Oakmont E-Blast 11-2-2021

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OVA Town Hall

November 2

1 p.m. at East Rec Center and on Zoom

Medical Emergencies: What to Know, What to Do

Recognizing medical emergencies and finding the right care at the right time will be the topic of the November town hall presented by Providence Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. Two trauma physicians, Brian Schmidt, MD, and Omar Ferrari, DO, will be at the East Rec to cover how to identify a stroke and a heart attack, when to call the ambulance and when to use urgent care as well as tips for safety around the home. You may also join the presentation on Zoom with this link:


Employee Recognition Fund Underway

The excellent work of the OVA staff is appreciated year-round, and the holiday season is an appropriate time to say thank you with a special holiday bonus gift. Since 2016, members have been contributing to the board-approved Employee Appreciation Fund to provide bonuses that recognize the 15-person non-management team for its hard work and dedication.  Donations will be distributed at year-end.

Members who wish to donate may contribute via check by December 10 to the OVA office at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A. Please make checks payable to OVA; on the memo line, please write “EMP APP Fund.”

Under Deck Enclosure Policy – 28-Day Review

Please review and comment to christel@oakmontvillage.com about the Under Deck Enclosure Policy that was presented at the October 19 board meeting. This policy will be discussed again at the November 16 board meeting. Click below:

All OVA Policies require logging in to view.

Indoor Mask Mandate Lifted for Some Vaccinated Groups

Sonoma County health officials on Thursday lifted the indoor mask mandate for some vaccinated groups. In Oakmont, the new protocol means if a group meeting inside an Oakmont facility knows each other to be vaccinated, members may agree to meet without masks. The county mandate applies to groups under 100 and only if the event is not open to the general public. 

Proof of a negative COVID-19 test cannot be used as a replacement for proof of vaccination, county officials said.

All other existing requirements for masking in OVA facilities will remain in effect.

Sorry, Your Call Cannot Be Completed

If your call isn’t connecting, it’s likely due to a new regulation. Ten-digit dialing is now required for all calls, including local calls, from the 707 area code. The Federal Trade Commission is requiring the transition to 10 digits to facilitate the creation of the 988 suicide-prevention hotline.

What’s Happening in Oakmont?

Oakmont Community Microgrid Seminar

November 8 at 10 a.m.

East Rec Center and on Zoom

Presented by the Energy Resiliency Committee

The Oakmont community microgrid is still in the planning stages, but the current concept calls for a system that will power all residences and buildings in Oakmont.  Energy resilience in the microgrid comes from electric power generation by solar panels and battery backup energy systems with computer control and automatic switching in the event of grid shutdown. Resilience is the ability to recover quickly from de-energization and achieve full power within seconds to minutes.

The Oakmont Energy Resiliency Committee (OERC) has been the lead in the microgrid search for Oakmont.  Contact Ken Smith, Chair, OERC, at info.oerc@oakmontvillage.com or 415-699-3549 with questions.

Sign up for the in-person meeting at info@oerp.oakmontvillage.com.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83157809327?pwd=T0JqejNhb3VTUkRHNURvQjdRcVdLUT09

Blood Pressure Clinic will be Closed on November 10

The clinic will be closed for a week and will resume on November 17.

Jazz Club Concert

A Special Holiday Celebration with

 Larry Dunlap, Jamie Davis, Steve Heckman, Ron Belcher and Leon Joyce Jr.

November 6

6 p.m. Doors Open, 7 p.m. Concert

Berger Center


Featuring vocalist Jamie Davis and pianist Larry Dunlap with an all-star trio.  Jamie Davis holds a position amongst the pantheon of great male vocalists with a full deep baritone voice that has been paired with some of the world’s best talent. He is an alum of The Count Basie Orchestra, travels the world as guest vocalist of Big Bands and Orchestras in UK, Europe, Russia, Asia and USA.

Larry Dunlap was the pianist on Dame Cleo Laine’s Grammy award-winning Cleo at Carnegie. He has spent the major portion of his life accompanying vocalists and has transcribed and edited music for Sher Music publications such as The New Real Book, Vol 1 and Vol 2; The Standards Real Book and more.

The stellar trio consists of outstanding saxophonist Steve Heckman, seasoned bassist Ron Belcher and tasteful drummer Leon Joyce, Jr.

