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Oakmonters, Police In Casual Meeting nStaff Report

It was coffee and conversation as a full house of Oakmont residents turned out for the Santa Rosa Police Department’s “Coffee with a Cop” program here. A dozen officers, including Chief Robert Schreeder, met casually with the more than 50 people who filled chairs around tables or stood talking in the Oakmont Golf Club’s dining room. The idea, Chief Schreeder said, is contact between the public and his officers in a nonemergency setting. That’s in contrast, he said, with the most common contact between the public and police in a 9-1-1 setting.

Oakmonters and SRPD officers talk at tables in the Quail Inn dining room. (Photos by Keith Sauer)

New Redwoods at West Rec. Volunteer Drivers Needed for New Oakmont Project nStaff Report

Oakmont Volunteer Helpers is seeking drivers for a new program that will provide rides to non-medical events and services within Oakmont. Marianne Neufeld, one the organizers of the service that would assist residents who are normally confined to their homes, said the program will open up access to Sunday Symposium, Movies At Oakmont, the library, or even the Oakmont Market. “I would like to see more incoming younger people be our drivers,” Neufeld said. “It takes a while for newcomers to get to know the community and find out that Oakmont needs them. Oakmont depends on volunteers.” While details are still being finalized, Neufeld said Oakmont residents will be able to call a coordinator and ask for a ride within Oakmont. The coordinator will go through the list of volunteer drivers and find a driver to take the resident to the requested destination and return home. There will be a requirement of at least three-day advance notice when asking for a driver, and requests for rides will be limited to one per week in the beginning. Volunteers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance on their vehicle, although OVH does provide supplemental insurance. Contact Matt Zwerling (539-8996 or or Marianne Neufeld (528-0161 or mariantques@aol. com) for more information.

Berger Report a Focus of September 6 Workshop nJackie Reinhardt

Leah Frost and officer Andrew Van Gundy share a light moment as they talked at Coffee with a Cop. (More photos online at oakmont-news)

The theme of the coffees is “No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the officers in your neighborhood.” The SRPD began the program a year-and-a-half ago, and is holding Coffee With a Cop in neighborhoods around the city about every month-and-a-half, the officer supervising the program, Sgt. Jeneane Kucker, said. Police volunteer for the coffees, and only some of those involved are on duty, Chief Schreeder said.

September 1, 2016 • Volume 54, Number 17

An interim report from the Central Project Committee (CPC) is slated for airing during the OVA Board Workshop Sept. 6 to assure sufficient time is allotted to the ongoing issue of whether to remodel or replace the Berger Center. The report, identified as Phase I, suggests the board’s decision should be made on criteria other than meeting and activity space which the CPC concluded is adequate into the future. It was scheduled for discussion at an Aug. 16 board meeting, but with the agenda running long was put over to the next board session. Originally charged with auditing current space utilization of the Central Area, including the Central Activities Center (CAC), the committee’s charter was expanded to include the East and West recreation See berger report on page 5 PRSRT STD U.S. POSTAGE PAID SANTA ROSA, CA PERMIT NO. 323

These three new redwood trees have been planted alongside the West Recreation Center where three dead redwoods had to be removed this summer. The new trees are irrigated, to help insure their health. Arborist Dave Huppe told OVA the coastal redwoods belong in the area, as they are indigenous, and noted groves of them can be seen in nearby TrioneAnnadel State Park. Huppe said that properly cared for the redwoods should not become too large for the space. Mulch from the old trees was used to cover the dirt area nearby building. (Photo by Cassie Turner)

OVA Seeks New Path To Trione-Annadel Park nAl Haggerty

The Oakmont Village Association Board has taken the first step in what could be a lengthy process to create a new path for access to Trione-Annadel State Park. The need for the new path, which is subject to approval by the Santa Rosa City Council and Oakmont attorneys and insurers, was created when owner Brad Benson posted “no trespassing” signs on the paved road through his property which bicyclists and pedestrians long have used between the park and Stone Bridge Road. The OVA Board, sensitive to the fact that many residents consider access to Annadel an important perquisite to living in Oakmont, voted unanimously to work toward developing the proposed new path following a presentation by Hugh Helm, a former board member who has Hugh Helm been working with the city on the issue for several years. The action came at the board’s Aug. 16 meeting. The proposed path, which would require leveling a route through a bumpy, weed-strewn landscape, would run on OVA open space property west of the Benson RV parcel, from the area of the Community Garden on Stone Bridge Road to a gravel fire road that ties into the northeast corner of the city treatment plant. From there, people could reach the bridge leading into the park. Currently the only legal access for Oakmont residents to Annadel is through Wild Oak, a gated community open only to Wild Oak residents. Wild Oak bans bicyclists, but not pedestrians. See new path on page 5


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Oakmont Telephone Directory Deadline

nOVA Administration

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

during normal business hours Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. It is also available online at or in your current 2016 Directory on page 41.

COPE (Citizens Organized to Prepare for Emergencies)

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!

LOMAA (League of Oakmont Maintained Areas Association)

nCarol Callahan

You may have noticed “No Smoking Permitted” signs now being posted in several HOAs in Oakmont. This is in response to the City of Santa Rosa’s mandate to prohibit smoking inside any multi-family dwellings, like duplexes, triplexes and 4-plexes, and outside in any common area that is 20 feet from a residence. The County of Sonoma is leading the educational effort for this non-smoking campaign. They have a very helpful website called Breathe Easy Sonoma

County, smokefreeinfo.asp, where you can download signage, FAQs, sample letters to tenants, and sample new leases. You can also call their hotline 565-6680. LOMAA has a board member, Sue Dibble, who has been leading our effort to help HOAs manage this issue. She can be contacted at Our next quarterly meeting is Wednesday, September 7, 7 p.m. at the Upper West Rec. Center.

For the Next Earthquake! nSuzanne Cassell, OEPC


Attend the Oakmont Residents Forum on September 15, 2 p.m. at the Berger Center, sponsored by the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC). Because of where we live, surrounded by earthquake faults, it’s not a question of “if” but “when” the next earthquake will happen. There are plenty of things you can do right now to prepare and, by attending the upcoming forum, you will learn what they are. Here is an overview of the program: • Power Point presentation, including a simulation of an earthquake. Video on what to do during an earthquake. Raffle of door prizes (emergency preparedness items). Questions and Answers. • Demonstration/Exhibition Tables: Communication, COPE, Emergency Preparedness for Pets, Home Emergency Supplies. Mark your calendar, plan to attend!

Notice! Finance Committee Meeting Date Change Thursday, September 8 meeting is cancelled and re-scheduled on Thursday, September 15, Room B, CAC Building, 2–3 p.m.

New Procedures For Room Reservations and Usage

nOVA Administration

Oakmont is conducting a study on the attendance at all uses of our facilities. This includes all of the spaces able to be reserved in the East Rec., West Rec., Berger, and CAC. This information is needed to assist the Central Project Committee and Board of Directors to make informed decisions concerning space needs. The new procedure of collecting this information will commence on September 1. We are asking that all facilitators, instructors or group leads make sure that a sign-in sheet, supplied by OVA in each facility, will be completed for each reserved time slot whether it is daily, weekly, monthly or as needed. We expect to have this procedure in place for at least 3-4 months. Forms will be made available in each room/space and will be available in the OVA Office as well. Forms must be completed and returned prior to the next reservation for the group. Please return the forms to the office or E-mail them to Marsha Zolkower at Future reservations and use of the rooms and space will be contingent upon your cooperation with this new procedure. Thank you for your cooperation.

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If you want to meet some new friends and have a great time while doing so, then the American Mah Jongg Club is the club for you! We meet at the East Rec. Center every first and third Monday of the month. Our next Mah Jongg meeting will be on September 5. Check-in time is 12:30 p.m., games start at 1 p.m. until approx. 3:30 p.m. at the East Rec. Center. Dues are $1 per meeting. The money is used for club parties and expenses as needed. Sorry, we only have openings for experienced players or teams at this time! We will see you September 5.


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Helm noted that with people ignoring the no trespassing signs installed Aug. 8, there is nothing to stop Benson from erecting a gate blocking entrance to the path. Emphasizing that OVA is “at Benson’s mercy,” Helm declared “we should build the path.” City officials said that only the City Council can give direction regarding construction of the path. They said the issue would go before the council within 45–60 days, although it could be longer. It was noted that the path, if built, would be open to the public and possibly create liability questions. The path would tie into city-owned property, which includes a narrow bridge into Annadel from its now closed water treatment plant

coded lock system failed when contractors, vendors, service people and even residents taking walks used other parts of the courses as outdoor restrooms. The golf club and the OVA concluded that the restrooms are a community necessity. Fireside chats, at which board members meet with residents to discuss issues of interest, will be continued at least for the rest of the year despite sparse attendance at the events. Watch a video of the board meeting at www.


centers and outdoor spaces. To date CPC members have gathered data on room reservations through the OVA, met with CAC users and the city of to discuss parking requirements. CPC Chair Herm Hermann sought further direction from the board on whether to proceed with Phase II which calls for an audit of outdoor spaces, additional interviews to get input on future needs and a data survey of actual vs. reserved room usage at OVA facilities. “I want to see the committee continue,” OVA President Andie Altman said at the board’s Aug. 16 meeting. “But I want you to find ways to engage the community in the conversation about Berger’s future.” The interim report highlights the desire and, in some cases, need for more space by CAC users. Suggestions for providing this space included expanding the front wing of the CAC to the sidewalk on the Fitness Center side and on the library side. Also proposed was expanding the library into the kiln room which also solves a safety issue by providing an entrance/ exit to the outside. The CPC also wants to explore the feasibility of covering the patio area of the CAC. Also underscored was that the West Rec. is currently at full capacity during the daytime. When a planned senior day care program gets started, some activities may need to be transferred to other OVA facilities, according to the report. “This could definitely impact the design of a remodeled or new Berger Center,” the committee stressed. Other observations included a vital need for more storage space in general which would best be provided in simpler structures than in the main facilities. Possible remedies mentioned in the report included expanding the cabana area at the Central pool, reclaiming storage space in the CAC, and building new storage areas adjacent to existing facilities. CPC members include Claudette Brero-Gow, Pat Brownlie, Greg Goodwin, Dave Johnson, Hugh Kellogg, Ellen Leznik, Noel Lyons and Jim Sannar. Kathy Cirksena who conducted the first space study left the committee in July. The Sept. 6 meeting is scheduled at 3 p.m. at the West Rec. Center.

