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      W oodbridge Volume 2 ▪ Issue 7



Your Life. Your Community. Your News.

Independence: 2012

July ▪ 2012


Carol Goodwin brings wit and wisdom to the stage. Be sure to read Anne Madrid’s ‘Behind the Scenes’ article. Page 11


Kayo Armstrong delivers another powerful article about people and their passions in this story about Jeanne Thomas and travel. Pages 18 & 19


Sharyl Burgeson interviewed Steve Matthews and found a volunteer dedicated to making a difference in the lives of many. Pages 20 & 21


The Beckers and Priostes are featured in articles by Anne Madrid. Pages 12 & 29


Activities . . . . . . . . . . . 34

Arts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Bedford and Hancock . . . 6 Bridge Scores . . . . . . . . 6

Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Committees . . . . . . . . . 37

Sports . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Viewpoint . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

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Woodbridge Singers open Stockton Ports ballgame by singing the National Anthem.

Photo Courtesy of Carla Marquardt.

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Woodbridge LIFE 2401 Morning Brook Drive Manteca, CA 95336

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PUBLICATION COMMITTEE Sharyl Burgeson Carol Jo Hargreaves Karla Hoyer Anne Madrid Dodie Miller Pepper Noble Jeanne Thomas


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publication of the Woodbridge Owners Association, a nonprofit organization serving the residents of the Woodbridge by Del Webb community in Manteca, CA. Woodbridge LIFE invites stories, photographs, comments, cartoons, jokes and any other information that would be of interest to residents. We reserve the right to accept or refuse submissions and edit for content and length. We also reserve the right to refuse advertising or articles that in our opinion do not reflect the standards of the newspaper. The opinions expressed, whether by paid advertisement or editorial content, do not necessarily reflect the views of this newspaper or the Woodbridge Owners Association. Content submitted may be edited, reprinted and acknowledged without consent unless specifically requested. The publisher is not responsible for unsolicited manuscripts or artwork. Materials submitted with a self-addressed, stamped envelope will be returned. Contents copyright © 2012 by Woodbridge Owners Association. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission of the publisher.

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Barnhart shares ‘Independence’ equation The theme this month is “Independence,” but before I go there, I want to cover several items from the Board’s agenda last month.

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One item impacting you and me the most was selection of a company to do the new Reserve Study required by law to be done every three years. Bill Barnhart This study will establish how Resident Director much of our monthly dues must be set aside for repair or replacement of everything owned by the Woodbridge Owners Association. The Board selected The Helsing Group which did the 2009 study and can hit the job running without having to start over from scratch. The Property & Grounds Committee will watch over this process closely. A couple of major changes approved by the Board involve contracting with GP Landscape for landscape maintenance and with Waterworks Aquatic Management, Inc. for maintenance of the lakes and fountain. Both of these contractors will take over their respective jobs July 1. The Property & Grounds Committee was very pleased to recommend these new contractors to the Board. We found the ability to interact directly with the owners of the companies a refreshing difference from the past. It was also time for the bi-annual replacement of a portion of the Property & Grounds Committee. The Board approved the reconstituted committee which includes me as the Chairman along with voting members: Norm Hauser, Bob Hall, John Bosma, Ron Kreitzer, Don St.

Lawrence, Ray Pfoutz and Robin Adams. The latter three members were moved from alternate positions into full voting membership positions. This leaves the Committee one short of full voting members and all three alternate positions open. The Board authorized ongoing recruitment until those positions are filled. The Board’s sincere appreciation goes to the departing members: Rick Arucan, Dan Buckman, Bill Benner and Frank Anger for their commitment to the WOA over the past two years and especially Dan who took great minutes of every meeting into which he sometimes inserted a little levity to lighten the load we were all carrying. Thank you Dan, Rick, Bill and Frank! Now for the “Independence” part of this article. It is great to be able to celebrate everything that has happened over the past 237 years to protect and maintain the independence of this great country. You and I have played a big part in accomplishing that job. However, at this stage of our lives, we’ve handed that task to others and we need to be thinking about maintaining our own personal independence. If there is one thing I want you to take away from this discussion on “Independence,” it is this equation: (Staying busy/active) = (Independence) = (Freedom/ physical and mental ability to do what we want) You can even reformat this equation and it always comes out with the same result. For example:

(Freedom/physical and mental ability to do what we want) = (Staying busy/active) = (Independence)

Where else but Woodbridge can we find the people and tools to honor our own personal independence?

And that’s my last word on the subject!

Competition regulations coming The Policy and Procedure (P & P) Committee has formed a subcommittee to investigate and make recommendations on allowing tournaments and/or competitive events between our clubs and outside groups. These tournaments could involve any competition including card games, bocce ball, pickleball, tennis, softball, etc. Information to be considered would be possible fees to mitigate wear and tear on our facilities, impact on the residents (both positive and negative) and restrictions such as the number of events each club could sponsor per year. Denise Drewry Resident Director

If you wish to offer input regarding competitive events between our groups and outside clubs, please send your comments to me at As we celebrate Independence Day this month, I wish everyone a safe, happy and healthy summer. Let’s enjoy our barbecues, but remember to eat our vegetables too.

Happy Fourth of July!

Woodbridge LIFE Help our resident monitors help Editor’s Viewpoint: continue you enjoy the pools this summer

Kayo’s Corner . . .

areas. Running and boisterous behavior are not permitted.

With the warm summer season Non-residents 18 and older must in full swing, I’ve received numerous be accompanied by a resident or resident complaints regarding carry a valid purchased visitor’s others breaking the rules of the pass while in any amenity including swimming areas. Developed by the pools and spas. your resident Policy & Procedures A guest party is limited to four Committee, Association Rules and adults (18 and older) per residence Regulations are in place to ensure at one time and the ratio safety, encourage of children to adults may respect for other be no greater than 4:1 residents and enhance (four children per one the longevity of your adult). community’s valuable assets. I believe that Personal radios most violations are must be used with simply because folks individual earphones aren’t aware of, or and only on the deck or have forgotten, the in lounge areas. Food Kayo Armstrong Association’s rules. and beverages in plastic Executive Director containers ONLY may So, to help the front be consumed around desk monitors more efficiently (not in) the outdoor pool. With manage the pool areas, I’ve outlined the exception of water in a plastic some of these rules. For more bottle, food and beverages are not comprehensive information, please allowed in the indoor pool area. refer to your community Rules and Regulations dated December 2011. Swim suits are required at all times while in the pools or spas. Showers must be taken initially Cutoffs or other forms of street before entering any pool/spa and clothes are not allowed. Only prior to re-entry if using oils or shoes designed specifically for and lotions. Pool and spa areas are used exclusively in the water are adult (18+) only except during permitted. Diapers or incontinence specified children’s swim hours, aids are not allowed in the pools. Monday – Friday, 2 to 5 p.m. and Appropriate cover-ups must be weekends noon to 3 p.m. Children worn in the Clubhouse when going 4 – 17 may swim or be in the pool to and from the pool areas. areas during these times and must ALWAYS be accompanied by a Only pool toys provided by resident. Children under four are the Association may be used. not allowed in the pools and are only Equipment for classes may be used allowed in the surrounding deck only by adults. Use of any device areas during children’s hours with (fins, inner tubes, snorkels, etc.) direct supervision. Children under in the pool must be approved by a 12 are not allowed in the spas or member of the Association staff, surrounding deck with the exception of swimmers’ goggles. Lifeguards are not provided and facilities are designated as “Swim at Your Own Risk.” Diving is not allowed in either pool and swimming is not allowed in the spas. WBL photo by

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to be completely ‘blown away,’ and sit in humble awe of our incredible residents. In this issue, you Deb Ristau will meet a Editor, Woodbridge LIFE few more of the talented, generous, dedicated and determined individuals who live in our midst. Wow. It’s been a fascinating month. I learned a few new lessons, got to know several residents on a much deeper and more meaningful level, took time to look beyond the obvious and became acquainted with some of our new residents.

I love great quotes that make us think. Margaret Mead, the outspoken American cultural anthropologist who was a popular writer and speaker in the 1960s and 1970s, once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” Those 22 powerful words are as true now as ever before. Brought down from the vast scope of changing the entire world and put into the comprehensible realm of changing our little Woodbridge community, these words provide, in clear detail, an apt description of the rulemaking, lifestyle-changing, policysetting process. The decisions of a few affect the lives of many.

Page 3 • July 2012 offer more handicapped parking for events. We installed self-opening doors and security cameras. We have flags to display throughout the community, and we are not done, not by a long shot. It has been said often that the people who live here are the backbone and the light of this community. Yes, it is the resident, the thoughtful, committed citizen, who makes the difference. Last winter, while working on Woodbridge LIFE, Dave and I learned that residents Bob Hall and Jeanne Thomas were planning a cruise to Hawaii. It sounded like fun and we booked a cabin on the same ship. Would our paths cross on a ship with 3,000 passengers? Maybe? Who could have predicted that not only would our paths cross, but that the lady in the wheelchair with the radiant smile was about to teach me to look beyond the obvious?

Later, back at Woodbridge and sitting with fellow veterans Dave Reed, Steve Matthews, Jon Ford, Chuck Somma, Carl Willhoft, Ray Foxworth and our spouses, a conversation shift found us talking about the challenges faced by someone with a disability or special need. That sent me looking for more information about living with a disability and being independent. ad e M Double Wow. t re Marga

Here at Woodbridge, three WWII veterans will visit Washington, D.C., this year. A Veterans Memorial Monument will be erected during a later phase of construction in the North Park. Our Drama Club entertains residents and our Singing Group lifts our hearts. We have ballplayers to root for. We enjoy dances, dinners and making new friends. We share hopes and dreams. We raise money for charity. We give scholarships and send care packages. We crush cans for cancer. We now


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I then attended a meeting of our Disabilities Support Group. Triple Wow. It is far easier to be independent without a disability or special need. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has helped thousands of citizens find independence and become active members of society. Policy makers everywhere will always be challenged to do the right thing, yet still try to keep everyone happy. Not an easy task. Yes, Margaret Mead, “A small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.”

