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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

January 1, 2018 • Volume 56, Number 1

The State of Oakmont

The Oakmont News asked the seven Board Directors to write a few paragraphs with their thoughts about the past year and what to look forward to in 2018.

Gloria Young

Photo by Laurence Bartone

nJames Foreman

Year in Review and Look Ahead 2018 2017 nStaff Report

Oakmont village was a microcosm of the nation and world during 2017. From political turmoil to natural disaster, Oakmonters faced a most challenging year. Last year the Oakmont News announced that 2016 was the year of pickleball. For 2017 we proclaim it the year of the firestorm, both literally and figuratively. The articles in this issue give focus to our individual and collective experiences by sharing some of the firestorm stories, along with photos, and the issues that continue to face Oakmont today. The deep divisions that plagued the community for many months turned to unbelievable compassion and gratitude after the firestorm. It was especially notable that the community activated through all forms of giving and volunteering, with much more civility at OVA Board meetings, on social media platforms and during common engagement throughout the community.

As we enter 2018 the OVA is facing multiple issues, large and small. Among the meaningful decisions that are to be addressed this year, three in particular stand out: the ERC remodel that is soon to begin, the decision on the future of the Berger Center and the continued appeals from the OGC to the OVA for financial assistance. Following is a brief overview of each of these issues.

See 2017 on page 5

See 2018 on page 5

East Recreation Center

As 2017 began, some members of the OVA board questioned the need to replace the damaged and closed ERC deck and were leaning toward demolishing it without replacement. At the January meeting the board received a bid of $275,000 to replace the ERC deck and began considering a smaller deck. They expected to have a report from an architect, including drawings and cost estimates by the February board meeting. The board was presented with three proposals for a smaller deck replacement at the February meeting. Two of the proposals had stairs to the pool included and one did not. The ERC deck also had become an issue in the campaigns of candidates running for the board. At an early March board meeting the board decided to pause and reconsider plans for the deck. The issue of adding stairs to the pool seemed to be the main stumbling block. Later that month, faced with strong community opposition to stairs being included with


The past year, replete with volatility and changes the OVA attorney, treasurer and three board members resigned - demanded fortitude and good will by the remaining team. New directors had to be brought on board, guided and promoted. The welcome return of former general manager Ted Throndson greatly facilitated the tasks at hand and promoted peace and tranquility to the tested Oakmont community. I am pleased that we were able to perform a successful sound study at the ERC tennis courts, taking us a long way toward settling the contentious pickleball issue and providing six courts for our members. I am also extremely gratified that we were able to hire Kevin Hubred as our new general manager. For the past five months your board has had to shoulder many additional duties and it is now time to hand them over to a highly qualified manager. The year 2018 promises to be a return to a calmer and more settled environment, although there are issues which have the potential to stir up great community interest. Included among these is the retrofitting of the Berger Center for seismic safety. Another is the role the OVA might play in helping to keep the Oakmont golf courses sustainable. Contrary to what has been published elsewhere, there is currently no negotiation between the current OVA Board of Directors and the OGC. There have, however, been talks between the two groups in the past. I am of the opinion that the Golf Club will need to undertake a public information process that showcases the beauty, the services and the overall value to the entire Oakmont community by the golf course operation. And be assured, before the OVA takes any action Oakmonters will be duly informed of any proposals and of how a viable golf and restaurant operation contributes to the value of our properties.

Greg Goodwin

To the best of my recollection, 2017 has been the most challenging year for any Oakmont BOD. From campaigning in a very heated and divisive election, adapting to the resignations from our G.M, Board President and Treasurer, initiating the sound study and application for tennis court conversion to multiuse, the board finally addressing the East Rec. deck, not to mention the devastating effects of the firestorm. Being a member of this board has been challenging and rewarding. We had to assume operational duties in addition to governing/policy review responsibilities. Personally I’m proud to have played a role in restoring civility at board meetings. I, along with help from several residents, was able to go to the city planning department and apply for approval to bring pickleball to the community. Lastly, and I believe the most important job any board member faced was bringing the right G.M. to Oakmont, and we did.

Carolyn Bettencourt

For me, one of my greatest senses of accomplishment since being elected to the board is helping to resolve the pickleball issue. After four long years of battling two previous boards, who insisted that a sound study See state on page 12


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The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

nMarlena Cannon

OVA Board Hosts Second Post-Fire Town Hall

On December 12, OVA Board member Lynda Oneto held the second Town Hall on the topic of “Surviving Disaster: Recovery and Connection,” to specifically address emotional and behavioral changes that residents may be experiencing. Workshop presenters were Wendy Wheelright, Workforce Education and Training Coordinator, and Sara Obstarczyk, Mental Health Liaison, both from the Sonoma County Behavioral Health department. Wheelright began the workshop by asking attendees to talk about the post-fire symptoms they were experiencing. One Oakmont resident said that hearing high winds triggered fear. Another talked about nightmares of being a victim or losing control. Another about being afraid to leave the house for more than a few hours. Several asked about increased memory loss.

Sara Obstarczyk (L) and Wendy Wheelright at Dec. 12 workshop.

Wheelright explained that all of the reactions that the residents had expressed were totally normal and showed a Powerpoint slide that listed the four categories of responses to disasters: • Emotional responses: being anxious, fearful or overwhelmed by sadness. Anger, guilt, exhaustion and numbness. • Physical reactions: stomachaches, diarrhea, headaches, changes in eating behavior, or being jumpy and easily startled. • Behavioral reactions: sleep problems, changes in energy levels, changes in alcohol or drug use, wanting to be alone.

nMichael Connolly

• Cognitive changes: memory loss, confused thinking, excessive worrying, difficulty in making decisions. “You are survivors of a horrible natural disaster that threatened not just your house and your belongings but everything that is emotionally attached to those things,” said Wheelright. “Fires are more difficult to recover from because they are so random. While you feel relief that you are safe there is also a sense of guilt that others lost everything. Fires leave visual reminders of the trauma for a very long time. It is exhausting to be a survivor. The media and the story move on but all of you are still in the story. It’s totally normal to feel any or all of the reactions I’ve listed, and also normal to experience reactions that conflict with each other.” Obstarczyk, who specializes in older adults, offered ways to help. “There are ways to manage your reactions,” she explained. “The first thing is to be patient with yourself and not compare yourself with others.” In particular Obstarczyk recommended the following methods to help ease the stress: • Practice calming strategies such as breathing exercises, writing about your feelings and thoughts, meditation, exercise, stretching, yoga, prayer or listening to quiet music. • Do fun and meaningful activities like hobbies, helping others, re-establishing routines. • Spend time with others in the community to reduce the sense of isolation and rebuild trust in others. • Avoid using alcohol or drugs to cope. • Call a counselor for help if your reactions continue or increase. While both presenters agreed that the severity of the reactions will gradually lessen over time there are lots of resources in Sonoma County for people who feel they need it. In particular, Obstarczyk recommends: Concil on Aging, Peer Support program, 5655900; West County Community Services, Senior Peer Counseling program and Peer Counseling Groups, 545-4551; The Senior Center Without Walls (Episcopal Senior Communities) is a program that offers activities, education, classes and conversation

Fish, Dogs and Election Rules Discussed at Dec. 19 Board Meeting

In the absence of Board President Gloria Young, Vice President Greg Goodwin opened the meeting by announcing the approval of the final contract with new general manager Kevin Hubred. Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert reported that all facilities were now open except for the ERC pool and spa. A plumbing leak in the spa is being addressed and a new heater controller will be installed. Dr. John Shigo was asked by Aubert to update the board on the efforts to stock the ERC pond with fish. He said there were still issues in getting approval from Department of Fish and Game. The effort is ongoing. During the Open Forum period a number of residents asked for consideration of a dog park in Oakmont. Paula Lewis, a 16-year resident of Oakmont, stated that she is the person “who interfaces with the Trione family.” One of the Trione family members will now be living in the house adjacent to the polo field full time. She owns several horses, which will be exercised regularly on the polo field and dogs will not be allowed at those times. Her intention is to allow dogs when the field is not closed but will close it to all dogs if dog owners do not follow the rules. Action items at this meeting involved two board committees. Motions were made by Board Liaison Lynda Oneto to rename the Asset Protection Committee as the Reserve Study Committee, to adopt

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Letters to the Editor Emergency Warning Siren

Dear Editor, I believe that having a Fire Siren warning system in the Oakmont community would be a good idea. We are an aging community where many live alone and many are hearing-impaired. Residents complained of not being advised or not hearing their landline or cell phone with any fire warnings. After careful research I found a system of five sirens that could be installed in Oakmont for a one-time charge of approximately $24 per each Oakmont resident. The sound can be set to do anything the community wants or feels would be a clear message. The system is connected to the Sheriff’s office and the Fire Department, or any other group necessary. They activate it. This is a golden opportunity for our community to take the initiative and be proactive with respect to the safety of its residents. Dr. Julian M. Lifschiz

Thank You For Your Kindness

Dear Editor, I received a beautiful basket anonymously from Oakmont Gardens for which I am very thankful for the kindness shown! I have tried to find out who sent it but have failed. I am writing this to the person or persons that showed me such kindness to say thank you from the bottom of my heart. I also want to thank the volunteers at the gardens. The basket is lovely and I will be happy to share it with others who need a smile. It has certainly brightened my days. Again thank you so much to all. Mary Przyblyski The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at Oakmont-news or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page.

the committee charter and to appoint Greg Gewalt as chair and Elaine Bennett and Dick Hannigan as members. All three motions were approved in turn by a vote of 5-1, with Director Kathleen Connelly voting no. Motions were made by Board Liaison Karen Oswald to adopt the charter of the Central Park Committee and to appoint Rich Laden, Larry Souza and Michael Connolly as members of the committee. The motions were approved in turn by a vote of 5-0-1, with Connelly abstaining. Oswald also mentioned that a preliminary estimate has been received for repair of the path leading from the Berger Center and CAC to the OVA office, which was damaged in April by bulldozers. The path can be made usable once again for less than $3,000. This will be addressed further at a future board meeting. Finally, Election Rules Review Chair Philip Herzog updated the board on the committee’s work. The final rules are to be approved at the January board meeting.

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We look towards 2018 with many new issues facing Oakmont, but with so much to be grateful for. With a renewed spirit, leadership and a better understanding of past issues 2018 is sure to be an amazing year for Oakmont. News highlights for 2017: • OVA Board elections took center stage with new election rules and candidates running in groups of four. The election centered on civility, pickleball and the economic issues facing Oakmont in the years to come. • A new OVA Board was elected in April; Ken Heyman, Carolyn Bettencourt, Greg Goodwin, Frank Batchelor were all voted in. A recount was conducted, and though there were some differences in the count, the results were the same. • The Pickleball project began on April 3, and the next day was stopped by the new board, with the contract being terminated on April 18t. A renewed plan helped change course by proposing the conversion of two tennis courts to six pickleball courts at the East Rec. Center. • From May, and into the Summer, civil discourse at OVA Board meetings, on social media and throughout the community hit new lows. The resignations of Andie Altman, OVA General Manager Cassie Turner, and others, prompted community outcry. This led to the resignations of board President Ellen Leznik and Frank Batchelor. Kathleen Connelly was appointed by the board to replace Altman. • In July the Berger Action Committee (BAC) held a workshop about the future of the Berger. Also a proposal for a new 68-acre community adjacent to Oakmont, called Elnoka, was presented to the OCDC for feedback. • Also in July most of the members of the Communications Committee abruptly quit, claiming censorship by the OVA Board liaison as the main reason. An editorial in the Press Democrat on July 21 fueled the issue, culminating in outbursts on social media and at OVA Board meetings. • The turning point for Oakmont came in August after a severed rat’s head was delivered to OVA Board Vice President Ken Heyman’s doorstep by an unknown assailant. A $12,200 reward has been offered but the perpetrator has not been found. • Gloria Young was elected the new OVA Board President in August and Lynda Oneto and Karen Oswald were appointed to the board in October. • Life in Oakmont was radically changed on October 8 when fires broke out to create the worst destruction in California history. After 10 days of evacuation people began to return to their homes to perform the clean-up and recovery. • Gratitude by Oakmonters led to a large event honoring the first responders. A total of $113,470.50 in donations by residents was collected, and volunteers organized to share Christmas ornaments and other needed items with fire victims. A renewed sense of community throughout Oakmont and Santa Rosa was born. • In December Kevin Hubred was appointed as the new OVA General Manager and the next chapter for the OVA has begun.