The Sugarloaf Winery, nearing completion across Highway 12 from Oakmont Drive, will soon be crushing grapes pending the completion of the new interchange, according to a presentation by winery officials Ronald Du Preez, chief operating office and general manager, and Joe Reynoso, general partner and chief executive officer. They said construction on the four-way interchange, which was delayed over the question of how deep to bury a gas line, would take about a week once they got final approval. The 57,000-square-foot custom crush facility will have the capacity to handle 700 tons of Ronald Du Preez grapes and produce 125,000 cases of wine. Grape processing will occur in the rear with rooms in the front to entertain wine writers. There will be four to five acres of vineyards between the building and Highway 12. The officials said the winery has a permit for up to 20 events a year, 10 of them for up to 100 guests and 10 for up to 200. Parking will be in lots and along streets within the property. There will be no off-site parking, they said. Grape crushing will continue day and night during crunch time, from mid-August through midOctober. The noise will be low decibel, they said, not even requiring ear protection for employees. They estimated that approximately 100 trucks would be entering and leaving the site during the 10-week crunch time. After a contentious discussion over removal of the unused shuffleboard courts near the proposed pickleball courts behind Berger Center, the board voted 4-1 to spend up to $35,000 for the removal. It was agreed that the shuffleboard court area is a tripping hazard and an eyesore. Director Ellen Leznik opposed the measure contending that the shuffleboard court removal was originally part of the pickleball project and was being acted on separately to reduce costs for the pickleball courts. Supporters insisted that the shuffleboard courts could be removed at a lower cost while equipment is on site for the pickleball court construction. In the meantime, Association Manager Cassie Turner was directed to cordon off the hazardous area. Leznik also opposed creation of an employee appreciation fund to which residents could make voluntary contributions. She said she preferred leaving things as they are with residents giving holiday gifts to employees as they wish. By a 4-1 vote, Turner was authorized to establish the fund. Residents will be informed at the appropriate time that they can make a contribution to a fund which would be distributed among 14 OVA employees, excluding management staff. The board unanimously approved a motion to pay the Oakmont Golf Club $350 a month beginning Sept. 1 to help with the maintenance of three restrooms on the golf courses. Chuck Wood, an OGC director, said the OGC’s attempt to restrict access to golfers with a

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In the Spotlight: The Cobbs’ Secret

nGrace Boyle

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

Anne and Jay Cobb confer with Wendy James, left, during a Lifelong Learning meeting. Anne and Wendy were co-chairmen of Oakmont Lifelong Learning’s 10th Anniversary celebration at Quail Inn in August. (Michael Reinhardt photo)

You can’t help but admire Jay and Anne Cobb. They’ve got it all together. The Cobbs have had careers they can be proud of, a good marriage—57 years and counting, a close family with grandchildren to keep them feeling young, a fulfilling retirement focused on volunteering, and an outgoing, optimistic outlook on life that makes them the kind of people you like to be around. What’s their secret? Jay says: “We balance volunteering with frequent vacations, including our annual trek to the high country of Idaho where the whole family converges. Family time is important.” “We’re fortunate we have the same interests,” adds Anne. “Whatever we do we both do.” The Cobbs had long careers in education. Jay was a teacher, principal, then superintendent in Pacific Grove. Anne was Human Resources Director for Monterey Peninsula College. In addition, they formed Cobb Educational Services where they were consultants to many university and school districts. Jay attended Humboldt State University, received teaching credentials at the University of California at Berkeley, and a Master’s at San Diego State. Anne met Jay at Cal. In 2001, the Cobbs left Carmel Valley and moved to Oakmont to be close enough to their children and

grandchildren to be part of their lives. They have a son, daughter and three grandchildren. The Cobbs are every volunteer organization’s dream: when a new chairman or president is needed one of them steps up to fill the need. Jay is a past president and on the board of the Oakmont Chapter of Kiwanis International. Anne is president of the local chapter of P.E.O., the philanthropic group that funds scholarships and grants for women. You’ll find Anne and Jay elbow deep in pancake breakfasts, auctions and all the other fundraisers that support these service organizations. They are also active with Kenwood Education Foundation which funds special programs for Kenwood schools. The Cobbs are recipients of the foundation’s Big Heart award which given to people who have made exceptional contributions to the children of Kenwood. Anne and Jay are on the board of Lifelong Learning, the program that brings college classes to Oakmont. “Classes average 120 participants, one class had 325. Oakmont residents have a high level of education with wide interests and they want to stay engaged,” the Cobbs point out. “That’s why so many have their opinions and voice them,” Jay throws in with a playful grin. Anne sings with the First Presbyterian Church choir as did Jay until he politely dropped out because faulty hearing made him off pitch. But that doesn’t keep him from joining Anne at the church every Sunday.

Star of the Valley Bingo nPete Hardy

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Horseshoe Pits Headed to West Rec. nStaff Report

Oakmont horseshoe players are about to have a new home. The horseshoe pits are being relocated from their former site near the Central Activities Center to one adjacent to the picnic area at the West Rec. Center. The old pits, which had fallen into disuse, were cleaned up when the Dead Ringers Horseshoe Club was organized a few months ago.

Site for new horseshoe pits at the West Rec. (Photo by Cassie Turner)

OVA Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert is overseeing construction of the new pits. Aubert gathered regulations online, and noted Oakmont’s old pits were closer together and smaller than regulation. Aubert was getting feedback from Dead Ringers president Ray Haverson and working with True North, OVA’s landscape contractor. Work on the new pits will take about a week, Aubert estimated. Timing will be coordinated with any construction related to proposed new pickleball courts, whose site would include the old courts.



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Oakmont Rainbow Women


nKathy Cirksena and Jeanne DeJoseph

Peter Barnes of Oakmont shows youngsters Maxwell Frommer and Diane Plattner his train module during the annual visit of the Model Railroad Association at the East Rec. on August 6. Looking on are Robert Plattner and Rachel Levine. (Photo by Michael Reinhardt)

Dead Ringer Horseshoe Club nRay Haverson

Attention All Horseshoe Pitchers

If you like to pitch horseshoes, meet some great people, have some fun and get some exercise then this may be the club for you! No experience needed, just a good attitude and a willingness to have a great time and meet some new people. The horseshoe pits are located behind the Central Swimming Pool. Our next meet will be on Thursday, September 15; start times are 9–10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Please let me know what times you would like to play and let’s get outside and have some fun in the sun. If you have any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666 or E-mail me at

Even if you haven’t been need or know someone to a night club in a long, who does, Sue Greenberg, long time, Suede will get us GNP can be reached at 494-7111. in the mood with her sultry Laurie Fong, a local torch songs and jazzy pop educator who is running vocals, performing cabaret for Santa Rosa Board of style at Berger Center on Education, spoke briefly Saturday, September 24 at to describe the experience 7 p.m. and issues she stands for. For 30 years Suede’s Laurie has, among other been an out, proud lesbian Suede things, created safe spaces performer all over the at schools for LGBT teens and will be an advocate country, making a name for herself in jazz, blues and for inclusiveness on the board. Laurie is asking for cabaret venues as a one-of-a-kind entertainer. The our support and our votes. More information about jazz world has a penchant for women who wear a her campaign is at http://www.fongforschoolboard. sparkly dress and sing of the man who got away but, com. says Suede, “I don’t fit any of that but I’ve got the In September we will celebrate five glorious years of passion, the pipes and the sass.” The vocalist—who Oakmont Rainbow Women! We will hear reflections is also talented at an array of instruments including on our beginnings as Sue and Jeanne recall the the trumpet—locates in the same musical universe as founding of ORW. Our current board will share their Bette, Adele and Diana Krall, and brings a powerful ideas and goals for ORW today and we can all mind seductive energy to her sets. Once you’ve heard her, meld about our directions in the future, including our you never forget ( Special Interest Groups. So grab a friend and get your tickets at our meetings August goes down in history as the month when or by putting a check in the ORW folder in the OVA US women finally got the right to vote! We honor Office. those generations of woman suffrage supporters August featured our Bingo Blowout when 39 who lectured, wrote, marched, lobbied, and practiced women turned out to enjoy the evening organized civil disobedience to achieve what became the 19th by Marge and Nancy and ably called by Bingo amendment to the Constitution. It took almost 50 professional Lisa. The night featured two double years and often supporters met fierce resistance, winners and nice pot for our Blackout winner, Iris. being heckled, jailed, and sometimes physically Sue Lebow recognized our two new members abused. We stand on the shoulders of those women in attendance—we’re up to 118! She told us about who worked hard, many of whom suffered and some a new service for older LGBT Kaiser members in of whom died to achieve a right we should never take Sonoma County to receive in-home care from a for granted. So, vote! lesbian geriatric nurse practitioner. If you have this

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Golf News OGC


nChuck Wood


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Although it may at times cause some inconvenience for our members and the golf sections, having the Oakmont Golf Club host outside tournaments on our courses is really important to our club’s financial wellbeing. We realize profitable revenues on the courses and in the Quail Inn from those tournaments. We expose many new folks to our lovely courses which entices players to come back and book their own tee times—and maybe even join the OGC. Our Director of Golf, John Theilade, actively sells the Oakmont Golf Club as the perfect venue for charitable groups to hold their fund-raising tournaments. He cites the fact that we have both the West and East Courses, with the East Course being especially attractive to the occasional player, and the Quail Inn all right here. JT stresses that Oakmont stands out in terms of great service and course conditions. He and his staff help charitable groups organize and run their tournaments, including provision of scorecards and scoring, as well as teaching the various organizations’ folks how to actually conduct a fund-raising tournament. By taking care of the logistics and details, and accommodating their special needs, John enables the tournament organizers to concentrate on the fund-raising aspects of their events—and have fun. John has worked effectively to bring back tournaments that used to be held at Oakmont, as well as to attract new organizations which have been holding their annual events elsewhere. The California Grocers Association tournament is a good example of a win-back—and it is our biggest tournament, utilizing both courses on their event’s day. Luring Hudson Distributing from Peacock Gap and securing the NCGA qualifiers (eight events!) this year are good examples. Our club is hosting 15 more events in 2016 than in 2015. From a revenue standpoint, the growth has been very good. Approximate outside tournament revenues: 2014 = $160,000; 2015 = $182,000; and projected 2016 = $200,000. Beyond these revenues, of course, are those realized by the Quail Inn—where John coordinates with both Heather Peterson and Rich Treglia for the Food and Beverage provisioning, as well as sometimes having a nice little golf event before the associated wedding. As much as possible, JT lets the sections know about upcoming tournaments so that they can schedule and site their play in concert with scheduled outside tournaments. That sometimes means asking a section to play on the East Course on a given day instead of the West (or vice versa). We know that this can be an inconvenience, but hope you all truly appreciate just how important the outside tournaments are to the well-being of the Oakmont Golf Club.

nKathy Faherty

18-Hole Tuesday & Thursday Women’s Club TUESDAY

August 2: Kathy Mokricky was low gross of the field of 26 players on the East Course. First flight: first, Kathy Mocricky; second, Joan Seliga; third, Yoshi Smith; fourth, Marie Delganes; fifth, Kim Agrella. Second flight: first, Shy Baxter; second, MaryAnn Gibbs; third, Jan Buell; fourth, Carol Sharpe; fifth tie, Betty VanVoorhis and Mary Jobson. Third flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second, Linda Frediani; third tie, Vicki Eschelbach and Tammy Siela. August 9: Patty Buchholz was low gross of the field of 31 players. First flight: first tie, Kris Peters and Kathy Faherty; third, Kathy Mokricky; fourth, Eileen Beltrano; fifth, Patty Buchholz. Second flight: first, Joan DiMaggio; second, Charlene Buchold; third, Linda Kilpatrick; fourth tie, Ginny Manos and Marie Delagnes. Third flight: first, Betty VanVoorhis; second tie, Shy Baxter and Jan Buell; fourth tie, Mary Jobson and Vanita Collins. Fourth flight: first, Jane O’Toole; second tie, Dee Johnson, Linda Frediani, Roberta Lomorri and Patti Schweizer.


August 11: Kris Peters was low gross of the field of 19 players. First flight: first, Becky Hulick; second, Marie Pierce; third, Kris Peters; fourth tie, Mary Rossi and Laura Bellows. Second flight: first, Carol Sharpe; second, K.C. Coté; third, Ellie Frauenhofer. Third flight: first, Christy Rexford; second tie, Nancy DeSousa and Carol Locke. Sign up now on the Thursday bulletin board for the Club Championship in early September!

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Senior Men’s Club

nJohn Williston

There is just one more Oakmont Seniors event left for 2016, a trip to the Marin Country Club on September 21. This is a very popular destination and will no doubt fill up fast, so sign up as soon as possible when the sign-up sheet is available in the West Pro Shop Clubroom. August was a very busy month for the Seniors as visits were made to three clubs, beginning with Windsor on August 2 and ending at Richmond on Aug. 25. Results from Windsor are given below, and the visits to Moraga and Richmond were made after the deadline for this column and will be presented in the September 15 edition.


One flight of 20 teams, five places awarded for two better balls of teams: first place, Jerry Mack, Ken Franklin, Tom Clark and Walt Wallace, 115; second, Jim Olmstead, Roy Edwards, Dave Rauch and Mike McQuillen, 117; third, Scott Briggs, Jack Everidge, Lou Larsen and Gary Stone, 118; fourth, Ron Morriss, Danny Crabbe, David Ashe and Bob Gerber, 120; fifth, Steve Goldberg, John Crackenberge, Gary Smith and Al Matteri, 121. Closest-to-the-pins: #5—Lew Larson, 12’9”; #7— Jack Strange, 12’1”; #11—Paul Buchowicz, 7’6”; #13— Chuck Seebock and Scott Briggs (tie), 10’2”.


