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New Residents’ Reception at Berger New Oakmont residents filled the Berger Center Oct. 6 for a reception to welcome them to their new community and meet other newcomers. OVA Manager Cassie Turner presented an overview of Oakmont, including information on OVA, homeowners associations, facilities and more. The residents are invited back next week for Join A Club night, when representatives from some of the 120-plus clubs and organizations will be on hand to talk about their groups and how to join in. Since April, 170 new residents have moved here.

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Plan To Join In Oakmont’s 11th Annual Veterans Day Celebration This year’s Nov. 11 Veteran’s Day Parade and Reception is sponsored jointly by the Oakmont Kiwanis Club, Oakmont Village Association and the Oakmont Gardens. The Parade Committee encourages veterans of any US Military Service and other supporters to participate. A variety of cars, golf carts and bicycles are encouraged. The parade begins at 1 p.m. followed by a reception for Grand Marshal Major Del Tiedeman. To participate, contact: Nancy Giddings by E-mail at or by phone at 539-6158. Please let her know your contact information, type of vehicle and if you have room to ride a vet. Veterans in need of a ride can also contact Nancy Giddings (see above), provide your contact information and branch of service and you will be matched up with a driver and vehicle. Watch for a map of the parade route in the next issue of the Oakmont News.

October 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 20

OVA’s New Website Offers Daily Information nStaff Report

Oakmont’s new website is still living at the same old address,, but it now offers you several new features and the promise of more to come. “The Communications Committee is striving for a site that gives members improved access to Oakmont news, including board activities and events,” said Jackie Ryan, committee chairperson. “At the same time, the site also gives visitors easy navigation in browsing the Oakmont lifestyle, including real estate and other community offerings.” The site launched in August, and Ryan said it will continue to be improved and expanded. A News and More tab provides current news stories posted as they happen so members can get timely information in between editions of the Oakmont News. The site’s calendar offers daily or monthly views and links to additional information about events. There is a separate resident drop-down menu with daily alerts, a quick view of events for the week, directories, and board news and archives. An emergency tab provides useful preparedness information as well as important phone numbers in the event of an emergency. A club section provides a full listing of Oakmont organizations, links to club websites and contact information to join a club. Ryan said expanded photo galleries and videos are among the next steps for The site is managed by Cat Gajarski in the OVA Office.

West Rec. Trees nJim Brewer

With the aid of an arborist, OVA grounds keepers are working to save two 80-foot Redwood trees next to the newly-remodeled West Rec. Center. Nicknamed ”George and Amal,” the nearly half-century-old trees have been getting plenty of water from a new soaker system and are given a 50-50 chance of survival, according to OVA Manager Cassie Turner. Their root structures were compromised during installation of a new sidewalk adjacent to the men’s locker room, required by the city to comply with ADA requirements, she said. A younger and much smaller tree over a newlyrepaired drain line is not expected to survive, Turner said, but it may not be known before next June whether the others will make it.

Proposed Conduct Code Draws Board Support nAl Haggerty

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The Oakmont Village Association board members voiced support for a proposed code of conduct during the Oct. 6 workshop meeting at the East Recreation Center. Board president Frank Batchelor said a draft of the code will be checked by an OVA attorney and could be on the agenda of the regular board meeting Oct. 20. Directors Elke Strunka and Bob Giddings were not at the workshop. The apparent need for a code arose following what Batchelor called an “ugly incident” at the Central Activities Center involving supporters and opponents of building pickleball courts in Oakmont. Batchelor said he was convinced of the need for a new policy when he examined the OVA governing documents following the CAC incident and found “I didn’t have any authority.” See board on page 7


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015 CAN’T ATTEND A BOARD MEETING? Watch it online at www. Board meetings will be available two nOVA Administration or three days after a meeting. Also check out past videos. The listed Oakmont Village Association meetings are open sessions. Any interested Oakmont residents are invited and encouraged to participate in these important meetings.

Architectural Committee

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

nMary Patricia, Administrator


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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 2 PM Ste. 6 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center 1st Tues. Monthly 3–5 PM East Rec.

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 TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 9–11 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B 4th Thurs. Monthly 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 1st Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Rm. G 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Thurs. (June)

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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. Room D is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, right side of stage. Room G is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, lobby across from rest rooms.


nJohn Renwick

League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations

BUDGET TIME (Again and Again!)

This is a reminder that in accordance Civil Code 5300, during the next few weeks associations will be finalizing their Operating Budgets for 2015. Water and sewer rates may be up about 3% for 2016. Civil Code 5550 requires a Reserve Study every three years (refer to Community Association Statute Book, 2014 Edition, last distributed to all associations with

the LOMAA Handbook update for requirements). The Pro-forma budget is due to be distributed to association members not more than 90 days or less than 30 days before the beginning of the fiscal year. The annual distribution of association policies and annual disclosures should be included with this distribution. Next Board Meeting: Monday, November 2, 12 noon, Room B


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The following is the Architectural Committee Application and Violations Report for the period from August 2014 through August of this year. Violations: 458 violations issued; 371 violations cured; 81 violations pending; six violations referred to OVA Board. Violations consisted of exposed trash containers, landscape maintenance (weeds, dead bushes, refresh bark), property maintenance (painting, dilapidated fences) and set-back requirements. Applications: 1,331 applications submitted. The greatest percentage of projects included relandscaping, re-painting, re-roofing, and replacement of air conditioners, decks, doors, gates, fences, windows and some solar installations. There were 15 addition/remodel projects.

Oakmont 2016 Community Directory A friendly reminder from the OVA

The 2016 Directory Fact Sheets are due on October 15! If you wish to be listed in our 2016 Directory please come and bring your signed fact sheets to the OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7. You may provide as much or as little information as you wish. Thank you!

Outdoor Space Heaters at CAC nStaff Report

OVA has installed two outdoor space heaters in the Central Activities Center plaza, whose popularity has been growing with residents. Manager Cassie Turner said the heaters will benefit people gathering in the plaza as the weather turns colder. “People will be able to sit out there longer,” she said. In addition to the Good News Café coffee and pastry cart, “It’s become a gathering place,” Turner said. “People have been having weekly meetings out there. Everybody gets a benefit.”

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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

nCarol Decker

Oakmont Art Association


On November 5, our tour will take us to our County Art and History museums where we will have curator-led explorations of the fiber arts exhibits at the art museum and history museum exhibit on “Fountain Grove and Nagasawa.” After lunch at the French Garden in Sebastopol, we will visit Sebastopol Center for the Arts’ International Juried Fiber Arts Exhibition. To register for this trip, fill out the registration form and send a check for $36 made out to the Oakmont Art Association to Sylvia Davis, 414 Crestridge Court. This amount includes bus, museum and lunch. Registration deadline is October 22. More details may be found on the art association website


Call Bonnie Crosse if you want to enroll in the first three of these classes,-282-9076. Ikebana with Ron Brown, continues on Fridays 10 a.m.–12 noon, $15 a session. One can start at any time—it is not just for ongoing members. Also, one can come for free and just observe to see if it is a fit. Myrna Wacknov is scheduled to do a weekend

workshop October 17 and 18. The workshop will begin with a half-day of manipulating iPad apps to enhance your drawing, followed by a day-and-a-half of layering and producing art from what you have constructed. The fee is $160, and you need an iPad to take this class. David Lobenberg will offer a two-day workshop on Six Essential Skill Sets of Drawing on November 7 and 8. Class is limited to 14 and the fee is $160. Enhance the basics of your art with this class. A list of materials will go to those who sign up. The oil painting class Mary Baum took over from Elizabeth Wonnacott needs a few more members. The format will be different, but still the second and fourth Monday of the month, from 12:30–3:30 p.m. Second Monday: lecture/demo and group painting subject—$20. Fourth Monday: paint on your own with Mary’s assistance when wanted or needed—$10. It won’t be a plein air painting class, but there will be some plein air work. The current group is advanced beginners/intermediate level. If you need a tune-up, encouragement, or just the chance to paint with a group of people, this class will work for you. Contact Mary Baum, 539-6782 or

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We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith, being made whole by the Word of God in loving community. You are warmly invited to Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. The sermon series is: Isaiah 40-66 “Good News Now!“

Sunday, october 18

Bill Barnett will be speaking On Isaiah 57. Lucas Sherman will be at the piano and Rob DeWitt and Bambi Stranz will be leading the worship in song.

October 18 at 4 pm Berger Center Comics Killin’ Cancer!

This year Melligan was diagnosed with Stage 3 Multiple Myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow. Dan is now undergoing a bone marrow transplant at Stanford Hospital. Oakmont Community Church is holding this event to support Dan and Meg as they approach this challenging time. In addition to the comedy stylings, there will be a raffle of local wines and sale of Dan’s photographs. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available. You are warmly invited to partner with us in this event and to enjoy the comics coming here to help kill cancer! It will be hosted by Steve Ausburne, a local comedian and finalist at 2014 Killer Laughs Competition. Scott Wood, a stand-up comedian and impressionist known as Mr. Punchline, keeps audiences rolling in the aisles with rapid-fire delivery of one-liners and a heart for clean comedy. David Pendleton, a seasoned ventriloquist, will brings his ‘friends’ with him. Of course no show would be complete without a few surprise appearances from members of the audience as well! Tickets for this event can be purchased at the OVA Office during regular business hours or at an Oakmont Community Church gathering held at 10:30 a.m. Sunday mornings at the Berger. You may also order tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets Event.

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Garden Club

In the Spotlight Duncan, Conservative and Poet

nPeggy Dombeck


“I like Spring, but it is too young. I like Summer, but it is too proud. So I like best of all Autumn, because its tone is mellower, its colours are richer, and it is tinged with a little sorrow. Its golden richness speaks not of the innocence of spring, nor the power of summer, but of the mellowness and kindly wisdom of approaching age. It knows the limitations of life and its content.”—Lin Yutang


WHAT: Dennis Przybyeien, Master Gardener, will talk about Minimum Impact and Maximum Output Gardening WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, October 20 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• Bulbs are on display in nurseries and garden centers. It is generally easier to wait until after the first rains to plant them, but buy them now so that you are prepared.Bulbs native to South Africa thrive here and naturalize: freesia, montbretia, watsonia. Muscari and galanthus are also winners. Buy springblooming bulbs such as daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus, looking for plump, healthy bulbs. Chill tulip and hyacinth bulbs in the refrigerator, and wait until November to plant them. • October is a great time to take hardwood cuttings of woody plants such as lavender, rosemary, manzanita, etc. Take small cuttings, dip in rooting hormone, stick in damp vermiculite and keep misted (using plastic wrap over a plastic box works well). Keep out of direct sunlight and wait for roots to form—several weeks to a couple of months depending on the plant variety. • Plants easy to grow from seeds sown directly in the ground: chard, carrots and radishes. • Easier to start from nursery seedlings: broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. • Watch for snails and slugs as the weather dampens. • You may be able to squeeze out one more bloom from roses this year. Cut off faded flowers, fertilize the soil with rose food and water deeply. Hold off the main pruning until after New Year’s. • Look for yellow signs of iron deficiency on citrus leaves; supply a shot of special citrus food containing iron if necessary. • Cut back/divide perennials. • Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with 0-10-10 fertilizer. This no-nitrogen formula encourages bud formation.

nGrace Boyle

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

Go to the new OVA website and search for Oakmont Republican Club and you will be informed: “Sorry, nothing matches your search terms.” Oakmont’s Republican Club is gone. And there is little interest in reviving it. In this predominantly Democratic community, Republicans are reluctant to be vocal. Admit you are Republican at a dinner party? Not wise. Put a conservative bumper sticker on your car? Better not. But all is not lost. Oakmont has Richard Duncan. Duncan is a champion of conservatism and is not shy about expressing his views on Nextdoor and Oakmont Buzz. He started a Facebook group called “Quivers,” where robust (though polite) debate is encouraged. Well educated and well read, Duncan’s political postings are articulate and, softened with humor or poetry, inoffensive. Duncan addresses issues such as global warming in his riveting videopoems, orchestrations of music, photos and poetry. His videopoems can be found at Duncan was born in England, raised in Africa, graduated from the University of Cape Town with an Honors degree in geology and worked as an exploration geologist in some 22 countries around the world. He settled in the United States in 1980. In 2009,

he and his wife Linda moved to Oakmont to be near their two children. He believes conservatives here have been intimidated by “political correctness.” “Not only are they outnumbered by liberals,” he says, “but they feel abandoned by Republican representatives. Outsiders like Donald Trump and Carly Fiorina are getting strong support from a silent majority dissatisfied with the status quo.” Duncan urges conservatives to become more active by finding each other and communicating. He is building an E-mail list and invites participation by contacting him at “I think we could witness a pro-Republican landslide in 2016. Trump is driving the political pundits crazy, calls a spade a spade, and is a refreshing voice long missing from the political landscape. As long as he doesn’t make any missteps, he could go all the way,” he said. It was pointed out that liberals and establishment Republicans consider Trump an entertainer, a clown. Responds Duncan: “They denigrated Reagan too.” Duncan is president of Oakmont’s Fitness Club and is active in the Chess Club and Parkinson’s Support Group. He has been nominated on Nextdoor as Oakmont’s poet laureate. But that’s another story.


