Sports & Activities Club

It’s not just the activities, it’s the people!

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

Coming in July 2021

There will be a golf cart parade on July 3 organized by the Familes for the Lake. This will start at the marina parking lot and will go around the golf course at 8:00 PM.

The Lake Swim is back and this year it is free!! First 100 entrants will recieve a swimcap. The Lake swiim will be on July 4 starting at noon. For more details click here.

Join the Wines in the Pines at the yacht lounge on July 4th for a taste. You must be 21 years old.

June 2021

June. Father’s Day. Graduations. Some are “live” now. Life is getting a bit more like normal. Thank goodness.

SAC continues to grow and that is very exciting. LOP Bakers and Makers, and Let’s Dance (not just ballroom) are the two new groups joining SAC this month. WELCOME!

Look for their current information below and at LOPSAC.com. All of our groups started with an idea. If you have one for something you think would be of interest to others, please let us know. You are always welcome to attend a SAC Board meeting to present your idea. SAC meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m., site TBD. Guests are always welcome.

Bocce Board

Good news the 2021 Bocce Season is here, and we are excited to “GO” ahead! League play begins Sunday, June 6. See Link Below for important documents, Schedules and League standings.


Note: Participation is with informed consent outlined by the CA Department of Public Health Covid-19 Guidelines for Recreational Adult Sports. Sanitizer will be provided at the courts.
  • The Bocce Board meetings have been re-instated on the third Thursday of every month at 4:00 p.m., location Clubhouse Multipurpose Room.  All members are welcome.
  • The Bocce Board has agreed to extend for the 2021 season, but additional Bocce Board members are needed. This is a fun and rewarding volunteer position. Please email [email protected] if interested.

Happy 2021 Season from your Bocce Board!

For more information contact Christy Swider at [email protected]

Cocktails and Coloring

Spring is here, bringing with it the hope that we Cocktails & Coloring Ladies will soon be gathering together! Think Pink Cocktails and Coloring Spring Flowers, enjoying gathering together outdoors in the garden. Just cannot wait!

If you are interested in joining our fun group of ladies, please contact Peggy Fenstermacher at (925) 980-1220 or [email protected].

Happy Spring!

Families for the Lake

Wow! We all made it through one of the craziest school years in history and are welcoming Summer with open arms! We are looking forward to providing you with some “Parent’s Night Out” events and some “Movie Nights” for the whole family to enjoy.

To kick off summer, we will be at the Main Beach on Thursday, June 10 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. selling snacks and treats as a fundraiser for our summer movies series. Also, be on the lookout, as we have some Summer Day Camps in the works here at LOP. We will also be starting a reading incentive with a Summer Reading Bingo.

To get the most up-to-date information about our events and to help us plan and create new events, please join us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake. You can also email or call Michelle McIntyre at [email protected] or 619-920-1511.

Thank you to everyone in the community who helped support the Easter Scavenger Hunt! We feel so fortunate to live in a community where we can offer these fun activities.

Fishing Group

The Fishing Group is always up to something! You can check out our social media posts for the latest news and updates. If you have any questions or would like to join the Fishing Group contact Director Rusty Stadtman at (916) 502-1558 or Assistant Director Richard Mattison at (831) 682-8355.

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance is a fun, new group starting in the Sports Lounge on Thursday nights soon. It will be just a ‘come as you are’ dance group. There will be rock and roll, country swing, ballroom, and line dance mix. Dance music is by request. Couples and singles are all welcome. Different dance instructors will occasionally offer free lessons. Watch for coming information! For more information, contact Nora Kodet at [email protected]

Line Dancing

Line Dance lessons will begin soon in The Clubhouse on Mondays. Beginners class will begin at 4:00 p.m., Improvers at 5:15 p.m. and Intermediates at 6:15 p.m. There is a $1 donation suggested. Watch for upcoming information! For more information, contact Karen Mills at [email protected]


The Lake of the Pines Pickleball group is active here in LOP. We have over 100 members who enjoy participating in the fastest growing sport in America! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn. But it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The pickleball courts in LOP are temporarily located on Tennis Court 2 while we await the construction of new permanent pickleball courts in Hazel Park. We have open play for all skill levels daily Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is also a women’s only group that plays on Monday afternoons from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Equipment is provided, and experienced members are on hand to show new players how the game works. There are clinics, social events, and tournaments held throughout the year.

