Sports & Activities Club

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Sports and Activities Club by Dee Demorest

Updated April 29, 2019
May. A beautiful month to ease us into summer. It’s not hot yet, the hills are still green. Enjoy!

This is a good time to give one or two of the activities listed below a try. You will meet new friends, laugh a lot and even get in some great exercise with a few of them. When the leaders say  “drop in,” they mean it, so do.

‘Music, Art & Wine in the Park’ is coming up. Don’t miss it.

Remember when inviting friends and family to join you for our fabulous Fourth of July activities, our celebration is always ON the fourth.

If you live in LOP, you are a member of SAC; how easy is that?


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

Bocce team registration has been finalized. The Bocce Captains meeting for all registered teams will be on Tuesday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m. in the Yacht Lounge. All captains or designees are required to attend.

The deadline for individual registration will be Wednesday, May 15. Forms are available online at lopsac.com and in the Golf Pro Shop.

Bocce Referee Clinics are scheduled for Wednesday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. Teams are required to select two players to attend a clinic for the review of the rules and procedures for officiating. Learning the rules can be daunting at first, but with experience it adds a new dimension to the game. For example: What do you do at the end of a frame if two bocce balls are exactly the same distance from the pallino? How would you determine the point? Answer: The closest ball from each team would be removed and no points awarded for the removed balls. Points would be determined by the remaining balls (closest to the pallino) on the court.

The Bocce Board is always looking for people who may want to serve or volunteer their time and talents. The Board is seeking individuals with knowledge and skills in the following areas: construction, team sports, finances, policy frameworks, publicity and information technology, to name a few. Tell us about your talents and come learn more about the LOP Bocce League.

For more information contact Chuck Potter at [email protected] or Christy Swider 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

Come enjoy a Family Get-Together at the Yacht Lounge on Saturday, May 4, from 10:00 a.m.- noon. We are looking forward to some Star Wars fun. May the ‘Fourth be with you’ this weekend! Come dressed up in your favorite Star Wars attire and bring your favorite Star Wars games and toys. We will be making light sabers and have other fun activities to enjoy.

Join us for Music & Story Time in the Yacht Lounge from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 6, and Wednesday, May 22.

On Saturday, May 18, come for fun in the water with a Pool Get-Together. We will see you at the pool at noon.

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

LOP Fishing Group

Save the date of Saturday, June 1 for the LOP Fishing Derby! All proceeds support trout stocking in the Lake.

Stay tuned for other 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.

Our annual Spring Tournament was held March 30. We managed to find a rare sunny day and a great time was had by everyone. After five hours of competitive and exciting play, we had our medal winners. The victors’ ages ranged from 18 to 84, illustrating that Pickleball is indeed a sport you can play for a lifetime. Come on out and join the fun!

Congratulations to all the medal winners:

  • Gold Medals: Duane Heaton and Zack Tener; and Tom Marshall andRon Trimble

  • Silver Medals: Kathy Mayberry and Bonnie Bates; and Karen Silva and Ginni Green

  • Bronze Medals: Peggy Fava and Dan Buschand,  Ed Cuffe and Larry Harris

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, 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.

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, mediation, 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 brings together mind, body and spirit. 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 or handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or email [email protected] 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 riding with others to interesting places. Check out our Facebook page “LOP Riders” for more information.

LOP RV Ramblers

Well, with spring in the air, summer is right around the corner. Time to get ready to ramble!

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!

Clio River’s Edge is now open. If you’re interested, we will be there Monday, June 10-Friday, June 14. You can reserve online or call them. This is a great place to hike, swim, kayak, golf, fish and eat! What could be better? And, if you would 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.

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

Tai Chi

We have room for a few more newcomers if you would like to join us for this popular form of exercise that can be done individually or in groups. We meet every Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m. at the Clubhouse. (Occasionally, we are instructed to meet elsewhere.) During warmer weather, we may include additional sessions outdoors at a separate time. We practice a form of tai chi that offers a gentle but effective workout for all ages. This will boost your energy, improve core strength, flexibility, balance and stamina. Tai chi also enhances breathing, concentration and memory while reducing stress; giving a feeling of well-being. For inquiries, call Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Active tai chi members left to right: Linda Urdiales, Sarah O’Reilly, Mike Scaglione, Patti Heapy, Louise Chan, Mark Ford, Betsy McCabe, Barbara Kronquest, and Jan Dickson (Photo Credit: Robert Chan)

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

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 Friday, May 3, 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.

Water Ski Club

Summer is finally here, and the water is warming up. Get ready for another great year of water skiing.

We typically meet on weekends at 7:00 a.m. near Park 4 to take turns running the slalom course. Everyone is welcome. We have skiers and wakeboarders of all ages and ability. Come join the fun.

For more information, contact Steve Bock at 268-2767.

Wines in the Pines

If you like wine tasting, reserve early! We enjoyed a full house in April with a fantastic presentation and array of wines offered from Naggiar Vineyards. This month we have invited Matchbook Wine Company of Zamora on Tuesday, May 7. Matchbook Wine Company has a huge array of varietals and blends for us to choose from. Their Tinto Rey and Chardonnay are 90 pt. wines, which will amaze your pallet!

A change in format will begin in May, as there will be a $5 entrance fee per person, which includes complimentary tickets for everyone to win door prizes. As usual, our popular and delicious cheese and charcuterie plates will be available for purchase. There will also be complimentary chocolates and more.

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 room during our social after the tastings.

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.

 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].