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Woodbridge Groups and Clubs Contact List

Club Artists & Crafters Bocce Ball








Kathy Dezotte



1st Wednesday


Marie Evans





Don St. Lawrence


Jackie Rudy




Geri Rogers


1st & 3rd Monday


Judy McNamara




Pat Buxton


Claudia Watkins



Ann King




Book Club

Bowling (Wii)

Bridge Bunco

Cancer Support


3rd Monday




First Tuesday





Disabilities Support Drama



Game Night Golf

See Schedule

Hand & Foot Cards

Wed/Fri/Sun Thursdays

Grandparents LCR

Men of Woodbridge


1pm 7pm



Tuesdays Thursdays

1pm 7pm

2nd Monday

Mexican Train Dominoes Neighborhood Watch


(Beginners Workshop) Ping Pong


Tennis Veterans of WB

Women of Woodbridge


Woodbridge Singers ACR AR BBC BLDR BR CR DK

Craig Hoyer

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Bob Hall






Claudia Watkins



1:30pm 5:30pm

Al Sanchez Joe Victoria

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Sun/Tue/Thu Mondays

Open Play 6pm

Matt Madrid




Dave Reed



See Schedule


Butch Larson



Cheryl Juarez Sue Vernali

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Ron Kreitzer



1st Wednesday


Every other Monday


Arts & Crafts Room Andover Room Bocce Ball Courts Billiard Room Bristol Room Club Room Demo Kitchen

Anne Madrid



Mondays Thursdays

1st Tuesday

Wine 101

Bill Goodwin



Welcoming Committee Wheels of Woodbridge

Dave Steffy


Robert Philis

2nd Monday

WB Silver Sluggers Diamond Gals Wolverines

Mary Braun


7pm 9am 10am 7pm

Wednesdays Fridays


Birdie Nieri


Mon/Wed/Fri Weekdays Wednesdays Tuesdays Mondays


Ray Pfoutz

3rd Wednesday



Del Webb Field Fitness Center Golf Putt Course Indoor Pool Library Lakeview Clubhouse Multipurpose Room

Bill Barnhart

Marybeth Saari Jacquie Steffy






OP Outdoor Pool PATIO Outdoor BBQ & Patio TPC Tennis & Pickelball Courts PMH Pulte Model Homes PP Panda Park QR Quincy Room SBP Stockbridge Park



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Local Interest Groups Contact List Group


55ers RV Group





Dave Steffy



Mel Reynolds



Second Chance Band

Men’s Christian Fellowship


Red Hat Ladies

John Green

Claudia Watkins

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Resident Homes

Resident Homes


Special Interest Groups

By Denise Drewry, Resident Director

Do you have a special interest group to list here? The groups above are non ‘sanctioned’ by our WOA. However, these groups might be of interest to you.

At the Policy & Procedure (P&P) Committee meeting this month, we were asked to address a rumor that the P & P Committee was going to initiate a curfew on the back patio.

Inclusion on this page is not a recommendation, approval or ‘sanction’ by Woodbridge LIFE or by the WOA. They are listed as a courtesy to our residents. We recognize that we are a diverse community, and residents enjoy a diversity of interests and activities.

There is no curfew on the patio; nor is one planned. There is a closing time for the Clubhouse but not for the patio. Please feel free to meet a group of your friends on the patio at any time. Impromptu parties are the best!

If you would like to list a special interest group in WBL, please send the group name, contact information and pertinent information to the WBL editor Deb Ristau at

We ask that you clean up the area after yourself and keep the noise level down so you do not disturb other residents – you would really be partying to do that since the closest houses are some distance away! Enjoy! I might even join you!


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 BRIDGE By Don St. Lawrence


JUNE 4: Nancy Compton 4090; Kathy Comden 3990; Jeannie Grinsell 3820; Don St. Lawrence 3310. JUNE 11: Jeannie Grinsell 5130; Carolee Jones 4520; Robi Cornelius 4060; Grace Pasion 3770. JUNE 18: Letha Watson 4730; Don Harris 4650; Renee St. Lawrence 3830; Don St. Lawrence 3460. JUNE 25: Kathy Comden 4630; Letha Watson 4490; Judy McNamara 4250; Renee St. Lawrence 4070. The Bridge Group meets on Mondays at 11 a.m. in the Club Room and welcomes new players from beginner to advanced. Are you interested in being part of a bridge group that meets a different time? Are you interested in duplicate bridge? Would you like to give lessons? Want to learn to play? Let us know! As our community grows, so do our needs. Please feel free to contact the Bridge Group and let us know your interests.


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The Book Nook  WOODBRIDGE BOOK GROUP By Marie Evans


oodbridge Book Group met Wednesday, June 6, on our regular date of the first Wednesday of the month, at our regular time of 10:30 a.m. We had 12 members present. Jeanne Thomas chose the book that we read: THE GIRLS, written by Lori Lansens. We had an interesting discussion because the subject of the book was so unusual. The simple title refers to conjoined twins named Ruby and Rose, ‘The Girls’ of the title. Ms. Lansens manages to convey a complicated subject in an easy and simple way which made her book easy to read and comprehend. The only difficulty mentioned was that the author sometimes skips around a little, and it can be difficult to remember which twin is which. This is a work of fiction, but several of our members said reading the book made them interested in the subject of real conjoined twins and how they managed to live relatively normal lives.


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The group gave the book a grade of 3.7 on a scale of 0-5.


While Jeanne’s favorite author is John Steinbeck because of his fine characterizations and sense of place, she chose this book because it touches all of our senses and she enjoyed reading it.


The Book Group is open to all residents of Woodbridge. If you would like to join us - come the first Wednesday of the month at 10:30 a.m. to the Clubhouse. The person at the desk can direct you when you check in. We are NOT meeting in July because the first Wednesday is the Fourth, but we will meet again on August 1.

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The book for August is THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET by Brian Selznick. For September, the book is EAST OF EDEN by John Steinbeck. If you have any questions, please call me, Marie Evans, at (209) 2393726.

The Woodbridge Book Club will not meet in July. We encourage all interested residents to use this month to read THE INVENTION OF HUGO CABRET and join us for a discussion of the book on August 1.



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By Paul E. Serpa

Personal Fitness Instructor


Plan for fitness

ust as with any other aspect of your life, having a plan for your fitness program is very important. There are a few things to keep in mind while planning your fitness program. First, you need to set goals, keeping in mind such things as your age, family history and how hard you are willing to work to achieve your goals. Set both short term and long term realistic goals for yourself. Next, make sure your physician clears you for the particular physical activities that you so diligently planned out in step one. Third, choose only those exercises that interest you. If you are interested in strengthening your lower back, then choose exercises that target that area. If you need help choosing the appropriate exercises, check with your fitness trainer. Fourth, regularly assess your goals and progress to determine if you need to adjust your timeline or the goals themselves. Remember, patience and perseverance are the two most important things you can give yourself. Stick with your goals and the results will come.

 HEALTH WATCH By Denise Drewry

Resident Director and Registered Nurse


his is the time of year when we are having more outdoor barbecues, picnics and potluck dinners. Nothing ruins a wonderful memory of a get together with friends and family more than an outbreak of food poisoning. It is important to practice good food preparation safety and hand washing to prevent accidental contamination of our food. Wash hands thoroughly after using the bathroom, changing

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diapers, handling animals, etc., AND BEFORE preparing OR eating food. Wash your hands with soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Keep kitchen counters, cutting boards and knives clean and sanitary by washing thoroughly. Wash vegetables before cooking or eating. Cook meats thoroughly to an internal temp of 160 degrees F (use a meat thermometer -- don’t trust color). Refrigerate leftovers promptly and discard after 2-3 days. If you have nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, you may actually have food poisoning. Most symptoms resolve in seven days, but the very young, very old or those who are immunecompromised have the most serious symptoms, which can turn deadly. If you get symptoms of food poisoning and your symptoms don’t resolve in a day or two or seem to be getting worse, you should see your doctor. If you follow these simple safety rules, we can all have safe and delicious parties!

 WATER AEROBICS By Anne Madrid

Resident WBL Staff Reporter


ummertime is swim time, so unpack those swimsuits and head for the Clubhouse. Sign up for the Water Aerobics Class to make the most of your swimming experience. Janet Baker is a certified aquatic instructor and has been teaching water aerobics at Woodbridge since the pool opened four years ago. She brings 10 years of experience in both water aerobics and physical training. Janet’s workouts combine low and high impact training as well as cardio, core stretching, water Pilates and kick boxing techniques. “The important thing is to keep moving while you’re exercising,” Janet emphasizes. “I encourage my students to listen to their bodies and modify the workout to what their bodies’ needs are.” All of Janet’s students are enthusiastic about the class. Margie Hanz joined the class for help with her knees. “Water is so

WBL photo by Anne Madrid.

Woodbridge Water Aerobics instructor Janet Baker enjoys her enthusiastic students.

good for me because it is less invasive than other forms of exercise,” she said.


Donna Ybarra likes the energy she gets from the water. “It’s so natural. My body doesn’t hurt from jumping around on my bones. It also helps with my attitude; it makes me happy,” she added.

Increases aerobic capacity.

Don Andersen has been taking water aerobics for three years now. He loves the stretching. “I believe that by doing water aerobics before a scheduled operation, you can expect a quicker recovery,” said Don. Janet said that above all, she enjoys the people in her classes. She loves the bantering, singing and “people getting into it!” Try it out or just come to watch. Water aerobics classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. If you need a nudge to get into that swimsuit and over to the pool, the following excerpt, published by FiTOUR, a national organization accredited by the American Council on Fitness Education, might help.

Improves flexibility, muscular strength and endurance. Improves balance, coordination and core stability. Improves body alignment and muscle symmetry. Speeds up metabolism. Reduces stress.

Less impact on joints and bones.

Faster recovery rate from injury.

Provides a non-competitive atmosphere.

Encourages social interaction. Decreases risk for heart disease.

Decreases blood pressure. Increases HDL cholesterol. Improves circulation.

Improves lung capacity due to humidity (for those with asthma). Enhances athletic performance.

See you in the pool!

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WBL photos by Anne Madrid. Water aerobics classes are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. Top: Woodbridge students in the water include top row from L to R: Carole Pfoutz, Melinda Fiorio, Linda Medler, Revea Mayhew & Don Andersen.  Bottom row from L to R:  Vickie Mitchell, Paul Hanz, Margie Hanz, Sandi Peterson and Helen Slade. Above: Don Anderson strikes a pose for WBL reporter/photographer Anne Madrid.