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the new deck, the board rescinded its previous vote to move forward with the project at its March 21 board meeting. This effectively left the decision to the new incoming board. In April and May the new board was moving toward including the deck in a required comprehensive remodel and ADA upgrade of the ERC main room and pool. The budget meeting in October revealed the price tag for all ERC repairs, remodels and upgrades to be in the $1.5 million range. At the October 31 board meeting, Construction Management Committee Chair Iris Harrel provided a detailed update on the project. The board unanimously voted to move the project forward. A preconstruction services contract has since been signed with Nordby Construction. This will allow all the construction elements - engineer, architect, electrical, structural - to work in unison and move the project forward. An administrative design review application was filed and accepted at the city offices on Friday, December 15, another key step in the process. Harrell says the final drawings are being completed and the plan is to apply for the building permit by the end of March with construction planned to commence before the summer. In addition, the tennis to pickleball court conversion is currently awaiting the response from the city on the conditional use permit, which is expected at any time now.

Berger Center

On January 16, 2018, after three years of work by three committees starting in 2014, the Board will make their decision on how to proceed on the Berger Center project. Using the findings from the 2016 Central Project Committee, the 2017 Berger Action Committee (BAC) chaired by Claudette Brero-Gow, spent the year conducting extensive studies and analysis focusing on the remodel/expansion of the Berger. During their first presentation on July 5, the BAC drew a packed Oakmont audience to the Berger Center. “We spent a great deal of time as a committee looking at the full building with fresh eyes, even looking in the crawl spaces, challenging ourselves to make it better,” Claudette said in her introduction. She also confirmed an earlier observation that the Berger has “good bones.” A comprehensive parking study presented by Art Fichtenberg revealed that a minor expanded footprint of the Berger would require at least 14 new parking spaces, re-striping of the current parking lot, pedestrian access, as well as ADA and lighting upgrades. On July 18 a motion was made and unanimously approved to proceed with the immediate seismic retrofit measures as recommended by structural engineers at CFA. BAC member Bob Jackson said it was appropriate to do the buttress strengthening as a stand-alone project and that other aspects of the seismic retrofit could be performed when a final decision is made on the Berger. According to BAC Board Liaison Greg Goodwin, on January 16, the board will decide how to proceed based on the cost estimates of each of the three options. The decision facing the board is whether to: 1) remodel/expand existing Berger, 2) build a new building and demolish existing Berger, or 3) build a new building and re-purpose existing Berger.

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In 1989 Oakmont residents voted against an assessment designed to buy the golf facilities from Oakmont developer H.N. Berger. In 1992 a group of 863 people formed an equity member corporation (“Residents for the Purchase of Oakmont Golf Courses”) and bought the facilities. Today the 323 member-owned OGC operates the 18-hole, 6300-yard West Course, the 18-hole executive East Course and

the Quail Inn Bar and Grill. KemperSports, a national golf course and hospitality management company, manages the facilities. The OGC is concerned about the financial well being of the golf facilities, particularly with a trending decrease in the number of rounds of golf played. The number of rounds played has decreased from about 120,000 per year to about 61,000 rounds, with a majority of the rounds played by members of the outside public. At a November 10 Community Town Hall Meeting put on by the OGC entitled “Economic Benefits of the Oakmont Golf Courses to the Community of Oakmont,” the OGC detailed the benefits and amenities it provides to Oakmont and the community at large. Following this town hall some incorrect information was disseminated in the media that there were current negotiations of an agreement of financial support between OVA and OGC. The OVA issued an official statement from its Board of Directors on December 7: “The OVA Board of Directors received a briefing yesterday from attorney Malcolm Manwell on the historical relationship between the Oakmont Golf Club and the OVA. This background information and ensuing discussion was the first formal dialogue on this topic by the 2017 OVA Board of Directors.” Board President Gloria young stated: “In the new year the board looks forward to having workshops to explore the long-term sustainability of the golf course. It is hoped that these gatherings will be well attended by members who want to participate in this strategic planning for Oakmont’s future.” The OVA/OGC Task Force has been the vehicle for OVA-OGC discussions since its formation as an ad hoc OVA Board Committee in spring 2013. According to its mission statement, the Committee “works together on the relationship between the Oakmont Village Association and the Oakmont Golf Course.” OVA Director Carolyn Bettencourt serves as the Board Member liaison between the Task Force, which next meets in February, and the OVA Board of Directors. “I look forward to working with the OGC and helping to raise awareness in the community as to the value the courses bring to Oakmont,” Bettencourt said. The OGC is planning another Community Town Hall Meeting in February.


Golf News Oakmont Golf Club

nRick Warfel


As we celebrate the holidays, I would like to remind members of all the positive developments that occurred at the club this year. Although 2017 will probably be remembered most for the worst wildfires in California history, and two terrible winters in a row (El Nino and La Nina), it should be noted that the following capital improvement projects were completed: • Purchase of a new pizza oven. • Installation of a new roof on the East clubhouse. • Construction of a new deck at the Quail Inn. • Aerification of fairways for the first time in 15 years. • Renovation of seven bunkers. • Removal of five bunkers. • Repaving of 35,000 square feet of cart paths on both courses. As you may recall, in 2016 the board obtained a new loan with a lower interest rate, and, a portion of the loan savings ($5,000 each month) is automatically set aside for the Capital Improvement Fund. In addition, last year at the Capital Improvement Drive, we raised about $56,000 from members ($36,000 in cash plus $20,000 in monthly dues commitments). The above-listed capital improvement projects cost about $200,000 to complete and many people report that overall course conditions at Oakmont have improved markedly in recent years. We survived the fires, and course conditions during our very wet winter were significantly better than at nearby courses such as Windsor and the Santa Rosa Country Club. The board hopes that by continuing to complete many concrete improvements at the club, and by exploring alternative operating models, such as a partnership with the OVA to address long-standing core issues, that members will continue with their generous support of the club. Other improvements completed at the club this year (not funded from the Capital Improvement Account) include: • “Dry-Ject” aerification of greens. • Extensive tree-removal (much of it due to storms). • Rebuilding of several bridges and tee areas around the course. • Hiring of the firm Clear Pond Solutions for waterway maintenance. • Cost sharing program with residents on Valley Lakes Drive for canal maintenance. For the first time in 25 years, the OGC has entered into formal discussions with the OVA regarding the possibility of entering into a financial partnership. This is a result of many discussions between selected OGC and OVA Board members, the OVA/OGC Task Force, OVA lawyer Malcolm Manwell, and many others. The first Town Hall meeting was held in November and the next Town Hall Meeting is planned for February. Our President, Barbara Robinson, deserves much of the credit for getting these talks going. However, it should be noted that, even if an agreement with the OVA is reached, the earliest it would take effect is January 2019. In the meantime, the board is already pursuing short-term options to address the adverse financial impact of two bad winters in a row and the fires, and long-term options for improving our club operating model.

18 nDebbie Warfel

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Owgs and towgc—2017

There are no sweeps to report for December—open play days. Joint Holiday Luncheon News: both clubs enjoyed a wonderful afternoon with friends in a beautifully decorated room. Our place settings had purple or green golf towel party favors and a delicious lunch. Thank you Kathy Mokricky and Sally Wood! Also, thanks to new member Dorothy Webster for providing live music. The WGANC awarded Oakmont a continued Gold Level member status for our generous contributions to the WGANC Junior Girls Golf throughout the years. The Oakmont Academy and Junior Girls Golf received $600.00 each from our clubs. Many acknowledgements and applause were bestowed on most improved players, year-long low gross per play day winners, low gross and low net club championship winners, chippies and birdies too. The TOWGC had an exciting year with a WGANC 1st and 2nd award, a WGANC Champion of Champions tournament at the Olympic Club in San Francisco and a myriad of other fun and challenging courses to golf at and visit. The Captain’s Choice game fashioned after the Ryder Cup was a big success too. Both TOWGC and OWGS will collaborate in 2018 for their joint Invitational, which is planned for every other year. The joint Super Guest Day, Fall Fling included 15 other clubs and Oakmont, with 64 golfers. The June Guest Day had seven other clubs and 40 golfers. New members have been added to the ranks of both clubs. Welcome! The Red Tee Party with the TOWGC and NINERS was a fun and very RED event! The Halloween golf day and luncheon were ‘spookytacular’. 2017 saw the addition of red tee and red/yellow combo tee scoring options, implementation of strategies for improved pace of play, the advent of a WGANC, PWGA and NCGA two-year collaboration in Northern California, an electronic option for referencing our new 2018 purple booklet (personal hard copy booklets are in the club room), and proposed pro shop personnel scoring on sweeps and tournament days for 2018. The Women’s Clubs donated generously to the Fire Relief Fund also. New Captains, Judy Duport (OWGS) and Chris Carter (TOWGC) were shepherded in to their new roles along with their voting and non-voting member Boards. Many kudos to all the out-going and in-coming board members and the many volunteers who contribute their time, energy, ideas and camaraderie. Other Women’s golf news: EWGA (representing Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties) golfs at Oakmont every Wednesday afternoon—all are invited; the NBWGA, Kim Agrella Oakmont Captain, welcomes new members and Nona Leone (TOWGC member) won their club championship in 2017; and the Niners’ WRENS team, including three OWGS members, won the President’s Cup trophy for 2017 and Oakmont will host in 2018. I wish everyone a safe, healthy, and happy new year. May we all have fun, join friends, and golf well!


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight: first place tie, Steven Spanier, Nick Beltrano, Ross Alzina, and Bruce Hulick, and Mike Hull, Andy Frauenhofer, Gary Smith, and Danny Crobbe, 159. Second flight: first place tie, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, Frank Giannini and Bob Thompson, and Rodi Martinelli, John Garcia, Bill Wellman, and Larry Frediani, 155. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP <20): #8—Gary Novak, 12’2”; #13—Gary Smith, 11’5”; #16—Nick Beltrano, 7’5”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP >20): #8—Ted Mokricky, 40’3”; #16—Tom Wayne, 18’11”; #5—Mike Hull, 13’7”.


First, Dan Levin and John Munkacsy, 61.5; second, Bob Wilkinson and John Derby, 65. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Dan Levin, 50’2”; #16— Gary Stone, 13’5”.


First, Mike Hull, Danny Crobbe, Rich Silvas and (ghost), 49.2; second tie, Steve Spanier, Rick Warfel, Mike Doyle and Rodi Martinelli, and Nick Beltrano, Bob Giddings, Larry Frediani and Gary Stone, 50.2; fourth, John Weston, Joe Lash, Dennis DeSousa and (ghost), 50.3; fifth, Gary Smith, Gary Novak, Neil Huber and John Garcia, 51.3. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #5—Mike Isola, 11’3”; #8—Phil Sapp, 22’5”; #11—Bill Salmina, 10’4”; #16—Gary Smith, 7’8”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #11—Rodi Martinelli, 7’4”; #16—Keith Wise, 29’4”.


At the luncheon following the mixer, the group enjoyed salad, ham, chicken, dessert, wine, beer and other beverages. A great deal for only $10 (the OWMC subsidizes the lunch). The three major champions of the year were honored: President’s Cup—Bob Giddings, East Course Champion—Steve Spanier, West Course Champion—Tom Woodrum. In 2018, scores for the championship events will be posted by the committee as tournament “T” scores. The club will post the scores so members do not have to. After considerable discussion and input from the members, beginning in 2018 we will be using USGA/ NCGA handicaps as opposed to Wednesday Men’s handicaps. Please join us in thanking the board members for their work on behalf of the OWMC: Andy Frauenhofer; Mike; Isola; Bill Hainke; Rick Warfel, Rick Yates, Gary Stone; Nick Beltrano; Mike Hull and Bruce Hullick (emeritus). Following up on John Murray’s “Pace of Play” quiz and presentation, we remind everyone to fill your divots (walkers—pick up a bottle of sand), fix your ball marks, rake the bunkers (remember that all scoring putts must be holed) and, above all, have fun!