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9-Hole Thursday Women’s Club

nValerie Boot

AUGUST SWEEPS RESULTS August 4: 28 players, Front Nine

First Flight: first, Ellie Baciocco; second tie, Ruth Levy and Linda Yates. Second Flight: first, Kay Wittes; second, Josie DiBenedetto; third, Barbara Olsen. Third Flight: first, Elisabeth LaPointe; second, Roberta Lomorri; third, Tammy Siela. Fourth Flight: first, Cathie Cunningham; second, Joan Eiserloh; third, Barbara James.

August 11: 24 players, Front Nine

First Flight: first tie, Linda Yates and Shy Baxter; third tie, Dee Johnson and Elaine Foote. Second Flight: first tie, Norma Person and Elisabeth LaPointe; third, Ada Branstetter; fourth, Josie DiBenedetto. Third Flight: first tie, Joan Eiserloh and Audrey Engen; third tie, Cathie Cunningham and Barbara Bowman. Good luck to all the participants in the Club Championship. Hope to see everyone on Thursday, September 8 at the General Meeting and Luncheon at the East Club House at 11: 30 a.m. Reminder: WRENS Play Day at Mt. St. Helena September 15. Next month: Halloween Tournament and luncheon. Boo!


9-Hole Monday Men’s Club

nTony D’Agosta

Ball Marks! Ball Marks! Ball Marks all over the greens. Let’s do our part in keeping the greens in good condition. When you fix your ball mark, fix a couple more that have been neglected. Welcome new members: Garth Stevick, Rodi Martinelli and Dave McDonnell. Garth comes to Oakmont from Hollister and Rodi and Dave have been long-time members of OGC. Welcome aboard Garth, Rodi and Dave. September 12 will be our first round of two rounds to determine our 2016 Club Champion. The champion will be the player who has the lowest net total of the two-round event. You must play in both rounds to qualify for the championship. We will crown our champion at our BBQ lunch on September 26. The lunch will be free to all members. Meanwhile, Happy Golfing!

Sweeps Results for Aug. 1 Individual Low Net, 27 Players

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

Sweeps Results for Aug. 8 Two-man Best Ball, 13 Teams

First place: Dave Mc Donnell and Joel Goodman with a net 26. Second place tie: Keith Wise and Noel Schween, Garth Stevick and Tony Apolloni, all with a net 27. Fourth place tie: Tony D’Agosta and Gary Stone, Stan Augustine and Neil Huber, all with a net 28. Closest-to-the-pin: Noel Schween, 43’6”; Gary Stone, 50’1”; Dan Levin, 51’5”; Keith Wise, 57’4”.


Wednesday Men’s Club

nRick Warfel

July 20, WEST COURSE 4-MAN, 2-3-1 GAME

First flight: first, Bob Giddings, Bob Hartsock, Mike Doyle and Sal Cesario, 124; second, Shelly Brodsky, Tom Parker, Charlie Perotti and Bob Thompson, 126. Second flight: first, Ed Pierson, Wayne Shomaker, Wally Juchert and Ron Bickert, 120; second, Bob Flores, Chuck Mendenhall, Frank James and Dennis DeSousa, 121. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Nick Beltrano, 15’9”; #13—Shelly Brodsky, 3’8”; #16—John Williston, 5’11”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Tom Wayne, 3’6”; #13—Tony Hughes, 8’6”; #16—Frank James, 4’9”; #5—Bob Giddings, 59’7”.


First flight: first, Bill Salmina (80–13), 67; second, John Weston (79–11), 68; third, Charlie Huff (83–14), 69. Second flight: first, Sal Cesario (88–20), 68; second, Rick Yates (88–17), 71; third, Danny Crobbe (94–21), 73. Third flight: first, Rick Warfel (86–25), 61; second, Gary Novak (92–24), 68; third, Andy Frauenhofer (93–24), 69. Fourth flight: first, Art Hastings (99–37), 62; second tie, Bill Faherty (101–31) and John Garcia (101–31), 70. Closest-to-the-pins 1: #8—Charlie Huff, 3’10”; #13—Frank Zelko, 8’11”; #16—Charlie Huff, 6’11”. Closest-to-the-pins 2: #8—Ed Pierson, 25’1”; #13— Rick Warfel, 27’11”; #16—Rick Warfel, 20’4”.


First flight: first, Mike Hull (79–8), 71; second tie, Gary Smith (87–12) and Charlie Huff (89–14), 75. Second flight: first, Bill Smith (86–18), 68; second, Sal Cesario (91–20), 71; third tie, Frank Zelko (91–16) and Danny Crobbe (96–21), 75. Third flight: first, Tony Hughes (95–26), 69; second, Jack Haggerty (95–25), 70; third tie A. Frauenhofer (95–24) and Gary Novak (95–24), 71. Fourth flight: first, Art Hastings (103–37), 66; second, John Garcia (100–31), 69. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 0–19): #8—Rick Yates, 20’10”; #13, Tom Parker, 4’4”; #16—John Weston, 7’10”. Closest-to-the-pins (HDCP 20–up): #8—Bill Roberts, 8’1”; #13—Bill Faherty, 21’9”; #16—Danny Crobbe, 10’4”; #5—Bob Carter, 6’8”. Please note that column space is limited to 500 words, I apologize to those winners not yet listed.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016


nEd Low

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This hike is five miles which includes three out and backs on three loop trails lakes. There are good trails that meander through woodlands with ups and downs and approximately 400’ in elevation gain. Parking is $7 per car, if you don’t have a Regional Park Pass. Leave Berger Center at 9 a.m. Hike leaders are Greg and Jan Conklin, 539-4099.


nJeff Davis

Hiking Club picnic. (Photo by Zlatica Hasa)

We will stay in The Lodge at the Running Y Ranch Resort, 8 miles north of the city of Klamath Falls and about a six-hour drive from Oakmont. The 3,600acre resort ( offers hiking trails, tennis courts, indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, fitness center, spa, Arnold Palmer golf course and full-service restaurant. For more information, go to or E-mail Maurice at (


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


The long hike in the Calabazas Creek Open Space

Zentangle Art Classes nBetsy Smith

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

Coming up

Monday, September 12: Tangling without borders or strings Monday, September 26: Tangle around quotes TIME: 4:30–6 p.m. WHERE: Central Activity Center Art Room COST: $10 per class INFO: All supplies provided. Be sure to register before class starts to have a space. Call me at 321-2105 (cell), or E-mail

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Hiking Club picnic. (Photo by Martin Johns)

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


nSue Rowlands

Thursday Evening Pinochle

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

Looking for daytime pinochle?

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


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Anyone who has been around Oakmont on November 11 is bound to be aware that Oakmont turns out to honor our veterans with a fantastic Veterans Day Parade and Reception. This year will mark our 12th parade and it should be bigger than ever. All residents are urged to be part of the celebration whether as a veteran rider in the parade, a driver of a vehicle, a volunteer organizer, or an enthusiastic neighborhood spectator. Meanwhile, the search is on for a Grand Marshal for this year’s parade. Help find an honoree to lead the parade, one of our neighbors and distinguished veterans. Please send your nominee’s name, branch of military, conflict(s) in which he/she served, details, awards and any other pertinent information that you feel may help the selection process to: Jay Cobb at or 8834 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, 95409. Nominations must be received by Friday, September 16. For further information, please E-mail or call 833-2391. Please help honor our former veterans by participating in and viewing the Veterans Parade. There will be information about the parade in future issues of the Oakmont News.

Oakmont Democratic Club nMolly Fleischman

Dialing for Hillary

Responding to many requests from the Sonoma Democratic Party, an Oakmont Phone Bank for Hillary began Aug. 24 and will continue every Wednesday until the election. Volunteers are asked to bring both a charged smart phone and a tablet or laptop. Although digital devices are preferable, a simple cell phone is acceptable. Paper lists will also be provided to dial from. Paper list users and computer users will read the same brief script or explanation. The script may change but everyone ends up ad-libbing a bit. Sometimes it is meant to be persuasive as well, as with undecided voters. Also, many Republicans are now undecided. The whole process takes only 3 –5 minutes, even less if no one is home. However, sometimes when a voter is reached they may want to talk more. While this is rare, it’s also fun. So between the chit-chat with other volunteers and the voters, a phone bank session speeds by. Refreshments are always provided and a brief campaign update usually begins each session. Having volunteered for the two Obama campaigns in San Francisco and now in Santa Rosa for the HRC campaign, I concur that there is a need here in Oakmont for a phone bank. There will also be ample additional opportunities to volunteer for the HRC campaign if you like. Participating actively in election campaigns is personally very fulfilling and a marvelous way to really participate in American democracy. Your reward: an HRC campaign button! Please join us and dial for Hillary. RSVP and a confirmation will provide the location detail. And if you have questions, feel free to contact me at 755-3722 or


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016

Oakmont HEARS

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

Next meeting Tues., Oct. 11, 1 pm, east rec. Dr. Marincovich on Lip Reading and Listening

In this meeting we’ll hear how the person with hearing loss (the listener) is the one in control of the person speaking (the talker), and how the listener is the one in control of the communication cycle. Solving one’s hearing problems can be daunting, frustrating and maddening. Determining what is needed and available is not easy and if hearing aids are needed they are often outrageously expensive. Federal and state regulations exist that impede competition, stifle low cost solutions and generally support a noncompetitive arena. HLAA (Hearing Loss Association of America) has this to say on the subject: “According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), National Institutes of Health, access to devices and emerging technologies that could help people with hearing loss is limited because consumers face multiple barriers, including a system that is confusing and involves competing interests. This thwarts the ability of the individual to find the best and most affordable options to address his or her particular situation. “HLAA supports a hearing health care system that provides consumers access to the full spectrum of safe and effective hearing technology to meet their individual needs. This model should include: • Easy access to the full spectrum of hearing technology based on individual need and ability to pay. Hearing technologies include hearing aids and

nErnie Rose

the full range of assistive listening devices including personal sound amplification products (PSAPs). • To the greatest degree possible, hearing technology should not be proprietary and should be usable by consumers of all brands of hearing devices. • Access to appropriate hearing technology, through multiple points of entry, including: hearing health care specialists (audiologists, hearing aid specialists, otolaryngologists), direct website access; pharmacies; and retail outlets. • Creation of functional performance standards for all hearing technology. • Utilization of multiple platforms – websites, informational brochures, product labeling and instore information—to provide the information and education needed to ensure informed consumer decision making, including, but not limited to: expected performance of the hearing technology; means of comparison to other similar hearing technology; and limitations of the hearing technology.“ As noted in previous HEARS articles, the FDA is in the process of reviewing this area and has invited comments for improvement in their regulations. We can hope for changes to make life easier for the hearing impaired. The July HEARS meeting included a presentation on free captioning phones that have since been installed in 15 local residences. The HEARS group exists to improve hearing for Oakmont residents. Please make known your suggestions for meeting subjects and information desired, attend the HEARS meetings, and get on the HEARS E-mail list:

Single Boomers Social Club nCarolita Carr

Oktoberfest: September 22, 6 Pm Berger Center

In Germany, where Oktoberfest began, it is celebrated in September. So we are following tradition. We’ll have the sausage and sauerkraut; you bring the beer, or whatever you prefer to drink. We won’t promise an oompah band, but we will have music and fun. This is free to members. Non-members and guests, please pay $5. And remember, it’s at the Berger Center, not the East Rec. Center where we usually are. Coming in October is our Fifth Anniversary Party. It will be on Oct. 30, and we would like to dress up a bit for the occasion. Maybe not “to the nines,” but at least to the eighths, perhaps? It will be at the East Rec. Center. Mark your calendars now. New members since last time are Barbara, Judy, and Nancy. We welcome you and know that if you come to our events, you will make new friends

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and have a great time. We encourage any active single person to join us. We try to have at least two activities a month. It could be going out to dinner or going to a winery to hear music on a Friday night. It’s always more fun to go somewhere with friends than by yourself. Update on the flying pig. It lasted longer at my house than the usual dog toy, but alas, it flies no more. My dogs finally got to the squeak mechanism and that was the end. Speaking of dogs, our own Sandy Throne’s Persia won “biggest dog” in the Oakmont Dog Show! Members, remember to check your E-mail inboxes for special invitations and E-mail Shout Outs regarding new events. Other than this column, this is our only method of communication. Join us by filling out the attached application form, or pick up one in the Single Boomers Social Club folder at the OVA Office.


