matheus in Paris. She is currently serving as Lecturer at Stanford University and Assistant Professor of Viola at Western University in London, Ontario. Michelle Djokic: Michelle Djokic, cello, is Founder and Artistic Director of the Concordia Chamber Players. Since its inception in 1995 this ensemble has been consistently praised for its thoughtful and adventurous programming. Michelle Djokic They broadcast regularly on WWFM in Princeton, NJ. Ms. Djokic made her solo debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the age of 13, as First Prize winner of that ensemble’s Young Artist Competition. She continued to collect many awards at international contests, including the coveted People’s Prize in the 1980 Pablo Casals International Cello Competition in Budapest. As an active chamber musician Ms. Djokic has been invited to collaborate with artists including Emanuel Ax, Menahem Pressler, Lynn Harrell, Toby Appel, and Cho-Liang Lin, as well as the Boston Chamber Players, with whom she recorded Schoenberg’s Verklärte Nacht. Festival appearances include Aspen, Banff, Newport, and Music in the Vineyards. In 1985 Ms. Djokic made her Carnegie Hall debut as soloist with the New Jersey Symphony. She has soloed with orchestras throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

A Celebratory 2015–16 Season

This issue of the Oakmont News features the announcement of our very special 2015–16 season, commemorating 25 years of great chamber music in Oakmont. Brochures will be available at the May 14 concert, as well as season passes for the excellent price of $105 (eight concerts for the cost of seven).

2015 Donor Drive

Music at Oakmont’s Donor Drive continues, with donor envelopes to be found in the May 14 programs. Checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with Music at Oakmont on the memo line. You can also mail or bring your check directly to OCF, at 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa 95409. We very much appreciate your generosity.

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WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, May 14, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door, or your season pass

2015–16 Season—Celebrating 25 Years of Great Chamber Music

Thursday, Oct. 15 at 1:30 p.m.: New York Brass Arts Trio—Joe Burgstaller, trumpet; David Jolley, horn; Haim Avitsur, trombone. Thursday, Nov. 12 at 1:30 p.m.: Ensemble Made in Canada—Angela Park, piano; Elissa Lee, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; Rachel Mercer, cello. Thursday, Dec. 10 at 1:30 p.m.: Frank Almond, violin; William Wolfram, piano. Thursday, Jan. 14 at 1:30 p.m.: Jenni Samuelson, soprano; Kathryn Lounsbery, piano. Thursday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m.: Joel Fan, piano. Thursday, Mar. 10 at 1:30 p.m.: Lincoln Trio— Desiree Ruhstrat, violin; David Cunliffe, cello; Marta Aznavoorian, piano. Saturday, Mar. 12 at 3 p.m.: SR Symphony Youth Groups. Sunday, Apr. 10 at 3 p.m.: Jeffrey Kahane, piano. Thursday, May 12 at 1:30 p.m.: Calidore String Quartet—Jeffrey Myers, violin; Ryan Meehan, violin; Jeremy Berry, viola; Estelle Choi, cello. Concerts take place at the Berger Center in Oakmont, and are open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Single tickets are $15 at the door. 2015-16 season passes for eight concerts are available for $105 at the May 14 and Oct. 15 concerts, at the door. Checks should be made payable to Music at Oakmont. Admission to the special extra concert on March 12, 2016 (not included in the season pass) is $10, with age 16 and under free.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

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

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Some of the most beautiful works by the greatest composers are seldom heard in live performance, simply because of the unusual combination of instruments involved. There are many excellent string quartets performing today, but almost no string duos or string trios. So it is with great pleasure we welcome on May 14 the superb artists Livia Sohn, violin; Sharon Wei, viola; and Michelle Djokic, cello. At 1:30 p.m. in the Berger Center we’ll be treated to Mozart’s G Major Duo (for violin and viola), Daron Hagen’s Duo (for violin and cello), and Beethoven’s String Trio in G Major, Op. 9. Livia Sohn: Violinist Livia Sohn has been praised in Strad magazine for her “remarkably lithe and transparent tone of exceptional purity.” At the age of 13 she won First Prize, as well as the Audience Prize, in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition. In the US she has Livia Sohn soloed with symphonies including Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Seattle, Milwaukee, Aspen Festival, and Boston Pops, and internationally with such orchestras as the Budapest Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony, Cologne Philharmonic, Mexico City Philharmonic, Czech National Symphony, Auckland Philharmonia, and City of London Sinfonia, as well as a number of Asian ensembles. Ms. Sohn has appeared in recital at events including New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Stanford University’s Lively Arts Series, and the Dame Myra Hess Series in Chicago, and at prestigious venues such as Washington DC’s National Gallery of Art and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. As a member of the piano trio Latitude 41, she has recorded discs on the Eloquentia label, which has also released a highly praised CD featuring Ms. Sohn as soloist in concertos by Benjamin Britten and Jonathan Berger. She has been on the faculty of Stanford University since 2005. Sharon Wei: Violist Sharon Wei practiced and played the violin through high school, when she abruptly decided never to pick it up again. It was, she recalls, among the best decisions of her life. Since completing her viola studies at Western University,

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Boomers Club

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’“ —Robin Williams It is spring, Oakmont is in bloom, and Boomers are ready for short sleeves and good times. Everyone at Charades Night had a blast, so let us know if you have ideas for any other themes or game nights for our Thursday night socials.

Trivia Night

If Charades isn’t your thing, we have Trivia Night at the Quail Inn coming up on April 16. Not only is this a fun way to forget about your taxes, you can also provide your brain with some very positive benefits. How? Your brain is a muscle, and just as you exercise your body, you can exercise your brain. When you answer trivia questions, the act of reaching for this information is a sort of mental stretching that is a great exercise for your brain. This year we’re taking our annual brain battle to the Quail Inn. The game starts promptly at 6:30 p.m., but come as early as you like for pub grub (Fish ‘n Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, or Bangers ‘n Mash for just $8.95 each). There is a special $5 corkage fee for our members, or try a Guinness for just $3. Prizes and bragging rights go to the winning teams (limit of six people per team). WHAT: Trivia Night WHEN: April 16, game begins at 6:30 p.m. WHERE: Quail Inn COST: Free—members only, please (bring money for pre-game food if you wish) BRING: A team of up to six—it’s never too early to begin recruiting!


Of course, everyone in Oakmont is welcome to come to the Berger Center on May 16 and enjoy the food trucks. Give yourself a night off from the kitchen. There will be four food trucks, so you are sure to find something to tempt your palate: 1. House Grill will also sell beer and wine; 2. El Coyote—Mexican food from Sonoma; 3. Sushi Shoubu and 4. Cookie Take a Bite desserts.

nJackie McDonald

On April 20 and 27, Playreaders will read Donald Margulies most recent play, The Country House, which ran on Broadway in October of this year. The story involves a theatrical family getting together for a weekend in the Williamstown, Massachusetts home of the family matriarch, Anna Patterson, whose lovely movie star daughter Kathy has just died. Guests include Susie, the daughter of Kathy and her father, Walter, who arrives with his beautiful new-actress girlfriend, Nell McNally. Others include Michael Astor, a family friend and famous actor, and Elliot Cooper, Anna’s brother, a struggling playwright. One reviewer reflected that Margulies perhaps aspired to reimagine Chekhov in trying to blend comedy and tragedy into what he called “one seamless package.” Readers are Susan Baggett, Marilyn Carrell, Kay Hardy, Morgan Lambert, Stephen Litzenberger and Jeffrey Scheff.

WHAT: Motown … Yesterday, Today, Forever! WHEN: May 16, doors open at 5 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 per member/guest (two guests per member welcome) BRING: Cash for the Food Trucks, BYOB

Save the date

On June 20, we’ll celebrate the Summer Solstice with the return of the fabulous Poyntlyss Sistars. This is always a great night of music and dance, so mark your calendars.

Boomer Trivia

“You are about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound, but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop, _____________!” For the answer, visit our website: www. While you’re on the website, check out our Boomerville video, view photos from our big events, become an official Oakmont Boomers member, or renew your membership. It’s still only $10 per person!

Readers of Crossword

nJulie Jones

BIG EVENT: Motown … Yesterday, Today, Forever!

This fantastic event sold out in an unprecedented five days! If that doesn’t convince you that it is important for you to join the Oakmont Boomers or renew your membership, I don’t know what will. Our big bashes are for our members only, so if you don’t want to miss out on the next one, be sure to log in to our website ( and become a member in good standing. If you have any problem with the website or PayPal, contact for assistance.

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

We thank you for your continued support and making this such a fun club!

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on April 20. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.


Some of them are stupid, some of them are just silly, some of them are important, and some of them make life easier for everybody. The Oakmont Village Library has some rules. We hope most of them fit in the last category. Please don’t put returns back on the shelves. The staff needs to check them first. Put them through the slot on the wall outside the library door. Check, then check again, that all the right DVD’s, CD’s, VHS tapes or cassettes are in their cases before you return them. Take out a couple of titles from your favorite author—not their whole bibliography at once. Other patrons like them too. Don’t bring back items that you take from the “free shelves”—add them to your home library, pass them on to friends and family, take them on vacation and swap them with other travelers, donate them to your favorite charity or resale shop if they want them. Be understanding if you find your donation on the free shelf. Because the library is bursting at its seams, we can’t keep multiple copies of books, out of date books or magazines, items that are not of general interest or appropriate for our social library. So sorry—we just can’t accept any more puzzles. No more VHS tapes either. Why? See paragraph above! Most Important Rule: Please keep visiting and enjoying the library. Even consider joining the Library Volunteers and help keep things humming!


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nDonna Kaiser

An Evening of Dining and Dancing Sponsored by the Dance Club

Kentucky derby dance is a sure winner! www.Oakmontdanceclub.

And they’re off! The Kentucky Derby is the most exciting two minutes in sports, but you can bet that our fun is going to last all evening. Come join us for an evening of celebration, southern style. Racing, hobnobbing with the elite, wagering on your pony, nibbling on a special race day banquet and toasting the winners! Dinner is being prepared by special late entry— Oakmont Market. They have enhanced our original menu from the newsletter to add a few goodies. Ladies, wear your most outrageous Derby chapeau, and men, your celebration tie/hat (if you want.). Who do you think will have the best or most creative? We also promise a few prizes and surprises. The Tom Shader Trio is equally at ease with many musical genres that provide for a variety of dance styles such as swing, cha cha, foxtrot, tango, rumba, polka, country, bossa nova, country line dance, samba, and rock. They firmly believe “If we’re not having fun, we’re doing it wrong!” Raise your silver mint julep cup high as we listen to the Tom Shader’s rendition of “My Old Kentucky Home.” Singles and couples are all welcome to join us as we celebrate the Run for the Roses. DATE: Saturday, April 25 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30 p.m. food stations by Oakmont Village Market; 7–10 p.m. dancing to the music of The Tom Shader Trio. BYOB, set-ups provided. COST: $40 for members, $45 for non-members DEADLINE: 3 p.m., Friday, April 17

MENU (note special menu changes)

Mint Juleps sans Bourbon greet you at the door.

