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Say Hello To New OVA Board Members

Lynda Oneto was born and raised in San Francisco. As a child, Linda spent summers in Boyes Hot Springs and she feels that Sonoma County has always been a part of her life. She figures that she has probably hiked every trail in Sugarloaf, Annadel, Armstrong Redwoods, Point Reyes, Salt Point and all along the Sonoma coast. Lynda’s career of choice was in the dental field, where she earned a BS Degree from UCSF. She worked full time in San Francisco until 1987 when she moved to Santa Rosa. In 2012, Lynda moved to Oakmont and after getting settled she began to search for ways to meet her neighbors and contribute to the community. She found the perfect solution at Sierra Garden. Working together with a dedicated group of Oakmont volunteers, she participated in returning this long neglected garden into the thriving garden it was in the past. In conjunction, the group mentored teenage girls who were in a juvenile probation program. Following that, the next 2½ years were spent as Head Gardener at Oakmont Community Garden. Today, Lynda helps prepare books and games for the blind at the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop. Before she was appointed to the Board of Directors, Lynda was chair of the Asset Protection Committee reviewing the OVA Reserve Study. Quote: “I welcome the opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors and my goal is to be a good steward for our diverse and special community.”

Karen Oswald was born in Chicago and has lived and traveled throughout the world. While she has lived in Denmark and Italy, she also has lived all over California, from where she grew up in Beverly Hills to San Francisco to here in Sonoma County. With extensive experience in organizational development, Karen specialized in sensitive turnaround situations and corporate image enhancement. She is well versed in many aspects of day-to-day business operations, including policies and procedures, contracts, financial management and personnel. Karen is also professionally trained and has experience in both crisis management and Hostage Negotiation. Former Clients include: Department of Defense, Department of State and FEMA. She is frequently invited to speak to government agencies, corporations and the media. Karen moved to Oakmont in 2001 and has been active in the last two Board of Directors election campaigns. She has also volunteered for the CARES Ad Hoc Committee for the Senior Center. Quote: “I am honored to have been appointed to the Board of Directors for the OVA and entrusted with the faith of the community. I offered my expertise and experience in the hope that, in some small way, I can help facilitate the healing of our ‘village.’ I appreciate the opportunity to help ensure that this happens “

Transpartisanship: Addressing the Polarization That Leads to Tension and Hostility

nMichael Connolly

The main room of have been around for the East Recreation a long time and have Center was filled been arguing with to capacity on each other for about September 10 for a as long as we have very interesting and been around. At the thought-provoking same time, humans Sunday Symposium. have been wanting Capacity crowd attends September 10th Sunday Symposium. The presentation by and needing to solve Oakmont resident Steve Spanier on the topic “Solving their problems together for just as long a time.” the Problems of a Deeply Polarized American Society” Transpartisanship aims to synthesize a common was met with rapt attention, moments of laughter ground upon which issues may be addressed and and applause, and a lively give and take Q&A session potentially resolved. after the talk. Steve retired from a career in the high tech The presentation also introduced the idea of industry, last working for Cisco Systems as Director transpartisanship, a relatively new system of thought of Knowledge Products. He was in charge of all distinct from bipartisanship or nonpartisanship worldwide training and of the technical publications that attempts to move beyond bilateral opposing department, which included writing of product viewpoints on issues. As Spanier notes, “Humans See transpartisanship on page 3 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

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Oakmont in Search of a Manager nYvonne Frauenfelder

For those of us lucky enough to live in Oakmont, there is no more beautiful spot on earth than the fabled Valley of the Moon, cradled in peaceful woods and towered over by majestic mountains. Far from the noise and industrial pollution, the community is surrounded by vineyards and golden meadows, punctuated by ageless oaks. A short drive brings you to the shore of the Pacific Ocean, Lake Tahoe and the Sierras are within easy reach, and a visit to San Francisco can be accomplished in less than two hours. The village and its 4,700 inhabitants project a postcard-like perfection with neatly kept homes, lush landscaping and a generous green belt in the shape of two golf courses. The public spaces—including pools, tennis and bocce courts, lawn bowling greens and walkways, recreation buildings and meeting halls—are immaculately maintained and ready to accommodate some 130 (!) clubs and associations. A board of directors is in charge of this Common Interest Development, the statutory name given to what is commonly referred to as Retirement or Adult Community. The directors, whose primary function is to develop policies guiding the overall operation of the village, direct their executive decisions to the association manager, who is tasked with their implementation. And here is where the story begins. After not quite three years, Oakmont’s general manager, Cassie Turner, resigned her position, and a search for a replacement is underway. This process is easier planned for than accomplished. While the location and the work environment appear to be a dream destination for anyone seeking a management appointment, the professional requirements are rigorous and challenging. Although gone are the days when an MBA from Harvard—as with Ted Throndson, our interim general manager and consultant—was “necessary” to run a homeowners association, today’s manager needs to be certified by the state to assume such a tenure. A thorough knowledge of the Davis-Sterling Act, part of the California Civil Code governing Common Interest Developments, is foremost. To be recognized as CID Manager, further qualifications are required in the following areas: understanding of all applicable governing documents, finance issues, budget preparation, administration of the association’s fiscal affairs, contract negotiations, supervision of personnel, management of recreational facilities, training and strategic planning for board of directors and committees; supervision of the building maintenance program, knowledge of insurance, liability and risk issues, and last but not least, interpersonal and communication skills. Much as the association manager is charged with the execution of board-generated policies, a major responsibility resides in providing professional expertise and guidance to the directors. A new administrator will find her/or himself confronted with immediate challenges. While one needs to become familiarized with a new environment, to reassure the residents and to gain the trust of the board, there exist critical operational See search on page 5


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings nOVA Administration

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Tues. Monthly 1:30 PM Conf. Rm. 1st and 3rd Tues. Monthly 1–3 PM Berger Center

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

DATE TIME PLACE* 2nd Mon. Monthly 9–11 AM Rm. B 2nd Thurs. Monthly 11:30 AM–1:30 PM Rm. B The Thursday before the Regular Board meeting 2–3:30 PM Rm. B 2nd Tues. Monthly 10 AM–12 Noon Mgrs. Conf. Rm. 1st Mon. Monthly 1st Wed. (March, Sept., Dec.) 2nd Wed. (June)

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. East Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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


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

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manuals. He has a Masters Degree in Computer Science yet spent most of his career making complicated technology understandable for the lay person. Spanier retired and moved to Oakmont in late 2012. He began his presentation by discussing some of the factors that contribute to polarization. Among these is a “negativity bias” that exists in our media: negative news is “news” whereas positive news is often dismissed, the old cliché “if it bleeds, it leads” still ever present. Five or six media conglomerates control the majority of the information and entertainment we consume. In the battle for advertising dollars, they tend to sensationalize and appeal to this negativity bias in reporting the news. And then when it comes to social media it has been documented that indignant disagreement garners more “likes” than normal disagreement. Add to this the ways in which polarization in our political dialogue has become self-fulfilling and self-perpetuating, as we take sides and participate in the media echo chambers of mutually exclusive opposing viewpoints. And, as Spanier points out, “We are being gerrymandered into districts of likeminded people and as a result a lot of votes are not so competitive anymore.” He mentioned that “in a healthy democracy one negotiates with the opposing party, you don’t try to vanquish them.” Another factor in increased polarization is the state of education and the decline in reading in our society. People are relying more on the media for their news, the media is inconsistent in how they report it, and at the same time people are reading less. Studies have shown that learning has changed as a result of students’ exposure to technology. Reading for pleasure enhances critical thinking and the imagination in ways that visual media such as video games and television do not. In the long run, as critical thinking skills decline, it becomes harder for citizens to evaluate what’s true and not true in the media and the world. So how do we begin to bridge the gap between strongly held and seemingly intractable points of view? Spanier described some of the tools and strategies for what he calls transpartisan dialogue and negotiation. These borrow a lot of ideas from already-established disciplines like conflict resolution, facilitation and problem solving techniques in general. He makes the

point that, whether the issue is a failing marriage, issues of democratic governance, two countries that can’t get along or two businesses that want to do a deal together, these skills are required throughout our society. Following are some of the foundational elements of transpartisan negotiation, as covered in Steve’s symposium presentation and in a follow-up interview for this article. • Transpartisanship is all about dialogue, which is not intended to change someone’s mind about an issue, or to refute someone else’s position. • The goal of dialogue is to create mutual understanding. Get to know one another as people to form relationships. • What you can do is gain a greater understanding of what’s behind the problem. What are the hopes and fears of the person you are talking to, what is their background and where are they coming from as a result? You tend then not to consider them so much as “the other,” just a fellow human being with different views. • Focus on where you can make progress. Start with the easy stuff and move to the harder stuff as you begin to make progress. • Clarify the goals at the beginning of the discussion or negotiation. Carefully plan the discussion or negotiation session in terms of areas to be discussed and participants involved. • Watch for shifts or unexpected tangents that may occur during the dialogue that may allow a breakthrough and bring the discussion/negotiation and the participants together. • It is going to take time, not all problems are solvable and some will take longer than others. In using these behavioral guidelines opposing parties or those with opposing viewpoints may develop the tools and techniques for successful dialogue and negotiation. Near the end of his presentation, Spanier relayed a story covered in the press earlier this year where the cofounder of and a former Tea Party activist met for what they called “A Living Room Conversation.” As covered in SF Gate: “‘Transpartisanship’ is the genteel word for what they’re doing… which posits that people can come together to find some common ground without abandoning their core beliefs.” It should give hope to us all.


A new Communications Committee is forming and we are actively searching for people who want to be part of a team who will collectively make decisions, set intentions, create excellent content and creatively share the story of Oakmont. The OVA Board is in the process of updating its newsprint policies and we will need experienced writers, editors and digital contributors who can further help define the guidelines for the committee and our digital content. The goal is to have at least five members who have diverse and unique perspectives and want to explore the essence of Oakmont, both for our members as well as outside visitors to our website. The first step is to form a committed group, and anyone who desires to be part of the committee will be considered. This includes prior committee members. Oakmont resident James Foreman will be guiding the process of forming the new Communications Committee and defining the structure. His experience working as a Marketing Professional and managing teams creating content for top Bay Area companies will help establish a fun, trusting and dedicated team. The board will be hosting get-togethers to solicit ideas and feedback from the community and will be announcing an open house shortly. If you are interested in being part of this dynamic committee and process, please email oakmontcommittee@gmail. com. May we all play a part in the vision, narrative and future of Oakmont!

Oakmont Telephone Directory Deadline nOVA Administration

The deadline for the first-time listings or changes to a current listing for the 2018 Oakmont Telephone Directory is October 16. All entries/changes must be made on an “Oakmont Resident Fact Sheet,” available in the OVA office during normal business hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Also available in your 2017 Directory on page 39.

$12,200 Reward Santa Rosa police continue their search for the perpetrator of the Hate Crime targeted at former OVA Acting President Ken Heyman. During the night or early morning of Saturday, August 12, a severed head of a rat with a note “YOU NEXT,” was left on the doorstep of Ken Heyman’s home on Stonebridge Rd. The public’s help is needed in identifying the person or persons who delivered a threatening package to Ken Heyman with a $12,200 Reward being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons who made the threat. The police have received many requests for donations to the reward. So, a unique account was established at our local Umpqua Bank. Checks and cash are being accepted at the tellers and 100% of the money will be returned by 2018 if there is no arrest and conviction. Anyone with information should call Officer Mark Martin, Santa Rosa Police Department, 528-5222. Case #17-10568.


