eNews from The Hills

November 2, 2015


Dear Members,

Fall is here but the weather hasn’t seemed to cool down too much. There have been some beautiful days here at The Hills. It was especially nice for this year’s Halloween party! We had a great turnout and a ton of fun. I had the opportunity to be in the dunk tank and was dunked for the first time by a hard throwing southpaw that was under ten years old. You can check out the video of the party on The Hills’ Facebook page.

I want to say thank you to all who have been conserving water here at the club. We have cut back 49% over previous years, which is a testament to those turning off the water while brushing teeth and shaving, or taking shorter showers.

By the time this newsletter has been published, I will have been working at the club for a year. I want to say that it has been one of the most enjoyable experiences of my life. I have built many relationships with you all, and our team that serves you is tremendous. What a great place we have here at The Hills. Thank you for allowing me to serve you.

We’ve had some safety concerns around the club, brought to my attention by other members. As a reminder, please observe the important regulations outlined below in our Programs & Announcements section.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions.

To your health and happiness,



The Hills Closing Early
We will be closing at 8pm on Wednesday, November 11th for staff training. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and would greatly appreciate if you would plan your workout accordingly.

The Hills’ Billing
The Hills switched to paperless billing over the summer. This means that we have not been sending bills in the mail unless requested. We understand that not everyone received notifications regarding paperless billing and that it has caused issues for many of you, including those that requested paper statements. We are deeply sorry for the trouble and are working to fix the errors. Please bear with us. In the meantime, you can access your account statements and itemized transaction listing, and make a payment, by logging in to your Member’s Online Account on our website. For more information or to request mailed statements, please contact Amelia Broadhurst, our Administrative Manager, by email at abroadhurst@caclubs.com or by phone at (510) 339-0234 ext. 14.

Reminders: The Hills Rules & Regulations
● The Hills is a smoke-free facility. This includes the parking lots.
● There is no glass allowed on the pool deck. Broken glass is a safety hazard and if it makes it into the pool, we have to shut down the club to drain and clean the pool.
● Please do not pull over in front of the club to unload or load your car. This is a traffic hazard.
● Please obey the directional signs in the upper parking lot. Do not go in through the exit or out through the entrance. This is another traffic hazard.

Get Your Tickets for Jingles & JetBlacq

Join us for a holiday-themed evening of jazz music, socializing, fine food, and wine tasting — we’re calling it “Jingles and JetBlacq.” We’re ringing in the season to the groove of a couple of our member-musicians. Check out the classic jazz strains of JetBlacq on their website, and make your reservations now! We can only accommodate 60 guests, and this event is sure to sell out like our previous Jazz night.
> Friday, December 4
Tickets are $30/person


imgExplore Yoga
Our group fitness manager would like to encourage you to try the diverse selection of yoga classes offered here at The Hills. Our various yoga instructors are passionate about teaching, and each utilizes their unique personalities to create a routine that’s sure to fit your needs. With free classes offered daily, there are multiple opportunities for a great yoga experience.

Please Welcome Our New Swim Instructors.

If you have not already met Shannon Coskran or Drew Swartz, please welcome them by joining the early morning swim class. Both Shannon and Drew are great instructors with lots of experience and enthusiasm. You’re sure to start the day off fresh and enjoy yourself while swimming with Shannon and Drew.
>Swim Workout: Mon, Wed, Fri., 6am
>Intro to Swim: Mon, Wed, Fri., 7am


Pilates For Runners & Triathletes Workshop: Cross Train And Get Strong!
It’s not too late to enroll in our popular Pilates Workshop For Runners And Triathletes, (yes, cyclists, too!). Led By Pilates Instructor Caitlin Smith, who is a yoga instructor, doula, elite ultra-runner, and world-class competitor. Caitlin is off to Abu Dhabi in December for the 50K world championship!
> Saturdays, November 14th, 21st, 28th, & December 12th, 10:30-11:30am
$130 for three workshops or $40 per drop-in (Non-members $140/$45)
For more info and to register, please contact tbrewitz@caclubs.com

imgPilates on The Go – The Perfect Holiday Gift!