Appetizer Station: Gourmet Cheese Platter with almonds, red grapes and assorted crackers; Black Forest Ham tea sandwiches, black olive deviled eggs/ mini quiche. Salad Station: Traditional Caesar Salad; mixed greens with strawberries, blueberries, pecans and a strawberry balsamic vinaigrette dressing; fresh grilled veggies with a balsamic reduction sauce. The Fixin’s Station: Baked potatoes with all the toppings (cheese, chives, bacon, whiskey mushrooms, sour cream and butter); Mac ‘N Cheese with applewood smoked bacon. Southern Station: Pan-Sautéed Salmon with a maple orange glaze; Southern Fried Chicken with buttermilk gravy; biscuits with honey butter. Dessert Station: Pecan Pie Bars with bourbon accented whipped cream; key lime bars; coffee, sweet tea, water.

Deadline: Friday, April 17, 3 pm

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


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


All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one. Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.


Saturday, October 31: Halloween Saturday, December 1: Holiday Monday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

Kentucky Derby Dance Reservation Saturday, April 25

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, April 17.

Name:_________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________ E-mail:____________________________________________________ Dance Club dues for 2015: $10 each or $20 per couple. Dance Club Member Dinner $40; non-Dance Club Member Dinners $45. Check enclosed for $ __________ Table name request: _______________________________________________

Entrée choices may not be changed after they are submitted. This especially includes a change of entrée during the event.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick

The ECHO Wine Country Educational Seminar, held on March 21, was well attended by representatives of homeowner associations from Marin, Sonoma, Napa and Solano Counties. Topics this year were: Management Best Practices: Defines great management and how boards can get the best from their management company. Insurance Necessities: Presents the types of insurance your association needs and how best to protect your board, the association and your community. Legal Update: Review of new laws affecting your association and what is needed to comply. Your LOMAA Board Members will be glad to discuss items of interest from the seminar. Encourage your association boards and members to attend the seminar next year. It will benefit you and your association. Next Board Meeting: Monday, May 4, 12 noon, Room B Early Notice: LOMAA Annual Workshop— Thursday, June 11, 9 a.m.–12 noon


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Retiring from the board after not running for reelection are Herm Hesse and Fran Dias. Batchelor was elected board president at the April 7 organizational meeting. Also elected were Andie Altman, vice president; Felton, secretary, and Strunka, treasurer. All votes were unanimous. Bachelor said he was proud to be working with this board, adding that he expected vigorous and courteous debate and is looking forward to reaching consensus. He said it has been a great pleasure working with Felton, whom he described as a valuable asset, especially with his engineering background. “I’m grateful for the support that I received from the Oakmont community and will do my best to live up to everyone‘s expectations,” Batchelor told the Oakmont News. “I think the board that has been selected will work extremely hard and I look forward to being a part of that team effort. As president of the board, I will always insist on openness, communication and accountability.” Felton thanked all who have him their vote and the opportunity to serve our community for another two years. He also thanked Cathy Dougherty, OVA office manager, for her work in recording minutes of board meetings and described her as a walking encyclopedia on the history of Oakmont. Hermann told the Oakmont News: “The reason I ran for the board was that I felt my experience could be of help in making some important decisions over the next couple of years, including decisions on overall OVA space needs at Berger and elsewhere, decision on recreation facilities for our residents and decisions on financing necessary improvements, assuring the development of a workable long-range plan and other important matters the board will face in the coming months. Now that I have been elected those are still exactly my major concerns.” Strunka told the Oakmont News: “First of all I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I shall do my very best to fulfill my obligations as treasurer of OVA and my fiduciary duties to the membership.”


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Wii Bowling — Oakmont Lanes

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the former Curves location on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See for club information and Summer 2015 League schedule. Remaining dates for April: Apr. 21, first week of tenweek Summer League ending July 21 with playoffs on Aug. 4. No bowling Apr. 28—fourth Tuesday.


1:30 PM League: first place team, 4 Tops—Peggy Ensley ($25), Dan Madden (Wine Glass), Carol Green ($25) and Robin Schudel (Trophy). High Games award went to Sandy Osheroff, 299 ($25) and Don Shelhart, 279 (Trophy). Ribbons for Most Improved Average went to Peggy Ensley, 47 pins and Don Shelhart, 17 pins. Substitutes: Ribbons for High Games to Beverly Thompson, 257, Al Bentham, 206 and Most Improved Average to Debbie Miller, 17 pins. 3:15 PM League: first place team, Strikes & Spares— wine glasses to Jan Blackburn, Valerie Hulsey, Al

nSusan Ramsey

Bentham and Bruce Price. Wine Glasses for High Games went to Bruce Price, 300 and Diane Price, 300. Ribbons for Most Improved Average awarded to Barbara Ford, 35 pins and Scott Harris, 14 pins. Substitutes: Ribbons for High Games to Germaine Byrne, 300; Terry Leuthner, 236; and Most Improved Average to Germaine Byrne, 42 pins.


On April 14 at 1:30 p.m., the 4 Tops, Strikers and Wii Four from the 1:30 PM League played the Strikes & Spares, Pin Heads and High Rollers from the 3:15 PM League to determine the Winter League Team Champion. After the tournament at 3 p.m. we had a meeting to give out awards and sign up for the Summer League. Results of will be in May 1 article.


Our Fifth Annual Charity Bowl-A-Thon FundRaiser was held on Saturday March 14, at Austin Creek Elementary School. Monies donated will be split 50/50 for the benefit of Rincon Valley Union School District, which includes ten schools, and the Oakmont Kiwanis. Weather was perfect. A good time was had by all, from three-year-olds to grandparents having a blast bowling while listening to DJ Benjamin Farren aka Ben Jammin. For each $25 donated, a bowler bowled for a onehour session, was given a delicious Burger King lunch with dessert and given five raffle tickets with

Single Boomers Social Club

Single Boomer Members enjoy a delicious dinner at La Rosa Tequileria and Grille during the March Bon Appetit hosted by Karen Hepner


Don’t miss out on all the fun activities we have scheduled for this year. Here’s a partial list of what we have planned. Tuesday, April 21, 4–7 p.m.: Meet up at Palooza Restaurant, 8910 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. Special food pricing and ping pong! Tuesday, May 2, 1–5 p.m., West Rec. Center Picnic Area: Bocce and Barbecue. You don’t have to be Italian to play! Bring your favorite protein to barbecue. Side salads, and dessert will be provided. After lunch we will get a brief Bocce lesson from Sal and then form teams and try our skills at getting

closest to the Pallino. Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.: Join other Single Boomers at the Classic Car Show, Berger Center. Gather at the White Oak Lawn area. Bring a chair or blanket brown bag lunch or purchase food on location. Friday, June 5, 5:30: Funky Friday Music Event at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Music by Second Line, a New Orleans-influenced funk band. Friday, June 19: “Oh What A Night”—Broadway Under The Stars Transcendence Theatre, Jack London State Park. We’ll be purchasing a group of general admission tickets so get your order in early. Saturday, July 4, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.: Kenwood 4th of July Parade and Picnic. Join other Single Boomers to watch the local parade, then stay afterwards for picnic and live music. Saturday, July 18, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.: Johnson’s Beach Fun Day More details for the above events will be sent out to SBSC members via Evite invitation for RSVP response. Please fill out the application form and drop off your $12 check to the designated SBSC folder located at the OVA Office. Please be sure to include your E-mail address so that you will receive all information of upcoming events.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC Folder along with your check to Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC), in the amount of $12. Please print. Name: ___________________________________________________________________ Date:________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail: ____________________________________________________ Phone: ____________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature: ____________________________________________________________________________________

the opportunity to be rewarded with more tickets for bowling a strike, picking up a spare/split or showing extra ordinary exuberance. Forty-five prizes were raffled off at the end of the last session. Those who donated $100 or more per bowler were entered into a Grand Prize raffle to win either an iPad or a one week stay at the Five Star Welk Resort in San Diego. Also 72 additional prizes were auctioned off online between Mar. 14 and 22. Grand Prize winner of the one-week stay at Lawrence Welk Resort is Betsy Clarke, a kindergarten teacher at Austin Creek and Rincon Valley Education Foundation board member, and winner of the iPad is Terry Leuthner. Total amount raised will be announced in future article. The 2015 Wii Bowling Tournament Online Auction was a great success. Thank you all for taking the time to support the Rincon Valley Education Foundation which in turn supports all students in all ten campuses. Congratulations to everyone who placed a winning bid, generously donated an item for auction and invited family, friends and community to make their bid to support the Rincon Valley Education Foundation. Special thanks to all our lane sponsors and prize donors, to everyone who donated/participated in bowling, to Burger King for donating all the food and ice cream pie desserts, to Scott Harris of Oakmont Financial and Katie Ruppe of Ricon Valley Union School District for all their efforts in organizing this special event and to all of our hard workers who made this event so successful.

