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Sports and Activities Club by Dee Demorest and Gwen Tillisch / Steve Kompolt

August 2021

August. “School Days.” Really? Kids and their families can hardly wait! LOP life may be getting back to almost normal. Children in school, their folks with time now to enjoy their favorite SAC activity again. Oh, how we have missed getting together with our friends.

SAC is growing. Check out LOP Bakers and Makers. Some residents would like to start a Pinochle group. Watch for details. If you have an idea for a group you think others would also enjoy, let us know. SAC meets monthly usually on the third Tuesday at 5:00 p.m. (site TBD). Present your idea to the SAC Board. Guests always assured of a warm welcome.

A shout out, “Thank you!” to our Families for the Lake group. Michelle McIntyre and her helpers have done, and are doing, a fantastic job coming up with fun events for our young residents.

For up-to-date information, go to LOPSAC.com.

Bocce Board

 The Bocce League has completed their 2021 season. Registration for the 2022 season will be in March/April. 

We had over 720 players, 65 teams and five nights of play. Bocce is the largest LOP sport and the third most popular sport in the world!

Teams please note:

Go to https://lopsac.com/index.php/sports/bocce-ball/  for important documents and updates. These include Weekly Standings, Team Schedules, Rules, By-Laws, and Scoresheets.

Paper copy of the Standings and Team Schedules are also posted in our Scorebox courtside.

PLEASE NOTE: All completed score sheets must be submitted by the winning Captains before the Saturday of week of play. See Rules for details.

  • Important: If score sheets are not received by Saturday, a score of Zero (0) will be issued.

Score sheets can be submitted by emailing a photo to [email protected] or placing score sheets in drop box at the Bocce shed. We suggest submitting using both methods.

The Bocce Board continues to move forward with LOP regarding court upgrades and improvements, and installing a shade structure. Stay tuned for further updates.

Happy 2021 Season from your Bocce Board!

For more information contact Christy Swider at [email protected] and visit the LOPSAC.com website.

Cocktails and Coloring

Cocktails and Coloring is ready for Summer! We will now be gathering together at 6:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at Peggy’s home with a Cocktail in one hand and a Coloring pen in the other! Hope you will join us!

For additional information, contact Peggy Fenstermacher at [email protected] or 925-980-1220.

Families for the Lake

This has been an incredibly fun Summer at LOP! Over the last two months FFTL brought many fun activities to the community. Kids here have enjoyed several Summer Camps, where they had the opportunity to learn new things and meet new friends! Parents’ Night Out (renamed Kids’ Night Out by the kids!) was a huge success and something we will continue throughout the year.

The Fourth of July was a very eventful weekend with the 2nd Annual Light-Up-The-Night Golf Cart Parade that included great music, dancing, and goody bags for the kids. Our first Fourth of July Bike & Scooter Parade for the kids was a great success as well.

Money made from these events, plus many donations from generous community members (thank you!), allowed us to bring the first Family Fun Festival to LOP! Families got to enjoy yummy food (thank you Sweeney’s Weenies) and lots of entertainment, such as body painting and glitter tattoos (thank you Dynamic Faces) and an amazing magician (thank you Top Talent Today)! We concluded the evening with a showing of The Greatest Showman!

Our next BIG event will be a fun outdoor movie after the Hazel Park renovation is complete. Keep your eye out for details on this! If you have a passion or talent for something that this community would enjoy, please reach out and we can plan more fun events together. We want to keep the fun going even after school starts. Stay current with our events on Facebook at LOP – Families for the Lake or you can contact Michelle at [email protected].

Kids watching Raya and The Last Dragon at Kids’ Night Out (Photo credit: Michelle McIntyre)
Kids enjoying yoga at Whispering Pines Summer Camp (Photo credit: Michelle McIntyre)

Fishing Group

The Fishing Group is always up to something! You can check out our social media posts for the latest news and updates or visit our Facebook page at SAC-LOP Fishing Group. If you have any questions or would like to join the Fishing Group, contact Director Rusty Stadtman at (916) 502-1558 or Assistant Director Richard Mattison at (831) 682-8355.