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By Anne Madrid

arol Goodwin is “writer extraordinaire” for the Woodbridge Drama Group. Bill, her husband, came home one afternoon after drama practice and announced, “We really need material for our plays!” Carol to the rescue. Using her extensive writing experience, Carol wrote several humorous skits including “Jeopardy” and “The Best of all Possible Worlds” based on life in Woodbridge. Carol remembers loving to write since about sixth grade. Even though she has won numerous

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awards for her writing, she admits she is “terrified of public speaking!” “I can write anywhere,” says Carol. “The other day I was in the doctor’s office, and I was just going to read over one of my scripts. Before I realized it, I had written three more pages.” Bill loves to see Carol writing. “He’s my biggest fan,” she says. “He does complain, however, when I write a new play and his first reading of it is while he’s standing on the stage.” Carol wrote Erma Bombeck- style columns for seven years which amused Mantecans in both the Manteca Bulletin and Manteca News (a former locally owned newspaper). The columns were a humorous look at the Goodwin’s everyday life featuring her husband Bill and daughter, Debbie “and anyone else I happened to run into on that particular day,” says Carol. “Liquid protein for breakfast simply does not taste like bacon, eggs

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and biscuits” is an excerpt from one of those columns titled “The B-Plan Diet.” It is a look at the “fun” of dieting.

before she entered her college years.” Carol earned Graduate Student of the Year from CSU, Stanislaus in June 1987.

n 1986 those newspaper columns became her book, A Scrapbook of Late Beginnings. Quoting from the introduction, Carol writes: “Humor seemed the best way to keep any perspective on life. … The more extreme things in our life grew, the more important it became to me to see the humor of absurdities in life.”

In 1994, Bill Humphries of Humphries College in Stockton read Carol’s book and wanted to do a pilot for public television based on Late Beginnings. The film was nominated for three Emmy Awards and received two: Best Director and Best Lighting.


When the Goodwin family lost their farm and eventually sold their Victorian style home that Bill’s greatgrandfather built in 1896, Carol included two poignant articles, “The Ranch” and “The Family House.” “We’ve lost the ranch. The odd thing is it didn’t go anywhere. I can still see it from my window. The land stretches out there, now a chilling reminder of four farming generations.” (A quote from “The Ranch,” published October 8, 1983.) At age 37, Carol made the decision to enroll at Delta Junior College. Bill joined her. She promised her daughter Debbie, “I’d be out of Delta

WBL photo by Anne Madrid. Carol Goodwin (above) loves to write. She has earned numerous awards for her writing talent and brings that skill to Woodbridge. Carol wrote several humorous skits for the Woodbridge Drama Club, including “Jeopardy” and “The Best of all Possible Worlds” based on life in Woodbridge. Her book ‘LATE BEGINNINGS’ (right) became a pilot for public television and was nominated for three Emmy Awards and received two: Best Director and Best Lighting.

Carol and Bill were sweethearts at Manteca High School. They married soon after and are looking forward to their 49th wedding anniversary this year. “We’ve been together so long,” admits Carol, “there are times during the day we say aloud what the other is thinking.” On living in Woodbridge, Carol muses, “I think we are in a good spot in our age group. Most of us have buried our parents, raised our kids and are in relatively good health. This is our window of opportunity to enjoy life!”

For more information about the Drama Group, contact Anne Madrid at 824-5725.

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New Residents By Anne Madrid

The Woodbridge Welcome Mat is out for several new residents including Duane and Genie Becker. The moving boxes might still be in the garage, but the Beckers are already adjusting to the fantastic Del Webb lifestyle. Duane and Genie moved from Sebastopol a few short weeks ago and are planning their future here. Genie recently retired from her 42-year nursing career working for the California Department of Public Health, and Duane, an electrical engineer, retired in 2003 when his company, Agilent, moved to Malaysia. Along with moving, the Beckers celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 6. Duane is busy setting up his wood-turning equipment in their Bridgeman plan garage and contacting landscapers with plans for their 1/3 acre lot. He envisions citrus trees, a water feature with koi and a vegetable garden where there is only bare land right now. Duane would also like to connect with a few residents who share his love of fishing. As evidence of Duane’s talent, beautiful wooden bowls of every shape and kind wait on the kitchen bar to be placed in their home. Duane has been turning wood for seven years and won an award for a maple burlwood bowl at the Sonoma County Fair in 2006. He has created bowls of bird’s eye maple, redwood, black oak, black walnut and fig. “Fig is a very soft wood, and it is like working on a cornstalk,” said Duane. Duane is looking to find special woods from the Manteca area to continue his hobby. “I left a truckload of wood at our former home but brought four truckloads of plants to landscape the back,” he said. Genie joins the water aerobics class each week and is already planning new adventures in art with Mary DiMaggio. This multi-

talented artist enjoys writing poetry, painting and knitting. Genie’s poem, “Song of the Night Nurse,” won third place in Nursing Spectrum magazine. Her paintings have won numerous awards including “Best of Show” at the Sonoma County Fair. Her mediums are oil, pastel and watercolor. “I also enjoy art quilting and painting on silk,” she said while knitting a vest for her daughter.

Futility Is a Woman By Genie Becker

Struggling to grow up as a woman, To become sensual and creative Struggling to become a mother Joyous and admired Struggling to achieve career goals Respected and rewarded Struggling to hold back the aging process Futile and time limited What is the end—to all this? There are no answers, only women Who nurture, create and are joyous, respected

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Duane and Genie Becker recently moved to Woodbridge with their dog Sunny.


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Mixed-Berry Tiramisu with Lime Curd By Anne Madrid

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t’s berry season again! Chef Jerry offers this recipe for a cool summer dessert. Try this make-ahead tiramisu and wow your guests!

Mixed-Berry Tiramisu with Lime Curd: 1 ½ cups fresh blueberries ½ cup fresh raspberries ½ cup fresh blackberries ½ cup powdered sugar ¼ cup water 1 ½ Tbsp. lime juice 2 2/3 Tbsp. water 2 2/3 Tbsp. sugar 2 each 1 ½ inch-long zest of lime peel 3 ½ oz. crisp ladyfingers 8 oz. mascarpone cheese ¼ cup heavy whipping cream ½ cup fresh strawberries, thinly sliced Combine the blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, powdered sugar and ¼ cup water in a large saucepan. Bring to a simmer, stirring until sugar dissolves. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until berries are soft but still intact, stirring constantly, about 8 minutes. Chill covered until cold, about 4 hours.

Sandy’s Eggplant Parmesan By Anne Madrid


From the kitchen of Sandy Partridge

hen the doctor suggested one meatless dinner each week, Sandy Partridge filled the prescription with a delicious helping of Eggplant Parmesan. Friends and family know that Sandy’s kitchen is the place in Woodbridge to find a delicious and nutritiuos meal that is just ‘what the doctor ordered.’ Last month she was busy peeling eggplant for her famous dish while zucchini steamed in a kettle for her brother Steve Ravazza’s favorite stuffed zucchini recipe. Between the eggplant and zucchini, she was putting the finishing touch on an apricot cobbler made especially for her good friend, Barbara Silva. “How do you manage to prepare all of this delicious food?” I asked. Sandy credits her 20 year background of working as a child nutrition specialist in Food Services for the Pleasanton School District for her nutritional skill and culinary talent. “Why Eggplant Parmesan?” I asked. Sandy explained that the two best reasons for the dish are lycopene and antioxidant phytochemicals. According to Sandy, pasta sauces are an excellent source of lycopene which contain carotenoids, a benefit for prostate health and all cancer prevention as well as sun UV damage. Eggplant is low in fat and contains Vitamin K and folate which is a good source of fiber. She said the antioxidant phytochemicals from the eggplant are scavengers of free radicals and molecules that promote cancer or heart disease.

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Lime Curd:

1 cup sugar ¼ cup butter ¾ cup lime juice 1 Tbsp. lime zest 2 eggs, beaten

Place the sugar, butter, lime juice and lime zest in the top of a double boiler; stir over medium high heat until butter melts. Mix 2 Tbsp. hot lime mixture into the eggs and stir to blend. Reduce heat to medium until water simmers. Slowly whisk egg mixture into the lime mixture. Cook over the double boiler until lime mixture thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon, 20 to 25 minutes. Pour into a covered container and refrigerate until cold.

Syrup & Ladyfinger Layer: Combine 2 2/3 Tbs. water, 2 2/3 Tbsp. sugar and

lime zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Transfer to a bowl and cool to room temperature; discard lime zest. Brush ladyfingers on both sides with syrup. Arrange in a single layer in small baking dish, cutting to fit and covering bottom of dish completely. Pour chilled berry mixture over the ladyfingers.

Mascarpone Topping: Combine the mascarpone and cream in a bowl. Beat until smooth and slightly thickened. Do not overbeat or mixture may curdle. Add the lime curd; beat until blended. Spread mascarpone topping over the berry mixture covering the berries completely. Cover and chill at least 8 hours. Top with thinly sliced fresh strawberries before serving.


enise’s Farmer’s Market is now in full swing at the Clubhouse parking lot each Wednesday through the summer. Great buys on vegetables are literally around the corner, so check out those veggies! Sandy says, “Always choose an eggplant with a shiny, firm skin and bright green stem to get the best.”


4 medium size eggplants 4 eggs 1 carton plain Progresso bread crumbs 2 Tbs. finely chopped parsley Onion powder (to taste) Garlic powder (to taste) 2 jars of your favorite pasta sauce 4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese 1 container (6 oz.) shredded parmesan cheese Extra virgin olive oil Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Peel eggplants and slice into ½ inch pieces. Beat eggs in a small bowl. Combine bread crumbs, parsley, onion and garlic powder in a shallow bowl. Dip eggplant slices in egg and then coat with breadcrumb mixture and place in single layer on greased cookie sheets. Drizzle with olive oil. Bake until golden brown. Turn over and bake until crispy. Drain excess oil on paper towel. In large baking dish,* spread pasta sauce to cover bottom of dish. Add a single layer of eggplant, mozzarella, parmesan and more sauce. Continue with two more layers of eggplant, sauce and cheeses. Bake at 350 degrees until bubbly. Serve with bread and salad. *This recipe makes 8 to 12 generous servings. If you divide the ingredients into two baking dishes, you can serve one now and freeze the second one for later.

