Grandparents’ Club

The Grandparents’ Club was formed in order to provide our visiting grandchildren with fun filled activities in a friendly and safe environment.
Presently we have two events each year. Our Easter Egg Hunt is held on the Saturday afternoon before Easter. Our largest event is held the last week in July.   Kickoff begins on Sunday with a welcome party/carnival at Oakmont Gardens and a family movie night at the Berger.  During the week there are numerous activities for the children, including diving for coins, pasta making, bingo, art & music, sports such as bocce, tennis, pickle ball, Wii bowling, & table tennis, and a family pizza party on Wednesday night at the West Rec picnic area.

GRANDPARENTS’ WEEK DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES/EVENTS July 22-27, 2018

Welcome to this year’s Grandparents’ Week!  You and your grandchildren are in for a fun time. There are a few new classes this year, along with many of the popular classes from previous years. Please read through these descriptions and age requirements to see what would work best for your grandchild(ren).

NOTE:  Re/fees, some classes are free and others charge minimal costs to cover snacks and supplies. All teachers are volunteers, so be sure to thank them for their dedication. For classes that include fees, $3 per child applies to Grandparents’ Club 2018 members; $5 per child applies to non-club members. Want to get the discount? Join Grandparents’ Club during registration by paying an additional $15 per family. Club members are expected to help during the week by volunteering to host activities and assist as needed. Questions? Email Leslie Brockman, Chair, at lesliebrockman45@gmail.com or call 949-683-7725.

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DOWNLOAD A PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM (CLICK HERE)

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Sunday, July 22

Welcome Party/Carnival                        3:00-5:00 at Oakmont Gardens

Fun for all ages! Carnival games, prizes, ice cream sundaes, balloon man, face painting, photo booth, musical entertainment by the Oakmont Ukesters. Nella & Steven Groubert, facilitators, with special thanks to John at Oakmont Gardens.

Family Movie Night                                 7:00 PM at Berger Center

“Coco” ~ Best Animated Feature Film & Best Original Song, 2018; Disney; rated PG; 109 minutes. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

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Monday, July 23

Introduction to Tennis   10:00-11:00 at West Rec Courts

Taught by Eva McGinn and friends, this is a fun class for beginning players ~ learn basic skills. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. Bring own racket, if possible. Ages 8 & up.

Science Fun for the Little Ones           10-10:45 OR 11-11:45 at CAC Art Room

A new offering, taught by Betsy Smith … come “mess about” with us and make playdoh or slime in class! Have fun using the gooey mess. Grandparents or parents must come with your child to help out. Ages 4 to 6.

Oodles of Noodles                      12:30-2:00 OR 2:30-4:00 at Berger Center

Taught by Priscilla Naworski, learn how to make basic egg noodles & take a small batch home to share with the family. This is a very popular class that Priscilla has taught for many years to delighted, eager young chefs. Ages 7 & up.

 Games with Grandparents        1:00-2:30 at OVA Suite B (Also offered Wednesday & Friday)

There will be games for all: Candyland, Sorry, Yahtzee, Uno & more for the young ones and Clue, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Scrabble & more for the older children. And for more advanced players – Splendor, Settlers of Catan, Pillars of the Earth, Sequence.  Bring your own games, too. Thanks to Philip Herzog for facilitating this. All ages welcome.

Dog Training – Basic Commands       2:30-3:15 OR 3:30-4:15 at Greensward

                (grass area between Berger & CAC) (Additional classes are on Wednesday & Thursday)

A new class, taught by one of our own grandchildren – Fiona Fisher, granddaughter of Steven & Nella Groubert. Get some pointers on how to train your dog – BASIC COMMANDS, such as “sit,” “stay,” “come,” & “down.” Ten-year-old Fiona plans to be a vet someday and has lots of experience training her own Labrador, “Bowman,” who can do over 15 tricks with ease. Fiona volunteers at Greendog Rescue in Windsor and at other local shelters. The earlier session is for puppies; the later session is for older dogs. Bring collar/harness & leash. Fiona will provide training books, treats, “poop bags,” and an agility set. All dogs must be free of disease and have all their vaccinations, along with being well-socialized and not aggressive. If your dog has a food allergy, please bring your own treats. This class is for dogs of grandparents or grandchildren. No dog? You’re welcome to come anyway to observe and learn.

