Inside Oakmont 1-4-2022

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It’s All Inside:

E-Blast Gets a New Name 

The weekly email newsletter about what’s happening in Oakmont, called the E-Blast since its inception in 2014, has a new name: “Inside Oakmont.” Only the name is changed. The contents are the same: A guide to what’s happening in Oakmont, the community, its organizations, and people. 

OVA’s Communications Committee opted for a new name with the New Year, recognizing that while the old name suggested electronic delivery, it said nothing to tell Oakmont members about the contents. 

Masks Indoors Now Required 

Effective Dec. 31, Sonoma County issued a new masking order requiring people to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status. The new order rescinds a previous exemption allowing vaccinated people to go maskless in some indoor public settings, including gyms, offices, and churches. 

All OVA facilities will follow the county requirement and members inside any facilities must be masked. 

Sonoma County joined other Bay Area counties in the revocation of the mask exemptions in what health officials described as a “coordinated effort to blunt a regional surge in COVID-19 cases.”  

Sonoma County Health Officer Dr. Sundari Mase said in a news release the county is recording spread of Covid-19 in the fully vaccinated. “The vaccine works. It greatly reduces the chances you will become severely ill or die if you contract the virus, but it won’t stop you from infecting others. If they are immunocompromised or unvaccinated, they could require hospitalization and even die. Wearing a well-fitted mask indoors in public settings will help keep you and those around you safe by slowing the transmission of COVID-19.” 

Mase is urged people to wear a surgical mask or the equivalent (KN95 or N95), as “cloth masks are just not as effective in stopping the spread of the virus.” 

OVA Town Hall 

January 4 at 1 p.m.  

Drought Is with Us – How Do We Respond?  

Live at East Rec and on Zoom:   

How should you respond to facing another drought year, perhaps more serious than the one now ending? Claire Nordie, water use efficiency coordinator for the City of Santa Rosa, is the keynote speaker for this important town hall meeting.  

Click Here For The Zoom and Live Stream 

Annual Elections

OVA Board of Directors

Four OVA Director positions will be open for election for terms that will begin April 2022. The Board of Directors will finalize election rules for this election at the December 21 meeting noted above. The self-nomination process closes Jan. 28, and the Candidates Forum will be held Feb. 23. Ballots will be mailed to members by March 5.    

Dues Increase

Notice on dues increase has gone into effect. 

On January 1, OVA dues increased to $106 per person from $102 last year. The board approved the increase at its October meeting. Please notify your financial institution if you use automatic withdrawal to pay dues.  

Early Facility Closure

All Facilities on January 7

All OVA facilities (buildings and pools) and the OVA Admin Office will be closing at 4 p.m. on January 7. 


Free Shredding Event 

 Friday, January 28, 9 a.m. to noon 

 Berger Parking Lot 

This free shredding event is sponsored by Oakmont Kiwanis and OVA.  Oakmont residents and businesses are invited to bring their shreddable documents to the truck that morning.  Please limit your documents to the equivalent of five banker’s boxes.  

SDC Workshop

The Future of SDC (Sonoma Development Center): A Community Workshop on Planning Law and Public Engagement – January 8, 2022, 10am–12:30pm

Join SLT staff, partner organizations and leading experts in a 2.5-hour educational workshop and training session to explain and demystify what’s behind the planning process for the future of the Sonoma Developmental Center (SDC). Learn about the key issues at stake as state and county officials consider reuse proposals for SDC.

Webinar Registration – Zoom 

January Activities at Oak 

Oak has a lot of fun activities happening each month. Stop by and take one home. Please visit our website for updates and new events. 

Club Happenings Inside Oakmont

Lifelong Learning Classes Start Next Week 

Never miss a class again! All classes (except Billy Wilder) are available by Zoom and in person and are recorded for class members who have paid to watch at their leisure if they miss a day. 

