Sports & Activities Club

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

Updated October 8, 2019

This month in the Gold Country for me, and many of you, is my favorite. The weather is almost perfect so we can enjoy the outdoor activities listed below. Thanks to the old 49ers (the Miners, not the football team) who planted maple trees when they came west, a drive through Grass Valley, Nevada City, and the other small towns close by, is wonderful for ‘leaf peeping.’ Especially, I would encourage our new residents to take a rambling drive through the county this month to see what Mother Nature has laid out for us all to enjoy.

It is exciting to see how the SAC groups are growing. Not only in what is being offered to do, but in the numbers of people taking part. Pickleball is packed. The Pine Needlers outgrew the Tuesday group and added one on Thursdays. Other groups are adding members. LOPers are active!

The definition of a SAC member: Anyone who lives in LOP. That would be you. Check out the website lopsac.com.


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

The LOP Bocce League concluded with an end of the season party at The Clubhouse.

The nightly winners were acknowledged, and their team names included on the bocce award plaque. Congratulations to all the top teams!

At the last Captains’ meeting new board members were nominated and the process for registration for the 2020 season was reviewed.  By November, the Bocce Board will have a complete list of elected board members, projected goals and a financial accounting.

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

We would like to thank everyone that helped with Hawaiian Night on the Greens. We hope everyone had a wonderful time. What a fun way to bring the community together! We look forward to organizing many more movie nights over the years.

Music and Story Time will continue in the Yacht Lounge from 10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m. This month it will be on Monday, Oct. 7, and Thursday, Oct. 17.

Are school and sports activities keeping you busy? Are you ready for a break from the routine? We are providing a Parents Night Out on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 4:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. This is for children five years and up. The cost is $25 for the first child and $15 for additional siblings. Your kids can choose from several fun activities including modeling clay, loom bracelets, Legos, magnet tiles and many others. Pizza dinner will be provided. Please email [email protected] to get signed up.

If you have any questions, comments, ideas, or you want to get more involved, you can always find us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake, or email Michelle and Scott at [email protected]

LOP Fishing Group

Fundraising event for October: FORE! Come one, come all and make a difference!

The Lake of the Pines Fishing Group is preparing to tee off for their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 12 starting at 8:00 a.m. at Lake of the Pines Golf Course. LOPFG Assistant Director, Rusty Stadtman said that seven groups of foursomes have already signed up in advance for the event. The golf tournament is scheduled to have a shotgun start at 9:00 a.m., check-in time is 8:00 a.m., and the deadline to enter is Monday, Oct. 7. The tournament is a shotgun and four-man scramble format. Each team will compete for low net, and there will be a closest-to-the-pin, longest drive for men and women, and putting champ contest.

Entry forms are available at the Pro-Shop. The entry fee per golfer is $60 for LOP golf members and $85 for non-members. This fee includes lunch, green fee, goodie bag, and golf cart. If you are not available and cannot play golf on that day, there is still a way you can help and make a difference through hole sponsorship at $50 per hole. All the proceeds from the fundraiser are going towards the “Trout Planting” in Lake of the Pines.

For more information on the event or to register your group of foursomes, contact Rusty Stadtman at (916) 502-1558. For tee sponsorship, contact Maryrose Barnhurst at (916) 607-9906 or you can email us 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]

Hootenanny (Lake of the Liners Line Dance)

The second annual Hootenanny on the Lake, sponsored by the Lake of the Liners Line Dance of the Sports and Activities Club, was another resounding success. The Jessica Rose Band rocked The Clubhouse Circle, and the dance floor was overflowing with line dancers of all ages and abilities, led by the six Lake of the Pines line dance instructors.

The three food trucks and Lake of the Pines saloons kept busy serving hungry and thirsty participants. The Cub Scouts and Piranhas served soft drinks and snow cones. A special thanks to our wonderful Pinesmen for a delicious barbecue and generous donation, as well as the free popsicles from our Firebelles. All the volunteers are so appreciated for making this a fun community event.

Watch for the third annual Hootenanny next August. Hopefully, it will continue to be bigger and better. Keep on dancing!


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 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.

Gwen Tillisch entered her quilt into the Nevada County Fair in August and won Third Place in the Advanced Division. Gwen machine pieced her quilt and the longarm quilting was done by Precision Quiltworks out of Nevada City. Congratulations to Gwen!

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, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


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’s slow, focused, light exercises and gentle stretching movements are for all ages and levels of fitness. Qigong helps to reduce stress, increase balance, coordination, and memory; and bring together mind, body and spirit. Classes last one hour and include a fifteen-minute warm up. New members are welcome to join at any time.

