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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Glengreen Gets Water Award nJackie Ryan

When the Glengreen Homeowners Association removed turf last year, it reaped a substantial financial bonus. Recently it also earned a special commendation from the Santa Rosa Mayor’s Office for its conservation efforts.

Sandy Throne accepts a commendation from Thomas Hare for saving water resources while Glengreen board members look on. Pictured from left: Steve Bishop, Throne, Linda Flint, Hare, Kathy Bishop, John McGinity, Tami Devol and Kayla Nelson of city Water Resources. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

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Central Park Project Gets Mixed Reaction

Chess Club Has A New Hero

nAl Haggerty

A proposal to create a central gathering place on the site of the now canceled pickleball courts behind the central pool received mixed reaction at a workshop held by the OVA Board of Directors June 6 at Berger Center. While three board members voiced approval, three others had reservations. Director Ken Heyman was not present. President Ellen Leznik, a key advocate of the Central Park Project, outlined her ideas in a PowerPoint presentation. For starters, she said the area, which is strewn with broken concrete and other debris following the board’s cancellation of the pickleball project, is unsafe, unsightly and presents potential drainage issues and damage to the habitat. She pictured a peaceful space with tables, a lawn area and pathways. Activities, she said, could include chess, yoga, tai chi, low-key concerts, croquet and open-air art exhibits. She said it could be used for OVA’s annual Easter egg hunt. And that a vendor is interested in operating a food cart with Italian food, including gelato. The costs, Leznik said, could be at least partly covered with fundraising events, dedications and See central park on page 5

OVA’s Senior Social Program Aims to Begin in August nAl Haggerty

Three years of dogged determination has paid off with a license to begin a Senior Social Club program here sometime in August. The program will offer exercise, entertainment, companionship and meals to Oakmont elders and provide a break for caregivers. The Council on Aging will operate the program offering two five-hour sessions a week running from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a paid administrator and assistant overseeing the activities. The sessions will be held in the upper room of the West Recreation Center. Applicants are being sought for the two positions. The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont is the fiscal sponsor of the project, providing it with legal 501(c)(3) status and the ability to accept tax-free donations and apply for foundation grants. The fee is $50 per session, but scholarships may be available from CARE depending on the success of its fund-raising efforts. Maximum class size is 30 and the club plans to have one volunteer for every 10 participants. Julie Jones, the driving force behind creation of the Senior Social Club, reflected on her efforts, telling the Oakmont News, “Over three years ago I was made aware of how many of the elder Oakmont residents were no longer able to take advantage of the many recreational opportunities offered in our community.

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Help Wanted For Senior Social Club

The Council on Aging is interviewing for two paid positions at the Oakmont Senior Social Club program, which is to begin operating in August, A program administrator will be paid $16 an hour and an assistant $13 an hour, both working 18 hours a week. Each position will require a college degree, preferably in a social service/teaching/recreational type field. Applicants must pass an FBI/DOJ review and fingerprint test and health exam. The Council on Aging will pay for the tests. Jones emphasized that the most important attribute is an ability to enjoy working with elders along with the skill and patience with the details of paper work. To arrange for an interview, contact Laurel Anderson, COA’s social day services supervisor, at 525-0143 x 103 or I was familiar with the Council on Aging program which offers activities specially created for those with physical or cognitive conditions which make participation in more active programs difficult. With See senior social on page 5 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

For over a year now, the old fogies of the Drop-in Chess Club, which meets on Tuesday afternoons in the card room at the CAC, have been welcoming to their fold a surprising new member. His name is Vincent Kriner and he is just nine years old. Club leader Richard Duncan reports that Vincent has been “the cause of considerable astonishment and delight among users of the CAC.” Originally invited as a guest, Duncan says, the Santa Rosa youth “has been an ideal student: playing with, watching and learning from his elderly chess peers. His progress has been remarkable.” Last month he entered a Sonoma County Scholastic chess tournament and swept his age division undefeated. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

Berger Consultants Plan to Update OVA Board on Their Progress nJackie Reinhardt

The Berger Action Committee (BAC) under the direction of its new chair, Claudette Brero-Gow, is moving ahead, amid questions about whether its mission remains the same. Brero-Gow told a June 5 meeting that she was sending a letter to the OVA Board requesting clarification of the committee’s mission in view of informal feedback that construction of a new Berger may not be a priority. “When there are changes in the board, it is a natural progression of things that priorities may change,” she added. The committee was working to schedule a presentation to the OVA Board on the preliminary recommendations from seismic, structural, electrical and mechanical consultants as well refinements to the concept plan that included a new lobby. The result of a parking study of the central project would also be on the agenda. “We hope Oakmonters will come to this board meeting to provide feedback to the committee and the board,” said David Dearden. “It’s important that residents hear what these experts have to say.” The BAC meeting was attended by a prospective new member, Jeff Young, a licensed civil engineer who worked at Bechtel and also served on the Architectural Review Committee. He has lived in Oakmont since 1999 and is married to current board member Gloria Young. Bob Jackson said the report to the board would be a PowerPoint presentation and a request to hire a cost estimator. He underscored how design and safety elements, such as fire sprinklers and a new roof, will affect seismic considerations down the road. “The more pressing issue is fire protection,” emphasized Art Fitchtenberg, who noted the “risk of a fire is greater than an earthquake.”


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

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.

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


League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations


The common area of the association belongs to all members of the association on a proportional basis. Title is not held by the association or the board. The homeowner’s title states a 1/35 (or whatever number of units in the association) interest in the common area. The association, through the board, is responsible for the maintenance of the common area and the landscape in the common area and all of the area outside the exterior walls or boundaries of any structures on the lot. Should a homeowner wish to extend a patio, install a fence, build a wall, install any building extension

or any other permanent structure that encroaches into the common area, the homeowner must receive the approval of the homeowners of the association. The board does not have the authority to grant this type of encroachment into the common area. The Architectural Committee forms recognize this fact. The foregoing may also pertain to homeowner requested major changes in landscape that extend beyond the original landscape design. If there are any questions, please contact the President of the LOMAA Board of Directors. No Board Meeting in July. Next Board Meeting: Monday, August 7, at 12 noon, Room B

Volunteer Opportunity Architectural Committee Seeks New Members

The Architectural Committee is looking for residents who would like to be part of one of the most important committees in Oakmont, helping to improve community appearance. Committee members review applications for modifications, make site visits and attend the AC monthly meeting. Experience is not necessary since other members will assist you in training. Send a short background bio to Mary Patricia, the AC Administrator, at mary@ or call 539-0701.

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nBarbara Milan


This year the Visual Aids Workshop will be working throughout the summer. We will be taking our break during September and October. If you are looking for something worthwhile to do on Mondays this summer, please join us from 9–11 a.m. at the Upper West Rec. Center. We will be making our concept books and aids for visually-impaired children. The aids are sent all over the world, free of charge, to educators of visually-impaired children. Come join us. We can use your help this summer. For more information call me at 538-5321.


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Sandy Throne, a Glengreen board member, spearheaded the project to remove more than 13,000 square feet of grass along Oakmont Drive in the association’s common area and replace it with low-water, drought-resistant plants. Faced with the need to raise HOA dues to pay for increasing water usage, Throne and Greenglen took advantage of the city’s Grass for Cash program, which was available in 2015–16. A $19,000 investment returned $10,000 to the Greenglen coffers. Throne and city water officials call the turf conversion a win-win for the 21 homeowners in the association. The project required the approval of homeowners and the OVA Architectural Committee. A new Glengreen landscape committee selected crepe myrtles and other plants and switched from sprinkler to drip irrigation, resulting in a savings of more than 200,000 gallons of water last year. “This was a model way to do a program. Everyone worked together and we were happy to be of assistance,” said Thomas Hare, water resources specialist for the city. “The association didn’t have to raise dues and now hopefully more owners will be convinced of the benefits of converting landscapes.” While the city rebate program is no longer available, Hare said the state offers conversion incentives. Information on how to save water is available online at

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naming rights. She suggested a legacy walk with stone pavers and benches with plaques, which residents could purchase to memorialize or honor friends or relatives. Joining Leznik in support of the idea were Directors Carolyn Bettencourt, who said “green space is healing,” and Greg Goodwin, who said people want an eating place behind the pool.


Director Frank Batchelor, while agreeing that the broken concrete and little used shuffleboard courts and uneven surfaces should be removed, said the area “is not a central meeting place, never was and never will be.” He said it is not a central location and said a coffee cart will not work. He noted the adjacent parking lot is off-limits for Oakmont events. Batchelor said the greensward between Berger Center and the Central Activities Center is the logical place for a central meeting area. Directors Gloria Young and Kathleen Connelly both called the proposal ”premature.” Young wondered how the project to remodel or replace Berger Center would affect the site, adding that “we shouldn’t do things piecemeal.” Connelly also mentioned the Berger project and while calling the concept “a good one,” said she is reticent about getting involved with

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the overall project and prefers to just clean up the area. Responding to concerns about how the Berger project would affect the central park proposal, Leznik said of the Berger “if we started today,” nothing will be done for at least two years. The central meeting place, she added, fits very well into this year.


A discussion of Oakmont-sponsored events, which encouraged suggestions from residents, brought a report from Mike Harris, an Oakmont Fitness Club Center board member, to launch Oakmont Senior Games in 2018 with the cooperation of swimming, cycling and other clubs. He said the Fitness Club would sponsor the event in large part. Vince Taylor, one of 45 residents being assessed $92 each for the $4,142 cost of the recount following the recent OVA election, said in a letter read to the board that he will not pay the portion of the charge—$2,632—for the printing and mailing of the recount notice to all OVA members. He encouraged all those who requested the recount to refuse to pay the charge, which he said was not a cost of the recount. The board had previously approved the assessment by a 4-2 vote, with Batchelor and Goodwin voting no.

