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Get Ready to Hook a Whopper at the Oakmont Pond Fish Pond to be stocked with three kinds of game fish

August 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 16

Ted Throndson Returns To Oakmont nYvonne Frauenfelder

nJim Golway

Largemouth Bass—America’s most popular game fish.

Bluegill—easy to catch but hard to land.

Channel Catfish—could grow to over a foot long in our pond.

The Channel Catfish is a bottom feeder. While This fall, 250 newcomers of the aquatic kind are sluggish in movement the catfish will often put up scheduled to make their home in Oakmont. They are a fight when caught. Since they will eat just about of the class called Osteichthyes: bony fish, specifically anything they are one of the easier sport fishes largemouth bass, bluegill and catfish. If all goes to hook. You’ll know you landed a catfish by its according to plan, this first generation of fish will distinctive snout barbells or ‘whiskers.’ help revive the moribund Oakmont Fishing Pond into The Bluegill, also known as the Sunfish, often an amenity teeming with life and offering fun and travel in small ‘schools’ so when you hook a bluegill, relaxation for anglers of all types. remember the spot; there might be more lurking “We need to wait until October. The water is too nearby. If you get a bite and your pole begins zipping warm now,” explains Dr. John Shigo. “By then the in circles that can mean you have a bluegill on the temperature will be cool enough to restock the pond. line. When hooked, the fish lean against the pull of I want these fish to thrive and grow so we’ll wait the rod and swim in tight circles. longer if we have to.” The Largemouth Bass is the most popular freshwater In May the Board of Directors approved Shigo’s game fish in America. This chunky voracious fish is a proposal to make the fishing pond suitable for marauder ready to gobble up anything that moves. fishing. Along with Rick Aubert, facility manager, The Bass angler can use bait ranging from minnows Shigo is now helping to coordinate the final phase of and mice to artificial lures such as flies or spinning the project which is on track to cost around $1,500. jigs. A Bass strike is often a smashing blow, followed A lifelong fisherman, Shigo recalls the joy he felt as by a frantic below-surface battle. Bass are great a boy, dropping a hook in a nearby pond, dreaming jumpers, often leaping in showers of flying spray. about catching a whopper. When he reeled one in it When you hook this fish you’ll have little doubt you may not have been as big as he’d hoped, but catching have a largemouth on the line. his first fish was a thrill he never forgot. “I learned Once these fish are well established in their watery to fish in a pond about the size of Oakmont’s. After home, residents and guests will be free to fish for I moved here I visited the pond. I was disappointed them all year long. The Oakmont pond is private so at how lifeless and unnatural it was. That’s when I no license is needed. The only restriction is the policy decided to try and get the pond restocked. Fishing is of Catch and Release. “The challenge and fun comes such a wonderful pastime. It can be exciting but also from catching the fish. Releasing it back to the pond relaxing. Fishing stimulates your endorphins; it lifts will help maintain a healthy population, and none of your mood and just makes you feel better.” these fish are that tasty anyway,” says Shigo. Shigo took care in choosing game fish that will Shigo has a vision that goes beyond just restocking find the Oakmont Fishing Pond a happy habitat to the pond. His goal is call home. “Somehow to turn the pond into a they thought I was going thriving eco-system of rich to bring in trout, but trout biodiversity. “I’d like to need cold, clean water. The see amphibians added, like bass, bluegill and catfish frogs, salamanders, perhaps are ideally suited for living turtles and minnows too. We in a pond like ours; it’s only can introduce water-lilies around 10 ft. deep and less and lotus plants. Perhaps than an acre in size.” At first the fish will be only our waterfowl will come. 4-6 inches. But Shigo predicts I’d like our pond to become they will grow quickly. “We a natural habitat, where the could soon see folks hooking cycle of life plays out in a six-pound bass and catfish balanced self-sustaining over a foot long.” way. This will improve the Let’s take a closer look environment and beautify at Oakmont’s new aquatic the surroundings. But first Dick McMahon enjoying a lazy day at the Oakmont fishing pond. inhabitants. come the fish.” PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

“Why would I give up my pleasant retired lifestyle and return to work? Because I care about Oakmont. I spent the best 13 years of my working career here in the village. My parents lived here, and I grew up here.”—Ted Throndson Who would descend from the Shangri-La in the mountains to the lowlands in order to come to the aid and assistance of a badly wounded home owners association? It is, of course, no other than Ted Throndson, erstwhile general manager of the Oakmont Village Association, which he left, in superb condition, seven years ago. The village is fortunate to have in Ted a highly experienced, respected and beloved man, guiding our ship, like a marine pilot, through the turbulent waters back to shore. Oakmont in the last few weeks has lost its bearing. Internecine struggles have torn at the fabric of our Ted Throndson community, pitting neighbor against neighbor and friend against friend. Into this challenging environment steps Ted Throndson, quietly but authoritatively. To him fall the responsibilities of supervising the business of the OVA, entering the search for new and permanent management, and to provide guidance and counsel to the leaders of the community. Ted, we welcome you, and we owe you a major debt of gratitude. The following article “Ted Throndson Retires From Oakmont” was published in 2010. The announcement came as a surprise. Nobody in the village had expected him to retire, at least not yet. His pace had not slowed, his vitality not lessened, and the control of his far flung domain remained firmly and decisively in his hand. What prompted his decision to leave and give up a job he loved and enjoyed more than any other he had ever held? The answer is as simple, as it is obvious. Life at Oakmont. Ted is surrounded by thousands of people who have left their jobs behind, some of them at an earlier age than most, to indulge in the dream of a Nirvana, where no alarm clock calls to work, no long and tiresome commute awaits, and no deadline gives rise to another, day after day, year after year. After having witnessed the carefree existence of the retirees on his daily round past the golf course, the recreation centers and the pools, Ted came to realize that perhaps it was time for him to emulate the happy constituency he served for so many years. But farewells are invariably nostalgic, and it helps to reminisce and speak about a life lived, its many roads taken, and rich events savored and cherished. Ted began his life as the first-born son to Ed and Arden Throndson, in a hospital room in Woodland, Yolo County, just a short dozen miles northeast of Sacramento, where his father worked for the Union Oil Company. Six months later the young family made the move to Santa Rosa, where Ted’s entrepreneurial father started a Propane company. Gas was replacing wood in kitchen stoves and water heaters, and the new business thrived. Three See throndson on page 3


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Letters to the Editor

nOVA Administration

The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page.

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

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

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 9–11 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 2nd Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Mgrs. Conf. Rm. 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Wed. (June)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. East Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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


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more children followed Ted, and the family made their home in a comfortable house on Brush Creek Road, surrounded by trees and fragrant shrubbery. Santa Rosa was a small town of 36,000 inhabitants, cradled by wood clad hills and rocky mountains. Orchards, farms and ranches ringed the city, all becoming rapidly reliant on propane gas. Ted later attended Santa Rosa High School and confessed that he and the basketball did not get along too well. He did, however, excel in golf. A serious student, immersed in academics, he became valedictorian and earned an honorable mention from the National Merit Scholarship. Accepted by Stanford, the only school he applied to, he considered for a moment to go to the local Junior College, until a teacher talked him out of it. Ted missed the closeness of his family and the annual hunting trips with his father. Once at the university, however, he loved the independent life, choosing to room off campus and not joining a fraternity, but an “eating club” instead where friends would enjoy meals, prepared by the club’s cook, and indulge in deep philosophical discussions. Graduating with distinction, he applied to Harvard, MIT and Stanford for post-graduate study in business and was accepted by all three schools. He chose Harvard and Boston and drove his young wife across the country to their new home. Weekends and vacation were spent exploring the length of the New England coast, Philadelphia, New York, Washington and Montreal. When the program ended, Ted received offers from large corporations. He turned them all down in order to return to California and the occupation he knew best: propane gas distribution. Fortuitously, the pregnancy of his wife kept him out of the Vietnam war, and the family grew to include a son and a daughter, and later they chose to adopt a little Korean girl. “The best thing we ever did,” says Ted with visible pleasure. One day lunching with two old friends, he heard them complaining about the management of their condominium complex, and he thought he would know how to fix these problems. As it happened, See throndson on page 5

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

OVA Board of Directors Seeks Nominations to Fill the Director Position If you are excited about volunteerism and becoming more involved in our community, if you have ideas for improving your community, if you are interested in the quality of life in Oakmont, if you are willing to lend your expertise to help your community with planning, budgetary, and maintenance decisions, we would like you to consider this becoming an at-large Director. Qualifications for prospective board member: interest, talent, time and a desire to serve the residents of Oakmont on its governing board. Board members must be able to attend a minimum of two monthly meetings and participate in executive session activities and special meetings. The only compensation that a member of the board receives is the gratitude of the community for undertaking this task. We hope you will take the time to carefully consider representing your community. If you, or someone you know, would be a good candidate, please talk to him/her about becoming a candidate. You may nominate yourself or someone else who has agreed to be a candidate by emailing the General Manager, Ted Throndson: You will be asked to initially submit a biography including a brief statement of your reasons for seeking election to the board and a summary of specific qualifications that would make you well suited for the position by August 18.