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nMatt and Patresa Zwerling

“Hello, this is John Smythe. I need a ride to a doctor’s appointment next week. Can Oakmont Volunteer Helpers (OVH) help?” “Yes, we can,” a volunteer coordinator replies. OVH has a variety of free volunteer-coordinated services designed for our unique community. Our primary service is to provide rides for residents who cannot drive themselves to a medically related appoints within Santa Rosa and to Safeway on Calistoga Road. With a minimum of three working days’ notice we can usually fill a request for a ride. OVH has over 60 volunteer drivers available to provide rides for residents who otherwise would have to rely on family members, kind neighbors or various taxi services. Look in the back of the Oakmont News, in the shaded box, for relevant information and/or to contact the current coordinator.


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issues awaiting resolution. A contractor’s assessment of the East Recreation Center shows that a major and costly rehabilitation effort is needed. A location for the play of pickleball awaits finalization. The Forensic Building report—listing the necessary repairs of our infrastructure—has to be analyzed and acted upon. And, finally, the results of a close collaboration between the OVA and the Golf Club must be supported and monitored. To find and to appoint a suitable administrator for Oakmont will not be easy. Plenty will need to be asked of the next association manager. But the magnificent surroundings, and our friendly residents should compel a skilled and talented individual to apply for the post and thereby render the assignment less daunting for our Board of Directors.

to activities and services in Oakmont such as the bank, the gym, Movies at Oakmont, Sunday Symposium, the beauty salon, etc. This service helps Oakmont residents secure basic needs and remain socially active. Need a ride? Call Marianne Neufeld at 528-0161, Monday–Friday 9 a.m.–5 p.m. with at least three days’ notice.


Do you have a family member or loved one who has a life-threatening illness or chronic debilitating condition such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s that requires you to assume the daunting role of caregiver? You are not alone. OVH sponsors the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group, a professionally facilitated group that meets twice a month on Wednesday mornings from 10:30a.m.–12 noon. You can drop in anytime to capture a wealth of practical information about the nuts and bolts of caregiving as well as ways to cope with the loneliness, frustration, and uncertainty common with this life challenge. The mutual nurturing gained from and given to those on a similar path is remarkably uplifting and restorative. Contact Vickie Jackanich, 595-3054, for further information.


Do you qualify for the Meals on Wheels program? The short answer is most likely yes. OVH provides the drivers who deliver meals to senior in our community through the Meals on Wheels program offered by the Sonoma County Council on Aging (COA). Oakmont residents can contact the COA, 5250143 for information on eligibility, services and/or to arrange for delivery.


Volunteer to drive and/or cover a two-week shift coordinating rides. To sign up for this important, rewarding and much appreciated service, or for more information call Matt Zwerling, 539-8996. Attend the October 12 fun(d)-raising reception generously sponsored by and held at our wonderful neighbor, Oakmont Gardens from 4–6 p.m. Money received from this event supports the OVH holiday gift basket project in Oakmont.

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Letters to the Editor The Oakmont News welcomes letters from residents to express opinion, criticism or praise. See details on how to send at or in this issue on the Oakmont Village Association page. Dear Editor: As a physician, my life’s work has been to educate and help maintain mental and physical health. When I was asked to assist in the reward effort for information on the perpetrator of the threatening act involving Ken Heyman, I decided to create “The Peace Project” to help restore peace, raise mental health awareness and provide distressed residents a constructive way to regain control in their lives. After discussing the details of the case with the investigating officer and with mental health professionals, it has become clear that the perpetrator NEEDS professional help. This is NOT likely a simple anger management issue, but an untreated mental illness or an unsupervised person with dementia. These conditions grow worse with age. Similar behavior is likely to recur. We Oakmonters need a better understanding of the underlying psychological issues invading our community. This is not about the wealthy vs. less fortunate, nor is it about older vs. younger generations. Blame the problem, not the person. If you or someone you know is exhibiting unusual behavior because of anger, depression, anxiety or dementia, please seek help before it’s too late. Listed below are excellent local resources. 24-hour Emergency Mental Health Hotline for Sonoma County, (800) 746-8181. Council on Aging—Clinical assessment and referrals. Home visits via “Healthy Ideas” for six months or “Senior Peer Support” for 12 weeks. (707-525-0143). Adult Protective Services 24-hr., (800) 667-0404. All calls are confidential. Belita Anatalio, MD Dear Editor: On September 20, my wife and I witnessed— mouths agape—a man and woman, walking briskly along Oak Trail Drive. The man was blithely flicking un-husked peanuts onto the street from his peanut-filled waist pack with his left hand. About a dozen crows immediately appeared to devour most of the peanuts, leaving the husks on the street for nearby residents to clean up. The gentleman is evidently ecologicallychallenged and obviously ignorant of the fact that crows consider quail eggs (and bird hatchlings in general) as delicacies. Peanuts are yet another food for such pests as Roof rats and Norway rats, both rodent species that have been problematic for Oakmont residents for years—at least in the Oak Trail Drive vicinity. According to several posts on Nextdoor, the gentleman’s littering has also been observed and criticized elsewhere in Oakmont. The gentleman might well be a newbie who doesn’t know that it is bad practice to feed wild animals—especially ones that tend to devour what is left of our resident quail population. Hopefully, he will read this letter and submit a response. Barry N. Schmidt, D.D.S.


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nSusan Bercu

HEALTHCARE FOR ALL It’s Our Right–Right Now!

On Thursday, October 19, the Oakmont Democratic Club presents Dr. Richard Flinders discussing Single Payer Healthcare. He will review the many problems of our current healthcare system, state and federal, and demonstrate the variety of models of Single Payer solutions. Up until the Affordable Care Act, 30,000 people per year died due to lack of medical insurance. While the ACA is a big improvement, some of the same problems still prevail. In Dr. Flinders’ editorial for Sonoma Medicine: The Magazine of the Sonoma County Medical Association, July 2017, he includes the following facts of our lousy system: “The financial juggernaut of the Big Three—pharmaceuticals, private insurance, and the medical technology marketplace—drives the current practice of medicine with an undue influence that has distorted our science, distracted us from the reason we [doctors] practice medicine, and threatens a stranglehold on any meaningful reform. If you doubt this influence, consider our Congress, where drug lobbyists outnumber legislators two to one.” Medicare Part D, which provides prescription drugs for the elderly at drug-company prices, was written by drug lobbyists. The bill forbids Medicare from negotiating the price it pays for drugs thus Medicare pays up to 10 times the price charged to others for the same drug. The Byzantine bureaucracy of 1,300 different insurance companies charge a 15–30% “administrative fee” compared to Medicare’s administrative cost of 3%. Most single-payer systems, worldwide, operate at under 10% administrative costs. Dr. Flinders questions the large number of expensive unnecessary technology procedures as CAT scans, and states that most Medicare dollars are spent in the last 30 days of life. Dr. Flinders was Chief of Adult Medicine in charge of staff supervision of patients admitted to the Impatient Teaching Service of the Santa Rosa Family Medical Residency Program. He serves as preceptor to medical students, Physician Assistant and Nurse Practitioner students from Stanford, UC Davis and Merrit-Peralta training programs. He received

Democratic Club numerous awards for Community Service in Sonoma county and Santa Rosa. He has published extensively on Family Practice in Sonoma Medicine. Dr. Flinders received his medical degree and served his residency in Family Practice at UCSF.


Stay informed on pertinent local, national and global issues. ODC meets third Thursday monthly at the Oakmont West Recreation Center. Participate in actions and volunteer to help make important political change. Serve on the ODC board. Be involved. Join ODC at $10 per year. President: Molly Fleischman, 755 3722, molly@ffrsf. com. Like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook. com/oakmontsantarosa/

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


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Pickleball Corner nChuck Wood


As reported by Carolyn Bettencourt in her “good news update” on September 12, the Oakmont Pickleball Club rallied to the cause in preparation for the September 8 sound study conducted on and near the East Rec. Center’s two lower tennis courts. The outcome of this study may well be the final hurdle for the project of converting two existing tennis courts to six permanent pickleball courts. Masterfully orchestrated by Melissa Bowers, those tennis courts were temporarily converted to six pickleball courts so that 24 players could simultaneously play doubles while Bollard Acoustical Consultants took sound readings from all angles.

OAKMONT VILLAGE REAL ESTATE NEWS October 2017 by Randy Ruark Oakmont inventory remains very low and prices are being driven up. Average sold prices since January of 2017 have risen 21.5%. In comparison the Sonoma county market average went down in value 1.75% since January. Average Price of For Sale and Sold (January 2017–August 2017)

An example of Oakmont rising prices would be the smaller triplex units with some updates were selling in mid-$400 range late last year and are now reaching $525 and selling quickly.

How Pickleball may look in the future.

Al Medeiros lead the temporary courts set-up team which included Noel Lyons and Doc Savarese as they toiled for 3½ hours on the day before the test. That included measuring, laying out and taping the pickleball courts, repairing old broken nets and assembling borrowed nets so that two courts became six. On the day of the test 34 pickleball players came to play. They used the same balls we play with every day on the upper courts, as well as the same paddles they use daily (complying with the “green list” of approved paddles). Players rotated in and out so that six games were conducted simultaneously for nearly an hour. Al reports that after all that time and effort it took only three minutes to remove the temporary courts’ taping and about ten minutes to remove and relocate the nets. Doc wrapped up the account well. It was a team effort where all stakeholders collaborated. This included all the OVA Board Members and many neighbors of the East Rec. Center. All parties wanted the study to help facilitate moving on in a positive direction and putting the past well behind. We look forward to receiving the sound study results soon.


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However, it is the buying public that creates the rising bar. They are willing to pay for well-located fairlypriced homes in all conditions. There are more buyers than inventory, just 12 at this writing. Flippers are alive and well and their properties go immediately. Properties, when fully-exposed to the buying public, are raising the bar and then we learn how high that bar goes. I am asked frequently, “Is this a bubble?” My response is only if a world-wide or national economic downturn occurs shall we see prices come down. Some things cannot change and our beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and parkland will always remain a treasure. Making improvements in and out of your home will prove to you and your heirs to be an excellent investment. Not to mention the pleasure you will derive from having made them. Feel free to call me regarding your individual real estate questions, even when it’s just curiosity about the value of your property. We check our stock portfolio often, why not our real estate? For more information, All reports are published September 2017, based on data available at the end of August 2017. All reports presented are based on data supplied by BAREIS MLS. Neither the Association nor its MLS guarantees or is in anyway responsible for its accuracy. Data maintained by the Association or its MLS may not reflect all real estate activities in the market. Information deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

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Randy Ruark, a veteran professional in the real estate industry, is associated with Century 21 Valley of the Moon, a locally owned, internationally known real estate office, located in Oakmont Village. She focuses on residential real estate. Since 2004 she has owned property in Oakmont and lives as well as works in the Village. Randy is an active participant in issues of interest at the community, state and national level. She previously served her local board of Realtors as an arbitrator on their Ethics committee and as a panelist on a weekly television show addressing real estate questions. She has earned many awards as a top ranking producer among her peers. In addition to residential real estate her broad statewide experience included agriculture, income properties and investment counseling. Ms. Ruark utilizes her knowledge of the market conditions and her expertise and negotiating skills to provide a level of professional representation and service highly valued by her clients both old and new. In 2016 she was recognized in CA as one of the Ten Best Real Estate Professionals for Client Satisfaction by The American Institute of Real Estate Professionals. She can be reached at 707-322-2482 or at

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Golf News Oakmont Golf Club


nRick Warfel


At the last Candidates’ Night, the concept of “Adopt A Bunker” was mentioned where, as an adjunct to the Capital Improvement Drive, an OGC member could contribute about $5,000 to $7,000 depending, to rebuild any bunker of their choice. I am very pleased to announce that the first bunker to be “adopted” is the fairway bunker on #14 West now known as the “Banayat Bunker,” named after contributor JoAnn Banayat.

Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


First flight: first, John Williston, Paul Phillips, Bob Thompson and Rick Warfel, 158; second, Bill Hainke, Jeff Snyder, Tony Hughes and Frank Zelco, 165; third, Bill Salmina, Bucky Peterson, John Weston and Danny Morgan, 166. Second flight: first, Bob Flores, Dennis DeSousa, Frank James and Ed Pierson, 151; second, Tom Wayne, Ron Bickert, Bud Simi, and Rusty Sims, 156; third, Dave Goulson, Ted Mokricky, Ray Pierce and Bob Ayers, 162. Closest-to-the-pins (0–19): #8—Rick Yates, 9’6”; #13—Mike Doyle, 8’11”; #16—Rick Yates, 12’7”. Closest-to-the-pins (20+): #8—Tom Wayne, 19’4”; #13—Bob Thompson, 14’3”; #16—Bob Hartsock, 14’6”; #5—no one on the green.


Course Superintendent Andy Trinkino presents JoAnn her plaque which is inscribed: “Bunker Adopted by JoAnn and Paul Banayat April 2017.”

As you know, #14 West is a long, tricky, dog-leg left. The Banayat Bunker is situated left off the tee about 170 yards from the green where trees on the left obstruct shots. Our General Manager John Theilade served as golf course architect on this bunker renovation project, and one of the key changes he made was to lower the lip on the sand trap in order to allow the golfer a reasonable shot at the green. As well, the bunker was increased in size and several large branches were removed from the trees guarding the left. A bunker renovation typically includes digging up the old bunker, installing a new drainage system, installing a special liner, adding high quality sand (in this case, G8 at $52 per ton), shaping the bunker contours, and installing new sod on the bunker edges. There has been a great deal of bunker work completed at Oakmont recently (14 projects), much of this paid-for from the Capital Improvement Fund. In addition to improving the overall play experience, these changes are designed to reduce golf course maintenance costs. Bunkers renovated: #1 West greenside, #6 West greenside, #9 West greenside, #14 West fairway (Banayat), #10 East greenside, #15 East fairway, and #15 East greenside. Bunkers removed: #3 West fairway, #9 West greenside, #9 West (another) greenside, #15 West fairway, #15 West (another) fairway, #17 greenside and #17 fairway. Thank you JoAnn for your contribution to the club! JoAnn is very active where she serves on the Finance Committee, Membership Committee, formerly served as Treasurer, and organizes the seasonal Sunday afternoon and evening Guys and Dolls events. As part of the Adopt A Bunker program, the donor receives a bronze plaque that is installed in concrete at their bunker.

First place tie, Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone, Dan Levin and Tom Massip, 89; third place tie, Noel Schween and Keith Wise, Tom Finnerty and Bob Wilkinson, David Beach and Alan Stewart, Dick Kaiser and Bob Ure, 91. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Tom Massip, 38’6”; #16— Jack Haggerty, 14’0”.


First flight (team HCP total 50–75): First, Jim Scinto, Bob Branstetter, Bob Baciocco, and Frank Giannini, 155; second, Danny Morgan, Mike Isola, Bucky Peterson, and John Weston, 147. Second flight (team HCP total 79–133): First, Charlie Huff, John Cook, Lou Lari, and Larry Frediani, 153; second, Bob Ayers, Dave Goulson, Ted Mokricky, and Ray Pierce, 146. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Charlie Huff, 11’9”; #13—Gary Smith, 9’8”; #16—Mike Hull, 21’0.” Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Ted Mokricky, 10’4”; #13—Rick Warfel, 5’7”; #16—Dave Goulson, 19’6”; #5—Rick Warfel, 14’2.”


First, Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone, 57; second tie, Rich Silvas and Art Boot, Tom Massip and John Munkacsy, 59. Closest to the pins: #8—Dan Levin (0–24), 46’2”, Tony D’Agosta (25+), 44’6”; #16—Gary Stone (0–24), 12’10”.


Postponed for one week due to lightning and rain.


First, John Munkacsy, 60; second, Wayne Mickaelian, 51; third, Noel Schween, 62; fourth tie, Neil Huber, Keith Wise, David Beach, 64. Closest-to-the-pin: #8—Bob Ure, 18’7”.

18 nDebbie Warfel

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

September 5 Sweeps Results: Kathy Mokricky was low gross winner of the field of 27 players. First flight: first, Nancy Shaw; second, Kathy Mokricky; third, Kim Agrella; fourth tie, Joan Seliga and Kathy Faherty. Second flight: first, Ro Nicholson; second tie, Laurie Vree, Shy Baxter and Judy Duport; fifth, Debbie Warfel. Third flight: first, Dee Johnson; second, Barbara Robinson; third, Christie Rexford; fourth tie, Carol Locke and Tammy Siela. September 12 Sweeps Results: Kathy Mokricky was low gross winner of the field of 24 players. The field played from the red tees with a Three Little Pigs game—very fun. First flight: first, Marie Pierce; second, Kathy Mokricky; third, Ginny Manos; fourth tie, Kim Agrella and Marie Delagnes. Second flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second tie, Laurie Vree and Ro Nicholson; fourth, Nancy Shaw. Third flight: first, Ellean Huff; second tie, Carol Locke and Christie Rexford; fourth, Debbie Warfel. Upcoming: on October 10 a Beat the Pro event—see if your net score can beat the Pro’s gross score!


No sweeps results due to the Club Championship days. The Club Championship was held on Aug. 31, Sept. 7 and 14. The gross winner was Joan Seliga and the net winner Leslie Wiener. There was a champagne toast and celebratory cake on the Quail balcony for the champs. There were 19 golfers and two flights. Both flights had first through fourth place winners. All the results are posted on the Clubroom TOWGC board. Upcoming: Back to Back Open Days on Wednesday, Oct. 18 and Thursday, Oct. 19.


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

SEPTEMBER SWEEPS RESULTS September 7, 17 players East Course

First flight: first, Eaine Foote; second, Sheila Sala; third, Debbie Warfel. Second flight: first tie, Elisabeth LaPointe, Christi Rexford; third, Tammy Siela. Third flight: first, Audrey Engen; second, Jean Rockwell; third tie, Sarah Wood, Joan Eiserloh.

Oakmont Progressives nVince Taylor

Can We Hope For Safe Foods And Clean Water?

Before turning to the October Progressives’ meeting, a few words about the Progressives-sponsored More Joy concert in September. It was a rousing success! Over 270 attendees contributed over $4,000 to support the work of Global Fund for Women. The Berger Center was filled for the entire performances with applause, laughter, tears, and sounds of joy—exactly what the doctor ordered to ease the suffering caused

September 14, 20 players East Course

First flight: first tie, Maria Mar, Betty Van Voorhis; third, Ada Branstetter; fourth tie, Linda Yates, Elaine Foote. Second slight: first tie, Elisabeth LaPointe, Marie Crimaldi; third tie, Jean Rockwell, Barbara Olsen, Claudine Hilliard. Third flight: first tie, Joan McDonnell, Barbara Bowman; third, Barbara James.


Two fun events: October 10—President’s Cup at Buckingham and October 25—Invitational Soup Bowl at Black Rock. Hope to see everyone at the Niners General Meeting October 5, 11:30 a.m. at the East. There are a lot of decisions to make concerning 2018.


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by the Orange One and the conflicts within Oakmont. We owe it to our children and grandchildren to face the facts about the assaults on personal and planetary health so we can help those fighting on our behalf. On Monday, October 9, Adam Scow of Food and Water Watch will give us an insider’s view of the alarming forces threatening safe food and water at the East Rec. Center, 7 p.m. This is a meeting you will not want to miss. I promise you! Healthy food and clean water are threatened as never before. Globalization, pesticides, GMOs, fracking, failing infrastructure, privatization and dirty fossil fuels are continually degrading the safety of the food we eat and the water we drink. Food and Water Watch is on the front lines of the battle between corporations and the people over safe food and water supplies. We are very fortunate that one of the principals of Food and Water Watch, Adam Scow, California’s Regional Director, has agreed to come and give us a picture from the inside of the alarming forces threatening safe food and water. Food and Water Watch is headquartered in Washington, DC, with

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regional offices around the country and in Latin America and an affiliate in Europe. Their campaigns include lobbying for Country of Origin Labeling for foods, GMO labeling, fighting to keep our water systems under public control, promoting grassroots efforts to stop all fossil fuel development, including pipelines, mines and export facilities, and promoting a transition to 100% renewable energy. Food and Water Watch has filed a lawsuit against President Trump for his attempts to sell off water systems, bridges and roads to the highest bidder. If you are not a close follower of food and water news, prepare to be shocked and alarmed by what Adam has to tell us. Learn what you can do to help. Please join us on Monday, October 9. Doors open at the East Recreation Center at 6:30 p.m. for social time; the program begins at p.m. Everyone is welcome. To help us plan, please RSVP at www. Questions? Please call me at 583-9490 or Ed Biglin at (925) 202-9439. Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We seek a government that works for the people instead of banks, corporations and billionaires. For more information see www. “How Progressives and Democrats Differ.”

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Women’s Meditation Circle nHalima JoAnn Haymaker

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All women who are spiritual seekers are invited to the Women’s Meditation Circle on Wednesday, October 4 at 11 a.m. at my home, 147 White Oak Drive. Open to all, no fee. We will have music, meditation, poetry, and words of Sufi wisdom. Please email to reserve a chair in our expanding circle: Please bring your light into our circle.


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Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

The Tortured Artist Effect

That’s what I called it days of my music business career. Creative genius always seems to come flawed. Maybe it is exactly because of those flaws that the act of creation is even possible. The specter of rejection can fuel all the angst and neuroses any of us could imagine. During my years in the business, there were artists who seemed to feel unworthy of success and who passively sabotaged their careers. Drug use was and is common as the pressure to continue to exceed their last effort is crushing. Writers who drink too much, painters who cut off an ear or actors who were difficult to work with are just part of the deal. Often the more talented they are, the greater the demons. But the final product can exist on its own, without hint of the suffering that accompanied it. And so, the stories behind these efforts can exist separately and it can be interesting to hear them told. A different insight. Recently we had some interesting speakers at the Valley of the Moon Rotary breakfast meeting. Argo Thompson is a theatrical director. His production of the play adapted from the book and movie, Sideways, has just finished its run at the Left Edge Theatre at the Luther Burbank Center. Argo came from the 6th Street Playhouse after a career in business which was unsatisfying. His understanding wife told him to do “what made him happy.” So here he is living his dream. But the main event was a part standup comedy/ soliloquy/memoire from Rex Pickett, the man who wrote the book Sideways from which the movie was adapted. The movie is a true gem. The story Rex Pickett, author of of two friends, a wine snob the book and later the and his groom to be old buddy, hit movie Sideways, it captures their hilarious addressed our club bachelor road trip to Santa members recently. Barbara wine country. Perhaps the first speaker we’ve had who confessed to having been up all night, Rex pulled back the curtains as he described the journey from short story to movie in a way that makes giving birth to a baby elephant seem trivial. He started by saying that his slightly less supportive wife told him to go “do what made him happy,” which he followed by saying, “so I started cheating on her.” Using the full range of showbiz vernacular, his speech was punctuated by every expletive known to man delivered in the most charming way possible. Writers just have a way of making you feel alive and uncomfortable at the same time. The journey from short story to book to movie was a marathon of rejection, ruined relationships, depression and finally triumph. There were fun facts and insights along the way. Where do autobiographical facts slip into the fiction? He confessed under questioning that he had indeed been guilty of sipping from a spit bucket at a winery. It is an excellent production. Be sure you check out the upcoming five plays in the Left Edge’s 2017–18 season. You won’t be sorry.


