Sports & Activities Club

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

Updated May 5, 2020

Sports and Activities Club/SAC – May 2020

“You got to try a little kindness, yes, show a little kindness, just shine your light on everyone you see.” (Glen Campbell) Kindness and caring have been abundant in LOP. “These are the times that try men’s (and women’s and kid’s) souls.” Our ‘souls’ and our daily lives have been uplifted every day through the virus crisis in so many helpful and delightful ways.

Food delivered to our doors. Neighbors grocery shopping for seniors. SAC’s video song time. Pine Needlers’ sharing supplies and sewing face masks. Happy notes written on our walkways making a daily walk lots more fun. Stuffed animals in windows and on porches to give kids on walks a fun ‘treasure hunt’ game. Clerks in our local stores and bank tellers still working to help us. The light of kindness is shining brightly in our neck of this world.

When you are reading this in May, I hope the hard times are easing up for everyone. And, I hope, the kindness keeps going and going and going.

All of our SAC activities and sports will resume when they can. Be sure and check out your favorites as times and meeting place may have changed.

Sports and Activities Club

The Sports and Activities Club reached out to the Administration and offered our assistance during this time of need. They seemed to have everything under control, so we decided to start a Watch Party on Facebook during the Month of April.

At 7:00 p.m. every day on LOP Voice, we took requests and played anywhere from one to four songs for our community. It started slow, but quickly caught on with requests pouring in during the Watch Party.

The get-together is probably over by this reading and life is back to normal in LOP. But, if not, please join us on LOP Voice in May for some fun times listening to great songs. If you have a request, send them to [email protected] or text 210-1816.

If anyone has an idea for a group in LOP, contact us or join us at our meetings, when they resume. Most meetings are advertised and usually start at 5:00 p.m. at the Sports Lounge meeting room on the second Tuesday of each month.

For those not familiar with SAC, we have 26 groups under our umbrella. Check us out at lopsac.com for more information.

Bocce Board

The Bocce Board is working on all possibilities for a safe 2020 Bocce League season.

At this time, due to COVID-19 concerns, Bocce registration and league play have been postponed. No dates for bocce registration or league play can be set until the situation gets better. The Bocce Board was obligated to adhere to the April 30 extended social distancing rule. By that date, we hope to be better prepared to determine the options for the 2020 Bocce season. All options will be reviewed and considered. We will continue to keep you up to date on league information.

Please note: All individual applications and checks already received at the Pro Shop will be held until a decision is made. Also, the Bocce equipment shed is locked to prevent further spread of COVID-19.

The Bocce Board continues to gather information and research court installation and improvements. New court plans are on-going.

Thank you for your understanding and stay healthy and safe.

Your Bocce Board consists of Christy Swider (chair), Chris Bramer (vice chair), Donna Wheeler (secretary), Carolyn Macon (treasurer), Chuck Potter (stats), Larry Harris (ground maintenance), Mark Risso (court improvements), and Tom Vegelion (volunteer).

For more information contact, Christy Swider at [email protected] and visit the lopsac.com website.

Families for the Lake

We are thinking of all of you out there and we are missing our community events. We’re looking forward to when we can start doing activities again with families and other groups here. To get information on events, as we are able to start planning them again, please join us on Facebook at LOP – Families for the Lake.

We are also challenging all kids (children and teens) to create some artwork while we are at home. This will be displayed at an Art Gallery at our Community Swap Meet for kid items, (date TBD). Get creative with drawing, painting or whatever gets your creative juices flowing. We can’t wait to see all the beautiful creations!

Pine Needlers

The Pine Needlers will not be meeting as long as the social distancing rule is in effect. However, some of us are involved in a worthwhile community project, and others are probably crocheting, knitting and sewing up a storm in their own homes to keep their sanity.

Our newest project has been making face masks for hospital workers and others. Spearheaded by Carol Nurisso, along with 15 other Pine Needlers and other LOP group and club members (Golfers, Line Dancers, Aerobics, and general community members), they have made over 400 masks that have been distributed to nurses and other health care workers in hospitals and care centers, along with other people in need. When a friend brought a set of face masks to an ER in Sacramento, the ER nurse burst into tears in gratitude. She said everything will get used. She asked that we convey their gratitude and appreciation. The face masks not only help the ones who receive them, but also those who are doing the sewing. We feel our spirits lifted being able to help even a little during this difficult time.

Lisa Boulton and Carol Nurisso holding face masks they have been making for healthcare works-courtesy of the Pine Needlers.

We also provided face masks to nurses working at a Los Angeles hospital because one of our Pine Needlers’ daughter-in-law works there and said they are desperate for masks and were running out. So, we sent them a care package of 24 face masks. The nurses cried when the face masks were distributed to them, and said they were the best cloth masks they had seen!

Nurses at a Los Angeles hospital receive 24 face masks.

Face masks were also given to Lisa Bock, LOP resident and nurse at local Alpine Allergy and Asthma Clinic, for their staff. They were very appreciative and loved their colorful masks.

Nurses at Alpine Allergy and Asthma Clinic received 20 face masks.

