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

Coming in July 2021

There will be a golf cart parade on July 3 organized by the Familes for the Lake. This will start at the marina parking lot and will go around the golf course at 8:00 PM.

The Lake Swim is back and this year it is free!! First 100 entrants will recieve a swimcap. The Lake swiim will be on July 4 starting at noon. For more details click here.

July 2021

Sports and Activities Club/SAC – Dee Demorest and Gwen Tillisch

July. Happy Birthday, America. A lot has changed in our world since our quiet Fourth last year. We can now gather together, with care, to do the activities we all so enjoy doing here in our beautiful, peaceful oasis.

Bocce balls are being rolled. Pickleball has a tournament in the works. Line dancers are boot-scootin’ again, and our other groups are finding ways to meet. This July is promising to be lots more fun than last.

We all have our fingers and toes crossed that our wonderful Pinemen’s Fireworks show will happen this year. Oh, how we have missed that!

A note to those of you who are new to our LOP life, just by living here you are already a member of SAC/Sports and Activities Club. Check out the groups below, find one that strikes your fancy and jump in! Up to date information for meeting time/place is at LOPSAC.com.

Bocce Board

Great news! The Bocce League is underway, and we are all excited for a fun and outstanding 2021 season. Bocce is the largest LOP sport and the third most popular sport in the world!

Registration was very successful. All interested teams were able to sign up for “Keep the Night” or “First Come-First Serve.” We have over 720 players, 65 teams, and five nights of play.

Teams please note:

PLEASE NOTE: All completed score sheets must be submitted by the winning Captains before the Saturday of week of play. See Rules for details.

  • Important: If score sheets are not received by Saturday, a score of Zero (0) will be issued.
  • Score sheets can be submitted by emailing a photo to [email protected] or placing score sheets in drop box at the Bocce shed. We suggest submitting using both methods.

Participation is with informed consent outlined by the CA Dept. of Public Health Covid-19 Guidelines for Recreational Adult Sports. Sanitizer will be provided at the courts.

  • The next Bocce Board meeting will be on Thursday, August 19 at 4:00 p.m., location Multi purpose room at the Clubhouse. All members are welcome. All future Board meetings will also be held on the third Thursday of the month.
  • Additional Bocce Board members are needed. This is a fun and rewarding volunteer position. Please email [email protected]if interested.

Happy 2021 Season from your Bocce Board!

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

Cocktails and Coloring

Cocktails and Coloring is ready for Summer! We will now be gathering together on the second Tuesday of each month with a Cocktail in one hand and a Coloring pen in the other! Hope you will join us!

For additional information, contact Peggy Fenstermacher at [email protected] or 925-980-1220.

Families for the Lake

Summer is in full swing, and we are looking forward to a fun filled Fourth of July weekend! We will be kicking off the weekend with our second Annual Golf Cart Parade on Saturday evening, July 3. Starting at 7:30 p.m., meet at the Lower Marina parking lot to check out all the decorated golf carts and enjoy some all-American music with the community. Beginning around 8:00 p.m., you can watch or join in on some line-dancing as well. We will take off at 8:30 p.m. to enjoy our ride around the golf course. There will also be a fun goody bag for each of the kids that attend!

FFTL will be doing a reading incentive program for the kids with a Summer Reading Bingo and Book Buddies at Park 2. We are also planning some fun camps and get-togethers for the kids! For details on these events, join our Facebook page at LOP-Families for the Lake, or reach out to Michelle McIntyre at [email protected].

Fishing Group

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

Lake Swim

The Sports & Activities Club’s 40TH Annual Lake Swim will take place on Sunday, July 4 at noon from Park 4. The swim is 8/10th of a mile from Park 4 to the Main Beach. You can wear flippers, bring a noodle or kickboard to assist across the Lake.

IT’S FREE! However, a registration form is required, and swim caps will be given to the first 100 swimmers. There will be NO timing or awards, for this is a Family Fun Swim during quiet time. Registrations forms are available in the Admin office, Pool office or online at lopsac.com. We also need kayak and pontoon boat volunteers for this event. For more information, contact Jim Nachtigal at 210-1816.