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

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney’s provocative new study of the life and legacy of the entrepreneur Steve Jobs is much more than the typical cinema portrait of a renowned public figure. As a co-inventor of the Apple Computer, Jobs must be credited with changing history by creating a machine that launched the personal computer revolution.

Through an innovative marketing strategy, he quickly vanquished his biggest business competitor, the giant IBM company, in what many observers see as a modern day David vs. Goliath triumph. He did so by creating a machine that felt like “an extension of the self.” And the Apple brand has ever since then led the way in a seemingly unending variety of progeny, e.g., the iPod, the iPad, the Notebook, the iPhone, etc. But who was the talented man behind this energetic, idealistic revolution, and what sometimes made him so ruthless, so deceitful and so cruel? That is the mystery that Gibney’s film sets out to solve. He begins by confessing his own mystification at the worldwide outpouring of grief that greeted Job’s death of cancer in October 2011. As one observer noted, we had seen such emotional reactions to the early demise of Martin Luther King, Jr. and to the murder of John Lennon, but Jobs was neither a heroic civil rights activist nor a great artist. What was the meaning that he held for so many people, and was that adulation justified or misplaced? These questions serve as a springboard for a chronicle of his life and career. Steve Jobs: The Man In The Machine (128 min., 2015) includes many interviews that he gave over the years. We learn that Job’s shafted his friend and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak by not telling him of a bonus they had earned on the project. The amount was not large and “Woz” said he would have gladly given it all to Jobs. What hurt was being cheated by his supposed friend. Jobs, who himself was an adopted orphan, also made a huge point of publicly denying the paternity of his daughter and claims by his wife for a modest child support allowance at a time when he himself had a net worth of more than $200,000,000. (That claim was later proved false when DNA tests revealed him to be her father.) Job’s real genius was as a storyteller, one whose skills at shaping narratives (including foreseeing the next innovations to come) included crafting a persona for himself as a beneficent technological wizard. A melodramatic TV drama based on Job’s life richly deserved the panning it got from the critics. And Walter Isaakson’s best-selling biography about Jobs reveals much that could not fit in this film. But Gibney’s work once again stands as a milestone in how a superbly made documentary can penetrate well below the surface of a human life. WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. WHERE: East Recreation Center HOST: Ernie Rose


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016

Lawn Bowling

nPhil Bowman

Pickleball Corner nReenie Lucker


Men’s Triples: Frank Longoria, Gary Scott and Colin Pegley took first place in July in the Men’s Triples Tournament out of a field of four teams.

12 noon. Bring your friends and neighbors.


A vacancy on the Board of Directors was filled by Bob Dodd. He recently came to us from Fresno where he was an avid bowler, rules master and in charge of the care and feeding of its green. In his former life he was an engineer and an architect. He is a good addition to our club: fine bowler, good company, a regular on the green and has now accepted the job of Social Director!


Ed McKee, Jerry Garland and Jeanette Breglio.

Open Triples was played early in August. Team Ed McKee, Jerry Garland and Jeanette Breglio won over Team Jim MacAlistaire, Marilyn Garland and Jim Krause, 17-14. The match was tied at the end of 13 ends resulting in an exciting finish. Open Singles will start on September 15. Sign up! Win or lose Tied Up! you’ll have fun and gain experience of playing one-on-one. Add your name to the sign-up sheet on the bulletin board.


Demo Day on June 29 was advertised with posters and by word-of-mouth. We were very pleased to have received a good deal of interest. Nancy Theis and Elaine Monney were passing by the green and noticed the activities and were invited to participate—and they did! They subsequently signed up for lessons and became members, as did Carole Berenyi. Next Demo Day: Thursday, September 22, 10 a.m.–

This year we’ve invited members of other active sports to join us. Last month the Bocce players were asked to join us. And they came! Over 20 of them tried their hand at a little lawn bowling. They found it is a lot like Bocce, but the bowl doesn’t go straight! Our last After Five of the year will be Tuesday, September 20. Save the date and mark your calendars.


Since the club’s joining Pacific Inter-Mountain Division of Bowls USA (PIMD) our members are starting to get involved. Bob Dodd and Linda Rubio recently enjoyed playing in a blind draw triples game in July at Rossmoor Lawn Bowling Club in Walnut Creek. Bob and Linda can provide you directions that get you there without stress. Kathleen Connolly, Gary Scott, Jerry Garland and Marilyn Garland had a good PIMD experience in Oakland in August. They were warmly welcomed and participated in a “2x2 Fours” tournament, four bowlers each rolling two bowls per end per team. They found Oakland’s green was in poor condition, lots of crabgrass requiring strength to roll the bowl. Still they recommend Oakland.

Johns enjoy play on a summer day.


New member Jack Breglio has agreed to become manager of the E-mail account. Thanks, Jack. We still need a member to become the Webmail Manager. No experience required. Training is available. Just so you know, this column welcomes suggestions and photos.

Star of the Valley Speaker Presents Understanding the Roots of a World in Crisis As Christians, the needs of the world and its problems have a strong claim on our hearts. We want to respond compassionately, seeking healing and liberation for all. And yet, given conflicting values and interest groups, the ways to do this in today’s world are not always clear. How does our consciousness influence our current social and ecological disruption? What needs to be different in our actions if we are to come to broader and deeper solutions? Sister Toni will explore these issues with us and discuss how we as individuals and a society might go about personal and communal transformation to help our world in crisis. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this dynamic speaking engagement and luncheon at Star of the Valley on Thursday, September 8, at 11:30 a.m. The event will be held in the Monsignor Fahey Parish Center. As we better understand our time of transition, moving between old, inadequate answers and an emerging, yet fuzzy new worldview, we free


The Oakmont Pickleball Club will sponsor an event to raise funds for the Sonoma County YWCA program “Make a Room in Your Heart.” This organization provides refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence. Visit their website: http:// The fund-raiser on October 15 at the West Rec. Center will feature a live folk music concert by the fun and lively five-piece band “More Joy.” The five accomplished musicians that make up this music group include Oakmont Pickleballers Iris Harrell and Ann Benson. The band is donating their talents for this worthy event. Refreshments will be available. Additional information on purchasing tickets for $25 per person will be forthcoming in the paper as well as Cassie’s E-blast. Those not able to attend but who would like to contribute to this important effort may write a check to YWCA of Sonoma County, memo line Make A Room In Your Heart, and mail to YWCA Sonoma County, PO Box 3506, Santa Rosa, CA 95402. Attn: Make A Pickleballers Martin and Brenda Room in Your Heart.

ourselves to claim values and perspectives that will help us as humans become a vibrant part of the Earth community. Come join the community at Star of the Valley on Thursday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. and share in fellowship, lunch and an engaging talk by Sister Toni Nash, CSJ. Deadline for reservations is Friday, September 2. Tickets are only $15 for the luncheon and presentation. Checks should be made out to Star of the Valley Women’s Club and put in the Women’s Club box at the Parish Center. Or send your check to: 495 White Oak Dr. Santa Rosa, CA 95409, Attn: Toni Nash Luncheon. Questions? Call Barbara Spotleson, 280-4419. Speaker, Toni Nash, CSJ, has given workshops and retreats for the past 30 years in Earth Spirituality focusing on the beauty and challenge of living in harmony with the Universe. Toni holds a Masters of Theological Studies from Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, MA, and a PhD in Philosophy and Religion from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.


Good sports Martin and Brenda, Kathy Elmer and Del Friesen tap paddles at end of game.


Welcome to new members in the month of July: Sherry Gray, Paula Lewis, Nancy Rude and Barbara Schmidt.


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WHERE: East Rec. Tennis Court #4 WHEN: Courts open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. daily; drop-in play 9 a.m.–noon, daily group play; new player orientation Tues. 9–10 a.m.; coached play Tues. 10–11 a.m. ATTIRE: Court shoes with non-marking soles. EQUIPMENT: Balls are provided. Loaner paddles are available for orientation. Both paddles and balls are only for use on the Oakmont Pickleball courts. WEBSITE: NEW PLAYER CONTACT: PJ Savage, 595-5648, E-mail: Join the fun, exercise and meet nice people.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016

New Class in Oakmont

Feeling Is Healing: Adventures in Emotional Self Awareness nJohn Freedom, CEHP

We all experience stress, anger, grief, guilt and regret, as well as joy, gratitude, appreciation, love and laughter. This weekly class will include instruction, discussion and practice in emotional self-healing and stress reduction techniques, including EFT Tapping, mindfulness, HeartMath, etc. These techniques are simple, non-strenuous and appropriate for seniors. There will be time for people to share, support and discuss issues as well. Benefits people experience include pain and stress reduction, greater intimacy, happier relationships and greater self-awareness. You are invited to join us with an open mind, an open heart, and a sense of humor. I am a counselor, educator and trainer in Santa Rosa and the author of Heal Yourself with Emotional Freedom Technique. I serve as research coordinator for ACEP, the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology. I hold certifications in EFT, NLP, EMDR and auricular acupuncture, and specialize in helping people experience greater success, happiness and high-level wellness. A former radio talk-show host and magazine editor, I lead seminars and events throughout the US and in Europe. Feeling Is Healing will be held on Wednesdays starting September 7, 3:30–5 p.m. at my home in Oakmont. Cost is $50/month. If interested (even if you can’t make the first meeting) call or RSVP at 537-9077, or E-mail freejjii@

What’s Growin’ On In The Community Garden nStephanie Wrightson


What is Integrated Pest Management (IPM)? In plain English, it’s about dealing with garden pests with methods causing no (or the least amount) of harm. In an organic food garden, IPM is all-important. In the Oakmont Community Garden, you will find many ornamental plants interspersed with edibles. Yes, aesthetics are important, but more important is the nectar and pollen that attracts many beneficials— bees that pollinate our plants and insects that are predators and parasites of those pesky insects that munch on our veggies. They keep things in balance. Sometimes we trap. Rolled up papers catch earwigs, low boards collect snails and tuna cans filled with beer or oily water and sunk in the ground drown all sorts of crawlies.

among our plants because we are near the ground inspecting the undersides of leaves to “squish” whatever we find. Gardening is not for the weak of heart. With the snip of gardening shears, tomato hornworms are no more. For more info about IPM: pmg/garden/veggies.html.

Passages Sometimes we deter. Cabbage moths (no, we’re not calling them white butterflies) are territorial and said to stay away from another moth’s plant. A white ribbon on a stick may deter this pest. Maybe it’s bright yellow sticky paper when cucumber beetles make their appearance. Many of us can hardly be seen

Maxine Osbourne, 26-year Oakmont resident, passed away August 16. 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.