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nTom Conley

Saturday Morning Bridge

You are invited to join us for Contract Bridge on Saturday morning. We meet every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the CAC card room and play four rounds of six hands each, usually finishing around noon. You don’t need a partner to participate. All you need is enthusiasm, some experience, and $1. If you recently started playing bridge or are a veteran, you never stop learning about the game. This


includes keeping abreast of new techniques, or just developing and maintaining your skills. It’s a good way to meet other bridge players in Oakmont. There’s nothing like starting Saturday off with an energizing game of bridge to get the brain cells working. To get more information or to just join the group, please contact me at 537-9402 no later than the preceding Wednesday to reserve your place.

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The draft says violators of the rules of conduct “may be ejected from the premises, subjected to prosecution for violation of any applicable federal, state or local criminal statute, and /or fined and have their membership privileges suspended.” The rules would apply to all buildings, interior and exterior, and all grounds controlled and operated by the OVA. Prohibited conduct would include any conduct violating federal, state or local criminal statute or ordinance; specific threats of physical harm against an individual or group of individuals or property; disruptive conduct; use of OVA materials, equipment, furniture, fixtures or buildings in a destructive, abusive or potentially damaging manner, or in a manner likely to cause personal injury to the user or others. The code would also prohibit smoking, any use or preparation of tobacco or any use of vaping devices or substances on OVA premises, and bringing animals inside OVA premises (with the exception of service animals), except as allowed at an OVA-approved event, or leaving an animal tethered or unattended on OVA premises. Using personal equipment at a volume that disturbs other would also be prohibited. Batchelor said a separate section dealing with soliciting, petitioning, distributing written materials or demonstrating for a political, charitable or religious purpose in and around OVA premises needs to be rewritten by an OVA attorney to be sure freedom of speech is protected. Director John Felton said the code is like a fire extinguisher, “you don’t need it until you need it.” Director Herm Hermann said the issue needs more study to make sure the code “covers all the bases.” While he doesn’t consider it a high priority, he said, “We need something.” Director Alan Scott said the board has no choice but to adopt a code. Director Andie Altman, who helped write the code, favors it. The board also discussed developing a policy to address employee abuse. Altman said the employee abuse issue is more important than the code of conduct. Batchelor said that while the board will examine the issue separately, the code of conduct and employee abuse may be addressed in one policy eventually. The board will study a draft of an employee abuse policy developed earlier by an ad hoc committee.

Responding to a request by Melissa Lepley-Schurtz to move her CAC coffee cart inside during the cold weather, the board directed OVA Manager Cassie Turner to approve the request. The cart, which has been a popular addition to the CAC ambiance, will be located under the clock to the right of the entrance.

This is the indoor spot at the CAC where Melissa LepleySchurtz will set up her popular coffee cart during cold or rainy weather. Coffee will continue to be outside on sunny days and outdoor space heaters will reduce the wintertime chill.

Altman called the cart “phenomenal” and Felton said it is “working out well.” The issue of possible coffee spills on the carpet was quickly dismissed when Batchelor said he sometimes buys coffee when the cart is outside and brings it into the lobby Lepley-Schurtz said a mat could be placed near the cart to catch any spills. “Having operated the coffee cart for four months,” she noted, “I have yet to have anyone spill coffee.” She said the cart could be pushed back against the wall when not in operation and the puzzle table could be moved back into its original position. Since the cart is mobile, she said, it could be pushed outside during sunny weather. A brief discussion explored the possibility of establishing a fee when those who use the audiovisual equipment at OVA facilities need help. There was no sign of a solution, however, and facilities manager Rick Aubert said his staff does not have the skill sets to help with the use of the equipment. “There’s no good answer,” Turner said.

SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


Sons in Retirement (SIR) members will learn about the structure of the Green Berets and how they fit into the larger picture of special operations forces at its Oct. 27 meeting. Perry Ritenour, whose Army service includes a stint as a counter-intelligence officer with 1st Special Forces Group (Green Berets), will also explore the special relationship between the Green Berets and the CIA. His talk will include the tale of “Murder in Wartime,” the true story of the Green Beret assassination of a Vietnamese double agent in 1969, which brought formal murder charges against the 5th Special Forces Group and its commander by the U.S. Army brass and ended Green Beret operations in Vietnam. Ritenour provided training in intelligence skills and counter-insurgency techniques to Vitenamese, Cambodian, Thai and South Korean soldiers. He led a team of Special Forces troopers on an assignment to Thailand in 1972 to help counter a rising CommunistThai (CT) insurgency. A distinguished military and academic graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Ritenour holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Georgetown University in Asian studies and has studied Chinese at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. He spent 30 years in international banking before retiring in 2003 to return to college teaching. He will offer a class entitled “The French and American Experience in Indochina 1850–1975” next January for Osher Lifelong Learning at Sonoma State University. He will also teach a class called “The Cobra and the Mongoose: China and Japan in Conflict” next spring in Oakmont. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center. A social starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill & Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.

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This November we will be voting to elect two new OGC Board members. Their new three-year terms of office will begin on January 1, 2016. The two board vacancies are created via the completion of the three-year terms for Michael Canar and Frank Giannini. Please reserve the evening of Monday, Barbara Robinson October 26 on your calendars. Our Candidates’ Night begins at 5:30 p.m. with an optional, inexpensive ($12) buffet dinner—cocktails at 5:30 then dinner at 6 p.m. The Candidates’ Forum itself will begin at 6:30 p.m. You will be able to hear brief presentations from our three candidates and then Neil Huber engage them in Q&A. You will find copies of their complete resumes in the glass case bulletin board (OGC Area) outside the West Course Pro Shop. On or about November 5 election ballots will be mailed out to all OGC members. That mailing will also include copies of our candidates’ resumes Frank Giannini for your reference.


On September 24 Frank Giannini, the Social Committee Chair, presented a check for $5,200 to our General Manager, Mike Ash. These funds are targeted to cover the costs of the now completed renovation of the restrooms near the tee box of the 15th hole on the East Course. This money was raised from the Pasta Feed on September 18 (191 happy attendees) and our Monday Twilighter events. Thanks to all you members who have supported these social events! Frank gratefully acknowledges our hard-working and dedicated Social Committee team: Peg Giannini, Bob and Ellie Baciocco, Jim and Susan Scinto, Danny and Lesley Morgan, Tony and Kathy D’Agosta, Art and Pat Hastings, John Theilade, Vanita Collins, Dolores Salidivar and Lou Lari.

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Wednesday Men’s Club

nBruce Hulick

Congratulations to Dan Sienes, our 2015 Club Champion. It was a close contest. Dan shot a net combined score of 61. Joe Lash, Wayne Mickaelian, and Tony Apolloni were one stroke back. Greg Carpenter and Tony D’Agosta were two strokes back, and Paul Lawler was three strokes back.

September 23, WEST COURSE Individual LOW NET

First flight (6–15): first, Ross Alzina, 65; second, Danny Morgan, 69; third, Bruce Hulick, 71. Second flight (16–22): first, Wayne Shomaker, 68; second, Rick Yates, 71; third, Tom Wayne, 72. Third flight (23–up): first, Bud Simi, 68; second, Bob Flores, 69; third, Wally Juchert, 74. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Bob Baciocco, 4’0”, John Cook, 12’0”; #13—John Weston, 10’2”, Bob Baciocco, 13’7”; #16—Bob Baciocco (again), 10’8”, Bucky Peterson, 15’8”; #5 hole—Ross Alzina, 15’2”. Next week begins the West Course Championship. Detailed instructions will be posted at the West and East bulletin boards and the West clubhouse.


Hop presenting trophy to Dan.

We had a luncheon on September 28 to crown our champion. Last year’s winner, Gordon “Hop” Hopper (97 years young) presented Dan with the trophy. Happy Golfing!

SWEEPS RESULTS SEPTEMBER 21 Second Half of Club Championship Individual Low Net, 21 Players

First place: Charlie Perotti with a 28.5. Second place: David Beachwith a 29.5. Third place tie: Greg Carpenter and Dan Sienes, both with a 30. Fifth place tie: Jack Robinson, Wayne Mickaelian and Keith Wise, all with a 30.5. Eighth place tie: Rich Silvas, Alan Stewart and Neil Huber, all with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Neil Huber, 4’5”, Phil Sapp, 28’3”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR SEPTEMBER 28 First Round Fall Eclectic Individual Low Net, 29 Players

First place: Don Schulte with a 27.5. Second place: Tony D’Agosta with a 29. Third place tie: Neil Huber and Phil Sapp, both with a 30. Fifth place tie: Tom Massip and Bill Wellman, both with a 30.5. Seventh place: Bob Marotto with a 31. Eighth place tie: Charlie Perotti, Wayne Michkaelian and Joe Lash, all with a 31.5. Eleventh place tie: Greg Carpenter and Rich Silvas, both with a 32. Closest-to-the-pin: Don Schulte, 16’1, Noel Schween, 23’2”, Neil Huber, 27’1”.

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First flight (8–15): first, Bruce Hulick, 69; second, Mike Hull, 70; third, Charlie Huff, 73; fourth, Bucky Peterson, 75. Second flight (16–23): first, Gil Moreno, 72; second, Charlie Perotti, 73; third, Jack Haggerty, 74; fourth, Wayne Shomaker, 75. Third flight (24–up): first, Chuck Mendenhall, 69; second, Don Streutker, 71; third, Bill Faherty, 73; fourth, Wally Juchert, 75. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Sal Cesario, 9’0”, Wally Juchert, 31’0”; #13—Jack Haggerty, 26’0”, Ed Pierson, 28’3”; #16—Charlie Huff, 21’9”, Ron Feibusch, 24’8”.

18 nEileen Beltrano

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

Hi there ladies. This article will be short as I am still on vacation. I want to congratulate Linda Paul for winning Thursday’s Club Championship. Nice going Linda— great three rounds. You are a champ! Congratulations to Kathy Faherty for winning the Low Net Championship. You did it again! There’s one more reminder: be sure to sign up for the combined Halloween Luncheon. The sign-up sheet is in the Club Room. That’s it for now. I will be back in time to write this article for the November 1 issue. Stay well and see you out there!

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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015


Senior Men’s Club

Women’s Friendship Bible Study nGayle Miller

nJohn Williston

September brought two of the last Seniors’ events of the season. On September 16t a few members ventured out to Rio Vista to sample the golf course there and a week later a much larger contingent traveled south to enjoy one of the most popular Seniors’ destinations, Marin Country Club. At Rio Vista, Oakmont’s Dick Thayer was a winner in the stroke competition and won the closest-to-the-pin honors.