Let’s Dance

Let’s Dance is a fun, new group starting in the Sports Lounge on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. There will be open dancing of all genres by request with occasional dance lessons and dance parties. We will be offering lessons on Ballroom dancing, Country Two-Step, Nightclub Two-Step, and the East and West Coast Swing as well as Line Dance. Couples and individuals are all welcome. For more information, contact Nora Kodet at [email protected] or visit our Facebook page at Lake of the Liners LOP Line Dance.

Line Dancing

Line Dance lessons are being held on The Clubhouse Deck on Mondays. Beginners class will begin at 4:00 p.m., Improvers/Intermediate at 5:15 p.m. There is a $1 donation suggested. For more information, contact Karen Mills at [email protected] or visit our Facebook page at Lake of the Liners LOP Line Dance.


The Lake of the Pines Pickleball group is active here in LOP. We have over 100 members who enjoy participating in the fastest growing sport in America! Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels. The rules are simple, and the game is easy for beginners to learn. But it can develop into a quick, fast-paced, competitive game for experienced players.

The pickleball courts in LOP are temporarily located on Tennis Court 2 while we await the construction of new permanent pickleball courts in Hazel Park. We have open play for all skill levels daily Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. There is also a women’s only group that plays on Monday afternoons from 3:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Equipment is provided, and experienced members are on hand to show new players how the game works. There are clinics, social events, and tournaments held throughout the year.

The game has become particularly popular among people in their 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s looking for an activity that offers good aerobic exercise without being as strenuous as traditional racket sports, which affords players the chance to socialize during the game.

Come down and give it a try! Contact Sean Tener at (916) 208-8751 for information.

Pine Needlers

The Pine Needlers are a group of very committed ladies with a passion for their craft. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, we have been meeting in Park 5 while the meeting rooms have been closed to clubs. We hope to be meeting in the Yacht Lounge starting this month.

If you are interested in joining or finding out more about our group, contact Gwen Tillisch at 728-3048.


Qigong (The Art of Effortless Power) 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.

Make a good decision; start that path of enlightenment to bring health, positivity, and less stress into your daily life. It is easy, so join our Qigong class today.

At the time of this writing, classes take place over Zoom, or in the park. Call or email for up-to-date information.

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Contact us for information on joining. New members are welcome any time. 

Qigong Teacher: To join, and for information and handouts relating directly to the practice of Qigong, contact Keith Vincent at 906-7065 or email at [email protected].

Zoom Activation and Information: Sylvia Waddell at (408) 341-5444 or email at [email protected].

LOP Riders

If anyone is interested in joining us, check out our Facebook page at LOP Riders.

RV Ramblers

Hello Ramblers and LOP Community,

Many Lakes Basin Camping vicinities are located in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area. Located nine miles southwest of Graeagle, California, this area has such special geological features! There was breathtaking scenery with over 20 small lakes nearby, most of which were accessible by hiking trails, and available for fishing and kayaking. Snowcapped mountain peaks, pristine lakes and blue skies provided for a very memorable camping experience.

Our gang, plus some, were all there.  Many of us RV camped at Clio Rivers Edge Resort with several others staying at River Pines Resort. A number of campers spent two days on the golf courses (of which they had seven different courses to select from) while other friends went hiking, fishing or just touring around nearby.  Before heading out for the day, mornings started off with “Good Morning Camper Hour” which included coffee and mimosas. Before the days ended, and the early evening was approaching, folks came back together for our famous “Ramblers Happy Hour.”  Midweek, and staying within gathering guidelines, campers came together for a “Corona Hang-Over Sing-Along Party” … “A Journey to The Past” singing songs from days gone by. You cannot beat a good sing along!

We all know a great group event cannot be a premiere event without those super stars who shine with their spirit of service and giving. A big shout out and thank you to Gordon and Toni Boyer, Russ and Debbie Broughan, Ivan and Terry Karnezis, Ben Moran and Nora Kodet, John and Chris Boykin, John and Cheryl Sinsel, Steve and Jackie Fawcett, John and Kathleen Ballew and friends, Fred and Diane Friedberg, Kent and Patty Kirby, Jack and Margaret Schifando, Bud and Patti Abbott, and Mike and Donna Cornan for either coordinating or hosting one of the various activities we enjoyed at the camp trip.

July is an unplanned month. August has us back on the road with a trip planned to Vineyard RV Park in Vacaville, California August 6-9. Even if you are not a camper, you are still invited to join us. The Vineyards have tent cabins available. Log onto vineyardrvpark.com  to join us! We are hoping to take a free Anheuser-Busch Brewery tour, Jelly Belly Factory tour, or maybe a winery or two. If you are not available in August, think about September. Our plans are to stay at the Grand Sierra Resort’s campgrounds September 8-13. Again, if you are not a camper; book a room and join us for the Reno Balloon Event. Check it out at renoballoon.com and book a room or camp spot at grandsierraresort.com/rv-park.

Feel free to reach out to Mark Sechler at [email protected] or Kimi Sechler at [email protected] for more information and/or to be added to our email list.

Tai  Chi

Please note we have changed our meeting time.  We now meet from 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. every Thursday morning. Our location continues outdoors on the parking lot facing the Main Beach at Park 1.   Should the temperature heat up, we may choose to shelter ourselves in the Sports Lounge that has re-opened. If you are not on our email notification list, you can call the number below for current information.

A slow and graceful way of practicing martial art movements, Tai Chi had its beginnings in China, then introduced here during the past century, gradually gaining in popularity as a form of exercise for young and old. It is good for increasing and maintaining our overall health and physical wellbeing, and also a gentle way of regaining strength, stamina, balance, and coordination for those who may have been convalescing. The 24 movement form we learn is practiced throughout the world, so once learned, you will find it familiar when you travel to other locations.

We have been welcoming new participants to our class. Call Louise Chan at 268-8606 if you are interested in joining us. Leave a clear message and I will return your call.

Ukes of the Pines

Ukes of the Pines will be meeting at various parks until the Yacht Lounge becomes available. Each week an email will go out to established members. If you are interested in joining the group, contact Pat Brothen at [email protected].

Water Ski Club

A couple of Water Ski Club members celebrated milestones birthdays during the month of May.

Shauri Tobias became AARP eligible by celebrating her 50th Birthday on the Lake. Shauri said she is excited to start taking advantage of all the discounts and benefits AARP has to offer and is looking forward to eating regularly at Denny’s before 5:00 p.m.

Mark Randazzo celebrated his 65th Birthday water skiing as well. Mark said the best thing about turning 65 is that he can now injure himself with confidence while skiing knowing that his medical bills will now be covered.

Happy Birthday Shauri and Mark, and may you continue to shred for many years to come.

You are never too old to water ski. For more information about the Water Ski Club, contact Steve Bock at 268-2767.

Shauri Tobias with Parents, Stan and Joanne Tobias. (Photo credit: Steve Bock)


Shauri Tobias Waterskiing (Photo credit: Steve Bock)


Mark Randazzo (Photo credit: Mark Randazzo)


Mark Randazzo Waterskiing (Photo credit: Mark Randazzo)

WIN (Women in Networking)

Attention businesswomen! We have a group called WIN (Women in Networking). We meet each month on the second Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. to share ideas, network and support each other. For more information, contact Dr. Lynne Sullivan at 718-4102 or [email protected].

Wines in the Pines

Hello again and Happy Independence Day LOP! 

Our next scheduled WITP Clubhouse event will be Tuesday, August 3 winery TBA.

This will be a special, “Plus” event whereas we will be having a small dance party after the tastings. It will be great fun. You can enjoy the vocal performance from Waiana Olson, or dance the rest of the night away as she will perform songs from every decade since the 50’s!  We will be offering snacks and chocolates again, and even better door prizes than ever before. Entry fee for WITP Clubhouse events is now $10 per person to continue to support this event.

On the Fourth of July from noon-10:00 p.m., Wines in the Pines will be offering wine tasting by-the-glass of a huge array of wines on the Yacht Lounge Deck. There will also be cold beer and bottled water for sale. Only 21 or older will be allowed on the deck.

For more information about Wines in the Pines and other upcoming WITP events, visit our Facebook page: facebook.com/groups/lopwinesinthepines. Members also get first-hand information on special promotions offered exclusively to us by local wineries.

Reservations are made ONLY by emailing [email protected] For questions only,  contact Paul Petrali at (916) 628-7285.


Our goal 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].