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AR Art Room (new building complex) E East Recreation Center B Meeting Room (new building complex) EC East Conference Room BC Berger Center G Berger Center (old library) BCFS Berger Center Fireside Room LW Lower West Recreation Center CR Card Room (new building complex) Ste 6 In OVA Administration Building D Adjacent to stage in Berger Center UW Upper West Recreation Center

8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:00 PM Lawn Bowling Qtrly Mtg BC 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM OEPC Board B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 12:00 PM OVA Community BBQ BC

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9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW


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


9:00 AM Farenc Besze Workshop AR 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Duffers Potluck UW 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC


9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 10:30 AM Sunday Symposium E 10:30 AM Community Church BC 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 2:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC 5:00 PM Oak Island HOA Annual E 7:00 PM Movies at Oakmont BC

Labor Day

8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM American Mah Jongg E 1:00 PM Oakmont Men’s Group B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 6:45 PM Mon Night Contract Bridge CR


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Communications Committee B 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Visual Aids UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM OakMUG Board Ste 6 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 1:00 PM Craft Guild E 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Circulo Español Ste 6 4:30 PM Zentangle Art Class AR 6:00 PM Oakmont Progressives E 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Bunco Ladies Night CR 7:00 PM Single Malt Scotch Club B


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


8:45 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 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 11:15 AM Line Dancing LW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 1:00 PM Genealogy Club UW 1:30 PM H.E.A.R.S. E 2:00 PM Bridge Practice CR 2:00 PM Playreaders B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 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

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickleball Orient E TC#4 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 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 Pickleball Beg E TC#4 10:00 AM Landscape Imp Comm G 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 3:00 PM OVA Board Workshop E 3:00 PM Septuagenarian Group B 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:00 PM Short Story Book Club EC 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 7:00 PM Fabrics for All B

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 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 Cafe Mortel B 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM LOMAA Quarterly Meet UW

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Pickleball Orient E TC#4 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Garden Club Board Ste 6 10:00 AM Pickleball Beg E TC#4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 11:00 AM SIR 92 Luncheon BC 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess - Drop In CR 1:30 PM Oakmont Lanes UW 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:30 PM The Orchard Qtrly Meet EC 6:45 PM Bridge Duplicate CR

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 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 Photography Club B 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW

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

9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic LW 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Low Vision Presentation E 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 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 3:00 PM Lawn Bowling Board Ste 6 3:45 PM Let’s Dance—Together LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 7:00 PM Oakmont Book Group B

8:00 AM Oakmont Car Club CR 8:30 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pickleball Orient E TC#4 9:30 AM Women of Faith Bible B 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Pickleball Beg E TC#4 10:00 AM Tap Class Adv LW 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Table Tennis UW 10:30 AM Renegade Readers CR 11:15 AM Tap Class Inter LW 12:30 PM Forrest Yoga LW 12:30 PM Cribbage CR 1:00 PM Chess Drop-In CR 1:30 PM Needles & Hooks AR 2:00 PM iPad Sig D 2:00 PM Parliamo Italiano EC 3:30 PM Le Cercle Français G 4:00 PM Meditation AR 4:30 PM Aerobics LW 6:00 PM Rotary Bunco E 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 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bridge Practice CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Petanque 10:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Tai Chi Chuen UW 10:30 AM Blood Pressure D 10:30 AM Caregiver Support Group B 10:30 AM Yoga Men & Women’s LW 11:00 AM SIR 53 E 12:00 PM Table Tennis UW 12:00 PM Canasta CR 12:30 PM Bridge CR 1:00 PM Quilting Bee AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 6:00 PM Sha Boom BC 7:00 PM Oakie Folkies UW







8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study Ste 6 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Boomer’s Board Ste 6 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:30 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 6:30 PM Pinochle CR 6:30 PM Rainbow Women E 7:00 PM Boomers BC


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Kiwanis Board Meeting E 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 2:00 PM OEPC General Meeting BC 2:00 PM Finance Committee B 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 5:00 PM Boomers BC 7:00 PM Documentary Films E 7:00 PM Bridge Mixed CR


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 8:30 AM Art Association Board G 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Art Association BC 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 6:00 PM Democratic Club E


8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM AARP Driver Safety B 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 5:30 PM Oakmont Tennis Club BC 6:30 PM Farenc Besze Workshop E


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 10:30 AM Kiwanis Install. Brunch E 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 2:00 PM OHI Showcase Practice LW 7:00 PM Rainbow Women Concert BC


7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Farenc Besze Workshop AR 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 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 10:30 AM Meditation B 1:30 PM OakMUG UW 7:00 PM OVA Comedy Club BC


8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 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 Spanish Class Inter B 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 1:00 PM Craft Guild AR 3:00 PM OLLI E 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:00 PM Single Boomers BC 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

8:30 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:00 AM Free Fitness Class BC 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Yoga Holistic UW 9:30 AM Bridge Class CR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 9:45 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:00 AM Ikebana AR 10:00 AM Yoga Women’s LW 10:15 AM Ladies Friendship Bible EC 11:30 AM Tap Practice Inter LW 12:30 PM Bridge Duplicate CR 1:00 PM Current Events E 1:00 PM Painter’s Open Studio AR 2:00 PM Push Your Potential LW 3:00 PM Table Tennis UW



8:30 AM Kiwanis E 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:00 AM Pinochle Daytime CR 9:00 AM Forrest Yoga LW 9:00 AM Tai Chi for Beginners UW 9:00 AM Water Fitness West Pool 9:30 AM Painter’s Open Studio AR 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Bocce 10:00 AM Domino Club CR 10:15 AM Water Fitness West Pool 10:30 AM Men’s Bible Study EC 10:00 AM Spanish Class Inter B 10:30 AM Chair Stretch Class LW 11:30 AM A Course In Miracles UW 12:30 PM Chess CR 3:00 PM OLLI E 4:00 PM Rotary Dinner UW 4:30 PM Strength & Balance LW 6:15 PM Line Dancing BC 6:30 PM Pinochle CR

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

7:30 AM Pilates UW 8:45 AM Pilates UW 9:00 AM Drop-In Tennis WT 9:00 AM Pickleball Open Play E TC#4 9:30 AM Bridge CR 9:30 AM Bocce 9:30 AM Lawn Bowling 9:30 AM Tap Practice Adv LW 9:45 AM Petanque 10:30 AM Meditation B 10:30 AM Kiwanis Install. Brunch E 1:00 PM Just for Fun Game Club CR 2:00 PM OHI Showcase Practice LW 7:00 PM Rainbow Women Concert BC


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016

Bocce Club

nBarbara Bowman


Tournament/Potluck/Annual Meeting on Saturday, October 22. Bocce will start at 9:30 a.m., followed by the noon potluck and meeting at the West Rec. Look for details coming soon.


Looks like you had a good time at the Bocce picnic, John and President Sherry!

That was the headline on the front page of Section D of the August 11 issue of the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. The article described the rise in popularity of bocce in Sonoma country, where the game is played in dozens of parks, wineries and restaurants. According to the article, bocce “requires good judgment of distance, an eye to spot contours and rough spots on the court’s surface, the ability to make a quick strategic choice and the proper psychological frame of mind.” Asked about the game, a bowler replied, “It’s a very simple game. It takes five minutes to learn, but a lifetime to perfect.” Well said. No mention was made of all the great bocce played on the courts at Oakmont. No matter, we know! Put this date on your calendar for the Harvest Moon Tournament: September 10, 9:30 a.m. Be sure to arrive by 9:15 a.m. for a spot on a team. Surely you’re enticed by the candy prize! And, it’s not too early to remind you of our Autumn

Ladies’ Friendship Bible Study

nNancy Crosby

Following Jesus with Luke

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

A good group shares the fun with picnic Co-chairs Chris and Phil Duda.


The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016

Oakmont Lanes

nTerry Leuthner, President, and Carolyn Mack, Vice President

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a Bowling League consisting of four-person teams that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability of holding a small remote control in their hand while swinging their arm as if they were throwing a bowling ball will be able to join. Anyone interested in joining our club, either as a team bowler or substitute, please call Terry at 5389177 or Carolyn at 537-7347 or stop by the West Recreation Center on Tuesdays from 1:30–4:30 p.m. to see us in action. No bowling fourth Tuesdays. See for club information and Fall 2016 League Schedule. Bowling dates for September: Sept. 6, 13 and 20. No bowling Sept. 27, fourth Tuesday.


Our Summer Team Champion is the High Rollers: Juan Fuentes, Diane Price, Scott Harris, Shirley Jamison (capt). Congratulations! They will get their team name added to our Team Champion Trophy and each received a personalized wine glass of their achievement. nJeff Hickman


On Aug. 9, we started our Fall League which will run 11 weeks ending on Nov. 15 with play-offs on Nov. 29.

Pizza Lunch

On Aug. 16, we had a pizza lunch supplied by Mary’s Pizza. It was a nice deviation from our standard BBQ lunches.

BBQ Lunch

On September 6 we will have a BBQ lunch and celebrate Labor Day with an event challenge.


First place, High Rollers; second place, Wii Four; third place, Strikes and Spares; fourth place, Pocket Hits; fifth place, Wii Power; sixth place, Alley Oops. Men’s High Games: Gordon Freedman, 257; Don Shelhart, 219; Juan Fuentes, 215; Scott Harris, 205. Women’s High Games: Jan Blackburn, 279; Sandy Osheroff, 278; Maurine Bennett, 233; Diane Price, 226; Valerie Hulsey, 224; Judy Lawrence, 214; Fran Lazzarini, 202; June Dismuke, 201.

Partners Contract Bridge

The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. For September this means we will be playing on September 5 and 19. Play begins by 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. You keep the same partner throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. September 5 is Labor Day but we will be playing that day. We are relaxing our normal “call ahead if you want to play” request for the Labor Day event only. If you get finished with your Labor Day picnic and just feel the need to play bridge, come on over. We will make it work somehow. If you wish to play, please call Helen Hargrave

at 539-5511 or me at 282-9350 or E-mail me at jeff@ (yes, .cc). If you enjoy bridge but haven’t played with us before, Call! We are always happy to meet new people who enjoy bridge. We ask you to call in advance, rather than just show up, so that we can be certain that we have full tables and everyone can play. Even if you are a regular player but you did not attend the previous session, please call one of us so we can keep track of the number of players. It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so when in doubt, please call. While we can best accommodate pairs, we will try to find you a partner if time allows but cannot guarantee that we will be successful.


nSusan Lynn

“Age is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years.”—Martha Graham It’s hard to believe that the summer is over. For those of you who traveled, welcome home. For the rest, I hope you all enjoyed all of the local treasures Sonoma County has to offer. Now that we’re all here, let’s kick off the cooler seasons in style.

Coming soon

We hope you’re looking forward to our next members-only social on September 8. It’s time for Pizza Palooza—The Next Generation, and this time we’re pulling out all the stops. Franchetti’s comes to Oakmont with four designer pizzas, any one of which should please your palate: The Manchester 92: housemade mozzarella, roasted onions, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and prosciutto di parma with a red sauce. Pig and Pineapple: garlic and herbs, smoked mozzarella, roasted pulled pork, pineapple chunks, pickled peppers, roasted poblanos peppers and smoked olive oil. Exotic Mushroom and Arugula: white pizza, fresh tarragon, oven-roasted exotic mushrooms, fontina plus taleggio cheese and lemon oil.

Classic Margherita: marinara sauce, house made mozzarella, basil, and EVOO. This time, we’ll be setting up buffet tables on either side of the Berger Center. We’ll provide the pizza and a custom playlist to get you onto the dance floor. Feel free to bring salads and sides for yourself or to share with your tablemates, and as ever, bring your beverage of choice. There is no reserved seating, so if you want to sit with friends, try to arrive at the same time. If you received an E-mail reminder about this event, you probably already registered. If not, there’s no time to lose; do it today at WHEN: September 8, 5:30–8 p.m. WHERE: Berger Center COST: Free—members only BRING: BYOB

Save the date

Mark your calendars so that you don’t miss our upcoming Halloween Spooktacular on October 22. More details to follow in the next Oakmont News.


Deadline for RSVP is no later than 3 p.m., Thursday, September 1. This event is a Members-Only Social. Name(s)_______________________________________________________________________________________ There is no charge for this event, and there is no reserved seating. Please place completed coupon in the Boomers folder at the OVA Office.

Valley of the Moon Rotary nJohn Brodey

Emotions Not Emoticons!