Classes take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:00 a.m. in the Yacht Lounge. For further information or handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Qigong Teacher, Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or email [email protected] For all other enquiries, contact Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or email at [email protected].

LOP Riders

The LOP Riders group is open to anyone who enjoys motorcycling 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 Christy Swider at [email protected] or Mark Rubin at [email protected].

LOP RV Ramblers

Is it fall already? Time to slow down, watch the leaves turn, and cozy up. But, it’s never too late in the year to ramble!

I hope you will join us at Cava Robles this month in wonderful Paso Robles and all the area has to offer. Wine tasting, good restaurants, the ocean, Hearst Castle, golf and tennis. What’s not to like, right?

We are starting to pencil (and even ink) in some of our trips for 2020, so be sure to watch the LOP News or your email for information about rambles you might want to join. Or, perhaps you would even like to plan a trip? Be sure to let us all know.

Don’t forget to mark your calendar for our end-of-the-year holiday party on Friday, Dec. 6. One thing is for sure, the Ramblers know how to party!

For more information about the LOP RV Ramblers, contact Cheryl Sinsel at [email protected] or 728-3103.

Tai Chi

We recently have had some new students taking an interest in tai chi to improve health issues. If you suffer from arthritis, stiffness of joints, decline in balance, low energy, or other possible results of a sedentary life, tai chi would be a gentle way to exercise your way back to health. The activity is low-impact and, while it requires you to move in all directions, you do not need to get down on the floor. You can tailor moves so you will not place undue stress on joints and muscles. It will enhance your breathing, improve coordination, posture, physical strength, especially of the lower body and increase body awareness. At the same time, it requires you to concentrate and memorize sequences of movements.

Our congenial group continues to meet each Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. in The Clubhouse (unless occasionally directed to another site). We practice a popular form of tai chi called the 24 movements, Yang style. We have participants with all levels of experience, so don’t hesitate to join us or just come and check us out. For inquiries, call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Tre Bocce

Thank you to all the teams that participated in the Inaugural Tre Bocce Tournament held on September 28. Tre Bocce is gearing up to bring you the Frank Nole Classic on Saturday, Oct. 12. As a newer resident of Lake of the Pines, I did not know that Frank and his wife Jane were instrumental in bringing bocce to our community. It is only fitting that we honor their contribution on the bocce courts.

Tournament Details

Frank Nole Classic – Saturday, Oct. 12 – 8:30 a.m. breakfast kick-off

Four-person bocce teams – $10 per player or $40 per team – 30-minute games, played to 12 points

Prizes for First and Second Place

To register or for more details, contact Christy Swider at [email protected] or 728-3130.

If you would like to volunteer to referee at the tournament, please contact me. All spectators are welcome to come and see what is happening on the Bocce Courts now that the league has concluded.

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, contact Pat Brothen at [email protected] or 268-9113. There is no cost involved.

LOP Voice on Facebook

Join LOP Voice on Facebook for current community information. 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. We look forward to seeing you on LOP Voice.

Water Ski Club

We are coming to the end of another great summer of water skiing on the lake. We have had a lot of good times and meaningful ‘boat talk’ with friends while chasing those elusive orange balls. Tournament slalom skiing is a sport of on-going personal challenges.

Last month, we had a few notable accomplishments. John McEvoy and Drew Hubal made their first full pass of 15 off at 28mph, while Jerry DeSautel is returning to top form by making 6 balls at 22 off at 30mph. Congratulations John, Drew and Jerry.

Get that dry suit ready and we’ll see you out on the Lake! For more information about the Water Ski Club, 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 friendship.

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

Wines in the Pines

As usual we have more nice finds for you at Wines in the Pines. For Tuesday, Oct. 1 Lone Buffalo Vineyards’ Phillip J. Maddux, owner and winemaker, has his roots in Sonoma and wine has been a part of him since the early 1970’s! He brings a very nice array of styles for us to enjoy.

For Tuesday, Nov. 5 we have invited Pilot Peak Winery to present their wines. They operate a beautiful tasting room and an outdoor seating entertainment venue. We are very fortunate to have them both. You will love what they bring for us to taste, lots of varietals!

Both 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. These events are for every resident in LOP and their guests over 21.

As usual, our popular and delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, and Japhy’s special will be available for purchase. By popular demand, there will also be complimentary chocolates by Vintage Chocolate.

We always sell out, so reserve early so you won’t miss out on these wonderful events!

Seating is limited and must be reserved in advance! To reserve seats and cheese plates, send an email to [email protected]. If you have any further questions, 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].