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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Polo for Wounded Veterans

Music, Comedy Are Big Draws for OVA’s Events

September 15, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 18

Guerilla Gardener?

nMarty Thompson

Play at the Wine Country Polo Club’s 7th annual Wounded Veterans Polo Tournament, Sunday, Aug. 27 at the club’s field in Oakmont. The event, featuring two polo games and a silent auction and wine tasting, benefits wounded veterans in the Bay area. (Photo by Ron Leve)

Oakmont-sponsored events have evolved over the past two years to include music, comedy, lectures and variety—think the recent dog show—with the OVA’s aim of providing things that appeal to a variety of Oakmont audiences. Marsha Zolkower, who organizes and manages the events, aims for two every month. Zolkower, who joined the OVA staff two years ago, seeks out performers and lines up caterers and volunteers. She schedules events for the Berger Center and other venues, while avoiding conflicts with events held by the Boomers, Sha-Boom, Dance Club and other groups. “I always let the big clubs book, and then I fill in,” she said. The most recent OVA event, Burgers at the Berger, drew well over 500 residents for a sunny Labor Day weekend community picnic on the Berger green and inside. Friends visited on a long food line, and then under tents or inside the Berger.

Public Input on Elnoka Plans Here October 5 nStaff Report

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OEPC Urges Residents to Prepare and Volunteer nPat Barclay

Inside this edition of the Oakmont News you will find an insert with the words “OK” on one side and “HELP” on the other. This insert is provided by the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC), and is designed for your use during an emergency. When an emergency or disaster occurs, simply place the insert in a window of your home visible from the street indicating either that you are OK or are in need of help. This will allow first responders to quickly identify those residents who require assistance. These first responders include OEPC radio communications volunteers, called zone communicators, who walk our neighborhoods and report incidents that require outside help (e.g. fire, medical conditions, etc.). Sadly, the number of OEPC volunteers only covers about one half of Oakmont and many more are needed. The OEPC provides the equipment, and the only skills required are an ability to walk and talk! If you are interested, please contact the OEPC at or call OEPC Chair Pat Barclay at 570-7500. Please note that this insert is intended to augment existing emergency efforts, and is not a substitute for personal preparations, COPE, or other programs.

They just appear, this melon plant in the Umpqua Bank parking lot, and others in the flower bed on the Laurel Leaf Place side of the building. Staff in the bank doesn’t know who plants them, but does know the melons disappear when ripe. (Photo by Noel Lyons)

The sun shone on the food line at the Sept. 3 Berger Center picnic. (Photo by Dave Turner)

The city will hold a public meeting here to gather reaction to current plans for the Elnoka development just west of Oakmont. Developer Oakmont Senior Living will be invited to outline its proposal, and public input pro and con sought at the meeting Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center. The opportunity for input is required by the city before the developer seeks approval for its plans from the city Planning Department.

Decision On Berger Appears a Bit Closer nAl Haggerty

OVA Board President Andie Altman dishes up pasta salad on the food line at Berger. (Photo by Marty Thompson) (More photos online at

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A decision on the future of Berger Center— improve, remodel or replace—appeared a bit closer in the wake of a discussion at a workshop conducted by the Oakmont Village Association Board of Directors. Director Herm Hermann, chair of the Central Project Committee, opened the Sept. 6 session with a report on the committee’s recommendations for phase two of its study of current space utilization of all Oakmont facilities. Directors Frank Batchelor, Ellen Leznik and Gloria Young expressed the need to move forward. Board President Andie Altman said that while she wants more information on the costs of remodeling compared with a new building, “it’s time for action.” Hermann said that while he, too, wants more information, “it’s important we don’t kick this down the road.” Leznik said she would like work to start on Berger next year. Phase 2 of his committee’s study, Hermann said, should include obtaining actual usage numbers for Oakmont’s facilities. This will begin Oct. 1 with a requirement for attendees at most events sign in. He said this will be “of great importance in future space needs decisions.” See berger decision on page 5


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Regular Oakmont Association Committee Meetings

Notice There will be no Blood Pressure Screening on Wednesday, September 28.

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 1:30 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 2nd 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

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

2 PM 2 PM

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

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

Oakmont Telephone Directory Deadline

nOVA Administration

The deadline for first-time listings or changes to a current listing for the 2017 Oakmont Telephone Directory is October 15. All entries/changes must be made on an “Oakmont Resident Fact Sheet,” available in the OVA Office

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Blood Pressure— What Oakmont Residents Need to Know nDel Baker

Blood pressure is the force applied to the inner walls of blood vessels as your heart pumps blood around your body. Blood pressure is measured in millimeters of mercury, and you get two numbers. The upper reading, known as the systolic pressure, measures that force as the heart contracts and pushes blood out of its chambers. The lower reading, known as diastolic pressure, measures the force as the heart relaxes between contractions. When it was studied between 2011 and 2014, the prevalence of high blood pressure (also called hypertension) among all adults was 29%. Among those who were 18–39 years old it was 7.3%; 40–59 years old, 32.2%; and for those 60 years and over, it was 64.9%. However, only about half (52%) of people with high blood pressure have their condition under control. Why does your blood pressure matter? Hypertension increases your chance of having a stroke. It also increases your chances of developing kidney damage, heart disease, and many other serious health problems. It’s often a silent condition, and it can be deadly. If you have high blood pressure, your healthcare professional will recommend lifestyle changes including lowering the amount of salt in your diet, exercising more, stopping smoking (if you smoke), and losing weight (if you are overweight). If these measures do not work well enough, your provider might also suggest that you take certain medications to lower your blood pressure to a safe level. Blood pressure medications should be started slowly in older people and increased gradually, to avoid any sudden drop in blood pressure levels. Many individuals over the age of 65 may feel dizzy, fall or even pass out when they stand up suddenly due to blood pressure that is abruptly too low. This condition, known as postural or orthostatic hypotension, poses a danger of fractures and other serious injury. This is especially a concern among older people who can also suffer from thinning bones (osteoporosis) as well. Therefore, many doctors now set a target of 140/90 mmHg, or 150/80 mmHg, or 150/85 mmHg for older individuals. The recommended number depends on your health and the doctor’s preference. Since more than half of Oakmont residents may have high blood pressure, it is important to know your numbers. Luckily, this is not difficult. As a community service, several retired nurses volunteer their time to staff a walk-in, free blood pressure clinic every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.–12 noon at the Berger Center. Please take advantage of this service. It’s critical that you know your numbers! And, if you’re a retired nurse, please consider sharing some time with us. We always need help. Please call me at 539-1657 or E-mail dolorita@sonic. net if you can spare some time to help our community.


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berger decision

ova events

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Phase 2 also would include broadening contact between the board and residents to gauge Oakmont’s “needs and wants,” developing costs of suggested modifications of the Central Activities Center and doing an in-depth study of what to do with Berger. This would include cost estimates for remodeling the building, including improving its safety and earthquake resistance, or razing Berger and building a new structure on the existing site or on the greensward between Berger and the CAC.


Hermann said his committee would like direction from the board at its September meeting. He noted that while his committee concluded that Oakmont meeting and activity space is adequate for the time being, users of the library, art room, Fitness Center and card room all want more space. In calling for a decision on what to do about Berger, Batchelor noted that a survey of about one-third of Oakmont’s residents found that 96% of respondents called for doing nothing or upgrading Berger, while only 4% wanted it torn down and replaced. An informal poll at the workshop showed three people in the room, including Hermann, in favor of a new building. Noel Lyons, a former board member, said previous estimates were that extensive remodeling of Berger, including safety upgrades, would cost $3.6 million, and a new building from $3.1 to $3.6 million. Evelyn George, also a former board member, cautioned that, based on her work on the Central Activities Center construction some years ago, “you cannot go bigger” because of city parking requirements. However, Hermann said a subcommittee meeting with city officials learned that the city has “a lot of flexibility” on parking requirements. The board will decide at its regular meeting Sept. 20 on new signs for the entrances to the East Recreation Center. Shown sign options ranging in cost from $3,500 to $9,250 each, the directors seemed to lean toward the less expensive choices. Watch the board workshop online at www.oakmontvillage. com/videos.

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What Zolkower bills as the “Oakmont Comedy Club” and music programs have proved most popular, she said. OVA is able to offer residents shows like comedian Will Durst for half the ticket cost elsewhere, because OVA underwrites part of his fee. The Maria Carillo High School choir’s holiday concert draws well and is now an annual event. OVA contributes to the school. An Oktoberfest has become a regular, and Zollkower is planning an Evening in Paris for February. “I wanted to up the game on the events,” OVA Manager Cassie Turner said in an interview. “That has meant doing things that hadn’t been done before. OVA once offered bus trips to musicals, theater, shopping and baseball games, but those ended when it was discovered that residents on those trips weren’t insured, and that coverage costs were prohibitive. Coincidentally, the commercial Daytrippers bus tour business moved its offices to Oakmont. Its trips include Oakmont departures and offer more variety than the OVA offerings. Today’s OVA events are more varied, and are all oncampus. Data on people moving to Oakmont show a lower age among newcomers, and one aim is to appeal to that audience. One of the largest events is Music on the Green, started with Oakmont’s 50th anniversary. Its popularity made it an annual event. Featuring music, food and drink, it is held on the Oakmont Golf Club driving range. The Golf Club is the cosponsor. Oakmont Gardens also is involved. “They came to us wanting to participate,” Turner said. The Gardens provided hot dogs and soft drinks sold at the dog show, and donated the proceeds to an Oakmont Fitness Club fund drive. OVA also helps underwrite the cost for music at the Dance Club’s yearly holiday dance. The OVA budget includes money for events it sponsors, and typically contributes enough to keep the cost low to residents. “We make it more affordable; we don’t plan on making a profit,” Turner said. The events are open only to OVA members.

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Letters to the Editor

The column provides an avenue where residents can submit letters to express opinion, criticism or praise.


As I sit watching the Lake County fire burning one home after the other, I start thinking that we could experience the same kind of fire right here in Oakmont. Since we live between two forested areas, we very easily could experience fires on two sides of Oakmont. Live fire embers from a forest fire can be blown more than a mile away. If one of those live embers landed in a large planting of either juniper or rosemary, the plants would burst into flames and the fire would consume the plants as well as the house that it surrounds. Juniper, rosemary and pine all very full of oil that will burn rapidly. As I drive around Oakmont, I see many homes that are being literally hugged by huge plantings of juniper and/or rosemary. Many homes in Oakmont have pine trees either near them of hanging over the homes. These plants are real fire hazards! Just ask any fireman. If you have juniper planted near your home, you have a real fire hazard near you. I would urge everyone in Oakmont who has large plantings of juniper near your house to have it removed for your own protection. I think those plants should be banned in Oakmont. If you are planting new plants in your yard, please do not plant either juniper or rosemary near your house. In our low water required plant list for Twin Lakes, we did not include any of these highly volatile plants. You can consult that plant list on the Twin Lakes website Mareta Varner, Master Gardener


Last year a friend moved to an Oakmont home that bordered on open space. For a house warming I gifted her three redwood trees. Unfortunately, she did not want trees to block her view. But all was not lost. I donated them to our golf courses and they were planted on the 16th hole on the West Course. They were growing well until a homeowner trespassed and removed them. We know who you are. We may not like the way your yard looks, but we will not trespass on your property to retaliate. We call on you to purchase three five-gallon redwood trees (available at the Urban Tree Farm Nursery, 310 Fulton Rd., Fulton, 544-4446). You may leave the trees outside the golf course maintenance yard at the East Course, 557 Oakvista Court at night. They will be planted on the 16th hole again and you can assuage your conscience. Wally Juchert, Homeowner and Golf Course Member

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Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


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


Dave Gould, Master Gardener, will speak on “Gardening 101, the Basics.” He will cover many of the essential elements of creating and maintaining a healthy garden. Some of the topics are understanding and maintaining healthy soil, how to correctly plant a tree or shrub, properly staking trees, pruning fruit and ornamental trees, raising a vegetable garden,

nDarlene Donat, Temporary Facilitator

controlling weeds, managing pests, and follow-up gardening resources. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, September 20, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

September 15 GARDEN ADVICE

• Now is the best time to sow a new lawn or reseed bare spots. Fertilize the lawn. Consider reducing your lawn area. • Watch for snails. Handpick. • Add compost to vegetable garden. Plant cool season vegetables like broccoli, kale, chard, cauliflower, lettuce and spinach. • Plant onions and garlic before frost. • Begin planting cool season annuals like ornamental cabbage, pansy, and primrose. • Collect your own seed and store in a cool, dry place, along with any leftover seed packets. • Transplant evergreens and summer blooming plants. • Fertilize roses for new flush of flowers.

