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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

An Oakmont View

September 15, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 18

Pickleball Plans Refined, City Hearing Next Step

nMarty Thompson

This scene of a rail fence setting off an Oakmont golf course, evergreen trees and a blooming oleander, with Hood Mountain in the background, is from the 6700 block of Oakmont Drive. Photographer Bob Starkey captured the scene while lying on the ground. (Some of Starkey’s photography will be part of the Oakmont Art Association show at the Berger Center Oct. 9 and 10.)

OVA Board Appears Split on Paying Fitness Trainer

nAl Haggerty

The Oakmont Village Association board of directors appears split on the issue of whether to pay the $14,000 annual salary of the part-time fitness trainer at the Oakmont Fitness Center. Faced with a shortage of funds, the Fitness Club asked the OVA to hire the trainer as a contract employee. The board, after a lengthy discussion at a Sept. 1 workshop at the East Recreation Center, put the question on the agenda of its regular Sept. 15 board meeting for a decision. The board also discussed a request from the Oakmont Health Initiative, apparently prompted by the Fitness Club request, to pick up the $6,000 tab for the instructors at its thrice-weekly aerobics class. Board President Frank Batchelor, in calling for the Sept. 15 vote on the trainer, indicated he’s in favor of paying the salary, leaving open the question of whether he would be an independent contractor or an OVA employee. Batchelor said OVA has the “implied power” to pay the trainer because its governing documents require the

association to protect the “health, welfare and safety” of Oakmont residents while using Oakmont facilities. This appears to raise the question of whether other clubs using Oakmont facilities for lawn bowling, tennis or bocce, for example, could make the same argument. Director Bob Giddings, noting that if everyone using the fitness center paid the $20 annual dues there would be no shortage of funds, said the issue “doesn’t rise to the level of needing OVA funds.” Only 620, or 56% of those using the club now pay dues. “Who wouldn’t want to pay 39 cents a week?” he asked. “It doesn’t make sense.” He said he wants to keep things the way they are and doesn’t want the “OVA nose” under the Fitness Club’s tent. A suggestion that Fitness Center user dues be compulsory went nowhere. Club officials said many members feel their OVA dues help pay for the club. They consider it an entitlement, one member said. See ova board on page 3 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

Plans for pickleball courts at Oakmont’s central complex are likely to come before the City Planning Commission at a public hearing in October or November, according to Susie Murray, a project planner in the Department of Community Development. Approval of the plans, which now focus solely on four courts for pickleball, is needed to get a city permit before bids can be sought to determine costs so the Oakmont Board can decide whether to move ahead. The board must weigh those costs against other needs, including upgrading of the Berger Center. City planners are still going over the design for the courts. The schedule suggested by Murray could easily push consideration of the proposal into 2016, particularly if there are appeals. The latest revision, approved in July, omits a picnic area and seating. It also adds a 10-foot buffer for an existing pond, suggested by city planners. Planning for pickleball began in December of 2013 and for a time the project included a multi-sport court, dropped for lack of public interest and to save money, Noel Lyons, co-chair of the board’s Ad Hoc Pickleball Committee, said in an interview. OVA has spent or authorized around $60,000 developing Lyons the plans, some of that for a landscape master plan. Costs grew with revisions to the original plan and with sound, visual and parking studies requested by the city after receiving protests from Oakmont residents opposing the project. Opponents have also collected petition signatures and voiced their objections at OVA Board meetings. See pickleball on page 15

Berger Committee: Update and Modernize

nMarty Thompson

A committee studying the Berger Center’s future is focusing on reconfiguring Oakmont’s primary meeting hall along with some expansion, one option from among possibilities ranging from a cosmetic update to replacing the building. Chairman Bob Giddings said the Ad Hoc Berger Improvement Committee has received an architectural consultant’s drawings it expects to present to the OVA Board on Sept. 15. “We want to present to the public where we are before budgets are estimated,” Giddings said. The OVA committee could also get an estimate for outright replacement of the building, allowing that to be compared with the cost of improving the existing structure. See berger committee on page 3


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

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Oakmont 2016 Community Directory

Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

A friendly reminder from the OVA

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 OVA Board Workshop

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

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

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

12 Noon 7 PM 9 AM

Rm. B West Rec. West Rec.

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

2 PM 2 PM

Rm. B Berger Center

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

Letters to the Editor

We welcome letters on community topics from residents or owners. Letters must include writer’s name, Oakmont address and telephone number. Maximum length 250 words and writers are limited to one letter every 90 days. Letters may be edited for length or clarity or to remove comments deemed libelous, inflammatory or personal attacks. Send letters to the Oakmont Village Association, 6575 Oakmont Drive, Suite 7, or by E-mail to

berger committee

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Getting cost estimates would allow the board to consider Berger improvements along with other possible capital investments, including a proposal to install pickleball courts. Costs for that won’t be known until after a pending city study of those plans. The proposal is an amended version of one of the alternatives the committee has been considering over the past months. It includes adding a lobby across the front, the Berger Plaza side. The lobby would have coatrooms on both sides and an audio-visual control booth in the center. One change would allow expanding space in the main auditorium. Interior walls of Room G would be replaced by retractable walls so it could be opened up for events. With the walls closed, the space would continue to serve as a meeting room. A need for more storage space would be addressed by adding two storage rooms under the building eaves on the Oakmont Drive side of the Berger. Several changes in the building would address Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, which kick in with a remodeling. These include removing the wall in the kitchen and moving the counter in the ladies restroom to allow access to stalls. Hallways on either side of the stage would have to be widened, exits added at the Oakmont Drive end of the hallways, and a chairlift installed at one side of the stage. Refurbishing the building is expected to include replacing the dance floor, adding fire sprinklers and addressing asbestos abatement issues.

Locations Room B is in the Central Activity Center, 310 White Oak Drive. Room D is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, right side of stage. Room G is in the Central (Berger) Auditorium, 6633 Oakmont Drive, lobby across from rest rooms.

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Director John Felton said OVA paying the trainer’s salary is a “slippery slope.” “Where will it end?” He said he was 100% against requiring dues payment. He said he would favor OVA matching contributions to the club. Director Andie Altman said if the OVA pays for the contractor for one facility, “where does it stop?” She called it “a tricky balance,” adding that OVA has to work within its means. Director Alan Scott said he doesn’t have any problem providing funds for the Fitness Center. He said the legal issue of whether to pay the trainer as a private contractor or an employee is important. “We have to be careful,” he added. Tom Woodrum and his wife, Teresa, who head up the Oakmont Health Initiative, said they asked the OVA to pay the $6,000 for instructors because they feel strongly that their aerobic classes should be offered free. They said they’ve held several fund-raisers but it’s getting harder because of the competition. They said their classes draw about 150 a week. Batchelor said his biggest concern is “that it we do it for your club, what do we do about others?” He said at least six other Oakmont clubs which charge fees will ask, “Why don’t you (OVA) pay for our instructors?” Woodrum then raised the issue outlined earlier by Batchelor about OVA providing for the “health, welfare and safety” of Oakmont residents. “This is what makes it so difficult to slice and dice,” Giddings commented. Asked if OVA could sponsor a fund-raiser for the Health Initiative, OVA Manager Cassie Turner said the suggestion “was not impractical.”

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League of Oakmont Maintained Area Associations nJohn Renwick


The common area of the association belongs to all members of the association on a proportional basis. Title is not held by the association or the board. The homeowner’s title states a 1/35 (or whatever number of units in the association) interest in the common area. The association, through the board, is responsible for the maintenance of the common area and the landscape in the common area and all of the area outside the exterior walls or boundaries of any structures on the lot. Should a homeowner wish to extend a patio, install a fence, build a wall, install any building extension or any other permanent structure that encroaches into the common area, the homeowner must receive the approval of the homeowners of the association. The board does not have the authority to grant this type of encroachment into the common area. The Architectural Committee forms recognize this fact. The foregoing may also pertain to homeowner requested major changes in landscape that extend beyond the original landscape design. If there are any questions, please contact the President of the LOMAA Board of Directors. Next board meeting: Monday, October 5, at 12 noon, Room B

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The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

New Oakmont Club Proposed

Golf Cart Victim Buys New Cart

nPhil Herzog

nStaff Report

I would like to start a club for multi-player board games. These are games that require varying degrees of strategy, skill and luck—some fairly simple, some more complex. I currently play with a group on Friday nights outside of Oakmont, but would like to start a group here in Oakmont. I don’t have any particular day or time in mind for this club, except not mornings and not Friday night. The time the club meets should be determined by those who wish to join. Some of the games that I have played and would like to continue to play are: 7 Wonders, Acquire, Agricola, Alhambra, Carcassonne, Condottiere, Dominion, Evo, Hansa Teutonica, Le Havre, Pillars of the Earth, Puerto Rico, Ra, Rheinlander, Saint Petersburg, Settlers of Catan. This is just a very short list of games that exist. There are dozens, if not hundreds of other games out there that we can play. The primary purpose of this club is to have fun! For questions and interest call or E-mail me at 8433053,

A resident of Oakmont Gardens whose golf cart was stolen July 13 and later found wrecked at the Polo Grounds has new wheels, thanks to help from her insurance and two area businesses. Irene Rubert purchased a golf cart from Smith’s Golf Cars. Ed Smith, owner of the Rohnert Park company, told the Oakmont News his company worked to help Ms. Rubert buy a replacement golf car, and more. “My sales manager also went out of his way to buy Mrs. Rubert a chain and lock to secure her new golf cart,” Smith said. Earlier, after Ms. Rubert’s stolen and wrecked golf cart was found, Vaughn Young of Oakmont Automotive had it towed to his shop. Ms. Rubert’s insurance paid for replacing her sole means of transportation.

nPennijean Savage

Happiness Lies Within Us

“In today’s complex society, where it is all too easy to succumb to negative influences, the wisdom to live mindfully and meaningfully is crucial. Our Buddhist practice enables us to open up our lives and become happy. By continuing to develop and deepen our faith and wisdom, we can become true champions as human beings and ongoing victors in the journey of life.”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, September 2015, p. 5. You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, September 26 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, September 26, 2:30–4 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 548-0225 or Pj at 843-7266 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

nStaff Report

Residents new to Oakmont since April are being invited to a pair of October events designed to welcome new people and help them learn about community possibilities. The first event will be a reception, where Manger Cassie Turner will talk about discovering the highlights of living in Oakmont and how to navigate the many offerings of life here. Architectural Committee information will be presented, and refreshments served. A week later will be “Join a Club Night,” with representatives of many of the 120-plus Oakmont groups staffing tables to explain how to get involved. Dates and times for the two events, to be held in the Berger Center, will be announced later this month. Invitations are being mailed to 170 new owners who have bought since April. Tenants are invited as well, through reading this story. No sign-up is required.

Quilting Bee

It is summertime and the Quilting Bee members celebrated with a picnic in the patio of the CAC. Oakmont Market made our box lunches and Melissa from the Good News Café prepared wonderful, individual cheese cakes for us. We played a “heads or tails” game and were entertained by Ken Kronin who brought his ukulele and copies of the words to the songs he played so we could sing along. Pam McVey showed the Santa Rosa Quilt Guild’s current opportunity quilt made by Vivian Valencia, me and two other Guild members. The quilt won a First Place Blue Ribbon and a Best of Division award at the Sonoma County Fair. Susan MacKenzie

Vivian Valencia and Elizabeth McDonnell

During our business meeting later in the month, Cathy Rapp discussed a couple of videos on the subject of machine quilting and free motion quilting utilizing a walking foot. We will arrange to show these videos at a meeting in the near future. Mary Ann Allen asked if anyone is interested in taking a class taught by Betty Upchurch in which we would make small “door hanger” quilts with a choice of making a witch or Santa Claus. There was also a discussion of having Judy Bianchi teach a class to our members. Susan MacKenzie reminded us that she had taken a class at Asilomar in which she had drawn “Birthday Girl,” a self-portrait. She then displayed the finished quilt made as a result of that drawing, which was fun and wild. Yvonne Draper was finishing up a lap quilt photo by Robert Couse-Baker

September 26 Buddhist Meeting

nElizabeth McDonnell

New Resident Receptions

nPete Hardy Be sure to designate the

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during the meeting which she made for a friend. Skipper Taylor displayed four doll quilts she made for our donation projects. She purchased the fabric in the 1970’s with a plan to teach herself to quilt and finally got around to using the fabric. She also showed a pretty baby quilt which she finished with satin edges. Cathy Rapp showed a baby quilt she made for a neighbor to give as a gift. She found very cute giraffe fabric at Broadway Quilts in Sonoma and ordered a side panel featuring a tall giraffe from an online shop. Barbara Arnold told us about the “one block wonder” class she took at Fabrications in Healdsburg, along with Joann Fuller and Paula Scull. She decided to make six placemats and showed one that is completed. She said she was surprised when it was finished as one doesn’t know what the finished project will look line until the very end. On Saturday, August 29, seven Bee members learned to appliqué in a class taught by Mary Ann Allen, Vivian Valencia and me. We had fun and enjoyed a potluck lunch as well. The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please call me at 538-2523.



