Sunriver You Classes

Registration is open for Sunriver You classes for October and November. All classes require preregistration at

SROA Forum – New Dog Park

Thursday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m. by Zoom.

A Parks & Recreation Task Force, comprised of owners and community stakeholders, met over the past year to review the current state of our parks, facilities and pathways and make recommendations that will guide improvements over the next 5-10 years. A dedicated dog park was high on the list of desired improvements. This is the first project proposed as a result of the recommendations in the new Parks & Recreation Master Plan. Keith Kessaris, SROA Assistant General Manager, will discuss the timeline and details of the new dog park and the long range plans for the area surrounding it. There will be time for questions specific to this topic at the end of the presentation.

For those interested, there is an open house “walk through” of the proposed dog park on October 11, 3:00-5:00 pm.  The proposed site is Cottonwood park, which is across the street from the north grocery store where the tennis court is located.

Tech Forum – The Best Apps for Travel and How to Use Them

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, 3:00-5:30 p.m. at SHARC. Presented by Sunriver resident and travel professional Terry Rife.

Do you have issues with travel apps? What are the must-have apps when traveling either domestically or internationally? This class will attempt to ease any frustration in trying to download and navigate these common travel apps. This is a hands-on class. Please bring your smart phone and/or other smart device (apps do not work on computers), any upcoming travel itineraries along with confirmation numbers, and your sense of humor. We will leave time for independent work as Rife assists in answering individual questions. The goal of the class is to cover a variety of travel apps, their benefits and ease of use, as well as tackle individual issues and to get those apps working for you.

Terry Rife has 20 years’ experience as a travel manager, including teaching travel and tourism in a local trade school. In 2016, she started her own agency and became affiliated with Cruise Planners, a leading national travel company known for innovation and customer satisfaction. She and her husband enjoy traveling to new destinations and leading special interest groups to experience the awe-inspiring magic of travel.

Travel Forum: Morocco and More

Thursday, October 19, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at SHARC. Presented by Lucy and Dan Hilburn, Terry Rife, and Helen and Ron Heeren.

In what country can you ride a camel in the desert, hike below snow-capped peaks, and stroll on a beach in the same day? Join us for an interactive travel forum that will feature photos and travel recommendations for magical Morocco. It’s a fascinating destination that combines the Sahara Desert, the High Atlas Mountains, Mediterranean and Atlantic coastlines, fantastic food, and a blend of ancient cultures. The forum will also include two shorter presentations, one on how to minimize jet lag, and another to share advice for wannabe RV travelers. Plan to stay afterward for socializing and sharing travel stories; BYOB, if desired.

The Hilburns reveled in the magic of Morocco for a month, traveling alone, with local friends, and with a small group. Rife is a travel professional who has extensive experience countering the effects of jet lag. The Heerens have been enjoying their 2021 Airstream for a few years and are ready to share what they’ve learned and they have recently travelled to Morocco.

How to Take Advantage of State and Federal Tax Credits to Lower Your Home Energy Bills

Thursday, November 2, 2023, 3-4 p.m. in person at SHARC. Presented by Sunriver resident Lynne Haroun.

Are you looking for ways to reduce your electricity and gas bills? Looking to replace appliances now or in the future, but don’t know what to choose or where to get help? Are you concerned about climate change and wondering what you can do to lower your carbon footprint? This class will help you answer these questions and more. Learn about tax credits and other incentives for energy-efficient upgrades including insulation, windows, rooftop solar, heat pump water heaters, heat pump AC/heaters, induction cooktops, and electric cars. Tax codes and credits can be confusing. This presentation will walk you through those details and provide resources to estimate the incentives available to you.

Lynne Haroun has a master’s degree in Environmental Health Sciences and Public Health. Since retiring, she has been pursuing her interest in climate change, participating in workshops on the science and impacts of climate change and on collective and individual actions to reduce ecological and carbon footprints.

Understanding and Managing Stress

Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 3-4 p.m. in person at SHARC. Presented by Roberta Stopler, LMFT.

The problem of stress is a problem of perception. Generally, we misidentify stress and stressors and tend to reduce our ability to manage ourselves by engaging in negative self-talk. Stopler will explain how you can change how you feel by better understanding your thinking and offer effective mechanisms for coping with the negative impact of stress. This information is useful all of the time, but especially during the holidays. She will also talk about learning to recognize common holiday triggers (relationships, finances, physical demands) so that you can disarm them before they lead to a meltdown.
Stopler has been a Sunriver resident for 13 years. She has over 40 years of experience in private practice using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help individuals, couples and families looking for change.

Medicare 101 – What You Need to Know About Medicare

Wednesday, November 15, 3-4:30 p.m. in person at SHARC.
Presented by Cheri Martinen.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed about aging into Medicare. This educational seminar is for those who are currently on Medicare or who will be turning 65 this year. The workshop will clearly explain Medicare Part A, Part B, and Part D, as well as Medicare Advantage Plans, Medicare Supplemental Plans, and Part D Prescription Drug Plans. Martinen will present an overview of the requirements and resources to know about so you leave the class feeling educated and able to make the best decision for you.
Cheri Martinen is a Certified Insurance Counselor and President of Bancorp Insurance in La Pine. Bancorp Insurance is a third-generation family-owned and operated insurance agency. The agency staff includes specialists in Medicare and health insurance lines as well as personal and commercial insurance lines.

SROA Long Range Strategic Plan Forum

Tuesday, November 21, 2023, 4:00 p.m. via Zoom.

The Long Range Strategic Plan Task Force has had 3 meetings to discuss long-term goals for Sunriver. The task force has been looking ahead to where Sunriver should or might be in 10 years and how to get there. Keith Kessaris, SROA Assistant General Manager, will present what they have discussed so far. Then the forum will be open for community input via the chat feature on Zoom. Please have your big picture ideas, suggestions, and questions ready for the forum to be discussed and considered in the Long Range Plan.