In my previous life I had the occasion to interview a young musician from a small West African country who had come to the US for the first time. I asked him what surprised him most about life here. He said it took him a few days to realize what was most strange is that he saw no one crying. I told him that we do cry as we experience sadness too. He went on to say that the people in his village cry once every day. They cry for joy, for the beauty of nature, for love and loss. To them, tears simply mean one’s heart is open, that you see everything around you and in this way feel truly alive. His words stayed with me and over the years I’ve gotten better at tearing up and so have many of my fellow Valley of the Moon Rotarians. Our Friday breakfast meetings often elicit laughter and a few tears, often as the result of a really moving presentation by one of our guest speakers. Laurel Anderson is the director of the Sierra Girls Center which rose out of the ashes of the Sierra Youth Center which closed in 2013. She is passionate about helping girls who were placed on probation for various offenses or were otherwise designated by the courts for out of home Director of the Sierra Girls Center Laurel Anderson gave a placement. The stories are horrific, some of heartwarming account of her staff helping troubled teenage these 13–18 year olds girls learn new life skills, were solicited into sex resume academic studies and trafficking or were become productive citizens. otherwise involved in gang and drug activity. The key aspects to the program center around the future and learning that there are consequences to one’s actions. They learn life skills, resume academic studies, attend AA meetings, etc. There is career mentorship along with vocational programs built around their participation in the wonderful garden and cooking programs. Responsibility is king and an alien concept to someone like one 13-year-old who could not remember ever having had three meals a day and an actual bed to sleep in. The most powerful moments where when a lovely, well-dressed young woman named Miriam rose to tell her story. She was not a mentor, she was a resident. She is only 16 and had been totally out of control. She spoke beautifully about what it was like to live only for yourself and carelessly hurt those who love you. She didn’t like the program and resisted to the point of going AWOL only to realize after a few weeks that she had left behind people who truly cared for her. She has experienced a rebirth not unlike the program itself. She is articulate, sensitive and wants a career in food services. She has also done well academically and will attend Maria Carrillo High School in the fall. You could see the love she had for our club volunteers and how she was now a mentor to other girls. The homemade zucchini muffins she brought tasted a little better with a tear or two.

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The Oakmont News / September 1, 2016

Fitness Club nJohn Phillips nTeresa Woodrum

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

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

Afternoon Exercise Class nBetsy Smith

WHEN: Tuesdays—Aerobics, Thursdays—Balance and Strength. No class Thurs., Sept. 1 TIME: 4:30–5:30 p.m. WHERE: Class is held at West Rec. Center downstairs COST: $7 per class, four classes for $24 or eight classes for $48 INFO: Please bring water, mat, weights and balls if you have them. We have equipment to share, so come on by! INSTRUCTOR: Betsy Smith, 321-2105 (cell), bsmith@ Keep fit with aerobics, strength and balance classes. You can join at any time! Catchy music and meeting new friends are some of the features of both classes. Any fitness level is welcome. You work from your base of aerobic and fitness strength. Bring yourself, water, mat, weights, and a ball if you have them. We do have equipment to share if you do not have any of your own, so, please come and exercise with us! The Aerobic Class format uses moderate aerobic moves designed to get your heart rate up and work your body! Using equipment such as weights, bands, small and large balls and simple moves is what the Balance and Strength class offers.

The Seated Row

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who supported the Fitness Club’s Fund Drive. Now let me continue a discussion of the different exercises and machines that we have in the Fitness Center and how to operate them or what alternatives may be utilized to obtain your fitness goals. There are a few different types of rowing exercises: the cardio row which is similar to actually rowing a boat on a lake and used to improve cardio health, and the weighed row which is used to build muscle and strength. I’m going to focus on the weighted rowing machine. We have two different models: machine numbers 10 and 11. The seated row really isn’t a difficult exercise to perform and although the machines are similar there are some differences. The same mistake, however, is usually made on both of them: failure to maintain a tight core. This mistake made on both machines is allowing the spine to flex, rolling the shoulders forward causing possible stress on the low back on machine 10 and causing the chest to wrap around the pad on machine 11.

the handle back to your ribs and then when you reach as far back as the legs allow moving the arms forward, allowing the movement to move through the body and into the legs until you reach your starting position. If you do not want to utilize the machines there are various versions of the row that can be performed using different pieces of equipment. Every Monday at 9 a.m. and Thursday at 4 p.m., I do a 20 to 30-minute seminar. Each week I cover different subject matter but one of those subjects is how to exercise the upper back where I demonstrate various row techniques. I hope to see you at one of these seminars. If you have any questions please stop by the center or call me at 494-9086 or E-mail me at wkuout2@aol. com. I look forward to seeing everyone at the Fitness Center.

Pulley Rows: Sit with straight legs at pulley system. Grasp row handle with both hands. Pull handles to mid chest keeping elbows close to body. Return to start position and repeat.

If a tight core is maintained and the spine is held in its natural position the shoulders will be held back utilizing the trapezius and the rhomboid major to perform the motion. This exercise also utilizes the bicep major as a secondary muscle worked. The same principles apply to the cardio row: push off with your legs, maintain a tight core, carry the movement from the legs through the body and into the arms bringing

Birthday Wishes! Gym rat Dr. Jerry Foster celebrates his 92nd birthday on August 5 at the Fitness Center by bench pressing 90 lbs, with a big smile on his face!

Forrest Yoga Chair Stretch and Balance—New Class

nCarol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)

Feel Better in Your Body

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

forrest yoga workshop celebrate your practice

Chest openers and gentle backbends. It’s time to feel great! Enjoy a fun and uplifting practice to increase mobility and inspire your inner warrior. Workshop flyer posted at WHEN: Saturday, September 10, 12–1:30 p.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center, Lower Level COST: $25. Please pre-register in class or by E-mail at

ongoing Yoga Classes

WHEN: Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m.; Thursdays 9–10 a.m. WHERE: West Rec. Center—Lower Level COST: $50 for six classes, first class is free with the purchase of a class series Commit to your yoga practice and explore the inner journey. Feed your body deep calming breaths. Experience challenging core work. Allow your neck and inside self to relax. Discover how a gentle yoga practice can enhance your life and realize the rewards of increased energy and mental clarity, feeling more centered, stronger and more flexible on and off the mat. My classes are appropriate for all levels. People with injuries or conditions are encouraged to attend. Connect with others in a safe and supportive setting. Equipment: Bring your mat, water and props you have—like blocks, straps and yoga blankets. A beach towel can be used in place of a yoga blanket so please bring one. I supply a limited amount of props to share. I am a certified Forrest yoga instructor. I am passionate about helping others feel better in their bodies. I have several years of experience teaching Chair classes. Feel free to contact me at carolking1234@, 696-5464. Please see for more information about me, Forrest Yoga, local classes near Oakmont and Saturday workshops.


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Tai Chi for Beginners nDr. Kate Ha, Faculty at SSU

Tai Chi for Beginners is a great way to transition from a sedentary life style to one of gentle movement and body awareness. Stress reduction is also one of the great benefits of this Chinese exercise as well as improvement of balance and agility. This class is small and fun and there is no way you can make a mistake. For information and to preregister please call me at 318-5284. Tuition is $75 for a five-class workshop on Thursdays from 9–10 a.m. in the Upper West Rec. Center (Thursdays do not have to be consecutive in case you have other appointments to tend to). I am looking forward to meeting you and introducing you to this centuries-old practice.

Garden Club nPeggy Dombeck


“Why try to explain miracles to your kids when you can just have them plant a garden.”—Robert Brault


Dave Gould, Master Gardener, will speak on “Gardening 101, the Basics.” He will cover many of the essential elements of creating and maintaining a healthy garden. Some of the topics are: understanding and maintaining healthy soil, how to correctly plant a tree or shrub, properly staking trees, pruning fruit and ornamental trees, raising a vegetable garden, controlling weeds, managing pests, and follow-up gardening resources. WHEN AND WHERE: Tuesday, September 20, Berger Center TIME: Coffee, tea and socializing at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting from 10–11:15 a.m.

nCathy Rapp


You may have noticed that the West Pool has been cloudy from time to time. The water is safe, though it may not look too inviting. We can be agents of change by showering before we jump in. Please shower before entering the pool—even if you showered in the morning—to rinse off lotions, dry skin cells, and any laundry detergent your skin may have picked up from your cover-up or sweats. Good news: the shower on the outside of the building has hot water. To add your name to the water aerobics E-mail list and receive news about classes, cancellations in case of rain or pool closures, contact me at 537-9281 or

late SUMMER water aerobics schedule west pool

Equipment: Noodles and buoys are not provided, however, a limited selection of donated equipment is available to use and return. **Free Classes through SRJC: Monday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Tuesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary Wednesday: 10 a.m.—Instructor Mary Thursday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary **Note: the free SRJC classes run on the college calendar with breaks between sessions. Classes with a fee or free using a CD/boom box: Monday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Wednesday: 9 a.m.—Instructor Mary ($6) Friday: 8:30 a.m.—Boom box (no fee) Friday: 9:45 a.m.—Instructor Julie ($6)


• Shrubs, trees, and ground covers get a head start when planted in Fall. Set them out early enough so roots begin to grow while the soil is warm, September through October. As the weather turns cool and fall rains come, roots will become well established by Spring. • Plant perennials now so roots get established through late Fall and Winter. Choices include campanula, candytuft, catmint, coreopsis, dianthus, diascia, foxglove, gaillardia, geum, Japanese anemone, penstemon, phlox, pincushion flower, salvia, scaevola, and yarrow. In zone 9, wait to plant until the middle or end of the month, when the weather cools a bit. • Several specialty nurseries in the county have great fall sales—some lasting a month or longer. Check around—websites are a good way to get information quickly—and shop the sales early for best selection. Caution: some of the sale plants are pot-bound and will need extra care when planting. Some can be divided before planting, doubling your savings. Anything that is not planted right away needs to be kept well-watered. • Bulbs will begin appearing in nurseries and garden centers. It is generally easier to wait until after the first rains to plant them, but buy them ahead of time so that you are prepared. • Renovate your lawn by dethatching, seeding bare spots, and fertilizing. Consider reducing your lawn area. • Divide overgrown perennials as they finish blooming. Before replanting them, weed and amend garden beds. • Cut back tired perennials to refresh for more bloom. • Give citrus their last feeding of the year.

nJulie Kiil

Balance and Strength

nMary Hastings, Instructor

Announcing a New SRJC Class Fall Semester

The class will start Friday, September 30 at the East Rec. Center from 9:30–10:45 a.m. All levels of ability are welcome. There is no fee. Equipment: Therabands. Bring your own or purchase from instructor for $5. Note: This is a SRJC class. Registration is required for all students. You must apply for admission with the college and enroll in this specific class. Yes, two forms! If you have taken a class with the JC during the spring or summer you do not need to do the admission form. There will be a folder at OVA for my class with admission forms. If you would like, pick one up, fill it out at home and bring with you to the first class. This will speed up registration. The second form, which will be completed on your first day, is basically your signature.

September Buddhist Meeting nPennijean Savage

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

“Whether we become happy, attain enlightenment, move in the direction of Buddhahood or wind up in a state of suffering—everything is the exact result of the wondrous workings of our heart or mind. This point cannot be overemphasized.”—Daisaku Ikeda, Living Buddhism, August 2016, pg. 5 You are cordially invited to join us on Saturday, September 24 and learn more about the benefits of this Buddhist practice and life philosophy. WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2:30–3:30 p.m. WHERE: 20 Glengreen. Look for SGI sign at entrance of Glengreen Street. Monthly SGI Nichiren Buddhist discussion meetings of chanting, study and dialogue are open to all Oakmonters and are free of charge. Call Judy at 5480225 or Pj at 595-5648 for directions or more information. The meetings are held on the last Saturday of each month, except for holidays. See for additional information on Nichiren Buddhism.

Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont

Labor Day Picnic—September 5 Trione Polo Field

Please join us for the Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont Labor Day picnic at the Trione Polo Field, 550 White Oak Road on September 5. The festivities commence at 11 a.m. and will conclude about 2:30 p.m. There will be the excellent traditional BBQ featuring the Oakmont Market with hamburgers and hot dogs and all the trimmings. Ice cream will be the dessert. Liquid refreshments will be available. Events include the Band “Home Made Jam” playing for your pleasure. An auction and raffle will be held to raise funds for our scholarship fund. Come one, come all! And make this the best picnic ever!

Don’t forget to bring a chair for the lawn area. Limited seating will be available at the picnic tables.


Send check made out to Cal Club of Oakmont, Helen Young, 362 Singing Brook Circle, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 Name(s) _______________________________________________________________________________________ Phone _________________________ E-mail _________________________________________________________ Cost: $23 per person, walk-in the day of the picnic is $28 per person. Enclosed at $23pp ___________ Donation to Scholarship fund (optional) $___________ Total $___________ Any questions? Contact Helen Young at 539-9649.


