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Look Who’s Around the East Rec. Pond A herd of sheep, which began its grass-chomping in west Oakmont, is shown here at work around the East Rec. Center pond and picnic area. Temporary fences contain the sheep, which are guarded by a special breed of dog that will bark if people approach too close. Oakmont is in its third year of using a herd from Living Systems Land Management LLC to provide environmentally friendly fire protection. (Photos by Oakmont resident Maurice Fliess)

A herd of Droper sheep savoring tall green grass with the pond and aerating fountain in the background.

A herd at work around the pond.

OVA Sets Hours for Scheduling nStaff Report

OVA is asking members reserving space and times for meetings to do so on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 1 and 4 p.m. effective August 1. Events Coordinator Anita Roraus is setting aside those hours to assist residents with their event planning.

Ruth Caldwell Steps Down at Library

July 15, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 14

Big Turnout for Workshop Focusing on Berger’s Future

nMarlena Cannon

nJackie Reinhardt

Librarian Emeritus. Retired but not leaving. Ruth Caldwell, in a letter to library volunteers, has said that she will be doing less at the Oakmont library in what she called “the best volunteer job I ever had.” With that decision it’s natural to look back at what she’s done. While her humble personality might say that it really wasn’t anything particularly special, the members of the Library Steering Committee tell a different story. “Ruth is as much Caldwell, at right, with Toni Novoa. of a treasure as our (2016 file photo by Peter Boyle) collection of books,” says Toni Novoa who will take over many of the tasks that Ruth has routinely done. “Her knowledge of Oakmont is encyclopedic.” Jeanne DeJoseph agrees and talks about Ruth’s incredible role in the ever-changing library history. Changes in the physical space. Changes in the Oakmont Board of Directors and the OVA staff. And, through it all, Ruth and close friend Dee Fannin were the steady visionaries who lobbied for a space in the Central Activity Center, helped design the layout and organized the transfer of the library collection. No easy feat. And now there is change again. DeJoseph sees this chapter as a time where the structure and procedures that have been established will serve as the safety net for future decisions. “Ruth, like a good reference librarian, has pointed us all in the right direction to ensure we have what we will need going forward.”  “Ruth and her team have created an asset for our community that is the envy of other senior communities in the state,” says Julie Jones, Steering Committee member. “Oakmont residents should be proud of what we have.”  What’s unique, according to all three committee members, is Ruth’s singular commitment to accessibility—to organize the library and its collection in whatever way makes it easiest for people to find what they are looking for.  The most recent change is the perfect example: the installation of the new library door that swings into the hallway, making it easier for residents in wheelchairs to come inside. It is often said that as one door closes another one opens. In this context, let it be that it opens both for the library and for Ruth.

The first presentation of the Berger Action Committee (BAC) drew a packed audience to the July 5 OVA Board workshop where attendees got their first glimpse of experts’ assessments of Oakmont’s aging multi-use center. Although some opinions in the audience differed, there was widespread unanimity on one thing: BAC with its 150 years of cumulative experience in construction was up to the challenge. “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 BreroGow, BAC Chair said in introductory remarks. Later she confirmed an earlier observation that Berger has Claudette “good bones.” Brero-Gow Bob Jackson, a retired Bechtel project manager, shared the findings of engineering consultants in a PowerPoint presentation that concluded the seismic work could be done any time over the next two years. Recommendations were strengthening the building’s corner column connections, installing Bob Jackson plywood to strengthen the roof when it is replaced, adding solar panels, and drilling 50 feet below to make sure the ground underneath is solid. Just as urgent in Jackson’s view is fire protection. “Folks, Berger has no fire protection,” he said, stressing this is a critical life safety issue in a building with sprinklers only in the kitchen. To remedy the situation he said Berger needs a high pressure water line, electrical back-up power and a fire protection system that meets current standards. BAC will ask the board at its next regular meeting for authority to hire an estimator whose first priority will be to inspect the roof and develop reliable costs for remodeling Berger or rebuilding it following the design concept now referred to as “Option 4C.” Option 4C calls for an additional 1,721 sq. ft. in flexible space derived from a new freestanding lobby with a folding glass wall entrance and by using vertical partitions for meeting rooms D and G, which would also have separate entrances. “This has a lot of appeal and it opens up ways Berger can be used,” Jackson said, emphasizing the


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Elnoka Public Meeting Announced The City of Santa Rosa has determined that Thursday, July 27, will be​​the date of the required Elnoka EIR public meeting which will be held at the Berger. The doors will be open at 6:45​​p​.​m​.​ with the presentation starting at 7​​p​.​m​.​ending no later than 9​ ​p​.​m.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017

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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017

Message From the OVA Board VP

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

nKen Heyman

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

DATE 2nd Tues. Monthly 1st and 3rd Tues. Monthly

TIME PLACE* 1:30 PM Conf. Rm. 1–3 PM Berger Center

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

DATE 2nd Mon. Monthly 2nd Thurs. Monthly The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 2nd Tues. Monthly

TIME PLACE* 9–11 AM Rm. B 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 2–3:30 PM 10 AM–12 Noon

Rm. B Mgrs. Conf. Rm.

1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Wed. (June)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. East Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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

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


nJohn Renwick

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations


Recently there have been reports of various critters visiting homes without an invitation. To help prevent entrance of unwanted animals into your home and yard, here are a few things everybody can do. • Repair damaged building ventilation screens. • Screen or close openings under overlapping roof lines. • Weather-strip front and side garage doors so they close tightly. • Seal all openings around pipes, cables and wires that enter the foundation. • Check garage shelves and storage lofts for rat evidence. • Stack firewood off the ground and away from buildings and fences.

• Outside, feed your pet only the amount of food it will eat and do not leave food and water outside over night. • Store food in vermin-proof containers. • Restrict feeding of birds to an area that can be cleaned. • Pick up dog droppings. • Thin or remove ivy and dense vegetation. • Do not leave food out for wild animals. Wild turkeys continue to visit. One or two may be fine, but some Northern California Associations have found that turkeys will start to make your home their home! This may result in turkeys causing major roof damage along with the expense of a new roof. August Board Meeting: Monday, August 7, 12 noon, Room B

July 5th was a great day for Oakmont. After months of dedication, the Berger Action Committee (BAC) gave Oakmont the presentation we had all been waiting for. This presentation was the culmination of three years and three committee findings. The thoroughness and care by the BAC was clear to all who attended. BAC members Claudette Brero-Gow, Bob Jackson, Art Fichtenberg and David Dearden did a fantastic job exhibiting their conclusions and answering questions from the board and the community. Five options in total were studied: • Cosmetic Update • Modernize Existing Configuration • Reconfigured and Modernize • Modernize and Expand • New Berger One thing we all learned was “the Berger Center has good bones,” said Claudette with a big smile. I’ve always thought the Berger Center was a beautiful structure. With its unique arch and buttress construction and classic mid-century design, it’s a successful legacy of HM Berger who called for “a party house” in his original design of Oakmont— and boy, has the Berger Center hosted many a party. A lot has changed since the Berger was built, yet the quality materials and workmanship have worn well. With the recent news that the Oaks at Stonebridge project has been delayed due to escalated construction costs, it’s easy to imagine that to replicate the Berger Center would be too expensive to build in today’s dollars. This is only one reason I believe the work of the BAC has been extremely valuable. We now know we have a building with “good bones” that may be well-used, but it’s also well-worth considering taking advantage of those good bones as the framework for modernizing, just as we did with the 1963 Central Activity Center.

Volunteer Opportunity nYvonne Horn

Landscape Committee is Seeking New Members

The Landscape Committee is putting out a call for additional members. While gardening and landscaping experience is a plus, also needed are those with an interest in maintaining Oakmont’s natural-yet-cared-for appearance. Possibilities for involvement extend from caring for planted pots at the doors of our various recreation facilities to look-ahead OVA landscaping visions. Note that the Landscape Committee is charged with overseeing only OVA-owned property and not the village in its entirety. For more information contact me at yhorn@sonic. net, 537-9135. photo by Robert Couse-Baker

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

Be sure to designate the

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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017

Gardens Expansion Put Off a Year

Park Improvements in Kenwood nStaff Report

nStaff Report

Improvements to Shaw Park in Kenwood this summer are being made in a partnership between the Rotary Club of Glen Ellen and Kenwood, the county regional parks, and the parks foundation. Rotary Club volunteers help staff a beer and wine sales booth at Funky Fridays concerts, raising money for Sonoma County Regional Parks’ Funky Fridays Fund. The club receives a donation for its work. Improvements at the park include a new walking path and split rail fencing, plus general maintenance and painting. Volunteers from Rotary, the Senior Sonoma County Soccer League and from Sonoma Valley Landscape are part of a July 15 work day at the park. Funky Fridays concerts continue weekly through Sept. 2 at Hood Mansion, across Highway 12 from Pythian Road.

Expansion of Oakmont Gardens with apartments for assisted living and memory care is now scheduled for spring of 2018, a company official said. The buildings, to be called The Oaks at Stone Bridge, will be on property at Oakmont Drive and Stone Bridge Road. The site is now surrounded by a green construction fence. Increased construction costs prompted a delay for the project from this year to 2018, said Roger Green, vice president of community development and renovations for the Gardens’ owner, MBK Senior Living of Irvine, California. The expansion will include 50 assisted living and 24 memory care apartments, costing $25 million to $30 million.

Current Events Discussion Group

nSue Rowlands

The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page. Dear Editor: Just read some of the articles in the Oakmont News for July 1. First, I’m very impressed and delighted that we will have a master-at-arms at the Board meetings. That should keep everyone in line. When I was in the navy we had a masterat-arms who carried a baton. That got everyone’s respect. Also, I have been following the comments regarding the use of the spot next to the central pool now that the Pickle Ball is not going there. I don’t feel that lawn, benches, tables will draw much attendance. I would think that games, including miniature Golf, badminton, or even an archery field (aiming away from the pool, of course) would be appropriate. Tom Conley

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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.