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the encouragement and help of many Oakmont residents, I began the process of creating the Oakmont Senior Social Club. It is now almost a reality.” Jones said a survey indicates that a minimum of 100 Oakmont residents would qualify for the program. Details on how to qualify will be available in the next couple of weeks. With the application for a license from the state Department of Social Services stalled since September, Cheryl Diehm, an Oakmont resident and retired aide to Congressman Mike Thompson, worked with state Sen. Mike McGuire’s office and her own contacts within the department and the process was quickly completed. The effort began when a small group of Oakmont residents, realizing the need for social activities

appropriate for Oakmont elders, started investigating the opportunities available in Sonoma County. They then formed CARE (Care and Resource Center for Elders) with a steering committee including Jones, Sue Dibble, Vickie Jackovich and Sheila Morrissey. Jones said dozens more Oakmont residents, including Carol Cotton, who had the original idea, contributed to the effort. Jones said the efforts of Andie Altman, former president of the OVA Board of Directors, and Marrianne McBride, president and CEO of the Council on Aging, cleared the way for the club to use the West Recreation Center. For additional information about the program, contact Julie Jones, CARE Steering Committee, at 6957241 or

Art Association nCarol Decker

OAKMONT OPEN STUDIOS JUNE 23, 24, 25, 10 am–4 pm

Appreciate our local artists! Twenty-three studios with 31 artists will welcome visitors, with over half of them open on Friday—an additional day for this great annual event. Drop in and admire the art and enjoy a friendly chat. You can get an advance look at the art by visiting the preview show that is currently hung in Berger Center. Accompanying the show is a binder containing biographies of the artists, which makes for some very interesting reading. The studio location map and more information on the artists and information on which studios are open on Friday can be found at Paper copies of the map and a brochure will also be available at the corner of White Oak and Oakmont Drives on the days of the tour. Studio locations will be identified by bright yellow yard signs.


Meetings will resume on September 15.


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

Basic Drawing Workshop

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-inresidence 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

WHEN: Friday, July 7, 6:30 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center COST: Free to the Oakmont community



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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel


As mentioned in a previous article, one of the primary economic benefits of the OGC (Oakmont Golf Club)-owned properties is that they effectively manage drainage and flood control waters throughout the community. There is an intricate system of creeks, lakes and ponds incorporated into the two golf courses, and, in addition, there are flood control facilities located off-site. A primary example of the latter is a fairly large and scenic seven-acre parcel owned by the OGC that extends from Oakmont Drive up Woodley Place all the way up to Annadel State Park. The Woodley Place property includes a working well, steep drainage channel, and over-flow flood control basin. As seen in the photo, scattered logs at the entrance of the over-flow channel provide evidence of the water height and strength last season. In addition, the property serves as an important trailhead access point to Annadel State Park.

Woodley Place Property.

Most people probably do not realize that the sevenacre Woodley Place property requires maintenance by golf course personnel. Last winter we had about 60 inches of rain, and recently two workers spent two days clearing the property.

9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nStan Augustine

Oakmont East weather and playing conditions appear to be turning the corner providing great conditions for weekly play. We have three dates to report on: May 15 attracted 24 players who played as two-man teams. First place went to Neil Huber/Phil Sapp (net 34); followed by a three-team tie for second, David Beach/Tom Tremont, Ron Bickert/Greg Carpenter and Gary Stone/Tom Finnerty, each netting 36. Net 37 was carded by Wayne Mickaelian/Tom Massip, and finishing the winners were teams of Bob Ure/ Art Boot, Jack Robinson/Joe DiBenedetto, and Tony Apolloni/Otis Brinkley at 38. Wayne Mickaelian’s 20’6” was closest-to-pin. May 22 saw 27 players endure some early morning chill to play a Low Net but drop two worst holes, with David Beach winning score of 20.5, followed by Al Bentham’s 21.0. A tie for third best score of 21.5 included Jim Spangler, Tony Apolloni, and Neil Huber. Four tied at 22.0, Joe DiBenedetto, Rich Silvas, Tom Massip and Phil Sapp. Twenty-two players turned out for Low Net play on May 29. Keith Wise took first (27.0), followed by Gordon Hopper’s 30.5. Third best score was a tie with Joe DiBenedetto and Bob Marotto (31.0). Fifth went to Stan Augustine and Jim Norem (31.5). Seventh place’s lone placement was Phil Sapp (32.0), and completing the winners were Ron Bickert and Jack Robinson who each scored net 33.0. Closest-to-the-pin (well, on the 8th green anyway) were Wayne Mickaelian (17’1”) and Stan Augustine (41’7”). We are looking forward to the Ladies and Men’s Mixer on June 12. Sign-up sheet is at the East Pro Shop.

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Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


Bobby Jones Flight: Mike Hull, d.; Paul Phillips, 2 up; Bob Giddings, d.; John Weston, 3 and 1; Frank Zelco, d.; Tom Parker, 2 and 1; Gary Smith, d.; Bucky Peterson, 3 and 2. Ben Hogan Flight: Rick Yates, d.; Mike Isola, 6 and 5; Nick Beltrano, d.; Bob Thompson, 5 and 4; Bruce Hulick, d.; Charlie Huff, 6 and 5; Bill Salmina, d.; John Cook, 1 up. Sam Snead Flight: Danny Crobbe, d.; Rusty Sims, 1 up; Phill Sapp, d.; Sal Cesario, 6 and 5; Alan McLintock, d.; Andy Frauenhofer, 1 up; Mike Doyle, d.; Bill Roberts, bye. Gary Player Flight: Rick Warfel, d.; Wally Juchert, 7 and 5; Ray Pierce d.; Larry Frediani, 1 up; Ed Pierson, d.; Tommy Yturralde, 1 up; Dave Goulson, d.; Bob Siela, 3 and 2. Jack Nicklaus Flight: Art Hastings, d.; John Garcia, 3 and 2; Bob Flores, d.; Jack Haggerty, 3 and 2; Chuck Mendenhall, d.; Bill Feherty, bye; Lew Gross, d.; Bill Wellman, bye. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Nick Beltrano, 26’6”; #13—Rick Yates, 4’9”; #16—Gary Smith, 7’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Jack Haggerty, 17’10”; #13—Phill Sapp, 14’4”; #16—Alan McLintock, 26’8”.


Congratulations to Bob Giddings, our 2017 Presidents Cup Champion! Bobby Jones Flight: Bob Giddings, d.; Mike Hull, 1 up; Paul Phillips, d.; John Weston, 1 up; Frank Zelko, d.; Gary Smith, 5 and 3; Tom Parker, d.; Bucky Peterson, 2 and 1. Ben Hogan Flight: Nick Beltrano, d.; Rick Yates, 3 and 2; Mike Isola, d.; Bob Thompson, 1 up; Bruce Hulick, d.; Bill Salmina, bye. Sam Snead Flight: Phil Sapp, d.; Danny Crobbe, 2 and 1; Sal Cesario, d.; Rusty Sims, 5 and 4; Mike Doyle, d.; Alan McLintock, 5 and 4; Andy Frauenhofer, d.; Bill Roberts, bye. Gary Player Flight: Rick Warfel, d.; Ray Pierce, 6 and 4; Larry Frediani, d.; Wally Juchert, 7 and 6; Dave Goulson, d.; Ed. Pierson, 4 and 2; Tommy Yturralde, d.; Bob Siela, bye. Jack Nicklaus Flight: Bob Flores, d.; Art Hastings, 5 and 4; Jack Haggerty, d.; John Garcia, 6 and 4; Lew Gross, d.; Chuck Mendenhall, 5 and 4; Bill Faherty, d.; Bill Wellman, bye. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Bucky Peterson, 4’0”; #13—Paul Phillips, 17’9”; #16—Bruce Hulick, 16’0”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Rusty Sims, 1’11”; #13—Rusty Sims, 29’11”; #16—Alan McLintock, 26’6”.


First, Ron Bickert, 55; second, Rich Silvas, 61; third, Keith Wise, 63. Closest-to-the-pin: #8—Jim Spangler, 45’8”. A golf match is a test of your skill against your opponent’s luck. Since bad shots come in groups of three, a fourth bad shot is actually the beginning of the next group of three.


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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

Capping off the very busy Seniors May activities calendar were two visits to local favorite golf clubs, Fountaingrove and Marin. The first trip, to Fountaingrove, offered blue skies, a great course, fine food and a short drive. The Marin competition was similar in some ways: weather, fine course and excellent, plentiful food. There was a snag, however, when Marin invited seniors from four different golf clubs to play on one day. Those clubs accepted their invitations with larger than expected player rosters and the total numbers exceeded the course capacity, especially given that another tournament that day was to start at 1 p.m. They limited players from any one club to 15, then relented, accepting more, then reinstated the limit of 15 again. This comedy of errors left Oakmont players confused, and ultimately disappointed, if they didn’t get to play. The decision on who got to go was made by their position on the sign-up list (the first 15 went). The take-home lesson is to sign up on the list as early as possible.

May 16: Moraga and Oakmont at Fountaingrove Two Best Net

First place: John Schwonke, Alan McLintock, Richard Larsen and Jeff Snyder, 118; second (cardoff), Marshall Andrew, Tony Hughes, Jon Ranstrom and George Bleth, 120; third, Chuck Josephs, John Garcia, Walt Risse and Bruce Hulick, 120. Oakmont closest-to-the-pin was Dennis Cornell, 15’9”.