WHEN: Wednesday, September 30 WHERE: 495 White Oak Dr. TIME: 4 p.m. COST: Bingo Cards $2 each; deli sandwiches and wraps, carrot and raisin salad, dessert—ice cream $6 All are welcome. If you don’t play bingo, come for dinner at approx. 5:15 p.m.


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

nLynn Wycoff

Bocce News

The Harvest Moon Tournament has been held and the lucky winners will be featured in the next edition. Their candy prizes are long gone but they can still look forward to the mug shots in the Oakmont News. Next on the agenda is the Autumn Tournament and Potluck/Annual Meeting. This event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. The potluck/annual meeting will follow play and will be held at the West Rec. Center. The meeting will be short and the food will be great! Please watch for sign-up sheets on the bulletin board. We need to know how many are coming and what delicious treat you plan to bring. As you know we are a group known for our gourmet food offerings so this is not an event to miss! Repairs are ongoing at the courts, so please excuse the prep work—tape, primer, etc. Eventually it will be done and worth the wait. More on this later. Keep enjoying this wonderful weather and keep the balls rolling!

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Claudine Cuneo, Realtor BRE#01265144

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nKathy Cirksena

A large and festive crowd came to the Berger Center on the evening of August 21 to enjoy food, wine (and beer) and circus entertainment while learning about the impact of Oakmonters who volunteer. Eleven non-profit groups that provide much needed services in Sonoma County and beyond were present to discuss their activities, share stories of volunteering and meet and greet potential new volunteers. “This is a very gratifying turnout to recognize all the good that Oakmont residents do in the wider community,” said OVA Manager Cassie Turner. Enjoying wine donated by local wineries and Lagunitas Brewing, attendees could choose between Wurst Haus and El Coyote for dinner while desserts were provided by Melissa of the Good News Café and by Cookie-Take-A-Bite. Three circus acts entertained us with juggling, aerial acrobatics and stilt walking. Inner Orbit from Oakland

In honor of Saint Francis of Assissi and his devotion to all creatures great and small, Oakmont Gardens invites you, your family, and your beloved pets to join us for a Blessing of the Animals. Monsignor Pulskamp from Star of the Valley Church will officiate a blessing onto all the pets, in celebration of St. Francis’ Feast Day on October 4th. After the ceremony, enjoy a “Strut Your Pup” pet contest hosted by Hired Hands Homecare as well as raffle prize giveaways provided by Pawsarotti’s Pet Store and Oakmont Paw Spa.

Call (707) 703-4010 to RSVP by Sept. 29th or for more info. 301 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409

400 Attend “Oakmont Touches Lives” Non-Profit Showcase brought their aerialist and a juggler of hats and just about everything else, while our stilt walkers were local folks: winemaker Addison Rex of Deerfield Winery and his girlfriend Cat entertained young and old alike with juggling and tricks and even squeezed into the Berger itself where they were plenty glad for the high ceilings. From the stage, six of the participating groups each provided a brief introduction to what their group does and the benefits of joining them. A standing room only crowd listened as they shared photos of the interesting projects they work on, described opportunities to get involved and the areas of most current need. Participant groups set up tables where representatives stood ready to share their stories: Assistance League, Bouverie Preserve, Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Forget Me Not Farm Children’s Services, Friends of Animals in the Redwood Empire (FAIRE), Jack London State Park, Luther Burbank Home and Gardens Volunteer Association, Oakmont Kiwanis, Sierra Girls Center Garden Club, Valley of the Moon Rotary, YWCA Safe House and the YWCA Make a Room in Your Heart/A Safe Place for Pets Team. Heartfelt thanks are in order to the OVA staff— Marsha Zolkower who coordinated and Brad and all the maintenance folks who set up a large and complicated array of tables and chairs and filled huge vats with ice for drinks, among other things. This event would not have been such a success without the many volunteers who turned out from Oakmont clubs and from the participating organizations. Many thanks to them all! Oakmont Touches Lives was a joint production of the OVA, Oakmont Kiwanis and the YWCA Make a Room in Your Heart/A Safe Place for Pets Team: Andie Altman, Katy Carrel and Kathy Cirksena.

Thursday, October 1, 2015 • 2:30pm

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The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015


nEd Low

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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

Point Reyes Sky Trail. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

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was handed over to the Ecology Center and is slated to become part of the park system. For now it is closed to the public but we have several people that patrol the park and they are allowed to bring a small number of guests. It’s a lovely hike of about seven miles and 1,200’ of elevation gain. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Kathy and Randy Vincent, 538-3530.


Approximately five level miles except for an initial steep but short climb. If hikers wish, we can take the Sunset and North Ridge Trails to the top of Mt. Livermore (elev. 788’) for lunch and a more spectacular view. Enjoy 360° bay views of San Francisco, both bridges, the East Bay, Mt. Tamalpais and beyond. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. sharp to catch the 10 a.m. Tiburon Ferry (the $14 round trip fare includes park entrance). Parking close to the ferry terminal can be as much as $16-$20. We will return on the last ferry at 3:30 p.m. Hike leader is Jason Wilkenfeld, 978-2385.


The hike will be to Calabazas Creek. Many of you will remember it as part of the Beltane ranch which

Partners Contract Bridge

nHelen Hargrave

The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evening, Sept. 21 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score. If you have not played with us, please give me a call at 539-5511, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson

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

Attention all Oakmont residents of all ages

If you don’t mind getting out of the house for a few hours on the first and third Monday of every month, if you don’t mind meeting new friends and having a great time in the process, then American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on September 21. We meet on the first and the third Monday of every month. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. We still have some openings for experienced players only at this time. For more information please contact me by calling at 539-6666 or E-mail to haversonm@ We have a great bunch of Mah Jongg players. You will have a great time and meet some fun people. So call or E-mail today. Look forward to hearing from you.

Sunday, September 20

Benjamin Mertz and the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers, an interfaith gospel choir singing songs of faith and freedom will be filling the service with their music. They have been a moving and energized gift to us in the past! If you would like to find out more about them and see their latest video, visit


This short hike off Highway 12 is at one of the largest freshwater marshes in California. It has wonderful birds and wildlife. The loop is less than two miles on good trail, all flat. Bring water and snacks. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Jim Sannar, 538-2289.


This medium strenuous hike of 9-10 miles will cover a variety of Annadel trails, with a great 360° view from the high point. Estimated elevation gains are about 1,500’. Dress in layers, bring poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger at 8:30 a.m. Hike leader is Lou Kinzler, 595-1214.


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

Sunday, September 27

Julie Miller will be preaching from Isaiah 54 with a title of “The Heritage of the Saints.” Blessings abound for the faithful! Debbie Knapp will be sharing her music on the keyboards, Jason Fauss on cello and Sylvan Eidleman on violin.

Oakmont Single Malt Scotch Club

nDennis Korte

An application has been submitted for a new fun club. Taste and talk about different regions and distillers that make single malt. All you need is your favorite glass and be willing to purchase a bottle on a rotating basis (approximately once per year). If you have an interest in a club like this contact me or 738-9308. All are welcome, not just the guys!


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

nChuck Wood

Golf News



In the August 26 OGC Board meeting, this year’s Nominating Committee Chair, Nona Leone, announced that they have four qualified candidates for this fall’s election. Those candidates are Frank Giannini, Neil Huber, Barbara Robinson and Steve Spanier. We will elect two new board members to fill the vacancies created by the completion of the threeyear terms of Michael Canar and Frank Giannini. Copies of the resumes, with photographs, of our four candidates will be placed in the glass case bulletin board outside the West Course Pro Shop on September 18. In the October 1 issue of the Oakmont News Nona and I will provide brief biographical sketches for each of these four candidates, along with the key milestone dates for this year’s board election.


On August 14, while playing the 5th hole on the West Course, Dave Goulson choked while eating a sandwich. The food became lodged in his breathing passage. Fellow golfer, Andy Frauenhofer, responded perfectly. Having been trained in First Aid and, specifically, in the use of the Heimlich Maneuver, Andy recognized the life-threatening situation, knew what questions to immediately ask Dave, and then applied the technique. It took four “pumps” to successfully dislodge the sandwich materials. How successful? Mr. Goulson was able to complete his round of golf! As a P.E. instructor, coach and school Athletic Director (San Marin High School), Andy had received thorough First Aid, CPR and Heimlich Maneuver training. Thus, he was ready and capable to respond to the emergency on August 14. Some of us OGC members have also been trained via our work experience—I used my training to dislodge a piece of chocolate from my mother-in-law’s throat and Frank Giannini related that he had dislodged a piece of meat from another person’s throat. Andy and I agree that the August 14th event should be a catalyst to offer Heimlich Maneuver training to all of us Oakmont Golf Club members. I have begun the process of working with the American Red Cross to have them provide onsite training for OGC members on a one-time basis. Over the next couple of months this offering will be fleshed out and details will be made available to you all. Participation would be voluntary and there may be a nominal shared cost fee. This training could be a good “rainy day activity” as we head into an “El Nino” winter. Moreover, it can provide the skills and confidence that each of us should have when encountering the situation that Andy faced when we are with family and friends and out in public. Stay tuned.

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9-Hole Monday Men’s Club


Senior Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

nJohn Williston

On August 17, we completed our five-round summer eclectic tournament. The winners were: Keith Wise with a 19 and John Munkacsy and Dan Sienes, both with a 24. On August 24, we played our ThreeClub Monte Tournament (three clubs plus a putter). We discovered that we can shoot similar scores with four clubs just as well, as we do with a full bag of clubs. Who said we need 14 clubs? A good time was had by all. The results are shown below. By the time of this publication, we would have played our second mixer of the year (Niners mixing with other Niners). The results will be published in the next edition. This year, the Niners will be collecting our 2016 dues instead of paying them through the OGC office. Our dues will be $20 for next year. More payment method information will follow. Happy golfing!

In years past the Oakmont Seniors’ visit to the Richmond Country Club has usually involved the layering of golf clothes, lots of layers. Tee-off time has ordinarily involved peering into the summer fog pouring in from the Golden Gate and shivering in the breeze, waiting for the sun to appear and offer a little warmth to alleviate the chill. OK, maybe that is a little over the top (but not that much). The last two years have been different though with lots of sun and summer heat. The golf course itself was in great shape and the hosts were great, as usual. You missed the best Richmond visit in this writer’s memory if you didn’t go. Three clubs were visitors at Richmond on Thursday, August 27: Oakmont, Crow Canyon and Orinda. The game was a modified Chapman-type scoring with higher scores reflecting better play. The teams were divided into two flights and awards made to the three highest scores in each flight. First flight: first place, Steve Lamphere, Bob Schmalz, Steve Cochran and Marshall Armstrong, 55; second, Bob Ignoffo, John Merchant, Lyn Arscott and B ob Ayers, 53; third, Ben Pope, Jim Burns, Tom Olsen and Dick Doust, 52. Second flight: first, Bob Thompson, John Moore, Terry Mcdonell and Chuck Forew, 56; second (cardoff), Lou Bonguini, Al Wahlburg, Mark Stett and Fred Tony, 53; third, John Garcia, Titton Quon, Kramer Klabau and Chuck Adams, 53. Closest-to-the-hole (Oakmont): John Garcia, 3’8”. The last event of the Oakmont Seniors’ calendar year will be at Marin Country Club on September 24. This is a very popular destination and you should sign up early to get a place on the Oakmont team, as it fills up early. And that’s it, no more Seniors’ events until next year, a long seven -month wait. If you didn’t play with the Oakmont Seniors this year, you can still join the team next Spring and enjoy one of the best rewards of your OGC membership.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR August 17 Individual Low Net, 28 Players

First place: Keith Wise with a 24. Second place: Allan Stewart with a 27. Third place: Jim Norem with a 29. Fourth place: Wayne Mickaelian with a 30. Fifth place tie: Tony D’Agosta, Don Morse, Dan Sienes and John Munkacsy, all with a 32. Ninth place: Don Schulte with a 32.5. Tenth place: Greg Carpenter with a 33.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR AUGUST 24 Three-Club Monte, 22 Players

First place tie: Jim Norem, Dan Sienes and Wayne Mickaelian, all with a 29. Fourth place tie: Dan Levin and Tom Massip, both with a 30. Sixth place: Don Schulte with a 30.5. Seventh place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Noel Schween, both with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Tom Massip, 24’4”.

