Page 1

Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

City Reviewing Plan to Convert Tennis Courts to Pickleball nJim Golway

Whatever the outcome, a proposed communitywide vote on whether to continue construction of four pickleball courts behind the CAC, should settle the issue once and for all. However, if a majority returns a vote against construction, it could mean that one day Oakmont might have the finest pickleball facility in the North Bay. The diagram and photos are from a tennis court conversion plan the OVA submitted last month to Santa Rosa city planners. The proposal calls for the lower ERC tennis courts (one and two) be converted into six pickleball courts. The diagram illustrates how the entire fencedin space would be used. The tennis nets would be removed, the surface completely painted over, the courts arrayed in sets of three. The space surrounding the play area and separating each court is more generous than found at a typical tennis court conversion. The Oakmont plan won’t make players feel “pinned-in” or be distracted by action on an adjacent court.

August 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 15

Board to Consider Membership Vote on Pickleball nMichael Connolly

View of Wild Oak multi-sport recreational amenity offering tennis, pickleball and bocce ball. Note the distance to the townhome. Noise has not become a factor.

Despite having a higher density of homes than Oakmont, there have been no significant complaints of noise by Wild Oak residents. Realtors also report Wild Oak’s recreational upgrades have not decreased home values. In fact, among affluent home buyers, the Villages at Wild Oak remain one of the more sought-after townhome communities in Sonoma County. The court conversion proposal includes an aerial of the lower east tennis courts. The intention of the photo is to show city planners the significant amount of space separating the courts from the nearest home; the distance of approximately 225 feet is covered by thick brush and mature trees.

Diagram of the six-court pickleball plan. The space surrounding the courts offers room for adding benches and shade canopies.

Overhead view of ERC showing lower east courts— site of proposed pickleball facility. Photo shows the thick natural barrier of trees and brush that lies between the courts and nearest home.

A hallmark of the Oakmont pickleball facility is not just its spacious six-court design, but also the scenic location, convenient parking and the sizable deck that overlooks the courts—a perfect place to meet, picnic or enjoy an afternoon libation after a match. Also submitted for planning department review is an aerial photo showing how the Villages at Wild Oak Board of Directors converted one of their underutilized tennis courts into two pickleball courts and a bocce ball court.

Board President Ellen Leznik says the city is expected to complete their initial review of the proposal this month. They might issue a permit immediately or ask for additional information and studies. The permit process could also be delayed by complaints from residents. Complaints might result in costly hearings and possibly a rejection of the application. If so, the long, bruising battle to bring the fun game with a silly name to Oakmont will have failed.


A very large crowd showed up at the Berger Center for the July 18 Board meeting, with the room filled to capacity and standing room only for late arrivers. After the usual procedural matters, OVA President Ellen Leznik started the meeting by addressing the gathering that was comprised of a large group of opponents, saying they have been “badgering” this board and the community because they “cannot and would not let go of the idea of building the most expensive pickleball courts in the United States.” She further stated, “Pickleball supporters launched into a brutal and vicious campaign directed at discrediting and eventually unseating the board majority that does not support construction of new pickleball courts in the Central Activity Area.”

Immediately after Leznik concluded her announcement, Director Kathleen Connelly stood and said to the crowd that she “would like to apologize for the confrontational tone of our President.” Director Frank Bachelor called it “over the top” and said, “You made this into us and them; the pickleball thing is over.” Lost in the uproar of frequent loud booing and shouted comments amidst a number of waved signs demanding her resignation was Leznik’s proposal that the longstanding contentious issue of pickleball courts at the CAC be put to a vote of the membership. “I will call on this board to let this community make the decisions on both the fate of pickleball and of the Berger,” Leznik said, as a way to settle the issue once and for all. See board on page 3

Message from the OVA Board Cassie Turner and the OVA Board of Directors have mutually agreed that although her final date of employment will be August 15, she will not be expected to perform any additional duties after today, except to prepare a transition memorandum. Ms. Turner will be paid through August 15 and receive benefits through that date, consistent with the usual practices of OVA. For privacy reasons, the board is not at liberty to further discuss issues relating to Cassie’s employment at OVA. The OVA Board is finalizing a transition plan and will appoint a search committee to hire a manager for the OVA.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

BEST PRICES Glass & Sash, Inc.

Serving Sonoma County Since 1962!

Dreaming of a new tub and shower enclosure?


We service and install all types of tubs and shower enclosures. We specialize in Custom Heavy Glass shower design and installation. We fabricate and install Mirrors as well. Milgard • Andersen • Velux • Cardinal • Cascade • Simonton

We specialize in all types of repairs • No Job too small • Free Estimates Daphne Smith, Oakmont Resident Lic. #432558


1050 N. Dutton, Santa Rosa •

Open M–F, 8am–4:30pm Or by Appointment



The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017 Continued from page 1

As the meeting progressed, the resignation of attorney Malcolm Manwell was addressed and new attorney Steve Weil was introduced. According to Leznik, Manwell will still be available for consultation in his areas of expertise involving real property law and local issues. Weil has practiced community association law since 1984 and has done legal work for OVA off and on for several years. Also present at the meeting was employment counsel Natasha Baker. She stated that she had advised the board “they must stay within the parameters of the personnel laws and privacy rules” and that because this was an open session “there is not a lot that can be discussed or should be discussed” by the board regarding recent personnel matters involving the resignation of Association Manager Cassie Turner and attorney Manwell. During the first Open Forum a member requested that the board hold an emergency meeting to remove Leznik as President of the Board. At the request of Leznik, Attorney Weil clarified the proper procedure. He stated that such a motion could not be made at this meeting as it was not on the agenda. It should be placed on the agenda of the next open board meeting, at which time a motion can be made, seconded, discussed and then voted on. Leznik said she would place the item on the next business meeting agenda.

Berger Seismic Retrofit

A motion was made by Leznik to proceed with seismic retrofit as recommended by the seismic analysis performed by structural engineers at CFA and discussed at the July 5 Board Workshop. The first step in this process would involve securing the four corner buttresses of the Berger with steel plates. BAC member Bob Jackson was in attendance and said it was appropriate to do the buttress strengthening as a standalone project and that other aspects of the seismic retrofit could be performed when a final decision is made on the Berger. He reiterated that fire protection was an equally important issue for the building as “there isn’t any.” The motion carried unanimously.

Pickleball Update

Director Carolyn Bettencourt provided an update on the pickleball project. The zoning narrative for conversion of two ERC tennis courts to six pickleball courts was delivered to the Santa Rosa Planning Commission on July 12 and she said that we can expect a response within 2-3 weeks. She also said that she and Leznik along with the Tennis and the Pickleball Clubs recently met with East Rec. neighbors. “It was apparent from that meeting that the Pickleball Club is interested in doing all they can to help alleviate the noise concerns of the East Rec. residents,” said Bettencourt. This would involve the use of quiet paddles and a schedule of play that will help address the noise issue. At this point a motion was made and discussed to put the pickleball court issue before the membership

St. Francis Barbershop Est. 1963 Old Fashion Haircuts at a Reasonable Price No appointment necessary!

for a vote. After a lengthy discussion by the board it was decided to put the matter on the agenda for the next business meeting.

Recount Costs and Election Rules

The next agenda item involved an Internal Dispute Resolution recently conducted by Vice President Ken Heyman and President Leznik. One of the group of 45 association members who requested the election recount this year had filed an IDR request offering to pay his portion of the $1,500 billed by the Inspector of Election if the $2,600 assessment for mailing the Notice of Recount to the members was waived. Director Gloria Young pointed out that the board had previously waived the significant legal fees associated with the recount. These totaled approximately $10,000. Leznik suggested “as a gesture of goodwill” that the board waive the $2,600 mailing expense and just assess the $1,500 cost of the Inspector to the 45 members equally. A motion was made and it passed unanimously. The total cost to the OVA of the recount exceeds $14,100; those who requested the recount are being asked to pay $33.33 each. A motion was also made by Leznik to proceed with revisions of OVA’s current election rules to ensure they are in full compliance with current laws, rules and regulations. Director Bachelor added, “We need to clean up our election rules.” Both Directors Young and Heyman pointed out that our current election rules did not cover the issue of recount and that this could be addressed in any revision. This motion was tabled to the next business meeting upon objection by Directors Connelly and Batchelor that it was not specifically on the agenda for this meeting. New business agenda items involved a request by Marbor, Inc. to assume the coffee cart amenity in the CAC from Melissa Lepley-Schurtz and a request by Oakmont Health Initiative to plant three shade trees at the WRC for outdoor activities such as Tai Chi and Ji Quan. A motion was made and approved to proceed with drafting and negotiating a contract with Marbor, Inc. to continue offering coffee and pastries in the CAC lobby. A motion was also made and approved unanimously to plant three shade trees at the WRC to address the OHI request. (Watch a video of the meeting at www.oakmontvillage. com/videos)

Volunteer Opportunities Chair of the long range planning committee

The Board of Directors invites Oakmont members to send a request and brief biographical information to to fill the position of Chair of the Long Range Planning Committee for 2017/18. The committee’s charter is to develop a strategic plan that is evidenced-based and is a living document for the OVA Board today and in the future.

photo by Robert Couse-Baker


as your charity of choice.