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Tuesday, July 24

3-Day Tennis Clinic         10:00-11:30 at West Rec Courts – Tues/Wed/Thurs

Taught by Fred Merrill and assistants, this is for children who have some tennis experience. Experienced instructors will work with players for three sessions to improve their skills and have fun playing with others. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. Bring own racket, if possible.

Ages 8 & up.

Story Time with the Little Ones           10:00-11:00 at OVA Suite B

(Also offered on Thursday)

Taught by experienced kindergarten teacher and mom, Celia Dippel (daughter of Oakmont residents Janis & Jim Paoli), come listen to a classic Story Time, after which the children will enjoy an art activity together. Ages 2 to 5.

Pin Wheels & Paper Crafts                   10:00-11:30 at CAC Art Room

Have fun making party decorations: your own colorful pinwheel and flowers of all sizes. New in 2017, the children were thrilled with their creations, thanks to Betsy Smith who teaches this class for ages 6 & up.

Introduction to Pickleball          10:00-10:45 OR 11:00-11:45 at East Rec Courts

(Also offered on Thursday)

Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic whiffle ball on a half-sized tennis court. All equipment provided. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. Thanks to Shirley Lieberman and other Pickleball Club players for instructing these classes. Ages 8 & up.

Wii Bowling                       11:00-12:00 OR 1:00-2:00 at East Rec Center

Nintendo Wii simulates the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball ~ lots of fun for all! If there is space, grandparents are encouraged to play, too! All equipment provided. Terry Leuthner & members of the Wii Bowling Club, instructors. Ages 5 & up.

Family Bingo                                3:00-4:30 at Berger Center

All ages (children & adults) enjoy several games of Bingo. $$$ prizes + tasty treats.

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Wednesday, July 25

Bocce Ball 10:00-11:15 at West Rec Bocce Ball Courts  (Also offered Friday)

Come learn the world’s oldest sport – rolling four round balls toward the pallino at the end of the court. Closest ball wins! All equipment provided. Thanks to Sherry Magers & Bocce Ball Club members for their enthusiastic instruction. Ages 6 and up.

Zentangle Art        10:00-11:00 OR 11:15-12:15 at East Rec Center

Another wonderful offering from the talented Betsy Smith — If you can draw a dot, line, squiggly, circle, or square, you can do the Zentangle Art Method. No experience required. All materials provided. Grandparents can create their own art for free. Ages 6 & up.

Parachutes & Music        10:30-11:30 at Berger Center      (Also offered Friday)

Taught by former educators Julie Linder & Leslie Brockman. Enjoy parachute games, music and movement in a fun, co-operative and non-competitive environment.  We will be developing teamwork and gross motor skills. Ages 3 to 5.

Games with Grandparents        1:00-2:30 at OVA Suite B (Also offered Monday & Thursday)

There will be games for all: Candyland, Sorry, Yahtzee, Uno & more for the young ones and Clue, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Scrabble & more for the older children. And for more advanced players – Splendor, Settlers of Catan, Pillars of the Earth, Sequence.  Bring your own games, too. Thanks to Philip Herzog for facilitating this. All ages welcome.

Juggle Fever                     2:00-3:00 at Berger Center

Always wanted to juggle? Stuart & Robin Nixon will show the kids how fun it is to learn how to juggle three soft balls. Juggling Balls included. Ages 8 & up.

Table Tennis                     2:30-3:15 OR 3:30-4:15 at Upper West Rec

Also known as Ping Pong, members of the Table Tennis Club will teach basic skills and help the children have fun with this popular past time. No experience necessary. All equipment provided. Ages 6 to16.

Dog Training – More Advanced Commands            2:30-3:15 OR 3:30-4:15 at

(grass area between Berger & CAC) (Additional classes are on Monday & Thursday)

A new class, taught by one of our own grandchildren – Fiona Fisher, granddaughter of Steven & Nella Groubert. Get some pointers on how to train your dog – if the dog can sit on command, it can learn to shake hands; if it knows “down,” it can learn to rollover. Refer to Monday’s class description for particulars and requirements.

Family Fun Night 5:00-7:00 PM at West Rec Picnic Area

Fun for the whole family, including old-fashioned lawn games, a bubble-making session led by Betsy Smith, yummy pizza, & ice cream. Troy & Kathy Sowers, coordinators.