Letter to the Editor

July 21: Jim Duport July 28: Bernie Palk 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

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


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

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Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

There will be no meeting of the Genealogy Club in July. The next meeting will be on Monday, August 28 at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. The topic will be George McKinney’s annual update of new and interesting genealogy websites, which is always a very informative session. Our last meeting on June 26 featured guest, Wendy Wheelwright, who gave a very entertaining lecture on Adoption Research for the genealogist or for anyone interested in finding an adoptee’s living or deceased birth parents. George McKinney added a segment on using DNA for adoption research, explaining how this can be the most valuable tool, using Y-DNA testing for men only, or Autosomal DNA testing for anyone. The presentation and a handout on using DNA in Adoption Research are posted on our website (www. The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email:


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017

Golf News Oakmont Golf Club

nRick Warfel


The California Grocers Association Tournament is the largest and most elaborate special event held at the Oakmont Golf Club each year. This non-profit, statewide trade association based in Sacramento represents over 6,000 food stores and, this year, they recently hosted 242 golfers at Oakmont for a double-shotgun on both courses. Heather Peterson of Kemper describes the group as, “very friendly, organized and responsible” and they come to Oakmont each year because they “love the courses and have a great relationship with our staff and managers.”

Grocers Tournament.

This large event requires all hands on deck, and in addition to 22 brand new Yamaha golf carts delivered the day before, the club leased additional 24 carts for the day and installed 144 sponsor signs. A major highlight of the event is the numerous food and refreshment stations set up around the courses and this year’s event featured barbecued oysters and tri-tip. After golf, the 242 guests retired to the Quail Inn where they enjoyed an open bar on the newly renovated deck and a dinner buffet with dessert bar. The group then hosted a raffle and raised a substantial amount of money for charity. This event generated over $18,000 in revenues for the club.


The bunker renovation program continues with recent work on the greenside bunkers of #9 West and the fairway bunker on #14 West. Several tee areas have improved of late with installation of new steps and railings and removal of selected railway ties. A new bridge was installed on #4 West. The annual preventative maintenance program for water pumps was recently completed. The cart path on #4 West was repaired. Twenty new chandeliers and matching side-lights were purchased for the Quail Inn. The club will likely switch to the EZ Links point-of-sale system in the fall. Due to a sewage pump problem, the bathrooms on the ground level of the Quail Inn have been temporarily closed. Other nearby bathrooms include two sets on the main level of the Quail Inn (east entrance, and adjacent to the restaurant), the ground level of the pro shop near the cart barn, the tee at #11 West, the tee at #6 East, and the near the East Course pro shop.


18 nDebbie Warfel

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

Sweeps results for June 20: Kris Peters was low gross winner of the field of 23 players. First flight: first tie, Kris Peters and Marie Pierce; third, Debbie Kendrick; fourth, Kim Agrella; fifth tie, Joan Seliga and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Vanita Collins; third, Janyce Buell; fourth, Becky Hulick. Third flight: first tie, Laurie Vree and Patti Schweizer; third tie, Carol Locke, Christie Rexford and Ellean Huff. Sweeps results for June 27: Kris Peters was low gross winner of the field of 31 players. First flight: first, Kathy Mokricky; second, Kris Peters; third tie, Kathy Faherty and Ginny Donham Manos. Second flight: first, Piilani Edwards; second, Becky Hulick; third, Marie Pierce; fourth Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Mary Jobson; third tie, Michele Yturralde and Mary Ann Gibbs; fifth, Judy Duport. Fourth flight: first, Laurie Vree; second, Patti Schweizer; third tie, Carol Locke, Christie Rexford and Ellean Huff. Coming up: Club Championship #3 on July 18 and Eclectic #5 on July 25.


June 15 Guest Day: There was a field of 40 players hailing from Stonetree, Sonoma, Half Moon Bay, Fountaingrove, Bodega Harbor, Marin and E-Club North Bay. It was a beautiful day on our Oakmont course, which was in great condition. A delicious lunch and awards followed play—Cha Cha Cha format after a shotgun start. First flight winners: first place, Kathy Faherty/ guest Kim Agrella and Eileen Beltrano/guest Kathy Hillback; second place, Carol Locke/guest Kathy Bain and Kris Peters/guest Ellen Kruusmagi; third place, Laura Bellows and guests Mattie Rice, Elaine Casey and Stephanie Krist. Second flight winners: first place, Laurie Vree/ guest Ann Miller and Leslie Wiener and Michele Yturralde; second place, Vanita Collins/guest Patty Buchholz and Christie Rexford/guest Patty Schulze; third place, Linda Barr/guests Edna Irving, Mary Kilkenny and Pat Pettibone. Closest-to-the-pin winners were: Eileen Beltrano, guest Ann Miller, Vanita Collins, guest Helen Morris, who all received bottles of Wattle Creek Wine. June 22 Sweeps Results: Kris Peters was the low gross winner of the field of 19 players. First flight: first tie, Kathy Faherty and Marie Pierce; third, Kris Peters. Second flight: first, Becky Hulick; second, Judy Duport; third tie, Yoshi Smith, Vanita Collins and Gail Holmes. Third flight: first, Laurie Vree; second, JoAnn Banayat; third, Ellean Huff; fourth, Leslie Wiener. June 29 Sweeps Results: Joan Seliga was the low gross winner of the field of 13 players. First flight: first, Linda Barr; second, Judy Duport; third, Linda Kilpatrick; fourth tie, Joan Seliga and Ginny Donham Manos. Second flight: first, Laurie Vree; second, Ellean Huff; third, Christie Rexford. Coming up: Red Tee Golf and Lunch TOWGC and Niners on July 20; WGANC #4 on July 27; NBTP at Oakmont on Monday, July 31.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight (4–15): first, Steve Spanier, 68; second, Tom Parker, 69; fourth tie, Tom Woodrum and Gary Smith, 70. Second flight (16–20): first tie, Chuck Wood and Gary Novak, 66; third tie, Mike Isola and Bob Branstetter, 67. Third flight (21–24): first, John Williston, 65; second, Mike Doyle, 66; third, Sal Cesario, 67; fourth, Phil Sapp, 70. Fourth flight (26–up): first, Bob Flores, 63; second, Lew Gross, 66; third, Bill Wellman, 67; fourth, Larry Frediani, 68. Closest-to-the-pins HCP 0–19: #8—Bucky Peterson, 9’2”; #13—Gary Smith, 14’6”; #16—Bill Hainke, 6’7”. Closest-to-the-pins HCP 20–up: #8—Wally Juchert, 6’10”; #13—John Williston, 23’4”; #16—Danny Crobbe, 4’2”; #5—Steve Spanier, 18’0”.


First flight (4–15): first, Steve Spanier, 61; second tie, Mike Hull and Nick Beltrano, 62, fourth, Tom Woodrum, 63. Second flight (16–20): first, Bill Salmina, 58; second, Bob Branstetter, 59; third, Randy Kephart, 60; fourth tie card-off, Tom Kendrick, 61. Third flight (21–24): first tie, Phil Sapp, Rusty Sims and Bob Ayers, 59; fourth, John Williston, 60. Fourth flight (26–up): first, Lew Gross, 58; second tie, Bob Flores and Bill Wellman, 60; fourth, Larry Frediani, 61.


First, Art Hastings, 56; second, Bob Ure, 57; third, Wayne Mickaellian, 61; fourth, Gary Stone, 62. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Bob Ure, 29’2”; #16—Bob Ure, 21’ 2”.


First flight (4.5–7.6): first, Jeff Snyder, Frank Zelko, Bill Hainke and Bob Peterson, 56.8; second, John Cook, Charlie Huff, Lou Lari and Rusty Sims, 58.4. Second flight (8.1–13.7): first, Paul Phillps, Rick Warfel, John Williston and Wally Juchert, 58.6; second, Bob Flores, Dennis DeSousa, Chuck Mendenhall and Frank James, 59.1. Closest-to-the-pins HCP 0–19: #8—Frank Zelko, 9’5”; #13—Shelly Brodsky, 6’11”; #16—Bruce Hulick, 8’7”. Closest-to-the-pins HDCP 20–up: #8—Andy Frauenhofer, 11’2”; #13—Ed Pierson, 18’2”; #16— Frank Giannini, 9’0”.


First, Art Hastings and Wayne Mickaelian, 50; second, John Munkacsy and Gary Stone, 51.5; third, Noel Schween and Keith Wise. Closest-to-the-pins: #8 (HCP 24 or less)—Wayne Mickaelian, 9’2”; #8 (HCP 25+)—Gary Stone, 14’ 3”; #16 (HCP 24 or less)—Ross Worboys, 9’7”.


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

The last half of June featured one of the most popular events of the Seniors’ year, our annual trek to Napa Country Club. As usual, the visit did not disappoint as the course was in excellent condition, the views of the mountains, vineyards, and distant landscapes marvelous, and the food really good. The day started out somewhat grey, but the sun broke through soon and made us glad to be wearing sun block. What a day! In contrast with the very well-run Napa event, our trip to Rooster Run on June 19 was a disaster. Our happy band of Oakmont warriors arrived on time and were informed by the Pro Shop that we were not expected! Moreover, no tee times would be available until 10:48 a.m. No food, no competition, no nothing. This writer has been going to Oakmont Senior events for well over 10 years and has never seen anything like this. The only explanation offered was that there had been a breakdown in communications within the Rooster Run staff/members. Oh well, our group did have breakfast, at the Picazo restaurant in Sonoma on the way home. Yes, we had a good time anyway.