Give a loved one or yourself a great, stress-reducing, health-promoting fitness gift!
Great for beginners as well as experienced pilates students. This gift includes a set of Pilates-weighted 3lb. toning balls, a flex band, and last but not least, enrollment in a 90-minute workshop where we’ve put together a special full-body, Pilates-based, strength and core routine. Using a flex band, you can have a great workout anywhere! Using the toning balls, you have your own gym at home! You’ll work and stretch all major muscle groups and build a stronger core.
> Tuesday, December 22nd; Thursdays, January 12th and 19th, 6–7:30pm
For more information and to order your “Pilates On The Go” package, please contact
Therese Brewitz, STOTT PILATES Instructor and Athletic Conditioning Specialist at


imgYear-round Swim Lessons
Our 86 degree recreation pool is open year round. Utilize our instructors to help you fulfill your swimming needs. It is turning into swim season for some of your triathletes and our instructors can help you transition your funky strokes into more efficient styles. Visit private lessons on the Aquatics page of our website for information about instructors, schedules, and pricing.

Purchase Your Swim Lesson Packages
Starting November 1st, all newly-booked swim lesson packages will be charged up front. This is helpful for tracking how many lessons you’ve taken and speeds up our accounting process.

Swim Team News

Swimmers performed well over the first two months of the season. Sixteen year old Matthew Kaplan, Hills Member and Hills Lifeguard, broke three team records in October. Kaplan, unrested, swam away with a 15-16 boy’s record in the 200 Butterfly stroke, 1,000 Freestyle stroke, and 1,650 Freestyle. Kaplan looks to break more records in November before he ages up at the end of the month. Two other stand-out swimmers of the month are twins Tom and Taylor Rolefson, Age 10. The two of them have been a force in accumulating numerous BB times. A 'BB' time represents a level equal to 75% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time. Both Tom and Taylor are versatile swimmers and combine to have “BB times” in eleven events. At this pace they will be racking up “A times”, a level equal to 84% of the National Top 16 Reportable Time, very shortly.

Our very popular pre-competitive swim teams, Manta Rays and Tidal Waves will take a break for one month but we will return in 2016 starting January 6th. Online registration will be up and ready sometime in November. Please keep an eye out in the mid-November enews for more information.

Full Swim team schedules and info on the Aquatics page of our website.


Call or stop by the front desk or email Fitness Director Jeff Allen (jallen@caclubs.com) for more information about personal training and small-group programs at The Hills.

imgWellness Strategies for the Holidays:
Two Special Evenings with The Hills’ Nutritionist

There’s no need to wait until January to make a resolution to feel better about your eating patterns. Join the club’s Nutritionist, Rachel Barach, for two special evenings exploring food and nutritional strategies that promote your sense of wellness during the holiday season — and all year round!

> The first evening focuses on practical strategies for healthy eating over the holidays.

> The second evening is a recipe workshop, with updates to some old favorites and plenty of new ideas too. Participants will have the opportunity to give their own recipes a makeover.

Both events include tastings and an interactive discussion. Bring your questions for Rachel! The sessions are open to your guests as well. Call or visit the front desk to sign up.

>Two Thursdays, November 12th and 19th
In the Club House
$15 for either class; $20 for both

More About Rachel
Rachel Barach is a certified Nutrition Consultant, a trained chef, a certified Eating Psychology Coach, and a graduate of Northwestern University. She has six years of professional cooking experience, including a stint in the kitchens of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Manhattan. Rachel is passionate about health through food and works with clients to meet their individual needs. She offers private nutrition counseling sessions as well as group seminars. Rachel promotes a healthy relationship with food and eating with an emphasis on making it delicious and enjoyable!


imgFree Clinics with Eddie
Join USPTA Elite Professional Eddie Pasternak for free one-hour tennis clinics at The Hills! Eddie leads clinics each month that address all ages and skill levels.
Saturday, November 14, 12-1
Meet special guest Tomas Vanecek, 1-2pm
>Introduction for Beginners
Sunday, November 29th, 4-5pm

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