Note from the Board At the July 18 Board meeting, in the local press and online media, questions were raised concerning the authority of the Board of Directors to prohibit what is published in the Oakmont News by the Oakmont Village Communications Committee. Given the importance of the matter, OVA’s legal counsel has addressed it in a letter available to any OVA member upon request. If you would like a copy of this letter, please contact the OVA office. Thank you.

Dear Editor, People living near the East Rec. Center on are concerned about the process followed by the current Board. Previous Boards, over several years, held open hearings, formed committees to study all options, brought in sound experts and interviewed personally people in the neighborhoods directly involved. Not everyone agreed with their decision, but it was made as the result of a broad, inclusive and thoughtful process. The current Board overturned that decision in their first formal meeting, then disbanded the Pickleball Committee and substituted the plan they favored, to convert tennis courts at the East Rec. Center permanently to Pickleball courts. They did so with no sound study and without ever once having even one of the newly elected members come to the Trail Ridge/Crestridge neighborhood to talk to the people directly affected. The current Board is now behaving as if the East Rec conversion plan is a fait accompli. The noise does impact the lives and gatherings of people in the Trail Ridge/Crestridge neighborhood. People accepted in good faith the earlier decision to put Pickleball courts at the East Rec. temporarily, with the understanding that they would be relocated later. Several newer residents bought their homes with that explicit understanding. Others left, in part because it looked like the East Rec. location might become permanent. What makes the Board’s decision even more disturbing is the obvious fact that Oakmont residents can no longer rely on the consistency of Board processes and decisions in making what is, for many, their largest single investment, their homes. Sincerely, Ed Biglin and Mary Rychly Dear Editor, It requires time, talent, and dedication to serve on the Oakmont Board and the newly-elected OVA Board faces unprecedented challenges. I am appalled at the conduct at the recent Board Meetings. These meetings are meant to be orderly to accomplish the business of the association. Parliamentary procedure was created for that purpose. Yet the tyranny of a small contingent of hostile, intrusive individuals that thrives on upset has forced the Board to appoint a Sergeant-at-Arms, which is now necessary to ensure that OVA business moves forward in a productive manner. The Moving Forward 4 Oakmont candidates vowed they would “get behind whichever way the vote goes” and just move forward. This has not happened and despite commitments to support Board decisions, since losing the election, these individuals and their cohorts continue to use sarcastic hostility, profanity, personal attacks, and cultural slurs to attack Board Members. This Board deserves courtesy, respect, and support as our OVA elected officials. And finally after three years, we have a Board that truly listens to the Community they represent. I, for one, support the extraordinary efforts and results that this new Board have accomplished and to which they continue to strive. It is my sincere hope that those who made the commitment to support whoever was elected will begin to do so. Respectfully, Kerry Oswald


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serendipitously, they were looking for a new manager, and Ted won the job against 50 other applicants. He immediately enrolled in home owners’ association executive programs, both on the national and state level, and became certified as an expert in his newly chosen field. He was subsequently singled out to write a study course, based on California law. Today it is still taught as he had authored it. In 1997 he learned through a friend that the manager’s position was opening up at Oakmont. He decided to throw his hat in the ring, but did not hear anything for weeks. Then one day a phone call surprised him. The speaker asked Ted, if he was going to show up for the interview? It seemed that all the previous correspondence had been misdirected. Ted was at the OVA offices the next morning, talking to Pete Dintiman, the then president of the board of the Oakmont Village Association. He was hired on the spot. The new job held some distinct advantages. The golf course and the restaurant were not part of his responsibilities, and the landscaping had been outsourced. The employee level dropped from 135 to 12. Another lucky coincidence saw his elderly mother residing at Oakmont, and her son spent every lunch hour visiting with her. While Oakmont was in generally good shape, our Harvard MBA took one look at the finances and decided that there was not enough money allocated to keep the Asset Replacement Fund at necessary levels. One of a homeowners’ association primary responsibility is to ensure that sufficient capital is available for major changes and rehabilitation of facilities, such as the communal properties. Over the next three years, the homeowners dues were raised incrementally to bring the fiscal house in order. According to Ted our present amount of the Asset Replacement Fund stands at $1.2 million, with an annual income of $350,000 from membership contributions. Oakmont’s total operating budget is $2.7 million. A sizeable enterprise by any standard. Dues had to be increased once more, over a period of several years, to finance the loan obligation of $3,300,000 for the new Community Activity Center. The indebtedness runs for another nine years. The investment strategy pursued at Oakmont is conservative and prudent. Monies are parked in short-term CDs as the most secure and most liquid, albeit not the highest yielding instruments.

The new Community Activity Center was not all smooth sailing. There existed considerable opposition to the proposal, and only a well prepared town hall meeting, attended by architects, builder, bankers, OVA board and committee members, reassured the village of the major importance of enlarging our recreational accommodations. All the visionary, planning and implementing activities have one common denominator: committees. “I have to thank a multitude of residents for pursuing the essential investigative work. All the functions they do, whether it is researching chairs, or lighting, or painting, or conceptualizing entire buildings, or web sites, or landscaping, they take a tremendous load off management and staff. If it is then vetted by professionals and adopted by the board, this is the preferred method in going forward,” according to Ted. He adds: “The help that committees give is just absolutely imperative, and the best way to get things done around here. For instance the new web site would have never gotten off the ground had it not been for a dedicated committee.” All that volunteer help leaves plenty of duties for the manager, who sees himself as working behind the scene. Ted, together with his helpful staff, has been doing a commendable job in advising and then executing the board of director’s policies and directives, as well as taking care of the 1001 housekeeping details that keep his daily agenda brimful. There are over 60(!) separate subdivisions in Oakmont, each with its own peculiar aspect and needs. A few years ago, the monumental task was successfully undertaken to unite them for OVA business under one set of covenants and restrictions to avert, in case of a community-wide vote, the almost unmanageable task of polling separately the more than five dozen neighborhoods. The highlight in Ted’s career at Oakmont is, without a doubt, the construction of the new Community (Central) Activity Center, some seven years in the planning and construction phases. Boards came and went, but the manager stayed on point through completion. He emphasized again, “I functioned behind the scene.” But what pleased him most in the deliberative process was that every board sought his advice and counsel in regard to hundreds of details. The directors, with the assistance of the committees, would take the project to a certain level, only to be

relieved by the next teams until the building stood in all its architectural splendor. So then what is the exact role of the OVA’s manager? Ted smiles and states that he or she needs to be experienced in the industry in order to be able to envision, to innovate, to plan, to inform, to advise, to guide, and to keep track of everything. And, he adds, to ultimately perceive trends of a rapidly ageing population. He can foresee a day when retirement villages will pay to obtain social services, such as in-house care, driver duty, companion assistance and, as is the case in Rossmoor, someone to bring the groceries into the house. Our community bus is the first example of this orientation. The people of Oakmont pay for a small, but growing rider ship, with the thought that they might very well use it themselves in the not too distant future. And, finally, our visit drawing to a close, I asked Ted Throndson what advice he would give to the new manager. He thought for a while and then spoke thoughtfully about the need to get to thoroughly know the community, the board, and the committees before implementing any changes. “I leave Oakmont with the confidence that fiscally and managerially it is in very good condition. The infrastructure is new and rehabilitated. The relationship between board and committees and management and staff is excellent. To make changes for changes’ sake would be unwise.” In three years, Oakmont will celebrate its 50th anniversary. There have been only four managers during all these years, a fact unheard of in the industry. Ted’s tenure could have easily continued, but he wisely decided to follow his wife’s advice to start enjoying himself as a pensioner, the contented state in which his constituency finds itself at Oakmont, a state to which he contributed materially for 13 years. We wish him and Mary Jo many years of happiness and health, successful golfing and relaxing near his beloved Lake Tahoe. Hopefully, Ted will visit Oakmont from time to time to renew the friendships and associations he forged during his long and outstanding stewardship of our community.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

nJohn Renwick


The fall general meeting will feature Susan Hoffman, CEO OAS-PAS, as speaker. Topics: 1. Your Reserve Fund is inadequate—what’s next? 2. Association Records: Keep which ones—where and for how long? Bring your questions for the question-and-answer period. General Meeting: Wednesday, September 6, 7 p.m., West Recreation Next Board Meeting: Monday, August 28, 12 p.m., Room B


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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel

The event was co-sponsored by the Oakmont Tennis Club (Terri Somers, President) and the OGC (Barbara Robinson, President). The price of admission of $8 included a one-hour, narrated tour of the course in a brand new Yamaha golf cart, and a reception with drinks and snacks at the Quail Inn.


