Inside Oakmont 2-8-2022

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Candidates Night 

Feb. 23 at 6 p.m. 

The candidates have tossed their names into the ring for four open positions on the OVA Board of Directors and will be announced at the Regular Board meeting February 15th at 1:00 p.m. With the election slated to begin the first week in March. You can send in questions for the candidates at

Matter of Balance

It’s a Matter of Balance Falls Prevention Program Looking For Coaches 

OVA’s February Town Hall presented plenty of reasons for older adults to work on balance and avoid falling. The panel of experts promoted two offerings to reduce the risk of falling: A matter of Balance program, eight two-hour weekly in person sessions and a shorter virtual hour-long program, Fall Prevention and Better Balance for five weeks. If you are interested in becoming a coach or need more information, contact the following program coordinators: 

CB Wohl, MPH, Council on Aging, 707-565-5930 
Elece Hempel, Petaluma People Services Center 
Brooke Brand, MM, BSN, Injury Prevention Coordinator 

Snack Bar Espresso Options

The Snack Bar at the Valley of the Moon Course has new hours and a new menu. Stop by starting at 7 a.m. seven days a week. We offer espresso drinks, fresh baked muffins, breakfast sandwiches, and breakfast burritos. Learn more: Dining (

Happening in Oakmont

Sunday Symposium

My Journey From the Segregated South to the Global Community

Presented by Julius Coles 
Feb. 13 – 10:30 a.m. On Zoom Only 
Go to for details 
Meeting ID: 864 7004 2105 – Passcode: 981201 
One tap mobile +16699006833,,86470042105# US (San Jose) 

From his roots in the segregated South, attending segregated schools in Georgia, participating in the student movement for civil rights in the 1960s, discovery of his ancestors’ roots in Africa, developing self confidence as a result of his studies and travels in Europe, and studying with white students for the first time in the USA at Princeton University, Coles will trace his journey to become a global citizen and American diplomat. 

AARP Tax Aide Assistance

Walk in clients receive Tax Packets from volunteer Cathy Rapp
photo by Julie Kiil

Appointments must be made to participate. Appointments are only made over the phone. The number for appointments is 707-595-0082.

The first day of tax service is Wednesday, Feb. 16 and be held on Mondays and Wednesdays through April 18. The hours will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

Click here for more information.

Photo: Walk in clients receive Tax Packets from volunteer Cathy Rapp 

Diet and Exercise for Seniors 

Presented by John Philips of Oakmont’s Fitness Center 
Feb. 8 at 11:30 a.m. – Zoom Only 

SIR Branch 92 has been advocating for the right to change its membership from men only to include women as full members.  Last November, SIR INC, the statewide parent of over 100 branches granted Branch 92 and one other branch the right to pilot women as full members.  Branch 92 is in Oakmont and has been active since the late 1990s. It has been inviting women as guests for a number of years to enjoy its monthly lunch speakers and outside activities. Now the Board of Directors for 92 has approved and begun to recruit women to its rolls.  

Any people interested in joining and participating in our activities such as our second Tuesday members meeting, golf, wine tasting, tours such as the Geysers, entertainment events, etc. All activities are subject to required Covid-19 safety measures, including being fully vaccinated. 

SIR 92 will meet Feb. 8, at 11:30 a.m. on Zoom and will feature one of Oakmont’s treasures, John Phillips, who runs the Fitness Center. He will address the special exercises and dietary matters that pertain to seniors. For information on joining the meeting on Zoom and on becoming a member of SIR 92, contact

Futures Club

How to Get to a Zero Footprint 

Wednesday, Feb. 9 at 4:00 p.m. – Zoom Only 
Meeting ID: 886 8605 7217 – Passcode: 722487 
One tap mobile: +16699006833,,88686057217# US (San Jose) 

Climate change has arrived, and we are all experiencing it. In our pursuit to improve climate conditions where we live, we are learning to be a better stewards  for our grandchildren, tomorrow’s children, and nature. Kimberly Beltran, Chief Engineer for SCP, will help us understand how we as individuals can make change happen. 

Kimberly’s presentation will focus on devices such as heat pumps, which can reduce the use offossil fuels, as well as simpler behavior changes, including how to use of a smart thermostat . We also will have a speaker updating us on  changes being initiated by the CPUC (California Public Utilities Commission)  and how those changes could shift the benefit of residential solar.

Canine Club

Small Dog Play Date at Happy Tails Dog Park

Saturday Feb. 12 
Time: 10 a.m. to noon 

The Small Dog Play Date for dogs under 25 lbs. is a great chance for the little ones to get together and romp at the 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. This event is sponsored by the Oakmont Canine Club. For more Oakmont Canine Club sponsored events available to all Oakmont residents, visit: 

How’s Biden Doing? 

Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. – Zoom Only 

Because of the COVID closures, the Great Decisions discussion groups will start their regular 2022 meetings on March 7. These meetings are based on the Great Decisions books which are purchased from the Foreign Policy association. 

In lieu of a normal meeting, we are planning an open discussion on how President Biden is doing in Foreign Policy. This will be a Zoom meeting on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. 

If you are interested in participating, email

If you would like to know more about what this group does, go to 

Oakmont Progressives Club 
The State is Logging Your Redwood Forest 

Feb. 14 at 7:00 p.m. – Zoom Only 
Meeting ID: 815 5673 8932 – Passcode: 396190 
+1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) 

Vince Taylor, the founder of the Oakmont Progressives, will talk about his experiences in the lengthy battle to change the mission of Jackson Demonstration State Forest from industrial logging to a preserve. Jackson Forest is a 50,000-acre redwood forest in Mendocino County, a two-hour drive from Santa Rosa. Vince will be joined on the Zoom presentation by members of the Save Jackson Coalition who picked up the battle a year ago. Learn about this public treasure close to Oakmont. You will have the opportunity to join the Save Jackson Coalition.