Oakmont Rainbow Women

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Concert gets rave reviews

Sherry Austin and Henhouse blew our collective socks off with music they describe as “gritty folk, with a bit of twang” at the September ORW meeting. Patti Maxine, lap steel guitar virtuoso at 79, was amazing, while bass player Tracy Parker dazzled with her powerful vocals. The band even tucked some Hawaiian songs into a rocking good evening of music and a little bit of dance! Many thanks to this fabulous group (Sherry Austin, Sharon Allen, Patti Maxine, Tracy Parker and Jim Norris) for showing ORW such a great time. And thanks to Oakmont Rainbow Productions who sponsored the free concert.

Now we are six

The celebrations continue at the October 12 meeting as Oakmont Rainbow Women turns six years old this year. Beyond the anniversary festivities, we have a very popular featured speaker, Oakmont’s own Mary Hastings. Mary is the energetic SRJC instructor of water aerobics and balance/strength training so be sure to wear sneakers to this meeting as Mary teaches us ways to stay strong and keep our balance as we age. Also, Sonoma County Sheriff candidate Jay Foxworthy will briefly speak about why he, as a progressive candidate with a strong law enforcement background, should get our votes.

November Concert Features Flower and McLaren

Saturday, November 4 at 7 p.m., Berger Center, Oakmont Rainbow Productions brings more amazing talent to all of Oakmont. Legendary bluegrass duo Robin Flower and Libby McLaren will share their beautiful harmonies and hot licks. Have a listen ( and get your tickets soon. This concert will likely sell out as word gets around. Purchase tickets ($20 for ORW m embers or $25 for other Oakmonters and their guests) at meetings or place a check made out to ORW in our file at the OVA office. Your tickets will be available at will-call in the Berger Center on the evening of the performance.

November at ORW

Sherry Austin and Henhouse. 1

New member reception

On Tuesday, October 3 ORW will hold a new member reception in the East Rec. from 4–6 p.m. Beyond saying “hi” at monthly meetings, this is an opportunity to get to know each other better. If you joined Rainbow Women in the last year or haven’t been very active lately, come learn more about what we offer, who we are and let us know how we can make ORW the club you want. Bring a friend!

At the November 9 meeting we will hear from Tess Lorraine who hosts a Death Café in the Sonoma area. This worldwide movement seeks to ‘to increase awareness of death with a view to helping people make the most of their (finite) lives’. Also at that meeting, some of the “10,000 Degrees” students will share their stories.

Holiday Party—December 14, 7PM

Save the date for our 2017 Holiday Party, this year featuring food, comedy and juggling! This is always a fun, well-attended event to celebrate the holiday season.

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nNancy Crosby nPastor Brinda Peterson

We serve an amazing God. The Bible says, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord. They rejoice in your name all day long; they celebrate your righteousness.”—Psalms 89:15–16 Today will you join us in acclaiming God? The God who parted waters still makes a way today. He is a faithful God who has brought me through the troubled seas on many occasions and I know He will bring you through anything as well. In the meantime, let us walk with you in love and service. As a church, we have some great things ahead of us as we move into fall. We meet at the Berger Center every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. Come worship with us this Sunday. We also meet at Oakmont Gardens at 1 p.m. for folks who have trouble getting out and about. And try our Allan’ Bible study Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Gardens. Friday, October 13: Men’s Fellowship at the Gun Range Saturday, October 21: Women’s Tea and Crumpet Fellowship Friday, November 3: Comedy Night nLaurie, Music Director

My last article described the prayer of Examen, looking back over the day to notice where we saw the activity of God at work in our lives. Going over the previous day in this way, cultivates an awareness of God’s invitation as we go forward into the next day. This time, I would like to focus on praying with music. I spend much of my time involved with music in one way or another. Music engages parts of myself that words alone do not touch. It touches my body and emotions and deep parts of me, including memories. Music can bring me back to what is important. Music that does not involve words can also be a vehicle for my spirit to commune with the Creator. Instrumental music can allow the left hemisphere of the cerebral cortex to rest so that deeper places of my spirit can soar with the prompting of the Spirit. I invite you to take a deep breath; sing or play a melody that you love or listen to some music. As you do, see how fully you can engage with it, opening yourself to it and through it, to God. Notice the invitation of the Spirit to you right now as you do. Again, I would love to hear about your experience if you would like to share it with me!

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Discovering the Joy of Jesus: A Guide to Philippians

“Our happiness usually depends on whether we think our lives are going well. The Bible talks about a quality of life that goes beyond everyday events and happenings. What is joy? Is there a secret to having it? Discover God’s gift of joy—a way to live above your circumstances, whether good or bad—a way to live close to God who loves you.” The above quote is a description of our new study from the book itself. Sound interesting? Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know

God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information. Hope to see you there! DATE: Fridays

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Oakmont’s Veterans Day Parade Ready to Get Rolling nJeff Davis

It’s time for Oakmont residents to start getting ready to participate in our annual parade to celebrate Veterans Day. Sponsored by OVA Staff, Oakmont Gardens and the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, this year’s event on Friday, November 10 is already being planned. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at the Berger Center, winds its way up Oakmont Drive, along Oak Trail Drive, around Oak Trail Circle, then Oak Leaf Drive and back to Berger. The parade will be followed by a big celebration at the Berger Center hosted by the Oakmont Gardens staff. Your participation is needed to make this the biggest celebration we’ve ever had. What to do: Veterans to Ride in the Parade: Ride, don’t walk! Call Nancy Giddings at 539-6158. She will sign you up to ride in the parade. It doesn’t matter if you don’t know now in what vehicle you will ride; all that will be worked out in the next few weeks by Nancy and the parade crew. All veterans (any service, any time frame) are welcome. Don’t be modest. Join in and ask another veteran to join you. Vehicles to Carry the Veterans: Convertibles, classic cars, utility vehicles, golf carts—use your imagination. Every veteran in the parade will need

something to ride in. Ask a veteran you know to come. Fill out the form below and leave it in the Vets Day Parade folder in the OVA office. Neighborhood Groups to Cheer the Parade: What’s a parade without a cheering crowd? Maybe you don’t live on the parade route. Why don’t you get a few families in the neighborhood to gather at a spot along the route and get excited? Bring flags, banners, and signs to wave. If you live on the route it should be even easier to get together a cheering crowd to help the parade along. There’s a lot of space along the route for participants and the map of the parade route will include approximate times for the parade to reach different points along the route. There will be more details as we get closer to Nov. 10 but start to talk it up now. Enjoy the Post-Parade Party: The celebration after the parade will be hosted by Oakmont Gardens in the Berger Center. There will be a color guard and introductions of the grand marshal and other veterans and refreshments for all. Honor our veterans and enjoy yourself at the same time. See you there.

13TH ANNUAL OAKMONT VETERANS DAY PARADE ENTRY FORM Friday, November 10, 1 pm Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone: ___________________________ Email: ______________________________________________________ Vehicle (golf cart, convertible, antique car, car, make and year): ______________________________________ Room for a veteran (check one): 1____ 2____ or more (indicate number)________

Please place this form in the Veterans Day Parade folder in the OVA Office by Nov. 7. For questions regarding entries, please call Pat Veuve at 843-3290.

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Lifelong Learning

nNorma Doyle

nMarlena Cannon

The Stuart Dynasty

For Charlene O’Rourke, the Stuart dynasty that ruled England from 1603–1714, is a fascinating century of discovery and enlightenment. Although O’Rourke’s passion for poetry was the reason for her MA in English, she spent her career in the unlikely profession of a mainframe computer programmer for the finance industry. Then in 2004, she saw the movie The Libertine, a British-Australian drama starring Johnny Depp as John Wilmot, second Earl of Rochester and good friend of King Charles II. Wilmot is as well known for his rakish lifestyle as his poetry, although the two were often interlinked. O’Rourke was astounded. Not only had she never even heard of Wilmot, she discovered that his poetry was extraordinary. Now retired, O’Rourke returned to her early love of poetry and began to study the politics, art and science of that extraordinary period of time. Her idea was to put context Charlene around a time of piety, scandal and O’Rourke. intellectual brilliance—a time of such great importance that much of what America is today has its roots in the Stuart Dynasty. Twelve of the original colonies, for example, were founded during the Stuart rule. The Plymouth colony was established by people who were escaping English persecution and seeking religious freedom. The Quakers left for the same reason to live in land given to them by Charles II in what is now Pennsylvania. Virginia was settled by English aristocrats who supported the King during the British Civil War and were forced to leave when he lost. Likewise, the essential values of American government were developed in the 1600s by John Locke, the English philosopher and physician who wrote of unalienable rights, the Social Compact and limited government. Under the Stuarts, the British drafted a Bill of Rights that formed the basis of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. O’Rourke’s class looks at what life was like in the 1600s when the Little Ice Age brought winters that were so bitterly cold and prolonged that the River Thames froze over and the growing season was reduced by several weeks. These conditions led to widespread crop failure, famine, and in some regions population decline. Despite being scourged by the plague and traumatized by Civil War, somehow individuals still managed to produce glittering jewels of cultural change. From paintings by Van Dyke to theater by Shakespeare, O’Rourke traces the extraordinary accomplishments in the arts, the sciences and even the English language that transpired during this century. Her class, Cultural Jewels of the Stuart Dynasty will be taught from 3–5 p.m. at the Berger Center on Wednesdays through October 25. Although the class has started, registrations can still be taken at the door or through the Sonoma State OLLI program at www.

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $3 donation nJim Brewer

October 1: Osman Guner Treating the Disease, Not Just Symptoms

In this topical and enlightening presentation, Dr. Osman F. Güner, an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Santa Rosa JC, will discuss the latest approach to developing new drugs do more than treat the symptoms of a disease. He will focus on two that target the actual cause of the symptoms, rather than the symptoms alone that open the possibility of developing drugs that can treat multiple medical conditions, and provides an opportunity for drug companies to treat actual diseases while still making a profit. The presentation will touch on how drugs are discovered, designed and developed, as well as how decisions are made to prioritize research interests and ensure the profitability and sustainability of drug companies.