June 29: Oakhurst, Fountaingrove and Oakmont at Napa 17 teams, 3 flights Two Best Net Balls

First flight: four teams tied at 123, places decided by card-off. First place, George Monteverdi, Rusty Sims, Jeff Larmour, and John Williston; second, Ken Smith, Rick Fleischer, Craig Creamer, and Ray Thibodeau; third, Steve Howard, Marty Brady, Jeff Martin, and Danny Crobbe; fourth, Hank Sandbach, Bill Salmina, Gregg Boyce, and Fred Leach. Second flight: first, Ken Marden, Larry Sheppard, John Garcia, and Logan Adams, 117; second, Ken Miles, Jeff Snyder, Roy Ross, and Richard Wilson, 122; third, Wayne Beard, Keith Wise, Greg Cabral, and Bob Ryan, 125. Third flight: first, Fred Bjornstad, Art Hastings, Dennis Byerley, and Charlie Rogers, 129; second, Lee Trucker, Andy Frauenhofer, JD Dellisola, and Bill Faherty, 132; third, Bruce Thompson, Alan McLintock, Jim Johnson, and Irv Rothenberg, 122. Closest-to-the-pin, Oakmont: Danny Crobbe, 15’2”. Our 2017 season is definitely running out with only two scheduled events left. Both are worthwhile. Be sure to sign up for one or both or spend the next eight months wishing you had.


Tuesday, August 1: at Windsor Tuesday, September 19: at Stone Tree


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

9 nStan Augustine

nValerie Boot

JUNE SWEEPS RESULTS June 1, 23 players, East Front

First flight: first tie, Maria Mar and Elisabeth LaPointe; third, Linda Yates; fourth, Elaine Foote; fifth, Arlene Keeley; sixth, Sheila Sada. Second flight: first tie, Cathie Cunningham and Roberta Lommori; third, Debbie Warfel; fourth tie, Josie DeBenedetto and Marie Crimaldi. Third flight: first, Audrey Engen; second, Barbara Bowman; third, Sarah Wood.

June 22, 12 players, East Back

First flight: first, Elisabeth LaPointe; second, Elaine Foote; third tie, Dee Johnson and Ellie Baciocco. Second flight: first tie, Marie Crimaldi and Barbara Bowman; third, Barbara James. Marie Crimaldi had a chip-in on hole #12.

June 29, 21 players, East Front

First flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Linda Yates; third, Roberta Lommori; fourth tie, Sheila Sada and Barbara Robinson; sixth tie, Elaine Foote and Tammy Siela. Second flight: first, Joan McDonnell; second tie, Marie Crimaldi and Barbara James; fourth tie, Cathie Cunningham, Joan Eiserloh, Barbara Bowman and Audrey Engen. Chip-ins: Roberta Lommori, Hole #3 and Linda Yates, Hole#9.

Coming up

July 20: Red Tee Game, West Course, 8:30 a.m. shotgun followed by 12:30 p.m. Luncheon. Happy Golfing!

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.

June 19 play attracted 24 players who participated in the individual low-net and first round (of five) of the Summer Eclectic play. John Munkacsy and Jim Spangler tied for first with scores of 28.5. Second place went to Dan Sienes, 29.5, followed by Rich Silva, 30. Fourth place was nabbed by Wayne Mickaelian at 30.5 and then a three-way tie for fifth at 31 for Neil Huber, Bob Ure and Greg Carpenter. Closest-to-thepin on #8 was Ron Bickert, 18’5” and Jack Robinson, 26’6”. An interesting game of two-person odd/even with alternate shots attended by 22 players took place on June 26. First place went to the team of Joe DiBenedetto and Jack Robinson, 27.75, followed by Al Bentham and Don Schulte, 29.5. Third place went to Stan Augustine and Neil Huber, 30.25, followed by Dan Sienes and Art Boot, 31. Fifth place were Gordon Hopper and Jim Norem, 32 and sixth to Noel Schween and Keith Wise, 33. Tom Massip was closest-to-thepin on #8 at 39’. The play on July 3 was the second week of the Summer Eclectic.

Bocce Club

nSusan Lynn

The Bocce Club is in full summer swing, so if you want to get in on the action, come to the courts early so you don’t get shut out.

Coming up

Our Picnic and Bocce Event will be held on the courts and the Picnic Area at the West Rec. We’ll be serving BBQ chicken, chips, soft drinks, and water. You can help by signing up at the Bocce Court to bring a salad, appetizer, or dessert to share. Of course, if you more “spirited” beverages, BYOB. Play begins at 9:30 a.m. WHEN: July 22, 12 noon WHERE: Bocce Courts and Picnic Area BRING: Salad, appetizer, or dessert and BYOB On July 26 and 28, we welcome Oakmont’s Grandparent’s Club for a morning of Children’s Bocce. We have plenty of Bocce Club members who will be volunteering to help the kids learn to play and enjoy this fun, friendly game. The games begin at 10 a.m. Be sure to pack hats, water, and sunscreen. WHAT: Children’s Bocce WHEN: July 26 and 28, 10–11:15 a.m. WHERE: Bocce Courts behind the West Rec.

Save the date

WHAT: Let the Good Times Roll Tournament WHEN: Saturday, August 5, 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Bocce Courts

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The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017

Playreaders nNorma Doyle

Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. at the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so we can meet and greet you. On July 23 and 30 Kay Hardy will present Deuce by Terence McNally. Play readers for Deuce include Jane Borr, Honora Clemens, Norma Doyle, Max Fenson, Kay Hardy and Kathy Vincent. In the plot of Deuce two former successful tennis partners, now retired, reunite to be honored at a women’s quarterfinals match at the US Open. As the two women watch the match, they reminisce about such luminaries as Althea Gibson and Babe Didrikson Zaharias and complain about the lack of form and scanty dress of the players, while commentators Kelly Short and Ryan Becker share patter and a star struck middle-aged fan offers soliloquies about his idols. McNally is an American playwright and screenwriter whose career has spanned six decades. He has been described as “one of the greatest contemporary playwrights the theater world has yet produced.” McNally has received multiple awards including two Tony Awards, two Obie Awards and an Emmy. In addition to his plays and musicals, he has also written operas, screenplays and a memoir. For McNally, the most important function of theatre is to create community by bridging rifts opened between people by difference in religion, race, gender, and particularly sexual orientation.

nTony Lachowicz, OCF Treasurer

OCF basics

This article is intended for all Oakmont residents and organizations that have ever wondered what the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) can do to help them. Well, basically, we are a non-profit group approved by the IRS. All of the members of our board of directors are Oakmont residents. Who we fund: Any organization or activity that helps Oakmont directly. Who we don’t fund: Any organization or event which does not primarily benefit Oakmont residents. We will, however fund Oakmont-based presentations that include invited guests of Oakmont residents. Who is eligible to ask us for funding? The OVA Board has approved over 150 organizations and activities over the years. These folks can use OVA facilities, such as the recreation centers for free. If you are on this list, you can be funded by OCF. Not sure if you are on the list? Ask the OVA office to be sure. What types of activities will we fund? We are restricted by the IRS to fund and support only “educational and charitable purposes for the OVA and its members.” So what does this mean? We will fund

expenses of eligible groups for things like concerts, lectures, health and wellness, technology, or art. This includes indirect costs like printing, transportation or advertising an event. What types of activities don’t we fund? Mostly things that may be deserving, but don’t benefit Oakmont directly, like a regional wildlife rescue group or legal aid society. Also by law we cannot fund political campaigns or religious activities. How do you know if you can be funded? It’s simple—submit an application. Copies of our application forms are located in the OVA office. You can also talk to any one of our directors. Our names and photos are listed on our website Incidentally, we cannot accept non-monetary gifts. That old piano in your spare room may be a treasure, but we would not be able to use it. But—you can sell it and donate the proceeds to OCF to be used in our programs. All monetary contributions to OCF are taxdeductible. So get going, Oakmont! Let’s hear from you. We are always ready to help any group or activity that will help make Oakmont a better place to live.

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Looking Back

In late June Playreaders staged A Hotel on Marvin Gardens by Nagel Jackson. Readers were: (standing) Evelyn Zigmont, Jon Dolan, Anne Gero, Stephen Litzenberger; (seated) Joyce O’Connor and Dennis Hall.

June was a busy month for SBSC. We began the month with a picnic and bocce mixer. That day was also Jim Bogue’s birthday and he brought his own cake for everyone to enjoy. Next, we danced the night away at the Boomers’ party. Then we journeyed to Sonoma to watch the Sonoma Stompers baseball game. Another outing was to the fairgrounds to watch the Sonoma County Roller Derby. Finally we wrapped up the month by dining at the Best of Burma #2 restaurant.

Our goal this year was/is to have a variety of activities that singles can enjoy together. We are definitely accomplishing that, thanks to our Event Director, Barb Powell. Thank you, Barb!

For the Remainder of July

Please respond to our online invitations for the following: July 21, 6–9 p.m.: Sebastiani Winery, Sonoma. The Poyntlyss Sistars will be performing. July 27, 6 p.m.: Monthly Mixer, East Rec. Center. Join us for games and pool. Bring cards, dominoes or any other board game you like to play. Those of us who like to play pool will venture downstairs for a game or two. Members whose last names begin with N–Z should bring an appetizer to share.

Looking Forward

Single Boomers at Stompers game

Mark your calendars for these events in August: August 12: Bingo with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Guerneville, or Crushers of Comedy at the Laugh Cellar, Mountain Hawk and Hwy. 12. August 24: Mixer, East Rec. Center Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


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

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


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Visual Aids Bridge Marathon nDorrelle Aasland, Chairperson

Hurray! We are starting up Visual Aids Bridge Marathon for the coming year! We will play games from September through April, 2018. We have a luncheon in May, and disburse the prize money. We have two groups: advanced and intermediate. Keeping our same partners throughout the year, we alternate hosting one other partner each month. This is a wonderful way to hone your skills with your partner and meet new Oakmonters.

We collect $15 dues which is donated to Visual Aids Workshop to buy their supplies for aids to help children with sight loss throughout the world. Please sign up and send your check made out to Oakmont Visual Aids by July 25. It is important that you do this ASAP so I can arrange the schedules to start in September. New players, or those needing a partner, are welcome and should call me as soon as possible at 537-1518.

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


Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2017 League schedule. Remaining bowling date for July: July 18. No bowling July 25, fourth Tuesday.