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18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Hi there ladies. September has arrived. I’m sure most of you enjoyed all the summer fun here in Oakmont, including those longer visits from those sweet grandchildren! Kids, we love those kids. Speaking of kids, the girls’ high school golf competition is now underway. That’s what’s so wonderful about golf— you can play it for a long time. Speaking of champs, Thursday’s Club Championship was completed a few days ago. Congratulations to those who participated and to the champs! Winners will be announced next month. No info at press time. A big thank-you goes out to Leslie Clark and Kathy Mokricky and their committee for our wonderful Invitational! A grand ol’ time was had by all. I heard that country music all the way down the first fairway! Now here are the results of sweeps for the later part of August.

nBarbara Bowman


Our Tuesday Captain, Ellean Huff with Ellie Baciocco and Joan DiMaggio



All sweeps winners up at the Quail celebrating! From L. to R.: Carol Locke, Vanita Collins, Leslie Clark, Judy Duport and Christy Rexford.

Red Tees (18 players): First flight: first, J. Rockwell; second, L. Frediani; third tie, E. Baciocco and E. LaPointe. Second flight: first, J. Fulkerson; second, J. Haggerty; third, A. Engen; fourth tie, M. Crimaldi and C. Hilliard. Yellow Tees (7 players): One flight: first, R. Levy; second tie, L. Yates and B. Robinson.



Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz (87). First flight: first low net, P. Buchholz; second low net, L. Clark; third low net, K. Peters; fourth low net, G. Manos; and fifth low net, E. Beltrano. Second flight: first low net, C. Sharpe; second low

Two qualifying rounds on September 3 and September 17 will determine the 2015 Niners Club champion. The second round on Sept. 17 is a shotgun beginning at 8:30 a.m. with a Niners’ general meeting to follow. The Club Champion will be announced at the meeting. Plan to play in the mixer; bring a sandwich to the meeting and congratulate our new champions. Lots of important issues to discuss. First flight: first, E. Foote; second, E. Baciocco; third, L. Yates; fourth, R. Levy. Second flight: first tie, T. Siela and J. Fulkerson; third, R. Lommori; fourth, N. Person. Third flight: first, D. Kiddoo, second tie, J. Banayat and S. Wood; fourth tie, J. Eiserloh and B. James. Chip-in, Ellie Baciocco, #3; Chip-in and Birdie, Jane Fulkerson, #8.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 18, WEST 3-3-3, 31 players

Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (85). First flight: first low net, J. Seliga; second low net, L. Paul; third low net, K. Mokricky; and fourth low net, P. Buchholz. Second flight: first low net, P. Schulze; second low net, J. Duport; third low net, M. Delagnes; fourth low net, J. Reed; and fifth low net, J. DiMaggio. Third flight: first low net, L. Kilpatrick; second low net, C. Carter; third low net tie, B. VanVoorhis, E. Baciocco and P. Edwards. Fourth flight: first low net, T. Siela; second low net tie, K. Wittes and V. Collins; fourth low net, C. Rexford.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

Some of our volunteers for the WGANC Classic. From L. to R.: we have Carol Sharpe, Vanita Collins, Karen Sites and our Thursday Captain, Kris Peters.

net, Y. Smith; third low net, K. Murphy; fourth low net, C. Buchold; and fifth low net, J. DiMaggio. Third flight: first low net, J. Duport; second low net tie, S. Baxter, L. Davis and M. A. Gibbs; fifth low net, L. Kilpatrick; and sixth low net, C. Locke. Fourth flight: first low net, J. O’Toole; second low net tie, D. Johnson and L. Frediani; fourth low net, V. Collins; and fifth low net tie, E. Foote and C. Rexford.

First flight: first tie, L. Yates and R. Wellman; third, E. Foote; fourth tie, C. Carroll and E. Comaduran. Second flight: first, V. Collins; second, C. Rexford; third, P. Lash. Third flight: first, J. Rockwell; second: M. Crimaldi; third tie, A. Keenley and E. LaPointe; fifth tie, J. Fulkerson and G. Del Cielo. Fourth flight: first, B. James; second, A. Engen; third tie, A. Krajci and J. Haggerty; fifth, N. Young. Chip-ins: Elisabeth LaPointe, #12 and Connie Silvas, #13.



Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (78). First flight: first low net tie, L. Paul and P. Wright; third low net, B. Hulick; fourth low net tie, S. Wood, K. Mokricky, M. Pierce and K. Downey. Second flight: first low net, K. Faherty; second low net, C. Carroll; third low net tie, G. Manos, M. Rossi and L. Lietner. Third flight: first low net, L. Kilpatrick; second low net, J. Duport; third low net, M. Yturralde; fourth low net tie, Y. Smith, E. Frauenhoffer and B. Goodman. Fourth flight: first low net, K. Wittes; second low net, V. Collins; and third low net, C. Rexford. Welcome Chantalle Floch, a new member to our Thursday Club. Another thank-you goes out to all those who volunteered to help with the two-day Oakmont Classic. It was a big success with Oakmont hosting 60 women from WGANC for two rounds of golf, breakfast, lunch and dinner. Wow! See you out there. I will be on vacation so the next article will be in mid-October. Carry on!

Henni and Peggy improved their scores on the next-to-last day of Eclectic Play.

Be sure to play on September 24, the sixth and last day of the Eclectic Tournament. We’ll soon know the 2015 champion!


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015


Wednesday Men’s Club

Garden Club

nPeggy Dombeck nRay and Marie Haverson

nJim Kaiser


First flight (11.5–18.5): first, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, Bob Branstetter and John Cook, 90; second tie, Bob Peterson, Tony Hughes, Bill Hainke and Jeff Snyder, and Shelly Brodsky, Peter Waller, Charles Perotti and Mike Hull, 95. Second flight (20.3–28.5): first, Tom Wayne, Bud Simi, Pete Eschelbach and Scott Ricci, 88; second tie, Alan McLintock, Gary Novak, Suru Subbarao and blind draw, and Bob Siela, Andy Frauenhofer, Rick Yates and blind draw, 90. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Chuck Mendenhall, 3’3”, Pete Eschelbach, 6’7”; #13—Ray Pierce, 9’9”, Shelly Brodsky, 10’2”; #16—Mike Hull, 9’7”, Mike Isola, 10’4”.


First, John Munkacsy, 60; second tie, Gary Stone and Dick Kaiser, 61; fourth tie, Joe Lash and Bob Thorsen, 63; sixth, Tom Massip, 64; seventh tie, Art Boot and Neal Huber, 65. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Gary Stone, 27’2”, Tom Massip, 49’10”; #16—John Munkacsy, 13’10”, Chuck Wood, 32’1”.


First flight (9.8–19.2): first, Jim Scinto, Bob Baciocco, John Cook and blind draw; second, Mike Doyle, John Williston, Bob Giddings and Sal Cesario. Second flight (19.3–26.3): first, Don Streutker, Dave Goulson, Ray Pierce and blind draw; second, Denny Mool, Bob Siela, Rick Yates and Tommy Yturralde. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Mike Hull, 14’1”, Jack Haggerty, 18’5”; #13—Bob Hartsock, 9’9”, Ross Alzina, 13’3”; #16—Denny Mool, 7’10”, John Weston, 15’5”. Hole #5—Bob Giddings, 18’5”.

August 26, East TWO-MAN BEST BALL

First, Tom Massip/Dan Levin, 51; second, Dick Scott/Frank Smith, 53; third tie, Chuck Wood/Tony D’Agosta, Dan Sienes/Don Schulte and Rich Silvas/ Blind Draw, 54. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Don Schulte, 20’11”; #16— Dick Scotty, 19’1”.

Table Tennis in Oakmont

nKay Kim

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

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

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


WHAT: The Rat Pack Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: December 12 TIME: 7 p.m. to approx. 8:30 p.m. FOOD: Coffee, lemon water and cookies only. You may bring your own food and drink for the show (same as last year). COST: $35 for members, $40 for member’s guest and $50 for non-members Please note: we only have 40 seats left for this show, so if you want to attend, get your check in now!


“Leaves begin to yellow and brown. Flowers become seeds. Everything is soft, large, ripe. As I walk among the plants, they reflect my mood—placid and self-satisfied.”—Lauren Springer


Dennis Przybyeien, master gardener, will talk about Minimum Impact and Maximum Output Gardening. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, October 13 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

Oakmont Ukesters

nLinda Webster


Having fun is good for you and learning keeps us mentally fit, so grab your ukulele and come join the Oakmont Ukesters! This OVA-approved group meets once a week (Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.) at the lovely Oakmont Gardens. If you already play the ukulele or are new to it, come on over. Each week time is set aside for beginners to choose songs they want to practice/learn and each week intermediate songs are also played. Regardless of the play list selected by group members, the goal is to expand what we know and to have fun. A sample of the current playlist includes: “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Ripple,” “Satin Doll,” “Up a Lazy River” and “Bye Bye Love.” New songs are brought in each week to add to our repertoire so there is always variety in what is played. For information and to become an Oakmont Ukester, please call me at 978-2790.


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Oakmont Music Lovers

Speaker: Roy Zajac, Clarinet

During the course of his undergraduate work at the University of Michigan, Roy Zajac studied in Vienna, Austria, with Peter Schmidle, the principal clarinetist of the Vienna Philharmonic. After completing his undergraduate degree, Roy performed for one season with the Filharmoni del Bajio Orchestra in Guanajuato, Mexico, before returning to the United States and earning his Master’s degree in Music Performance at the University of Minnesota as a student of Burt Hara, the principal clarinetist of the Minnesota Orchestra. After earning his graduate degree, Roy joined the Air Force as a clarinetist with the United States Air Force Band of the Golden West stationed at Travis Air Force Base in California. In 1998, Roy was selected as the principal clarinetist of the Santa Rosa Symphony under

the direction of Jeffery Kahane. Roy frequently performs chamber music with members of the Santa Rosa Symphony and many other Northern California symphonies including Berkeley, Marin, Monterey, Napa and Sacramento. In 2013 Roy performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Santa Rosa Symphony under the direction of Maestro Bruno Ferrandis. Roy enjoys teaching private lessons and coaching clarinet, woodwinds and wind ensembles for the Santa Rosa Symphony youth orchestras as well as at Marin Arts Academy, Cazadero Performing Arts Camp and Sonoma State University. WHEN: October 6, 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

Tennis Club

nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson


The OTC Mixed Doubles Tournament is usually a sold-out event. So, don’t delay: grab your partner and sign up by September 29 by contacting Sumner Johnson ( or 5393758) with both yours and your partner’s contact information and competition level (A-level or B/Clevel competition), or sign up on the OTC website ( Competing couples will meet on October 3, 8 a.m., West Courts where coffee and light refreshments will be served (play at both East and West Courts).


The OTC Nominations Committee has completed its selection of nominees for the 2016 OTC Board of Directors. They are: President, Terri Somers; Vice President, Jim Oswald; Treasurer, Paula Lewis; Secretary, Dorothy Smith; Social Director, Cinda Gough; and Tennis Events Director, Mark Guillory. The nominees will be presented to the membership at the Tennis Club Annual Membership Meeting, Saturday, October 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m., West Rec. Before votes are cast, nominations will be taken from the floor. Wine and an antipasto appetizer will be served. No fee or reservation is required for the annual membership meeting portion of the evening. However, this business meeting is limited to duespaying members only. You can join the Oakmont Tennis Club by contacting Paula Lewis, Dues are a low $20/year and include tennis tournaments, social events, inter-club tennis, free tennis instruction at the novice and intermediate levels, drop-in tennis twice a week, sub lists and ball machines at both court locations.

Dress is casual attire (think Italy in the fall). Deposit the coupon below and your payment in the OTC folder in the OVA Administrative Office. The coupon also can be downloaded from the OTC website.


OTC members and their guests were welcomed with a glass of chardonnay followed by an entertaining wine education from Nick Goldschmidt. Premier red wine and paired food tastings were enjoyed by all. And, there was a special treat to close the evening— three kinds of homemade cheesecake. Thanks to Goldschmidt Vineyard, Heidi West Catering, OTC bakers and OTC members behind the scene who donated their wine, food, time and talent. All proceeds support club events. See the OTC website for more pictures.

Terri Somers refills while Nick Goldschmidt educates and entertains. (Photo D. Linneball)

nJohn Brodey

How Much Golf Can You Play?