October 8: Congressman Mike Thompson What’s Happening in Washington

Rep. Mike Thompson, whose congressional district includes Oakmont, will give an update on what’s happening in Washington DC and discuss topics of interest to the Oakmont Community, including the current efforts to strengthen our health care system, protect Medicare and Social Security, and the push to preserve DACA. He will devote a large portion of his time to question and answers from those in attendance. Thompson has represented 5th Congressional District since 1998. He serves on the powerful Ways and Means Committee. A small vineyard owner himself, Thompson also is co-founder and chair of the bipartisan Congressional Wine Caucus.

October 15: Michael Hale How Trump Won the Election

How was Donald Trump elected the 45th president? Was it the disgruntled white working class or the anti-feminist attitudes? Or did the Democrats simply choose the wrong candidate? Or do these questions obscure a clearer understanding of the 2016 election? Dr. Michael Hale, an English professor at Santa Rosa Junior College.

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Playreaders meet every Monday from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B. Visitors are always welcome. Come early so that we can meet and greet you. On October 9 and 18 Honora Clemens will present The Bad Seed by Maxwell Anderson, a 1954 play which had a successful and long-run on Broadway. Readers will include Honora Clemens, Charlie Ensely, Pete Folkens, Anne Gero, Morgan Lambert and Patricia Thelen (others to be confirmed). The Bad Seed involves the story of a mother and her young daughter, who is a charming and intelligent child. They live comfortably in an apartment in a Southern City. Because the father is away on business the small family interacts frequently with kind and doting neighbors, the child’s classmates and a maintenance man in their building. The play incorporates an emerging controversy of the 1950’s regarding nature and nurture and whether inborn tendencies (“nature”) are more or less important than environmental factors (“nurture”) in explaining certain behaviors. The Bad Seed was initially a novel by American writer William March, nominated for the National Book Award for Fiction in 1955. The play adapted by Anderson was shortlisted for the 1955 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, but the prize was awarded to Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The play starred Nancy Kelly (who won the 1955 Tony Award for Best Actress in the role as the mother), Eileen Heckart and Patty McCormack. In 1956 it was adapted into an Academy Awardnominated film with Kelly, McCormack and Heckart reprising their stage roles and receiving Academy Award nominations for their performances. Anderson wrote novels, plays and screenplays. His first Broadway hit was the gritty 1924 World War I comedy-drama, What Price Glory, written with Laurence Stallings. Anderson was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1933 for his political drama Both Your Houses, and twice received the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, for Winterset and High Tor.

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In early September Playreaders read The Browning Version by Terrence Rattigan. Readers included: (standing) Ron White, Dennis Hall, Charlie Ensley, John Dolan and Jackie Kokemor; (seated) Sandy White. Joyce O’Connor and Pete Folkens.

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Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman


On October 9 the daily draw and tournaments start at noon, not in the morning. But if you are signed up for a tournament it is advisable to check the board for any changes in the schedule made by the tournament committee.


We have seen a lot of competition in our tournaments this year largely due to new members that have taken the challenge and entered tournaments. And, many have done well. Women’s Singles: A newcomer came out on top. After only six weeks of taking up the game, Denise Lenahan bested Jodi Darby in the finals.

Open Singles: The tournament began on Sept. 14 with 14 entrants using all seven rinks so no daily draw was to be held. After the first round, the seven still competing for the title were: Carole Berenyi, Bob Dodd, Ted De Jung, Gary Scott, Jeff Vanderheyden and Jim Krause who has a bye in the next round having won his match by the largest margin. This is a single elimination event and to have been completed by the end of September. Check the bulletin board for results. The remaining tournament schedule: Open Pairs— October 4, 9:15 a.m.; Novice Singles—October 16, noon; Halloween—October 31, noon; and Thanksgiving—November 21, noon. Sign up and participate. Win or not you’ll enjoy the games and the experience.

Jeannette, Ed, Linda and Jack.


The green was closed on Sept. 12 for weed spraying. Bob Dodd said the target was a particularly nasty weed. We’ll be watching for the results.


Jodi Darby and Denise Lenahan.

Men’s Pairs: The final match between team Blair Beattie and Jim MacAlistaire and team Jeff Vanderheyden and Will Cohn ended in favor of Blair and Jim in a low score of 13-9.

We had another of our After Five fun parties on Sept. 7. Jeana Garcia reported there was a good turnout. Fun games and food enjoyed by about 40 members and guests. The “Box Clown” was challenged by many. Amazingly, four members put their bowl in its mouth and took home a bottle of wine: Jeannette and Jack Breglio, Linda Rubio and Ed McKee. The Sept. 7 was to be the last After Five of the year but since it was so successful, the social folks have decided to have one more. Mark your calendars for one starting at 4 p.m. on October 17.

The Great American Mah Jongg Club nMarie Haverson

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

A Tradition of Trust Autumn is here, and it’s a stunning time of year in Sonoma County with mild temperatures and gorgeous colors as visitors flock to our beautiful area. Many homes in Oakmont sell during this season. If you have been thinking of selling your home, it’s an excellent time to do so. Inventory of available homes in Oakmont is very low, yet buyer interest remains high. Call on one of the professionals at McBride Realty for a COMPLIMENTARY COMPARATIVE MARKET ANALYSIS of your home’s value. We are a full-service real estate firm offering a wide range of support to assist you in your move. Let us put our talents to work for you!


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october, 2017



This calendar does not reflect all events scheduled. Changes made on or after the 15th may not be reflected.






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


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

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 5:30 PM Oakmont Travel & Adv Club E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:45 PM Night Contract Bridge CR A+B


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

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


9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Oakmont Cannabis club E 3:00 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC

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

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW




8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR B 8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Foam Roller LW 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Dance Rehearsal E 9:00 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Garden Club Board LCR 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Photo Steering Committee EC 10:00 AM Pickle Beg E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes E 1:30 PM Chess Drop-In CR B 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 5:00 PM ITap and More BC 6:00 PM ITap and More LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

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

9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Let’s Dance Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

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

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:00 AM Art Association BC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:30 AM Yoga Workshops LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:00 AM Art Association BC 12:00 PM Bocce UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 2:00 PM ITap and More LW

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

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



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

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Meditation E 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bocce 10:30 AM Zentangle Art Class AR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Instructed Oil Painting AR 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR B 3:00 PM Circulo Español LCR 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:00 PM Le Cercle Français EC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC


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


9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

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


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

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM AARP Driver Safety B 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Invest Oak B 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR A+B 9:30 AM Balance and Strength E 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR A+B 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Interval Training LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Bridge CR A+B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:30 AM Bocce UW 12:30 PM Lawn Bowling 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR B 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 4:00 PM ITap and More LW


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

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

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

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

Monthly Event Calendar is also available online at

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


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2017


nJohn Taylor, HEARS President

Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research and Support

The next HSG (Hearing Support Group) meeting is October 16 at 11 a.m. in Room B of CAC. This will be an informal gathering to exchange information and learn about hearing problems, hearing aids, new technology, etc. with other Oakmonters. Come if you are having trouble hearing, wear hearing aids or are thinking that maybe it’s time to consider them. It will be beneficial if you will share any helpful information on experiences, providers, technology, etc. The Fall 2017 edition of Hearing Loss Californian contains an article that sets forth a refreshing approach to dealing with hearing loss. It promotes the concept

that self-advocacy is one of the best methods of coping with hearing loss. Max Fenson recommended this article. That approach means that one must get beyond denial and take an active part in helping people learn how best to communicate with those who have hearing loss. It begins with the realization that hearing loss—unlike a broken leg—is an invisible disability that often remains vague even after being described. This means the person with hearing loss must cope with this ambiguity by respectfully, assertively educating people as to what is needed for effective communication.

An assertive approach tells others that the primary disability of hearing loss is the inability to communicate rather than just not being able to hear. That involves making one’s needs known. For many people with hearing loss, embarrassment and a sense of inadequacy prevents them from telling others about their situation and that often leads to greater awkwardness. The more that others directly know and understand about one’s hearing loss, the more effective communication will be for everyone involved. HEARS goal is to help improve hearing for our residents. Do get on the HEARS email list (jctmkt@ and attend the HSG meetings.


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2017

nRosemary Waller


We are most pleased to welcome you to another outstanding season of Music at Oakmont. Our opening concert features the third appearance in Oakmont of the Calidore String Quartet. On Thursday, October 19, at 1:30 p.m. in Berger Center, the group will perform two of Beethoven’s exquisite “late” quartets, Op. 127 and Op. 131. The Calidore String Quartet’s “deep reserves of virtuosity and irrepressible dramatic instinct” (New York Times) and “balance of intellect and expression” (Los Angeles Times) have established them in the top echelon of chamber music ensembles. The Calidore— violinists Jeffrey Myers and Ryan Meehan, violist Jeremy Berry, and cellist Estelle Choi—recently made headlines as winners of the $100,000 Grand Prize of the 2016 M-Prize International Chamber Music Competition, the largest such prize in the world. Also in 2016, the Quartet became the first North American winner of the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Fellowship, and they were named BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artists, an honor that includes recordings, international broadcasts, and appearances in Britain’s most prestigious venues. This year the Calidore received the Lincoln Center Emerging Artists Award, and will continue in a three-year residency with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center’s CMS Two program. Highlights of the Calidore’s 2017–18 season include debuts at the Kennedy Center and in Boston, Philadelphia, Paris, Brussels, Cologne, and Barcelona, as well as returns to Wigmore Hall and the Verbier Festival, and to major series across North America. In April 2018 the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln

by Gramophone magazine, which dubbed the Quartet “the epitome of confidence and finesse.”


Our generous neighbor, Oakmont Gardens, invites the entire audience to a reception just across the street from Berger, immediately following the Oct. 19 concert. Please join us there to meet the artists, visit with friends, and savor a variety of delicious refreshments.


Calidore String Quartet.

Center presents the Calidore in their Alice Tully Hall debut. As protégés of the Emerson Quartet, they will join that group in a joint program at the Ravinia Festival as well as in Portland, Ann Arbor, and Southern California. The Calidore Quartet has released three commercial recordings, most recently of works by Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn recorded live at the 2016 Music@ Menlo Festival. Their debut recording was praised

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) fall Session — september • october • November

Registration: call 538-1485 or visit

We wish to thank all of you who have so generously contributed to our 2017 Donor Drive. If you have not yet had a chance to do so, there will be donor envelopes available at the Oct. 19 concert. Checks should be made out to Oakmont Community Foundation, with “Music at Oakmont” on the memo line. This concert will be your last opportunity to purchase 2017–18 season passes, which provide admission to eight concerts for the price of seven. Checks for $140 should be made out to Music at Oakmont. WHAT: Calidore String Quartet WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 19, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $20 at the door or your season pass


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


Besides learning more about the iPhone or perhaps something new about the iPhone, I’m sure this will be a great time to hear some news about the new iPhone X. Here is the timeline for the two-hour program: 1:30 p.m. coffee; 1:45–2:30 p.m. Part 1; 2:30 p.m. break for coffee and goodies; 2:45–3:30 p.m. Part 2. We look forward to seeing you in the West Recreation Center. Website:


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


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

iPAD SIG “SHOW UP AND SHARE” WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room B, Activities Center

Windows Computer Information

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


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2017

Bocce Club nSusan Lynn

On September 26, the Bocce Club hosted the Lawn Bowling Invitational Wine and Potluck Evening. At press time, the event was still a week away but we’d like to thank the Lawn Bowlers for coming and the Bocce Club volunteers for helping to make this another great evening. Congratulations to the winners of the Harvest Moon Tournament held earlier this month.

