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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

nYvonne Frauenfelder

Oakmont Welcomes Kevin Hubred, Its New General Manager

Oakmonters Share Their Holiday Traditions

At the December 6 board meeting, President Gloria Young announced the appointment of Kevin Hubred as Oakmont’s new General Manager. Among a long list of accomplishments—with degrees in Business Management and Financial Accounting— he has administered large Home Owners Associations in Northern California for 18 years, including Trilogy at Rio Vista. He is credentialed as an Association Management Specialist (AMS); Professional Community Association Manager (PCAM); Certified through Community Association Institute (CAI) and California Association of Community Managers (CACM). Our board conducted 12 telephone interviews and of those, three candidates were selected to meet personally with the directors. Kevin Hubred, by far, impressed everyone with his interpretation of governing documents, building community cohesiveness, creating board orientation programs, mentoring staff, achieving team spirit and working with directors to design long term plans for community and facilities development. He appears as

a calm and neutral problem solver, offering advice and perspective, emphasizing a strategic approach to management. Kevin surprised everyone with his knowledge of Oakmont and its community. He has known the village for many years and he admires our collective spirit of volunteerism, as well as our culture of taking charge of aging by keeping mind and body occupied, represented by the many recreational facilities, clubs and activities. Presently living in Citrus Height and working as interim manager for a HOA management company, both Kevin and his wife hail originally from the Midwest, exchanging the snowy winters for the balmy clime in California. They have two daughters, one living in Brooklyn, New York, and one close by in San Francisco with her husband and a little daughter of one and a half years. And, finally, our new general manager turns out to be somewhat of a Renaissance man. He makes wine

Sugarloaf Park and Adobe Canyon Update

For the Birds: Oakmont Birders and the Annual Christmas Bird Count

nMichael Connolly

December 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 24

See general manager on page 3

nDawna Foreman

Among the very diverse, interesting and colorful residents of Oakmont are wildlife and birds. An impressive number of bird species live here year round and are joined by species that migrate through our woods, grassland, forest edge and riparian habitats during spring and fall, enroute to their breeding ground. Birding enthusiasts eventually

nFlorentia Scott

Every culture on our planet holds different celebrations at this time of year, when the Northern Hemisphere is turned away from the sun and we mark the return to longer days at the Winter Solstice. Oakmont is a diverse community that includes people from many different traditions, religious backgrounds and cultures. A few of them shared memories of how they celebrated Christmas or other mid-winter holidays growing up. During Chanukah or Hannukah, the Festival of Lights, Jews commemorate the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in 139 BC at the time of the Maccabean Revolt against the Seleucid Empire, whose rulers had taken over the temple and installed Hellenistic idols. When the Jews regained control there was only enough holy oil to light the temple lamp for one day, but it continued to burn for eight days. So Jews every year, light a candle each day for eight days, using a special candleholder called a Menorah. Jeffrey Sheff remembers Chanukah as a time when he got to lead the family. “I was the only one who knew how to lead the prayers and the songs and light the candles, because as the only son, I was sent to Hebrew school,” Sheff said. “For the rest of the year, Mom and Dad were boss. Chanukah was my time.” Traditional foods served are potato pancakes called latkes, and jelly donuts called sufganiyot. Dreidels—little square tops—are given. Each side of the dreidel is marked with a different Hebrew letter, forming the acronym for Nes Gadol Hayah Sham—“a great miracle happened there.” Children receive Chanukah gelt, which can be real money, or chocolate coins wrapped in gold-colored paper. Yukiko Lopez grew up in Tokyo, where traditional Japanese never celebrated Christmas. But in modern times they mark the western holiday “just for fun” by lining up to buy Kentucky Fried Chicken and cakes decorated with “Merry Christmas.” New Year is the main celebration in Japan. “Some people go to the temple to pray for health and good luck,” Lopez said. “We clean and purify our homes, and prepare traditional Japanese food, a different dish for each day.” See traditions on page 5

Officials of Team Sugarloaf provided a post-fire update on the status of the park and the surrounding area at an informative fundraising event entitled “Sugarloaf Rising” held at Landmark Vineyards on December 6. The event was supported by Landmark Vineyards, Caffe Citti, Salt & Stone Restaurant and Scandia Bakery, who also provided food and beverages.

Oakmonters Donate To Wildfire Relief Efforts nTony Lachowicz Birders in a CBC leave no feather uncounted.

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On Wednesday, December 6 a large group of Oakmont residents gathered at the Berger Center Plaza under a bright blue sky to watch the Oakmont Community Foundation present a $113,470 check to the Redwood Credit Union. A total of 419 separate Oakmont residents and organizations donated these funds to support the wildfire relief efforts. “It shows that Oakmonters really appreciate the efforts of first responders during the October wildfires and that Oakmont loves its Santa Rosa and Sonoma County neighbors,” said Susan Millar, OCF President. See donation on page 11


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In the Aftermath… nKaren Oswald, OVA Board Member

I write this in the evening hours of December 8, two months from the night that changed all of our lives forever. During those tumultuous hours as fear, confusion, and panic rose to the forefront, already “quiet heroes” began to step forward. We honor and thank them. During those hours of chaos and terror, the OVA residents who: • Banged on doors shouting, “Fire, fire, Annadel is on fire, you need to leave right now.” • Helped neighbors who were older, alone, or unable to open garage doors manually, so they could get their cars to leave. • Remembered their neighbors with disabilities or mobility issues and made sure they got to safety, even carrying them out themselves and taking them to safe zones. • Guided concerned family and friends to the specific COPE leader for the area in which their loved one resided, to ensure they were evacuated. • And to the COPE leader who stayed at the Berger Center advising residents of the fastest, safest evacuation route from Oakmont, sparing everyone additional anxiety. And during the days of evacuation, those shelters who took in evacuees, providing beds, food, showers and, in some cases, private rooms, and especially those who allowed evacuees to bring their pets— dogs, cats, hamsters, birds, fish; family members who got in, or perhaps snuck in, to retrieve precious mementos, photos, valuables and art work collected over generations; who received permission to come into Oakmont and feed pets that residents were unable to evacuate or that couldn’t be found to evacuate; and those who were able to retrieve vital medications for themselves or others. So often we think that it is the parents or grandparents who take care of our beloved offspring in times of need. Yet many in Oakmont were helped and sheltered by their children and grandchildren. Those local businesses who went out of their way, not to make a profit but to help. I mention a

few: Cattleman’s, for giving discounts to evacuees; Emily’s (Montgomery Village), for offering discounts to evacuees and providing gallons of coffee to First Responders staged at the Fairgrounds; the Vallero Station at Hwy. 12 and Melita, for providing water, snacks, and fruit for evacuees sheltered in their parking lot and refusing to accept any money. And after the evacuation, those who helped in so many ways: the fire crews who helped clean up fire and wind debris for Oakmont residents; those who care for our yards on a regular basis and gave hours of their time to help clean up our yards and properties without charge; and, of course, the PG&E staff, many of whom volunteered because of their ties to Oakmont, who worked hour after hour and day after day to ensure that we could return to our homes safely with heat and hot water. We will always remember your contributions to our lives. Thank you. And now that most of us, except the two families that had the most devastating losses, are back in Oakmont I have experienced an incredible change in our community—we have come together! After a number of years of divisiveness throughout our community over pickleball or its location, management, rock rules, governance, the Berger remodel or rebuild, personality issues, and an onslaught of board, staff and volunteer resignations, something else is emerging: people are driving slower; there are more smiles to those we may not know at the Oakmont Market, the Quail Inn or Mei Don, or as we take our walks; we wait for each other at stop signs, signaling other s to go ahead; we are more willing to talk and share experiences. Personally, I was approached by a former Board Member, who I did not think would ever talk to me because of my position on a particular topic, who took the initiative to open a dialog. While it would be naive of me to assume that this tragedy has erased all of the animosity of the past few years, I do look to all of us to rise to our higher standards and begin to work together to bring Oakmont back to the glory it deserves.

Reminder: Locker Rental Fee For 2018 Due January 2 Locker rental fees are $30 per year. Please send your $30 fee to the OVA Office by January 2, 2018. Please let us know if you no longer use your assigned locker. If dues are not received by February 16, 2018, we will assume you are releasing the locker and contents will be removed. Make checks payable to OVA. Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Facility: Central___ East ___ West ___ Locker #: __________ Amount enclosed: $__________

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Volunteer Opportunities Oakmont Board of Director Candidates

The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors. January 15 is the deadline for interested candidates to submit their names and other required information which can be done by submitting to the committee or any OVA officer or director. The Nominating Committee is comprised of these members: Ruthie Snyder, Chair; David Dearden, Bern Lefson, Ed Sutter, and Tony Lachowicz.

Central Park Committee

The Central Park Committee (CPC) is seeking qualified members. The goal of the CPC is to develop a sustainable environment in the back portion of the CAC, where the now demolished putting green is located. If you are interested in serving on this important committee, please email your CV to Karen Oswald at

Asset Protection Committee

A new committee has been formed to work on Oakmont Village Association’s Reserve Fund to help facilitate a comprehensive and annual update of OVA’s facilities and assets. The Reserve Study is integral in the process of producing a stable and proactive annual funding plan for the association which will serve to offset our long-term and often costly expenditures. If you are interested in being part of this committee, please email your CV to AssetProtectionCommittee@gmail. com.

Communications Committee

We are still searching for experienced writers, editors and digital contributors to join our Communications Team and Social Media subcommittee. If you are interested in being part of this dynamic committee and Oakmont Communications, please email your CV to

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and he loves to cook. And he equally enjoys singing, accompanying himself on the guitar. Mountain biking, kayaking and hiking round out the extracurricular activities in his life. With the above mentioned talents, Kevin is a natural fit for our community with its multi-talented and multi-faceted residents. We welcome Kevin—he will commence his tenure on January 2—and we wish him much success and satisfaction in managing our little paradise in the beautiful Valley of the Moon.

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Letters to the Editor

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Oakmont Cannabis Club nHeidi Klyn

Our next meeting will be on Thursday, January 4, 2 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Our speaker will be Jennifer Wright and her crew from the brand new dispensary in Sebastopol “Solful,” to talk about getting the most out of cannabis for your health. All are welcome.