September 23 Round Hill and Oakmont at Marin

Following a sumptuous breakfast, (certainly one of the best seen this year on the “Senior Tour”) 84 players from Round Hill, Oakmont, and Marin country clubs teed off in almost perfect conditions. After golf we retired to the clubhouse for an even more bountiful luncheon feast. Wow! Four places were awarded in a single flight of 16 foursomes: first, Bob Roberts, Glenn Gross, Joe Bodanza and Dick Thayer, 123; second, Roland Gotti, John Munkacy, Rod Keener and Keith Wise, 124; third, Brad Child, Phil Sapp, Francis Wong and Henry Kitajima, 125, fourth, Len Patterson, Bernie Elissagary, Bill Wellman and Lou Comaduran, 126. Closest-to-the-pin: Oakmont, Jeff Snyder, 13’8”. And so the Seniors season ends. No more events until next year. It will be a long seven-month wait until the 2016 spring inaugural. If you didn’t play with the Seniors this year, you can still join the team for 2016 and enjoy one of the best rewards of your OGC membership. Enjoy the holidays!

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

Table Tennis is an excellent exercise for the body, hand/eye coordination and special brain activity. We have an active Table Tennis Club in Oakmont Village. Come and join us to enjoy yourself. La Dolce Vita! All skill levels are welcome. We play at the newly innovated West Recreation Center upstairs as per following schedule: Tuesdays: 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Wednesdays: 12 noon–2:30 p.m. Thursdays: 3–5:30 p.m. Fridays: 3–5:30 p.m. Sundays: 12 noon–4:30 p.m. For Sunday play, you must bring your own partner. If you have any questions, call me at 539-4111 or call Bob Vogenthaler at 537-3040.

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We extend an open invitation to anyone who would like to attend one of the weekly, non-denominational women’s Bible studies held each week. It is a terrific time to meet new people and learn new things from the Bible. The study groups are small and informal with easy to follow lessons. You are welcome to join at any time and attend the group of your choice. Please call one of the numbers below for additional information.


This study is presented on large screen TV and contains titles for hearing impaired. The class also has study books. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination, and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. Part I: Daniel chapters 1–6 examine Daniel’s life and pressures he faced. Part II: Daniel chapters 7–12 cover the prophecies from Daniel through the second coming of Christ. DATE: Tuesday TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. HOSTESS: Gayle Miller, 336 Mountain Vista Court CONTACT: Gayle at 537-9309


What does it mean to have the Holy Spirit directing your life? What do you know about the third member of the Trinity? This study will reveal who He is, what He does, and what life is like when He lives within you. Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, join our welcoming and friendly group to explore the answers to these questions. The book has six lessons, but we progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call Nancy for more information and/or to let me know if you are interested in attending. DATE: Friday TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 6 (room is directly across the hall from the OVA Office) LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566


Boomers nSusan Lynn

“I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.”—Yogi Berra Starry Night: Doors open at 4:45 p.m., and you must be checked in by 5:25 p.m. Dinner service begins at 5:30 p.m., so it is important to have everyone seated by then. You may have noticed that we’re always advising you to visit our website at www.oakmontboomers. org. Many of you use the website only for making reservations for one of our events, but there’s so much more you can do. Apply for membership: The best way to join Oakmont Boomers. Post pictures: We all have camera phones, so why not share your photos with fellow Boomers? Click on “Share Your Photos” and you will get a link to your profile. Just click on “Member Photo Albums” and add your pictures. Stay informed: Click on “Community Happenings” to learn what’s going on in Oakmont. For example, did you know that you could have attended a Democratic Debate Party, or that several performers from the Transcendence Theater were coming to the Quail Inn to entertain newcomers of Santa Rosa and long-time residents? Get or post recommendations: If you’ve had a particular good (or bad) experience at a local restaurant or business, share that information. Not only will you help local businesses with a good review, you can vent about your poor experience. Buy and/or sell: If you have items you’d like to sell, but don’t want to go through the hassle of a garage/ yard sale, post your items on our website. Click on “Items for Sale or Giving Away.” Offer or find services: Oakmont Boomers are multi-talented, so if you have a special service or you need one, click on “Services Available.” You might not have to look outside the neighborhood to find the help you need. Is there a topic you’d like to discuss? Post it to the General Discussion bulletin board. Boomers are nothing if not passionate about their beliefs, so start a dialogue and see where it goes. Find about the origin of the Oakmont Boomers, read the bylaws, learn about upcoming events, and look at photos taken by our volunteer photographers. You might see yourself in our photos, and you can relive our fabulous events. We are working hard to improve our website and make it more user-friendly, so if you have any suggestions, please contact support@ with your input. Remember, there is no social planned for November. With the holidays and all the celebrations in November, you won’t even notice! Finally, don’t forget to pick up a copy of the Kiwanis Club 2016 Calendar. Boomers and other clubs are featured reenacting scenes from iconic films. Can you guess the name of the film just by looking at the photo? The calendar makes a great holiday gift and it already has the dates marked for Boomer events! The OVA is selling the calendar for $14. Buy three and the price goes down to $11. Boomer Trivia: Who wrote The Feminine Mystique?


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Photography Club nBob Crosby

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 AM–12 noon / $3 Donation / nJim Brewer

October 18 Susan Gorin: “The State of Sonoma County”

Supervisor and Oakmont resident Susan Gorin will be talking and questions about the economic, social, water, and growth issues in Sonoma County now and into the future.

October 25 Ann Hancock: “Climate—The Issue of Our Time”

Ann Hancock, founder of the Center for Climate Protection in Sonoma County, hoped to inspire other communities to tackle climate change. “The White House recognition of Sonoma County as a Climate Champion in December 2014 confirmed that our vision is becoming a reality,” she says. “No greater privilege exists than working to leave this planet in better shape for those who come after us.” A weekly series offering informative and enlightening presentations on a wide range of topics. Audio, and sometimes video recordings of the lectures are posted online at the Symposium website Presentation DVD’s are available in the Oakmont Library. Want E-mail reminders? Tell us at

The Photography Club will have a special guest speaker at its next meeting on Wednesday, November 4 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. If you read the Press Democrat you’ve seen Kent Porter’s photos many times capturing Sonoma County’s beautiful scenery, vivid vineyards, dramatic stormy weather and, most recently, memorable photos of the Lake County Valley fire. He has been a professional photo journalist for 25 years and has been published in many magazines including Time, Newsweek, Life, US News & World Report as well as over 200 newspapers and websites all over the world. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 4 for an interesting presentation by one of the best photographers in our area. If you are not a Photo Club member, you are welcome to come to your first meeting as a guest. Our members range from beginners to advanced photographers and our meetings and field trips are enjoyable and instructive whatever one’s photography background. For more information contact me at 539-4507 or We hope to see you November 4.

Oakmont Ukesters nLinda Webster

Like to sing? Can you carry a tune? Come and sit in with the Oakmont Ukesters and have some fun! We play our ukuleles every Tuesday, 10:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. in the crafts room at beautiful Oakmont Gardens and love to have good singers join us. Most of the songs we play you will know: “Somewhere Over Rainbow,” “Take Me Out to the Ball Game,” “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” “Happy Trails.” Come join the fun. We look forward to seeing you. Questions: call me at 978-2790.

nMarianne Neufeld

The best way to serve our community is to donate a few hours a month to drive Oakmont residents to medical appointments. The need for these services has grown immensely and we need your help—you only drive when you are available. If you are interested in serving the Oakmont community, we invite you to join us for our semiannual meeting/luncheon at 12 noon on Tuesday, October 27, at the East Rec. Center. Reservations are required. Please call me at 528-0161 or E-mail at to reserve a seat. By giving 2-3 hours a month to transport Oakmont residents that are unable to drive themselves, you are giving the gift of mobility and helping seniors retain independent living. For more information about the Volunteer Helpers, call 528-0161. WHAT: Please join us in honoring our Oakmont Volunteer Helpers at our bi-annual luncheon meeting. WHEN: Tuesday, October 27 TIME: 11:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center OUR PROGRAM: Len Tillem, renowned elder advocate and journalist, will be our speaker. RSVP: By October 22 to Del Baker, 539-1657 or Luncheon with dessert will be served. Door prizes? Yes, lots. So don’t leave early! Please invite anyone you know that might be interested in our programs and consider being a driver or coordinator to be our guest.

Oakmont HEARS

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

upComing meeting: Hearing, Health and Brain Fitness

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 richardgduncan@ or at 225-0661.


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Dance Club

nDonna Kaiser


Our members say this dance is the best party of the year! Singles and couples will have a SPOOKtacular time dressing up in that funny or scary costume and dancing the night away. Or just come as a spectator and enjoy the view, if you dare! Either way, you will have a BOO-tiful time dancing to the bewitching tunes of Showcase the Band, who promise a variety of music, including line dance, swing and the classics. Don’t be afraid to partake in the offerings of Oakmont Village Market, who will be stirring up a witch’s brew of delights to die for. It would be a ghostly horror for you to miss this one! Sign up before it’s too late. DATE: Saturday, October 31 PLACE: Berger Center TIME: 6:30 p.m. Food Stations by Oakmont Village Market, 7–-10 p.m. Dancing to the Music of Showcase the Band. BYOB, set-ups provided. COST: $33.50 for members, $38.50 for non-members HEAVY APPETIZER STATIONS: Spiral assorted salami and cheese platter; seasonal tomatoes and mozzarella with a basil oil drizzle; Mixed Green Salad cups with balsamic dressing; Spooky Spider Web 7-layer dip; Tri-Tip Canapes on Focaccia bread with horseradish mayo; Salmon with crème fraiche and dill; Mummy Baked Brie with

sliced baguettes; honey dripped chicken bites; harvest vegetable flat bread; chocolate and vanilla decorated cupcakes, Halloween cookies, coffee, tea and water. DEADLINE: 3 p.m., Friday, October 23 All reservations must be received no later than 3 p.m. on the Friday, before the week of the dance. Make your check payable to the Oakmont Dance Club and place it, along with the completed form, in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office, or mail with enough time to: Oakmont Dance Club, c/o Norm and Doris Pelton, 320 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, phone: 538-3574.


Passages Bettyann Dwire, 10-year Oakmont resident, passed away May 27 Robert Ritter, Oakmont resident, passed away July 29. Elizabeth (Betty) Pennypacker, 18-year Oakmont resident, passed away October 2. Patricia King, 15-year Oakmont resident, passed away October 3. Ellen Dufour, 22-year Oakmont resident, passed away October 4.

Membership dues for 2015, $10 each or $20 per couple, are payable now and may be included with your reservation or dropped in the Dance Club folder in the OVA Office. Dues are for the calendar year, January through December.

Please contact OVA resident Bev Schilpp by phone, 538-4293 or E-mail wallyschilpp1@, to publish the name and date of death of your loved one in the Oakmont News.

All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name, but first coordinate with others at that table to be certain there is room for you. If you don’t designate a specific table, we will randomly assign you to one.

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Saturday, Dec. 5: Holiday Thursday, December 31: New Year’s Eve

Halloween Dance Reservation Saturday, October 31

nChris Sork

WHAT: Hospice Services of St. Joseph Health Speaker WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 21, 3–4:45 p.m. WHERE: Classroom B, Central Activities Center Nancy Proctor, RN from Hospice Services of St. Joseph Health, will present Hospice Services information. RSVP is required for limited seating space. Call me at 523-2536 for reservations.

Reservation must be received by 3 p.m., Friday, October 23.

Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone:________________________ E-mail:_______________________________________________ Dance Club Dues for 2015: $10 each or $20 per couple. Dance Club Member: $33.50 Non-Dance Club Member: $38.50

Check enclosed for $ __________ Table name request: ______________________________________________

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

What is an HAAC?