Please fill in the form below and return, along with your check for $15 made out to Oakmont Visual Aids. Mail both to Dorrelle Aasland, 7358 Oakmont Dr., (537-1518). Deadline for your check is August 1. We will be playing September through April.

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Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________ E-Mail__________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________

Boomers nCarolita Carr

Our August Event: Summer of Love

WHEN: Saturday, August 19 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5–9:30 p.m. doors open at 5 p.m. (no early admission allowed) PRICE: $15 per person (each member may bring one guest) FOOD: BBQ Smokehouse food truck, or bring your own It’s the 50th anniversary of that special summer, where numerous bands and 100,000 people came from across the US and beyond to congregate in San Francisco and to “groove” together during a “Summer of Love.” It gave musician John Phillips of the Mamas and Papas the inspiration to write the song “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)” for his friend Scott McKenzie. So shake the mothballs from your tie dyes and bell bottoms, and put some flowers in your hair. Meet us at the Berger Center for a nostalgic psychedelic experience. The BBQ Smokehouse Bistro from Sebastopol will be in the parking lot for your dining pleasure. Bring cash and enjoy

Oakmont Lanes will provide Wii Bowling experience for the grandkids on Tuesday, July 25 at the East Recreation Center, 1–2:30 p.m. Please sign up your grandkids with the Grandparents’ Club.

RESULTS AS OF June 20 (fifth week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, 4 Tops and Wild Turkeys; third place, Pocket Hits; fourth place, Alley Oops; fifth place, Strikers; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 251; Gordon Freedman, 235; John O’Neill, 234. Women’s High Games: Sandy Osheroff, 290; Robin Schudel, 285; Mariel Green, 217; Sandy Wald, 216; Alicia Panizo, 202. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, High Rollers; third place, Strike Outs; fourth place, King Pins; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 235; Bruce Price, 225; Mark Attebery, 217; Christian van den Berghe, 205; Al Bentham, 200. Women’s High Games: Diane Price, 226; Debbie Miller, 220; Carolyn Mack, 216; Mollie Atkinson, 212; Carole Berenyi, 212; Irene Lucia, 204; Betsy Smith, 201. Subs High Game: Sandy Osheroff, 288; Mary Knight, 224; Terry Leuthner, 224.

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Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

At our July meetings we continued to have fabrics, books and patterns available for adoption by our quilters. Everyone had a lot of fun going through the items with thoughts of new projects ahead of them. Hopefully we will see a few finished quilts at upcoming meetings. Mary Ann Allen thanked everyone for their support, good thoughts and meals brought to her house while she recovers from a fall. She passed around a basket of chocolate as a thank you. Lisa told of an Accuquilt for sale on Craig’s list. It is a tool she has long wished to have, but because of the size, she has nowhere in her home to put it. She wondered if anyone in the Quilting Bee would be interested in purchasing it (and then inviting her over to use it). Unfortunately for Lisa, no one raised their hand. Paula Scull showed everyone the project grandchildren will make at the class taught by our Quilting Bee during Grandparents’ Week. The project will teach how to sew a button onto fabric, an important lesson in life, as well as several different stitches. The children will leave with a very cute ornament they can hang on a tree at Christmas. Paula asked for a few volunteers to assist in the class.

Paula Scull’s tea towels.

Mary Ann asked if others are interested in continuing with our annual summer picnic. There was definitely interest and there followed discussions about box lunch from the market vs. potluck, as well as date and place. Plans are in the works for an August 23 picnic. Joann Fuller announced she recently made a quilt and received applause. She has been unable to quilt for the past year, but did get back into the swing of things by making a quilt from blocks and fabric given to her. She did not have the quilt to show as it had already been given to charity. Paula Scull showed very cute tea towel sets she made and discussed the use of a “steam-a-seam” product that was difficult to hand sew through. New member Leigh Uselton introduced herself and gave us a little background about herself and her recent move to Oakmont. She has not had a chance to unpack her fabric. Sandi McConnell showed a Halloween friendship block she made for a member Sandi McConnell. of the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild. She utilized Halloween fabric and embellishments she found in our recent treasure of fabrics donated by another new Oakmont resident, Vicki. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Lifelong Learning nMarlena Cannon

Mark Your Calendar!

WHAT: Lifelong Learning Fall Class Preview WHEN: Wednesday, Aug. 30, 3 p.m. PLACE: Berger Center nJim Acker and Herbert Inestroza

Sonoma County Agriculture

Michele Anna Jordan loves food and wine, but she also clearly loves the land that provides the bounty she delights in, Sonoma County, the place we all call home. Being new to Oakmont (we are San Francisco transplants), my partner Herbert and I eagerly enrolled in Michele Anna’s course on the history of agriculture in Sonoma County as part of the spring 2017 OLI courses in Oakmont. We wanted to know more about the history of our new home county. What Michele Anna gave us was not only a historical view of Sonoma County agriculture backed by reports showcasing the changing percentages of crops planted over the years, but also her love and appreciation of the food, wine, and agricultural products one can find in present day Sonoma County. Her talks were sprinkled with anecdotes and references to the many farmers, vintners, and business people she has known over the years writing about Sonoma County food and wine. Ever wonder why Sonoma doesn’t have more olive oil production? After all, this is a quintessential Mediterranean climate perfect for growing olive trees. How about land here is simply too expensive for olive production to compete with other olive-growing regions of the world. For now, grapes reign supreme. But, as the historian in Michele Anna showed us, agriculture is a changing scene. Apple orchards abounded in the last century, only to be replaced by vineyards and subdivisions. Recently hard cider has become popular and farmers are planting apple trees again. We came away from the class knowing how the agricultural landscape of Sonoma County changed and developed over time. At the same time, we gained a much-enhanced appreciation of what the county has to offer now and where to find the best products, from Farmers Markets, to farms, to Russian River Valley vineyards producing Pinot Noir having that special essence that Michele Anna has dubbed “pinessence.” On the last class day, Michele Anna brought examples of some of her favorite local foods for us to taste. A simple salad of fresh mixed greens and edible flowers coated with extra virgin olive oil, Merlot vinaigrette, lemon juice, and fleur de sel was elegant and delicious. And then Jim Acker displays sheep the butter! Herbert and butter from Haverton Hill. I were so taken with Haverton Hill sheep’s milk butter that we spent days looking for it in local stores. The sheep’s milk contributed a richness and essence of farmyard to the butter that was reminiscent of fresh churned butter I had tasted on a trip to the west country in Ireland. I’m now a huge fan. In the end, Michele Anna’s class was more like a conversation about food and life in an agricultural county than a lecture. For anyone who appreciates good, fresh food and who loves living in this wonderful place called Sonoma County, if you have a chance to spend some time with Michele Anna Jordan, do it.

nLaurie Hartmann

”I will build My church!” These words of Jesus foretold the start of the Christian Church. Just what is the Church? Biblically speaking, a church is much more than a building. In fact, many would say that the church is not a building at all, but its people. The early Christian Church had no buildings, at least not in the sense of what you see today. First century Christians were often persecuted and, as a result, often met in secret, in homes. Eventually buildings dedicated to the worship of God were established. But regardless of the structure, the Church is the group of individuals who have dedicated their lives to following Jesus Christ, who is the Head of His Church. Oakmont Community Church meets at the Berger Center (6633 Oakmont Drive). We invite you to join us this Sunday.

Connect to God and to one another

Sunday morning prayer begins at 10 am, followed by fellowship and Worship at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center. Sundays, 1 p.m.: Worship Service at the Oakmont Gardens in the art room. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.: Bible Study taught by Allan Linton at Oakmont Gardens (ask at the desk which room). Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Teaching and Prayer Meeting at the Manse.

A Little Gift: by Bambi Stranz

I met up with a friend one evening a few weeks ago and we laughed when we discovered that we were both having the same feeling about the coming summer solstice … loving the longer days, but already anticipating and feeling the sadness of what inevitably follows them—shortening days. For me life still zips by at such a pace that I can’t seem to fully appreciate these long days. I fill them to the brim with work and chores and “stuff.” Not important stuff. Ridiculous stuff. Tonight,it was two online episodes of Master Chef Junior while I was supposed to be writing this. But every now and then—like the moment that just happened—I stop. Stop and look up. Stop and listen. Stop and pay attention. A moment ago, I lifted my eyes from my laptop screen and suddenly recognized the beauty of the scene developing outside my window: delicate leaf fronds in the foreground, evergreen branches in the background, and between them a barely moving weather vane perched atop a cupola. All of these in stark silhouette against the fading sunset and deepening sky. “Oh my!” I told myself, “Let’s just take a moment to breathe and enjoy this.” And I did. These moments usually come by accident, and when they do I feel as though I’ve been given a little gift … a little kiss from the Creator. I’ll slip back into my less-than-attentive mode shortly, but right now I’m savoring the tingle on my cheek. Church Office: 6687 Oakmont Drive, 595-0166. Email:

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Oakmont Garden Club

Oakmont Cannabis Club

nPeggy Dombeck


“Welcome to the seedy side of town.” The Garden Club takes a vacation for July and August. We resume meetings in September.


• Continue to deadhead flowers for more bloom. • Many perennials that have stopped blooming can be revived by cutting them back to stimulate new growth.

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nHeidi Klyn

• Check plants carefully for insects and disease. • Fertilize container plants. Use bloom type fertilizers with low or no nitrogen for more flowers. • For your plants to be getting an inch of water a week, the soil should be mist to about the depth of 12 inches. • Feed citrus.

We will be having our next monthly meeting Thursday, August 3 in the East Rec. at 3 p.m. A key card is needed to get into the building. All Oakmont residents are welcome to learn about alternative health options.