Don’t miss this special concert. 

For tickets, mail checks to Oakmont Jazz Club, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A.  For more information, call 707-537-7720.

Seventeenth Annual Veterans Appreciation Event

Thursday, November 11 at noon

Berger Center and on Zoom

Join the celebration by attending the program to thank all our veterans.  The program includes service anthem music, parading of the colors and features notable local speakers Kathy Ruiz, Charlie Ensley, Susan Gorin, Jack Tibbetts and Tom Kendrick.

Everyone, especially veterans, family and friends of veterans, is invited to join the celebration. All veterans will be honored during the ceremony and are encouraged to wear uniforms, ball caps or insignias of their service.

Zoom at:

Don’t Leave Home Without Your Papers

 Booster Clinics November 10 and 11

November 10 at Berger

November 11 at East Rec

 If you are scheduled for a Covid booster shot, please bring your Medicare B card and supplemental insurance cards, along with a photo identification and proof of vaccination (CDC card or digital code).

A consent form, which is available with the online registration, should be filled out and turned in when you come for your appointment.

Art and Craft Faire

Saturday, November 13

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Berger Auditorium

Zapata Grill Food Truck from Kenwood

Music Groups on the Stage with Dancers at 12 p.m.

Fifth Annual Frozen Turkey Drive

November 20

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Berger Parking Lot

Give a helping hand to the Redwood Gospel Mission by donating a frozen turkey for the Great Thanksgiving Banquet 2021. The annual feast is at the Fairgrounds, and your donation can also help to provide food boxes to families in need. The November 20 drive marks the fifth year Oakmont has participated in this important community outreach.

If you are unable to purchase a turkey, you may still make a donation at the drive. Please drop off a check made payable to the Redwood Gospel Mission or call Susan Chauncy, 707-536-9765, to make arrangements for check pick up.

Golf Club News

We survived the storm this week with two very soaked golf courses and three oak trees down, and our crew is working to clean up the debris on the course.  Manager Hilary Gruendle was thrilled with how the course held up in the 14+ inches of rain we had from Tuesday – Sunday.  All the hard work our teams did this spring and summer in cleaning out the waterways of debris and blackberry bramble, rain spillway clearing and tree maintenance really helped us to only have minimal damage on the course.

Keep Oak in Your Holiday Plans

Oak is now open Monday to Friday from 12 to 6 p.m.  Limited staffing is the biggest hurdle currently, but the restaurant hopes to open seven days a week with later hours in November.  Happy Hour from 3 to 4:30 p.m. during the week has been a hit.  You can always find our menu and operating hours at playvom.com LINK 

Thanksgiving Buffet

1 to 6 p.m.

$45 per person, $18 for children under 10

Waldorf Salad

Classic Caesar Salad

Roasted Turkey with Cranberry and Orange Relish

Carved Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream and Au Jus

Candied Yams

Stuffed Squash

Sauteed Green Beans and Wild Mushrooms

Cornbread Dressing

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Yeast Rolls

Cornbread Muffins

Apple Pie

Cream Puffs

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

Assorted Cookies and Brownies

Christmas Cookie Decorating with Santa

December 20 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

$15 per person

Christmas Buffet

1 to 6 p.m.

$50 per person, $18 for children under 10

Classic Caesar Salad
Fig & Quinoa Salad

Roasted Root Vegetables
Crispy Brussel Sprouts
Stuffed Squash
Candied Yams

Cornbread Dressing
Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Yeast Rolls and Cornbread Muffins

Slow Cooked Tri-Tip Balsamic and Rosemary Jus
Nut Crusted Salmon with Cranberries and Fresh herbs
Roasted Turkey with Cranberry and Orange Relish

Apple Pie
Pecan Pie
Christmas Cookies
Yule Log
Holiday Bread Pudding

East Coast New Year’s Eve Bash

5 to 10 p.m.

$95 per person

Tickets include buffet dinner, champagne toast, dancing with our favorite DJ and a photo booth.

