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

Updated February 15, 2020

Sports and Activities Club/SAC – February 2020

Dee Demorest and Gwen Tillisch

February takes a LEAP this year. We all get an extra day to enjoy life here at LOP.

2019 was the busiest for SAC since it began. Thanks go to Jim Nachtigal and his helpers for closing out the year with a rousing New Year’s Eve party in the Sports Lounge. I think that was the start of a new “tradition” here at the lake. The TWIST winners were Sig Clausnitzer and Ron Wolyn (First), Roxane Schepens and Tom Marshall (Second), and Ed and Colleen Cuffe (Third).

Our snow skiers are having a wonderful time on the hill. LOP water skiers are still out on the lake which amazes me. They are a hardy bunch.

Pickleball hasn’t slowed down. I have noticed some players are bundled up like Charlie Brown, but they are out there having fun in spite of the cold.

Keep your eyes on this column every month. Something new to enjoy doing is likely to show up throughout the year. Take a LEAP and try a new one.

If you live here, you are a member of SAC. Check out lopsac.com for the latest information.

SAC New Year’s Eve Party

The Sports & Activities Club held their first New Year’s Eve party at the Sports Lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019 from 8:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m.

Doors opened at 7:45 p.m. and the bar opened at 8:00 p.m. Our sound was provided by Vision Pro and Amber was our DJ for the evening. The music began at 8:30 p.m. and finished at 1:10 a.m. There were still plenty of partygoers not wanting the evening to end.

We ended up having a little over 200 residents and guests that partied the night away without one incident. Seating was distributed all over the lounge, bar and two outside areas and the weather was kind to us. Paul Petrali ran our Twist contest and eight couples competed with three winners.

We contacted the Sheriff’s department to stop in twice during the evening and word on Facebook was they radioed in a Code 4 (No further assistance required).

This party was made possible by our chairs and committee members. Roberta McClellan and Jim Nachtigal Co-Chaired the event. Ron Bomhoff, Sharon Cowles, Paul and Linda Petrali, Rusty Stadtman, Maryrose Barnhurst, Dave Atkinson and Sharon Rodogna were committee members.

The Sports & Activities Club would like to thank everyone who attended, and the Board and Admin for allowing us to have this wonderful event.


Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. in The Clubhouse. The cost is $1 per class.

Bocce Board

2020 Registration for Individuals

Golf Pro Shop March 2- April 4th
Deadline 5pm April 4th

2020 Registration for Returning Teams.

Keep your 2019 Night will be April 11th from 9-11 am at the Clubhouse Multipurpose Rm

2020 Registration for New Teams or Teams who voluntarily want to drop their 2019 night will be first come, first serve on April 11th from
12noon -3pm at the Clubhouse Multipurpose Rm

Late Team Registration is April 15th.

Teams may submit a late registration form to the Golf Pro Shop by 5pm on April 15 but can not be guaranteed a placement.

For more information contact:

Christy Swider, Chairperson
[email protected]

Looking forward to an exciting 2020 season!

Cocktails and Coloring

Come for the Cocktails and Coloring, stay for the socializing! We have a great group of ladies who gather the third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at the home of Peggy Fenstermacher. Coloring books and gel pens are provided to first time guests. Contact Peggy for additional information at (925) 980-1220 or [email protected]att.net. Hope you’ll join us!

LOP Families for the Lake

Happy Leap Year! We hope your year is kicking off to a great start!

We are working on scheduling another movie in The Clubhouse in early March. The Polar Express was a great success in December, and we are looking forward to another movie night.

We will share updates and events on our Facebook page. Please join us on LOP-Families for the Lake. You can also contact Scott and Michelle at [email protected]

LOP Game Days

LOP Game Days is a group of individuals interested in having an enjoyable afternoon in the Sports Lounge, socializing with neighbors, challenging their brain skills, learning new games, and refreshing their memory of old games. We play card games, dice games, board games and domino games. Skill level required: none. All games are started from the basics. We have introduced more than 24 games in the past two years.

Please join us on Wednesdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Sports Lounge for lunch, followed by games from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Russ Lewis at [email protected]


Horseshoe pits are located in Shadow Cove Park (Park 2). Equipment may be checked out from the Sports Lounge Bar. Contact Larry Hardy at 268-0158 or [email protected] for more information.

Improv Class

Do you want to escape from reality and have some fun for an hour or two? Then come to the Improv Class. No acting experience needed, just a desire to have fun. For more information contact Lynn Pennington at 268-2798.

Line Dancing

Line Dance lessons are held in The Clubhouse on Mondays. Beginners class runs from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Improver and Intermediate class runs from 5:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. There is a $1 donation suggested.

For more information email Karen Mills at [email protected].


Pass by the courts in Hazel Park any morning and you are likely to see Pickleball being played. Stop and watch a game or two, but beware. You might get hooked.

Open drop-in play is still held daily from 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Equipment is provided and experienced, friendly players will be on hand to help anyone new learn the sport. Pickleball is great exercise, social, and most importantly, a whole lot of fun!  If you have any questions or need more information, contact Sean Tener at (916) 208-8751.

Pine Needlers

The Pine Needlers is a group of ladies who meet weekly to share their passion of needle arts and exchange ideas and techniques. Our members have varied talents that include hand and machine sewing, cross-stitching, knitting, crocheting, quilting, and embroidery. Occasionally, we plan fun field trips to quilt shows or to check out quilt shops.

We are excited that our group continues to experience growth of new members. To accommodate this growth, we have a second group for new members that meet on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Yacht Lounge. If you are interested in knowing more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Make 2020 the year you decide to make an effort to help your body become healthier through Qigong, “The Art of Effortless Power.”