Or for that matter, how much time can you spend in a pool, playing Pickleball, making greeting cards, meditating or calf roping? There are lots of activities, clubs and diversions here in Oakmont and yet it was nice to see the recent introduction of a new group that focuses on doing good works here in Oakmont and beyond. The open house for “Oakmont Touches Lives” took place a few weeks back and it provided an introduction to some of the organizations that are always looking for volunteers who want to do a little giving back. Sponsored by the OVA and Kiwanis, the event provided brief presentations by participants and an opportunity for attendees to visit with each individually. Obviously, Kiwanis and Valley of the Moon Rotary are service organizations. Our members are volunteers in every sense of the word and the money we raise goes to a very diverse group of non-profits, some of whom were also in attendance. Sierra Girls Center Garden Club and CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) are wonderful programs serving disadvantaged and troubled youth. The list also included Jack London State Historic Park, Assistance League, Luther Burbank Home, FAIRE Forget Me Not Farm and A Safe Place for Pets. It is gratifying to know that while we are enjoying all the pursuits the Oakmont campus has to offer, there is a desire on the part of many residents to want to make a difference. “Service Above Self” is the Rotary motto and we encourage you to see if there might be a cause that speaks to you. You’ll be amazed how great it feels to actually see the way these efforts change the lives of others. If you are feeling a little guilty but are not quite there, keep in mind that a little altruism goes a long way and the rewards can be unexpected. In my case, the golf ball goes farther, the wine tastes better and the turkeys don’t sound that bad. So if you missed out and want to get a better idea of what it’s like, feel free to join all of us at the VOM Rotary Club for breakfast any Friday morning at 7:15 a.m. at the Quail Inn. And don’t forget our big Taste for Oakmont fundraiser on Friday, October 16 at 5 p.m. There’ll be Kansas City Bar-B-Que beer, wine, cocktails and a roomful of great blues courtesy of the Volker Strifler Blues Band. E-mail Valerie Hulsey for tickets at

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Zentangle™ Art Classes

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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty

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


Monday, September 28: Creating on black tiles TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. Check it out! Time has been extended. We have more time to tangle! WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $8 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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September 20 Naomi Tickle: What Makes People Tick and Why?”

Naomi will be sharing some of the key traits seen in the face that indicate both our strengths and challenges. Audience participation is encouraged throughout the presentation, helping to provide a new insight into what makes people tick and why. Her talk will expose you to a whole new way of looking at the people around you, both loved one as well as strangers. Naomi Tickle is a leading face reading expert, international speaker and career consultant. Her book What Makes People Tick and Why is used as tool for communications, understanding children, relationships, team building, sales, career guidance and personal development.

September 27 Bob Faux: How Much “Justice” is in Our Criminal Justice System?

Sonoma County lawyer and educator Bob Faux will discuss where some different concepts of justice originated, the criminal procedures that are instrumental in applying them, and current issues that have raised concerns about how our criminal justice system operates. Faux, whose 40 years of experience includes two decades as a Sonoma County deputy public defender, will look at the protections for accused individuals embodied in the US Constitution and where those protections may not work as well as believed.


Sons in Retirement (SIR) members will hear from a Red Cross volunteer who worked for three months at Ground Zero immediately after the 9/11 attacks at its Sept. 23 meeting. J. Patch Guglielmino will recall that horrific morning 14 years ago when she saw the suicide attacks on TV and subsequently flew to New York. One of Sonoma County’s most traveled and experienced Red Cross volunteers, she will describe her experiences working at Ground Zero as a family service technician and give a very personal look into the life and struggles of one who was deeply involved in a significant chapter of American history and made a difference in the lives of those she touched. “It was so much bigger than on television,” Guglielmino said. “I saw it every day, smelled it every day. It was overwhelming.” She wrote about her experiences at Ground Zero in a book published in 2006: A Flag at HalfMast: A Personal Account of the Attack on America. Guglielmino is a humanitarian aid worker, a writer and a pen and ink artist living in Healdsburg. She has a B.S. degree from the University of San Francisco, graduating as valedictorian. She has worked, and made a difference, in 23 major disasters in the United States and Guam. Her very busy schedule includes volunteering with the Santa Rosa Police Department and the trauma center emergency department of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She is also a hospice worker and she’s at the Sonoma County Airport Friday mornings with a therapy dog. Her awards and recognition include: Outstanding Service to the Community from the U.S. Congress; Hero’s Award from the California State Legislature for extraordinary compassion and heroic efforts in the aftermath of 9/11; an award from the government of Guam for assisting their citizens in two typhoons; named on the Wall of Tolerance at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery, Ala., for taking a stand against hate, injustice and intolerance. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Grill and Café. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.


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 .m. We draw for partners just before 6:30 p.m. and play starts promptly after that. We change partners after each game of four hands. Need to brush up? Come at 6 p.m. for practice play. Singles and couples are welcome. There are no membership dues. Cost for the evening is $1 and money is awarded to the top scores for the evening.

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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

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

Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the West Rec. Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See www. for club information and Fall 2015 League schedule. Remaining bowling dates for September: Sept. 15 and 29. No bowling Sept. 22, fourth Tuesday.

RESULTS AS OF August 18 (Week #2 of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, Wii Four and 4 Tops; third place tie, Strikers and Alley Oops; fifth place, Wild Turkeys; sixth place, Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Terry Leuthner, 256; Don Shelhart, 248. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 279; Peggy Ensley, 247; Phyllis Jennings, 247; Mariel Green, 246; Vicki Madden, 246; Sugar Carlton, 245; Vicki Robinson, 245; Florence Palica, 241; Germaine Byrne, 227; Kathryn Miller, 213; Sandy Osheroff, 213; Mary Knight, 202. High Game Sub: Fritzie Amantite, 222. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strikes and Spares; second place tie, King Pins and High Rollers; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place, Strike outs; sixth place, Pin Heads. Men’s High Games: Bruce Price, 216; Scott Harris, 213. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 278; Carolyn Mack, 259; Betsy Smith, 258; Maurine Bennett, 248; Mollie Atkinson, 243; Diane Price, 242; Barbara Ford, 236; Debbie Miller, 236; Valerie Hulsey, 234; Pat Stokes, 234; Nicole Reed, 205; Judy Lawrence, 203. High Game Sub: Sandy Osheroff, 279; Terry Leuthner, 206. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help set up or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

nRay Haverson


The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club had its second meet on September 2. What a great turn out and we found some wonderful players and instructors. Thanks for all the help. If you want to have a great time and meet some wonderful people you should consider joining our club. We will be playing from 8 a.m. to 12 noon on our meet days so please let me know what hour you would like to reserve. We can play up to eight players per hour. When we fill the hour we will then move on to the next hour and so on. If you are not a member yet you may join our club the dues are a mere $12 per year. Make checks payable to Horseshoe Club. Your dues for this year will pay you up to January 1, 2017. You can E-mail me for your requested start time at or call me at 539-6666. Your play time will be one hour. Come on out and have some fun! See you at our next meet. The pits are located behind the central pool. Please park in the Berger parking lot.


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

nErnie Rose

Documentary Film Masterworks

We begin our 18th consecutive year here in Oakmont of outstanding documentaries with a film which will open your eyes to a little known world. There are some 10,000 different kinds of birds in the world, and since they are among the most mobile of all the animals, more than half of them migrate as much as 12,000 miles in their annual breeding cycle. On their way north to Canada from South America, an unusual variety of them find a temporary resting place in, of all places, New York’s Central Park. As a consequence, a dedicated band of nearby residents have become diehard bird watchers whose goal in life is to identify and keep count of the number and different species spotted. To some, a love for birds may seem like an odd preoccupation. Yet of the 65% of American households with a pet, one in every 20 of them has a bird. The serious observation of birds in their natural habitat has a long and respected tradition. In Victorian England the sighting of birds and a skill in identifying their origin became a mark of distinction among the upper classes, second only in popularity to fox hunting. But by the early 1900s the hunting of exotic birds by collector became publicly frowned upon by the Audubon Society and by ornithologists who feared that some varieties of rare birds were in danger of disappearing. For a generation increasingly drawn to life and work in big cities, little thought is given to those elements that comprise the natural world, and to our relationship with it. Thus, the existence of a huge public park in the very center of our largest city allows those who seek it a place to reconnect with nature. The sounds of a modern bustling city can easily overwhelm the hooting of an owl or the chirping of a bird, but Jeffrey Kimball’s stunningly photographed film called simply BIRDERS: A Film about People and Birds (60 min., 2012) shows us that world can be a magical place. As seen through the eyes of a diverse group of locals (a teenage girl, a trombone technician, a writer and a host of their feathered friends) we rediscover some of the magic of that relationship. It asks us to ponder how we relate to nature besides taking a picture of it. And most importantly, it helps us to see things all around us that we never noticed before—things that are awe inspiring. I look forward to seeing you back for our 2015–2016 season!

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

Absolute Beginner Bridge Lessons

nKate Hill

It’s never too late to learn the world’s greatest card game! This class is for people who have never played the game in their life. We also welcome those who played many years ago, and want the inside scoop on all the changes that have taken place. A new Absolute Beginner Bridge class starts Friday morning, October 9 in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center. It’s a six-week course on Friday mornings from 9:30–11:30 a.m., continuing through November 13. My goal is to create a gentle and supportive environment in which to enjoy the fun and challenges of the world’s greatest card game. I am a teacher and director certified by the American Contract Bridge League. You can learn the game with or without a partner. We will be studying Standard American Bridge as it has evolved—that which is most commonly played throughout the United States. We’ll learn improvements in the game which have taken place over the past 40 years, and you’ll be ready to enjoy bridge at any level, be it with friends and family, or learning to compete in stiffer competition in the future. Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on October 9 at 9:15 a.m. or you may contact me directly (see below). Cost is $15 per class, or $85 for the series (includes text). Students who have previously attended my Oakmont classes may repeat any of these sessions for $5. Drop-ins are always welcome! Feel free to write me at or call 545-3664 with any questions.

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Oakmont Art Association

nCarol Decker


This year’s show is dedicated to Dorothy Pierce, for her longtime leadership and promotion of the art association and of the arts in the Oakmont community. Serving as President in 2004, Dorothy was the prime instigator of the scholarship program, which dates back to 2006, as well as the annual open studios program. She has donated one of her fine watercolors to the show’s silent auction. Dorothy is moving back to her home state of Texas, and she will be missed by many.

Grapes by Dorothy Pierce

If you would like to submit art for the show, entry forms and instructions will all be available in the Art Association envelope at the OVA Office. Deadline for submissions is September 19. Volunteers are always needed and donations of raffle items would be greatly appreciated. Please call Rita Kronen, 537-7707, to donate. We currently have six paintings in the silent auction as well as over 80 beautiful and generous raffle prizes. In addition, there will be a Grand Prize of an overnighter at the Kenwood Inn and Spa.


On November 5, there will be a tour of both the Sonoma County Art and History museums. Lunch will be at the French Garden restaurant, followed by a visit to the Sebastopol Center for the Arts, which will be showing a fiber arts exhibit. The Art Museum will show a fiber arts exhibit titled “Adela Akers: A Career in Fiber.” Accompanying this exhibit will be another exhibit titled “West Coast Fiber Arts” featuring several well known fiber artists including Gertrud Parker, Rachel Brumer, Mary Josephson, Carole Beadle, Lia Cook, Lisa Occhipinti and Annie Vought. The History Museum program features the Japanese leader, Kanaye Nagasawa, and his adventures with Thomas Lake Harris in Santa Rosa in the 1860’s. Cost for the tour and lunch will be $36. More information will follow


Ikebana with Kodo Ron Brown, will resume September 25 at 10 a.m., $15 a session. One can start at any time. It is not just for ongoing members. Also, one can come for free and just observe to see if it is a fit. Call Bonnie Crosse if you want to enroll at 282-9076. Myrna Wacknov is scheduled to do a weekend workshop October 17 and 18. The workshop will begin with a half-day of manipulating iPad apps to enhance your drawing, followed by a day and half of layering and producing art from what you have constructed. The fee is $160 and you need an iPad to take this class. Again, call Bonnie Crosse if you want to enroll at 282-9076.

nSusan Lynn


It’s hard to believe that 2015 is almost over! By the time you read this, our October event, “Starry Night,” may already be sold out. This will be an elegant evening of dining and dancing that will get you ready for the busy holiday season.

Our own Oakmont Village Market will be our caterers, and City Lights Dance Band, one of San Francisco’s hottest bands, will play oldies, Motown, Disco, rock, pop, swing, and standards. So no excuses—get out on that dance floor! Attendance is limited to members and guests (one guest per member, please). To register, simply visit Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m., so please be checked in and at your table by then. WHEN: October 17, 5–9:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: $37.50 per member or non-member guest SEATING: Reserved tables for eight only or unreserved seating BRING: BYOB This is the last big event of the year before our big Member Appreciation Holiday Party on December 10. Looking back at the year, we’ve had some pretty awesome bashes. In February we celebrated Mardi Gras with a soldout crowd of Boomers. As always, they were dressed to party and danced up a storm to the music of The Blues Box Bayou Band. In April, we took our monthly social to the Quail Inn for a night of Trivia, and everyone had a blast. It’s really fun to get out and strain your brain.