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Let’s Dance—Together! nTerry Whitten nLaurie Hartmann

Brinda Peterson will be the next pastor of Oakmont Community Church and will begin her responsibilities here following an installation service held during the regular 10:30 a.m. worship in the Berger Center on September 11. Pastor Peterson will become only the fourth minister to serve the Oakmont church in the past 32 years. She follows the 11-year tenure of retiring pastor, Dan Melligan.

Ms. Peterson comes from a wide array of church experiences that include the past 12 years in senior adult ministry in the Clovis, California area. Most recently, she has served at Valley Friends Church, a start-up fellowship that has grown to be more than 40% seniors even though the strategy in birthing of the fellowship was decidedly for young people. Peterson cites her success on a dedication to personal ministry, “I have been abundantly blessed to have walked with people during the best and worst times of their lives, and now I am humbled to be able to come and serve the Oakmont community.” Peterson’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Contemporary Christian Ministries, and a minor in Family Counseling from Fresno Pacific University. She graduated in 2004 Magna Cum Laude and was the Biblical and Religious Studies Division Scholastics Award Recipient. Her educational success, however, pales in comparison to her dynamic personality and her affinity for people ministry. Vickie Jackanich, Oakmont resident and trustee of the church affirms her dynamism, saying, “If there is a need in our community and church Brinda will fill it. She is a caring individual and believes she is led to serve our Oakmont church and community.” The church’s search for a succeeding pastor began with the retirement announcement of Pastor Melligan on May 1. Since then a search committee of seven has been meeting regularly to select the church’s next pastoral leader. Dick Meyer, Oakmont Church’s chairperson reflects on the search process, “Brinda Peterson was selected out of a group of highly qualified candidates. I believe she brings a combination of gifts and passions which qualify her life and ministry experience. It became obvious that she will enable Oakmont Community Church to have a relevant presence and supportive impact in our unique community for years to come.” Peterson will be joined in residence here in Oakmont by Lee, her husband of 36 years. Lee will finish out his tenure as Maintenance Supervisor in the transportation division of the Clovis School District and join his wife in the church-owned residence on Oakmont Drive. When they are not working, the Petersons enjoy the family life of two grown, married daughters and two grandchildren. Their favorite past times revolve around water recreation and house-boating.


WHAT: Beginning Nightclub 2-Step (NCTS) dance classes WHEN: Wednesdays, September 7, 14 and 21 WHERE: Lower West Rec. COST: $9 pp for single class, $7 pp for two or more classes purchased in advance at the beginning of the class Continue the fun we started in July and August with partner dance classes! Beginning Nightclub 2-Step will start in September. This is a lovely dance to slower music where dances such as Waltz and Rumba do not fit. It can be done compactly if the dance floor is crowded or with bigger gliding steps if there is a lot of room. Examples of songs that NCTS can be danced to are: “I will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston, “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor, “Because You Loved Me” by Celine Dion, “All of Me” by John Legend, “Easy” by The Commodores, “Hey Jude” by The Beatles, “Home” by Michael Buble, “The Lady In Red” by Chris De Burgh and many more. A lot of older and contemporary ballads are often songs that fit with NCTS. No partners or experience are required. We will rotate partners during the classes. A different partner dance will be taught in October and will likely be Foxtrot. In the future, Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Country 2-Step, Salsa, Tango and others will be taught. Check upcoming issues of the Oakmont News for the dates and dance to be taught. Aside from being fun and a great way to get exercise, a number of studies have shown that dancing on a regular basis may reduce the possibility of cognitive decline and may actually increase mental acuity. Some even say that “dancing makes you smarter!” Please let me know if you have any questions. You can E-mail me (Terry Whitten) at or call me at (415) 265-7590 (cell) or 539-6265 (home). I hope to see you on the dance floor!

Women of Faith Bible Study nGayle Miller


Presentation on large screen TV (titles for hearing impaired). Class has workbooks. Beth Moore is a Christian speaker and Bible Study author. She enjoys getting to serve women of every age and denomination and she is passionate about women knowing and loving the Word of God. This in-depth women’s Bible study draws parallels between the captive Israelites of the Old Testament and New Testament believers in Jesus as the Promised Messiah. Beth looks at the Book of Isaiah through the lives of the kings who ruled during the prophet’s ministry. These kings exemplify many of the obstacles to freedom with which we must deal. Using Scripture to help identify spiritual strongholds in your life, no matter how big or small, Beth explains that anything that hinders us from the benefits of knowing God is bondage. Join us on a Bible journey unlike any other. This is your personal invitation to join with us in this exciting new Bible study. These presentations are not to be missed! Beth’s presentation of the Bible just brings it to life and her engaging style of speaking keeps you interested and enthralled to the very last word! This is a weekly, non-denominational study, we meet each Tuesday. Our class is small and informal; a very comfortable setting to meet new people and gain new knowledge of the Bible. Please call me for additional information. DATE: Tuesday, September 13 TIME: 9:30–11:30 a.m. PLACE: Meeting Room B, Central Activity Center CONTACT: Gayle Miller, 537-9309

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


Sunday Symposium returns on September 11, for another season. In light of a reduction in the organization’s expenses, the requested donation has been reduced from $3 to $2 per session. Annual passes are available for $40. In addition, we are offering free coffee and tea from our friends at The Vault Cafe. It will be served beginning shortly after 10 a.m. for the first four Sundays of the season. Come in early and enjoy a cup of coffee and chat with your Oakmont neighbors. Welcome back!


On a September morning 15 years ago, nearly 3,000 people perished in a multi-pronged terrorist attack— the deadliest in world history. In the space of 102 minutes, two hijacked commercial airliners struck the twin towers of the World Trade Center, another hit the Defense Department’s headquarters at the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed into the ground at full cruising speed outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania. In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the United States went to war against the Taliban in Afghanistan— the longest war in U.S. history and one we are still fighting today. An invasion of Iraq soon followed resulting in the overthrow of the Saddam dictatorship. But, the invasion and subsequent occupation cracked the country into sectarian pieces unleashing a brutal jihadist insurgency, which has engulfed the Middle East, as well as a terrorist campaign that has reached as far away as Europe and the United States. Following the 9/11 attacks, the U.S. government also underwent the largest restructuring of its national security apparatus since World War II. A new cabinet department responsible for homeland security was created incorporating 22 separate federal agencies and one new one—the Transportation Security Administration. Billions of dollars have been spent on the homeland security enterprise. Congress has expanded the government’s investigations and intelligence collection authorities—controversially to some—in an effort to prevent or disrupt terrorist plotting. The overall counterterrorism effort has been strong, but not perfect as the recent mass shootings in San Bernardino and Orlando tragically attest. I return to podium on this somber anniversary to discuss the implications of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on American society. As a security field office manager for the Federal Aviation Administration on that day, I had a unique vantage point for those dramatic events. I will provide a brief overview of the attacks, including some little known facts and statistics. I will summarize the U.S. government’s response to the attacks—covering the administrations of one Republican and one Democratic president— and conclude with some observations about how the attacks changed America—the legacy of 9/11. For further information on the Oakmont Sunday Symposium and upcoming and past programs, please go to


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

Registration: 538-1485


Oakmont Macintosh Users Group nBette Shutt


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


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


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

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

Windows Computer Information nPhil Kenny

Current Events Discussion Group nTina Lewis

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


September 2: Malcolm Rodman September 9: Bernie Palk Join us on Fridays, 1–2:30 .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

SIR Branch #92 nJim Knapp, Little SIR

SIR Branch 92 of Oakmont is pleased to announce that our next speaker will be Charley Taylor, who served an exciting stint with the Navy Air Force on the USS Enterprise, in charge of the launching and rescue apparatus and crew. The CAT (Catapult) Officer will share his harrowing and courage-laden tales at our next meeting at the Berger Center on September 13. Charley is currently involved with the Pacific Coast Air Museum. SIR (Sons In Retirement) is a retired gentleman’s social club with some 140 chapters, mainly through Northern and Central California. There are two branches here in Oakmont. Branch #92 meets the second Tuesday of each month, beginning at about 11:15 a.m. with a social hour, followed by a catered luncheon, and an invariably interesting speaker. Our purpose is to generate a pleasant atmosphere for making Friends of Life. Twice yearly we invite our ladies to join us of a Ladies’ Day in June, and a Holiday Dinner Dance in December. To find out more about us contact me at (415) 336-8844.

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

Saturday Morning Bridge

nTom Conley

You are invited to join us for Contract Bridge on Saturday morning. We meet every Saturday at 9:30 a.m. in the CAC card room and play four rounds of six hands each, usually finishing around noon. You don’t need a partner to participate. All you need is enthusiasm, some experience, and $1. If you recently started playing bridge or are a veteran, you never stop learning about the game. This includes keeping abreast of new techniques, or just developing and maintaining your skills. It’s a good way to meet other bridge players in Oakmont. There’s nothing like starting Saturday off with an energizing game of bridge to get the brain cells working. To get more information or to just join the group, please contact me at 537-9402 no later than the preceding Wednesday to reserve your place.


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Photography Club nBob Crosby

September Meeting

What did you do during the summer will be the theme of the Oakmont Photography Club’s next meeting on Wednesday, September 14 in Room B of the Central Activity Center. All Oakmont residents and guests are welcome to attend and see what we are about. We will feature photos submitted by members of their activities and travels and special occasions during the summer months. Join in to see what your fellow photographers have been up to since our last gathering. There will be a gentle critique with each image. Please E-mail your images (up to 10) to me at Please be sure to send them by September 10. Whether you’re a beginning or advanced photographer, our meetings and field trips are both enjoyable and instructive. If you’re not currently a member, you are welcome to come to your first meeting as a guest. If any questions, contact me at 539-4507 or We hope to see you on September 14.

nVince Taylor

Oakmont Progressives

Project Censored will be the topic of the next meeting of the Oakmont Progressives, Monday, September 12 at the East Recreation Center. Dr. Peter Phillips, Ph.D., President of the Media Freedom Foundation and Professor of Sociology at Sonoma State University, will be our featured speaker. This year marks the 40th anniversary of Project Censored, which was founded at Sonoma State University in 1976 to provide hands-on student training in independent, investigative journalism. Its mission is to educate students and the public about the importance of a truly free press for democratic government. Since its inception Project Censored has spread to dozens of colleges and universities in the U.S. and around the world. Hundreds of students and faculty join in a collective effort to identify and research the top news stories which have been ignored, misrepresented or censored by the mainstream media. Twenty-five of the most important news stories are published in a

book each year. Project Censored also has a weekly radio program on KPFA and is the subject of an award-winning documentary called Project Censored the Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News. All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome to come to our meetings which are held the second Monday of every month. Mark your calendars for September 12 at the East Recreation Center. Come at 6:30 p.m. for social time. Dr. Phillips’ talk begins at 7 p.m. To have a name tag, help us prepare and get on our E-mail list, you can sign up at Any questions, contact me at 583-9490. The Oakmont Progressives is an educational and social club inspired by the vision of Bernie Sanders. We also support other candidates for office who share a similar vision. Our meetings are a great way to meet other Oakmonters who share a progressive perspective on domestic politics and world affairs.

