Inside Oakmont 3-15-2022

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Board Meeting

Tuesday, March 15, 2022 – 1:00 PM
If you would like to speak during the open forum, or watch the live-stream, please visit this page:
If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to

Website Updates

New Videos and Updated Menu

Main Menu:

The OVA website now has been updated to enhance club listings. The Emergency Preparedness information is now readily accessible from the main navigation menu.

New Videos:
Check out to watch all sorts of engaging content from Oakmont presentations and events, such as Sunday Symposium, Oakmont Genealogy, and Futures Club. If your OVA Board- recognized club is hosting a hybrid meeting or Zoom-only meeting, consider clicking the record button and sharing it with OVA to be published on the website.

Always make sure to select “Record to cloud” so the video file can be easily grabbed by or shared with OVA staff to publish on the website. All videos are published at the discretion of OVA staff and the Communications Committee.

Get Rid of Your Junipers

March 16 – 22 and April 20 –26 / 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The second annual Junk the Junipers event starts this week to help members comply with requirements in the Firewise Landscape Policy, which requires all junipers to be removed from properties by Sept. 1, 2022.

During the week, members can remove junipers and deposit them at the Berger parking lot, where they will be chipped and hauled away for free. A second week will be held April 20 to 26.

If you are not able to transport them to Berger, there are several volunteers with trucks who may be able to pick them up for you. To inquire about assistance in transporting your junipers to the Berger Center parking lot, please call Dani in the OVA Architectural Office either at 707-539-1611 ext. 5, or by email

This event is for  junipers only. No other types of plants will be accepted. No juniper root balls. This event is only open to Oakmont residents. 

CETC Fireside Chats 

Did you recently move into Oakmont? If yes, then please consider joining Oakmont’s Community Education & Transparency Committee for one of their upcoming fireside chats in the Berger Center on the following dates: 

Friday, March 18 – Fireside room, Berger – 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM 
Friday, April 22 – CAC Room B – 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM (especially for those that work during the day) 

A reservation is required to help preserve the small group format. Please RSVP by emailing Sue Aiken at

The agenda for this meeting includes time for introductions, input from everyone on two or three topics, and some additional questions and answers. This is a great opportunity to meet other new arrivals and help us learn more about your interests, background, and how you might volunteer in our community. 

Happening in Oakmont

Sunday Symposium

Tea! The Elixir of Life by Wen Chen, PhD

Sunday, March 20, 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center and on Zoom 
($3 donation requested). 
Meeting ID: 864 7004 2105 
Passcode: 981201 

Tea. Today, we casually plunk a Lipton’s tea bag into hot water — but this popular worldwide drink has a long and fascinating history. Discovered in China in ~2700 BC as an herb, the tea culture and tradition evolved from dynasty to dynasty. Tea preparation and drinking was elevated to an art form requiring highly trained tea masters and elaborate ceremonies. You’ll never look at tea the same again.

Movies at Oakmont

WHERE: Berger Center 

SCREENING DAYS AND TIMES: Sundays, 2:00 pm. 

HOSTS: Al & Carol Haggerty, Mike McInnis, Julie Ward, Jeff Neuman. 

NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA.

Respect (2021)  PG-13 run time 2:25 

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin‘s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice. 

Canine Club

Beginning on Wednesday, March 16, the Happy Tails Dog Park will be reserved for Small Dog Play (dogs less than 25 lbs) every Wednesday from 3-4 p.m. and every Sunday from 3-4 p.m. The Small Dog Play 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 one-hour Small Dog Play time. 

Saturday March 19 
“Rescue Dog” Play Date 
Happy Tails Dog Park 
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

The “Rescue Dog” Play Date for dogs of any size is a great chance for the rescued ones to get together, run, and play at the Dog Park. All Oakmont residents and their rescued pups are invited. 

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

Invest Oak

Friday, March 18, 10 a.m. – CAC Room B

In addition to the inflation that has been affecting the US and the World for past year in the past month the economic effects of the Putin’s Russian invasion of the n Ukrainian is causing the stock markets of the world to react negatively and possibly entering a bear market. The invasion has caused terrible suffering for the Ukrainian people and their families in the diaspora. This is terrible times for the world, but especially for Europe and the US will not be immune to these issues. 

Monday Night Bridge 

The Monday Night Partners Contact Bridge Group will begin normal play on March 21. The Partners Contract Bridge group plays in the Card Room at the Central Activity Center on the first and third Mondays of every month. 

Our next sessions will be on March 21, April 4, and April 18. Play begins at 6:45 p.m. and wraps up by 9 p.m. The partners play together throughout the evening and play three different opponent pairs. Standard Contract Bridge scoring is used. The cost is 1$ per couple. 

If you wish to play, please call Jeff Hickman at (707)282-9350 or write me at If you enjoy bridge but have not joined the group before, please call first. New players are always welcomed. 

It is always a bit of a struggle to ensure that we have full tables for the evening, so please call in advance of play. It is easiest to accommodate pairs, partners can sometimes be found if you call days before we are scheduled to play. 

See you at the bridge table. 

Jeff Hickman 
(707) 282-9350 or 

SIR Branch 92

Food Barrels Return on March 22 

SIR 92 is pleased to announce the return of the Redwood Empire Food Bank Food Barrels starting March 22. Please show again that Oakmont cares for the thousands of our neighbors in need of food. Plan your food shopping to help us fill the food barrels. The barrels will be hosted by members of SIR 92. If there is a problem such as a fully filled barrel you wish to report, please notify Bern at 562-338-3155. LET’S FILL THOSE BARRELS AT THE BERGER, CAC AND EAST REC. 

Thursday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. – East Rec Center 

While we worry about the global mess, The Oakmont Democratic Club will focus on what we can do that is positive. At our March 24 hybrid (in-person/Zoom) General Meeting, we will have a Postcard Plus Party at the East Rec Center. Oakmonters have done great work in numerous postcard campaigns and we want to celebrate that work with food and fun and look at how we accelerate our work. We also want to explore other ways Oakmonters can help promote democracy in both the upcoming elections and in critical issue work. The evening will include a social with food, drink and music; training on post carding (it’s easy); a raffle; and discussion of the current political situation and what we can do. 
Our website has been updated and includes timely information on not only our club but on other allied efforts to promote democracy. We have also added videos of recent meetings and presentations. 
The Social starts at 6:30 p.m., the General Meeting starts at 7 p.m. For more information visit our website: 

Jared Freiburg and The Vagabonds 

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

Tickets: $15 – Sold in advance at the OVA Office 

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!