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Xavier Cabrales recalls Christmas in his hometown of Ciudad Lerdo, Durango, Mexico. “We have a tradition called Las Posadas,” he said. “A group of people go around the neighborhood knocking on doors, singing a song about Mary looking for a place to stay and have her baby,” Cabrales said. “The people answering the door would then sing back, ‘No, you can’t stay here, go to the next house.’ Finally we would wind up in one house where we would eat tamales and drink atole, a chocolate drink kind of like a milk shake. Then they would give us each a bag of peanuts with an orange.” Jamaica was a British Colony when Cecile Coar was growing up. Families would go to a pantomime comedy show for their holiday entertainment. Christmas dinner featured ham or roast beef, and a Christmas pudding that took months to prepare. “The fruits were soaked in rum for several months,” Coar said. “We prepared the cake in November and let it age until Christmas Day. We made a drink by boiling sorrel florets with grated ginger and pimentos, then let that sit for a couple of days before straining it off and adding sugar,” Coar said. On Christmas Day, friends, relatives, neighbors and acquaintances dropped by for Christmas cake and sorrel. Real candles lighting the Christmas tree, homemade wooden toys and hand-sewn doll clothes, made Christmas especially joyful for Liliane Rains during her childhood in Bordeaux, France, though the days leading up to the big event were spartan. “We just put our shoes out in front of the fireplace for Santa,” Rains said. “Nothing was in the house— my parents hid everything, then spent most of the night Christmas Eve putting up the tree, decorating, putting out the gifts. My father made us stay in our room while he went out to make sure Santa had come. And he would really drag it out, saying, ‘Oh, I don’t see anything. It’s too dark, I have to feel around— oh—maybe there is something. You can come in.” Christmas dinner consisted of a first course of seafood and charcuterie (various specially prepared meats and pâtés) and a main dish of roast beef, duck, or goose. “Papa built a nativity scene out of a box covered in brown paper, then he would paint it and fill it with figurines. My parents made most toys instead of buying them—Papa made toys out of wood, including a beautiful doll carriage. Mother sewed doll clothes and when I got to the age when I didn’t believe in Santa any more, I would help. When we got old enough we could use our own money to buy things. I helped buy an electric train for my little brother.” Rains still has a celluloid baby doll and the little sailor suit that her mother made for it.

OVA Board Swiftly Takes Care of Business in Midweek Meeting

nMichael Connolly

The December 6 OVA board meeting began with Board President Gloria Young announcing the hiring of new general manager Kevin Hubred, who will start on January 2. Mr. Hubred was the top-rated candidate out of 12 résumés that were considered. He has signed the employment agreement and the contract was being finalized by association legal counsel Malcolm Manwell. Facilities Manager Rick Aubert updated the board and the community on facility usage status. As he reported at the time, only the East Recreation Center pool and spa, locker rooms and billiard room remained closed. There had been issues with the pool heater and the pool was still not warm enough to open. In addition, since the fires there have been issues with pool and spa plumbing that are being addressed. Director Lynda Oneto asked if the billiard room could be opened, as there have been many inquiries about this. Aubert said that keycard readers were being reprogrammed. Access to the billiard room was made available on December 7. Director Ken Heyman asked Aubert about the status of the par course on the path between the West Recreation Center and the Community Garden. He replied that the exercise stations that had deteriorated were taken down but that there are a few stations that are still viable. Heyman also asked about the former putting green area near the central pool and whether the irrigation was completely destroyed during the initial grading for the aborted pickleball project. Aubert said that the irrigation had been provided by the golf course for the area but that all the piping had been ripped out. Director Karen Oswald followed up on this issue with a question about repairing the cement path damaged by bulldozers in April so that the path to the OVA office could be reopened and the area made more presentable. Director Carolyn Bettencourt asked about the

status of the horseshoe pits that were removed during the same ill-fated construction project. Aubert replied that he would prefer that the horseshoe pits be placed in the same general area from which they had been removed. There were plans to move them to WRC near the parking lot but he said the central location would be preferable. President Young said that the existing Central Park Committee is adding members and will begin the work of refurbishing this area in the near future. Director Greg Goodwin asked about the status of stocking the ERC fish pond. Aubert informed the board and the community that the Department of Fish and Game has denied the permit to stock the pond with any fish that can get out of the pond in the event of high rains and overflow of the pond. Therefore, according to Aubert, “the Department of Fish and Game has essentially shut that project down.” On a motion by Director Heyman, board liaison to the Communications Committee, Marlena Cannon and Florentia Scott were appointed as members of the committee. The motion passed unanimously. Berger Action Committee members Claudette Brero-Gow and Bob Jackson provided an update on the permit application for seismic upgrade of the Berger Center. Director Oswald made a motion to approve up to $4,000 for the permit fee involving the seismic upgrades to the corner buttresses of the Berger auditorium space. An additional motion was made to allocate up to $2,590 for hazardous material evaluation of the work to be done in the auditorium. Both motions passed unanimously. The meeting was adjourned just before 12:30 p.m., lasting under an hour.

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Dancing is 4 Everyone nMariellen Munson

The joy of dance may be experienced by you, without a partner. We have a new Beginning Line Dance Class. Check it out! Remember, dance is exercise for your brain as much as for your body. While dancing your brain is constantly making new neural connections. Studies show that this is very beneficial for strong mental health. The pleasure of dance, even if you don’t have a partner, is available in Oakmont. Our instructor, Steve Luther, has a unique style of teaching that makes it easier to learn the steps to a variety of dances, and the

music he selects is upbeat and lively. As you progress you will enjoy a wide diversity of music and styles, from Country, Disco, Latin, Cajun, Rock and Roll, etc. It is the “only way” to exercise in the minds of our many line dancers. Some of us had never danced prior to this line dance class. No worries, Steve makes us feel good about our dance and good about ourselves. You don’t need a partner, so there is no reason or excuse for you not to get out and enjoy the glory of dance, and you will, most certainly, make new friends during this time. Beginning Line Dance Class is starting January 10,

2018 Wednesday nights from 7:15–8:30 p.m. at the Berger Center, and will continue weekly throughout the year. This beginning class series is only offered one time during the year, so jump right in and give line dance a try. A four-week session (monthly) is only $28 (or $7 a class). Individual classes are $10. Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. There are no reservations, so come early to allow time to sign up. Remember: Fragrance free! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Mariellen Munson, at 538-4142.


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own at least one field guide to help identify species and learn about their habits and habitats, where and when they breed, how they communicate, and their sounds. As a bird watcher you also want to have information about the migratory range of species to be able to accurately identify an individual bird among similar looking birds in the field. The story of data compilation and bird illustration in modern field guides began over 118 years ago.

OAKMONT VILLAGE REAL ESTATE NEWS December 2017 by Randy Ruark Average Price of For Sale and Sold (September 2016–November 2017) Compiled by Randy Ruark

An eagle ready for dinner.

When settlers arrived here in the 1700’s there were massive flocks and species of birds unknown in Europe and therefore completely fascinating to the colonists. Among other forms of wildlife, birds were hunted for food and sport, and even for fashion. In the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, feathers and plumes were very much in vogue on women’s hats; sometimes an entire bird was featured! For years, sports hunters participated in a bloody holiday tradition known as “side hunt” or “match hunt” in which teams of marksmen would fan out on Christmas Day, shooting essentially anything that flew into shotgun range. Observing a rapid decline of bird populations, ornithologists realized the importance of bird conservation and protection. Frank M. Chapman, an early officer in the fledgling Audubon Society and ornithologist at the Museum of Natural History proposed a “Christmas Bird Census” that would count birds rather than hunt them. So, on Christmas Day in 1900, a bird species count was done in 25 locations by 27 people across the continent and it’s been done every year since. Today, the Christmas Bird Count has grown to encompass more than 60,000 volunteers of all ages, races, and levels of expertise, who go to more than 2,200 locations throughout the United States, Canada, Central and South America, the West Indies and the Pacific Islands, to identify and count every individual bird they see —more than 60 million birds. Audubon’s 118th Christmas Bird Count will be conducted this coming season, with all counts held between the dates of Thursday, December 14 through Friday, January 5, 2018. It is this ongoing annual effort among other projects that contribute to the databases about bird life and give us insight into how the birds are doing as climates, environments, and habitats change over time. This valuable participation in citizen science has been happening in Oakmont for at least 12 years. This year, the CBC will take place on Sunday, December 17 beginning at 9 a.m. Leader, avid birder and Madrone Audubon member, Rhio Reigh, met with Oakmont residents, and CBC veterans, Dawna and James Foreman on December 4 to begin the planning and recruit Oakmont residents for the count day. The designated count area includes familiar locations around Oakmont where a variety of species have been counted and reported to Audubon annually. Experienced CBC birders are invited to participate in the count, as well as those who have some birding experience and would like to commit to all or part of the count, from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m., rain or shine. The count areas are on mostly flat terrain and there will be a midday lunch break. Please contact Dawna at with any questions or to join the Oakmont Christmas Bird Count.

Oakmont real estate prices have jumped dramatically since the October catastrophe. Inventory is higher than usual for this time of year. The October fires were life changing for our residents and now many more people are looking very seriously for a home in Oakmont. Many owners have decided this is the right time to sell, thus as of this writing there are 12 homes fully available and 10 under contract to purchase. If the 10 all close we will be at 179 closed sales for the year and an increase in average price from $608,653 year end 2016 to $713,528 as of early Dec 2017. I continue to see mispriced listings. Usually this happens when an agent or appraiser use only computer driven information to price a home; this confirms lack of knowledge of Oakmont. These homes frequently sell well below their true value. For example two free standing models in maintained areas recently came on the market priced at least 15% below their fair market value. Another area of concern to me is the practice by some agents of convincing their sellers to accept offers prior to fully exposing the property to the market. Remember it is the buying public who raise the bar. The fact that building costs are skyrocketing adds to the increase in prices since the fire. I am available and happy to give you a comparative market analysis of your property. We check our stock portfolio frequently, why not your real estate values and your insurance coverage? You are under no obligation and I can be easily reached. Happy holidays!

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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club nRick Warfel


The week before the fires, seems like a long time ago, Siri Grading and Paving completed repairs to cart paths on both the East and West courses. A capital project, funded from the club’s recent fund-raising drive, yielded a limited budget of $94,000 which was sufficient to complete repairs to about 35,000 square feet of paths.