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Rods, Roadsters and Cruising Car Show on July 7 5th Annual Wheels of Woodbridge Car Show n Saturday, July 7, the Wheels of Woodbridge will be hosting its fifth annual car show from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. This show is planned and sponsored by Del Webb, 7-Up Bottling Company, Dominic Martos Insurance Agency, Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens, McVey Insurance Agency, Southwest Airlines, The Lori’s of PMZ Real Estate, P.L Fry and Son Funeral Service and RJ Lawn Care. The Car Club intends to build on the great success achieved over the past four years. Some of the very unique cars already signed up include a 1966 Corvair with a V-8 engine, several early 30’s Fords, a number of early T-Birds, a 1949 Olds 88 convertible, a 1957 Dodge convertible with hemi and a 1958 American Graffiti Chevrolet Impala. Trophies will be awarded to the People’s Choice in eight categories: Hot Rods, Trucks, Classic Stock, Classic Modified, Muscle Car, Sports Car, Miscellaneous and Best of Show. There is no charge for spectators at this show and participants are only asked to contribute a $20 registration fee for which they will receive a $20 tax deductible donation receipt from Second Harvest. The show will include a DJ, inexpensive lunches prepared by the Men of Woodbridge which include a hot dog, chips and drink

for $3; root beer ice cream floats; a bake sale by the Second Harvest Volunteers and the Women of Woodbridge; thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes and a beautiful venue alongside Woodbridge’s own Lake Rockwell. Registration forms may be obtained at the Clubhouse or by contacting me, the Car Club President, at Bill.Barnhart@ or 209-629-8838.

WBL photo by Pepper Noble.


By Bill Barnhart, President and Head Lugnut, Wheels of Woodbrid


his year’s show is limited to the first 100 entrants. The entire car show is featured as a fundraiser for Second Harvest Food Bank. All proceeds from the show, raffle, food concession and bake sale will be given to Second Harvest to help feed the needy throughout Manteca and the surrounding communities in both San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties. Everyone who reads this is invited and welcome to come see these great classic cars, have an inexpensive lunch, vote for your choice in all eight categories and play your own unique part in what the Woodbridge by Del Webb lifestyle is all about. A 1937 Ford Sedan owned by Larry & Sandy Molina of Manteca was named Best of Show and a 1957 bright red T-Bird owned by residents Earl & Dolly Reedy took the blue ribbon in the Sports Car category last year.

WBL photo by Bill Barnhart.

Bring the family to the car show on July 7. It might be the day your grandchild says “Wow. I can see myself owning one of these timeless beauties.” The 1937 Ford Sedan above was named ‘Best of Show’ at the Fourth Annual Wheels of Woodbridge Car Show in 2011. The car is owned by Larry & Sandy Molina of Manteca.

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Please do not shoot the umpire By Butch Larson

In an old ballpark in Kansas City, in 1886, a sign was hung on the wall that read, “Please do not shoot the umpire, he’s doing the best he can.” Umpiring softball games at Del Webb Field is an important but sometimes controversial task. Although the sentiment is not quite as strong as it was in 1886, there are still times when players and fans are unhappy with the decisions made by an umpire. There are many components in building a good softball program including players, coaches, proper equipment, a good field and competent umpires. We have 11 residents who have volunteered to umpire during Silver Slugger and Diamond Gal games this softball season. Our umpires are Frank Gigilotta, Bill Goodwin, Butch Larson, Frank Lopez, Vern Mendes, Tom Mishoe, Jim Peter, Roland Roelling, Ed Shoup, Dave Steffy and Paul Webb. Several of our umpires play or have played softball in our program which helps when it comes to understanding some of the special rules we have integrated into our play to promote safety during the games.

Albert coat and carried a cane. It wasn’t until the turn of the century that baseball moved to two umpires, and not until the 1930s before they moved to three or more, depending on the significance of the game. In the rough and tumble years, 1890s -1920s, umpires were routinely spiked, kicked and spat upon by players and reporters. Physical assaults by individuals and mobs were common and required police escorts for umpires from the ballparks. Occasionally, umpires would retaliate by hurling objects thrown at them back into the stands or returning punches from aggressive players or reporters. As Major League Baseball formalized the National and American Leagues, agreements with the umpires’ association improved

the treatment and conditions under which umpires worked - including a more realistic pay scale. These improvements attracted a more professional type of umpire which increased the integrity level as viewed by players and the public. At Woodbridge we use volunteer residents to umpire our games. Several have been umpiring for a year or more. We are always looking to add to the staff and Vern Mendes, this year’s Head Umpire, advises that men or women residents are welcome to try out for umpire positions. Each umpire position on the field requires a general understanding of the game and specific knowledge of the special rule changes we have adopted for safety reasons. Here are some of the key duties of our umpires: The home base umpire must call balls and strikes to determine if the pitcher has delivered the ball within the proper height parameters while observing where the ball lands - on the rectangular base (home base) or on the dirt. Landing on the base records a strike. Landing anywhere else records a ball. He must also be prepared to rule on a force out when a runner is coming into the runner’s home base at the same time a ball is being thrown to a fielder at the “regular” home base. The first base umpire does not have to call balls and strikes but does have to deal with two bases. The runner must reach the orange base or “run-through line” ahead of the ball reaching the fielder who must make contact with the white base. This means the umpire must observe the catch, the fielder’s foot and the foot of the runner at the same time. No wonder it can be somewhat controversial when the plays are close. The second base umpire has only one base to observe though there are “run-through” lines which must be observed. Again the decision is which arrives first, the ball in the glove of the fielder or the runner reaching the base or “run-through” line. The third base umpire also has only one base and must decide whether the ball or runner reaches its destination first.

Good umpiring adds to the quality of a softball game. The less the umpire is noticed, the more the game is appreciated by the players and fans. This is my first year of both playing and umpiring. I find it is a challenge you have to experience to appreciate. When questioned on a close call, I often invite the questioner to join the umpiring crew and find out how it is to make those close calls.

The term “umpire” stems from the French word “nonper,” first used in 1350, meaning “one who is requested to act as arbiter of a dispute between people.” Attorney William R. Wheaton is credited with umpiring the first modern baseball game, October 6, 1845. Only one umpire was used during the early years. He originally stood, kneeled or sat on a stool in foul territory along the first baseline. His attire reflected his era as Mr. Wheaton wore a distinguished top hat, Prince

There are several rules to learn that could come into play during the game and other observations which the umpiring crew must make such as player interference, fair-foul balls, tag-ups on fly balls and “runthroughs” on the proper side of a base.

WBL photo by Dreanna Langdon.

Ed Shoup (center) is one of 11 volunteer umpires to assist during the Silver Sluggers 2012 season.

If you are interested in learning more about umpiring, please contact Vern Mendes at 823-4760 or me, Butch Larson at 824-2062.

Bocce Ball And the Legend of Fanny


By Karla Hoyer

he history of Bocce was quite a learning experience for me. Bocce began in 1003 in the House of Savoy dynasty and was played in Torino, Italy, and Lyon, France. The World Bocce Championships are held every odd year and are attended by over 30 nations. The legend of Fanny was particularly fascinating. According to my sources, the legend began sometime between 1860 and 1870 in Lyon, France. Fanny was not a Bocce player, but a local woman who exposed her bare backside to the losers of the match. The losers would then be obliged to kiss it in defeat.

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Many of the Bocce clubs have a statue or picture of Fanny which provides something to kiss for anyone who loses without scoring a single point. I did some further research to see if this was the origin of the phrase “Kiss my A**,” but I could not find any documentation to prove this theory. Woodbridge Bocce Ball is a game scheduled for play Sunday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during the summer. Organized and run by Ray and Carole Pfoutz, a group of 14 to 16 players attend each week to compete and share laughs and stories. Carole and Ray offer lessons to any resident wanting to learn how to play. I had the great pleasure of meeting another new couple while playing Bocce Ball last month.

Rick and Martha Harman have only lived here for three months and have already become very active in the Woodbridge lifestyle. Although they never played the game before, they are now very skilled and seem quite natural on the court.


have yet to find a game I could say I am a professional at, but I will say with practice and patience I could improve greatly. The best part of this adventure has been making new friends while trying to learn and play each and every sport available here at Woodbridge. I did check out the colors of the Bocce balls so I could select my outfit for the evening, for I still believe style is a very important part of any

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game along with skill or, for me, just good luck. Thanks to good friends and great weather, I had a wonderful time playing Bocce. We played men against women and the women lost every game, but we enjoyed a lot of laughs through it all. I heard a phrase today that says it all, “Living here is like being on a cruise ship that never leaves port.” Come and join me on my next quest and we will all enjoy an evening of fun and friendship together. Your hint for my next choice: The style of dress will be super casual, and I will be doing upper body weight training to prepare.

If you would like to join the fun group of people who play Bocce Ball on Sunday evenings, call Ray or Carole Pfoutz at 2390387 or contact them by email at for more information.

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Jeanne Thomas has . . . W A Passion for Cruising

hen you first meet Jeanne Thomas, you see a vibrant, beautiful and positive woman embracing life to the fullest. Upon second glance, you may also notice a wheelchair, but “handicapped” is far from how Jeanne sees herself.

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“The ship staff changes your sheets, delivers drinks, provides fabulous meals and caters to your every desire . . . It’s kind of like what Bob does for me at home, but it’s a good break for him.” husband Bob Hall have become veterans at the cruising life and next month will embark on their eighth cruise in four years! This time they’re returning to Alaska for a second time. They have also taken cruises in the Panama Canal, Hawaii and Mexico.

Jeanne was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis “Traveling in (MS) in 1979, and, a wheelchair is as the disease has easy when you’re progressed, she’s spent cruising,” says Jeanne Thomas the past six years in Jeanne. The a wheelchair. While society places accessible guest rooms are much certain stigmas on those who are not larger than average staterooms, able-bodied, Jeanne refuses to allow restrooms are fully equipped for her disability to define her life. With those with disabilities, and the an adventurous spirit, Jeanne is ship has ramps to all activity sometimes unable to do all the things locations. In addition, the ship’s she’d like to, but she’s found a way to crew is extremely helpful and travel with a passion. provides accommodations such Cruising is Jeanne’s favorite method of travel because, “You don’t have to unpack and pack often but still see a lot of sites.” Cruise ships offer a wide variety of activities from onboard entertainment and casinos, exquisite dining, spa and beauty services, shopping and, of course, exciting portside excursions. Jeanne should know all that cruising has to offer. She and her

as free laundry service, buffet tray escorts, lifts for pool access and assistance in tendering for excursions. For non-cruisers, tendering is taking a small boat from the ship to a nearby destination dock.

