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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

July 1, 2017 • Volume 55, Number 13

Oakmont Boomers: A Generation Making a Summer of Love Last for Years

It’s Summer

nGrace Boyle

For over 50 years, since Oakmont’s incorporation in 1963, members of the Silent Generation with a small percentage from the Greatest Generation have dominated the population of Oakmont, governing the affairs of the community and overseeing its athletic and recreation facilities. But one night in January 2011, everything changed. The Baby Boom Generation arrived.

Oakmont Boomers chose Woodstock, the historic music festival that took place in 1969, as their theme for Kiwanis Club’s classic 2016 Wall Calendar.

It was cold and rainy that January night but an unexpectedly large number of 84 Oakmont residents of Baby Boom age (born 1946 to 1964) gathered at the Berger Center in response to an ad placed in the Kenwood Press by two new residents looking for compatible friends. The lively group exchanged contacts, acknowledged their common love of music and nature, decided to meet once a month, and formed a club—the Oakmont Boomers. Some of those attending became movers and shakers in Oakmont today: Tom and Teresa Woodrum of the Oakmont Health Initiative free fitness class fame, Jim Ouimette who won Oakmont’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year award, Tony and Connie Lachowicz whose volunteer commitments are too numerous to list, and Heidi Klyn, first fan and indefatigable spokesperson for Oakmont Boomers. See boomers on page 9

Leznik: Proposal for Six Pickleball Courts at East Rec. Moving Forward nAl Haggerty

As part of a pilot program, Oakmont residents now have access to a new home delivery meal program featuring 10 gourmet options—ranging from chicken piccata to Mexican pot roast to Szechuan beef— described as fresh, healthy and nutritious. One of its co-coordinators, Anita Easland, told the June OVA Board meeting the new program is offered by The Noble Spoon under the direction of the Council

The proposal to re-stripe two tennis courts to create six pickleball courts at the East Recreation Center is moving forward, OVA President Ellen Leznik told a June 20 meeting of the Oakmont board of directors. Calling it a “win-win” for the community, Leznik said she had met with city officials concerning the project and there is “little likelihood it won’t be approved.” She said she doesn’t know how long it will take the city to act. The two lower tennis courts would be converted for pickleball, leaving two courts for tennis play. Leznik said she will meet with owners of homes near the East Rec. to address their complaints about potential noise. The canyon effect of the area leading up the hill to homes behind the recreation center amplifies the noise created by the pickleball paddles striking the ball and chatter among the players. She said restricting hours for play could help with the sound issue. Director Ken Heyman said his research reveals that a national pickleball organization is working toward making the sport quieter. The pickleball discussion was prompted by a motion to disband the Pickleball Committee. Despite Director Frank Batchelor’s vigorous opposition, saying disbanding the committee was not on the agenda and “came as a complete surprise to me,” the

See meal program on page 3

See board on page 5

Dancing is unending at Boomers events. When the band goes on a break, line dancing breaks out. (Photo by Heidi Klyn)

Oakmont Gets New Home Delivery Meal Program nAl Haggerty


A sure sign of the season is the ample selection of fresh produce on display at the Oakmont Farmers Market on Saturday, June 10. (Photo by Robert Starkey)

Latest Elnoka Plan Aired for OCDC nJim Brewer

A slightly scaled down plan for the Elnoka senior housing project was presented on June 8 to Oakmont Community Development Committee, where support is considered critical to gaining ultimate approval by the City of Santa Rosa. A plan for a 68-acre development just west of Oakment, which was formally submitted to city planners in June, has been an on-again-off-again controversy since 2005 when Oakmont Senior Living, owned by First Community Bank Chairman Bill Gallaher, first acquired the property. OSL, which is not affiliated with Oakmont, is making its third attempt to develop Elnoka. The main Elnoka feature would be memory care and assisted living facility. Proposed residential units include 74 cottages and 528 senior apartments supported by sports facilities, gardens and trails. Overall the plan calls for about 100 fewer housing units than envisioned last fall. “I wish they would knock off 60 units for traffic mitigation,” OCDC Chair Sue Millar said in an email to the Oakmont News. “But they have restored a more craftsman cottage esthetic.” Just how well the project will be received by its future neighbors is problematic at best. When the proposal was presented to a public gathering last fall, residents of Oakmont and neighbors next to Elnoka along adjacent Melita Road who spoke at the meeting generally hated it. Among other things, they warned that increased traffic on Highway 12, plus the planned addition of another stoplight between Oakmont See elnoka on page 3


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

nEllen Leznik

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

DATE 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 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 Thurs. (June)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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

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on Aging and in conjunction with the Council’s Meals on Wheels program. Other co-coordinators are Olivia Kinzler and Alan Decker. While most of the meals cost $9, four are offered each day for $6. The menu is posted online at www. and is sent every month to participants. The meals contain larger portions than those offered by the regular Meals on Wheels program and are individually prepared, Easland said. A flier describing the program is being mailed to all Oakmont residents. It promises a full, wellbalanced entrée with vegetables and a side dish. The meals are low in fat and sodium with no additives or preservatives. “Every dish,” it explains, “supports the important work of Meals on Wheels. Your purchase helps feed seniors in our community.” The flier calls the program “a perfect fit” for semiretired or retired residents who want a meal waiting for them and those who don’t like to cook and want to avoid fast food. Clients who are not at home to receive meals must provide an ice chest. Meals can be delivered in insulated packaging for an additional charge. Easland said Oakmont was chosen for the pilot program because it is a retirement community and is blessed with a good organization of volunteer drivers who will deliver both the Meals on Wheels dinners and the new offerings. She said there’s “never a

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 hiccup.” There’s always someone to step in if a scheduled driver can’t make deliveries. She said it is hoped that the new program will turn enough profit to subsidize the regular Meals on Wheels program. While the regular meals cost $7 to make, the suggested donation is $4 per meal. The average donation, she said, is 92¢. The deficit is made up with a federal grant of $1.50 per meal and Council on Aging fund-raising. Other menu options are chicken burrito, chicken carbonara, chicken enchilada, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, spinach cannelloni, Spanish cassoulet and campanile pasta bolognese. Easland said she has sampled two of the meals, including the meatloaf, and gave them high marks.


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Drive and Melita Road, would significantly increase congestion. Project manager Steve McCullagh argued that Elnoka was developed according to what the city’s General Plan would allow. There will be plenty of time to worry about future impact. Developers said even their most optimistic estimates suggest it will take five or six years to complete the permitting process and finish construction. Millar doesn’t find that all too comforting because over time “it will be hard to maintain vigilance over the changes that will come.”

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Message From the OVA Board President Dear Association members, We’ve recently made some key changes to help our board business meetings run more smoothly. Are you hesitant to come to a board meeting because you feel you may be treated unfairly or are just anxious about public speaking? Please don’t worry. We will treat you with courtesy and respect and will give you our full attention. We presume to be treated in the same manner, but in a civilized community like ours that should be expected, right? Worried about possible rude treatment by the audience? We will protect you with whatever means we have available to us. We have added a Sergeant-atArms who serves both as our time and peace-keeper during board meetings. He assists us in keeping our meetings orderly and makes it easier for us to conduct our business in an efficient and professional manner. Richard Laden, our fellow Oakmonter, has graciously volunteered to be our Sergeant-at-Arms. We have also made it easier for you to speak at an Open Forum on a business issue of interest to you. We are now scheduling several Open Forums at our board business meetings, each one preceding a certain portion of the meeting agenda. This way you can plan your time and only attend parts of the meeting that are of interest to you. A stack of cards will be available as you enter the Berger auditorium for you to identify the agenda item you would like to address. This will help us determine the number of speakers and organize them in advance. Depending on the number of speakers, you will have either two or three minutes to cover your topic. We had a wonderful social gathering following the June 6 Board meeting. We had plenty of food and wine and Association Members and Board Directors all enjoyed getting to know each other better. Please let us know if you’d be interested in attending a gathering like this. If there is enough interest, we’ll make sure to schedule them again. I would like to extend a personal invitation to you to come to our bi-weekly board meetings. This is the only time when all your elected directors come together to conduct association business and make decisions that affect how your monthly dues are spent. We take your input into consideration when making our decisions. You can contact us by mail, email, a private meeting or speaking at any open board meeting. We are all part of this wonderful community and we want to hear from you on how to make our beloved home even better.

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motion was approved 6-1. Kathleen Connelly, who headed the committee, said it was “the best way to go.”