RESULTS AS OF March 31 (tenth and final week of Winter League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Wii Four; fourth place, Alley Oops; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 279; Terry Leuthner, 232; Ed Schudel, 205; Gordon Freedman, 200. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 278; Germaine Byrne, 268; Sandy Osheroff, 247; Peggy Ensley, 243; Phyllis Jennings, 234; Kathryn Miller, 224; Florence Palica, 216; Sandy Wald, 203; Vicki Madden, 201; Vicki Robinson, 200. 3:15 PM League: first place, Stikes & Spares; second place, Pin Heads; third place, High Rollers; fourth place, Strike Outs; fifth place, Wii Power; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 277; Scott Harris, 224; Mark Attebery, 221. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Nicole Reed, 267; Valerie Hulsey, 255; Debbie Miller, 248; Shirley Jamison, 247; Mollie Atkinson, 242; Diane Price, 237; Carolyn Mack, 225; Betsy Smith, 215; Barbara Ford, 202; Judy Lawrence, 202.

nBridget Mendoza, Activities Assistant

free Classes Available at Oakmont Gardens

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


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2015

In the Spotlight: Oakmont Has Its Own Futurist In Retired Sociology Professor nJackie Reinhardt

Editor’s Note: This is part of an ongoing series of profiles of your neighbors, community members with interesting backgrounds who bring vibrancy to Oakmont.

one future, but four—the Probable, It is fortuitous that Oakmont has the Possible, the Preferable and the its own research expert, sociologist Preventable. “The first we drift into, and futurist in residence just as the the second requires reform effort, the community is pursuing a long-range third is the most controversial and the planning initiative. fourth could be our undoing if we fail Dr. Arthur Shostak and his wife, Lynn to pursue constructive humanistic Seng, relocated here to be near family possibilities,” he explained. and escape winters in Philadelphia For Oakmont, Art sees the probable where he is an emeritus sociology future as continuing to update professor at Drexel University. facilities and pursue tried and proven In three years they’ve become an activities. A possible future might integral part of the community. Art include such creative ventures as is heavily involved in the Research Arthur Shostak and his wife, “welcoming an affordable on-site B&B, Group which developed the Futures Lynn Seng. (Photo by purchasing low-cost residential solar Survey for the OVA’s Long-Range Michel Reinhardt) energy equipment, offering a vast Planning Committee and will help array of outdoor sculpture and opening an upscale interpret the results. Lynn is the president of HEARS, consignment store.” an advocacy group for hearing-challenged residents; “A preferable future could see far more Oakmonters a COPE leader and popular Zumba teacher. Together participating in community governance and in 100they started an Oakmont Havurah, a Jewish social plus avocational offerings,” Art said. “Their ranks club, and oversee a community garden plot. When Art isn’t working on the last of 34 books (class, ethnicity, lifestyle and race) could be more he has “fathered” dealing with social problems and diversified than at present.” reforms, he engages in mind-stretching activities Finally, the preventable future is one in which such as the Current Events Club, the Sunday property values and morale decline due to inaction Symposium, Great Decisions discussion series and and Oakmont not appealing as much to Boomer an Oakmont Book Club. He also belongs to the retirees as other senior communities. Oakmont Democratic Club. He strives to walk 10,000 Art remains confident, however, that Oakmonters steps a day, goes to the gym three times a week and can find an optimum mix of elements among these plays tennis. four scenarios. Having taught courses in Futuristics, Art is (Read more about Dr. Arthur Shostak online at www. eminently qualified to look ahead, but he sees not

Oakmont Volunteer Opportunities Fair

nMarsha Zolkower

Ooh! Ooh! WHEN: Thursday, April 23 I’ll do it! Pick me! TIME: 12 Noon–2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center OVA invites all resident to attend the Oakmont Volunteer Opportunities Fair. This first-time event will be a huge opportunity for you to meet with at least 23 different non-profit organizations throughout Sonoma County, who are each seeking their own volunteers. Come and learn how you can make a difference. In addition to the volunteer opportunities, we have invited Experience Works, a non-profit agency which provides employment opportunities for older workers. Attending organizations: American Cancer Society, Bright Haven, Canine Companions for Independence, Charles M. Schultz Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Oakmont (OVA, Vol. Helpers and Visual Aids), Kid Street Charter School, Redwood Empire Food Bank, Pets Lifeline, Rose Parade, Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival, Santa Rosa Comm. Health Centers, Santa Rosa City Schools, Sonoma Shakespeare Avalon Players, Sonoma Live Arts, United Way Wine Country and Relay for Life, YMCA, Volunteer Center of Sonoma Country, Sonoma Valley Historical Society, The Center for Social and Environmental Stewardship, Sonoma League for Historical Preservation and Sonoma Classical Music Society.

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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Announces the Return of the Goodwill Donation Truck

OVA Presents a Series of Health Lectures “How to Optimize Your Medical Care”

nMarsha Zolkower, OVA

nMarsha Zolkower

Time to clean out those closets and garages, as OVA announces the return of the Goodwill Donation Truck. You can find the truck parked in the upper parking lot of the West Recreation Center at 6470 Meadowridge Drive. They will be accepting donations on the first Saturday of every month from 9 a.m.–1 p.m., beginning April 4.

Oakmont Community Toxic Waste Collection

nMarsha Zolkower


Call 795-2025 Mon.–Fri. from 7:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (or leave a message anytime). E-mail: toxicsdisposal@ DATE: Tuesday, May 5 TIME: 3–8 p.m. WHERE: Upper West Rec. Parking Lot (tennis court side). Please do not show up without an appointment. LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (with a maximum of 5 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 or business waste.

nErnie Rose

Dr. Deborah Hunter, M.D. is conducting a series of three lectures in Oakmont. Her first talk on April 7 was titled, “How to Get the Most out of Your Doctor’s Appointment.” Dr. Hunter reviewed 16 key health points to discuss with your doctor during each visit. The second lecture on April 14 was titled “Recommended Preventative Measures for Seniors.” These measures include immunizations and health screenings. For the third and final lecture on April 21 the subject will be “How Your Medications Maybe Affecting Your Health.” Join us. Dr. Hunter cannot answer any personal health questions, but will address your general questions after her lectures.

Dr. Deborah Hunter is a Board-Certified Internal Medicine physician with 14 years of clinical practice experience in a wide variety of medical settings. She has practiced Internal Medicine at The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio; The Ochsner Clinic in New Orleans, LA; and at The Preventive Medicine and Urgent Care Clinic located at The World Trade Center in New York City. She has also provided medical care to our country’s war veterans for many years. TIME: 6–7:30 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center DATE: April 21 COST: $5 at the door

OVA Brings You the Rohnert Park Kut-Ups Mini-Show “Seasons of Love”

nMarsha Zolkower

WHAT: A Live Music and Dance Revue WHEN: Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive COST: Free admission!

Photo from the July, 2014 at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center

Documentary Film Masterworks For many who are concerned about the future of our planet, environmentalism and the movement toward the “greening of the earth” is a cause worth fighting for. It recognizes the dangers of excessive carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and the acceleration of climate change with all of its troubling consequences. Environmentalists seek alternatives to the pollution caused by fossil fuels (like gasoline and coal), urging an increased investment in clean approaches using wind and solar sources for the generation of power. Above all, they see the damage already done by disasters like Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima. They now worry about the challenges to human existence that can result from the 100 commercially owned nuclear reactors built in America during the 1960s and 1970s. The United States is now the world’s largest supplier of commercial nuclear power. It now generates 33% of the world’s nuclear electricity. That is of grave concern to many in the movement who tend to view nuclear energy plants as a most threatening reality. But one of the hallmarks of well informed people is the capacity to understand the position of those whose views differ from their own. The first third of a provocative new documentary film called Pandora’s Promise (89 min.) reiterates many of the arguments

supporting environmentalist’s efforts, but then goes on to ask why it is that some of the former leaders in that movement have had second thoughts about its efficacy. A growing number of them are bucking the climate of public fear, very effectively generated by environmental advocates, by providing an alternative point of view about the role of nuclear energy generation in helping to address the world energy crisis. It is always disturbing to have one’s primary assumptions challenged, especially when they deal with long-held values about matters related to our survival on this planet. Nonetheless, advances in human knowledge often come when we are prompted to question what we have always believed. This film, and the views that it reflects provide much food for thought. And that in itself should be reason enough to weigh the merits of its content. Note: Helping to facilitating our post-film discussion of some of the issues raised will be fellow Oakmont resident John Day. During his time in the Air Force, John worked on an early attempt to build a nuclear powered airplane. He now serves as President of the Stanford Club at Oakmont. WHEN: Thursday, April 16, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose


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nEd Low

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Start from Park Trail Drive on to Rough Go Trail. This trail is a steep rough path to Lake Ilsanjo. Continue on Lake Trail around the lake. Lunch at a picnic area. Return via Spring Creek Trail. Hike distance is approximately 5.6 miles, elevation gain 660’. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Zlatica and George Hasa, 843-4527.


We will go up the East Ridge Trail to Bull Frog Pond, come back by way of the Pool Ridge Trail. This is considered a strenuous hike of about eight miles and approximately 1,800’ of elevation gain. Bring poles and water. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent.


Our annual wild flowers hike. It will likely be somewhere in Annadel. We will be doing part of the hike at a strolling pace, partly because of the flowers (and partly because the leader likes to talk?) This is a real hike (about five miles, with some hill climbing). It is not just a stroll in the park. Don’t forget lunch. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Dick Shlegeris leads, 537-6514.


Imagine a viewpoint where you can look far up the Sonoma Coast to the north, down to Point Reyes to the south, and all the way to Hood Mountain and Oakmont to the east. Then maybe add in an eagle and beautiful hills and wild flowers? But a warning: This hike is six miles and 1,000’, which is at the very top of the limits for an intermediate hike. (Fine for our heartier intermediate hikers, but if you have any doubts, please give the leader a call.) Please, no guest hikers due to limited parking. Dick Shlegeris, 537-6514 is the Oakmont leader, although the actual hike will be led by the Sonoma Land Trust on this beautiful land not yet open to the public.


Oakmont Hikers has 35 rooms set aside for those dates at La Quinta Inn, 2401 Del Monte Blvd, Monterey. Front desk phone is (831) 373-7100 to reserve a room for $119 a night.

Oat Hill Mine Trail (photo by Maurice Fliess)

World War II Memorial, Presidio (photo by Joanne Evilsizer)

Cocktail party with refreshments and appetizers will be on Monday and Tuesday evenings at the La Quinta breakfast room. Wednesday night dinner will be at Gianni’s in Monterey. Dear Monterey Tri-niter participant, You are one of the 60 hikers who have signed up for the buffet dinner which will be served in a banquet room reserved for our club. The menu includes meat, veggie lasagna, assorted pizzas, Cesar and green salads and soft drinks with free refills. There is no tip. The cost per hiker is $16. Beer, wine and desserts can be ordered separately. Please mail a check no later than April 15 made out to Oakmont Hiking Club to Jason Wilkenfeld, 431 Woodley Place, Santa Rosa, 95409. FYI: The Gianni’s dinner list is closed as of today. Important note: After making the reservation at La Quinta Inn please contact George or Zlatica Hasa at 843-4527 or E-mail: Let us know if you will be attending the Wednesday night dinner at Gianni’s.


This hike begins in the parking lot of the Vallejo Mansion. Then hike to the cemetery, enter the Sonoma Overlook hiking area. Back to the summit. Hike is about 3.5 miles with about 400–500’ of elevation gain. Return trails optional. Check with hike leaders about lunch. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Leo and Carolyn McKenna, 539-7714.


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

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Oakmont Pet Grooming Oakmont’s Paw Spa is now Oakmont Pet Grooming. The shop was purchased recently by Melissa McMullen who, along with manager Debra Sedeno, plans to offer bathing, grooming and trimming services Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by appointment on Saturdays. Location and phone number remain the same: 6574 Oakmont Dr., 384-9799, and the there is a new website, You can contact Melissa directly at 641-3116 or

Passages Kenneth W. Todd, 26-year Oakmont resident, passed away March 24. Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

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The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. 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 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. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.