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018


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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nLinda Yates for Valerie Boot

nStan Augustine, Captain

The Niners Holiday Luncheon was a huge success. It was delightful to see the warm relationships that our members enjoy. Our outgoing Captain, Joanne Finnerty thanked her board and happily passed the gavel on to our 2018 Captain, Barbara Olsen and her incoming board. Pins for chip-ins were passed along with one Eagle pin for Debbie Warfel. The Club Champions Elisabeth LaPointe (gross) and Marie Crimaldi (net) were acknowledged with gift cards. A delicious turkey lunch and darling gifts were enjoyed by all. Happy New Year!

Happy New Year and good golfing to all! Well, at least enjoyable golfing. I know I’ll have my shots that just don’t turn out the way I intended, but then again, we aren’t playing each Monday morning in order to support our families—it’s a fun time, varied golfing formats, a great way to start a week off. So, let’s all look at 2018 as the year we savor the moment while playing golf at beautiful Oakmont East or West. The last two weeks have seen 30 players turn out despite some very brisk (as in cold) mornings. December 4: Ron Bickert and Tom Tremont won the 2-man best ball with net 25, followed by Joe DiBenedetto and Charlie Perotti at 27. Bob Wilkinson and John Derby were third at 29. John Derby was closest-to-the-pin#8 flag at 31’3”. December 11: first net, Don Schulte, 29; second, Ron Bickert, 30; third, Joe DiBenedetto, 31; fourth, Charlie Perotti, 31.5; fifth tie, Art Boot and Dan Levin, 32. Phil Sapp was closest-to-the-pin #8 at 56’. The membership dues for 2018 are almost all in and any new members are welcome to join. Please contact me ( for information. Happy New Year!

The Most Improved Golfer, Debbie Warfel (on right) was presented a beautiful trophy. Congratulations!

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The WRENS Presidents Cup team posed with their trophy (more in the next issue).

Architectural Committee

nMary C. Patricia, Administrator for the Architectural Office


Oakmont is a beautiful and dynamic community and the volunteers on the Oakmont Architectural Committee play a vital role in assuring Oakmont residential properties are maintained or improved to the community’s preferred standards. We are now seeking interested, civic-minded applicants from amongst our Oakmont residents who would like to contribute to their community. The committee has a comprehensive training program to help prepare you for committee activities. The major qualification is a sincere desire to be of service to Oakmont If interested or you have any questions, please send a note with a brief description of your background, to the Architectural Office, 6637, Suite A, Oakmont Drive. You will be advised of an interview date.


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


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


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

Flight from Fire—11 Life-Changing Days

All photos by Robert Starkey

Monday morning, October 9, Oakmonters woke up to a strange and terrifying reality. Out-of-control wildfires were rapidly advancing on our community. Awakened by neighbors, police, frightened pets or the howling wind, we left with whatever occurred to us in our confusion. Some found shelter quickly and stayed put, others wandered from place to place, anxiously awaiting news of our homes, our loved ones, our friends and neighbors. Here are some of our stories, compiled with assistance from Nancy Caldwell, who gathered evacuation accounts from her neighbors on Mountain Vista Court. We thank all contributors; your full stories are important. We sincerely regret that the sheer volume of material made it impossible to include all of the stories we received. We also needed to edit others to fit in the available space. ~Florentia Scott, Oakmont Drive Lost my house on Crestridge Drive tonight

Most of the other houses in Oakmont are surviving. Two engines tried to save the house—thank you to all our emergency responders during this horrendous event. State Senator Mike McGuire was checking out some of the streets and discovered fire surrounding my house. He, Councilmember Chris Rogers, Chief of State Jason Liles and CHP Captain Michael Palacio raced through my house saving family photos, computers, music tablet, cars and some of my jewelry before the house was fully engulfed. I will be forever in their debt. Loved living in our home and hiking in beautiful, beautiful Annandel. So sad tonight, but so many have lost everything. Like many, I will be navigating through insurance, OES and the rebuilding process. Keep safe my neighbors! Susan Gorin, First District County Supervisor, posting on Oakmont Next Door October 11, 2017 (When the fires broke out, Susan Gorin was in Fort Collins, awaiting the birth of a new grandchild. On the day she lost her house, her granddaughter Corinna entered the world. “This is definitely the one ray of sunshine in a tragic day for so many,” she wrote on her Facebook page. “Be safe everyone and hug your loved ones tonight.”) We are also aware that a second home burned in Oakmont, on Trail Ridge Place. The owners declined to be included as they wish to remain private about their tragic loss.

I was awakened during the night of October 8 by the rustling of my dogs. Together with a neighbor, alarmed by the red glow surrounding Oakmont, we made it to the polo grounds and from there to the shelter at the Santa Rosa Veterans Building. There I was joined by my husband. We spent the next week at our house on the coast, not knowing what happened to our Oakmont home but preparing for the worst. For me, the event honoring Veterans and First Responders was cathartic. The opportunity to thank the firefighters personally, and as OVA President on behalf of the whole community, fulfilled my need to show deep gratitude to these men and women who often risk their own lives to save others. Gloria Young I’m a late owl. I don’t go to bed until after midnight. We had no warning, so it’s fortunate that as I was getting ready to go to bed, I went outside to check because the winds were so high. At exactly 10:32 I went out, looked to the east and saw the bright glow. I drove over towards Kenwood and all I could see was fire. I came back and woke my wife, Dorothy, and said, “Pull a few things together because I have a feeling we’re going to have to get out of here.” We drove up to the higher elevations to see what we could see. It started in Kenwood and came up the back into Annadel. When I got to a high point I could see it coming, so I could tell it was going to get nasty. We went down the street waking people up, then we

left and let them get on their way. We ended up going to Bennett Valley. Then they started evacuating people from there, so we went all the way to Monterrey just to get away from it. Doug Smith, Mountain Vista Court After being awakened by a good neighbor, my wife Barbara and I jumped out of bed and into our cars (I was still in my pajamas) and headed toward town. I hadn’t gotten far when I saw a car coming towards me suddenly pull to its right. Fixed on the lights of that car and wondering what had happened to it, I found out! There was a tree in the road. I hit it. My car was destroyed but I suffered only momentary pain from the seat belt. I got in Barbara’s car and we continued toward town and away from the fire. Awhile later we realized we should return to the scene out of concern someone might not see my car and run into it. When we arrived there was an officer at the scene who had called for a wrecker. It arrived and took my poor little car away. We spent nine days in the Red Cross shelter at the Fairgrounds Grace Pavillion. We were really well cared for and have no complaints, other than the cots being a little hard to sleep on. Guy Fieri cooked all weekend for us! Phil Bowman, Mountain Vista Court At 2 a.m. I activated my two-way Tera radio to reach fellow Oakmont emergency volunteers. It

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became our only means of communication when our cell phones lost power. As a volunteer OEPC zone communicator, and COPE team facilitator, I spent several hours awakening residents, opening garage doors manually, and directing neighbors helping neighbors. My radio buddies and their neighbors evacuated and signed off one by one, until I was almost alone. I loaded my car with my go bag, cell phone with charger, computer, plastic tubs stuffed with vital documents, photo albums and my grandfather’s Bible. “You all will have to evacuate shortly,” advised a Santa Rosa police officer near dawn. He ordered a vehicle with a handicap lift to pick up one of our neighbors in a wheelchair. Marin County Sheriffs officers arrived. They told me I had to leave, that they would check all of our homes further. I signed off my radio at 7 a.m. My friend Dennis Hall sped to his sister’s Meadowgreen neighborhood to alert her and her husband, plus assist their neighbors. My neighbors and I caravanned toward the Berger Center, where Santa Rosa police officers directed us onto Highway 12 toward town. Our cell phones worked once we rendezvoused at Montgomery Village. We couldn’t find any lodging, but a passerby told us that the Methodist church on Montgomery Drive had opened a shelter. Dennis, his sister, brother-inlaw and I went to the church, where scores of parents, children and elders had gathered. Fijian caregivers had brought some of their patients. A church volunteer apologized that there were no beds, but said we could sleep in the sanctuary. As we made mattresses from pew pads, a frazzled fire refuge added, “I’ve never slept in a church before, have you?” “Yes,” I replied, “Almost every Sunday morning.” We both enjoyed hearty, overdue laughs. Don Edwards, Twin Lakes We chose to go to Walgreen’s parking lot, innocently thinking that the fire could not be that bad, but returned home in the early am and back to bed. Some good soul knocked on our door and said it was now mandatory to leave. We packed up some things (a

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I was at Tahoe when the fires broke out. Texts from a friend in Rohnert Park woke me up about 1:30 a.m. I drove back on Tuesday and picked up my sister at SFO (she flew in from Colorado). She lives near the top of a small road in Sonoma near Highway 12 and Madrone. We drove to her home on Wednesday. I was raking debris away from her house when suddenly the breeze shifted and the smoke thickened. Next Cal Fire drove up and told us to leave. We went to Redwood City and waited. Fortunately all the homes on her street survived. Cal Fire and other fire stations checked on her neighborhood for many days after the eminent threat and found hot spots (smoldering logs under leaves) that could have been devastating. We feel so fortunate and are so thankful for their dedication and service. So many of the firemen were so young (looked like babies) but were fearless. Thank you to those who stayed in touch and posted on the Oakmont Buzz that gave us first hand info. Betty and Gary Larson, Mountain Vista Court I knew something was terribly wrong when my three podocarpus trees came crashing over on my front porch about five minutes after I had tucked myself into bed for the night. I wandered around the house trying to decide what to put into my car. I did not understand that I was already in shock and that my sense of time had been altered. I got into my car and began to drive up and down Stone Bridge Road and Oakmont Drive. Others were out driving as aimlessly as I. We only shared questions, not answers. As I passed the East Recreation Center on Oakmont Drive, I saw flames for the first time. There was no longer room for denial. I quickly drove to the end of Stone Bridge Road where I could also see flames now. In a state of quiet terror, I drove back to my house, franticly honking my horn, then packed my car and drove off down Highway 12 toward Santa Rosa. Robert Starkey, Stone Bridge Road See firestorm on page 10