The Oakmont Golf Club’s Board of Directors has appointed a Nominating Committee to develop a slate of qualified candidates for the November election of Directors to fill the two vacancies on the board at the end of the year. 2017 is the last year of the three-year terms for Pete Waller and Russ Adamson. The members of the Nominating Committee are: Wayne Mickaelian, email mickaelian@, phone 293-9213; Chuck Wood, email, phone (415) 342-0309; Nick Beltrano, email, phone 5380640; Kris Peters, email, phone (732) 618-6952. Any OGC member in good standing may serve as a director. This November two directors will be elected for a new three-year term which begins in January 2018. Our OGC bylaws state that there will be at least two candidates for each of these two vacancies on the board. If you are interested in being a nominee for the board, or have a suggestion as to an OGC member who should be considered as a candidate, please contact any member of the Nominating Committee as soon as possible. Nomination of a qualified OGC member may also be made by petition supported by the signatures of not less than 25 members (excluding the nominee). Petitions must be submitted to the Nominating Committee by October 14. This year’s Candidates’ Night will be held October 25 at the Quail Inn. More about the Candidates’ Night will be forthcoming. Ballots will be mailed out to all OGC members on October 30.


nRick Warfel


Overall Low Gross Champion: Steve Spanier, 132. Bobby Jones Flight, 2–10: first tie, Tom Woodrum and Mike Hull, 122. Ben Hogan Flight, 12–14: first, Bob Branstetter, 119; second, Bill Salmina, 127. Walter Hagen Flight, 14–17; first, Tom Kendrick, 116; second, Randy Kephart, 121. Jack Nicklaus Flight, 18–19: first, Rusty Sims, 106; second, Bob Ayers, 113. Arnold Palmer Flight, 20–23: first, Bill Roberts, 119; second, Ed Pierson, 124. Sam Snead Flight, 24–27: first, Larry Frediani, 123; second, Rich Silvas, 133. Byron Nelson Flight, 30–33: first, Joe DiBenedetto, 117; second, Dick Kaiser, 123. Closest-to-the-pins HDCP below 25: #8—Rusty Sims, 5’8”; #11—Mike Hull, 24’; #16—Rusty Sims, 5’2”. Closest-to-the-pin HDCP 25+: #8—Pete Eschelbach, 10’10”. Most Improved Player: Gary Stone 80 to 59. After the tournament, the competitors relaxed with complimentary beers and sodas at the East Course clubhouse while Head Pro John Theilade promptly posted the final scores. Congratulations to Steve Spanier, our 2017 East Course Low Gross Champion!

July 26, WEST COURSE 2-3-1 GAME

First flight (11.3–17.8): first, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, Frank Giannini and Bob Branstetter 114, second: Jeff Snyder, Bill Hainke, Frank Zelko and Bob Peterson, 120. Second flight (19.0–27.5): first, Tom Wayne, Bud Simi, Ron Bickert and (blind draw), 108; second, Bob Flores, Dennis DeSousa, Frank James and Bob Thompson, 116. Closest-to-the-pins HDCP 0–19: #8—Paul Phillips, 17’3”; #13—Pete Waller, 6’7”; #16—Jim Scinto, 9’1.” Closest-to-the-pins HDCP 20–up: #8—Ron Bickert, 6’6”; #13—Alan McLintock, 10’9”; #16—Dennis DeSousa, 17’9”.


First, Art Hastings and Jack Haggerty, 51; second, Noel Schween and Dick Thayer, 52; third, Dan Levin and John Munkacsy, 55. Closest-to-the-pins HCP 0–24: #8—Jack Haggerty, 19’1”; #16—Jack Haggerty, 17’9”. Closest-to-the-pin HCP 25+: #8—Tony D’Agosta, 29’5”.


The OGC has decided that for Hole #13 West, for a tee-shot hit in either pond, the golfer has the option of using the drop zone. New signage will be installed. photo by Robert Couse-Baker


The first ever “Sunset Cruise” was held Thursday evening, July 27 on the Oakmont West Golf Course. About 70 cruisers, many of who had never driven an electric golf cart before, enjoyed an escorted tour around the course. Points of interest included the main irrigation lake, a new bunker under construction, the driving range, and the wedding area pond. Kemper Management and OGC Board members assisted the guests, and answered questions, and the group appeared to have a great time.

Wednesday Men’s Club

Be sure to designate the

Sonoma Humane Society as your charity of choice.




18 nDebbie Warfel

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

July 18 Final Club Championship Day: on third day the field was 24 players. The Low Gross Champion is Kathy Mokricky and the Low Net Champion is Mary Ann Gibbs. A special thank-you to Judy Early for all her hard work coordinating the three-day event. After a beautiful, sun-filled day of golf, players gathered on the new deck enjoying the panoramic view. Everyone then met in the Banquet Room for lunch and to congratulate the winners. The spreadsheet listing all the Low Gross and Low Net winners for the four flights is posted in the Club Room. July 25 Sweeps Results: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 20 players. First flight: first, Ginny Manos; second, Joan Seliga; third tie, Lynn Davis and Charlene Buchold. Second flight: first, Mary Ann Gibbs; second tie, Linda Barr and Ro Nicholson; fourth, Debbie Kendrick. Third flight: first, Debbie Warfel; second, Susan Hazlewood; third, Carol Locke. Upcoming: Eclectic Aug. 22 and Shotgun Mixer and General Meeting at the East on Aug. 29.


July 20 Red Tee Party with the Niners: The event was a fun cha-cha-cha opportunity for 44 redoutfitted Niners and TOWGC members to play 18 holes on the West from the red tees. At the 12th hole the golfers were served delicious red velvet cookies and red drinks. After play, there were awards for the ‘most and best red outfits’ and lunch at the Banquet Room. A special thank-you to Joanne Finnerty, Chris Carter, and Kris Peters for all the excellent coordination. First place teammates were: Henni Williston, Cathie Cunningham, Leslie Wiener and Judy Duport. Second place team was: Debbie Warfel, Kris Peters, Jeanine Haggerty and Yoshi Smith. Third place team was: JoAnn Banayat, Linda Yates, Christy Rexford and Ellean Huff. Fourth place team was: Liz LaPointe, Kathy Faherty, Vicki Eschelbach and Dee Johnson. July 27 Sweeps Results: Tie with Kris Peters and Joan Seliga for the low gross winners of the field of 21 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second tie, Kathy Mokricky and Kathy Faherty; fourth tie, Ginny Manos and Marie Pierce. Second flight: first, Becky Hulick; second, Ro Nicholson; third, Linda Kilpatrick; fourth tie, Laurie Vree and Vanita Collins. Third flight: first, Nancy DeSousa, second, Ellean Huff; third, Christie Rexford. NBTP: July 24 at Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club with eight Oakmont golfers playing against Fountaingrove and on July 31 Oakmont successfully hosted 10 Golf Clubs with 80 players for a very lovely and fun-filled day. Upcoming: Aug. 24 West 8:30 a.m. Shotgun Mixer and General Meeting at the Quail; Aug. 31 Club Championship #1 (note that Aug. 17 is last play day to qualify for the Championship), sign up at Club Room.



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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

JULY SWEEPS RESULTS July 27, 22 players, East Back

First flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Ellie Baciocco. Second flight: first, Ada Branstetter; second tie, Elisabeth LaPointe, Tammy Siela. Third flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Roberta Lommori. Fourth flight: first, Barbara Bowman; second, Barbara James. The Red Tee Party on West Course July 20 was great fun. Red Velvet cookies and Red drinks were served at the 12th hole. The event made for a great mixer of the two clubs, Niners and the Thursday 18-holers. There were 24 players from each club

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

Don’t Miss “More Joy” Friday, September 8 at the Berger

Instead of its regular meeting, the Progressives are hosting a concert by Oakmont’s own “More Joy” musical group. The concert will be on Friday, September 8, from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Berger Center. Admission is $20.


First place: Henni Williston, Cathie Cunningham, Leslie Wiener, Judy Duport, 106. Second place: Debbie Warfel, Kris Peters, Jeanine Haggerty, Yoshi Smith, 107 Third place: JoAnn Banayat, Linda Yates, Christy Rexford, Ellean Huff, 109. Fourth place: Elisabeth LaPointe, Kathy Faherty, Vicki Eschelbach, Dee Johnson, 112. Bring friends, family and possible members to the Niner Invitational on August 24: East Front shotgun at 9 a.m., luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Quail Inn. Sign up at the East Pro Shop.

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you. On August 21 and 28 Joyce O’Connor will present Ground Rules by Eric Chappell. Play readers will include Rebecca Kokemor, Morgan Lambert, Penny McKenzie, Joyce O’Connor and Ron White. In Ground Rules a long-married couple, Gerry and Judith, rescue Jo from an assault by her aggressive partner Ashley one night in a pub. In doing so they trigger a chain of events that even Judith, a marriage counselor can’t manage. Things quickly spiral out of control, putting both couples’ relationships under the microscope and challenging the Ground Rules each couple thought were clearly established. Despite its subject, critics called this a very funny comedy. Eric Chappell is an English comedy writer who wrote and co-wrote a number of the UK’s biggest sitcom hits during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. During this time he also was an accomplished, successful and award-winning playwright and screen writer. His plays have been enjoyed internationally and in his later years he has continued to be a prolific writer.