Better Health and More Fun Through Group Singing nTaylor Finlay

We meet every Friday, from 2:30–4 p.m. at the East Rec. For more information call me at 539-9688.

Buddhist Meeting October 28 nPennijean Savage

L to R: Ellie Baciocco, Gordon Freedman and Bev Schilling.

L to R: Elaine Foote, Jean Reed, Tony D’Agosta, John Major, Barbara and Geoffrey Newton.

Coming Up

Our next contest is the Autumn Tournament and Potluck. Play will begin at 9:30 a.m. followed by a potluck lunch at noon. WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 9:30 a.m. BRING: BYOB and something delicious to share.

Save the Date

WHAT: Falling Leaves Tournament (Men vs. Women) WHEN: Saturday, November 4, 1 p.m.

Pinochle nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Thursday morning Pinochle

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

Note: New Location Strengthen Your Faith Day by Day and Month After Month

“Our Buddhist practice is not an obligation, but a right that enables us to attain happiness. We will gain benefit in direct proportion to our own determination and efforts in faith.”—Living Buddhism, September 2017, pg. 7. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, October 28 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, October 28, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 7 Oak Leaf Place (note new location). Look for SGI sign at entrance on Oak Leaf Drive. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Oakmont Music Lovers nJudy Walker

Jazz Great—Charlie Mingus Jr.

For the opening session of our new season, Alicia Schoeler-Hugg will be our presenter. She will focus on the jazz genre’s emergence and development. Jazz icons from the eras of swing, bebop, progressive, fusion, and beyond will also be discussed. As the niece of Charlie Mingus Jr. she will provide an intimate look at his family and music as well as featured samples of other jazz musicians’ work such as Jelly Roll Morton, Duke Ellington, Django Rhinehardt, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughan and others. Alicia SchoolerHugg lives in Northern California. The former (Stockton) Record op-ed columnist has freelanced for national and local publications, and is a registered nurse. She taught university level communications and courses and received Alicia Schoeler-Hugg. several journalism-based awards. Her latest edition of Art and Soul of Jazz, a Tribute to Charles Mingus, Jr. captures the Mingus dynamic through previously unpublished letters and photographs provided by her mother, Mingus’ sister Vivian. WHEN: October 3 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

nRay Haverson


WHAT: James Garner—A Tribute to Johnny Cash WHEN: Friday, December 8 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., show is from 7–9 p.m. COST: Members $30, members’ guest $33, nonmembers $38. Best deal is $42—includes membership until January 1, 2018. James Garner puts on one of the best interpretations of Johnny Cash I have ever seen! Last time he was here we had a waiting list of over 60 people who could not get in. Those who attended the last show are still talking about it. We will have table assigned seating. You may reserve a table of eight: I will need all names and payment in one envelope. If you have less than a table of eight but want to sit together with your friends, all names and payment must be in one envelope at one time as I will be unable to add someone later. This is just a suggestion. The best way to do it so you can get better seating is send one check for all and that person collect from their friends. You will be able to bring your own food and drink. We will supply lemon water, cookies, coffee and cups. You need to bring your own plates, napkins and utensils. Please remember that seating is based on the date I receive your reservation payment and we fill seats at all tables as we receive them. Get your reservations in very early for better seating.

New Year’s Eve Party

WHEN: December 31 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: 6 p.m.–12:30 a.m. MUSIC: By Charlie Baker and Company COST: To be announced at a later date


Saturday, October 7: Fan Appreciation Night with Miracle Mule Band Friday, December 8: Back by popular demand— James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash Sunday, December 31: New Year’s Eve at the Berger—music by Mr. Charlie Baker and Company

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

Classes are on second Monday from 4:30–6 p.m. and fourth Monday from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon. Check the schedule below for specific dates. Materials are provided. Be sure to call or E-mail me to reserve your space in class. Hope to see you in the next class! Explore you creative side with the Zentangle™. If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle or square, etc., you can do the Zentangle™ Art Method. You do not have to have attended any other Zentangle™ class to come. Everyone is welcome!

Coming up

Monday, October 9, 4:30–6 p.m.: Tangling a pumpkin with Gourdeous Tangle! Monday, October 23, 10:30 a.m.–noon: Tangling a Cornucopia! WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


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Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee nSuzanne Cassell, Secretary/Public Relations OEPC

Volunteers Opportunities

The OEPC has two board positions coming available for residents interested in assisting our community in preparing and responding to emergencies or disasters affecting Oakmont. The individuals who are currently performing these duties will be available to assist in orienting new volunteers to ensure a smooth transition. OEPC Chairperson: As Chair, the candidate will lead a multi-disciplined team in educating residents on emergency-related topics; represent the committee to Oakmont residents, the OVA, and city and county emergency services organizations; and host monthly committee meetings to set goals and monitor progress. No specific expertise is required other than a desire to help our community to prepare, respond and recover from a disaster. OEPC Secretary/Public Relations: As Secretary/ Public Relations, the candidate will record and publish minutes of committee meetings; write or assist in development and publications of Oakmont News and Kenwood Press articles; and schedule facilities and assist/coordinate set-up for committee events. For more information, or to apply for either of these positions, please contact Pat Barclay at or call 537-0909. Everyone on the OEPC committee is dedicated to achieving our mission, and candidates will enjoy the support of all of our members.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller

Esther: It’s Tough Being a Woman by Beth Moore

The presentation will be on a large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. Join us in a very personal examination of the Old Testament story of Esther as Beth peels back the layers of history and shows how very contemporary and applicable the story is to our lives today. If you’ve ever felt inadequate, threatened, or pushed into situations that seemed overpowering, this is the Bible study for you. Just as it was tough being a woman in Esther’s day, it’s tough today. This portion of God’s Word contains treasures to aid us in our hurried, harried, and pressured lives. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author.  She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! We have discussion time to share and fellowship with one another. This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call for additional information.  DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Upcoming Events

October 26: Our monthly mixer in October will find us at the Berger Center. Will it be a Halloween theme? Watch your email inbox for details. November 12: Our annual Thanksgiving potluck. Yes, we are doing it again. These are so much fun and the food is delicious. We’ll be back at the East Rec. Center. Save the date. Members, remember to check your email inboxes for special invitations and email Shout Outs regarding

these and other events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. If you are single and live in Oakmont, you can be a part of our group. We try to schedule at least two events per month. Besides the monthly mixer, we dine out together, go to music venues and dance, and look for other events, county-wide that singles might enjoy. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA office.


Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $ 12 to: SBSC Name______________________________________________________________________ Date_______________ Address________________________________________________________________ Phone_________________ E-mail (important to receive Evites and Shout-outs)_________________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder). Signature:____________________________________________________________________


nCarolita Carr

GHOULISH GALA When: Saturday, October 21 Time: 6:30–9:30 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.) Where: Berger Center Price: $30 pp and one guest per member Bring: Your own food, maybe even something to share with your table. We will have coffee and water, you supply the dinner beverage of your choice. Your board has made the decision to use round tables that seat eight so that everyone can be comfortable and there is plenty of room for dancing. We have the Joe Sharino band (one of the best in the Bay Area) so we know everyone will want to dance. Costumes? Yes, we encourage everyone to dress for

the occasion. But you don’t have to, just come ready to have a great time. It is critical that you get your reservations in to save a spot at this party. Round tables mean fewer attendees, so act now. Don’t be left out. Go to our website to register or use the coupon at the end of this article.

November 16—Trivia Night

We are preparing for a fun night at the Berger, with questions, pictures, and a “name that tune” segment. This event is free, so just register to let us know how many people to plan for. Doors open at 6 p.m. Bring your own snacks and BYOB. Make up a team of eight before you come, or create a team upon arrival. There will be prizes for winning teams and lots of fun for everyone.

2018—The Best Year Ever

The Joe Sharino Band.

The Boomer Board of Directors has planned a fabulous 2018 for its members. We will have dances, a concert, a speaker, and a trivia night. We will have tributes to Neil Diamond, the Beatles and Motown. There will be pizza, playlists, a DJ and live bands; something for everyone. If you have been intending to join but just keep putting it off, 2018 should be the year you do it. You can apply for membership by going to the website. Dues are $10 per person per calendar year, a bargain when you consider our free events. Even our large parties with live music have a low entry fee. And you know they are fun because they sell out fast.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $30 per member and guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: Reserved table for eight: Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $240 and the names of all the people sitting at the table. Please be sure to include a party name for the table, example Smith Party. Party Name:___________________________________________________________ Amount Enclosed:________ Names:________________________________________________________________________________________ Unreserved seating: If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5:30 p.m. Full payment must accompany the reservation. Name:________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed:________ The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 pm., October 17. You may also register and pay online. If you have any questions about reservations, please contact,


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Fitness Club nJohn Phillips

Chest Fly, Reverse Fly and Reverse Deltoid

The Fitness Center recently replaced the antique Pec Deck machine with a new and improved Chest Fly/Reverse Fly/Reverse Deltoid machine. The main reason for the change in machines is that the older model created a risk hazard for the rotator cuff. The new machine is designed to prevent that risk. It also offers two additional movements that we didn’t have before: the Reverse Fly and Rear Deltoid movements. The machine is very easy to operate and set up. For the chest fly set the seat at a level that will allow the hands to cross the body at chest level. Place the handles at a point that allows a nice stretch across the chest when extended. Set the weight at a light level until you get the form down. Bring the handles in and across the chest using the pectoral muscles, squeeze these muscles, and then relax. For the reverse fly and rear deltoid, you still want the seat so that the arms will move in a straight line from the muscles being worked. You move the arm supports all the way to the center of the machine. You will be facing the weight stack. Place your hands on the straight handles to work the rear deltoids. Use the curved handles to perform the reverse fly which will work the Trapezius. Remember, whenever you are starting with a new machine or exercise, start with a light weight. Get the proper form down first and then start to increase your weight until it is challenging. It is important for the weight to be heavy enough so that the muscle tires somewhere between 6 to 10 reps which build muscle. Increasing reps to 15 helps to build strength. The muscle should always tell the brain it is tired, not the brain telling the muscle when it is tired. We have an instructional video on the TV in the Fitness Center or you are welcome to stop by and ask me to demonstrate it for you. As always if you need additional help with your workout feel free to stop by the center, call me at 494-9086 or email me at I hope to see everyone at the Fitness Center.

Drop-In Chess nRichard Duncan

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

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

get your energy moving and Feel Better in your body

WHAT: Chair Stretch and Balance Class WHEN: Thursdays from 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Strengthen your core, even while seated. Energize yourself with breathwork! Stretch your fingers and toes and all the places in between. Students may stay seated for the entire class or explore balance safely. Small free weights are used to tone and strengthen the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of 1, 2 or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water.

Forrest Yoga Workshop Restorative! Aspire to do less!

Restorative yoga is about slowing down and opening the body through passive stretching. During the long holds, your muscles relax deeply. Restorative classes are very mellow, making them a good complement to more active practices and a good option to de-stress. Workshop flyer posted at www. WHEN: Saturday, October 7, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by email at

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

WHAT: Forrest Yoga Classes WHEN: Tuesdays from 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Clear your brain, feel your breath and enhance your life balance. Feel how your feet and legs support you in standing poses. Feel balanced and grounded as the daylight shrinks and the darkness grows. Strengthen your core, ease your neck and open the channels for self-healing. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with yourself and others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair Stretch and Balance classes in addition to yoga classes and private sessions. Please see http://www. for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@yahoo. com, 696-5464.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith, Instructor

For All You Early Birds! Same Class, Same Day, New Time!