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Valley of the Moon Rotary

nJohn Brodey

Hard at Play

Fund-raising is hard work as evidenced by this year’s Crab Feed, which was our most successful ever, so thank you again for your support. However, all of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary can occasionally forget how important it is to play hard as well. It’s one thing to volunteer our time and financially support many great causes, but in the process of doing so we should not overlook another rewarding aspect of Rotary—fellowship. And nothing oils the wheels of fellowship like spending a few hours as a group sipping terrific wines, munching on some delectable bites and watching the sun turn the hills a golden brown. We recently had the chance to do that very thing at Landmark Vineyards right here in Kenwood. We had a great gathering in the gardens on a perfect Friday afternoon and were among the first to taste Landmark’s new Pinot Gris while grazing on some wonderful offerings from Earth’s Bounty at Skyhawk. It was a free-range experience that reminds us of how lucky we are to live in paradise. You won’t find us missing out on any opportunities to smell the roses and taste the grapes.

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck


How many million Aprils came before I ever knew How white a cherry bough could be, a bed of squills, how blue. And many a dancing April when life is done with me, Will lift the blue flame of the flower and the white flame of the tree. Oh burn me with your beauty then, oh hurt me tree and flower, Lest in the end death try to take Even this glistening hour. Sara Teasdale, Blue Squills, 1920


WHAT: This year we will be visiting four Sonoma County nurseries and having lunch at the French Garden Restaurant in Sebastopol WHEN AND WHERE: Depart the Berger Center parking lot on April 22 promptly at 9 a.m.; return to Berger Center by 4:30 p.m. This trip is filled.


Sandy Metzger, master gardener, will talk about “Habitat Gardening for Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Bugs.” She’ll discuss garden conditions favored by wildlife and how thoughtful planning for these creatures creates a healthy garden. In her colorful slide show she’ll present many varieties of flowers and shrubs, all of which grow well in Sonoma County and most of which are drought tolerant. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, May 19 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

Pickleball Expo Huge Success!

nTom Kendrick

Curiosity seekers, future pickleballers, skeptics and folks looking for free food came to the Berger Center to see for themselves what all the hullaballoo is about. They weren’t disappointed as they left with newfound knowledge of the game, a few chuckles and full tummies (courtesy of Sequoia Senior Solutions). A Powerpoint presentation, which included national news stories from CBS and NBC was shown, as well as a cross-section of pickleballers, of which 70% are over age 65. A brief update was given on the proposed Central Park project. The audience was informed that plans have been submitted to the city, which has ordered sound testing and a public forum. After those hurdles have (hopefully) been crossed, the project will then go back to OVA for further study and construction bids. Following the 30-minute presentation, there was a Q&A portion, with one resident asking about the proposed “quiet” balls. The audience was informed that although the balls are indeed quieter, they alter the game and were soundly rejected by players. The Pickleball Club continues to explore sound mitigating tools, such as quieter paddles and noise-reduction barriers. Next came the fun part. The new Dick’s Sporting Goods near Coddingtown donated 11 gift coupons. Rather than simply handing them out, folks who had never held a paddle before were told that if they could rally the ball (on the temporary court setup) five times, they would win a coupon. An enthusiastic group of arthritic rookies lined up for the challenge and the coupons were gone in no time. (A young woman in her early 20s showed up, but after an ID check she was arrested).


Jerry and John

John speaking to group

• It’s not too late to plant drought-tolerant plants such as ceanothus, cotoneaster, Fremontodendron, manzanita and rosemary. Dig planting holes the same depth as the rootball and at least twice as wide. It’s usually better to plant these in un-amended soil. After planting, add a 2-3” layer of mulch around the plants, keeping it about an inch away from trunks and stems. • As you groom the garden, add trimmings to the compost pile along with fruit and vegetable waste. To help the plant material break down faster, chop or shred it into smaller pieces, then toss it onto the pile, alternating 6” layers of brown material (dry leaves, straw and tree prunings) with 6” layers of green matter (fresh lawn clippings and weeds without seed heads). Keep the pile as damp as wrung-out sponge and turn it frequently. • Saw seeds of warm-season crops, such as beans, corn and squash; set out seedlings of eggplant, peppers and tomatoes.

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Pickleball rookies show off their newly-won coupons! A big thank-you to Dick’s Sporting Goods and the Sequoia Senior Solutions!

Such is the ease of the game—on their very first try, most folks were able to keep a sustained rally going and were instantly hooked. Over 20 newbies attended the following Monday’s beginners’ clinic and many were overheard touting how much fun they had, how much better they felt, and how all sicknesses and ailments had disappeared. (Honest!). Pickleball—the funny game with the funny name, but lots of fun, all the same! WHO: Pickleball members and guests WHERE: Two courts with portable nets on East Rec. Court #4 WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon, Monday through Saturday is drop-in play for all players, all skill levels—no reservations required. Reservations (at the club website) are recommended outside of the 10 a.m. to noon drop-in period. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise, and meet nice people WEBSITE: CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266,


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2015

nDan Crossland

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

New Research on World War II

New research into an old war will be the order of the day for the Sons in Retirement (SIR) April 22 luncheon in Oakmont. Author Christopher O’Sullivan will discuss some new revelations about World War II from his just-released book Harry Hopkins: FDR’S Envoy to Churchill and Stalin. The new information is the result of two decades of research in scores of documentary collections around the world. O’Sullivan received a BA degree in American History from UC Berkeley and then an MA and Ph.D. in International History from the London School of Economics. He has lectured at the FDR Presidential

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Library and at the Library of Congress and delivered the keynote address at the United Nations’ 60th anniversary session. His work has drawn numerous other prizes and awards, with his interests centering on FDR, the New Deal Era and World War II. His latest book, Frank Knox: Rough Rider in FDR’s War Cabinet, is expected later this year. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. Our social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at 12 noon catered by Café Europe. Any Oakmont men interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.

The Red Cross Comes To Oakmont

nPat Barclay, Chair, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee

In coordination with the OEPC, the American Red Cross conducted training in March for Oakmont residents covering Adult CPR, AED, and First Aid. Over 50 residents participated in the classes, with many others turned away as the response was unexpectedly high and classes filled up very quickly. Based on the high level of interest the OEPC is hoping to offer additional classes later this year. The Red Cross classes were offered for free under a Red Cross Grant providing training for seniors. The grant expires at the end of June, with hope expressed by the Red Cross instructor Cyndy Cservenyak that the program will be renewed. To help ensure the program’s continuation, the OEPC suggests that those who valued the training, or who look forward to future classes, let the Red Cross know by expressing your appreciation and support. The Red Cross representatives to contact are: Joseph Edwards, Director of California Safe Corps, American Red Cross—Los Angeles Region, 11355 Ohio Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025, E-mail: Joseph.; Crystal Silva, Disaster Program Manager, American Red Cross—California Northwest, 5297 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95403, E-mail: In related news, the OVA has entered into an agreement with the Red Cross to establish disaster shelters within Oakmont. This agreement, proposed by the OEPC, is intended to restore many of the emergency

nDorrelle Aasland, Chair

Spring Awards Luncheon

WHEN: Wednesday, May 13, 11:30 a.m. WHERE: Oakmont Quail Inn COST: $20 DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION: May 7 CHAIRPERSON: Florence Boxerman, 539-3743 Please make checks payable to Oakmont Visual Aids and mail to Dorrelle Aasland, 7358 Oakmont Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. We look forward to seeing you all at this luncheon. Quail Inn has offered a lovely lunch of Chicken Crepe, roasted potatoes, fresh fruit cup and dessert. This will be followed by awards and then an afternoon of bridge. Let Florence know if you would prefer a vegan plate. Please bring $1 for winnings for the day. It is now time to sign up for our 2015–2016 season which will run from September through April. Please complete the form and either mail it with your check for $15 to me with your lunch reservation of $20 or bring it to the luncheon. Newcomers are welcome to sign up for next year and I urge you to encourage them to call me at 537-1518.

center functions that had to be removed from the OEPC Charter in 2014. When fully implemented, the shelter agreement will provide for Red Cross provisioning and staffing of selected Oakmont facilities in the event of a disaster. The recently executed agreement is only the first step in the process. The remaining steps—to be jointly worked by the Red Cross, the OVA, and OEPC—will include: reviews to determine available facility resources and occupancy limits; provisioning needs and storage requirements, facility activation plans, and identification of key personnel. Once the shelter process is underway, the OEPC will begin recruiting residents to form a Red Cross Disaster Response Team here in Oakmont. In a typical scenario, the Red Cross sends volunteers to staff emergency shelters when they are activated. These volunteers cover many disciplines and are trained and certified by the Red Cross. Rather than wait for a Red Cross response team to arrive in Oakmont during an emergency, it is the goal of the OEPC to already have such teams in place, staffing the shelters. All required Red Cross training and certification would be conducted here in Oakmont, and response team members would not be required to travel to other Red Cross shelters. If interested, please keep an eye out in future issues of the Oakmont News or E-mail your contact information to

nJoan Lounsbery

FOLK MUSIC 2.0: The Road Less Traveled Presenter: Ernie Rose

Although Ernie Rose is better known in Oakmont for his documentary film screenings, he served for several years as the Dean of the College of Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico before retiring. In that role he was responsible for programs in art history, painting, sculpture, lithography, photography, film, theater, dance, and music, as well as for the renowned University Art Museum. Classical music has always been of great interest to Ernie Rose Ernie, especially some of the early works from the thousand-year period before the time of Mozart. Here in Oakmont he has given presentations on both Baroque and Renaissance music performance, on some of the lesser known, but influential, composers of the British Isles between the two World Wars, and on international music, much of it rooted in traditional folk melodies from around the world. When our generation thinks of American folk music, names like Bob Dylan, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Woody Guthrie, and Simon and Garfunkel spring to mind. But folk melodies also inspired a great many classical works by important composers in other parts of the world. And traditional music from other cultures, particularly dance music, has often attained popularity that rivals that which is heard in the U.S. In his current presentation, Ernie shares with us some of his favorite discoveries that very few people have heard before. Some of them date well before the 8th century Gregorian Chants. Others are very contemporary in tone and lyrics. He concludes with a brief look at music of the Moslem faith which remains a central element in Middle Eastern prayer rituals. WHEN: Tuesday, May 5 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free Admission


It’s sign-up time for next season’s Visual Aids Bridge

Marathon. You may also bring this to the luncheon. Please note on your sign-up the name of your partner! New players, or those needing a partner, are welcome and should call me.

