Sports & Activities Club

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

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

December 2020

December. Gift giving time. SAC has the perfect gift for you to give to your friends, your family, your new neighbors, or yourself. The history of how LOP began was written by Jan Townsend twenty years ago. “LAKE OF THE PINES, HISTORY, LEGENDS, AND LORE” is available now for $28.00 per copy. Contact: Ron Trimble at 268-1917 to order your copy. All proceeds benefit the Sports and Activities Club.

Before the lake was here, there were cows munching grass and even fox hunts on the meadow that is now our beautiful lake. You didn’t know that? How about a home, still a residence here, that was used as a hunting lodge? Buy the book, and you will learn all kinds of things about the place we call home. I keep mine on a table in my guest room. Visitors always enjoy reading it.

When you fishermen and women pull a fish up on your line, give a little ‘thank you’ to the LOP Fishing Group. That fish is the result of a lot of hard work by many in their Club. I  hope your next one is a whopper.

Most of our SAC activities and sports will be unlike those in previous years, no large holiday parties, potluck, or gift exchanges. But knowing our community well, the creative people (think Halloween!) living here will make it a season to remember, full of joy and fun.

Merry Christmas. Happy Holidays.


The Aerobic classes are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at Park 2. The cost is $1 per class.

Bocce Board

The Bocce Board has agreed to extend for the 2021 Season. The next scheduled board meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2021 at 4:00 p.m.

Now, we are looking for volunteers to serve on our Bocce Board that meets monthly. Please contact Christy Swider at [email protected], if you have a love of the game and an interest in becoming part of our amazing board! The board will consist of seven (7) voting members. It is a fun and exciting group to be part of and the rewards are amazing!

The Bocce Board has submitted a proposal to LOP Board for court improvements, which includes re-surfacing of existing courts, a new shade structure on the north side to mirror the existing south side shade, and relocation of the equipment shed to a permanent location on the north side of the playing area.

We hope to see you all for the 2021 Season. As 2020 comes to a close, we are wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

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

Cocktails and Coloring

With the colder weather arriving and the increase in COVID-19 cases, Cocktails & Coloring is a bit unsure as to their meeting schedule for the next few months. If you are interested in knowing more about our fun group of ladies, please contact Peggy Fenstermacher at (925) 980-1220 or [email protected], and we will add you to our email communications.

Families for the Lake

Happy holidays Lake of the Pines!

We will be carrying on our tradition of Carts and Caroling, but do not know the details at the time of this writing. Please check out our Facebook page for the details about this fun event.

To stay connected and hear about new activities, be sure to join us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake or reach out to Michelle at (619) 920-1511.

Fishing Group

The Fishing Group is always up to something! You can check out our social media posts for the latest news and updates. If you have any questions or would like to join the Fishing Group contact Rusty Stadtman (Director) at (916) 502-1558 or Richard Mattison (Assistant Director) at (831) 682-8355.

Line Dancing

Line Dance lessons are back 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].


Pickleball is alive and well here in LOP. The pickleball courts at Hazel Park are being used daily during open play from 8:30 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. This is a fun, social sport that is played outdoors and lends itself well to the “social distancing” requirements that we have fallen under for now.

If you are new to the game and would like to try it, come down some morning and experienced players will be there to get you started. As restrictions are lifted, we will get back to holding clinics, tournaments, and socials but for now play is being done under the Nevada County COVID guidelines. It is still fun and great exercise, so please come and join in! For more information contact Sean Tener at (916) 208-8751.

Pine Needlers

Happy Holidays to all from the Pine Needlers!

The Pine Needlers are now back in the Yacht Lounge on Tuesday and Thursday as long as meeting rooms are open. It will be a much-needed change of venue with colder weather coming.

Even during this COVID time, we have managed to gain new members in our Thursday group and are excited about the growth. If you are interested in knowing more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Qigong classes are currently suspended.

Tai  Chi

Our group meets every Thursday morning from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. in The Clubhouse.

We practice social distancing by wearing masks and keeping 6-feet apart.  We are limiting our group size at this time, so if you are interested in participating or if you want to learn this popular exercise form, please call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

This is a graceful way of practicing martial art in the form of 24 continuous movements using the Yang style of tai chi. This is so good for maintaining core strength, posture, flexibility, balance, memory, coordination, and breathing and more, all done to background calming music.  Consider trying something new and join our friendly group. As the weather turns cold, we are happy to be granted this indoor space with a lovely view.

Ukes of the Pines

Due to the pandemic and smoky conditions, the Ukulele group will not officially be meeting until the Yacht Lounge is available. I am available to meet with any of the ukulele players who do not mind meeting at my home. I am also available to teach any new players or those who want to learn at a slow pace. If interested, you can let Pat Brothen know by calling 268-9113.

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 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

Happy Holidays!

This time of year is full of celebration and regardless of the current situation, LOP Water Ski Club members still know how to have fun.

We held our annual Halloween Costume Ski Day on Oct. 31. We had great member participation and all of our favorite characters showed up. The weather and water conditions were perfect.

Mark Randazzo-Clown
Mark Smith-Elvis
Steve Rosenthal-Shrek

For more information about the Water Ski Club contact Steve Bock at 320-1393.

Wines in the Pines

Happy Holidays LOP Wine Enthusiasts!

Wines in the Pines is planning to return in February 2021. There will be some very nice changes to be announced in January 2021. For those who are interested in the WITP-sponsored trip to Tuscany in September 2021, please go to this site: https://www.postcardzfromvictoria.com/wines-in-the-pines-goes-to-italy-private-custom-trip-to-tuscany-fall-2021. Password: WITP2021. There are still a few spots left!

Wines in the Pines will also be sponsoring a very special event scheduled for possibly in the Spring 2021 in The Clubhouse. It will be a performance of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Enjoy the musical performances of Bianca Orsi, Ricardo Balderas, Stacey Anderson, D’Arcy Smith, and Larry Nicholl. This event will never be cancelled and is currently sold out.  We will have a definite date soon!

Bianca Orsi performs at “Wines in the Pines goes to Tuscany” in October.

If you would like to join the Wines in the Pines Facebook Group you can find us here: facebook.com/groups/lopwinesinthepines. Members get first-hand information on special promotions offered exclusively to us by local wineries.

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