Inside Oakmont 2-23-2022

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Candidates Forum 

Candidate’s Night will be held live at the Berger Auditorium and live streaming from the OVA website, starting at 6:00 p.m. and moderated by Board President, Tom Kendrick.

Questions that have been received via AskOVA through February 18th will be asked in random order, no live questions from the audience will be taken.

Come mingle with the candidates over cookies and coffee after the event.

Junk the Junipers – Volunteers Needed   

The Junk the Junipers team needs your help for their 2022 events, we are looking for individuals for a variety of tasks, if interested please contact Danielle Hannigan in the OVA Architectural Office, or by calling 707-539-1611 extension 5.

Click Here For The Sign Up Form

OVA’s AC Firewise Landscape Policy requires junipers be removed entirely from properties (up to 30 feet from the house) by Sept 1, 2022. During the two weeks of Junk the Junipers, owners can haul cut junipers to the Berger, where they will be chipped and disposed of for free. Only junipers will be accepted at the events.  

Happening in Oakmont 

Movies at Oakmont

Berger Center – 2 p.m. – Free 
Showing Sunday, Feb. 27 – Seabiscuit

In the midst of the Great Depression, a businessman (Jeff Bridges) coping with the tragic death of his son, a jockey with a history of brutal injuries (Tobey Maguire) and a down-and-out horse trainer (Chris Cooper) team up to help Seabiscuit, a temperamental, undersized racehorse. At first the horse struggles to win, but eventually Seabiscuit becomes one of the most successful thoroughbreds of all time, and inspires a nation at a time when it needs it most.

Men’s Bible Study Group 

“Peace I leave with you, let not your hearts be troubled.”  Learn how faith can comfort you. Join our next meeting on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at the East Rec Center. 

Democratic Club

Congress, District Attorney and Sherriff Races Highlight Next Meeting 

Feb. 24 – 7 p.m. – Zoom Only 

Key local and national races in the June primary will be the focus of this week’s ODC general meeting that all Oakmonters are welcome to attend. We will hear from Sheriff Candidate Kevin Burke, District Attorney Candidate Carla Rodriguez, and Ronen Schatsky, Campaign Field Director for Congressman Josh Harder. 

Former Healdsburg chief of police burke, endorsed by the Democratic Party, is seeking to bring serious reforms to the Sheriff’s Department which has been subject to multiple lawsuits in recent years. 

Carla Rodriguez, who is running for district attorney, has been endorsed by both Congressman Mike Thompson and current District Attorney Jill Ravitch. Ms. Rodriguez has served in the department for over 24 years and has prosecuted cases ranging from homicides to elder abuse to environmental violations. 

There is a major fight over control of the House of Representatives this year. Congressman Josh Harder, whom Oakmont helped elect in 2018, is facing a fierce fight as redistricting radically changed his district and has him facing a well-funded Republican. 

All Oakmonters are welcome to attend. More information and the zoom link are available at the ODC website:

Canine Club

Belle and Peri’s Yappy Hour Dog Walk 

Friday Feb. 25 – 10 a.m. – East Rec Parking Area 
Belle and Peri’s Yappy Hour Dog Walk 

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! 

This event is sponsored by the Oakmont Canine Club. For more Oakmont Canine Club sponsored events available to all Oakmont residents, go to: 

Sunday Symposium

What has Happened to Our News? 

Presented by Deirdre English 
Feb. 27 – 10:30 a.m. on Zoom and in the Berger Center 

Today, quality information hides behind paywalls, while dis/mis-information is free. Subscribers demand customized content curated for their viewpoint. Local newspapers and journalism jobs — the heartbeat of a free society — are disappearing. Ever present social media is designed to trigger our most volatile political emotions. Deirdre English has devoted her career to high quality, high integrity journalism. A former Editor of Mother Jones Magazine, she teaches at the Journalism Graduate School at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Zoom Info: 
Meeting ID: 864 7004 2105 
Passcode: 981201 
One tap mobile +16699006833,,86470042105# US (San Jose) 
Go to for details 

Genealogy Club

How to Research Your Family in Europe 

Feb. 28 – 1 p.m. – on Zoom and in the East Rec Conference Room 
Meeting ID: 864 4321 1453 
Passcode: 248844 
One tap mobile 
+16699006833,,86443211453# US (San Jose) 

The meeting will focus on English and European family research. The meeting will start with some general principles about doing research in a new country; then move on to England and Germany then a brief look at Poland as a more general example; and finally, an opportunity for members attending to discuss their own experiences, problems, and questions. 

Some great local news for genealogy. The Family History Center has reopened!! Go to or call 1-707-525-0399 for hours and information. 

Regular Email: 

Oakmont Lifelong Learning

Linda Gentile Concert 
Saturday, March 5, 7:00 PM. 
Cost: $25, Berger Center 

Linda Gentile

Liberace protége Linda Gentile is a comedian, entertainer and pianist who has been amazing audiences around the world since 1986. One of the most popular and memorable parts of her concert is her “Top Ten Medley” segment. Requesting ten songs from the audience, Gentile plays them in a seamless medley in reverse order. Her concerts magically weave classical and her own flamenco style into a repertoire of over 2000 popular songs. 