Beet & Arugula Local Goat Cheese
Spinach & Feta Walnuts, Red Onion, Egg and Balsamic Vinegar Dressing

Roasted Leg of Lamb Rosemary Jus
Sea Bass Topped with Lump Crab
Eggplant Parmesan Marinara Sauce

Saffron Rice Pilaf
Potato and Fennel Gratin
Green Bean Almandine

Cream Puffs
Chocolate Mousse
Fruit Basket Cake
Champagne Sabayon

Reservations are required for all events.  Call 707-539-0415 x7 or email hgaribaldi@playvom.com.

l to r: Rick Dougherty, George Grove and Jerry Siggins

Folk Legacy Trio

Saturday, November 20 at 7 p.m.

Berger Center


Back by popular demand, former Kingston Trio singers George Grove and Rick Dougherty team up with Jerry Siggins to perform an evening of songs from the great folk era of the ‘50s through the mid-’70s. To make reservations, go to oakmontll.org, fill out the form and place it in the OLL folder at the OVA office along with your check.  You may also pay at the door.

New Year‘s Eve at the Berger Center

December 31

Doors open at 4:30 p.m., Social at 5 p.m., Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
Music from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m.

New Year’s will be at Celebrated at 9 p.m.
 $98.00 Per Member or Guest

A world-class chef will prepare a buffet-style dinner with selected appetizers, prime rib, scalloped potatoes, salad and more, all served on China plates.   BYOB; assorted mixers will be available.

Music will be provided by the Pointlyss Sisters, four women with a three-piece band.
Come join us to say goodbye to a very bad year.

Feel free to call Ray at 707-539-6666 or e-mail him at haversonr@comcast.net with questions.

The Futures Club has begun working on new advances in dealing with hearing loss, particularly related to the new class of inexpensive over-the-counter hearing aids expected to be in the market next year.

The Futures Club has been asked by UCSF to help find volunteers to participate in a new study it is conducting based on how people living together deal with hearing loss. The study is led by Dr. Meg Wallhagen, who has spoken here in Oakmont, and is the current chair of the Hearing Loss Association of America.

From Dr. Wallhagen:
“Our experience is that primary care and other practitioners don’t ask about or attend to hearing loss. For persons with chronic conditions that usually require frequent visits, but also involve conversations that can focus on treatment or other decisions, not being able to hear very well can be a barrier to assuring that one’s desires about health care are met and understood.

My small study is designed to learn more about the issues people and their partners may experience. The persons I am hoping to talk to do NOT have to have diagnosed hearing loss or be wearing hearing aids. They just need to feel that they don’t hear well and that it’s an issue when they speak with practitioners. I’m specifically looking for persons 60 and older with partners since managing any significant chronic condition generally involves family. However, persons who might be interested can have a close relationship with persons other than a spouse or partner. I just would like them to be living together or to speak very frequently.

The study involves one interview by zoom and then a follow-up brief interview at 3 months if the participants is willing to do this. It’s all on-line and participants can share as much or as little as they wish. They do get a $25 gift card (both partners), I provide some education about hearing loss after the first interview, and I send them a pocket talker/personal amplifier after the first interview. The 3-month interview is just to check on the usefulness of the pocket talker and the brochure I use to provide some information about hearing loss.”

Here’s a link to a brochure with a little more information:


And if you are interested in helping with the Futures Club on over-the-counter hearing aids, email futureoakmont@gmail.com.

Where are the Flamingos?

The flamingos are back in town and ready to bring smiles to your neighborhood. Fly them to a friend celebrating a special day, or maybe you’d like to just cheer someone up. The Soroptimists are fundraising again for their Dreams Programs, helping women and girls through education, training awards and mentoring. For a $25 donation, you can send a flock on its way to roost for three days.  Contact Christina at 707-292-6858 or cchapman@cchapmanmcn-org

Café Mortel

November 5 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

East Rec Center

Bay Area Funeral Consumers Alliance and Autumn Life Planning

Spare the Heirs

Make your final plans and share them with the people who need to know.    The time of loss is not the time to plan or make wise choices.