At a time when many of us are suffering from the ongoing assault against all that many of us have worked hard to create, the music of “More Joy” will help us realize how strong the forces of light and brotherhood/sisterhood are. Remember when coffee houses existed? Do you long for more of Pete Seeger’s social consciousness and Joan Baez’s political songs? More Joy will bring you the passion and commitment evoked by the songs of real American heroes like Joan Baez and Holly Near. They will also bring you the tight harmonies of simple love songs by the Everly Brothers and Dixie Chicks. Perhaps best of all, they will sing protest songs we can all join in singing. Iris Harrell is leader of the More Joy band and a singer/songwriter with five years on the road in a five-piece band called Shiraz in the ‘70’s. Resident

of Oakmont as of 2015, Iris is a happily retired. Iris grew up in North Carolina and Virginia with country, gospel and the Beatles. Ann Benson, Iris’ wife and partner of 38 years, is originally from Texas. Ann’s Dad bought her a Martin acoustic guitar from a pawn shop. She still plays it. She sang and played guitar for decades in coffee houses, restaurants and concerts. Singer, guitarist and arranger, Ann loves ballads (especially sad ones) and any kind of folk music. Three more Oakmonters round out “More Joy.” Chris Finn is the bass player and third singer for More Joy. Russell Rasmussen and Mary B England contribute a unique blend of musical styles. Mary has a background of over 30 years as a professional symphony violinist. Russell brings 30 years of experience as a band leader, guitar session player and is a fabulous lead acoustic guitarist. When Ann and Iris met in 1979, they formed a music duo called “More Joy.” ”More Joy” came back into existence after a 30-year hiatus. Each concert has a thought-provoking theme and personal stories evolve between their songs. They don’t need to make up stories like Prairie Home Companion. Their life experience stories are more real than fiction! All proceeds above cost will go to the Global Fund for Women, an amazing organization that stands behind movements for women’s human rights all over the world. Its global network of over 2,000 advisors and partners helps it find, fund, and strengthen groups who work with the most marginalized women in the world. We are excited that the CEO of Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyaro, will join us and tell us briefly about the important work that the Fund is doing internationally. Join us on September 8 at the Berger! We promise a fun, thought-provoking, uplifting evening!

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Lifelong Learning nMarlena Cannon nPastor Brinda and Laurie Hartmann

Here at OCC, we are constantly striving to grow closer to God as individuals and as a church family. We have regular events and activities, as well as regular worship times to help us build deep friendships as we serve God and one another in love. If you are new to the neighborhood or you have been in the community for years, we’d love for you to come and be a part of our church family. However, whether you are part of the church or not, if you ever need prayer, we are here for you. nRoxanne Rogers

The Power of Music

If you feel, like me, that you couldn’t live without music in your life, well then perhaps you can relate to this. Choice melodies with just the right rhythms and instrumentation lift soul and spirit, touching all sorts of emotions. When combined appropriately with lyrics, you may find yourself transported to other times and places, imagined or real. One popular song is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” which Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz sang. I used to sing it as I swung up high on a school yard swing and dreamed of going over the rainbow too. As an un-churched child I had few imaginings about Heaven, but this sang loudly to the yearning I felt for more. This song made me yearn for another world, the something deeper, even magical that we all long for if we’re honest. As C.S. Lewis put it, “I have found a desire within myself that no experience in this world can satisfy; the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” Familiar songs like this provide opportunities for people to participate in shared experience. Last night some of us from Oakmont Community Church had our first karaoke evening. It was fun and fairly well attended. We had a good mix of hymns and oldies. Everyone participated in another song which was the highlight of the evening for me. We all sang “What a Wonderful World,” made popular by Louis Armstrong. It was heavenly. Of course we know that we don’t have as wonderful a world as we’d like. However, some have found hope, “an anchor for the soul” that there is a world beyond this one. Deep desire will be satisfied. And the music will never end.

Connect to one another and to God

Sunday Worship Service is at 10:30 a.m. at the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Sunday morning prayer begins at 10 a.m. For our friends at the Oakmont Gardens, Sunday Worship is at 1 p.m. in the art room. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.: Bible Study taught by Allan Linton at Oakmont Gardens. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Teaching and Prayer Meeting at the Manse. Church Office: 595-0166, Email: occsantarosa@ Like us on Facebook.

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WHEN: Wednesday, August 30 TIME: 3 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center

Your Amazing Mind: Rewiring Your Brain for Success Monday, Sept. 18–Oct. 23, 3–5 PM Berger Instructor: Steven Campbell

Radio show host and author of “Making Your Mind Magnificent—Flourishing at Any Age,” professor Campbell, explores cognitive psychology and brain physiology to help students better understand how we think and how we can change what we say to ourselves, about ourselves.

Cultural Jewels of the Stuart Dynasty Wednesdays, Sept. 20—Oct. 25, 3–5 PM Berger Instructor: Catherine O’Rourke

The Stuart Dynasty in the 1600s was an age of piety, scandal and intellectual brilliance in England, Scotland and Ireland. Instructor O’Rourke takes us through the Little Ice Age, the Civil War and the plague to discover uncommon commoners like Van Dyke and Shakespeare who somehow still managed to produce glittering jewels of cultural change.

Artistic Couples: Fights of Fancy Thursdays, Sept. 21–Oct. 26, 3–5 PM Berger Instructor: Linda Reid

The journey of art is filled with fascinating

personalities and relationships. Instructor Reid will examine the passions and foibles of six couples to learn about the political and cultural times in which they lived and how their relationship changed both themselves and the world of art. For more information or to register online, go to: Osher Lifelong Learning at olli.

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As current SSU OLLI, Oakmont Campus program coordinator Fradel Been prepares to end her term of service at the end of 2017, please join us in thanking her for a tremendous job as your representative and ambassador between the Oakmont Community and Sonoma State University. In the coming month, we will begin our process of searching for her replacement, and the full position should be posted on the SSU jobs website by late August. If you know of anyone who might be interested in acting as the logistics guru and public face of the SSU OLLI program at Oakmont, please have them check the SSU jobs website ( about/jobs.html) in the coming weeks or contact me for further information at

Oakmont Lifelong Learning Presents An Evening Of Jazz Featuring The Peter Estabrook Quartet

WHEN: Thursday, September 14, 7 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center WHY: To learn about and hear some phenomenal jazz COST: $20 per person, BYOB Please complete registration form and return it to the OLL folder at the OVA office or pay at the door.

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Thursday Evening Pinochle

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



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

Valley of the Moon Rotary

nJohn Brodey

The Four-Way Test

What do you really know about someone you just meet? Technology has created so many casual avenues of social connection, we are just beginning to appreciate how difficult it is to separate truth from illusion. As Lilly Tomlin once said: “No matter how skeptical I become, I just can’t keep up.” One thing most of us learned growing up was that judging someone by appearance alone leads to all kinds of erroneous assumptions. Snap judgments are usually rooted in stereotypical generalizations based on color of skin, clothing, body art, etc. We do know that when these encounters happen in what we consider a comfort zone like the golf course, we are likely to more readily accept others as “good” people based on a mutual interest. Clubs in all their forms serve a social purpose for that reason. It certainly lies at the heart of Rotary but as its founder Paul Harris divined why not take the next step and agree on specific ethical principles to insure a standard of behavior. As a group of like minded businessmen who sought an early way to network with other reputable professionals, they decided to distill the essence of ethical conduct into a pledge that would be observed by its membership. What they came up with is the Four-Way Test. So

nCarolita Carr

simple and yet so complete. It is the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? It has stood the test of time as a fundamental credo for all Rotarians for over 100 years. But you don’t have to be a Rotarian to find meaning in this exercise. We would all do well to identify just what qualities are necessary for us to place our trust in another person. Whether we are talking about a personal relationship, a business partnership, a corporate CEO, an elected official, a teacher or the Commander-in-Chief, ethics are a big deal and important to our collective welfare. This is a tough test when you come down to it and many of those we interact with or read about would fail on one level or another. Being cheerful, thrifty, clean and reverent may cause Boy Scouts to start thinking about character but in the real world, we must all construct our own set of principles and charge those who would lead us to behave in a compatible way. It is not an unreasonable thing that a mutual sense of fairness and concern for others is something we should expect to find in common with our friends, neighbors and the community in which we all live. Around each corner, there is always an event or real life drama which reminds us of what can happen when people lose their way.


Summer of Love on August 19 Sold Out!

But even without reservations, you can come to the Berger and enjoy a tasty dining experience, with delicious offerings from the BBQ Smokehouse Bistro. They will be serving slow southern BBQ ribs, chicken, brisket, jambalaya, gumbo, Caesar salad, salmon salad, chicken wraps, and other entrees. For

For your dining pleasure on August 19.

your convenience, there will be tables on the plaza. So meet your friends for a dinner out right here, or take your food home. The choice is yours. Coming Thursday, September 21, 6 p.m., is a members-only event (see coupon below). This is a Happy Hour social at the Berger Center, and is free to our members. We are calling it a “Denim Dinner Dance,” and serving sandwiches from Ike’s Place on Mendocino Ave. Ike’s has been voted one of the best sandwich places in the country. (We really do try to pamper our members.) In addition, we will have a play list of your favorite tunes on Steve’s trusty iPod. So come eat, dance and socialize with your fellow Boomer members. Another date to remember is Saturday, October 21. This will be our Halloween “Ghoulish Gala.” Music will be provided by the Joe Sharino Band. Joe will be retiring after this gig, and those of us who have enjoyed Joe’s music over the years will want to bid him a fond farewell. Get your reservations in early.