In May, Nathan Owens and the Legends of Motown had us “Dancing in the Streets,” and we rocked the Berger Center again in June with the fabulous Poyntlyss Sistars Rockin’ Show Band. Our amazing event committee needed some time off in July, so we suggested a night at the Thursday night performance of Buddy! The Buddy Holly Story at the 6th Street Playhouse. We had a good turnout, and groups of Boomers met for a pre-show dinner at several favorite downtown restaurants. Other Boomers skipped the theater and went to St. Francis Winery’s outdoor film festival instead. In August, A Hard Day’s Night brought the Beatles Flashback Band back to Oakmont, and they didn’t disappoint. Food trucks, music, and our favorite beverages, what more do we need for a great night? Earlier this month, we held our inaugural Pizza Palooza. This new kind of social featured free pizza and The Best Playlist Ever! You responded with great attendance and lots of dancing! Finally, as you start planning events and vacations for next year, pick up your copy of the Kiwanis Club 2016 Calendar. Boomers and other Oakmont clubs are featured, reenacting scenes from iconic films. See how many of the films you can name by looking at the photo before you read the title. The calendar, which makes a great holiday gift, already has the dates marked for Boomer events! The OVA and First Community Bank are selling the calendars for $14 each. (Buy three and the price goes down to $11.)

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The consultants’ studies found that the only acceptable Oakmont site under city requirements would be at the Central Activities Complex. Sound and visual barriers are included there to shield neighboring homes and the central pool. A parking survey found that around 40 nearby parking spaces were available during morning hours of pickleball play. Players now are temporarily sharing tennis courts at the East Recreation Center, but the study report said sound shielding there or at the West Rec. could

not protect hillside homes at those sites. The sport, growing in popularity among seniors, got started in Oakmont with players joining Wild Oak residents to play on tennis courts there. As the number of players grew, the Wild Oak board began limiting the number of guests and charging fees. “Their board let their people know it couldn’t continue long-term,” Lyons recalled. The pickleballers were recognized as an Oakmont club in January of 2013, and now have about 140 members, he said.

Dance Club

nDonna Kaiser

Save the Date for a SPOOK-tacular Time!

Dance Club’s Halloween party is one you’ll be afraid to miss! Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 31 at 5:30 p.m. for fright-fully fun evening of dancing, food and costumes. Watch for details in the next edition of the Oakmont News.

Last Call For Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal Nominations

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Anyone who has been around Oakmont on November 11 is bound to be aware that Oakmont turns out to honor our veterans with a fantastic Veterans Day Parade and Reception. This year will mark our 11th parade and it should be bigger than ever. All residents are urged to be part of the celebration whether as a veteran rider in the parade, a driver of a vehicle, a volunteer organizer, or an enthusiastic neighborhood spectator. Meanwhile, the search is on for a Grand Marshal for this year’s parade. Help find an honoree to lead the parade, one of our neighbors and distinguished veterans. Please send your nominee’s name, branch of military, conflict(s) in which he/she served, details, awards and any other pertinent information that you feel may help the selection process to Jay Cobb at or 8834 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, 95409. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 18. For further information, please E-mail or call 833-2391. Please help honor our former military by helping us select the Grand Marshall. Watch for more information about participating in and viewing the Veterans Parade in future issues of the Oakmont News.

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In the Spotlight Carol Cotton: Ideas Are Her

Cal Alumni Club

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The club’s annual Fall Dinner will be held on Wednesday, October 21, at the Quail Inn at the Oakmont Golf Club. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail hour and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $37.95, all-inclusive, including wine at your table. The guest speaker will be Gaye LeBaron and her topic is “Santa Rosa and Sonoma County History and Stories.” Gaye was for many years the local history columnist for The Press Democrat. The well-loved and respected community voice wrote over 8,200 columns in her 50 years with the newspaper. Chronicling the history and local issues of California’s North Coast region, each column demonstrates her extraordinary skills as a journalist, historian. She will tailor her presentation to questions from the audience. Advance questions are preferred and should be sent to Bill Anderson at anbiand@ Reservation deadline for the dinner is Wednesday, October 14. Please make check payable to “Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont” and mail to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont, c/o Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle; Santa Rosa, CA 95409. For additional information about the Cal Alumni Club, please contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes, at 537-9631, or go to the club’s website: www.

nGrace Boyle

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

for nine years, when some of Oakmont’s Carol Cotton, one of the community’s favorite programs were born, including most well-known and energetic Movies At Oakmont, the Oakmont volunteers, has brought many popular Community Foundation, Community programs to Oakmont, including Garden and the remodeling of the Lifelong Learning and programs for Central Activities Center. visiting grandchildren. A resident for Asked if she had ever in 15 years 15 years, Cotton spends a good deal of experienced the intensity of today’s her time researching and initiating new pickleball controversy, she said, “Like activities. every new project, there are some people “Lifelong Learning,” she says, “is who are interested and others who are closest to my heart.” In 2006, Longnot. The intensity is not that unusual. Range Planning decided to bring an During our remodel of the CAC, there adult education program here. Cotton Carol Cotton. was appointed chairperson of the (Photo by Michael Reinhardt) were people who fiercely complained that too much money was being spent, committee, which zeroed in on Sonoma some wanted a bigger Fitness Center, others asked State University’s existing Osher Lifelong Learning. if card and art rooms were necessary. Uninterested SSU had no satellite programs then and did not want people ought to give interested people a chance. The any, but finally agreed to give Oakmont a try. decision on cost and location should be up to the OVA “We scheduled an open house to introduce two Board.” courses,” said Cotton. “We expected 30 people to Cotton continues to come up with new ideas for attend, hoped for 50, and were overwhelmed when Oakmont. “I bring my ideas to several mentors who on a rainy winter afternoon 200 people came and tried advise me whether they are viable and where to go to fit in the East Rec. Center to sign up. The interest for support.” was huge and the rest is history. We now have 1,000 In summary, it is said that when Carol Cotton students per year.” comes up with an idea, be prepared. It will start Lifelong Learning courses are taught in six-week rolling—fast. sessions each fall, winter and spring semester. Typical courses include Opera, Archeology, the Amazing Brain, Fundamentalism and Jazz. Visiting grandchildren is another of Cotton’s favorite projects. It attracted 180 children for this summer’s week-long program and over 400 grandparents, 5 years old parents and children for the Easter egg hunt. Cotton also has been a long-time supporter of a day Female care center for housebound seniors, an initiative now led by Julie Jones. Brown Tabby Many ideas for new activities came from the LongRange Planning Committee. Cotton was a member



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Oakmont HEARS

nRosemary Waller


We are delighted to welcome one of New York’s most prestigious ensembles to open Music at Oakmont’s new season, in Berger Center on Thursday, October 15 at 1:30 p.m. The three world-class virtuosi soloists of the NY Brass Arts Trio are being hailed as the first brass group ever to play with the sensitivity and musicality of a string quartet. For their Oakmont debut, they have chosen a most attractive and diverse program, including works by Bach, Beethoven, Strauss, Gershwin and Piazzolla.

New York Brass Arts Trio

Trumpeter Joe Burgstaller has thrilled audiences throughout the world with his dazzling technique, captivating musicianship, and engaging personality. Formerly with the Canadian Brass (eight years as featured trumpeter/arranger) and the avant-garde

Genealogy Club

nMelinda Price


The next meeting of the Genealogy Club will be on Monday, September 28 at 2:30 p.m. in the West Rec. Center with its updated audio-visual system. The subject will be a primer on DNA testing and how it is helpful to genealogists. The August meeting had a very good turnout, and we were all so pleased to have George McKinney back as club coordinator. We had a discussion on internet research, centering on the changes and updates on the Family Search and Ancestry websites. Additionally, questions were asked and answered regarding individual’s research concerns. One newcomer brought a large fan chart that his great aunt had created in 1911! He has held onto it for 30 years, and now wants to know how to get started in this ever-fascinating hobby of genealogy. One suggestion he was given was to be sure to attend the “Intro to Genealogy” class that George McKinney will be presenting September 22, 24, 29 and October 1 from 10 a.m.–12 noon at the Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC). This four-session class will be on Tues. and Thurs. mornings over a period of two weeks for both PC and MAC. Check the Oakmont News for details on this and other classes at the OCLC. The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 2:30 p.m. (except July and December). There are no club dues, and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, both newbies and experienced researchers. For further information about genealogy or club activities please visit our website at www. If you have research questions or would like to receive our newsletter, send an E-mail to:

Meridian Arts Ensemble (six years), he has also toured with his solo Project Joe Burgstaller: The Rafael Mendez Project. Mr. Burgstaller has performed in front of more than 40 major orchestras, including Philadelphia, Minnesota, Detroit, Houston, Baltimore, New Jersey, and Virginia, as well as at more than 50 music festivals. Teaching venues have included over 80 universities, conservatories, and colleges. His extensive discography includes solo CDs (The Virtuoso Trumpet and Music from 18th Century London), and three Top-10 Billboard hits with the Canadian Brass. He is on the faculty of the Peabody Institute, as well as the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. French hornist David Jolley has been described as a “soloist second to none” by Gramophone magazine, and praised for his “remarkable virtuosity” by the NY Times. He has soloed frequently with symphonies both in the US and internationally, and collaborated as chamber musician with such groups as the Beaux Arts Trio, Guarneri and American Quartets, Musicians from Marlboro, and the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Jolley is a founding member of the renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and has recorded the Mozart and Strauss concerti with the Israel Sinfonietta. He serves on the faculty of the North Carolina School of the Arts, Mannes College of Music, and Queens College-CUNY. Trombonist Haim Avitsur has premiered over 80 works encompassing a broad range of styles, from solo to chamber music to orchestra. He is Trombone Professor at West Chester University School of Music and at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College, NY. In 2005 Mr. Avitsur founded the Summer Trombone Workshop, with residencies at Temple University and in Taiwan, and expansion to a winter session at West Chester University. Mr. Avitsur has been named Emerging Artist twice by Symphony magazine. His book, The Avitsur Method, is available through Design for Lightning Publishing. His most recent solo CD, Sonatas for Trombone and Piano by David Loeb, is on the Vienna Modern Masters label.


You may purchase single tickets for this concert for $15 at the door on Oct. 15. Or, you may purchase (also at the door) a season ticket for all eight 2015–16 concerts (including Oct. 15) for the most advantageous price of $105: eight concerts for the cost of seven (best deal in Sonoma County!). The Oct. 15 concert will be the final opportunity to purchase season tickets. In either case, you may pay by cash or check, made out to Music at Oakmont.


We are pleased to report the success of our Donor Drive, which slightly exceeded our goal of $10,000. We thank everyone who contributed, making possible the continuation of these concerts. If you have not yet donated, and wish to do so, you may write a check to the Oakmont Community Foundation. Be sure to designate on the memo line “for Music at Oakmont.” Either give your check to me or to Judy Walker, at the concert, or send it to OCF at 6575 Oakmont Dr. Suite #7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.


Once again, our generous sponsor Oakmont Gardens is hosting a reception immediately following the Oct. 15 concert, and the entire audience is invited to the festivities, across the street from Berger, in the Gardens’ beautifully remodeled lobby area. We urge you to join us there, meet the artists, visit with friends new and old, and enjoy the delicious refreshments. WHAT: Music at Oakmont WHEN: Thursday, Oct. 15, 1:30 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center ADMISSION: $15 at the door or your season pass

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

Coming HEARS meetings (note them on your calendar)

Wednesday, October 21, 10–11:30 a.m., East Rec.: Hearing, Health, and Brain Fitness by Harvey Sparks of Oticon. Wednesday, November 11, 1–2:30 p.m., East Rec.: Information Exchange—come and tell about your hearing aid experiences and learn from others.