Lake of the Liners Line Dance

Line Dance lessons are being held on The Clubhouse Deck on Mondays. Beginners class will begin at 4:00 p.m., Improvers/Intermediate at 5:15 p.m. There is a $1 donation suggested. For more information, contact Karen Mills at [email protected] or visit our Facebook page at Lake of the Liners LOP Line Dance.

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance is a fun, new group starting in the Sports Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. There will be open dancing of all genres by request with occasional dance lessons and dance parties. We will be offering lessons on Ballroom dancing, Country Two-Step, Nightclub Two-Step, and the East and West Coast Swing as well as Line Dance. Couples and individuals are all welcome. For more information, contact Nora Kodet at [email protected] or visit our Facebook page at Lake of the Liners LOP Line Dance.

Pickleball

The Lake of the Pines pickleball group is active here in LOP. We have over 100 members who enjoy participating in the fastest growing sport in America! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn, but it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The pickleball courts in LOP are temporarily located on Tennis Court 2 while we await the construction of new permanent pickleball courts in Hazel Park. We have open play for all skill levels daily on Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. There is also a women’s only group that plays on Monday and Thursday mornings at 7:00 a.m. Equipment is provided, and experienced members are on hand to show new players how the game works. There are clinics, social events, and tournaments held throughout the year.

Speaking of tournaments, we just completed our first “post Covid” event! Twelve teams competed for gold, silver, and bronze medals as well as an overall Tournament Champion Prize. We managed to beat the heat by playing early in the morning and a fun time was enjoyed by both the participants and the spectators.

Pickleball has become particularly popular among people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s looking for an activity that offers good aerobic exercise without being as strenuous as traditional racket sports. This also affords players the chance to socialize during the game.

Come down and give it a try! Contact Sean Tener at (916) 208-8751 for information.

Scott and Kari Barrett were the Pickleball Tournament Champions (Photo credit: Ron Trimble)
Group Shot of all the Pickleball medal winners (Photo credit: Ron Trimble)

Pine Needlers

The Pine Needlers are a passionate group of ladies with a love for our craft. We are incredibly happy to be back in the Yacht Lounge on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This month we are excited to attend the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in Roseville. It will be a fun event with free demos, prizes, and many quality companies displaying supplies for sewing, quilting, needle-art, and crafts.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.

Pinochle

Are you a single deck pinochle player? If so, we want YOU! The Pinochle group meets Fridays at 5:30 p.m. in The Clubhouse conference room.  For more information, contact Jim or Dottie Slettedahl at 268-7467.

Qigong

Qigong (The Art of Effortless Power) is an age-old Chinese healing and therapeutic modality which utilizes breathing techniques, meditation, and special movements to promote health and well-being. Qigong helps to reduce stress, increase balance, coordination, and memory; and bring together mind, body, and spirit.

Make a good decision; start that path of enlightenment to bring health, positivity, and less stress into your daily life. It is easy, so join our Qigong class today.

At the time of this writing, classes take place in Park 2 or the Yacht Lounge on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Call or email for up-to-date information.

Contact us for information on joining. New members are welcome any time. 

Qigong Teacher: To join, and for information and handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or email at [email protected].

Scheduling: Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or email at [email protected].

LOP Riders

If anyone is interested in joining us, check out our Facebook page at LOP Riders.

RV Ramblers

Hello Ramblers & LOP Neighbors,

We thought we would share another great way to consider camping, BOONDOCKING.

What is boondocking? There is a fairly good chance Boondocking is a question that is rolling around in your head. After all, RV boondocking is not something you hear a lot about outside of the camping scene.

Per Amanda Watson, RVShare Boondocking (also known as dry camping) involves heading into the middle of the wilderness—the boonies, if you will—and setting up camp.

This means camping without electricity, water, or sewer hookups. It could also mean you have the luxury of camping without a neighbor in sight, and with some absolutely gorgeous scenery right out your window. Lastly, choosing boondock RVing means you will likely camp for free, something we can all appreciate.