Doors open 5:45 p.m. Deadline for RSVP is no later than Monday, September 18, 3 p.m. How many members is this an RSVP for?__________

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

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, August 21 at 11 a.m. in Room B of the Central Activities Center (not Berger). This will be an informal gathering to exchange information and learn about hearing problems, hearing aids, new technology, etc. with other Oakmonters. Come if you are having trouble hearing, wear hearing aids or are thinking that maybe it’s time to consider them. Experienced hearing aid users are specially invited to come and share knowledge and problems. I’ve missed the last meeting due to medical emergencies and hospital stays, but expect to be present at this August meeting.

Is your brain working for your hearing?

Any sound to your ears is converted to nerve pulses that the brain has to decipher as words, music, noise, etc. Our brain processing speed capability slows a bit as we age, not only for hearing but also for vision processing. Noticing mine had slowed a bit prompted me to cease driving in any situation that would require fast processing of (and reaction to) what my eyes see. Brain processing of sound is greatly complicated by “muddy” sounds, fast speech, accents and competing noise such as music. In a conversation, especially if more than two people are participating, a single word can be missed and the brain races to figure out what it was from the context of the surrounding words in the conversation—and that missed word always seems to be the key one that defines the subject of the conversation! Simultaneously, the brain is deciphering the continuing conversation. For me this happens often. After a short while, I interrupt and ask what are we talking about? This no longer embarrasses me. Note that the missing word may have been obliterated by a momentary noise, e.g. someone dropping a pan, slamming a door, or backfire, etc. Now, another complication: let’s say the brain, after some effort, is successful at deciphering the word and the conversation but used up its processing power. The brain elements needed for remembering the conversation weren’t available although understood at the time so the conversation is not subsequently remembered. Maybe it’s not Alzheimer’s, it’s impaired hearing! The bipartisan legislation proposed by Senators Warren and Grassley legalizing and favoring over-thecounter hearing aid availability has passed in the Senate. We now wait to see if the House of Representatives can get its act together and pass a house version of the bill. Oakmont HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list by emailing to and attend the HEARS and HSG meetings.

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Tennis Club nTina Lewis


The Tennis Club is blessed with three ball machines, two at the west courts and one at the east courts. They’re all up and ready to go, so here are the ins and outs of their use. Ball machines cannot be used before 11 a.m. Early mornings are reserved for court play. Only Tennis Club members can use the ball machines. Others can only watch. For the safety of the ball machines, it’s important to use the correct balls. Read the instructions under Court and Equipment Maintenance posted on the west courts bulletin board. Using the ball machine at the east courts requires a code to get into the shed. If you don’t have one, email Terri Somers at Be sure to let her know if you have not received instructions on the use of that machine. She can arrange for you to do so. Do not take the ball machine down steps at the east courts. Steps can injure the machine. Take a few extra seconds to get to the ramp. The Playmate is loaded with Gamma Balls, the only balls that may be used. Do not load or use any other type of balls.


Oops. Wrong activity. But listen up, men! Your big day is coming! Saturday, September 9 is the annual Men’s Doubles Tennis Tournament. The contact is Chuck Hinckley at You can either select an individual to partner with or you can let Chuck find someone. Watch upcoming emails for instructions on how to sign up, where to go, and what time to get there. As for the rest of the club, come out to support the guys!

Why risk this? Choose your partner carefully! We have one of these: East Courts.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

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

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


It’s the time of the year that the Tennis Club needs to form a Nominating Committee for the 2018 officers. Five people are needed. A little bird tells me that many of the current board members are willing to serve again, so filling in the blanks should be a piece of cake. If you’re willing to be on the committee, contact any current board member with a simple “Yes! I’d love to be on the Nominating Committee!” Cloying, you say? Treacle? Okay. “I’m willing to be on the Nominating Committee” will be just fine. Help keep our club at the top of its game. Thanks in advance.


Drop-in tennis every Saturday at 9 a.m. at the west courts, it’s a great way to practice and get to know other players.


Okay, so I exaggerate. But really, joining the Tennis Club offers pleasures on many levels. Wine country climate allows for outdoor tennis virtually all year. Singles, doubles, mixed doubles, tournaments, social tennis events, there’s always something going on. To join, call Paula Lewis at 332-0433.

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Table Tennis Club members participated in giving ping-pong lessons to grandkids of Oakmont residents. They helped and watched children playing for four hours for two separate classes. The kids were all cute, good looking and very energetic, reminding us of our younger days when we used to be full of energy. We all had very good time.

The instructors were Bob Vogenthaler, June Liebling, Keith Sauer, Arthur Boot, Tom Woodrum and I. Some grandparents also enjoyed playing with their grandkids. As you can see, ping-pong is a good sport to play with your kids as well as with your grandkids because it has no age limit. We have a very active Table Tennis (ping-pong) Club in Oakmont Village. We play on the second floor of West Recreation Center according to the following schedule: Tuesday 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Wednesday 12–2:30 p.m.; Friday 3:30–6:30 p.m.; Sunday (bring your own partner) 12–4:30 p.m. There are numerous benefits of playing this enjoyable Olympic sport. 1. Health and Fitness: Playing this sport gets the heart rate up. Played at the higher levels, it’s one of the fastest sports around. Just a couple of hours a day, two or three times a week hitting that little ping-pong balls can do wonders for your fitness. 2. There is no age limit: Ping-pong is not a power sport. You can play well over ninety years old. Women can compete with men and grandparents can play with grand children. It’s a universal family sport. 3. You can play anytime: Table tennis is an indoor, non-seasonal sport. You can play it all year round, rain or snow, hot and cold, day or night, and you don’t have to worry about bad weather or exposure to those harmful UV rays. 4. As a complex game of mind, soul and body, table tennis is one of the most beneficial sports, improving mental and physical condition alike. Everybody can benefit from table tennis, which makes a table tennis an excellent investment for your well-being. Come to join us to play, improve your mental and physical capabilities and enjoy yourself. Come to play with us to exercise and have lots of fun. We have four tables and we usually play doubles. Four people will occupy each table at any time and the losing team will have to yield to other players. If there are people waiting, the winning team has to yield the table after two games. We plan to organize Clinique if there are enough people who are interested. Please contact Bob Vogenthaler ( or me (



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Smart Train Challenges

nSteve Edwards

A couple of weekends ago, I decided to give the Smart train a free try. The earliest I could find space on the train was 5 o’clock from Santa Rosa. The train was jammed to the ceiling with weekend revelers, but I was finally able to grab a seat. The seats were vinyl upholstery, and comfortable. The train itself is functional, but not luxurious. One very nice part of the trip is the scenery, most of which is not visible from highway 101. My overall impression was positive. Now, here’s the rub—once SMART begins regular service all riders will have to get a Clipper card for $3 (free if you’re over 65) which will be available at a limited number of locations in Santa Rosa, or online. Another challenge will be finding all day parking near the Santa Rosa train station. You must load enough money into the Clipper card to be able to travel to and from downtown San Rafael. Round trip fares from Santa Rosa to San Francisco using the train, shuttle bus, and ferry start at $46 for adults under 65, and $23 for adults 65+. Cash is accepted at SMART stations but no change will be made. In some situations, discounts from these prices

may be available. Call SMART at 794-3330. Once you get to downtown San Rafael you will have to walk a couple of blocks to the free shuttle buses which will take you to the Larkspur ferry. If you’re lucky, you’ll quickly connect with a ferryboat to take you to the San Francisco ferry building. You’ll need to allow about 2½ hours each way. If you’re traveling midday, the train schedules both ways are sparse. If you miss either the ferry or the train, there could be a long wait for the next one. And don’t forget, you’ll need to solve the all-day car parking issue. If you’re considering using the train, bus, and ferry to go to a Giants day game, where time is of the essence, I strongly suggest you not use SMART. When SMART officially begins service, still at an unknown date, I assume they will issue an updated schedule, but I’m not sure it will show all three legs of travel—the train to downtown San Rafael, the bus to Larkspur, and then the ferry to San Francisco. The ticket process as explained to me today by SMART sounds quite arduous. Hopefully, they will smooth it out by the start of service.

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

Are you interested in learning more about what makes you tick—and what drives members of your family, your friends, and others who impact your world? If so, please express your interest by attending an introductory meeting on Thursday, September 7, at 7 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the CAC. The Enneagram—the word simply means “ninefigure”—is one of the most powerful and insightful tools for understanding ourselves and others. It has a long and interesting history and is in wide use today in business, theological, spiritual and many other contexts. For more information, and to RSVP, please email me at or call 293-9864.

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InvestOAK Club

On July 18 the OVA Board of Directors officially recognized the InvestOAK group as an OVA Club. Many Oakmont residents are retirees whose only source of income is from pensions and retirement savings. InvestOAK was formed to address the needs of those who are managing or monitoring their own investment portfolios through discussions and exchange of information about stock market investing. There is a broad spectrum of topics such as market activity and major trends, types of investment, strategies and techniques, reliable sources of information and portfolio management. The club is in the process of jointly developing a meaningful agenda of discussion topics. Membership experience ranges all the way from investment novice through those who have had a professional career in the financial world. There is no actual monetary aspect to the club’s activities. Interested Oakmont residents are invited to attend the next meeting which is Friday, August 25, 10 a.m., Room B, Central Activities Center. For further information contact Bill Shoemaker at billshoe@

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Bocce Club nSusan Lynn

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Would You Like to Have Someone’s Yard Flocked?