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new lobby with a front that could be opened up would provide an indoor/outdoor experience. Other design features include new hardwood floors throughout, an enhanced hearing loop, new windows and doors and new painting and window covering, kitchen, lighting and stage enhancements. Bathrooms would also be reconfigured to meet ADA requirements. Also sought is replacement of the 27year old HVAC with a system that permits seven zones to be simultaneously heated or cooled. Art Fichtenberg, a commercial real estate developer also on the BAC, presented the results of a parking study conducted by Hogan Land Services. He said additional parking may be needed if the size of Berger or the CAC increases or there are more intense uses or new buildings built in the Art Fichtenberg future. The proposed lobby would probably trigger a request for 14 new parking spaces, which could be easily met, according to Fichtenberg.

He said 28 spaces would be available by converting some of the lawn area on the lawn bowling side of the parking lot and on the Oakmont Drive side of Berger. Speaking during Open Forum were Iris Harrell who favored a bigger stage and more parking; Rosemary Waller who encouraged use of an acoustical engineer on behalf of Music at Oakmont; Terry Whitten who sought flooring conducive to dancing and Heidi Klyn, Boomer Club organizer, who advocated for a new much larger building. This entire workshop presentation will be on display at Berger, on the OVA website and at the OVA office so residents can review and get comments to the committee and to the OVA Board. The presentation will be set up at Berger on easels, with provisions for resident comment. (Watch a video of the workshop at www. oakmontvillagecom/videos. The videographer ran out of media, causing him to miss the final three open forum speakers. The rest of the workshop video is intact. The videographer apologized for the error.)

Left to right: Heidi Klyn, Tina Hoog and Jim Byrne. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

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

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

Hikers nTony Lachowicz

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This is a 9.5-mile hike with about 1,800’ of elevation gain. We will take the Kortum Trail from Wright’s Beach to Shell Beach, where we will head inland on the Pomo Canyon Trail. After lunch atop Red Hill, we’ll return to Wright’s Beach. Weather-permitting, we will enjoy spectacular views of the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast. Bring hiking poles, water and lunch. Hike leader is Mary Lou Hicks, 303-7113. Leave Berger parking lot at 8:30 a.m.


Starting from the Land’s End visitor center in San Francisco, we’ll explore the Sutro Baths ruins, Mile Rock Beach and the labyrinth at Land’s End Point, then loop back on the Camino Del Mar trail past the Lincoln Park Golf Course and the Legion of Honor. The trail is only about four miles long, but there will be many stopping points to enjoy fantastic views of the ocean, the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, the Mile Point Lighthouse and various historical points of interest along the trail. Mainly flat, with two significant staircases and a long but gradual hill. Bring lunch, water, hiking poles if needed. As there will be a Degas exhibition at the Legion, and some may wish to stay afterwards to take that in and have dinner in the city before heading back.

Please plan and carpool accordingly. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Florentia Scott, 5911929, email


We’ll hike the 8.5 miles 750’elevation gain. Have to car ferry on Limantour Road between the Sky Trail parking lot and Laguna Trail near Pt. Reyes Hostel. Start at the Sky Trail Trailhead on to Woodward and Coast Trails and finish at the Laguna Trailhead. Bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Zlatica Hasa, (510) 331-2165 and Holly Kelley, 843-3155.


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.

Jack London Park Long Hikers. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)



Honey Cat: How sweet it is


otice I’m not called Sugar Cat? A lovely name, but one that implies higher fructose. Oh, don’t you worry – there will be sweetness, it just may take a minute to get it flowing. I’ll walk my petite tabby self over and greet you with some long stretches and a couple light head-butts. I might start a conversation with my breathy meow, or I might just let my owl-like gaze do the talking (cheek rubs, please!) As a 2 y/o FIV+ cat, I could live with other FIV+ cats or cat-savvy dogs and children. Mainly, I want an indoor lifestyle with someone who thinks I’m the bee’s knees. How sweet it is to be loved by YOU!

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Oakmont Progressives

Drop-In Chess

nVince Taylor

More Joy Concert Coming in September

The Progressives are taking a break in August. Our next meeting will be a very special event—a concert by Oakmont’s own More Joy musical group. The concert will be on Friday, September 8, from 7–8:30 p.m. in the Berger Center. Admission is $20. All proceeds above cost will go to the Global Fund for Women, an amazing organization that stands behind movements for women’s human rights all over the world. Its global network of over 2,000 advisors and partners helps it find, fund, and strengthen groups who work with the most marginalized women in the world. You may wonder, “What does a musical concert have to do with the Progressives?” More Joy doesn’t just make beautiful music (though they certainly do that). They are committed to raising consciousness, lifting spirits, and supporting people doing important work for all of us. These goals we Progressives heartily endorse.

nRichard Duncan

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

Sleep Apnea nBob Flandermeyer More Joy!

More Joy will bring you the passion and commitment evoked by the songs of real American heroes like Joan Baez and Holly Near. They will also bring you the tight harmonies of simple love songs by the Everly Brothers and Dixie Chicks. Perhaps best of all, they will sing protest songs we can all join in singing.

On Tuesday, August 1, the Sleep Apnea group will meet in Berger Room G at 1 p.m. We meet every other month—February, April, June, August, October and December. If you are new to using equipment for this difficulty, we encourage you to come and learn from us. We have masks and equipment for demonstration use, and will suggest from our experiences some of what is available for you. New people please call 538-5277.

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Stanford Alumni Club of Oakmont nKay Nelson

The shady patio of the Saddle Club offered a comfortable setting on the balmy evening of June 22 for 35 members of Oakmont’s Stanford Alumni Club. The get-together featured catered hors d’oeuvres, beverages and the additional attraction of prancing ponies and helmeted riders practicing on the Trione Polo Field. As president and event organizer, I was assisted by emcee Bob Jackson, a congenial and relaxed host who introduced each person attending. Alumni have been invited to participate in a larger event, sponsored by the Sonoma County Stanford Alumni Club. The Frosh Reception and Oyster BBQ, taking place on August 12 from 4–7 p.m., is the annual get-together where alumni meet incoming freshmen and their families from our area. It will be held at the Trione Polo Field. Those planning to attend should call Pat or Michele Shockey at 568-1677 or e-mail mshockey3435@yahoo. com.

Practice on the Polo Field provided entertainment for Stanford Club members.

Former OVA Manager Ted Throndson (second from left) was among those watching the polo ponies.

In the Spotlight: Numbers Guy Keeps Neighbors At Heart nGrace Boyle

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

members of LRPC. He authored several Jim Ouimette uses his wealth of studies including ‘Oakmont: Who Are We?’— mathematical and engineering skills to the well-known and well-used demographic generate the kind of information that helps profile of Oakmont. Also among his reports: people make better decisions. And he’s darn a study of the public safety issues facing good at it. His demographic reports detailed Oakmont, a review of Oakmont’s governing with maps and graphs are used by Oakmont documents, a feasibility study on installing Village Association’s management staff, solar in Oakmont facilities.” governing board and standing committees to make, or maybe not make, critical decisions. Ouimette’s demographic work for OVA Ouimette graduated Phi Beta Kappa in Volunteer steward Manager Cassie Turner helped earn him Physics from University of California at Oakmont’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year award. Jim Ouimette at Sugarloaf Riverside and received a Ph.D. in engineering A project Turner especially values is a detailed from the California Institute of Technology. Ridge State Park. four-foot laminated map which for the first (Photo by Patricia He spent seven years doing research at the time shows the locations and names of the Ouimette) Naval Weapons Center in the Mohave Desert, 37 independent Home Owner Associations (HOAs) that are embedded in receiving the Secretary of the Navy Oakmont Village. His demographics National Award for his leadership in pinpoint the differences among the creating the center’s first environment HOAs, issues that affect governance, program. He then worked for 30 years understanding the community better. at Chevron Research Company where Volunteering as a steward at he invented processes that made and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is on saved money for the company. “At Ouimette’s list of “fun things to do.” Chevron,” he recalls, “I learned how to Fellow steward Dave Chalk and park generate the kind of information needed manager John Roney sum it all up: to manage uncertainty and make the “When something needs doing, right decisions. So much of what I do Jim does it. A new trail guide for the for Oakmont today.” Goodspeed Trail? Jim took care of “I see faces with numbers,” he says. “It’s not just creating spread sheets and Jim Ouimette, grandson Cole, it. An emergency response plan for and game ball won by Cole the park? Jim did most of it. Park graphs. A driving force for me is giving for hitting a home run. operations need a tune-up? Jim is on my time, helping my neighbors.” (Photo by Mike Ouimette) Those who run Oakmont’s volunteer the case. Need a new weather station at the park? Jim bought it, installed it, set it up. Need organizations are quick with kudos: “Jim is a valuable to saw up a tree or clear a trail? Jim is there with his member of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness saws and trimmers.” Committee,” says Pat Barclay, OEPC chair. “He is on Ouimette moved to Oakmont with his wife Patricia our ham radio emergency communications team and is in 2007 to be near his children and grandchildren and certified by the Santa Rosa Fire Department to handle aging mother. Patricia formed Oakmont Boomers in radio communications at Station 7, the emergency 2011 and the club is still going strong. district command post. Jim is the OEPC liaison with The Ouimettes take off in their motor home for the Red Cross should they need to open one of our a month or two every year to explore the Mohave emergency shelters. He is also a Red Cross volunteer.” Desert of California and Nevada. But he is always in Tony Lachowicz, recent chair of Long Range touch with Oakmont, by phone and by email. Planning, adds: “Jim is one of the most dedicated

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Lawn Bowling nPhil Bowman

Demo Day

Tony Lachowicz and his committee put on another of these events on June 21. A full crew was there to meet all who thought they might be interested in playing our game or at least learning about it. Tony was rewarded by a very good turnout. At last count we have 15 potential new members! Jim Kraus, a novice who doesn’t bowl like one, was there early to set up and then stayed late to put things away. Well done!

Veteran\Novice Tourney

Six teams played in this event on June 26. Pairings were drawn by lot. After the first game, winning teams paired off against each other resulting in Jim Krause and Gary Scott winning the championship. The team of Jeana Garcia and Jeff Vanderheyden came in second.

