Another Beautiful Summer, Another Swell Picnic
By Rainer Standke & Bob Young

On June 27th the Oaks Homeowners Association held the 2009 edition of its renowned Summer Picnic. About 100 Oaks neighbors came out for a beautiful afternoon under the trees in Bronson Park.

At the sign-in table

This year's picnic menu included barbeque ribs, roasted chicken and a variety of sandwiches, as well as an extensive selection of ice cream. For the kids there was a new variation of the now-familiar Bouncy Castle, and an array of games and activities directed, as well as narrated, by the Oak’s own James Rubin. After the tug-of-war contest ended in a tie between the kids and the ‘adults’, James announced that there will be compulsory training sessions scheduled for the adults next spring.

Arts & Crafts

This year's Bouncy Castle

Sack Race

Tug of War, shamefully lost by the grown-ups

Among the many long-time neighbors attending the picnic was the Oaks' celebrated centenarian, Milan Herzog, accompanied by his wife Shanta.

Milan Herzog (in dark hat), and Shanta Herzog (standing)

At the end of the afternoon over a dozen attendees were winners of the generous supply of raffle prizes including a fantastic basket of goodies from Locali, fine wine and a long list of gift certificates from Tailwaggers, La Poubelle, Palermo's, and Salon Desire. Hey, even the ‘Floor Fan That Would Not Go Away’ found a new owner. Thanks so very much to all those folks and businesses who donated raffle items.

Oaks Prez Bob Young with Raffle Assitant Hazel

The Oaks HOA also owes thanks to this year’s Picnic Sponsors: Holly Purcell of Prudential California Realty and Todd Warner of Tailwaggers Pet Supplies and Tailwashers Pet Salon.

Not in the least because of the splendid weather, many folks didn’t feel like going home at the end of the afternoon. So please come back next year. And if you missed the picnic this year, be sure to join us for the 2010 edition!

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