If you are not yet interested in boondocking, consider our September campout to the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. You can camp at the resort campgrounds, stay in the lavish hotel, or pick an alternate location in and around the area. During this trip, the Ramblers will be taking in the wonderment of the 40th annual Great Reno Balloon Race. This experience is the world’s largest free hot-air ballooning event. These three days in early September, you can look up into the Reno skies and see a rainbow of hot air balloons soaring about. From its humble beginnings in 1982 with just 20 balloons, The Great Reno Balloon Race has taken flight with up to 100 balloons each year. Check out their website at renoballoon.com.

Join us anytime during the campout trip. We will be staying September 8 through 13. Visit grandsierraresort.com/rv-park or feel free to reach out to  Mark Sechler at [email protected] or Kimi Sechler at [email protected] for more information.

See you on the road,

Mark & Kimi Sechler

Tai  Chi

Please note we have changed our meeting place and time. We now meet from 8:30 a.m.-9:00 a.m. every Thursday morning at Shadow Cove (Park 2). Now that summer has arrived, we are avoiding parking lots with increased traffic and also stuffier indoor spaces.

Tai chi is a style of martial art for all ages and stages of health that resembles “meditation in motion.”  It is exercise that gently conditions, or re-conditions your body and is recognized for improving posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, core strength, and breathing, and also works on your memory. We practice the Yang-style of 24 movements that is popular worldwide. 

We have been welcoming new participants to our class. Call Louise Chan at 268-8606 if you are interested in joining us or to get the latest news. Leave a clear message and I will return your call.

Ukes of the Pines

Ukes of the Pines is back on track now that the Yacht Lounge is open to us. We are currently playing on Fridays at 1:00 p.m. Anyone interested in playing with our group is welcome to drop in and have fun with us. We also have some members that will get you started on the ukulele if you want to learn. Contact Pat Brothen at 268-9113 if you have any questions.

Water Ski Club

The summer skiing has been great with several good months still ahead of us. Since you can’t ski alone, the Waterski Club members use a software application called Slack to coordinate crews for daily ski sessions. We have skiers of all levels of ability. If you would like to learn
more about the Waterski Club contact Steve Bock at 320-1393.

WIN (Women in Networking)

Attention businesswomen! We have a group called WIN (Women in Networking). We meet each month on the second Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to share ideas, network and support each other. For more information, contact Dr. Lynne Sullivan at 718-4102 or [email protected].

Wines in the Pines

Hello again LOP! 

Our next scheduled WITP Clubhouse event will be Tuesday, August 3. Our featured winery will be D’Artagnan Winery from Ed Dorado Hills, CA. They will bring a nice assortment of award-winning wines which are sure to please!

This will be a special, “Plus” event whereas we will be having a small dance party after the tastings. It will be great fun. You can enjoy the musical performance from Stacey & Steve! Dance the rest of the night away as they will perform a nice mix of danceable and chill songs. We will be offering snacks and chocolates again and even better door prizes than ever before. Entry fee for WITP Clubhouse events is now $10/pp, to continue to support this event.

For more information about Wines in the Pines and other upcoming WITP events, visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/lopwinesinthepines. Members also get first-hand information on special promotions offered exclusively to us by local wineries.

Reservations are made ONLY by emailing [email protected] Email us also to get on our mailing list. For questions only,  contact Paul Petrali at (916) 628-7285.

Ricardo Balderas and Bianca Orsi at the Andrew Lloyd Webber Performance (Photo credit: Paul Petrali)

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Our goal is to involve every resident in LOP in one of our groups, to gather new residents together to make them feel welcome, promote member communication and involvement in the community.

Come join our group and be a part of the fun!

To join SAC’s  Facebook page click “Join” on the Facebook page or email Karen Mills at [email protected]  Please include your Lot# or LOP address.


Lake of the Pines History Book

To get your copy contact Ron Trimble at 268-1917 or [email protected].