An announcement by Leznik of the appointment of a sergeant at arms to keep OVA board meetings orderly, respectful, professional and effective in itself created some disorder. Several residents questioned the need for the position, some shouting out their objections. Again, Batchelor took exception to the appointment, calling it a “major step,” adding that the OVA bylaws don’t mention a Sergeant-at-Arms and make no provision for the position. Answering a question from Leznik, Martin Hirsch, an OVA attorney, said the board president has the authority to appoint a sergeant at arms. Leznik said the Sergeant-at-Arms, Richard Leden, who sat adjacent to the directors, would, “without touching you in any way,” ask someone disrupting the meeting to leave. If the person doesn’t leave, she said, she would recess the meeting until order is restored. She said there had been “rude expressions” in the past and some residents had refused to leave the microphone when their time expired during open forum. “We can’t take this anymore,” she declared. Heyman announced a change in the open forum sessions, which give residents the opportunity to speak on any subject, usually with a three-minute time limit. Until now, the open forum was a single session which started the meeting. At the June 20 meeting, there were three open forums, one to comment on unfinished business agenda items prior to the board discussion, the second for comments on new business items before the board discussed them, and the third on non-agenda items just before adjournment. Heyman, who introduced the plan, said it is aimed at shortening meetings by avoiding redundancy. He also asked speakers to simply say they agree with the previous speaker if that’s the case. Heyman and Leden passed out yellow cards so that residents could indicate which agenda item they plan to address. “We’ll give it a try and see if it works,”

Heyman said. Several times during the meeting, Leznik warned speakers and audience members to adhere to the new rules. Leden, who later allowed the sergeant at arms and speaker card process was new to him, took little other part in the meeting. Batchelor said he was “very much opposed” because residents addressing non-agenda items would have to wait for as much as three hours. Heyman said that the new procedure was fairly routine at similar meetings, such as the city council. Heyman’s nomination of Michael Connolly and Steve Edwards to join the Communications Committee was approved. He said they could help give OVA a presence on the social media site Nextdoor, which he said has 2,000 Oakmont participants. “We are in the digital age,” he said. The board voted 5-1 to recognize Oakmont Cannabis Club with the provision that it would be restricted to exchanging information on the benefits of medical cannabis. Connelly voted no and Goodwin recused himself.


A discussion of the Central Park Committee prompted opposition to the project itself, which would create a meeting area with tables, chairs and lawn areas on the site of the cancelled pickleball project behind Berger Center. Resident Marianne Neufeld urged that repairs and upgrading the East Recreation Center should come first. Resident Iris Harrell suggested simply removing the broken concrete and reseeding the area at the pickleball site because permitting for the Berger project may affect the area. The board voted unanimously to spend up to $2,500 to remove the broken concrete.

Resident John Felton asked about a payment of more than $15,000 to the contractor whose work on the pickleball court was stopped by Leznik when she was elected president. She said the payment was for work in the day-and-a-half leading up to the stopwork order, and that negotiations with the contractor over its contract were continuing. Rick Aubert, maintenance facilities manger, was directed to move ahead with restocking the pond behind the East Recreation Center for fishing at a cost of about $1,350. The delivery of 100 large-mouth bass, 300 blue gill and 150 other fish will be delayed until cooler weather allows the water temperature to drop to acceptable levels. Elaine Bennett, who had been acting treasurer, was named treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. Director Young’s nominations of Lyn Cramer, Jan Young, Iris Harrell, Elke Strunka and Susan Gorin to the newly-reconstituted Long Range Planning Committee were approved. Gorin is a county supervisor. Cathy Cirksena had been appointed earlier to the committee, of which Director Young is chair. (Watch a video of the meeting at www.oakmontvillage. com/videos)

Letters to the Editor

The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page. Dear Editor, I would like to voice my serious concern over the growing pervasive attitude of some of the irresponsible pet owners, here in Oakmont, that allow their dog “off leash.” My purpose is to educate these slow witted, conceitedly arrogant and non-law abiding scofflaws, and to prevent any future dog death accidents, like the one that recently occurred here at Oakmont Gardens! Sonoma County has a leash law, on the books! This unambiguous law is there for a reason! It’s there for public safety, period! However, some people feel that it does not apply to their well behaved mutt. The county of Sonoma takes a differing view. This is a safety and security concern for everyone, not just responsible pet owners. Sincerely, Mark Attebery Dear Editor, This week the recently elevated Board President unveiled a revised methodology of creating novel positions to serve the Board eliminating the traditional “Advise and Consent” procedure that has been followed for 52 years. She used an arcane interpretation of the Oakmont bylaws supported by “learned counsel” whereby only three members of the Board would be needed to approve new positions thereby avoiding messy conflicting viewpoints. Madam President: Just because you can do something does not mean you should. The case in point was her creation of the position of “Sergeant-at-Arms” to maintain decorum in the gallery of OVA Members and suppress righteous indignation. What a selectively short memory Madam President has. She has (and hopes others have) forgotten the number of times over the recent years that she and her fellow travelers made it seem as though they were reliving the “free speech” antics of the 60s; especially regarding the pickleball project as discussed at OVA meetings. The new repression rule is a limit of directed two-minute “open” comments. Non-agenda items would be subject to being the last items heard from the gallery thus limiting traditional free speech. “Just sit down and have a cookie until the gallery leaves.” Michael Gough

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Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“A real gardener is not a man who cultivates flowers; he is a man who cultivates the soil.”—Karel Capek, The Gardener’s Year The Garden Club takes a vacation for July and August. We resume meetings in September.


• Clean up fallen fruit, vegetables and flowers around plants to head off future pest problems.

Women’s Meditation Circle nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

• Cut back perennials such as salvia, nepeta, diascia and penstemmon to force new foliage and keep the blooms coming. • Deadhead perennials and annuals such as heuchera and petunias to keep the plants from bolting or setting seed. • Apple, peach, pear and plum trees may be laden with fruit this month. To prevent limb breakage, use wooden supports to brace sagging branches. Also, regularly clean up and discard fallen fruit, since it might harbor diseases and pests. • Control powdery mildew, a fungus that likes dry summer conditions. Spray susceptible plants with a horticultural oil or biological fungicide. • Drain standing water from container saucers to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

Celebrate summer by diving into your heart

The Women’s Meditation circle will meet for hearcentered meditation on Wednesday, July 5 at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive We will have music, poetry, meditation and words of Sufi wisdom. Open to all women, no fee. Please let me know if you can come: “The heart is the home of wisdom, its center and source.”—Dr. Ali Kianfar


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nTony Lachowicz

Senior Games: Pickleball


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This hike begins at Shell Beach, passes Heart’s Desire Beach, and stops at Indian Beach where we will have lunch before returning on a slightly different route. The hike covers most of the length of Tomales Bay State Park and is on well-graded wooded paths. The distance is 9.5 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 1,740’. As this hike is at the coast, layered clothing is advised. Bring water, lunch and hiking poles if desired. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Suzanne Bond, 538-3340.


Due to the long drive we will start early for this spectacular coastline hike from Gerstle Cove to Fisk Mill Cove and back. It is about seven miles with little elevation gain. Parking fee of $8 or state park pass needed. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Brenda Johns, (330) 815-5162.


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.

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Redwood National Park. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)


We’ll follow the creek path towards town, walk through the native plant garden, follow a street through one of Sonoma’s oldest neighborhoods, circle the square and return to the Nathanson Trail by another old neighborhood street. Easy terrain, three miles. Leave Berger 9 a.m. Hike leader is Yvonne Horn, 537-9135.

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Hikers at the Tri-Nighter. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

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Oakmont Pickleball Club members took part in Wine Country Senior Games play at the Finley Center on Saturday, June 10. Among the participants were Ben Ostlind and Tom Kendrick, each of whom had a team member from outside of Oakmont. In this photo, Ostlind reaches for a shot as Kendrick and Peter Jordan of Rocklin play on an adjacent court. Kendrick and Jordan won a bronze medal in their 65–69 age group for doubles play. (Photo by Kathy Sowers)

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The popular Funky Friday lawn concert series is continuing each week at Hood Mansion, the park across from the Pythian Road entrance to Oakmont. The Bluesburners headline the concert this Friday, July 7, at 7 p.m. Several hundred people bring their lawn chairs to the historic site on North Pythian Road. Food and beverages are available for purchase; many people bring picnic baskets. Only beer and wine purchased at the park can be consumed. Admission is $10, with anyone 18 and younger admitted free. Parking is $10, or free for county regional park annual passes. The concerts benefit the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. More information is available at The schedule for the rest of the summer: July 14—Gator Nation, July 21—Soul Fuse, July 28—The Poyntlyss Sistars, August 4—Frobeck, August 11— Dylan Black Project, August 18—Soulshine Blues Band, August 25—Jami Jamison Band, September 1—A Case of the Willys.


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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club

nRick Warfel


According to the National Golf Foundation (NGF), the total number of golfers in the U.S. was 24.1 million in 2015 (the latest available data). Although participation in golf has declined by 2 million over the past five years, these numbers do not tell the whole story. According to the NGF, there are several strong positive indicators in the industry: For committed golfers, who compose 80% of all golfers, and account for 94% of rounds played, average play levels were up somewhat in 2015 driving an overall increase in play of 1.8%. Beginners totaled 2.2 million in 2015, which compares favorably to the all-time high of 2.4 million in 2000 when Tiger Woods was at the peak of his success. Juniors (age 6 to 17) number about 3 million and growth in this segment has been 25% over the past three years. Girls now comprise 33% of juniors, up from 20% in recent years. On the other hand, in terms of the national supply of golf courses, the NGF notes that, “supply correction continues its gradual move toward equilibrium,” also, “course closures are a natural economic response to over-building.” Last year saw the permanent closure of 177 (18-hole equivalent) courses out of a total supply of 15,204 golf courses.


Jim Spangler, founder, reports that the Octogenarian Golf Tournament is played once a year by OGC members age 80 or better. Says Jim, “Some of these golfers may be considered ‘local heroes.’ For example, Sarah Wood (92) and Gordon Hopper (98) have played in every event and have won prizes. They and their compatriots are examples of just what ‘active’ means to our Oakmont community.” May 19 of this year the Fifth Annual Octogenarian Tournament was held on the East Course. Twentyfour men and women teed-off in two flights; 18 and 9 holes. The champions are: Richard Silvas, 9-Hole Champion; and Frank James, 18-Hole Champion. Oakmont should be proud of these old “youngsters.”

