Sports & Activities Club

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

Updated March 2, 2020

Sports and Activities Club/SAC – March 2020

Dee Demorest and Gwen Tillisch

March coming in like a Lion would be welcome. The more rain and snow we get, the better.

I hope all of you Super Bowl pool participants were winners. Thanks to those of you who jumped into the Fishing Group pool. A portion of your donation will buy a lot more Rainbow Trout for our Lake. By the way, when you fisher people catch a big one, take a photo of it, then please release it to be caught another day. If you are planning on trout for dinner, take the smaller fish home.

Many of our SAC groups are busily making plans for spring and summer. Be sure and read the information below. Do not miss out on a sign-up date or an event you would enjoy.

If you live here, you are a member of the Sports and Activities Club. For up to date information, go to 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

Our Bocce Board 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.

Upcoming LOP Bocce Registration for 2020:

Forms are due in The Pro Shop beginning Monday, March 2-Saturday, April 4 for Newcomer and Individual players.

Saturday, April 11, The Clubhouse Meeting Room

9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.: Keep the Night You Have Registration (existing teams)

Noon-3:00 p.m.: First-Come, First-Serve Registration (new teams or team who voluntarily dropped their 2019 night)

Wednesday, April 15, The Pro Shop

Late Registration Deadline by 5:00 p.m. (members who missed the above dates)

The Bocce Board approved the 2020 Budget and $25,000 was approved for future projects. The Bocce Board continues to gather information and research court installation and improvements. New court plans are on-going.

Looking forward to an exciting 2020 Bocce season.

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

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

On Friday, March 6 from 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. we will hold our next planning and collaboration meeting in the Yacht Lounge. We have new Committee Leads planning fun new activities for LOP, so check out all updates on our Facebook page and LOP Communications for all new and upcoming activities.

Sunday, March 8 at 4:30 p.m. will be our next movie in The Clubhouse!

Please join us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake. You can also contact Scott and Michelle at [email protected].

Game Days

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].

LOP Riders

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 Mark Rubin 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 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.

This month a group of us will be attending the Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival being held March 19-21 at Cal Expo in Sacramento. There will be a wide variety of sewing, quilting, needle-art and craft supply exhibits from many quality companies.

We are excited that our group continues to experience growth of new members. To accommodate this growth, we have a second group for new members that 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.


Make 2020 the year you decide to make an effort to help your body become healthier through Qigong, “The Art of Effortless Power.”

So why do I teach Qigong? I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma Cancer and was reluctant to go through chemotherapy because I was not happy with the bad side effects. My oncologist told me that the side effects may be permanent, or they may get better. My memory was affected, and osteoarthritis started to set in my joints.

Being a very active person, this was the worst thing that could happen to me. My lifestyle depended on having a strong healthy body. Then the drugs for pain and depression started. I did not know how to resolve my dilemma. I was introduced to Qigong and my active lifestyle slowly returned. My dilemma was finally relieved.

Over the years of teaching, I have seen huge positive results in the lives of those who practice Qigong. Qigong works. It did for me. It can for you!

We practice every Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8:00 a.m.-9:00 a.m. in the Yacht Lounge. For further information, contact Qigong Teacher, Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444.

RV Ramblers

This month, we will travel to Amador County for the “Behind the Cellar Door” wine tasting event. If you are interested, there are still rooms at the Jackson Rancheria, or you can get on their wait list for an RV site. Dates for Ramblers vary, but the range is Tuesday, March 3 to Monday, March 9. Call for more information.

We are still working on the 2020 schedule and have plans for a May trip north to the Redwoods and on to the coast of Oregon. You will definitely want to learn more about this trip. Join our next meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 5:00 p.m. in the Sports Lounge meeting room and stay afterward for tacos and cocktails!

While many of the Ramblers have RVs, travel trailers, fifth wheels or tents, many die hard Ramblers join us by staying in cabins, yurts, B&Bs, or hotel rooms nearby. Please join us to find out all of the ways that you can be an LOP Rambler. We would love to have you.

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

Tai Chi

Tai chi is a martial art for all ages and stages of health that resembles “meditation in motion.” A recent article in The Union news cites it as an excellent way to retrain your body to move following intense medical treatments that affect proper brain function. 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 working 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 questions, 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].

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

There are a lot of good water-skiing days on LOP throughout the winter. For more information, 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 develop friendships.

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

Wines in the Pines

This month, Wines in the Pines has two events scheduled. On Tuesday, March 3 we will be hosting Rombauer Vineyards for our monthly wine tasting event. Rombauer has always enjoyed a coveted reputation as producers of exceptional wines crafted to bring joy to any table. We are very fortunate to have them, and you will love what they bring for us to taste. Reserve NOW as this event will sell out quickly!

This 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, snacks, and chocolates. The fee can also be refunded with any wine purchase!

As usual, our popular and delicious cheese and charcuterie plates, and Japhy’s special will be available for purchase. Food orders must be placed five days before the event.

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

Wines in the Pines events are for every resident in LOP and their guests over 21.

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

Wines in the Pines will also be hosting a special event on Saturday, March 28 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 5:45 p.m. French dinner will be served at 6:30 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, email [email protected]

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