Not to be overlooked, the Pine Needlers had another important project they were working on. Some of you may remember Janis Giovacchini, co-founder and past President of the Pine Needlers group. She passed away in January of 2018. The Giovacchini family asked us to make quilts for them in Janis’ memory. We used her clothing and batik fabric she had collected over the years. The quilts were pieced together, and Carol Nurisso quilted the quilts. When the quilts were presented to the Giovacchini family, they were thankful for the Pine Needlers’ love and devotion to their memory quilts.

Giovacchini Family-Joe, Marissa, and Sean receiving their memory quilts.

Needless to say, the Pine Needlers have been very busy even with the Shelter-In-Place order!  Fear not, we are practicing social distancing, and everyone is sewing in their own homes. We hope that everyone stays safe and healthy!

If you are interested in knowing more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Qigong classes are not able to meet physically under the COVID-19 social distancing guidelines. So, we have been conducting classes over the Internet via Zoom. If you are interested in joining, please contact us for details.

Why do I practice Qigong? When I moved to LOP in 2016, I was newly retired, stressed out, and didn’t know anyone. Qigong club was one of the many groups I joined, mainly to get to know people. I also thought that getting some kind of exercise would be a good thing! With Qigong Club I found not only a friendly group of people, but also a new way to feel at peace with myself, my life, and the world at large. I find Qigong beautiful and calming. For me it is not only physical, but emotionally and spiritually uplifting. My body recognizes that the movements, and slow deep breathing, induce relaxation and healing, but also leave me energized and ready to face my day. Qigong really helps me deal with stress, and to change my attitude toward people and events which are aggravating. It has been a way for me to become more connected to my body, to appreciate it, and be motivated to take greater care of myself. This is something we all can do for ourselves. Sylvia Waddell.

Qigong (pronounced chee gung) 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.

Classes usually take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. in the Yacht Lounge.  We will resume classes when the social distancing rules have been lifted.

For further information or handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Qigong Teacher, Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or by email at [email protected]. All other enquiries contact, Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or by email at [email protected]

RV Ramblers

Hoping this finds all of our LOP residents and Ramblers (and your families) well and thriving after this very, very challenging time for all of us. We are looking forward to a time when this pandemic is behind us and the world begins to heal in every way.

Unfortunately, the trip the Ramblers planned for May to the redwoods and Oregon has been cancelled. We are hoping to reschedule it for some time in the future.

With all of the hope and optimism we can muster, we are still working on plans for the Monday, June 8 to Friday, June 12 trip up to Clio River’s Edge near Graeagle. Many Ramblers have already made their reservations and we are hoping this will be another great trip for so many of us.

Other trips are also being planned, and if you would like more information on any of them or how to add rambling with the LOP Ramblers to your future plans, please don’t hesitate to call or email. We would love to have you.

Stay well. Stay safe. And, we will dream of our ramblin’ days to start again soon!

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

Tre Bocce

The beginner clinic scheduled for this past March was cancelled due to the health advisories in place. When our community safeguards are lifted, Tre Bocce will announce plans to reschedule beginner clinics and drop-in bocce play. In the meantime, here are a few bocce terms and slang that every player needs to know.

Bocce: The name of the sport and is the plural form of “boccia,” which is Italian for “ball.” You may also hear the ball referred to as a bowl or “la bocccia.”

Pallino: The name used for the smaller white ball that’s thrown at the beginning of each frame. Sometimes people refer to it as the “jack” or the “pea.”

Baci: An expression that refers to a throw in which a bocce ball is touching or “kissing” the pallino. In some leagues or tournaments two points  are given at the end of the frame if a baci is achieved. This is not the case here at Lake of the Pines.

Lagging: An underhand throw that rolls toward the pallino and stops very near to it. This skill captures the advantage. You may hear it referred to as “pointing”.

Casino: Is slang for scoring of all four points in one frame.

For more information about Tre Bocce or to contribute a quip or story about your bocce experience, contact Christy Swider at [email protected].

Ukes of the Pines

The ukulele classes will resume after LOP gives the okay to use the facilities again. There will be a notice sent by email as to that date.

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 Ski Club

Temperatures are warming up and it is great to be back out on the water and out of dry suits. Members of the Water Ski Club meet on Saturday and Sunday on the water at 7:00 a.m. near Park 4. We coordinate boat crews using a software application called Slack.

If you are interested in learning more about our group, contact Steve Bock at 268-2767.

Wines in the Pines

Hello LOP Wine Enthusiasts! We have partnered up with some of our recently featured wineries at Wines in the Pines to offer exclusive discounts for our members and participants. Please see the generous offers from some of our favorite wineries by joining our Facebook site: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lopwinesinthepines/.

Wines in the Pines has been cancelled for April, and also May of this year. We are hopeful that we can resume our fun events in June, but only time will tell. We are scheduled for the remainder of the year with some great wineries! We will be re-scheduling the wineries which were cancelled for later in the year. June expects to be a big night, not only for the return of Wines in the Pines, but a special extravaganza and a surprise appearance from a prominent figure in our community!

Wines in the Pines will also be hosting a special event re-scheduled for Saturday, August 29 in The Clubhouse. It will be a performance of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Tickets are $60 per person and includes dinner. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A wonderful French dinner will be served at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy the musical performances of Bianca Orsi, Ricardo Balderas, Stacey Anderson, D’Arcy Smith and Larry Nicholl. For more information and tickets please email [email protected] or join our Facebook page.

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