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I awoke at 4 a.m., realized my power was out, but thought it was due to high winds, having survived many storms at the Jersey shore, including Irene and Superstorm Sandy. I went back to bed, awakening to my phone ringing at 7:45 a.m. It was my son in San Francisco asking if I was okay. When I asked why I wouldn’t be, he said “Mom, there are fires all around you. Get out NOW!” I got dressed, threw an overnight of clothes in a suitcase, loaded my cat in the crate, and managed to get my garage door open. I just couldn’t get it to stay up. Fortunately, I was able to flag down an emergency vehicle driver who helped me. As I drove down the street to check on Nancy Stickler, I saw her garage door was wide open. I made sure that her interior door was locked, then noticed her credit card on the floor. So I called her, closed her garage door, and took her card to the hotel where she was staying in Rohnert Park. I spent the first three days at my son’s home in Bernal Heights but had to vacate when my daughterin-law’s family arrived from San Diego for the birth of our grandson. For eight days I slept on an air mattress in another son’s dining room nearby. On October 12, I welcomed the birth of my grandson, Welles William Roslyn. He and my 2½-year-old granddaughter were the silver lining in what could have been a very dark cloud. Priscilla Roslyn, Mountain Vista Court My wife Joyce is asthmatic, so we went north to Ft. Bragg to find fresh air. We were referred to the town’s donation center where evacuees could find clothing, food, toiletries and the like, as we left home with very little. We received gift cards for gas and the local Subway sandwich shop. The Best Western motel gave us a reduced rate. Ft. Bragg High School students and parents threw a lasagna dinner party for all evacuees and a local Italian restaurant held a free pizza luncheon the next day. The local computer store, Mac Daddy, provided us with a laptop cable and mouse for the duration of our 11-day stay. Another local deli, Dave’s, had so many donations “paying it forward“ that our lunch was free as well. At another restaurant we went to pay the check only to find out that  folks at another table had already paid our bill and left before we could thank them. Ft. Bragg residents were wonderful, kind and generous. We wrote to the Chamber of Commerce expressing our deepest thanks for their town’s generosity and hospitality. Elliott Wolf, Oak Leaf Drive I have two angels to thank. First, the man who banged on my door yelling “fire” at 1:30 a.m. Second Priscilla Roslyn who closed my garage door and found my credit card later that morning. My first thought was to get my cat, Princess, in her carrier and throw all her supplies and kitty box in the car. Then I grabbed my Kindle, phone, credit cards and some papers. As I tossed them in the car the container tumbled under the car, leaving behind a card on the floor. I left with only my pajamas, slippers and a jacket on, because I didn’t have an emergency kit ready and thought we would be back by the next day. I hightailed it to the Berger Center, but the parking lot was empty and a huge tree branch blocked the driveway. Kept wondering why there was no alert siren or someone there to advise. I drove to the home of some dear friends and woke them up. We ended up at the Graton Casino, but they had no room, so we were blessed to get in at the Oxford Suites down the road. We joined a full house of evacuees who had their dogs, cats, fish, birds and other assorted pets. I cried

with so many lovely people who lost their homes and rejoiced with those who had not. I spent the second week near family in Walnut Creek. As we all agree, a most terrifying, enlightening and possibly lifechanging experience. Nancy Stickler, Mountain Vista Court A friend’s son, Andrew Powell, is a firefighter with the El Segundo Fire Department. I have known Andrew since he was a baby. He was up here helping fight our Northern Californi fires. On one of his breaks, he personally came to Oakmont to check on our house. When he called me and reported that our house was still there, and how well protected Oakmont was, I was so grateful! What an emotional moment for me. I now refer to him as “St. Andrew!” Eddi Pelton, The Orchard Sunday night’s wind was like an Indiana tornado wind; wild and blustering. A group of “angels” that night went around the neighborhood waking us all up. We went to the Berger Center but no one was there. We sat in the parking lot next to a friend who gave us radio reports through our cracked windows. It reminded me of being at the drive in and the glow was the show. Other people came by looking for help, including people from Kenwood who had just lost their homes. We had to tell them there was no one. We decided to go back to the house around 2 a.m., taking Oakmont Drive toward the East Recreation Center, where we could see the danger much more clearly. Red glow and exposed flame dotted the horizon. This was real and menacing. It was time to go.

Our daughter had phoned telling us to come to her home in San Francisco. So we left with water and some food (as if we would starve between here and San Fran) and poor Maggie shaking in the back. We took Brookwood past the Fairgrounds, where gurneys with patients waited triage and horse trailers waited their turn. We travelled along Petaluma Hill Road to Hwy. 101 in Petaluma and saw flames toward the Sonoma Race Track. Then it was bumper-to-bumper on the 101. We stayed with our daughter and went on a weekend trip to New Orleans that we had planned in the spring. June and John Dever, Mountain Vista Court The San Rafael Police Department helped out in Oakmont during the fire storm. From the photos they tweeted we knew that our homes had been saved because we recognized our fence-line and hoses! The officers told us that while firefighters were busy trying to save one of the two houses that burned, the police patrol noticed fire behind our houses and decided to “see what they could do.” What they did was use our garden hoses to save our houses on Trail

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instead. We all settled in at the Fairgrounds Pavilion, where an amazing emergency plan unfolded before our eyes. Volunteers ensured that everyone was as comfortable as possible, had water, was registered at the shelter and received news and information as it came in. The Pasta King arrived around noon with a buffet lunch for probably 400 people. The buffet lines moved quickly as volunteers assisted filling plates and providing smiles to sooth nerves. Mid-afternoon, two friends arrived to take us to a home in downtown Santa Rosa that welcomed evacuees. Ten of us, along with three cats and two dogs who were not really fond of one another, shared household chores. By Sunday, my Oakmont friends had gone to family in Los Angeles. My sister and I accepted an invitation from old friends in Marin to move into a quiet cottage on their property in San Rafael.

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

There are two hearing-related meetings scheduled in January. First is an HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting Monday, January 15 at 11 a.m. in Room B of CAC. The HSG meetings are informal gatherings to exchange information and learn about hearing problems, hearing aids, new technology, etc. with other Oakmonters. Come if you are having trouble hearing, wear hearing aids or are thinking that maybe it’s time to consider them. The second is a HEARS session at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 31 at the East Rec. Center with audiologist Dr. Peter Marincovich talk on Hearing Health Facts. Note also that there will be an OTLC course on January 30 on making best use of the iPhone for individuals with hearing impairment.

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The prices quoted for hearing aids (HAs) from many providers are off-putting for many. Typical are quotes of more than $6,000 for a pair of top of the line hearing aids. Usually included is follow-up care such as cleaning, fine tuning and readjustments. Age-related hearing loss affects many Americans, with older adults particularly at risk—a quarter of adults between 60 and 69 years, over half in 70–79 years the range and almost 80% of those older than age 80 have difficulty hearing. Hearing impairment spans a wide swath ranging from some undecipherable words in a conversation to great difficulty hearing at all. The high cost results in many people who need HAs but can’t or won’t buy them which has a quality of life impact including depression, dementia, falls with injury, and inability to work, travel, or be physically active. These facts should motivate anyone not hearing certain sounds to consider getting hearing aids. The first step is to get a no cost, pain free, no obligation hearing test from any reputable hearing aid provider. Then, with the audiogram in hand, explore the spectrum of HAs available. You can bring the audiogram to a HSG meeting and benefit from other Oakmonter’s experiences buying hearing aids. I have some knowledge or experience with several Santa Rosa HA providers and am comfortable recommending them, (no particular order): Kenwood Hearing, Audiology Associates, Costco and Veteran’s Administration. Prices at the VA and Costco are considerably lower than the others and they provide excellent products and service. Costco charges $1,600–1,700/pair for very good HAs and service. The VA fits top of the line HAs and cost is essentially zero. Sign up on line for veteran’s benefits and use the VA facility near the Santa Rosa (Sonoma County) airport. HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@ and attend the HSG and HEARS meetings.

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would never pass at the ER, this board has shown otherwise. We have managed to save the association hundreds of thousands of dollars by repurposing under-utilized tennis courts into six pickleball courts and managing to preserve the tranquility and beauty of the CAC pool area. In doing this conversion, not only have we saved the association a sizable amount of money, but in the process were able to provide even more courts than the original controversial project would have done. It was January of 2014 when I first became involved in pursuing a more viable location for pickleball, and three years later it became one of the primary reasons that I got elected, thus reinforcing the fact that the board needs to listen to the community they were elected to represent. With new management soon coming on board, I see a bright new future for our community. My goals are to see that Oakmont is financially stable, that we upgrade our existing amenities and that we continue to move forward responsibly. As board members, we have a responsibility to do all we can to keep Oakmont a wonderful retirement community.

Ken Heyman

Becoming a Director in 2017, I knew deferred maintenance and deficient reserves were going to be the significant challenge for the board. Working together, we preserved OVA funds and offset reserve deficits to help fund the needs of our existing facilities. How? In part by providing a solution for pickleball for a fraction of the cost of building courts at the CAC. Nonetheless, in the near future, our community will once again be faced with the higher-than-budgeted costs for the Central Activity Center as well as the Berger Center remodel and the challenges facing the Oakmont Golf Club. Addressing the reality of the situation, we voted to approve a substantial dues increase to help offset these financial burdens. With a better handle on the OVA finances and the Reserve Study, the board will have a realistic road map for the crucial financial decisions facing Oakmont in the very near future. I am proud to be a member of this board—a board willing to make clear choices and difficult decisions for the betterment of all of Oakmont. Raising dues was one of those difficult decisions. However, we did so for the betterment of our entire community, because “We are all Oakmont.” The board and the community have the opportunity to start the new year with a new Manager and a clean

Table Tennis Club nTom Gilmer

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

slate. I believe our incoming General Manager, Kevin Hubred, will bring a new level of professionalism and fiscal responsibility to Oakmont. Let’s welcome him with open arms.

Lynda Oneto

Having been on the board for just a few months, I am proud to have played a part this year in updating our association’s Reserve Study. This board understands their legally mandated fiduciary duty and considers accuracy a top priority. I am pleased to have played a role in organizing the Reserve Study Committee to represent homeowners and assist Management with maintaining an updated and accurate Reserve Study. This helps to assure an accurate reserve and operating budget. In the wake of the wildfire and evacuation I was tasked with organizing and chairing a series of Emergency Preparedness Town Hall Meetings. Professional mental health speakers gave us information about what we can expect after a disaster and we were given suggestions for recovery. The board also heard from residents about some of the issues that arose during the disaster and many offered good suggestions for improvement. The board will be consulting with management and look at our emergency preparedness situation. I am also proud to have played a part in the following actions taken by this board: hiring of a new general manager; successful ERC sound study; ERC remodel moving ahead; Berger seismic safety being addressed; and new election/recount rules. Looking to 2018 we will be performing our triannual Reserve Study visual inspection of all facilities; complete the ERC remodel and upgrades; address the central park restoration and hope to complete the Berger Center seismic improvements.

Karen Oswald

When I was appointed to the OVA Board of Directors a few months ago, one of my first assignments was to begin a review of our Policies and Procedures (P&Ps). While this is not a subject that “excites” people, it is one of the most important functions that an organization needs to attend to on a regular basis for a number of reasons. For instance, there are continual changes to laws related to employment, industry and business. In the case of Home Owner Associations, such as Oakmont, there can be revisions of the Davis Sterling Act. Another instance involves new technology or social media, which demand new protocols and parameters. Outdated P&Ps use up time and energy that could be better invested elsewhere. Non-compliance with current P&Ps impedes an organization’s efforts at transparency and internal controls, thus putting the organization, its officers and trustees, its employees and even its volunteers at risk. In my initial review I discovered that for the past few years a number of P&Ps were ignored or not adhered to and that some are outdated. To rectify this situation a work group of individuals with specific areas of expertise was put together to provide a guide toward accepted business strategies and objectives. Over the next few weeks, updated P&Ps will be developed to better protect the OVA, our employees and volunteers. Additionally, we will be holding at least one educational workshop so volunteers and community members will be able to understand the changes and how to work with the new guidelines.

Kathleen Connelly

Kathleen Connelly contacted us to say she was having computer problems and was unable to send her written text. She wants us to mention that the two biggest accomplishments in her view are the hiring of the new manager, Kevin Hubred, and the movement forward with the East Recreation Center remodel, upgrades and pickleball courts.


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When Fred Merrill was asked why he volunteered to be the 2018 Social Director after living in Oakmont for only eight months, he said, “It was a process of who raised their hand first (at the Membership Meeting). No one else did.” He quickly added, “I’m glad I did it. It’s a great group of people to work with.” Fred grew up in Napa. Fifty-five years ago he married Susie, his high school sweetheart, and last February they moved from Sonoma to Oakmont. Susie doesn’t play tennis. Fred smiled, “She’s in it for the parties.”

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation or call him at 308-4394. And to all the 2018 OTC members: Party on!


The OTC 40th Anniversary Dinner-Dance was held on December 8 at the Quail Inn. And quite an evening it was! Appetizers were passed around before dinner. Past OTC presidents, Most Valuable Players, and Honor Roll recipients were applauded. Stainless steel water bottles were given to tennis competition winners. Tony Agocs was recognized at the Most Valuable Player, and Terri Somers was given the Roll of Honor award. Following a delicious buffet and dessert, the Blues Burners Band had everyone jumpin’ and jivin’. A great way to end another successful Tennis Club year!


Louis Armstrong: the groundwork for artistry and innovation in the early years (1901–1930). Who influenced him? What happened to create the framework for his unique style? Whom did he influence? Why was he influential? Peter Estabrook will answer all these questions! Estabrook studied the trumpet and music arranging at Berklee College of Music and went on to graduate school at the California Institute of the Arts. James P. Newton, Jr., considered one of the leading authorities on Duke Ellington, mentored Estabrook’s transcription of the previously unperformed Ellington’s Queen’s Suite for a performance by the Danish National Radio Orchestra in 1990. His transcriptions of Miles Davis’s Jazz Trumpet Solos were included in the liner notes and bonus disk of the Concord Music Group’s re-release of the Classic Prestige Sessions. In addition to giving private lessons, Estabrook performs on cruise ships and all around the Bay Area.


