Sports & Activities Club

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

Updated January 15, 2020

Sports and Activities Club/SAC – January 2020

Dee Demorest and Gwen Tillisch

It is 2020! A brand-new year. There is a raft of fun and interesting sports and activities, sponsored by SAC, waiting for you to jump in and try. Why not start this shiny new year doing something new, maybe a bit out of your comfort zone? You will receive a warm welcome in all our groups.

Our skiers wished for snow and their wishes came true. However, snowy, rainy, cold weather doesn’t stop fun and exercise here at LOP. Check out Aerobics, Tai Chi, Qigong and Line Dancing. Or spend an afternoon in the Sports Lounge with the Games Days group.

A reminder, the SAC Board invites all of you to attend our monthly meeting. It is on the third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. in the Sports Lounge. If you have been thinking of starting a new activity, please come and tell us about it. We welcome new ideas.

If you live in LOP, you are a member of SAC. Take a look at our website at lopsac.com.

Happy New Year!


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

Our next Bocce Board meeting will be this month and beginning in February meetings are scheduled the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. in the Sports Lounge. All interested individuals are welcome to attend.

The Bocce Board approved and installed a new storage shed that will accommodate the umbrellas and bocce equipment.

Members of the Bocce Board visited other bocce courts in surrounding areas to continue to gather information and research court installation and improvements. New court plans are on- going.

At their meeting, Bocce team captains voted to keep the same nights for the 2020 season they had in 2019, with no exceptions. Should a team volunteer want to drop their night, the process will be first-come, first-serves through the Bocce Registration committee. Bocce registration for the 2020 season will be early April.

Looking forward to an exciting 2020 season!

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!

Families for the Lake

Happy New Year! 2020 is going to be a great year for LOP!

Songs and Story Time will be held in the Yacht Lounge on Monday, Jan. 6 from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Family Game Time is returning to the Yacht Lounge on Sunday, Jan. 12 from 2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. There will be several board and card games out as well as a Lego area. You can also bring a favorite family game to share.

If you’re interested in organizing new special activities or events for the community, please reach out and let us know your ideas. You can find us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake, or email Michelle and Scott at [email protected]

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 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

In December we held our annual holiday potluck with both our Tuesday and Thursday groups. There were lots of delicious appetizers, entrees, salads and sides, and scrumptious desserts. At that time, we also had our annual membership meeting and selected our officers for 2020: President, Gwen Tillisch; Vice President, Sandy Ameigeiras; Treasurer, Patty Hawthorne; Secretary, Carol Nurisso; Communications, Carol Hunter; and Event Coordinators, Elaine Milar, and Bonnie Thieman.

The Pine Needlers is a group of ladies who meet weekly to share their passion of needle arts and 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.

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 participated in the Nevada County Toy Run. Many bikers from Lake of the Pines rode through Nevada City and Grass Valley and ended at the Nevada County Fairgrounds to support the 2019 Toy Run for those in need. Check out our Facebook page for photos.

The LOP Riders group is open to anyone who enjoys motorcycle 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].

Tai Chi

Begin the New Year with a new exercise for your resolution to “get in shape.” Tai chi is a martial art for all ages and stages of health that resembles “meditation in motion.” It is exercise that gently conditions, or re-conditions your body and is recognized for improving posture, balance, flexibility, coordination, core strength, and breathing. Also, it works on your memory. We practice the Yang-style of 24 movements that is popular worldwide.

We meet every Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at The Clubhouse (unless notified otherwise). You will find support through our semi-experienced members, also there for the fun.  Newcomers: Please come early to class to sign up. Dress comfortably and wear soft-soled shoes. There are no fees, but a small donation is accepted for LOP.  For information, call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Ukes of the Pines

Our ukulele group meets every Monday and Friday in the Yacht Lounge at 1:00 p.m. Notices will go out the day before each class so the members will know what to bring. To all who think they would like to learn to play ukulele, I try to set them up ahead of time to teach the chords and all the basics.

If you are interested in learning, contact Pat Brothen at 268-9113 or email me at [email protected].

Snow Ski Club

Attention snow skiers: As winter approaches, we look forward to some great skiing. Our club meets when the weather is nice, and we carpool to Sugar Bowl midweek.

For more information, contact Lynne Sullivan at 718-4102.

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 Neighbor watch program.

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

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 develop friendships.

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

Wines in the Pines

In January, Wines in the Pines will not be hosting an event; however, we will be back on track starting in February.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4 we have invited Vian Estates Winery and Vineyard to present their wines. Vian Estates Winery is located on Hidden Ranch Road in Auburn and offers unique wines to tantalize your senses. For over ten years, Vian Estates Winery has been making exceptional wine. The uniqueness of their wine keeps customers coming back again and again.

The event begins 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. As usual, our popular and delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, and Japhy’s special will be available for purchase. These events are for every resident in LOP and their guests over 21.

NO OUTSIDE FOOD will be allowed at these events. No exceptions!

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.



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].