Sports & Activities Club

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

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Sports and Activities Club by Dee Demorest

2019 is flying by in nanoseconds. Just two years ago in 2017, fourteen groups were members of SAC. Now take a look at all the interesting and fun groups that have joined since then. If you enjoy doing something and have an idea how you would like to form a group to share with others, don’t be shy. Let us know.
Contact President, Lynn Elliott, at [email protected] and talk it over with her. You will be most welcome to present your idea to our Board of Directors at a monthly SAC meeting. Most of the groups below started with one person and an idea. Yours might be next.
If you live in LOP, you are a member.


Classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse. Cost is $1.00 per class.

Bocce Ball
Bocce Ball Captains it is that time again. Signups for the 2019 Bocce League will be on Saturday, April 6, from 9:00 a.m.-Noon in the Clubhouse Multipurpose Room. Registration will be on a first come, first served basis. Registration fees will be $20 per person and payable in the form of one team check on the day of registration. Bocce Teams consist of a minimum of eight and a maximum of 12 players.
Typically, bocce league activities run May through September. More specific dates and information will be published soon. We look forward to seeing you at registration. For questions, contact [email protected]
Your Bocce Board Members:
Chairperson, Chuck Potter
Vice-Chairperson, Christy Swider
Secretary, Donna Fucci-Wheeler
Treasurer, Suzanne Jones
Maintenance, Larry Harris
Court Improvements, Bob Koenitzer
Registration and Party Planner, Sharon Cowles
Registration and Statistics, Tom Vengelion
Past Chairperson, Patty Campbell-Chandler
Volunteer Members: Karen Silva, Dave Medlicott

Cocktails and Coloring

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

LOP Families for the Lake

This new group is excited to connect families and help create even more fun events here at the lake! Please join us again this month for Family Fun Time at the Yacht Lounge on Saturday, March 9 and 23 from 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. We will bring games and activities for the kids. Feel free to bring your own fun things as well, but it is not needed. Weather permitting, kids can play in the sand and at the park.

We are excited about adding Story and Music Time twice a month. This will be Monday, March 4, and Wednesday, March 20, from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. (location TBD).

Please join our Facebook Group at LOP-Families for the Lake for the latest updates and to help plan future events. For more information, contact Michelle McIntyre at [email protected] or (619) 920-1511.

LOP Fishing Group


As we all know, because of the the huge participation of the entire LOP community the Trout Stocking on December 14, 2018 was a tremendous success. We were able to plant over a thousand pounds of three-quarters to one-and-one-half pound trout along with two hundred pounds of trophy size three to eight pounders. Thanks everyone for your support. We could not have done it without you.

The trout have really been biting lately, including the big ones. So get out there, catch them while it’s hot! Don’t forget to use the trout tracker apps on the lop.org website to submit your catches. If you catch a tagged trout there are special prizes to be awarded. Just take a picture with the tag visible and submit it to the fishing group to redeem your prize. Though we promote catch and release, these trout are very tasty. We ask that you keep just two angler per day. Also, if you catch a trophy size, please release so we can enjoy catching them for years to come. The smaller ones taste better anyway. If you need tips in proper handling for catch and release or how to catch one, contact any one of the many volunteers from the fishing group or email [email protected]

Stay tuned for the next LOP Fishing Group fundraising events and other activities. For more  information about LOP Fishing Group contact Director, Chris Swindell at (530) 401-0318 or  Assistant Director, Rusty Stadtman at (916) 502-1558.

Congratulations to Brock Benton for this beautiful tagged Trout! (Photo credit: Brock Benton)

Congratulations, Giana Mazzei, for this 6-1/2 pounds trophy size Trout! (Photo credit: Steve Mazzei)

LOP Game Days

LOP Game Days is a group of individuals interested in having an enjoyable afternoon in the Sports Lounge, socializing with your neighbors, challenging your brain skills, learning new games, and refreshing your 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 over 24 games in the past two years.

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


Horseshoe pits are 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].

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 information contact Lynn Pennington at 268-2798.

Line Dancing

The LOP Lake of the Liners is offering a Basic Skills Line Dance workshop on four (possibly six) consecutive Wednesdays beginning February 6, from 6:00p.m-7:00p.m. (May run longer, if needed and dates may be extended depending on demand.)

The workshop is intended for those who have not line danced before or who may want to brush up on basic, fundamental steps and beginner dances. It is highly recommended that anyone wishing to join the Liners’ Monday beginners class take this Basic Skills Workshop beforehand.

Dates and Locations:

Wednesday Feb. 6: Clubhouse
Wednesday, Feb 13: Yacht Lounge
Wednesday, Feb 20: Clubhouse
Wednesday, Feb 27: Yacht Lounge

There is a suggested $1 donation for each class. For more information, contact 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 daily 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. It is great exercise, social, and most importantly, a whole lot of fun!  If you have any questions or need more information, please 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 to exchange ideas and techniques. Our members have varied talents – hand and machine sew, cross-stitch, knit, crochet, quilt, and embroider – just about anything crafty. Occasionally, we plan fun field trips to quilt shows, check out quilt shops, or even to take in a movie!