• A common hearing impairment is the loss of the ability to hear the higher frequencies. • The “f,” “s” and “th” consonants in the English language are high frequency (4kHz). Others are not quite so high (1–2.5hz) but can still be difficult to make out. • Many English words are similar except for the first letter. For example: bare, tear, hair, fair, or me, fee, tee, she, the, be and many more. Thus, the person with the hearing problem hears the sound but, without the first letter, is unable to make out which word it is. And if it is an “f” or “s” or “th” then it is doubly difficult. Hearing aids help this problem but, in many circumstances, cannot make enough of a correction to solve the problem. • High frequencies travel in a straight line and bounce off of hard surfaces—think tweeters. • Low frequencies bend and snake around—think woofers. So, if the talker is not facing the listener, the high frequencies go off in never-never land and all that is heard are the low frequencies that often are difficult to decipher without those higher frequency consonants. • There is an organization called HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) that is dedicated to providing information on hearing subjects. Their website is Special note: If you are about to buy hearing aids, insist on them having T coils. For any questions E-mail me at

Needles and Hooks

nNancy Caldwell

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


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Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

nBarbara Powell

Reminder: September 24 trip to Guide Dogs leaves Berger at 8:45 a.m. and returns about 5:30 p.m.

fall Session september • october • november


WHERE: Angel Island, picnic lunch, tram tour WHEN: Thursday, October 22 TIME: Leaving Berger at 8:15 a.m.; returning about 5:45 p.m. PRICE: $73 includes bus, driver tip, ferry, lunch and tram tour DEADLINE: October 15 LIMIT: 48 people Angel Island is the largest natural island in the San Francisco Bay with fabulous views of the entire Bay area. It was originally inhabited by the Coast Miwok, was used as refuge by Spanish explorers, and has been a cattle ranch. It has a long military history starting with Camp Reynolds during the Civil War. Incoming and outbound troops for WWI and WWII were processed through Angel Island. From 1910 to 1940, the U.S. Immigration Station processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants, the majority from China. During World War II, Japanese, and German POWs were detained at the Immigration Station before being sent to facilities farther inland. We will be taking the 10 a.m. ferry from Tiburon to Angel Island. You will pick up your Oakmont Deli bag lunch before boarding the ferry. You have three sandwich options: turkey, ham or veggie on a soft roll. Lunch will include potato salad, chips, cookie and water. Consider bringing a small personal cooler or backpack to carry your lunch. We will catch the narrated tram tour of the island at 11:45 a.m. The tour lasts an hour and includes a photo stop at the point closest to San Francisco and the GG Bridge. After the tram tour, you are free to explore the island on your own. Suggestion 1: catch the shuttle from the visitor’s center and take the 1:45 p.m. tour of the Immigration Center. It costs about $12 (cash/check only). Suggestion 2: catch the 1:20 p.m. ferry and explore Tiburon. Bus will leave at 4 p.m. The bus has very limited space for bikes. Call me if interested. This trip will be limited to the first 48 people to sign up. Checks must be received no later than Oct. 15. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers, note sandwich choice on your check, and mail your check to Barbara Powell, 7466 Oak Leaf Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office, or in my garage mail slot. My E-mail address is, text or phone (714) 309-1987 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Note: seating on the bus is determined by when your check is received. If you wish to sit with someone on the bus, please submit the necessary check(s) in the same envelope. Our club’s website is

Oakmont Cat Care Cooperative

nMary Ellen King, OCCC List Coordinator

Shared care for kitty when you’re away

Cat Care Coop members share care and feeding for kitty when traveling or during other times of need. All arrangements for care are made directly between members. We have members all over Oakmont so it’s easy to fine help near when you need it. Keep our list growing—join today! It’s free! It’s easy! It works! Please contact me for information and listing at 849-1581.

Call 538-1485 to Register.

nGayle Miller

Women’s Friendship Bible Study

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


This study is presented on large screen TV and contains titles for hearing impaired. The class also has study books. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination, and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. Part I: Daniel chapters 1–6 examine Daniel’s life and pressures he faced. Part II: Daniel chapters 7–12 cover the prophecies from Daniel through the second coming of Christ. DATE: Tuesday (study continues each Tuesday

through Dec. 1) TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. HOSTESS: Gayle Miller, 336 Mountain Vista Court CONTACT: Gayle at 537-9309


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


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

Pickleball Corner

PC Users Group nBarbara G. Dudley


The next OPCUG members’ meeting is set for October 12, at 2 p.m., at the East Recreation Center when the group presents a Q&A Session. Remember to send any questions or concerns that you may have about your computers, peripherals and other electronic devices to the experts through Bob Mandelstam at


The Fall Classes at the Oakmont Computer Learning Center are in full swing! Be sure to consult the OCLC article in this issue of the Oakmont News for information on dates, times, and costs, as well as other information about the classes. At any time of the year, you can view a list of offered, as well as possible, classes including class descriptions and instructions on signing up for a class, by visiting, and then clicking on the “Oakmont Computer Learning Center” heading (link). For questions, to sign up for a class, to make suggestions for classes, or to volunteer to teach or assist, call them at 538-1485 or send the OCLC Board an E-mail message at


You can find information about the group on our Home page at our online site (above). In addition, you can read timely articles about Windows-PC issues (including Windows 10 and recycling computer components) on our Help page, find out about your board, and review other useful information. We welcome comments and suggestions for this site. Please, send your insights to the OPCUG Scribe Barbara at


If you live in Oakmont and want personal WindowsPC help, group members are happy to assist you, free of charge. However, for the next month or so, our only available expert is Phil Kenny. Call him at 538-2075 for personalized help. Dan Gaffney will be unavailable through about mid-October. In addition, please note that Gordon Ramsey has retired from the help lists. However, if you have an ongoing technical relationship with Gordon, he has indicated that he will be happy to answer your call.

Drop-In Chess

nRichard Duncan

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

nTom Kendrick nJerry Thompson

apple q&a—pat barclay

WHEN: Saturday, September 19 TIME: 1:30 p.m. Social, 2 p.m. Meeting PLACE: West Recreation Center How often have you asked “Why isn’t there someone available to answer my question?” Well, here he is! Bring all of your questions, get an answer to your question and also learn the answer to other members’ questions. We look forward to seeing you! Website:


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


If you need technical assistance with your Mac or accessories, call Ronnie Roche, 573-9649 and Stephen Henry, 542-4668. Both are Certified Apple Consultants. General questions please call me at 539-3079, or E-mail

A free service to our membership

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

iPAD SIG: show up and share

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22 at 2 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Sue Lebow

Duplicate Bridge

nBob Stinson

Come join us for duplicate bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club plays twice a week in the Central Activities Center card room, Tuesday evening at 6:45 PM and Friday afternoon at 12:30 PM. Our Duplicate Bridge Club is a friendly, low-key group who enjoy a more challenging way of playing bridge. There is a small fee, currently $3, which pays for a professional club director who organizes and officiates the game. The fee also pays for our club membership with the American Contract Bridge League. We enjoy coaching newcomers to our ranks. Firsttime players may play for free, but you need to remind the recorder if you are a first-timer. What is Duplicate? In social bridge, a new hand is dealt every time and a player’s score often reflects quite a bit of luck. In duplicate bridge the hands are dealt only once, and then played by nearly everyone. Your overall score is based on how well you do, compared to everyone else who played those hands. Another significant difference is that bidding is silent and uses colored bid cards from a bid box. If you enjoy bridge and want a fun, friendly and competitive way to improve your skills, bring your partner and try us out. General information and partnerships: Marilyn Hillendahl, 833-1032.

Help! I’ve fallen into a Meetup Hole!

Have you ever heard of Meetup? Interested in screenwriting? Tennis? Gourmet cooking? Quilting? Well there’s this social website called Meetup where you can find like-minded folks in your area. Like everything on the internet it’s a doubleedged sword. Example: our little karaoke night here at Oakmont was plodding along with not very many people, a so-so sound system and intermittent advertising. Then the golf club (who runs the show) hired a professional karaoke DJ and guess what? Our little singing sessions began to grow. And guess what happened next? The local karaoke Meetup group got wind of a new venue—some geezer community in the Valley of the Moon. So, guess what happened next? Well before you know it, the place is packed, the Quail Inn is turning a healthy profit, and everybody’s happy! Well, sort of. Some of the folks who live here (our long-time singers) are grumbling because we used to be able to sing two or three songs each during our monthly get-togethers. Not anymore. Nowadays we’re pretty much limited to one song each—two if we’re lucky. A bit of a bummer, but overall I suppose we shouldn’t whine. There’s lots of new blood, plenty of nice people are coming to Oakmont, and the Golf Club is making money. OK, what does any of this have to do with pickleball? Well, if you’re still reading this and haven’t fallen asleep yet, I’ll tell you. Family obligations send me down to the San Jose area for a few days each month. So I joined a pickleball Meetup group down there. It was great—I’d get notifications by E-mail (one or two a week), telling me where to play and how many players will be there. I quickly found nice courts and players of my similar ability—yay Meetup! But guess what? (Think back to karaoke a few sentences back). Yep, with the pickleball explosion that continues to take place, more and more Meetups, more and more courts available, and more and more people! My E-mail today—four Meetup messages from San Jose pickleball groups. So my two E-mails per week have turned into four per day. It’s a mish-mash of Meetup masses in my mail. Say that ten times and I’ll give you a dollar.

Goodbye Ed!

We said goodbye this week to Ed Schneider (the handsome guy in the middle), who has been spending his summers in Oakmont for nine years. His other home is Pebble Creek, a retirement community in Arizona, where he says they have 20 pickleball courts!

Ed is one of our better players and well liked by all. See you next year, Buddy! WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4. Courts available seven days a week. ATTIRE: Proper court attire requested. We have loaner paddles available. NEW PLAYER ORIENTATION: First and third Mondays from 9–10 a.m. NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 843-7266, E-mail:


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Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

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

Oakmont Health Initiative and Sequoia Senior

Solutions are pleased to present a tribute to Cher. Cara Lee’s show is filled with the glamorous costume changes that Cher is widely known for, the rock and roll presence she is loved for, and a little comedy thrown in too! Please join us. At Sequoia Senior Solutions reception there will be wine, cheese and chocolate. At 4:30 p.m. The Cher tribute concert begins. Please visit the website. You can purchase tickets with PayPal and watch the video samplers: https:// cher-tribute. We will check your name as you arrive. No ticket needed. Open seating for your viewing and listening pleasure—we will offer unreserved concert seating. Guests may take the available seat of choice. Please invite your friends. It is really such a help to ticket sales. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes; providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We are very grateful and are looking forward to welcoming you.

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

Tickets are $20. You may leave checks payable to Oakmont Health Initiative in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, Ca 95409. Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ___________________________________________________________

nBetsy Smith

Cardio Fitness Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. TIME: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m. No class Tues., Sept. 22 and 29 and Thurs., Sept. 24 and Oct. 1 WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center

Holistic Yoga

nDonna Connell, Instructor

Welcome to our ongoing, supportive, non-competitive yoga class. We have been practicing yoga for everybody, at every level, since 2001! We use light weights (for the first few minutes of class) to promote upper body strength, which has proven to be very effective in promoting a strong upper body and core and improve poses. Using the weights has become very popular in overall results. Our class focus is on strength, flexibility, a quiet mind, inner perspective and is a peaceful way to start your day. There are three classes to choose from every week. All levels welcome! WHEN: Monday 8:45 a.m., Wednesday and Friday 9 a.m. WHERE: West Recreation Center COST: First class is free with the purchase of a pass, $75 for eight classes I am a certified yoga therapist/instructor (IYT). I facilitate a class that focuses on the individual, at any level. Having a qualified instructor at 1/2 the price of any yoga studio is a safe/responsible way to practice yoga. I emphasize breath awareness on and off the mat. I teach with compassion, understanding, intuition, and a clinical knowledge of the body and yoga philosophy, combining the physical, emotional and inner perspective. For more information call me at 799-3099 or E-mail

COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water if you have them. We have equipment if you do not have any, so come on down! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Fun, aerobics and friendship are what you can expect by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

Tai Chi for Beginners

nDr. Katy Ha, Faculty, Sonoma State University

Do come join us to learn the basics of Tai Chi if you have never studied this ancient Chinese exercise. This practice will reduce your stress and improve your balance as well as strength and agility. We meet on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Tuition is $75 for a fiveweek workshop (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive). Pre-registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. I will love to talk to you and answer any questions you may have about this delightful exercised form.

Water Fitness nCathy Rapp

There’s a fall feeling in the air and it’s time to recommit to water aerobics. The free classes sponsored by SRJC depend on participation. In order for the classes to continue, a minimum of 20 people need to register and a minimum of 15 to attend each class. So feed your “positive addiction” and continue to come to the water aerobics classes—and bring a friend! To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact me at 537-9281 or 2cathyrapp@

late summer 2015 water aerobics schedule west pool!

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

Balance and Strength Class

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. No class Sept. 16, 23 and 30 WHERE: Class is held at the West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 3212105 (cell) Better balance and strength are the goals of this class. Start to reach these goals by joining Balance and Strength (All the Toys) class. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. 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!

