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Oakmont’s Semimonthly Newspaper

Oakmont Gardens Hosts Free Classes for Older Adults

nJackie Reinhardt

If attendance at Tuesday and Thursday exercise classes at Oakmont Gardens is any indication, the Active Older Adults Program offered by Santa Rosa Junior College is not a well-kept secret.

An exercise class at work with instructor Pegeen Johnson. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt)

The 9:50–11:15 a.m. classes are just of few of the offerings provided free as part of SRJC’s lifelong learning program established in 1965. See free classes on page 3

Two Winery Projects Advance

September 1, 2015 • Volume 53, Number 17

Gardens Expansion: The Oaks at Stone Bridge

nJim Brewer

nMarty Thompson

Winery projects along Highway 12 across from Oakmont Drive got a jump start in August with the design approval for a 126,000 case bottling facility that would lead to a new four-way intersection with left turn lanes in each direction. The design approval for the new Sugarloaf Winery followed the sale of 15 acres directly across from the Meadows to vintner Joe Reynoso by the owners of the Annadel Estate Winery, located immediately to the west on 33 acres. Partners Dean Bordigioni and Jay Jensen (who also owns the NovaVine nursery on the east side) plan expansion of Annadel to include a large production facility, wine caves and public tours and special events. All three sites would share access to the new intersection where Oakmont Drive meets Highway 12. Bordigioni said the work on the intersection could start any time once Caltrans finishes its final review. “I’ve spent eight years on this project; I’m trying to be optimistic,” he said in a telephone interview. “I think in the long run it’s going to be a nice improvement.” (The top photo shows the area as it is now. Below, a designer’s photo showing the proposed Sugarloaf Winery entry and building).

The planned expansion of Oakmont Gardens to include more assisted living quarters and memory care would bring a new look to a key Oakmont intersection. Renderings of the proposed facilities to be built by MBK Senior Living, Inc., show views of what will be called The Oaks at Stone Bridge.

OVA Mulls Code of Conduct Following CAC Dustup

A view from the intersection of Oakmont and Stone Bridge drives.

A view of the 70,074 square foot addition as viewed from Stone Bridge Drive, showing a parking lot and entrance to the new building. A greenhouse is at the left.

Grading work was performed in mid-August, as agreed by the property seller, to provide a graded site for when construction can begin on the 2.8-acre site.

nAl Haggerty and Jackie Reinhardt

A nasty dustup at the Central Activities Center involving supporters and opponents of building pickleball courts in Oakmont has led the OVA Board of Directors to consider adopting a code of conduct with penalties attached. President Frank Batchelor, saying the Aug. 14 incident in the CAC lobby was “despicable” and including “the foulest language you can imagine,” declared “this conduct is not going to occur in our facilities. If I had been there I would have called the police. It was a disturbance of the peace.” The incident occurred when a group opposing the pickleball courts sought signatures on a petition. Pickleball supporters decided to appear in the lobby and the nasty confrontation erupted. Batchelor emphasized at an Aug. 18 board meeting that the pickleball opponents’ activity was “perfectly legal” and said they should “not be faulted in any respect.” The president of the Pickleball Club, Tom Kendrick, described the proponents’ appearance in the CAC lobby as “a bad idea” and apologized to Batchelor.

There is little—if any—disagreement that the projects will be a visual improvement over the largelyneglected field and outbuildings. Other impacts not so much. “It will be a lot better looking than what we stare at across the street now, but that is going to be a busy intersection come fall (harvest seasons),” said Sue Millar, chair of the Oakmont Community Development Committee, who along with representatives of the Valley of the Moon Alliance has raised concerns about the projects.

See code of conduct on page 5

See winery projects on page 3

Grading work underway.


The Oaks at Stone Bridge is planned to include 50 assisted living and 24 memory care units. The project has been undergoing design review by the city’s Department of Community Development.

Dance Events in Oakmont—Formal, Informal or Both

nGrace Boyle

The Dance Club, the first and only dance club in Oakmont for many years, is now facing the trying times of old age. Founded in the 70’s, it is one of Oakmont’s oldest clubs. Will the Dance Club survive? Its leaders think so and have plans to make it more vital. In its heyday, Dance Club parties sold out. Not so today. Attendance has dropped. Many clubs in Oakmont now include dancing at monthly parties. See dance events on page 7


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winery projects

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In an E-mail to Sonoma County Supervisor Susan Gorin, who represents the Valley of the Moon area, Millar called the Sugarloaf approval “truly discouraging.” “The implications are clear. An industrial-sized wine production facility will be built and trucks will be hauling grapes from the 550-acre Reynoso property in Alexander Valley,” Millar said. “Mr. Reynoso and Mr. Bodigioni will have their production facilities, but the residents of the Sonoma Valley will get the traffic jams.” Gorin, in a return E-mail, promised to look into the matter, but it was unclear what she or anyone else could do. Permits were granted in 2012 for Annadel, and in 1999 for the adjoining property. Taken together, those permits included conditional approval for up to about 50 public events a year and maintained in the deeds whenever a property is sold. “Fifty permits a year is a good example of what (the county permit board) has done to Sonoma County,” Millar said, “handing out permits like candy, which then attach to the property deeds forever, with no regard to changing circumstances of the local area.” Bordigioni said work on the new four-way intersection can be accomplished with little disruption to traffic on Highway 12 because almost all of the work will be done on the north side. Reynoso plans to plant pinot noir and chardonnay grapes along the highway side of his 15-acre parcel. “Overall, it’s going to be a big improvement,” Bordigioni said.

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Passes Reduced For Upcoming Season

nJim Brewer

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is offering season passes to its fall, winter and spring programs for a reduced price of $50. That’s about half the usual $3 donation for a Sunday discussion. In addition, the season opener on September 13 will be a free event. The OSS Board approved the reductions to thank the many symposium regulars for their continued support and to invite all Oakmont residents to take advantage of the varied programs offered each week. Sunday Symposiums are held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec. Center. The September 13 opener features geographer and historian Karen Wegan, who will present a new perspective on Japan’s rise to global power in the modern age. Based on recent research in the fields of Japanese and world history, her talks will highlight seven underappreciated features of the archipelago’s geography and history that help explain its remarkable rise. A geographer by training who earned her doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley in 1990, Ms. Wegan teaches courses on Japanese, East Asian, and world history at Stanford University.

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Among attendees at a recent class was 96-year-old Faith Jones who says the best thing she has going for her is a positive attitude. “The class allows me to be consistent in doing exercises,” she said. Other participants, including several men, were equally enthusiastic as they moved to “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” led by instructor Pegeen Johnson. For Caroline Keller, an Oakmont resident, the exercises improve her balance and lessen the likelihood of falling. Also well attended at the Gardens are the Monday, Wednesday and Friday exercise classes that start at 9 a.m.

Exercise isn’t the only activity at the Gardens available to Oakmont residents. Tuesday morning is a U.S. History class from 9–10:30 a.m. Thursday is an especially busy day with Music Appreciation at 10:15 a.m. and an Exploration of Film Through the Decades at 1 p.m. Wednesday participants can explore the Psychology of C.G. Jung from 1:30–3 p.m., while Fridays at 1 p.m. are slated for Art classes with the main focus on water color. Although the classes are free, enrollment is required, according to Kelly Mayes, Older Adult Program coordinator. Participants may call 572-4533 or just show up at a class and register at any time.

Letter to the Editor

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

Dear Editor, I am an 11-year resident of Oakmont and a retired hospital RN. As an advocate for senior health issues, I would like to share a recent experience. In February 2015, my husband sustained a major stroke and was rushed to one of our three hospitals. He was put under the care of a doctor of osteopathic medicine. Despite my concerns directed to the doctor and the RN, he was discharged prematurely with no diagnosis. We did not even leave the parking lot when I noticed my husband was in serious condition. I ran into the ER demanding that he be examined by a neurologist. He was eventually diagnosed with a clot-related stroke. Unfortunately, as found by the Medicare review and report, the diagnosis was made well beyond the small window of time necessary to begin anti-coagulant therapy, there being, to quote, a “significant delay in the proper diagnosis,” resulting in a “delay in the appropriate treatment.” I urge everyone to be vigilant when you or your loved one is admitted to an ER. It is your right to ask questions and even demand consultations. Please follow that inner voice that tells you something is amiss. Kathy Lollock

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Oakmont Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


Garden Language: Weedum invasium, Twigga mortis, Gardenitus uncontrollius, Plantus unknownus, Bloomis notimus.


WHAT: Pauline Haro, Master Gardener, will talk about “Preparing for Fall with Native Plants” WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, September 15 at the Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.


• To encourage a good flush of roses in fall, give plants a shot of fertilizer. (Try organic rose food, sold at nurseries and home centers). Make sure the soil is moist before applying it; water well afterward. Also remove faded blooms and rose hips to encourage bud formation. • Reduce irrigation times as day length shortens and plant growth slows. • Harvest vegetables promptly for continued production. • Compost disease-free annuals and vegetables that have finished producing. • Buy bedding plants for fall color, including annual cosmos, snapdragons and zinnias, and perennial asters, chrysanthemums and salvias. • Divide overgrown perennials as they finish blooming. Before replanting them, weed and amend garden beds. • Give citrus their last feeding of the year • Feed azaleas, camellias and rhododendrons with a 0-10-10 fertilizer. • Transplant starts of cabbage and cauliflower. Plant artichoke rootstock. • Sow seeds of fava beans, leeks, peas, radish, spinach and turnips. • Harvest herbs and dry them for winter use. Make pesto with basil, cilantro or parsley and freeze in small batches. • Cut strawflowers, statice, yarrow and other flowers that preserve well. Hang them to dry for use in arrangements. • Collect your own seed and store in a cool, dry place, along with any leftover seed packets. Label them by type, color, etc. • Shop for bulbs at local nurseries.

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code of conduct

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Batchelor, noting that OVA now has no rules addressing unacceptable behavior in its facilities, said he wants the board to consider adopting rules with “some teeth.” Director Andie Altman took it a step further, saying she doesn’t want poor conduct anywhere on OVA grounds. However, Director Bob Giddings called the CAC melee a “one-off” and said he doesn’t think it demands a board policy. Director Herm Hermann said he needs more information before deciding on a policy. Batchelor, Altman and a third board member will put together a suggested policy for future consideration. In the meantime, Batchelor suggested, reaction to the incident, including his, may soften.


