Sports & Activities Club

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

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Sports and Activities Club by Dee Demorest

I hope you are reading this while looking out on a sunny, dry, beautiful Spring day. I think we are all ready to put the wet winter behind us, so we can get outdoors to play the “Sports” in Sports and Activities we enjoy so much.

Russ Lewis and the Game Days Group provided a welcome way to have fun for those who took part on many dreary Wednesdays over the past few weeks. I stopped in to the Sports Lounge one afternoon to find games being played and laughter filling the air.

Our Snow Skiers will be on the slopes for weeks. “No Chains Required.”

If you live in LOP, you are a member of SAC, and any of the following groups are available to you to enjoy.


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

Bocce Ball

The Bocce season will begin with team registration on Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon in the Clubhouse Multipurpose Room. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Fees will be $20 per person and payable in the form of one team check on the day of registration. Please make your check out to LOP Bocce Ball. Registration forms will be available online at lopsac.com or lop.org.

After April 6, Bocce applications will be available in the Golf Pro Shop. The deadline for late team registration will be Tuesday, April 30, and the deadline for individual registration will be Wednesday, May 15.

The Bocce Captains meeting will be Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Yacht Club. All captains or designees are required to attend.

Team schedules will be sent to captains by Tuesday, May 21.  Referee Clinics are forthcoming and the dates will be announced. To improve playing speed and sportsmanship during games, teams will be required to select two players to attend a clinic. The purpose of the referee clinic will be to review the rules and procedures for officiating.

The Bocce League games will begin on Sunday, June 2.

For questions related to Bocce registration contact: Sharon Cowles at [email protected]; Tom Vegelion at [email protected]; or Christy Swider at [email protected].

For general questions related to the 2019 Bocce League contact: Chuck Potter at [email protected].

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. Please contact Peggy for additional information at (925) 980-1220 or [email protected]. Hope you’ll join us!

LOP Families for the Lake

We are excited to be adding some new events to the Easter Eggstravaganza this year! From 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. you can head down to the Main Beach/Yacht Lounge for face painting with Dynamic Faces. (Thank you to Bob Sawyer with Coldwell Banker for sponsoring the Face Painters!) There also will be more spring crafts for the kids to enjoy. These activities are free; however, we will be accepting donations towards summer activities, such as a Movie in the Park and more.

We will also be doing a tailgate, picnic type lunch with all the families. Grab your travel barbecue, picnic basket or cooler before heading out the door and bring it down to the Main Beach to spend some time with the other LOP families.

Join us for Music & Story Time from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, in the Yacht Lounge and Wednesday, April 10, in the Sports Lounge Meeting Room.

Find us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake or contact Scott and Michelle at [email protected]

LOP Fishing Group

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

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 classes run from 5:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m. There is a $1 donation suggested. For more information, contact Karen Mills at [email protected] or (916) 677-7393.


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.

There will be a beginner clinic, an advanced clinic, and our spring time pickleball social on Sunday, April 28. These events will be held at Hazel Park.

The beginner clinic will be from 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. All equipment is provided. This clinic is geared toward brand new players and will teach participants the rules, score keeping, and how to play a basic game. It’s fun and you can expect to have played your first pickleball contest by the time you are finished!

The advanced clinic will be from 2:15 p.m.-3:15 p.m. This clinic will be focused on the short game, or “dinking” as it is known by pickleball players. It will offer instruction on techniques on where to place shots, footwork, and how to use angles to maximize your odds of winning points.

The social will begin at 3:30 p.m. and continue until people are done eating, drinking, and playing. There will be open play on all courts, tasty food, cold drinks, and lots of socializing. Please bring an appetizer to share and your drink of choice. If you are new to the game this is a great way to get an introduction to the sport and meet many of the players who participate here in LOP.

Open drop-in play is held daily, weather permitting. Due to the cold, winter and early spring hours are 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Due to the heat, summer and fall hours are 8:30 a.m.-10:30 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, 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 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.