2018 Social Director Fred Merrill and his tennis racquet Christmas wreath.

Fred spent years owning a chain of pizza restaurants in Sonoma and Marin Counties, quickly clarifying, “It was a teeny weeny chain.” He also spent part of his career in the credit business, harkening back to when he worked in a bank. In addition to playing tennis, Fred anticipates an exceptional year of social events. His goal is to “try to live up to the needs of the club.” He’s looking forward to the wine and food pairing fundraiser, the first social event of 2018. Enthusiastic and friendly, Fred welcomes ideas and comments. Email him at

Recipient of 2017 Honor Roll Terri Somers.


This is something you won’t want to miss! Mark your calendars for 6 p.m. at the East Rec. on Saturday, February 10 for a scrumptious wine and food pairing event. Paula Lewis has arranged for Jim Connell of the Connell Family Winery to speak to the group. Along with other wines, Jim is donating a case of his very fine cabernet sauvignon. The proceeds from this fundraiser will help finance a fantastic 2018 December dinner-dance. Fill out and submit the coupon and watch the website, e-blasts, and Oakmont News for further details.

WINE AND FOOD PAIRING EVENT sign-up form February 10, 6 Pm, East Rec.

Place coupon and money in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA office.

Name(s) _____________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $20 ____ # of non-members at $25 ____ Total amount $_________ Phone number ______________________________________________


Complete the coupon and put it with your check in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA office. Contact Jon Kline at (650) 279-0001. # of members at $20 each: _________ Check enclosed: $ ___________________ Name (print clearly) ___________________________________________________________________________ Address ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (print clearly) ___________________________________ Phone # _______________________________

Robert Ayers has been associated with corrections and prison management for over 49 years beginning at San Quentin in 1968. During the next 18 years, he was promoted several times and worked in virtually every custodial capacity at San Quentin among the most notorious criminals in California. He moved on to a new women’s prison in Stockton, then served as Chief Deputy Warden and Warden at the infamous Pelican Bay prison as well as Warden at New Folsom prison. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Ayers was the Warden at San Quentin. Since his retirement, he has done corrections consulting in California, Nevada and Alabama. Mr. Ayers will speak about the growth of incarceration in California over the last 50 years and what that means to the citizens of California. Additionally, he will address major class action litigation issues which have impacted prison operations at significant cost to the taxpayers.

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.


January 5: Al Medeiros January 12: Karen Krestensen Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an email to


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

Friday Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study nNancy Crosby

Discovering the Joy of Jesus: A Guide to Philippians

Discover God’s gift of joy—a way to live above your circumstances, whether good or bad—a way to live close to God who loves you. Living in peace, secure and with joy—this life is yours through Christ. Come and learn how this is possible in our uncertain and often tumultuous world. We invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information. Hope to see you there! DATE: Fridays TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566

Nature Photography and iNaturalist Hike with a Volunteer Naturalist Trione-Annadel State Park Press release

EVENT DATE: Sunday, January 7 TIME: 10 a.m. hike departure to about 1 p.m. LOCATION: Parktrail Trailhead, neighborhood parking on Parktrail Drive, Santa Rosa Focus on aesthetic appreciation of Trione-Annadel State Park with Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist and Hike Leader John Lynch. John and several other local nature photographers will guide you along trails to document flora and fauna through postings to iNaturalist, and provide support and guidance for nature photography. The route will include approximately 450’ elevation gain over about four miles of varied trails. This route begins and ends at Parktrail Drive—a neighborhood entrance to TrioneAnnadel State Park—and may include sightings of wildlife. Make sure you have loaded the free app iNaturalist on your phone before you arrive, and/or bring a camera of any kind. Binoculars and a magnifying glass would be fun, too. ear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water and snack. Trekking poles recommended. Some trails are rocky and uneven. Heavy rain cancels. Day use fee: There is no day-use fee or parking fee at this park entrance. No advance reservations needed. There are no restrooms or water at the parking area or along trails; please plan accordingly. Dogs are not allowed. Directions: turn south on Summerfield Road, turn left onto Parktrail Drive, parking is along the street. Meet John just beyond the STOP sign. Please see the Annadel State Park website for more details about the park and Volunteer Hike Leader John Lynch ( id=480, click “Park Events”). Thank you to Trione-Annadel State Park Volunteers for providing this opportunity.

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Juan Fuentes, Vice President

A Happy and Healthy new Year to all our team bowlers and substitutes

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were rolling a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Juan at 529-9947 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 www. for club information and Winter 2018 League schedule. Bowling dates for January: Jan. 2 (rescheduled Fall League Championship Play-off, 2 p.m.), Jan. 9 (start of Winter 2018 League, 1:30 p.m.), 16 and 30. No bowling Jan. 23, fourth Tuesday.

Fall League Championship Play-off

As shown below the top three teams, 4 Tops, Alley Oops and Pocket Hits, from the 1:30 League will play the top three teams, High Rollers, Strike Outs and King Pins, from the 3:15 League at 2 p.m. on Jan. 2 to determine the Fall League Team Champion. NOTE: play-off was rescheduled from Dec. 12 to Jan. 2 at 2 p.m. due to scheduling error.

RESULTS AS OF December 5 (Eighth and final week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Alley Oops; third place tie, Pocket Hits and Strikers; fifth place, Wii Four; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. NOTE: Pocket Hits breaks third place tie with lower team handicap. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 298; Will Cohn, 213; Larry Lazzarini, 212; Terry Leuthner, 200. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 300 (fifth); Robin Schudel, 279; Joanne Abrams, 268; Mariel Green, 268; Peggy Ensley, 258; Joan Cohn, 212. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; second place, Strike Outs; third place, King Pins; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place tie, Strikes and Spares and Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 256; Juan Fuentes, 221; Mark Attebery, 205. Women’s High Games: Vickie Jackanich, 257; Diane Price, 247; Jan Blackburn, 235; Nicole Reed, 233; Mollie Atkinson, 229; Pat Stokes, 229; Maurine Bennett, 214; Debbie Miller, 214; Judy Lawrence, 212; Valerie Hulsey, 211. Subs High Games: Joanne Abrams, 279.

Just for Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

Did you use to play games when you were younger? Would you like to play games now? The Just For Fun Game Club plays games of all sorts and our goal is to have fun. You name it, we’ll play it: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games… whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We meet every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on the second, fourth and fifth Thursday at 6:30 p.m. All times are in the Card and Game Room in the Central Activity Center across the hall from the Library. We have lots of games on hand: Rummikub, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, Cribbage, Monopoly, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Deluxe Rook, Skip-Bo, a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes and more! A number of people usually bring other games as well. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring the game with you. Those who are present decide which games to play. We can even schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust the schedule or add another time that works. Come play with us!

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The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

For the Birds: The 2017 Oakmont Christmas Bird Count nDawna Foreman

Seeking OVA Board Candidates nRuthie Snyder, Chairperson, Nominating Committee

Throw your hat in the ring

Bird Count Birdwatchers.

Weeks of mild temperatures with little rain delivered a balmy Sunday in mid-December when 12 birding enthusiasts gathered to count every feathered creature in Oakmont. Joining veteran birders from across Sonoma County were nine Oakmont residents and two career naturalists who lost both home and livelihood when Pepperwood Preserve perished in the Tubbs Fire. Collective spotting skills were aided by birders who trained themselves to bird by ear, leaving no species uncounted. The outcome was a stellar count day totaling 61 bird species, double the prior year’s CBC. Individual bird numbers were also up dramatically from the 2016 count. Most notable birds of the day included 24 Hermit Thrush, a little brown spot-breasted bird that is a California resident, favors red berries, and winters in the woodlands and riparian habitats that we share with them. A juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron was observed in close proximity to an adult Great Blue Heron at the pond in East Golf Course, and both Western

Screech and Great Horned Owls were reported. The presence of scattered flocks of Pine Siskins are a welcome addition this year to the usual Lesser and American Goldfinch population. Varied Thrush, an irruptive species that shows up biannually in Northern California, were seen in modest number. The group delighted in counting three good-sized flocks of foraging Cedar Waxwings. The tiniest birds were flocks of marauding Bushtits and one Pygmy Nuthatch, spotted near the Wild Oak Saddle Club. For the complete species list, please email mojobird22@ Group leader, Rhio Reigh, attended the CBC compiler dinner, where Oakmont’s list was added to the rest of Santa Rosa’s 15-mile diameter count circle. Ultimately all local data is compiled by Madrone Audubon, then sent to the Audubon central database. For a closer look at this vast community science effort and historical overview see http://netapp.audubon. org/cbcobservation/.

Calling all potential OVA Board members! Submit your name to be placed in nomination for election to the OVA Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position for a term of two years. No one applying for the OVA Board could have served more than two consecutive terms and must be a member in good standing. The list of prospective candidates shall be presented to the Board of Directors for publication no later than February 1. All potential candidates must have their Letters of Intent to Serve (not a standard form and shall be created by individual candidate seeking election) by noon on January 15 delivered to the OVA office and addressed either to OVA Board of Directors or Ruthie Snyder, Chairperson of the Nominating Committee. Please include your name, phone number, address and email address in your letter. Please do not call OVA staff for information regarding this notice. All correspondence from potential candidates shall go to me at ruthiesnyder1@

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Happy new year to all of our oakmont friends & Clients

Everyone at McBride Realty would like to express our sincerest appreciation for the trust you have placed in us this past year. We look forward to serving you in 2018 with the utmost integrity and respect. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to do what we enjoy. May your holidays and New Year be filled with peace and happiness.

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9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 6:45 PM Contract Bridge CR A+B


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR A+B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Oakmont Music Lovers E 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 2:00 PM Oakmont Lanes E 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:00 PM Women’s Discussion Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 3:30 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Café Mortel B 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners BC 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 2:00 PM Oakmont Cannabis club E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg E 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Oakmont Music Lovers E 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes E 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Photography Club B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW



8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Oakmont Lanes E 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:00 PM Women’s Discussion Group B 3:30 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM OLLI BC 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Music at Oakmont BC 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM Social Security Seminar BC 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 7:00 PM Enneagram B

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:30 AM Art Association G 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 10:00 AM Art Association BC 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 1:00 PM Bocce


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 1:00 PM Bocce

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9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR B 11:00 AM HEARS B 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Contract Bridge CR A+B


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC



8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners BC 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles G 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR A+B


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners BC 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Senior Social Club UW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR B 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study G 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles D 12:30 PM Chess CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM ITap and More LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 7:00 PM Enneagram B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Invest Oak B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:00 AM E-Waste Collection BC Pkg Lot 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM E-Waste Collection BC Pkg Lot 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM OakMUG UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B

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9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates E 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 11:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes E 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 2:00 PM Chair Stretch Class LW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Bocce 2:00 PM OLLI BC 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

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AR Art Room (Central Activity Center) E East Recreation Center B Meeting Room (Central Activity Center) EC East Conference Room BC Berger Center G Berger Center BCFS Berger Center Fireside Room LCR Large Conference Room in OVA Office CR Card Room (Central Activity Center) LW Lower West Recreation Center D Berger Center UW Upper West Recreation Center


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


If you’re a gardener, you might want to call yourself a “Plant Manager.”


Dave Gould, Master Gardener, will give a fun talk entitled “Gardening Myths and Foibles.” In addition, he will present some basic gardening information. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, January 16, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

Bocce Club nLinda and Don McPherson


A friendly crowd of 60 Bocce Club members and friends enjoyed our annual Holiday Party. Following appetizers and dinner catered by The Oakmont Village Market, the Carlos Herrera Band entertained with a lively performance of Latin music that had members dancing in the aisles and singing along to crowd favorite Feliz Navidad.