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

Sweeps Results for June 6: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 31 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga and Kathy Mokricky; third, Kris Peters; fourth, Ginny Manos. Second flight: first tie, Judy Early and Charlene Buchold; third, Mary Ann Gibbs; fourth, Piilani Edwards; fifth tie, Becky Hulick and Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Vanita Collins; second tie, Linda Yates, Laurie Vree and Dee Johnson. Fourth flight: first tie, Vicki Eschelbach and Christy Rexford; third, Linda Frediani; fourth, Tammy Siela. Sweeps Results for June 13: Joan Seliga and Eileen Beltrano were low gross winners of the field of 29 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second, Kathy Mokricky; third, Kathy Faherty; fourth, Kris Peters. Second flight: first, Linda Barr; second, Ginny Manos; third tie, Piilani Edwards and Charlene Buchold. Third flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Linda Yates; third, Laurie Vree; fourth tie, Ro Nicholson and Ellie Baciocco. Fourth flight: first, Tammy Siela; second, Debbie Warfel; third, Patti Schweizer; fourth, Ellean Huff. Club Championship days #1 and #2 are on July 10 and 11.


Sweeps Results for June 1: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 18 players. First flight: first, Sue Bowser; second, Joan Seliga; third, Becky Hulick; fourth, Ginny Manos; fifth, Yoshi Smith. Second flight: first tie, Laurie Vree and Christy Rexford; third, Carol Locke; fourth, Vanita Collins; fifth, Susan Chauncy. No sweeps on June 8. Eclectic #5 is on July 13.


Rich Silvas, Frank James and Jim Spangler.


The team of Larry and Linda Frediani, and Bill Wellman and Gail Holmes, won the Guys and Dolls tournament held Sunday, June 11 on the East Course. The team scored under par despite playing in strong winds, hail, thunder and lightning. (All ten teams completed their 9-hole rounds). At the awards dinner, Tom Kendrick (guitar) and Kris Finn (bass) played their instruments while guests enjoyed a putting contest hosted by John and Henny Williston. Rich Tregila and staff did a superb job serving tri-tip and scalloped potatoes while the members viewed a double-rainbow from the Quail Inn windows.

In addition to the six founders I featured in earlier publications, there were additional seven women golfers who comprised this pioneering group of 13 women. They are: Alice Bauer—a golf phenomenon in the 1940’s along with her sister and co-founder, Marlene Bauer Hagge; Betty Danoff— won tournaments in the 1940’s also and later became a successful golf instructor; Helen Dettweiler— turned to teaching and in 1958 was the first-ever recipient of the LPGA Teacher of the Year Award; Helen Hicks—was winning tournaments as far back as 1929. In ‘34 she signed a deal with Wilson Golf and was the first female golfer to travel the country, promoting a brand through golf clinics; Opal Hill— born in the 1800’s, she won titles, also worked with Wilson Golf and was known as the “matriarch of women’s golf;” Sally Sessions—finished second in the 1947 U.S. Women’s Open; Shirley Spork—also a golf instructor who founded the LPGA Teaching and Club Pro-Division and proposed the LPGA Teacher of the Year honor. All of these 13 remarkable women made incredible in-roads into establishing women’s professional golf. Some of them were competing in the 1920’s and into the 1980’s and had the vision to create a durable and dynamic association still vibrant today, 67 years later!


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

May 24, WEST, 1-2-3 GAME

First flight (10.8–18.3): first, Shelly Brodsky, Tom Parker, Pete Waller and Charlie Huff, 124; second, Phil Sapp, Alan McLintock, Gary Novak and (blind draw), 125. Second flight (20.5–up): first, Ray Pierce, Dave Goulson, Ted Mokricky and (blind draw), 121; second, Dennis DeSousa, Frank James, Bob Flores and Chuck Mendenhall, 123. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—Jeff Snyder, 3’2”; #13—Waller, 23’10”; #16—Bill Hainke, 6’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20+): #8—DeSousa, 11’1”; #13—Alan McLintock, 3’5”; #16—DeSousa, 17’10”.


First, Ron Bickert and Rich Silvas, 57.5; second, Art Hastings and Jack Haggerty, 59; third, John Derby and Tom Finnerty, 65.5. Closest-to-the-pins: #16— Haggerty, 17’6”.


First flight (5–15): first tie, Steve Spanier and Tom Woodrum, 39; third, Paul Phillips, 38; fourth tie, Shelly Brodsky and Tom Parker, 36. Second flight (16–22): first, Chuck Wood, 39; second tie, Bob Branstetter, Mike Isola, Eric Lutz and Ted Mokricky, 38. Third flight (23–up): first, Frank James, 44; second, Dave Goulson, 41; third tie, Rick Warfel and Bill Wellman, 39; fifth, Pete Eschelbach, 38. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—Branstetter, 12’2”; #13—Branstetter, 8’6”; #16—Lutz, 18’9”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—Lou Lari, 11’1”; #13—Ed Pierson, 9’3”; #16—Bill Faherty, 5’7”.


First, Jack Haggerty, 27; second, Bob Wilkinson, 24; third, Keith Wise, 21; fourth, Tom Finnerty, 19; fifth, Art Hastings, 18. Closest-to-the-pin: #16—Neil Huber, 25’2”.


First flight (4–15): first, Mike Hull, 66; second tie, Nick Beltrano and Steve Spanier, 67 fourth, Tom Woodrum, 70. Second flight (16–20): first, Chuck Wood, 64; second, Bill Salmina, 65; third tie, Randy Kephart and Eric Lutz, 67. Third flight (21–24): first, Bob Ayers, 63; second tie, Dave Goulson and Ted Mokricky, 67; fourth tie, Phil Sapp and John Williston, 70. Fourth flight (25–up): first, Wally Juchert, 69; second, Pete Eschelbach, 71; third tie, Larry Frediani and Lew Gross, 72. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 0–19): #8—Kephart, 5’9”; #13—Spanier, 26’6”; #16—Tom Kendrick, 3’11”. Closest-to-the-pins (HCP 20–up): #8—Rick Warfel, 29’10”; #13—Warfel, 7’9”; #16—Williston, 14’7”.


First, Dan Sienes/Art Boot, 49; second, Dick Kaiser/ Bob Ure, 54; third, Rich Silvas/Ron Bickert, 55. Closest-to-the-pin: #8 HCP 0–24, Neil Huber, 16’5”; HCP 25+, Art Hastings, 37’4”. Closest-to-the-pins: #16, HCP 0–24, Bob Ure, 34’0”; HCP 25+, Sienes, 23’3”.


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot


Save the date. Mark your calendars for a “Black and White Bling” Play Day at Blackrock rescheduled for Wednesday, July 26! There will be a prize for the blingy-est costume as well as prizes for golf. We will be served and elegant lunch following nine holes of golf.

The Women’s/Men’s Niners Mixer Low Net two-Person Best Ball

First place team: Tammy Siela/Tom Massip. Second place team: Roberta Lommori/Al Bentham. Third place team tie: Linda Yates/Gary Stone, JoAnn Banayat/Gordon Hopper, Sheila Sada/Tom Finnerty. It was great fun as you can see by the picture below. Once again the Quail Inn served a delicious Lunch.


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

Oakmont’s weather seems to be headed into summer mode (June 21, summer solstice) and with warmer temps the Men’s Niners hope to see greater participation in our Monday morning outings. We kick off with the first round of the five-round Summer Eclectic on June 19 (every other week until August 14). Most recent results are for the June 5 Low Net play which attracted 24 players. Neil Huber won, 27; second, Dan Sienes, 27.5; third, Tony Apolloni, 28; fourth, Jim Norem, 29.5; fifth, Keith Wise, 30; sixth place tie, Tom Tremont and Bob Ure, 31. Closest-topin (8th hole) was won by Neil Huber, 21’4”. The Ladies’ and Men’s Niners Mixer on June 12, attracted 22 women and men playing a two-person Low Net Best Ball format. First place team was Tammy Siela and Tom Massip, 23; second place, Roberta Lommmori and Al Bentham, 26; third placea a threeway tie, Linda Yates/Gary Stone, JoAnn Banayat/ Gordon Hopper, and Sheila Sada/Tom Finnerty, each at 27. A delicious luncheon followed play at the Quail Inn. Many thanks to Henni Wellman, Joanne Finnerty, JoAnn Banayat, Debbie Warfel and Tony D’Agosta for their organization and contributions to the mixer’s success. Monday Men’s Niners provides OGC members with a great opportunity to start the week off with a low-key, fun and varied golfing experience on the beautiful Oakmont East Course. All abilities fit right in to our NCGA handicap-adjusted scoring system so check us out! If you are interested in learning more about the group and perhaps even joining, email me at


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“Our mission,” says Klyn, “is to have a club where new people who come to Oakmont can meet other people and make friends. A club with activities to keep us all active, keep us dancing, allow us to enjoy the music that’s reminiscent of our childhood.” Music, most notably rock and roll, and dancing are characteristics of the Baby Boom generational identity and Oakmont Boomers are true to their culture with a hefty schedule of dances featuring big band music. Oakmont Boomers, now 500 members strong, has grown to be one of Oakmont’s largest and most dynamic clubs. Klyn, who is Activities Director, says: “I get phone calls from people who have just moved in, have not yet unpacked their boxes. They hear about the club and want to attend a Boomers event.”