Oakmont is not your average Active Adult Community, as my friend Tom noted the other day. This place has some real energy. It’s more like a Hyper Active Adult Community (HAAC) and prospective residents coming here for a look around sense that right away. All of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary do our share of adding to the mix and you might want to check out a sample of what goes on in the club. Our weekly speaker series is a great opportunity to hear from an interesting mix of people. Last meeting we heard from Dean Bordigioni who discussed plans for the development of his new property on the other side of Highway 12 from Oakmont. Dr. Dean is the managing partner of Annadel Estates Winery. They will be putting in some vines and building a small winery right back set from the highway. There will be a tasting room by appointment only. The property will be beautified and the intersection there will become a four way signal. There is room for turn lanes and also a small road which will provide access to Hwy. 12 for the neighboring two other parcels that currently have small and inefficient entry points down toward Pythian Road. Our weekly programs are informative and

entertaining. We invite you to join us for breakfast at the Quail Inn, every Friday morning at 7 a.m. Here are some of the speakers who will be featured in the coming weeks: Oct. 23: Representatives from the World Health Organization. Oct. 30: Mike Kallhoff - United Way of the Wine Country. Nov. 13: All about membership in the VOM Rotary with our Membership Director Marie Theilade. (We are pleased to welcome members of the Golf Course and Quail Inn staff as our first company club members). Dec. 4: A presentation by the Sonoma County Symphony Orchestra. Dec. 18: Special guest, Sonoma County District Attorney Jill Ravich. Jan. 8, 2016: Latest news from the OVA’s Cassie Turner. And speaking of action, there are a few remaining tickets for our big fall fundraiser, A Taste For Oakmont, featuring delicious Kansas City-style ribs, chicken, sides, beer, wine, cocktails and the sweet blues of the big six-piece Volker Strifler Band. It’s coming up this weekend on Friday Oct. 16. E-mail Valerie Hulsey pronto at to purchase tickets.

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Quilting Bee

nElizabeth McDonnell

There was much discussion this month about having quilt teachers come to Oakmont to conduct classes. Last month three of our members took a One Block Wonder class at Fabrications in Healdsburg. Mary Ann Allen asked if there was interest in asking Judy Bianchi to teach the One Block Wonder class to include a pattern of tumbling blocks within the quilt. Members were advised Judy Bianchi currently has other upcoming classes at Fabrications. Sandi McConnell then showed a “one block wonder” quilt on which she was sewing the binding. She explained the blocks had been made by Donna Marvin, a Quilting Bee member who passed away earlier this year. The ladies at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church which Donna and her husband attended, who were not quilters, took the blocks and the instruction book and completed the quilt top. Sandi machinequilted it and the quilt was raffled to benefit Elisha’s Pantry and Fish, two local charities which help feed the hungry. Cathy Rapp explained the Art Association is in the process of creating an art challenge that may include other clubs in Oakmont, including the Quilting Bee. The art could be reflected in a painting, photograph, quilt, poem, etc. Cathy will report back when the challenge guidelines and deadline have been finalized. Janet Shore announced that the local art quilt group called The Pointless Sisters currently has a display of quilts at the Sprint Copy Center in Sebastopol through October 26. They also have been invited to

display quilts in the San Jose Quilt Museum. That show opens in November. Barbara Cortelyou showed us a quilt she made as a result of a Mystery Quilt Class through the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild. She explained the quilters were to use only three fabrics in light, medium and dark colors. Prior to the class they were instructed to cut halfsquare triangles out of the fabrics. Upon attending the class further instructions were revealed. Barbara has volunteered to hold a mystery class for our group after the first of the year.

but has now decided it is too pretty as it is and will just quilt it. Paula Scull showed a small container she was making that would be used as a thread catcher. She had a bit of trouble learning to “box” the corners.

Cathy Rapp and Giraffe Baby Quilt

Barbara Courelyou

Cathy Rapp told us that while cleaning out her sewing room she came across a fabric she bought years ago at the International Market on Oahu. At first she thought she would cut it up and make into a quilt

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 in the Central Activities Center, from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.

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We park at the Quarry lot on Wildcat Canyon Rd., start at the Sea View Trail and climb up heading south along a fairly strenuous 800’ climb. We’ll make frequent stops. From the high point we descend via Upper Big Springs trail for lunch and return via Quarry trail. Total length of this hike is about six miles and a combined elevation gain of 900’. Bring the usual stuff. Meet at Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Jason Wilkenfeld, 978-2385 and George Hasa, 843-4527.

Documentary Film Masterworks nErnie Rose


While you may have little interest in the game of ice hockey, a newly-released film starkly reveals the extent to which Russian athletes in all fields of competition have been used since Stalin’s time as pawns in the international war of propaganda about the superiority of the socialist way of life in the Soviet Union. As very young children, kids in the USSR were taught that to excel in athletics was a way to rapidly rise to the top of a system in which all workers were supposed to be treated as equal in importance. Thus, for years, Russia’s ice hockey team members have been revered as heroes, and their coaches honored as national icons.


This nine-mile hike above Armstrong Redwoods SR covers both Gilliam Creek and Austin Creek Trails. We start by descending 1,400’ to Gilliam and Austin Creeks. After lunch it will be all uphill! Bring water, lunch, poles, water shoes, and an adventurous spirit. Hike leader is Dave Chalk, 539-8847. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m.


This new Oakmont hike is seven miles with 400’ elevation gain, starting from the Cross Marin Trail and ending at Kent Lake in the Marin Municipal Water District. Bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike Leader is Becky Brown, 595-1724.

Angel Island. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)


We’ll hike the Sonoma Bike Trail from General Vallejo’s home to Bartholomew Park Winery for lunch. The hike is 5-6 miles and the winery has a wonderful museum. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Jean Reed, 538-3874.


This is a strenuous hike of nine miles with an elevation gain of over 2,500’. We will hike the Hillside and Brushy Peaks trails to Bald Mountain. Then down by way of Headwaters, Vista and Lower Bald Trails. There are lots of ups, downs and up again on our ascent. Dress in layers, bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.


This is a two-mile hike with a few short spurs to viewpoints. Some open grass lands and some wooded along a creek. Fairly good surface—some rocks with very minor elevation gain. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring snack and water if you wish. Hike leader Herm Hermann, 539-1647.

Calabaza Creek. (Photo by Martin Johns)


This 8.5-mile hike with 2,020’ elevation gain has great views overlooking the lake and the Madrone forest. We will take the Bummer, Crowley’s Lake View, Half Canoe, and Dry Creek Trails. Dress in layers and take plenty of water. Hike leader is Jim Gale, 537-1123.


It is customary for riders to help drivers with gas costs on hikes more than 30 miles roundtrip, away from the local area. A suggested amount is $5/person. Check with your hike leader. Hikes are subject to change due to weather.




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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

nLaverne Polkinghorn

Any Interest? Oakmont Craft Guild

Oakmont has many talented residents who possess skills in different craft/artisan areas. Crafts can include just about anything—paper, fiber, metal, etc. Would you like to share your interest? Would you like to start a club where you can enjoy learning from other talented residents? The idea at the moment is to learn various crafts through demonstration on potentially a monthly basis with one person teaching and organizing the meeting.

If this appeals to you, come to an organizational meeting where we can discuss forming a Craft Guild. Please attend. DATE: Friday, November 6 TIME: 10 a.m. PLACE: East Rec. Center Conference Room CONTACT: Pat Vogenthaler, trishes.wishes@comcast. net, 537-3040; Laverne Polkinghorn, lpolkinghorn@, 538-3738

U S Air Force Major Del Tiedeman Announced As 2015 Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal nJeff Davis and Jay Cobb

The Oakmont Veterans Day Parade one mission at night, he was very low Planning Committee is proud to on fuel and figured the others in his announce that Major Del Tiedeman, group where almost on empty. He U.S. Air Force, has been selected to found an airstrip lit by fires along the serve as the Grand Marshal of the runway and had his group land, only 2015 Oakmont Veterans Day Parade to find it was not really in operation, and Reception on Wednesday, but maintenance men were testing November 11. the lighting. In the morning they During World War II Major were able to return to home base, Tiedeman was a pilot in the 442nd with planes shot up and very low on Troop Carrier Group, commanding fuel. DC 3 Transport planes on missions Del’s medals and awards include: throughout the European part of the Theatre Ribbon with six bronze stars, war, including dropping paratroopers Major Del Tiedeman, U.S. Air Force Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters, in the 92nd Airborne and other Unit Citation, Victory Medal and (Photo by Wendell Freeman) supplies during the Normandy American Theatre Ribbon. Invasion. His troop carriers not only carried and Major Tiedeman is happy to be a resident at dropped paratroopers into action during a variety of Oakmont Gardens and remains very active in a major battles and operations (including the “Battle variety of Oakmont activities, including golf and SIR. We hope that all Oakmont residents will be out of the Bulge”), but also carried out the wounded to along the parade route to honor these veterans. England, provided troops with food and supplies This year’s parade will begin at 1 p.m. by the and pulled gliders loaded with heavy equipment, Berger Center and will proceed all the way around including jeeps and cannons. In one mission, there Oakmont Drive to Oak Trail Drive, then proceed were two flights where his group carried out a total down Oak Trail Drive across Pythian Road to circle of 105 wounded soldiers from Bastogne to a hospital the Orchard neighborhood on Oak Trail Circle, then in England, with all surviving the trip. follow Pythian Road, Oak Leaf Drive, Fairfield Drive Del’s missions were successful despite experiencing and White Oak Drive to and around the circular very bad weather going and coming, witnessing drive at the entrance of Oakmont Gardens and back most of his own group of three to five DC3 transport to the Berger Center. planes suffering gun fire and a few going down. On

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Oktoberfest, an annual event at Oakmont, will be celebrated on Saturday, October 24, from 3–5 p.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Tickets are $20, and can be purchase at the OVA Office. We are not reserving tables. Mix and have fun! This wild and fun event will include a German Bratwurst lunch, pretzels, beer or soft drink, traditional Biergarten entertainment, dancing (WOW), games, oh, and did I say beer? Entertainment will be Big Lou’s Polka Casserole. They will be playing German Oktoberfest and other lively music in the European style of a festive Oktoberfest. I expect the tickets to fly out the door, so come by early and buy yours!

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A Theater Arts Experience is a one-day performing arts workshop for older adults in Oakmont. It’s never too late to experience the joys of performing—for the first time or the hundredth! • Play theater games that develop expressive freedom and responsiveness. • Learn some storytelling techniques and create a personal monologue to share. • Perform a song-and-dance number from a classic Broadway show. All abilities and levels of experience welcome! This is a non-competitive, supportive atmosphere that will stir your creative juices and develop your skills. Advanced registration is advised, as the class size is limited. NextAct is a non-profit program founded in 2014 by two Sonoma County seniors to enhance the lives of older adults and their communities through the performing arts. The instructors are seniors and professional theater artists and experienced teachers. The workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Sonoma County Community Foundation. Want more information? NextActSeniorTheater@ or call 823-7293. Register for the Oakmont Workshop by going online to or in person, call or visit the OVA Office. The $50 payment is due at the workshop on October 17

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The New Horizons Concert Band at the Berger Center nHelen Hargrave

Oakmont Educators Club nMarcia Murray

DATE: November 12 TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. PLACE: Art Room, Central Activities Center CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095 Oakmont Educators, retired and active, are invited to join us. We will discuss the direction and purpose of the group. Bring your suggestions and ideas for programs, activities and speakers. We’ll have homemade cookies!

Saturday, November 7 at 2 PM

The New Horizons Concert Band of Sonoma County will return to the Berger Center on Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. for another entertaining and rousing concert! This has become an annual event popular with Oakmont residents. The local band is a member of a nationwide senior citizens activity started by an experienced musical educator, Dr. Roy Ernst of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, N.Y. Dr. Ernst realized that there were many people who had played in high school and college bands that had a lingering desire to play again. The concept was a good one, and there are now over 150 such bands all over the United States and in Europe. The local unit in Santa Rosa was the second organization in California and began in 1998 with 12

players. The band has grown to 80 members, several whom live in Oakmont. They are Sugar Carlton, percussion; Dan Derham, trumpet; Jud Goodrich, French horn; Helen Hargrave, oboe; Gene Isaeff, euphonium; Elmer Swanton, tuba; Roger Morcomb, percussion; John Ray, trombone; and Rose West, flute. The band is under the direction of Lew Sbrana, Director, from Healdsburg. Associate directors are Ray Walker from Santa Rosa, Sid Gordon from Redwood High School in Marin County, and Lew Bishop, also a bassoon player. So mark your calendars for Saturday, November 7 at 2 p.m. at the Berger Center for an afternoon of delightful and entertaining music by accomplished musicians. The band will be playing familiar show tunes, marches and other numerous arrangements. The concert is free, but there will be a free-will offering for those who wish to participate.

nRosemary Waller


We are pleased to welcome this distinguished group from our neighbors to the north. On Nov. 12 they will make their debut in Oakmont, though many of you will remember their excellent violist, Sharon Wei, from her four previous appearances here, as soloist and with other ensembles.