May 31: Oakmont, Richmond, Stone Tree and Santa Rosa at Marin

First place: Thomas DeMartino, Wally Juchert, Dale Manwiller and Ken Albert, 111; second (cardoff), Donald Berg, Robert Anderson, Richard Hunter and David Robertson, 112; third, Joe Dillon, Alan McLintock, Alan Fritz and David Smith, 112; fourth, Sandy Obertello, David Bott, Robert Luff and John Shearer, 112. Closest-to-the-pin: Jim Scinto, 10’1”.


Monday, June 19: at Rooster Run Thursday, June 29: at Napa Monday, July 10: at Oakmont—Napa and Rooster Run Tuesday, August 1: at Windsor Tuesday, September 19: at Stone Tree


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

MAY SWEEPS RESULTS May 25, 23 players, East Course

First flight: first tie, Maria Mar, Elaine Foote; third tie, Linda Yates, Dee Johnson. Second flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Elisabeth LaPointe; third, Ada Branstetter. Third flight: first tie, Tammy Siela, Debbie Warfel; third, Josie DiBenedetto. Fourth flight: first, Marie Crimaldi; second, Joan Eiserloh; third tie, Henni Williston, Audrey Engen.


Mark your calendars for the WRENS Invitational Tournament at Adam Springs July 12. Maybe summer has arrived by the time you get this posting!

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

May 15 Sweeps Results: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 22 players. First flight: first, Lynn Davis; second, Kim Agrella; third, Kathy Faherty; fourth, Joan Seliga. Second flight: first, Judy Duport; second, Yoshi Smith; third, Charlene Buchold; fourth, Laurie Vree. Third flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Linda Yates; third, Vanita Collins; fourth, Patti Schweizer. May 23 Sweeps Results: Lynn Davis was low gross winner of the field of 29 players. First flight: first, Lynn Davis; second, Kim Agrella; third, Joan Seliga; fourth tie, Kathy Mokricky and Marie Pierce. Second flight: first tie, Yoshi Smith and Michele Yturralde; third, Judy Duport; fourth, Charlene Buchold. Third flight: first, Linda Yates; second tie, Ro Nicholson and Carol Locke; fourth, Susan Hazlewood. Fourth flight: first, Debbie Warfel; second, Christy Rexford; third tie, Tammy Siela and Patti Schweizer. May 30 Sweeps Results: Kris Peters was low gross winner of the field of 28 players. First flight: first, Kim Agrella; second tie, Kathy Mokricky and Judy Early; fourth, Kris Peters. Second flight: first, Marie Pierce; second, Lynn Davis; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Charlene Buchold. Third flight: first, Linda Yates; second, Judy Duport; third, Michele Yturralde; fourth, Janyce Buell. Fourth flight: first tie, Carol Locke and Ellie Baciocco; third, Debbie Warfel.


May 18 Sweeps Results: Ro Nicholson was low gross winner of the field of 13 players. First flight: first, Michele Yturralde; second, Linda Kilpatrick; third, Judy Duport. Second flight: first, Nancy DeSousa; second, Leslie Wiener; third, Ro Nicholson; fourth, Ellean Huff. May 25 Sweeps Results: Joan Seliga was low gross winner of the field of 18 players. First flight: first, Kathy Mokricky; second, Joan Seliga; third tie, Kris Peters, Kelly Downey and Leslie Clark. Second flight: first, Judy Duport; second, Becky Hulick; third tie, Yoshi Smith and Lauri Vree. Third flight: first, Leslie Wiener; second, Vanita Collins; third, Nancy DeSousa.

Partners Contract Bridge nJeff Hickman

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. For June this means we will be playing on June 19. Play begins by 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. The cost is 50¢ per person or 1$ per couple. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave at 539-5511. If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful. See you at the bridge table.

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

Bijou (2”) tiles WHEN: June 26 TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. COST: $10 WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room 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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nCarolita Carr

June Event

Our Rock Around the Clock dance party with the Hot Rods is just days away. Here’s hoping your reservations are in (because this event sold out weeks ago) and you are ready for a great time. The party begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Berger Center. Food trucks from El Coyote, and Wurst Haus will be available for anyone, whether you are attending the party or not. So drop by and dine outdoors with us.

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!”

nCarolita Carr

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.

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.

Single Boomers Social Club Join Us!

June 24, 4 p.m.: Roller Derby, Sonoma County Fair Grounds, Santa Rosa. This event should be a real blast. No, we won’t be skating, but watching the action from the sidelines at the Grace Pavilion (main building on the fairgrounds). Tickets are $5 per person, parking is $8 per car. We will meet at the Berger Center to carpool, 6:15 p.m. Please email Barb Powell if you plan to go. July 1, 6 p.m.: Crushers of Comedy, Laugh Cellar, Highway 12 and Mountain Hawk. This is a brand new venue for this comedy group. Imagine a comedy club in our own neighborhood! Check with Barb Powell for tickets and prices. July 18, 6 p.m.: Sonoma Stompers Baseball, Sonoma. Plans are to carpool from Berger Center at 5:00;

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 Poyntless Sisters 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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As that opening line to the Beatles’ unforgettable “A Day in the Life” portends, there just isn’t any good news left to be found these days. Aside from an occasional feel good story, it’s all pretty disheartening. And that is why the weekly edition of the VOM Rotary Club Bulletin is such a nice change of pace. The bulletin is found on our website (www., and is basically a recap of our Friday morning breakfast meetings. As it turns out, our meeting on June 2nd was filled with nothing but inspiration, hope and happy endings in progress. The occasion was our annual scholarship award presentations. Helping deserving young people fulfill their educational dreams is our single biggest expenditure annually. With the help 10,000 Degrees Scholarship Committee head Yessenia Dominguez, we identified some truly remarkable young people who invariably are on track to be the first person in their families to graduate from college. They have overcome difficult private struggles whether it be as former foster kids, innocent victims of immigration policies or, of course, poverty. One is left wondering where they found the strength and desire to envision a better future for themselves. We heard from all four recipients at the meeting. What they shared was earnest and heartfelt and very moving. They included Kimberly Elizondo who is now a sophomore at SSU. She has now switched her academic focus to law as she realized she held a deep desire to help foster children and advocate for their welfare. Raquel Paz graduated from the SRJC and is now at Cal State Long Beach which she absolutely loves. There is no question in her mind that working on causes which help others overcome their challenges is her mission. She has been accepted by the Social Work program there and is very excited. Jordan Carbajal emigrated to the US from Peru when he was just four. Despite that opportunity his early life was filled with uncertainty as his family was ripped apart with the deportation of his father. He was headed in the wrong direction and did poorly at school. But he was encouraged to attend the SRJC, which he said changed his life. He excelled, became student body president and even conceived and lobbied a resolution before the S.R. city council to permit SRJC students to ride the city buses for free. He will be in Washington this summer interning for Rep. Mike Thompson. Finally, Pedro Serrano who also emigrated to the US at the age of 6 as part of the amnesty program struggled to assimilate. Not a very good student he too was changed by the SRJC. Now a very charming and confidant young man, he has found his way and is transferring to San Jose State to major in electrical engineering. These stories really illustrate why we do what we do and with your help we hope to keep doing it for a long time to come.

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The Oakmont News / June 15, 2017

Quilting Bee

Oakmont Lanes

nElizabeth McDonnell

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Carolyn Mack, Vice President

The Quilting Bee meeting of May 24 was very well attended. Could it be because there were fabric, thread, a cutting mat and books available free to good homes? It was a busy and noisy meeting. Janet Shore announced a Pointless Sisters quilt exhibit opening at the Finley Center on West College Avenue. The show will run through July 13 and is well worth the trip across town to see. The times and dates for the hand sewing class for grandchildren during Grandparents’ Week and our holiday party were announced. Paula Scull told of her suggested sewing project for the grandchildren and the need for a few volunteers to assist in the class. Carol Jarvis volunteered to assist Paula in the planning of the event to be held July 26. Nancy O’Brien asked the group for suggestions on how to sell her quilts. In a very short time she had several suggested ways to proceed. Karen Krestensen showed us a quilt top she just finished of Tumbling Triangles from a class she took from Lisa McKissick at Broadway Quilts. Karen said it was very challenging to put the quilt together and will be further challenging to add the binding. Two sides are green and two sides are off-white. Karen also displayed a large, very cute baby quilt for her first great grandchild of “Chubby Chicks” and a second, smaller quilt, for the baby.

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 538-9177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Summer 2017 League schedule. Remaining bowling date for June: June 20. No bowling June 27, fourth Tuesday.


On May 30, we had a challenge to get a strike in the second, fifth and ninth frames (hence 5/29) of any game to win a $5 Safeway gift certificate. Winners are: 1:30 PM League, Joanne Abrams and Peggy Ensley; 3:15 PM League, Mollie Atkinson, Mark Attebery, Juan Fuentes, Scott Harris, Valerie Hulsey, Vickie Jackanich, Debbie Miller, Diane Price and Nicole Reed.


On June 1, we participated in Join A Club night.

Thank you for visiting Oakmont Lanes Club and taking part in our live bowling demo.


On June 13, we had our first make-your-own sandwich lunch. Next article will let you know how it worked out.