Giddings reported on the work of the Ad Hoc Berger Improvement Committee, which has been told that remodeling Berger Center would bring into play existing codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Mitchell Conner, principal architect with the committee’s consultant, Archilogix, told the committee Aug. 17 that existing codes would require adding fire-rated doors around the stage area, modifying exit hallways, adding an accessible chair lift to the stage and providing clearance for a wheelchair in the women’s rest room. The consultant outlined conceptual designs, known as “fit plans”, covering four options. They include a cosmetic update, modernizing the existing building, reconfiguring the existing space, and adding capacity. A proposal that seemed to excite committee members was adding a 1,600-square-foot, freestanding indoor/outdoor pavilion on the main entrance side of Berger. This addition, if pursued, would be costed out as a separate line item. Before costs can be attached to the conceptual designs, the committee needs to grapple with two key issues: how much more capacity is wanted and how to address limited parking. Describing the parking challenge as “squeezing blood out of a stone,“ Conner said Berger and the CAC could be 120 spaces short of what the city requires. However, he added, side street parking would be considered. Asked if the parking issue could be resolved in advance of paying for additional design work, architect Conner said, “You need to look at parking soon. On a positive note, Oakmont has a lot of credibility with the city.”


Faced with a shortage of funds, the Oakmont Fitness Club asked the OVA for financial help paying for the club’s part-time trainer. Possibilities suggested making the trainer an OVA contract employee. The trainer’s $14,400 annual salary is now paid out of the $20-a-year dues paid voluntarily by 620 club

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members, who make up 56% of people using the Fitness Center. The board approved a $1,000 grant to help with club finances while it considers the club’s request. Batchelor announced the suspension of the LongRange Planning Committee. While the committee did “a lot of good work,” he said, it has “imploded” with the resignation of all but three members with another resignation coming. In addition, he said, the committee “wasn’t going in the direction we wanted.” Reporting on the status of the Oakmont Golf Club, club President Frank Giannini said the number of rounds of golf played was 1,600 over budget and the restaurant revenue $140,000 over budget through the first seven months of 2015. An OVA/OGC Joint Task Force will continue to look for areas of joint concern and potential benefit to the two organizations. Batchelor will continue as the OVA liaison with the OCG. Batchelor has said that the financial stability of the OGC continues to be his top priority. (Al Haggerty reported from the OVA Board meeting and Jackie Reinharldt from the Berger Ad Hoc Committee meeting.)

The Pickleball Corner

nTom Kendrick

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Round Robin a smashing success!

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nEd Low

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Contact Mary Lou Hicks after you make your hotel reservation and your decision to attend the dinner at 303-7113, Send checks payable to Oakmont Hiking Club, for $35 each, to Mary Lou Hicks, 7255 Oakmont Dr.


Red Hill (photo by Zlactica Hasa)

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


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

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September 26 Buddhist Meeting

nPennijean Savage

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



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This two-mile walk will visit city hall, Windsor green and the interesting shopping in new/old Windsor. Come and hear about plans for the future and maybe cool down with an ice cream cone, or iced coffee. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike Leader is Chuck Stanley, 539-1696.

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This moderately strenuous (about eight miles, 1,000’ elevation gain) hike passes by a Napa vineyard at the beginning, follows the Ritchey Canyon Trail to remains of a homestead site where we may find ripe pears, plums, peaches, figs, and/or apples—or not. With luck we’ll pick some of these at lunchtime. The return route offers glimpses of the Napa wine country. Leave Berger Center at 8:30 a.m. with lunch, poles and water. Hike leader is Danna McDonough, 595-3946.


We will walk from Blackie’s Pasture in Tiburon on a paved trail along Richardson Bay, to the Ark Row shops which are housed in converted turn-of-thecentury houseboats, past the San Francisco Yacht Club, down Main Street to our lunch spot on the bay with spectacular views of the Golden Gate, San Francisco and Angel Island. A walk of approximately 5.5 miles with no elevation gain. Bring lunch, water and sunscreen. Hike leaders are Jim and Joanne Evilsizer, 623-9345. Meet at Berger at 9 a.m.


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Oakmont Art Association

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And it seems that to some the Dance Club’s sit-down dinners with china plates and linen napkins are passé. Oakmont’s dance virtuoso Frank Schretlen, who helped manage the Dance Club for 11 years in the 1980’s, recently took his daughter to an evening of dancing to a 60’s band sponsored by the Sha-Boom Club. They stood in line for the barbecue. “We had a great time.” Schretlen thinks the Dance Club made a mistake by including line dancing. “Line dancing is a negative for people who like couples dancing. You can’t mix the two.” And Ingrid and Herb Brasche, who love to dance and were attracted to Oakmont because of the Dance Club, find the more casual dances put on by other clubs today to be less expensive than the more formal dinner dances sponsored by the Dance Club. So will one of Oakmont’s oldest and most elegant clubs fade away? Schretlen and the Brasches hope not. “But everything has its chance in the sun,” muses Schretlen. Good news. Donna Kaiser, who currently helps manage the Dance Club, says the club is not about to fade away and gives several reasons why. “We plan to get more singles involved—especially women.” And contrary to how Schretlen feels about line dancing, she says Dance Club parties will include more line dancing. “When a line dance is announced, the floor becomes filled with dancers, mostly single women.” “We are lining up fresh new caterers and new dance bands” she continues. “And our prices will be more competitive.” The elegance of china and fresh flowers at a sit-down dinner will continue. “It’s Donna Kaiser and her husband nice to be served,” Jim at a club event this year. (Photo by Ken Kronen) says Donna. “And it’s nice to have real glassware and linen napkins instead of paper plates and plastic forks.” Three upcoming Dance Club parties are the Halloween Dance on Oct. 31, the Holiday Dance on Dec. 5, and the New Year’s Eve celebration on Dec. 31. “They will all be sold out,” predicts Donna.

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Entry packets have gone out to all current Art Association members. If you are a resident artist, and are not an Art Association member, you can pay dues by calling our Membership Coordinator, Jackie Smith at 540-0865. Entry forms may be found in the Art Association folder in the OVA Office. Deadline for submissions is September 19. This 43rd annual show, as in previous years, supports our scholarship fund for Santa Rosa Junior College Artists through silent auctions and raffles. This year, the silent auction will present a number of notable works from artists Dorothy Pierce, Zamy Steynovitz, Ken Kirkby and David Harris. Donation of raffle items would be greatly appreciated. Please call Rita Kronen to donate at 537-7707. This year, the show will have publicity outside of Oakmont. All artists in the show will receive a supply of postcards for their personal use and a PDF to send out to E-mail contacts. In addition, we will, with the help of volunteers, place posters in local businesses and distribute postcards to local wineries and Sonoma Valley Visitors Centers.


Ryan majored in graphic design while attending Skyline and Sacramento Community Colleges. Since attending SRJC, he has settled on majoring in Studio art with a focus on painting. He states, “I am excited to transfer to a four-year institution next semester. I plan to use applied knowledge to persevere and stress the need for art from day to day. When we all have an innate and natural sense to create, why shouldn’t we utilize it?”

Scholarship award artist Ryan Patton

A popular docent from the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, Marsha Holm, will present an illustrated program on this phase of Turner’s works on Friday, September 11 at 10:30 a.m. in the Berger Center. As usual, coffee, tea and refreshments will be served before the meeting at 10 a.m.


Ikebana with Kodo Ron Brown, will resume Sept. 25 at 10 a.m., $15 per session. One can start any time. It is not just for ongoing members. Also, one can come for free and just observe to see if it is a fit. Call Bonnie Crosse if you want to enroll, 282-9076.


We tend to think of the Impressionist movement in art as beginning with French artists in the late 1800s. But the prolific English painter J.M.W. Turner was already exploring the idea of expressing a personal visual sense of natural and imagined scenes with his works in the 1830s and 40s, so much so that the formerly lauded artist was criticized and derided by the art world and the public.

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Help Wanted! There have been recent losses of members of this committee. Its primary purpose is to identify and recommend specific ways in which the Oakmont Golf Club can improve the value of being a member of our club. Such actions increase the enjoyment of being a member, while also making our club more attractive to prospective members. We meet at 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month in the Quail Inn. Currently we are working with the responses to the recent OGC Member Survey question “what type of activities you would be interested in participating in at the Oakmont Golf Club.” As this committee’s chair, I would like to hear from prospective new members via charleswoodz4@ Thank you.


Getting involved in an OGC committee is a great way to contribute to the betterment of our club, learn more about how our club functions, and as another way to get to know fellow members. In addition to the Membership and Marketing Committee (see the above plea) the following committees are open to your participation. Golf: John Weston, Chair (, meets on the third Thursday of each month at 3 p.m. in the East Course Clubhouse; House and Greens: Pete Waller, Chair (, meets in conjunction with the Golf Committee, plus Pete has small select working subcommittees; and Social: Frank Giannini, Chair (, meetings as called by the Chair. Want to make this a better club? Well then, get involved!


Principally maintained by Heather Pelleriti, our club’s website is a resource that we (OGC members) should use more often. Why? An example is the “Calendar” that resides within the Member area of the website. Go the website ( then enter the Member Area by logging in (entering your member number and then your last name). Heather keeps the calendar up to date regarding committee meeting dates, scheduled themed dinner offerings each week, including “Specials,” and fun events like Karaoke and Trivia Night. By the way, the Quail Inn will have a new menu for us as of September 1, so, be sure to check it out. You will find lots of additional information about your club in the Members’ Area, so please spend some time exploring it.

Oakmont Educators Club Meeting

nBarbara Arnold

DATE: September 2 TIME: 3:30–5 p.m. PLACE: Art Room, Central Activities Center CONTACT: Barbara Arnold, 833-2095 Agenda: continue new member introductions, plan future activities and presentations, consider meeting changes (time, day, week). Please join us. We need to hear from you and want your input. Any active or retired educator living in Oakmont is invited to attend.


18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club

nEileen Beltrano

Michelle Yturralde and Nancy Shaw are having more fun after playing golf on Tuesday.

Chris Carter with Becky Hulick. Becky shot her personal best the other day, an 89.

Hi there ladies. September is here already! That means it’s time to get ready for our Invitational— just around the corner. Get out your cowboy (girl) hat and red bandana for a fun day on our lovely course. Thursday’s Club Championship begins this week. Good luck to all the participants. Both clubs have elected new board members for 2016. A big thank-you goes out to all of you who volunteered to be board members. We wouldn’t have a club if it weren’t for you. You are greatly appreciated! It’s not too late to sign up for Tuesday’s Guest Day on Sept. 8. Here are the results of sweeps for early August.


Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (72). First flight: first low net, L. Paul; second low net, K. Peters; third low net, W. Hoerr; and fourth low net, A. Miller. Second flight: first low net tie, M. Rossi and J. DiMaggio; third low net, C. Buchold. Third flight: first low net, R. Nicholson; second low net, M. A. Gibbs; third low net, E. Baciocco; and fourth low net, S. Baxter. Fourth flight: first low net, K. Wittes; second low net, J. Conklin; third low net, D. Johnson; and fourth low net, H. Williston.