Spotlight on a Member

Jeana Garcia has Gary and Jim. been a member of our club for less than a year and already makes a difference on and off the green. It seems like the first question someone asks a new Oakmont resident is “Where did you come from.” Jeana was born and raised in the LA area. Her first real job was with a medium-sized law firm there. As the firm grew into an international one, Jeana grew with it: starting as a word processor, then moving into

management, setting up the firm’s offices in other large cities in the US, Europe and Asia. Like many of us, she moved to the area to be close to family and when she saw Oakmont she wanted to be here! Jeana and her hats. She was curious about activities on the lawn bowling green and stopped to watch play. She was promptly approached to see if she was interested in learning the game. Before long she became a regular in the daily draw and participating in tournaments. In addition she has become the club’s social chair, working hard at After Five events and our Demo Days. She’s a great addition to our club. As we told you in the last issue, Jeana has devoted some efforts in developing hats for our members. If you haven’t seen them on the green, take a look at two of them: a baseball-style cap ($15) and a “bucket” hat ($20), both with a very nice OLBC logo. There is a third style, a wide brim to protect your ears. It is out of stock already but on re-order. Check with Jeana if you are interested. Jeana has also been looking for a suitable shirt for our club. Stay tuned.

Future Events

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

Other News

The OVA has amended the restrictions on use of the green. Pets are not allowed on the green and must be on a leash when in the vicinity of it.

Let’s Dance Together! nTerry Whitten

A Night To Remember nRay Haverson


WHEN: Saturday, August 26 TIME: Doors open 6 p.m., show starts 7 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Members $22; members’ guest $25; nonmembers $30 If you like sing songs you will remember, laugh and just enjoy the days of folk music, you will not want to miss this show. You will be able to bring your own food and drink. We will supply lemon water, coffee and cups. You need to bring your own plates, napkins and utensils. Those who attended the last show are still talking about it. We will have table assigned seating so if you put all the names in one envelope with payment you will all be able to party together. Get your reservations in very early for better seating please as this one will sell out fast as it did the last time. We had 60 on a wait list. You may reserve a table of eight I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together with your friends, all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time, as I will be unable to add someone later. This is just a suggestion The best way to do it so you can get better seating is send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them.

Swing into August with us

WHAT: Beginning Jitterbug Swing partner dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays, August 2, 9 and 16 at 4–5:15 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec COST: $9 pp for single class; $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. Back by request, there will be Beginning Jitterbug Swing partner dance classes in August. Come learn some basic and fun moves that will get you dancing together with a smile on your face. Jitterbug Swing (also called Single Time Swing) is an upbeat, fun and versatile dance that can be danced to many types of music ranging from Big Band music to Rock ‘n Roll to fast Foxtrot music as well as contemporary tunes. As before, no partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. If you have a partner, that’s great. I would also like to invite any ladies who are interested in learning how to lead to come and learn some basic steps. Once you learn, you will never be without someone to dance with in Oakmont and other venues. Leading can be as much fun as following! Join us for a fun way to get exercise. Some studies also indicate that partner dancing may actually increase mental acuity and reduce the possibility of cognitive decline. It is definitely good for our muscles, balance, brains and spirit! Please let me know if you have any questions. You can email me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

A Labor of Love

Some of us can get a little piqued when, in conversation with an Oakmont friend, we hear of their busy schedules: days filled from morning to evening with nonstop activities and commitments. It’s weird to feel like an underachiever in one’s retirement years. The one common thread among those who find themselves filled with a newly-found purpose in life, however, is passion. Passion is the active ingredient of love and you know it when you see it. One of the most passionate people I know is fellow VOM Rotary member Peter Copen. His passion has been helping young people through difficult periods in their lives which he has done for over 30 years. Another person Executive Director of the with a lifelong love Sonoma Mentoring Alliance Lee of mentoring is Lee Morgan Brown and Rotarian Morgan Brown who is Peter Copen spoke to our club Executive Director of members about the mentoring the Sonoma Mentoring program for elementary school children. More than 100 Alliance. To hear students are currently awaiting these two speak to the an adult mentor. subject of mentoring is nothing short of pure inspiration. Lee told us that the SMA is the only such program in the Sonoma Valley school district. It services all eight elementary schools, including the Dunbar School which you have driven by given its’ proximity to Oakmont. These schools serve 4,500 students and the SMA works directly through them. In its 20-year history, over 1,500 children have been paired with caring adults. The idea is to start this process before the students reach middle school so that familiarity and trust can take root and the relationship can continue into adulthood. The one hour per week sessions take place on campus initially and expand to include other activities that present a more comprehensive basis for interaction. There is no stereotypical setting from which these children come but even those with two working parents do not often receive enough attention and guidance. The mentors work in concert with the parents and form part of a support group that can include teachers, neighbors, counselors etc. It might seem that these children could be reluctant to come forward and sign up for a mentor match. Sadly, that is not the case and there is currently a waiting list of over 100 students waiting for a caring adult to give them some time and support. These children face the turbulence of adolescence and young adulthood and a lot can go wrong without some guidance. The program requires a fourhour training program for prospective mentors who must also submit to background checks and fingerprinting. Peter Copen then told us his mentoring story— that of a troubled 10-year-old boy who came to him 35 years ago. Their relationship lasted through high school and then Bucky moved on. Five years ago, Peter got a Facebook request from Bucky to see if they could talk. On the call, he told Peter that he had saved his life. He had found a path forward thanks to that guidance and now had a career and a family. That right there, is the power of love my friend.



The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017

Grandparents’ Club

Grandparents’ week registration form

nLeslie Brockman, Chair

Grandparents’ name _________________________________________________ Amount included $_______

Our annual week of July 23–28 to share special times with your grandchildren is fast approaching. Register early, as space is limited! Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation from Grandparents’ Club. Please write your e-mail address clearly so it can be read. A grandparent or parent must accompany children to events. Last day to register is July 21. You can pay in cash or make a check out to Grandparents’ Club. Registration and fees may be mailed to Leslie Brockman at 6587 Pine Valley Drive, Santa Rosa, 95409 or put in Grandparents’ Club folder in OVA office. Questions? Email me at or call me at 755-3168. Sorry, no refunds once registration is confirmed. Gently-used children’s books are given out at the Welcome Party. Donated books may be left in a box placed in the Oakmont Library. In addition, if you have U.S. coins you’d like to donate for the coin tosses, please put in envelope in our OVA folder.

E-Mail (required for confirmation)_______________________________ Phone # _______________________


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


If you send e-mail, post updates on Facebook, check your bank account balance online, or do anything that requires the Internet, you may be at risk of being hacked. Mat Honan, senior writer for Wired— someone well aware of the dangers of hacking— got hacked! He lost data from his iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. His entire digital life was destroyed! Don’t be like Mat. Join us. Pat will discuss best practices and tools to help keep you from being a victim. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, a Certified Apple Consultant. A free service to our membership: send your Mac questions by e-mail to the following e-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.


WHEN: Tuesday, July 25, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center

Sunday, July 23: Welcome Party at Oakmont Gardens: 3–5 p.m. For all ages. Games, Balloon Man, Prizes, Ice Cream Sundaes. # of children _____ # of adults _____ $5 per person Family Movie Night at Berger Center: 7 p.m. For all ages. Family-friendly Sing. Free—no registration required.

Monday, July 24: Introduction to Tennis, West Courts: 10–11 a.m. Ages 8 and up. Maximum 16 children. Bring own racket, if possible. Must wear non-marking-soled shoes. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Oodles of Noodles, East Rec. Center: Ages 7 and up. Maximum 12 children. Two sessions. All materials provided. Session 1, 10:30 a.m.–noon: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Or Session 2, 1–2:30 p.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Puppet Play, Berger Center Room G: Ages 3 to 10. Maximum 12 children each session. Two Sessions. All materials provided to make a sock puppet. Session 1, 10:30–11:15 a.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Or Session 2, 11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Beads-Beads-Beads, Berger Room D: 1–2 p.m. Ages 6 to 12. Maximum 8 children. All materials provided to make bead necklace and bracelet. # of children _____ Names and ages _________________________________________________________Free Games with Grandparents, Berger Center Room G: 1–2:30 p.m. Ages 4 and up. Board games provided or bring your own. (Also offered on Thursday.) # of children _____ # of grandparents _____ Children’s names and ages _____________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________Free

Tuesday, July 25: Three-day Tennis Clinic, West Rec. Courts, Tues.–Thurs., July 25–27: 10 a.m.–noon. Ages 8 and up. Maximum 12 children. Tennis experience required. Bring own racket. Must wear non-marking-soled shoes. # of children _____ Names and ages _______________________________________$9 per child for 3 classes Introduction to Pickleball, East Rec. Court #4: Ages 8 and up. Maximum 8–12 children per session. Must wear non-marking-soled shoes. All equipment provided. (Also offered on Thursday.) Session 1, 10–10:45 a.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Or Session 2, 11–11:45 p.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Pin Wheels and Paper Crafts, CAC Art Room: 10–11:30 a.m. Ages 6 and up. Maximum 15 children. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Wii Bowling, East Rec. Center: Ages 5 and up. Maximum 24 children each session. Two sessions. Session 1, 1–1:45 p.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child

Windows Computer Information

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

Or Session 2, 1:45–2:30 p.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Family Bingo, Berger Center: 3–5 p.m. For all ages, including teens and adults. # of children _____ # of adults _____ $3 per person Continued on next page