Residents older than Baby Boom age are welcome in the club. “They are fantastic,” says Klyn of the older generation. “I can’t keep up with them on the dance floor—they are young in spirit and in shape, doing break dancing on the floor with twirls.” Oakmont’s Silent Generation is still far ahead in numbers and still in charge of keeping Oakmont functioning, but the Baby Boom Generation is at their heels. Look who’s running Oakmont’s new board: Baby Boomers. Look who’s filling vacancies on the standing committees: Baby Boomers. Look who’s buying and remodeling old houses, upgrading their yards, creating new clubs, planning fun times on the village green: Baby Boomers, Baby Boomers, Baby Boomers. The Boomers continue to fan out into new activities. Scheduled in August is an anniversary celebration of the Summer of Love, the festival of 50’s music that took place in San Francisco 50 years ago. They are bringing in those popular food trucks for easy dining. They’re expanding into fund-raising events; a concert in April raised $1,700 for the Oakmont Community Foundation. “We have a very big problem,” Klyn says, turning uncharacteristically somber. “The Berger Center is not big enough. We have a large waiting list for every event and the list keeps getting larger. Our May and June dances sold out in less than a week. “Because of limited space each couple can have only one guest. Our guests are usually people who are interested in moving to Oakmont. Quite a few have bought here because they have come to our events.”


Klyn points out: “The Berger was built 53 years ago as a church, not as an auditorium. It’s showing the wearing signs of old age. Oakmont has grown— the Orchard, the Meadows, all the homes on the hill and in the East. We hope the board is going to allow Oakmont to move forward into the 21st Century—to spend the money to do so. There are a lot of us who think that is the way to go.” Klyn was on the first ad hoc Berger committee when talk was about redoing it. “According to the architects we talked to, it would not cost that much more to knock it down and rebuild it. Oakmont will be more of a gem with a bigger and more beautiful Berger Center.” Klyn, whose parents lived in Oakmont, moved here with her husband Donald in 2007, part time at first then full time in 2010. Her two children are of the next Generation X. Will Oakmont survive into Generation X? “I hope so,” says Klyn. Among the early Baby Boomers moving here were Jim and Donna Kaiser, popular in Oakmont’s dance circles. Jim, a former board president, met an untimely death a year ago January. When his many friends arrived for his memorial at the East Rec., they were met at the door with gift boxes of golf balls and greeted inside with music by a lively dance band. “It’s what he would have wanted,” said Donna. “It’s what we are,” adds Klyn.

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


July 7: Karen Donnelly / July 14: David Dearden 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

Buddhist Meeting on July 29 nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location Why Chant Out Loud?

“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. 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.

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nYoung Ran Kim

Front table: Jeff Clemence, Young Ran Kim, Jim Ouimette and HaeSook Lounibos. Rear table: Keith Sauer, June Liebling, Ron Levy and Phyllis Guttman.

Table Tennis Club practice to learn or improve own skills. 5. Enjoy Yourself: It’s fun! Table tennis is a wonderful sport to take up for life. It’s easy to play, yet difficult to master. You’ll always have another challenge to look forward to, and another mountain to climb. In conclusion, as a complex game of mind, soul and body, table tennis is one of the most beneficial sports, improving mental and physical condition alike. Everybody can benefit from table tennis, which makes a table tennis an excellent investment for your well-being. Come to join us to play, improve your

nVince Taylor

Oakmont Progressives

Summer Picnic—July 10

Front table: Richard Russell, Ruth Snyder, Jim Ouimette and Jeff Clemence. Rear table: Phyllis Guttman, Keith Sauer, Ai Low and HaeSook Lounibos.

We have a very active Table Tennis (ping-pong) Club in Oakmont Village. We play on the second floor of West Recreation Center according to the following schedule: Tuesday 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Wednesday 12–2:30 p.m.; Friday 3:30–6:30 p.m.; and Sunday (bring your own partner) 12–4:30 p.m. There are numerous benefits of playing this enjoyable Olympic sport. 1. Health and Fitness: Playing this sport gets the heart rate up. Played at the higher levels, it’s one of the fastest sports around. Just a couple of hours a day, two or three times a week hitting that little ping-pong balls can do wonders for your fitness. 2. Keeps You Mentally Sharp: As you get older, ping-pong is good for the brain. There is an awful lot of thinking, fast brain-to-hand coordination, planning, and strategizing going on while playing, all of which helps keep your brain active! 3. You Can Play Anytime: Table tennis is an indoor, non-seasonal sport. You can play it all year round, rain or snow, hot and cold, day or night, and you don’t have to worry about bad weather or exposure to those harmful UV rays. 4. You Don’t Have to Spend a Fortune: There is no fee to play at our club. We provide paddles for new comers free of charge and balls are provided by OVA. A basic ping-pong paddle can be bought for around $35–$50, and will give good service while learning the game. A good racket for intermediate and advanced play would usually be around $100–$150. Even the most expensive of professional rackets wouldn’t be much more than a couple of hundred dollars. We also have a ball machine (Robo-pong) whoever wants to

Visual Aids Workshop nBarbara Milan

Making braille books for visuallyand mentally-impaired children

We just completed our second mailing for 2017. We mailed out 1,043 individual tactile-Braille books for visually- and mentally-impaired children. It was quite a thrill to see them packaged and sent off to the post office. The books were mailed to schools and teachers around the country and to Canada this time. If you are not a workshop member, please drop in and see what we do. We meet at the West Rec. facility on Monday mornings from 9–11 a.m. We have a good time together making these needed books. There is coffee and a snack while we prepare the books. Who knows, this may be just the group you are looking for. We would love to have you come and visit us. If you need additional information call me at 538-5321.

mental and physical capabilities and enjoy yourself. Come to play with us to exercise and have lots of fun. We have four tables and we usually play doubles. Four people will occupy each table at any time and the losing team will have to yield to other players. If there are people waiting, the winning team has to yield the table after two games. We plan to organize Clinique if there are enough people who are interested. Please contact Bob Vogenthaler ( or me at

Summer is upon us, and Oakmont Progressives are getting ready to celebrate summer and each other! Please join us at our potluck picnic on Monday, July 10 from 5–7 p.m. at the West Recreation picnic area. Based on past experiences, we will be sharing a fabulous assortment of mouth-watering goodies! It is BYOB. We will supply plates, utensils, glasses, water and yummy dessert. The best part of the picnic will be getting to know better those who share your world views. If you don’t know where Oakmont Progressives stand on various issues, you can get a full picture at www. In brief, we stand with Bernie Sanders: our political process is now controlled by the banks, corporations, and billionaires for their benefit; Democrats who finance their campaigns with donations from business and the wealthy are a huge

part of the problem, not part of the solution. If you feel the same, please join us on Monday, July 10. Everyone is welcome and there is no charge. So that we can plan appropriately, you must register to attend by July 5. No exceptions. You can register by going to or by depositing the form below in the Progressives’ folder in the OVA office. Call me at 583-9490 if you have questions. We will be taking a break from our usual monthly meetings in August, but look for the announcement about our September 11 meeting in the September 1 Oakmont News. 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.”

Potluck sign-up form

I/We plan to attend the Oakmont Progressives Potluck, July 10:

Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Food contribution (for 8): Appetizer____ Salad____ Main dish____ Side dish____ My dish will be: Vegetarian____ Vegan____ I plan to barbecue my contribution at the picnic (we will supply barbecue with lit charcoal)____ Other______________________________________________________________

Bring a card with the ingredients in your dish so those with food allergies or dietary restrictions can choose appropriately. Please deposit form in Progressive’s folder in OVA Office by July 5.

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Tennis Club

The Sonoma Wine County Senior Tennis Games on June 3 and 4

County Line A Night To Remember

Eleven OTC players participated in the Wine Country Tennis Games. Terri Somers and Bill Wrightson took first place in the mixed doubles. Medal standings for OTC players: seven gold, seven silver and one bronze. The 2018 Games will be here in Oakmont and the format will be fun team tennis.

nRay Haverson Hatfield’s and McCoy’s Clan before feud

Woods and Whites Tennis tournament—July 8

Hatfield’s vs. McCoy’s Tennis Feud

A gorgeous day with blue skies greeted us for this annual feud led by McCoy’s Elder, K Jenkins, and Hatfield’s Elder, Neil Linneball. Twenty-eight clan members participated. Seven mini-feuds erupted leaving the feud standing very close: seven sets were won by each clan. Feud was settled by games won. Hatfield’s defeated McCoy’s (60 games vs. 55 games).

Presidential Pop-up Party Thursday, July 27 “Cruise The Course”

OTC president Terri Somers is hosting a cruise around the Oakmont golf course the evening of Thursday, July 27. The OGC is lending us 50 golf carts and setting up a drink service. An $8 fee will be required which includes one drink. Drivers of the golf carts (two seats) are asked to delay imbibing until they safely return their “cruise partner” the club. To participate, call or email Terri ASAP:, (925) 876--8074.

Please Save the Date December 8 40th Anniversary Celebration

Terri and Fred are excited to announce they have secured The Blues Burners Band, The Quail banquet facilities, and promise a great time with a member ticket price of $40, non-members $50.