Low Gross of Field: Linda Paul (85). First flight: first low net, B. Hulick; second low net, E. Beltrano; third low net, L. Paul; fourth low net, K. Downey; and fifth low net, M. Pierce. Second flight: first low net, K. Sites; second low net, M. Yturralde; and third low net, Y. Smith. Third flight: first low net, L. Wiener; second low net, J. Buell; and third low net, Chris Carter.


Low Gross of Field: Patty Buchholz and Kris Peters (89).

First flight: first low net, K. Peters; second low net, K. Mokricky; third low net, P. Buchholz; and fourth low net, L. Leitner. Second flight: first low net, J. DiMaggio; second low net tie, Y. Smith and S. Baxter; fourth low net, M. Delagnes; fifth low net tie, E. Huff and B. VanVoorhis. Third flight: first low net, C. Locke; second low net, K. Wittes; third low net, P. Edwards; fourth low net, C. Rexford; and fifth low net, J. O’Toole.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, west 2-5-2, 20 players

Low Gross of Field: Sallie Wood (91). First flight: first low net, N. Shaw; second low net, K. Mokricky; and third low net tie, B. Hulick and M. Pierce. Second flight: first low net, C. Carter; second low net, R. Nicholson.; and third low net, J. Duport. Third flight: first low net, L. Wiener; second low net tie, V. Collins and J. Buell; fourth low net, K. Wittes. OK ladies, see you out there.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

9-Hole Monday Men’s Club



Wednesday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

nJames Kaiser

The results are in! The top money winners from the first of the year to August 10 are (in order): Noel Schween, Gary Stone, Phil Sapp, Dan Sienes, Keith Wise, Dan Levin, Charlie Parotti, Tom Massip, Don Schulte and Neil Huber. Lots of ball marks on the greens. If you see one, even though not yours, fix them so we can help the crew keep our course in good shape. Happy Golfing!

Fellow OWMC members, we have a lot of input to show you, so here are the results.

First place: Don Schulte with a 28.5. Second place: Charlie Parotti with a 29.5. Third place: Wayne Mickaelian with a 30. Fourth place Tie: Gordon Hopper and Joel Goodman, both with a 30.5. Sixth place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Jim Norem, both with a 31. Closest-to-the-pin: Wayne Mickaelian, 16’9”; Charlie Parotti, 35’0”.

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR AUGUST 10 Two-Man Best Ball, 25 Players

First place: Alan Stewart/Charlie Parotti with a 26. Second place tie: Tony D’Agosta/Gary Stone, Keith Wise/Noel Schween, Greg Carpenter/Joe Lash and Bob Thorsen/Jim Norem, all with a 27. Closest-to-the-pin: Wayne Mickaelian, 18’5”; Dan Levin, 27’2”; Neil Huber, 43’6”.


Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

August was a busy month for the Oakmont Seniors, with away visits to three member golf clubs. The first two events were unusual because they were held on consecutive days, Monday, August 3 and Tuesday, August 4. This rare arrangement was caused by the addition of the Bodega Harbor Golf Club later in the year, and the unavailability of alternative days there. As one might imagine, there were a limited number of OGC Senior members visiting Bodega. Two of our Oakmonters placed in the competition: Bill Salmina was first and Alan McLintock second. The next day a large contingent of Oakmont Seniors converged on the Windsor Golf Club to play under excellent weather conditions. The game was the usual best two balls of the foursome and five places were awarded in a single flight. The results were: First place, Steve Monroe, Jeff Parlett, Lou Meola and Lew Larson, 115; second (card-off), Bob Crosat, Bob Thompson, Phil Anderson and Mike Wachter, 115; third, Norm Collins, Ernie Lopez, Gerry Buss and Bud Thompson, 123; fourth, Pete Waller, Noel Schween, John Vink and John Garcia, 124; fifth, Gary Cuccio, Bill Roberts, Mike Laughlin and Alan Stewart, 126. Richmond Country Club was scheduled as the last playday of the month on Thursday, August 27, after the deadline for this edition of the Oakmont News. Results for this visit will be posted later. The last event of the Oakmont Seniors’ calendar year will be at Marin Country Club on September 24. This is a very popular event and you should sign up early to get a place on the Oakmont team, as it fills up early. And that’s it. No more Oakmont Seniors’ events until next year, a long seven-month wait. If you didn’t play with the Oakmont Seniors this year, you can still join the team next spring and enjoy one of the best rewards of you OGC membership.

9 nBarbara Robinson


First flight (4–14): first tie, Bruce Hulick and Bob Branstetter, 69; third, Shelly Brodsky, 70; fourth, Jim Scinto, 71. Second flight (15–21): first, Tony Hughes, 69; second, Charles Perotti, 70; third, John Williston, 71; fourth, Bob Baciocco, 72. Third flight (22–26): first, Bud Simi, 69; second tie, Ted Mokricky, Wayne Shomaker and Suru Subbarao, 71. Fourth flight (27–up): first, Lou Lari, 71; second, Art Hastings, 72; third, Chuck Mendenhall, 74; fourth, Frank James, 75. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Andy Frauenhofer, 6’7”, Bob Giddings, 11’8”; #13—Tony Hughes, 8’2”, Shelly Brodsky, 12’3”; #16—Art Hastings, 5’1”, Rick Yates, 5’9”.

July 30, East Back Sweeps, 32 Players

First flight: first, M. Mar; second tie, P. Lash and L. Yates; fourth, E. Baciocco. Second Flight: first, V. Collins; second tie, A. Keenly and J. Rietow; fourth tie, R. Lommori and J. Rockwell. Third flight: first tie, J. Fulkerson and T. Siela; third, A. Krajci. Fourth flight: first three-way tie, A. Engen, D. Kiddo and B. James. Chip-ins: P. Lash—hole #17 and M. Mar—hole #16.

AUGUST 6: Lady’s “T” Party

Cindy Carroll was this year’s tournament chair. She organized a fun-filled event that was thoroughly enjoyed by all attendees. Shotgun play began at 8:30 a.m. sharp on the front 9 of the East.

August 5, East Course INDIvIDUAL LOW NET

First, Chuck Wood, 60; second tie, Gordon Hopper and Frank Smith, 61; fourth, Tony D’Agosta, 62; fifth tie, John Munkacsy, Dan Sienes and Keith Wise, 65. Closest-to-the-pin: #8—Chuck Wood, 46’7”, Dan Levin, 56’2”.


First flight (4–14): first, Nick Beltrano, 68; second, Shelly Brodsky, 69; third tie, Bob Branstetter and Jim Scinto, 70. Second flight (15–21): first, Bill Roberts, 68; second, Dennis Cronin, 72; third tie, Tom Kendrick and John Williston, 73. Third flight (22–26): first, Tom Wayne, 67; second, Ted Mokricky, 70; third, Denis Cadigan, 71; fourth, Ed Pierson, 72. Fourth flight (27–up): first, Tommy Yturralde, 68; second, John Garcia, 69; third, Frank James, 72; fourth, Scott Ricci, 75. Closest-to-the-pins: #8—Jack Haggerty, 10’2”, Tom Kendrick, 13’1”; #13—Mike Isola, 11’9”, Shelly Brodsky, 12’5”; #16—Jell Snyder, 10.5”, Rick Yates, 1’11”.


First flight: first, Bob Giddings, 63; second, Bob Branstetter, 64. Second flight: first, John Williston, 61; second tie, Jack Haggerty and Bill Roberts, 63. Third flight: first, Ted Mokricky, 59; second, Tom Wayne, 62. Fourth flight: first, Tommy Yturralde, 62; second, Chuck Mendenhall, 63. Closest-to-the-pin: #5—John Williston, 12’11”. photo by Robert Couse-Baker

SWEEPS RESULTS FOR August 3 Individual Low Net, 18 Players

9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club


A “T” themed scavenger hunt was the T-box of each hole. On hole #7, Joe DiBenedetto and Jack Robinson served tea drinks and cookies to all the players and Bob Sielo drove his golf cart around to offer refills. Luncheon tables, beautifully decorated by Valerie Boot, had different ceramic tea pots filled with flowers and a ball marker/clip with tea pot/cup design was given to all. Winners of Scavenger Hunt (prize: “Tea Towel”): Colette Johnson, Tammy Siela, Leslie Clark, Barbara Robinson. Golf Game Winners: First place: Ruth Levy, Liisa Karjalainen, Michelle Sand (hole-in-one). Second place: Tammy Siela, Leslie Clark, Colette Johnson, Barbara Robinson. Third place: Ada Branstetter, Jean Rockwell, Janie Rietow, Lorna Leitner. Our luncheon guest speaker, Jessica Reese Michelle Sand, hole-in-one Quayle, spoke about being queen on hole #7, her first on Pro Tour. shot of the day

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nDiane Linneball and Stephanie Wrightson


There still is time to sign up for the Men’s Doubles Tournament: contact Sumner Johnson (rumford31@ or 539-3758) by September 8 with yours and your partner’s phone numbers, E-mail addresses and competition level (A-level or B/C-level), or sign up on the OTC website (https://oakmonttennisclub. Meet on September 12, 8 a.m., West Courts where coffee and light refreshments will be served (play will be held on both East and West Courts).


Sign up for the Mixed Doubles Tournament by September 29. The limited number of slots fill up quickly—so don’t delay. As above, contact Sumner Johnson with yours and your partner’s contact information and competition level, or sign up on the OTC website. Teams will meet on October 3, 8 a.m. at the West Courts where coffee and light refreshments will be served (play will be held on both East and West Courts).


In accordance with OTC bylaws, a Nominations Committee was established to select the nominees for the 2016 Board of Director positions. The committee members are Bob Zemore (Chair), John Burchard, Alice Chen, Chuck Hinckley and Eva McGinn. Alice recently resigned for personal reasons. However, before leaving, she played an important role in the selection of the majority of the nominees. The nominees’ names will be announced in the Oakmont News September 15 issue. In addition to the slate of nominees, nominations will be taken from the floor at the annual membership meeting on October 3, 4:30–5:30 p.m., West Rec. A vote of all OTC members in attendance will be conducted. Wine and an antipasto appetizer will be served. There is no cost or reservation required for the membership meeting portion of the evening. Make your reservations no later than September 25 for the Harvest Moon Dinner Dance that immediately follows the membership meeting (5:30–10 p.m., West Rec.). The cost for the Italian Harvest Dinner is $10/ person (BYOB). Casual attire (think Italy in the fall). Deposit your payment and the coupon below in the OTC folder in the OVA Administrative Office. The coupon also can be downloaded from the OTC website.