The game has become particularly popular among people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s looking for an activity that offers good aerobic exercise without being as strenuous as traditional racket sports, which affords players the chance to socialize during the game.

Come down and give it a try! Contact Sean Tener at (916) 208-8751 for information.

Pine Needlers

The Pine Needlers are a group of very committed ladies with a passion for carrying on with their craft even during COVID. As the meeting rooms remain closed to clubs, we are meeting at one of the Parks (Park 3 or 5) on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting about 10:00 a.m. until we cannot take the ants or the heat any longer. We hope to be meeting back in the Yacht Lounge soon!

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Qigong (The Art of Effortless Power) is an age-old Chinese healing and therapeutic modality which utilizes breathing techniques, meditation, and special movements to promote health and well-being. Qigong helps to reduce stress, increase balance, coordination, and memory; and bring together mind, body, and spirit.

The practice of Qigong, since the COVID pandemic hit the USA, has become a very popular consideration to relieve stress and to bring calm to our concerned society. The Armed Forces use this modality, and many doctors now suggest this practice. The marketplace has introduced new products that were inspired by Qigong movements. As advertised on TV, there is a handheld blood pressure reducer, a shaking machine, and a balancing gimmick.

Make a good decision; start that path of enlightenment to bring health, positivity, and less stress into your daily life. It is easy, so join our Qigong class today.

Classes currently take place over Zoom.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Contact us for information on joining. New members are welcome any time.

Qigong Teacher: To join, and for information and handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or email at [email protected].

Zoom Activation and Information: Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or email at [email protected].

LOP Riders

A few of us ventured out for a couple of hours through the backroads of Nevada County. It was a nice day, great group and we ended up at The Haymen’s house for a yummy BBQ. If anyone is interested in joining us in the future, check out our Facebook page at LOP Riders.

LOP Riders Day Outing (Photo credit: Jim Nachtigal)

RV Ramblers

Sweet springtime is here y’all and summertime is extremely near. The birds are chirping, the temps are up, and folks are needing to get outdoors; all of which make for great conditions to go on hikes, swim in streams, and sleep under the stars. It is time to check the family calendar and start penciling in some camping trips, hiking excursions, and plenty of outdoor adventures.

Coming up this month in June, the LOP Ramblers will be heading out to Clio’s Rivers Edge Resort.  This delightful resort located on the Middle Fork of the Feather River offers 200 sites with full hook-ups on 30 acres of well-maintained grounds and is dog-friendly with an off-leash dog run.  Clio is guest rated “Grade A,” offers free Wi-Fi and cable tv hookups, with a 10% discount for active or retired law officers, military, or fire fighters. This award-winning mountain retreat and RV resort is close to 100 lakes, 1000 miles of fishing streams, 7 golf courses, horseback riding and much more.

Grab your family and head out on an adventurous camp trip. If Clio is booked, consider any one of these alternative locations: Goose Lake Campground, Lakes Basin Campground, Movin’ West RV Park, Little Bear RV Park, Upper Jamison Creek Campground, Dream Catcher Campground & Lodge, Frazier Falls Trail, Plumas-Eureka State Park or Bear Lakes & Long Lake Loop Trail.  If you find yourself near us either camping or out on a day excursion, you can find the LOP Ramblers at Clio’s River Edge. Look for our group banner and come hang out a spell.

If you cannot make it to Clio, then consider one of our other camp trips: June-Clio’s Rivers Edge in Clio, CA; August-Vineyard RV Park (tent cabins available) in Vacaville, CA; September-Reno Balloon Event in Reno, NV; and October-Zephyr Cove in South Lake Tahoe, NV.

You can always find us on our LOP Facebook and the LOP Voice Facebook. For immediate information reach out to Mark Sechler at [email protected] or Kim Sechler at [email protected].

See you in July!

Tai  Chi

Our group continues to meet outdoors, gathering on the parking lot facing the Main Beach at Park 1 every Thursday morning 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Should the temperature heat up, we may either begin at an earlier time or choose to shelter ourselves in the Sports Lounge that has re-opened. If you are not on our email notification list, you can call the number below for current information.