Interval Training

nJohn Phillips

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


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nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

Honor the Ancestors

New Forrest Yoga Classes Started September 3

nCarol King, RYT, Instructor

WHEN: Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series

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

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

Saturday Morning Meditation nSheila Madden, Facilitator

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

The Chinese are known for the reverence they have of the ancestors. Their graveyards are special places of energy and respect, very similar to our Native American tradition of Sacred Burial Grounds. Honoring our ancestors is also something we do in Qigong practice. We honor our jing energy. Jing energy is our material essence or DNA. It is the code that has been carried by our ancestors who survived all manner of threats from disease and from the harsh environments in which they lived. We are the children of the survivors, and our DNA is strong. We are here now because of the evolution of the jing energy through time. We give thanks to all our foremothers and forefathers, who by their strength brought us to this life in this time. We honor all teachers that brought the mystery of the healing, health giving techniques of qigong, through thousands of years, keeping it alive through floods, famines, droughts, political upheaval. They practiced in the austere times, and in good times when complacency can let the old traditions drift into the past. We are grateful that we still have access to the ancient technology of Qigong, the practice of moving in a relaxed way to keep us flexible and cleansed. Everyone is welcome to come join us on Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the lower West Rec. Center. Wear comfortable clothing. No equipment is required. Exercises are done from a standing position except for the fourth Friday of the month when we do chair Qigong. Fee is $40/month or $15 drop-in. I have over 35 years of teaching experience. A DVD is available for your home use for $20. More information at

Zumba is Back!

nLynn Seng, Instructor

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

Fitness Club

nJohn Phillips

New Theories or Old Ones in New Packaging

One of the items that were brought up on the Fitness Survey was that the trainer should keep up on new ideas and trends in the fitness industry. I’m required to take Continuing Education Certificates to maintain my Personal Training Certification. I usually try to focus on ideas, theories, etc., that I feel would apply to Oakmont and its population. Every once in awhile I may take a course just for me, such as the Interval Design course, which I have adapted to accommodate the abilities of the more active Oakmonters. There are some training ideas that I would really like to get in the center but due to room limitations will probably not happen. One of these is suspended training or TRX in which there are straps hung from the wall and people train on them in a semi-suspended position utilizing their body weight. There is also Cross Fit or Urban Boot Camp Training, which in my opinion no one should really be doing unless they are in the military or just really want to destroy their bodies. As more people do these types of training we are discovering that the stress on the joints and tissue outweigh the benefits. Recently someone asked if I had heard of Orange Theory? I had to say no and of course Googled it. I found that is a facility with a new idea on how to try using EPOC “Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption,” which has been around for a few years. It is the idea that if you work hard enough then you will continue burning calories for many, many hours afterwards. Studies have shown that you can continue burning calories anywhere from 24 to 34 hours after the workout and range from 500 to 1,000 calories burned. Now the difficult part is that you need to be working around 80% of you maximum heart rate or push yourself to a near max if you doing some type of weighted interval. The only thing I really see that makes “Orange Theory” different is they actually give you a heart monitor to train within a range, which is what some people may need to get the fullest of their workout. But it has been shown years ago that perceived perception works just as well as a heart rate monitor in obtaining feedback on how hard the client is working. So my question, is this a new theory or just a new package. Sounds like a new package and possibly a new fad. If you have any questions please come and see me at the Fitness Center in the Central Building or call my cell at 494-9086.

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap! Lane Use at the East Pool

In most pools, swimmers stay directly over one of the black lines. This is their lane. If this applies here, it results in only five available lanes. So, at our pool, the lane is the area between the black lines. On crowded days, these lanes are wide enough to share with another swimmer by swimming close to, but not on, the black lines. (See diagram) This allows two swimmers per lane for a total of 10 possible lanes.

Courtesy and Communication

Avoid colliding with other swimmers. If pool is crowded, consider doing the backstroke another time if you encroach on others. The lanes along the walls or on either side of floating rope are meant for backstroke swimmers, please consider sharing these. Be friendly, courteous, and communicate with fellow swimmers. A pleasant pool is a healthy pool. Enjoy! Happy lapping!


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OVA-Sponsored Events OVA and Home Care Assistance Host Educational Series on Boosting Brain Health

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OVA is honored to host a free concert in the Berger Center of the Chamber Players. The USAF Chamber Players present a program of diverse styles and talents, featuring performances by musicians from the various ensembles from the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West.

The Chamber Players recital will include soloists and small ensembles performing works in a wide variety of styles offering something for everyone. The Chamber Players recital will include soloists and small ensembles performing works in a wide variety of styles offering something for everyone. The only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies, the Band of the Golden West is comprised of 68 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians under the command of Captain Dustin M. Doyle. The band performs for civilian communities throughout the states of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah in over 250 annual performances for 1.5 million listeners. Website:

Brain Boost Monday, Oct. 5, 10 AM East Rec. Center

This is a fun and informative presentation with Peter Holewinski of Home Care Assistance on proactive ways to prevent and manage cognitive decline. All Oakmonters are invited to attend this one-time free program

Next sign-up for this free Six-Part Series

OVA has partnered with Home Care Assistance Sonoma County, a leading provider of in-home care for seniors, and is excited to announce that we will be hosting a fun and informative six-part series. The Mind Fit Series: Activities to Boost Brain Health will cover proactive ways to enhance cognitive functioning, including activities used in the Cognitive Therapeutics Method™, a science-based cognitive stimulation program. The series will kick-off Monday, October 12, with subsequent sessions every Monday from 10–11:30 a.m. through November 16, in the East Rec. Center. This event is open to all residents free of charge. Feedback from series attendees in Healdsburg for the first two series offerings and other parts of the country has been overwhelmingly positive, with

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individuals reporting that they not only thoroughly enjoyed doing the activities but also felt the activities positively challenged their minds. Just like the body, the brain experiences changes in structure and function as a result of aging. While this is typical for everyone, there are positive lifestyle changes you can make to keep your mind sharper for longer. The Mind Fit Series, based on Home Care Assistance’s Cognitive Therapeutics Method, draws upon existing research on enhancing mental acuity throughout the lifespan and introduces activities in a fun and engaging group format. Below are the different sessions that make up the six part series: October 12: Social Reminiscence, Current Events, Chair Stretches, Create a Healthy Snack October 19: Family Feud, Pictionary, Advice Column October 26: Trivia, Name that Tune, Logo Identification, Geographical Recall November 2: Writing, Scrambled Sentences, Word Bingo, Alphabet Soup November 9: Take Away, Letter Counting, Design Recreation November 16: Magnify, Entangled Figures, Visual Puzzles Call the OVA Office today at 539-1611 to sign-up for this six-week series of classes.

OVA Presents NextAct Senior Theater

Saturday, October 17 East Rec. Center

A Theater Arts Experience is a one-day performing arts workshop for older adults in Oakmont. It’s never too late to experience the joys of performing—for the first time or the hundredth! • Play theater games that develop expressive freedom and responsiveness. • Learn some storytelling techniques and create a personal monologue to share. • Perform a song-and-dance number from a classic Broadway show. All abilities and levels of experience welcome! This is a non-competitive, supportive atmosphere that will stir your creative juices and develop your skills.

OVA Invites You to Adopt A Dog

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They’re BAAAACK!

Green Dog Rescue Project will be in Oakmont with adoptable dogs on the lawn at the Berger corner Thursday, October 8, 3–5 p.m. Complimentary nail cutting 3:30–5 p.m. Consider a new family member today! Our adoption process is unique in that we spend a great deal of time with each animal, learning about their temperament, energy levels, disposition and social skills. We also learn their quirks and characteristics, taking the responsibility of helping to make great matches very seriously. Consider us the “” of the dog-to-human world.

Advanced registration is advised, as the class size is limited. NextAct is a non-profit program founded in 2014 by two Sonoma County seniors to enhance the lives of older adults and their communities through the performing arts. The instructors are seniors and professional theater artists and experienced teachers. The workshop is supported in part by a grant from the Sonoma County Community Foundation. Want more information? NextActSeniorTheater@ or call 823-7293. Register for the Oakmont Workshop by going online to or in person, call or visit the OVA Office. The $50 payment is due at the workshop on October 17

AARP Presents the Smart Driver Course

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The eight-hour class for those who have not attend an AARP class within the last four years or more, will be held on September 17 and 18, from 1–5 p.m. The last 2015 class will be a Refresher, four-hour class on October 30. Registration fees are $15 for the 4-hour one-day class and $20 for the eight-hour two-day classes. Oakmont residents only/must have at least 15 students registered WHERE: Room B, in the Central Activities Center TIME: 1–5 p.m. each day, refresher classes are 1–5:30 p.m. INSTRUCTOR: Ernest Erler, 536-9052, ernestreler@ SIGN-UP: Just call the OVA Office at 539-1611


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Single Boomers Social Club

nSusan Ramsey

Thanks to all the members who turned out for the End of Summer Barbecue. And special thanks to Lisa Berman for sharing her beautiful home.

We have more fun activities planned for the rest of the year which will include joining the Boomers with their October event, dancing at the Flamingo, Movie

Night, Pumpkins on Pikes, Thanksgiving Dinner, helping at a local Food Bank and our annual Crab Feast. Please be sure to open your Evites and E-mails, so that you will know the details about future events and any changes in the schedule. We welcome any suggestions for upcoming events. Please contact one of our board members. If you’re interested in joining us, please fill out the attached application form, or pick up one in the OVA Single Boomers Social Club folder.

Having fun at our End of Summer Barbecue

Single Boomers Social Club Membership form

Please complete this form and return it to the OVA SBSC folder, along with your check for $12 to: Single Boomers Social Club (SBSC). Name:__________________________________________________________________ Date:_________________ Address:______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (important, to receive Evites and Shout-outs):________________________________________________ Phone:________________________________________ By signing below, I agree to review, accept and abide by the SBSC bylaws (copies available in SBSC folder): Signature:_____________________________________________________________________________________


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Taco and Dos Equis Tuesday Alzheimer’s Association Fundraiser At VINTAGE BRUSH CREEK

4225 Wayvern Drive Santa Rosa, CA 95409

Join us for delicious tacos, Dos Equis beer, and a chance to mingle and raise funds for the local chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association. Suggested Donation of up to $20 at the Door.

Tuesday, September 29th 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. RSVP at (707) 200-7520

Independent Living • Assisted Living • Memory Care

License # 496800996

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Dinner for 8

In every culture, sharing food while socializing promotes a feeling of community. Inviting people into the warmth of one’s home often provides an environment for shared life experiences. The stories we share are sometimes funny, sometimes dramatic, and sometimes adventurous. Cocktail hour on the patio in the balmy Sonoma County weather and a memorable meal at the table make an enjoyable evening. We share hospitality and dining together in our homes four nights a year, plus a picnic and a cocktail party. Dinners are held on the second Saturday of April, June, October, and December. When joining the group, members agree to host once during the year and are assigned a date to host based on their preference. About two weeks before a dinner, guests are assigned to the hosts. Members are rotated each time to give an opportunity to meet everyone. When we have a Dinner for 8 night, the hosts and their guests come together in the hosts’ homes for a delightful evening. Each host determines their menu and generally provides the entrée. Each guest is then asked to participate in the meal by bringing an hors d’oeuvre, salad or dessert. The wine selection is suggested by the host to complement the meal. The Dinner for 8 picnic is held in Oakmont on the second Saturday of August. We have a cocktail party in February to start the new Dinner for 8 year. Our Dinner for 8 (a stand-alone group not affiliated with any other organization) was founded in 2002. Based on meeting new people and widening our circle with an emphasis on fine dining, everyone at the table participates. Dinner for 8 membership is open at any time. Our next dinner is Saturday, October 10. Please call me at 843-7408 or Jean Whitridge at 538-1258 for further information.


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Thursday Night Couples Bridge

Creative Writing Class Takes a Break

nLynn Wycoff

nKathy Rueve

Do you know we have an active group that meets twice a month for a friendly game of bridge? We meet on the first and third Thursday of each month from 7 p.m. to about 9:40 p.m. We play four rounds of 40 minutes each and change partners with each round. There are table prizes for high score, a grand prize for high score of the evening, and prizes for slams. We are a sociable group with coffee, teas and refreshments provided. To join us you need to have a partner and then just show up. It costs $1 to play. Check us out! For more information call Paul Wycoff or me at 537-7019.

Have you been meaning to visit the Creative Writing Class at the Berger Center, Room D some Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.? We would love to welcome you any Tuesday (this is a drop-in class) except for the month of September when I will be traveling in Portugal doing research for the novel I’m writing. Come October, please include a visit to our group in your plans. We meet every Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to discuss a wide range of topics centered on how to communicate and write effectively, and share our pieces for group appreciation. For more information, call me at 829-1682 or E-mail me at I look forward to talking with you.

Calling all bridge players!

nBarbara Bowman

Movies At Oakmont

WHERE: Berger Center SCREENING DAY AND TIME: Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. HOSTS: Holly Blue, Barbara Bowman, Chris Decker, Ernie Erler, Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty and Alexis Paradisoff-Melteff NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible

Sunday, September 20, 2 pm THE HOUNDS OF THE BASKERVILLES

Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) unravels a mystery involving an evil dog that kills all descendants of the Baskervilles at night on the moor. When Sir Henry Baskerville arrives at his ancestral home after the death of Sir Charles Baskerville, he is told about the mythical canine. Dr. Watson (Nigel Bruce) protects Baskerville while Holmes snoops around. A classic mystery-thriller with strong performances and superb set design. Honored by the National Film Institute. (1939), NR, 80 minutes.

Sunday, September 20, 7 pm PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Lawn Bowling

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Here’s today’s trivia question. What movie in the last 10 years has had the most sequels? Would you believe it’s Fast and Furious? That movie deals with loud, speeding car races, violent passions and rage. The dictionary describes the antonym of furious to be cheerful, gentle, calm and quiet which brings us to lawn bowling. Lawn bowlers relax and take their time when they are on the green. They are polite and cheerful, until the matches are over and they get in their golf carts, cars and on their bikes. So beware of lawn bowlers leaving the green at 11:30 a.m. Only kidding.