The Genius of Billy Wilder 
Mondays, March 7 – 28, 2:00 – 5:00 PM, Berger 
4-week session, Cost: $95 

Billy Wilder

Take a deep dive into four essential masterworks by the great writer-director Billy Wilder – Double Indemnity, Sunset Blvd, Ace in the Hole and The Apartment. Explore Wilder’s signature mythic themes, archetypal characters, legendary dialogue, dark humor, and elegant visual style. 

Register for classes and concerts at 

Oakmont Pickleball Club

A Wee Bit of St. Patrick’s Foolishness on the Courts 

March 12 – 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – East Rec Pickleball Courts 

Ready for a little luck of the Irish? C’mon out for St. Paddles Day and find your pot of gold at the Oakmont Pickleball Club’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration. Friends, snacks, and six courts full of leaping leprechauns dancing about with holey orbs. Not a member yet? We will be happy to fill you in on how to join, when to attend lessons for beginners, and why we embrace the motto, “I’m thankful for friends that dink.”  

Cal Alumni Club

March Dinner 

March 17 – The Saddle Club 

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont will be hosting its March dinner on March 17 at The Saddle Club. The price of $50 will include a traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner, cocktails, and wine on the tables. All COVID restrictions that may be in place at that time will be strictly adhered to. 

We are fortunate to have a distinguished local bee expert, Dr. Thea Vierling, speaking on the interdependence of honeybees and humanity. 

If you are not a member of the Cal Alumni Club, you are welcome to attend as a “Friend of Cal.” Reservations and payment must be made by March 7. Call Linda Williams at 707.322.6272 for reservations and payment information. 

Art Association

April 8 and 9 – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Berger Center

The Oakmont Art Association’s Annual Art Show is scheduled for Friday and Saturday April 8 and 9. Doors open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The show is open to works produced by our members and include art in all media, photographs and craft works including jewelry. Our annual raffle benefiting local art students will be drawn on Saturday, April 9. Last year’s proceeds enabled us to donate $2,500 to Santa Rosa Art Quest. 

Entry forms are available at the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Drive. The entry fee is $5 per work. The entry deadline is March 21st. 

Jared Freiburg and The Vagabonds

OVA Presents from Broadway’s “Million Dollar Quartet” Jared Freiburg and The Vagabonds.

Celebrating the early years of rock & roll featuring songs from Elvis to Sinatra to Jerry Lee Lewis and much more!

April 12, at 6 p.m. in the Berger Center. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets: $15
Sold in advance at the OVA Office

Grandparents Club

Join Oakmont Grandparents Club 

April 16 – 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Berger Plaza 

For the first time in 3 years, it looks like the Grandparents Club Easter Egg Hunt will happen on Saturday, April 16 from 1:00-2:30. Check out our revised club page at for sign-up sheets and more information. Better yet, come to our first meeting of the year TODAY, Tuesday, Feb. 22 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the East Rec Center. You will have the opportunity to volunteer to help on April 16, along with our egg-stuffing party on March 29; plus, you can renew (or begin) your GPC membership — only $15 per family per year. Questions? Comments? Email chair Leslie Brockman at Hope to see you later today. 

Click Here For More Information And Sign Up Forms 

Oak Restaurant

Easter Brunch 

April 17 – 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. – Oak Restaurant 

Stop by for an Easter brunch, egg hunt, and pictures with the Easter bunny at Oak on April 17 at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. 

The Easter egg hunt for children under 12 years old is at 11:30 a.m. Must attend brunch to participate in the egg hunt. 

The Easter bunny and picture booth will be available from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. 

$50 per person or $25 for children under 12. Children’s price includes Easter egg hunt and a picture with the Easter bunny. 

Oakmont residents- Book before the reservations open to the general public. Book before March 10th. 
Call 707-539-0415 x5 to reserve 

Click Here For More Information 

Steve Luther’s Line Dancing Class 

Line dancers all decked out for Christmas line dancing on December 15, 2021. We sure have missed our classes and look forward to returning for more fun times. 

Seniors in Retirement Branch 92

Seeking Web Designer

Seniors In Retirement #92 seeks a website designer. As our club continues to grow again, the need for a website has become especially important. SIR 92 believes in the admittance of all to its membership and to facilitate this new page in its long history, reaching new residents requires a website that is easy to manage. Please contact

Outside Oakmont

World Affairs Council: 
Democratic Decline in the United States 

Mar. 15 – 4 p.m. – Zoom Only

Some rail against it. Others see it as the solution to all our problems. But how much trouble is our democracy in? Democracies can collapse or erode beyond repair, and claims of “American exceptionalism” might blind us to what we face. Constitutional scholar Tom Ginsburg will take a close look at our dilemma and suggest how we can look to other countries for remedies – and risks. Can our celebrated Constitution be a barrier to meaningful reforms? The good news: there are positive options available to us. 

Drawing on his award-winning book, How to Save a Constitutional Democracy (written with Aziz C. Huq), Professor Ginsburg will examine the prospects for improvement or further decay. This is a challenging, timely program you will not want to miss! 

Click Here for more info and the Zoom Registration