Sign-up form

Please fill in the form below and return, along with your check for $15, made out to Oakmont Visual Aids, and mail to Dorrelle Aasland, 7358 Oakmont Dr., 537-1518. Deadline for checks is July 25. Advanced: Name_________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________ Intermediate: Name_________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2015

Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

If you’re not playing, please volunteer to help with the set up, check-in table, food station or many other areas in need of help. We also need volunteers to act as umpires. If you can accommodate us in any of these positions, please E-mail Kathleen Connelly at kacogal@ or call her at 537-8638. Every volunteer will receive a Wine Country Games shirt.

nRay and Marie Haverson

may 2: cinco de mayo celebration featuring charlie bAKER AND COMPANY

WHEN: Saturday, May 2 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:30 p.m., dinner 5–6 p.m., music 6–9:30 p.m. COST: $35 per member, $38 per member’s guests, $45 per non-member; best deal is $47, includes membership from January1, 2015 to January 1, 2016. MENU: Beef or cheese enchiladas, tamales, rice, beans, tossed green salad with strawberries, make your own taco stand, coffee, tea, lemon water, ice and whipped cream cake with mixed fruit filling. As always it is BYOB. We will have a blender for those who want to make Margaritas or other blended drinks. For your listening and dancing pleasure we will feature the great Charlie Baker and Company! The stage is now set for a fantastic time! So don’t miss this one get your checks in early as we will sell out very fast. This is the only event of the year that we feature fun gag gifts, door prizes and of course our famous conga line!


May 2: Cinco De Mayo with the great Charlie Baker July 4: 60s Style BBQ with the great Hot Rod Band August 29: Country Hoe Down BBQ with ½ lb hamburgers, ¼ lb hot dogs and Ray’s famous chili (not to be missed). Music to be announced, not yet determined. October 3: Not yet set up December 12: Back by popular demand The Rat Pack Holiday Show with a Surprise Guest Star Feel free to call us at 539-6666 or E-mail haversonr@ with any questions.

Oakmont Community Church

nLaurie Hartmann, Director of Worship and Arts

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive.

the sermon series: The Apostle’s Creed

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

Sunday, April 19

Dan will continue preaching from the Apostle’s Creed, Debbie Knapp will be at the piano and Sylvan Eidleman on the violin.

Sunday, April 26

Dan will preach on the phrase, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.” Catherine Carnahan will play the piano and is bringing her vocal group from Redwood Covenant Church to sing for us, along with Sylvan Eidleman on violin.


Where did everybody go?

Words fascinate me. When I read that some sports reporters stated the Chris Borland, the San Francisco rookie linebacker (24 years old), decided he didn’t want to continue playing pro football any longer, they used the words retired and quit. IMO “retired” would refer to ending many years of doing the same work or staying years on a job. Quitting connotes realizations such as “I can’t do it” or “I don’t like it.” Apparently, Borland no longer wanted to pursue his professional football career, which he worked hard to attain. He did this over concerns for his longterm health issues. He put more emphasis on his health than financial gains. To me, that’s admirable. He tried the sport and walked away. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. Try is the point I’d like non-bowlers to think about. Consider, if you are in relatively good physical condition, Lawn Bowling. Lawn Bowling requires minimal effort, yet the health rewards can be very beneficial. Like Borland, you’ll never know unless you try. Stop by the green Monday through Saturday around 12:15 p.m. and ask any lawn bowler how to get started.


The Wine Country Lawn Bowling Senior Games in Oakmont take place on June 12 and 13. To date we have 16 teams registered with room for two more teams. Until April 15, the registration fee is $35 plus a $5 player fee. The $5 fee allows you to play in as many games as you like. After April 15, the registration fee will be $40 plus the $5. To register, go on to or call Leigh Galten at the Council on Ageing at 525-0143 ext. 121 for more information.

The 50th Anniversary Tea Party, although sold out, has a waiting list. Contact me at 539-6729 if interested. Sign up to help welcome Leisure Town bowlers when they come to our Daily Draw on Wednesday, June 24. See Bulletin Board for details. How about those new rakes and scoreboards. A big thank-you to you know who. Jerry Garland led his morning and afternoon April Fool’s Day Tournament teams to victory. The morning team had the largest point spread of the day. Mike Harris’ afternoon team enjoyed the largest point spread of the afternoon. Guess who showed up at our green this past week? Yes indeed, none other than Jack Wabbit.


All the stops are being pulled out at the East Rec. Center on Friday, June 26 from 5–8 p.m. for “Where Were You In 1965” cocktail party. We will enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres catered by the Oakmont Village Market, and indulge in scrumptious anniversary cake with coffee or tea. To start the evening, we will all join in a celebratory complimentary toast to our birthday and to each other as we celebrate 50 years of lawn bowling in Oakmont! As usual, BYOB to enjoy sips with your bites. Ice, sodas and water will be provided. A special big-screen presentation staring club members who answered Winkee Entertainment’s casting call will be debuted (uncensored), and music, merriment and prizes galore will add to the celebration. Don’t miss out on this fabulous night of celebrating OLBC’s Golden Anniversary! The price for this exceptional, once-in-a-lifetime event is only $22.50 per person/partner and $25 per guest. Complete the form below and put it, along with your check made out to OLBC, in the Lawn Bowling folder in the OVA Office by Friday, June 19. That’s right, reservations close Friday, June 19!

“WHERE WERE YOU IN 1965?” COCKTAIL PARTY FRIDAY, JUNE 26, 5–8 PM, EAST REC. CENTER Name/s_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________ E-mail____________________________________________________________ Number of guests at $22.50__________ Number of guests at $25__________ Total enclosed______________________

nRichard Duncan

Drop-In Chess

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 richardgduncan@ or at 225-0661.


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Oakmont HEARS

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson

nLynn Seng, President

Oakmont HEARS Survey Report


Members must sign up by April 14 to play in the Meet Play Love tennis event—for all skill levels. Players will meet April 18, 8 a.m., East Courts (with play at West and East courts). E-mail or call Sumner Johnson (rumford31@; 539-3758), or register on OTC bulletin boards. Indicate your name, phone number, Jonni Schween and Jill E-mail and tennis level Gossard, “Shades of Gray” (A, B or C). Coffee and women’s doubles light refreshments will be served on the East Rec. patio (note “hub” change to East). If you’re not playing, come out to support the club and to meet our newest members! It’s too late to register for the Spring Fling (April 18, 5 p.m., East Rec.). But those of us Eva McGinn and Fritz who signed up are Spotleson, USTA mixed looking forward to a fun doubles night in the company of some great people. The club is providing music, nonalcoholic beverages and an ice cream float bar. Dinner is potluck. If your last name begins with A–K, bring a salad or side dish to share; if your last name begins with L–Z, bring an entrée to share. Bring your dollars; we may conduct another raffle.


Calling club members at all skill levels to play in the May 2 Round Robin. Sign up by April 28. E-mail or call Sumner Johnson (; 5393758), or register on the OTC court bulletin boards. Meet for social tennis at 8 a.m., West Courts (with play at West and East Courts). Provide your name, phone number, E-mail and tennis level (A, B or C). Coffee will be served early in the morning. Then, stay for a hotdog, beer or soda, chips and dessert (there will be a donation jar).

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.


April 17: Karen Krestensen April 24: Jim Duport Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

According to WebMD, “advanced age is the most common cause of hearing loss. One out of three people aged 65–74 has some level of hearing loss. After age 75, that ratio goes up to one out of every two people.” Hearing loss is a serious problem for all of us in Oakmont, whether for the individual who struggles all the time with difficulty hearing, or for any person who is trying to communicate with him or her, sometimes in the face of denial. To learn more, Oakmont HEARS (Hearing Education, Advocacy, Resources, and Support) distributed a survey at the end of January to the 109 members of Oakmont HEARS, of whom 47 (43%) completed it. Michael Gough briefs members with President Neil Linneball and Treasurer Paula Lewis


About 90 OTC members met at the East Rec. on March 18 for wine and a light dinner of Caesar salad, rolls, pasta, sausage and peppers and cake (thanks to Terri Somers) and to receive the 2015 OTC Roster (thanks to Zlatica Hasa). Dues-paying members who didn’t attend can find their name-labeled roster in the OVA Office tennis folder. Members appreciated hearing from Cassie Turner who took members’ questions. We had fun bidding on two cakes, raising funds for a fabulous end-ofthe-year party. And, we heard about the new OTC website (! Web sign-on instructions are on the back of your roster. In addition to viewing the latest club news on the OTC website, check out the “Court Usage at Oakmont” document that was submitted to the OVA Board. This report can be found on the Officers page.


…contact Membership Director, Paula Lewis, 3320433, Dues are a low $20/year. Don’t play tennis? Join for the social events and save on admission!

nBetsy Smith

Zentangle™ Art Classes

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


Monday, April 27: Black tiles TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $8 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


Outstanding among the findings is consensus that hearing is difficult in the large meeting spaces (Berger, East Rec. and West Rec.), and somewhat in the smaller meeting rooms. Some residents have given up attending activities because of these difficulties. Many who responded revealed difficulty recognizing, understanding, and/or using technology associated with hearing aids.


The Oakmont Village Association’s (OVA) Board of Directors (BoD) and its Management Office have already demonstrated their eagerness to improve conditions in Oakmont for everyone who has difficulty hearing at events. An Ad Hoc Committee has been formed by the president, John Felton, that is focusing on the technological solutions, including having better equipment installed or available in every meeting room, large and small. Staff members in the OVA Office are being informed as to what sound equipment is available for events so as to better advise groups that request rooms for events. And questions regarding hearing loss were included in the Oakmont-wide survey. HEARS recommends OVA consider the following additional actions: 1. Guidelines to be created of what minimal sound equipment should be requested and provided for various events in existing meeting rooms; 2. A policy to be established that requires every event to have audio equipment on hand, according to these guidelines; 3. Upon request, a trained staff member to be present during the group’s set-up time of each event, to answer questions, demonstrate operation, and solve problems; 4. All persons who reserve meeting space to be given a set of instructions and responsibilities for the proper use of audio equipment and for ensuring good hearing for all participants; 5. Clear and concise instructions for presenters to be posted in every meeting room that advises them on how to best communicate with their audience; 6. Periodically, recommendations to be sent to the leadership of every Oakmont organization, advising them of their responsibility for good hearing in their meetings, and reminding them of best practices (such as 4–6 above). HEARS also suggests that Oakmonters be more willing to acknowledge when they are having problems and to seek evaluation. They need to become better educated as to the resources available for improving their hearing—and thus their lives— and encouraged to invest the time, energy and, yes, money, necessary. By assessing the problems, securing the best information and equipment, and implementing appropriate practices, joint efforts by OVA and Oakmonters can enhance the quality of life for all Oakmonters.