• Clean, oil and store tools such as shovels, hoes, pruners, etc. Use a light machine oil on metal parts to prevent rust. • Move tender container plants indoors or under patio covers for winter. • Put out rat traps early before the rats devour fruit trees, vines, climbing roses and the like. • You can continue to plant California native plants and most hardy trees and shrubs. Water well after planting. • Plant bare root fruit trees in December. • Plant calendulas, iceland poppies, pansies, primroses, snapdragons, violas. • Plant fruits, berries, grapes, peonies, and artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, horseradish. Enjoy spinach, winter lettuces and spring cabbage all winter if you cover the plants with a row cover. • Prune grapes when dormant. Remove 1/3 to ½ of old wood and thin undergrowth. • Dormant spray leafless fruit and ornamental trees and shrubs. Start this month and do two more sprayings before bud break next March. Spray peaches and nectarines with lime sulfur, copper sulfate or fixed copper to control peach leaf curl. • Cut bloomed out chrysanthemums to 6”. • Pull winter weeds as soon as you spot them. Add mulch to prevent them.


Social Committee members Bob Baciocco, Ellie Baciocco, Pat Paulson and Donn Paulson, together with outgoing committee members Eddi and Bob Pelton (not pictured) planned and arranged the Bocce Holiday Party.


The Carlos Herrera Band entertained with lively Latin music at the Bocce Holiday Party.

Bocce continues throughout the winter months, Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. bocce courts, with the chip draw for teams at 12:45 p.m. Drop by to see what “the joy of bocce” is all about—anyone can play and all are welcome.

President Sherry Magers introduced the new board for 2018 and thanked the 2017 Board for its hard work, including outgoing board members Jeff and Cindi Clemence (co-treasurers), Susan Lynn (publicity), Eddi and Bob Pelton (social committee), John Magers (court maintenance) and Paul Wycliff (badges). Special thanks go out to Social Committee members Pat and Donn Paulson, Eddi and Bob Pelton, and Ellie and Bob Baciocco for a most enjoyable closing event.

If you haven’t paid 2018 dues yet, please complete the 2018 Dues Form below and place it together with your check for $15 per member in the Bocce Club folder at the OVA office by January 31. We want the 2018 Roster which will be available to club members to be accurate including current contact information. The schedule of events and tournaments for 2018 will be available soon after the New Year.


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) ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone Number(s) ________________________________________________________ Email(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________

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The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

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

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.

January 30—A New Bible Study 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

American Short Stories Reading Group nJulie Cade Bon

The American Short Stories Reading Group is back for 2018! Group members read two short stories each month and then discuss them in an informal setting led by English Professor (Emerita) Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D. Each story is examined in-depth, focusing on point of view, use of language, emotional impact, ambiguity, plot and characterization. The stories are featured in Best American Short Stories of 2017, edited by Meg Wolitzer (author of a Chicago Tribune’s Best Book of the Year, The Interestings). Meetings are usually held the first Tuesday of each month from 4–5:30 p.m. at the East Rec., starting in February. The group is limited to 25 members, but we may have openings. If interested in joining, email me at and include your contact information. Once you register, we’ll send you a detailed discussion guide as well as a list of dates and the stories to be read for those dates.

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


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

New Year

Happy New Year Everyone! It is 2018 and 2017 is now in the past. That means that people are making New Year’s resolutions. We all know one of the biggest resolutions is getting into better shape. The Fitness Center will be busy for the next few months but don’t wait for a time when the center may not be so busy. The earlier you start your resolution the better off you are. I know everyone has heard this before, how eating right and exercise can keep you young. All you need to do is step into the Oakmont Fitness Center at a prime time and you will see some amazing people. One thing that I have learned by working here is that you can’t guess someone’s age by looking at them. We have people who are in the 80’s, who have been working out for most of their lives and look like they may be in their 60’s. On the other hand we have people who are just starting out that may be in their 60’s and look like they may be in their 80’s. By starting an exercise routine these people will begin to look and feel better. The point is that exercise is important as we grow older, the stronger and more flexible you are, the healthier and more enjoyable your life will be. You will be able to perform more activities for a longer period of time. To help you in achieving your goals, I have orientations every other Tuesday at 10 a.m. and Wednesday at 11 a.m., starting Tuesday, January 2 at 10 a.m. I also provide 20-30 minute seminars on Mondays at 9 a.m. and Fridays at 4 p.m. These seminars cover a whole array of exercise information, from stretching to how to use the crossover cable machine. The schedule for these seminars is located in the Fitness Center on the Trainer’s bulletin board. These seminars are a great way to build on your own current workout or to help you develop a new one. On this same bulletin board are posted my floor hours in which I am available to residents to answer their fitness questions. In addition, if you are a member of the Fitness Club ($30 a year), you may sign up for a complimentary 20 minutes one on one check-up with me. These hours are also posted on the Trainer’s bulletin board. If you have questions or would like to check out the center please stop by. The center is open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. except Tuesdays when the hours are 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can also call me at 494-9086, or email me at I look forward to seeing everyone.

Afternoon Exercise Classes

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

feel better in your body

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: 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.

Be Your Best Self and Practice Yoga

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Breathe, feel, strengthen, and heal. Ease your neck and your back. Safely explore yoga poses. 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. Poses are modified as needed. 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.

nSandra Shaner

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

nBetsy Smith, Instructor

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

Tai Chi for Beginners

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at Sonoma State University

Now is the time to start your beginning Tai Chi classes for 2018. I am in my 30th year of teaching Tai Chi in Oakmont so I would love to add you to the roll call of seniors who improve their balance and agility with this ancient Chinese meditation in movement. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. for a fiveclass workshop in room G of the Berger Center. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Tuition is $75 for the five-class workshop. Pre-registration is required so please call me at 318-5284. I will love to answer your questions and encourage you to begin this balance and agility improving practice.

Interval Training nJohn Phillips

Special: The Month of January is Free!

Studies have shown that Interval Training helps keep us young and active and promotes weight loss more than any other activity including cardiovascular work. We meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. at the Lower Level at the West Recreation Center. The cost is $8, or $64 for 10 sessions (first is session free). Equipment needed: light hand weights, none slip mat and water. Check it out at: watch?v=0-Yvm2cXLYo. Get a great workout in 40 minutes or less!


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

Pickleball Corner

nChuck Wood

nTom and Teresa Woodrum

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

Mon., January 1: New Year class is on. Turn up! Wed., January 3: Line Dance with Steve Luther. No mats.


2018 is going to be a fun year for the Oakmont Pickleball Club. Thanks to the efforts of so many fine folks, we will have six new dedicated pickleball courts at the East Rec. Center for play and practice. Hooray! With so much to look forward to, you have even more reason to pay your 2018 club dues by January 31. It’s easy to do. Just go to the OVA offices, find the rolling cart for Oakmont’s clubs, locate the “Pickleball” tab amongst the hanging folders, pull out an “Oakmont Pickleball Club 2018 Annual Dues” form, fill in the blanks and then leave that form along with a check that includes $20 for each person signed up on your form. Checks are to be made out to “OPC.”


Wed., January 10: “Zalsa” Salsa workout with Steve Luther. No mats. Fri., January 12: Class cancelled. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Word to the wise Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.

Travel and Adventure Club

Here are some members’ offerings: • I will stay out of the kitchen; • I will not hit a ball and then follow through into the kitchen, either; • I will warm up by stretching first; • I will never run backwards—ever; • If I fall, I will do the “roll” and not try to put my hand down onto the court; • I will dink more and drink less; • I will shift to the left or right as my playing partner shifts; • I will learn the “third shot” drop shot.

nPat Donnelly, Little Sir

January 9 Luncheon

We hope everyone enjoyed the holidays and express our best wishes for a Happy New Year to all! SIR 92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include a social hour at 11 a.m., bar service and a sit down lunch at 12 noon with a choice of three entrées, a salad and dessert. We also host several social activities throughout the year such as winery tours and tastings, day trips to landmarks in the Bay Area, winery plays and concerts and much more! We are very excited to welcome as our speaker this month, Tim Zahner, Chief Operating Officer of the Sonoma County Tourism Board. Tim has a broad background and professional history in tourism and has traveled extensively. He brings to Sonoma County an expertise in what matters to outside groups when considering a visit to our area. He travels throughout the U.S. to speak on our unique area and encourage visitors to Sonoma County both for business and pleasure. Tim will speak to us about the recent fires and what this means to tourism overall. Tim will also speak on future goings on in the county in the coming year.


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

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

nCarolita Carr

February 5, 5:30 pm, East Rec. Center CIE Tours Presentation

Have you always wanted to travel to Ireland and Britain? Maybe you’ve already been, but would like to return without the hassle of all the preplanning. Maybe you just have an “itch” to travel. Then this program by CIE Tours is for you. We will experience a beautiful audio-visual presentation prepared by the company and be able to ask questions of the representative. We will even have the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive discounts which will be offered only to those in attendance this evening! CIE specializes in group, private, family escorted, self-drive, and small group tours. We need a minimum of 40 attendees to make this presentation happen, so please RSVP by January 31 to September Holstad at or (404) 272-2972. Mark your calendars now! Due to the recent fires and the forced evacuation from our homes, many of us seem to be rethinking our priorities. This is probably a good thing, but we still live in a great big, wonderful world, and exploring it should be high on our agenda. Attend our meetings to gather ideas and share with other lovers of travel and adventure!

SIR Branch #92

Cal Alumni Club nJulie Kiil

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

saddle Club Dinner—January 18

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, January 18, with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be Chicken Marsala, Buttered Noodles, Seasonal Vegetable with Green Salad and Raspberry Cheeescake for dessert. The price of the dinner is $36 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Please join us on the Saddle Club’s beautiful deck, weather permitting, overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains, sipping cocktails and enjoy a delicious meal in the clubhouse with the same spectacular view of the Trione Polo field and the Valley of the Moon. Reservations must be made in advance and are due by Monday, January 15. To make reservations please contact Linda Williams at 322-6272. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

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


The Oakmont News / January 1, 2018

Oakmont Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson

Program for January

The program on Friday, January 12, 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

Oil painting tutor needed

We need an artist to teach an oil painting class on a regular basis. If anyone knows of one contact the OAA at

nRosemary Waller


One of our most popular piano trios, the acclaimed Lee Trio, will bring two beloved selections to Oakmont on Thursday, Jan. 11 at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center: Beethoven’s Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70 “Ghost” and Dvorak’s Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky.” The Lee sisters (violinist Lisa Lee, cellist Angela Lee, and pianist Melinda Lee Masur), natives of San Francisco, are internationally recognized as one of the premier chamber ensembles performing today. Following are program notes for the two works they will present. Beethoven Trio No. 5 in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 “Ghost”: Beethoven’s student Carl Czerny remarked that the eerie slow movement of this trio reminded him of the ghost of Hamlet’s father, and the nickname “Ghost” has stuck. Czerny was not far off, though Beethoven was actually thinking of a different Shakespeare play. On the same page he made notes in his sketchbook for the trio’s Largo movement are also jottings for “Macbett” [sic], an opera project never realized. In 1808 Countess Anna Maria von Erdödy offered the composer rooms in her elegant apartment. Beethoven and the married-but-separated Countess became close friends, though apparently not lovers. The Countess was frail and partially paralyzed, but hosted many soirees featuring Beethoven’s music. Still, the composer, sensing a lack of appreciation in Vienna, spoke frequently of leaving the city. Countess Erdödy helped broker a solution involving Archduke Rudolph and two princes. Beethoven would be guaranteed an annual salary to remain in the city. In appreciation, he dedicated two trios, including the “Ghost,” to the Countess, having them performed in her home at Christmas time. Dvorak Trio No. 4 in E Minor, Op. 90 “Dumky”: In 1891 Dvorak became Director of the newly opened American Conservatory of Music in New York.