Cruising also provides the opportunity to take as much luggage and as many different types of chairs or other assistance

WBL photo by Deb Ristau.

After a day of shopping in Lahaina, Jeanne Thomas is assisted off the tender and back to the Star Princess by five crew members.

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Jeanne Thomas (left) made her way to Waimea Canyon on the island of Kaua’i with a copy of Woodbridge LIFE. Jeanne is an important ‘behind the scenes’ member of the all-volunteer Woodbridge LIFE team. Waimea Canyon has been called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.”

Jeanne doesn’t think of herself as disabled and between Bob’s loving care and her determination, it’s hard to believe she’s handicapped at all. As independence is crucial to Jeanne’s lifestyle, she’s been accepted and is now waiting to receive a service dog. Trained and provided by the impressive organization “Canine Companions for Independence,” Jeanne’s dog will enable her to accomplish many tasks that are otherwise difficult and sometimes impossible. From her service dog, Jeanne looks forward to the “added safety, ability to conserve her own energy, companionship and freeing up Bob from some of his care giving responsibilities.”

A native of Manteca, Jeanne moved to Woodbridge because of the floor plan accessibility. It turned out to be a great move as this is where she met Bob, to whom she’s been married for three years. According to Bob, “I was immediately attracted to her positive, happy and upbeat demeanor.” Jeanne doesn’t see herself as handicapped and neither does Bob. Together Jeanne and Bob have five children and six grandchildren. In addition to cruising, Jeanne loves to read and is especially intrigued with suspense novels and well-developed characters. She’s a member of the Woodbridge Book Group, participates in trivia night activities, Wii bowling and is a member of the Woodbridge LIFE team. What Jeanne loves most about Woodbridge is the people. She says, “Your neighbors care about you and watch after you. It’s not just people living in a community, it’s family.”

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Photo courtesy of Jeanne Thomas and Bob Hall.

devices as you need to fully experience the voyage. Jeanne also enjoys the pampering which many find signature to a cruise. “The ship staff changes your sheets, delivers drinks, provides fabulous meals and caters to your every desire.” She then adds, “It’s kind of like what Bob does for me at home, but it’s a good break for him.”

The eight-month application and interview process to receive a service dog has been intense, but Jeanne hopes to have her dog later this summer or fall. When she gets the call, she and Bob will participate in a two-week on-site training/certification program at the Santa Rosa Canine Companions facility, much of which has been donated by Peanuts’ creator, Charles Schulz. Hopefully, the dog will enjoy travelling as much as Bob and Jeanne because the dog will accompany Jeanne everywhere. Cruise ships are also designed to accommodate service canines and have designated areas for these animals to “take care of business.”

Jeanne Thomas (center) pauses for a photo-op before the Captain’s Gala on board the Star Princess with her husband Bob Hall (left) and Woodbridge friends Dave and Deb Ristau.


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Steve Matthews volunteers to make a difference


teve Matthews is a busy man. In addition to working a full-time job at Sharpe Army Depot in Lathrop, he is an active volunteer in five organizations whose focus parallels his former military career. Steve Matthews is a humble man. “Make this story about what can be done, what people can do when they volunteer; don’t make it about me,” he asked. One of Steve’s interests is the Veterans of Woodbridge Group where he is the unofficial secretary on the Steering Committee also comprised of Mike Crabb, Dan Hansen, Nick Music, Dave Reed, Deb Ristau and Carl Willhoft. “We have around 120 members and our mission is to be supportive and positive for each other,” he said. “Our goals are project-oriented and we want to send at least one veteran annually to Washington, D.C., on the Northern California Honor Flight. This year, we’ve sent three, Warren Atherton, Angel Navarro and Ralph Donges.** We’re also erecting a Veterans’ Memorial in the southeast corner of the new North Park,” he added. Fundraisers are incorporated into the projects. The Veterans currently host three events yearly: a dinner-dance in the spring, a Memorial Day BBQ and a Veterans’ Day Dance. Steve is comfortable with acronyms, and another of his commitments is to the Manteca CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) where he has been active for about a year. CERT is a federal program that helps educate citizens about potential hazards and trains them in lifesaving skills. “Our purpose is to help with emergencies in Manteca and the surrounding area. One emergency situation can require the use of sandbags. We actually have sandbag training where we learn

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different techniques and methods of how to fill them. This training is part classroom and part hands-on. “We also receive triage training where we categorize victims. For example, if there’s a mass causality, we have to determine who needs immediate care, who needs hospitalization or who is okay to leave on his own,” he said.

County were flooding, the county would ask the governor for state assistance. He, in turn, would decide if the National Guard and/or the State Military Reserve would help

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Steve recently completed emergency communication training and received his ARRL (American Radio Relay League) license with the FCC (Federal Communications Commission). Although he has yet to buy a radio, he stated, “In case of an emergency where we lose power, we need radio communication to remain effective. “In the absence of emergencies, we routinely work with SHARP (Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police) volunteers in traffic and crowd control at the Manteca Street Fair, the 4th of July Fireworks and the Pumpkin Fair,” he noted. Steve is also a volunteer in the CSMR (California State Military Reserve) whose mission is to provide an adequately trained and organized state military reserve force under the exclusive control of the governor. The CSMR is capable of performing emergency responsibilities normally assigned to the National Guard. Steve serves as an SFC (Sergeant First Class) and wears an ACU (Army Combat Uniform) and desert boots for his monthly drills. In an emergency situation, he would work to provide DSCA (Direct Support to Civil Authorities). “For example,” Steve clarified, “if San Joaquin

WBL photo by Deb Ristau.

Steve Matthews volunteers as a vital member of the Veterans of Woodbridge. He also donates time to many other veterans and miltary service groups and he serves in the State Military Reserve. He is trained and ready to serve should he be called. [** See related story on page 25.]

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teve is extremely active in FRA (Fleet Reserve Association). This is a congressionally chartered organization which represents current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. FRA protects the pay and benefits of sea service members and their families and also assists its members with career problems. “FRA is 87 years old this year, and I’ve been in the organization about 29 years,” said Steve. He was recently appointed Chaplin and is the Committee Chairman for the West Coast Northern Division which includes California, Nevada, Colorado and Utah. Steve belongs to the Modesto branch, but attends all local district meetings in Modesto, Stockton and Livermore. The MVCC (Military Vehicle Collectors Club of California) also takes a lot of Steve’s time and resources. “I have a weapons carrier parked in my driveway, but no one has complained,” confided Steve. He drives the carrier around the community and in Manteca parades where it is filled with Woodbridge military veterans. He also exhibits his carrier in the two local meets the MVCC hosts yearly. “There are all kinds of military vehicles, perhaps 250 – 300. All are privately owned and represent World Wars I and II and the Korean War.” Steve served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years. He saw action in Viet Nam and Desert Shield/Desert Storm. One of his memorable military experiences occurred when Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippine Province erupted on June 15, 1991. Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption was the second largest in the 20th century. It killed hundreds, damaged thousands of homes and caused tens of thousands of people to be evacuated.

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Steve Matthews is an active member of  the MVCC (Military Vehicle Collectors Club of California) and the proud owner of this WW I I era Dodge weapons carrier vehicle. He sometimes drives the carrier around the community and in local parades where it is often filled with other Woodbridge military veterans. Steve’s weapons carrier is displayed at MVCC events which draws military vehicle enthusiasts from throughout the world. Complicating the eruption was the arrival of Typhoon Yunya which brought a lethal mix of ash and rain. “The Navy responded to the catastrophe and helped evacuate military families from Clark Air Force Base. The base was in one of three evacuation zones, and when Pinatubo blew, the families escaped only with what they could carry on their backs. “We helicoptered these families to a U.S. Navy flight deck. They were later evacuated by C-141 aircraft to the United States.” After retiring from the Navy, Steve said that he and his family

were almost nomadic as they moved around yearly before settling in Woodbridge. According to his wife, Linda, “We’ve been here three years.

We might be permanent.” The Matthews have one adult child who lives on the East Coast.

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Resident Adventures

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Travel tips from the neighbors By Karla Hoyer


hile many residents say that Woodbridge offers the perfect life as the ‘cruise ship that never leaves port,’ others love to pack their bags, grab some friends and head to faraway lands to experience new adventures. Traveling near or far, there are a few travel tips gleaned from those intrepid globetrotters who know the tricks to hassle-free days and nights on the road or cruising the seven seas. Several Woodbridge residents took advantage of two ‘avoid the airport,’ 15-day cruises aboard the Star Princess sailing from San Francisco to Hawaii. Wayne Cipperly, Reno and LaVerne Cortesi and Jack and Clairene Petersen pooled resources to begin their mid-April cruise with a limousine ride to the pier. Limos are a good way to go when the cost is shared by several travelers. This option is worth checking out. A far less expensive option to reach San Francisco is available via the ACE train that departs from Manteca and a connection with Bart in Livermore. When the Star Princess returned to San Francisco, another group from Woodbridge was ready to board. Pat Buxton, Bob Hall, Jeanne Thomas, along with Dave

and Deb Ristau, were booked on a late-April trip and were treated to calmer seas and warmer weather than those on the previous cruise. Keep weather and seasonal changes in mind when booking travel dates. There are often great ‘deals’ to be found for off-season travel. Knowing what to expect makes this an excellent choice for many travelers. For example, a 15-day Caribbean cruise over the Christmas holiday season will run 50 -75% more, and sometimes higher, than the same cruise a week or two later. Always pack clothing to dress in layers and be prepared to buy an extra sweatshirt. People who do not cruise and those who may have had a bad experience on a cruise ship often criticize this travel option. Seasoned cruisers are the first to tell us that it is best to let a professional book your initial cruise based on your travel desires. Cruise lines are not created equally. They have different amenities and different on-board cultures. If you are hearty to party, book a Carnival cruise to anywhere. You’ll be dancing on the tables and swimming with the 20-somethings. Taking the grandchildren? Try Disney. Looking for the best of everything? Five-star service and dining options to match? Look no further than Crystal. That