The Women’s Doubles Tournament competition

Tennis Club was exciting—both competition levels went to tiebreakers. The A-level winners, Jill Gossard and Terri Somers, and B-level winners, Zlatica Hasa and Olivia Kinzler, were toasted with mimosas. Lemon poppy seed scones, marmalade, breakfast breads and strawberries were enjoyed by all.

Maureen Pennal and Paula Lewis battled winners Terri Somers and Jill Gossard in a nail-biting tie breaker (photo by S. Wrightson)

OTC HARVEST MOON DINNER DANCE reservation form SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3, 5:30–10 PM, WEST RECREATION CENTER Name(s)___________________________________________________________________ # of members at $10_______ # of guests at $ 10_______ Total enclosed $_____________ Phone number:______________________ Deposit your completed coupon and payment in the Tennis Club folder in the OVA Administrative Office by September 25. An Italian Harvest Dinner will be served, followed by dancing. BYOB. The membership meeting preceding the dinner is only for dues-paying OTC members.

nMark Randol

Cal Alumni Club


All alumni, family, and friends of Cal are invited to the Oakmont Club’s annual Labor Day picnic featuring the Straw Hat Band, a raffle, silent auction to support the club’s scholarship fund, and a tasty BBQ. WHEN: Labor Day Monday, September 7 WHERE: Wine Country Polo Field in Oakmont TIME: 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. MENU: BBQ Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, and Garden Burgers, with salads and all the fixings and ice cream cups. Wine, beer, water, and soft drinks are included. COST: $22 for adults, $10 for children. Advance tickets will be required. The reservation deadline is Thursday, August 20. Please make check payable to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont and mail to Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont, c/o Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.


The Oakmont Chapter of the Cal Alumni Club has awarded scholarships of $1,500 each to four 2015 graduates of Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC). The four students will be attending the Berkeley campus of the University of California this fall. The winners of this year’s scholarships are: Angela Church—Mathematics major who intends to teach math at high school or college level. Adelia Gregory—Marketing major who intends to consult and do public relations for non-profit agencies. Pedro Martinez—Mechanical engineering major, interested in renewable energy. Robert Smith—Economics major, wants to work for the Federal Reserve Bank. For additional information about the Cal Alumni Club, please contact Membership Chair, Bonnie Lukes, at 537-9631, or go to the club’s website: www.

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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Bocce News

nLynn Wycoff

The “Let the Good Times Roll” tournament was held on August 8 and though the morning was a bit chilly we had a good turnout. Winners were treated to a new selection of candy bars. Some claim that they only come for the candy but since most are regulars I doubt that is true. Winners’ mug shots are shown below.

Tom Bonomi, Steve Edwards and Geoffrey Newton

Lisa Bonomi, Sharon Ausiello and Chris Duda

Debbie Kendrick, Tony D’Agosta and Bev Schilpp

Next on the calendar is the Harvest Moon tournament to be played on September 12 at 9:30 a.m. Check the bulletin for other upcoming events during the month of September.

News from President Tony

There will be some construction work done on the courts in the near future. Once started, the work should be completed in a few days. At that time the courts will be closed. We will notify the members when the closure will take place. If you have any questions please contact Tony at 538-2151. Meanwhile enjoy the sunny days and enjoy your games!

Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies (COPE) Updates

nSue Hattendorf, COPE Director

For COPE leaders who do not have Internet access, this is your reminder that it is time to check your team for any changes, mark up your block diagram, and put it in the COPE file in the OVA Office. For new residents, a completed Census form should be submitted. I will generate new block diagrams for your team. If, in the future, you begin Internet usage, please call me at 539-2543 to let me know so I can add you to our online communication group. Also, if you do not currently have an active COPE team in your neighborhood, please call me to learn how simple it is to form a neighborhood family. Thank you!


nBarbara Powell

GUIDE DOGS FOR THE BLIND and BAY MODEL (this time for real!)

WHERE: Guide Dogs for the Blind, The Spinnaker and Bay Model WHEN: Thursday, September 24 TIME: Leaving Berger at 8:45 a.m.; returning about 5:30 p.m. PRICE: $62 includes bus, driver tip, donation to Guide Dogs, and lunch DEADLINE: September 9 LIMIT: 40 people Our first destination will be the Guide Dogs for the Blind in San Raphael. The San Raphael campus trains highly qualified guide dogs to serve and empower individuals who are blind or have low vision. All of their services are provided free of charge and with no government funding. The tour will last 1–1.25 hours during which time there will be no chairs or benches available for resting. We will then proceed to The Spinnaker in Sausalito for lunch. The Spinnaker has fabulous views of the Bay, San Francisco and Mt. Tam. Starter choices are Clam chowder or salad. Entrée choices are fresh salmon salad sandwich on marbled rye; turkey, avocado, Havarti and tomato with cranberrypineapple chutney on Ciabatta roll; or Portobello mushroom sandwich with roast peppers, sautéed onions, Havarti on Ciabatta roll. After lunch we will have a guided tour of the Bay Model Visitor’s Center, an educational center administered by the US Army Corps of Engineers. They have a working 1.5-acre hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta System capable of simulating the tides and currents. This tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. This trip will be limited to the first 40 people to sign up. Checks must be received no later than Sept. 9. Please make your check out to Oakmont Walkers, note starter and entrée choices on your check, and mail your check to Barbara Powell, 7466 Oak Leaf Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. You may also drop your check into the Walkers’ folder in the OVA Office, or in my garage mail slot. My E-mail address is, text or phone (714) 309-1987 (9 a.m.–5 p.m.). Note: seating on the bus is determined by when your check is received. If you wish to sit with someone on the bus, please submit the necessary check(s) in the same envelope.

Visual Aids Workshop

nBarbara Milan

Visual Aids Workshop starts back to work Monday, Sept. 14. Volunteers are always needed to help create the valuable materials for visually and mentally impaired children throughout the world. Come see what we do. You might decide to stay and help with this important work. For more information call me at 538-5321. WHEN: Mondays, 9–11 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center


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Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Sugar at 539-6295, or stop by the West Rec. Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action (no bowling fourth Tuesdays). See www. for club information and Fall 2015 League schedule. Remaining bowling dates for September: Sept. 1, 8, 15 and 29. No bowling Sept. 22, fourth Tuesday.


On August 4 at 1:30 p.m., we had our Summer League Team Championship Tournament where the top three teams from the 1:30 PM League (4 Tops, Wii Four and Alley Oops) played the top three teams from the 3:15 PM League (Wii Power, High Rollers and Strikes and Spares) to determine the Summer League Team Champion. Team bowls three games and the team with the highest total pins (with team handicap) wins the Championship. Results are: first place and Summer League Team Champion, Strikes and Spares—Jan Blackburn, Valerie Hulsey, Al Bentham and Bruce Price (captain). Each received an engraved wine glass. Second place—Wii Four; third place, Wii Power; fourth place, 4 Tops; fifth place, Alley Oops; sixth place, High Rollers.

RESULTS AS OF August 11 (Week #1 of Fall League)

1:30 PM League: first place tie, Wild Turkeys and Alley Oops; second place tie, 4 Tops and Strikers; third place tie, Wii Four and Pocket Hits. Men’s High Games: Don Shelhart, 289; Terry Leuthner, 204. Women’s High Games: Robin Schudel, 268; Mariel Green, 257; Germaine Byrne, 243; Peggy Ensley, 233; Sandy Osheroff, 228; Vicki Robinson, 223; Sandy Wald, 223; Sugar Carlton, 222; Kathryn Miller, 222; Phyllis Jennings, 213; Florence Palica, 202. High Game Sub: Fritzie Amantite, 238; Patrica Hewes, 213. 3:15 PM League: first place tie, Wii Power, King Pins and Strikes and Spares; fourth place tie, Strike Outs, High Rollers and Pin Heads. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 300; Diane Price, 250; Mollie Atkinson, 245; Carolyn Mack, 245; Maurine Bennett, 235; Judy Lawrence, 233; Betsy Smith, 224; Nicole Reed, 223; Pat Stokes, 223; Valerie Hulsey, 218; Barbara Ford, 216; Debbie Miller, 201. High Game Sub: Sue Bowman, 243; Terry Leuthner, 214. Our website has team schedules to remind team captains when it’s their week to bring cookies and either help setup or tear down equipment. A total of 48 cookies per team seems to be the magic number.

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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

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.


Sept. 4: Jim Duport Sept. 11: Malcolm Rodman 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

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Oakmont Democrats’ Annual Dinner

Attention, Oakmont Democrats and friends! Reservations for the Oakmont Democratic Club’s Annual Dinner, Friday, September 11, at the Berger Center, must be received by Tuesday, September 8. If you haven’t signed up yet, please complete and return the form below as soon as possible. In our Spring ODC survey, many members indicated special interest in learning more about Santa Rosa and Sonoma County issues. With that in mind, and with numerous important topics under consideration by our City Council, we have invited Councilwoman Julie Combs to discuss “Crafting Santa Rosa’s Future: Challenges for the City Council.” Julie was elected to the Santa Rosa City Council in 2012, her first elective office, and is well positioned to discuss the council’s top priorities and hot-button issues. She serves on committees for annexation of Roseland, Economic Development, and Creeks and Waterways, and is the

city’s delegate to the Regional Planning Committee of the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Public Safety Policy Committee of the League of California Cities. Julie brings to the council a lifetime of community service, beginning as a teenager in her home state of North Carolina. With degrees in both Engineering and Psychology, she has been a mental health worker, city plans reviewer, Executive Director of a state building code-related agency, and businesswoman. Coming to Santa Rosa in 2007, she helped to co-found, the Neighborhood Association for Bennett Valley, and was instrumental in starting the Southeast Greenway Campaign. The ODC event will begin with a reception and nohost wine bar at 5:30 p.m., followed by a 6:15 p.m. dinner, catered by Oakmont Village Market, and the program at 7 p.m. Dinner choices are Chicken Parmesan, Baked Salmon, or Vegetarian. The program committee needs a few more helpers that evening. To volunteer, please E-mail Jane Rinaldi at, and include a phone number where you can be contacted.