18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club OWGS

Sweeps results for Nov. 28: Kathy Mokricky and Joan Seliga tied for low gross winners of the field of 12 players. First flight: first tie, Kathy Faherty and Marie Pierce; third, Judy Early. Second flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Linda Barr; third, Michele Yturralde. No sweeps on Nov. 21.


Sweeps results for Nov. 30: Kris Peters, Kathy Faherty and Penny Wright tied for low gross winners of the field of 17 players. First flight: first, Kathy Faherty; second, Penny Wright; third, Laurie Vree; fourth, Kris Peters. Second flight: first, Christy Rexford; second, Yoshi Smith; third, KC Cote; fourth, Linda Barr; fifth, Michele Yturralde. No sweeps on Nov. 16 and 23.

News for OWGS and TOWGC

After detailed survey and analysis work by the Green Committee, repairs were made to those areas where asphalt deterioration was most extensive. Included in the cart project was over-paving deteriorated areas with two inches of asphalt and providing a new base, plus paving in badly eroded spots. Our staff was required to do rough preparation of grass and root removal, adding underlying drainage as needed, and backfilling path edges. I am sure you will agree that the new cart path sections are a big improvement and I hope we can complete more cart path work in the future. Thank you to all that contributed! Other capital projects completed this year include a new pizza oven, purchase of a new deck at the Quail Inn, and a fairly extensive bunker renovation program. All of these are very tangible improvements that members can appreciate. Congratulations to Phil Sapp and Gary Smith, our newly-elected OGC Board members. Phil, along with Pete Waller, completed much of the planning work for the cart path project, and Gary serves as President of the Wednesday Men’s Club. A special thank-you to Russ Adamson, Treasurer, and Pete Waller, Head of the Green Committee, for their years of service to the club! Our “Black Friday Special” membership drive was a big success. Promoting $0 initiation fees, $0 annual range plan, and $0 monthly dues until March 1, 2018, about 20 memberships were sold in one day. This compares to 14 memberships sold on Black Friday last year. It is my understanding that at the peak of the fires, Oakmont was protected by about 11,000 firemen, 70 helicopters, 7 aerial tankers, and numerous other first responders and law enforcement personnel. As a tribute to these people who worked tirelessly, and, in some cases, risked their lives, to save Oakmont, several OGC members have come up with the idea of funding a “Tribute Bench” on the West Course. The cost for a Tribute Bench is $1,200 and the proposed location is the tee area on hole #4 adjacent to the Berger Center (the original hole #1). The current bench is in need of replacement and, with a prime location near bathrooms and a parking lot, this is a popular spot for people to rest and relax, or to set up a food and beverage booth for a charity event. If interested in contributing to this bench as a tribute to First Responders, please contact John Theilade.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season with friends, family, fellow golfers, and in our homes! Our booklet for 2018 is also available electronically—thank you, Judy Duport! Many thanks to our outgoing boards and welcome to our incoming boards—all your work and dedication is greatly appreciated and valued. Kudos and gratitude also to the many members who volunteer as scorers, assisting with events, caring for our golf course, attending committee meetings and the myriad of other contributions. For December we’ll have open play days—enjoy!


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine, Captain

As we move into the winter period the cool, and sometimes damp, mornings do not provide optimum conditions for play. But, there are always hearty Niners who turn out to play at least nine morning holes on our beautiful East Course. Both November 20 and 27 each attracted 10 robust souls who played on these bright, crisp mornings.

November 10 Individual Low Net

Sturdy Don Schulte won with his score of 32, followed closely by Tom Tremont’s 32.5, and a third place tie between Jim Norem and Phil Sapp at 33. Stan Augustine was closest-to-the-pin on #8 at 31’6”.

November 27 2-Man Chapman format

First, Dan Levin and John Munkacsy, 28.5; second, Tom Tremont and David Beach, 32.75; third, Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone, 33.25. Closest-to-the-pin was won by Charlie Perotti, 25’10”; John Munkascy placed his drive 41’11” from the flag. Reminder: 2018 dues of $20 are now due. Contact Treasurer Dan Levin who will gladly renew returning members and welcome new members!


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (10.8–17.8): first, Bill Hainke, Jeff Snyder, Tony Hughes, Bob Peterson, 58.4; second, Mike Doyle, Sal Cesario, Bob Giddings and (ghost), 59.4. Second flight (18.3–29.3): first: Dave Goulson, Ray Pierce, Ted Mokricky and (ghost), 59.1; second, John Cook, Rusty Sims, Lou Lari, Tom Wayne, 60.3. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bob Peterson, 6’6”; #13—Jeff Snyder, 24’1”; #16—Shelly Brodsky, 6’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Tom Wayne, 19’0”; #13—Frank Giannini, 7’0”; #16—Frank Giannini, 29’1”.


First place tie, Tom Finnerty, Bob Wilkinson, Keith Wise, 64. Closest-to-the-pin: #16—Keith Wise, 4’11”.

November 29, WEST COURSE 2, 3, 4, GAME

First flight (9.5–16.8): first, Mike Hull, Danny Crobbe, Gary Smith, Andy Frauenhofer, 199; second, John Cook, Charlie Huff, Lou Lari, and blind draw, 200. Second flight (17.3+): first, Jeff Snyder, Frank Zelco, Bob Peterson, Tony Hughes, 202; second, Tom Wayne, Pete Eschelbach, Bub Simi and blind draw, 208. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Shelly Brodsky, 4’6”; #13—Danny Morgan, 8’4”; #16—Bill Salmina, 5’8”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Ted Mokricky, 15’4”; #13—Andy Frauenhofer, 20’8”; #16—Bill Feherty, 17’6”; #5—Danny Crobbe, 19’9”.


First place tie, Dan Levin and Wayne Mickaelian, Ross Worboys and blind draw, 57; third place tie, Art Hastings and John Derby, Tom Massip and John Munkacsy, 60. Closest-to-the-pin: #16—Gary Stone, 14’9”.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot


The Oakmont Women Niners team of Elaine Foote, Barbara Robinson, Tammy Siela and Linda Yates brought home the gold November 14, 2017 Presidents Cup. They played at Buckingham Golf Course and scored an eight under 66! It was a long day but returning home with the lovely trophy and medallions for each player was pure joy. They even brought the trophy to our final 2017 Twilighter. Oakmont will be the Executive Board of the WRENS in 2018 and we encourage all our members to support this traveling group. Right now we have six clubs (Adams Springs, Black Rock, Mount. St. Helena, Hidden Valley Lake, Buckingham and Oakmont). We are always looking for additional clubs to join the WRENS. Please let our delegate, Linda Yates, know of contact people for Nine Hole local clubs. The Presidents Cup will be hosted by Oakmont in 2018. Happy Holidays!


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Early in the week of October 8 the fires were on the periphery of Sugarloaf, mainly on northfacing slopes. During this period the park was able to be evacuated, including some very expensive telescopes from the observatory. By the following weekend the winds moved the fire back to the north and Sugarloaf was engulfed in flames. Another fire started in the Oakmont area, moved up Hood Mountain and combined with the fire in Sugarloaf to become a huge fire. Over 3,000 acres burned in Sugarloaf, all of it on the south end of the park. Interestingly, the McCormick addition has virtually no fire damage at all. In the burned areas the native grasses are already sprouting from their roots and the land is turning green all over the park. Sonoma Ecology Center, one of the five partners in Team Sugarloaf, has created the Emergency Watershed Protection Program to mitigate damage to the environment from burned structures in the valley and canyons. It involves using volunteer teams with trained experts to put containment around burned building sites using straw wattles and sand bags. This will serve to keep toxins from mobilizing off the site prior to the eventual removal of the ash and debris by cleanup crews. The ash contains toxic materials and heavy metals from burned household items such as electronics, appliances, couches and other furnishings. SEC has been evaluating burned structures that are close to streams or that are clustered together in groups to prioritize mitigation and cleanup. They have volunteers working on this seven days a week. Please consider helping with this effort by volunteering at https://www. If you are unable to physically participate, you can also make a financial donation to the effort at their website. Those who may know landowners in the area can also help with the efforts of notifying and getting consent for the volunteers to enter private property and perform mitigation. (Since the emergency order has expired, there is no longer legal access onto private property without a permission slip.) Further details will be covered in the next issue of the Oakmont News.

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

Happy Holidays

There will be no meeting of the Oakmont Genealogy Club in December, so Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy New Year to everyone! The next meeting will be on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. and will deal with heritage/lineage societies like the DAR, SAR, Jamestown, Mayflower Descendants and many others. An invited speaker from the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) will tell us how to qualify to belong to such a society, how to apply for membership, and how their records can help in our genealogy research. The November meeting program was on Military Records, presented by Jeffrey Vaillant, a member of the Association of Professional Genealogists and an expert in the Civil War and other military records. He discussed the various websites where you can obtain military pension records for your ancestors that fought in the Civil War, Revolutionary War and many other conflicts. A copy of the meeting handout with all the links is on our website by clicking on “Recent Presentations.” George McKinney will teach a class on Beginning Genealogy on Saturday, Feb. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. of next year. Newbies, this is for you, and all those who want to brush up on the basics. So watch for info about signing up in the upcoming Oakmont News. The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at: If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email: oakmontancestry@aol. com.


