The Oakmont Pétanque Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021.
The Oakmont Pétanque Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021.
Jean-michel Poulnot pointing in a close Saturday morning Club match in Oakmont.

The Oakmont Pétanque Club is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2021. An organized group was playing the game in Oakmont well before the Club was established and at some point sought to have an officially designated pétanque court. Doing so required becoming a recognized OVA organization. On September 21, 1996, the Oakmont Pétanque Club formally organized and adopted a short set of Bylaws. Article 1 states: “The purpose of the Club is to obtain a playing field for this sport. We also want to promote interest in the game among the residents of Oakmont.” The late Howard Seacord, who referred to himself in OVA correspondence with the title “Groundskeeper, Etc.” was the Club’s first chairman.

The first official observation of 25 years as an Oakmont club will be at the July 14 Bastille Day celebration, tournament and potluck lunch. A Club photo is planned.

The Ledson House court overlooking the Pacific at Salmon Cove and Salmon Point in Albion is regarded as one of the most beautiful pétanque settings in the U.S. (photo courtesy of Carlos Chavez)

Heading north to Mendocino County? Noyo Yoyo Boules Club (https://noyoyoyoboules.wordpress.com/) has been active since 2006 and plays at various locations in Mendocino County. The club hosts open friendly games at the CV Star Center, 300 South Lincoln Street in Fort Bragg on Thursday at 1:00 pm and at the Mendocino Community Center, 998 School Street in Mendocino on Sunday at 1:00 pm and on Monday at 9:30. The club also hosts friendly games on random dates on a stunning ocean-side terrain, often called the most beautiful pétanque site in the country, in Albion at the Ledford House Restaurant, 3000 CA 1. (https://www.facebook.com/NoyoYoyos/) Willits Boules Club plays at several locations on a varied schedule (https://www.usapetanque.org/willits-boules-club.html).
Further afield, Lamorinda Pétanque Club (http://www.lamorindapetanque.com)
welcomes visitors to its open friendly play on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm at the Community Park, 480 StMary’s Road in Lafayette. Club Francais de Sacramento (https://www.sacramentopetanque.com) hosts open friendly play on Thursday and Sunday, 1:00 pm October-May and 10:00 am June-September at Mather Sports Center in Mather, 10390 Peter A. McCuen Boulevard. (https://www.facebook.com/clubfrancaisdesacramento)

If you’re interested in playing or learning to play pétanque (pay-tonk’), come to the courts (between Berger and the OVA offices/Umpqua Bank and beside the Shuffleboard courts) at 9:45 am on the Club play days of Wednesday and Saturday. We have boules to lend, the game is easy to learn, and you’ll be playing right away. Anyone interested, regardless of experience, is welcome to join in. No Club membership fees are required – just sign up to be on the Club roster. Club play days are casual friendly games with teams randomly assigned. The courts are also reserved 10 am – noon for Club player-arranged pickup games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.


Oakmont’s Own More Joy

Back again by popular demand, Oakmont’s beloved hometown group with songs from our past that will make you laugh and cry in the same concert. More Joy is a deep and delightful quartet of artists that weave amazing harmonies throughout a broad selection of folk, country, blues and beyond.

Comedy Show at OAK

Laugh along with Steph and Tom Clark and San Franciscan Dan St. Paul about married life and getting older

Ghostly Night

Boomers Ghostly Night with the Neon Playboys – October 29 at Berger Center at 5:00 with music at 6:30