ODC Annual Dinner Reservation form Friday, Sept. 11, Berger Center

Please return with your check, made out to Oakmont Democratic Club, to Sue Day, Treasurer, 6524 Stonecroft Terr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409, or place in ODC’s folder in the OVA Office. Name:_________________________________________________ Meal choice: ___Chicken __Salmon ___ Veg. Name:_________________________________________________ Meal choice: ___Chicken __Salmon ___ Veg. ___ No. of dinners at $30 each $________ ___ No. of ODC dues at $5 each (pay now, good through 2016!) $_______ Phone ______________________________ E-mail ___________________________________________________ Total enclosed: $________

OEPC Resident Forum on Emergency Communications

nSuzanne Cassell, OEPC

The Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) is sponsoring a presentation by the Santa Rosa Fire Department’s emergency services organization, to address the issues of telephone and radio communications in the event of a disaster. The Fire Department has recently undertaken efforts to improve its communications infrastructure, with benefits to both residents and the OEPC’s radio group in reporting problems, requesting assistance, and

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getting information. Join us in the Berger Center on September 17 at 2 p.m. Our primary presenter will be Neil Bregman, Santa Rosa Emergency Services Coordinator. Mr. Bregman will be bringing members of his staff to assist in answering any questions and concerns you might have on this subject. Mark your calendar and plan to attend this important meeting

Oakmont HEARS (Hearing, Education, Advocacy, Research)

Hearing in Berger and the East Rec. Center is good and is enhanced by the hearing loops. So tune up your T-coils and enjoy. Reception is generally good in any seat but on the left side in Berger there is some 60 cycle hum in the background. “Brain Fitness” as impacted by impaired hearing, will be the topic of the HEARS October meeting. The November meeting will be an exchange of hearing knowledge and experience between Oakmonters. This will address various aspects of hearing aids and ancillary equipment: hearing aids, providers, how to get started, T-coils, TV streamers, mini-microphones, etc. Much knowledge and experience exists among Oakmonters and this will be an opportunity to share it. Information at this meeting should be especially valuable for anyone contemplating the purchase of hearing aids. A meeting dedicated to making us all smarter about

hearing aid technology advancements is being considered. A portable hearing loop for use in meeting rooms is currently being tested but getting mixed reviews. More tests are needed in the small rooms. Oakmont HEARS wants to emphasize the responsibility of all meeting organizers to insure they have a good hearing environment, particularly in the proper use of microphones. Remember, tilt it down at a 45-degree angle and hold it 2–3” from the mouth. And, for anyone having trouble hearing in a meeting, the signal is to raise an arm and wave it around. Upon that signal, the meeting leader should take appropriate action which frequently is to remind the speaker on proper mike technique. At the recent HEARS Board of Directors meeting, I agreed to serve as president until someone smarter and younger comes along. Please contact me with any questions at


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

In the Spotlight: Artist Barbara Goodman Looks at Life Backwards


Louise Hoogs, 4-year Oakmont resident, passed away July 10. Maxine Conklin, 11-year Oakmont resident, passed away August 9.

nJackie Reinhardt

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

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

Barbara Goodman, who moved to the one who had to decorate the bulletin Oakmont with her husband Joel five board in grade school, “because I can years ago, describes herself as sort of make things look pretty.” Her first job “a Jill of all trades, but master of none was in charge of on-air graphics at an except watercolor.” ABC-TV affiliate. She spent a large Even that understates her many talents part of her graphics design career as a graphic designer, chef (she doesn’t helping non-profits (Diabetes, Heart use recipes), travel photographer, and Alzheimer Associations) tell their improv actor, bridge player and golfer. stories. She also taught painting and She shot her first hole-in-one on the 16th drawing at Santa Ana College and then hole of the East Course last summer and graphic design and drawing at the Art loves the game because it is mentally as Institute of California in Orange County. well as physically challenging. There is no art medium Goodman Born in New York and raised in Photo by Michael Reinhardt doesn’t like. Her love affair with Chicago, Goodman earned a BFA from watercolor began in 1993 on a family Washington University’s School of Art in St. Louis and trip to Mexico and she bought a sketchbook and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Denver. watercolor box. She applies her training to every aspect of her life in “I don’t paint unless it speaks to me,” she said. “I Oakmont and in the desert in Southern California like wild things—not a vase of flowers, but a field where the couple resides during the winter. of them. I like things with texture and repetitive Kids play a large role in her life. She continued to patterns.” work while raising two youngsters, Julia and Elliot, Several of her paintings are on display through now grown and married. “I loved being a mom,” Sept. 20 in Forestville at the Graton Gallery. Her she said proudly, adding she and Joel have two website demonstrates grandchildren and one on the way. Currently she her technique of painting the spaces around a crochets blankets for foster children in Santa Rosa. subject which she explains as “seeing the world Goodman traces her artistic roots to always being backwards.”


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10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church (OCC) BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 7:00 PM Mon. Night Contract Bridge CR


8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Baker’s Dozen Book Club D 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR


9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:30 PM Boomers Ste 6 2:00 PM Photography Club E 3:30 PM Cafe Mortel B 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 7:00 PM LOMAA General Meeting E


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intro LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 11:30 AM OCDC B 12:30 PM Oakmont Boomers Grp Ste 6 12:30 PM Chess CR 4:00 PM Sunday Symposium Bd Ste 6 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 7:00 PM Boomers BC

7:15 AM Kiwanis E 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intro LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:00 AM ECRCO D 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Card Making AR 2:00 PM OEPC General Meeting BC 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR



8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Garden Club BC 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Volunteer Helpers (OVH) Ste 6 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM OVA BoD Monthly Mtg BC 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Cal Alumni Board EC 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:30 PM Orchard Quarterly Meeting EC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:30 PM Cafe Mortel B 3:30 PM Meadowcreek HOA UW 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Pickle Orient E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Bridge to Nowhere CR 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:00 PM Fitness Club Board B 12:30 PM Instructed Oil PaInt Grp AR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Art Critique AR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR

8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Lawn Bowling CAC 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:00 PM Bunco Rotary E 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 11:00 AM SIR 53 E+EC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil PaInt Grp AR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:30 PM Genealogy Club UW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR

8:30 AM Pilates UW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 6:45 PM Bridge -Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC



9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Inter LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Garden Club Board Ste 6 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Writing Class Creative D 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:00 AM Card Making AR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 10:30 AM OVH Caregiver Support B 11:15 AM Tap Class Int LW 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 1:00 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 12:00 PM Canasta CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM OLLI Committee B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:00 PM Tennis Club Board G 3:30 PM La Cercle Français G 4:30 PM All the Toys Fitness LW 4:00 PM Meditation AR 6:15 PM Dance Club Class BC 4:15 PM Balance & Stretch LW 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW 5:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:00 AM Comm Committee B 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM OakMUG Ste 6 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 11:30 AM OEPC Counselors B 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Instructed Oil PaInt Grp AR 2:00 PM OPCUG E 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 3:00 PM OLLI BC 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR


7:15 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM Lawn Bowling Brown Bag BC 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM Boomer Board Ste 6 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:30 PM Oakmont Educators Club AR 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR






8:30 AM Qigong LW 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg. LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW


8:30 AM Art Association Board G 8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Art Association BC 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg. LW 12:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM HICAP D 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OVA Bd Fireside Chats BCFS 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW 7:00 PM Democratic Club BC


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Qigong LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg. LW 12:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 7:15 AM Kiwanis E 8:30 AM Qigong LW 8:30 AM Zumba Gold Intro LW 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:30 AM Ladies Friendship Bible Ste 6 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 11:30 AM Tap Practice Beg. LW 10:15 AM Spanish Class Int B 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 1:00 PM Current Events E 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 1:00 PM HICAP D 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM OVA Bd Fireside Chats BCFS 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 3:00 PM OLLI E+EC 4:00 PM Tap Practice Int LW 4:30 PM Cardio Fitness LW 7:00 PM Single Boomers BC 6:30 PM Pinochle CR


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 4:00 PM OHI Fundraiser BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:00 AM OTC Tournament West Patio 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Meditation B 11:00 AM Boomers BC 1:00 PM Parkinson’s Support Group B 1:30 PM OakMUG UW


7:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pilates UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Pickle Open Play E Tennis Ct #4 10:30 AM Kiwanis Install Brunch E+EC 10:30 AM Meditation B 4:00 PM Rainbow Women Concert BC

6:30 PM Church Choir Practice D


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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Horseshoes in Oakmont nSusan Ramsey

The clang of horseshoes is back at the Central Complex. The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club had its first outing at the Oakmont pits there on August 12. “It was a huge success,” said club founder Ray Haverson. He noted the horseshoe pits adjacent to the Central pool are open to drop-in play, and said he expects to schedule twice-monthly tournament-style play. The new club was recognized in July by the OVA Board.

The 2015 year to date has found our members enjoying pool, ping pong, antique car show, 4th of July Parade, Bocce barbecue, Funky Friday music, Transcendence Theatre, Boomers dance events, Pizza Night and our End of Summer barbecue. Thanks to all of the members who joined us! We have more fun activities planned for the rest of the year which will include dancing at the Flamingo, meet-ups at local restaurants, Movie Night, Pumpkins on Pikes, Thanksgiving Dinner, helping at a local Food Bank, and our annual Crab Feast. Please be sure to open your Evites and E-mails, so that you will know the details about future events, and any changes in the schedule. We welcome any suggestions for upcoming events. Please contact one of our board members.

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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

nRay and Marie Haverson


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

nLaurie Hartmann

Who we are

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

Sunday, september 6

Todd Towner will be speaking to us about Isaiah 52 with a theme of “Hope for the Hopeless.” Lucas Sherman will be with us at the piano

and Linda Albert, Laurie Hartmann, Julie Miller and friends will be singing in harmony.

Sunday, September 13

Michael Koons will be preaching from Isaiah 53 with a title of “The Empowering Arm” that leads us in our pilgrimage. Debbie Knapp will be at the piano this week.

Sunday, September 20

Benjamin Mertz and the Joyful Noise! Gospel Singers, an interfaith gospel choir singing songs of faith and freedom will be filling the service with their music.

Comics killing cancer reservation form Sunday, October 18, 4 pm, Berger Center Name_________________________________________________________________________________________ E-mail_______________________________________ Phone________________________ # of tickets at $40____ Please make your check payable to Redemption Road and drop off, along with this form, at the OVA Office, or mail to Redemption Road, 6687 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SSU-Oakmont

nKathy Sowers

Fall Class Preview September 2, 3–5 p.m., Berger Center.

Fall brochures will available at the preview. They can be also found in the OVA Office and CAC. Please direct questions about Oakmont courses and activities to Co-Chairs Paul and Susi Heidenreich, at (206) 604-6418 or by E-mail at OakmontLLL@gmail. com. Guests of Oakmont residents are welcome, space permitting.


Note: We only have 60 seats left for this fantastic show! So get your money in now if you want to see it. WHAT: The Rat Pack Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: December 12 TIME: 7 p.m. to approx. 8:30 p.m. FOOD: Coffee, lemon water and cookies only. You may bring your own food and drink for the show (same as last year). COST: $35 for members, $40 for member’s guest and $50 for non-members

Ebb and Flow of Civilizations By Tyra Benoit, M.A. Mondays, September 28– November 2, 3-5 PM, Berger Center

Why do some civilizations flourish for thousands of years while others fail in a relatively short time? Discuss political, economic, and religious structures and organization. We will focus on two different civilizations—the Egyptians and the Maya. What are the lessons we can learn apply to modern civilization? Instructor: Tyra Benoit, M.A., has a B.A. and an M.A. in History. She has taught about world civilizations for over 30 years at California State University, Chico and several community colleges.

The Bomb’s Early Light By Les Adler, Ph.D. Wednesdays, September 30– November 4, 3-5 PM, Berger Center

For most people, the Atomic Age dawned in 1945 when nuclear weapons were first used against Japan. In reality, it opened decades earlier in research labs where physicists explored the theoretical and experimental implications of emerging discoveries about the nature of the atom. Look at the complex actions and personalities of a number of the scientists and officials whose decisions were central to the bomb’s development and ultimate use. Instructor: Les Adler, Ph.D., taught in The Hutchins School at SSU for 30 years, and was Dean of the School of Extended Education from 2000–2007. His area of academic specialty is the Cold War.

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MOVEMENT AND STYLE: A SURVEY OF CALIFORNIA ART AND BEYOND By Linda Loveland Reid, B.A. Thursdays, October 1–November 5, 3-5 PM, East Rec. Center

Explore art movements and the cultural events that affected art with a focus on modern art from 1950 onward. Why did artists in California and across the nation stop painting landscapes and move into social realism, and then toward modernism? Visit (virtually) our own Sonoma County galleries including artists such as Andy Warhol, the Guerrilla Girls, and Burning Man artists. Instructor: Linda Loveland Reid, B.A., has given lectures at Oakmont’s Sunday Symposium and Lifelong Learning classes. She holds a B.A. in both History and Art History from SSU.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Oakmont Computer Learning Center (OCLC)

PC Users Group

fall Session september • october • november

nBarbara G. Dudley

windows 10 panel discussion at Q&A SESSION, SEPTEMBER 14

The next OPCUG members’ meeting is set for September 14 at 2 p.m. at the East Rec. Center when the group presents a Q&A Session. After the experts resolve any questions received, a sub-panel of experts, moderated by George McKinney, will discuss the Microsoft release of Windows 10. To upgrade now or upgrade later, that is the question (apologies to the Bard). Be sure to collect all your questions about upgrading and bring them with you to the session. Remember to send any questions or concerns that you may have about your computers, peripherals, and other electronic devices to the experts through Bob Mandelstam at BobMandel@ for resolution at the Q&A Session.

Call 538-1485 to Register.


The OCLC starts its Fall Classes this month. If you missed their triennial Open House (August 25), be sure to consult the OCLC article in this issue of the Oakmont News for information on dates, times, and costs, as well as other information about the classes.


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


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

Nominate A Veterans Day Parade Grand Marshal

nJeff Davis

Oakmont residents are already geared up and making plans for this year’s 11th Annual Oakmont Veterans Day Parade. Arrangements for participating veterans, vehicles of all shapes and sizes, colorful decorations and festivities afterwards are all underway. Now is the time for residents to nominate a Grand Marshal for the Wednesday, November 11 parade. Please send the nominee’s name, branch of the military, conflict(s) in which he/she served, details of service, awards and other pertinent information that you feel might help the selection process to Jay Cobb at 8834 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa CA 95409 or to Nominations must be received by Friday, September 18. Oakmont counts among its residents many Vets with distinguished records. Help us to show them the recognition they deserve.

Women’s Friendship Bible Study

nGayle Miller


This study is presented on large screen TV and contains titles for hearing impaired. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination, and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This is a non-denominational group study and you are welcome to attend whether you have attended our studies in the past or if you are new to Bible Study. We are confident you will have a delightful time, learning God’s word and meeting new friends. Part I: Daniel chapters 1–6 examine Daniel’s life and pressures he faced. Part II: Daniel chapters 7–12 cover the prophecies from Daniel through the second coming of Christ. Please contact the number below if you need additional information. DATE: September 15 (study continues each Tuesday through 12 lessons) TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m.

HOSTESS: Gayle Miller, 336 Mountain Vista Court CONTACT: Gayle at 537-9309


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


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

nBarbara Spotleson nJerry Thompson

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


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


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

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


nJackie McDonald

On September 7 and 14, Playreaders will read Donald Margulies’ 2000 Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Dinner with Friends. Two couples, Gabe and Karen and Tom and Beth, have been friends for many years. As the play begins, Beth is a guest for dinner at Gabe and Karen’s home. It seems Tom is too busy to attend. Karen and Gabe are excitedly telling Beth about their recent trip to Europe when she suddenly bursts into tears. She confesses that Tom is having an affair and leaving her for another woman. Gabe and Karen are in total disbelief and shock. In a following scene, Tom attempts to tell Karen and Gabe the story from his point of view. At first Karen and Gabe take sides, but eventually they begin to question their own seemingly happy marriage. Readers are Charlie Ensley, Ginny Smith, and Ron and Sandy White.

Wine Country Tea and Fashion Show

Join the Star of the Valley Women’s Club for our annual fund-raising luncheon and fashion show on September 16 at 11:30 a.m. in the Msgr. Fahey Parish Center. Clothing will be provided by The Total Look in Sonoma. Plenty of raffle prizes, including cash. Proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities non-profit organizations. The cost is $25 per person (including wine). Please write checks payable to SOV Women’s Club. Tables

will be set for 10. To sit with friends, include a list of all names along with each person’s check and include in one envelope. Place envelope in Women’s Club box in the Parish Center no later than Friday, September 11. Or mail to Star of the Valley, attn. Women’s Club, 495 White Oak Dr., Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Questions please call me at 280-4419 or Carole Kilgariff at 282-9234.


nSusan Lynn

“Ideas are like pizza dough, made to be tossed around.” —Anna Quindlen

Last Chance to RSVP

For those of you who have not registered for the Boomers’ very first Happy Hour Social, Pizza Palooza, you have only a few more days. If you want to attend this free pizza party (for members only), you have until September 4. Don’t miss this chance to catch up with friends and meet some new Boomers. The Union Hotel will provide the pizza; you just need to bring your own drinks and desserts. There will be a special Boomers music mix, so be sure to wear your dancing shoes, because you won’t be able to resist getting up and getting down. You’ll need to RSVP so that we are sure to have enough pizza for everyone. Just visit our website,, to register. This is a quick, easy way to ensure your spot. If you prefer, you can find the coupon on the website and leave it in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. There will not be any reserved seating, so if you want to sit with friends, try to arrive together. Please note that we changed the date of the Pizza Palooza because we wanted to include as many of our members as possible, and the original date caused a conflict for many Boomers who will be on the Hikers Club’s Tri-Nighter. WHEN: September 10, 6–9 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only, please BRING: BYOB (and desserts)

Coming up in October—Starry Night If you were lucky enough to set sail on the SS White Oak last year, you will not want to miss this year’s fancy soiree. Enjoy a four-course dinner served up by

the Oakmont Village Market (that’s right, no standing in line), and music by the City Lights Band. Start with an antipasto, followed by a mixed green salad, and assorted rolls and butter. Entrée choices include Chicken Marsala, Baked Salmon, or Eggplant Parmesan (vegetarian). You’ll also have rice pilaf and petite green beans with toasted almonds. If you still have room after all that, a delicious dessert will top off your meal. Tickets go on sale today, and if history repeats itself, this event should sell out within 24 hours. Don’t get shut out! Register online now or fill out the coupon below and deposit it (along with your check) in the Boomers’ folder at the OVA Office. Be sure to reserve your space by 3 p.m. on October 9. Full payment must accompany all reservations. The best and fastest way to register is on our website, Please note that because of an OVA safety rule, we must set a limit of eight people per table. If you have questions, contact WHEN: October 17, 5–9:30 p.m. (check-in by 5:30 p.m.) WHERE: Berger Center COST: $37.50 per member (limit of one non-member guest, please) SEATING: Reserved tables for eight or unreserved BRING: BYOB


Check-in for this event is from 5–5:30 p.m. Cost is $37.50 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 $300. The names of all the people sitting at the table must be listed.

Names:_______________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Number of chicken____ Number of salmon____ Number of eggplant parmesan_____ Amount enclosed: ___________

2. Unreserved seating. There will be several unreserved tables available. If you chose unreserved seating and wish to sit with friends, you should plan to arrive together when the doors open at 5 p.m. Full payment must accompany registration. Name:________________________________________________________________________________________ Circle one: chicken, salmon or eggplant parmesan If there are additional names, please attach a list with their individual dinner choices. Amount enclosed: ___________ The readers of Suspicions


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Water Fitness

Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness Classes

nTeresa Woodrum

If you haven’t explored the refurbished West Pool and the upgraded locker rooms, the lovely days of September are calling. A late afternoon dip or a morning water fitness class, the new pool area beckons. Please note that Julie’s 9:45 a.m. class on Friday is now a paid class with a $5 drop-in fee. Julie will teach through September. To add your name to the water aerobics email list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain (really?) or pool closures and our return to the West Pool, contact me at 537-9281 or

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

Mondays: JoRene Wednesdays: Tredia Fridays: JoRene 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. Safety First: For your safety good balance and lateral movement are needed in these quick aerobic classes. A fall may cause serious injury. Please check with your doctor prior to beginning this or any exercise regimen. Be careful dear ones. Welcome!

“Those Were the Days and special tribute to John Denver” starring William Florian and Laura Benward

This weekend, Saturday, September 5 at 5p.m. in the Berger Center, Oakmont Health Initiative is pleased to present a concert show starring William Florian and Laura Benward. William is the former lead singer of the New Christy Minstrels and a world class entertainer just off an extended tour. William lives nearby and offered to perform for their favorite audience here in Oakmont. Laura is the smiling beauty who has been sighted at karaoke night or as a guest at the East pool. They invite you to gather and enjoy uplifting, inspiring songs presented with amusing stories in a heartwarming, fun and intimate show. Expect sitting back, singing along, and enjoying the songs of the 60’s. For your viewing and listening pleasure, we offer concert seating. We will check guests at the welcome table; then guests will go in and take the available seat of choice.

late summer 2015—water aerobics schedule—west pool!

