By Mary Blake


There’s a light (OK, a tiny glimmer) at the end of the tunnel (yes, a very long tunnel). Like most outdoor sports, lawn bowling has many benefits: being outdoors – especially here in Oakmont, being physically active, being mentally active as you learn new skills and then improve them, and the joys of being part of a social group. We can’t offer training yet. But that will come! We already have a few people who’ve signed up for training once the restrictions are eased. Contact us at to be on our waiting list. We are looking forward to teaching new people the joys of lawn bowling as soon as we can!

At our last (socially distanced, masked, outdoor) board meeting, we selected Marilyn Garland as our volunteer of the year! Of course, with Jim Krause taking care of the green and everything else, she had stiff competition for the honor. But this year has been a difficult one, with few of the benefits and more than the usual number of headaches. Marilyn has earned our eternal gratitude for the role she’s played during very trying times! And most of what she’s done has been invisible to the rest of us. If you see her THANK HER.


Our Holiday Gala should have been in early December. At it, we would have viewed old photos of fellow bowlers, we would have wrapped gifts for needy children, given out awards and just enjoyed each other’s company. Instead the gifts were wrapped at home and delivered to Jim Krause. For each 2020 tournament, Jim has put down Coronavirus as the victor. And we’ll award the trophy for volunteer of the year to Marilyn Garland silently. So, we’ll share a couple of old photos with you. Here are a couple of future lawn bowlers. Can you figure out who they are?


Evening Bocce

Thursday, August 19, an evening event of bocce and food was held at the Bocce Ball Courts. A group of 28 people attended. A special

Work-Out Wearables

Do clothes make the exercise easier? From Summer Olympics to Seniors in Oakmont, that is the question. Though not ready for Vogue, OHI regulars dress for success, fitness success. Join them and join the red carpet of daring designs.

9/11 Memories and Exercise

Today we remember the day that shocked and shook the world with a painful look back. This is also a time to look ahead at how to mitigate lingering negative responses. Living in constant concern, anxiety and fear robs the good from each day. Deep breathing and reading comics may be ways to cope. Talking to a positive person might be another. And still a third: exercise.

Classes in October and November

OTLC is in the process of revamping the technology classroom at the CAC. A new high-resolution projector is being installed. Fourteen old computer desks have