120 Calistoga Road (corner of Hwy. 12 and Calistoga, down the breezeway from Safeway, by the UPS Store)

Be sure to designate the

Sonoma Humane Society




OVA Manager’s Statement Dear Oakmont, It is with sincere regret that I feel I have no choice but to resign as the Oakmont manager. I have never managed a community for this brief of a period but feel it is time to move on. I have “mostly enjoyed” my stay here and have met many, many wonderful people. I will miss your community spirit, creativity, intelligence and most of all your heartfelt farewells. You will always be in my heart. I will only keep the wonderful memories I have of Oakmont and sincerely wish all of you a happy life. Cassie Turner, PCAM, CCAM

Message From the OVA Board Secretary nCarolyn Bettencourt


Our day-to-day lives are often consumed with unimportant things until something happens to us that shakes our world. Some of you may remember that in my previous life I wrote parking tickets for a living. While most days it was a thankless job, there were things I held onto that made it all worthwhile. Becoming friends with the downtown merchants was one of the best perks of the job. One friend was a merchant named Dick who owned a small nursery on “A” Street, and we visited almost daily. One of Dick’s customers was a tiny, frail woman named Mary. Mary lived in a tiny house close to the fairgrounds, and struggled on the meager income she had from Social Security. Her husband of many years had passed away long before I met her. She had a mentally-challenged son who lived in a state-assisted facility. On the rare occasions he would be allowed to visit Mary, he often physically abused her. Dick was a kind and generous man who kept his eye on her, and slipped her a few dollars when he knew she needed them. I would smile and say hello to Mary, and then I was off to do my job. Each year around Mary’s birthday, I would get a letter addressed to the Police Department, inviting me to come to her house for her birthday. She wrote that she saw me as a beautiful, wonderful person, and that if I couldn’t come to her party then perhaps I would send her a birthday card. I always picked out a nice card and sent it to her, but looking back I wish I had brought it to her house. Years after I left my job at the police department, Mary called me personally to let me know that Dick had passed away. We learn many lessons from the people whose lives touch us. Mary taught me that some people have so little in their lives that the simple act of kindness of smiling and saying hello means the world to them. When some of us have so much, we forget about the Mary’s in the world who need so little. I try to remember Mary by smiling and saying hello to a stranger wherever I go. When you head out to face your own day, don’t forget how much we can change the world—or at least someone’s day—by a simple act of kindness.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Tennis Club nYoung Ran Kim

Woods and Whites Tennis tournament on July 8

It was a gorgeous day again! This was the Mixed Doubles Tournament for the first time for Woods and Whites and every player was in compliance with the rule wearing all-white tennis uniform. Good job! Eighteen players participated. A-team played on the West court and the B-team played on the East court. The A team: first place, David Koch and Terri Somers; second place, Tony Agocs and Maureen Pennal; third, David Clark and Angela Merola. The B team: first place, Jose Valencia and Denise McCambridge; second place, Ed Loaiza and Ruth Layne; third place, Fred Merill and Diane Linneball.

Terri thanked Stephanie Curry for her delicious carrot cake and scones, Rey and Isabel Frimmersdorf for the champagne, Lutz Funk, Angela Merola and Denise McCambridge for their tasty, free treats.

Join OTC Membership

Call Paula Lewis, 332-0433, or pick up a coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Oakmont Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office.

Save August 10 for a party!

A crazy mixed up party on a Thursday evening at 5:30 p.m. on the West Courts. Think Team Tennis USA vs. The World—nothing serious, you can actually run to the sideline and tag a player from your team to fill your spot, grab a beer from the keg, hoot, holler, go back in and play some more. Sign up by calling Terri, (925) 876-8074 before August 4. Plan to bring a food dish to share.

The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson


The contractor will be starting to put our temporary pits in at the west very soon. Yeah! If you like to play horse shoes, meet new friends and just have a great time then this is the club for you! Your level of play doesn’t matter even if you have never played before. Best of all, there are no dues. WHAT: The Horseshoe Club WHEN: Every Thursday TIME: Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. NOTE: Please call at 539-6666 to set up the start time you would like or e-mail me at

OTC Logo Apparel

Eva McGinn and Rey Frimmersdorf playing against Terri Somers and David Koch.

Mary Glenn Curtain and Jeff Clemence playing against Angela Merola and Dave Clark.

In 2016, we ordered ball caps with our logo above the brim (see the Media tab for photos). There are only four left for sale. The ball cap is white, 100% cotton twill with a standard brim and a Velcro adjustment in the back. If you would like to purchase one of the last few hats, call Stephanie or Bill Wrightson, 540-0471. The cost is $15/each (cash or check made out to OTC).

OTC Positions Available

1) I am the newspaper reporter for a monthly article in the Oakmont News. If you would like to write OTC article on the 15th every month, contact Terri Somers, or (925) 876-8074. 2) Website coordinator: No programming or techieweb knowledge required. If you are interested in serving as the website coordinator, contact Terri Somers. 3) We keep our annual dues low by throwing a fundraiser or two each year. Would you like to run one of these or work on one of these? Contact Terri Somers. 4) Coordinator of the OTC Sub-List: Your name and number as the sub-list contact will be listed in the roster, on the website and on the court bulletin boards. Changes/additions are infrequent. When they happen, your job is to update the list.

We open doors! Phone: 538-5115 Fax: 538-0367 Just minutes from Oakmont at 4908 Sonoma Highway Santa Rosa

From condos to country estates. Rental property management as well as sales.

Daniels Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home & Crematory Serving Sonoma County Families since 1875

THE DANIELS DIFFERENCE— IT’S MORE THAN WHAT WE DO. IT’S HOW WE DO IT. Today, it seems many service businesses offer less and less service, and charge higher and higher prices. Our family has a different philosophy, because we believe that service is everything. The final arrangements and services we offer have only one purpose: to help you select the most meaningful, dignified and appropriate services to honor your loved one. No two lives lived are alike. Every person is unique. The wide choices offered each family indicate our desire to make sure you are well informed and only select services and items to meet your family’s needs. Having a crematory on-site assures you that your loved one is treated with respect from the time of death until the cremation is completed. • All licensed personnel • Open 7 days a week • No cost for pre-arrangements or at-need planning

1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa 525-3730 CA Lic: FD-209 CR: 92


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel


The Oakmont Golf Course is a top-rated destination for weddings. Wedding Wire ranks it among the top 5% of facilities surveyed (Couples Choice Award) and it receives a 5-star rating from Yelp. Key strengths include a scenic location in the wine country, an attractive shaded wedding site on the golf course adjacent to a pond, a recently remodeled large outdoor deck at the Quail Inn, banquet capacity for up to 250 guests, reasonable prices, and, above all, excellent service. Kemper Sports Management, who operates over 100 golf courses nationwide, took notice of the successful wedding business at Oakmont, and awarded our employee Heather Peterson “Salesperson of the Year.” Heather started working at the Oakmont Golf Course as a waitress in 2008, where she met her husband Tucker, and she began working on weddings in 2011. By 2015, she was credited with increasing wedding revenues by $200,000 in one year. A native of Santa Rosa, Heather has much to celebrate including the birth of her daughter Tayler six months ago and her 11-year-old stepson, Tucker Jr. It is interesting to note that Heather’s husband Tucker used to run weddings and banquets at the Foxtail Golf Course where the two enjoyed a spirited competition. A recent addition to the wedding team at Oakmont is Michelle Sand. Michelle is well-known to members in the pro shop where she worked for four years, and she was so effective at selling golf memberships, her job was recently expanded to include the sales of banquets and weddings. Hard work comes naturally to Michelle. She was raised on a farm in rural Gualala (Mendocino County) where her many duties included milking the cows and making her own clothes. She has also worked in the pro shops at the Santa Rosa, Adobe Creek and Sonoma golf courses. Michelle resides in Glen Ellen with her husband Steve, and her two sons, Dillon (18) and Conor (14). Dillon works at the golf course several days per week and assists Michelle at the Santa Rosa Farmer’s Market where the golf club operates a booth. Conor has been taking golf lessons from our pro Jessica and has lowered his handicap by ten strokes in the last two months! The following is an overview of the wedding business at Oakmont: • Number of weddings per year: 40–50 (primarily May through October). • Booking lead time: up to two years. • Market area: Sonoma County, San Francisco Bay Area, few groups each year from Texas. • Typical group size: 120–150 (several groups per year of 250). • Typical spending on food per person: $48–$65. • Four-hour hosted bar: $20 per person for basic, $30 per person for deluxe. • Site Fees: $2,000–$3,500. • Insurance fees required: none (covered by the club, another key advantage). • Total spending per group: $7,000–$30,000.

Discover what’s new! Click on the online Oakmont News at www.