RESULTS AS OF May 30 (third week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers, third place tie, Alley Oops and Pocket Hits; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, Wii Four. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 268; Terry Leuthner, 225; Charlie Ensley, 214; Christian van den Berghe, 210. Women’s High Games: Peggy Ensley, 298; Joanne Abrams, 278; Robin Schudel, 255; Alicia Panizo, 244; Phyllis Jennings 235. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes & Spares; second place, High Rollers; third place, Strike Outs; fourth place tie, King Pins and Pin Heads; sixth place, Wii Power. Men’s High Games: Mark Attebery, 249; Bruce Price, 247; Scott Harris, 220; Al Bentham, 205. Women’s High Games: Debbie Miller, 288; Nicole Reed, 279; Mollie Atkinson, 255; Valerie Hulsey, 246; Vickie Jackanich, 246; Pat Stokes, 233; Diane Price, 219; Shirley Jamison, 209; Carolyn Mack, 203; Judy Lawrence, 202.

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.

Karen Krestensen and her Tumbling Triangles.

Karen Krestensen and Chubby Chicks.

Julie Jones reported she finally finished a quilt top on which she has been working for a while and, with the help of her sister, is learning to free motion quilt it. Lisa showed us a mystery box of quilt blocks she bought on EBay that turned out to be blocks hand pieced during the Civil War era. Unfortunately someone cut off all the seam allowances. Lisa has made some small things from the quilt blocks, such as a needle case, and suggested each of our members could select a block to take home for their own use. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

Dear Editor: Thank you for the Pickleball Timeline in the April 15 issue. For completeness, you may want to include in the timeline the following letter sent to the OVA Board by the Long-Range Planning Committee September 28, 2014: “The LRPC recommends to the OVA Board of Directors that any capital improvement project over $100,000, excluding emergency, safety or maintenance projects be delayed until the completion of the LRPC’s community research project. “The purpose of this recommendation is to avoid any commitment by OVA to major capital expenditures without adequate input by Oakmont residents. As part of this project, the LRPC is planning to survey residents about their preferences, likes and dislikes, and goals for the future. The research project … will form the foundation of a long-range plan to guide major decisions affecting Oakmont’s future. We expect the plan to be completed in 2015. “We ask the OVA Board to delay any decisions for new construction or major improvements to OVA facilities that result in a permanent or longterm commitment of funds or property.” The Community Research Project was completed in May 2015. In their letter of September 28, 2014, the LRPC recognized that it was an advisory committee, not a decision-making body. The OVA Board of Directors is our decision-making body. Jim Ouimette Dear Oakmont Residents, As many of you know, last week my beloved little dog, Tim, was savagely attacked by an off leash dog, and could not be saved. His dog walker was jumped on and scared to death but miraculously emerged unhurt. The owner of the dog maintains she never knew anything happened until later she was identified. Many others heard the screaming and barking and she must have too, but she just got her dogs (yes, two) back in her car and drove home. A very helpful young man not only braced the dog walker from being downed by the dog, but

also followed the car home and identified her for follow-up. We are all very grateful for his help. Nothing will bring Tim back or assuage my grief at his torture, and the dog owner has attempted financial retribution, but my concern is for the future safety not only of dogs, but elderly Gardens residents walking on what is really our private road around behind the building. That is not a public road. We should feel safe walking there, with or without dogs. Any necessary fencing should be done, plus signage, to keep our property safe for our use. I hope MBK and the Hunter group will take the necessary steps without much delay. Passionately, Susanne Newland Dear Editor, Oakmonters would benefit from retaining some institutional memory as our newly elected Board attempts to blur the facts about the divisive topic of pickleball. The current tennis court dedicated to pickleball was approved on a temporary basis with a Board promise to build permanent courts near the Central Activities Center. Three Boards of Directors, prior to the current Board, agreed that the Central Activities Center was the best location for permanent pickleball courts. This finding was based in large measure on the consultation of a sound expert employed by the Board. Three prior Boards found that appropriate funding for new courts at CAC was available and sufficient for the planned construction. The current Board’s plan to convert 2 tennis courts at East Rec. to pickleball would introduce a noxious auditory intrusion to the nearby homes. This plan would also remove two tennis courts at East Rec. which Oakmonters enjoy greatly. The affected homeowners will initiate a variety of challenges to the plan to establish courts at East Rec., thus ensuring the ongoing strife around pickleball. The CAC remains the best location for new pickleball courts in Oakmont. Tom Cooke


The Oakmont News / June 15, 2017

Free Food Deliveries

Stanford Club of Oakmont

nConnie Medeiros

FISH (Friends in Service Here) of Santa Rosa is now offering a home delivery program that gives those in need a bag of groceries once a calendar month. All people are welcome to receive this service with no questions asked. Anyone interested can call Jeff Burton at 538-4059 to set up date and time of delivery on the first or third Saturday of the month. Those who would like to pick up groceries may do so at the FISH distribution center at 2900 McBride Lane (near Coddington Mall). The FISH website is: http://www. In addition, there is a Sonoma County service that will help people find food or counseling, find care for the elderly, where to get flu shots, etc. You just need to call 2-1-1 or go online to By dialing 2-1-1 you can have access to hundreds of local community services. It is free, confidential and available 24 hours a day.

nTerri Somers

nKay Nelson, President

Welcome to our new members! The Oakmont Stanford Club looks forward to meeting and greeting you at our “Spring Into Summer” party at The Wild Oak Saddle Club on June 22 from 4–6 p.m. Invitations have been mailed. Please note that you can bring guests at the same cost ($15 per person) as members. Refreshments include wine, beer, lemonade, soft drinks, coffee, tea and light hors d’oeuvres. Join us on the terrace with panoramic views of the Mayacamas Mountains and the expansive lawn of the Polo Field. We may see some of the local players practicing. Reminder: Reservations are due by June 16. If you wish to attend and have not had time to send in your check by then, please call me at 538-8777 to see if there is still space available.

Tennis Club


The OTC has a long tradition of celebrating with a Woods and Whites Tennis Event ala Wimbledon. On Saturday, July 8, we will have a combined social and tennis event at the West Courts (and East Courts, depending on participation).

Tennis: This is the Mixed Doubles Tournament! At 8:30 a.m., tennis play commences for dues-paying OTC members—break out your whites. While we won’t make you play with your old wooden racket, bring one if you have it—there may be a little fun activity after tennis. Sign up for tennis by July 3 on the OTC website sign-up page or contact Chuck Hinckley, 520-4565 or Please provide yours and your partner’s name, level of play (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. Breakfast: Beginning at 9 a.m. breakfast will be served on the West Court patio. Rey, Isabel and

Stephanie Curry are making the breakfast/brunch items for all OTC members and their guests. Breakfast is $7 for members and $10 for guests. Please submit the coupon and payment for breakfast by June 30.

Code of Conduct for Oakmont Tennis Club Members and Guests

Safety: The Oakmont Tennis Club is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all members and guests. To promote safety and comfort to all, we ask individuals to act appropriately at all times when they are at the Oakmont Tennis Facilities or participating in Tennis Club programs. Respect: Club members and volunteers are eager to be of assistance to all of our attendees and members of the Oakmont Village Association. Members and guests should not hesitate to notify a Board of Director if any assistance is needed. We expect persons attending Tennis Club events and utilizing our facilities in any way to behave in a mature and responsible way, and to respect the rights and dignity of others. We do not permit language or any action that may hurt or frighten another person, including members, guests, speakers, staff or volunteers, or that falls below a generally accepted standard of conduct. Members and guests must treat the club, its members, volunteers and other guests with courtesy and respect at all times. Membership: The Oakmont Tennis Club reserves the right to deny access or membership to any person for any reason. Suspension or termination of club membership privileges may result from a violation of the Club Member and Guest Code of Conduct. Membership may be terminated by a vote of the board of directors for violation of any rules or regulations of the club or for conduct deemed by the Board of Directors to be detrimental to the welfare, good order, safety or character of the Club or its members.


Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $7 for members, $10 for non-members in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office by June 30. Name(s): _______________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $7/each: ___________ # of non-members at $10/each: ___________ Phone number: __________________________________ Total enclosed: $_______________


nLaurie Hartmann

Father’s Day is coming upon us and we would like to wish a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in and around Oakmont. On Father’s Day, June 18, our church will be honoring the dads (and everyone who attends) with Donuts for Dads. Come share in the fellowship, create your own donut and enjoy a heartfelt worship with neighbors, friends and family.

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 in Room 116. Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m., starting June 28: Teaching and Prayer Meeting at the Manse. Sunday, June 25, 4 p.m.: Dinner and prayer summit. Sign up for head count.

Reflection: “Distracted Prayer” by Roxanne Rogers

My dog Bonita wouldn’t stop barking at something—apparently a cornered mouse. It darted under the sofa and then out again. Instead, it was a dark-colored bird with wings outstretched, frozen. Putting Bonita in another room, I got a clear bag to safely take the frightened bird outside. In the bag it fluttered, a good sign. I let it out in a quiet place in the garden. It froze again with wings outstretched. I checked on it, looking out the window many times, while feeling quite sick at heart that it might die. About the same time, I had a text from my sister about going on an outing to Armstrong Grove later followed by lunch. I had already decided not to go since we don’t really get along that well. After texting her with my answer, I felt sad. Following these events, during my prayer time, I was distracted by these feelings of sadness and anxiety. I tried to give my feelings over and focus on the presence of God, but I kept praying the bird would fly again and I realized it was good how I felt about my sister. It showed me that I care deeply that someday we can be closer. I realized too, how much feeling I have for helpless creatures. And most importantly, I sensed that I was welcome to pray about these small concerns. Jesus tells us that Heavenly Father cares about every sparrow that falls. When I checked later, I saw the bird had pulled its wings in and laid its head down, apparently dead. I felt gutted. With a soft bit of bark I gently touched its side. Immediately it soared away—a perfect arc. My heart went with it. Hope, for my sister and I, restored. OCC Manse (parsonage/house) and Church Office: 6687 Oakmont Drive. Need prayer? Can we be of service? Phone 595-0166, Email:


The Oakmont News / June 15, 2017

They’re Baaaack nStaff Report

Those shaggy sheep were cropping down the tall grass next to the Community Garden again for the third year thanks to a program launched by the OVA with Living Systems Land Management LLC to provide fire protect that is environmentally friendly.