New board members will be required for the new year very shortly. This is a reminder to boards/nominating committees and members that it is once again time convince association members to serve on the board for the coming year. Many times this is a hard job as members have other things they would rather be doing. All association members should remember that the reason they have time for many activities is because other members are working on their behalf. Not only is a term served on your board a rewarding experience but also a commitment you accepted when you moved into a maintained area. Remember, this is your home and only you, an association member can keep it nice. All board members and prospective board members should review the first part of the LOMAA Handbook through Section 1. The basic duties and responsibilities are outlined and it is a good guide to a successful term. The LOMAA Board is prepared to assist new and returning board members with advice and suggestions (learned the hard way by previous association board members and reported to LOMAA). Contact the LOMAA Board President or other board member. Next Board Meeting: Monday, January 8, 2018, 12 noon, Room B


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Oakmont Music Lovers

nJudy Walker

Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs: The Piano

Several months ago, Marc Helfman, in a welcome example of serendipity, happened upon a quirky and wonderful series of videos from British television called “Howard Goodall’s Big Bangs” where he traces the main turning points in the history of music. He will be showing his favorite video from the series on the development of the piano, starting way back in

Roman times up to the modern day. I think you’ll find this video not only entertaining, but highly educational as well. Hope to see you there! Marc Helfman’s last job before retiring was teaching a class in robotics at Santa Rosa Junior College. He now spends most of his free time playing clarinet in the North Bay Sinfonietta and several other chamber music groups around town. Marc and his wife Jean have been putting on the Oakmont Music Lovers sessions for the last three years. WHEN: Tuesday, January 2, 2018, 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free Admission

Tennis Club nTina Lewis


Dr. Phil? Dr. House? “It’s a double whammy,” Phillip House says, smiling wryly. With the help of his wife, Kathleen Tindle, Phil will be Tennis Events Director for 2018. Phil was born on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma and loves trail rides. If you have a horse, he has a saddle in his garage. He moved to California in 1958, attended Fort Bragg High School, then CSU Chico. He worked for the State of California as a manager, and after retirement was a tennis coach at FBHS for seven years. His term as tennis coach was very fulfilling. Ask him about the Sao Paulo transfer student who won the conference championships (then played Brad Gilbert’s son Zak) or about his undefeated final season as coach.

With Phil and Kathleen at the helm, 2018 promises to be an exciting year for tennis! The first event in April will be a round robin social event. The winning team will move up a court and change partners; the losing team will move down a court and change partners. “My goal is to have fun events and tournaments that encourage more players to participate,” Phil emphasized. Both Phil and Kathleen have played tennis since they were teenagers. Although they are A players, they’re eager to get to know players of all abilities. They recently moved to Oakmont and participate on the sub list. If you want to get involved in playing tennis, contact Phil at or call him at 964-3236.


If you are a member of the Oakmont Tennis Club, you are eligible to participate in all tennis events and tournaments. There is never a charge! If you aren’t a member, join now! Members can take advantage of Tony Agocs’s free lessons on court #1 at the west every Tuesday and Thursday. Less experienced players from 3–4 p.m., more experienced players from 4–5 p.m. And don’t forget that Sumner Johnson and Hanns Ullrich welcome players of all abilities to come to the west courts every Saturday at 9 a.m. for Drop-In Tennis. Rainy season is upon us, so all tennis events are weather permitting.


Kathleen Tindle and Phil House, 2018 Tennis Events Director.

“Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!” is okay for a Life Alerts TV commercial. But it’s something you never want to hear on a tennis court. Accidents are bound to happen, but there is one thing you can do to avoid possible catastrophes. If your ball goes on another court, immediately yell “Ball on court! Stop playing!” You may save someone from being seriously injured.


Renew your membership in the Tennis Club! If you aren’t a member, become one! Complete the coupon and put it with your check in the Tennis Club folder near the front counter in the OVA office. Name (print clearly) ___________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $20 each: ___ Check enclosed: $ ________ Phone # __________________________________ E-mail (print clearly) ____________________________________ Address ______________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________

nRay Haverson

sha-boom events club is proud to present New year’s eve party featuring mr. Charley baker & co.

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

Boomers nCarolita Carr


The Oakmont Boomers Board wishes all our members a joyous holiday season. This year take some time to reflect on all our blessings—they are numerous. And let us remember that, in spite of the scarred hillsides, we still live in one of the most beautiful areas of the country. Rejoice!


You won’t want to miss a single event in the coming year. So join (or renew your membership) now. Dues are $10 per person per year. Remember, there are free, “members only” events where food is provided, so you get quite a bit for your money! You can join by using our website and Paypal, or you can bring a check to the OVA office and put it in our folder. There are big plans for the new year. We will have dances, a concert, a speaker, and a trivia night. We will have tributes to Neil Diamond, the Beatles, and Motown. There will be pizza, playlists, a DJ and live bands; something for everyone, be a part of it.

Plan Ahead

There will be no event in January—a little “down time” is needed after the holidays. However, save the date of February 9 for our annual Mardi Gras party. A DJ will spin appropriate music, so we can dance the night away. More information will be forthcoming.

Reporter Needed

Want to do your bit to help your club? Do you enjoy writing? Then consider joining the board as our Oakmont News correspondent. All you do is write an article (like this one) twice a month. If you are interested, email Connie at connielz@ or call 888-1507.


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The Oakmont Community Foundation is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization that was organized ten years ago to support Oakmont activities. Bob Chapman, OCF Treasurer said, “This is the largest check that we have ever written.” Other OCF board members in attendance were Paul Heidenreich, VP; Tony Lachowicz, Secretary; Bob Chapman, Treasurer; and emeritus members Pat Amedeo and

Pat Clothier. Also in attendance were the entire OVA Board of Directors and Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin. Redwood Credit Union representative Meg Cadiz, AVP/Community Programs, thanked the Foundation and all Oakmont residents. They have raised over $22 million to support relief efforts throughout the Wine Country firestorm area to date.

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


Join us as we celebrate the winter solstice with a gathering of our Oakmont friends who have supported Sunday Symposium during the past year. There is no charge for this lovely event catered by Oakmont Market. Champagne, mimosas and nonalcoholic beverages will be provided; and there will be musical entertainment.


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Thanking Corrections Inmates, Unsung Heroes Who Helped Save Oakmont nDon McPherson

“Thank you for your heroic efforts to save brush and working so hard on our behalf, Oakmont!” “Thank you very much for your and even risking your own lives... We hope unselfish energy to save our home.” “Thank these notes will remind you of how much you you from the bottom of my heart. You guys are appreciated and valued in our and every are heroes.” community where you serve.” In an October 18 CNN news story on the Those are just a few representative notes Northern California fires, Matt Wotus and that over 200 Oakmont residents wrote to the Monte Plott reported that while wildfire unsung heroes who helped save Oakmont crews often work 24 hours on and 24 hours from wildfire destruction: inmates from the off, in the October firestorm some crews that California Department of Corrections and worked 72 straight hours. Inmates are paid Rehabilitation (CDCR) Conservation (Fire) about $2 for each day in camp and $1 per Camps program. hour on the front lines. That is more than Oakmont resident Wanda Smith conceived the typical pay within a state prison. Most the thank-you-to-inmates effort. “As I drove receive two days off of their sentences for around Sonoma County after the wildfires,” one day of good behavior, twice the ordinary Smith said, “I saw signs everywhere rate for typical prison inmates. thanking fire fighters and police. I did not Only minimum custody volunteers can see any signs thanking the 1,500 inmates earn the right to work in a conservation who helped fight the fires. I thought it camp by non-violent behavior and would be nice for Oakmonters to have a conformance to rules. Convictions for sexual way to directly show our appreciation.” Inmate strike teams physically cut offenses, arson or any history of escape containment lines where heavy equipment with force or violence are automatically could not operate and lit the backfires to halt disqualifying. CDCR evaluates physical Seven panels containing the notes and signatures of over 200 Oakmonters were mailed to the 30 California Conservation Camps that sent inmate crews the spread of the Nuns fire to Oakmont and fitness. CalFire trains inmates with both to fight the North Bay wildfires. Rincon Valley. Nick Rahaim reported in the classroom instruction and field exercises in October 19 Press Democrat that about 100 prisoners from fire fighting techniques and supervises their work wildfires. four strike teams carved out the fire line that protected when they are on the fire lines. Greene also used Nextdoor to get volunteer help According to CDCR, there are 43 conservation homes. Rahaim wrote that 10 inmate strike teams addressing envelopes and to raise donations to cover camps state-wide for adult offenders, three of which totaling about 250 inmates camped at the Fairgrounds printing and postage. “I was pleasantly surprised house female fire fighters. The total program has and that another two or three female inmate fire crews at how many Oakmonters responded and how approximately 219 firefighting crews who also work also worked the Sonoma County fires. quickly. We are indeed a generous community,” During the mandatory evacuation, Smith stayed at on emergencies such as floods and earthquakes, Green said. She and her volunteers mailed packets the Fairgrounds. “I saw many of the inmates in their conservation projects on public lands and local each containing seven panels of signatures and notes orange uniforms leave and return from the fires every community service projects. to the Commander of each of the 30 camps who sent day,” she said. “They fought the fires during the day Inmate firefighting crews are not permitted to inmates to fight the fires. “While we had several opportunities to also and did KP duty at night until midnight or later.” fraternize with regular fire fighters when camped or hang banners, post signs, thank and honor the first After the evacuation ended, Smith posted a notice with the public. Those who worked in Sonoma County responders, we also want to take the time to express on Nextdoor saying that thank-you sheets would be and who directly helped to save our community were our deep appreciation to all of the inmates who were available to sign at the Oakmont Farmers’ Market. no longer here to see the public signs of appreciation crucial to the safety of people, pets and property,” the Over 200 residents responded, including Carolyn along the highways and in the neighborhoods accompanying cover letter states. “We did see you— Greene, who volunteered to make copies of the seven they helped to save. They did not attend the many at the Fair Grounds, on TV and in the newspaper— panels of signatures and notes and mail them to all public appreciation events and would not have been hauling hoses, setting lines and backfires, cutting of the camps that sent inmates to fight the North Bay permitted to do so.

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Stanford Club nKay Nelson

Give ‘em the Axe? No Way!

The longest collegiate rivalry on the West Coast harks back to 1892, when Herbert Hoover and others organized a football game between Stanford and Cal. Thus began what came to be known as the Big Game, played each year toward the end of the football season. The victor takes possession of the axe, which first appeared in 1899 when Stanford fans used it to chop up a straw man wearing Cal colors. Stolen by Cal fans after that game and carried across the Bay, the axe rested in a vault for 31 years. In 1930 Stanford fans dressed as Cal students used smoke bombs and three getaway cars to recapture the axe. Back-andforth thievery continued until 1973, when each school established strong The axe, a traveling trophy security for the object that had become emblematic of belonging to the school that wins the Big Game. the Big Game.