Senior Men’s Club nRick Warfel

nJohn Williston

The last 2017 Oakmont Home and Home event of the year featured Napa Valley and Rooster Run golf clubs on Monday, July 10. Unfortunately, that was also the day that the July OGC Twilighter was held and, as a result, attendance was down compared to the usual H&H of other years. A number of our Seniors stalwarts went ahead and played both morning and afternoon and had a great time at both. It is hoped that this kind of conflict can be avoided in the future by taking steps to prevent two OGC events from competing with each other. While those who played both had a great day of golf, not everyone can play that much in a single day. The end of the 2017 Seniors season is rapidly approaching with only one more play day on the future schedule, the Tuesday, September 10, day at Stone Tree. This is a great golf course and your last chance to play with the Seniors for more than half a year. There will be a fall meeting of the Oakmont Seniors to evaluate the season and elect officers for the 2018 season. The date has not been set yet, but there will be an e-mail to the membership and a posting on the club bulletin boards when the meeting is scheduled.


First place tie, Gary Novak, Ken Ausich, George Monteverdi and Wally Juchert, and Jeff Snyder, Ken Miles, Ken Marden and John Garcia, 67. Third, Bucky Peterson, Bill Salmina, Ken Smith and Pat Clay, 68.


Tuesday, September 19: at Stone Tree



Wednesday Men’s Club

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

July SWEEPS RESULTS July 6, 24 players, East Course

First flight: first,. Eiaine Foote; second, Barbara Robinson; third, Ellie Baciocco. Second flight: first tie, Elisabeth La Pointe and Roberta Lommori; third tie, Arlene Keenley and JoAnne Banayat. Third flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Audrey Engen; third, Barbara Bowman.

July 13, 22 players, East Front

First flight: first tie, Elaine Foote, Barbara Robinson and Dee Johnson. Second flight: first, Ada Branstetter; second, Elisabeth La Pointe; third, Barbara Olsen. Third flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Joan McDonnell; third, Henni Williston; fourth, Barbara James.


Four of our Oakmont WRENS enjoyed a fun Western Day Invitational at Adam Springs July 12. Debbie Warfel and Linda Yates won second place in their flights and Elaine Foote got closest-to-the-pin! August 17 is the WRENS Salad Bowl Tournament at Hidden Valley Lake. Please sign up today. Keep cool!


First flight (12.3–16.5): first, Jim Scinto, Bob Branstetter, Frank Giannini and Bob Baciocco, 159; second, Nick Beltrano, Bruce Hulick, Steve Spanier and Randy Kephart, 145. Second flight (18.8–up): first, Charlie Huff, Lou Lari, John Cook and Rusty Sims, 157; second, Mike Doyle, Sal Cesario, Bob Hartsock and (blind draw), 151. Closest-to-the-pins HDCP 0–19: #8—Bob Baciocco, 7’6”; #13—Nick Beltrano, 12’4”; #16—Bill Hainke, 13’5.” Closest-to-the-pins HDCP 20–up: #8—Andy Frauenhofer, 21’11”; #13—Bob Flores, 4’8”; #16—Bill Faherty, 10’11”; #5—Danny Crobbe, 29’11.”


First, Gary Stone, 59; second, Wayne Mickaelian, 61; third, Bob Ure, 63; fourth tie, Jack Haggerty and Art Hastings, 64; sixth tie, Neil Huber and Tom Tremont, 65; eighth, David Beach, 66. Closest-to-the-pins: #16—Bob Ure (HCP below 25), 10’9”; Gary Stone (HCP 25–up), 4’11.”


Bobby Jones Flight, 2–10: first, Tom Woodrum, 58; second, Steve Spanier, 63; third, Mike Hull, 64. Note: Tom Woodrum knocked in an 8 iron from 139 yards on the 10th hole for an eagle two. Ben Hogan Flight, 12–14: first, Bob Branstetter, 60; second, Bill Salmina, 61; third, Paul Phillips, 66. Walter Hagen Flight, 14–17: first, Tom Kendrick, 58; second, Randy Kephart, 60; third tie, Bruck Hulick and Bob Thompson, 66. Jack Nicklaus Flight, 18–19: first, Rusty Sims, 53; second, Bob Ayers, 55; third, Neil Huber, 58. Arnold Palmer Flight, 20–23: first, Bill Roberts, 62; second, Keith Wise, 65; third, Ed Pierson, 67. Byron Nelson Flight, 30–33: first, Joe DiBenedetto, 57; second tie, David Beach, Dick Kaiser and Jim Spangler, 69. Closest-to-the-pins HDCP below 25: #5—Sal Cesario, 8’1”; #8—Bob Ayers, 10’10”; #16—Tom Kendrick, 4’9.”


At the last board meeting, there was discussion about the appropriate “drop” procedures on hole #13 West. Under existing OGC rules, the designated drop area is to be used only for shots landing in the pond immediately in front of the green; i.e. the left pond. Shots played from the tee that enter the right pond without crossing the greenside margin are to be played by re-teeing, or taking a penalty/drop on the tee side of the hazard. This is how OWMC players should be playing but there may be some who use the drop area in error. Part of the confusion could be that when the NCGA held a tournament here, it said that balls landing in either pond should use the drop zone. It was agreed we would raise the issue with the Golf Committee for confirmation and/or clarification.



The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

18 nDebbie Warfel

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

Sweeps results for July 4: Kathy Mokricky was low gross winner of the field of 28 players. First flight: first, Kathy Mokricky; second, Joan Seliga; third, Eileen Beltrano; fourth tie, Kris Peters and Judy Early. Second flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second, Becky Hulick; third, Michele Yturralde; fourth tie, Nancy Shaw, Yoshi Smith and Laurie Vree. Third flight: first, Ro Nicholson; second, Patti Schweizer; third, Carol Locke; fourth tie, Barbara Robinson and Christie Rexford. No sweeps results for July 11 (Club Championship Day #2). Club Championship results will appear in next issue.


Sweeps results for July 6: Kathy Mokricky was the low gross winner of the field of 19 players. First flight: first, Marie Pierce; second Kathy Mokricky; third, Joan Seliga. Second flight: first, Michele Yturralde; second, Vanita Collins; third tie, Yoshi Smith and Judy Duport. Third flight: first, Gail Holmes; second, Leslie Wiener; third, Susan Chauncy. Sweeps results for July 13: Kris Peters was the low gross winner of the field of 21 players. First flight: first, Kris Peters; second, Joan Seliga; third, Leslie Clark; fourth, KC Cote. Second flight: first, Gail Holmes; second, Linda Barr; third, Michele Yturralde; fourth, Carol Locke. Third flight: first, Ellean Huff, second, Leslie Wiener; third tie, Eileen Mickaelian and Christie Rexford. Coming up: August 3—Captain’s Choice and Luncheon, August 10—Eclectic #6 and WGANC Playday #5. The following is a profile of this edition’s featured player: Kathy Whitworth, born in Texas in 1939, grew up in New Mexico, and is currently 77 years old. She got her first set of clubs from her grandmother at 15, began golfing, and didn’t retire from competitive golf until 51 years later. Throughout her golfing career she won 88 LPGA tournaments over a 23 year span. This feat is more than any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA tour! Also, in 1981, she became the first woman to reach career earnings of $1,000,000 on the LPGA tour. She became a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1975, and was the Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year in ‘65 and ‘67. At the 1988 Centennial of Golf in America celebration, she was named “Golfer of the Decade” by Golf Magazine for the years 1968–77. In addition, she captained the inaugural American Solheim Cup Teams in 1990 and 1992. She once was aptly quoted, “There’s an old saying, ‘It’s a poor craftsman who blames his tools.’ It’s usually the player who misses those 3-footers, not the putter.” Interestingly, the hallmark of her golf game was her putting.

Happy Hour 2–5PM, Tue–Sun $2 beer / $4 wine by the glass Catering & private banquet room available Tue–Sun, 11:30am–8pm / 6576 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa



9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

I have to correct the report of the June 26, Two-Man Odd/Even team results. It was Al Bentham and Don Schulte who came in first place with a net score of 29.5. Great job! On July 3, Jim Spangler’s low net of 28 won over second place tie of Gary Stone and David Beach, 28.5; fourth, Al Benthaam, 29; fifth, Greg Crpenter, 29.5; and sixth, Jim Norem, 30.5. Neil Huber was closest-to the-pin at 19’2”. July 10 was a Blind Bogey event held on the back nine. First, Keith Wise, 20; second, John Derby, 21; third tie, Neil Huber and Joe DiBenedetto, 22; fifth tie, Don Schulte and Rich Silvis, 23. Closest-to-the-pin was won by Charlie Perotti at 10’. Men’s Niners’ Summer Eclectic continues with the third round being played on July 17. The East Course is in really great shape (thanks Andy and crew) and the players are relishing the good weather.