1. Brief overview of advance health care directives
    Power of attorney for health care vs. health care agent (not Finance POA)
    POLST (Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment) and DNR (Do Not

    California End-of-Life Option Act and MAID (Medical Aid in Dying)

2. Written instructions for agent and family regarding what happens upon death
    Body Disposition 
            Organ donation
            Whole body donation
            Water hydrolysis
            Composting, ReCompose, Mushroom suit  

3. Funeral Homes/Mortuary
    Picking the funeral home and/or mortuary 
    Advance payment – pros and cons

4.  Ethical will – Adjunct to end-of-life plan

November 7:  Here Today

Veteran comedy writer Charlie Burnz (Billy Crystal) forms an unlikely yet hilarious and touching friendship with New York singer Emma Payge (Tiffany Haddish).   Emma — the unlikely recipient of a prize to have lunch with the comedy legend, despite not knowing who he is — gets off to a rocky start with Charlie (think seafood allergy, a hospital visit and an epi- pen). Before long, each finds in the other a sort of soul mate, forging a deep bond that kicks the generation gap aside and redefines the meaning of friendship, love and trust. 

PG-13; 1 hour, 57 minutes in length.

When veteran comedy writer gap aside and redefines the meaning of love and trust.

November 14: Café Society

Looking for an exciting career, young Bobby Dorfman leaves New York for the glitz and glamour of 1930s Hollywood. After landing a job with his uncle, Bobby falls for Vonnie, a charming woman who happens to be his employer’s mistress. Settling for friendship but ultimately heartbroken, Bobby returns to the Bronx and begins working in a nightclub. Everything falls into place when he finds romance with a beautiful socialite until Vonnie walks back into his life and captures his heart once again.  PG-13; 1 hour, 36 minutes in length.

Nov 7, 2021
 10:30 a.m. at Berger and on Zoom
Mark Randol
 Afghanistan:  What Happened?

On the night of August 30, 2021, the last American soldier left Afghanistan, ending the longest war in American history.  Did the U.S. lose this war as some have suggested?  Or was it a belated realization that its “nation building” ambitions for Afghanistan were impossible to fulfill?  In this talk, Mark Randol will provide an overview of the war in Afghanistan and identify factors that led to the eventual American withdrawal from the country.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 3177 9099
Passcode: 234871

Audio-Visual Trainings Through the End of the Year

Do you need to hold an event using the AV equipment but need a refresher or full training?  Sign up by contacting JaneGyorgy@gmail.com.

Upcoming Trainings:  Six dates, 11 classes:
November 12, East Rec from 3-4:30
November 17, East Rec from 9-10:30 and 11-12:30
November 19, Berger from 1-2:30
November 29, East Rec from 9-10:30, 11-12:30, 1-2:30
December  2,  East Rec from 3-4:30
December 28, East Rec from 9-10:30, 11-12:30, 1-2:30

Creating a Firewise Landscape

November 10 at 10 a.m.

East Rec Center or Zoom

If you’re looking for ways to create a fire resilient landscape, expert help is available at a seminar hosted by the Oakmont Garden Club.  Jon Kanagy, Design and Implementation Project Manager at the Sonoma Ecology Center, will talk about how to design a beautiful and diverse landscape with important ecological benefits.

Before joining Sonoma Ecology Center, Kanagy worked for 15 years in vineyard management in Sonoma and Napa Counties addressing areas that include land stewardship challenges, sustainability, streambank restoration techniques, permanent cover crops and utilization of native plants. He has a master’s degree in plant protection and pest management and has studied at UC Berkeley Extension.

Zoom link:

Webinar ID

889 3484 8810

Webinar Passcode



Music at Oakmont Is Back

November 18 at 1:30 p.m.

Berger Center

The Lincoln Trio

Marta Aznavoorian, piano; David Cunliffe, cello; Desiree Ruhstat, violin


Ernest Bloch:                 Three Nocturnes for Piano Trio

Joaquin Turina:            Piano Trio No. 2in B minor, Op.76

Astor Piazzolla:             Otoño Porteño


Shawn Okpebholo:     City Beautiful

Rebecca Clarke:            Piano Trio  

Club members would like to find out if some of our newer residents have classic cars. If you have a classic or exotic car, please call Mike at (408) 221-1284 or Ron at (707) 529-8033.

Our meetings include car talk as well as other subjects. Prior to Covid, the group visited a number of interesting public and private car collections throughout the Bay Area and is planning to visit more in the future.  Happy cruising.

Oakmont Music Lovers

November 2 Session Canceled

Unfortunately, the November 2 session has been canceled because the East Rec will be needed for the OVA town hall meeting while Berger is closed for painting.  The season will now begin on December 7.   

Oakmont Progressives

November 8 at 7 p.m.