Join OTC Membership

Call Paula Lewis (332-0433) or pick up a coupon and deposit it with your check, $20/person, in the OTC folder at the OVA Office.

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Wine Country Senior Game June 4 Participants.

We will have a combined social and tennis event at the East/West Courts. This is the Mixed Doubles Tournament! It will begin at 8:30 a.m. for dues-paying OTC members. Dig out your white tennis outfits—we won’t make you play with your old wooden racquet, but bring one if you have it (here may be a little fun activity after tennis). Sign up by July 3 on the OTC website or contact Chuck Hinckley, 520-4565 or cchinckley@hotmail. com. Provide yours and your partner’s name, level (A, B or C) and contact information. It’s best to find your own partner. If you sign up as a single, we’ll try to find a partner but we cannot guarantee that one will be available at your skill level. Let Chuck know no later than July 6 if you are unable to play after signed up. The Woods and Whites breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. (concurrent with tennis) on the West Court patio. Rey and Isabel Frimmersdorf and Stephanie Curry will be serving the tasty breakfast/brunch items for all OTC members and their guests. Breakfast is $7 for members and $10 for guests. If you wish to contribute pastries let us know.

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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.


Tuesday, July 4: Western Bar-B-Que featuring The Dry Creek Band Saturday, August 26: Back by popular demand County Line—Kingston Trio Show Saturday, September 9: TBD Saturday, October 7: TBD Saturday, November 4: Back by popular demand— The Great James Garners Salute to Johnny Cash Show Saturday, December 9: TBD Sunday, December 31: East Rec., Limited sitting New Year’s Party—first 100 guests. Music by Charley Baker and Company. Details to follow! As you can see we have a lot going on this year. We still have some unfilled slots being held for hopefully great special shows waiting for some conformations yet to come.

Cal Alumni Club nJulie Kiil

Saddle Club Dinner—July 20

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.


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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 3, Norma Doyle will present The Way of All Fish, one of three by Elaine May and Alan Arkin. Playreaders will include Kay Hardy, Norma Doyle and Honora Clemens. When wealthy Madison Avenue business exec, Ms. Asquith discovers her dinner plans have been disrupted, she invites her efficient but mousy secretary, Miss Riverton, to share a glass of wine and Japanese cuisine. As the secretary consumes several glasses of the grape, the conversation leads in odd directions like the sex life of fish. The chat takes a menacing turn when Riverton opines that the only way she’ll ever become famous is to murder a celebrity. Assessing the accomplishments of assassins, she dismisses Booth, who only killed a president, and Manson, who murdered a starlet. She decides to settle for someone rich and important and Asquith begins to feel a quiet terror with the realization that she is playing “cat and mouse.” May and Arkin are iconoclastic pioneers of the comedy of neurosis of the 1950s and ‘60s, doing Vaudeville 101. May, who with Mike Nichols turned stand-up improvisation into a peerlessly sophisticated form, and Arkin who starred in nose-thumbing movies like Catch-22 wrote in this enriching collaboration as veteran masters of off-the-wall humor On July 10 and 17 Honora Clemens will stage A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry. Readers will include Susan Baguette, Jini Bauer, Honora Clemens, John Dolan, Charlie Ensley, Dennis Hall, Morgan Lambert, Stephen Litzenberger and Star Power A Raisin in the Sun, highlights the lives of Black Americans living under racial segregation in Chicago. Hansberry’s family had struggled against segregation, provoking the Supreme Court case Hansberry v. Lee. The title of the play was taken from the poem “Harlem“ by Langston Hughes: “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” The story tells of a black family’s experiences in Chicago‘s Woodlawn neighborhood as they attempt to “better” themselves with an insurance payout following the death of the father. The New York Drama Critics’ Circle named it the best play of 1959. Raisin, a musical based on A Raisin in the Sun, opened in 1973, winning the Tony Award for Best Musical. A Raisin in the Sun was revived on Broadway in 2004 and received a Tony Award nomination for Best Revival of a Play. Hansberry was an African-American playwright and the first black woman to write a play performed on Broadway. At age of 29, she won the New York’s Drama Critics Circle Award, the first black dramatist, the fifth woman, and the youngest playwright to do so. In 2013, Hansberry was posthumously inducted into the American Theatre Hall of Fame. She died of cancer at the age of 34. Hansberry inspired Nina Simone’s song “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.“

Caregiver Support Group nVickie Jackanich

SUPPORT is available when YOU are caring for another

“It’s my anchor...” “Very supportive...” “Others are feeling what I am feeling...” These are recent comments about the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group. This drop-in group meets twice a month. It is for Oakmont residents who are caring for a family member. Are you providing help to someone who is physically ill and no longer able to do what they used to do? Or assisting someone who has signs of memory loss or dementia? It might be your spouse, a parent, an ill child, or even a dear friend. Are you feeling overwhelmed? You are invited to join this ongoing group. It doesn’t matter if the person lives with you, in his or her own home, or in a facility.

“It’s an opportunity for people to share concerns, talk about juggling life and caregiving, and find out about local resources too,” says Dorothy Foster, MFT, who facilitates the group. “The topics of discussion vary from week to week. One week it might be how to keep a loved one safe. The next time it might be where to get quality information on veterans’ benefits. Everyone gets a chance to talk, but members have said that sometimes the biggest benefit lies in hearing how others are handling similar situations.” You don’t have to tough it out alone. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon, in the Central Activities Center Room B. For more information contact me at 595-3054 or email

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Join Us! July 18, 6 pm Sonoma Stompers Baseball in Sonoma

Plans are to carpool from Berger Center at 5 p.m. Check with Alan Schackman for more information.

Looking Ahead

Mark your calendars, and respond to the online invitations. 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. 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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In early June Playreaders presented A Murder of Crows. Readers were: (standing) Ron White, Charlie Ensley, Evelyn Zigmont, Jeff Sheff; (seated) Norma Doyle, Honora Clemens and Joyce O’Connor.


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Kiwanis Pancakes

nCarolita Carr


Our Rock Sround the Clock dance party with the Hot Rods was a great success. Judging from the crowded dance floor, all who attended had a great time. The food truck selection (El Coyote and Wurst Haus) was right on, and the ice cream sundaes hit the spot on that warm evening. Thanks to all who made the party the good time that it was.

For the 28th consecutive year, the Kiwanis Club and Oakmont Gardens served a Saturday pancake breakfast in the Oakmont Gardens courtyard. The event helps the club raise money to support help for children and agencies helping children. (Photos by Robert Starkey)

July Event Movie at St. Francis: Grease

WHEN: Thursday, July 13 WHERE: St. Francis Winery Grounds TIME: 7 p.m. for pre-movie concert (movie begins at dusk) PRICE: Admission and popcorn are complimentary FOOD: El Coyote Food Truck, or bring your own It’s time for our “let’s get out of Oakmont event!” From 1978, Grease stars John Travolta and Olivia Newton John. Let’s kick back and remember the music and those carefree times, as we enjoy some good wine in our beautiful surroundings. Pre-movie music will be provided by Wine Country Jazz. Bring your chairs (low back preferred) or blankets for seating, and extra clothing for our chilly evenings. Remember, the sun will be down when the movie starts. Buy food from the food truck or bring your own picnic dinner. No outside alcohol is permitted, but wine is available for purchase for $10 per glass (you keep the glass), refills are $8. Arrange carpools with friends or meet us at the winery.

A table full of diners enjoys breakfast.

Save the Date

August 19: “Summer of Love” party with the band Seventh Son. It’s been 50 years since that magic summer; come and celebrate with your Boomer friends.

Here, a volunteer cook adds finishing touches to a griddle of pancakes.

Oakmont Friends, Clients & Residents

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Pickleball Corner


What’s Growing On At the Community Garden? nShirley Phillips

The Oakmont Community Garden welcomed visitors to the garden during the June 20 Oakmont Garden Club garden tour. In spite of the heat, there was a nice turnout of folks visiting the garden. Six private homes throughout Oakmont also participated in the garden tour. Master Gardeners, Stephanie Wrightson and Sue Ridgeway were on hand to share valuable handouts and discuss garden questions. Garden Board members were also on hand to welcome visitors.

In the evening of June 1, the OVA put on its annual spring event that showcases Oakmont’s many clubs. Thanks to Connie Medeiros and Shirley Lieberman the Oakmont Pickleball Club was very well represented. Connie reports that many people came by our table, ranging from two weeks to two months new to Oakmont. They wanted more information about playing Pickleball here, including attending the Tuesday morning orientations. Connie and Shirley fielded questions about how our game is played and the table visitors appreciated the display of paddles and balls. Questions about Pickleball’s “quirky” rules also came up (surprise!).

Many of the newcomers said that they no longer play tennis and were happy to learn that they have an alternative activity via Pickleball to be outdoors and physically active right here in Oakmont.


Peter Schmidt reports on a May trip in Spain: “Just the other day while Noel Lyons, Jackie Kinney, my wife Maggie and I were in Madrid, Spain, we made a point to walk through the 300-acre Parque del Buen Retiro, just east of the City Center. Retiro Park is an oasis of greenery; it includes a lake, trails through the forested area, the Palacio de Cristal and a wonderful athletic facility. Included in this facility are tennis courts, paddleball courts, a soccer field, a well-equipped gym facility and five (count them—5) Pickleball courts (see picture below).