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(Formerly Zumba Fit and Fun!) nLynn Seng, Instructor

now there are two ZUMBA speeds

Débutant: Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m. The beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, who wants to build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above! Avancé: Tuesdays 8:30–9:45a.m., Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m. The experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. All classes are in the old Beauty Parlor behind McBride’s at Oakmont and Stonebridge. The first two classes are free. Classes are $10 per week or discounted at five weeks for $40 or 10 weeks for $60, with no expiration. Come check it out. What do you have to lose?

nBetsy Smith

Cardio Fitness Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. No class on Thursday, April 30 TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30– 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is currently being held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water if you have them. We have equipment if you do not have any, so come on down! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Spring into good health this spring by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

Balance and Strength Class

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! No class Wed., April 29 TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class will be held at the old Beauty Parlor at the corner of Oakmont Drive and Stonebridge COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Move into spring with better balance and strength by joining the Balance and Strength (All the Toys) Class. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so please come and exercise with us!

Tai Chi for Beginners

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9–10 AM, Berger Center

YMCA Healthy Living: An exciting rotation of instructors from YMCA Healthy Living. JoRene continues her excellent Monday class. Wednesday’s instructors are rotating. This Wednesday, April 15, we have Tredia’s Funky Fitness and jingly hip scarves. They improve hip mobility and they are fun! “Hello, I’m Tredia. My YMCA classes are choreographed dance to old school soundtrack: soul, funk, and R&B, with a little Rock ‘N’ Roll thrown in. You’ll Boogie to music you have not heard in a while, and it’s so much fun!”

nKate Ha

Yippee! We are back to the West Rec. Center for our Tai Chi classes on Thursdays at 9 a.m. beginning April 16. With spring here, put a spring in your step and improve your balance and flexibility with this ancient slow Chinese exercise that calms the mind, improves breathing and reduces stress. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. You can start any Thursday. Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. I began practicing Tai Chi in China and California over 45 years ago and have been teaching it at Sonoma State University and Oakmont for the last 28 years. There is nothing I would rather do than encourage seniors to practice this gentle exercise to improve health. Call me today.

Fridays, 9–10:15 AM, Berger Center (may 8 at East Rec.)

Stretch, Body Conditioning and Balance—SRJC Class: Exercises are done standing, sitting in a chair and on the mat. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, Therabands (available in class for $5), athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, water bottle and hand towel. For more details on classes and instructors, please visit the Oakmont Health Initiative website: https:// home. Word to the wise: A fall may cause serious injury. If you are new to exercise, keep your steps very small, do not cross your feet and bend your knees to keep your center of gravity low. Be careful dear ones. Choose the entry level that is right for you, and then watch the improvement. YMCA’s Monday and Wednesday classes are designed for active adults. Friday Free Fitness class is a gentle stretch, body conditioning and balance class and a nice place to begin your exercise program. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. We recommend you to start with a smaller paid class or personal trainer. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen.

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

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

Lap Swim Club

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy… Sunshine on my shoulders makes me burn. Ouch! The umbrellas are back! Enjoy the healthy shade they provide. The East Pool is looking good again. And please before you leave lower all umbrellas as the winds can damage the cloth. Then we’d have less shade. Thanks, everyone, for keeping all umbrellas in good shape.

Flip Turn News

Join our lap group. We not only work out all seasons, we assist and report any repairs, etc. seen. Send your name and E-mail to and a website invite will arrive. Go on, create own password, add your info and viola! You’re in. No dues. Happy lapping!

Buddhist Meeting

nPennijean Savage

April 25 Transforming the Sufferings of Birth and Death

“President Ikeda stresses the importance of Buddhist practice to accumulate the treasures of the heart in this existence, in order to transcend the sufferings of birth and death, and achieve a life state of eternal happiness.”—Living Buddhism, March 2015, p. 60. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, April 25 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, April 25, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 538-3369 or me at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


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Water Fitness nTom Pugliese

Fitness Club

Survey Results Summary

The Fitness Club would like to thank those who took the time to participate in our recent survey and share their ideas, suggestions, constructive criticism and praise. A more detailed summary is available on the Fitness Center Bulletin Board and our website ofcoakmont/home. Please consider bookmarking this website as we will be sharing more information about upcoming events and making documents available for downloading. Of the 181 respondents, 84% were already club members (although some had not paid their dues yet) and many of the non-members expressed interest in joining. Club dues pay our trainer’s salary and at the current membership level, our budget will be in the red before year-end. Seventy-six percent of those responding requested John Phillip’s assistance and gave him a high mark of 91%. A copy of the club membership form is available on the home page of our website for downloading. The two guest speaking events, “How to Prevent Having Falls” by Vanessa Kettler (83 attendees) and “Food Choices for Healthy Aging” by Chris Bekins (51 attendees), were attended by 44 of the respondents with 17 attending both. They received ratings of 4.0 and 3.7 respectively out of 5.0. There were many excellent recommendations for future presentations (including repeats of the above). People learned about Fitness Club events and activities in many ways: Oakmont News (35%), Fitness Center Bulletin Board (21%), Fitness Center TV Monitor (12%), OVA Bulletin Boards (11%), Cassie’s E-blast (11%), Nextdoor Oakmont (6%) and Buzz (3%). Most of the respondents (86%) did not attend our open house events in October. Many cited conflicting schedules, including work although one open house was scheduled from 5–7 p.m. We will rethink future scheduling to be more inclusive. Many agreed that at least an annual open house for Oakmont newcomers is beneficial. The top two recommendations for future improvements were equipment in general (28%) and more space (18%). These are in line with our current goals of providing the latest equipment and expanding the gym footprint subject to OVA approval and budget considerations. Regarding equipment, 30% generically requested more and better equipment, 15% specifically requested more recumbent bikes and elliptical trainers (15%). Additional spin bikes, tread mills and a stair stepper were also listed. Given our current space constraints, any new equipment would need to replace an existing piece. Fifteen percent of the respondents felt that the Fitness Center was OK as is.


WHEN: Wed., May 27 from 1:30–2:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center The OFC is hosting a presentation by Robert Leavitt, PT, MPT, OCS, JSCC and VP of Operations at Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy (OSPT). Learn more about this exercise regimen developed specifically to address the movement impairments for people with Parkinson’s disease and other similar neurologic impairments and related deficits. The presentation will review the development of the program, theory it is based upon, research behind it, method of delivery and will outline and demonstrate the exercises per the protocol.

nCathy Rapp

Don’t wait another minute! Hop into your swim suit and work out those winter kinks in warm water under the California sun. And the camaraderie of a water aerobics class just can’t be beat. If you have a hitch in your git-a-long, instructors Julie and Mary will help you modify the activities for your individual situation. Water aerobics classes are being held at the Central Pool for the next few months while the West Pool is under construction. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact me at 5379281 or

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

Free Classes through SRJC: Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Participants may decide to continue the classes during the break on a fee basis. Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie (beginning June 19) Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee); 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($5) through June 12

Interval Training

(Formerly Push Your Potential) nJohn Phillips, Personal Trainer, Fitness Center

Special Week of May 4 Free—come and Give it a try!

Call it what you want, it is a fantastic workout. It promotes fat loss, muscle tone, and improves endurance. We meet Mondays at 2 p.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 2:45 p.m. at the lower level of the West Recreation Building Equipment needed: light hand weights, none slip mat, and water. Cost: $5 drop-in, 10 sessions $50, first session free. Come on by and join us. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in 45 minutes!

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The Enocureans

nEllen Leznik

“Drinking good wine with good food in good company is one of life’s most civilized pleasures.”— Michael Broadbent

April 30, 11 am–1 pm: Tour, Wine Tasting and Lunch at Three Sticks Winery in Sonoma

For our April event the Enocureans are going to Three Sticks winery in downtown Sonoma. The winery makes its home in the recently renovated historic Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe. Constructed in 1842 by Captain Salvador Vallejo, infamous brother of General Mariano Vallejo, the Vallejo–Casteñada Adobe is the longest occupied residence in Sonoma and one of the town’s few remaining buildings from California’s Mexican Period. Bill and Eva Price purchased The Adobe for Three Sticks in November 2012, 170 years after its original construction. Working closely with the City of Sonoma, Bill and Eva Price gathered a team of local designers, architects, contractors and archaeologists to painstakingly preserve The Adobe’s integrity and identify and protect which aspects were of the most historic significance. To reinvent the interior of The Adobe, Three Sticks looked to Ken Fulk—a designer internationallyknown for creating one-of-a-kind living spaces and events that marry the past and the present. Ken’s eclectic and modern style, coupled with The Adobe’s rich history, create a gorgeous juxtaposition. Just as much thought went into the exterior design, where Landscape Architect Penney Magrane fused past and present, incorporating modern, artful notes while preserving many of the historical plantings and even incorporating design elements from the original Helen Van Pelt garden design. Our visit at the Adobe will begin at 11 a.m. with a warm welcome and a glass of Three Sticks wine. This jewel box of a winery will be all ours for the next two hours. Our group will be hosted by Don Van Staaveren, Three Sticks’ winemaker since 2004. We will be taken on a historical tour of the Vallejo-Casteñada Adobe, including some wine tasting at three tasting stations (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon), while being guided through the winemaking process by Don Van Staaveren. A selection of wines will be served from the Three Sticks’ estate property, Durell Vineyard, as well as Bien Nacido Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain and Moon Mountain District. Upon conclusion of the historical tour and tasting, we will enjoy a delicious lunch prepared by The Girl and the Fig. Gourmet box lunch options include sandwiches such as Salami and Pears with Red Onion Confit and Brie, Grilled Portobella Mushroom with Roasted Red Peppers and Goat Cheese, Roast Turkey with Cheddar and Apricot Fig Chutney, and Roast Beef with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions, salads (potato, orzo and rigatoni), dessert (brownie, cookie, crumble, etc.), fruit and a bottle of water. Wine will be poured to complement our meal and we will also have the chance to revisit and purchase our favorite wines. The event fee is $53 per person for members, $58 for non-members. To register, please contact me at


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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

13th Annual Oakmont Car Show Saturday, May 23

spring Session • april • may

nRon Leve

Once again we bring you beautiful old cars. Many owners are from here in Oakmont. Last year showcased 100 cars so this year should be equal or better. Enjoy the cars, chat with the owners, and maybe find that car that brings back fond memories from your past. Hours are from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Bring your eyes and memories and we will supply the cars, food and unexpected fun. To register your car or for questions, call me at 539-2802.

Come Sing with the Old Song Singers

Call 538-1485 to Register.

nKathy Sowers

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU—Oakmont

nTaylor Finlay

On alternate Sundays in Mei-Don’s music room, 6576 Oakmont Dr., we’ll sing from 4–5:30 p.m. and then adjourn to the large dining room to dine, if you wish, and visit. On April 19 we’ll begin with songs of the sunny South and then sing whatever you want to sing. On May 3 we lead with hymns and gospel songs. On May 17 we start singing railroad songs and on May 31 we’ll begin with some big band standards. Along the way, no doubt, we’ll do songs of Woody Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Kate Wolf, the Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul and Mary, Kris Kristoffrerson and others. We’ll sing whatever you want to sing. Special instrumentalists will sit in with us now and then. For more information call 539-9688.