Zoom Only

Maria Behan

Dr. Corinne Frugoni

Terry Winter

National Health Care Reform Runs Through Santa Rosa

Terry Winter

With national health care reform stuck in Washington infighting, local Assemblyman Jim Wood (D-Santa Rosa) will be a key decision maker in developing what could become the model for national reform. The meeting will feature three experts on the current push to reform health care. Assemblyman Wood, who chairs the Health Committee, will play a central role on whether California reform looks like the Bernie Sanders’ model, the German model or no real reform.

The three presenters are:

Terry Winter (RN, MPH), a Sonoma County registered nurse and health planner for 40 years, co-chairs the Healthcare for All Working Group.

Maria Behan writes about U.S. politics for the Berlin-based online magazine The Wild Word, and her essays have also appeared in HuffPost and Daily Kos.

Dr. Corinne Frugoni is a general practitioner in Humboldt County and an expert on what is in the current Assembly Bill that is at the core of California reform.

Find out what is being debated and how you might help shape the discussion. Join us. 

Join Zoom Meeting at

Tuesday, November 9 at 11:30 a.m.

Berger Center

Dr. Heidi Perryman

What About Beavers

Dr. Heidi Perryman is a child psychologist who became an “accidental beaver advocate” when a family moved to Martinez creek in 2007. She formed the non-profit “Worth A Dam” to protect them and educate the community. Now she teaches other cities how and why to coexist with this keystone species. Heidi recently worked with Sonoma State University to organize the first California Beaver Summit.  Branch 92 welcomes all interested in this topic to sign up for this event. Contact Dave Alton at 833-1390 for more information.
Branch 92 also encourages our community to continue to donate non-perishable food by filling the food barrels at each of the activity centers.

Is A Furry Friend Waiting for You?

Grab a Leash and Get Up and Out for the Next Dog Walk Yappy Hour

Tuesday, November 9 at 10 a.m.

Meet at West Rec Picnic Area

Yappy Hour Dog Walk is a casual, approximately one-mile round-trip.  Feel free to strut your stuff or walk, run, skip or prance, all at your own comfortable pace. This is not a race. Bring water for yourself and your pup and wear good walking shoes. Sponsored by the Oakmont Canine Club, Yappy Hour is open to all Oakmont residents and their furry companion(s).  Please come and join the pack.

The wonderful and much needed rain cancelled the October Small Dogs Play Date and will be offered again on Saturday, November 20, from 9 a.m. to 11a.m.  Any Oakmont residents and their pup(s) weighing 25 pounds or less are invited.

Happy Tails Dog Park is the only place in Oakmont, other than one’s own backyard, where pups can run free off-leash.  Regular dog park hours are sunrise to sunset.

November 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

CAC, Room B

Marie Theilade, Wells Fargo Senior Financial Advisor and Portfolio Manager

My Spouse Passed Away: What to do with My Investments?

The goal of InvestOAK is to advance members’ knowledge and understanding of investment options and strategies for retirement.  The InvestOak club meeting will typically feature a new investment topic each month, a market update and discussion.  There is no monetary aspect to the club’s activities.

For the rest of the year, InvestOAK meetings will be held on the third Friday of the month. Members can expect an email notice in the days preceding the meeting. For further information or to join the distribution list for meeting notices, contact Len Grosso at leonard.grosso @yahoo.com.

Just for Fun Games Club

Free Pan Lessons

November 20 and December at 4 at 1 p.m.

CAC Card Room

Vaccinations and Masks Required

Pan (short for panguingue) is a card game similar to gin rummy with lots of players, cards and chips (used only for fun).  If you think you might be interested in learning this very sociable, anything-can-happen game, Oakmont resident, Jeri Phillips, will teach you how to play. Everyone is welcome.  To register, contact Jeri Phillips: Just4FunGamesClub@earthlink.net (714) 883-3126.

The Just for Fun Games Club is a great place to make friends and play all sorts of games. The Games Club meets in the Card Room at the CAC every Saturday at 1 pm. (Currently meetings are alternating between playing in person or playing online. Please call ahead to confirm the schedule.) Everyone is welcome to come out and play board games, card games, old games and new games. If you have questions about the Just for Fun Games Club or to be added to the mailing list, contact Phillip Herzog: goldguyphil@gmail.com or (707) 843-3053.