Current Events Discussion Group

Letter to the Editor

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

Re: STOP signs

I think it’s astounding that so many residents of Oakmont and outsiders with business in Oakmont missed that day of school when the spelling word for the day was STOP! This is a word that means absolutely nothing to many people here even though it’s printed in bold white letters STOP at most major intersections. Supposedly “educated” people briefly tap the brake as they approach an intersection and proceed through or around the corner, even though there may be another car in that intersection or a pedestrian contemplating crossing the street, as though they didn’t even see the STOP. I’ve seen some close calls because of this ignorance—or is it that they think STOP doesn’t apply to them? The Drivers Manual states that when marked STOP, it means just that: come to a complete STOP and then proceed carefully. Same could be said for the 25 mph signs which are also ignored. Kate Moore

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 4: Karen Krestensen August 11: Bob Faux 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

The Great American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson

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

Alan & Denise Scott Realtors

CalBRE # 01376399 & 01766149

Experience you can trust

Direct: 707-486-8256

6520 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Lifelong Learning nCharlene Bunas

Old Dog; New Tricks

The 49-year-old son of a friend of mine recently said, “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Mom is too old to learn the computer.” Sonny boy seems to have more to learn than his mother, and here we’re not talking technology. In an AARP survey, 90% of respondents identified “the desire to know what’s going on in the world, personal growth, social stimulation, and the satisfaction of learning something new” were reasons for pursuing enrichment and education. During the Oakmont Lifelong Learning spring semester, over 200 eager learners took three classes: Dante, British Revolution and Sonoma County Agriculture. Most of the students were returning, some were new. Ada Nourse learned about the Dante class from a friend. “I’ve loved Dante’s Divine Comedy for years, had studied it but certainly not from this instructor’s perspective.” This retired educator says “the focus on art, music and storytelling makes each two-hour class pass so quickly. Additionally, I’m encouraged to once again read bits of the Inferno.” This is her first OLL course, but not her last. Lifelong San Franciscans, Martin and Carole Kilgariff decided to learn about their newly-adopted Sonoma County. Carole says, “I enjoy Michele Anna Jordan’s Press Democrat columns and wanted to explore our local agriculture. This was our opportunity.” Martin, an enthusiastic Music at Oakmont attendee and a regular on the golf course, says he appreciated hearing from students who have lived a lifetime in Sonoma County. One of those is Harry Polley. He moved to Sebastopol at age two where he lived until a year ago when he and wife, Jeanne, came to Oakmont. He says, “Having grown up milking cows and helping with the family farm, this class let me sink teeth into a subject I thought I knew.” With a nod to the 21st century, he’s excited about the “new” micro-farm culture. Jeanne adds, “Michele Anna Jordan sparked our enthusiasm for exploring back roads and discovering artisan cheeses, meats and specialty produce.”

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Single Boomers continues to provide activities for Oakmont singles. Our mixers, usually held at the East Rec. Center, are well attended. We have fun activities and delicious food. We go out to events around the county—live music at wineries, baseball games, even Roller Derby! All you have to do to join us is be single, fill out the form below and take that and your check to our folder in the OVA office.

Coming Up

August 12: Bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Guerneville, or Crushers of Comedy at the Laugh Cellar, Mountain Hawk and Hwy. 12. August 24: Mixer, East Rec. Center—”Speed Chat.”

In order to promote more mixing and mingling, we are going to try an experiment. 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. Look for more information in your email in box regarding these events. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


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

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

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.

Warming Trends Oakmont Special

Only available to Oakmont Residents L to R: Martin and Carole Kilgariff and Jeanne and Harry Holley.

Though all are first-timers to OLL, these students are not new to learning. Jeanne seeks Bridge Master-points, Harry has studied fly-tying, Carole does pool aerobics, continues with her art, craft and Bible studies. Ada emigrated from Italy when she was 11 and knew no English. She notes, “Then, the ‘Golden Door’ opened. Education. My quest to learn has never stopped.” The value of learning is explained by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, Director of Aging Research and Education Center: “Every time your heart beats, 25% of that blood goes to the brain. But while exercise is critical, education is vital. Education may be for the brain what exercise is for the heart.” In the end, lifelong learning could be defined as a health club for the brain, one OLL class at a time. And as far as that 49-year-old son is concerned? One day he will mature, and perhaps take a class or two of his own.

Mark Your Calendar! OLLI Class Preview

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

15% OFF

• High-Efficiency Inserts • Decorative Gas Log Sets • Clean Burning & Clean House • Push Button Fire • No More Spare-the-Air Alerts We provide a complete line of high-efficiency, clean-burning gas inserts, stoves, fireplaces, and decorative log sets, as well as all EPA certified wood-burning units. We are the premier hearth shop in Northern California and are the only hearth shop in the North Bay that offers our own in-house installation. So, whether you prefer the traditional warmth and feeling of a wood fire or choose the more convenient option of gas, Warming Trends, Inc. is your clear choice.


#4 South A St., Santa Rosa •


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. at the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you. On August 7 and 14 Ginny Smith will stage Something Burning by Eric Chappell. Play readers include Jane Borr, Max Fenson, Jackie Kokemor, Rebecca Kokemor, Jeffrey Sheff and Ginny Smith. This delightful, wry comedy centers on Nell, an attractive and intelligent woman who has been deserted by her husband and feels at the crossroads of her life. Her hopeless love affair with George Rush, a married local teacher and minor poet, seems bound to end in anger and frustration. George insists on conducting their romance in total secrecy until the arrival in Nell’s life of Jim Grant which causes the dying affair to erupt suddenly into flames. Chappell is an English comedy writer who wrote and co-wrote a number of Britain’s biggest sitcom hits during the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s (over 200 scripts). He has also written successful movies and plays (over 20) and won several awards including the RAFTA Award and the Evening Standard Film Award for best comedy. He is recognized as one of the top British writers of comedy of today.

In early July Playreaders presented The Way of All Fish by Elaine May. Readers included: (standing) Norma Doyle, Kay Hardy and (seated) Honora Clemens.

In mid-July Playreaders presented A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Readers included: (standing) Jon Dolan, Morgan Lambert, Norma Doyle, Kathy Vincent, Stephen Litzenberger, Honora Clemens; (seated) Charlie Ensley, Bob Sorenson, Dennis Hall and Star Power.

Oakmont Law Offices of Edward Bernard Where Your Legal Needs Are As Individual As You Are

• Licensed in California • 25 years experience • Trusts & Estates • No charge for initial consultation

AARP Legal Services Network Participant 537-2222 Mon.–Thurs. 9am–5pm, Fri. 9am–12noon 6637 Oakmont Drive Suite B (in Umpqua Bank building)

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 We are now 55% 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 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: TBD Saturday, November 4: Back by popular demand— The Great James Garners Salute to Johnny Cash Show Saturday, December 9: TBD Sunday, December 31: East Rec., Limited sitting New Year’s Party—first 100 guests. Music by Charley Baker and Company. Details to follow! As you can see we have a lot going on this year. We still have some unfilled slots being held for hopefully great special shows waiting for some conformations yet to come.

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

The Most Important Meal of the Day

We all know it’s breakfast but it’s not always about the food. Sometimes it is about what can accompany the food. In our case, the VOM Rotary breakfast every Friday morning is a very special way to start the day. Aside from the good vibes and camaraderie, we have a speaker’s program that provides grist for our mental mills. Recently we heard from Molly McKinney who oversees the Ceres Community Project. Their mission is to create healthy communities through healing food, love and empowering the next generations by involving young people as volunteer gardeners and chefs. Concentrating on lower income communities, their four kitchens in Sonoma, Marin and Alameda have provided over 1,400 teens with 75,000 hours of mentoring. We also hear from four of our club members who mentor students at Roseland University Prep. The testimonials by current students as to the importance of that program removes any doubt that hands-on involvement is just as important fundraising is to any worthwhile non-profit. Last Friday, our club meeting took place at the Redwood Empire Food Bank where dynamic visionary and COO David Goodman brought us up-to-date on the growth of one of the premier anti-hunger programs in the country. We also got to pack some boxes and get a feel for the scope of their operation Coming up Aug. 4 we will hear from Economic Futurist Joe Aaron. He will talk about two trends that will impact our economy the most over the next 10– 15 years. These two technologies will add $2 trillion to our GDP. (What are they? Come find out). On Aug. 11, we will hear from three of our club members who are on the committee that made recommendations on plans for the Berger Center Proposal which will guide the renovations there. On Aug. 25 Sonoma County Economic Development Director Ben Stone will talk about the economic future of Sonoma County which was recently ranked as one of the top 20 counties in the U.S. for climate/scenic beauty by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. On Sept. 8 John McCaull of the Sonoma Land Trust will speak to future developments regarding its responsibility to conserve scenic, natural, agricultural and open land. This achieved by developing longterm land protection strategies, promoting private and public funding for land conservation, acquiring land and conservation easements, stewardship including the restoration of conservation properties, and promoting a sense of place and a land ethic through activities, education and outreach. We think you’d agree these are some pretty vital areas of concern for all county residents. So when you think about what you’d like for your first meal of the day don’t forget about feeding your brain and soul as well. Come on by and be our guest at 7 a.m. any Friday morning at the Quail Inn. You can sleep-in the other six days of the week. And don’t forget our Golf Tournament on August 11!

Stephen Curley Roofing inc. Roofing Specialists Lic. #976993

Stephen Curley, Owner We are an Oakmont Preferred Contractor with an impeccable record 3210-C Coffey Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

(707) 546-4778 (707) 486-7426 (cell)


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

nPhillip Herzog

nPastor Brinda

What a blessing it is to build deep friendships with one another. The Bible tells us to love and serve one another. To help us grow in this area, we have been getting together at times away from our Sunday morning worship. It has been a joy to get to know one another in a deeper way. On July 9 we had a picnic in the park with fun activities and on July 28, we met at the East Rec. for Karaoke night. The song selection came from the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s, as well as, hymn favorites.