Oakmont Book Club

We are a group of people who love to read and discuss books—classic, modern, fiction, non-fiction, biography, history and more. The books we read are chosen by vote each season. Members volunteer to lead the discussions. Like many who join book clubs, we have found that books can provide a great stimulus for discussion, and we have discovered gems suggested by other members that we would never have found on our own.

Our group meets from 7–8:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, in Room B at the Central Activity Center. We take breaks in December, July and August. The next meeting will be on Wednesday, September 21. To make sure everyone has a chance to contribute, membership is limited to 16 people. We welcome men and women living in Oakmont. For more information, please contact me at .

New Pedestrian Light Coming for Gardens nJim Brewer

With a gentle push from a concerned Oakmont resident, the City of Santa Rosa is working to install a pedestrian crossing signal on White Oak Drive between the Oakmont Gardens and the Central Activities Complex. “We are planning to install a flashing beacon,” said Robert M. Sprinkle, who heads the city’s traffic engineering division. “We need to order and get the parts, construct the foundations and install everything.” The city became involved after Oakmont resident Greg Goodwin wrote to express his concern for pedestrians who cross at that spot. “The bus stop is really in an awkward spot,” he told the Oakmont News in a phone conversation. “It’s a blind spot.” An electric signal, which would augment pedestrian warning signs already in place, can be timed to accommodate people who need extra time to get across the busy street. The signs will be pushbutton activated, Sprinkle said.


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Music Lovers

In the Spotlight

Volunteer Fills the Gaps Wherever Service Calls

nJudy Walker

The life of a Jazz Musician

Every season we like to interview at least one working musician to talk about how he got his start and have him provide us with insights into the daily life of a professional musician. For our October presentation, we will be featuring David Scott who has played all over the world as a jazz and zydeco saxophonist and vocalist. He will regale us with stories of his many adventures as well as clueing us in to the fundamentals of jazz and why it has such wide appeal. He will also be talking about his instruments, the saxophone and flute, and demonstrate with some improvisations. Plenty of time will be left for questions from the audience. A native of Australia, David, at the age of 15, boarded a ship headed for New Caledonia as a musician playing Jazz. He settled for ten years in Tahiti, playing island music, jazz and rock, and becoming fluent in French. He loved the fast dance tempos and when he sat in with Gator Beat in 1990, his fate was sealed. He has interwoven the horn with the accordion in an unprecedented style, unique to the world of zydeco. WHEN: October 4 at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center COST: Free

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.

Is your neighbor putting up volunteered to tackle the vacant plot illegal fencing or planning to paint above the tennis courts at the West his house purple? Is there a sorryRec., an eyesore for several years, looking common area that needs and the area that needs plantings at flowers and shrubs? Does the lady the entrance to the East Rec. next door who lives alone need a Special to Marianne is Oakmont’s ride to her doctor appointment? Volunteer Helpers, an organization Is your political party getting she describes as “the best thing bashed on Nextdoor Oakmont? volunteers offer our community— It’s Marianne Neufeld’s job to look helping older people who live into these sorts of problems and fix alone and can’t drive anymore. them. We drive them to medical, dental, One of Oakmont’s dedicated other important appointments.” volunteers, Marianne is a member Marianne Neufeld with pets Crystal and Meals on Wheels and Caregivers and former chair of Oakmont’s Katie relax in her home garden. Marianne Support Group are also managed Architectural Committee, a member by Volunteer Helpers. Marianne is loves gardening, a longtime hobby. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt) of the Landscape Improvement working on an additional program Committee, a director of Volunteer Helpers, chaired for shut-ins she calls “driving within Oakmont”— the Grandparents Club for many years and is a rides to Movies at Oakmont, the library, the Nextdoor Oakmont Lead. hairdresser. “It’ll be ready shortly,” she promises. Marianne moved to Oakmont from Santa Rosa in “I would like to see more incoming younger people 2005 with her husband David, whom she lost earlier be our drivers,” says Marianne. “It takes a while for this year. She has four children, six grandchildren, newcomers to get to know the community and find and four great grandchildren. out that Oakmont needs them. Oakmont depends She had two careers—20 years with a Bay area on volunteers.” Interested volunteers can E-mail her: law office where she advanced to paralegal/office manager and 20 years importing antiques for her Recently, Nextdoor Oakmont asked Marianne large Railroad Square store, “Marianne’s Antiques.” to come aboard as one of the Leads to help with a Marianne joined OVA’s Architectural and difficult situation. Oakmont, being a high-spirited Landscaping Committees because she loves gardening community, had turned the social network into a and because she is a self-proclaimed “rules person.” soapbox for voicing strong opinions about pickleball, She believes the OVA committees need people like OVA Board actions and politics. “Containing herself who will enforce the rules. As chair, she discussions, keeping them neighborly is a challenge,” oversaw revision of the Architectural Committee’s says Marianne. guidelines and standards, providing more oversight Being involved in organizations that test the character to keep properties from going downhill. of residents, Marianne concludes: “Generally people She’s known for her ideas to spruce up common want to do what’s best for Oakmont. And that’s what area—the succulent garden at the Central Activities we need to focus on—what’s best for Oakmont, not Center, flowering pots at the East Rec. She has best for one group or another group.”


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Golf News OGC

nChuck Wood


Early this year the Oakmont Golf Club addressed the issue of high maintenance costs in three of the restroom buildings on our golf courses. Specifically, the buildings near the 11th and 16th holes on the West Course and near the 15th hole of the East Course. Each of these buildings is easily accessed via a nearby Oakmont Village street—especially the one just off of Valley Oaks Drive. Very heavy usage and pilferage of supplies, even in-place plumbing pipes, were associated with daily use by landscape maintenance workers, contractors, service providers, delivery people, public agency personnel and casual walkers who were not playing golf. To mitigate the related costs, our club decided to place number coded locks on the doors of those three buildings. Via the OVA/OGC Joint Task Force, I alerted Frank Batchelor (Secretary of the OVA Board) of our plan to install those locks in early May. We wondered if there might be some collateral issues. The law of unintended consequences delivered alarming results. Many of the same non-golfing folks returned to those buildings out of need. Finding the doors locked, they relieved themselves just outside of those buildings. A couple of doors were kicked in. Our maintenance requirements became more unpleasant. Many folks who live in the Village as well as the contractors and service providers who assist the residents on a daily basis became very frustrated. Clearly learning from our experiment that those restroom facilities have been a convenience, necessity and essentially a tangible asset for daily life in Oakmont, I proposed through the Task Force that our two organizations develop a cooperative solution that best serves our greater Oakmont community, of which the Oakmont Golf Club is a vital part. With the support of Task Force members, the OGC presented a formal written request to the Oakmont Village Board in June to favorably consider a cost-sharing arrangement for the three restroom buildings under discussion. Our written request to the Oakmont Village Association that we enter into a cost sharing agreement for the maintenance of those restroom buildings was formally considered by the OVA Board in its August 16 Regular Business Meeting. Frank Batchelor related that the OVA’s retained counsel, Malcolm Manwell, had advised that this would be an appropriate action for the Oakmont Village Association to take. The OVA Board of Directors then unanimously voted to approve the cost sharing arrangement, with $350 per month to be provided to the OGC for supplies. In our August 31, Oakmont Golf Club Board meeting we approved the unlocking of those restroom doors as of September 1.

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August 16: Kathy Mokricky was low gross of the field of 32 players. The game was Partner’s Nassau. First flight: first four-way tie, Susan Gross and Ginny Manos, Kathy Mokricky and Yoshi Smith, Marie Delganes and Judy Early, Kris Peters and a blind draw. Second flight: first, Jan Buell and Joan Seliga; second, Lynn Davis and a blind draw; third, Ellie Baciocco and Joan DiMaggio. Third flight: first, Vicki Eschelbach and Christy Rexford; second, Shy Baxter and Mary Jobson; third, Elaine Foote and Betty VanVoorhis. August 23: Joan Seliga was low gross of the field of 29 players. First flight: first, Joan Seliga; second, Kim Agrella; third, Kris Peters; fourth, Kathy Mokricky. Second flight: first, Marie Delagnes; second, Ginny Manos; third, MaryAnn Gibbs; fourth, Linda Yates. Third flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second tie, Betty VanVoorhis and Laurie Vree; fourth, Elaine Foote. Fourth flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second, Tammy Siela; third, Henni Williston; fourth tie, Christy Rexford, Patti Schweizer and Jane O’Toole. August 30: Kathy Mokricky and Kathy Faherty tied for low gross of the field of 36 players on the East Course. The game was followed by a General Meeting. First flight: first, Kathy Faherty; second, Kim Agrella; third, Kathy Mokricky; fourth tie, Willie Hoerr and Joan Seliga. Second flight: first tie, Jean Reed and Yoshi Smith; third tie, Michele Yturralde and Charlene Buchold; fifth, Marie Delganes. Third flight: first, Laurie Vree; second, Ellie Baciocco; third, Elaine Foote; fourth, MaryAnn Gibbs. Fourth flight: first, Vanita Collins; second, Christy Rexford; third tie, Jane O’Toole and Patti Schweizer; fifth tie, Vivki Eschelbach and Linda Frediani. Please look for the results of the Yearlong Eclectic on the Tuesday bulletin board in the Clubroom.


August 25: Kris Peters was low gross of the field of 21 players. First flight: first, Kris Peters; second, Becky Hulick; third, Sallie Wood; fourth, Ginny Donham. Second flight: first, Linda Kilpatrick; second tie, Michele Yturralde and Cindy Carroll; fourth, Yoshi Smith. Third flight: first, Carol Locke; second, Laurie Vree; third, Nancy DeSousa; fourth, Vanita Collins.

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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

The last half of August featured two away events including the challenging Moraga and cool Richmond Country Clubs. Both were welcoming with excellent food, well-kept golf courses, and the great camaraderie which is so typical of them.


One flight: first place, Bryan Cram, Tom McDowell, Jim Anchison, and Charles Healy, 113; second, Bill Reinsberg, Randy Kephart, Jim Philpot, and Gary Smith, 119; third, Gary Oneill, Jay Bridges, Bill Hunter, and John Garcia, 119 (card-off); fourth, Dennis Martel, Al Walburg, Yank Eppinger, and Don Roberts, 121; fifth, Rob Brown, Tom Trowbridge, Dan Alipaz, and Wally Juchert, 123.

AUGUST 25: OAKMONT AND ORINDA AT RICHMOND Point Par for two better scores of the foursome

First flight: first place, Gary Masuda, Bob Thompson, Richard Warfel, and Joe Spaeth; second (card-off), Vic Campbell, J. Phipps, Gary Smith, and Tom McDowell, 50; third, Scott Johnson, Dave Schwartz, Chuck Green, and “Ghost Player,” 50. Second flight: first place, Dave Pearson, Randy Kephart, Wally Juchert, and William Moon, 52; second, (card-off), Ray Meador, Charles Forcier, Gary Stone, and Bill Judge, 50; third, Charlie Adams, Wat Takenuchi, Jim Ritchison, and Bob Thompson, 50. We are almost done with the 2016 season with only one event left. Marin Country Club is one of the most popular stops on our calendar and will fill up fast, so sign up now, if you haven’t already.

REMAINING 2016 SENIORS SCHEDULE Wednesday, September 21: at Marin

Are You a Caregiver Now? nVickie Jackanich

The changes are often quite subtle. Perhaps your spouse seems to have lost interest in longstanding pastimes, or can no longer quickly calculate the restaurant tab, or is walking so poorly that you doing more and more of the chores. Often these changes are hard to discuss with your spouse. You don’t want him or her to feel badly! But you may also be feeling more and more alone at home. Many newcomers to the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group talk about having an almost sudden realization that they are now in a caregiving role to their spouse. It’s a relief, they say, to find a group that understands. If this sounds like you, come join the group! It’s drop-in, so try us out whenever you can. Whether your family member is deep into dementia or has cancer, you will find support. We share ideas and experiences— and laughter—as we talk about how to best provide for our loved ones and keep our own spirits lively. A lot of resource information is available, too. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, 10:30 a.m. to noon, in the Central Activities Center, Room B. It is facilitated by Dorothy Foster, MFT. Our next meeting is September 14. For more information, call me at 595-3054 or E-mail


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2016

nTony D’Agosta

We had our annual Niner Mixer on August 29. The members’ response was positive so maybe we can schedule two Niner mixers next year. The sweeps results are shown below. We completed our Summer Eclectic Tournament and we had a three-way tie for first place. Tony D’Agosta, Dan Sienes and Art Boot had a net 23. By the time you read this we will have played our first round of our Club Championship. The second and final round will be played on September 19. The Club Champion will be determined by the total of the two net scores played on September 12 and 19. Mark your calendars for our September 26 picnic lunch. The cost for the members is free and we will crown our Club Champion at that time. September 26 is the first round of our five-round fall eclectic tournament. A sign-up sheet will be in the pro shop. Welcome new member Bob Ure. Bob has been a long-time OGC member and swings a mean stick. Welcome aboard Bob. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for August 1 Individual Low Net, 27 Players

First place: Stan Augustine with a net 27. Second place: Keith Wise with a net 29. Third place: Dan Sienes with a net 29.5. Fourth place tie: Tony D’Agosta, Dan Levin and John Munkacsy, all with a net 30.5. Seventh place: Tom Massip with a net 31. Eighth place tie: Bill Wellman and Neil Huber, both with a net 32. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 2’2”; Ron Bickert, 8’2”; Stane Augustine, 15’1”.

