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?


SHRED A THON, Friday, June 11, 9-12

WARNING!!! Come early!!! Oakmonters cleaned house during the pandemic. At the last shred-A -Thon, 6 months ago, so many of us had important papers to shred that the trailer was full by 11:30, and we sadly had to tell late comers to return in June.

Exercising with a Mask

– John PhillipsWe are finishing our second month of having the Fitness Center open with certain restrictions and yes, we all hope that these restrictions

Lawn Bowling: Join the Club

We held our first tournament in over a year. We’re lifting the mask requirement outdoors and returning carefully to the daily draw. And don’t forget that bowling is now at 9:30 am (be there at 9:15).

Club Play Every Wednesday, Saturday

With French star players unable to compete and fans unable to watch live televised matches on the French sports television channel, L’Equipe, due to the pandemic, two championship players created the Facebook Group “Club Maboule” and organized a virtual national precision shooting tournament broadcast live on Facebook. The top competitors comprised a never-before-assembled group of renowned men’s and women’s players for the marksmanship challenge.

Oakmont Garden Club

“In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow