Sports & Activities Club

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

Updated July 29, 2020

August 2020

August is usually when parents are welcoming ‘back to school days’ and kids are back with their friends. Life settles down into a routine and the folks have free time again to enjoy their favorite sport or activity. Now? We have to be patient and keep ourselves, our families, and our wonderful community safe.

Some of the groups below have been meeting in our parks, some taking extra precautions in their sports. Check out your favorite or try a new one. There are friendly people waiting to welcome you.

A special “Hat’s off” to our LOP Fishing Group! Rusty Stadtman and Maryrose Barnhurst put in hours behind the scenes to make the Fishing Derby on the 4th of July a super event. Thanks also to all their volunteers and sponsors. In addition, Maryrose has been sewing face masks for months with all proceeds ($5/per mask) going to the Fishing Group.

For updated information on SAC groups, go to lopsac.com.

Bocce Board

A special Bocce Board meeting was held to evaluate the State, County, and LOP Association restrictions due to COVID-19. As an outcome of this meeting, it was voted unanimously to CANCEL the 2020 Bocce League season.

Given that there is no league, there will be no Bocce Board meetings for July and August. Also, since all league and large group gatherings are prohibited, there will be no Captains’ meetings held this season.

The Bocce Board will resume its normal monthly meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 4:00 p.m. All members are welcome to attend.

The Board continues to work with LOP on court improvements. We hope to see you all for the 2021 Season. Stay healthy and safe!

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

Cocktails and Coloring

On Tuesday, Aug. 18 from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. we will be gathering on our lawn for an evening of Social Distancing Cocktails and Coloring! Hope you will join us. Please bring your own chair, cocktail, and coloring materials. We will all stay six feet apart and stay safe. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Contact Peggy Fenstermacher for additional information at (925) 980-1220 or [email protected]

Families for the Lake

As we get the go-ahead for group events, we will determine what we are able to safely plan for the families here. Join us on Facebook at LOP-Families for the Lake to stay up to date on events as they are planned.


For Pickleball Court playing information, contact Sean Tener at (916) 208-8751.

Pine Needlers

With the LOP parks now open, the Pine Needlers are beginning to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Park 3. Some are knitting, crocheting, or doing hand applique, and others are just coming to visit.

If you are interested in knowing more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Qigong classes are continuing over Zoom for the time being. It has been a most successful way for our group to stay connected and healthy. Here are some comments from our class members about how Qigong helps them:

“This group of Qigongers, led by an incredible teacher, is slowly changing my life. It makes getting up at 8:00 a.m. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday so worth it. Thank the Lord for Zoom. This has enabled us to keep the classes ongoing. I guarantee you I did not feel this way before finding Qigong, so something must be working.” Betsy

“Meeting regularly and doing Qigong has helped me a great deal. It keeps me calm and focused. It helps me stay active and more limber. It gives me a feeling of serenity while supplying me with a steady energy to complete my day.” Michael

“Qigong is a lifeline for me in these stressful times, and I am so grateful to have been able to stay connected with everyone in the class.” Sylvia

“Qigong makes me feel energized and calm at the same time. Helps me work out all my nooks and crannies and sets me up to have a great day! So grateful and thankful to have this group in LOP.” Katie

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 helps to reduce stress, increase balance, coordination, and memory; and bring together mind, body, and spirit.

Classes take place every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning at 8:00 a.m. Contact us for information on joining. New members are welcome any time.

For further information or handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Qigong Teacher, Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or by email at [email protected]. All other inquiries contact Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or by email at [email protected]

RV Ramblers

The Ramblers are impossible to hold back. There were over 40 of us camping up at Clio’s Rivers Edge. Happy hours, ice cream, movies, breakfast pastries, mimosas, and lots of other fun stuff made for a great trip! Many of us made reservations then and there for next year.

As the summer progresses, members are planning trips near and far. We will be sending out details so that people who love camping and traveling together can take part. Whether you have an RV, trailer, fifth wheel, tent, or like cabins, yurts, or other lodging, we want you to join us!!

If you are interested in receiving information about this group and upcoming trips, just send an email to [email protected] and you will be included. Everyone is welcome and no need for membership.

Look forward to ramblin’ with all of you.

Tai  Chi

We are continuing our practice sessions at the parking lot facing the Main Beach next to the Yacht Lounge while enjoying fresh air and sunshine. We begin earlier from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on Thursday mornings due to the heat. More are participating, but we are still able to keep our “social distance” space of six feet.

Besides the camaraderie, we benefit from the exercises and the challenge of learning the popular Yang style movements of Tai Chi. This form of exercise is particularly good for core strength, posture, flexibility, balance, memory, coordination, and breathing.

For inquiries, contact Louise Chan at 268-8606.

Ukes of the Pines

Pat Brothen will notify all the ukulele players by email as to when we will be able to resume our playing at the Yacht Lounge. If you are not currently in the group and want to join, let Pat know by sending an email to [email protected] or call 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

We had great participation from the Water Ski Club at the 4th of July Boat Parade.

Jerry and Sandy DesAutels took 3rd Place in the daytime event as well as Jen and Drew Hubal rallied the team to decorate their ski boats to lead the evening light parade. It was a great time, and everyone is looking forward to doing it again next year.

Photo Boats: Nick & Lori Bull, John Mcevoy, Jerry & Sandy DesAutels. (Photo Credit: Jen Hubal)

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

Wines in the Pines

Hello again LOP Wine Enthusiasts!

As expected, Wines in the Pines has been cancelled for August and September. We are hopeful that we can resume our fun events in October. Unfortunately, a modified plan with masks and distancing cannot work. So, we can only resume WITP once ALL restrictions are lifted. We are still scheduled for the remainder of the year with some really great wineries. Some WITP events will also be themed to add more fun to the night! Wines in the Pines will never stop. We will resume eventually.

When all restrictions are lifted, Wines in the Pines will be sponsoring a special event to be re-scheduled in the future, date TBD, in The Clubhouse.  It will be a performance of the Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. This event is SOLD OUT. You will enjoy the musical performances of Bianca Orsi, Ricardo Balderas, Stacey Anderson, D’Arcy Smith, and Larry Nicholl.  This event can only go on with NO distancing restrictions; however, it will never be cancelled.

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 and coming soon, eateries! We will be launching a special benefit program offered to our members only, to be announced at our next WITP event, hopefully October.

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