Table Tennis Club nTom Gilmer

The Oakmont Table Tennis Club is holding our annual New Year’s Eve party from 6:30–9:30 p.m. in the upper floor of the West Recreation Center. Members and all other Oakmonters who are interested in table tennis are invited to join in the fun. Bring your paddle (if you have one). Our event is BYOB and you are encouraged to bring appetizers or sweets to share. We play regularly in the second floor of the West Recreation Hall on Tuesdays from 3:30–5:30 p.m., Wednesdays from 12 noon–2 p.m., and Thursdays and Fridays from 3–5 p.m. Members can also play on Sundays from 12 noon–4 p.m., but need to prearrange with other players to join them. Contact me at 791-7448 or Bob Vogenthaler at 3181921 for additional information.

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Oakmont Cardmakers nAnn VerPlanck

Holiday Potluck Saturday, December 23, 1–4 PM, Berger Center

Stanford fans chatting before the game. L to R: Bob Jackson, Kay Nelson, Carol Cotton, Frank and Carolyn Batchelor, and Jean Nattkemper.

Honoring tradition, Oakmont’s Stanford and Cal Clubs come together each year to view the game on TV. This year, for the 120th Big Game, 52 Cal Bears and 16 Stanford Cardinal met on November 18 at Berger Center to watch, socialize, and root for their teams. Cal Club President Bern Lefson arranged for the food and the venue, and the members of each club dressed up Berger in school colors. Tables boasted red or blue and gold colors, and banners that hung from walls and tables broadcast school allegiances. The atmosphere was lively, but the rivalry friendly, with alums of different schools visiting one another at team tables. In a very close game, Stanford scratched out a victory. An early field goal by Cal that hit the crossbar and bounced back gave Stanford a 17-14 win. The Big Game behind them, Stanford alums turned to the November 24 game. On that Friday, fans had a big chance to celebrate when Stanford beat Notre Dame, and Washington State lost to Washington, assuring Stanford a place in the Pac-12 championship match-up with USC.

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Neighborhood Watch News nShirley Hodgkins, Neighborhood Watch Committee Chair

Maintain Vigilance

Especially now and throughout the holiday season, stay alert and rely on your senses! Most thieves are looking for an easy grab. Don’t make it easy for them: • Lock all house doors. Your house should always have the doors and windows locked. • Lock your vehicle. Keep your vehicle locked at all times. Don’t leave your keys in your vehicle. • Do not leave valuables in your vehicle or in sight! Putting bags and purses out of sight in the trunk is good, but not foolproof. I have heard of trunks being broken into. • Do not leave garage doors open, even partially. I have heard of individuals crawling under a garage door that is partially open. Be alert to suspicious activities! Question anyone loitering or wandering in your neighborhood. Ask, “May I help you?” If the person seems suspicious, call the Santa Rosa Police Department. Their number is 528-5222. I keep this number on my cell phone under “A Cop,” so it is immediately up front if needed. Of course if there is a crime in progress or an ambulance needed, call 911. Don’t take for granted that you live in a retirement community, and all is going along well! In fact, thieves take advantage of people who are complacent. We do have crime, especially thefts, that occur out here in this nice Oakmont retirement community. Some thieves consider a retirement community easy pickings. Thieves don’t take a holiday! For more information or training at a neighborhood meeting, call me at 538-2530 (home) or 888-7269 (cell). If you want a speaker to come to your meeting, call Peter Hogan, a retired CHP Officer, at 575-9581. Have a happy holiday, but continue to remain vigilant! We want your holiday to be a joyous one.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2017

Hikers nTony Lachowicz

Democratic Club nSusan Bercu


On Thursday, January 18, 2018 the Oakmont Democratic Club presents Dr. Richard Flinders discussing Single Payer Healthcare. Note: We rescheduled the October Medicare for All presentation because of the wildfires. Dr. Flinders will review the many problems of our current healthcare system, state and federal, and demonstrate the variety of models of Single Payer solutions. Up until the Affordable Care Act, 30,000 people per year died due to lack of medical insurance. While the ACA is a big improvement, some of the same problems still prevail. In Dr. Flinders’ editorial for Sonoma Medicine: The magazine of the Sonoma County Medical Association, July 2017, he includes the following facts of our “lousy system:” • The financial juggernaut of the Big Three— pharmaceuticals, private insurance, and the medical technology marketplace—drives the current practice of medicine with an undue influence that has distorted our science, distracted us from the reason we [doctors] practice medicine, and threatens a stranglehold on any meaningful reform. If you doubt this influence, consider our Congress, where drug lobbyists outnumber legislators two to one. • Medicare Part D, which provides prescription drugs for the elderly at drug-company prices, was influenced by drug lobbyists. The bill forbids Medicare from negotiating the price it pays for drugs thus Medicare pays up to 10 times the price charged to others for the same drug. • The Byzantine bureaucracy of 1,300 different insurance companies charge a 15-30% “administrative fee” compared to Medicare’s administrative cost of 3%. Most single-payer systems, worldwide, operate at under 10% administrative costs. Dr. Flinders was Chief of Adult Medicine in charge of staff supervision of patients admitted to the Inpatient Teaching Service of the Santa Rosa Family Medical Residency Program. He serves as preceptor to medical students, Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students from Stanford, UC Davis and Merrit-Peralta training programs. He received numerous awards for Community Service in Sonoma county and Santa Rosa. He has published extensively on Family Practice in Sonoma Medicine. Dr. Flinders received his medical degree and served his residency in Family Practice at UCSF. TIME: Check-in 6:30 p.m., Program 7–8:30 p.m. PLACE: East Rec. Center COST: Free. Everyone welcome!


Stay informed on pertinent local, national and global issues. ODC meets third Thursday monthly. New location: Oakmont East Recreation Center. The $10 yearly membership is due January. Please re-up/ join at check-in. We are revving up the energy for 2018! Participate in actions for important political change. Volunteer and serve on the ODC board. We have immediate opening for treasurer. President: Molly Fleischman, 755-3722, molly@ Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/oakmontsantarosa/.

The following hikes schedule is being continually revised to make use of available trails and parks following recent events. Please keep checking website for updates:


Hike up a grade serpentine trail to the top of Mount Burdell with great views of southern Sonoma County and neighboring Marin. Return through the historic ranch. Distance is 10 miles with 1,600’ elevation gain. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Dress in layers and bring plenty of water. Hike leader is Bernie Palk, 537-8662. Rain cancels.

Bothe Napa Long Hikers (Photo by Gil Grangier)


The hike begins at the Petaluma Hill Road entrance and traverses the Redtail, Western, Lupine Sky and Eastern Trails to the summit and returns by the same route. Distance is 4.5 to 5 miles with 1,000’ of continual but gradual elevation gain. There are great views overlooking Santa Rosa. Poles and hiking boots are recommended. Lunch is at the summit. We leave from the Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


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View of Drake’s Estero. (Photo b y Martin Johns)

Parking is $7 a car, if you don’t have a Regional Park Pass. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch. Hike leaders are Greg and Jan Conklin, 539-4099.


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.

Wishing you every happiness this holiday season and throughout the coming year.


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2017

Windows Computer Information

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

Wii Bowling 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 rolling a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 538-9177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the East Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Winter 2017 League schedule. No bowling dates remaining for December. We’re taking a break to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s. ‘Tis the season for wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year. Thanks to everyone for making this past year successful. We look forward to a new year with more fun and excitement at our new home in the East Recreation Center. Please contact Terry or Carolyn if you would like to sign up a team or individual for our 2018 Winter League starting January 9, 2018.

Christmas Party

Our bowlers and substitutes enjoyed a spaghetti and meatball lunch on Friday, Dec. 8 at the East Recreation Center from 1–3 p.m. catered by the Oakmont Market and Deli, very good! Fall League prizes and awards were given away. Fall League play-offs were held on Dec. 12. Results will be in the Jan. 1, 2018 article.

RESULTS AS OF November 21 (Seventh week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Alley Oops; third place, Strikers; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place, Wii Four; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 259; Gordon Freedman, 214; Juan Fuentes, 203. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 279; Mariel Green, 269; Joanne Abrams, 247; Sandy Osheroff, 247; Peggy Ensley, 244; Alicia Panizo, 221; Sandy Wald, 215; Phyllis Jennings, 214. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; second place, Strike Outs; third place, King Pins; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, Strikes & Spares; sixth place, Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 279; Scott Harris, 213; Mark Attebery, 210. Women’s High Games: Diane Price, 279; Mollie Atkinson, 248; Jan Blackburn, 245; Nicole Reed, 233; Vickie Jackanich, 231; Debbie Miller, 226; Pat Stokes, 213; Judy Lawrence, 211; Valerie Hulsey, 202. Subs High Games: Elisabeth LaPointe, 246; Joanne Abrams, 236; Terry Leuthner, 225.

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) nTina Nerat

Winter Classes

Winter class registration will open January 1 for Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC). Classes will be held in the January 16–March 23 timeframe. Check out our class offerings—they have expanded from Mac and PC classes, iPhone, iPad, Word, Excel, Photoshop, Google, Apps, and Genealogy, to include new classes this winter trimester. For the first time we will offer Android phone and tablet classes. In partnership with the Napa-Sonoma Small Business Development Center we will offer a business class called Your 2nd Act. In partnership with the California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) we will offer an iPhone class for special needs (hearing/sight). Also on the schedule is a new class called Your Digital Day which will cover online resources and social media such as Facebook,

Nextdoor and Twitter. New in the OTLC classroom is a hearing loop installed by Kenwood Hearing. Those who have T-Coil hearing aids will now be able to hear better in our classroom. Come to the OTLC Open House and Tech Forum January 4 at the Berger Center at 4 p.m. OTLC class instructors will be at there to answer questions about the classes. A full listing of classes and the schedule will be available January 1 at www.oakmont-learning. org and in the Oakmont News. These classes are open to Oakmont residents only. We now have three ways to register for OTLC classes beginning January 1: 1) go to www.oakmont-learning. org and send in registration online, 2) call 538-1485 to leave a message, or 3) register at the OTLC Open House and Tech Forum on Thursday, January 4, at 4 p.m. at the Berger Center.