Long Live the King! Once again Tom Ternullo has won the Open Singles Tournament by defending his crown as he bested some really good bowlers. Tom has issued a challenge to prospective new bowlers. Join the Lawn Bowling Club and see if you can take the crown away. You want a piece of “King Tom” him?


They came, they saw and they were defeated! The Leisure Town Lawn Bowling Club had been practicing for months with the intention of winning back the coveted Lawn Bowling Trophy they lost in 2014. They fielded six teams trying their best to do so, but alas, the trophy stays here in Oakmont until a rematch in 2016. The Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club won seven out of 12 matches and outscored Leisure Town by 98 total match points. Hail Oakmont!

The Bennets (Brenda Blethyn and Donald Sutherland) are parents of five daughters, and looking for suitable husbands for them. This version of Jane Austen’s perennially popular story of the game of love among the upper classes features Kiera Knightly as Elizabeth in her Oscar-nominated performance, as well as sumptuous sets and cinematography. Also starring are Judi Dench, Penelope Wilton, Rosamond Pike and Carey Mulligan. The film received numerous honors. (2005), PG, 129 minutes.

Sunday, September 27, 2 pm ME AND ORSON WELLES

To commemorate the 100th year of Orson Welles’s birth, MAO screens the story of a young aspiring actor (Zac Efron) thrown into the middle of Welles’s Mercury Theatre Company on the eve of the opening of his historic staging of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. Christian McKay is terrific as the young Welles, who is already a radio star and ready to make his mark on Broadway (and before making Citizen Kane). An excellent film track with Big Band sounds. Claire Danes also stars. (2008), PG-13, 107 minutes.

Sunday, September 27, 7 pm LA VIE EN ROSE

This beautiful film paints a poignant portrait of legendary Parisian singer Edith Piaf (Marion Cotillard), whose passion for music saw her through a life filled with tragedy. The film follows the chanteuse from her childhood in a brothel to her premature death. Cotillard won numerous awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe, for her stellar performance; the film’s awards include cinematography and music. The strong cast includes Gerard Depardieu in a cameo role. (In French.) (2007), PG-13, 141 minutes.

Sunday, October 4, 2 pm NO FILM SHOWN, CONCERT AT THE BERGER CENTER Sunday, October 4, 7 pm THE SOLOIST

Based on the book of the same name by Emmy Award-winning Los Angeles reporter Steve Lopez, this drama tells the heartfelt tale of Lopez (Robert Downey, Jr.), who discovers brilliant street musician Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx), and the unique friendship that transforms both their lives. Fine performances by Downey and Foxx, who work beautifully together, and innovative cinematography and directing, create a memorable film. Catherine Keener also stars. (2009), PG-13, 109 minutes.

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.: The Hounds of the Baskervilles, (1939), NR, 80 minutes. Sunday, September 20, 7 p.m.: Pride and Prejudice, (2001), R, 114 minutes. Sunday, September 27, 2 p.m.: Me and Orson Welles, (2008), PG-13, 107 minutes. Sunday, September 27, 7 p.m.: La Vie En Rose, (2007), PG-13, 141 minutes. Sunday, October 4: 2 p.m.: No film shown, concert at Berger. Sunday, October 4, 7 p.m.: The Soloist, (2009), PG-13, 109 minutes.

“Sorry Charlie” says Phil, “the trophy stays here.”


Lawn Bowlers! Tuesday, September 22 is our club’s first “Bring A Buddy Bowling” Day. BBB is a onehour active introduction to lawn bowling followed by a very active social hour. If you have Oakmont friends/neighbors who might like to share the fun of lawn bowling with you, here is your chance to “Buddy” up. Designated club hosts will provide club bowls for your guest/s so they can roll along with you and a club instructor. All you need to do is: 1. Remind your buddy to wear flat soled shoes or sandals. 2. Bring drinks and snacks to share with buddies. 3. Arrive at the green about 3:45 p.m. so we can start bowling promptly at 4 p.m. and adjourn to the CAC patio at 5 p.m. for refreshments and fun. Free lessons will be conveniently provided for your “Buds” if they decide lawn bowling works for them.


All Oakmont residents are welcome to try their hand at lawn bowling. Stop by the green any Tuesday during July and August from 9:30–11 a.m. Club members will show you the basics and you can try rolling a few bowls. Club bowls will be provided. Please wear flat-soled shoes. Questions? Can’t make Tuesdays? Call Tony Lackowicz at 888-1430 or Bill Livingston at 327-8180 to set up a separate time to play.


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


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


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

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

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


Want to spruce up your home? Guests FURNITURE REPAIR this fall? One room at a time or your George’s furniture repair and whole house. Interior and exterior refinishing, antiques and caning. painting. Licensed and insured. Lic. Oakmont references. 30 years #873519. Call 707-996-4050 for a free experience. Free estimates. Call George estimate. at 987-3059.

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




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

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


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

Macular Degeneration?

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


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


Caring for your pets as you would. Over 25 yrs. experience. Dog and cat care. Daily schedules and routines. Day OR overnight companionship. House sitting available. Insured and bonded. Call Alix, 637-6267, Sonoma.



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


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


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.



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


Home, office, move-outs. Full service cleaning, with more than 19 years of Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 experience. References upon request. years. Focus on small jobs, projects and Lic. #343515. Call 548-9482 or 542-8720. “honey-do” lists. Pressure washing. Free estimates, very reasonable rates. LOU DEMME PAINTING BRAD CHIARAVALLE When quality and reliability count, call Please contact me at 533-7741. Thank you. CUSTOM DOOR INSTALLATION on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting Entry doors, patio and French doors, Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior ERNIE’S ERRANDS screen doors, barn doors, interior doors. and exterior painting specialist, Oakmont references. Free estimates. drywall repairs and textures. Licensed Tired of waiting for buses or rides? Ernie can use your car to get you to Lic. #527924 since 1988. 539-3196. and insured. Call us for your Free doctor appts., stores, even outings! Estimate today! 707-833-2890. Saturdays OK. Call Ernie, 478-4979. HOME, FURNITURE Gavin Anderson, local Sonoma resident. 13 years experience. Senior pricing. Free estimates. Call 935-6334.


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.



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

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


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


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




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

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



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


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


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

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


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


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


Experienced caregiver to help seniors with transportation, meal preparation, companionship and light housekeeping. References. Eloise White, 538-2222.


Collectibles, household items and more! Fri., Sat., and Sun., Sept. 25, 26 and 27, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (no early birds, please!) 296 Maple Drive, Kenwood.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

Hours: M–F 9 AM–5 PM / Tel 707-539-1611 / 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7 OVA E-mail: / Info E-mail: Website: OVA Members-Only Page: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

Available in OVA Office Gas Shut-off Wrench.....................................$7 Tennis COurt Key.............................................$2 Vials for Life...............................................FREE resident access card..............................$25 EA replacements......................................$50 ea Guest access card..................................$25 ea Emergency Contacts for Residents This form is confidential and used only in case of an emergency to notify your named contacts.

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

ova event notices There are three OVA bulletin boards, one at each recreation center, where OVA events can be posted. Please bring in notices to the Events Coordinator at the OVA Office. Size is limited to 8.5"x5.5". for sale, for rent and want to buy board Items “For Sale”, “For Rent” or “Want to Buy” can be put on a 3"x5" card and left at the OVA Office. Cards are posted on Thursdays and must be received by noon. The bulletin board for these items is located outside the Central (Berger) Auditorium. “For Sale” and “Want to Buy” items are posted for 30 days. “For Rent” cards are posted for 60 days. Please notify the OVA office at 539-1611 if you would like your card removed before the posting term ends.


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


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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

Hours: M– Th 9 AM–Noon, 1–5 PM Tel 539-0701 / Fax 539-6537 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 9 E-mail:

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR September 16–30 Joyce Andrews 539-8345 October 1–15 Barbara Lowell 538-0333

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

Please call the Volunteer Coordinator listed here, 9 AM–5 PM, Mon.–Fri. Rides before 9 AM or after 4 PM are subject to limited volunteer driver availability. No service on weekends or holidays. Please call at least three full working days prior to appointment. We regret that we are unable to provide either wheelchair or emergency service.

Lost & found

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

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

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


SUMMER SCHEDULE: Access to OVA pools is by magnetic card. Call OVA Office, 539-1611 if you need a permanent new member pool access card or to register for a temporary guest pool access card. West: 7 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Wednesdays for cleaning) East: 6:30 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Mondays for cleaning) Central: 5:45 AM–9 PM (Closes 7 PM Tuesdays for cleaning) JACUZZI HOURS: Same as facility. No one under 18 years in West and East pools and Jacuzzis. Central Pool Children’s Hours: 11 AM–2 PM (Exception: 12 Noon –4 PM Memorial Day Weekend thru Labor Day.) Children must be accompanied by an OVA member or an adult with a valid pool access card. NO LIFEGUARD ON DUTY AT ANY OVA POOL. ALL FACILITIES CLOSED CHRISTMAS DAY.


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

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

Loaner equipment

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


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


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


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

OAS Management Company

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.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

OVA Board Meeting 3rd Tuesday of the month—1 pm* in the Berger Center *All residents of Oakmont are welcome.

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

E-mail List Do you want to stay updated on what is going on in Oakmont? Join the OVA E-mail list. You will receive Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes, Oakmont Notices, Meeting Announcements and the weekly Manager's Newsletter. To join, go the Member’s Only webpage and click on the link to join the E-mail list.


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

nJulie Cade, Stephanie Wrightson and Giselle Mottiez

What’s Growing on in the Garden

Welcome to our newest gardener, Carole Boldt!

We’ve had several visitors to the garden, some newcomers to Oakmont and some out-of-town guests of residents. We welcome you to come by, and if a gardener is working, then we are open to show you around and answer questions!


nJackie McDonald

On September 21 and 28, Jeffrey Sheff will bring a 1959 play, The Complaisant Lover by Graham Greene, to Playreaders. The plot revolves around an affair Mary Rhodes is having with Clive, a book seller, who also happens to be a friend of her husband, Victor, a dentist. When Victor finds out about the affair, after careful reflection, he decides not to interfere, thus becoming the complaisant lover. In the original production of the play, Ralph Richardson played Victor and John Gielgud was the director. One critic noted that Greene writes a triangle comedy with smooth sophistication while dealing with a serious subject. Readers are Jane Borr, Honora Clemens, Charlie Ensley, Max Fenson, Jerry Goss, Dennis Hall, Jeff Sheff, Ron White and Sandy White.

In a gardener’s own words— Giselle Mottiez

This is our second summer garden at OCG. The location of our garden is an inspiration in itself. You really couldn’t ask for a more stunning or peaceful setting. Nestled in a lovely valley with heritage oaks guarding the hill on one side and the beauty of the Annadel forest on the other, it is perfectly situated to take advantage of many hours of sunshine and cooling coastal breezes. In spring the daffodils along the walking path brighten the hillside, followed by splashes of California poppies. Early mornings are particularly peaceful here, filled with bird song and the hum of insects and whirr of humming birds. It is the one place that always quiets my mind and heals my spirit, the very antithesis of reading a newspaper! The first year, our most successful crop was the rocks that we “harvested” from our plot, followed by a bounty of fava beans in the spring. They were delicious and we discovered that the leaves can also be harvested as greens, now a favorite of ours with risotto! This summer we’ve had a nearly constant crop of Padron peppers, introduced to us last year by a Master Gardener neighbor. She has generously shared not only her peppers but also her knowledge and experience on several occasions. We are fortunate to have so many talented and experienced people in our group. For more information on signing up, contact OVA at 539-1611 or E-mail Oakmontcommunitygarden@

Giselle’s rock harvest put to good use.

Time to plant fava beans: good for the soil, good to eat!



The Oakmont News / September 15, 2015

I want to express my gratitude to the clients who contributed to my being the number one agent in Oakmont for the first and second quarters of 2015. Thank you! Randy Ruark 707-332-2482 SOLD—469 Oak Vista Drive

SOLD—6344 Stone Bridge Road

CalBRE #00337150

SOLD—4 Autumn Leaf Place

SOLD—307 Laurel Leaf Place

SOLD—7609 Oak Leaf Drive

SOLD—7619 Oak Leaf Drive

SOLD—6541 Meadowridge Drive

SOLD—8822 Oakmont Drive

SOLD—6381 Stone Bridge Road

SOLD—6549 Meadowridge Drive

PENDING—6417 Meadow Creek Lane

SOLD—128 Mountain Vista Circle

SOLD—2318 Eastwood Drive

SOLD—270 Dover Court

For an informative valuation of your property please call us. SOLD—321 Oak Leaf Circle

SOLD—34 Aspen Meadows Circle

Introducing Laura Ruark Kenig! Realtor Associate 805-705-6851 CalBRE #01981908


September 15 Edition of the Oakmont News