Travel and Adventure Club nCarolita Carr

No Meeting in July

Our regular meeting falls on July 4, so we have to cancel. We’ll meet later on in the summer.

Two Travel Opportunities

Princess Cruise—April 7, 2018: This is a California coastal exploration, with prices starting at $709 per person, plus taxes of $135. We already have a great response to this offering. It leaves from San Francisco and returns there as well. Call September Holstad at (404) 272-2972 for more information. Canyon Ranch—September 11–15: This is for three or four nights, all-inclusive, starting at $1,690 per person. This is about 50% off the regular rate, and a great opportunity for a mom/daughter or girlfriends getaway. Call September now if this sounds good to you, only three spots remain.

Shirley and Connie welcome newcomers.

Although temporary courts, they are regularly used three days each week. This facility will be hosting the IFP Bainbridge Cup (an International Tournament) and the Spanish Open Pickleball Championships in September of this year. I spoke with Michael, the guy who seems to coordinate the pickleball activities. He lives in Madrid, but is from Newport Beach and has a sister in Sonoma. I invited him to play at Oakmont next time he is in the area. Maybe we will have permanent courts by then.”

Implant & General Dentistry

Celebrat in 20 Years g i Oakmon n t

Summer New Patient Special! $99

First visit includes: • Full periodontal exam & cleaning • Oral cancer screening • Full set of x-rays

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


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


Lawn bowlers are known for their civility and sportsmanship. As a result the 2017 Senior Games were enjoyed by all despite the condition of the green, a little mist and overcast skies. With the magnificent organization and handling by Senior Games Commissioners, Jeff Vanderheyden and Frank Gyorgy, the games came off perfectly. Jeff and Frank were aided by the dedicated service of volunteers Jerry Garland, Marilyn Garland, Ed McKee, Martha McKee, Jeana Garcia, Paul Wycoff, Frank Longoria, Dawn Longoria and Jim Krause. There were 16 triples teams entered, 12 OLBC teams and four from outside Oakmont. We had three 10-end games on each day, new opponents for each game. After the first day the top eight teams (based on number of wins and most points) played for the Gold and Silver. The other eight teams competed for the Bronze. The competition was fierce but friendly. In the end the gold went to Santa Clara Lawn Bowls Club, a great team comprised of Jerry Taylor, Roseann Zimbauer and Dave Zimbauer. They had two wins and one tie in Saturday’s play. There were two teams with two wins and one loss. The silver went to the Three’s Company team: Jerry Garland, Gary Scott and Marilyn Garland. They won two games and lost one while scoring a total of 36 points to edge out the Jack Attack team made up of Tom Ternullo, Bob Dodd, Jim MacAlistaire which also had two wins but only31 points. Perhaps the most surprising result of the day came in the bronze bracket. The team self-identified as Novice Hot Shots won two games and lost one and had nine more points than the other two-game

Team from Santa Clara Club.

Blues and Beyond Band Seeks Musicians

nEd Kelleher

If you are interested in joining a band that plays blues and jazz arrangements, please contact me at 282-9191 or Tuba and/ or bass players will be especially welcome. Novice Hot Shots.

winner. The bronze winning team was comprised of Ann Miller, Liliane Rains and Jim Krause. Novice indeed! Ann and Liliane are still in their first year of playing the sport; Jim is in his second year but still classified as a novice.


Jeana Garcia, our Social Chair has been looking into finding “bowling wear” for our members. She has acquired three styles of hats with a very nice OLBC logo. For your choice they are: baseball cap

Oakmont Visual Aids Bridge Marathon Luncheon nDorrelle Aasland

Our annual Bridge Award Luncheon was held at the East Rec. catered by the Oakmont Deli on May 10. The event was planned by Elaine Foote and we can thank her for such a wonderful day. The lunch and wine provided a real banquet and Elaine provided a winner for this event. Congratulations and prizes were presented to the following winners for the 2016–17 season: Section 1, Advanced: first place, Barbara James and Elaine Foote; second place, Niclole Barnes and Laurie Vree; third place, Dorrelle Aasland and Frankie Fagan. Section 2, Intermediate: first place, Peggy Griffith and Janis Winder; second place, Rita Kronen and

($15), “bucket” hat ($20) and a wide-brimmed hat— keeps the sun off your ears ($25). All are now in stock and available for sale. See Jeana to purchase. Jeana also has plans in the works to develop some shirts. Demo Days: We have one more planned for Sept 18, from 10 a.m.–12 noon. After Five: We have two more After Five event this year; mark your calendar: July 11 and August 8, both on Tuesday from 5–7 p.m. Short games: A short game may be requested on Tuesdays and Thursdays before the daily draw.

Ellen Mufson; third place, Pat McKowen and Kathey Edwards. After distributing the prizes the remaining proceeds of our membership are used to benefit the Visual Aids Workshop, whose tactile aids help children all over the world. It is sign-up time for next year’s marathon. Each couple alternates playing at a different opponent’s home. We all share hosting and play at an agreed upon date. Please send the form below to me by August 1. We welcome new members and if you don’t have a partner we will try to assign you one. Call me at 537-1518.


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. Advanced:

Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________ E-Mail__________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________ Intermediate:

Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone________________________ E-Mail__________________________________________________________ Partner________________________________________________________________________________________

SIR Branch #92 nPat Donnelly, Little Sir

SIR 92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include a social hour, bar service lunch, a golf tournament and a monthly speaker.

July 11 luncheon

We are pleased to have as our guest speaker this month, Jack Tibbets, our newly-elected Vice Mayor of Santa Rosa. Jack was born and raised in Santa Rosa. Prior to attending college, Jack traveled and worked as an open water lifeguard for the County of Santa Barbara. However, the political bug bit him early on, and he enrolled at UC Berkeley after interning for Congressman Mike Thompson in Washington DC, the State Capitol in Sacramento, and the UN in New York. He returned to Santa Rosa to work for the Sonoma County Economic Development Board and later, California Clean Power as Director of Government and Community Relations. He ran for the City Council in our last election, and won. He is the youngest person to serve in this important capacity in our local government. We welcome Jack and we are excited to hear his perspective on the future of Santa Rosa!

Oakmont Squares nPhil Herzog

Did you square dance in the past and would like to dance again? Do you need a refresher course? Would you like to learn to square dance now? I used to square dance—when I could walk well— and loved it. I miss it a lot and I have spoken to several other people here in Oakmont who would like to have a dance club here! So, I contacted the caller from where I used to dance—Singles and Pairs Square Dance Club, who meet at Monroe Hall on West College Avenue—and asked him if he would be interested in calling for a new club. He said yes! So, let me know if we have enough interest we can get a square dance club/class going here. Please contact me by email at goldguyphil@gmail. com, when you see me around Oakmont, or call me between noon and 9 p.m. at 843-3053. If we get enough interest I will post another article with more information.


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

The Brain

I’m going to talk about the importance the brain plays while working out. Many people feel that working out is the time to turn the brain off. There are times you may want to shut down but mostly the brain needs to be working and listening to the body to figuring out what is going on. To begin, you should plan your workout before you reach the gym. Think about the body parts you are going to work and whether or not you are going to work your whole body or do a split workout (meaning certain muscle groups). Will you be doing any cardiovascular work today? Think about the exercises you will be performing and how many for each muscle group. You should always have a backup plan just in case it’s busy in the Fitness Center. Once you get to the Fitness Center, you can begin to implement your plan. Look and see what equipment is available and keep in mind that even if the gym is slow, it may pick up or visa-versa. If you have a backup plan available you can fall back on portions of it. Let’s start with cardiovascular exercise, such as the treadmill or bike. The way you work out on these machines can determine how hard you work. I am a true believer of imagery, either by creating a race or challenge that you want to overcome. If you perform this exercise properly, it will make you work harder. I’m not a great fan of reading on the machines. I have seen people getting a little too into their reading and find them sitting on the machine continuing to read after the machine has stopped. You need to pay attention to what you are doing. Let’s now address working with the weights or performing body weight exercises. Begin by thinking through the routine: how is the exercise performed? Is it working the muscle I want? How many repetitions do I want to perform, how many sets do I want to do and how long should I rest between sets? You need to listen to your body. If an exercise doesn’t feel right then it probably isn’t and you may not want to do it. When the muscle tells the brain that it is tired, then you have sufficiently worked the muscle to promote growth and strength. If you have any question please stop by the Fitness Center or call me at 494-9086, or email wkuout2@aol. com. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fitness Center.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class July 4 and 6. 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.

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better, feel great

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Connect your breath with movement. Gently stretch and focus on alignment while seated or standing. Support your back from the front with seated core strengthening exercises. Explore balance in a safe setting. You have the option to remain seated. 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. Yoga is not about achieving—Yoga is the process. Letting go of tight areas 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.