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to take in the spectacular view for themselves. In addition to snorkling and hiking, Wayne set sail on a catamaran for a dinner cruise with music and hula dancers and really enjoyed it. At every port, there is something for everyone. A visit to Volcano National Park and the Macadamia Nut Factory were highlights for Bob Hall and Jeanne Thomas. While some choose to shop for souvenirs, others take in the scenic sights or attend cultural events and visit museums. Several residents made it to the King Kamehameha statue that is prominently featured on the television series, Hawaii Five-0. When traveling to any new port or country, always read the posted information and become familiar with local customs, prices and language. Take a cruise ship-sponsored shore excursion if there is any question of safety. Everything is offered from an easy and inexpensive walk through the city to long bus rides to out-of-theway local treasures not found by most tourists. Looking for a pub crawl or a beach get-away? They’re all on the agenda. Shopping is always available and there are exciting adventures like ziplining, snorkeling and horseback riding for adventurous types. The options are endless and prices vary. There is definitely something for everyone. Many travelers forego all excursions in favor of renting a SEE


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The Veterans of Woodbridge Group became involved with the Northern California Honor Flight non-profit organization through the initial efforts of veteran Mel Reynolds and the Venture Academy School in Stockton. With help from the Silver Sluggers and fundraising efforts by the veterans, one WWII era veteran was honored in Washington D.C., earlier this year, and two more will be honored June 29 - July 2. “We have around 120 members and our mission is to be supportive and positive for each other,” said Steering Committee member Steve Matthews. “Our goals are project-oriented and we want to send at least one veteran annually to Washington, D.C., on the Northern California Honor Flight. This year, we’ve sent three, Warren Atherton, Angel Navarro and Ralph Donges. We’re also erecting a Veterans Memorial in the southeast corner of the new North Park,” he added. Fundraisers are incorporated into the projects. The Veterans currently host three events yearly: a dinner-dance in the spring, a Memorial Day BBQ and a Veterans’ Day Dance.

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Residents plan for busy month ahead By Linda Little

~ The Women of Woodbridge and the Men of Woodbridge will host a tri-tip/chicken dinner to benefit the Haven of Peace Women’s Shelter in French Camp. ~ A continental breakfast is planned for new residents. ~ Del Webb advocate Kayo Armstrong is slated to speak about ‘Del Webb, the man and his legacy,’ and the evolution of the Del Webb brand.


Tri-Tip/Chicken Dinner Haven of Peace Fundraiser

njoy a fabulous dinner, dancing, live auction and a raffle while helping to raise funds for the remodeling of the Haven of Peace kitchen. This event will be held on Saturday, July 21, 5 to 9 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m.

Cost is $35 per person and tickets are currently on sale at the Lakeview Clubhouse main desk. Deadline for purchase is Monday, July 16 or when sold out. This event is hosted by the Men of Woodbridge and the Women of Woodbridge Groups and sponsored by Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens. The dinner will include appetizers, choice of meat entree, beans, salads, dessert, wine (two bottles per table), water and coffee.

Photo courtesy of Del Webb Corp. Del E. Webb, as Yankees owner, practices batting with star Joe DiMaggio. A little known fact: Joe DiMaggio was a second cousin to our very own Woodbridge resident, Horace DiMaggio.

Live auction items include sports memorabilia, a Delta Cruise, a weekend get-away, Christmas lights (install and take-down) and more. Don’t forget to bring cash and/or your checkbook to bid on these items or to buy raffle tickets for a chance to win a gift basket. Since 1959, Haven of Peace has provided emergency shelter for women and children and is committed to helping women become selfsufficient. Women come to Haven of Peace as a result of various circumstances: domestic violence, loss of job, release from jail and homelessness. Services offered at Haven of Peace include, but are not limited to, resident care, drug and alcohol relapse prevention, job preparation, financial literacy, parenting classes, individual and group counseling, domestic and sexual abuse support and Bible study and devotionals.

The Legacy of Del E. Webb By Linda Little


el Webb, the man and the company, is the topic for the next Women of Woodbridge Speakers Series presentation Friday, July 20, at 2 p.m. in the Lakeview Clubhouse. Kayo Armstrong, Woodbridge Owners Association Executive Director, will be the featured speaker. Kayo has been affiliated with the Del Webb organization for 20 years and is wellversed in the history of Del Webb. Additionally, she has a great passion

for what the Del Webb concept offers residents. Her presentation will focus on the life of Del Webb and his amazing legacy. Also, she will speak briefly on the evolution of the Del Webb brand. There is no fee for this presentation; however, please RSVP at the main desk in the Lakeview Clubhouse. It is necessary to have a count for set-up and preparation of materials. Looking ahead to September, representatives from the League of Women Voters will speak to residents about November ballot issues.

WOW Continental Breakfast By Linda Little


omen residents who are new to the Woodbridge community or are unfamiliar with the Women of Woodbridge (WOW) are invited to attend a complimentary continental breakfast, Wednesday, August 15, at 10:30 a.m. in the Lakeview Clubhouse. Following the breakfast, all are invited to attend

WOA Update By Kayo Armstrong Looking to become involved in a Woodbridge Committee? Ongoing opportunities to serve your community are available on several Board-appointed Committees. If you have an interest in the Property & Grounds, Publication or Facilities Committees, please pick up an application at the Clubhouse front desk or call Kayo Armstrong at 824-7831 for more information. It is resident involvement that makes Woodbridge such an amazing community!

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the monthly WOW meeting at 11 a.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to RSVP at the main desk in the Lakeview Clubhouse.

• Ladies’ High Tea – Proceeds benefit Manteca Unified School District’s homeless children.

upcoming tri-tip/chicken dinner, which benefit Manteca charities such as Haven of Peace and Manteca Pregnancy Help Center.

The Women of Woodbridge sponsors events and activities which support and empower children in the Manteca community. Events include:

• School Supply Drive – Basic school supplies (paper, pens, pencils, etc.) are collected and donated to local elementary schools.

Additionally, WOW sponsors a bi-monthly speaker series featuring a topic of interest to both women and men. Past topics have included ancestry searches, women’s suffrage, financial planning, Dining for Women/ Focus on Uganda, history of quilt making and the Manteca murals.

• Take a Sip for Scholarship – Funds a $1,000 scholarship for graduating seniors. Architectural Review and Finance Committees Update Recent changes in the Pulte team have resulted in some changes to the WOA’s Board-appointed committees. Christine Carlson has recently joined the Finance Committee as Chair and brings to the WOA a strong background in association finance. Christine currently serves as a Controller for Pulte Homes and we’re delighted to have her expertise on the Committee. Christine joins residents Dave Ristau, George Jones and Denise Drewry. The Board of Directors recently appointed Mike Wallick to serve on the Architectural Review Committee

WOW also works with other Woodbridge organizations to sponsor events, such as the (ARC). Mike is representing Pulte Homes, replacing the position recently vacated by Mike Moore who left the company to pursue another career opportunity. Mike Wallick has been a construction superintendent at Woodbridge since the community began and adds a great deal of valuable and practical experience to the ARC. Mike joins residents Ann King and Butch Larson on the regular ARC and resident Bill Eggleston and staff member Dreanna Langdon on the ARC subcommittee. Two New Contractors The WOA welcomes two new contractors to the maintenance team at Woodbridge, both beginning July 1.

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More New Residents T By Anne Madrid

he year was 2007, and Bill and Stephanie Prioste had found their perfect retirement community, Woodbridge by Del Webb in Manteca. One big problem was in the way, however. They were in the process of building a winery, Windmill Springs, in Tracy.

“We tried everything we could to continue with building the winery and move to Woodbridge, but we just couldn’t make it work,” remembers Stephanie. The Priostes were retired. Bill sold his business of 23 years, Tracy Awards and Embroidery, and Stephanie left 40 years of education including serving as principal at nine Tracy schools plus teaching at the University of Phoenix. The saga began when the Priostes purchased a home and vineyard property. Bill decided to try his hand at winemaking and the idea for a winery took root. Before long, Bill and Stephanie were making plans to open a winery of their own. “The soil

gradation in southeast Tracy is perfect for wine grapes,” said Bill. The Priostes put their Woodbridge plans on hold, but watched many of their friends move to Woodbridge including Bill and Jean Benner, Terrell and Anne Estes and Bill’s brother-in-law and his wife, Pete and Jan Blasquez. “We did stay involved though,” says Stephanie. “Our Windmill Ridge Winery was a featured wine in the Women of Woodbridge 2010 Take a Sip for Scholarship.”


indmill Ridge has now been open for five years and the Priostes are excited about their success as a winery in a down economy. Bill is still the winemaker and Stephanie works with Bill full time. “It is a perfect balance in life for us. Wine club members are amazing people because we are dealing with people when they’re celebrating,” said Stephanie. In April of 2012, the Priostes unexpectedly found an opportunity to move to Woodbridge. “We saw an open window and jumped,” said Stephanie. The winery manager’s

Bill and Stephanie Prioste with their Cavalier King Charles, Charlie.

son wanted to move into their small home at Windmill Springs and their Woodbridge friends found a Bedford rental for them. Bill and Stephanie moved to Woodbridge in May. They are anxious to spend less time working and more time with a relaxing glass of Windmill Ridge wine and playing with their Cavalier King Charles


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Garden Tasks for July By Sandi Larson, Master Gardener


ur days are long and the water use is almost at its maximum this month and next. Remember to water your lawn very early in the morning, between 2 and 8 a.m. when the winds are lightest and water evaporation is kept to a minimum. A good sign that you need to water your lawn is if the grass stays compacted when you step on it or if the top two inches of soil are dry. If you mow your lawn higher during the summer, your grass will need less water. July is a good month to fertilize everything that is blooming, particularly fuchsia, begonias and roses to name a few. If the soil is dry, make sure you water first before fertilizing. Be sure to pick faded blooms of flowers throughout

the summer to encourage new blooms. Make sure your flowering plants are kept well watered. If you are putting in any new plants that are sensitive to the heat or sun, consider putting a garden umbrella over the plant until it has a chance to adjust to the heat and sun. Wind and heat can dry up potted plants very quickly. Remember that azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias need water this month to set blooms for next year.


erennials that are in bloom in July are agapanthus, Shasta daisy and fuchsia. Annuals are impatiens, petunia, zinnia and lobelia. Many bulbs are in bloom this month including daylily, dahlia, tuberous begonia and lily. Trees in bloom this month are crape myrtle and silk trees.


e sure to keep any spent fruit and vegetables off the ground this month to avoid the invasion of pests such as worms, slugs and white flies. If you spot aphids on your plants try washing them off with water. Watch out for snails and earwigs; both enjoy eating seedlings. Stake plants that are getting tall, such as dahlias. Continue to stake your tomatoes. Thin vegetable seedlings that have been sown too close together. If you enjoy daylilies like I do, you would probably enjoy a trip to Amador Flower Farm in Plymouth. www.AmadorFlower It is primarily a daylily farm with over 800 daylilies, but the whole nursery is a delight for the senses. Bring mosquito repellent as a pond on their property attracts mosquitoes this time of year. A second suggestion for a quick morning trip is to visit Lavender Hollow Farm in

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hey are only open until July 1 this year. Check their website for days and hours they are open. They grow approximately 45 varieties of lavender. They sell and make their own products, and they also sell plants of several lavender varieties. Their plants and products are wonderful. Our Garden Club has had luncheons out there and it’s a wonderful place to visit.