Remember the lawn flamingos? There was a time when nearly every front yard in Florida had one surveying the scene with its hooked beak and bright pink hue. They could be spotted all over the country. What memories! Now for something you perhaps didn’t know: Lawn flamingos have been known to flock and flocks can migrate from town to town and from yard to yard. Perhaps even to Oakmont. Would you like a colorful flock to settle in your yard or, better yet, a friend’s yard, for a few of days? The Montgomery High School Key Club, mentored by the Oakmont Kiwanis Club, is currently engaged in raising funds for pediatric trauma prevention (there are all too few emergency centers with physicians trained to handle pediatric trauma) and elimination of maternal and pediatric tetanus around the world.

Once again, we had a good turnout for our Grandchildren’s Days. We had children as young as five playing and competing. We appreciate all the volunteers who helped the little ones learn and play the game.

Save the Date: evening bocce

Our evening Bocce (members only) is always a good time. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 22 at 5 p.m. Bring a lawn chair, some goodies to share, and your beverage of choice. WHEN: August 22, 5 p.m. (members only, please) BRING: Chair, food to share, BYOB

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Our Bocce picnic was a smashing success. Our members contributed delicious salads, sides, and desserts and we all feasted on BBQ chicken and all the fixings. The flock of colorful flamingos residing temporarily at a nearby yard.

For a donation of $50 you can have a flock settle on someone’s lawn for five days after which they will silently migrate to another yard. For an additional $10 the flock can be encouraged to migrate sooner. You can also buy insurance for $10 to guarantee that the flock will not find your yard again. The recipient of a flock will receive a letter explaining what it’s all about. If you would like to help this flock to get around Oakmont, join in the fun and make a contribution to the Key Club. Call Tricia Shindledecker at 284-1424 or email her at to request a form to make arrangements for a place for the flock to settle for a while.

Many, many thanks to our hosts: Bob Pelton, Donn Paulson, Pat Paulson and Eddi Pelton.

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Quilting Bee

nElizabeth McDonnell

On July 26 our Quilting Bee hosted 14 grandchildren, along with mothers, grandmothers and one grandfather for a sewing class. Led by Paula Scull and Carol Jarvis, the children were taught how to sew a button onto fabric, an important lesson in life, as well as several different stitches. At the conclusion the children left with a very cute snowman ornament they can hang on a tree at Christmas.

and we look forward to seeing it hanging at the Sonoma County Fair along with an award-winning ribbon!

Food Truck Coming To Oakmont nHeidi Klyn, Boomers Club Pam McVey Fire Island Hosta.

Snowman Class.

At the sewing day earlier in the month, Pam McVey showed her recently completed Fire Island Hosta quilt. The pattern was complicated and is comprised of “zillions” of fabric pieces. She did a fantastic job

Mary Ann Allen is in the process of planning our annual picnic to be held August 23 at the East facility. Orders for box lunches and a game or two are on her agenda. We look forward to this fun event each year. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Nominate a Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal nJeff Davis

It’s already time for Oakmont residents to be thinking about and making plans for this year’s 13th Annual Oakmont Last year’s Grand Marshal, Lt. Colonel Veterans Day Parade, which Margaret “Lee” will take place Friday, Marabito. November 10. Mark your calendars. Arrangements for participating veterans, vehicles of all shapes and sizes, colorful decorations and festivities afterwards are all underway. Now also is the time for residents to nominate a

Grand Marshal for the Friday, November 10 parade. Please send the nominee’s name, branch of the military, conflict(s) in which he/she served, details of service, awards and other pertinent information that you feel might help the selection process to Jay Cobb at 8834 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409 or to Nominations must be received by Friday, September 15. Oakmont counts among its residents many Vets with distinguished records. Help us to show them the recognition they deserve.

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A nice varied hike, in the Point Reyes National Seashore. Begin at the Bear Valley Trailhead, at the south end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot. Follow the Bear Valley Trail for 0.2 mi before turning right to ascend the Mt. Wittenberg Trail, 1,300’ elevation change in 1.8 mi. Continue on the trail to the Sky Trail south through the forest all the way to the Coast Trail.

A 30-minute detour to the north on the Coast Trail will bring you to Kelham Beach. Head south on the Coast Trail to the Bear Valley Trail. Enjoy your last coastal view here, before returning via the Bear Valley Trail through beautiful trees and along Coast Creek. Hike leader is Chris Sork, 4953196. Bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.

August 17 Intermediate Hike Tiburon/Blackie’s Pasture

We will start at Blackie’s pasture and follow a paved path along the waterfront of Richardson’s Bay to Shoreline Park in Tiburon for lunch. Great views of Sausalito and San Francisco, stops to check out historic buildings in Tiburon, and a statue of Blackie, the swaybacked horse known for swimming across the Bay. We will return via the same path. A little over six miles, with 154’ elevation gain. This hike can be quite breezy, so bring along a windbreaker just in case, along with water and lunch. Leave from Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Florentia Scott, 591-1929, email

Tomales Bay Long Hike. (Photo by Martin Fliess)


A nice summer hike along the coastal bluffs of the Kortum Trail, approximately six miles. Mostly level, with some ups and downs through gullies, and one climb to the top of Peaked Hill for lunch. Bring water and lunch, and poles if desired. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.


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This strenuous, 8.5-mile hike will start at the Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve Visitor Center and climb up the East Ridge Trail. Great views await the hikers before lunch at Bullfrog Pond. The return route will be down the Pool Ridge Trail. Elevation gain will be approximately 1,750’. Bring lunch, lots of water and hiking poles. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847.

View of SF from Mt. Tamalpais. (Photo by Maurice Johns)


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nChuck Wood

Pickleball Corner


We owe a ton of thanks to Susan Hazlewood for scheduling and putting together a wonderful party for our Oakmont Pickleball Club members and guests on July 18 at the Quail Inn. There were 104 of us there—how about that? A beautiful evening of happy mingling, dining and dancing. Dancing. Did I say dancing? As you see below, we rocked to the tunes of The Dills. Organized and led by Tom Kendrick, this fine group of musicians and singers gave us great music to both listen and dance to (while very often singing along). Let’s get to know those Dills. They are: Big Dill (Tom Kendrick), Big Daddy Dill (Peter Copen), Daphne Dill (Debbie Kendrick), Darla Dill (Diane Naylor), Dolly Dill (Melissa Bowers), Delbert Dill (Bruce Hulick), Dixon Dill (Iris Harrell), Deedee Dill (Anne Benson) and Uncle Dan Dill (John Derby) filling in for Daisy Dill (Chris Finn) this night.


Grandparents’ Week is a really big deal each year for a lot of folks here in the Oakmont Village. Organized and run ever so smoothly by Leslie Brockman, this week of activities includes orientation and coached play for pickleball. Once again led by Shirley Liberman, the Oakmont Pickleball Club’s many volunteers made learning and playing our game a lot of fun—as it should be.

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.


August 18: David Dearden August 25: Ed Sutter September 1: Karen Krestensen Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an email to

Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson


If only we could move this well on the courts.

Let’s Dance Together! nTerry Whitten

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

Grandparents Week: PJ Savage, Shirley Liberman and Al Medeiros with student Sylas, Reenie and Bill Lucker’s grandson.


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

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Internet Genealogy

The next meeting will be on Monday, August 28 at 1 p.m. in the West Rec. George McKinney will give us the annual update of new and interesting genealogy research websites and tips on how to use them. He will spend a lot of time explaining how to access the thousands of FamilySearch (LDS) microfilms that are on the internet but only accessible on the Family History Center computers. The Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email:

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


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


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2017

nGeorge McKinney

FitBit, Apple Watch and Garmin Devices that help you stay Healthy

DATE: Tuesday, August 29 TIME: 4 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center We’ve all heard of Fitbit, the Apple Watch, Garmins, and other devices that can be used in tracking your daily exercise and heart rate. Some of us have tried these devices and, in many cases, are no longer using them. As is common, the capabilities of these devices have been growing rapidly. It’s time to revisit whether they are right for you. This Technology Forum will feature a forum of residents and experts who will discuss different devices and uses. The first, and perhaps most important, reason to use a device is to help you stay fit. We know that staying fit is important to maintain your maximum performance. These devices now do an excellent job of tracking total exercise, heart rate, and sleep. They can also track calories. Some of these devices also are designed to fit in with specific activities: Exercise—if you use the gym regularly; Biking—if you regularly bike for exercise and enjoyment; Hiking—if you are a hiker


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


How does the connection between the Internet and your TV work? Come get your questions answered by Pat! We look forward to seeing you in the West Recreation Center. Website:


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


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


WHEN: Tuesday, August 22 TIME: 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center

Windows Computer Information

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

Oakmont Technology Forum and want to map your hikes; Swimming—if you get your exercise by swimming; Golf—to record your exercise and also give you information like distance to the green. We’ll discuss each of these uses. Three companies make the most commonly used products—Fitbit, Apple and Garmin. Each company provides a range of products for different needs. You can use them in conjunction with apps on your iPhone or other SmartPhone—or just use your iPhone or SmartPhone to track your exercise. We’re planning to have a panel of Oakmont residents who have used these products. If you have a Fitbit or other device and don’t understand it— come and ask questions. We’ll also welcome people who want to share their own experiences. Technology is no longer just computers, cell phones, and your Walkman. Think what changes we

have seen in the last few years—WiFi, iPods, iPads and Kindles, iPhones and Androids, Apps, Fitbits, the Apple Watch, Garmin, Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime, Skype, the Cloud, and now Alexa and Siri. New devices and systems are being announced every week. So, what’s right for you? The Oakmont Technology Forum is a way to keep up with our changing technology world. Do you want to help with the Technology Forum? If you are experienced in new technology and would be interested in helping the Oakmont Community, contact me at or 538-7264. This meeting will be held in conjunction with the Oakmont Technology Learning Center Open House to introduce courses for Fall 2017, and is cosponsored by the Oakmont Fitness Club.