Holistic Yoga nDonna Connell (IYT)

As we age it is more important than ever to keep the body moving and agile. It helps us avoid injury, stay centered and peaceful. You are invited to join our friendly, ongoing class, and find that you too can enjoy greater flexibility, strength, focus, body awareness, relaxation and have fun doing it! We would love to meet you and help you to begin moving toward greater health and freedom of movement. Cost is far below clubs and studios. I have been teaching seniors for 17 years. Join us and see why. WHEN: Mondays 8:45 a.m., Wednesdays 9 a.m., Fridays 9 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: First class free with the purchase of a class pass for $75/8 classes Feel free to call 799-3099 or email donnapc21@ with any questions or concerns.

r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

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


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


Friday, June 23 was the start of the SRJC summer session at 9:45 a.m., so there will be no fee at that time. If you have questions about the Friday classes feel free to call Julie at 579-3849 (land line, no text) or email

nTeresa Woodrum

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

Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes.. JoRene will be assisting her church’s mission work in Tanzania form July 10–26. Betsy Smith and relief instructors from the YMCA will serve as visiting instructors during her absence. We know how important these classes are to your health and wellbeing and we are most sincerely sorry for the inconvenience. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, well-supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

Foam Roller nSandra Shaner

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.

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

nJohn Brodey

We are now in our 30th year of offering this class to beginners in Oakmont. Literally hundreds of Oakmont residents have partaken of this class since the 1980s. Wouldn’t you like to try this ancient Chinese meditation and exercise to improve balance and agility besides to reduce stress? We offer a five-class workshop to introduce you to the techniques and philosophy of this gentle movement form. Tuition is $75 for the five classes (which do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to). We meet in the Upper West Rec. Center from 9–10 a.m. Pre-registration is required. Call me at 318-5284. I would love to talk to you.

Continuity is a good thing, especially for an organization that runs on the sheer energy of its members, which pretty much describes the Valley of the Moon Rotary. In our club, almost everyone participates in some capacity toward the overall effort to improve the lives of others. It’s a finely-tuned machine which helps steer us through the annual changes in management. Our club presidents serve a one-year term like our parent organization Rotary International. For us, the calendar year runs July through June, so here we go. Fred Polkinghorn has been an exemplary leader. His selflessness and commitment to our mission, which this year is summarized by the Rotary slogan “Making a Difference,” is evident in every facet of club activity. Under his guidance we saw five longtime members Fred Polkinghorn retire from service: to Frank Gianinni, Paula Schnelle, stepped down June 30 after a highlyDennis DeSousa, Paul Rasore successful year and John Heilbronner a very leading the VOM fond farewell. At the same Rotary Club in its many charitable time, we remain excited to have projects. welcomed ten new members: Angie Howard, Lloyd Van Der Mehden, Claudette Brero-Gow, Lillian Sletteland, Karen King, Judith Kesot, K. Jenkins, Daymon Doss, Sumedha Mona Khanna and a returning member Pat Randall. At just 55 members it’s amazing how much we do. It starts with our new board led by the incoming President Chuck Broward. Continuing on are Club Services Director Caroline Keller, Public Image yours truly, International Services Art Fichtenberg, Youth Services Terry Metzger, Vocational Services Frank Sites, Foundation Mike Isola and Fundraising’s Susan Boak. Additionally, we have a new Community Services Director Pat Gooler and Shawn Heatherman who will head up Membership efforts. Our new Sergeant At Arms is Mike O’Brien. These are your friends and neighbors so be sure to give them a wink and a nod. A big thank-you to all our members who man the fort in so many different ways. We are a team of friends with the same goals in mind. In the coming weeks, we will share a bit more insight into the projects we actively support through our five avenues of service. It’s a pretty good list and one which may inspire some of you to join us. We’d like nothing better. Coming up on our calendar is our second fundraising event for 2017. Last year we launched our first VOM Rotary Golf Tournament under the direction of our own John Theilade. With only two fundraisers all year, the importance of making the most of each one is vital. This year’s tournament will be held on August 11 at, where else, the Oakmont Golf Course. Even if you are not a golfer you can help the cause in a variety of ways. For $30 you can just join us for the post game dinner. If you do play, the fee is $100 per golfer ($50 for members of the OGC). You can sponsor a tee by contacting Pat at 539-1526 and you can register for the tournament by contacting John Theilade at the golf shop. Save the date!

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

Just For Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

It is time for a Summer BBQ! We will be having our BBQ picnic on Saturday, July 22 beginning at 11:30 a.m. It we will be a potluck lunch at the CAC patio. Please RSVP to me so we can be sure to have supplies we need. 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 p.m. in the Card Room in the Central Activity Center. We have lots of games on hand: Rummikub, Parcheesi, Bananagrams, Cribbage, Monopoly, Clue, Thryme, Settlers of Catan, The Pillars of the Earth, Pictionary, Yahtzee, Trivial Pursuit, Deluxe Rook, Skip-Bo, a poker set, several decks of cards, double 6 and double 12 dominoes and more! Someone usually brings: Phase 10, Sequence, Rack-O, Splendor, Indigo, Split, Uno as well as others. If you have any games that you would like to donate to the club temporarily or permanently, just let me know. We are always looking for more games to add to our collection. You can play games that you already know or learn a new game. If we don’t have what you want to play, bring the game with you. Those who are present decide which games to play or gamers can schedule ahead of time for certain games to play. The more the merrier! Our objective is to have fun. For more information email me at goldguyphil@ or call me at 843-3053. If you would like to join us, but our days and/or times don’t work for you, let me know and we’ll see if we can adjust the schedule or add another time that works. We hope to see you soon.

Valley of the Moon Rotary Club

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2017 League schedule. Bowling dates for July: July 11 and 18. No bowling July 4 (holiday) and 25, fourth Tuesday.


On June 13, we had our first make-your-own sandwich lunch. Most bowlers thought it went well and enjoyed the com-rotter-rye, although some didn’t come because they could just make a sandwich at home.


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

RESULTS AS OF June 13 (fourth week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place tie, Wild Turkeys and Alley Oops; fourth place, Strikers; fifth place tie, Pocket Hits and Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 268; Larry Lazzarini, 223; Juan Fuentes, 207; Terry Leuthner, 202; Christian van den Berghe, 202. Women’s High Games: Peggy Ensley, 259; Sandy Osheroff, 240; Sandy Wald, 224; Mariel Green, 215; Robin Schudel, 215; Alicia Panizo, 200. 3:15 PM League: first place, High Rollers; second place, Strikes and Spares; third place tie, Strike Outs and King Pins; fifth place, Pin Heads; sixth place, Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 236; Mark Attebery, 233; Bruce Price, 225; Al Bentham, 205. Women’s High Games: Nicole Reed, 266; Jan Blackburn, 255; Maurine Bennett, 246; Pat Stokes, 245; Valerie Hulsey, 244; Vickie Jackanich, 243; Diane Price, 220; Debbie Miller, 212; Mollie Atkinson, 210. Subs High Game: Terry Leuthner, 234; Fritzie Amantite, 228; Sandy Osheroff, 204.

New Beginnings



The Oakmont News / July 1, 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 1, 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 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

nLaurie Hartmann

Being a church isn’t just about gathering on Sunday mornings to worship God in a particular place, although corporate worship is a huge part in the life of God’s people. Being the church is about being the hands of God as we live out our beliefs together in unity and in fellowship. When you attend Oakmont Community Church, you become part of our family. There are a lot of wonderful things happening at Oakmont Community Church. Most recently we began holding Sunday afternoon worship services at the Oakmont Gardens for residents. The services are held in the art room at 1 p.m. Would you like to get to know us away from church? On Sunday, July 9 we are having an allchurch picnic at the West Rec. at 4 p.m. We will have croquet, ball toss and other fun outdoor games to play or just to watch. Bring picnic food to share and your drinks. We will provide plates, napkins and silverware. We will have the grill going if you want to BBQ your meat. On Friday, July 28 at 6 p.m. we are having a karaoke night at the East Rec. We have music from the 40s, 50s and 60s as well as the gospel favorites. It should be a fun evening of singing and laughter. This event is open to the public (no alcohol please). Need prayer? We are here for you. Pastor Brinda

Connect to one another and to God

Sunday morning prayer begins at 10 a.m., followed by fellowship and Worship at 10:30 a.m. We meet in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Sundays, 1 p.m.: New Worship Service at the Oakmont Gardens in the art room. Tuesdays, 1:30 p.m.: Bible Study taught by Allan Linton at Oakmont Gardens. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.: Teaching and Prayer Meeting at the Manse.

Interaction with God by Laurie Hartmann

Genuine interaction with God is deepened by an assurance of God’s Love for us. We know instinctively that unless the person who is listening to us shows interest and openness to hear what we have to say that our communication is truncated and stays locked within the confines of our being. The God of the Old and New Testaments is the One who came to be with us on earth and is with us still. Prayer can be as natural as breathing with one who wants to be with us and is ready to hear whatever we speak. In our 10 a.m. prayer gathering a couple of weeks ago we enjoyed the ease of hearing each other speak freely to the One who hears every word. Because we trusted the One who was listening we had the extra joy and privilege of being in the presence of each other’s communication to the God who loves us most. OCC Manse (parsonage/house) and Church Office: 6687 Oakmont Drive Need Prayer? Can we be of service? Call 595-0166 or email


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

Oakmont Rainbow Women

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Rainbow Women enjoyed the Pride Picnic in June.

about being visible, and belonging to a community. We were all proud on Saturday. B-I-N-G-O in July: Play bingo on Thursday, July 13 at East Rec. starting at 7 p.m. You lose some and (hopefully) you’ll win some! August 10 Sonoma Stompers: What is summer without an outing to the baseball park? Enjoy a VIP experience with Sonoma Stompers team including excellent seating (with backs), food and the fun of Rainbow Women. Tickets are $35 including a $14 food voucher. For details, contact Dianne.armer@gmail. com. Be sure to let her know soon if you want to go. Seats are limited!