Our bookings for this series must be made from one and one-half to two years ahead and sometimes we encounter unforeseen changes—life happens! Although we had planned for the entire EMIC, three strings plus piano, we have just learned that pianist Angela Lee’s family is soon to be enlarged. Consequently the November program will be performed by the other EMIC members: violin, viola, and cello. Fortunately, the literature for string trio is superb. We are especially pleased that the irresistible Mozart Divertimento in E-flat Major K. 563 will be included, as well as the beautiful Dohnanyi Serenade. Opening the program will be Pas de deux by Canadian composer John Burge, a passionate and romantic duo for violin and cello. Elissa Lee, violin, was winner of the 23rd EckhardtGramatté Strings Competition, and has soloed with

top orchestras across Canada. She has performed as concertmaster with symphonies in Germany, Sweden, and Switzerland. As chamber musician she has appeared with such artists as Louis Lortie, Anton Kuerti, Pascal Devoyon, and Lawrence Lesser, and has been a frequent participant at Open Chamber Music (Prussia Cove, England). Violist Sharon Wei played the violin through high school, when she decided never to pick it up again. It was, she reports, among the best decisions of her life. Since completing viola studies at the Curtis Institute of Music and Yale University, Ms. Wei has appeared as soloist with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, Stratford Civic Orchestra, and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, and has been featured at the Ravinia and Verbier Festivals. She currently serves on the faculty of the University of Western Ontario. Cellist Rachel Mercer: As winner of the 2009 Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition, cellist Rachel Mercer was awarded use of the 1696 Bonjour Stradivarius cello. She made her European debut at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, and has appeared as soloist in Canada, the US, the Balkans and Israel. As member of the award-winning Aviv String Quartet she toured regularly on five continents. She teaches at the University of Toronto. Ensemble Made in Canada was winner of the 2006 CBC Galaxie Stars Award, and featured in the 2008 Chatelaine magazine’s “Eighty Women to Watch.” They have appeared on such series as Winnipeg’s Virtuosi and Montreal Pro Musica, at SUNY New Paltz, and at the Stratford Music Festival, and have received grants from the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council, and Queen’s University. EMIC has been Ensemble-inResidence at Western University since 2014. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 12, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

The Pickleball Corner nTom Kendrick

Hey, I have a great idea! Let’s talk about something else other than pickleball. (Yay!) So, we just got back last night from our annual Surf and Turf vacation down Malibu way. Surf, surf, surf, golf, golf, golf, surf, surf, surf. The good news is the sea water temp down there was 75 (no wetsuit required!), the waves were small but good, the sand was warm, and I was still able to paddle, stand up, turn, and fall off my board—my skills are undiminished. The bad news—after a solid week of acting as if my body was still 25 years old, I’m in severe pain, my sinuses are infected, something is rattling around in my lungs, and we need new bathroom cabinets to hold all the Advil. That reminds me, my friend Rich Sykes told me recently that he went water skiing, you know, like he’s done a zillion times before. Only now he can’t do it, his arms are two inches longer, and he’s putting in new cabinets as well. Then there’s Shirley, who used to be an avid swimmer, and guess what, yep, new cabinets. So, here’s the thing: we need a sport that’s custommade for arthritic adults who can’t bounce around like we could when we were in our fifties. Something fun, social, active! Something nearby and we can get our friends to do with us. I’ve got it! Yes, that’s it… polo! Wait a minute. I don’t have a horse. And come to think of it, those people who periodically use our dog park look quite a bit younger than me. Okay, scratch that one too. I’m not sure what kind of fun, athletic, social activity I can get into as I age, but I’ll find something. The cutoff day to purchase tickets to our Oct. 20, 5–8 p.m. “Island Picnic” is tomorrow. There may still be a chance to get in on the good vibes down at the East Rec. Get your $5 down to the OVA Office pronto. If it’s closed, give Reenie Lucker a call, she might be able to get you in. (915) 996-1366. WHO: All Oakmont residents welcome WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Open Play, 10 a.m.–12 noon (when you can always get a game); 9–10 a.m. and 12–5 p.m., key required, games need to be arranged; 8–9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays (quiet balls only). Courts available seven days a week. WHY: Come join the fun, exercise and meet nice people. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. Please wear approved court shoes with non-marking soles. We have loaner paddles available. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION: First and third Mondays from 9–10 a.m. NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail:


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Oakmont Health Initiative nTeresa Woodrum

Free Fitness Classes

ymca healthy living Mondays, wednesdays and fridays 9–10 AM, Berger Center

Mondays: JoRene Wednesdays: YMCA Fridays: JoRene. Class is cancelled Oct. 16 Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Word to the Wise: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. Be careful dear ones.

A TRIBUTE TO CHER STARRING CARA LEE Thursday afternoon, October 22 at 4 PM, Berger Center

Oakmont Health Initiative and Sequoia Senior Solutions are pleased to present a tribute to Cher. Cara Lee’s show is filled with the glamorous costume changes that Cher is widely known for, the rock and roll presence she is loved for, and a little comedy thrown in too! Please join us. From 4–4:20 p.m. there will be scrumptious snacks at the Sequoia Senior Solutions reception: Smoked Gouda Tartlet—puff pastry, kalamata tapenade, chives; Chocolate Ginger Brownie Bite and Chocolate Caramel Corn. If the way to your heart is through your stomach,

New Forrest Yoga Classes Started September 3 nCarol King, RYT, Instructor

WHEN: Thursdays 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

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

you are going to love the tasty treats provided by Sequoia Senior Solutions, Seed On The Go and Chef Lee Ann Geneve of Gilded Grape Catering. Sequoia Senior Solutions equals excellence in in-home care. Their mission is to ensure a better quality of life for our elderly clients and their families by providing dependable and affordable in-home care. Fannie Lanzo will help you. Phone: 539-0500, cell 775-1778. ”Seed On the Go,” a plant-based catering company, will be serving up inventive, healthy and delicious cuisine. Book soon for your holiday gathering by calling Jerri Hastey, 287-6009. Jerri’s mother, Marilyn, is just settling into her new home here in Oakmont. Please welcome her. The Gilded Grape is a Sonoma-grown caterer specializing in distinctive Wine Country Fare for intimate gatherings of friends and family. Chef Lee Ann Geneve has just moved into Oakmont and with her smiling energy, she is stepping up to help and introduce her skills. Enjoy a visit to Gilded Grapes’ website and book early for your catering needs. Phone: 287-1918.

CHER Tribute sign-up coupon Thursday, October 22 at 4 PM, Berger center

Tickets are $20. You may leave checks payable to Oakmont Health Initiative in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, Ca 95409.

I offer a supportive and compassionate environment to explore yoga poses safely. I enjoy giving hands-on adjustments and can modify poses as needed. My classes integrate breath and core strengthening with a focus on alignment. Let your stress level decrease while you increase your energy level, strength, flexibility and focus. Perfect for new students, senior students and advanced students who need a more restful practice. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Classes will cover breath work (pranayama), postures (asana) and strengthening core work. Ease your back and relax your neck! Feel stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and any props you need—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I will 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 also teach Chair classes and Stretch and Balance classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464. Please see for more information about local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ___________________________________________________________ nLynn Seng, Instructor

It’s time to get back in shape!

Extend Your Healthy Years of Life! nJack Luceti

Star of the Valley Catholic Church in Oakmont is hosting Anna Lackner, speaker/docent from the Buck Institute on Thursday, November 5, 11:30 a.m. Her topic will cover the latest developments of aging, discoveries and clinical trials. Anna’s presentation will explain why the scientists use five animal models in their research, such as worms, yeast, fruit flies, mice and water bears. The Buck Institute’s mission is to extend the healthy years of life. Their institute is the first independent research facility in the United States focused on understanding the connection between aging and chronic disease. Buck Institute scientists work in an innovative, interdisciplinary setting to understand

the mechanisms of aging and to discover ways of treating age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes. Fee of $15 includes lunch by Peter Hardy. Make checks to SOV Women’s Club and mail to Star of the Valley, Attn. Women’s Club, 495 White oak Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409 or drop in Women’s Club box in the Msgr. Fahey Parish Center no later than Nov. 2. Questions? Call me at 833-1110.


All Zumba classes are back. So please join us in building our muscles and our memories. We move to music and practice good posture, balance, some heavy breathing and having a good time. Come check it out—what do you have to lose? All classes are held in the dance studio, lower West Recreation Center. The first two classes are free—just bring your shoes, water and a smile. Classes are discounted at 10 weeks for $60, five weeks for $40, or $10 per week, with no expiration. Feel free to E-mail or call me with questions: or 707-800-7470. Hope to see you soon! Avancé, Tuesdays 8:30–9:45 a.m. and Thursdays 2:30–3:45 p.m.: For the experienced exercise dancer who has been taking the class, or has recently done similar dance exercise elsewhere, or has been doing aerobic exercise on a regular basis. Débutant, Thursdays 1–2:15 p.m.: For the beginner or the person who is returning to exercise after an injury or illness, or who wants to learn dance steps and routines more slowly, or who wants to carefully build up stamina, muscle strength, and balance, or all of the above!


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Personal Training

Lately, there has been much discussion about my position at Oakmont and how it may or may not benefit the residents. Below, please find a description of what has been asked of me and a description of what I provide to Oakmont. Job Description: • Orient new residents; conduct seminars to help ensure members utilize the equipment properly and utilize the center to their fullest potential, including working with limitations such as knee/hip replacements, back issues, etc. • Monitor the center’s floor for improper use of equipment, cleanliness, and that the equipment is safe for use and free of any hazards. • Notify the OFC and the Oakmont Maintenance Department of any necessary equipment repairs or center issues. • Partners with the OSPT, therapist and caregivers to help members convert their therapies to enable them to use the Fitness Center. • Write articles, post informative and current information and recently began videotaping the proper use of equipment on the center’s monitor and on YouTube. My Qualifications: • BA in Health and Wellness from the University of Nevada, Reno • Assoc. Degree in Engineering Design from the University of Nevada, Reno • Certified Personal Trainer with National Academy of Sport Medicine • Certified Athletic Nutritionist with National Academy of Sport Medicine • CPR and First Aid through Heart Works • Various Certifications to continue an active status with National Academy of Sports Medicine • Member of IDEA—Health and Fitness Association What I actually do: • Scheduled 10 hours a week, for monitoring, and assisting member. • Conduct seminars on Mondays at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m. on various subjects. • Orientation held on alternating Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and Wednesdays at 11 a.m. (lasts one hour) for new members. They receive a workout card, information on six machines, and learn different ideas on how to work out and the Fitness Center etiquette. • When I am in the center, I am there to assist the member, even if it is outside my scheduled hours. I welcome questions and discussions on health and fitness. Some people may believe that since they have been working out for years they know what they are doing and have no need for a trainer. During my 20 years in the business I am consistently learning new and imaginative ways of working out and continually learning new techniques on how to train the body. One major complaint that I receive from many of my clients and friends is that there are so many trainers out there that don’t know how to work with the mature adult. That is one thing that I have had to learn and feel very confident about. However, if you want to work out like a 50-year-old I have an interval training class at the lower West Recreation Center that I feel will benefit you and really make you glad to be alive so come on over and see me there or at the above times at the Fitness Center. Thank you.

Water Fitness

What is Fusion? nJeanne-Marie Manning, Instructor

Fusion is a combination of yoga poses with Pilates’ exercises. The yoga poses develop flexibility. The Pilates’ exercises develop core strength. Both disciplines emphasize moving with awareness. Classes are available for $8 at the West Rec. Center on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. and Saturday at 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. I have led these classes since 2005. Yoga (Sanskrit yuj) is a series of poses designed to open up our potential. Pilates is a series of exercises designed by Joseph Pilates to increase core strength—that is, strength in the abdomen, and lower back. Because of this focus, doing Pilates develops flexibility, coordination, balance, and posture with little risk of injury. How far we go in a pose or exercise is not the measure of how well we are doing it. As we move, we ask ourselves, “Are we enjoying the movement or are we trying to get somewhere?” We use the breath to ease into and out of postures. We notice if we are being kind to ourselves. Our core strength develops at our own pace as we retrain our muscles to let go. Letting go reshapes our bodies for optimal balance and strength. That restored balance and strength let us return to activities that we enjoy. In my 60s, I trained in yoga, Pilates, and Fusion. In my mid-70s, I continue to teach and reap the benefits.