Oakmont Technology Forum nGeorge McKinney

January 4, 2018 Alexa! Your Personal Assistant

The Oakmont Technology Forum will be held Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 4 p.m., in the Berger Center in conjunction with the Oakmont Technology Learning Center’s Open House to present its classes for the Winter session. Our technology world has more and more use of voice activated and interactive devices. The premiere device is Alexa, an Intelligent Personal Assistant sold by Amazon. This technology forum will feature a chance to use and discuss Alexa and the idea of a Personal Assistant. An Alexa device is fairly inexpensive, with the simplest device costing $49.99 and a fully configured device with an integral speaker costing $99.99. What can you do with Alexa? • Ask questions (“Who was the 25th President of the United States?”). • Make a telephone call (“Call Mom”). • Play a radio station (virtually any radio station, anywhere in the US or Canada). • Play music you own, music on Amazon Music, or music on Pandora or Spotify. • Ask for current information (weather, sports,

stock market). • Program Alexa with a traffic route and ask about current traffic. • Control devices in your home through the internet (“turn on the light in the bedroom”). • Create and update a list. • Set a reminder, an alarm, or a timer. • Get simple cooking instructions (“how long does it take to cook a hardboiled egg?”). • Just talk to Alexa (“good morning, Alexa”) and it will talk back. • Use Alexa as a two-way radio within your house. • Use Alexa to connect you with someone in a different place who has an Alexa device. • Read you an audiobook or connect you to a podcast. • Get the latest news. • Order an Uber taxi. • Place an order with Amazon (“order ink for the printer”). Some Alexa devices also have a videoscreen, which offers additional features, such as the ability to use Alexa as a “baby monitor” or for videocalls. Alexa wakes when you use the word “Alexa.” You can also reset the wake word to “Computer” if you’re a dedicated Star Trek fan!

Oakmont Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson

Program for January

The program on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, will feature a presentation by a docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco entitled, Klimt and Rodin: An Artistic Encounter. He will discuss the masterpieces of the Legion of Honor’s Rodin collection and the masterpieces of Gustav Klimt. This is the first Klimt exhibition of this size to be presented on the West Coast. The works by Klimt, the great Austrian master of Modernism, features works from the artist’s estate in Vienna and the Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere (the largest collection of Klimt paintings in the world).

Art Show

Our Oakmont Art Show, featuring works by our members, will take place at the Berger Center on February 2 and 3. The show honors Bonnie Crosse, and eight of her paintings comprise the silent auction.

Proceeds from the auction and the raffle go towards scholarships for SRJC students, and this year we will donate some of the proceeds to victims of the recent fires in our community.

Art Journaling Workshop and Demonstration

MaryKate Fleming is a watercolor and mixed media artist who enjoys sharing her art and inspiration with others. She will teach a two-day workshop, working individually with class members to help them find their inspiration and strengths, and to grow their selfconfidence in this art. DEMONSTRATION: Friday, January 12, 6:30–8 p.m., East Rec. WORKSHOP: Saturday and Sunday, January 20, 21, starting at 9:30 a.m. each day, CAC You can see MaryKate’s work at www. Contact Dan Fishman for more workshop details and to register for the workshop at


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2017

nSandra Shaner nTom and Teresa Woodrum

Special Events

Ugly Holiday Sweater Day, Wednesday, Dec. 20: When the ridiculous becomes cool (and even in style) everyone gets to participate. At an ugly holiday sweater party, we get to remove ourselves from the protocols and societal norms for a day. We get to let loose, take down all of the guards and just be, well, ridiculous. We all are ridiculous on some level, and to get to strut it around with pride makes everyone feel happy and accepted. Christmas, Dec. 25: Class canceled. Holiday Potluck, Friday, Dec. 29: Olivia and Joan are organizing a potluck. Sign up to bring a brunch dish. All kinds of quiches, casseroles, scones, bagels, and mimosas. Cheers! New Year’s Day, January 1: Class is on! Wednesday, January 3: Steve Luther, Free Line Dance, 9 a.m., Berger. No mats. Wednesday, January 10: Steve Luther, Free Salsa class (“Zalsa”), 9 a.m., Berger. No mats.

Instructor appreciation gifts

As the holidays approach, it is time for us to think about a show of appreciation to all your Oakmont fitness instructors. They are working keep you healthy. For JoRene, our Free Fitness Instructor, I recommend gifting $20. If you have it in your heart to give extra. Cheers! We request that you enclose your gift in a holiday card with kind words of appreciation. Tell her what you love about her, her great music, enthusiasm, laughter and especially share your personal stories with her. Please put your contribution in the big gift bag on the welcome table. Micki and Dennis Sabourin will be collecting until Dec. 18. We plan to give your envelopes to JoRene on Dec. 20.

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

Being healthy is about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind, and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself and fostering connections with friends. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness.

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Upcoming Events

WHAT: December Mixer WHEN: Sunday, December 17, 6 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center BRING: Something to drink, and all members should bring an appetizer of their choice. Respond to the email invitation when you get it. The holidays will be upon us. Bring your own version of holiday cheer. Barb has a special program planned.

Membership Renewal

Get your check books out. It’s time to renew your membership to SBSC. $12 for an entire year of activitiesmixers, happy hours, dine out experiences, etc. Rejoining keeps you on our email list. Our emails and online invitations are our main method of communication. Membership is open to any single person living in Oakmont. There are no age restrictions. Join us by filling out the application form in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.

Foam Roller


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/6 classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis.

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

Tai Chi for Beginners

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

Now is your chance to learn the rudiments of Tai Chi right here in Oakmont. Class is small and relaxed and you will enjoy the company as much as the instructions. Movements are slow and gentle, perfect for the aging senior who is facing some health challenges. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. Classes do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Pre-registration is required so kindly call me at 318-5284. I will love to answer your questions. We meet from 9–10 a.m. in room G of the Berger Center on Thursdays. No class December 14.


Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

feel better in your body— now twice a week!

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Tuesdays from 2–3 p.m.—new class; Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Connect your movements to your breath. Gently stretch all of you. Strengthen your core, even while seated. Students may stay seated for the entire class or safely explore balance. 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.

Slow down so you can breathe, feel, strengthen, and heal

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 Explore yoga poses safely while building strength. Classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Poses are modified as needed. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, power, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Classes cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Feel stronger on and off the mat. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http://www. for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

Bunco nJulie Linder and Molly Atkinson

Bunco is a simple dice game that provides fun and friendship here in Oakmont. There is a $5 buy in and the possibility of a cash prize. There is a Ladies Bunco Group that meets the second Monday of each month in the CAC card room at 7 p.m. If you’re interested in joining this fun group contact Sherry Ashcraft at or Mollie Atkinson at 537-8669.


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Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support

nValerie Hulsey

nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

The air is cooler but 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.

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, January 15 at 11 a.m. in Room B of CAC. The November HSG meeting, with 20 attendees, included two audiologist guests, Bill and Will Diles of Kenwood Hearing. Bill estimated that 1,800 Oakmont residents have T coils in their hearing aids but some may not have been activated. Most of today’s HAs are equipped with T coils. If yours is not so equipped or is not activated, consult with a hearing aid provider for possible solutions. Kenwood has installed 3,000 hearing loops in Sonoma county including Berger Center, East and West Rec. Centers, theatres, churches, many private residences (mostly for TV), and now the Oakmont Technology Learning Center. If you have not signed up for Tech Center classes because of not being able to hear, energize your T coil and sign up. The Oakmont meeting room installations were donated by Kenwood Hearing and they can install a loop in your TV room for $300. Bluetooth Wireless technology can provide a helpful capability for wireless connectivity to smart phones, TV streamers, and remote microphones. Made for iPhones, an Apple development, for use with certain hearing aids, allows streaming of phone calls, music, audiobooks, and other iPhone content directly to the hearing aids and provides exceptional clarity. Streaming from Android phones to many HAs can be accomplished with a separate, intermediate


Monday: 9 a.m. $6, 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Tuesday: 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Wednesday: 9 a.m. $6, 10 a.m. no fee SRJC class Thursday: 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC class Note: the last SRJC class of the year will be December 21—JC classes will resume on January 17, 2018. Mary will continue to teach both 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. classes for a $6 drop-in charge if the numbers stay up. Any changes to the December–early January schedule will be sent by email. 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

Fitness Club Attention Fitness Club Members Change in Membership Dues Payment Date

To all gym users: We trust that you are satisfied with the amenity offered by the Oakmont Fitness Centre. If you are not, you have a standing invitation to express your reservations or suggestions by attending any OFC Board meeting, by contacting any of our board members personally, or by private email to: We are well aware that Oakmont residents are not obligated to join the Oakmont Fitness Club in order to use the facility, but we wish to remind you that the OFC Board fulfills several voluntary functions that otherwise would likely have to be paid for by additional administrative personnel, necessitating an increase in residents’ monthly OVA dues. Membership of the Fitness Club confers certain benefits not enjoyed by non-members, including: participation in several social functions during the year, a picnic and Christmas dinner dance (we also had plans for a competitive Summer Games next year had not the trauma caused by the recent fires necessitated their postponement to 2019); the opportunity to offer suggestions for the acquisition of equipment for the fitness center; personal fitness evaluation, tune-ups, and recommended fitness routines from our Trainer, John Phillips. Remember that, if you joined the Fitness Club in any month during 2016 (except for October, November, and December), your membership will have expired at the end of that month in 2017 unless renewed. Please remember that beginning 2018, memberships will be for the calendar year only, no matter the month in which dues are received, so we encourage you to pay your dues this December or January in order to get full value for your annual dues. There will be no increase of dues for 2018 (they remain at $30). We much value your support and request that, if you enjoy using our facility, you consider renewing your membership for 2018. Thank you, Oakmont Fitness Club Board

nMarlena Cannon

device that can transmit to both HAs. Major manufacturers of Hearing Aids are Phonak, GN Resound, Oticon, Widex, Starkey, Unitron, Siemens (now Sivantos) and Signia. Bill cautioned that many providers are captive to one of the big manufacturers and may place undue emphasis on selling their product. It was pointed out that each HA manufacturer uses a proprietary technology to process the incoming sound waves which may result in different HA responses, warranting testing several HAs before purchase. The brain plays a critical role in hearing and must be trained to achieve good hearing. A new HA user may be dismayed by strange/unpleasant sounds that he/she hasn’t heard for years requiring some weeks of brain adjustment. One complaint was hearing conversation sounds/ noise but not able to decipher the words. This may be due to certain higher frequency consonants requiring more volume to decipher one from another, and it results in many words being indistinguishable. Hearing TV sound is a mixed bag. Some announcers may be clearly understood but dialogue between individuals, such as a movie or round table discussion, can be difficult. Solutions include subtitles, closed captions, (cc), a TV streamer or a hearing loop/T coil that sends the TV audio output electrically/wirelessly to one’s HAs utilizing TV audio output connections. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@gmail. com) and attend the HEARS/HSG meetings.