This month a group of us will be attending the Sacramento Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival being held March 14-16 at Cal Expo. There will be a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies.

The Pine Needlers has two groups meeting weekly to work on hand projects, sew with our machines, or have instructional classes. The Tuesday group meets from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Yacht Lounge or at members’ homes. The Thursday group also meets from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Yacht Lounge. Right now, the Tuesday group is at full capacity. However, the Thursday group has space available. If you are interested in knowing more about our group, please contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Qigong (pronounced chee gung) is an age-old Chinese healing and therapeutic modality which utilizes breathing techniques, mediation, and special movements to promote health and well-being. Qigong’s slow, focused exercises are for all ages and levels of fitness. If you are ready for a fantastic change in your lifestyle, come and join us at the Yacht Lounge on Monday, Wednesday or Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. Classes last one hour. For further information, contact Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or email at [email protected].

LOP Riders

Open to anyone who enjoys riding with others to interesting places. Check out our Facebook page, LOP Riders, for more information.

LOP RV Ramblers

Happy March and some Luck O’ the Irish to you!!

If you are ready for a fun filled spring of camping or traveling with some really great campers, you need to hear what the LOP RV Ramblers are up to.

In March, we are heading over to Porto Bodega at Bodega Bay. If you would like to join us, let us know. We are going March 19-29. It’s a great spot, right on the bay and marina, with lots and lots of fun things to do and join in.

In April, we are heading off to Moss Landing (April 14-19); and in May we trek up to the Sacramento River at JGW between Red Bluff and Redding (May 6-10). People have already signed up for these trips, and we would love to have you join us.

It’s time to make your reservations now. So, even if you don’t have an RV, trailer, or Fifth Wheel, we will give you information about these destinations so that you can join us.

Please note, we have a date change: Our April meeting has been moved to April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sports Lounge Meeting Room (due to our trip the following week to Moss Landing). Please mark your calendar.

For more information about these trips or this great group, please contact Cheryl Sinsel at [email protected] or 728-3103.

LOP Snow Ski Club

We go to Sugar Bowl mid-week when the conditions are good. Contact Lynne Sullivan 718-4102.

Tai Chi

Tai chi has a NEW schedule. We meet every Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Clubhouse (unless notified otherwise).  The first half hour is devoted to NEW students, but intermediate and advanced students are welcome to join in. If you have been waiting to learn this popular form of exercise that gently conditions, or re-conditions your body, this is your opportunity.  Known for improving posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, core strength, and breathing, it also promotes relaxation and use of memory.

The hour from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. will include the chi qong warm-ups, tai chi ball exercises, and practice of the familiar Yang-style 24-movements. New students may stay and join this hour as well. NEWCOMERS: please come early to class to sign up. There are no fees, but a small donation is accepted for LOP. For questions, call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Ukes of the Pines

The Ukulele classes will be meeting mostly in the Sports Lounge this year. However, there will occasionally be some days that we will have to meet in the meeting room at the Clubhouse. People who are signed up with me will receive emails twice a week, once for the Monday class and once for the Friday class. They both meet at 1:00 p.m. at the Sports Lounge unless otherwise notified. We are now using the projector to show the music on the screen, which for some people is a lot easier than bringing their music albums. The Monday class is more for teaching new players and the Friday class is open to all who want to learn new chords and have fun just playing. Guitar players are welcome on Fridays as the chords are compatible. If you are interested in joining, please contact Pat Brothen at [email protected] or 268-9113. There is no cost involved.

LOP Voice

LOP Voice has become a valuable communication conduit for LOP members and residents. In our first eight months, we have 700 members. The LOP Voice Administrators want to thank all the contributors for keeping the conversation respectful and observing the submission guidelines.

LOP Voice benefits members by giving them current information and a platform to make suggestions and benefits the Association by giving the board and management an insight to what the members want.

LOP Voice provides real-time updates from Jan Kucharski Cantwell on local fires, weather, crimes, traffic, and much more.

Log into Facebook, search for “LOP Voice” and ask to join. Please note: We do ask for name, street name (only), and lot number to verify you live in LOP, but we do not save this information.   We look forward to seeing you on LOP Voice.

Wines in the Pines

We’re continuing this fun and popular night for the March Wines in the Pines. We have invited Mount Saint Joseph Wines of Granite Bay, CA, to present their wines. They operate a beautiful tasting room in Granite Bay named Vin Uva. This is a partnership and one of the newest wineries in California. We feel very fortunate to have them, and you will love when you see what they brought for us to taste; lots of varietals!

This month’s event will be Tuesday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse with seating beginning 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’s social after the tastings.

This is a free event. However, cheese and charcuterie plates available for purchase. There will be drawings for prizes, complimentary chocolates, and more.

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.

 Be sure to check the the individual pages of your sport or activity for more news and information!

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].