Sweeps Results for August 15 Individual Low Net, 29 Players

First Place: Wayne Mickaelian with a net 29.5. Second place tie: Jim Norem and Art Boot, both with a net 31. Fourth place tie: Tony D’Agosta, Dan Sienes and Tony Apolloni, all with a net 31.5. Seventh place: Rich Silvas with a net 32. Eighth place: Noel Schween with a net 32.5. Ninth place tie: Tom Massip and Charlie Perotti, both with a net 33. Closest-to-the-pin: Alan Stewart, 0’10”.

sweeps Results for August 22 Four-Club Monte, 24 Players

First place: Rodi Martinelli with a net 30.5. Second place: Don Schulte with a net 31.5. Third place: Bob Marotto with a net 32. Fourth place tie: Jim Norem, Joe Lash, Rich Silvas and David Beach, all with a net 33. Eighth place tie: Joel Goodman and Pat Hart, both with a net 33.5. Closest-to-the-pin: Gary Stone, 32’7”; Stan Augustine, 41’7”; Tom Massip, 47’4”.

Sweeps Results for August 29 Niners Mixer—2-Man Best Ball 16 Teams

First place: Gordon Hopper/John Munkacsy with a net 27. Second place tie: Jack Robinson/Don Schulte, Gary Stone/Art Boot, Wayne Mickaelian/ Dan Sienes, Tom Massip/Blind draw, all with a net 28. Sixth place tie: Tom Finnerty/Joel Goodman, Greg Carpenter/Dave McDonnell, Pat Hart/Rich Silvas, all with a net 29. Closest-to-the-pin: John Munkacsy, 15’6”; Noel Schween, 16’8”; Don Schulte, 23’9”; Tom Massip, 33’3”.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel


Please note, winnings will now be posted in the clubhouse window only. First flight (8–14): first tie, Nick Beltrano and Bruce Hulick, 70; third, Charlie Huff, 71. Second flight (16–21): first, Danny Crobbe, 72; second tie, Sal Cesario and Frank Zelko, 75. Third flight (22–26): first tie, Andy Frauenhofer, Wally Juchert and Ed Pierson, 68. Fourth flight (26–up): first, John Garcia, 61; second, Art Hastings, 67. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Frank Zelko, 15’ 0”; #13—Bill Smith, 6’  1”; #16—Frank Zelko, 13’ 3”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Gary Novak, 26’0”; #13—John Garcia, 13’ 1”; #16—Bob Carter, 31’4”.


9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot


The Niner’s Hawaiian Invitational August 18 was a great success thanks to Co-Captain Joanne Finnerty and her committee: Lisa Karjalainen whose decorations lit up the room, Ruth Levy, Rebecca Wellman and Barbara Robinson. Many thanks to Richard Treglia and his staff at the Quail Inn for making this special event so enjoyable, and to Chef Santiago for the wonderful Hawaiian lunch.


First flight: Low Gross, Mike Hull, 239; Low Net, Charlie Huff, 215. Second flight: Low Gross, Sal Cesario, 274; Low Net, Danny Crobbe, 220. Third flight: Low Gross, Andy Frauenhofer, 280; Low Net, Rick Warfel, 207. Fourth flight: Low Gross, John Garcia, 293; Low Net, Art Hastings, 195. Congratulations to Mike Hull, our Wire-To-Wire WMC Champion!

The Tiki Bar on Tee #17 was run by Donna Kaiser, Bill Wellman and Tom Finnerty. It sure hyped up the golf!


First, Joel Goodman, 56; second, Noel Schween, 58; third, Dan Levin, 62; fourth, Bob Carter, 63. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–24): #8—Bob Carter, 13’3”; #16—Neil Huber, 11’6”.


First, Frank James, 48; second, Larry Frediani, 54; third, Dan Levin, 59; fourth tie, Bob Flores, Dan Sienes and Joe Lash, 62. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Larry Frediani, 17’4”; #16—Larry Frediani, 14’2”.


First, Noel Schween, 58; second tie, Rich Silvas and Dennis DeSousa, 60; fourth, Chuck Mendenhall, 62; fifth tie, Bob Flores, Frank James, Bill Wellman and Rodi Martinelli, 63. Closest-to-the-pin (HDCP 0–19): #16—Chuck Wood, 2’6”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Chuck Mendenhall, 42’5”; #16—Bill Wellman, 13’4”.


First flight (9.3–20.0): first, Mike Hull, Andy Frauenhofer, Gary Smith and Danny Crobbe, 160; second tie, Shelly Brodsky, Tom Parker, Charlie Huff and Charlie Perotti, and Roy Manos, John Williston, Art Fichtenberg and (blind draw), 165. Second flight (22.5–29.0): first, Bob Flores, Chuck Mendenhall, Frank James and (blind draw), 153; second, Bill Faherty, Dave Goulson, Ted Mokricky and Ray Pierce, 163. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—John Cook, 0’1”; #13—Roy Manos, 16’1”; #16—John Weston, 4’5”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Frank James, 11’9”; #13—Tom Finnerty, 10’4”; #16—Bill Faherty, 19’8”; #5—John Williston, 15’6”.

Congratulations to Tammy Siela, Maria Mar, Cynthia Tripaldi and Marie Delagnes for winning the tournament. I bet those Rum Punches helped!

August 25, 28 players, Front Nine

First Flight: first, Shy Baxter; second, Peggy Lash; third, Linda Yates; fourth tie, Barbara Goodman and Ellie Baciocco. Second Flight: first, Roberta Lommori; second, Arlene Keenley; third, Ada Branstetter; fourth, Elisabeth LaPointe; fifth, Marie Crimaldi. Third Flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second, Henni Williston; third, Joan Eiserloh; fourth tie, Barbara Bowman and Jan Rasore. Time to decide what or who you are going to be for Halloween. BOO! Tournament and Luncheon will be on October 27. Sign up in the Pro Shop.


October 5:-Presidents Cup at Black Rock. October 26: Soup Bowl at Black Rock. photo by Robert Couse-Baker


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

Be sure to designate the

Sonoma Humane Society as your charity of choice.





The Oakmont News / September 15, 2016

Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson


Grab a partner and sign up for the Mixed Doubles Tournament no later than September 27. Register on the OTC website (https://oakmonttennisclub. or- contact Doug Smith (dasmith_2@ or 303-949-3239). Provide yours and your partner’s contact information and tournament level (separate competitions for A and B/C). Meet at the West Courts (unless instructed otherwise) on October 1 at 8 a.m. where coffee and refreshments will be served (contact Doug if you would like to contribute a refreshment). No partner? If available, we’ll pair you with another single registrant.


In accordance with our bylaws, the OTC Nominations Committee will publish the names of the nominees for the 2017 OTC Board in the October 1 issue of the Oakmont News. The nominees will be presented to the club membership at the OTC Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday, October 12, 4:30 p.m., East Rec. Before votes are cast, nominations will be taken from the floor. Following a brief meeting and the vote, the club will serve yummy hot and cold finger foods, soda and water. BYOB. No fee or reservation is required. However, this business meeting is restricted to 2016 dues-paying members only (no guests). You and/or your significant other can participate by joining the Oakmont Tennis Club—see the membership form below. New memberships paid in October–December 2016 are applied to 2017 dues. Questions? Contact Membership Chair Paula Lewis,, 332-0433.

Carol Anderson, Kay Kim, Denise McCambridge and Zlatica Hasa.

Maureen Pennal, Laurie Vree, Terri Somers and Jeanne Osterland.


directors), everyone who participated and to those who brought refreshments.

Friendly competition among the club women was held on a cool, foggy morning. At the end of the morning, the sun appeared and, in first place, was Maureen Pennal and Laurie Vree (A competition) and Denise McCambridge and Zlatica Hasa (B competition). Gold medals and bottles of wine were awarded to the winners. Silver medals were presented to the runners-up: Jeanne Osterland and Terri Somers and Carol Anderson and Kay Kim. Thanks to George and Doug (tournament


Want to play mixed doubles on Team Oakmont? Participants must have (or be able to obtain) a USTA rating of 3.0, 3.5 or 4.0 and be age 55 or older. The league season is September 14 to November 22. All Oakmonters are welcome to join. Questions? Contact Terri Somers, (925) 876-8074 or Dave Koch, 837-6906.


Complete this coupon and deposit it with a check for $20/person in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Office. By providing your E-mail address, you agree to it being listed in the printed 2017 OTC Roster. It will not be posted on the website roster. Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail address(es): ___________________________________Phone number(s): __________________________ Address: ______________________________________________________________________________________


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Oakmont Art Association nPhilip Wilkinson


“Art Under the Oaks,” our 2016 show, will be held October 14 and 15, with set-up on Oct. 13. Information and registration forms were sent out by snail mail and E-mail to all members and are available in the OAA file in the OVA Office. If you are interested in showing your art at this event and are not currently a member, now is a good time to join! The 2016 SRJC Art Scholars have been chosen. They are Donna Farren, Phoenix Ritchie and Meighan Visco. Each will receive a check for $2,000 to further their education at four-year institutions. Phoenix has been accepted at California College of the Arts and Meighan at UC Berkeley. The recipients will be on hand at the art show to receive their awards.

Art by Phoenix Ritchie.

This year we are honoring the memory of Sharon Oswald, who made many contributions to the success of the art association—as an artist, board member and chair of the art show for several years. Volunteers are needed to make this event a success! You don’t need to be an artist to volunteer, just willing to lend a hand. Volunteer forms are available in the OVA Office Art Association file.


Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 30 for our Fall bus trip to the fabulous new SFMOMA. Bus will leave Berger parking lot at 9 a.m., returning at approximately 4:30 p.m. Lunch is on your own. Cost is $50 per person, with checks made out to Oakmont Art Association, mailed to Honora Clemens at 100 Oak Island Place. Please include emergency contact information SFMOMA with your check.

Ferenc Besze Watercolor Workshop

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, September 17–18 WHERE: CRC Art Room TIME: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch COST: $150 per student FREE Demo: Friday evening, September 16, 6:30– 8:30 p.m., East Rec. Center Noted watercolorist Ferenc Besze was born and raised in Budapest, Hungary. His love for art surfaced early in his childhood and it continues to this day. As a passionate artist with a free-flowing spontaneous style, he is able to bring out the beautiful characteristics of watercolor. Ferenc’s work can be explored at his website: Those interested in attending this special weekend workshop should contact Dan Fishman,


Classes with Ron Brown, Ikebana master, will resume September 30 in the Art Room at the CAC, from 10 a.m. to noon. Cost is $15 per session. The theme for this class will be impressions of your summer, so bring floral/foliage materials to reflect the theme.

Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten

WHAT: Beginning Foxtrot partner dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays October 5, 12 and 19; 3:45–5 p.m. WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9/pp for single class; $7/pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at beginning of class. Foxtrot is thought to have evolved from American Vaudeville performer Harry Fox around 1914 and was originally danced to faster music than today— like Scott Joplin’s ragtime music. After some changes over the years, the current style of Foxtrot became widespread and more danceable. This is a fun dance to a variety of music ranging from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald standards to songs by Rod Stewart, James Taylor, Adele, Jason Mraz, Aretha Franklin and more. There is probably more music that can be danced with Foxtrot than any other style of partner dance. It can be done compactly if the dance floor is crowded or with bigger gliding steps if there is a lot of room. Over the three classes, we will build on the material taught each week. So it is best to attend at least the first two sessions. No partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. We also welcome any ladies that want to learn to lead. Once you do learn to lead, you can dance as much as you want at our dances! Thank you to the five ladies who did learn to lead the steps in the Jitterbug Swing classes in July and August. A different partner dance will be taught in November. In the future, Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Country 2-Step, Salsa, Tango and others will be taught. The Jitterbug Swing classes were well attended and will likely be taught again in 4-6 months. Check upcoming issues of the Oakmont News for the dates and dance to be taught. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. Some even say that “dancing makes you smarter!” Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at twhitten@pacbell. net or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home.) I hope to see you on the dance floor!