WHEN: Thursdays, 7:30–8:30 a.m.—Balance and Strength; Tuesdays, 4:30–5:30 p.m.—Aerobics WHERE: Classes are held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Get up early and get your fitness time in early. Come to the 7:30 a.m. Strength and Balance class! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Strength and Balance class offers. The Aerobic Class format uses aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Keep your fitness going! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. You can join at any time! You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. You should be able to get up and down from the floor. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us!

r Fitness e t a W nValerie Hulsey

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


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

JULIE’s FRIDAY CLASS continues at 9:45 AM

It is sponsored by SRJC so let’s keep the number up. If you have questions about the Friday classes feel free to call Julie at 579-3849 (land line, no text) or email


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nSandra Shaner


nTeresa Woodrum

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

Classes are cancelled on second Friday each month. Fragrance-free please. Share the floor with kindness. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful, dear ones.

Time Machine: A Most Unusual and Entertaining Evening! A Fantastic Journey through Time, Imagination, Music and Dance

The hottest ticket in town! The Saturday production of “Time Machine” sold out in only four days. Wow! Therefore, a second show has been added for the evening of Friday, October 27. You are invited. This show is too good to miss! WHAT: Time Machine—Friday Show WHEN: Friday, October 27 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for pre-show entertainment; curtain at 6:30 p.m. There will be comfy, welcoming round tables. Please bring your favorite food and beverage to share. Production note: Dramatic effects will include darkness and strobe. Refunds limited to notification seven days before the event. Special thanks to Tom Kendrick and the many talented performers who will delight you. We look forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support! A Tom Kendrick Production underwritten by the Oakmont Community Foundation. Proceeds will support OHI’s Free Fitness classes. “Keeping Oakmont healthy through Physical Education.”

Time Machine Reservation form Friday, October 27, 5:30 pm

Tickets are $20pp. open seating, table for 8 for $160. Please make checks payable to “Oakmont Health Initiative.” You may leave your check in the OHI folder in the OVA office, or mail to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Name of attendees: _____________________________________________________________________________ Email (to confirm receipt of payment) _____________________________________________________________

Oakmont Men’s Group nGordon Freedman, Facilitator

The Oakmont Men’s Group is seeking new members interested in exploring aging issues with other Oakmont men in a confidential manner. Potential problems of you or your spouse/partner’s health, both physical as well as mental challenges, loss of mate, and other changes and other challenges in our senior years are all issues we discuss. If you are lacking a forum to discuss men’s issues with other men in a safe and confidential place we have an opening for one man at this time. We meet twice a month for two hours on the first and third Mondays from 1–3 p.m. to help and support the members of our group that would like to

nPat Donnelly

Foam Roller

share their issues and receive feedback. There are no attendance requirements, dues or fees. Our group is non-religious and non-political. The Oakmont Men’s Group began in September 2011 as a support group for men in Oakmont The group is open to all men in Oakmont, married, single, straight or gay. I have 10 years of experience with the Marin Suicide Hot Line as well as three years as a facilitator with the Center of Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito working with health issues for the individual or spouse/partner. If interested please contact me at 538-7025 or e mail at to discuss your joining our group.

SIR Branch #92

SIR 92 luncheon—October 10

SIR Branch #92 is a local club for retired gentlemen that meets the second Tuesday of the month at Berger Center. Meetings include a social hour, bar service, lunch, a monthly golf tournament and a monthly speaker. We would like to welcome to this month’s meeting Dori Estrella, Energy and Sustainability Analyst, County of Sonoma, Energy and Sustainability Division. Dori will speak about what Sonoma County does to promote and deliver solutions necessary to

mitigate environmental impacts on climate change. Sonoma County and California lead the nation in programs to effectively reduce the effects of our changing climate and changing natural and built environment. Dori will supply us with information and suggestions on how we can make a difference to mitigate the coming changes to our environment and how the county supports us in finding solutions to save on energy and also save us money. We hope you will enjoy this interesting and informative program at our monthly luncheon.

WHAT: Foam Roller Class—Stretching, Core Work, and Self-Myofacial Release Therapy WHEN: Tuesdays, 8:45–9:45 a.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. Center COST: $50/6 classes WHAT TO BRING: Yoga mat and foam roller (see below) This class uses movements from Yoga to increase flexibility and balance; movements from Pilates to build core strength; and movements from myofascial release therapy to target trigger points soothing and releasing tight muscles. In addition to the foam roller, I will periodically bring different sized balls for working on hands and feet, particularly helpful for circulation and arthritis.

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

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

This may be the beginning for you of a whole new way to exercise without putting strain on your back or joints or heart. We offer a five-class workshop that meets on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Berger Center (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you need to go to another appointment). Tuition is $75 for the workshop. Pre-registration is required so please call me at 3185284, so I can encourage you and welcome you to a whole new way of improving balance and breathing and posture, as well as reducing stress.

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Tennis Club nTerri Somers


Whichever group (men/women) have the most players signed up will play on the West Courts, the other “sex” will play on the East. Ladies game on: time to show the men that we are many and we are competitive. Sign up on the website or contact Chuck, cchinckley@ Grab a partner and let’s fill those courts. Hmmm—should we have a battle of the sexes and have the winners of the men’s play the winner of the women’s? I vote yes! Our Fall Membership Meeting will be Wednesday, October 18 at the East Recreation Center. Meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner of chili dogs, chips and beer. This event is for OTC members only. We will be taking care of business—voting in new officers, determining our focus for 2018, and enjoying each

Sleep Apnea

nBob Flandermeyer

This group assists people with their CPAP— machines and masks. We meet the first Tuesday of February, April, June, August, October and December. The meeting is held in Berger Room G. This month we have a guest speaker, Dr. Greg Ackroyd, MD Pulmonologist. We will be meeting at 3 p.m. on October 3. The time of day is later than usual. Often a question regarding your treatment can get an answer this way. Bring your machine and mask if you think it would help. Questions, call 538-5277.

other’s company. Please sign up online or call Paula Lewis, 332-0433, so we know how much food/beer to purchase. Per our bylaws: here is the final report of the Nominating Committee to be voted on at the Fall Membership Meeting:

carts, and enjoy our evening. All this for only $10 per person. Contact Terri, (925) 876-8074, to reserve your cart. Drop your checks payable to the OTC in the OVA office.

2018 OTC OFFICERS and DIRECTORS NOMINATING COMMITTEE Final Report, Submitted August 15

Sign up for the Army versus Navy tournament to be held November 4. We have awesome flags to display, great tennis to be played, and the wonderful picnic to be enjoyed. Sign up on our website or email Chuck, cchinckley@ This is a team event—please sign up. We need you!

The following members are submitted as nominees for the 2018 Oakmont Tennis Club Officers and Directors: President—Terri Somers, Vice President— Arnie Herskovic, Secretary—Diane Linneball, Treasurer—Paula Lewis, Director/Social—Fred Merrill, Director/Tournaments—Phil House, Director/Ex Officio—Neil Linneball. Each of these candidates has agreed verbally to serve in 2018 if elected and each has the unanimous approval of the OTC 2018 Nominating Committee. Submitted by: Olivia Kinzler, Jenny Froyd, Jerry Gill, Young Ran Kim, and K Jenkins—2018 Nominating Committee Chair. The 2017 BOD wishes to extend our appreciation to the Nomination Committee for volunteering to ring doorbells and make calls to members of our club asking for their input on our 2018 slate of candidates.

OGC and OTC are sponsoring another “CRUISE THE COURSE”

We’ve decided to do this again and experience the beauty of the back nine on the west golf course October 9 at 4:30 p.m. We’ll meet inside the Quail Inn to have a beverage (aka a cocktail), enjoy snacks, then moosie over to our awaiting golf


Upcoming Events

Doubles Tournament—October 7 Fall Meeting—October 18 Sunset Cruise—October 19 Army versus Navy—November 4 USO Awards Dinner/Show—November 10 at Berger 40th OTC Anniversary Dinner/Dance—December 8 at Quail Inn

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Oakmont Cannabis Club

nHeidi Klyn

On September 14 the club car-pooled to CannaCraft after an invitation from the CEO Kirk Anderson to tour the beautiful facility where the products are

Tour and lecture at CannaCraft in Santa Rosa.


nTony Lachowicz

made. Martin A. Lee was the speaker after the tour giving us a wonderful insight into the social history as well as medical and scientific studies having been done with all its benefits. He has authored several books. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, October 4 at 3 p.m. in the East Rec. to hear Mitcho Thompson, the Community Liaison for Peace of Medicine in Sonoma County, as well as for SPARC in San Francisco. He is also Vice President of the Sonoma County Herb Association, as well as Chancellor Emeritus of Oaksterdam University’s former North Bay Campus. He is an herbalist and studies Aryruvedic Medicine.

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Join Sugarloaf’s History Docent, Larry Maniscalco, for a hike along Hillside and Meadow Trails with a stop at Camp Butler for a brief introduction to the rich cultural history of the park, including past habitations by Native Americans, homesteaders, gentleman ranchers, hippies and hunters. Learn how Sugarloaf almost became a reservoir and be introduced to the “Ghosts of Sugarloaf.” Hike is 2.2 miles with 250’ of elevation gain. Meet at the Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Larry Maniscalco, 538-2089.


This is our version of viewing the fall colors —a relaxed, one-way hike through Annadel. We’ll probably start by the East Rec. and conclude our hike by the Community Garden. This route covers nine to ten miles, and gains a little less than 1,000’ elevation—no more than a beer’s (OK, maybe two) worth of exertion. Bring a snack, as we’ll stop for lunch a bit later than usual at a special spot. Remember your water, snack, lunch and hiking poles. Meet at the Berger parking lot at 8:30 a.m. We’ll sort out cars and exact starting point then. Hike leader is Jeanne Osterland, 978-4212.

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Park at the Quarry Lot on Wildcat Canyon Road. Starting on the Sea View Trail and then heading south, climbing a fairly strenuous 800’. Frequent stops will be made to savor the views. From the high point, we descend via Upper Big Springs trail. After lunch we return via the Quarry trail. Total hike length is about six miles with a total elevation gain of 900’. Bring lunch, water and poles. Hike departs from Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Zlatica Hasa, 843-4527.


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


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2017

Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson

The 45th Annual Oakmont Art Show “Art Under the Oaks” will be at the Berger from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, October 13 and 14. This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of Bonnie Crosse, a long-time member of the association. Eight of her paintings will be part of the silent auction, and as in the past, proceeds from their sale and the raffle will go to scholarships for SRJC art students. The annual scholarship fund was established eleven years ago, with $1,000 scholarships awarded to 2–3 promising young artists attending Santa Rosa Junior College, who are transferring to four-year colleges.

nBarbara Bowman

This year’s scholarship award winners are Cassandra Dias and Sydney Manning. They will show their work and be introduced at the Saturday reception. The current art works hanging in the Berger are scheduled to come down on Saturday, October 7 to make room for the Art Show. If you have works on display don’t forget to pick it up Saturday morning, Oct. 7. New works can be hung on Saturday, October 21 and will stay in place until December 9. Any artist who is a member of the association can have their work displayed in the Berger or the card room. Bring it to the Berger after 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21.