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

nLynn Wycoff

Calling all bridge players!

Do you know we have an active group that meets twice a month for a friendly game of bridge? We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to about 9:40 p.m. We play four rounds of 40 minutes each and change partners with each round. There are table prizes for high score, a grand prize for high score of the evening, and prizes for slams. We are a sociable group with coffee, teas and refreshments provided. To join us you need to have a partner and then just show up. It costs $1 to play. Check us out! For more information call Paul Wycoff or me at 537-7019.

Register now for Spring classes. New students to OLLI $20—a savings of $20 on the cost of the first class!

THE ART AND CRAFT OF MEMOIR by FRAN CLAGGETT, M.A. Fridays, Apr. 10–May 15, 9–11 AM, Card Room, Central Activity Center

Residents enjoy an instructor presentation

This term we are offering a special class limited to 40 participants. Memoir is a blending of art and craft. You will both read and write in this course. No previous writing experience is required. Fran Claggett, M.A., is an award-winning teacher and writer. She has written books for teachers and texts for students.

Baroque period, and finally to the Hohenzollerns and Romanovs into the 20th century. Bruce Elliott, Ph.D., received his doctorate in history from UC Berkeley. He punctuates his lectures with extensive visuals of art to help convey his information.

PASSION AND JOY: The Music of Bach and Beethoven By KAYLEEN ASBO, Ph.D. MONDAYS, Apr. 13–May 18, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER


Enjoy live piano performances by the instructor as she presents the masterpieces of two of the greatest composers of all time. Explore the lives of Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven. Kayleen Asbo, Ph.D., has masters in music, mythology and psychology. Her Ph.D. dissertation will be published in 2015.

DYNASTY: Rise and Fall of the Great Houses of Europe By BRUCE ELLIOTT, Ph.D. WEDNESDAYS, Apr. 8–May 13, 3–5 PM, BERGER CENTER

Many great monarchies set the tone politically, socially, and aesthetically in their respective societies. During this course explore the Renaissance dynasties of the Medici and Tudor families, then the Hapsburgs and Bourbons in the

Since the 1859 publication of Charles Darwin’s theory that evolution occurs through natural selection—survival of the fittest, this concept has been fraught with sinister overtones. This class will explore differing perspectives on natural selection from a diverse group of thinkers. William Garrett, Ph.D., earned his doctorate in religion and philosophy from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Spring Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU brochures and registration forms are available in the OVA Office and the Central Activity Center. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at OakmontLLL@ Osher at SSU-Oakmont Lifelong Learning classes are open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests.


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PC Users Group nBarbara G. Dudley

nJerry Thompson

Saturday, April 18 Pat Barclay: Time to Upgrade?

Pat will guide us through the Mac’s upgrade paths, both hardware and software, to get your Mac running right. TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting WHERE: East Rec. Center Website:


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-3079 or E-mail

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, April 28 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Linda Canar


Our next membership meeting is a Q&A Session, which takes place on Monday, May 11 at 2 p.m., at the East Recreation Center. As usual, you need to E-mail your questions to Bob Mandelstam at BobMandel@ to allow him to research them with our team of PC experts. You also can access a Q&A form on our site, below, or request a form from a board member at the meeting and submit your questions then. Note: After the May Q&A Session, the group takes a summer break and reconvenes on September 14.


The Spring Season of OCLC computer classes for both Mac and Windows users is winding down. For more information on the remaining classes, including dates, instructions on signing up, and class descriptions, read the OCLC article in this paper or visit, and then click on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link).


At our site, you can find information about the upcoming Q&A Session or General Meeting and other announcements on our Home page. In addition, you can read timely articles about Windows-PC issues in our past Newsletters, access information about Past Programs, find out about your board, and review Help articles and other useful information. We need you to know, as well, that we welcome comments and suggestions for this site. Please, send your insights to Webmaster Krystine at Krystine_ or me at bd24-ecrivain@


Genealogy Club

nMelinda Price

Summer Hiatus

The next regular Genealogy Club meeting is August 24, most likely in the West Rec. Center. That means that there will no meetings in April, May, June or July. However, Monday, June 22, George McKinney will have a planning session with anyone who wishes to come to his house (coffee and donuts included!) to discuss the club, and what people want to see more of (and less of), and how to organize it so it works better. All people on the club’s E-mail list should look forward to an invitation from George for a planning meeting on June 22. The March 23 meeting featured Kathy Payne as our guest speaker, with the subject being “Finding the Hidden Gems in FamilySearch.” She gave a very informative presentation on the many features of FamilySearch, the Mormon (LDS) free website where you can search through many kinds of primary records and family trees at https://familysearch. org/. She prepared a handout describing in detail how to make your way through the website’s myriad offerings. The Genealogy Club meets on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except the next four months and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities and programs please visit our website or E-mail questions to:

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

Know the 10 Signs, Early Detection

nJoe Hansen

The Star of the Valley Catholic Church, in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of Northern California and Green Acres Manor, present a seminar of value to all. The two-hour seminar will discuss 10 early warning signs of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that we can all pay attention to in our family and friends, and the importance of early detection. Some change in memory is normal as we age, but the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease are more than simple lapses in memory. Memory loss that disrupts daily life is not a typical part of aging. The seminar will be on Tuesday, April 21 at the Star of the Valley Catholic Church Monsignor Fahey Parish Center. Check-in is at 10 a.m. with the program starting at 10:30 a.m. A complimentary lunch will be served afterwards. The luncheon is being sponsored by Green Acres Manor Residential Care Home in Kenwood. Registration is required. Please contact the Alzheimer’s Association at 573-1210 to reserve your spot and place your order for lunch. Space is limited, so call early! Donations to the Alzheimer’s Association are greatly appreciated.

Oakie Folkies

nJanet Dove

Live Music in Oakmont Please Join Us!

You never know what variety of music an evening will bring for the Oakie Folkies gatherings (second and fourth Wednesday evenings). At the March 25 jam, we enjoyed music from two Johns (Derby and Fishburn), Bob C., George W., Steven R. and Janet. One of our veteran music appreciators, Betty (not Seacord this time) was present, along with her niece and one other guest. Later, Gail R. showed up to listen, as well. We opted to let these guests choose some of our songs, and did they ever have good taste! Some of the requests challenged us, but between us, we were able to somehow produce a decent rendition of every tune requested. We had three guitarists and two bassmen in the house, along with Steven, who played both keyboard and banjo (no, not simultaneously). There was talent in the room, to be sure! I can still picture John D’s showy spinning of his little u-bass. From folk to ballads to blues to country to songs from the 1890s, we had fun! Lots of laughing that evening! The rumor is true—as part of his 2015 tour, Bryan Bowers will be doing a house concert in our area on May 8. Bryan is well-known as a stellar autoharpist and quite an entertaining storyteller. If you’re interested, contact me at and I’ll get details to you. Once more, I’ll mention one of the most fun interactive events Oakmont has to offer: the first Wednesdays at Oakmont Gardens. These programs are designed for folks who like to hear and sing familiar songs, with the aid of a song binder full of the words to sing. (After all, our capacity for remembering doesn’t seem to be getting any better!) Between two and eight Oakie Folkies show up on the first Wednesday of every month. We not only entertain the audience with the music, we also have lots of good laughs together. Please check us out anytime between 1–3 p.m. in the afternoon at the Gardens, on May 6 and June 3. Come and go as you please, and be ready to pick a tune, if you’d like.

Oakmont Educators Club

nCarol Cotton

Cyber Seniors was the theme of Dutch Lichliter’s presentation at our April meeting. We learned about a program that connects the generations by having high school students work with older adults and mentor them on computers. This helps seniors stay in contact, learn the latest developments in the technology and avoid that “left behind” feeling. Fortunately, our May meeting will not have to compete with the holidays. As suggested by several members, we will hear about the Charter School Program. Matt Reno, principal of Sequoia Elementary in Rincon Valley, will take time from his busy schedule to be our guest presenter. Mark your calendar and please join us. He will answer our questions and explain how the charter schools have changed. We hope to continue the new member introductions and sharing our teaching experiences. Thanks to Paula Scull, we will have cookies and take time to socialize. Bring your suggestions for future activities and presentations. DATE: Thursday, May 7 TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. PLACE: Art Room, Central activities Center CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095


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Oakmont Art Association

nJane Carpenter


Dr. Bruce Elliot from UC Berkeley will be the speaker for the general meeting in May. Professor Elliot will give you his flamboyant and always colorful presentation of art, and at the present time we can’t tell you the century he will choose or the title. But we might be able to tell when he comes into the room dressed for the occasion. Be prepared for a fun and instructive program on May 8 at 10:30 a.m. Come at 10 a.m. for refreshments. We will have a short business meeting before the program. There will be a brief report on the past year and the election of our executive officers for 2015–16. See the notice below.


On Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. many Oakmont artists will open their studios so that Oakmont residents and their guests will be able to visit the studios and talk with the artists. This is a very popular event so put it on your calendars. Maps will be available in the library and the art room in the CAC building and the OVA Office by May 1, and signs will be located in front of the artists’ homes by May 16, so you will have no trouble finding the locations of these Oakmont studios.

Creative Writing

nSue Rowlands


I often wonder if what we do in our Tuesday morning writing class is anything like what used to occur in the great salons of Europe where writers and thinkers came together to share their work and engage in conversation. While no one in our group has a prominent place on the social register or counts oneself a distinguished luminary of erudite debate, the one thing we all have in common is the love of ideas. And so, we have great discussions. Our conversations have nothing to do with gossip or idle chit-chat. While we might consider the virtues of divorce or the debilities of aging, we also speculate on how these experiences form character and how best to convey this with the written word. We start with our writing and inevitably end with talk. That’s how we define who we are and how we write. It’s sharing in this kind of intellectual ferment that some say drove the whole salon movement into the heart of the Enlightenment. We don’t have such a lofty goal; we just enjoy the conversation. Join us on Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m., Room D in the Berger Center. For more information, call me at 829-1682.

Sketches, paintings and photos inspired and created at the “Celebration of the Arts” on February 6 will be featured in the Berger Gallery from May 9 until July 10. If not convenient to frame, mat your art work so that it will be easier to display and bring it to the gallery at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 9.



Nominees for office in 2015–16 were announced by the nominating committee and approved by the Art Association Board at the March 13 board meeting. They will be voted on by the general membership at the May 8 meeting. They are: President, Philip Wilkinson; VP and Programs, Mary Baum; Secretary, Nancy Duncan; and Treasurer, Cathy Rapp. Chairpersons of committees will be introduced.