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Thursday, July 26

– Introduction to Pickleball & Intermediate Pickleball

10:00-10:45 at East Rec Courts   (Also offered Tuesday)

Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic whiffle ball on a half-sized tennis court. All equipment provided. Must wear non-marking soled shoes. Thanks to Shirley Lieberman and the Pickleball Club players for instructing these classes. Ages 8 & up.

Story Time with the Little Ones10:00-11:00 at OVA Suite B (Also offered on Tuesday)

Taught by experienced kindergarten teacher and mom, Celia Dippel (daughter of Oakmont residents Janis & Jim Paoli), come listen to a classic Story Time, after which the children will enjoy an art activity together. Ages 2 to 5.

Making a Personal Scrapbook 10:30-noon at East Rec Center

A new class taught by Betsy Smith, be ready to create an 8-page 4”x4” scrapbook to record pictures and memories. All supplies provided. Grandparents are welcome to participate.

Robotics                            1:30-3:00 at Berger Center

For many years, Troy Sowers has taught this popular offering where participants will use their imaginations on a particular theme, working in teams with Tinkertoys. This is always a fun, creative class. All materials provided. Ages 6 to14.

Dog Training – Agility       2:30-3:15 OR 3:30-4:15 at (grass area between Berger & CAC)

(Additional classes are on Monday & Wednesday)

A new class, taught by one of our own grandchildren – Fiona Fisher, granddaughter of Steven & Nella Groubert. Get some pointers on how to train your dog. This class focuses on AGILITY – just having fun with your dog by giving it exercise and making it smarter, happier, and healthier. Fiona will bring an agility set to these sessions. Refer to Monday’s class description for particulars and requirements.

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Friday, July 27

Bocce Ball     10:00-11:30 at West Rec Bocce Ball Courts (Also offered Wednesday)

Come learn the world’s oldest sport – rolling four round balls toward the pallino at the end of the court. Closest ball wins! All equipment provided. Thanks to Sherry Magers & Bocce Ball Club members for their enthusiastic instruction. Ages 6 and up.

Card Making                      10:00-11:30 at CAC Art Room

Vicki Chambers and Paula Scull, of the Oakmont Card Making Class, will facilitate children exploring different art mediums (paper, ink, & stamps) while creating three cards. All materials provided. Ages 8-12.

Parachutes & Music        10:30-11:30 at Berger Center   (Also offered Wednesday)

Taught by former educators Julie Linder & Leslie Brockman. Enjoy parachute games, music and movement in a fun, co-operative and non-competitive environment. We will be developing teamwork and gross motor skills. Ages 3 to 5.

Games with Grandparents        10:30-noon at CAC Room B

(Also offered Monday & Wednesday)

There will be games for all: Candyland, Sorry, Yahtzee, Uno & more for the young ones and Clue, Apples to Apples, Monopoly, Scrabble & more for the older children. And for more advanced players – Splendor, Settlers of Catan, Pillars of the Earth, Sequence.  Bring your own games, too. Thanks to Philip Herzog for facilitating this. All ages welcome.

Treasures & Treats                     1:00-3:45 at Central Pool

When the whistle blows, children collect as many coins as they can. Classes are in small groups: ages potty-trained to 4; ages 5 & 6; ages 7 to 9; & ages 10 to 12. No child goes home empty-handed. Pool toys, fins, or snorkels not allowed. (Goggles OK.) Due to safety restrictions, only one grandparent in pool area with each grandchild. Those not involved in that particular coin toss may enjoy ice cream treats from the UMPQUA Bank truck. (See registration form for specific times.)

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Register early, as space is limited! Your registration is not complete until you receive a confirmation from Grandparents’ Club.  Please write your e-mail address clearly so it can be readA grandparent or parent must accompany children to events. Sorry, no refunds once registration is confirmed. LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS JULY 18.

You may pay in cash or make a check out to Oakmont Grandparents’ Club. Registration and fees may be mailed to Leslie Brockman at 6587 Pine Valley Drive, Santa Rosa 95409 or put in Grandparents’ Club folder in OVA office.

Class Descriptions and additional registration forms may be printed off at our website page — www.oakmontvillage.com/grandparentsclub. You can also check this web page to see what classes have been filled.

Questions?  Email Leslie Brockman, Grandparents’ Club Chair, at lesliebrockman45@gmail.com or call her at 949-683-7725.

 

Meeting Details

Fourth Tuesday of each month, from January through June at 4:00 pm + 1 year end party in August.
Dues are $15 per year per family.