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The sheep are Dropers, a breed that consumes grass faster than goats or other breeds of sheep. These animals don’t even have to be shorn—the wool just drops off as they rub against rocks and trees in the course of grazing. Residents are asked not to approach the temporary fences surrounding the herd, which is also guarded by a special breed of guard dogs that will bark if you get too close. After a couple of days the sheep were moving across Stone Bridge Road to the par course area and later move on to some land near the East Rec. Center.

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Oakmont Car Show Draws Another Big Crowd

Ballot Counting

nJim Brewer

Oakmont’s Memorial Day weekend classic car show attracted hundreds of visitors from all around the Santa Rosa area on May 27. About 100 cars—from the early 20th century to the popular mid-century cruisers—filled the Berger Center parking lot. The annual display, started with just 25 cars 15 years ago by Oakmont residents Bud Anderson and Bob Reinecker, has grown to be Oakmont‘s largest event.

It’s unusual for an Oakmont homeowners association to have more than three candidates for its board. Aspen Meadows had five, necessitating a written mail ballot. Residents Max Hinchman and MaryAnn Hublein are shown counting ballots in the Berger Center under supervision of Debbie Tittle, right, of the HOA’s management firm, OAS. Winners were Stan Lindsay, Will Davis and Mariellen Munson. (Photo by Marty Thompson) Ken Smith plays a tune near his classic agnes1955 MGTF. (Photo by Paul Ryan)

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Thursday Evening Pinochle!

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

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Food Trucks Coming to the Berger Parking Lot nHeidi Klyn, Boomers Club

WHEN: Saturday, June 17 TIME: 5–7:30 p.m. WHO: “The Wurst House” from Healdsburg with various hot dogs, sausages and hamburgers, including red and white wine, light and a darker beer, plus ice cream sundaes; “El Coyote” from Sonoma with Mexican Food BRING: A big appetite and cash Chairs, music and shade will be provided on the plaza.

The Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee held an appreciation party May 30 for people who make its work possible. Honorees included zone communicators, ham radio operators and retired and current OEPC board members. Shown here are former OEPC chair Al Thomas and his wife, Bea, and current chair, Pat Barclay. (Photo by Julie Kiil)

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Oakmont Progressives

Great Match!

nVince Taylor

Oakmont Progressives’ Fabulous Potluck

movie, you know it was inspiring, emotional, fun, and uplifting. In honor of Wavy, we gave attendees his iconic red clown noses and collected donations On Monday, July 10, Oakmont Progressives will for Camp Winnarainbow, his summer camp that be celebrating summer (and hopefully some positive focuses on lifting up children living in difficult political developments) with a potluck at the West circumstances. Rec. picnic area, starting at 5 p.m. This will be a We sent a birthday card to Wavy with the group great opportunity to get to know fellow Oakmont “noses” photo along with the $110 in donations made Progressives. Mark your calendar. by movie attendees. A big thanks to all who donated! We will supply plates, cutlery, cups, and water— Oakmont Progressives invite all to join us who are plus a special desert. Bring whatever you like yourself tired of mainstream politics and believe we should as your contribution. Please bring enough to serve and can have a government that works for all people, eight folks—at least. Let’s have some fun! not just the corporations, banks, and billionaires. Wavy Gravy Movie a Great Success! More information at www.oakmontprogressives. If you were at our May showing of the Wavy Gravy com. The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs. Progressives showing off their Wavy clown noses.

Buddhist Meeting on June 24 “Dialogue starts from the courageous willingness to know and be known by others. It is the painstaking and persistent effort to remove all obstacles that obscure our common humanity.”—Living Buddhism, May 2017, p. 22 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, June 24, and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy.

WHEN: Saturday, June 24, 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 5480225 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.

Implant & General Dentistry

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

nPennijean Savage

Note: New Location Dialogue Starts With Ourselves

Richard Hutchison and Daniel Pulon shake hands with Terri Somers and John Jacques at mid-court during the Oakmont Tennis Club’s hosting of the Sonoma Wine Country Games tennis competition on Saturday, June 3. More photos online. (Photo by John Williston)

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

Celebrat in 20 Years g i Oakmon n t

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

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Genealogy Club

Bocce Club

nSusan Lynn

By the time you read this, the Wine Country Games will be over, so let’s take the time to congratulate all the Oakmont teams who competed. The games are just one part of the Council on Aging’s mission to encourage healthy activity and social engagement for people over 50. Watch this space for details in the next Oakmont News edition.

Also in the next issue we’ll report on the Battle of the Sexes Tournament (June 10) and Evening Bocce (June 13).

Save the date

Congratulations to the winners of the Mother’s Day Tournament:

WHAT: Independence Day Tournament, all players welcome WHEN: Saturday, July 1, 9:30 a.m. WHERE: Bocce Courts

Barbara Newton, Gerhard Rossbach and Ellie Baciocco.

Gordon Freedman, Chris Duda, Cindi Clemence and Carol Green.

Lifelong Learning nJim Acker and Herbert Inestroza

The Home Run and The Rise of Major League Baseball

What does altering the height of the pitcher’s mound have to do with home run production? Why do we care? After spending a delightful morning talking to Mick Chantler about life, baseball and the history of the home run, my partner Herbert and I were charmed, impressed, and most of all anxious to hear more from Mr. Chantler on a subject he clearly loves and knows well. And we won’t have long to wait. Mick, as he’s known to the many residents of Oakmont who have heard him speak at Oakmont and other venues, will be presenting a one-time lecture on The History of the Homer: From Shoeless Joe to A-Rod on Thursday, June 22, 10 a.m.–12 noon at the Berger Center as part of the Mick Chandler OLLI Summer Lecture Series. Like most love affairs, the love of baseball has its ups and downs. Chantler admits that some games can be long and slow, but even then, one can fall back on a knowledge of the mechanics and strategy of the game to appreciate play on the field. With Chantler, love of game triumphs over all ups and downs. In the beginning of the 20th Century, games were somewhat pedestrian until Shoeless Joe Williams perfected his home run swing. From that time, the homer has been a huge part of the popular appeal and excitement of the game. Perhaps the best known and some would argue greatest of the long ball hitters was Babe Ruth. Chantler suggests that during his heyday he may have been better known than the President. But has the home run always been good for the game? If you don’t care or have an opinion now, chances are you will after hearing Mick talk about it. Whether you know a lot or next or nothing about baseball, don’t miss this opportunity to hear someone who loves the sport and has lots to say about it. Indeed, don’t miss any opportunity to hear Mick Chantler. Cost for the lecture is only $25. To register go to: or register at the door. Course catalogues are available at the CAC kiosk and the OVA offices. Coming on July 13, a two-hour look at Utopia at Gunpoint: The Russian Revolution, 1917–2017, taught by Bob Kirk.

nCharlene Bunas

Summer Classical Concerts

Withdrawal threatens lovers of classical music when “Music at Oakmont” takes a summer break. “I resort to headphones, soundtracks and recordings from May to October,” said one Oakmonter. He and several other subscribers to the popular Oakmont concert series long for a live summer event, something to satisfy their cravings. And, what they need, Oakmont Lifelong Learning (OLL) now provides. As one of four special concerts hosted by OLL, musicians from Valley of the Moon Summer Music Festival will perform Bach, Chopin and Mozart. WHEN: July 13, 7 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $20 includes entrance and light refreshments (pay by check in the “OLL” folder at OVA office or at the door) Tanya Tomkins, Valley of the Moon Festival cofounder, says, “Our goal is to illustrate the radical difference of Classical and Romantic music when played on period instruments.” They claim to be the only organization in the United States devoted exclusively to presenting Classical and Romantic era chamber music performed on original style instruments. Valley of the Moon musicians perform festivals at Green Music Center, summer series at Hanna Boys Center, and now, one time only, at Oakmont. Their 2017 summer series highlights compositions by Robert Schumann and chamber works by composers he idolized. Performances are planned for three consecutive weekends at Hanna Boys Center: July 16, 22–23 and 29–30. For more information on Valley of the Moon Summer Music Festival please go to or call (888) 596-1027.

nMelinda Price

Adoption Research

The next general meeting of the Oakmont Genealogy Club will be on June 26 at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. Our guest, Wendy Wheelwright, will give a lecture on Adoption Research, a presentation she gave in January at the Genealogy Fair in Santa Rosa. Her lecture will mostly cover 20th century research, employing the conventional methods to adoption research, and she’ll address some of the issues that need to be faced. George McKinney will then add a segment on using DNA for adoption research. Both adoptees and those finding adoptions in their ancestry will be interested in this subject. The May 22 meeting involved several members sharing their interesting stories on the immigration of their parents/grandparents, etc. in the early 20th century, and how they coped with living in a new country. There will be no Genealogy Club meeting in July, but we will meet again on August 28. The Oakmont Genealogy Club regularly meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month (except July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at If you have research questions or would like to receive our e-newsletter, please email


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


Do you know all you need to know about using Photo and about how to use Photo with your iPhone? No? Well, Linda and Kathy are coming to help you! Their program is being divided into two 45-minute sections, like a classroom! Please note: here is the timeline for the two-hour program: 1:30 p.m. coffee; 1:45–2:30 p.m. Part 1; 2:30 p.m. break for coffee and goodies; 2:45–3:30 p.m. Part 2 We look forward to seeing you in the West Recreation Center. Website:


Dues are $10 per household. Three ways to join: 1. at any meeting; 2. a check made payable to OakMUG and sent to Justine Haugen, Treasurer, 8926 Acorn Lane, Santa Rosa, CA 95409; 3. or you may put your check into our file in the OVA office. Members receive a discount on the entire catalog of O’Reilly and Peachpit books.