His Dumky piano trio was premiered in his native Czechoslovakia just before his departure for the US, when the composer was awarded an honorary doctorate at Prague’s Charles University. Dvorak himself was at the piano. The work was an immediate hit. The word “dumky” is of Ukrainian origin, the plural of “dumka.” Originally the word meant either meditation or somber reverie, and later evolved to denote a pensive lyrical expression. In the 19th century it came to suggest feelings of profound melancholy, dejection, and the sentimental outbursts of the eternal Slav linked with those of the romantic ego. (This last sentence is a paraphrase of the definition by a distinguished Moravian folklorist—whew!) In the early eighteen hundreds, Slav composers began to intersperse more cheerful sections among the brooding ones. With the Dumky, Dvorak freed himself from the prevailing Germanic musical model, composing not in the usual three- or four-movement sonata form, but in six free improvisations based on his own re-invented Slav motifs. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thurs. Jan. 11, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door, or your season pass

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.

Dinner for 8 nLeslie Evans

Our group is the original Dinner for 8, not affiliated with any other group. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year, plus a picnic and a cocktail party. We meet for February cocktail party, April dinner, June dinner, August picnic, October dinner and December dinner. When joining the group, members agree to host a dinner once during the year and are assigned a month based on their preference (April, June,

October or December). Members are rotated from dinner to dinner, giving an opportunity to meet everyone. Prior to a dinner, the hosts receive their guest assignments and schedule their guests on a mutually agreed upon date. Each host determines their menu and provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an appetizer, salad, or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement

the meal. On the second Sunday in February we start the New Year with a cocktail party in a member’s home. The club provides wine (supplied by $5 dues per person), and members bring appetizers. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in a picnic grove in Oakmont on the second Sunday of August. Members bring a dish and their beverage of choice. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Please call me at 843-7408 for further information.


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New Classes at Oakmont Technology Learning Center

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) winter Session — january • february • march

Registration: call 538-1485 or visit

nTina Nerat

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—we have new classes this 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. A full listing of classes and the schedule are posted on and outside the CAC classroom. These classes are open to Oakmont residents only. We now have three ways to register for OTLC classes beginning January 1: 1) go to and send in registration online, 2) call 538-1485 to leave a message, or 3) talk to instructors and register at the OTLC Open House and Tech Forum on Thursday, January 4, at 4 p.m. at the Berger Center.

Windows Computer Information nAl Medeiros

Volunteer Needed

The Oakmont PC Club no longer exists but for the last few years a couple of us have volunteered to help Oakmonters with PC and Android Smart Phone issues. Currently I am the only volunteer that provides these services and, frankly, I would like to find one or two more volunteers to share the load. The frequency of the calls vary significantly and I think I’ve learned something on most of them. Also, I’ve met a lot of nice people and received a lot of satisfaction in helping them through these issues. If you think you might be interested in helping people with PC and/or Android issues please contact me at 843-4447 and I’ll give you more information about the types of issues I’ve encountered, the frequency of the calls, etc.


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nLinda Koepplin


WHEN: January 20, 12 noon WHERE: West Recreation Center All paid OakMUG members are invited to attend. The party includes lunch. The club will provide a main course, dessert, wine and tableware. Households with names beginning A through M, please bring an appetizer; names beginning N through Z, please bring a salad.


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Oakmont Technology Forum

January 4 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!


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Hikers nTony Lachowicz

Please visit our website: www.oakmonthikingclub. com.


The Oakmont Hiking Club is instituting annual dues of $10. Members will become part of the club’s database for email blasts about hikes, tri-nighters and other events. Dues revenue will help offset costs such as first-aid kits and reimbursement of some expenses incurred by tri-nighter planners. Club president Chuck Chenault said the membership form—printed below and posted on—and the $10 fee will be collected at the annual Potluck Dinner at the East Rec. Center on January 20. After that, the form and check should be placed in the OHC folder at the OVA office. Although not a prerequisite to go on Thursday hikes, membership is strongly encouraged. Nonmembers will be charged $5 to register for a trinighter and $5 to attend the January Potluck Dinner. Also, the cost of the August Picnic will be $8 for non-


members versus $5 for members.


The bubbly hike will be in Annadel, as usual, and since we don’t know for sure what trails will be open we will make a decision when the time gets closer. It will be no more than eight miles and 1,000’ of elevation, and I promise there will be bubbles. Hike leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent.

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


We will carpool to the Oakmont Community Garden, and hike Live Oak Tr. and Rough Go Tr. to Lake Ilsanjo, where we will have our lunch/snack and a bubbly toast to the New Year. We will then return on Steve’s S Trail and Channel Dr to our cars. Distance is approximate 5.5 miles, with an elevation gain of 500’. Bring water and a lunch/snack. Hike leaders are Frank Batchelor, 537-6640 and Larry Maniscalco, 5382089. Leave Berger at 9 a.m.

Annadel post-fire. (Photo by Martin Johns)


This hike is a four-mile moderately challenging loop trail located near Novato, California that features a waterfall (if we get any rain). There is a significant incline in the first half of the hike, with an elevation gain of 480’. Bring lunch, water and poles. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.

Rush Creek Hikers. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA Hiking Club folder with your check for $10 payable to Oakmont Hiking Club. Membership details can be found on the club website. Name: _______________________________________________________________________________________ Street Address: _______________________________________________________________________________ Email Address: _______________________________________________________________________________

Our speaker will be Jennifer Wright and her crew from “Solful” in Sebastopol, a brand new dispensary. Let’s hear what is going on with the new laws and any new products, for January 1 it’s all legal. All are welcome to attend.

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Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™ art technique. If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle or square, etc., you can do the Zentangle™ Art Method. You do not have to have attended any other Zentangle™ class to come. Everyone is welcome! Monday, January 8, 4:30–6 p.m.: Back to the Basics with a new look! Monday, January 22, 4:30–6 p.m.: Let’s look at strings and new tangles! WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Please E-mail me at

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Single Boomers Social Club


nCarolita Carr

Upcoming: January 11, Happy Hour at Quail Inn, 4:30 pm Toast the New Year with your SBSC friends

2017 is history, the year Single Boomer Social Club had a board of five. We even had two men on the board. Our Event Director did a great job, thinking up unique adventures and adding line dancing to our Mixers. In October, we, like the rest of Oakmont, had to flee our homes as the fires raged around us. In spite of that, we had a good year. Our membership hit the 100 mark (and climbing), forcing our Communications Director to set up two Contact Lists to keep our email messages out of spam filters. We had creative mixers (balloon volleyball, anyone?), went to wineries for music nights, attended Funky Friday shows, went to the theater, had dinners out, and toasted ourselves at Happy Hours. What’s in store for 2018? Who knows? We tried to begin the year with an Indian cooking demonstration, only to be denied by OVA. (It seems there are no sprinklers in the facilities and the possibility of a

fire would be too big a risk.) So we are falling back on an informal Happy Hour at the Quail Inn. It’s comfortable and close to home. Come share some time with us.


Have you paid your dues for 2018? Please drop your check for $12 made out to SBSC, into the SBSC folder in the file at the OVA office. Make sure you get it into the right folder, and do it before January 31. We will be updating our computer contacts list and if we don’t have your check, we will have to drop you from the roster. Don’t miss out on any important communications. As stated above, we have over 100 members, but there are many of you who join and then stay home. This year, make a resolution to come to one of our events. You will find a group of friendly people who are enjoying life. We would love to see you and get to know you. Don’t sit home alone! Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


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Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can greet and meet you. We will not meet on January 1. On January 8 and 15 Norma Doyle will present the comedy/drama Educating Rita by Willy Russell. Readers include John Dolan, Norma Doyle and Jeff Sheff. The play follows the relationship between Rita, a 26-year-old working-class hairdresser and Frank, a middle-aged alcoholic university lecturer. Rita is dissatisfied with the routine of her life, seeks inner growth by attending an Open University course in English Literature with a tutor, Frank. The two have an immediate and profound effect on one another: Frank is impressed by Rita’s verve and earnestness and is forced to re-examine his attitudes and position in life; Rita finds Frank’s tutelage opens doors to a bohemian lifestyle and a new self-confidence. However, Frank’s bitterness and cynicism return as he notices Rita beginning to adopt the pretensions of the university culture he despises. Rita becomes disillusioned by a friend’s attempted suicide and realizes that her new social niche is rife with the same dishonesty and superficiality she had previously sought to escape. Russell was commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company to write Educating Rita, now a modern classic which has been translated and produced in almost every part the globe garnering awards both for its author and actors. Russell earned other awards for Shirley Valentine, John, Paul, George, Ringo…and Bert, a musical about the Beatles. Besides other stage works Russell was a gifted and accomplished screenwriter of television and movie films and published his first novel in 2000.

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Democratic Club nSusan Bercu


On Thursday, January 18, 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. WHAT: Medicare for All—It’s Our Right—Right Now! WHEN: Thurs., Jan 18. Check-in and Social at 6:30 p.m.; Program and Q&A 7–8:30 p.m. PLACE: East Rec. Center Everyone is welcome. Tell your friends and neighbors and bout this free event!


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/.

Autobiographical Writing Class nCharles Wrightson

Working on your memoir? Tired of working alone? Come join a friendly group of seniors who enjoy sharing their life stories and are seeking new members. Class meets at Oakmont Gardens every Wednesday from 1:30–4:30 p.m. and resumes January 17. It is free, offered by the SRJC Older Adults Program. Questions? The instructor, Stephanie Hiller, can be reached at 939-8272.

Oakmont Progressives nTom Amato

On Monday, January 8, East Rec. Center at 7 p.m., Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch will give us an insider’s view of the alarming forces threatening safe food and clean water. This is an event you will not want to miss.

Happy New Year

Golly it is hard to believe that another year is upon us. As we welcome 2018 and think about those New Year’s resolutions why not put your spiritual health first on your list. We would love for you to join us at the Berger Center every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. for morning worship. We also hold service for the Oakmont Gardens at 1 p.m. on Sundays for those who are unable to get across the street for morning worship. Hope to see you soon.

Upcoming Fellowship Opportunities

Here are a few things that are coming up this month for our church family: January 7: Pot Luck All birthday celebration following the worship service. January 20: Men’s Fellowship in the billiard room at the East Rec. at 3 p.m. January 20: Ladies Tea in the conference room at the East Rec. at 3 p.m. Feel free to join us and get to know us away from church. I think you will like us.

Our Help Will Be Needed

We have been in contact with Pastor Hill at the Glen Ellen Community Church and we will be working with him to help those who were burnt out of their homes with household items as the FEMA trailers begin coming in. These trailers come with only a bed. Many items will be needed to be able to live comfortably until their homes are rebuilt and insurance kicks in and all the rest of the hoops these people will have to go through until their home is rebuilt, which could be a year or two away. Currently however, they do not, and we do not have a place to store the items. So, if you can hold on to them, maybe set them aside in your garages until they are needed that would be so helpful. If you are interested in helping the folks in Glen Ellen, please call me and let me know what items you have set aside. Pastor Jim will be emailing me with items that are needed as people need them. It is difficult because I know we want to help right now and it is easier on us not to store items that we no longer want or need but we need to understand that regrouping and rebuilding takes time. There are steps that need to take place before the trailers arrive and before people can ever consider rebuilding so although we know they will need help, they just don’t need our help at this exact moment. So please bear with us. This will be a long road for all of those who have lost their homes. And as most of us are probably aware, our sacrifice of space and time is so tiny compared to the massive lost that our neighbors have endured. OCCs phone number is 595-0166. Thank you in advance for your assistance and God Bless each and every one of you, Pastor Brinda

Industrialized food production, failing infrastructure, privatization and dirty fossil fuels are degrading the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink. Food and Water Watch is an organization on the front lines of the battle between corporations and the people over food and water supplies. We are fortunate that Adam Scow, the Regional Director for California has agreed to come to Oakmont and give us of the current battles from the inside. Food and Water Watch is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with regional offices around the country and in Latin America, with an affiliate in Europe. Their campaigns include lobbying for Country of Origin labeling for foods, GMO labeling, fighting to keep our water systems under public control, promoting grassroots efforts to stop all fossil fuel development, including pipelines, mines and export facilities, and promoting a transition to 100% renewable energy sources. Food and Water Watch filed a lawsuit against President Trump for his efforts to sell off water systems, bridges and roads to the highest bidder. If you are not a close follower of food and water news, prepare to be shocked and alarmed by what Adam has to tell us. Come learn what you can do to help. Join the Oakmont Progressives on Monday, Jan. 8 at the East Rec. Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for social time; the program begins at 7 p.m. Everyone is welcome. To help us plan, please RSVP at www. For any questions, please contact Vince Taylor at 583-9490, or Ed Biglin at (925) 202-9439. Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We seek a government that works for the people instead of banks, corporations and billionaires. For more information, see “How Progressives and Democrats Differ.”