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

Do come join us, especially if you have never practiced Tai Chi before. This is an ideal class for a beginner to learn from a newcomer’s point of view. Many western doctors are recommending that we benefit from this ancient Chinese exercise, especially with regards to improving balance, reducing stress and developing good posture and breathing techniques. Pre-registration is required, so call me at 318-5284. We meet on Thursdays at 9 a.m. at the Upper West Rec. Center. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments). We are looking forward to welcoming you.

Lap Swim Club

nCathy Rapp

Brisk? These October mornings sure are! But don’t let that keep you from a healthy low-impact water aerobics workout with good friends. The water in the West Pool is a balmy 86 degrees and the cooler the air, the warmer the water feels. That smug feeling you get when you start your day after a great workout is an added bonus! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact Cathy Rapp at 537-9281 or

autumn 2015 water aerobics schedule west pool!

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. Free Classes through SRJC: Note: these classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Participants may decide to continue the classes during the break on a fee basis. Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($5) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—On winter hiatus

Interval Training nJohn Phillips

Call it what you want, it is a fantastic workout. It promotes fat loss, muscle tone, and improves endurance. WHEN: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 2 p.m. WHERE: At the lower level of the West Rec. Building EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Light hand weights, nonslip mat, and water COST: $5 drop-in, 10 sessions $50, first session free Come on by and join us. You will be amazed at how much you can get done in 45 minutes!

nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap! Interesting things come in the early morns

Down at the East Pool on our first rainy morning, three locker room mates were having a friendly chat and the usual question, “How’d your swim go?” came up, as swimmers were showering in their stalls. The first shower said, “Oh, it was a two frogger with a quick clear’em out.” The middle shower called out, “Well, mine was a ten frogger, fun but too busy netting them all.” The third shower person cleared her throat several times, took a deep breath, and responded, “You won’t believe this, but my swim was a three otter! A momma and her two pups! Net not big enough! I had to… bark’em out!” And that’s the honest truth. Sponsored by “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!”


The club’s message last issue was to keep your workouts steady, never stop or your “re-boot” will be a body shocker. Just want to mention it again. Come join us year-rounders or 365-ers by sending name and E-mail to Happy Lapping!

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

Join a drop-in group of 20–25 meditators, which has been meeting every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. since 2005. A 40-minute period of silence is preceded by a short dharma talk about meditation principles, chiefly (but not exclusively) based on Buddhist ideas. We sit in a circle on comfortable chairs, but anyone who prefers to sit formally on a floor cushion is welcome to bring one and use it. I have been a meditator for 37 years and have been teaching meditation since the mid-1980’s. Beginning meditators are advised to call me in advance at 538-1716 for some tips on the how-to’s of sitting. LOCATION: Central Activities Center, Room B NOTE: Tuesday afternoon meditation has been restored. If you would like to join a group of 8–10 people who simply sit together in silence for 40 minutes, come to the Art Room in the Central Activities Center, from 4–4:45 p.m. on Tuesdays.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Holistic Yoga nDonna Connell (IYT)

This popular ongoing class is an opportunity to build strong, flexible muscles, gain better balance, and learn the healing power of deep breathing. It will help you become more conscious of your body and its signals. You will learn proper alignment of the spine in each pose. This will help improve your posture and range of movement. This focus aids in avoiding injury to the back and joints. Yoga can facilitate healing the body inwardly and outwardly, center the mind and attain deep levels of relaxation. I am a certified Integrative Yoga Therapist, and have been teaching in Oakmont since 2001, combining yoga with healing, aiding the individual in promoting a safe and effective practice. My approach to yoga is non-competitive, helping each student at their own individual level of ability. Come join this friendly class and experience solid effective instruction from a teacher who is approachable and dedicated. All levels and abilities are welcome WHEN: Mondays at 8:45 a.m., Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. WHERE: West Recreation Center COST: First class is free (with the purchase of a class pass, $75/eight classes) INFO: 799-3099 or

Oakmont Music Lovers nHarriet Palk

A Totally Different Rag: May Aufderheide and the Tradition of American Ragtime

In her fourth visit to the Oakmont Music Lovers series, UC Santa Cruz music professor and pianist Amy Beal offers an entertaining lecture-recital on the all-American tradition of ragtime. Beginning with rhythmic concepts introduced by Scott Joplin, Beal will focus on the talented but lesserknown composer May Aufderheide, who, as a young woman in Indiana, wrote a number of popular piano rags and ragtime songs that were published by her father. Aufderheide’s pieces “Dusty,” “The Thriller!,” and “A Totally Different Rag” will be performed as examples. The cultural context of early 20th-century America provides a framework for why this music was found so thrilling. A few more modern rags might be performed if time allows. As an added bonus this year, Beal will be joined by her UCSC music department colleague, Larry Polansky, who will accompany her on mandolin. Please join us for a toe-tapping morning in November! WHEN: November 10, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Genealogy Club nMelinda Price

The next meeting of the Genealogy Club will be on Monday, Oct. 26 in the West Rec. Center, starting at 2 p.m. and will consist of three parts: 2 p.m. (yes, 2) a repeat of September’s presentation on DNA 101, so those who missed it due to attending the Lifelong Learning course can hear George McKinney’s lecture (and anyone else who is interested is welcome too!); 2:45 p.m. a chance for people to share stories of recent discoveries they have made; 3 p.m. a brief summary of our recent club survey and what that means the group wants to focus on; and 3:30 p.m. a short presentation on the three primary DNA services and why you might choose one vs. the other. If you have questions on DNA, please submit them to George in advance by E-mail at georgemck@aol. com, and he will try to answer them at the meeting. The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month usually at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to:

nJerry Thompson


WHEN: Saturday, October 17 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting PLACE: West Recreation Center Do you know the answer to the following: What is an ISP and which ones are available in Oakmont? What are the relative merits of each: speed, reliability, and customer service? What are the merits or characteristics of fiber-optics, cable, DSL, satellite, for internet connection? Do you need a modem and what kind should you look for? What about home networking? Come learn the answers! We look forward to seeing you! 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 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-3079, or E-mail

A free service to our membership

Send your Mac questions by E-mail to the following E-mail address: An OakMUG Mac expert will either get you an answer or will recommend someone who can.

iPAD SIG: show up and share

WHEN: Tuesday, October 27 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

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Call 538-1485 to Register.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Lawn Bowling


Bocce News

nSue Rowlands

nGreg Goodwin

nLynn Wycoff

Like many times before, I start this column with a thought and somehow relate it to lawn bowling. So today is no different. The thought deals with what is important for seniors. For the most part, health, family and financial security rate pretty high on the list. A recent study by the University of Miami found that older Americans who work are generally healthier than those retired. Kaiser physician, Margaret Marquez, stated that seniors are less likely to be sedentary and isolated if they continue to work. My question is, who is hiring, paying a decent wage and offers a flexible work schedule for the retired. One doesn’t need to work to be healthy. They do need exercise, socialization and something they enjoy doing. Which brings us to lawn bowling. So who needs work when there is lawn bowling. I don’t want to work. I just want to roll lawn bowles all day.

Did you sign up for the potluck? It is October 24 at the West Rec. Center after bocce, about 11:30 a.m. Come and enjoy all the good cooking our members provide. It will be followed by a short meeting to elect officers for the following year and to update everyone on other news of the club. We are once again over 100 members so this should be a large gathering and a great chance to socialize. Our next tournament, Falling Leaves, is scheduled for Saturday, November 7 at 1 p.m. Remember we change our starting time to 1 p.m. on November 1 each year. Summer has been a busy time for all of us and many have been on some exciting sounding trips. It is fun to share our experiences with friends as we are rolling those balls. We have also had some exciting games and have managed to endure some rather hot days. But winter is coming and hopefully a little rain! Bocce is definitely an all weather sport. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for Oct. 24 and also for the time change on Nov. 1. Remember it will be a 1 p.m. starting time from then until next May.


Kudos to club members who invited 18 buddies to the September 22 “Bring a Buddy Bowling” event. After basic bowling and refreshments, ten newcomers found out how much fun lawn bowling can be and decided to sign up for lessons. When these newbies start rolling, let’s give them a great big welcome.


Save the date for the 2015 Christmas Gala/Awards Presentation on Friday, December 4 beginning 5:30 p.m. at the Berger Center. Our gala will be here before you know it. In fact, there are only 43 days left to make your reservations for another wonderful evening. Once again, the Oakmont Village Market will do the catering and Jess Petty will provide music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Check the bulletin board, our website and future columns for more details.

nLynn Wycoff

Calling all bridge players!

“I say, who’s going to take my place?”


Take a moment to look at the inside cover of the Green Book. There are about 25 positions that are needed to take care of the club’s various functions. This coming year there will be a big void that has been filled by Colin Pegley for the past ten years. Colin has overseen Holiday Tournaments and will be giving up that job. Colin said that it has been very rewarding but it’s time for someone else to take his place. There could be other positions that need either coverage or at least help. Publicity and hospitality are two that come to mind. If you enjoy writing, consider penning some columns for the Oakmont News. If you like party planning, hospitality may be for you.

nPennijean Savage

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

Thursday Night Couples Bridge

Do you know we have an active group that meets twice a month for a friendly game of bridge? We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to about 9:40 p.m. We play four rounds of 40 minutes each and change partners with each round. There are table prizes for


To all members: The Annual Meeting of the Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club will be held on Thursday, November 5, at 1 p.m. in the Berger Center for the purpose of electing officers and directors and for such other business as may properly come before the meeting. Please plan to attend and participate.

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

high score, a grand prize for high score of the evening, and prizes for slams. We are a sociable group with coffee, teas and refreshments provided. To join us you need to have a partner and then just show up. It costs $1 to play. Check us out! For more information call Paul Wycoff or me at 537-7019.

October 31 Buddhist Meeting

The Wisdom for Fostering the Positive Potential in All People

“The teachings of Buddhism employ the analogy of flowering fruit trees—cherry, plum, peach and damson—each blossoming and bearing fruit in its own unique way, to express the value of diversity. Each living thing, in other words, has a distinct character, individuality and purpose in this world. Accordingly, people should develop their own unique capabilities as they work to build a world of cooperation where all people acknowledge both their differences and their fundamental equality, a world where a rich diversity of peoples and cultures is nourished, each enjoying respect and harmony.”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism,

October 2015, p. 70. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, October 31 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, October 31, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 843-7266 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.

Replacement COPE Leaders Urgently Needed!

nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

Following is a list of areas that need replacement COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies) leaders. Check your home address to find out if there is such a need in your neighborhood. Please call me if you are willing to help: 539-2543. Thank you! Aspen Meadows Circle: 33–50; Deerfield Circle: 401–425; Fairfield Drive: 6617–6711, 6855–6928, 7110– 7170, 7200–7236; Greenfield Circle: 304–334, 340–370; Glengreen: 1–21; Hood Mountain Circle: 8805–8835; Hood Mountain Court: 8823–8837; Mockingbird Circle: 331–395; Meadowgreen Place: 6502–6528; Meadowridge Drive: 6340–6360, 6363–6390, 6568–

6596. Mountain Vista Lane: 207–273; Oak Island Drive: 164–186; Oak Leaf Drive: 7223–7347, 7544–7561; Oak Leaf Circle: 337–349; Oakmont Drive: 6850–6956, 7323–7343, 7601–7840, 7849–8050, 8402–8692, 8826– 8837, 8840–8861, 8927–8963; Oak Trail Drive: 8811– 8838; Oak Trail Court: 8839–8859; Rockgreen Place: 316–346, 350–374; Stone Bridge Road: 6328–6344, 6426–6458, 6498–6544; Stonecroft Terrace: 6550–6581; Trail Ridge Place: 419–434, 435–442; Valleygreen: 1–24; Woodley Place: 407–444, 445–484; White Oak Drive: 177–205 odd, 400–422 even.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

nSusan Ramsey

Single Boomers Social Club

We look forward to seeing many of you in a couple of days at the Boomers at Starry Night event, and for those of you joining us for Pumpkins on Pikes on October 24, please remember to get your carving kits ready. We will also be planning a “Meet and Greet” at the Berger in the coming months to meet our many new members. Dancing at the Flamingo is still on the calendar and we will be sending you information as soon as we select the best evening and band. Please be sure to open your Evites and E-mails, so

that you will know the details about future events, and any changes in the schedule. If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.