The Oakmont News / July 15, 2017 Wednesday, July 26: Bocce Ball, West Rec. Bocce Ball Courts: 10–11:15 a.m. Ages 6 and up. Maximum 24 children. All equipment provided. (Also offered on Friday.) # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Zentangle Art, CAC Art Room: Ages 6 and up. Maximum 15 children. Two sessions. Session 1, 10–11 a.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Or Session 2, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Fabric Fun–Hand Sewing, CAC Art Room: 1–2:30 p.m. Ages 7 and up. Maximum 12–15 children. All materials provided. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Juggle Fever, Lower West Rec.: 2–3 p.m. Ages 10 and up. Maximum 8 children. Juggling Balls provided. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Table Tennis, Upper West Rec. Center: ages 6 and up. Two Sessions. Maximum 8 children each session. Session 1, 2:30–3:15 p.m.; # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Or Session 2, 3:30–4:15 p.m.: # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Family Fun Night, West Rec. Picnic Area: 5–7 p.m. For all ages. Pizza, Ice Cream, Bubble Science 101, Games. # of children _____ # of adults _____ $7 per person

Thursday, July 27:

Introduction to Pickleball, East Rec. Court #4: 10–10:45 a.m. Ages 8 and up. Maximum 8–12 children. Must wear non-marking-soled shoes. All equipment provided. (Also offered on Tuesday.) # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Intermediate Pickleball, East Rec. Court #4: 11–11:45 a.m. Ages 8 and up. Maximum children. For more experienced players. Must wear non-marking-soled shoes. All equipment provided. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Music and Movement, Berger Center Fireside Area: 10:30–11:30 a.m. Ages 2–5. Maximum 15 children. # of children _____ Names and ages _________________________________________________________Free Card Making, CAC Art Room: 10–11:30 a.m. Ages 8 to 12. Maximum 12 children. All materials provided. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Robotics, Berger Center: 1:30–3 p.m. Ages 6 to 14. Maximum 40 children. Tinkertoys, Teams and Imaginations. All materials provided. # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Games with Grandparents, CAC Room B: 2–3:30 p.m. Ages 4 and up. Board games provided or bring your own. (Also offered on Monday.) # of children _____ # of grandparents _____ Children’s names and ages ______________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________Free

Friday, July 28:

Bocce Ball, West Rec. Bocce Ball Courts: 10–11:15 a.m. Ages 6 and up. Maximum 24 children. All equipment provided. (Also offered on Wednesday.) # of children _____ Names and ages __________________________________________________$3 per child Treasures and Treats, Central Pool: Four sessions. Maximum 20 children each session. Coin toss and ice cream. Potty-trained to age 4: 1–1:30 p.m. # of children _____ Names and ages _________________________________________________________Free

Pickleball Corner nChuck Wood


If you did not yet get your tickets and would like to attend, there may be a few spaces available. Contact Susan Hazlewood at 843-3841. We are partying at the Quail Inn on July 18, starting at 5 p.m. There will be dinner, dancing and entertainment, with the costs being $30 each for OPC members, $35 for guests and a corkage fee of $5.


Once again, Pickleball will be a game for Oakmonters’ grandkids to enjoy. Introductory sessions will be held on our East Rec. courts during the mornings of Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27, with 45-minute-long sessions at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. each of those days. So, our regular drop-in play and new players’ introduction and coaching (see below) will not be available on those days. Shirley Liberman is leading the welcoming and instruction for all four sessions and would like a few volunteers from the Oakmont Pickleball Club to assist her. Please call Shirley on 537-9871. The Grandparents’ Club will be providing water and snacks for the children (aged 8 and up). We will be providing the paddles and balls.


Oakmont was well represented in these games last month at Santa Rosa’s Finley Center. Competing were Iris Harrell, Diane Hom (Silver Medal in Women’s Doubles), Audrey Sherfey (Silver Medal in Mixed Doubles), Joan Seliga, Steve Hom, Tom Kendrick (Bronze Medal in Men’s Doubles) and Bill Wrightson. Fun facts from the Wine Country Games: Pickleball entrants = 160; Tennis entrants = Senior Games: Iris Harrell and playing partner Pam Ord. 23. How about that?


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

Ages 5 and 6: 1:45–2:15 p.m. # of children _____ Names and ages _________________________________________________________Free Ages 7 to 9: 2:30–3 p.m. # of children _____ Names and ages _________________________________________________________Free Ages 10 to 12: 3:15–3:45 p.m. # of children _____ Names and ages _________________________________________________________Free

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Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in your body

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

be kind to yourself and practice yoga

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Take the journey within—expand your breath, relax your neck and strengthen your core. Releasing tight spots can be as challenging as taking your pose to the next level. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http:// for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

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

Now is your time to finally start your first Tai Chi lessons. The five- week workshop meets on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). Tuition is $75 for the five classes. Pre-registration is required so call me at 318-5284. I will love answering your questions and encouraging you to begin practicing this gentle movement and meditation that improves balance and agility. Millions are practicing this exercise form in China even as we speak. Do join us. This is our 30th year offering this class in Oakmont.

Foam Roller

Fitness Club

nSandra Shaner

nSue Carrell

Hot Dogs, Fitbits, and a New Annual Event for Oakmont residents!

June 24 was the First Annual Oakmont Fitness Center Summer Picnic. It was a big success, 110 members attended and enjoyed hot dogs, fruit salad and beverages at the West Rec. Center picnic grounds catered by The Deli and paid for by the OFC. The weather cooperated with cool summer breezes instead of blazing heat waves. Raffle prizes included T-shirts and the Best Prize of All was a FitBit. Speaking of FitBits, OFC is planning yet another event on August 29 in conjunction with the Computer Club’s Techies. Joe Gerardin and George McKinney met with Virginia Katz, John Phillips and me to make plans for this event. Attention bikers, hikers, golfers, and walkers! Did you ever wonder if you should make the leap and buy a Fitness Training Device? Or an Apple watch? Do you need more information to make the choice about what device is best suited to your needs? Do you need to know how well you sleep at night? What your heart rate is before and after exercise? How many steps you should take? And why bother tracking any of this? This informative session is designed to answer these questions and others that users and potential users would want to know. This event will be held at the Berger Center. And now the big news coming out of OFC (drum roll please). The Oakmont Summer Games! Next June we are planning for an event that will feature all the clubs in Oakmont (that want to participate) in a competition not between the clubs, but within the individual club memberships. Every club will develop a competition and produce one Gold Medal Winner. At the end of the day, we all get together in a venue (to be announced) with live music and great food of course. The objective is fun and enjoying our individual interests in a friendly competitive spirit. OFC will be managing the event overall and coordinating the club leaders. Admission to the event will be affordable and everyone gets a T Shirt specially designed for the games. Stay tuned for logo contest guidelines! We will be meeting monthly at the East Rec. Center (third Thursdays at 4 p.m.). Please join us if you want to get involved, or if you are just interested in learning more. We think this will be an event that will become an annual tradition in Oakmont and will get bigger and better every year. Let the Games Begin! nPhillip Herzog

This class will use movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance, Pilates to build core strength and self-myofascial release therapy to target trigger points while soothing and releasing tight muscles. 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. WHEN: Tuesday, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: West Rec., Lower Level WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat, foam roller (36” x 6”), strap COST: $50 for six classes CONTACT: Sandra Shaner, (636) 532-4690 or shaner.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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

Just For Fun Game Club

Our Summer BBQ is going strong! We will be having our BBQ picnic at the CAC patio on Saturday, July 22 beginning at 11:30 a.m. We will provide the BBQ meat, but the rest will be a potluck lunch. To RSVP please call me at 843-3053 or email, or leave your reservation in our folder in the office. We are asking for about $2 each to help with the cost of the meat. Please RSVP by Wednesday, July 19, so we can be sure to have supplies we need. We will need appetizers, sides, salads, desserts, drinks, plates, napkins, and utensils—all of the usual stuff. The picnic will be followed by the usual game playing at 1 p.m. The Just For Fun Game Club gathers to play games of all sorts and have fun. You name it, we’ll play it: board games, card games, tile games, dice games, etc., easy games, strategy games, complicated games, luck games, whatever. You don’t need to bring any games. All you need to do is be there. We meet every Saturday at 1 p.m. and on the second and fourth Thursday at 6:30 pm. in the Card Room in the Central Activity Center.

We have lots of games on hand: Rummikub, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, Cribbage, Monopoly, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Deluxe Rook, Skip-Bo, a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes and more! Someone usually brings: Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo, Split, Uno as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring the game with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust the schedule or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.


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nTerri Somers, OTC President

Tennis Club

Tennis in Oakmont has grown considerably since last year. We are doing our best to juggle all the regular groups, the lessons, drop-in tennis, our tournaments and social tennis gatherings. I encourage all of you to continue to work together to fairly share the courts. If certain persons get their way we will be down to six courts so we will need to continue to show kindness, patience and continue to work together. The fact that the ball machines were unavailable helped keep space open for group play. We may need to start restricting ball machine use to after 11:30 a.m.— let’s watch and see. If and when the electricity issues are worked out the ball machines can be used at East.

the fall as well as the USO show (November 10). We are scouting for talented individuals who may wish to perform a skit, song, short comedy act, dance, or maybe there’s someone special out there with a talent that we have never been exposed to! Who were those wonderful performers that showed us “Bacon frying on the Griddle?” The OTC USO show needs you! Contact me if you are interested in performing. We are also seeking volunteers for the nominations committee. If you are interested, please contact Jim Oswald or me. New members are always welcome. Call Paula Lewis to join, 332-0433.


I am hosting a cruise around the Oakmont golf course the evening of Thursday, July 27. The OGC is lending the OTC 50 golf carts (seating two people) and is setting up a drink service. The nominal cost is $8 per person and includes one drink, and the use of a golf cart. Drivers of the golf carts are asked to delay imbibing until they safely return their “cruise partner” to the club. Many of us do not have a chance to see the beautiful course with its fabulous views. If you want to participate, call or email me ASAP: only1tls@att. net, (925) 876-8074. Don’t delay! This event is open to all Oakmont residents and is limited to the first 100 people who respond. We have a couple of tournaments coming up in nPennijean Savage

“From the Buddhist perspective, sound and voice have great significance in Buddhism. Chanting Nammyoho-renge-kyo, the act of voicing the wonderful sound of the Mystic Law, is the bridge that fuses our lives with the Law of the universe.”—World Tribune, June 9, 2017, p. 8. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, July 29 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy.