Movies At Oakmont WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays at 2 p.m.; also Sunday, October 8 at 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Mike McInnis and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA

Sunday, October 1, 2 pm THE BUTLER

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker delivers a powerful performance as Cecil Gaines, who served as the White House butler under eight presidents. His three decades of service unfold against a backdrop of unparalleled change in American history—from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond—and how these changes affected this man’s life and his family’s. The large celebrity cast includes a stellar performance by Oprah Winfrey as Cecil’s wife. (2013), PG-13, 103 minutes.

Sunday, October 8, 2 pm and 7 pm QUEEN OF KATWE

In this uplifting celebration of the human spirit, a Ugandan girl’s life in poverty changes forever when she discovers she has an amazing talent for chess. Phiona’s inspiring and colorful true story features exceptional performances from David Oyelowo as her mentor and Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o as her mother. NOTE: MAO will screen this delightful, well-directed Disney film twice, matinee and evening, on October 8. (2016), PG, 124 minutes.

Sunday, October 15, 2 pm DEAR FRANKIE

After years of lying to her young son and pretending his deadbeat father is away at sea aboard the HMS Accra, a protective mother (Emily Mortimer) must find a man willing to pose as the boy’s dad when the ship docks right by their home. Beautifully filmed in Scotland, this bittersweet, charming movie—with its twists and turns—features a fine screenplay and strong acting by all three main characters, including Gerard Butler as the boy’s pretendfather. (2004), PG-13, 105 minutes.

Sunday, October 22, 2 pm IN THE HEART OF THE SEA

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, October 1, 2 p.m.: The Butler, (2013), PG-13, 103 minutes

Sunday, October 8, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.: Queen of Katwe, (2016), PG, 124 minutes. Sunday, October 15, 2 p.m.: Dear Frankie, (2004), PG-13, 105 minutes.

Sunday, October 22, 2 p.m.: In the Heart of the Sea, PG-13, 122 minutes.

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 538-9177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the East Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Fall 2017 League schedule. Bowling dates for October: Oct. 10, 17 and 31. No bowling Oct. 3 (scheduling conflict) and 24, fourth Tuesday.


Oakmont Lanes Club has moved to the East Recreation Center on Tuesday, September 19. We will continue to bowl from 1:30–4:30 p.m. every Tuesday, except no bowling fourth Tuesdays. Please mark your calendar for our new site. This site will provide better parking and give us a lot more space to set up our lunch/party tables without affecting our bowling setup. Speaking of lunch, because of a scheduling conflict not allowing us to bowl on Oct. 3, we will now have a pizza lunch on Oct. 10 from 1–3 p.m. to celebrate our new home.

RESULTS AS OF SEPTEMBER 12 (Second week of Summer League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, 4 Tops and Alley Oops; third place, Wii Four; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place tie, Strikers and Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 290; Charlie Ensley, 247; Will Cohn, 215; Larry Lazzarini, 214; Gordon Freedman, 212. Women’s High Games: Joanne Abrams, 300 (3rd); Robin Schudel, 300 (6th); Sandy Osheroff, 278; Peggy Ensley, 277; Joan Cohn, 233; Sandy Wald, 224; Alicia Panizo, 216. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Wii Power and High Rollers; third place tie, Pin Heads and Strike Outs; fifth place, Strikes and Spares; sixth place, King Pins. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 259; Mark Attebery, 257. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 278; Maurine Bennett, 266; Debbie Miller, 266; Mollie Atkinson, 257; Vickie Jackanich, 245; Diane Price, 245; Valerie Hulsey, 234; Shirley Jamison, 203; Geri Gottbrath, 202; Nicole Reed, 201; Betsy Smith, 200. Subs High Games: Joanne Abrams, 289; Sandy Osheroff, 258; Terry Leuthner, 255; Carolyn Mack, 224.

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative nMary Ellen King, List Coordinator

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


The Oakmont News / October 1, 2017


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Oakmont News Classified Rates • • • •

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

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





Huge selection of value-priced, new, used and re-conditioned golf carts for sale. Professional repairs, service. Many years servicing our friends in Oakmont. 584-5488. No appointment hair cuts. Coloring, perms, styling. Great people, great prices. Open 7 days. 140 Calistoga Rd., Santa Rosa.


Personalized computer help in your home. PC and MAC, cell phones and tablets. Patient, experienced technology help in the comfort of your home. $35 per hour. Call Diana at (707) 327-8997.



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

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


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


Commercially licensed, transportation for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 owneroperated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. Caregivers to work in our community. Flexible shifts, 2–24 hours. Hiring bonus. Call 843-3838 or drop by 6528 Oakmont Dr.




Learn all of your legal options to qualify for Medi-Cal to pay for long-term Nursing Home Care. You don’t need to spend down all of your assets or lose your home! Call for FREE consultation to see if your loved one can qualify. 100% application success rate over 25 years. Design Benefits, (707) 795-2282.

Personalized meals for you. Transportation for errands/shopping. Companionship (sports fan), light housekeeping, relief care for a main caregiver. Jean Sharp, 570-5326. Smart TV’s, Soundbars, Netflix, Roku and Apple TV’s are complicated. I will help you. 25 years experience. $40/hr. Important: know your passwords! Jason Baldwin, (707) 479-1364,


Let me read their chart. 38 yrs. experience. 1½ hr. reading with 21year forecast, $295. Just 5 minutes from Oakmont, or I can come to you. See testimonials at www. 539-7827.

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

We are experts at installing Moisture Barriers! Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since 1979. CAL Custom Bulding Services, Inc. (CALCBS). Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330., https://


Vacation home rental cleaning. Commercial and residential, home and office. Move-outs, bed linens and much more! With more than 19 yrs. of experience. References upon request. 548-9482.



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


Memoir, book, stories, poetry? For coaching, evaluating, and editing support call Ida at (707) 978-5131, 25 years experience. Reasonable rates. The best care for your best friends. 25+ years experience. Dog and cat care. Daily visits, overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma Valley. Alix Moline, 637-6267.

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

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.


Will personify your passion for the holiday season and allow you to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Free consultation! Some of the services: decorating Christmas trees, doors, wreaths, fireplace mantels, staircases, dining tables. Gift wrapping. Call or text Mimi at 591-4069.


Hoping to find someone to split the cost of a home rental here. Please call 8331806 or visit Nextdoor website. Richard Garety.


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


Small dog specialist, 35 lb or less. Mon.– Fri., 8:30–4. Call or text at 538-8886, or book online at 4932 Sonoma Hwy., Santa Rosa, 95409.


Hiring Administrative Assistant. Word and Excel, 5–10 hrs. weekly. Can work remotely. Call (707) 772-6868. http://

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


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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


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

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM October 1–15 Sonja Moore 539-4119

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)

October 16–31 DorrelleAasland 537-1518

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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


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Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

maintenance Office

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

Street Cleaning

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


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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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

2017-2018 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Gloria Young, President Greg Goodwin, Vice President Carolyn Bettencourt, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer (Non-voting Officer) Kathleen Connelly, Director Ken Heyman, Director Lynda Oneto, Director Karen Oswald, Director CONSULTANT/INTERIM GENERAL Manager Ted Throndson

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

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

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


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Oakmont Garden Club

OVA-Sponsored Events OVA Presents: Libby Skala

nPeggy Dombeck


nAnita Roraus

Irena Sendler: Rescuing the Rescuer Written and performed by Libby Skala with music by Steve May

“Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.”—The Talmud “Brilliantly compelling. Simply gorgeous.”—The London Free Press Oakmont Village Association presents Libby Skala, winner of London Fringe’s Best Solo Performer Award, in her new solo show “Irena Sendler: Rescuing The Rescuer,” a heroic intergenerational story about the power of one-person effect change in the world. Music is composed and performed by Steve May. WHEN: Thursday, October 5, 7 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free admission. Please RSVP OVA at 539-1611.

“I am not a greedy person except 
about flowers and plants, 
and then I become fanatically greedy.”— May Sarton

AARP Presents “The AARP Smart Driver Course” nAnita Roraus

These are four- and eight-hour classroom courses for drivers 50 years of age and older. Complete cost for the course is $15 for AARP members/$20 non-members. Open to Oakmont residents only.

Two-day Full Course and One-day Refresher Course Schedule Room B, Central Activities Center

Refresher class: Friday, October 20, 12:30–5 p.m. Two-day Course: Thursday and Friday, November 30 and December, 1–5 p.m. Sign up by calling the OVA office at 539-1611 or come by in person.

Financial Education Series nStephanie Curry

Ova-sponsored event

Join A Club Event nAnita Roraus

Thursday, November 2, 6–8 PM Berger Center

The OVA “Join a Club Event” is for everyone, not just new residents. Have you been curious about a club or group and would like to learn more? Maybe it’s just time to try something new! Come over to the Berger Center and meet over 50 of the clubs at a tabled event. Talk to current members and find out why they do what they do and why you will want to do it too! The event will run from 6–8 p.m. and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend.

BEST PRICES Glass & Sash, Inc.

The next seminar in the Financial Education Series is being held on October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center. The topic is Long-Term Care. Long-Term Care is an issue that each of us thinks about and often then put aside to address on another day. There are various statistics regarding how many of us will need long-term care. The most optimistic is 1 in 2 or 50% and the least optimistic is 7 in 10 or 70% of us will at some time have a need for some type of care. Most people like to hope that they will never need any type of care. Hope is not a plan. We will discuss the options to address this need including self-funding, family as caregivers or financial intermediaries, and a bit on state-facilitated options.


Master Gardener Ellyn Pelikand has been making floral arrangements since her mother taught her this skill as a child. Ellyn owned a florist shop for many years and then moved the shop back to her farm where she now specializes in making seasonal dried floral arrangements. Ellyn uses all natural materials that she grows on her farm. Ellyn has also worked all over the Bay Area designing seasonal floral decorations for major department stores. She will speak to us about creating dazzling Fall arrangements. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, October 17, Berger Center TIME: 10–11:30 a.m.


• October is a great month for planting perennials, bulbs, and other plants in your yard. You can begin to divide grasses and clump-forming perennials. Keep the divisions well-watered until it rains. This is also a good time to apply 0-10-10 fertilizer to many of your plants. It won’t encourage leaf growth above ground, but will encourage root and bud growth for next year. Roots continue to grow in the Winter. • This month is also a great time to apply compost and/or mulch to your yard. This is the single most important amendment you can use to improve your plants. • Plant seeds of Spring-blooming annuals.

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Linda Frediani Broker/Owner, 322-4519 CalBRE# 00610124

Randy Ruark 322-2482

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Please Donate to our FOOD DRIVE Cash donations are also greatly appreciated

Jolene Cortright 477-6529

Kay Nelson 538-8777

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Paula Lewis 332-0433

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6381 Meadowridge Drive $735,000

7103 Overlook Drive $735,000

3213 Broken Twig Lane $915,000

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Mike & Leila O’Callaghan 888-6583 CalBRE# 00544689

Joey & Claudine Cuneo 694-2634

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Sue Senk 318-9595

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7005 Oakmont Drive $995,000

Roberta Lommori 539-3200 CalBRE# 00677185

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Cheryl Peterson 974-9849 CalBRE# 01052258

Nancy Shaw 322-2344

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Gail Johnson 292-9798

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The Oakmont News 10-1-2017