Just For Fun Game Club

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,

nKate Hill

Intermediate Bridge Series

GIMME FIVE (FIVE)! Starts Friday, August 4

July Picnic.

I would love for you to be a part of our fellowship. Our next event is a BBQ at the West Rec. on August 13 at 4 p.m. Bring a side and drinks (no alcohol please). nLaurie Hartmann

Cultivating Prayer

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

Connect to one another and to God

Sunday Worship Service: 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 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.

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.

A new Friday morning bridge series will be offered in August on how to handle hands with two long suits—at least five cards in each of two suits. We will address how opener shows these hands, as well as how responder should bid them. Then we will turn our attention to the various ways in which the opponents may show two suits with only one bid, whether the opening bid has been in a suit or in No Trump! Gimme Five (Five) is being offered for the first time. Our new series begins August 4 and will continue through August 25 in the Card Room at the Central Activities Center. All classes take place on Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m. The class will cover Michaels Cue Bid Raises, the Unusual Two No Trump, Sandwich NT, Reverses, and various two-suited bids over the opponent’s NT opening. We will also discover how opener and responder decide which of their suits to bid first, and

whether to rebid one or the other. Cost for the class is $50 or $15 for drop-ins. You needn’t attend all four presentations to benefit, as the lessons are stand-alone. No partner is required. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on Friday, August 4, at 9:15 a.m., or by notifying the instructor (contact info below). I have taught bridge in the Santa Rosa area for over 10 years. I am an ACBL-certified instructor, director, and Gold Life Master. Zero intimidation is guaranteed. We never forget that bridge is about play! I look forward to seeing you Friday morning, August 4, at 9:15 a.m. No advance registration is required, but you may contact me with questions, comments or requests at or by calling 545-3664.


Absolute Beginner Bridge: seven weeks starting September 8.

Boomers nCarolita Carr

Our August Event: Summer of Love

WHEN: Saturday, August 19 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–9:30 p.m.; doors open at 5 p.m. (no early admission allowed) PRICE: $15 per person (each member may bring one guest) FOOD: BBQ Smokehouse food truck, or bring your own The 50th anniversary of “The Summer of Love” is getting lots of publicity around the area, and our event is selling out fast. Get your tickets now. Either go online to our website ( or use the coupon below. Put it with your check in our

folder in the OVA office. Remember to dress for the occasion—let your inner hippie loose! The BBQ Smokehouse Bistro from Sebastopol will be in the parking lot for your dining pleasure. Bring cash and enjoy great southern slow cooked barbecue. They will offer a wide variety of food: ribs, chicken, jambalaya, gumbo, wraps and salads. Something for everyone on these toasty evenings!

Save the Date

September 21 will be our member appreciation night, a Denim Dinner Dance, catered by Ike’s. This will be for members only, no guests, so join now!


Cost is $15 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: Reserved table for eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table example Smith Party. Names:________________________________________________________________________________________ Party name:__________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________ Unreserved seating: If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation.

Name:_______________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., August 15. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact,


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

nBob Chapman, OCF Treasurer

AmazonSmile Benefits Oakmont!

You may have noticed this article in the July 13 business section of the Press Democrat: “Amazon reports record sales on Prime Day.” The article tells us that records were broken that day (July11), and was “the biggest day of sales in the company’s history.” We took advantage of some of those bargains, and we’re sure many of you did too. That’s interesting, but what’s that got to do with the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF)?

Amazon has created the AmazonSmile Foundation which (like the OCF) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Here’s the concept: Amazon shoppers support their favorite charity (the OCF, of course!) by buying through the AmazonSmile website. And it works: all charities have received over $54 million as of May 2017! It’s easy to get started! Make your first visit to smile. Before you begin shopping, select the Oakmont Community Foundation as the charitable organization you’d like to receive donations from your eligible purchases. AmazonSmile will remember your choice, and, from then on, every eligible purchase you make at will result in an OCF donation. You’ll pay exactly the same price you’d pay at the regular Amazon website, and the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to the OCF! We’ve already received a few dollars in donations from smart Oakmont AmazonSmile shoppers! Just imagine: if all those Amazon “Prime Day” shoppers had named the Oakmont Community Foundation their charity of choice through AmazonSmile, how big would that donation be? And, of course, every dime would benefit some deserving group right here in Oakmont! For complete information about who we are and what we do, and for helpful forms for giving and grant requesting, we invite you to visit our website:

A Tradition of Trust Thank you Oakmont for the support and loyalty you have shown McBride Realty over the last 30+ years, and for joining us in an afternoon of food and merriment in your honor. We look forward to serving your real estate needs in the many years to come!

Congratulations to Leslie and Peter Gavin, winners of the Wine Country Basket Give Away at McBride’s Summer Picnic.

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

CalBRE #01151843


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Art Association nCarol Decker


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 are being sent out on August 1 by e-mail to past participating artists and vendors who have computers, and snail mail to those who don’t. Information and registration forms will also be available online at 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! This year’s show will honor the memory of Bonnie Crosse, who died this past March. Watercolorist, marriage and family therapist, reading teacher, Girl Scout professional, and long-time Art Association Board member, she brought enriching and entertaining classes and workshops to the Oakmont art community.


•Now offering same day crowns! •New patients welcome •Insurance accepted •Highly trained staff using the latest in dental technology to provide the best for your dental needs


707-539-8956 • 6575 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa

St. Francis Flooring Inc. Free In-Home Flooring Design Consultation Within Sonoma County

Butters: The cat who would be king


555 Westside Rd 707.431.3386

s o n o m a h u m a n e . o r g

707-539-4790 FREE ESTIMATES

Discounts to Oakmont Residents Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat by appointment only 116 Calistoga Road, Santa Rosa (Behind St. Francis Shopping Center)

Calistoga Road


Tire Store

Par kin g

Owners & Operators Cheryl & Kerry Brown with Holly

• Hardwood • Carpet • Vinyl • Laminate • Cork Floors • Duraceramic

St Sho . Fran Cen ppin cis ter g

Santa Rosa

5345 Hwy 12 W 707.542.0882

• Excellent Customer Service • Competitive Pricing • In-House Licensed Installers • All Work Done In a Timely Manner • Check Out Flooring Samples From Our Large Showroom • Serving Sonoma County For Over 30 Years

Hwy 12

Yes, I am a somewhat grumpy old man. And yes, this is a recent photo. No one believes that I’m 20! Take a trip down memory lane to 1997 when I was just a kitten and I’ll prove it to you. Bread was just $1.17 a loaf. Heck – do humans even eat bread anymore? Lion King was making its Broadway debut. Shouldn’t all cats get the royal treatment? For me, that means a loving home without children or other pets (told ya I was grumpy!) I enjoy companionship and calm, enduring adoration. I’m also independent, just right for someone special who’ll appreciate my wise and dignified presence. Ready to help the “royal me” become the “royal we”?

St. Francis Flooring

Construction License #879688

we SpecIalIze In reSIdentIal & commercIal FloorIng


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

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 14, 4:30–6 p.m.: Grid patterns 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

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. Bowling dates for August: August 1, 8, 15 and 29. August 22—play-off Summer League 12–2 p.m. at (please note) the East Recreation.


On August 1, we will have a pizza lunch from 1–3 p.m.


On July 25, the grandkids had a great time Wii Bowling at the East Recreation Center. Thanks to everyone who bowled.

RESULTS AS OF July 11 (sixth week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Wild Turkeys; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place, Wii Four; sixth place, Strikers. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 255; Gordon Freedman, 233; John O’Neill, 222; Juan Fuentes, 213; Christian van den Berghe, 205; Charlie Ensley, 202; Terry Leuthner, 202. Women’s High Games: Joanne Abrams, 300; Sandy Wald, 267; Sandy Osheroff, 258; Alicia Panizo, 258; Peggy Ensley, 243; Mariel Green, 232; Robin Schudel, 222; Elisabeth LaPointe, 212. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes & 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: Scott Harris, 256; Mark Attebery, 236. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 269; Judy Lawrence, 248; Valerie Hulsey, 246; Debbie Miller, 238; Pat Stokes, 237; Vickie Jackanich, 228; Nicole Reed, 225; Irene Lucia, 213; Mollie Atkinson, 212. Subs High Game: Terry Leuthner, 213.

Hikers nTony Lachowicz

Visit our website:


This is about an 8-mile loop hike with 1,500’ of elevation gain. We will start at the Lake Bon Tempe Trail head just off of Sky Oaks Road. We will cross the Lake Bon Tempe Dam and hike up Rocky Ridge Fire Road, which will be the steepest and most exposed part of the hike. We will branch off on Lagunitas-Rock Springs Rd. where we will encounter redwoods and pines down to the shade of Lake Lagunitas. We will walk along the lake in the redwoods and pines, until it joins Lakeview Fire Rd where we will catch Pilot Knob Trail. Lunch will be on the top of Pilot Knob, with one of the best views in Marin County. After lunch back down Pilot Trail to Lakeside Trail to Shadyside Trail around Lake Bon Tempe back to the parking lot. There is a $8 fee per car to enter the Watershed land at Sky Oaks Ranger Station. Bring water, lunch, and hiking poles. Hike leader is Jim Serjak, 843-4543. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.