Cal Alumni Club nJulie Kiil

Saddle Club Dinner—July 20

Paula Lewis, OTC Membership Chairperson.

WHEN: Saturday, July 29, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place. Note new location. Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

nDolora DeGeer

Back by popular demand, the internationally acclaimed pianist will return to Berger Center on August 12 at 4 p.m. with his Latin band La Orquesta el Vucko.

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

Coming up

Larry Vuckovich Presents La Orquesta El Vucko

Saturday, August 12, 4 PM Berger center

nBetsy Smith

Monday, July 24: Creating on black tiles TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

Buddhist Meeting on July 29

Note: New Location Why Chant Out Loud?

Zentangle™ Art Classes

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


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

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

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

The next Saddle Club Dinner will be held on Thursday, July 20, with cocktails starting at 5 p.m. and buffet dinner at 6 p.m. The menu will be St. Louis Pork Ribs, mashed potatoes and gravy, seasonal vegetables with a green salad and 3-berry crisp with whipped cream for dessert. The price of the dinner is $29.50 for Saddle Club members and $32 for non-members and includes cocktails before dinner, tax and gratuity. Please join us on the Saddle Club’s beautiful deck overlooking the Mayacamas Mountains sipping cocktails then inside for a delicious meal with the same spectacular view of the Trione Polo field and the Valley of the Moon. Reservations must be made in advance, and are due by Monday, July 17. To make reservations please contact Ed Low at 538-7785. The Wild Oak Saddle Club is located at 550 White Oak Drive.

Partners Contract Bridge nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. This means we will be playing on July 17 and August 7 and 21. Play begins at 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. The cost is 50¢ per person or $1 per couple. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511. If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.


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Craft Guild

nPat Vogenthaler

So How Did the Craft Guild Get Its Start?

On occasion, my best friend, LaVerne Polkinghorn and I talked about the possibility of starting a Craft Guild for our Oakmont community. We had the conversation on and off before finally biting the bullet. LaVerne placed an “Anyone interested in a craft guild?” notice in our Oakmont News. Sure enough, we had responses and held our first meeting on January 11, 2016. LaVerne demonstrated the first craft of wire mesh wreaths. Later that month, we held a workshop for those wanting to learn how to make the wreaths. Today, you will see those beautiful wreaths hanging on several doors of our Oakmont homes.

nBarbara Bowman

Our intent was to have our community show the amazing craft abilities within Oakmont. Also our intent was to see how the Craft Guild would develop. If we did not have demonstrators, then we would no longer have the Guild. Today, I am proud to say, we have over 100 members and attendance at the meetings is anywhere from 30-45 members. Over this past year we have enjoyed demonstrations by Mary Stinson (project displays), Susan Berg (penny project), Lory Day and Nancy Giddings (fabric beads and tassels), Nanette Garner (miniature fairy gardens), Diane Linneball (titanium lace). And for the first time in June, we had our first guest speaker, Elaine Romano-Miller. Elaine is a long-time crafter and taught us about making flower pot people.

If you would like to demonstrate to the Craft Guild your craft (which includes just about anything), we would love to have you join and love to see what yet another Oakmonter can do. Our Guild meets on the second Monday of the month at 1 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. Our workshop (to create what was demonstrated) meets on the fourth Thursday of the month in the Art Room and is by registration at the Monday meeting. We have no meeting in November and December. We also have no dues. If you are interested in joining the Craft Guild and receiving our newsletter, please send an email to me at

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

Sunday, July 16, 2 pm THE BEAR

In this engrossing tale, a grizzly cub, orphaned after his mother is killed, must fend for himself until he finds a guardian in an older male bear. The two set out on a series of adventures, which includes encounters with a mountain lion and hunters who invade their territory. Set in late 19th century British Columbia, this impressively engaging nature drama with its superb production and spectacular mountain vistas, was nominated for and won numerous international awards. (1988), PG, 94 minutes.

Sunday, July 23, 2 pm WAR OF THE BUTTONS

Set in Nazi-occupied World War II France, the film tells the tale of a pre-teen rebel and the “war” he leads between two rival groups of kids from neighboring villages: the village that collects the most buttons wins the “war.” Confronted with the larger events of the real war, the children are faced with putting their conflicts aside to assist one of their own. A mix of comedy and drama, this is a stylishly-told story of honor, courage, betrayal and love. (2011), PG-13, 99 minutes. (In French).

Sunday, July 23, 7 pm SING

Movies At Oakmont is interrupting its summer evening hiatus for Grandchildren’s Week to screen this quirky animated movie in which animals of all stripes—including an underappreciated mother minding 25 piglets, a young gorilla trapped in gang life and a shy elephant—find hope in a life-changing competition to save the local theater. A movie with comic moments, some great tunes, and star-studded voices. Enjoyable entertainment for all ages. (2016), PG, 108 minutes.


When her landlord forces reclusive librarian and aspiring author Bella Brown (Jessica Brown Findlay) to clean up her overgrown garden, she meets grumpy elderly neighbor Alfie Stephenson (Tom Wilkinson), who’s an avid horticulturist—an unlikely friendship is born. A whimsical modern fairytale with a charming heroine and enjoyable performances by all. A film festival favorite. (2017), PG, 100 minutes.

Sunday, August 6, 2 pm PATRIOT’S DAY

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, July 16, 2 p.m.: The Bear, (1988), PG, 94 minutes. Sunday, July 23, 2 p.m.: War of the Buttons, (2011), PG-13, 99 minutes. (In French). Sunday, July 23, 7 p.m.: Sing, (2016), PG, 108 minutes. Sunday, July 30, 2 p.m.: This Beautiful Fantastic, (2017), PG, 100 minutes. Sunday, August 6, 2 p.m.: Patriot’s Day, (2016), R, 133 minutes.

Pat Vogenthaler. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


Dr. James Knapp, an Oakmont resident, will describe the founding and function of Hospital de la Familia, which treats the needy in Guatemala, at the July 26 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at the East Recreation Center. Opened in 1976, the 72-bed hospital offers treatment by volunteer medical teams specializing in general surgery, plastic surgery, OB/GYN, ophthalmology, optometry, dentistry, pediatrics, audiology and ear, nose and throat. It’s supported by the Hospital de la Familia Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization based in San Francisco, which also funds a nutrition center for malnourished infants and toddlers, a grade school for girls and boys, a nursing program and a sewing school for women and girls. Dr. Knapp, whose presentation will include an 11-minute video and some 40 slides, has been at the hospital about 25 times since 1987, the latest visit last February. He serves on its board of directors and is chairman of the Communications Committee. Born in Ohio, Dr. Knapp came to California at age 3, but attended high school, college and medical school in Ohio. He interned at Mt. Zion in San Francisco, trained in eye surgery at Ohio State for three years and then practiced ophthalmology in San Francisco from 1967 until 2012. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Drive. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with luncheon at noon catered by the Oakmont Market. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Don Green at 539-2046.


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


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


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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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



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

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



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


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

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




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


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


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

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

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


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


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

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


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

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



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.


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



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

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Sugarloaf Crush, your friendly winery to the north of Oakmont Drive, is in need of furnished rooms for our winery’s international winemakers. These wonderful people are from all across the world and are in need of temporary housing from the beginning of August until mid- to end of November, when they will be returning to their home countries. Referrals would be very helpful. Please help us help these future global winemakers. Contact: info@ or call (707) 478-4129.


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.

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

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


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

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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM July 16–31 Bev Schilpp 538-4293

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

August 1–15 Barbara Lowell 538-0333

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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

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

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

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

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


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nCarol Decker

Art Association


At the final feedback session on June 30, most artists reported good visitor traffic for the three or two-day event. There was significant support for paid advertising for next year’s open studios, in hopes of bringing more visitors from outside Oakmont. We received $1,000 in commissions, so with board approval, some portion of those funds will be set aside for that purpose.


Mark your calendars for October 13 and 14, for the Art Association’s big annual event. This year will be the 45th consecutive year for the show, which supports the association’s scholarship fund for Santa Rosa Junior College Artists through a silent auction and raffles. More information on registration will be available in the August 1 issue of the Oakmont News.


We are looking for art to carry our theme “Art Under the Oaks” in all of our print and web publicity for the art show. Artists who want to compete for this honor, should submit a jpeg file to Phil 2016 Art Show image winner, Wilkinson no later than Donna Hyatt. July 31.

classes the first and third Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m. in the CAC Art Room. Classes are $25 each. Next class: July 19. Contact Dan Fishman to register, A watercolor and mixed media artist MK finds joy in sharing her art and inspiration with others. She works with each person in class individually, finding their inspiration and strengths. Results are wonderfully exciting with growing self confidence, the development of new learning and a fun, creative social atmosphere.


Watercolorist, marriage and family therapist, reading teacher and Girl Scout professional, Bonnie Eloise Crosse died March 9. Long-time Art Association Board member, she brought enriching and entertaining classes and workshops to the Oakmont art community. Carolyn Jane Arnold Barto passed away June 7. Art Association member and passionate watercolorist, she volunteered at the Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, drawing portraits of the children there, in hopes of giving them a better sense Iris by Bonnie Crosse. of self and worth.

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Dr. Phil Wigen announced his resignation as Chairman of the Oakmont Sunday Symposium. After eight years of building the quality of speakers and attendance Phil has decided to retire. He has done a wonderful job of recruiting a higher level of speakers and inspiring a greater attendance Dr. Phil Wigen at the Symposium. I have been appointed Speaker Chairman for 2017–2018. I’ve served on the committee for over six years and will be serving with James Carty, Kathleen Brix, Yvonne Alexander and Judy Coleman. If any Oakmont resident knows of a potential speaker here in the Gordon Freedman community or at Santa Rosa JC, Sonoma State, University of California at Berkley, Stanford University, or San Francisco State, submit their name and subject matter with a phone or email to me at or 538-7025. We look forward to seeing you again at the Symposium on Sunday, September 10.



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