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

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Fall 2016 League Schedule. Remaining bowling date for September: Sept. 20. No bowling Sept. 27, fourth Tuesday.

BBQ Lunch

On September 6 we had a BBQ lunch and celebrated Labor Day with an event challenge. Winners will be announced Oct 1.

RESULTS AS OF AUGUST 30 (third week of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place, 4 Tops; second place, Strikers; third place, Alley Oops; fourth place, Wii Four; fifth place, Pocket Hits; sixth place, Wild Turkeys. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 266; Terry Leuthner, 234; Christian van den Berghe, 202. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 288; Sandy Osheroff, 278; Mariel Green, 232; Sandy Wald, 227; Peggy Ensley, 223; Mary Knight, 220; Kathryn Miller, 220; Phyllis Jennings, 216; Alicia Panizo, 214; Fran Lazzarini, 212. 3:15 PM League: first place, Strike Outs; second place tie, High Rollers and Pin Heads; fourth place, Wii Power; fifth place tie, Strikes and Spares and King Pins. Men’s High Games: Scott Harris, 220; Juan Fuentes, 212; Mark Attebery, 211. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Valerie Hulsey, 268; Helen Herbert, 254; Judy Lawrence, 240; Carolyn Mack, 226; Debbie Miller, 225; Nicole Reed, 225; Maurine Bennett, 220; Shirley Jamison, 216; Vicki Jackanich, 208. Subs High Games: Terry Leuthner, 258; Christian van den Berghe, 214; Bety Groce, 200.

OAKMONT LAWN BOWLING CLUB DEMONSTRATION DAY Open to All Residents Thursday, September 22, 10AM – 12PM At the Lawn Bowling Green • Try lawn bowling • Enjoy refreshments • Relax under umbrellas • Watch games in progress by OLBC members • Free instructions


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Bocce Club nBarbara Bowman


August 16 found Bocce Club members munching on an abundance of assorted appetizers before engaging in spirited games of bocce. This popular, twice-a-year event was once again expertly organized by Social Co-chairs Phil and Chris Duda (thanks once again, Dudas). Evening Bocce has been on the Bocce Club’s members’ activities agenda for several years. The combination of food and drink before sunset, followed by bocce as the sun sets, is irresistible.

Documentary Film Masterworks nErnie Rose

nLaurie Hartmann

Reminder: tonight!

Bob and Eddi Pelton enjoy appetizers and conversation before taking to the courts.

As we resume our two-decade-long series of the best in documentary films, don’t miss this month’s powerful examination of the life and work of Steve Jobs, creator of the personal computer age! But as Alex Gibney’s provocative movie shows us, for all his genius as a bold and brilliant innovator, there was also a brutal face to his two-sided personality. Don’t miss this opening of our 20th consecutive season screening of STEVE JOBS: The Man in the Machine (2015, 128 min.). WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. sharp WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose

Who we are

We are a Christian fellowship assisting and supporting mature adults living out their spiritual faith and 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 circumstances of life knock us down sometimes. Major changes can cause us to retreat. There are times in life when we just feel fearful about the days ahead. Over the first couple of weeks Pastor Brinda will be talking about Rebuilding the Walls. Walls are mentioned about 66 times in the bible. As a community, church, or individual, we all have them. These walls can be physical or metaphorical. They represent security, strength and purpose. Join us as we look to the book of Nehemiah over the next couple of weeks to rebuild our walls.

September 18

The title of Pastor Brinda’s sermon is “First Things First.” Debbie Knapp will be at the piano.

September 25

Pastor Brinda will be speaking about “Putting Your Ducks in Order.” Lucas Sherman will be playing piano.

Midweek Bible Study


nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

After a hard day at work (yes, they’re still working!) Patrice and Don Paulson are ready to relax at Evening Bocce.


The Harvest Moon Tournament was played on September 10. Look for the winners in the October 1 issue of the Oakmont News. October 22 is the date for the Autumn Tournament, to be followed by a potluck and the annual meeting at the West Rec. This is always a well-attended event, so be sure it’s on your calendar. The bocce starts at 9:30 a.m., and the potluck at noon. Look on the bulletin board for details. And, our last tournament of the season will be the Falling Leaves Tournament on November 1, at 1 p.m. Remember, bocce starting time changes to 1 p.m. on November 1.

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.


It’s not too late in the year to learn to play this fun game. From now until November 1, bocce will be played every morning except Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on the bocce courts at the West Rec., and at 1 p.m. starting November 1. Stop by and watch us play— there’s always someone eager to give lessons!


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Join Allan Linton in our study of John. No homework required. We’ll read through Scripture, ask questions and apply the truths we discover to our lives. All are welcome at any time. WHERE: Oakmont Gardens, Room 106 WHEN: Tuesdays, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller


Presentation on large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. Join us on a Bible journey unlike any other. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesdays TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center GUIDE: Karen Vail CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309


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Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study

nNorma Doyle

nNancy Crosby

Following Jesus with Luke

Last spring we began a study of the Gospel of Luke, but only got through the first three chapters of a ninechapter study book. Our study picks up this fall near the beginning of Jesus’ public ministry, so there is much more to learn! Whether a novice to Bible study or a seasoned veteran, we invite you to join our small, welcoming and friendly group. Stonecroft Bible Studies encourage people to know God and grow in His love through exploration of the Bible. Each book includes easy-to-understand explanations and applications of Bible passages, study questions, and a journal for notes and prayers. We progress at our own speed, taking time for sharing and discussion. Please call me for more information or just jump in anytime! DATE: Fridays, beginning September 16 TIME: 10:15–11:50 a.m. PLACE: East Recreation Center Conference Room, 7902 Oakmont Drive LEADER/CONTACT: Nancy Crosby, 480-0566


On September 19 and 26 Norma Doyle will present A Guide to Mourning by Ernest Strickland. Strickland is a Canadian playwright, teacher and journalist and in 2015 published his first novel The Piano Teacher. His plays are characterized by black humor, absurdist philosophy, farcical conundrums of dysfunctional families and failed relationships. This is a dark comedy, whose backdrop is the death of a father and husband. Around events, such as death in the family, we often experience an unreal feeling, almost as if we have stepped out of the normal passage of time. In this play the widow deals with her loss in a series of practical and bizarre acts, which include laying tissue paper all over the house. Her children return home and as funeral arrangements proceed, events become more fantastic—from the arrival of the minister, who’s drunk, to the theft of a pair of running shoes. A Guide to Mourning premiered in 1998 and was selected as the People’s Choice, later winning four Betty Mitchell Awards, including Best Original Play.

Readers will include Gail Doremus, Norma Doyle, Max Fenson, Pete Folkens, Dennis Hall, Jeffrey Sheff and Ron White.

Playreaders in Any Wednesday in August were: standing, Dennis Hall and Ron White; seated, Honora Clemens and Kay Hardy.

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

The October 11 HEARS meeting at 1 p.m. at ERC will have Dr. Marincovich talk on Lip Reading and Listening.

Low cost hearing aids and PSAPS (personal sound amplification products)

We are seeing more and more ads touting them and I am very curious about them. Here is an informative New York Times article on the subject. “Unlike for a hearing aid, you don’t need an audiologist to obtain a P.S.A.P. You see these gizmos advertised on the back pages of magazines or on sale at drugstore chains. You can buy them online. “But they go virtually unregulated by the Food and Drug Administration. That leaves them without the design control requirements, performance standards, technical standards or labeling requirements that apply to devices, the National Academies report said. By law, manufacturers can’t even label or advertise P.S.A.P.s as intended to help with hearing loss. The lack of regulation may foster faster innovation— F.D.A. approvals take time—but also creates consumer chaos. “New digital features—some P.S.A.P.s use Bluetooth technology to customize devices, and some will actually test your hearing—are sprouting like dandelions. Yet you can spend $70 or $700 on a pair with no simple way to tell helpful products from the worse-than-useless. “The current market is pretty much a free-forall,” said Dr. Frank Lin, an otolaryngologist at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a member of the National Academies committee. ‘Some P.S.A.P. companies are very good, founded by former hearing aid executives and engineers,’ Dr. Lin said. ‘The devices you see in Walmart for 40 bucks are terrible.’ “Which P.S.A.P.s are the good ones? A Johns Hopkins audiologist, Nicholas Reed, has run electroacoustical tests on several devices marketed online, measuring their output or gain (translation: volume), frequency ranges and clarity, the three factors most important in helping people hear. He has also tested them with users with mild to moderate hearing loss. (These devices won’t help people with severe hearing loss.) Placing people in hearing booths with some background noise, he compared their hearing with various P.S.A.P.s to how well they could hear with no hearing device and with a mid-priced $2,500 hearing aid. “Dr. Reed has tested just 29 participants so far, he cautioned, and real-world results will vary. Still, he and his colleagues were impressed with three P.S.A.P.s. The Soundhawk, which operates with a smartphone, performed almost as well as the hearing aid, with a list price of $399. The CS50+, made by Soundworld Solutions, and the Bean T-Coil, from Etymotic, worked nearly as well and list for about $350. “The researchers also tested the MSA 30X, available at drugstores for $30, and found it actually increased distortion. ‘A pure waste of your money,’ Dr. Reed said.” The HEARS group exists to improve hearing for Oakmont residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list (


nPhil Bowman

Lawn Bowling


Dave Cutler, from the Plymouth Bowling Club (UK) that honored us on our 50th anniversary, and another member and their wives will bowl with us on October 1. It would be fun to bowl with them. Check the bulletin board for details, times, etc.


Frank Longoria, our Green overseer, reports that the Green is finally starting to come back, just in time for some tournaments. Our goal is a pristine condition for the Senior games in 2017. Members should not engage the True North folks about issues concerning the Green. Tell Frank by calling 478-9851.


The Women’s Pairs championship match between team Kathleen Connelly and Bev Shelhart and team Audrey Sherfey and Sue Tredick came down to 10 to 10 after 13 ends. On the last bowl, Kathleen’s shot rolled through the middle of the head, bumping shots to the side and came to rest next to the jack for a thrilling end in favor of Kathleen and Bev. Men’s Singles started on September 15. Sixteen men began the single Kathleen and Bev. elimination tourney. All eight rinks were used including dreaded #1 and #8. Tom Turnullo (defending champion) awaits Bob Dodd or Jeff Vanderheyden for the championship.

Upcoming Tournaments

Open Singles: Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9:30 a.m. Cut-Throat: Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 10:30 a.m. Novice Singles: Monday, Oct. 17 at 10:30 a.m. PIMD coming up soon: Mixed pairs at Palo Alto on September 17. October 1, Women’s Singles at the

San Francisco club which is also celebrating its 115th anniversary on October 2 with a three 12-end Mixed Triples game. Form a group and get your feet wet in these competitions.


This year, on August 26, we combined our annual BBQ with an After Five event format. The club provided beef burgers and veggie burgers and the members brought side dishes. About 50 attended. Also a newcomer, “Ranger, the Lion,” gave us quite a start when he appeared. Our last After Five of the year will be Tuesday, September 20 only a few days from now. Save the date, sign up on the bulletin board and mark your calendars. Ranger, the Lion.


Next Demo Day: Thursday, September 22, 10 a.m.– 12 noon. Mark your calendars and bring your friends and neighbors for a chance to experience lawn bowling.


A Nominating Committee will seek members willing to serve on the board and in officer positions. All officers are up for election at each annual meeting and one board position is open for this election. If you are interested serving in one of these capacities, contact a member of the nominating committee: Jeff Vanderhaven, Carlos Curbelo, and George Hasa.

A Reminder

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Pickleball Corner nReenie Lucker


Seating is limited and a sell-out is expected, so best to buy your tickets early!

Message from the president

Dear Friends: The Oakmont Pickleball Club is sponsoring a benefit concert to support the YWCA Sonoma County’s Make A Room in Your Heart program. Make A Room in Your Heart is fundraising for the remodel of their women’s safe house, where up to nine families at a

nMelinda Price


time seek refuge and counseling from abuse. (For more info: index.html) Oakmonter, Katy Carrel, is the founder of this specific fund drive and has devoted countless hours to making the upgrade of this safe haven more like home. Iris Harrell and Ann Benson, new residents of Oakmont, will be performing a live folk music concert with their five-piece band “More Joy.” The concert will be held Saturday, October 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the West Rec. Center, 7560 Meadowridge Drive. Tickets are $25 each.

Genealogy Club

each group discussed specific questions of interest and tips, which The next meeting of proved useful. the Genealogy Club will There will be two be on September 26 at genealogy classes at 1 p.m. at the West Rec. the Computer Learning featuring guest speaker Center this fall: Beginning Pat Carhart whose topic Genealogy (October 3 will be Family History and 5 from 10 a.m.–12 Storytelling. noon), and Intermediate Writing your family Research Skills (Saturday, history doesn’t have October 8 all day). Call to be a monumental 538-1485 to register, or task. Tell your story, the E-mail George McKinney stories of your family, at georgemck@aol. in small vignettes! com. These classes are We’ll talk about getting Our own Oakmont resident, Jean MacPherson Duffy, chairman of invaluable to help you inspired, creating the MacPherson Clan, leading the Clan in a march across a bridge along with your family context and structure— in Scotland in August. Well done, Jean! research. beginnings, middles The Genealogy Club meets in the West Rec. Center and endings. Come and play with your stories! on the fourth Monday of each month (except June, Pat has been doing family history for over 20 years, July and December) at 1 p.m. There are no club dues, and writing for much longer than that. She is serving and everyone is welcome to attend our meetings, on the Board of the Sonoma County Genealogical both newbies and experienced researchers. For lots of Society and has been leading the Family History information about genealogy or club activities please Writing Group for that society. At the August meeting, after the presentation on visit our website at: If you internet genealogy websites, we split into two groups: have research questions or would like to receive our “new researchers” and “experienced researchers,” and E-newsletter, E-mail:

To purchase tickets (we need payment to confirm reservation): 1. Make check out to YWCA of Sonoma County and send to Connie Medeiros, 7560 Oak Leaf Dr., SR, CA 95409. 2. Those not able to attend but who would like to contribute to this worthy cause may write a check to YWCA of Sonoma County. Please put on the memo line: “Make A Room in Your Heart,” and mail directly to YWCA of Sonoma County, PO Box 3506, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Attn: Make A Room in Your Heart. 3. You can also put a donation check into the OVA Pickleball Club folder and we will forward it to the YWCA. Thanks so much for helping those who are suffering and in need of refuge, Peter Copen, President, Oakmont Pickleball Club PS: Contributions are tax-deductible. If you need a receipt, please let us, or the YWCA, know.

New pickleballer Carol having fun while others wait their turn.

Laura, Lindy, Sherry, and Bill still smile after play.

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Quilting Bee nElizabeth McDonnell

Susan MacKenzie Members of our reported on her visit to a Quilting Bee attended a quilt shop in Carpentaria, summer picnic at Susan which she highly MacKenzie’s home. recommended. Barbara I’m sure everyone was Arnold showed two doll in awe, as I was, of quilts and told us she the beautiful display will be taking a paper of quilts in Susan and piecing class making a Don’s home. Susan is Chinese lanterns quilt. not a bit shy in her use of Skipper Taylor showed color and fabrics and her Picnic attendees. placemats she made as a quilts brought smiles to our faces and comments of: “I would never have result of Barbara Cortelyou’s class. thought of using those fabrics together.” Susan shows While visiting Indiana, Vickie Jackanich bought us how to quilt “outside the box.” a stunning Amish handmade, hand-quilted wall Any time we gather together, we love sharing our hanging and a wedding ring design wall hanging. projects. Pam McVey showed a Halloween quilt. She also showed two applique wall hangings she Mary Ann Allen displayed a baby quilt top of bright, made. Yvonne Draper showed a quilt top, with a colorful fish and Lisa showed a pretty basket quilt. fishing theme, she made for her brother. New member, Fran Morell showed us a top made Yvonne Draper displayed a pretty pink and burgundy from a mystery class taken at Village Sewing Center. quilt she made. She also showed a cute Halloween bag she will give Susan MacKenzie displayed a muslin-based quilt to a young friend to hold his treats. As she returned top she just finished of the New York Beauty pattern. to her seat we noticed a pretty tote bag which, it turns Helen White showed her hand appliqué project she is out, she also made. Helen White held up a sweet making from a Nancy Brown class. looking raccoon she made out of wool that will be We had a large turnout for our meeting the end of appliquéd to a quilt. I showed a pillow case made with August. Announcements were made of upcoming University of Ohio fabric for my nephew’s girlfriend. quilt shows in Napa and Santa Clara. Helen White My nephew’s University of So. Carolina pillow case will teach a wool appliqué class and will supply kits was finished after our meeting. for the class. Susan MacKenzie announced she will The Quilting Bee meets on the second Wednesday of teach a class in either January or February pushing us each month to sew and quilt on our own projects and to “think outside the box.” the fourth Wednesday of each month for our business Lisa showed us a very cute “coat” wall hanging meeting. We meet in the Arts and Crafts room from she paper pieced. Nancy O’Brien showed her coy 1–4 p.m. both days. For further information please appliquéd quilt and noted it didn’t have enough call me at 538-2523. contrast so she added paint.

Oakmont Social and Dance club nDonna Kaiser

Save the Date for a Spook-tacular Evening

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SIR Robert Ripley Branch #53 nAl Haggerty


Sports Journalism in the 21st Century as the world transitions from print products to digital platforms will be explored at the Sept. 28 luncheon of Sons in Retirement Branch #53 at East Recreation Center. Jim Barger, executive sports editor of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, will reflect on his long career in sports journalism including two stints in his present job— from 2006 to 2008 and again from February 2013 until today. In the interim, Barger worked at ESPN in Bristol, Conn., as a director in the Stats and Information Group. He returned to Santa Rosa mostly because he missed newspapering (and Santa Rosa weather). He was previously sports editor of the Pittsburgh

Post-Gazette and the Las Vegas Sun. He is a native of Pittsburgh whose intention to work as a sports journalist was firmly in place when he was in the seventh grade. He mostly roots for good stories but concedes he has a soft spot for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Barger lives in Windsor with his wife, Lori, and their youngest son, Ethan, who is a senior at Windsor High School. SIR Branch #53 meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. A social hour starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon catered by J’s Country Catering. Any Oakmont man interested in attending this presentation and/or membership should contact Vic Grail at 539-9574 or Don Green at 539-2046.


nSusan Lynn

“Plan to be spontaneous tomorrow.”—Steven Wright It’s time to register for what might be our biggest event of the year, our upcoming Halloween Spooktacular! The Joe Sharino Band, winner of 17 Bay Area “best band” awards, makes its Berger Center debut with the best of pop, rock, Motown, funk, country, disco, jazz, Latin, R&B, and swing from the last six decades.

Costumes are not required, but we know how much you love to dress up. There will be prizes for the scariest, funniest, and most creative costumes, so get out your glue gun and glitter and show us what you can do. We’ll also have a screaming contest. Kindly practice your most blood-curdling shrieks in the privacy of your own home (and it would be a good idea to warn your neighbors so they don’t call the police). Food trucks will be on hand with Tri-Tip Trolley serving up their famous “Sandos” and bowls for the first time in our ‘hood. A Boomers favorite, El Coyote, returns with their tasty Mexican fare. This will be the

last time the food trucks will be here this year, so let’s bid them a fond farewell. Even if you’re not attending the party, there will be tables on the plaza for a last pre-winter, outdoor dining experience. This ghostly gala is going to be fan-Franken-tastic, so register now at or fill out the coupon below and leave it, along with your check, in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. WHEN: Saturday, October 22 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 4:45 p.m., band plays from 6:30–9:30 p.m. PRICE: $25 per person for members and one guest FOOD: Tri-Tip Trolley, El Coyote—Mexican Food BRING: BYOB and cash for the food trucks

Save the date

It’s almost time for another Trivia Night at the Quail Inn, where teams of eight compete to see who has the most extraneous information stuck in his/her head. Form a team or come alone and meet new people. The game starts at 6:30 p.m., but come for an early dinner and enjoy beer and wine at $5/glass. BYOB for just a $5 corkage fee. WHEN: November 17 WHERE: Quail Inn


Cost is $25 per member and non-member guest. Limit of one non-member guest per member. The two options you have to register for seating for this event are: 1. Reserved table for eight. Reservation must be accompanied by full payment of $200. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed. Individual names:______________________________________________________________________________ Party name: _________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________ 2. Unreserved seating at several non-reserved tables. Full payment must accompany registration. Name(s): ______________________________________________________________________________________ Amount enclosed $________

The deadline for reservations is no later than 3 p.m. Monday, October 17.

nRay and Marie Haverson

The One And Only Mickey Gilley’s Live Show As Seen In Branson Missouri

Yes, it is the real Mickey Gilley, all the way from Pasadena, Texas coming to Oakmont to perform his legendary show that he performs in his theater in Branson, Missouri. His normal prices for tickets are $145–$220. You can see his legendary show for a mere $60 per ticket. I have negotiated the best price possible for this show. It is not cheap to have him here but well worth the price. Mickey has had many number one records and many have gone gold. He is in the Music Hall of Fame. Wow what a treat to have him come here for a private show in Oakmont. You will not want to miss this show! You will not be disappointed. Saw the show in Branson and it was great! You need to get your reservations in now. This will be a theater-type seating show. No seats will be held without full payment. Any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666, or Email me at Yes you may bring your own drinks! Lemon water, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. WHAT: The Live Mickey Gilley Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: Wednesday, September 28 TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. COST: $60 per person (need not be a member to attend)

Coming Attraction

WHAT: Mr. James Garner’s Salute to Johnny Cash WHEN: December 3 WHERE: Berger Center TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., show time 7–9 p.m. COST: $25 per person This is one of the best shows I have seen in a long while. If you liked Johnny Cash you will love James Garner (no, not the actor). This event will be table seating. If you want a table of eight or to sit with a group of people please make sure all names and payment are in one envelope. Sorry, no refunds. You may bring your own food and drinks if you would like. Come and treat yourselves to an early Christmas present. This is a nice way to get together with your friends and family before the busy holiday season. We will supply lemon water, coffee and cookies.

Zentangle™ Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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!

Coming up

No class September 26. See you in October! TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2016

Tai Chi for Beginners

Fitness Club nFitness Club Board nTeresa Woodrum

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

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. This Y class is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself, fostering connections with friends, and inviting loved ones closer. In this class, it’s not about your fitness level as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. Equipment: Non-skid yoga mats, resistance bands (available in class), a towel that can be folded to serve as a knee cushion and cervical support, athletic shoes that are supportive but not too grippy, and water bottle—hydration revitalizes. Class cancelled on June 10. The fine print: Welcome to Free Fitness. For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. All free fitness classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, wellsupervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness, altering each exercise to prevent injury. Be careful dear ones.

2016 Fund Drive: “Save Our Trainer”

By now it is no secret that due to the generosity of our Oakmont Community supporters, the drive to continue funding our trainer through 2016 has been wildly successful. It is gratifying to see that the many services provided to the Fitness Center by John Phillips are recognized as valuable by some of our Oakmont Community. Commercial gyms typically have one or more fulltime trainers on staff to provide ongoing guidance and assistance. We’re fortunate that even with John’s limited part-time schedule of 10 hours per week he effectively provides orientation to new users at the gym, instructs club members and non-members on the proper use of Fitness Center equipment, provides educational videos, writes fitness-related articles for the Oakmont News and monitors the facility for cleanliness and safety. He also, by his presence, reduces liability exposure to the OVA. While we will clearly finish 2016 “in the black,” with the unknowns regarding future support from the OVA and OCF, it would be premature to declare victory for next year. We will therefore continue to accept your donations through October 15. The Fitness Club exists primarily to pay our trainer. We rely on annual membership dues to sustain our budget. To assist us with future budget planning and to foresee the need for future fund drives, the board is considering changing to a “calendar year” membership for 2017 beginning in January. Look for more details regarding this possible change in the coming weeks.

Special Thank-You

We would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Oakmont Gardens. We received a generous donation from refreshment sales at the Oakmont Fun Dog Show on August 6. A check for $200 was presented to Mike Harris, Fitness Club VP on August 16.