11 a.m. Those hiking to the picnic will need to arrange for return transportation or walk back. For information, call Holly Kelley, 843-3155. Check the website for more details.


The hike will leave from Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. and will go up Steve’s S Trail and then over the meadow and through the woods. We should arrive at the Lower Jack Rabbit picnic spot at about 11:30 a.m. It’s an easy hike but it is one way so you need to either have a ride back or a plan for walking back. Leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent, 5383530. Check the website for more details.


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


We’ll pick up the Santa Rosa Creek trail off Hwy. 12 near Middle Rincon Road, follow it to Flat Rock Park, Pomo Indian site now one of the city’s newest parks. Continue to confluence of Brush Creek Trail, veer on to North Ducker Creek path to return in a loop to our starting point. Flat, mostly paved, approximately three miles. Yvonne Horn leads. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.

View of Oakmont from Hood Mountain. (Photo by Martin Johns)


This four-mile hike will leave from Berger at 9 a.m. We will walk along Channel Drive to the Spring Lake Park entrance on Violetti Road and arrive at the Lower Jack Rabbit picnic area about

Long Hike at Hood Mountain Regional Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Larry Vuckovich Presents La Orquesta El Vucko nDolora DeGeer

Saturday, August 12, 4 PM Berger center

Back by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed pianist will return to Berger Center on August 12 at 4 p.m. with his Latin band La Orquesta el Vucko. The unique Latin band will offer a wide-ranging repertoire of Brazilian,

Afro-Cuban, Balkan Salsa, Mexican classic Boleros, as well as South American favorites and great American standards played in Latin tempos. Having had many requests for genuine Latin jazz music, Larry has assembled this group of premier musicians from the bay area. We are truly privileged to have them play in Oakmont. Come for a joyful afternoon of exceptional music. Soulful vocalist, Valeriana Quevedo, master percussionist Louis Romero, conquero/bonquero Hector Lugo and Mike Hallesy on bass, plus San Francisco’s famous Noel Jewkes on flute, are the outstanding musicians in this Latin band.


Admission $25, open seating, doors open at 3 p.m., concert at 4 p.m.

Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone__________________________ # of tickets at $25 each______ Total amount $__________

Please make check payable to the “Latin Jazz Concert” and return it to the OVA office folder (the tab will say Latin Jazz Concert), or mail it to OVA, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

A hush fell over the East Rec. as a small voice was heard to say: “There is no N in X.” A new type of exercise? An inscrutable meditation? No, it’s 40 Rainbow women awaiting the next number call in Bingo. The game pattern for X on a Bingo card meant there were no “N” numbers! What a great time we had. Thanks to Marge (aka Vanna White) and Nancy who helped set up and provided examples of which particular card was being played. And thanks to Bobbie R. for calling the numbers with such pizzazz. Midsummer Bingo Madness and laughs. Oakmont Rainbow Productions presents two amazing concerts in the coming months. On November 4, Robin Flower and Libby McLaren will entertain us with voice, guitar and accordion. These two women have made music together so long that they play exciting tight bluegrass and original compositions with abandon and verve. Check out their sound at: Tickets are $25 each ($20 for ORW members). Tickets are available at ORW meetings or by putting a check to ORW for the total number of tickets in the Rainbow Women folder in the OVA office. Tickets will be at “will call” in the Berger Center on the night of the concert.


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 Rainbow Women “Blame Sally” rides into Oakmont for the first time on January 27, 2018—a dynamic and fun band playing “estrogen tinged folk and rock n’ roll.” Check out tunes like “Great Big Bed”’ at: www.blamesally. com. In August, instead of our regular meeting, ORW will be singing “Take me out to the ballgame” as several members go to the Sonoma Stompers game on August 10. A seat with a back, a drink and a hot dog can all be had for only $35. Twenty women are already signed up and there is room for a few more, so if you’re interested, write: Dianne.armer@gmail. com. On September 14, at our usual meeting Sherry Austin and the Henhouse will be rocking the East Rec. with their combo of folk, country and rock. Check them out on the web. There is no charge for this entertainment—the ORW Board is providing it for us.

Of course tips for the musicians will be appreciated. Water aerobics/fitness instructor Mary Hastings will be the presenter for the October 12 meeting. She will demonstrate how we can practice keeping our balance, so be sure to wear your tennis shoes to the meeting. Dianne announced that volunteers are needed for assistance with the AARP tax program that is offered free to Oakmont residents who qualify. The commitment would be to work on Mondays and Wednesdays 9 a.m.–3 p.m. from Feb.1–April 15. There is an intensive eight-day training course that will prepare you to assist others. If you’re interested, please contact Dianne at: Although it is primarily for lesbians, Rainbow Women is open to all women who are residents of Oakmont. If you have questions, email

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) fall Session — september • october • November

Registration: call 538-1485 or visit


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Bocce Club nSusan Lynn

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our Picnic and Bocce Event. Photos to come in the next Oakmont News.


Let the Good Times Roll Tournament: August 5, 9:30 a.m. Evening Bocce: Please note that the date for our evening Bocce (members only) has been changed. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 22 at 5 p.m. More details to come in upcoming Oakmont News editions. Here are the two of the winning teams of the Battle of the Sexes Tournament. The third photo will appear in the next Oakmont News.

Independence Day Tourney

Twenty-one bowlers showed up. And Bob Dodd came up with a new game! No name given but here’s a brief description: seven teams with three members each (skip, second and lead) were formed. The matches were played on only three rinks. All skips played one rink, all seconds on another and the leads on the third rink. Each player had three bowls and played in succession. The goal was to have your bowl within the length of a yardstick from the jack. All bowls within the yardstick counted one point. At the end of the tournament the points for each member of each team were added to determine the winner. There was a two-way tie for first: team Will Cohn, Marilyn Garland and Jim MacAlistaire and team Fritzie Amantite, Bob Dodd and Frank Gyorgy tied for first. Third place went to team Billie Cobb, Jeff Vanderheyden and Phil Bowman. It should be noted that Will Cohn was just certified as a lawn bowler only two weeks before the tourney. He may have gotten the idea that the game is really easy!

Spotlight on a Member

Don McPherson, Steve Edwards, Tony D’Agosta and Phil Duda.

Inventive Tournament Director Bob Dodd.

Cindi Clemence, Elaine Foote and Barbara Newton.

Annual Model Railroad Exhibit nPeter Barnes 

The annual visit of the local model railroad club’s “Coastal Valley Lines” (CVL) display is set for Saturday and Sunday, August 12 and 13 at the East Recreation Center. The Santa Rosa-based club’s HO scale modules will display delightful scenes of local and distant places and operate short and long trains at the East Rec. Center from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. on Sunday. The club’s growing use of digital electronics increases the sights and sounds of the miniature railroad. As usual there is no admission charge. The display is open to the general public, so invite both your Oakmont and nonOakmont friends and family. Children are especially welcomed by the club. A small, hands-on layout will be available for children of all ages to operate and obtains their CVL Assistant Engineer’s certificate.

Membership in the club has been growing in large part due to the efforts of the folks putting on the Demo Days. After Five events also contribute when our members bring friends and neighbors to sample our fun sport and sense of community. New members are the future blood of the club; here is an example of their importance to us. Jim Krause moved to our area after he retired from Pac Bell before which he had given five years of service in the US Navy. A little over a year ago Jim nCarolita Carr

arrived at the green and wanted to learn to bowl. He has now learned to say “bowl” not “ball” but that is the least of his accomplishments. Soon he was on his way to becoming a really good bowler. He overpowered all comers in the Novice Singles and won other tournament trophies. But he has also contributed in countless ways to the club. He volunteers to help with nearly every event, demo days, After Five, teaching, even bringing the donuts in the morning for tournaments. As many have noted the Bowls Room was in disarray—trophies falling, supplies out of sort and the walls needing paint. Jim volunteered and has put things right, painting, reorganizing and arranging the various wall hangings and the Wall of Fame. Kudos to Jim!

Upcoming Tournaments

Open Triples: August 2 Men’s Singles: August 14 Women’s Singles: August 29 Sign up and participate. Win or not, you’ll enjoy the games.

Other Events

After Five: The last After Five event this year will be on Tuesday, August 8 from 5–7 p.m. Mark your calendar. Demo Days: We have one more planned for Sept. 18, from 10 a.m.–12 noon.

Travel and Adventure Club

The Travel and Adventure Club is moving to a new day and time. Effective in August, we will now meet on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 p.m. Meetings are held at the East Rec. Center. Our next meeting will be August 7, East Rec. Center at 5:30 p.m. We will have a panel discussion, made up of fellow Oakmonters, on travel destinations. France and Germany will be our topics this month. We have club members who have recently returned from these countries. Discussion will focus on what they learned about each country. They will also answer any questions you might have. We will follow this format for the remainder of the year.

nSue Rowlands

Bowls Room by Jim.