Lifelong Learning

Mark Your Calendar Oakmont Lifelong Learning Presents A Holiday Concert

WHEN: Saturday, December 16, 7:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center WHAT: Cantiamo Sonoma, an a capella choral ensemble COST: $20, BYOB. Light refreshments.

To purchase tickets online go to or complete the registration form below and return it to the OLL folder at the OVA office or pay at the door.

Upcoming Lectures by James Sokol

WHAT: Exploring Opera: Renee Fleming WHEN: Tuesday, January 23, 2018 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 10 a.m.–12 noon COST: $20 One of the most scintillating stars on the operatic stage, Renée Fleming is also one of the most recognized opera singers today. With a gorgeous voice, charismatic portrayals and personal

charm, Fleming has leapt off the stage and into recordings, videos, books, magazines, advertisements, television shows, movies and, most importantly, into the hearts of music lovers the world over. Join instructor James Sokol to celebrate the artistry and career of “The People’s Diva.” WHAT: Exploring Broadway: Game Changers WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 10 a.m.–12 noon COST: $20 As our society has changed over the years, the American Musical Theater has adapted itself to reflect trends and themes in popular culture. Different styles of shows have evolved, including “book musicals,” “concept musicals,” “rock musicals,” and more. Join James Sokol to journey through the history of Broadway looking at some of the shows that had an impact, broke new ground, and shaped the art form. James Sokol, M.A., M.B.A., worked in the opera world for years after having begun his career under Beverly Sills at New York City Opera. While in New York, he was a Founding Member of The Singers Development Foundation, an organization, which offered study grants to promising young opera singers. He has worked on projects with Cincinnati Opera and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. In the Bay Area, James has worked and lectured for San Francisco Opera and is a former executive director of Pocket Opera. Tickets will be available after December 16 at or pay at the door.

Cantiamo Sonoma concert reservation form Name _________________________________________________________________________________________ # of tickets ________ at $20 each ___________ Email _________________________________________________ Phone ________________________________________________ (needed to notify you in the event of changes)


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2017

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


Dec. 15 and 22: David Dearden Dec. 29: Jim Duport Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an email to

Great Decisions nGeorge McKinney

It’s time to sign up for Great Decisions for 2018. Great Decisions is a national program developed by the Foreign Policy Association which features eight discussion topics. The FPA produces a book with background material for each topic. We read the background material and then meet in discussion groups to discuss each topic in turn. Meetings for 2018 are 10 a.m.–12 noon on Monday mornings in the East Rec. We plan on four groups this year, with each group 14–16 people. Each group meets every other week. Groups 1 and 2 will meet February 5, 19; March 5, 19; April 2, 16, 30; and May 14. Groups 3 and 4 will meet February 12, 26; March 12, 26; April 9, 23; May 7 and 21. Topics for 2018 will be: 1) The waning of Pax Americana?—will Donald Trump’s shift of foreign policy from international order to “America First” change the nature of future international relations? 2) Russia’s foreign policy—how should the US respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions? 3) China and America: the new geopolitical equation—how will the US and China tensions play out as China tries to take center stage? 4) Media and foreign policy—how do conventional media and social media change our foreign policy world? 5) Turkey: a partner in crisis—how should the US respond to the growing issues in Turkey? 6) U.S. global engagement and the military— how does the US military function in this changing international world? 7) South Africa’s fragile democracy—what does a weaker ANC mean? 8) Global health: progress and challenges— inequalities in health and well being persist and our vulnerability to pandemics is real—what does that mean for US policy? Cost for the program is $20 (to purchase the book). If two of you will be working together, you can work with one book, but if you want two the cost is $30 for two books. If you have a preference on dates, please indicate so, or we’ll just assign you to one group or the other as space allows. Please be sure to let us know if two people will be participating but sharing one book. To sign up, send your check made out to George McKinney, Coordinator, at 307 Stone Creek Circle. If you have any questions, please email me at

Bocce Club nLinda and Don McPherson


That was the intriguing title of an op-ed by William Giraldi in the November 17 New York Times Sporting section. Following a visit to Boston’s legendary North End bocce courts, Giraldi marvels at the skills of players in their 70s, 80s and beyond, highlighting the constant banter and warm camaraderie he observed and experienced. Giraldi notes that bocce may be the oldest sport on earth: “It’s simple to imagine a pair of Cro-Magnon slackers, banned from the mammoth hunt, rolling stones on a flat patch of their front yard.” In fact the game is ancient, invented by the Egyptians, adopted by the Greeks, and adapted by the Romans, who spread it throughout the Empire.

Playing Bocce—from an ancient Roman frieze.

“I wanted to glimpse the trick to longevity,” Giraldi writes, “and it turns out to be nothing more complicated than having friends—and bocce.”


We encourage anyone interested in playing or learning about bocce to drop by and share in our fun, banter and camaraderie. Guarantee: anyone can play, and we’re as friendly a group as you’ll find in the

Daily play begins with a chip draw to determine teams randomly and assign courts.

village! The Oakmont Bocce Club continues regular Monday through Saturday play at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. bocce courts, with the chip draw for teams at 12:45 p.m. Dues are $15 per member per year, payable now for 2018 (membership form below). The schedule of events and tournaments for 2018 will be available soon after the New Year.


A large, convivial crowd of Bocce Club members and friends gathered on December 9 at the East Rec. Center for the Holiday Party, the final event of the year. Following a delicious dinner catered by The Oakmont Village Market, the Carlos Herrera Band entertained with Latin music.


Return this form to the OVA Bocce club folder to pay 2018 dues with check for $15 per person payable to the Oakmont Bocce Club. Please print legibly. Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number(s) _______________________ Email(s) _______________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________________________________________

Happy Holiday Season from Dr. Sanchez and the Oakmont Dental Team. We are wishing you all the best throughout these chilly months!


The Oakmont News / December 15, 2017

Pickleball Corner


nChuck Wood


OK, it’s certified that he suffers from OPD, Obsessive Pickleball Disorder, but the payoff is golden. Building on his Mixed Doubles Bronze Medal success in a tournament in Concord this summer, Tom Kendrick bravely entered play in the USAPA National Championships at the Palm Creek Resort in Casa Grande, Arizona in early November. Having met his playing partner from Chicago online, Tom and Mike Petrillo entered Men’s Doubles competition in the 65 to 69 age bracket at the 3.5 skill level.

fire raging in Kenwood from their back deck they knew they only had a few minutes to decide what to throw in the car before leaving. What to take? The answer: Ann’s guitar, the kitty and its litter box, one set of golf clubs and, of course, the pickleball paddles. “Who needs pajamas,” says Iris. They fled to their old neighborhood two hours south in Silicon Valley and were able to play pickleball at the Palo Alto Pickleball Club three times during the eight-day evacuation. It provided sanity for them when, each morning, Iris and Ann never knew if they had a house to go back to. There was another Oakmont couple also sheltering in Palo Alto playing at that club. Iris concludes, “Whoever said pickleball is therapeutic was right!”

Tom and Debbie fly our colors at the Nationals.

Tom confesses that his goal was merely to participate in this national event and, hopefully, win a match or two. He was shocked that they kept winning! His playing partner, Mike, was awesome. For the medal match there were four linespersons and a referee (to keep score and make “kitchen” line calls). Adding to the excitement, about 50 or 60 spectators were watching the match. How about that? And there’s more: on the adjacent court one of the world’s best players, Kyle Yates, was playing in his gold medal match. The entire week was sensational for the selfconfessed 66-year-old geezer. Next up: Mike and Tom will be partnering up at the Mountain Regionals in St. George, Utah in April.


Iris Harrell reports that she and Ann Benson evacuated their Oakmont home at 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, October 9. As they could see the


WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; group drop-in play daily from 9 a.m.–12 noon. New players’ (strictly beginners) introduction to Pickleball every Tuesday at 10 a.m. Coached play for beginners and novices every Tuesday at 11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for introduction and coached play. These balls and paddles are for use only on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: https://oakmontpickleball.shutterfly. com NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage. Email:; phone: 595-5648. All residents are welcomed.

nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Foxtrot partner dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays, January 10, 17 and 24; 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: January New Year’s Special—$5 per person per class The New Year will be a good time to get those toes tapping and learn some basic Foxtrot dance moves! Foxtrot is thought to have evolved from American Vaudeville performer Harry Fox around 1914 and was originally danced to faster music than today— like Scott Joplin’s ragtime music. After some changes over the years, the current style of Foxtrot became widespread and more danceable. This is a fun dance to a variety of music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald standards to songs by Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Adele, Jason Mraz, Aretha Franklin and more. There is probably more music that can be danced with Foxtrot than any other style of partner dance. It can be done compactly if the dance floor is crowded or with bigger gliding

Playreaders meet every Monday between 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you. Please note that on Mondays, December 25 and January 1 Playreaders will not meet. We will resume on January 8, 2018. On December 18 Dennis Hall will present A Bench In The Sun by Ron Clark. Play readers include Anne Gero, Dennis Hall, Jeffrey Sheff, Ron White and Sandy White. The play involves two longtime friends, Harold and Burt, who live in a retirement home. They spend their days on a bench in the garden bickering especially about aging. For instance, one says, “What are you doing?” The reply is, “It’s called chewing. Remember some of us can still eat solids.” One day their routine is disturbed when a once famous actress moves in and also gives them something new to argue over. However, when they learn that the home is about to be sold and they will have to find a new residence, the three join forces to prevent this upsetting development. Comments from Mel Brooks regarding the play included, “Very wise, very moving, but most of all, very funny.”

Road warrior essentials.

Let’s Dance—Together! The New Year is a good time to learn Foxtrot

nNorma Doyle

steps if there is a lot of room. Over the three classes, we will build on the material taught each week. So it is best to attend at least the first two sessions. No partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. We also welcome any ladies that want to learn to lead. Once you do learn to lead, you can dance as much as you want at dances! Likewise, we welcome any men who want to learn to follow. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. Some even say that “dancing makes you smarter!” Please let me know if you have any questions. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

In late November Playreaders presented A Girl Could Get Lucky. Readers included Sandy White, Bernie Cheriff and Jane Borr.

Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

There will be no meeting for the Oakmont Buddhist Group in December. We will resume with our next Buddhist meeting on January 27, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. Hope to see you then. Happy Holidays! 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 Elaine Stanley at 539-3642 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

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nRosemary Waller

nSusan Millar

Well, we did it! Actually, you did it, Oakmont. We all should feel proud of ourselves. After returning from the mandatory evacuation period, it was pretty clear that Oakmonters wanted to find a way to thank the First Responders who saved not just the homes we returned to, but our community as well. Aside from a bit of ash in the swimming pools and covering some of our gardens we were able to sleep in our own beds and enjoy hot water and electricity. I would like to thank the Oakmont Maintenance Team, and especially Ric Aubert, who spent days cleaning up our facilities and making sure everything was safe for our use. However, we needed a way to thank everyone. The Oakmont Community Foundation thought we knew that money was the answer—that’s what we do, raise money. And the Redwood Credit Union was the right recipient to disperse the money. In six weeks’ time the OCF was able to raise $100,000—and the money kept coming in after that. As this article is being written on December 1, we have raised $113,318.50. But wait… there’s more. Many residents came up to me at our Veterans Day/First Responders event and told me they had already contributed to the Redwood Credit Union and wanted their check amounts to be included in the total contribution. Our early donors from Oakmont had already given $48,500.00 before our campaign got started. Great work, Oakmont. We have gotten the care and attention we needed and now it’s time to pay it forward. I knew we could do it!

Movies At Oakmont

nBarbara Bowman

WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sunday, January 7, 2 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Mike McInnis. NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge— compliments of the OVA

December 17, 24 and 31 NO FILMS SHOWN happy holidays January 7, 2 pm DEAR FRANKIE

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sundays, December 17, 24 and 31: No films shown. Sunday, January 7, 2 p.m.: Dear Frankie, PG-13, 105 minutes.


Following their impressive debut in Oakmont two years ago, the fabulous Lee Piano Trio returns to Oakmont on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center. For this concert the Trio has chosen two exquisite chamber works: Beethoven’s Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 (“Ghost”) and Dvorak’s Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 (“Dumky”). These two masterpieces demonstrate both composers breaking away from tradition and creating new sound worlds, while highlighting the magnitude of the human spirit. Truly an exhilarating start for Music at Oakmont’s New Year! The Lee Trio’s members include violinist Lisa Lee, cellist Angela Lee and pianist Melinda Lee Masur, three virtuosic performers, educators and sisters from San Francisco. Since their critically acclaimed Wigmore Hall debut in 2002, the Lee Trio’s “gripping immediacy and freshness” and “rich palette of tone colours” (Strad magazine) have inspired and moved audiences worldwide, establishing the group as one of the premier chamber ensembles on the international stage. The Trio frequently collaborates with living composers, most recently recording Jane Antonia Cornish’s piano trio Duende on the Delos Music label. A new composition for the Trio is in the works by Jerry Bilik, who has composed music for the television series Starsky and Hutch and Charlie’s Angels. The Lee Trio has performed and given masterclasses in cities including Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei, San Francisco, New York, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Paris, and Kiev. They have appeared as soloists with orchestras in Shanghai, Kiev, Shenzhen, and Macao. The Trio regularly performs outreach and concerts in areas where the arts have little or no exposure, partnering with organizations including BRAVO Youth Orchestras and Music Camp International. The Trio was the first classical group to perform for students

at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, in the heart of Las Vegas’ most at-risk neighborhood. In 2011, they took part in a humanitarian trip to teach music and work with underserved youth in Ukraine. Other schools visited in recent years include the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington DC and the Oakland School for the Arts. In 2012 the Lee Trio had the honor to perform for German Chancellor Angela Merkel during her official visit to New York City, and in 2014 were invited to perform for former Chancellor Helmut Schmidt to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the peaceful reunification of Germany. The members of the Trio are graduates of the Curtis Institute, The Juilliard School, Yale, Harvard, the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover. Lisa Lee plays on an 1872 Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume violin; Angela Lee performs on a 1762 Nicolo Gagliano cello; and Melinda Lee Masur is a Steinway Artist. To stay in touch with the Lee Piano Trio, please visit theleetrio. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, January 11, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door, or your season pass

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

January 9, 16 and 23 will conclude our study, “Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman” by Beth Moore. You are welcome to join us for the exciting conclusion to this study and get ready for the new study listed below.

A New Year—A New Bible Study Starting January 30, 2018 Beloved Disciple: The Life and Ministry of John By Beth Moore

Presentation is on a large-screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Explore with Beth the life of the apostle John who must have thought that he had seen everything. Having been with Jesus all the years of His ministry, John witnessed more miracles than he could count, saw more displays of power than he could comprehend, and experienced more love than he could fathom. John was there when Jesus turned the water to wine, offered Living Water to the woman at the well, yielded to His Father’s will in the garden of Gethsemane, and gave His life on a Roman cross. And one unforgettable morning young John outran Peter to his Savior’s empty tomb. Yet God had more in store for the Son of Thunder. As the other disciples were martyred one by one, John remained to write

his sublime Gospel proclaiming Jesus’ identity as the eternal Word of God. In his three letters John left a legacy of divine love to ignite the passion of future believers. And while exiled on Patmos, John recorded His risen Lord’s glorious revelation of victory and hope. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! We have workbooks and discussion time to share and fellowship with one another. This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal—a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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


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


Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had a home visit, please call Charlotte at 5389050.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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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



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

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



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

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.




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.






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


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


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


Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 years. Focus on small jobs, projects and “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont references. Please contact me at 533-7741.

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

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


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

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

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


No appointment hair cuts. Coloring, perms, styling. Great people, great prices. Open 7 days. 140 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa. Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, computer instructor. References available, many satisfied Oakmont customers. $45/ hr. 293-8011.


Established 1963. Old fashion haircuts at a reasonable price. No appointment needed. 120 Calistoga Rd—down the breeze way by Safeway. Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owneroperated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018.

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

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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM December 16–31 Marianne Neufeld 528-0161 January 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328

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

PAS Management Company

oakmont News

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

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

Mon.–Fri. medical rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability.

No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Gloria Young, President Greg Goodwin, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Rob Lenahan, Treasurer (Non-voting Officer) Kathleen Connelly, Director Ken Heyman, Director Lynda Oneto, Director Karen Oswald, Director GENERAL Manager Kevin D. Hubred

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 / December 15, 2017

Weekly Worship Services are held every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at the Berger Center and an afternoon service for those at the Oakmont Gardens is held Sundays at 1 p.m. in their Art room. We invite you this joyous season to join our family in worship. We have been celebrating Advent. Week one was Hope and week two was Love. There are two more weeks of Advent: December 17—Joy and December 24—Peace. There will be a Christmas cookie exchange during the Christmas Eve service. Bring a dozen of one cookie

and take home a dozen of others. It is a wonderful way to get a variety of cookies for your Christmas celebration. Homemade cookies preferred but store bought will do. May you all have a very Merry Christmas and God Bless you! In Christ’ Love, Pastor Brinda

Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman


The Open Pairs finals showcased a face-off between team Jeff Vanderheyden and Sue Tredick against team Jim MacAlistaire and Ann Miller. It was a great game with both teams tied after the 13th end. Ann had two nice shots on the jack but Jeff rolled his bowl around hers to the jack to take the point to win the game. The Thanksgiving tourney was scrubbed due to weather so it appears we’re finished for the year— wait ’til next year.


About 60 of our members and guests joined again to celebrate the season and enjoy the off-green companionship of the club. In addition to delicious pizza from Round Table we brought and wrapped gifts for 60 deserving Sonoma Foster Care children to help make their Christmas brighter.

to Sonoma Family Services—Jeff Vanderheyden, Rob and Denise Lenahan, Jim Krause, Gary Scott, Mark Johnston, and others; Gift Shoppers—almost everyone in the club, and those who didn’t shop have generously given cash to go toward the gift cards. Food: pizza, salads, cookies—Bonnie and Mark Johnston, and Bob Dodd; Decorations—Jeff Vanderheyden, Tony and Connie Lachowicz and Julie Scott; Greeters and name tags—Irene I’Anson, Jim Krause, Liliane Rains and Sue Tredick. During the evening leading up to the tournament awards we were entertained by a video prepared by Frank Longoria, including long-ago photos of members with a challenge to identify which photos matched which members.

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

ay warm, special M memories brighten your holidays, and may the wonder of the season be with you all year long. Happy Holidays! Eileen Heavey, GRI Broker Associate


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Gifts for foster children.

The overall responsibility for the party was on the capable shoulders of our party lady, Jeana Garcia. But she, like Santa, had a lot of helpers, a truly team effort. Working on the gift giving project were: Gift Wrappers—Jerry and Marilyn Garland, Carole Berenyi and Frank Gyorgy; Gift Tags (for the Christmas Tree) with names and ages of each of the 60 foster kids—Mary Blake; Gift delivery and transportation

Here are the 2017 tournament awards: Ladies Singles—Denise Lenahan; Women’s Pairs—Linda Rubio and Bonnie Johnston; Women’s Triples—Jeana Garcia, Ann Miller and Carole Berenyi; Mixed Singles— Jeana Garcia; Mixed Pairs—Jeff Vanderheyden and Sue Tredick; Men’s Triples—Jim MacAlistaire, Jim Krause and Rob Lenahan; Men’s Singles—Jeff Vanderheyden; Men’s Pairs—Jim MacAlistaire and Blair Beatie; Veteran/Novice—Gary Scott and Jim Krause; Novice Singles—Jim Krause; Men’s Triples—Gary Scott, Will Cohn and Ted DeJung. It should be noted there were nine novices among the winners. It’s great to have many new members who are succeeding in our game. The finale of the party was the announcement by President Jerry Garland of the winner of the Dorr Mott award. The 2017 recipient is Tony Lachowicz!


Its time to pay to pay our dues for 2018. You can use the following form or pick one up in the locker room. The deadline is February 1st if you want to be in the Green Book.

See below.

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Some of our services: n Caring



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Light Housekeeping


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