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

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

nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at SSU

This may be the perfect class for you especially if you are worried about your balance. Come join us for a five-class workshop on Thursdays at 9 a.m. Pre-registration is required, so call me at 318-5284 and I will welcome you into this fun and small class. Tuition is $75 for the five classes (which do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to tend to). We meet in the Upper West Rec.

r Fitness e t a W nCathy Rapp


Yes, two additional SRJC free water aerobics classes have been added. Check out the schedule below for the Tuesday/Thursday class at 10 a.m. taught by Mary. If you can’t bear to exercise before coffee, these classes may be just the ticket! To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

fall 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: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($6)

Saturday Morning Meditation The Oakmont Gardens staff: L to R, bottom row, Denise Dunning (sales and marketing director), Macy McClung (activities assistant), Alex Castellanos Wright (transportation assistant), Joy Guerber (resident volunteer) and Mike Harris. L to R, top row: Scott Bissey (executive director), Vikki Bufano (sales and marketing director), Rory Parker (resident volunteer) and Ray Guerber (resident volunteer). (Photo by Julie Kiil, Fitness Club Treasurer)

Save the Date

The 2016 Holiday Dinner Dance, hosted by the Fitness Club, will be on Friday, December 16 at 5 p.m. at the Berger Center. Expect a delicious menu and a fabulous evening of dancing to the Jami Jamison band. Last year the event sold out well before the reservation deadline. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.

Please join us for Saturday morning meditation. We are a group of 20–25 meditators and have been meeting at 10:30 a.m. every Saturday since 2005. After a brief talk, there is a 40-minute period of silent meditation. We sit in a circle in comfortable chairs, although anyone wishing to sit on a floor cushion is welcome to do so. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Barbara Kanowick at or 539-2733. WHEN: Every Saturday morning promptly at 10:30 a.m. WHERE: Central Activities Center, Room B.


There is a smaller meditation group consisting of 8-10 people that is held on Tuesday at 4 p.m. In this group, we simply sit together for 30 minutes. The Tuesday group is held in the Art Room of the Central Activities Center.



The Oakmont News / September 15, 2016

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance—New Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body

WHEN: Thursdays 10:30–11:30 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes. First class is free with the purchase of a class series Join this fun class and stretch out stiffness. Use your breath and feel energy spread throughout your body. Strengthen your core and support your back from the front! This class combines breath with gentle movements with attention to alignment. Students can remain seated for the class or get out of the chair for balance work. Small free weights are used to strengthen and tone the upper body. Equipment: Bring a set of free weights—your choice of one, two or more pounds—the weight you want to work with. Please bring water to class.

next monthly yoga workshop

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 1–2:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center, Lower Level

ongoing Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; 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 Commit to your yoga practice and explore the inner journey. Relax your neck and breathe deeply. Challenge your core, build strength and gain flexibility. Allow your neck and inside self to relax. Discover how a gentle yoga practice can enhance your life and realize the rewards of increased energy and mental clarity, feeling more centered, stronger on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Oktoberfest/Games September 22, 6 PM, Berger Center

Along with the Oktoberfest food, we are adding games. Please bring any easy games you may have that several people can play. Non-members and guests, please pay $5 for food. Bring your own beverage. And remember, it’s at the Berger Center, not the East Rec. Center where we usually are. Regarding our BYOB system: we provide a large tub with ice. If you put your beverage in it, you are indicating that you are sharing. If you do not wish to share, please keep your bottle on the table with you. And a note to those who help themselves to the bottles, remember someone brought it. If you like it, maybe you bring one the next time. It’s only fair. We’ve had quite a summer. We went to Funky Fridays at the Hood Mansion and Friday night music at Sebastiani, took a tour of the Santa Rosa Rural Cemetery, heard Rico play at the Quail Inn and Sonoma-Cutrer, attended the Swing Band dance at the Burger Center, had a seminar on Solo Aging, and had some fun at our own Mixers. We relaxed under the umbrellas, had a white elephant gift exchange and a fantastic ice cream social. Your board put it together, but you, who attended made it all worth the effort. Thank you all for coming

out and making our events really special. Added to our membership roster since the last article are Cynthia, Madeleine, and Mark. Welcome to you all. Remember, you can’t meet people sitting at home. Come join us! Our Bon Appétit dinner group went to the Riviera Restaurant on Montgomery Drive at the end of August. This restaurant is head and shoulders above any other Italian restaurant around. Each dish was delicious, and it would be impossible to say which one was the best. Watch your E-mail inbox for the next dining out experience. It’s always more fun to go out to eat with friends than by yourself. Looking forward to October, we will be attending the Boomer Halloween dance on Oct. 22 as a group. Make sure your name is on our list. Then on Oct. 30, we are celebrating our fifth anniversary as a club. More information will be forthcoming. Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


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

New Friday Morning Series with Kate nKate Hill, Instructor


A new intermediate bridge class begins September 16 at the Card Room in the Central Activity Center. It’s a six-week course on Friday mornings from 9:30– 11:30 a.m. The last class will be on October 21. I am a teacher and director certified by the American Contract Bridge League and a Gold Life Master as a tournament player. But my focus in lessons is on fun bridge, as an opportunity for fellowship and stimulation with friends and foes alike. If you hate to miss the good slams, but don’t want to pursue the bad ones, come and let’s figure out how to communicate efficiently and effectively: How to use the new Blackwood, and how to determine whether it’s safe to go above game and explore for slam. How do you answer partner when they open 2C or 2NT? Which bids are forcing and which may be passed? How to use Stayman and Transfers in the context of 2C and 2NT openers? Don’t lose sleep over those slams that got away! Students may enroll, individually or with a partner, at the first class meeting on September 16, at 9:15 a.m. or by contacting me at 545-3664 or kate. Cost is $15 per class, or $95 for the series (includes book). Drop-ins welcome! Repeaters may join for $10 per session, or $50 for all six classes.

Ukesters nLinda Webster


Got a ukulele? Like to play? Don’t have a ukulele but like to sing or just listen to some good music? Want to learn how to play a ukulele? The Oakmont Ukesters Club invites you to come join them each Tuesday morning, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at the beautiful Oakmont Gardens Crafts Room. The club has been playing together for over a year and has built an exciting repertoire of songs for easy listening, singing and playing. Examples include “My Funny Valentine,” “I’m in the Mood for Love,” “Ramblin’ Rose,” “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter,” “A Kind of Hush.” Members of the Oakmont Ukesters Club have various levels of experience in playing the ukulele. Some have played for years while others are beginners. It doesn’t matter because the goal of the club is to have fun in the company of people who enjoy playing this wonderful instrument. There’s room for everyone. The ukulele is a versatile musical instrument that is fun and easy to play. It has four strings and comes in different sizes from the small (soprano) to the large (tenor and baritone). You do not have to read music in order to play since you learn basic chords and strum those when you see them in a song. Once basic chords are mastered you are able to play music and have great fun. What’s wonderful is that you cannot be unhappy, worried, or in the dumps when you are strumming your uke! And, a bonus is that as you master your ukulele, you are helping your brain keep challenged in an exciting way. Playing the ukulele is good for you, just as listening to it is! Want more information about the ukulele and how you can learn to play it? The Ukesters offers a Beginning Basics for the Ukulele class. Five one-hour sessions will prepare you to play the ukulele with spirit. Call 978-2790 and I will be happy to answer questions you may have. Whatever you do, come join the club on Tuesday and join in the fun!


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Oakmont Macintosh Users Group

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC) fall Session — september • october • november

nBette Shutt

Registration: 538-1485


This is going to be fun! What do you know about the Apple watch? Have you seen someone using one? Do you know what the Apple Watch is capable of doing? John, one of Ronnie Roche’s team of experts, is coming to demonstrate how he uses the Apple watch every day to keep him organized. It’s amazing! Remember there is always time for your questions! Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellowship. The meeting begins at 2 p.m. followed by the program. We look forward to seeing you. Website:


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


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

iPAD SIG “SHOW UP AND SHARE” WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2 p.m. WHERE: Room D, Berger Center CIRCLE LEADER: Sue Lebow

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

As members of the former Oakmont PC Users Group, we continue to offer our free help to all Oakmont residents. Call Phil Kenny, 538-2075 or Al Medeiros, 843-4447. Although the Oakmont PC Users Group has closed its doors, its Web Master continues to update and maintain its online presence ( This site will remain active through February 2017.

Hillard String Theory Adult Orchestra Press release

Please join us if you play violin, viola, cello or bass. LEVEL: Advanced-beginner and beginning-intermediate CONDUCTORS: Jeanette Isenberg and Karen Zimmerman WHEN: Wednesdays, Sept. 21–Jan. 18, 2017, 6:30–8 p.m.

Concert Jan. 19. CONTACT: Colette Bizal, 583-3344, admin@ WEBSITE:

American Mah Jongg Club

nMarie Haverson


If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on September 19. 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. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you September 19.

Sutter Care at Home Provides Flu Vaccinations at Umpqua Bank in Oakmont Press release

A simple flu shot can significantly reduce your risk of being infected with the highly contagious flu virus. This September and October, Sutter Care at Home will offer Quadrivalent flu shots (including preservative-free) at Umpqua Bank, 66641 Oakmont Drive. No reservations are necessary. Tuesday, Sept. 27: 1- a.m.–noon Tuesday, Oct. 4: 9:30–11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 13: 1–3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26: 10 a.m.–noon

If you are enrolled in Medicare Part B, there is no cost for your vaccination. Please bring your Medicare Part B card and a second form of identification. For all others, the cost for the Quadrivalent flu vaccine is $30 and the preservative-free vaccine is $35. Sutter Care at Home is a community-based, notfor-profit home health care provider. Proceeds from flu shot clinics support its ability to provide vital care to those in the community, regardless of financial circumstances.


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Valley of the Moon Rotary

nTony Lachowicz


The Oakmont Community Foundation is pleased to announce the award of a grant to the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group, a sub-group of the Oakmont Volunteer Helpers. Our grant will be used to pay for a facilitator for their meetings, and will enable them to provide support for those in our community that are currently taking care of their loved ones. So far during 2016, we have awarded a total of over $20,000 in grants to four other Oakmontbased organizations, including the Oakmont Health Initiative, Music at Oakmont, Oakmont Art Association and Lifelong Learning.


Starting on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m. at the East Recreation Center, the Community Foundation will kick-off Opera Night with a DVD of one of the best from the best: Mozart’s Le Nozzi de Figaro. This cheerful drama will absolutely dazzle you with the wit of its librettist, Da

nBarbara Bowman

Ponte and a full display of the musical genius of Mozart. This is a free performance for all Oakmonters and their guests. But should you wish to donate even a small sum to aid the Oakmont Community Foundation in its educational and charitable work within Oakmont, a tip jar will be available. And as customary with our eight-year-old opera nights, fresh yummy cake will be served at intermission!


As we complete our ninth year, we expect to work harder and smarter to enhance the service we provide to our community. Looking back, we very much appreciate your faith in us. Looking forward, we expect that your support will continue, with your understanding that more Oakmont groups and organizations will benefit from your generosity! For more information about who we are and what we do, please visit the OVA website. Click on the “Oakmont Residents” tab, and you’ll find us listed there.

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, free of charge— compliments of the OVA

Sunday, September 18, 2 pm MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

While filming a movie in England, Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) slips away with young Brit Colin Clark (Eddie Redmayne) for a week of selfdiscovery and frivolity. The ensuing story is based on the real-life memories of Clark, once assistant to Sir Lawrence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh). A highly entertaining film, it received numerous award nominations for acting. Williams’s portrayal of Marilyn earned her a Golden Globe. Judi Dench also stars. (2011), R (some language), 99 minutes.

Sunday, September 18, 7 pm MOSTLY MARTHA

This well-crafted comedy-drama follows an uptight professional chef named Martha, who finds her world turned upside down when she takes in her newly orphaned niece, Lina, and tries her hand at parenting. To make matters worse, her boss hires Italian chef Mario whom Martha despises and refuses to recognize. A film with a delicate touch of romantic humor, it’s also a gastronomic delight full of decadent food-preparation scenes. (2002), PG, 106 minutes. (In German.)

Sunday, September 25, 2 pm THE GATHERING STORM

In concert with Lifelong Learning, Movies At Oakmont screens a film about a littleknown period in Winston Churchill’s life. Now famous as the man who led England through the crises of World War II, what’s less well-known is that the prominent politician and engaging speaker was battling personal demons at the time. Albert Finney gives a spectacular performance as the defiant Churchill pulling himself up from this low point in his life. Vanessa Redgrave as his wife, Clemmie, leads an outstanding supporting cast. (2002), NR, 96 minutes.