Oakmont Men’s Group

nGordon Freedman, Facilitator

The Oakmont Men’s Group started in September 2011 as a support group for men in Oakmont. The group’s goal is to help men going through our senior years with or without problems with health, loss, and other changes and challenges in our lives. We meet twice a month for two hours to help and support members of our group that would like to share their issues and who want feedback. This is a non-professional-led group that is non-religious and non-political. This is open to all men in Oakmont— married, single, straight or gay. I have had ten years of experience with the Marin Suicide Hot Line as well as three years as a facilitator with the Center of Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito working with health issues for the individual or spouse/partner. If interested please contact me at 538-7025 or E-mail at: to discuss your joining our group.

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

Hidden Classics Brought to Life Press release

Berger Gallery

Be sure to check out our new Art Association website at to find out all the news about art in Oakmont and to see some of the art work created by Oakmont artists.


Free Movies For Seniors Press release

The Free Seniors Movie Series began in November, at the Third Street Cinemas in Downtown Santa Rosa and will continue through June 4. As usual, a choice of four movies will be shown on the first Thursday of each month at 10 a.m. No tickets are needed, and the doors open at 9:30 a.m. It is not possible to publicize an advance list of films, but for a list of the four movies for each month, call the Third Street Cinemas Recording, after the previous Friday at 522-0330 x 3#. The movies are free for seniors 60 and older. Detailed flyers are on display in the lobbies of the Roxy 14, the Airport 12, the Summerfield, the Raven Film Center and the Third Street Cinemas. They have also been distributed to all of the Senior Centers, the Council on Aging, the Social Security Office, and various other facilities for seniors. The series is generously being sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park and Mortuary/Eggen and Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services and Synergy Medical Group. The Third Street Cinemas is located at 620 3rd Street between Santa Rosa Avenue and “D” Street (behind the Third Street Aleworks). It’s only 1-1/2 blocks from the Downtown Transit Mall, where all city and county busses arrive and depart. There are also two parking garages close by: one directly across from the theatre (no elevator), and the other around the corner on “D” Street (basically, behind the theatre). The Rate is 75c per hour, but those with Handicapped Placards may park free at parking meters on the street. For more info, contact Gwen Adkins at the Santa Rosa Entertainment Group, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 (cell).

The North Bay Sinfonietta continues with its second season. This newly-created chamber orchestra, under the auspices of the Santa Rosa Junior College, will present a concert under the direction of its Founder/ Conductor Cynthia Weichel, on Friday, May 1, 8 p.m. at the Church of the Incarnation (550 Mendocino Ave.). General admission tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door prior to the concert. The concert features music by composers who were successful and lived in Vienna during the Classical era, but unfortunately are not given the proper recognition in the history of music. All four compositions are individual gems that were discovered through extensive research and deserve to be performed and appreciated by a wider audience. Most pieces on the program will be new to concertgoers and therefore considered Sonoma County premieres. The program will include: Serenade No. 2 by Ignaz Brüll (1882), Symphony Op. 33, No. 3 by Paul Wranitsky (1798), Overture No. 1, Op. 101 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1824) and Overture No. 1, Op. 101 by Johann Nepomuk Hummel (1824) and Sinfonia for Winds by Gaetano Donizetti (1817. The North Bay Sinfonietta is comprised of 30 amateur musicians from Sonoma County. The orchestra’s mission is to look for fresh exciting ways to present classical music with quality intimate performances and innovative programming. In addition to performing classic pieces from the chamber orchestra repertoire, the orchestra is committed to presenting lesser-known works that will delight their audiences. Conductor, Cynthia Weichel, is on the faculty of the SRJC, where she teaches Classical Music Appreciation, Music History, Music Fundamentals, and Chamber Music. She is also the Founder/Conductor of the popular Symphonic Reading Orchestra she formed in the summer of 2008. Weichel is a native of Santa Rosa and an alumna of the SRJC. She received her Bachelor’s degree in music from Sonoma State University and a Master’s degree in conducting from CSU, Sacramento. Most recently she was conductor of the SRJC Orchestra for 13 years, and from 1985-1998 Ms. Weichel was also the Assistant Conductor of the Santa Rosa Symphony Youth Orchestra. As a professional violinist, she has been a long-time member of the Napa Valley Symphony. At home in Santa Rosa she operates a violin studio.


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Partners Contract Bridge

Calling Violinists!

nHelen Hargrave, Coordinator

Our next date is April 20 from 7–9 p.m. in the Card Room at the CAC. If you have never played with us, this might be a good time to check us out. If you need a partner, call me at 539-5511 and I will do my best to find to a partner for you. There are several singles now who

nBarbara Bowman

are wanting to play. This is an ideal way to get started with contract bridge and to meet new folks. We keep the same partner throughout the evening as we rotate through each table and keep a running score. Hope to see you in April.

Press release

New or returning to the violin? Looking for an orchestra? Join our adult string orchestra! WHAT: Hilliard String Theory WHEN: Wednesdays, 6:30–8 p.m., in Santa Rosa LEVEL: Advanced-Beginner, Beginning-Intermediate DIRECTORS: Members of the Santa Rosa Symphony CONTACT: 583-3344 or

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

Sunday, April 19, 2 pm FINDING VIVIAN MAIER

When longtime nanny Vivian Maier died in 2009, she left behind thousands of photo negatives that she’d produced over the years. But the now-famous shutterbug’s unique body of work lay in storage until an amateur historian uncovered the treasure-trove. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never-before-seen photographs, films and interviews in this absorbing, fascinating and ethically complex documentary. (2013), NR, 83 minutes.

Sunday, April 19, 7 pm EAT, DRINK, MAN, WOMAN

Distracted by their complicated love lives and secret ambitions, three adult sisters reluctantly humor their widower father by enduring the elaborate traditional Taiwanese dinners he insists on having every Sunday. Ang Lee directs this charming tale that humorously examines the clash between modernity and tradition and showcases wonderfully delectable food. Nominated for a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. (1994), NR, 124 minutes. (In Mandarin.)

Sunday, April 26, 2 pm GONE GIRL

Based on Gillian Flynn’s best-selling novel of the same name, this unsettling film follows the mercurial Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck), who finds himself dogged by police and caught in a media maelstrom after he becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance. An exciting, suspenseful and entertaining film. Rosamond Pike earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her portrayal of the missing Amy Dunne. (2014), R, 149 minutes.

Sunday, April 26, 7 pm MADE IN DAGENHAM

A rousing portrayal of true 1969 events that had an enormous impact on current work environments. Sally Hawkins is wonderful as Rita, a scrappy factory worker fighting for equal pay for equal work, in the process bringing Ford Motor Company to a halt. A cheerful show-case for 60s style, fashion and music, the well-acted film stars Bob Hoskins, portraying a sympathetic union rep, Miranda Richardson, and a bevy of quirky women strikers. (2010), R (for language and brief sexuality), 113 minutes.

Sunday, May 3, 2 pm IMMORTAL BELOVED

In concert with Lifelong Learning’s class Passion and Joy: The Music of Bach and Beethoven, MAO screens a biopic that follows Beethoven’s secretary as he attempts to find the true identity of the “Immortal Beloved” addressed in three letters found in the late composer’s papers. The film follows Beethoven’s tumultuous life and his descent into deafness. The London Symphony Orchestra plays the enthralling film score and Gary Oldman gives a remarkable performance as Beethoven. (1994), R, 120 minutes.

Sunday, May 3, 7 pm MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT

Exposing a phony soothsayer proves harder than expected when the debunker, an Englishman (Colin Firth) becomes smitten with the purported fraud, a French beauty (Emma Stone.) Woody Allen’s deft romantic comedy unwinds amid the gilt and glamour of the French Riviera in the 1920s. Firth is in fine form, clearly enjoying portraying a magician and fraud exposer. (2014), PG-13, 98 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, April 19, 2 p.m.: Finding Vivian Maier, (2013), NR, 83 minutes. Sunday, April 19, 7 p.m.: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman, (1994), NR, 124 minutes. Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.: Gone Girl, (2014), R, 149 minutes. Sunday, April 26, 7 p.m.: Made In Dagenham, (2010), R, 113 minutes. Sunday, May 3, 2 p.m.: Immortal Beloved, (1994), R, 120 minutes. Sunday, May 3, 7 p.m.: Magic in the Moonlight, (2014), PG-13, 98 minutes.


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Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free estimate.


Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer at your home or business. 40+ years experience. $60/hr. Oakmonters receive 20% discount. 293-8011.


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Rhonda Lee, Holistic Health Coach/ Personal Trainer. Fridays—special rates for Oakmont. Call for info at 758-7681. General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, tile, cement work. Fences, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552.

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Reliable, clean work done and without the dreaded leaf blower machine. Small jobs OK and handyman as well. Richard Garety, 833-1806.

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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


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

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

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Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–4 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 9 E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR April 16–30 Joyce Andrews, 539-8345 May 1–15 Bev Schilpp, 538-4293

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

OAS Management Company

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

2015-2016 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Frank Batchelor, President Andie Altman, Vice President Elke Strunka, Treasurer John R Felton, Secretary Bob Giddings, Director Alan Scott, Director L. G. “Herm” Hermann, Director


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: 8 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or an adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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

Lost & found

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

Loaner equipment

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


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

CityBus #16 bus takes residents to 5 different shopping centers weekday mornings and around Oakmont afternoons. n

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

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


(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM.

Public Transportation Available in Oakmont n

Association Manager Cassie Turner

n Sonoma County Transit #30 bus goes to Memorial and Kaiser Hospitals and downtown Santa Rosa. Returns via Oakmont to Sonoma.

Schedules available at OVA office.

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 the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / April 15, 2015

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Claudine Cuneo, Realtor

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Was my name inspired by my smoky tabby coloring? Perhaps it was my mystical beauty? Even though my unique looks cause people to wax poetic, my paws are firmly planted on the ground. You’ll see that I’m not all smoke and mirrors, I’m a real cat with real needs. And right now I really need a good home! I’m 8 ½ years old with a very sweet and loving personality. So, in light of all this you should come adopt me before somebody beats you to it – and POOF! – your opportunity is up in smoke!

Late news. More photos. It’s the online Oakmont News at oakmont-news

For the Luckiest People in the World n

Feel it. It’s all around you. Energy. Enthusiasm. Warmth. People going places, doing things. Vibrant. Busy. Engaged. Smiling people. Making new friendships. Burnishing old ones. This isn’t senior living the way you thought it would be. This is senior living the way it should be.

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Oakmont News April 15, 2015  

April 15th Edition of the Oakmont News.