Farmers’ Market Every Wednesday evening at the Clubhouse parking lot throughout the summer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get farm-fresh produce without leaving the neighborhood.

WBL photo by Anne Madrid. Sandy Partridge shows off her delicious eggplant parmesean. Get the recipe on page 13.

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Garden Tour Woodbridge Gardens Showcased Last Month


By Sandi Larson

he Woodbridge Garden Tour was a delightful event held on June 2. This is the fourth year for the tour and I think every year it keeps getting better. This year the planning committee, led by Jacqueline Andrews, did an excellent job of coordinating vendors, lunch, raffle prizes and, of course, residents opening up their backyards for the Garden Tour. Poots Cactus and Succulents supplied a wonderful selection of plants for sale. Silverado Nursery brought a very small representation of their well-stocked nursery, landscape materials and fountain selection. Both of these nurseries have very knowledgeable employees who guide the consumer into picking the right plant for the right place. Denise’s vegetable stand always has a wonderful fresh selection of fruits and vegetables, and this year was no exception. There were 10 homes and yards featured on the tour. They included new gardens as well as yards that were originally landscaped five years ago. When you’ve been here for five years, you forget how fast plants grow in our humus-rich soil. The newer yards were in the western portion of the development. Water features were in abundance with several waterfalls and many fountains. Roger and Judy Goodnow, in a new home on Shady Oak Drive, are fortunate to have had their son do their landscaping which includes beautiful concrete benches with stacked rock bases. Their neighbors, Dan and Marilyn Armstrong, have a lovely waterfall and several table grapes growing on trellises by the back fence. Jim and Rosemary Cadle’s yard on Appleleaf is also new. They created a bridge over a koi pond with

a path leading to one side of their yard. Ray and Robi Cornelius’ yard on Ashbridge looked pretty mature. The espaliered evergreen pear trees made the yard seem very lush. Their pond is also filled with koi and is well placed in their yard. Jack and Carla Marquardt’s home on Chimney Point has a delightful raised edible/decorative garden bed with a convenient sitting wall. This is in the south-facing portion of the yard and is very convenient to garden without squatting. Ellie Engstrom’s yard on Rose Briar Place greets you with Scotch moss around the pavers and has a lovely fountain just beyond an overhead shade structure. Ellie also planted grapevines in her backyard, a recurring element in several yards this year. On the mature end of the community was Francis Kennedy’s Maple Valley yard. She has been reworking it this year and it looked lovely with lots of color and a Tuscan style water feature. Dave and Connie Reed, also on Maple Valley, recently renovated their very large backyard to cover many aspects of gardening including a rose garden, clematis on an arbor and champagne grapes on free-standing iron structures. Bill and Cindy Bolin are original owners of their Pepper Tree home and their backyard represents the entertaining aspect they enjoy with a large outdoor kitchen and easily maintained plantings. Jim and June Thomas’ home on Cobblecreek is on a very large lot and their yard offers a number of unexpected surprises. Two large fountains, a spa and an outdoor kitchen are only part of the landscape features. A myriad of walkways meander through each portion of this park-like yard. The 2012 Woodbridge Garden Tour with 10 featured yards, prizes, a garden boutique, luncheon, and more was a hit with residents and guests. My friends and I visited five homes,

Photo courtesy of Sandi Larson. This lovely water feature is part of the backyard landscape at the home of Dan and Marilyn Armstrong. More than 200 residents and guests toured 10 Woodbridge gardens on the the 2012 Woodbridge Garden Tour organized by chairman, Jacqueline Andrews.

had lunch, bought raffle tickets and then hit the final five gardens. It was the optimum number of yards to view in a day. It was also nice to see a few folks riding their bicycles around the route and others using their golf carts to make the rounds. This is a great event for new homeowners and potential homeowners. I met several people looking for ideas for their new homes and getting names of landscapers and landscape designers.

Thanks to all the residents who worked to make this a great event! Special thanks to Jacqueline Andrews and the planning committee members: Donnie Bosse, Bea Lingenfelter, Dodie Miller, Kathleen Music, Birdie Nieri, Connie Reed and Jacque Reynolds. Thanks also to Pam Larussa and all who helped with the lunches: Sandy Bosse, Carol Edgren and Gwen Speckman.

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car or hiring a local driver. Check credentials, compare prices and be street smart. Other travel options are available through travel agents. They do the legwork and planning so you can sit back and enjoy the ride! One great aspect of cruising is getting to know other passengers. Many have formed life-long friendships with people who were virtual strangers. There are several ‘small world’ stories on nearly every cruise. Wayne mentioned to one passenger that he lived at Woodbridge in Manteca. The gentleman asked if he knew where Maple Valley Street was located. He told Wayne that he was having a home built there and planned to move in July. Another couple overheard a conversation about Del Webb in Manteca. They asked if anyone knew their former neighbor. “Our neighbor moved to Del Webb in Manteca,” they said. “Her name is Louise and she is really nice and has a loud voice, but we don’t know her last name,” they queried. The Del Webb group responded, “Of course! We ALL know Louise! Love her!” Yes, it is a small world, isn’t it? Wayne reiterated, “I had a great time and will most definitely go on more cruises.” He feels like a cruise is only what you make it and always looks for the positive side of everything. Woodbridge Activities Director Dodie Miller has partnered with

Alamo Travel to offer an exciting cruise to the Mediterranean this fall. She has also arranged with Setness Tours of Stockton to offer several travel options for Woodbridge residents that include pick up from and return to the Clubhouse. More group travel options are on the horizon. Road Scholar Learning Adventures has partnered with Del Webb to offer affordable group travel to fascinating destinations around the globe. Another local travel agent, resident Doni Wheeler, can plan a custom-designed trip just for you. There are many more travel professionals and options available. If you have a desire to see the world – don’t wait! If finances are holding you back… stop and think … We live in the heart of California and there are more things to see and do within a two-hour drive than anywhere in the world. From the sea to the mountains, with parks, redwoods, lakes, zoos, golf courses and much more in between, we have beautiful and marvelous destinations to visit and enjoy, even if you are on the tightest of all budgets. Did you know there is FREE admission to all 391 National Parks for disabled travelers? Did you know you can drive to the top of Glacier Point and take in the magical vista of Yosemite, even if you are in a wheelchair? Did you know that seniors over 62 may purchase a lifetime National Park pass for $10? The world is waiting for you. What are you waiting for?

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he Wine 101 Group has rapidly grown from a smattering of residents who wanted to learn more about wine to an eclectic mix of nearly 100 residents. “In addition to learning more about wine, we are meeting new neighbors and expanding our social network,” said Jean Benner, one of the original organizers of the group. Meetings are fashioned around the value of wine education. Members volunteer to host each month and select the educational focus for the program. The objective of the group is not to ‘party,’ but to learn to discern subtle nuances between varietals, delve into the etiquette of wine tasting, discover how wine is made, learn about brix, malolactic fermentation, stemware and everything in between. We live in the heart of California’s vast Central Valley agricultural region and we are surrounded by more than 100,000 acres of winegrapes. The Lodi American Viticulture Area (AVA) alone accounts for more than 20% of California’s total winegrape production - more than Napa and Sonoma counties combined. Wine has become a major part of the culture of our society. Yet, for many residents, the art and culture of wine is fairly new. Most people have enjoyed a glass or two of wine on a special occasion or out with friends. The wine aisles can be overwhelming. Prices range from $1.99 to $199 and vintages vary from pre-1990 to 2011. How does a person

choose the right wine to serve? Most of us have ordered a bottle of wine at a restaurant. The server shows us the bottle, uncorks and pours a taste for our approval. Have you ever declined to accept? Do you know why they offer the taste? Would you know how to discern a bottle that has been ‘corked’ or gone bad? There is a difference between a wine you don’t ‘like’ and one that has ‘turned.’ A wine can go bad if not properly stored and for any number of other reasons. Wine 101 members gather to help each other answer questions, develop a wine palate, feel more comfortable in the wine aisle, find good wines that won’t break the budget and have fun, too. The group generally meets on the first Wednesday of each month. With the July Fourth holiday taking precedence, the group has opted to meet on Thursday, July 5 this month. In lieu of their regularly scheduled educational session, they are hosting a ‘Bring Your Own Wine Social.’ Sharing is encouraged. You can be sure that the topic of conversation will center around wine likes, dislikes, deals and new discoveries. Members will also get to know each other as they gather from all neighborhoods throughout our Woodbridge community. For more information contact Ron Kreitzer at 923-4350.


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We are a full service shop. We have a full time mechanic to take care of all your golf cart needs, whether it is a repair or a custom built cart. We sell top quality refurbished Club Carts & EZ-Go's. We also offer a warranty on select cars We thoroughly inspect all of the carts we sell. We sell all the accessories you may want or need at a discounted price . We offer pick up and delivery for a very reasonable fee. We can install all the parts we sell or you can chose to install yourself. “Give us a call for all you GOLF CART needs”


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Woodbridge LIFE

From Dodie’s desk


Dodie Miller Activities Director

omething new has been added to the Woodbridge lifestyle - a newly formed relationship between Del Webb and Road Scholar that offers lifelong learning travel programs to all Del Webb homeowners. Road Scholar has been a world leader in educational travel since 1975. They offer educational adventures in all 50 states and 150 countries around the world. As part of the joint relationship, Del Webb homeowners will have an opportunity to enroll in a new series of Del Webb exclusive national and international travel excursions at a special savings and/or with incentives.