Upcoming topics will include: Southern Europe (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece), Central and South America, UK, Asia, Africa, Scandinavia and Baltic, Northern Europe, North America and Middle East. We will also discuss styles of travel, i.e. hotel alternatives, cruises (river and ocean), tours vs. do-it-yourself. If you are interested in being on any of these panels, please send September an email at or call (404) 272-2972. We look forward to some lively discussions and this is a great opportunity for us to share what we have learned or experienced while traveling the globe. If you are a traveler or want to be, join us. We look forward to seeing you.


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.

18 nChuck Wood

The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

r Fitness e t a W

Pickleball Corner


nValerie Hulsey

The sun is shining and the water is warm so why don’t you join us for fun and a terrific exercise program. The Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) sponsors many classes for seniors here in Oakmont. The no fee classes shown below are paid for by the SRJC Adult Program.

We are very fortunate to have Adam MacKinnon returning to our pickleball courts for a clinic that will offer tips, drills, demonstrations and an opportunity to play with experts on Monday, August 7 at 9 a.m. Attending this two-hour special event requires the mandatory donation of at least $2 into the “tip jar” that will be at the gate. Thanks to Melissa Bowers for making this happen. She advises us to bring folding chairs and our paddles (just in case we get to play). Arrive early. Coffee and treats will be offered courtside by 8:40 a.m.


Melissa is happy to advise that she now has Ladies’ cotton Tee Shirts available with our official Oakmont Pickleball Club logo displayed on both the front and back. These and men’s short-sleeved tees, men’s longsleeved tees and men’s Polo shirts (in both white and light grey) can be ordered via emailing her. What’s more, two styles of white hats with our logo are available: a smallish “bucket” hat and a baseball style cap. Melissa plans on having the available shirts and hats on a display table at our courts from time to time. I wore my white OPC polo shirt to a recent Sonoma Stompers baseball game and had two folks chat me up about the game—great advertising.


Recently the OVA contracted with a sheepherder outfit to have their sheep eat back the tall grass above the East Recreation Center.


Mary Glenn Curtin and Anita Easland show the wooly weeders how our game is played. (Photo by Martin Johns)


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. to 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.

Monday: 9 a.m. $6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Tuesday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC class; 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Wednesday: 9 a.m. $6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Thursday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC class; 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Remember if we do not have at least 15 people in every SRJC-sponsored class the JC will cancel the classes. Newcomers are always welcome at all the water aerobics classes. If you have a tender spot, the instructors will work with you to adjust the exercises for your individual needs. Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return.


SRJC summer session continues at 10 a.m. If you have questions about the Friday classes feel free to call Julie at 579-3849 (land line, no text) or email


Kiwanis Club of Oakmont nJeff Davis

Kiwanis Key Club at Montgomery High School Helps Community Throughout the Year

As schools close their doors each June we imagine students move on to summer jobs and the opportunity to relax more during the times they don’t have other obligations. If so, the students at Montgomery High School who participate in the very active Key Club there don’t appear to have this familiar agenda in mind. Instead, the Key Club kids are out to make the summer a period when they can devote their time and effort to community projects that they might otherwise not be able to fit into their school schedule. For example, some of this summer’s Key Club activities have been: help serve lunches to children in a program for children-in-need at the downtown branch of the Sonoma County Library twice a week; help pack food at the Redwood Empire Food Bank; pull weeds at the Rohnert Park Animal Shelter; serve as student instructors at SSU’s Excell programs for middle school students; help clean up the park at Lake Sonoma, Dutch Flor Park and the park across from Piner High School. Coming up in August are their Bike Safety Fair, volunteering at the 24-hour-long Relay for Life to benefit cancer patients, volunteering at the Kiwanis Family House in Davis (for families of children in the hospital there) and helping at the Montgomery High School orientation. Several members have also attended regional and International Key Club conventions in the summer, meeting with fellow members from other countries, spreading their enthusiasm about community services and garnering

ideas about effective service projects. Key Club efforts during the busy academic years have been remarkably numerous also. They have included projects such as clean-up at Howarth Park and along rivers and coasts, serving as course monitors for the Human Race with Oakmont Kiwanis Club members, working at Macy’s Shop for a Cause (which benefits the Children’s Miracle Network), packing Birthday Party gift bags for children, an all-night Wake-A-Thon (to raise funds for the Oakland Children’s Hospital Pediatric Clinic), making blankets for local pet kennels, working at cleanup days for Montgomery High School, painting a mural at Luther Burbank Elementary school and participation in leadership training programs as a few examples. They also have received International Key Club recognition with awards for Outstanding Club President, Most Average Member Service Hours, and Outstanding Club Advisor (Tricia Shindledecker from Oakmont Kiwanis). Mentoring of student service organizations at all levels is a big part of Kiwanis’ aim to help children. These groups emphasize service to one’s school and community and developing leadership attitudes and skills. Key Clubs around the world account for a major part of Kiwanis International membership. The Oakmont Kiwanis Club mentors clubs also at Cook Middle School and Luther Burbank Elementary School and actively participates in student activities at Kenwood Elementary School and Elsie Allen High School. Few activities are more inspiring than being with and helping children in the schools.

Students packing cake-making items and gifts into Birthday Bags.

Key Club students painting a building-size aquatic themed mural at Luther Burbank Elementary School.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

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 Use your breath and increase your energy. Gently stretch and focus on alignment while seated or standing. Support your back and strengthen your core while seated. You may stay in the chair for the entire class or explore 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.

be kind to yourself and practice yoga

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 Take the journey within—expand your breath, relax your neck and strengthen your core. Releasing tight spots can be as challenging as taking your pose to the next level. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. 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.

Cal Alumni Club nJulie Kiil

Saddle Club Dinner—August 17

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, August 17, with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Chicken Cordon Bleu, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables with a green salad and strawberry shortcake for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Please join us on the Saddle Club’s beautiful deck overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains sipping cocktails then inside for a delicious meal with the same spectacular view of the Trione Polo field and the Valley of the Moon. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, August 14. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Heart Rate

On August 29, the Tech Forum will be holding a discussion on Fitness Training Devices. A portion of this will be dealing with Heart Rate monitoring. We felt that one of the best places to start is by addressing the subject of my article. I don’t believe many people understand how or why we should be monitoring our heart rates. The first thing we do is calculate our maximum heart rate. This is done by subtracting our age from 220. I have come across some new research that indicates that this may not provide an accurate maximum heart rate and may be off by 20 beats per minute (bpm). At the same time, I could not find an acceptable substitute. For our purposes, we will be using the 220 minus age. We will then find our working heart range from the chart below, which is a heart rate between 50 to 85% of our maximum heart rate.

Age 55 years 60 years 65 years 70 years 75 years 80 years 85 years 90 years 95 years 100 years

Heart Rate Chart Target Average Maximum HR Zone 50-85% Heart Rate, 100% 83–140 beats per minute 165 beats per minute 80–136 beats per minute 160 beats per minute 78–132 beats per minute 155 beats per minute 75–128 beats per minute 150 beats per minute 73–123 beats per minu te 145 beats per minute 70–119 beats per minute 140 beats per minute 68–115 beats per minute 135 beats per minute 65–111 beats per minute 130 beats per minute 63–106 beats per minute 125 beats per minute 60– 94 beats per minute 110 beats per minute

As we work out, we want to reach this level and maintain it for 20 to 30 minutes. We can achieve this level by either increasing our speed or resistance, and as the heart becomes healthier it takes more work to get to and maintain these levels. A healthy heart is important for our oxygen input and output and blood circulation, which is how nutrients get to our cells. What to watch for: As the heart becomes conditioned, your resting heart (heart rate taking when awoken naturally without an alarm) will become lower. It will take less time to reach your working heart rate, and it will take less time to reach a cool down heart rate which is 10 to 20 bpm lower than the working heart rate. Also, watch for consistent irregularities, this means that once in awhile your heart rate may have an unusual reading due to medication, how you slept, or your monitor may have had interference with something. If these inconsistencies continue you may want to check with your doctor. If you have any questions, please stop by the center or call me at 494-9086, or email Look forward to seeing everyone at the center.

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

Tai Chi is the perfect exercise for summer. Moving slowly and calmly one can exercise the entire body and improve balance and agility. For 30 years we have been presenting Tai Chi classes in Oakmont designed for the beginning student who is working on improving all aspects of one’s health. Tuition is $75 for a workshop consisting of five classes which do not have to be consecutive. Pre-registration is required, so please call me at 3185284. I will love to answer your questions. We meet on Thursday mornings from 9–10 a.m. in the upper West Rec. Center. I am looking forward to your call.

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, well-supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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

Women’s Meditation Circle nSheikha Halima JoAnn Haymaker


You are invited to the Women’s Meditation Circle on Wednesday, August 2 at 11 a.m. for a peaceful hour of soft music, meditation, poetry and gentle words of Sufi wisdom. All women are welcome to my home at 147 White Oak Drive. Please send an email to to reserve a place. Chairs are limited. We will welcome you into the circle of peace.