In April, a group of us plan to attend the Northern California 2019 Quilt Rush Shop Hop. This event is hosted by 12 quilt shops in Northern California from Colusa and Oroville all the way down to Vacaville. It will be a fun shopping adventure!

We are excited that our group is experiencing growth of new members. To accommodate this growth, we have added a second group for new members. They 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, 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

The LOP Riders group is open to anyone who enjoys riding with others to interesting places. Check out our Facebook page LOP Riders for more information.

LOP RV Ramblers

Is it spring already? Let’s chase away all that inside weather and plan for our outdoor adventures!

As you know, a large group of us are heading over to Moss Landing, from Sunday, April 14-Friday, April 19. I believe we sold the park out, but you can always try the wait list.

Monday, May 6-Friday, May10 we head up to the Sacramento River at JGW between Red Bluff and Redding. This is a beautiful park-like setting, and a perfect place to kick off your warmer weather camping. You can golf, hike, kayak and even arrange for a fishing trip on the river. You will catch a ton of fish. Promise!

Finally, Clio River’s Edge will open mid-month. If you’re interested in heading up in June, or maybe even September, you can call them after Monday, April 15, or email in a request now. And, if you’d like to come on up but not camp, don’t forget the Blackbird Inn, or some of the other great lodging options in the Graeagle area.

Please plan to attend our meeting on Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sports Lounge Meeting Room and help us plan for the best year ever!

For more information about how to ramble LOP style, please contact Cheryl Sinsel at [email protected] or (530)728-3103.

 LOP Snow Ski Club

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

Tai Chi

Popular across the country now, this ancient form of martial art exercise has caught the attention of the young and old. It is not too late for you to join in the fun of learning and practicing with a convivial group of residents from LOP, as well as from outside. Check out “tai chi 24 movements” online to get an idea of what we are practicing. There are numerous videos posted by those who are masters at it.

Our group meets every Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Clubhouse. (Occasionally, we are instructed to meet elsewhere.) Beginners, intermediate, and more advanced students are welcome to participate the entire time or come for just part of the session. Emphasis during the first half hour is toward newcomers.  For further inquiries, call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Ukes of the Pines

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 Clubhouse Multipurpose Room. People who are signed up will receive emails twice a week, once for the Monday class and once for the Friday class with information. Both classes 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 participants is a lot easier than bringing in music albums. The Monday class is geared more for new players, while 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 on Facebook

The LOP Voice Facebook page has become a valuable online communication conduit for LOP members and residents.

The annual board election is coming up in June and there are three open seats.

We will be inviting all the candidates to come on LOP Voice in May and talk to the members. In the past year, we have addressed many high-profile topics of concern by LOP members, such as Suddenlink, the Golf Course Master Plan, walking on the golf cart path, and Food & Beverage operations. This could be your chance to ask the candidates how they would handle some of LOP’s big issues. The candidates filing deadline is Wednesday, May 8, so get those questions ready!

Log into Facebook, search for “LOP Voice” and ask to join. Please note: We do ask for name, street name only (no numbers), and lot number to verify that you live in LOP, but we do not save this information.   We look forward to seeing you on LOP Voice.

Wines in the Pines

If you like Wines in the Pines, reserve early! We have invited a local favorite, Naggiar Vineyards of Grass Valley to our next event, Tuesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Naggiar has pulled in some pretty impressive awards lately: two gold and two double gold! Which one will be your favorite?

Seating for the April event will begin 6:00 p.m. Participants should bring their own wine glass and, if they like, a nice bottle to be shared with all during our social after the tastings.

This is a free event; however, there will be drawings for prizes and cheese and charcuterie plates available for purchase, as well as 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.

Also, save the date for “An Italian Evening in the Pines” that will take place in the Clubhouse on Saturday, May 18. Enjoy Italian and Sicilian dinner and desserts, wine tasting, salami tossing, exotic Italian sports cars, and folk dancing, as well as other entertainment. Don’t miss it! Tickets are $40 and will benefit future Wines in the Pines events.  Email [email protected] for more information, Ciao!

 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].