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649, Certified Apple Consultant. General questions please call me at 539-1598 or email


WHEN: Tuesday, June 27, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center

Windows Computer Information

Eric Zivian (piano) and Tanya Tomkins (violin).

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.


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Pickleball Corner

nChuck Wood


Reenie Lucker has retired as the Oakmont Pickleball Club’s Oakmont News contributor. We all thank her for the excellent coverage of our club and the fun, informative articles.


In our May 3 annual meeting, we adopted the following updated Purpose Statement for the OPC: “The purpose of the Oakmont Pickleball Club is to enhance the health and well-being of its participants through physical exercise, friendship and fun. The means to achieve this will be by creating a friendly atmosphere for playing pickleball, providing instruction for new players and furnishing pickleballs and loaner paddles for those who would like to try the game.” Thank you Peter Copen and Tom Kendrick for developing this very appropriate update.


As Reenie reported in the last issue, we benefited from a lively and informative clinic conducted by five highly skilled (3.5 and 4.0 levels) volunteers on May 12. They were James Moore (who coordinated the demonstrating players), Adam MacKinnon, George Silvas, Scott Parisian and Pat Crabtree (who MC’d the practice and play demonstrations with commentary and instructions).

Pat instructs his OPC students.

nPeggy Dombeck

Pat and Adam offered many instructional suggestions throughout the clinic. Two especially stuck with me. Deep, somewhat soft serves and service returns are going to be the most effective. They keep the other player back from the Kitchen line and the softer looping return provides time for the service returner to get to his or her own Kitchen line before the ball comes back across the net. The second tip concerns being able to practice at home. Place a chair on a lawn or in your garage to simulate a net. Then practice volleying with a partner at short range.


“Screen captured” graphics from the televised 2017 U.S. Open Pickleball Championships held in Florida, as provided by Anita Easland, contained some dramatic statistics. Our game is played by over two million people in America, using nearly 13,000 pickleball courts. The breakdown of players is 53% male and 47% female. Participating in those 2017 championships were players from 42 states and 17 countries. The oldest participant was 90 and the youngest was 12, 12,000 spectators viewed 1,280 participants in action. How about that?

“It is at the edge of a petal that love awaits.” —William Carlos Williams

SEVENTH ANNUAL OAKMONT GARDEN TOUR Inviting all Oakmonters and their guests

We will tour six of our favorite Oakmont gardens. In addition, the Community Garden will be open for a tour. Reservations required. First-come, first-served basis. Contact Jean Whitridge at or call if needed at 538-1258 (email preferred). There will be no confirmation of your reservation. Deadline for sign-up is June 16. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, June 20, Berger Center TIME: Meet at 9:45 a.m. to form carpools. Tour is from 10 a.m.–1 p.m. Please be on time. We start promptly. The Garden Club takes a vacation for July and August. We resume meetings in September.


• The late rain may cause conditions, such as fungal problems or rotting, that you have not seen before. Observe how your plants behave in these unusual conditions. Dry summer conditions are perfect for powdery mildew disease, which forms on both sides of leaves. Cosmos, crape myrtles, delphiniums, and roses can be quite susceptible 
to it, especially if growing in shade. Treat with a plant-based oil such

nPhil Bowman

We suffered through a week and a day closing of the green so that work could be done on it. On May 25 the green was reopened and a lot of bowlsstarved members showed up for some good play. We played through wet sand and enjoyed it for the next several days. With luck the sun will have warmed the soil and the grass recovered in time for the Senior Games.


Memorial Day: This year’s tourney was played in the customary 14-end triples format. 18 signed up resulting in three matches. There was a tie for first place with two teams winning by five-point margins. Winners were team Ed McKee, Marilyn Garland and Carole Berenyi and team Phil Bowman, Linda Rubio and Anne Miller. Open Pairs, which had been scheduled for May 17, was postponed due to work on the Green and is expected to be rescheduled.


Demo Days: We are planning two this year—June 21 and Sept 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. After Five: We have two more After Five event this year. Mark your calendar for Tuesdays, July 11 and August 8, 5–7 p.m. Short games: A short game may be requested on Tuesdays and Thursdays before the daily draw.

Another picky pointer from veterans

Adam, George, Melissa Bowers, Pat and James.

Oakmont Garden Club


Lawn Bowling

as neem oil or jojoba oil, or use a biological fungicide. • There’s still time to get beans, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, peppers, pumpkins, summer squash, and tomatoes in the ground. These warm-season plants grow well as soil heats up but need lots of irrigation. • Stake or place wire cages over tomato plants to support the vining stems. Feed the plants with a low-nitrogen fertilizer when the fruit starts to develop (too much nitrogen encourages rampant foliage rather than more fruit). Take care 
not to overwater―check the soil before watering, and keep it damp but not soggy. Mulch the tomato plants to conserve moisture. • Pinch back dahlias and mums to encourage new growth for bushier plants and more blooms. • Cut off spent flowers for continued bloom. • Promote another bloom cycle of early-blooming perennials like Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum) and catmint (Nepeta) by cutting back spent stems or shearing old growth. • Cut Flower Preservative Recipe: 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice; 1 tablespoon sugar; 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach; and 1 quart warm water.

Sometimes we hear someone use the term “possession of the rink.” This usually occurs during a tournament but may be heard at a daily draw. It often concerns communication among team members. Communication among a team may occur only when the team has possession the rink. Possession belongs to the team whose bowl is being played, starting when the opposing bowl comes to rest. So, technically, information (location of the jack, or the shot and bowls of both teams) and advice are only to be given before a bowl is rolled. While this requirement is often disregarded during daily draws it should be remembered especially during tournaments. Query: Does the term “communication” include cheering for (or against) a shot?

Linda, Anne and Phil.

Marilyn, Ed and Carole.


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nTony Lachowicz

Hikers beach and back along the same path—about 4.5 miles along the top of the bluffs overlooking the ocean. Great views in both directions and hopefully some wildflowers are still out. The path is mostly level with a couple of ups and downs in and out of gullies. There is one big hill to climb before lunch and again on our return, which brings the total elevation gain for the hike to 700’. Bring water, lunch, hiking poles if needed. Possible stop in Guerneville for ice cream afterwards if desired. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Florentia Scott, 591-1929, email

Tule Elk at Tomales Point. (Photo by Maurice Fliess)

Visit our website:


Please note a change in acquiring hiker’s badges. Email or call 539-5730 to put your order in. See order form on our website for prices and details.


From Pacific beaches to Strawberry Hill, via lakes, ponds, fly fishing and Bison—six miles and 600’ elevation. Depart Berger at 9 a.m., bring lunch and layers, poles optional. Hike leader is Brenda Johns, (330) 815-5162.


From the Shell Beach parking lot to Goat Rock nLeslie Brockman


This is a nine-mile through hike with about 2,000’ of elevation gain. From the Willow Creek addition to Sonoma Coast State Park, near Duncans Mills, we will climb to the Islands in the Sky Trail, then descend to the Pomo Canyon campground via the Lower Old Barn Trail. A second ascent will take us through two redwood groves to the summit of Red Hill, with spectacular views (weather permitting) of the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast. The hike will terminate at Shell Beach, where a car shuttle will return us to Willow Creek. Bring poles, lunch and water. Hike leader is Maurice Fliess, 536-9382. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.


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.