Sunday, September 25, 7 pm YOU CAN COUNT ON ME

Single mother Samantha Prescott (Laura Linney) is already preoccupied with raising her son, who’s become sullen—and curious about his missing father—when her wayward brother (Mark Ruffalo) appears on the scene to borrow money and instantly bonds with the boy. Beautifully acted and crafted, the movie draws you in with its simple yet affecting story of human behavior. An Academy Award nomination for Linney. Mathew Broderick also stars. (2000), R, 101 minutes.


Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m.: My Week With Marilyn, (2011), R, 99 minutes. Sunday, September 18, 7 p.m.: Mostly Martha, (2002), PG, 106 minutes. Sunday, September 25, 2 p.m.: The Gathering Storm, (2002), NR, 96 minutes. Sunday, September 25, 7 p.m.: You Can Count On Me, (2000), R, 101 minutes. Sunday, October 2: No films shown, Dance Showcase at Berger

nJohn Brodey

Wisdom of the Aged

We know that some cultures revere and respect their elders, but only a few value them. It appears that the US is playing catch up, as there seems to be a new interest in what the oldest of us have to say, by the youngest adults among us. Karl Pillemer is gerontologist who did a recent study on this development with a group of college seniors. They were all hard workers, hopeful, earnest and anxious. Dr. Pillemer asked the students, “What’s the first question you would put to an 80-year-old person?” The most common answer from them was: “Do I need a purpose in life? How do I find it?” These kids had devoured books about strategies for success. Motivational speakers had exhorted them to find a purpose. Their feeling was that without one they would be doomed to a life of futility. When a group of elders joined the discussion they gave a different view of life’s purpose and a great tip: relax. They suggested one’s focus shouldn’t be on a purpose but on purposes. Purposes change throughout a lifetime as priorities, interests and circumstances change. Reshape the quest for purpose by finding a general direction. One’s perspective will be widened in the process. A grand purpose can get in the way of discovery and imagination. One way to get to the bottom of the process would be to interview your future self at the age of 80. It can be hard as it requires a level of detail that may be difficult to nail down. The alternative for those lacking that focus is to interview someone that age who embodies the self you would like to be. Mentors are invaluable and offer a working model to help guide us through life’s changes. Most say you are more likely to regret something you didn’t do than something you did. Many of us are grandparents and providing this kind of guidance to those emerging adults of ours’ who are a bit lost, is a key to building any healthy society. If you like the idea of mentoring, many of us at the Valley of the Moon Rotary participate in existing programs that focus on this process. Ten Thousand Degrees is a wonderful organization that matches mentors with high school juniors and seniors (many with complicated home lives and other obstacles) but who are determined to attend college. There is also the Sierra Girls Center where the need for guidance is even greater as so many of these girls have never had anyone who could help them in this way. So if the grandkids have all received the wisdom of perspective you have to offer, you may want to explore further opportunities. We would be happy to point you in the right direction. Better yet, come join us for breakfast on a Friday morning at 7 a.m. at the Quail Inn. It turns out we’re a pretty wise bunch. You’ll fit right in.

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, October 6; start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at


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Lifelong Learning

nDavid Dearden

classes begin next week: monday, sept. 19 at 3 pm

Man of the Century: The Life and Times of Winston Churchill

By Robert W. Kirk, Ph.D. Mondays, September 19–October 24, 3–5 p.m. Berger Center OLLI favorite and Oakmont resident, Bob Kirk is back to help us discover the wisdom, life and times of Sir Winston Churchill, named by the BBC as “the greatest Briton of all time.”

South American Sojourns: Travels through Tahuantinsuyu

By Tyra Benoit Wednesdays, September 21–November 2, 3–5 p.m. (no class Sept. 28) Berger Center Let Tyra Benoit take us on a journey to Tahuantinsuyu, “the Land of Four Regions.” Prior to 1500 BCE several civilizations emerged from the Andes to the coasts of Peru and Ecuador, including the Moche, Nazca and Chimor.

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


September 16: Pat Donnelly September 23: Karen Krestensen September 30: Jim Duport Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 p.m. at the East Rec. and bring ideas of what you’d like us to discuss. For more information call 539-5546 or send an E-mail to

Screwball: Hollywood’s Madcap Romantic Comedies

By Barbara Spear Thursdays, September 22–October 27, 2–5 p.m. (Note, all six classes are one hour longer than usual) East Rec. Center Screwball comedies began in 1934 with Frank Capra’s It Happened One Night and lasted into the 1940’s. Comedies of sexual courtship, decadent wealth, and family zaniness, these films provide the most significant social commentary of their time. OLLI@SSU brochures, course descriptions, and registration forms are available in the OVA Office, the Central Activity Center, and online at http://www. Please direct questions about OLLI@SSU-Oakmont courses and activities to Chair, Fradel Been, at 2933181 or by E-mail at Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting. Scholarship assistance is available for all OLLI@SSU classes.

Anniversary. A highlight of the afternoon was Keynote speaker Gaye LeBaron, renowned local historian, columnist, author, instructor and 2015 Sonoma County Woman of the Year. Oakmont was excited to have Gaye return, after teaching two extremely popular six-week courses in the past. The audience was spellbound as Gaye presented the fascinating history of “This Corner of Our County.” The evening concluded with enthusiastic applause and the promise of future informative and thoughtprovoking courses.

LIFELONG LEARNING 10 Years and Counting

A happy group of 220 celebrants gathered on August 22 at the Quail Inn, overlooking the golf course and Hood Mountain, on a lovely afternoon. All celebrated the 10th Anniversary of Oakmont Lifelong Learning (OLL) and honored the many people who have given of their time, talents and resources in support of the courses, scholarships, class meetings and enhancements. Students, faculty, audio visual technicians, past and current members of the OLL Board, SSU/OLLI, OVA and Oakmont Community Foundation present were impressed to hear of over 10,000 student enrollments for the 83 six-week-long Sonoma State University/OLLI courses at Oakmont over these years. Additionally, four years of courses were taught by Santa Rosa J.C. Special Donor Honorees Jerry Foster, Richard and Leslie Cohen, David Noorthoek, Betty Riess, Helen Herbert and Carol Cotton were thanked and presented with a memento of the Oakmont LL 10th

Sharon Green, Jay Cobb, Paul Heidenreich and Debbie Munkacsy enjoying the celebration.

Faculty members Mick Chantler, Charlene O’Rourke and Bruce Elliott.


The Oakmont News / September 15, 2016

nVince Taylor

Oakmont Progressives

What’s the Truth about Genetically Engineered Foods (GMOs)? Thursday, October 6

“GMOs are completely safe.” “GMOs threaten our future!” Two sides of a heated controversy that inflames strong passions on both sides. Where does the truth lie? Steven Drucker will give a talk in Oakmont based on his recently published book, Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public. The title certainly tells on which side he stands, but what evidence does he have for his assertions of subversion, corruption and deceit? Apparently the evidence comes from a lawsuit Mr. Drucker initiated that forced the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to divulge its files on genetically engineered (GE) foods. They revealed that politically influenced administrators had covered up the extensive warnings of their own scientists about the abnormal risks, misrepresented the facts, and then ushered these novel products onto the market in violation of explicit mandates of federal food safety law. Don’t miss this chance to learn more about why GMOs are so controversial. WHEN: Thursday, October 6, 7 p.m. WHERE: East Rec. Center

Help make sense out of this important election. Mark your calendar for Monday, October 10, 7 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Doors will open at above events at 6:30 p.m. for social time. Sign up at oakmontprogressives. com to have a printed name tag, get on our E-mail list, and help us prepare for the appropriate number of people. Any questions, contact me at 583-9490.

“Our Revolution” Kickoff a Great Success!

On August 24, Senator Bernie Sanders’ new organization, Our Revolution, had its kickoff, and Oakmont joined the event. Bernie spoke via livestream to 55 enthusiastic Oakmonters in the East Rec. Center. His message: Stand up for change, fight for economic, social, racial and environmental justice, make the government serve all people, not just the rich. It was heartwarming to see so many friends and neighbors interested in continuing Bernie’s political revolution.

nJim Brewer

September 18 Restorative Justice in Sonoma County

In this Sunday symposium, speakers will discuss an alternative criminal justice program in Sonoma County that is benefiting both offenders and their victims. Rather than focusing on punishment, Restorative Justice and Restorative Practices, is a program where all parties come together in a Restorative Conference to explore impacts, hold the wrong-doer accountable, and together develop ways to make things as right as possible. Restorative Resources pioneered the practice and promotion of Restorative Justice and Practices in Sonoma County in 2001. The agency has conducted over 1,800 restorative conferences for juvenile and adults referred by Probation as well as the schools, and has conducted trainings for teachers and administrators in school districts throughout our county and neighboring counties.

September 25 Equestrian Cultural Center In Sonoma Valley

November Election Special Monday, October 10

The Oakmont Progressives will be holding a very special meeting on October 10 to help you understand some of the multitude of ballot choices. The meeting will emphasize two areas: local election candidates and both local and statewide ballot propositions. Three candidates for Santa Rosa City Council and one for First District County Board of Education will make brief presentations and answer questions. The meeting will then tackle the plethora of propositions. Statewide propositions alone will total 17!Additionally, Sonoma County has its own propositions, including one to ban the growing of GMO plants in the county.

East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.–12 noon $2 donation

The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.

A proposal has been made to the State of California to create an equestrian cultural center in Eldridge near Glen Ellen where the state plans to close the Sonoma Developmental Center. The proposed California Equestrian Park and Event Center—a nonprofit organization created to provide an equestrian complex for public enjoyment—would provide facilities for equestrian recreation, events, education, equine medical services, equine history and local wildlife exhibits, and open space preservation. In this symposium presentation Wanda Smith, CEPEC’s Executive Director, will describe why and how CEPEC was founded and how organizers believe it will add to the ambience of Sonoma Valley.

September Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage


September 24: Living With an Awareness of the Importance of the Heart

“Whether we become happy, attain enlightenment, move in the direction of Buddhahood or wind up in a state of suffering—everything is the exact result of the wondrous workings of our heart or mind. This point cannot be overemphasized.”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, August 2016, pg. 5 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, September 24 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2:30–3:30 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 5480225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.


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OVA-Sponsored Events nMarsha Zolkower

OVA Presents

Oktoberfest, a time-honored annual event in Oakmont, will be celebrated on Saturday, October 8, from 12:30–3 p.m. in the Berger Center, 6633 Oakmont Drive. Tickets are $20, and can be purchase at the OVA Office. We are not reserving tables. Mix and have fun! This festive event will include a full lunch consisting of German Bratwurst or Bockwurst, with sauerkraut or cabbage, apple sauce, rolls, pretzels, German

chocolate cake, beer or soft drink, traditional Biergarten entertainment, dancing (WOW), oh, and did I say beer? Entertainment will be Big Lou’s Polka Casserole! They will be playing traditional German Oktoberfest and other lively music in the European style of Oktoberfest festivities! Tickets will fly out the door, come by early and buy yours! Beer! Beer! Beer!

E-Waste Event Now Two Full Days! nMarsha Zolkower

OVA Comedy Club Presents An Evening with Stephen B nMarsha Zolkower

One of the best feelings in the world is a deep-rooted belly laugh and we all know that laughter is the best medicine. That’s why OVA brings you comedy shows several times a year. On Saturday, September 17 at 7 p.m., the OVA Comedy Club welcomes Stephen B for a show sure to make you roar with laughter! He is known as the absolute best in clean stand-up comedy! Stephen B has performed for more than 30 years for clubs, casinos and corporate events. He has opened for headlining musical

acts like Michael Bolton, Weird Al, Manhattan Transfer, Hiroshima and Al DiMeola and has been seen on Comedy Central. Debbie Dorn, Activity Director at Rio Vista’s Trilogy states, “In six years here at Trilogy, I found Stephen B one of the best comedian entertainers I’ve ever booked.” Get your tickets at the OVA office for just $15. Seating will be cabaret style, no reserved tables. Make sure to bring your own cocktails, spirits or hooch and of course, something to eat. Doors will open at 6:15 p.m.