Popcorn! Popcorn! Comet Corn will sell four varieties of organic, bagged popcorn; Maple Syrup (real organic dehydrated maple syrup), Coconut Curry (savory and sweet, like Thai food), Bloody Mary (tomatoey, sans vodka) and Hippie Dust (nutritional yeast, what all hippies ate on their popcorn in the 70’s). They will also bring water for sale, paper cups of “spa water” (spring water flavored with organic cucumber, mint and lime). Comet Corn tries to stay away from all that plastic waste. Please visit the website. Video previews, PayPal, the works! It is kinda fun: site/oakmonthealthinitiative/cher-tribute, https:// william-florian. You are welcome to invite your friends. It is really such a help to ticket sales. Proceeds will support the continuation of Free Fitness Classes, providing healthy opportunities for you and your community. We are very grateful and are looking forward to welcoming you. Thank you for your support, from Teresa, Tom, Cathy, Jose, Leslie, OHI board members and all the volunteers of Oakmont Health Initiative. Special thanks to Oakmont Community Foundation.

William Florian Concert sign-up coupon saturday, september 5 at 5 pm

You may leave checks in the OHI folder in the OVA Office, PayPal on our website, or mail them to Oakmont Health Initiative, c/o Tom Woodrum, 12 Valley Green, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Tickets are $15. Name of attendees: ____________________________________________________________________________ E-mail (to confirm receipt of payment): ___________________________________________________________

Cardio Fitness

nBetsy Smith

Aerobics Class

WHEN: Tuesdays and Thursdays, ongoing. Join any time. First class is free. No class on Thursday, September 4 TIME: Tuesdays 5:30–6:30 p.m., Thursdays 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or $40 for eight classes INFO: Please bring a mat, weights, and water if you have them. We have equipment if you do not have any, so come on down! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Fun, aerobics and friendship are what you can expect by coming to the late afternoon aerobics class. The class is ongoing and you can join at any time. The aerobic format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! We finish the class with core and balance work. The music is fun and catchy and the class is designed for all levels. Call me for more information. Bring your friends! See you in class!

nCathy Rapp

Balance and Strength Class

WHEN: Wednesdays. Join any time. First class is free! TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at the West Rec. Center COST: $6 per class or four classes for $20 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 538-8304 (home) or 321-2105 (cell) Better balance and strength are the goals of this class. Start to reach these goals by joining Balance and Strength (All the Toys) class. You can join at any time! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves, we emphasize balance and work on strength. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of strength. Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of this class. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so please come and exercise with us!

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

Lap Swim Club nMelissa Bowers

Good to the Last Lap!

It’s a win-win! We run the Gammit and winners take all! That’s right. Our Lap Swim Club has winners in all categories. New to the club but not to Oakmont is the founder of the Hawaiian Ironman Race back in 1970! He is in the practice mode preparing for the September Waikiki Roughwater 2.5-mile competition. In our book he is a winner already (more on this in September). Next up is a past OVA board member who finally “saw the light” and she now is dedicated to all-year rounding. Another win-winner! Her initials are P.A. (you figure it out). Following is our youngest member, 47, who is getting ID’d frequently to see whether she’s legit. Her husband is the ‘‘cradle-robber,” so he’s the winner. (No more on this, just the facts!) Last but not least, is the couple who just moved here from Sea Ranch, Roiann and Bill. They are the big winners as they know how to use the “fat” lane— it’s for 2-fers and they fill it nicely daily! So you see this club rocks. We are all dedicated and see lap swimming as a sport, workout and lifestyle. If you fall into the description, join up. Send name and E-mail address to Happy Lapping!

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

Tai Chi is an excellent way to improve our balance and reduce stress by gentle stretching based on the ancient techniques from China. Won’t you join us? We meet in the Upper West Rec. on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop. Thursdays do not have to be consecutive. Start anytime. Pre- registration is required by calling me at 318-5284. I would love to introduce you to this Chinese form that your doctor has been encouraging you to start for years. Now is your chance.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015


nJanet Seaforth, Instructor

New Forrest Yoga Classes Start September 3

nCarol King, RYT, Instructor

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

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

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

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!


Monday, September 14: Using color with tan tiles Monday, September 28: Creating on black tiles TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. Check it out! Time has been extended. We have more time to tangle! WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $8 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

If you haven’t done formal meditation of some kind, Qigong may seem strange at first. Try to be patient with your practice. For Qigong to be truly effective the body and mind need to relax so the natural flows of the electro-magnetic forces can help harmonize and heal the body and maintain good health. It is obvious that the body wants to be healthy and live. Every cell of the body wants to do its job, every organ works for all its worth, all systems are connected to give support to the best life possible. When the body breaks down for any reason it is because it is out of balance, out of harmony, something is stuck, or jammed up, blocked, used up, worn out or broken. The body wants to repair itself. It tries its best, but sometimes the challenge is too great and we get sick. Our modern life is demanding and often stressful. Disease is the result of stress. Our glands suffer, our adrenals are stressed, our pancreas over worked by all the sugars and processed fast food that’s available and consumed by a body that has not adapted to our new diet. Years ago we ate local food by local farmers with natural local antibiotic properties. Our food is often contaminated with questionable pesticides and poisons. Our body doesn’t know how to cope with much of what we ingest. We suffer from diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, cancer, immune deficiency diseases, depression and anxiety. As we know we all die of something. The body does wear out naturally, but we can improve the quality of our life and enjoy our life more with a little exercise that improves the body’s functional abilities. Qigong is an easy practice/exercise that massages, supports and cleanses the organs and glands. It not only heals but prevents disease. It moves the joints for greater flexibility, which prevents falling and injury. Balance is enhanced because it is practiced! The nerves are calmed, so everything works better. Qigong is a gift you give yourself. It’s easy. It’s simple, and it works! Everyone is welcome. Wear comfortable clothes. All movements are from a standing position except the fourth Friday of the month when we do chair Qigong. No equipment is needed except for you to bring your wonderful body to class at 8:30 a.m. Friday mornings. New classes begin on Sept. 4 at the West Rec. Center. Fees are $60/month or $15 drop-in. I have has been teaching for over 35 years. You can call me at 894-7345. Visit

Rumi’s Poetry and Meditation for Women

nJoAnn Halima Haymaker

Are you looking for peace and inner balance? Do you know the way to look for your own true self? Are you ready to sit quietly and open your heart? Come and join our Women’s Circle of Light: Read Rumi and other poets, learn Sufi heart-centered meditation, hear words of wisdom from Sufi masters. WHEN: Wednesday, September 2, 11 a.m.–12:15 p.m. WHERE: 147 White Oak Drive The Sacred Circle meets in my home on the first Wednesday of each month. I am a member of the International Association of Sufism. Open to all spiritual seekers. No fee. Call 537-1275 for information and see .

Fitness Club

nRichard Duncan

Heart Disease Differences in Men and Women

This month at the Berger Center, the Fitness Club hosted a presentation by Dr. Emily Conway, MD, Cardiologist with the Heart Institute in Santa Rosa. Board-certified in internal medicine, cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology, Dr. Conway shared information on heart disease in general, gave heart-healthy tips, and discussed the early warning signs of heart attack and stroke, as well as how they manifest themselves differently in men and women. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US, killing one in four adults. Although heart disease is thought of primarily as a man’s disease, approximately the same number women die each year in the US. Women are 10 times more likely to die of heart disease than breast cancer. Risk factors include are high blood pressure, high LDL cholesterol and smoking. Other medical conditions or lifestyles can increase heart disease risk including: diabetes, overweight, obesity, poor diet, physical inactivity, stress, and excessive alcohol use. Heart disease is more dangerous to women because heart attack symptoms are often different from those in men. Worse, most women don’t know the symptoms or attribute warning signs to stress or fatigue. Knowing these signs is the first step toward preventing heart attacks from being America’s #1 killer in women. Chest pain may seem like an obvious symptom, but in reality symptoms may be more subtle and ignored. Unusual fatigue should not be ignored—it may be an early warning sign of heart disease or an impending attack. One recent study by the NIH found that more than 70% of women surveyed experienced marked fatigue in the days or weeks prior to their heart attacks. Other symptoms may include shortness of breath for no obvious reason, upper-back pressure, dizziness, light-headedness, nausea, vomiting or fainting. Living here in Oakmont, with its pastoral setting, fine climate and ample fresh produce, there is little excuse not to avoid the pitfalls of stress and poor diet. Experts still argue about the merits or otherwise of various diets, but they agree almost unanimously that a calibrated exercise regimen is good for almost everyone. Oakmont residents are fortunate to have access at nominal cost to a fine facility here at the Fitness Center. Equipped with aerobic exercise machines, weight machines, free weights, stretching platforms and yoga mats, the gym is attended by our Fitness Club Trainer, John Phillips, who is qualified to recommend suitable exercise routines for every physical need, whether for rehab after surgery or just maintenance exercise. The Fitness Club is entering a team in the North Bay “Heart and Stroke Walk,” to be held at Howarth Park, Santa Rosa on September 13. Come join the Fitness Club team, start your own, or walk as an individual. Details are available at the gym. Website: oakmontfitnessclub. So don’t be a slouch—get off that old couch. Your spouse will just love it—you no more the grouch!


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Photography Club

nJohn Brodey

nBob Crosby

“What Did You Do During the Summer?” will be the theme of the Photography Club’s next meeting on Wednesday, September 2 at 2 p.m. at the East Recreation Center. We will feature photos submitted by members of their activities and travels and special occasions during the summer months. Also Oakmont resident and actor Jim Knapp will share his experiences in photographing live theatrical productions. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced photographer, our meetings and field trips are both enjoyable and instructive. The photos below are from Santa Rosa’s Bird Rescue Center, one of our most popular field trips. If you’re not currently a member, you are welcome to come to your first meeting as a guest.

Turkey Vulture Screech Owl

If you have any questions contact me at 539-4507 or We hope to see you on September 2!

Happy 1 year old Female Chihuahua



My beautiful buff coloring sets off a pink collar with flair.


I’m cuddly & affectionate by nature. Did somebody say lap time?


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Valley of the Moon Rotary

Charity Begins at Home

These days, it sure does. If you’re like me, you get several calls a week from non-profit organizations (which are exempt from the do-not-call list) that want your donation. These solicitations often sound as if they had the blessing of Mother Teresa herself. How can one say no to the American Sea Otter Defamation League? They’re so cute. The plain truth is not all charities are equal. At the Valley of the Moon Rotary we have learned quite a lot about how to determine, not who is most deserving, but who does the best job of making sure your dollars are allocated wisely. We vet all the organizations that we support financially, and so should you, but how? There are several non-profit websites, such as Charity Navigator, that analyze thousands of noble-sounding causes. The bottom line is how much of every dollar donated goes to actually benefitting the people or projects it is committed to helping. You can’t tell by the name but when you see a breakdown of how much of the money raised is spent on things like administration (rent, salaries, legal etc.) and marketing, things become much clearer. At the VOM Rotary we only work with charities that have at least a three-star rating. Those would be organizations that spend no more than 20 cents of every dollar on expenses and overhead. Think about it. Those people making the phone calls to your house get paid. The extraneous costs can be egregious. The Wounded Warriors Project raises hundreds of millions of dollars every year. But how do they measure up? Their CEO, Steve Nardizzi, just gave himself a raise to $478,000 per year. They spend a lot of money to raise money while paying themselves nicely. In the end just 58 cents of every dollar raised goes to help the veterans themselves. There are many other veterans’ groups to choose from who do a better job. By contrast, Rotary is a fourstar non-profit. Over 90 cents of every dollar we raise, thanks to you, goes to local and international causes we support that have a similar level of efficiency. It helps if you are an all-volunteer organization. The Redwood Empire Food Bank is another inspiring example thanks in part to a labor force of 5,000 volunteers. So the next time you get a call from a sincere solicitor, just say you are happy to check on their efficiency rating and if they meet your standards you will consider

The Redwood Empire Food Bank, with a four-star rating, spends 96.6 % its total expenses on the programs and services it delivers which makes it an ideal recipient of the VOM Rotary Club’s ongoing support.

making a donation. Nobody can argue with that. If they do, something should not smell quite right. Speaking of smells, nothing smells better than BarB-Que. We hope you can join us for our big Taste for Oakmont Fundraiser on October 16 at the Berger. It will be Kansas City BBQ along with plenty of Lagunitas, cocktails, wine and the music of the Volker Strifler Blues Band to get your feet moving. Please E-mail for details.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Oakmont Rainbow Women Celebrate 4th Anniversary

nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Like birthdays do more often now, this one sort of snuck up on us: at the August meeting we celebrated the 4th anniversary of the founding of Rainbow Women by Sue Dibble and Jeanne DeJoseph in 2011. According to Dibble, “A group of us had a vision of what we wanted in our retirement and Oakmont Rainbow Women remains a big part of that.” Happy Birthday Rainbow Women! How’s your retirement paycheck? Our speaker for the August meeting was Financial Advisor Sheila Cardno from Sacramento. She reviewed key aspects of financial strategy through the retirement years and how best to plan for and use various options. She offered some new tips for married couples on how to maximize their social security benefits and enlightened us about such factors as the trend in income needs through the senior years and the likelihood of needing long-term care for people at different ages. A surprise to many of us was the idea of tax diversification, the importance of holding assets that fall under differing taxation regulations. Her talk was an informative mix of statistics, personal anecdotes and helpful examples of different financial decisions as we age. She summarized with a call to action to help us plan.

The latest marriage equality news is that couples in some states are still being refused a marriage license. In September, attorney Naomi Metz reflects on the Supreme Court’s historic decision in its first few months of implementation, as well as other items of interest from Washington. Hope to see you there! Rainbow Women Concerts are branching out with a venture called “Next Generation Concert Series.” Many of us are retired, and we expect that musicians from our cohort will eventually retire also. Music is one way we build and celebrate community so this

series intends to develop a greater connection with up and coming artists. Watch for more information about the first concert on January 16, 2016. Special interest groups of ORW are bringing us together in smaller groups to explore shared interests and activities. Poker is very popular and lunch outings, movies, hiking and the stock market explorers continue to draw in new participants. Join us! The Fundraising SIG is still crafting a structure for Rainbow Women to contribute to the community. They have concluded that we will target one organization each year for our philanthropy and are sifting through potential recipient organizations. The process will allow Rainbow Women to become more familiar with the needs and resources in Sonoma County in addition to providing a focus for fundraising. ORW welcomed five new members at the August meeting—we continue to grow and thrive as we enter our fifth year, thanks to the diligent efforts of many committed volunteers. If you would like to be on the Board of Oakmont Rainbow Women contact Dianne Armer.

Partners Contract Bridge

nHelen Hargrave


The Partners Contract Bridge group will be playing in the Card Room at the CAC on Monday evenings Sept. 7 and 21 from 6:45–9 p.m. We keep the same partner throughout the evening and rotate through each table keeping a running score. If you have not played with us, please give me a call at 539-5511, and we will include you and your partner in the group. We are always happy to meet new folks who enjoy bridge!


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nVickie Jackanich

Caregiver Support Group

WHEN: Second and fourth Wednesdays monthly, Sept. 9 and 23, Oct. 14 and 28, Nov. 11 and 25, and December 9 and 23 TIME: 10:30 a.m.–12 noon PLACE: Central Activities Center, Room B If you are caring for a family member in physical or mental decline, join with others to share, ask questions and learn resources. Meetings are facilitated by Dorothy Foster, MFT, 793-2152. We are sponsored by Oakmont Volunteer Helpers and Oakmont Community Foundation. For information please call me at 595-3054 or E-mail

Letter to the caregiver support group

The following letter was sent to me by a friend who wants to remain anonymous.

nBarbara Bowman

Hi Vickie, Just wanted to tell you that I went to the Oakmont Caregiver Support Group a while back and I was so impressed with the compassion and support that happens in that time. The facilitator, Dorothy Foster did such a good job responding and summarizing each person’s main needs or issues and offering warmth and maybe some resource. She didn’t fix people but supported them. She also affirmed each act or effort of self-care which I noted and appreciated. There were about nine of us there that particular day and everyone shared so openly. I loved seeing how the different participants supported one another as well as spoke from their experiences some helpful ideas or tips. One woman said that she recently moved to Oakmont and this group was the best thing she has participated in. We are so fortunate to have this kind of support group available to us. Thank you for all your efforts. Anonymous and filled with gratitude

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


Lawn Bowling

nGreg Goodwin

In last month’s column I wrote about the importance of making friends. So the question arises, why do people seek new friendships? In some cases, physical circumstances change as we age and we can no longer enjoy activities with friends as we once did. My doctor recently told me that after age 65 our body subtly sends messages to our brain that injuries may occur if we physically overdo ourselves. I was told to stay off ladders. Which brings us to Lawn Bowling. Outside of walking, the sport of lawn bowling is relatively gentle on our bodies. Lawn Bowling is easy on the ankles, knees, back and arms. It also helps improve one’s balance and depth perception of the eyes. I encourage you to give lawn bowling a try. It’s fun and you may make new friends. Besides, there are no ladders in lawn bowling.


The 5th Annual Kappy Njus Memorial Tournament was held on August 14. Kappy won the American Lawn Bowling Association Singles Championship in 1984. He was an active member of our club until his passing in 2007. Twenty-four members formed eight teams each vying for the highest point differential to determine the tournament championship. Two teams shared the honor with identical scores and point spreads. The team of Tom Ternullo, Sandy Gravitch and Gary Scott along with the team of Kathleen Connelly, James Chang and Frank Longoria each enjoyed 17-10 victories.

Sunday, September 13, 2 pm PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR

Dauntless penguins, Skipper, Rico, Private and Kowalski team with a covert group, the North Wind, led by Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), to stage an all-ornothing showdown with the fiendish octopus Dr. Octavius Brine (voiced by John Malkovich). In this animated Bondesque action comedy, the penguins imagine themselves as super spies. A movie with sparkling zaniness from start to finish. (2014), PG, 90 minutes.

Sunday, September 13, 7 pm THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL

Forced to live with her loathsome son and his petty wife, an elderly Houston woman, Carrie Watts (Geraldine Page), decides she’s had enough. Seeking happier times, she boards a bus headed to her hometown, Bountiful, in this bittersweet tale set in 1947. In her memorable journey across the Gulf Coast, Carrie befriends a young woman (Rebecca DeMornay). Page won an Academy Award for her outstanding performance in this superbly crafted drama. (1985), PG, 108 minutes.

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

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

Sunday, September 20, 7 pm PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, September 6: No films shown, Labor Day Weekend Sunday, September 13, 2 p.m.: Penguins of Madagascar, (2014), PG, 92 minutes. Sunday, September 13, 7 p.m.: The Trip To Bountiful, (1985), PG, 108 minutes. Sunday, September 20, 2 p.m.: The Hounds of the Baskervilles, (1939), NR, 80 minutes. Sunday, September 20, 7 p.m.: Pride and Prejudice, (2001), R, 114 minutes.

Two Italians trying to psych each other out before the tournament


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


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


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015



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


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


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

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

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


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


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




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

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


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

Macular Degeneration?

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


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


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





Furnace or AC check and service, $99. Expert repair, maintenance and unit replacement at low rates. 20 yrs. Experience. Call Bill, 230-0564.

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



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



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



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

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

B&J CONSTRUCION BRUCE JOHNSON, Trees, hedges and shrubs done with an GENERAL CONTRACTOR


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.

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


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


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


emphasis upon a natural look. Small jobs OK. Richard Garety, 833-1806.

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


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.

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



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

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


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


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


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


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

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

Blood Pressure clinic

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

Bulletin Boards

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


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


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

maintenance Office

oakmont News

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

COORDINATOR September 1–15 Matt Zwerling 539-8996 September 16–30 Joyce Andrews 539-8345

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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

Lost & found

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

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

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


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


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

Goodwill Donation Truck

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

Loaner equipment

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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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


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


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


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

OAS Management Company

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

Association Manager Cassie Turner

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

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

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


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015

Marie McBride


Private Line 6520 Oakmont Drive

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club

Realtor Marie McBride is Opening the Finest Doors in Oakmont

nRay Haverson


The Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club has now started play as of August 12. We are now starting our Membership Rooster.

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St. Francis Flooring


Construction License #879688


If you want to get back to the lazy days of summer and want some old-fashioned fun and memories; if you like light exercise, laughing, meeting new friends, well, then the Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club is for you. This is an all-age club with all levels of players welcome. The dues will be $12 per year to cover miscellaneous supplies and so on. This was decided at our first meeting by our members. Please note we have horseshoes at the site in the plastic tub for you to practice with. We have cleaned up the pits and painted the horseshoes. We are ready to go! So please get out there and start practicing. Feel free to go to the pits and start pitching those shoes. If you want to be on our Membership Rooster and have some fun, please contact me for details at 5396666 or

For the Luckiest People in the World n

Feel it. It’s all around you. Energy. Enthusiasm. Warmth. People going places, doing things. Vibrant. Busy. Engaged. Smiling people. Making new friendships. Burnishing old ones. This isn’t senior living the way you thought it would be. This is senior living the way it should be.

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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2015


Our After Hours Care serves adult, senior and pediatric patients on a walk-in basis, and offers a convenient means of treating most minor ailments, injuries and illnesses.

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Annadel Medical Group accepts most major insurance plans including Medicare, Western Health Advantage and select Covered California plans.

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For more information, including our current hours of operation at each location, please visit

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Peter & Roberta Lommori 539-3200

September 1st edition of the Oakmont News