There is a special introductory launch program to Costa Rica in November 2012. The flyer for this Costa Rica adventure is available at the Clubhouse. Visit the Road Scholar website at or call Road Scholar at 877-426-8056 to learn about the Del Webb exclusive programs, special savings and incentives, how to register and more. Italy, New Mexico, Canada and U.S. National Parks are planned destinations in 2013. There are two large catalogs available at the front desk to give you an idea of what the Road Scholar Programs are about. One is for the North America programs and the other is for International programs. Join us Thursday, July 12, at 6:30 p.m. in the Multipurpose Room for an introduction to Road Scholar programs, benefits and lifelong learning opportunities.

  WINE 101

Thursday, July 5 at 6 p.m. Multipurpose Room.


Saturday, July 7 at 10 a.m. Rods, Roadsters and Cruising Cars. Model Home Park.


Thursday, July 12 at 6:30 p.m. Lifelong Learning Adventures. A Road Scholar Ambassador will introduce this program on lifelong learning travels. Multipurpose Room.


Saturday, July 14 at 2 p.m. A whole year of the residents’ art work will be displayed. Multipurpose Room.


Saturday, July 21 at 5 p.m. Women of Woodbridge and Men of Woodbridge groups host and Steve’s Mobile Sunscreens sponsors this fundraiser for Haven of Peace Women’s Shelter. Hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dancing, raffle and auction. Multipurpose Room and Patio. Tickets $35pp.


Tuesday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Music on the patio. Bring your beverage of choice and an appetizer to share. $3pp for the music.

  DOCTORS HOSPITAL WINE & CHEESE SOCIAL Thursday, July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Multipurpose Room.


Giants vs. Oakland – Sunday, July 24. Sign-ups are taken through Setness Tours at 209-476-8486.


Friday, July 27 at 6:30 p.m. Dancing to songs like Barbara Ann, Little Deuce Coupe, Surfer Girl, Surfin’ USA, Good Vibrations and many, many more. Multipurpose Room. Tickets $21pp.

Explore the World With Road Scholar Educational Travel Since 1975

Travel photos by Deb Ristau.

Road Scholar, the not-for-profit leader in educational travel since 1975, offers 6,500 educational tours in all 50 states and 150 countries. Alongside local and renowned experts, experience in-depth and behind-the-scenes learning opportunities from cultural tours and study cruises to walking, biking and more. Meet a Road Scholar Ambassador at the Clubhouse on July 12 at 6:30 p.m. to discover the possibilities.



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7pm Trivia Night/MPR

6pm Women’s Health Menopause - Your Health, Your Vitality, Your Life. A presentation by Doctors Hospital./MPR



Fourth of July holiday

10am Social Security Office representative Q&A/CR



6pm WOA Board Meeting/MPR


5:30pm Resident Potluck/MPR







4pm Veterans Meeting/MPR







6pm Wine 101 Social/MPR


7 10am Car Show/PMH & LVC



6:30pm Road Scholar - Lifelong Learning Adventures- Discover the benefits of educational travel/MPR


6pm Minute to Win It /MPR/$

5:30pm Wine & Cheese/MPR

Arts & Crafts Room Andover Room Bocce Ball Courts Billiard Room Bristol Room Club Room Demo Kitchen Del Webb Field Fitness Center

August 2012 Wednesday


2pm WOW Speaker: Kayo Armstrong /MPR



2pm Residents’ Art Show/MPR

5pm Tri Tip BBQ/MPR/$


National Night Out




5:30pm Happy Hour/PATIO/$


2pm WOA Board Meeting/MPR 5:30pm Resident Potluck/MPR

3pm Listening Post/MPR


GPC Golf Putt Course IP Indoor Pool LBRY Library LVC Lakeview Clubhouse MPR Multipurpose Room OP Outdoor Pool PATIO Outdoor BBQ & Patio TPC Tennis & Pickel Ball



6pm Beach Boys Show/MPR/$

Courts PMH Pulte Model Homes PP Panda Park QR Quincy Room SBP Stockbridge Park $ Fee Required

















11am Ladies’ Fashion Show Luncheon/MPR/$

10:30am WOW Welcome Brunch/MPR



6pm Wine 101 Group/MPR



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3pmCommunity Listening Post/MPR

5:30pm Happy Hour/PATIO/$



12pm Ladies’ Luncheon/$



6pm Minute to Win it Game Night/MPR

6pm Central Valley Eye - Retina - Wine & Cheese Social/MPR

5:30pm Luau/MPR/$



1pm Pete Riley Memorial Putting Tournament/GPC

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Woodbridge LIFE

Serving the community since 1979.

National Night Out Tuesday - August 7, 2012 Block Captains Get Ready! It is time to plan those parties!

Valley Oak Dental Group is a multi-specialty group practice committed to excellence. Our Pediatric Department provides a comfortable, caring atmosphere for your children. We provide the latest General Dentistry procedures in a state-of-the-art dental suite.

General Dentistry Mark A. Hochhalter, DDS Bonnie J. Morehead, DDS Rudy R. Ciccarelli, DDS Elizabeth C. Grecco, DDS Ron G. Joseph, DDS Daman P. Saini, DDS Harneet K. Saini, DDS

Our Oral Surgery Department provides general anesthesia and I.V. sedation in a safe, professional environment.

Pediatric Dentistry

• Most Insurance Plans Accepted • Extended Office Hours (Saturdays & Evenings) • Specialists In One Location • On-Site Lab; Same Day Repairs • Dental Implants • Esthetic Dentistry • Oral Conscious Sedation • Same Day Crowns

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Our family welcomes yours.

Throughout our neighborhoods, we will gather for National Night Out on Tuesday, August 7. Join the fun and meet your neighbors.

Mohammad El Farra, DDS* Prachi D. Shah, DDS

*General Dentist Practice Limited to Children

Mark A. Grecco, DMD Diplomate, American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery MEMBERS OF:

• California Dental Association • American Dental Association • San Joaquin P.P.A.

Sandy and Bill Stanger (center) will enjoy the 2012 National Night Out at the home of Marge and Rick Nelson (left and right) with the rest of the Maple Valley Neighborhood. Neighborhood Watch Groups will be planning the outdoor gatherings throughout the community. Local law enforcement officers, SHARPs, and our own Neighborhood Watch Patrol will be stopping by to get acquainted. Details will follow in the next edition of Woodbridge LIFE.

209.823.9341 1507 W. Yosemite, Manteca


Pet Care:

SHARON’S PET CARE. Pet sitting services. Great references available. Call 6243577.

For Sale:

ELECTRIC CART. Very comfortable. $600. Call Donna (209) 815-9214. 1792 Dogwood. Come & see.

Help Wanted:

NEWS REPORTER. Seeking experienced writer/ photographer with a nose for news. Must be computer/ internet/AP style literate. No pay. No benefits. Lots of fun. Work with a great team of Woodbridge volunteers. Send resume.

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ANY RESIDENT is welcome to submit an obituary notice and photo at no charge. Please limit submission to 200 words. Send to

Block Parties:

BLOCK CAPTAINS are encouraged to submit information regarding block parties. There is no charge for these announcements. Send to

Lost & Found:

PLEASE CHECK the Lost & Found container in the Club Room for items you may have left at the Clubhouse. The bin is full of glasses, goggles, sweaters and more.

Reaching Out Lakeview Clubhouse: 824-7581

Board of Directors

Mark Kaushagen, President Dan Carroll, Director Vice President to be announced Bill Barnhart, Secretary: Denise Drewry, Director:

629-8838 639-2448

Executive Director

Kayo Armstrong:


Activities Director

Dodie Miller:



Vierra Moore, Inc. Randee Walshe, Community Mgr. James Martin, Accountant Phoua Vang, Property Administrator 1-800-696-7027

Woodbridge LIFE Classified Ad Form Rates: Six Lines, 120 characters. Do not break words at the end of a line. $10 per ad.

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Woodbridge Owners Association Board-Appointed Committees Thanks to the numerous volunteers who comprise the Board-appointed committees at Woodbridge. Listed below are the committees along with contact information for the chairperson and secretary, if applicable. Your participation in any of the scheduled committee meetings is always welcome.

ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW • Mike Wallick, Chair FINANCE • Christine Carlson, Chair 925. 260.4753

LIFESTYLE • Dodie Miller, Chair


POLICY & PROCEDURES • Denise Drewry, Chair 209.639.2448

ENTER ONE CHARACTER per space, continuously. Include all punctuation and blank spaces. The first phrase (2-3 words) is always CAPITALIZED. Contact information MUST be included IN the ad. Submit ads to the front desk at the Clubhouse. No photos.

• Bea Lingenfelter, Secretary

* Use one classified ad form per ad. Ads may not be combined. Payment must accompany each ad form. * Submit classified ad form and payment by the 20th of each month for inclusion in the following issue. Method of payment: _____ Cash _____ Check #________________ Total: $10.

PROPERTY & GROUNDS • Bill Barnhart, Chair




PUBLICATION • Kayo Armstrong, Chair




• Deb Ristau, Editor




WELCOMING • Cheryl Juarez, Co-Chair

6 For WBL use only:

Print Resident Name:____________________________________________ Phone #_______________________ Street Address:__________________________________________________________________, Manteca, 95336 Email  Address:_________________________________________________________________________________ * Illegible ad forms will not be accepted. We reserve the right to refuse ads that do not reflect WBL standards. Residents only. No Refunds.


• Sue Vernali, Co-Chair 209.923.4899

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Woodbridge LIFE

Where in the world are they? Missing any of our friends and neighbors lately? It looks like they are out and about and taking the Woodbridge LIFE along with them! Share your travel photos with us when you take along a copy of our very own community newspaper, Woodbridge LIFE. Send travel photos to the editor:

Bob and Karen Perrin take a moment on the golf course in Palm Desert to read Woodbridge LIFE.

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by.” ~Robert Frost Pepper and Ray Noble shared Woodbridge LIFE while visiting friends in St. Louis.

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ~Mark Twain

Anne Estes manages to hold the dog, her fishing pole AND a copy of Woodbridge LIFE.

Dave Ristau and Bob Hall in Hawaii.

“A journey is like marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.” ~John Steinbeck

“We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started… and know the place for the first time.” ~T.S. Eliot

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