A slow and graceful way of practicing martial art movements, Tai Chi had its beginnings in China, then introduced here over 60 years ago, gradually gaining in popularity as a form of exercise for young and old. It is good for increasing and maintaining our overall health and physical wellbeing, and also a gentle way of regaining strength, stamina, balance, and coordination for those who may have been convalescing. We warm up and stretch with sets of Qigong exercises, then practice our 24 movements, the most popular form of Tai Chi everywhere.

We have been welcoming new participants to our class. Call Louise Chan at 268-8606 if you are interested in joining us. Leave a clear message and I will return your call.

Tre Bocce

Tre Bocce is a group under Sports and Activities Club (SAC) and plans activities to promote bocce outside of the Bocce League season. The California Department of Public Health released bocce for recreational adult sports on March 5, 2021 and Tre Bocce got busy!

Three clinics were planned and implemented in April. Each clinic was primarily attended by newcomers to the sport and the feedback was positive.

Tre Bocce wants to facilitate new players in our community to build bocce skills and provide a meet-up for individuals who may want to form teams for the LOP Bocce League season. The April 20, 2021 clinic was very successful in helping nine players to establish a new team. It was a pleasure to assist these individuals and to watch their skills and friendships develop. As a new team, “It was meant to be” was coined, and Elena R. offered to be the Captain. It was perfect!

Tre Bocce has raised $55 through bocce clinics. Our equipment was donated by the LOP Firebelles, and we are looking forward to promoting bocce in new directions when the summer league concludes.

Watch for future Classic Bocce Tournaments once the CDPH releases tournament play for recreational adult sports. If you have experience running a two-bracket, round-robin tournament, please consider offering your talent to Tre Bocce. If the State lifts tournament restrictions, Tre Bocce will run a tournament sometime in October 2021.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Christy Swider [email protected].

Ukes of the Pines

The Ukulele group is not meeting at this time due to the virus threat. Call Pat Brothen at 268-9113 if you have any questions. Let us hope we will eventually be back to normal soon.

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 Neighborhood watch program.

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


Water skiing can be a year-round activity at LOP with the right equipment and preparation. Many Ski Club members also spend their winter months snow skiing and golfing. So why not do them all in one day? That was the challenge from Tim Giroux.

Tim coordinated the first annual LOP trifecta. Mark Randazzo, Steve Bock and Tim set off on Sugar Bowl’s closing day to snow ski, golf nine holes at LOP, and then hit the lake for an evening water skiing run. The weather was perfect for this event. It was a great time, and we are looking forward to doing it again next year.

For more information about the Water Ski Club contact Steve Bock at 268-2767.

Trifecta at Sugar Bowl: Mark Randazzo, Tim Giroux, Steve Bock (Photo credit: Steve Bock)
Trifecta Golf at LOP: Mark Randazzo, Steve Bock, Tim Giroux (Photo credit: Steve Bock)
Trifecta Waterskiing at LOP: Mark Randazzo, Steve Bock, Tim Giroux (Photo credit: Mark Randazzo)

WIN (Women in Networking)

Attention businesswomen! We have a group called WIN (Women in Networking). We meet each month on the second Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to share ideas, network and support each other. For more information, contact Dr. Lynne Sullivan at 718-4102 or [email protected].

Wines in the Pines

Hello again wine enthusiasts! Hopefully when you read this, we will have had our first Clubhouse event for 2021!  Our next scheduled WITP Clubhouse event will be Tuesday, August 3, winery TBA.

Up next and at the time of this writing, Wines in the Pines is sponsoring a very special event scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 26 and 27, in The Clubhouse. It will be a performance of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber including dinner. Enjoy the musical performances by Bianca Orsi, Ricardo Balderas, Stacey Anderson, D’Arcy Smith, Larry Nicholl, and Brooklyn Homma.

This event is contingent on the statewide June 15 opening with only mask restrictions, so at this writing it is currently still planned and sold out. This event has been changed to two nights instead of one. Ticketholders should email [email protected] for your preference on which night you would like to attend. Thank you, ticketholders, for your patience!

For more information about the Andrew Lloyd Webber concert and other upcoming Wines in the Pines events, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/groups/lopwinesinthepines. Members also get first-hand information on special promotions offered exclusively to us by local wineries.

Reservations are made ONLY by emailing [email protected] For questions only, please contact Paul Petrali at (916) 628-7285.


Our goal 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].