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The Oakmont News / August 15, 2017

Single Boomers Social Club

Just For Fun Game Club

nCarolita Carr

nPhillip Herzog

Thursday, August 24: Mixer, East Rec. Center, 6 p.m.—“Speed Chat.” In order to promote more mixing and mingling, we are going to venture into uncharted waters, i.e. something we’ve never done before. Barb Powell, our event director, isn’t exactly sure how this is going to turn out, but as long as you bring your sense of humor, the outcome should be fine! Your cooperation will be appreciated. Come and experience what we have planned. Members whose last names begin with A to M should bring an appetizer to share. And BYOB. And don’t forget to attend the Boomers’ Summer of Love, August 19. Our members have purchased four tables for this event. By now, our treasurer, Karen Hepner, should have your check. If you have neglected to do this, please contact her now.

Coming Up in September:

Saturday, September 2: Roller Derby at the Sonoma

County Fairgrounds. We had a great time cheering on the local team last time and can’t wait to do it again. Thursday, September 28: “Member Appreciation Night,” Berger Center. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding these and other events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. If you are single and live in Oakmont, you can be a part of our group. We try to schedule at least two events per month. Besides the monthly mixer, we dine out together, go to Funky Fridays and other music venues and dance, and look for other events, county-wide that singles might enjoy. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to SBSC. Name_______________________________________________________________________ Date______________ Address________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)__________________________________________________ Phone________________________________

By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature_______________________________________________________________________________________

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman

The Men’s Triples and Women’s Triples Tournaments were originally billed as separate events, but when there weren’t enough entrants they were combined into one with the Open Triples that had been planned for August 2. By combining all we came up with six teams. The tourney consisted of two eight-end games. The winners of the first game then played each other and so on.

Berenyi. The names and places of the other three teams have been withheld to protect their identity.

Upcoming Tournaments

Women’s Singles: August 29 Labor Day: September 4 Open Singles: September 14 Novice Singles: October 16 Halloween: October 31 Thanksgiving: November 21 Sign up and participate. Win or not you’ll enjoy the games.

Condition of the Green

Winners: Ted, Will and Gary.

The entrants minus Jerry Garland, photographer.

After all the competition and based on total points made, the team of Gary Scott, Will Cohn and Ted DeJung came in first. In second place was team Jerry Garland, Frank Gyorgy and Joan Cohn. And in third was team Frank Longoria, Jodi Darby and Carole

On July 22 we had our first BBQ and it was fantastic! We had BBQ tri-tip with various salads, bread, desserts and drinks. Hopefully you can make it to the next event. The Just For Fun Game Club gathers to play games of all sorts and have fun. You name it, we’ll play it: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games, whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We meet every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Card Room in the Central Activity Center. We have lots of games on hand: Rummikub, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, Cribbage, Monopoly, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Deluxe Rook, Skip-Bo, a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes and more! Someone usually brings: Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo, Split, Uno as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring the game with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust the schedule or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

Perhaps the long-time challenge of bowling on an uneven, weedy and gouged green is ending. Recent play has enjoyed a much smoother green and the bad spots starting to disappear. Also you will have noticed, if you have bowled in past weeks, the narrow strips of wood on top of the plinths. And the area several feet out from the plinths suddenly looks very green. This is the result of the efforts of Frank Longoria and his many other volunteers. The purpose is to remedy the situation that has occurred over a number of years. Bowlers’ use of the area to deliver bowls meant an intense amount of standing and walking on the areas near the ditches causing them to become lower. As a result bowl were continuing into ditches rather than coming to rest as their normal pace would suggest. Indeed, this problem was front and center during the Senior Games in past years when bowlers on rinks 1 and 8 saw their bowls drift into the adjacent ditches without ever reaching the end of the rink. Sand and seed has been laid next to the wood strips and carefully maintained to cause a buildup of sod and grass. There will have been another treatment of sand and seed soon. The bowling is getting better and better!

Demo Days

We have one more planned: September 18, from 10 a.m.–12 noon

Friday Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Discovering the Joy of Jesus: A Guide to Philippians

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


The Oakmont News / August 15, 2017

nSandra Shaner

County Line—A Night To Remember nRay Haverson


WHEN: Saturday, August 26 TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m., show starts 6 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Members $22; members’ guest $25; nonmembers $30. Best deal—$34 includes membership until Jan. 1, 2018. We are now 85% sold out. This show is selling out fast so you must hurry. If you like sing songs you will remember, laugh and just enjoy the days of folk music, you will not want to miss this show. You will be able to bring your own food and drink. We will supply lemon water, coffee and cups. You need to bring your own plates, napkins and utensils. Those who attended the last show are still talking about it. We will have table assigned seating so if you put all the names in one envelope with payment you will all be able to party together. Get your reservations in very early for better seating please, as this one will sell out fast as it did the last time. We had 60 on a wait list. You may reserve a table of eight but I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together with your friends, all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time, as I will be unable to add someone later. This is just a suggestion. The best way to do it so you can get better seating is send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them.


Saturday, August 26: Back by popular demand County Line—Kingston Trio Show Saturday, September 9: TBD Saturday, October 7: A great surprise to be announced as we get closer to the date. Saturday, November 4: Back by popular demand— The Great James Garners Salute to Johnny Cash Show Saturday, December 9: TBD Sunday, December 31: New Year’s Eve Party, 6 p.m.–12:30 a.m., East Rec. The cost to be announced at a later date (it will be very cheap). Music by Charley Baker and Company.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2017 League schedule. Remaining bowling dates for August: August 15 (tenth week) and 29 (Sumer League play-off). No bowling August 22, fourth Tuesday. Note: Summer League play-off has been moved from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29 at the West Rec. Center

SUMMER LEAGUE PLAYOFF AUGUST 29, 1:30–3 pm West Recreation Center

The top three teams of the 1:30 PM League play the top three teams of the 3:15 PM League to determine the Summer League Team Champion. The winning team will be added to the Team Champion Trophy. Meeting to follow at 3 p.m. for award presentations and sign-up for Fall League.


Fall League will start on September 5, ending November 21, with play-offs on December 5.


On August 1, we had a pizza lunch featuring Mountain Mike’s Pizza which everyone enjoyed. Also Diane and Bruce Price surprised Terry Leuthner with a birthday cake celebrating his perpetual 39th birthday. Thank you.

RESULTS AS OF Aug. 1 (eighth week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Pocket Hits; third place, Wild Turkeys; fourth place tie, Alley Oops and Strikers; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 254; Larry Lazzarini, 243; Juan Fuentes, 222; Gordon Freedman, 219; Terry Leuthner, 214; Christian van den Berghe, 213; Charlie Ensley, 209. Women’s High Games: Peggy Ensley, 280; Sandy Osheroff, 278; Mariel Green, 256; Joanne Abrams, 249; Tobi O’Neill, 235; Alicia Panizo, 233; Robin Schudel, three games of 232; Phyllis Jennings, 209; Fran Lazzarini, 202; Elisabeth LaPointe, 201. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, High Rollers; third place, Strike Outs; fourth place, King Pins; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 233; Christian van den Berghe, 232. Women’s High Games: Debbie Miller, 269; Mollie Atkinson, 245; Valerie Hulsey, 237; Diane Price, 234; Nicole Reed, 228; Maurine Bennett, 224; Jan Blackburn, 223; Vickie Jackanich, 223; Carole Mack, 214; Shirley Jamison, 208; Sonja Tarshis, 204. Subs High Game: Terry Leuthner, 279.


Foam Roller


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. No class on June 20. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/6 classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis.

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

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

New class time on the fourth Monday of the month!

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 Monday from 4:30–6 p.m. and fourth Monday from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class!

Coming up

Monday, August 28, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon: Zendalas (round tiles) WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


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Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in your body

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Connect to your breath, gently stretch and focus on alignment. Support your back from the front with seated core work. You may stay in the chair for the entire class or work with balance in a safe setting. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water.

Next Forrest Yoga Workshop— Save the Date!

WHEN: Saturday, September 9, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by email at

Now is the Perfect Time to commit to your Yoga Practice

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

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

Come join us in the Upper West Rec. Center for a five-class workshop on Beginning Tai Chi. If balance is your issue Tai Chi can be very helpful. Tuition is $75 for the five-class workshop. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. The classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 3185284. I will love to encourage you to join.