So why do I teach Qigong? I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer and was reluctant to go through Chemo because I was not happy with the bad side effects. My oncologist told me that the side effects may be permanent, or they may get better. My memory was affected, and osteoarthritis started to set in my joints.

Being a very active person, this was the worst thing that could happen to me. My lifestyle depended on having a strong healthy body. Then the drugs for pain and depression started. I did not know how to resolve my dilemma. I was introduced to Qigong and my active lifestyle slowly returned. My dilemma was finally relieved.

Over the years of teaching, I have seen huge positive results in the lives of those who practice Qigong. Qigong works. It did for me. It can for you!

We practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. in the Yacht Lounge. For further information, contact Qigong Teacher, Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444.

LOP Riders

The LOP Riders group is open to anyone who enjoys motorcycle riding with others to interesting places. We have a variety of rides throughout the year and one of the best places to check is our Facebook page at “LOP Riders.” For more information, contact Mark Rubin at [email protected].

LOP RV Ramblers

Well, it’s the second month of a new decade, and a wonderful new year. This is the month we all celebrate love, in all of its forms! So, perhaps we can ponder what it means to love to travel with our wonderful LOP Ramblers!

This month, we have set aside time for Ramblers to travel to Yuma, Arizona should they be seeking the warmer weather of the south. For those of you who have chosen to stay closer to home, we will begin the travel year in March to Amador County for the “Behind the Cellar Door” wine tasting event. If you are interested, there are still rooms at the Jackson Rancheria, or you can get on their wait list for an RV site. Dates for Ramblers vary, but the range is Tuesday, Mar. 3 to Monday, Mar. 9. Call for more information.

We are still working on the 2020 schedule and have plans for a May trip north to the Redwoods and on to the coast of Oregon. You will definitely want to learn more about this trip. Join our next meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 14 at 5:00 p.m. at the Sports Lounge meeting room and stay afterward for tacos and cocktails!

While many of the Ramblers have RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels or tents, many die hard Ramblers join us by staying in cabins, yurts, B&Bs, or hotel rooms nearby. Please join us to find out all of the ways that you can be an LOP Rambler. We’d love to have you.

For more information contact Cheryl Sinsel at (530)728-3103 or [email protected]

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a 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. It also works on your memory. We practice the Yang-style of 24 movements that is popular worldwide.

We meet every Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at The Clubhouse (unless notified otherwise). You will find support through our semi-experienced members, also there for the fun.  Newcomers: Please come early to class to sign up. Dress comfortably and wear soft-soled shoes. There are no fees, but a small donation is accepted for LOP.  For information, call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Ukes of the Pines

Our ukulele group meets every Monday and Friday in the Yacht Lounge at 1:00 p.m. Notices will go out the day before each class so the members will know what to bring. To all who think they would like to learn to play ukulele, I try to set them up ahead of time to teach the chords and all the basics.

If you are interested in learning, contact Pat Brothen at 268-9113 or email me at [email protected].

Snow Ski Club

Attention snow skiers: As winter approaches, we look forward to some great skiing. Our club meets when the weather is nice, and we carpool to Sugar Bowl midweek.

For more information, contact Lynne Sullivan at 718-4102.

LOP Voice on Facebook

Come join us on LOP Voice; a Facebook group created by Lake of the Pine members for LOP homeowners and renters to discuss their community. This group is not for complaining. It is a format where we can bring awareness, make suggestions, and implement positive changes within our community. LOP Voice is also Jan Kucharski Cantwell’s priority source of alerting LOP neighbors about local incidents such as fires, accidents, traffic, weather, and our Neighbor watch program.

Log into Facebook, search for “LOP Voice” and ask to join. We look forward to seeing you on LOP Voice.

Water Ski Club

There are a lot of good water-skiing days on LOP throughout the winter. For more information, contact Steve Bock at 268-2767.

WIN (Women in Networking)

Attention Women Business Owners: We have a group called Women in Networking (WIN) that meets at The Clubhouse on the second Wednesday of every month at 12:30 p.m. for lunch. We help each other grow our businesses, share ideas and develop friendships.

If you are interested, contact Dr. Lynne Sullivan at 718-4102.

Wines in the Pines

Wines in the Pines is ready to ROAR into the ‘20s! THANK YOU to our pouring team for the last year. Without them, this fun event doesn’t happen! We were very happy to sponsor the Twist Contest at the Sports Lounge New Year’s Eve Party. We have more fun nights and day events planned throughout the year!

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, we have invited Vian Estates Winery and Vineyard to present their wines. Vian Estates Winery is located on Hidden Ranch Road in Auburn and offers unique wines to tantalize your senses!

For March we will be hosting Rombauer and Oak Ridge Winery in April. You can reserve for March and April now. We are also happy to have Vintage Chocolates along for the ride throughout the spring. Lately, we have had to create standby lists, so reserve early!

If you would like to join our committee and pour wine with us, just email us!

These events begin at 6:30 p.m. with seating starting at 6:00 p.m. Participants should bring their own wine glass and, if they like, a nice bottle to be shared with the entire room during our social after the tastings. There is a $5 entrance fee per person, which includes door prize tickets, snacks, and chocolates. The fee can also be refunded with any wine purchase! As usual, our popular and delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, and Japhy’s special will be available for purchase. These events are for every resident in LOP and their guests over 21. Spread the word!

Note: NO OUTSIDE FOOD will be allowed at these events. NO exceptions!

Seating is limited and must be reserved in advance! To reserve seats and cheese plates, please send an email to [email protected]. If you have any further questions, please contact Paul Petrali at (916) 628-7285.


Our goal is to encourage, promote, and organize activities for all ages that help bring the community together around fun sports and other social and community events.

Our vision 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].