Grandparents’ Club

Grandparents’ Week is coming—that special week of the year where the Oakmont Grandparents’ Club welcomes your grandchildren with a host of activities for all. This year the dates are July 23–28. We begin the fun with a Welcome Party on Sunday, July 24, 3–5 p.m. at Oakmont Gardens, followed by the movie Sing at the Berger at 7 p.m., complete with popcorn! To assist in your planning, following is a list of events and classes offered during the week. Monday, July 24 morning: Intro to Tennis (ages 8 and up), Oodles of Noodles (making pasta for ages 7 and up), Puppet Play (making hand puppets for ages 3–10). Monday, July 24 afternoon: Oodles of Noodles (second class), Games with Grandparents (board and card games for all ages). Tuesday, July 25 morning: Three-Day Tennis Clinic begins (for experienced players, ages 8 and up), Pickleball (ages 8 and up), Pin Wheels and Paper Crafts (ages 6 and up). Tuesday, July 25 afternoon: Wii Bowling (ages 5 and up), Family Bingo (for all ages, including parents and grandparents). Wednesday, July 26 morning: Tennis Clinic, day #2, Bocce Ball (ages 6 and up), Zentangle Art (ages 6 and up). Wednesday, July 26 afternoon: Hand Sewing (ages 7 and up), Juggling (ages 10 and up), Table Tennis (ages 6 and up). Wednesday, July 26, 5–7 p.m.: Family Fun Night—a pizza party for all ages and families. Games, bubble science 101, pizza, ice cream. Fun for everyone! Thursday, July 27 morning: Tennis Clinic, day #3, Pickleball (ages 8 and up), Music and Movement (ages 2-5), Card Making (ages 8–12). Thursday, July 27 afternoon: Robotics (Tinkertoys, Teams and Imaginations for ages 6–14), and more Games with Grandparents (all ages). Friday, July 28 morning: Bocce Ball (a second chance for ages 6 and up). Friday, July 28 afternoon: Treasures and Treats (coin

nRay Haverson

Sha-Boom Events Club Presents 4TH of July Western Hoe Down Featuring The Great Dry Creek Band

WHAT: Fourth of July Hoe Down WHEN: Tuesday, July 4 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open 4:30 p.m.; dinner 5–6:30 p.m.; music 6:30–9:30 p.m. MENU: BBQ 1/3 lb Hamburgers, 1/4 lb All Beef Hot Dogs, Ray’s Famous Chili, Potato salad, green salad, garlic bread, water melon, cookies, coffee and lemon water. COST: Members $27, member’s guest $32, nonmembers $37; best value $39 includes membership through Dec. 31. Get out your boots, hats, dresses, jeans and western gear if you so desire and come join us for a good oldfashioned Western style Hoe Down and Fourth of July BBQ. This is the party you do not want to miss out on so get your reservations in early to guarantee you and your guests a spot. This event will sell out fast. 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 to 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.


At the Tinkertoys class.

tosses for potty-trained to 12year-olds with ice cream treats—four different sessions). Registration forms will be in the July 1st edition of Oakmont News, as well as our folder in the OVA office and the kiosk at the CAC. Deadline for registrations is July 21. 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. We try to keep the costs low to participate in these summer activities and do this by charging nominal fees for the classes and through yearly dues of $10 per family for membership in the Grandparents’ Club. If you haven’t joined us yet, we encourage you to do so by making out a check (payable to Grandparents’ Club) and putting it or $10 cash in our folder at the OVA office. And mark your calendars to come to our final planning meeting on Tuesday, June 27, 4:00 p.m. in CAC Room B. We’d love to have your help during this exciting week. Questions? Email me at or call me at 755-3168.

Tuesday, July 4: Western B-B-Q featuring The Dry Creek Band Saturday, August 26: Back by popular demand County Line (Kingston Trio Show) Saturday, September 9: TBA Saturday, October 7: TBA Saturday, November 4: Back by popular demand The Great James Garner’s Salute To Johnny Cash Show Saturday, December 9: TBA Sunday, December 31: East Rec. 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.

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.


June 16: Ellen Butterman June 23: Beth Charlton June 30: Molly Fleischman 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


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Fitness Club nSue Carrell

The Fitness Center is busy making plans for future events and new ideas for their growing membership. Gym access codes in April showed 5,635 residents entered the gym! (Some may be passing through to the pool, but in April, that probably wasn’t that many). On June 24 we will be hosting our first catered picnic in the West Recreational Picnic Area. The board is looking at a great turnout. The tickets are limited to members only until June 19 because of the limited space at the recreational picnic area. Once the count is in, the board will be able to open it up to spouses for the cost of the meal ($15). Anyone who wants to go to the picnic and isn’t currently on the membership roster can just pay their $30 dues for 2017 and join in on the fun. That way you get a free lunch and a year’s dues for $15! What a deal! Sign-up sheets are in the OFC office. In case you haven’t taken advantage of the OFC’s offer to spend 20 free minutes with fitness coach John Phillips, you may want to consider this great opportunity to tune up your fitness routine. John has a sign-up sheet to the left of the office window inside the OFC. The 20-minute slots are available between 9–10 a.m. on Wednesdays and between the hours of 8:30–9:30 a.m. on Fridays. This is a benefit of OFC membership. Sign up for a “tuneup” today. Peggy Clark reminds us that we have the T-shirt store open for business. Come in and see the wide selection of colors available. Call Peggy for more information, (650) 274-4137. Plans for August include a “Fitness Device Learning Workshop.” Wouldn’t you love to know more about whether or not you are using your fitness device to the highest and best use? Or if you think it would help to invest in one? Stay tuned for updates on this. Have you ever stopped at the http://www.webmd. com/fitness-exercise/news website? It has some great tips about exercise that might help get you out of a “routine rut” and into a new strategy for lower back pain, strengthening that core and improving posture. Check it out!

r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

If you would like to join in the fun we meet Monday through Thursday with two classes each day. Monday: 9 a.m. $6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Tuesday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC class; 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Wednesday: 9 a.m. $6; 10 a.m. no fee SRJC Class Thursday: 9 a.m. no fee SRJC class; 10:15 a.m. no fee SRJC Class

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 Find your breath and connect breath with movement. Gently stretch and focus on alignment while seated or standing. Support your back 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 Go on the journey within—feel and expand your breath, relax your neck and strengthen your core. Yoga is not about achieving anything. Yoga is the process of working towards your goals, that is why it’s called a practice! Allowing yourself to let go of chronic tight areas can be as challenging as exploring the nuances within a pose. 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.

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

Come join our Oakmont Beginners Tai Chi Class in the Upper West Rec. Center. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Our goals are to improve balance and agility and to learn to relax. This ancient Chinese exercise is practiced by millions across the globe and you too can join with like-minded individuals to experience this meditation in movement. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to attend to. Pre-registration is required so please call me at 318-5284. I will love to answer your questions and to encourage you to delve into this delightful practice.

Foam Roller nSandy Shaner


WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. No class on June 20. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/6 classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and foam roller (see below)

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


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Kiwanis Recognizes Locals for Service to Community nJeff Davis nTeresa Woodrum

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

Class is canceled second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself and fostering connections with friends. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. 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. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Thank you for your generous contributions to Oakmont Community Foundation, supporting the health of our community through Physical Education.

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

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Several local residents and organizations received awards at an assembly representing all of the Kiwanis Clubs in the California north coast area that was also attended by the Governor of the California-NevadaHawaii Division of Kiwanis International. Three of these Distinguished Service Awards were nominated by the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont. Long-time Oakmont resident Bob Chapman received a Distinguished Service Award for his 13 years of devoted service for some thirteen years as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, and for the countless hours he spent over that time as an advocate for a youth who is now a young man. Oakmonters recognize he has served this community in many other capacities as well.

Bob Chapman receives Distinguished Service Award from Charles Ensley, former Club President, and Pete Edwards, Cal-Nev-Ha Division Governor.

Oakmont Gardens received a Distinguished Service Award for all the extraordinary services the Gardens offers to our community. In addition to hosting and

nNorma Doyle

working on the club’s annual Pancake Breakfast, the management and staff of Oakmont Gardens has provided numerous services to the club and to the Oakmont Community such as providing refreshments at the annual Veterans Day Parade and hosting the opening “carnival” for the annual Grandparents Camp for their residents’ grandchildren. Their doors are always open to the community. Also recognized was Luther Burbank Elementary School for all the amazing work their staff does to make a dramatic difference and positive impact on the education of their students. The Oakmont Kiwanis Club has played a mentoring role at the school for a number of years and has been impressed with the level of support and guidance students receive from the efforts of the faculty there. In addition to these awards, the club recently presented resident Kathy Ruiz with a Sweetheart Award for her generous contributions to the club’s philanthropic efforts. Several years ago she and her husband Mel, a member of the club at the time, donated a sum to the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont Community Foundation with the purpose of establishing an endowment fund so that some of the club’s ability to support regular donations such as scholarships for students would be more stable. Since Mel’s death several years ago Kathy has continued to make Sweetheart Award donations and to match recipient Kathy Ruiz with others’ donations to grow Club Past President Jay Cobb. this fund.


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 June 19 and 26 Dennis Hall will stage A Hotel on Marvin Gardens by Nagel Jackson. “All I want is to run everything and always be right; now is that so much to ask?” Thus speaks K.C., the no-nonsense editor of ME magazine. K.C. lives by herself on an island off the Connecticut coast, the island’s only inhabitant. It is April Fool’s Day. K.C. and her publisher-lover, Bo, are hosting their annual all-day Monopoly game. They have invited ME editor Henry, who brings along Food and Restaurant critic, Erna Tinker—”a bit of a dingbat, but she’s got a terrific palate.” Through the course of two acts we follow the game— both the familiar board game and the corporate game. Unbeknownst to Henry, K.C. intends to fire him after years of service. But K.C.’s main concern is winning the Monopoly game. Suddenly, there is a knock at the door and a stormbedraggled girl enters. Rose, has been dumped on this island by a frustrated seducer. It is her presence and contrast to these affluent and sophisticated New Yorkers that eventually leads to a showdown. Henry wants to “start a new life” with her; Bo and Erna end up secretly having hanky-panky; and K.C.—having eventually finagled Marvin Gardens—ends up all alone on her island. “I win” she says, sitting like a little girl among her toys. The discussions of “Passing Go,” “Landing on Boardwalk,” etc., delight audiences who know this

game by heart and the double meanings of corporate gamesmanship ring wickedly true, as America’s favorite board game becomes the metaphor for American greed. Jackson is the author of several plays, which were produced at leading theaters throughout the U.S. His play The Elevation of Thieves was prize winner in the Onassis Foundation International Playwriting Contest, an award presented in Athens, 1998. Jackson was Artistic Director of two theaters and directs plays as a guest artist with theaters throughout the US and in Europe. He has been a Master Director with The Directors’ Company in New York for several years. Playreaders in A Hotel in Marvin Gardens include John Dolan, Ann Gero, Dennis Hal, Stephen Litzenberger, Joyce O’Connor and Evelyn Zigmont.

In late May Playreaders presented Proof by David Auburn. Playreaders included: (standing) Jeffrey Sheff and Norma Doyle; (seated) Sandy White, Dennis Hall and Susan Baguette.


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

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is Monday, June 19 at 11 a.m. in Room B of the Central Activities Center (not Berger). This will be an informal gathering to exchange information and learn about hearing problems, hearing aids, new technology, etc. with other Oakmonters. Come if you are having trouble hearing, wear hearing aids or are thinking that maybe it’s time to consider them. It will be beneficial if you can share any helpful information on experiences, providers, technology, etc. Take note of the following!

Studies confirm the relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline!

The relationship between hearing loss and cognitive decline has been confirmed by two American studies. One, with 253 men and women from Washington County in Maryland, analyzed participants with moderate or severe hearing loss along with participants without hearing loss and found that cognitive decline was more prevalent in those with hearing loss. The declines were greatest in the participants who did not wear hearing aids. A notable quote: “If you have hearing loss, it’s amazing how people make you feel like you’re inferior,” said a 79-year-old, who first learned she had age-related hearing loss in her 60s. “You’re made to feel that you’re not adequate, even

nBarbara Bowman

when you’re really highly intelligent.” Bi-partisan bills (Senators Warren and Grassley), relative to OTC Hearing Aid classification to simplify the hearing aid business and increase competition, continue to wend their way through the Senate and House of Representatives. (We can hope!) The hearing aid industry currently is comprised of six major manufacturers who have dominated the market for the past 15 years. The introduction of an OTC hearing aid classification opens the doors for more opportunities and improvements in the hearing technology market and will likely drive prices lower for consumers. When over the counter hearing aids are available, it will be very important that consumers accept responsibility for their own hearing health. There are always risks to self-treatment but, in the case of OTC hearing aids, the risk of non-treatment may outweigh the risk of self-treatment. Remember, if you have hearing aids, wear them morning to night, every day. If they aren’t right, hurt, whistle or are unsatisfactory in any way, go back and get them adjusted. It usually takes multiple sessions to get good hearing aids properly adjusted. When that’s done and the HAs are tuned, they will still require periodic cleaning and perhaps a tune-up Oakmont HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@ and attend the HEARS and HSG meetings.

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

Sunday, June 18, 2 pm BULL DURHAM

Screened in conjunction with Lifelong Learning’s Summer Sampler The History of Homer: From Shoeless Joe to A-Rod presented by Mick Chantler, this film is a blend of comedy, drama and romance. Bull Durham follows the intertwining of three lives brought together by the Great American Pastime of baseball. “Crash” Davis (Kevin Costner) is a perennial Minor Leaguer with the Durham Bulls, a hapless team with a long tradition of mediocrity. There he tutors a young, dim-witted pitching prodigy, “Nuke” La Loosh (Tim Robbins) in the ways of baseball, life and love. Susan Sarandon plays their love interest. The instructor will attend. (1988), R (language/nudity), 107 minutes.

Cribbage and Charles Dickens nMarlena Cannon

Did you know?

Cribbage was immortalized by Charles Dickens in his book The Old Curiosity Shop where Richard Swiveller, a man known to enjoy standing on his head, observed a young beggar girl spying on him through the keyhole. Making her a prisoner, he named her the Marchioness and taught her to play Cribbage. A sad story with a happy ending in which they fall in love, marry and play Cribbage for the rest of their lives. The Oakmont Cribbage Club meets Tuesday afternoons beginning at 12:30 p.m. and running until about 3 p.m. Players can come at any time. To join others in this fastpaced card game, please The Marchioness, holding her contact Sandra Stetzel at cards tight in both hands, or call her at 539-0300. considered which to play.

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nRay Haverson


Per Cassie Turner, with her deepest apology, they are waiting for the contractor to come back from vacation to get started on our new temporary pits at the west. Hopefully we will have them soon. Hang in there, we will have them soon. So don’t give up on our club! If you like to play horse shoes, meet new friends and just have a great time then this is the club for you! Your level of play doesn’t matter even if you have never played before. Best of all, there are no dues. Now is the time to get out and get some great low stress exercise and have a great time.

Sunday, June 25, 2 pm LION

In this affecting true story, five-year-old Saroo is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham) after losing his way in the urban jungle of Kolkata. More than two decades later, new mapping technology prompts Saroo (Dev Patel) to search for his lost family in India. This astounding and gratifying film received an Academy Award nomination for Best Film, and Kidman and Patel were nominated for Best Supporting Actress and Actor. (2016), PG-13, 118 minutes.

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.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, June 18: Bull Durham, (1988), R, 107 minutes. Sunday, June 25: Lion, (2016), PG-13, 118 minutes. Sunday, July 2: Moonlight, (2016), R, 110 minutes. Sunday, July 9: Russian Revolution in Color (2007), NR, 90 minutes. Shown in conjunction with Lifelong Learning.

WHAT: The Horseshoe Club WHEN: Every Thursday TIME: Start times are 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. NOTE: Please call me at 539-6666 to set up the start time you would like or e-mail me at

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!


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George’s furniture repair and refinishing, antiques and caning. Oakmont references. 30 years Best prices on Gutter Guard experience. Free estimates. Call installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. George at 987-3059.

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

Professional, experienced locksmith for Dependable, experts serving you and all your security needs. Senior discount. your neighbors with excellence and Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, bonded and insured. Senior discounts LCO #2411. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR net or call us at 537-1308 for all your HOME GREETING SERVICE plumbing needs. Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you CARPET, UPHOLSTERY are new to Oakmont and have not had AND TILE CLEANING Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma a home visit, please call Charlotte at resident. 14 years experience. Senior 538-9050. pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.


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


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


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

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




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


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


Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 837-5030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).


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

25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, LOCAL I.T. SERVICES AND 637-6267.


Keep your home or company up and running. Back-up, training, security, networking, repair, transfers, tuneup, Smart Homes. Call now for free For all your plumbing and heating needs. Local plumbers in business since consultation, (707) 486-5302. the late 20th century, licensed, bonded and insured. Same day service is often PURCHASE CLASSIC CARS available. Money-saving coupons! 15-year Oakmont resident, collector, CA Lic. #659920. Please call not a dealer. American or foreign, (707) 996-8683 or go to 1970s or earlier. Dave, (707) 481-6505.



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

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


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


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


I will come to you. No travel charges within 10 miles of Oakmont. Cert. #2182594. (707) 829-2203.


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


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


Honest, loving, compassionate, reliable care. Serving Sonoma-Oakmont residents for almost 20 yrs. Assist with dementia, Alzheimer’s. Companionship and meal prep, medication reminders, incontinence care, housekeeping, etc. Finger printed by Council on Aging, IHSS and through the state. CNA, HHA. Affordable, exc. refs. 24-hr. care available. Call Martha L. at 236-5487.



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.

Memoir, story or book writing instruction and editing. 25 years experience. Ida Rae Egli, (707) 978-5131,


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

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


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



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

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




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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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 June 16–30 Matt Zwerling 539-8996

Ellen Leznik, President

July 1–15 Patresa Zwerling 539-8996

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

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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.


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Just for Fun Game Club nPhillip Herzog

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@ (previously my email address was wrong—I apologize; if you tried to contact me but didn’t get a response, please try again!) 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.

Free Shredding and Battery Disposal Event nAnita Roraus, OVA

Friday, June 16, 9 AM–12 PM Berger Parking Lot

It’s time to shred again. This event is sponsored by Oakmont Kiwanis, Oakmont Automotive and OVA. Oakmont residents and businesses are invited to bring their documents and other shreddables to the truck that morning. Please limit your documents to the equivalent of five banker’s boxes. This year we will also be collecting household disposable batteries in a separate container.

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by Christopherson 141 VAlley OAKS dRiVe, OAKMOnT $849,500

188 MOunTAin ViSTA PlACe, OAKMOnT $879,000

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191 Mountain Vista Place $840,000 Jackie Bunnell



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A SyneRgy gROuP TRAnSfORMATiOn — MOVe-in ReAdy 3 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • 1692± sf home • 7841± sf lot • Redesigned Redwood Plan • Shows Like a Model • Great Room w/Recessed Lighting • All New Flooring Throughout • Indoor Laundry • Chef’s Kitchen w/ Center Island, Wine Captain and Walk-In Pantry • Master En-Suite • Dual-Sink Vanity and Surround Shower • Patio Entrance • New Picture Windows & Sliding Doors • Private Yard w/Mature Shade Trees and Raised Beds for Gardening • Double Door Entry • Foyer • Newer Roof and HVAC • Owner-Maintained Home Cindy Armstrong 707-477-3298

MOVe-in ReAdy — ShOwS liKe A MOdel Redesigned Aspen Plan • 2089± sf • 3 Bedrooms • 2 Baths • 7630± sf lot Gourmet Kitchen w/ Island, back splash, walk-in pantry and Wine Captain; Great room w/ fireplace; Master Bedroom en-suite with spacious surround shower and dual sink vanity; His and her closets; Indoor laundry; All new flooring; Double door entry; Foyer; Energy efficient; Excellent storage; Central air; Private, wrap-around yard w/gazebo; Professional landscaping; Cul-de-sac

427 Oak Point Court $1,225,000 Kathy Torvick Broker Associate

20 Meadowgreen Circle $480,000 Kathy Torvick Broker Associate


6576-B Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409

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