Fitness Club nSue Carrell

Bits and TidBits

As of July 1 our membership stands at 614 members. Having this much support enables the Oakmont Fitness Center (OFC) to improve and update the facility and the equipment at a more efficient pace than if we had to rely completely on the OVA Board to pass a budget item. A fresh coat of paint is scheduled for the center and we have ordered a new “Fly/Pec” machine. The OVA is paying for both of these jobs. The OFC is looking at replacing other pieces of equipment within the next 12 months with a $10,000 set aside that the OFC Board approved at the July 17 monthly meeting. Our invitation for you to participate in a free 20-minute “Tune-Up” with John Phillips has been well received. To date 58 members have signed up. Don’t miss this opportunity for OFC members. In the last column in this newsletter, mention was made about the collaborative effort OFC is making with the Oakmont Technology Learning Center. They are putting on a special event on August 29 at 4 p.m. at the Berger Center. You will probably see the flyers being posted that explain the purpose of the event. Many people have considered wearing a “Fit Bit” or an Apple Watch, some have even gone to extent of buying one of these devices. Then, either because of failure to operate, or insufficient knowledge about

their highest and best use, these devices are often set aside, or even given to a member of the younger generation. This Forum has organized a panel of users who can answer your questions. If you have used a device to great advantage you are welcome to come and share your experience with the rest of us. Finally, if you have artistic talents or know someone who has, please consider submitting a design for our Logo Contest for the Oakmont Summer Games which are scheduled for June 2018. The Oakmont Summer Games are being administered by the OFC Board. We expect to hand out these specially designed T-Shirts to all the participants in the games. The board is offering a $100 award to the best design selected by three judges. You can call Mike Harris or Virginia Katz for more information. The Sonoma County Council on Aging has sponsored Sonoma County Senior Games in the past with great success. You can check out their website and see the success they’ve had at http://www. If you have a connection with any of the sponsors mentioned on the site, see if they would be willing to participate in our Oakmont event. Planning meetings are the third Thursday of each month at 4 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. All are welcome.

nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

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

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

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

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



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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53

nBob Stinson

nAl Haggerty


The international search for the next music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony is the subject of a talk by Alan Silow, president and CEO of the symphony, at the Aug. 23 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. The current director, Bruno Ferrandis, will depart at the end of the orchestra’s 2017–2018 season. He is only the fourth music director in what Silow calls the symphony’s “illustrious history.” He followed George Trombley, Corrick Brown and Jeffrey Kahane. The symphony’s Board of Directors began its search in December, 2015, according to Silow, “to find the right person to further realize our vision of raising our national profile as one of America’s leading regional symphony orchestras.” Silow, president and CEO since 2002 and an Oakmont resident, will explain how the process to date has unfolded, introduce with a short film the five candidates and discuss the next steps that will include community input into the final decision by the board in March, 2018. During his tenure, Silow said, the symphony has returned to a fiscally sound basis that has produced

nBarbara Bowman

Duplicate Bridge

surpluses in both operations and endowment annually for 15 years. He said he played a leadership role in the public/private partnership with Sonoma State University to build a new world-class symphony hall that opened in the fall of 2012 where the symphony is now the resident orchestra at the Green Music Center. Silow’s accomplishments were recognized with a non-profit leadership award for innovation, community engagement and growth given by the North Bay Business Journal in October, 2012. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with an undergraduate B.A. Degree in Economics with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of International and Public Affairs. His wife is a university professor. They have one son who lives and works in Berlin, Germany. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Dave McCuan at 539-3028.

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

sunday, August 20, 2 pm LE CORSAIRE

Filmed as it was being performed, the American Ballet Theatre’s celebrated cast performs this exciting production, skillfully weaving through buccaneers, harem girls, shipwrecks, kidnappings, duplicity and true love. Spectacular choreography intertwines with vibrant costumes, exotic staging and special effects that add to the nonstop action. An excitingly romantic but also comical treat. (1999), NR, 110 minutes.

Sunday, August 27, 2 pm GREENFINGERS

It’s a big (green) thumbs-up for this affecting true-life tale about hardened con Colin Briggs (Clive Owen), a small-time criminal who gets a new lease on life—behind bars—as an awardwinning gardener. Standing out in supporting roles are David Kelly as a prisoner friend of Briggs’s who coaxes him out of his shell, and Helen Mirren as a world-class horticulturist who worries when her daughter falls for Briggs. (2000), R (language/sexuality), 91 minutes.

Sunday, September 3, 2 pm THE FOUNDER

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

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

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, August 20, 2 p.m.: Le Corsaire, (1999), NR, 110 minutes. Sunday, August 27, 2 p.m.: Greenfingers, (2000), R, 91 minutes. Sunday, September 3, 2 p.m.: The Founder, (2016), PG-13, 115 minutes. Sunday, September 10, 2 p.m.: All the President’s Men, (1976), PG, 139 minutes.

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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

Buddhist Meeting August 26

nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location The Miraculous words “Thank You”

“When we speak or hear the words ‘thank you,’ the armor falls from our hearts and we communicate on the deepest level. ‘Thank you’ is the essence of nonviolence. It contains respect for the other person, humility and a profound affirmation of life. It possesses a positive, upbeat optimism. It has strength. A person who can sincerely say ‘Thank you’ has a healthy, vital spirit; each time we say those words, our hearts sparkle and life force wells up within us.”—Living Buddhism, July 2017, pg. 7. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, August 26, 2017, and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place (note new location). Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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



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


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

A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and painting. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591. George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years experience. Free estimates. Call George at 987-3059.

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




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


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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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





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

Do you need a reliable, trustworthy helpful caregiver? Then have no fear— Tammy is near. 14-yr. experience, references. Flexible hours, day/night. Lic. #57044. Call 529-0996.


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


Est. 2008. The best care for your best friends. Dog and cat care. Overnights and daily needs. Specialized, insured, bonded. Based in Sonoma Valley. Alix Moline, 637-6267.


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

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


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

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Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. Caregivers to work in our community. Flexible shifts, 2–24 hours. Hiring bonus. Call 843-3838 or drop by 6528 Oakmont Dr.


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


Reliable, experienced and affordable. Home or property repairs, maintenance or improvements. (707) 318-4724.

FINE COSTUME JEWELRY AT COST Closed a business in MD and moved to CA. Semi-precious stones in sterling silver. Brought pieces from many countries. Call Regina for any question and/or apptmt. (707) 791-7376 (home), (301) 806-9588 (cell), email


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


Wish to rent a small motorhome (class C?) for approximately Aug. 27–Sept. 4. I am an Oakmont resident. Call Kavanaugh, 494-6414.


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

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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM Tel 539-1611 6637 Oakmont Dr., Ste. A OVA E-mail: Website: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM August 16–31 Leanne Smith 539-6795

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

September 1–15 Beverly Rodman 539-2658

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Ken Heyman, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Frank Batchelor, Director Greg Goodwin, Director Gloria Young, Director Kathleen Connelly, Director Association Manager Ted Throndson

OVA Board Meetings 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month 1 pm in the Berger Center All residents of Oakmont are welcome.


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


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

Schedules available at OVA office.

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.

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The Oakmont News / August 15, 2017

OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Presents Comedian Cary Long! nAnita Roraus

WHEN: Friday, August 18 at 6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center TICKETS: $15 Cary Long is a fresh new face on the comedy scene. He got his start on the hit television show “Star Search” with Ed McMahon, and has since been seen on “Evening at the Improv,” VH-1 stand-up spotlight with Brain Regan, as well as two recent appearances on the “Tonight Show” with Jay Leno. He combines accents, cultures and nationalities into a rib-tickling performance that will have audiences laughing at themselves. He is clean, funny and a must see! Join us for a Friday Cabaret with table seating, bring your own munchies and drinks. Tickets sold in advance in the OVA office. Sales begin July 3.

nAnita Roraus

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

Grandparents’ Club nLeslie Brockman

Oakmont’s Grandparents’ Week has come and gone, and what a week it was! Over 100 children, ages 2–13, learned how to sew on buttons, play bocce, make beautiful jewelry, play Wii bowling, juggle two balls (one even juggled three balls!), sing songs, create Tinkertoy communications towers, and make pasta from scratch that they took home for a yummy family dinner. And that’s only part of the week. New friendships were formed and others revived. And, best of all, precious quality time was had with “Nana, Poppa, and Omi.”

nAnita Roraus

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

Nathan wins at Bingo!

Toxic Waste Collection

Tuesday, may 9 west rec. parking lot

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

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


Implant & General Dentistry

Sometimes happiness is as simple as a tug o’ war.

Oakmont Gardens generously hosted a welcome carnival for about 130 folks, even donating ice cream, cookies, and gift cards. And the Oakmont Ukesters played lively, familiar tunes which many Gardens’ residents enjoyed singing. A simple thank-you will never be enough to the dozens of Grandparents’ Club members who volunteered to make this all come together. You are the heart of this, and it couldn’t be done without you.  Lastly, give a huge kudos to OVA’s maintenance team who carefully and perfectly set up rooms and spaces for 20+ events during the week. You are amazing!

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The Oakmont News / August 15, 2017

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The Oakmont News 8-15-2017  
The Oakmont News 8-15-2017