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

More Joy Concert Coming in September

The Progressives are taking a break in August. Our next meeting will be a very special event—a concert by Oakmont’s own More Joy musical group. The concert will be on Friday, September 8, from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Berger Center. Admission is $20. All proceeds above cost will go to the Global Fund for Women, an amazing organization that stands behind movements for women’s human rights all over the world. 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. You may wonder, “What does a musical concert have to do with the Progressives?” More Joy doesn’t just make beautiful music (though they certainly do that). They are committed to raising consciousness, lifting spirits, and supporting people doing important work for all of us. These goals we Progressives heartily endorse.

More Joy!

nBarbara Bowman

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. 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. We are excited that the CEO of Global Fund for Women, Musimbi Kanyaro, will join us and tell us briefly about the important work that the Fund is doing internationally. This promises to be a wonderful evening. To reserve tickets, please deposit a check made out to “Global Fund for Women” for $20 per ticket in the Progressives folder in the OVA office. Be sure to include the names of those attending, because we will check the names at the door. If you have questions, call Iris at (650) 280-3265 or me at 583-9490. Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We seek a government that works for the people instead of banks, corporations and billionaires. For more information see “How Progressives and Democrats Differ.”

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 6, 2 PM PATRIOT’S DAY

A tragic bombing near the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon sets off a citywide manhunt for the perpetrators. With residents devastated by the events, Sgt. Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) and the Boston police department zero in on two suspects. An intense, edgeof-your-seat thriller honoring the citizens of Boston. With Kevin Bacon and John Goodman. (2016), R (violence/language), 133 minutes.

Sunday, August 13, 2 PM THE ACCOUNTANT

Christian Wolff (Ben Affleck) is a math savant with more affinity for numbers than people. Behind the cover of a small-town CPA office, he works as a freelance accountant for some of the world’s most dangerous criminal organizations. Things get exciting when Chris goes to work for a tech mogul who’s determined to eliminate those responsible for secretly manipulating the company’s financial records. An energetically entertaining film. (2016), R (violence/language), 128 minutes.

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.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, August 6, 2 p.m.: Patriot’s Day, (2016), R, 133 minutes. Sunday, August 13, 2 p.m.: The Accountant, (2016), R, 128 minutes. Sunday, August 20, 2 p.m.: Le Corsaire, (1999), NR, 110 minutes.

Let’s Dance Together! nTerry Whitten

Swing into August with us

WHAT: Beginning Jitterbug Swing partner dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays, August 2, 9 and 16 at 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec COST: $9 pp for single class; $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. Back by request, there will be Beginning Jitterbug Swing partner dance classes in August. Come learn some basic and fun moves that will get you dancing together with a smile on your face. Jitterbug Swing (also called Single Time Swing) is an upbeat, fun and versatile dance that can be danced to many types of music ranging from Big Band music to Rock ‘n Roll to fast Foxtrot music as well as contemporary tunes. As before, 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. 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!

SIR Branch #92 nPat Donnelly, Little Sir

August 8 Luncheon and speaker

SIR 92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include a social hour, bar service and a sit down lunch with a choice of three entrées, a salad and dessert. We also host several social activities throughout the year such as Winery tours and tastings, day trips to landmarks such as the SS Hornet, winery plays/events and many more. Our speaker this month is Paul Doyle, publisher, with his wife, of the Upbeat Times began production of the good news and information in February of 1998. Originally test-marketed in Fort Bragg, California, it became evident it was to be widely enjoyed by those who were tired of the same old bad news headlines available on every corner of literally every street in every town everywhere. “Originally the Upbeat Times & Shopper, the paper graduated to the Upbeat Times when I moved back to Sonoma County with my new wife and daughter. “With only $1,000 and an idea in 2001, I went around to all my former advertisers, friends and family and proposed the concept to them all with very warm responses and dozens of sponsorships and advertising support. This was just the catalyst I needed to expand to well over 300 locations by the spring of 2002. “The great part of the paper is of course our focus on what is going right in our world, county, communities and cities everywhere. The infusion of quotes, jokes, weird facts and humor has only fueled the desire to obtain an issue of Upbeat Times that comes out only 12 times per year. We could also not publish this paper without all the great writers we have and they continue to come to us offering their perspective of good news.”


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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.


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


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.


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

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.



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.


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.


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

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


CA Cert. #751609665. Experienced, English speaking. Resume package available and includes letters of reference. Midge, (707) 236-5866.

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.


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

Oakmont News Classified Rates • • • •


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

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



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.


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



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

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


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


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



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.

Classified Order Form NAME_________________________________________ ADDRESS_______________________________________ CITY, ZIP_______________________________________ $__________ Check, Money Order or Cash HEADLINE_______________________________________ ____________________________________________ BODY TEXT______________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________

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


Dry rot repair, fences, decks, gates, doors, stairs, hand rails, cabinets, shelves, tile. Lic. #1008255. Call or E-mail Alex, 843-1898,

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


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.


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.

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


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

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 1–15 Barbara Lowell 538-0333

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)

August 16–31 Leanne Smith 539-6795

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.


PAS Management Company

oakmont News

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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

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

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

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

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


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


What do the letters NPK mean on a bag of fertilizer? They stand for Nitrogen, Phosphorous and Potash, the three main food elements necessary for plant life. Nitrogen is required for foliage and growth, phosphorous for flowers and potash for roots. The Garden Club takes a vacation for July and August. We resume meetings in September.


• Be vigilant about checking for signs of water stress, especially with those plants in containers or hanging baskets. An occasional deep soaking benefits most plants, even those that do not require regular water. Make sure that your garden is well-mulched to conserve water and keep plants moist.

• Prune back tomatoes and peppers to stimulate new growth and continued production. • Prune summer flowering shrubs once they have finished blooming. • Dead-head bedding plants and perennial plants to stop them self-seeding and to encourage further flowering into the autumn. • Dead-head lilies for a better flower display next year. • Cut back herbs now to encourage a new flush of tasty leaves you can harvest before the frost. • Collect ripened seed and store for next year. Leaving some seed heads in place can be attractive and allows the plant to self-seed in the surrounding soil.

sold 6531 Pine Valley Drive—Contemporary Plan 4 in Quail Run

Are you thinking of selling this spring, or just curious about your home’s value? Please call me for

Marie McBride


Private Line 6520 Oakmont Drive

in escrow

a confidential and complimentary

460 Oak Brook Court—Expanded Birch with View of Hood Mountain


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.

45^fifl¢∞§ Home Care

Top 10 Reasons

to choose the #1 agency* in Oakmont

in escrow CalBRE #01169355

7235 Fairfield Drive—Expanded Madrone with large, private yard

KEEP THIS AD! See below.

Implant & General Dentistry

Celebrat in 20 Years g i Oakmon n t

#1 Quality. WeCare employs only the best caregivers. #2 Security. Employees are screened, bonded, insured. #3 Placement. Caregivers matched to clients’ satisfaction. #4 Supervision. Ongoing oversight of care. #5 Stability. 10 years in business. First agency in Oakmont. #6 Experience. Hundreds of satisfied clients. #7 Family-Owned. Highest standards. Not a franchise. #8 Reputation. Referred by clients and professionals alike. #9 Satisfaction. Guaranteed. #10 WE CARE! Caring for your family as we would our own. Keep this ad for a 10% discount on first month’s services.

Tony Sanchez DDS, Debra A. Riker RDH, BS, MS (707) 539-0336 • 6594 Stone Bridge Road (located between McBride Realty & the Fire Station)

Call TODAY for a free consultation:


*According to clients, employees, and healthcare professionals.

6528 Oakmont Dr. (next to Oakmont Market)


The Oakmont News / August 1, 2017

Feel safe and secure with the quality of in-home care that Sequoia Senior Solutions is known for.

Some of our services: n Caring


Compare us to any other care provider: – Certified by California Association for Health Services at Home (CAHSAH) – Accredited by the Better Business Bureau with a rating of A+


Meal Planning and Preparation


Transportation and Errands


Light Housekeeping


Medication Reminders


Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

– Eight time winner of the North Bay Business Journal “Best Place to Work Award”

Serving Oakmont residents for over 12 years!

Owners, Gabriella Ambrosi, CEO and Stanton Lawson, CFO

6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Providing specialized care in Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Diabetes, Arthritis and Hospice | | Call us today for a free assessment at (707) 539-0500

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Randy Ruark 322-2482

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

6381 Meadowridge Drive — $747,000

350 Singing Brook Circle — $834,000

838 Wheeler Street — $890,000

Kay Nelson 538-8777

in escrow Paula Lewis 332-0433

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

6269 Meadowstone Drive — $949,800

477 Hillsdale Drive — $1,350,000

1984 Windmill Circle — $289,000

in escrow

in escrow


129 Oak Shadow Drive

8862 Oak Trail Place

339 Valley Oaks Drive

Joey & Claudine Cuneo Peter & Roberta Lommori 539-3200 694-2634

707• 539 • 3200

6580 Oakmont Drive Santa Rosa 95409 CalBRE#01523620

Cheryl Peterson 974-9849

Sue Senk 318-9595

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

Gail Johnson 292-9798

The Oakmont News 8-1-2017