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!

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Monday, July 10: No class 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


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At the last board meeting, after much discussion, the OAA board decided to increase our annual dues to $20. Anyone renewing their membership fee for 2018, or any new member joining the OAA after July 1, will pay this amount to be a member until December 31, 2018. We are a busy organization. General meetings with a paid speaker for six months of the year, two bus trips a year to an art gallery or museum, open studios and an annual art show. The reasons for the increase are the usual ones, and include our need to cover the expenses of providing bus trips to museums and art galleries (which generally cost approximately half the amount charged by outside tour organizations), the increased cost of docents from the De Young Museum and Legion of Honor who speak at our general meetings, the cost of artist demonstrations in the Berger and East Rec. Center, and the increased cost of publicity for the association events. The fee increase brings us more into line with many of the other Oakmont Associations, and is long overdue. This is the first fee increase any of us, including the old members can remember. We hope this will not be an undue imposition on our membership, and it will let us continue providing

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WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, July 8 and 9 INSTRUCTOR: Lillian Mattimore COST: $200 LOCATION: CAC Art room The workshop will cover drawing fundamentals, the effects of light on subjects, techniques for creating texture, as well as composition, value, and perspective as they apply to drawing from still life, from photographs and from nature. To register for the workshop, contact Dan Fishman

Lillian has been teaching art at all levels to students of all ages since 1968. She founded and managed two art schools, worked with children as artist-in-residence in Santa Rosa public schools and taught in many community settings. She has given workshops for the Mendocino Art Center, Point Reyes National Seashore, Sebastopol Center for the Arts, Santa Rosa Community College, and the Learning Annex in San Francisco. Drawing Demonstration: Friday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. in the East Rec. Center. Free to the Oakmont community.


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nSusan Lynn

Drawing by Lillian Mattimore.



If you would like to learn international five-up dominos or brush up on your skills, lessons will be held on Tuesday, July 20, at 2:30 p.m. in the CAC card room. We play every Thursday at 10 a.m. in the CAC card room. Since we play from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., members bring a bag lunch for a short lunch break. Join us and keep mentally fit. If you have any questions, or for more information call me at 528-016

Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Wine Country Games this year, and kudos to the BiPolar Rollers and the Go-Getters, the two Bocce Club teams that made it to the finals! They did Oakmont proud and we’re already looking forward to next year. If the Warriors can do it, so can we.



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We are anticipating a good turnout for our Bocce and Picnic event. We’ll provide the BBQ chicken, chips, soft drinks, and water, but we need you to bring a salad, appetizer, or dessert to share. (There will be a sign-up sheet at the Bocce courts.) The games begin at 9:30 a.m., so get there early if you want to play. The picnic begins at 12 noon at the West Rec. picnic area. WHEN: Saturday, July 22, 12 noon BRING: Salad, appetizer, or dessert

Save the Date

Once again, we will be partnering with the Grandparent’s Club to welcome Oakmont’s grandkids to the Bocce Courts. This is always a fun event, so slather the sunscreen on the kiddies. More details to follow in the next edition of the Oakmont News, so watch this space.


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

Lifelong Learning

nMarlena Cannon

Utopia at Gunpoint: The Russian Revolution July 13, 10 am–12 Noon, Berger Center

This October marks the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, and Oakmont scholar Bob Kirk will present a two-hour lecture that makes that event come alive and posits the very real possibility that aspects of the Revolution continue today. To hear Bob describe it, this century of Russian history is both a timeline of terror and a testament to people’s fortitude to find happiness. Poor performance in World War I and mismanagement of the economy brought the

nBarbara Bowman

overthrow of Czar Nicholas in 1917. A provisional government was formed that was quickly replaced by the ruthless Bolshevik dictatorship under Vladimir Lenin who killed thousands and nationalized property. The country went from bad to worse with the death of Lenin who was replaced by a paranoid Stalin who forced industrialization, sent millions to die in labor camps and caused Bob Kirk, Oakmont widespread famines. European History The Cold War and stagnation Scholar.

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

followed from 1946 to 1991 when Mikhail Gorbachev tried unsuccessfully to reform the system. Yeltsin gradually came into power and, as Prime Minister, sold off state industries like oil, steel and natural gas to his Russian oligarch friends, seized parliament to ensure greater power and in 1999 resigned to let Prime Minister Vladimir Putin take control. Through the century, the Russian people sought a government that envisioned a utopia. The result today has been anything but that. Join Bob Kirk by registering at exed/olli or at the door. nCharlene Bunas

Music Promotes Health

According to recent studies, music can reduce anxiety and pain, could improve sleep, mood, and memory. To benefit your health, OLL (Oakmont Lifelong Learning) is pleased to offer a concert performed by Valley of the Moon musicians. WHEN: July 13, 7 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 at OVA office or at the door

Sunday, July 2, 2 pm MOONLIGHT

Best Picture Academy Award-winner Moonlight tells the story of young Chiron growing up in the drug-soaked world of 1980s Miami, struggling to make his way through a helter-skelter adolescence while also grappling with confusion and anxiety about his emerging sexuality. A remarkable and well-crafted look at lives rarely seen in cinema. An Oscar for Marashola Ali for Best Supporting Actor; nominations for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress as well. (2016), R (drug use/language), 110 minutes.


Screened in conjunction with Lifelong Learning’s Summer Sampler Utopia At Gunpoint: The Russian Revolution, 1917–2017 presented by Bob Kirk, this film highlights the events of the Russian Revolution, which brought about the end of the reign of the czars and saw the rise of communism. This compilation of rarely seen color and colorized footage brings the reality of the civil war vividly to life. Noted historians offer their insights on events occurring a century ago, paving the way for the formation of the Soviet Union and still resonating today. The instructor will attend. (2007), NR, 90 minutes.

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, the film, an impressively engaging nature drama, superbly produced, with 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.

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Sunday, July 2: Moonlight, (2016), R, 110 minutes. Sunday, July 9: Russian Revolution in Color, (2007), NR, 90 minutes. Sunday, July 16: The Bear, (1988), PG, 94 minutes. Sunday, July 23, 2 p.m.: War of the Buttons, PG-13, 99 minutes. (In French.) Sunday, July 23, 7 p.m.: Sing, (2016), PG, 108 minutes.

Eric Zivian, piano and Tanya Tomkins, cello.

Performed on period instruments, the program includes: Bach’s Chaconne for Solo Violin, Chopin’s Cello Sonata and Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet. Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750) wrote this famous virtuosic set of variations as the final movement of the Partite for Unaccompanied Violin in D minor, BWV 1004. Violinist Joshua Bell has characterized the Chaconne as “one of the greatest pieces of music ever written.” Frédéric Chopin (1810–1849) composed almost exclusively for solo piano but he also wrote a handful of chamber works, including the Cello Sonata—the last composition to be published in his lifetime. Yo-Yo Ma includes this piece in his repertoire. Already competent on keyboard and violin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756–1791) began composing at age of five. Quintet for Clarinet and Strings was his only clarinet quintet. Written in 1778, two years before his death, it is one of the earliest works written for the clarinet, and is one of the most admired of Mozart’s works. Come for an evening of quality music and health!

The American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson

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


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017


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

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.

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.

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


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM July 1–15 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

Ellen Leznik, President

July 16–31 Bev Schilpp 538-4293

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


PAS Management Company

oakmont News

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

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)


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 cat@oakmontvillage. com. 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.


Ken Heyman, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Frank Batchelor, Director Greg Goodwin, Director Gloria Young, Director Kathleen Connelly, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


The Oakmont News / July 1, 2017

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

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

Larry Vuckovich Presents La Orquesta El Vucko nDolora DeGeer

Saturday, August 12, 4 PM Berger center

Larry Vuckovich returns to Berger Center by popular demand brining La Orquesta El Vucko, a unique Latin band, offering a wide ranging repertoire

Larry Vuckovich

of Brazillian selections, world music, including AfroCuban and Balkan salsa, South American favorites, Great American Standards played in Latin tempos, as well as Mexican classic boleros. Larry brings all of his varied experiences in forming La Orquesta El Vucko and making it a special sounding Latin band. Soulful vocalist Valeriana Quevedo Valerina Quevedo will sing romantic Mexican boleros as well as standard classics in Latin rhythms. Master percussionist, Louis Romero, will add that special spark which will be enhanced be the excellent conguero/bonguero Hector Lugo, Noel Jewkes on flute and Mike Hallesy on bass. Admission is $25, open seating. Doors open at 3 p.m.


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

Name(s) ______________________________________________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone_______________________________________ # of tickets____________


Please make check payable to the “Larry Vuckovich Latin Concert” and return it to the OVA office folder, or mail it to OVA, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.



Canelo: Sweet and Spicy


anelo means Cinnamon en Español. And like my namesake I’m both sweet and spicy. Sweet, because I’m cheerful and affectionate. My comforting snuggles are as satisfying as cinnamon toast. Spicy because I’m one peppy walking companion! Not in a habanero kind of way mind you, but at 8 years old, I still have a jaunty spring in my step. I’m always ready to leash up and explore! As a teeny Chihuahua fellow, I’m not a huge fan of other dogs. Being your one and only will suit me just fine. One snuggle and you’ll discover how everything’s better with a little Canelo!

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