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Oakmont Rainbow Women nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

That’s Entertainment!

Nearly 100 Oakmont Rainbow Women celebrated the season together on the evening of December 14 at our annual Holiday Party. Bobbie Rosenthal recounted the story of Hanukkah and several members participated in the menorah lighting for the third night of Hanukkah. We enjoyed a convivial potluck of many delicious homemade dishes plus turkey, ham and veggie lasagna provided by the ORW Board.

Women’s Meditation Circle nHalima JoAnn Haymaker

The Women’s Meditation Circle will meet on the second Wednesday, January 10 instead of the first Wednesday, for this month only. Please join us at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive, for music,

Buddhist Meeting­—January 27 nPennijean Savage

For the Renunciation of War

SGI President Daisaku Ikeda emphasized that all life possesses an inalienable right to exist and that we have a mission to protect life. Dr. Ikeda is the third president of the Soka Gakkai (ValueCreating Society), and founder of the Soka Gakkai International (SGI), the largest, most diverse international lay Buddhist association in the world today, based on the 700-year-old tradition of Nichiren Buddhism.—Living Buddhism, p. 17, Nov. 2017 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, January 27, and learn more about the benefits of this Party goers dressed for the occasion.

Deb Zilavy, assisted by Marge and Nancy and numerous other organizers, turned the East Rec. into a festive venue for visiting with new members and old friends, staging what all agreed was once of the best holiday parties in memory. At the end of our meal, we were treated to the very special, hilarious and entertaining performance of comedic juggler Sara Felder. Sara juggles family memories, circus shtick and social justice. She had us laughing, clapping and calling out questions and suggestions. Sara has toured with San Francisco’s Pickle Family Circus as well as solo theater shows. Capping off a performance that included a juggling ballet and the amazing bowling ball and machete stunt, Sara taught about 35 of us how to juggle! 2018 begins with style and rhythm when Blame Sally appears in an ORP-produced concert on January 27 at 7 p.m. at the Berger Center. Four singersongwriters from San Francisco began performing together in 2000, combining powerful musicality with original lyrics in folk rock and country genres—and they eclectically put on a heck of a good show. As one reviewer said, “Looking for powerful aural poetry? Blame Sally.” Watch them at Purchase tickets by leaving a check in the ORW folder at the OVA at $25 each ($20 for ORW members) or from Sue Dibble. Will-call in the Berger opens at 6:30 p.m. the night of the concert. Bring friends and neighbors—they’ll love it. Special event: Women’s March film. Save the date of Sunday, January 21, 6:30 p.m. at the East Rec. when ORW will host a special screening of the documentary Women’s March made by local TrimTab Media about the historic 2017 March. It is free and open to all Oakmonters. Our first regular meeting is January 11, East Rec. at 7 p.m. when fitness guru Mary Hastings will give us tips on balance and Tess Lorraine will describe the movement known as Café Mortel. The $10 dues for 2018 are due by the January 11 meeting. Leave them in a sealed envelope in the DUES folder within the Rainbow Women file at the OVA office, or bring cash or check to the meeting. Membership does have its benefits, like discounted concert tickets, access to the member roster, ability to participate in any of the SIGs, and support from the Rainbow Caring Group when needed. The benefits of a friendly supportive community have no price. And remember, all Oakmont women are welcome in the only organization of its kind in Oakmont.

meditation, poetry, and words of Sufi wisdom. Open to all women; no fee. Please let me know by calling 537-1275 if you are coming so that I may save a chair for you.

nMarlena Cannon

Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place. Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or 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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Adventures in English Mondays, Jan. 8—Feb. 19 (No class on Jan. 15) 3–5 PM, Berger Center Instructor: Marie T. Huhtala, M.A.

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

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

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

Planets Around Other Stars Thursdays, Jan. 11–Feb. 15, 3–5 PM, East Rec. Center Instructor: Warren Wiscombe, Ph.D.

This is an extraordinary age of planet discovery! Since 1990, the number of “exoplanets” (known planets around stars) has grown from zero to over 5,000. With an estimated 100 billion planets in our galaxy, learn about exoplanets— the types, how they form; how we detect them; and which ones are Earth-like and possibly habitable. To register, go to

olli, call 664-2691 or register on the first day of class.

oakmont lifelong learning 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 has a gorgeous voice and personal charm that has leapt off the stage and into recordings, videos, books, magazines, television and the movies. Celebrate the artistry and career of “The People’s Diva” who has stolen the hearts of music lovers around the world. 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. This lecture will 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., began his career with Beverly Sills at New York City Opera. He was a Founding Member of The Singers Development Foundation, offering study grants to promising young opera singers. He has worked on projects with Cincinnati Opera, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, the San Francisco Opera and the Pocket Opera. To purchase tickets, go to, complete this registration form and return it to the OLL folder at the OVA office or pay at the door.

Registration form

Print Name ___________________________________________________________________________________ Indicate number of tickets desired: Renee Fleming ________ Broadway Shows ________ Total number of tickets ________ at $20 each = $ ________ Email _____________________________________ Phone (needed to notify you in the event of changes) _______________________________________________



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nCarolita Carr

Upcoming Mardi Gras Party

WHEN: Friday, February 9 WHERE: Berger Center COST: $15 TIME: Doors open at 5:30. Please no early birds. BRING: Food to share and beverage of your choice Music will be provided by DJ Phil Trau of Pure Energy Productions-creator of high energy interactive and fun dance experiences. Phil guarantees to get you out on the dance floor. Register on the website now or fill out the coupon below. Bring it with your check to the OVA and put it in the Boomer file. Oakmont Boomers is probably the largest, most fun club in Oakmont. Our website ( allows you to join the club, register for events Mardi Party DJ Phil Trau. and get information

Boomers about upcoming events. Try it out now to join or renew your membership for the coming year. You can pay via Paypal, or use a debit or credit card; it’s all very easy. Dues are $10 per person, per year. We encourage you to use the website for joining or event registrations (like the upcoming Mardi Party) because it is done instantaneously. You still have the option of depositing your check in our folder at the OVA, but it will take time to process. If an event is close to being sold out, you don’t want to take the chance of your check languishing in the folder, waiting to be picked up. If you experience difficulties using the website, please give us a call and one of us will personally come to you to show you how it works.

Boomers Club 2018 Calendar of Events (clip for your refrigerator)

Feb. 9: Mardi Gras Party Mar. 15: “The Growing Sonoma County Cannabis Industry and How it Will Affect You.” Speaker— Martin A. Lee Apr.13: Neil Diamond Tribute Concert May 19: Nathan Owens (Motown Party) June 23: Party with the Poyntlyss Sistars Aug 25: Party with the Sun Kings Sept. 20: Sandwich/Playlist Party Oct. 27: Halloween Party with the Floorshakers Nov. 15: Trivia Night Dec. 13: Member Appreciation Holiday Party

MARDI PARTY RESERVATION COUPON Friday, February 9, Berger Center, 5:30–9:30 PM

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. Registration options for Mardi Party are: Reserved table for eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $120 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table example Smith Party. Party name:__________________________________________________________________________________ Names:_____________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Duplicate Bridge nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

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

Unreserved seating: If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation. Name:_____________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m., February 5. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact, info@oakmont

nBarbara Bowman

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

January 7, 2 pm and 7 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.

January 14, 2 pm and 7 pm DEEPWATER HORIZON

Replaying the catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010, this tense drama recounts the horrific experiences of the 126 crew members onboard and the numerous acts of courage that saved many lives. Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell and John Malkovich star in this gripping and realistic depiction of one of the world’s largest man-made ecological disasters. The film received several honors, including two Academy Award nominations. (2016), PG-13, 114 minutes.

January 21, 2 pm and 7 pm IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

Based on the award-winning book, this film tells the incredible true tale of the whaling ship Essex, which was rammed and sunk by a mammoth-sized whale in 1820. The historical drama chronicles the aftermath and the crew’s horrible 90-day struggle to survive amid storms, hunger and despair, providing inspiration for Herman Melville’s great novel, MobyDick. Superb cinematography and an excellent cast, which includes Chris Hemsworth and Brandan Gleeson. (2015), PG-13, 122 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, January 7, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Dear Frankie, PG-13, (2004), 105 minutes. Sunday, January 14, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Deepwater Horizon, (2016), PG-13, 114 minutes. Sunday, January 21, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: In the Heart of the Sea, (2015), PG-13, 122 minutes.


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.

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.

Oakmont News Classified Rates • • • •


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

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

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


Barber cuts, highlights, woman’s cut, perms, shampoo and set. Specials for everyone! Vidal Sassoon training. Barber: Sun., Mon. and Thurs. Cheryl: Tues., Wed., Fri. and Sat. Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. every day. 700 4th St., free parking lot in the back of Barns and Noble bookstore. 596-2769.


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


Home, office, move-outs. Window, bed linens and much more. 19+ years of experience. References upon request. 548-9482 or


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,



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


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

Do you enjoy children? Need extra income? We are looking for part-time Noon Duty Supervisors. Mon.–Fri., 11:30–1, $11.89–13.12. Located about 3.5 miles away from Oakmont. For more details or to schedule an interview, please call 538-2122 or email Jenny Lunch at


Quantity: 100, 5/4 x 6, 20’ length. Color: Saddle. Call Dian at (707) 483-7414.


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.


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.

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

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


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

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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

Annual Locker Fee $30 (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 January 1–15 Susan Mullaly 539-1328 January 16-31 Jeannie Perez 805-0300

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

PAS Management Company

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Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

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

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

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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Gloria Young, President Greg Goodwin, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary 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.


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Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

The New Year is a good time to learn Foxtrot

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 steps if there is a lot of room. Over the three classes, we will build on the material

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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 twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

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E-Waste Collection and Goodwill Donation Truck nAnita Roraus, OVA

Fri., january 19, 11 am–7 pm; Sat., January 20, 9 am–5 pm

E-Waste Collection will be a two-day event! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street. There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay! In addition to E-Waste, you may drop off items in gently-used condition such as clothing, furniture, books, shoes, household items, etc. Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, tape and zip drives); consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.); televisions (CRTs and LCDs); office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.); and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners. Goodwill will not accept large appliances and large office equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, large copiers, and printers that sit on the floor, etc.

Relationship Counseling of Sonoma We are a couple guiding couples We guide you to face and overcome the obstacles in your path to a more satisfying relationship. We provide a safe, confidential and sensitive environment where you can speak to each other, and be heard. This creates a more intimate connection and leads to a renewed sense of spontaneity, depth and freshness in your relationship. For a free, one hour consultation, call 707-293-9864. For more information, go to

Terry Pennebaker & Doug Woodard


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

Some of our services: n Caring


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


Meal Planning and Preparation


Transportation and Errands


Light Housekeeping


Medication Reminders


Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

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

Serving Oakmont residents for over 12 years!

Owners, Gabriella Ambrosi, CEO and Stanton Lawson, CFO

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

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

Century 21 Valley of the Moon Locally Owned—Internationally Known

Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519

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coming soon Jolene Cortright 477-6529

471 Singing Woods Lane $515,000

6960 Oakmont Drive $749,000

7529 Oak Leaf Drive

CalBRE# 01469046

CalBRE# 00882159

in escrow

in escrow

8860 Oakmont Drive $825,000

6550 Stonecroft Terrace

Paula Lewis 332-0433

4445 Alta Vista Drive $1,199,000

Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583

in escrow

in escrow


9216 Oak Trail Circle

4913 Stonehedge Drive

357 Pythian Road

CalBRE# 01716489

CalBRE# 00788134 & 00544689

Joey & Claudine Cuneo 694-2634

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Kay Nelson 538-8777

Sue Senk 318-9595

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Roberta Lommori 539-3200 CalBRE# 00677185

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