nBob Giddings


Oakmonters have been inquiring: what ever happen to your splendid opera nights at the East Recreation Center? Finally we can say that the Oakmont Community Foundation’s opera nights are back! Starting on Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m., the Community Foundation will kick off Opera Night with a DVD of one of the best from the best: Mozart’s Le Nozzi de Figaro. This cheerful drama will absolutely dazzle you with the whit of its librettist, Da Ponte, and a full display of the musical genius of Mozart. If you have never heard that the musical language of Mozart is equal or superior to Shakespeare’s English, then Figaro is the threshold you may wish to experience. Or if you maybe very familiar with Figaro you will not, repeat not, be disappointed with this particular performance. It comes to us with kind permission of Opus Arte Productions with

conductor Antonio Pappano and stage direction by the renowned David McVicar. In addition Erwin Schrott takes the part of Figaro and the beautiful Miah Persson plays Susanna (word to all: you do not want to miss Ms. Persson). Rounding out the cast is Gerald Finley as the Count, Dorothea Roschmann as the Countess and Rinat Shaham in the ”trouser role” of Cherubino. This is a free performance for all Oakmonters and their guests. But should you wish to donate even a small sum to aid the Oakmont Community Foundation in its educational and charitable work within Oakmont, a tip jar will be available. And as customary with our eight-year-old opera nights, fresh yummy cake will be served at intermission! So please join me as your host at 6:45 p.m. for a preopera talk introducing Figaro, Lorenzo Da Ponte and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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Tennis Club

nStephanie Wrightson


We are throwing a birthday party for everyone! Surprises, cake and a blues band—The Blues Burners—on Friday, September 16, 5:30–9 p.m., Berger Center for only $15 per person. Sign up by September 10. See coupon below. The OTC will provide a lovely table (linen tablecloths, china, napkins, silverware and wine glasses), birthday cake, coffee and water. Participants may bring their own meal or share a potluck with their table of eight, BYOB. We encourage you to amplify the fun by reserving a table of eight, but individuals and couples are very welcome. You’ll share a table with fun folks.


the 2017 Board of Directors. The committee members are Rey Frimmersdorf (Chair), Peter Boyle, Stephanie Curry, Dennis Boaz and Young Ran (Kay) Kim. The nominees’ names will be announced in the October 1 Oakmont News. In addition to the slate of nominees, nominations will be taken from the floor at the meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 4:30–5:30 p.m., East Rec. A vote of all OTC members in attendance will be conducted. A light dinner will be served to OTC members (no guests); there is no cost or reservation required for the membership meeting and meal, BYOB. Join the OTC if you would like to attend the annual meeting and upcoming club events ($20/year). Contact Membership Chair, Paula Lewis, 332-0433 or


Sign up for the Men’s Doubles Tournament no later than September 6. Register on the OTC website ( or contact Doug ( or 303-949-3239) or George ( or 843-4527). Provide your contact information and tournament level (A or B). Meet at the West Courts (unless instructed otherwise) on September 10, 8:00 am where coffee and light refreshments will be served (contact George if you would like to contribute a refreshment). Play will be held at both East and West with separate competitions for the A and B/C groups. No partner? If available, we’ll pair you with another single registrant.

The World wins—Rio Olympics. (Photo by G. Hasa)



nNorma Doyle

In accordance with OTC bylaws, a Nominations Committee was established to select the nominees for

Early morning competitors—Rio Olympics. (Photo by S. Wrightson)

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Deposit coupon/payment in the Tennis Club Folder in the OVA Office by September 10. Individuals welcome, but reserved tables only for tables of 8 (include all names and payment).

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The World, led by Lutz Funke prevailed over the USA, led by Jeff Clemence. There were captains’ plaques, participant medals and fun for all. A freeto-members international picnic followed: pulled pork and cole slaw sliders, brats and sauerkraut, jerk chicken, fried nutty turnovers, orzo salad, dolmas, quail eggs and kimchi. Food was provided by both the club and individual members. Thanks to all!

On September 12 Sandy White will direct Driving Miss Daisy by Alfred Uhry. Uhry is an American playwright, screenwriter and member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is one of the few writers to receive and Academy Award, Tony Award (2) and the Pulitzer for dramatic writing. Driving Miss Daisy, first released in 1987, is a timeless, searing, funny and ultimately hopeful meditation on race relations in America, told through the complex relationship between two of popular culture’s most enduring characters. When a widowed, elderly Jewish woman living in midcentury Atlanta, is deemed too old to drive, her son hires an African American man, to serve as her chauffeur. What begins as a troubled and hostile pairing, soon blossoms in to a profound, life-altering friendship that transcends all the societal boundaries placed between them. This is an iconic tale of pride, changing times and the transformative power of friendship. Readers include Jane Boor, Max Fenson, Dennis Hall and Sandy White. Playreaders gathers every Monday (including Labor Day) from 2–3 p.m. in the Central Activity Center, Room B and welcome all visitors.

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Readers for Absent Friends in August were: (standing) Honora Clemens, Max Fenson, Jeffrey Sheff and Stephen Litzenberger; (seated) Ginny Smith, Jane Borr and Rebecca Kokemor.


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Oakmont Art Association

nCarol Decker


The program will be held at Berger Center on Friday, September 9 at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and tea at 10 a.m. DeYoung Docent Kathryn Zupsic will lecture on artist Ed Ruscha. The show, Ed Ruscha and the Great American West runs July 16–Oct. 9. “Ed Ruscha has long been drawn to the subject of the American West and its role in our national mythology. Through more than 80 works in a range of media, this exhibition explores Ruscha’s commitment to depicting the spare and evocative landscapes that first inspired him as a young man and that still compel his work today.”


“Art Under the Oaks,” our 2016 show, will be held October 14 and 15, with set-up on Oct. 13. Information and registration forms were sent out by snail mail and E-mail to all members and are available in the OAA file in the OVA Office. If you are interested in showing your art at this event and are not currently a member, now is a good time to join! Volunteers are needed to make this event a success!

nBarbara Bowman

You don’t need to be an artist to volunteer, just willing to lend a hand. Volunteer forms are available in the OVA Office Art Association file.


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

CLASSES AND ACTIVITIES Ferenc Besze Watercolor Workshop

WHEN: September 17–18 (Sat. and Sun.) WHERE: CRC Art Room TIME: 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with an hour break for lunch COST: $150 per student DEMO: Friday evening, Sept. 16, 6:30–8:30 p.m., East Rec. Center Noted watercolorist Ferenc Besze was born and

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

Sunday, September 4: NO FILMS SHOWN, LABOR DAY WEEKEND Sunday, September 11, 2 pm THE KING OF COMEDY

Director Martin Scorsese hits a satirical bulls-eye in this black comedy that explores the absurd lengths to which pitifully inept Rupert Pupkin (Robert DeNiro) will go to land a spot on the TV talk show of his idol, Jerry Langford (a wonderful caustic Jerry Lewis). Pupkin believes that one appearance on Langford’s show will be his ticket to stardom, so he kidnaps his idol and sets into motion a chain of events you have to see to believe! (1983), PG, 105 minutes.

Sunday, September 11, 7 pm CONCUSSION

When Dr. Bennet Omalu’s (Will Smith) autopsy studies lead him to conclude that multiple concussions could be the underlying cause of brain disorders suffered by many U.S. football players, he encounters harsh resistance from the NFL establishment. Smith earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in this gripping, true-life David vs. Goliath story. Also starring are Alec Baldwin, Albert Brooks and David Morse. (2015), PG-13, 123 minutes.

Sunday, September 18, 2 pm MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

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

Sunday, September 18, 7 pm MOSTLY MARTHA

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

For Your Refrigerator/Wallet

Sunday, September 4: No films shown, Labor Day Weekend Sunday, September 11, 2 p.m.: The King of Comedy, (1983), PG, 105 minutes Sunday, September 11, 7 p.m.: Concussion, (2015), PG-13, 123 minutes. Sunday, September 18, 2 p.m.: My Week With Marilyn, (2011), R, 99 minutes. Sunday, September 18, 7 p.m.: Mostly Martha, (2002), PG, 106 minutes.

raised in Budapest, Hungary. His love for art surfaced early in his childhood and it continues to this day. As a passionate artist with a free-flowing spontaneous style, he is able to bring out the beautiful characteristics of watercolor. Ferenc’s work can be explored at his website: Those interested in attending this special weekend workshop should contact Dan Fishman,

Plein Aire Group

The informal group is now meeting on the second and fourth Tuesdays at 9 a.m. to paint at locations around Oakmont and other locations in the vicinity. No instruction is provided but experienced artists are willing to share tips. If interested in joining the group, contact Phil Wilkinson at or 529-4587.

nRay and Marie Haverson

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

If you want to come to this show, you must hurry, as we are now 80% sold out. Yes, it is the real Mickey Gilley, all the way from Pasadena, Texas coming to Oakmont to perform his legendary show that he performs in his theater in Branson, Missouri. His normal prices for tickets are $145–$220. You can see his legendary show for a mere $60 per ticket. I have negotiated the best price possible for this show. It is not cheap to have him here but well worth the price. Mickey has had many number one records and many have gone gold. He is in the Music Hall of Fame. Wow what a treat to have him come here for a private show in Oakmont. You will not want to miss this show! You will not be disappointed. Saw the show in Branson and it was great! You need to get your reservations in now. This will be a theater-type seating show. No seats will be held without full payment. Any questions please feel free to call me at 539-6666, or E-mail me at Yes, you may bring your own drinks! Lemon water, coffee, tea and cookies will be provided. WHAT: The Live Mickey Gilley Show WHERE: Berger Center WHEN: Wednesday, September 28 TIME: Doors open at 6 p.m., show starts at 7 p.m. COST: $60 per person (need not be a member to attend)

Coming Attraction

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


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Welcoming new residents since 1975. Have valuable local community information given on every visit. If you are new to Oakmont and have not had CAL CUSTOM BUILDING SERVICES, INC. (CALCBS) a home visit, please call Charlotte at Remodels, additions, efficiency and 538-9050. accessibility updates. Helping clients live comfortably in their homes since MIKE’S REPAIR 1979. Call Craig Lawson, Oakmont Plumbing, electrical, appliance, heating and air conditioning, general Resident, 579-9088. Lic. #377330. Free estimates. handyman (I can fix just about anything). 30 yrs. experience. Honest A SENIOR HELPING SENIORS and reliable. Lic. #B32925. Call All home repairs. Everything from 536-9529, emergency—328-6635. fixing that leaking toilet, to hanging pictures, to replacing that broken LEE MOEN CONSTRUCTION light switch. Serving the Santa Rosa GENERAL CONTRACTOR area since 1985. $25 per hour. Quality A to Z home maintenance and workmanship and excellent ref. Just repair. Kitchen and bath remodel. Carpentry, tile, plumbing, electric and make a “to do” list and call me. Local Oakmont references on request. painting. No job too small. All phase 888-2013. construction. Lic. #966203. Call Lee Moen, 318-5591.


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


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


Oakmont Onsite Personal Computer Services. Call Chuck for all things computer. VOM Rotary member, computer instructor. References available, many satisfied Oakmont customers. $45/hr. 293-8011.


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


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

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


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


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




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


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


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


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Considerable work experience with contractors. Carpentry, plumbing, electric, dry wall, painting, cabinet and deck repair and fence building. Educational background and experience in farming, garden maintenance, irrigation, low water use plant design, tree pruning, disease control. Phil Heath, (707) 332-5003.


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Oakmont Village Association oakmont village association

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

maintenance Office

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

Tel 575-7200 E-mail:

Condominium Financial management (cfM)

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

architectural office

OVA Accounting Tel 800-585-4297

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

Bulletin Boards

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

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 Leanne Smith 539-6795

Meals on Wheels, 525-0383

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

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.


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


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

Blood Pressure clinic

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


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


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


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

oakmont community garden on stonebridge

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

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

2016-2017 OVA board of Directors E-mail: Andie Altman, President John Felton, Vice President Frank Batchelor, Secretary Elke Strunka, Treasurer Herm Hermann, Director Gloria Young, Director Ellen Leznik, Director

locker rentals

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

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


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

Letters to the Editor Writer Guidelines

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

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


Schedules available at OVA office.

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 to the OVA office and fill out a sign-up form, or visit www. and click the “join our E-Blast email list” link.


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OVA-Sponsored Events nMarsha Zolkower

OVA Presents

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

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

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OVA Comedy Club Presents An Evening with Stephen B nMarsha Zolkower

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

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

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

September 21, 10 AM East Rec. Center

As a 13 y/o handsome Himalayan, I’ve heard it pronounced both ways: “Him-a-lay-an” and “Hi-mal-ayan”. With my gentle good manners and friendly sweet-talk, I’m not one to make a fuss – especially in a home with tender-hearted kids and a peaceful dog or cat. So, where do you put the emphasis? As long as it’s on love and lap time, nothing else really matters!

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

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

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