Wii Bowling Oakmont Lanes nTerry Leuthner, President, and Sugar Carlton, Vice President

Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the West Rec. Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See www. for club information and Fall 2015 League schedule. Remaining bowling date for October: Oct. 20. No bowling Oct. 27, fourth Tuesday.


On October 6 we had our last BBQ Lunch for the year.

RESULTS AS OF September 29 (Week #6 of Fall League)

SBSC Members enjoy a day at Chateau St. Jean for wine/lunch and Bocce.

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (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:_______________________________________________________________

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

Walkers nDolores Salidivar


It is that time of year again for our Annual Harvest Dinner. Please note time, place, menu and cost of dinner below. WHEN: Friday, November 20 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 5:30 p.m. cocktails, 6:30 pm. dinner CONTACT: Dolores Salidivar, 539-1416, cell 591-5813 MENU: Appetizers; dinner—BLT salad with bacon, Cherry tomatoes, cheddar cheese and creamy ranch vinaigrette dressing; choice of one entrée—BBQ tri-tip with creamy horseradish sauce or Salmon Filet with a maple orange glaze, with petite green beans, sautéed mushrooms and toasted almonds; twice-baked potato. Assorted breads and butter, coffee (decaf), tea, water; dessert. Vegetarian Lasagna or Eggplant Parmesan upon request. We hope to see you at this gala affair. Guest and future members are welcome. We would also like you to consider being on the board next year. We will discuss this at the dinner.

to hear. A $1 donation is requested.


October 16: No regular meeting October 23: Bernie Palk October 30: Ed Sutter 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 E-mail to

1:30 PM League: first place tie, Alley Oops and Wild Turkeys; second place tie, 4 Tops and Strikers; third place tie, Wii Four and Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 259; Terry Leuthner, 255; Dan Madden, 216; Christian van den Berghe, 206. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 300 (third); Sandy Osheroff, 257; Vicki Robinson, 247; Sandy Wald, 245; Peggy Ensley, 242; Phyllis Jennings, 224; Kathryn Miller, 206. High Game Sub: Elisabeth LaPointe, 219. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place, King Pins; third place, Pin Heads; fourth place tie, Wii Power and High Rollers; sixth place, Strike Outs. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 225; Scott Harris, 212; Mark Attebery, 208. Women’s High Games: Valerie Hulsey, 278; Jan Blackburn, 248; Nicole Reed, 246; Debbie Miller, 236; Pat Stokes, 234; Carolyn Mack, 225; Betsy Smith, 225; Diane Price, 216; Judy Lawrence, 212. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help set up or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seem to be the magic number.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

nStephanie Wrightson and Diane Linneball


The competition was very fierce, and the championship match saw a tight battle between the team of Doug Smith and Jim Oswald versus teammates Bob Zemore and Tom Kendrick. But, by the end of the morning, Bob and Tom were the 2015 Men’s Doubles Tournament champs. Bob and Tom have been an unbeatable pair on the USTA league circuit as well. Winners in the Men’s Doubles Tournament consolation round were Fritz Spotleson and Jeff Clemence who lost in the first round to George Hasa and David Coar. Congratulations to all of the participating men’s doubles teams! Many thanks go out to Tennis Event Director Sumner Johnson for organizing the tournament, and to Eva McGinn and Dorothy Smith for refreshments.

Men’s Doubles Finalists: Tom Kendrick, Jim Oswald, Doug Smith, Bob Zemore. (Photo by D. Kendrick)


It’s Army vs. Navy! We’re looking for more than a few good men and good women. OTC members are invited to sign up for this team tennis event (made popular by last year’s Tennis Events Director, George Hasa). Enlist no later than November 3 by contacting Commanderin-Chief Sumner Johnson ( or 5393758) with your phone number, E-mail address and rank (skill level A, B or C), or enlist on the OTC website ( Battle will commence on November 7 at 8 a.m., West Courts, where coffee and light refreshments will be served (play will be held at both East and West Courts). Ready, aim, fire!


Register for the November 7 OTC Awards Dinner and USO Show no later than October 30 (limited seating). The sign-up coupon follows. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m., East Rec. Center. Winners of the 2015 tennis tournaments will be recognized. You (and your guests) will get a catered dinner/rations with your show for only $17.50: Yankee pot roast, chipped beef on toast, mashed potatoes, green beans and carrots and ice cream sodas (vegetarian meal by request only; see coupon). You also will be supporting

Women rule the courts: Van Nason, Ann Burnett, Sherry Kohut, Ann Miller. (Photo by S. Wrightson)

a Sonoma County culinary youth program preparing the meal. BYOB.


Contact OTC-USO Director Terri Somers if you have a talent to share in the USO Show (925-876-8074 or


You don’t want to miss this blowout at the Berger Center. A scrumptious catered dinner will be served, followed by the Unauthorized Rolling Stones band. Yes, it’s on a Friday—a change to the schedule in the printed roster. Details to follow.

OTC USO SHOW AND OTC AWARDS DINNER SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 5:30–10 PM, EAST REC. CENTER Name(s):_____________________________________________________________________________________ # of members at $17.50________ # of guests at $17.50________ # of vegetarian dinners (if any)________ Total enclosed $________ Phone number:_____________________

Submit the completed coupon and payment to the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office by October 30. BYOB.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

Cat Care Coop members share care and feeding for kitty when traveling or during other times of need. All arrangements for care are made directly between members.

We have members all over Oakmont so it’s easy to fine help near when you need it. Keep our list growing—join today! It’s free! It’s easy! It works! Please contact me for information and listing at 849-1581.


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The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

We thank you for your continued support and making this such a fun club!

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on October 19. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.

Volunteer Opportunity Press release

Seniors At Home, a division of Jewish Family and Children’s Services, has opportunities to visit with older adults to help them not feel alone. The Caring Connections program provides support to those with a history of mental health issues, with the goal of helping them improve engagement in their daily lives by visiting with them one hour a week. You’ll be working on specific goals to help combat their isolation, loneliness and depression. No previous knowledge of working with this population required—just a willingness to learn. Friendly Visiting: Want a more simply social match? We are always looking for new members to add to this dedicated group of volunteers who visit isolated seniors once a week. We currently have lonely seniors in Sonoma Valley waiting for volunteers. Training and on-going support provided. Contact Barbara Tobin at or 707303-1510.

nRay and Marie Haverson

MEMBER APPRECIATION SOCK HOP Featuring charley baker and company all paid members are FREE!

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WHAT: Member Appreciation Sock Hop Dance WHEN: October 23 TIME: Doors open at 5 p.m., music from 6–9:30 p.m. MUSIC: Charlie Baker and Company COST: Free to all paid members, $10 for guests of a member and $20 for non-members The club will supply coffee, lemon water and cookies. You may bring your own food and drinks for yourself. Sorry, no food or drinks will be supplied except as stated above. Please let us know if you are coming by leaving a note in the Sha Boom folder at the OVA Office so we can make sure we have enough seats available for this event. You may also call me at 539-6666 or E-mail at If you have a group, please make sure all names and checks as needed are in one envelope. It is a lot of work for Marie when they come in one at a time. It takes hours for Marie to make sure everyone is with who they want to be with. If all names and money is not in one envelope and they want to sit with you later they probably will not be able to sit at your table. Please understand how hard it is later to try to move people around and it is not fair to let them sit at a better table because that table paid early.



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Sorry, this show is sold out. WHAT: The Rat Pack Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: December 12 TIME: 7 p.m. to approx. 8:30 p.m. FOOD: Coffee, lemon water and cookies only. You may bring your own food and drink for the show (same as last year). COST: $35 for members, $40 for member’s guest and $50 for non-members


Valley of the Moon Wine School nMark DeVincenzi, Sommelier and Wine Educator

There’s a new wine school in Oakmont! I founded Valley of the Moon wine school in 1989. Since then more than 6,000 wine enthusiasts have attended my educational wine classes, events and tastings from California to New York. Now located in Oakmont, the wine school is now offering comprehensive instruction about all things wine. Want to learn more about wine? Want to enjoy wine classes? The world of wine is at your fingertips, right here in Oakmont! The level of knowledge needed to take these classes: none. Teaching you about wine is our passion!

Schedule of upcoming wine classes

WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, October 22, 7–9 p.m., Berger Center FEE: $55 (includes $30 of materials, wine and appetizers) Champagne (Bubbles) 101: How To Drink It Like a Pro. Champagne season is here! You’ll learn how it’s made, how to correctly chill it, serve it and enjoy

it. We’ll taste and compare both French and domestic champagnes. WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, October 29, 7–9 p.m., Berger Center. Please bring five “glass” matching champagne flutes to class. FEE: $65 (includes $35 of materials, champagnes and appetizers) Wine and Cheese Pairing: We’ll have a guest speaker to serve as our guide, as we discover and sample some of the finest cheeses in the world and the wines that will complement them. You’ll understand why we are in love with wine and cheese, techniques and language of cheese tasting, and how to choose wines that complement each cheese type. WHEN AND WHERE: Thursday, November 5, 7–9 p.m., Berger Center FEE: $70 (includes $40 of materials, cheese and wine) Please bring five “glass” wine glasses to each class. Space is limited. Register early! If you are interested and want to sign up for these classes, or you have questions, contact me at or call (760) 238-6010 or 595-1239.


Everyone Should Have a Go-Bag!

nSuzanne Cassell, Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC)

We, in Sonoma Valley, not only live under the threat of earthquakes but also of wildfires which may start in the surrounding hills and in Annadel State Park. Wildfires have occurred with greater frequency and intensity in recent years. The recent ones in Lake County are a reminder that we should prepare for major emergencies. In the event of a major disaster, we could be on our own for 72 hours or more. We might have to evacuate our homes and be stranded in our cars or have to stay in an evacuation center for an extended period of time. A Go-Bag will make your disaster survival a little bit easier! In addition to our home emergency disaster supply kit, every member of our household, including our pets, should have a Go-Bag or even two (one for the car and one for home), a mini version of our home kit, something we can grab and go and not have to stop and decide what to take when in a hurry. The Go-Bag can be a duffle bag, backpack, or other easy-to-carry container, and it should have an I.D. tag. A good place to keep a Go-Bag is in the trunk of our car and/or next to our bed. A pet carrier (crate) should be easily accessible too. Some basic items we should keep in the trunk or our car are: water, granola bars and dry food, a flashlight, blanket, warm jacket, change of clothes, pair of shoes, walking stick, and umbrella. Other recommended items for a Go-Bag: First aid kit, moist towelettes, toilet paper, soap, towel, toothbrush, toothpaste, whistle to signal for help, prescription medication (that doesn’t need refrigeration or at least a list of them), eyeglasses, copies of important documents like your driver’s license, or a list of insurance policy numbers, contact list for doctors, family members and friends (preferably from out of state/area). Visit the website for additional tips and suggestions.

Needles and Hooks nNancy Caldwell

“I am so glad you put together the Knitting and Crocheting and whatever group! What a good idea! Where can a group of women get together, chat, laugh and generally be women while working on a project which involves something creative? I look forward to Tuesday afternoons, and am careful not to schedule anything at that time, unless I have no other choice.”—From a member of the group How many places can you go and have this response? If you do any kind of handwork, whether knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, needlepoint or anything else, come join the fun. Needles and Hooks meets each week on Tuesdays in the CAC Art room from 1:30–3:30 p.m. Whether you are an expert or a newbie, you will be welcomed. If you have a question or want to show off something, come and ask or show. We love to help and we love to see what people have made. (We do not exclude the men but none have ever shown up.)