OVA Presents Find Help For Your Vision Needs, A Low Vision Presentation nMarsha Zolkower

September 21, 10 AM East Rec. Center

The Earle Baum Center of the Blind in Santa Rosa is your local resource for information and training for your vision loss needs. The Earle Baum Center (EBC) is a non-profit regional center, providing life-changing vision rehabilitation service to Northern Californians with sight loss. The center opened in 1999. Earle Baum was born in 1896 on his family farm just west of Santa Rosa. By 17, Baum was totally blind, most likely from Retinitis Pigmentosa. He bequeathed his property with the intention that it becomes a place which the Earle Baum Center is today. The Earle Baum Center’s mission is to provide opportunities for people who are blind or visually impaired and to improve and enrich their personal, social and economic lives. Guest speaker is Patricia Jefferson, Vision Rehabilitation Instructor from Earle Baum Center. Patricia came to the EBC bringing her mother as a client in January 2000 and was a volunteer for three years before becoming a staff member in 2003. Patricia wears many hats at EBC and is passionate about working with people in the community and educating others about resources for those with vision loss. For 13 years she has been working to help those with vision loss. Patricia leads monthly support groups in Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, and Napa counties. Patricia is a Low Vision Therapist

who specializes in magnification devices. This presentation will include information regarding what is available locally and how to get services and learn about adaptive equipment for people with vision needs. This is a hands-on opportunity to see and experience a variety of products and low vision aids like magnification devices, such as hand held and electronic magnifiers. Assistive technology can improve communication and access to iPhones, iPads and iPods, with personal assistant and voice-over screen reader functions and GPS. The EBC’s Low Vision Clinic patients are seen by special appointment. It is designed to help people with permanent sight loss, gain access to low vision aids. The focus is on finding the correct aid that will help each patient’s functional vision and needs. We explore lighting solutions, glare control, CTAP phones and Talking Book players. We encourage you to attend this presentation and learn more. See you there! Don’t miss out on the Oakmont Gardens Low Vision Support Group the third Monday of each month, 10:30–11:30 a.m. Comments from the clients about their EBC experience: “Come and learn how to change your outlook on the rest of your life.” “Learn from others that have experienced this challenge before you.” “After learning about some of the devices available, I no longer have such fear of my future.”


E-Waste Collection in Oakmont will be on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. Conservation Corps North Bay is partnering with Goodwill for this and future E-Waste Events. Trucks will be parked in the Berger parking lot, at 310 White Oak Drive parallel to the street, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. There is no appointment needed for this event. In addition to E-Waste, you may drop off items in gently used condition such as clothing, furniture, books, shoes, household items, etc. Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, tape and zip drives); consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.); televisions (CRTs and LCDs); office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.); and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners. Goodwill will not accept large appliances and large office equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, large copiers, and printers that sit on the floor, etc.


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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: Website: Go to the members only page to view the monthly calendar, Board Meeting Minutes, criminal activity information and more.

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

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

Bulletin Boards

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

locker rentals

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


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


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

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors

COORDINATOR Call 9AM–5PM September 16–30 Leanne Smith 539-6795 October 1–15 Dorrelle Asland 537-1518 Rides Within Oakmont Marianne Neufeld 528-0161

Andie Altman, President

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

If you would like to be a volunteer, please call 539-8996. Donations to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers are appreciated and tax deductible. Mail your check payable to Oakmont Volunteer Helpers, 6575 Oakmont Dr., Ste. 7, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Thank you.

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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 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. Da ily 5 AM–9 PM. Closed at 7 PM on Tues. for cleaning. Closed Christmas day.


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

Need a ride? give a ride! oakmont volunteer helpers 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

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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.

John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director Association Manager Cassie Turner

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


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.

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

Author must be an Oakmont resident or owner. Letter must include topic title, author’s signature and Oakmont address, email address and/ or phone number (not published). Maximum length 250 words. Letters not previously printed elsewhere may be given publishing priority. Writers will be limited to one letter per 90 days. Letters may be subject to editing for length or clarity. Personal attacks and inflammatory comments will not be printed. Communications Committee retains its right of refusal to publish. Send letter to OVA Office at 6575 Oakmont Drive, Ste 7 or by email to

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.

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.

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Dependable, experts serving you and your neighbors with excellence and integrity for over 20 years. Licensed, Best prices on Gutter Guard bonded and insured. Senior discounts installation! Careful, professional, quality work. Call Alex, 707-291-0429. available. CA Lic. #854537. Find us on the web at www.onewayplumb. net or call us at 537-1308 for all your HERITAGE ROOFING CO. Specializing in residential re-roofing. plumbing needs. Top quality workmanship. Honest and THE COMPUTER reliable. Oakmont references. Free TROUBLESHOOTER estimates. Lic. #673839. 539-4498. Speedy Service, Friendly Tutoring, complete support for PC’s, Apples WC’S LOCKS AND KEYS Professional, experienced locksmith for and Mac’s, 300+ Oakmont customers all your security needs. Senior discount. served. John Bradford. 578-6305. Call today! 539-6268. Wayne Carrington, $40/hour. LCO #2411.


Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had a home visit, please call Charlotte at 538-9050.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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

An emphasis upon a natural look and no leaf blower used. Small jobs OK. Richard, 833-1806, Oakmont.


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.


General landscape, yard maintenance (with free fertilizer), high weed clearance, clean-up, hauling, trimming, pruning and gutters. Free estimates, references available. Tony Sandoval, 321-2958.




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


This service is designed for the homebound/disabled and includes dental cleanings, teeth, gum and oral cancer assessments and fluoride treatments to help prevent future decay. Save the inconvenience of traveling and let me come to you! Please call Jill, 707703-3703 or E-mail jill_rdhap@yahoo. com for an appointment.


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

Free estimates, consultation. Oakmont CREATING AN EXCEPTIONAL references. License #527924. Call LIFE AFTER CANCER 539-3196. Group coaching for cancer survivors. Wednesdays for 8 weeks. Register at CHRISTO LIMO Commercially licensed, transportation or 536-9323. Coupon code OAKMONT50 for 50% for Oakmont residents. P.U.C. 32055 discount. owner-operated with several years experience. Oakmont homeowner too. SPECIALTY IMPROVEMENTS REGISTERED NURSE Call Chris, (707) 206-5018. Retired RN/Oakmont resident available CONSTRUCTION SERVICES for all your health care needs. Complete home renovations, kitchen LOU DEMME PAINTING and bathroom design, remodeling and When quality and reliability count, call References. Call Alexis at 791-3566. repair. Door and window upgrades, on us! The Valley’s Premier Painting decks, fences and concrete. 30 years Contractor, 38 yrs. experience. Interior QUALITY OVERNIGHT CARE local experience, timely and detail Private Home Health provider with and exterior painting specialist, oriented. Lic. #669482. Call drywall repairs and textures. Licensed 20 yrs. experience. Compassionate, (707) 328-3555. hardworking, dependable. All aspects and insured. Call us for your free of in-home care. Will care for you like estimate today! 833-2890. I care for my loved ones. Avail. 5 days D. CEBALLOS HOME REPAIR a week, Mon.–Fri., 7 p.m.–7 a.m. MARTHA L. PROFESSIONAL SMALL JOB SPECIALIST References available. Call Olive, (707) Home repairman in Sonoma Co. for 30 HOUSE CLEANING years. Focus on small jobs, projects and Home, business, move-outs. Windows, 393-0446. “honey-do” lists. Free estimates, very bed linen changing and more. Over reasonable rates. Excellent Oakmont 18 yrs. of experience. References upon DOGWALKER Let me help you walk, talk and play references. Please contact me at request., with your dog. $25/hr., 15/half-hr. Call 533-7741. Thank you. 548-9482 or 542-8720. for free meeting. Terri, (707) 480-0786. Local references. VIDEO STEREO HOOKUP PROFESSIONAL NAIL


New Tv’s DVD’s, Stereos and Streamers are complicated. I will help you. 35 years experience. $40/hr. Jason Baldwin, 479-1364.


15 yr. experience, licensed tech. Mani $20, Pedi $40, Combo $50. Call Linn, 225-2656.

Dedicated and professional caregiver with 22 years experience. Personalized care. Assistance with all types of needs. Includes housekeeping and errands. CPR and First Aid Certification current. Fingerprints on file with Department of Justice. Excellent references available. Karen, 321-6033.


25+ years experience. Dogs and cats. Daily schedules and routines. Overnight companionship. Insured and bonded. Based in Sonoma. Call Alix, 637-6267.


Fences, decks, steps, trim, shelves, trip hazards, dry rot, garbage bin enclosures. Lic. #1008255, insured and bonded. Sonoma Star Construction. Owner Alex, 843-1898.


Experienced, insured sitters for overnites and exercise walks for dogs and loving kitty care visits. Oakmont references. A Mother’s Love Petsitting, 775-7520.


Great customer service. 12 years experience, free estimates, Oakmont references. I’ll work with your budget. Lic. #954364. Call angel, 707-239-1241.


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


All trades, little fix-its and prickly puzzles. Plumbing, electrical, assemblies, gardening and pruning too! $40/hr. Helping Oakmont since 1988. Lic. #560098. Jay Williamson, 539-5217.

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This hike about seven miles long with elevation gains of about 600’ and starts at Cobblestone trailhead (Channel Drive parking lot), continues to Orchard, Rough Go, Live Oak, North Burma, Warren Richardson, Steve’s and back on Channel Trail. Along the trails we will stop and talk about park history. Bring water and lunch. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Hike leader is Lou Kinzler, 595-1214.

The long hike in the Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve near Glen Ellen will be an opportunity to visit a site that isn’t officially open to the public, but we have been given permission to take the Oakmont hikers through the property. It will be a mostly shady hike of about seven miles and 1,500’ elevation gain. It isn’t strenuous, but the terrain is rough in spots. Good boots and poles are helpful, and bring plenty of water as well as lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Randy and Kathy Vincent, 538-3530.

Blackie’s Tiburon Intermediate hike. (Photo by George Hasa)




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This intermediate hike traverses the Lower Johnson Ridge, Panorama Ranch, Orchard Meadow, Pond and Valley View Trails. Quite steep for half the distance, including the uphill grind on the paved road from the parking lot to the trailhead. Hiking poles are recommended. Distance is 4.8 miles, elevation gain (including the paved road) is approximately 1,000’. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Bring water and lunch. Hike leader is Holly Kelley, 843-3155.

This is a strenuous through hike from the Goodspeed Trail to Gunsight, over Hood Mountain and down Johnson Trail to the Pythian parking lot. The hike is about seven miles with about 2,300’ elevation

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gain. Bring water, lunch, and hiking poles. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Leader is Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.


This 3.2-mile hike takes you from Highway 12 through the open oak savannah past vineyards and ponds. A walking path leads off of the main trail along the Laguna de Santa Rosa channel. Leave Berger at 9 a.m. Lunch in the Barlow, if desired. Hike leader is Jim Sannar, 538-2289.


This 7.3-mile, 1,600’ elevation circuit hike starts on the Dipsea Trail in Stinson Beach, climb on the Steep Ravine Trail, including a ladder, past redwoods, ferns and waterfalls to the Pantoll Ranger Station in Mount Tamalpais State Park. Return to Stinson Beach via the Matt Davis Trail. Lunch on a knoll with a view of the San Francisco skyline. Bring hiking poles, water and lunch. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. Hike leaders are Maurice Fliess, 536-9382 and Chuck Chenault, 539-1093.


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Healthy Aging: What is Mind Body Connection about? Mind Body Connection is the idea that our minds and emotions play a critical role in our overall health. Many ancient healing systems emphasize the mind body connection. In fact, Hippocrates, the father of western medicine, taught that good health depends on a balance of the mind, body and environment. Now, modern scientific research supports this age-old wisdom with studies that exemplify how the health of our minds and the health of our bodies are inextricably connected to the transformation of the spirit.

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Why mindfulness is good? Harvard cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, identified the flip side of the stress response, which he called the “relaxation response�. Benson demonstrated that meditation, yoga and other relaxation techniques could bring about physiological changes including lower heart rate, lower breathing rate and decreased muscle tension along with positive changes in brain waves.

manage stress and improve your mood. Plus, being active on a regular basis releases endorphins that are known to increase feelings of happiness. Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats and water. Why do we need to exercise our brain?

New experiences and thoughts generate brain cell activity and keep our brains growing, developing and fit rather than lapsing into a thoughtless routine and brain cell inactivity. Mentally challenging activities such as learning a new skill, adopting a new hobby or engaging in formal education may have short and long-term benefits for your brain.

The residents at Oakmont Gardens enjoy the benefits of the Why is exercise and nutrition good? Scientists have found that staying MBKonnection program and participate in activities that physically active and exercising regularly can help prevent or delay many support the six dimensions of wellness. For more information, diseases and disabilities. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment please contact Denise or Vikki at 707.538.1914 or visit our for many chronic conditions. Regular, moderate physical activity can help website at


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