– A View from the Stage, Courtney Walsh, actor and producer, starts January 10 
– Science, Politics and Society, James Pedgrift, former mayor of Santa Rosa, starts January 12 
– Ex-Machina: The Paradox of Being Human in the Digital Age, Tony Kashani, SRJC Communications professor, starts January 13 
– Billy Wilder, Terry Ebinger, film scholar, starts February 10 

Three Ways to Register for a Class: 
• Fill out a form in the OLL folder in the OVA office and submit with your check 
• Pay at the door on the first day of class 

Sunday Symposium
January 9 – 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center

Like it or not … we are all getting older.  And stuff starts to happen.  A little pain here, a little issue there.  Alas, like it or not we are all but mere mortals.  Fortunately, there is a lot we can do to live longer and healthier.  One of our most popular speakers, Dr. Newman, will share with us how we can take charge of our health.  His talks are always fun, interesting and informative.  This is a great way to start the New Year!

Visit this link for the Zoom Info:

LIVE – Oakmont Sunday Symposium

WHERE: Berger Center
HOSTS: Al & Carol Haggerty, Mike McInnis, Julie Wood, Jeff Neuman.
NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA.

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999) R, run time 2:19

In late 1950s New York, Tom Ripley, a young underachiever, is sent to Italy to retrieve Dickie Greenleaf, a rich and spoiled millionaire playboy. But when the errand fails, Ripley takes extreme measures.

Art Association

Don’t miss Charlie Goldberg’s “Treasures of the Louvre, part II”, on zoom or view it in person at the Berger Center.
10 am Friday January 14th 2022.

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It’s time to renew your membership. Pick up a renewal form from the OAA folder at the OVA office and mail it or return it with your check as instructed on the form

Repeat last week’s, but with corrected date. 

Great Decisions Sign Up for 2022 

The Great Decisions discussion groups meet nine times from February-June each year to read and discuss topics chosen by the Foreign Policy Association. This is part of a national program to expose Americans to important foreign policy issues and provide a framework for discussion about them. As part of the program, each participant receives a book containing important background material for each topic – $28 cost). The program is open to all residents of Oakmont and their guests. (NOTE: There are large print books available at an additional charge if requested). 

Discussion topics for 2022 are Changing Demographics, Outer Space, Climate Change, Russia and the US, Myanmar, the Quad Alliance, Drug Policy, Industrial Policy, and Biden’s Agenda. 

When we are able to meet in person, meetings are held every two weeks for 9 meetings during February into June. Meetings are Monday mornings from 10 to 12 in the East Recreation Center. If COVID intervenes, at least one of these groups may meet by Zoom. 

If you have any questions, please email or call me at 538-7264 

Canine Club

Upcoming Canine Events 

Saturday January 8 
Small Dog Play Date 
Meet at Happy Tails Dog Park 
Time: 10 a.m. to noon 

The Small Dog Play Date for dogs weighing 25 lbs. or less is a great chance for the little ones to get together and romp at the Dog Park. Big dogs are not allowed in the 
Dog Park during the two-hour Small Dog Play time. All Oakmont residents and their little pups are invited. Rain cancels. 

Monday January 10 
Belle and Peri’s Yappy Hour Dog Walk 
Meet at East Rec Parking Area 
Time: 10 a.m. 

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. Yappy Hour Dog Walk is open to all Oakmont residents and their furry companion(s). Please come and join the pack. Rain cancels. 

Both events are sponsored by the Oakmont Canine Club. For more Oakmont Canine Club sponsored events available to all Oakmont residents, go to: 

Supervisors Hopkins and Gorin Report on COP26 Climate Summit and Local Plan 

Supervisor Hopkins

Oakmont Progressives  

Supervisor Hopkins 

January 10, 7 p.m.  

Zoom  ONLY

Due to concerns regarding COVID the in-person part of this meeting has been cancelled, and will only be held over Zoom.

Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins, who attended the meeting, will be the keynote speaker for this meeting. She will give a report on her recent trip to Scotland for the Climate Summit, called COP26, which was aimed at creating bold progress in the fight to prevent climate disasters. The meeting is open to all Oakmonters. Supervisor Susan Gorin will join in also presenting implications, challenges and opportunities facing Sonoma County as we fight fires, floods, and other aspects of the climate crisis. All Oakmonters are welcome to join by zoom. Meeting at 7 by this zoom link: 

Futures Club

Car Safety: The End of Fender Benders? 

Wednesday, Jan 12 at 4 p.m. on Zoom 
Car Safety: The End of Fender Benders? 

Don’t you wish that driving a car would be totally safe – for you and the other drivers on the road? 
Most new cars already have rear cameras – handy for not backing into someone and front cameras so you don’t drive over a curb. Side view mirrors can now alert you to blind spots so you can safely pass. 

Most seniors don’t want to give up the freedom of being able to drive their cars but finding a way to keep you and others safe has been a challenge. Learn about these new features and share your own experiences of avoiding that close call with features on your car. 

Join Zoom Meeting 

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Invest Oak

Tax-Efficient Investing 

 Jan. 21 

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Room B, Central Activities Center unless conditions prohibit.  

Did you know you may be able to lower your taxes depending on how you invest? 
If this topic is of interest, the January meeting is for you – Tax-Efficient Investing. 
This presentation by Fidelity Investments will cover tax-efficient investing and will discuss impacts, strategies, and upcoming tax changes. Fidelity will also be available to answer questions, as time permits. Speakers will cover the following: 
• Understand the impact of taxes on a portfolio 
• Identify strategies to help plan for taxes 
• Review upcoming planned changes in tax law and 
• Understand potential impacts 

Presented by: Rosemarie G Halajian, CFP®, Phil Walker, CFP® & Christel Whittier, of Fidelity Investments. 

During 2022,  InvestOAK meetings will be held on the third Fridays 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 – leonard.grosso @ 

Cal Alumni Club

Cal Alumni Club Dinner at The Oak 

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont is pleased to announce that a dinner at the Valley of the Moon Club, Oak Restaurant, on Jan. 26. The price will be $48, which includes hosted cocktails, appetizers, a buffet dinner featuring tri-tip and salmon, roasted potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and salads. A vegetarian option is available with advance notice. Dessert, wine, coffee, and tea are included 

We will follow the COVID mandates that are in place at that time. 

Payment and reservations MUST be received by Jan. 14, and no refunds or reservations will be taken after that date. Please call Linda Williams at 707.322.6272 for reservation and payment information. If you are not an alumni of UC Berkeley, please consider attending as a “Friend of Cal.” Linda can give you information on that as well. 

Hand and Foot Lessons Postponed Until February 

Due to pandemic concerns, the Hand and Foot lessons will be postponed until February. For interest or information: 

Partner Dance Classes Postponed to February 

The Nightclub 2-Step dance classes originally scheduled to start on January 5 will be postponed until February. Here is the updated information: 

WHAT: Beginning Nightclub 2-Step partner dance classes 

WHEN: Wednesday nights Feb. 2, 9, and  16 from 6:45 – 8:00 pm 

WHERE: East Rec Center 

COST: $10 pp for single class. $8 pp for two or more classes purchased at the door at beginning of 1st class. 

Nightclub 2-Step (NC2S) is one of the easier partner dances to learn and can be danced to a large variety of slower ballad type music. Examples of songs that NC2S can be danced to are: Adele’s new song Easy On Me, Let it Be by The Beatles, Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion, and many more. 

A different partner dance will be taught each month by instructor Terry Whitten. Examples of dances to be taught in the future besides Nightclub 2- Step include Jitterbug Swing, Foxtrot, Waltz, Rumba, Cha Cha, Country 2-Step, Salsa, etc. 

No partners or experience are required. Rotation of partners will be optional. At this time, full vaccination plus booster and face masks will be required. 

More information will be in future issues of the Oakmont News under the heading of Let’s Dance – Together! 

For any questions and to RSVP, please email Terry Whitten at