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

nBob Stinson

Duplicate Bridge

Come join us for duplicate bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. Our Duplicate Bridge Club is a friendly, low-key group who enjoy a more challenging way of playing bridge. There is a small fee, currently $3, which pays for a professional club director who organizes and officiates the game. The fee also pays for our club membership with the American Contract Bridge League. We enjoy coaching newcomers to our ranks. Firsttime players may play for free, but you need to remind the recorder if you are a first-timer.

nBarbara Bowman

What is Duplicate? In social bridge, a new hand is dealt every time and a player’s score often reflects quite a bit of luck. In duplicate bridge the hands are dealt only once, and then played by nearly everyone. Your overall score is based on how well you do, compared to everyone else who played those hands. Another significant difference is that bidding is silent and uses colored bid cards from a bid box. If you enjoy bridge and want a fun, friendly and competitive way to improve your skills, bring your partner and try us out. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21 TIME: 4 p.m. WHERE: Star of the Valley Parish Center, 495 White Oak Dr. COST: Bingo cards $2 each; hearty minestrone, garlic cheese sticks, corn bread and brownies $6 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for soup at approx. 5:15 p.m.

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 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


Based on the best-selling memoirs of French novelist and filmmaker Marcel Pagnol, this humorous and captivating recollection of a young boy’s life in pre-World War I southern France focuses on his memorable summer holidays. Mystified by nature, Marcel turns to his father for an education on the ways of the wild. But Uncle Jules, an experienced woodsman, proves to be far more knowledgeable. The first of two wellreceived films about young Pagnol’s summers in Provence. (1990), G, 110 minutes. (In French.)

Sunday, October 25, 7 pm MY MOTHER’S CASTLE

This charming sequel to My Father’s Glory highlights once again the magical country life in pre-World War I Provence. Young Marcel’s mother longs for the tranquility of Bastide Nueve after spending a summer there and encourages her family to make the nine-mile trek on foot. They shorten the journey by cutting across a private estate, which lands them in trouble. (1990), PG, 99 minutes. (In French.)


In concert with Life Long Learning’s class The Bomb’s Early Light, Movies At Oakmont screens this Cold War classic. When a fanatical U.S. general launches an air strike against the Soviets, they raise the stakes by threatening to unleash a “doomsday device,” setting the stage for Armageddon in this black comedy that brilliantly skewers the nuclear age. Great performances by Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens and others. (1964), PG, 95 minutes.

Sunday, November 1, 7 pm THE INSIDER

When a producer for TV’s 60 Minutes (Al Pacino) coaxes a researcher (Russell Crowe) to speak about his former employer’s knowledge of tobacco dangers, the corporations try to silence the program’s interview. Director Michael Mann has crafted a complex and thought-provoking drama which garnered seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Actor (Crowe) and Director. Based on a true story, the film provides intelligently absorbing entertainment. (1999), R (for language), 157 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, October 18; No films shown, church event.

Sunday, October 25, 2 p.m.: My Father’s Glory, (1990), G, 110 minutes.

Sunday, October 25, 7 pm.: My Mother’s Castle, (1990), PG, 99 minutes. Sunday, November 1, 2 p.m.: Dr. Strangelove, (1964), PG, 95 minutes. Sunday, November 1, 7 p.m.: The Insider, (1999), R, 157 minutes.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015




Best prices on Gutter Guard installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429


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


Residential re-roofing, roof repairs, seamless gutters and downspouts. Quality for less. Bonded and insured, free estimates. Lic. #934256. Call 8375030 (office) or 569-4912 (cell).

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

Professional, experienced locksmith for all your security needs. Senior discount. ZAPA TILE INSTALLATIONS Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont LCO #2411. references. I’ll work with your budget. HANDYPERSON Lic. #954364. Call Angel, All trades, little fix-its and prickly 707-239-1241. puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, ONE WAY PLUMBING, INC. assemblies, gardening and pruning Dependable, experts serving you and too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since your neighbors with excellence and 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, 539-5217. bonded and insured. Senior discounts COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. HOME GREETING SERVICE net or call us at 537-1308 for all your Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community plumbing needs. information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had THE COMPUTER TROUBLESHOOTER a home visit, please call Charlotte at Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, 538-9050. complete support for PC’s, Apples MIKE’S REPAIR and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers Plumbing, electrical, appliance, served. John Bradford. 578-6305. heating and air conditioning, general $40/hour. handyman (I can fix just about SONOMA PATIENT GROUP anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest CANNABIS DISPENSARY and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call 536We have daily discounts for seniors 9529, emergency—328-6635. and limited delivery. Located at 2425 LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION Cleveland Ave. in Santa Rosa. Call GENERAL CONTRACTOR 526-2800.


A to Z home maintenance and repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric, painting and gardening. No job too small. All phase construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.


Reliable, caring, mature and affordable. Call 539-1286 (home) or 480-1224 (cell).


Oakmont preferred vendor. Interior/ exterior, power washing, decks, wallpaper removed. Will not be undersold. 575-5581. Lic. #834588.


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

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

Want to spruce up your home? Guests this fall? One room at a time or your whole house. Interior and exterior painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free estimate.


When quality and reliability count, call on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior and exterior painting specialist, drywall repairs and textures. Licensed and insured. Call us for your Free Estimate today! 707-833-2890.

Pre-owned, low cost, low vision CCTV SYS can help. For sale, or rent with option to purchase program. For more information or a no-obligation demonstration call Jack Donnellan, 595-3790.




I am an avid walker and have started a dog walking, pet sitting business. I have a license with this city and am insured. References available. Please call Dan Lennox, 526-9154.


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. WeCare Home Assistants is looking to fill part-time and full-time shifts, weekends and evenings. Living in Oakmont a plus. Must be experienced. Call us today at 843-3838.


Caring for your pets as you would. Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat Remodeling, kitchens and baths. care. Daily schedules and routines. Day Reasonable rates. Small jobs OK. OR overnight companionship. House Free estimates. Lic. #428073. sitting available. Insured and bonded. Call 996-1454. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma.



A personal transportation service for airports, cruises and vacations. Call for Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an reservations. Plus Babe is on the road emphasis upon a natural look. Small again for local doctor visits, shopping, jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806. etc. Call Jacque at 545-2850.


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


Repairs done onsite or close location (24 Elaine Dr.) 15 yrs. experience. City lic. #303691. Call Ernie, owner, 573-0655.


Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 13 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.



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


General Contractor. Residential, commercial remodel and repairs, winterization, complete drywall, tile, cement work. Fences, decks, ADA upgrades. Free estimates. Small jobs OK. Call Frank, 707-396-6901. Lic. #875552.


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.



Tired of waiting for buses or rides? Ernie can use your car to get you to doctor appts., stores, even outings! Saturdays OK. Call Ernie, 478-4979.


Excellent local references. Call Norma at 707-318-5503.


What are you waiting for? Oakmonter specializing in portraits—individuals, couples, family events. Packages start at $150. 293-9833.


License, bonded and insured. Improvement services from A-Z. Small jobs are ok. Call Rodney at 843-0505. Lic. #716777. R.jansen@greenrunusa. com. Always grateful.


Wine Country Caterer available for casual rustic to formal sit-down dinners. Chef Lee Ann Geneve specializes in intimate gatherings. (707) 287-1918.


Direct from Sonoma. No stops, small groups, reasonable and fun. Petcare available. sharedadventurestravel@ or call 338-1443.


Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning, with more than 19 years of experience. References upon request. Lic. #343515. Call 548-9482 or 542-8720.

BRAD CHIARAVALLE CUSTOM DOOR INSTALLATION Entry doors, patio and French doors, screen doors, barn doors, interior doors. Oakmont references. Free estimates. Lic. #527924 since 1988. 539-3196.

HOME, FURNITURE REFINISHING AND RESTORATION Free estimate, fast professional turnaround. 30 yrs. exp. Oakmont and local ref. “I love what I do.” Ian Coffelt, (415) 309-6988.


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


Emergency services, regular service, water heaters, clogs, remodels, repair. Local business, owner-operated. Call (707) 933-7801 or (707) 800-2043.


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.


Complete home renovations, kitchen and bathroom design, remodeling and repair. Door and window upgrades, decks, fences and concrete. 30 years local experience, timely and detail oriented. Lic. #669482. Call (707) 328-3555.


Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 years. Focus on small jobs, projects and “honey-do” lists. Pressure washing, gutter cleaning. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. Please contact me at CHRISTO LIMO Professional and commercially licensed 533-7741. Thank you. transportation for Oakmont residents. CLUTTER GOT YOU DOWN? Wine tours, cruise lines, airports and Ruth Hansell, 24 years organizing hotels. Always available and reliable experience. Home office/filing system, too! Oakmont homeowner. Call Chris at garages, closets. Oakmont references (707) 206-5018. available. Call 799-0097 or E-mail to

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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM / Tel 707-539-1611 / 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 OVA E-mail: / Info E-mail: Website: OVA Members-Only Page: 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......................................$50 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.

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

ova event notices 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”. for sale, for rent and want to buy board Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3”x5” card and left at the OVA Office. Cards are posted on Thursdays and must be received by noon. The bulletin board for these items is located outside the Central (Berger) Auditorium. “For Sale” and “Want to Buy” items are posted for 30 days. “For Rent” cards are posted for 60 days. Please notify the OVA office at 539-1611 if you would like your card removed before the posting term ends.


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.


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.

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–4 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 9 E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers We provide the following services to Oakmont Residents: n Transportation to medical/ dental appointments in Santa Rosa only n Grocery shopping to Safeway (at Calistoga Center only) n

COORDINATOR October 16–31 Dorelle Aasland 537-1518 November 1–15 Leanne Smith 539-6795

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 528-0161. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

Please call the Volunteer Coordinator listed here, 9 AM–5 PM, Mon.–Fri. 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.

Lost & found

Located in the OVA office. Unclaimed items will be discarded after 30 days.

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

2015-2016 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Frank Batchelor, President Andie Altman, Vice President Elke Strunka, Treasurer John R Felton, Secretary Bob Giddings, Director Alan Scott, Director L. G. “Herm” Hermann, Director


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: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or an adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

First Saturday of each month, Berger Parking Lot, 9 AM–1 PM.

Loaner equipment

The OVA office has a form listing Oakmont residents who lend out items such as baby furniture and sick room equipment (wheelchairs, walkers, etc.).

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


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

CityBus #16 bus takes residents to 5 different shopping centers weekday mornings and around Oakmont afternoons. n

OVA Board Meeting 3rd Tuesday 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.


(Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program) Helps seniors with Medicare-related questions. By appointment only. 1-800-434-0222. Berger Center, Room D, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays, 1–4 PM.

Public Transportation Available in Oakmont n

Association Manager Cassie Turner

oakmont community garden on stonebridge


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.

OAS Management Company

n Sonoma County Transit #30 bus goes to Memorial and Kaiser Hospitals and downtown Santa Rosa. Returns via Oakmont to Sonoma.

Schedules available at OVA office.

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 the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / October 15, 2015

Dealing with Hearing Loss, and Getting Support Join Us!

Free Educational Series for Seniors

Speaking on: Hearing Health and how to effectively communicate with and support your loved ones with hearing loss. PRESENTER:

Some of Our Services: n

Judy Conley, M.A., CCC-A Clinical Audiologist

When: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 10:00 am to 11:00 am Location: Sequoia Senior Solutions: Oakmont 6572 Oakmont Drive, Suite E, Santa Rosa RSVP (707) 539-0500

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Caring Companionship Meal Planning and Preparation Transportation and Errands Light Housekeeping Medication Reminders Assistance with Bathing and Grooming

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

DON’T MISS THe BOAT ! October is National Cruise Vacation month, when cruise lines offer incredible deals and added amenities!

Call us for details and we’ll get you booked on your next exciting Cruise adventure! CAROL & DOUG SHUPING 707-800-3214 CruisePlanners.BlackPearlTravel FST# ST39068 • CST# 2034468-50

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