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Town Hall with Recology

Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 p.m.

Wasting Zero: Better Understanding the Refuse Streams in Sonoma County 

What happens when you throw something away? In Sonoma County we have three major streams of refuse: compost, recycle, and garbage. At Recology, we believe in a future without waste where all resources can be recovered and reused. To effectively recover resources, we must understand the local legislation and processes used to compost and recycle. Recycling and composting are two ways to close the resource loop and recover valuable materials. 

Biography – Katie Gialketsis 

Katie Gialketsis is the Waste Zero Specialist for eastern Santa Rosa at Recology. She started her current role in July 2021 after seven years as a high school science and agriculture teacher. She has two master’s degrees, in education and sustainability leadership, and is knowledgeable of local waste regulations, educational strategies, and positive relationship building techniques. As a local garbage guru, she enjoys connecting with the community through education about composting and recycling.  

To watch the live-stream or join on Zoom, please visit this page on the day of this town hall:
4-5-2021 Town Hall: Recology – Oakmont Village

Election Information, Vote ASAP

If you have not already voted for the 2022 OVA Board Election, now is the time.  The ballot counting will be held Monday, April 4, in the Berger Auditorium. Ballots may be mailed to the Inspector of Elections and must be received no later than Saturday, April 2nd at 5:00 p.m., or dropped off at the Berger Auditorium the morning of the election no later than 10:00 a.m.  Ballot envelopes must be signed upon delivery.

Juniper Removal Requirements

The March 12 and March 26 editions of the Oakmont Newspaper included incorrect information regarding the requirements for juniper removal in Oakmont. To clarify, in accordance with the Firewise Landscape Policy all Junipers are required to be removed from the entire property by August 31, 2022. 

OVA Needs More Drivers and Coordinators 

One of the most successful and long-standing clubs here in Oakmont, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers (OVH)) is now recruiting drivers and coordinators to fulfil the needs of Oakmonters. Volunteers donate their time, cars, and gas to transport Oakmont residents (who are unable to drive themselves) to medical and dental appointments within Santa Rosa. 

Volunteer Helpers has provided free transportation for over 30 years. It is truly neighbors helping neighbors. Rider donations can be made to help OVH serve those in the community who need assistance with transportation. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law. 

Drivers determine their availability – there is no specific time requirement. Each ride takes approximately 2 hours, and the driver has some free time before picking up the rider at the end of the appointment. OVH has general liability insurance to supplement the volunteer drivers’ personal insurance. 
Every issue of the Oakmont News lists the current coordinator’s phone number. A coordinator works one (or two) two-week periods a year. Each day it takes about an hour or less to match up ride requests with available drivers. 

The roster of drivers has decreased over the past 3 years, accentuating the need to have more drivers as the volume of rides increases. Also, there are lots of two-week Coordinator slots to fill for the second half of the year. For both the drivers and coordinators there is tremendous satisfaction in supporting this wonderful service for our community. It is truly a win-win for everyone. 

Please contact Matt Zwerling, (707) 539-8996, for answers to your questions and to sign up to volunteer. 
For additional information about the Volunteer Resource Committee or to attend a meeting, please contact Bev Leve,

Please Report Website Issues 

Are you having trouble with the Oakmont website? Does the layout seem weird on your device? Have you found a link that is no longer working? Is there something missing on a particular page? 

Please watch the video on this page to learn how you can easily report website problems to OVA: 
How to report issues on – Oakmont Village 

You can report website issues and much more by visiting the Contact Us button at the bottom of every page on this website:

Inside Oakmont E-Blast New Submission Deadline 

Starting this week, the weekly deadline for submitting club events for  Inside Oakmont must be received by 5 p.m. on Thursday. All announcements must be sent through the submission form on our website:  

Happening in Oakmont

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! Face masks are required to attend.

Easter Brunch at Oak 

Sunday, April 17, 10:00 a.m. or 1 p.m. – Oak Restaurant 
$50.00 per person or $25 for children under 12. 
Child’s price includes Easter egg hunt and picture with the Easter Bunny. 
$20.00 Bottomless Mimosas 

Easter Brunch, Egg Hunt, and Pictures with the Easter Bunny at Oak 
April 17th -10 am or 1 pm Brunch Seating 
11:30 am Easter Egg Hunt for children under 12- Must attend brunch to participate in the egg hunt. 
Easter Bunny and Picture booth will be available from 10 am -11 or 12 pm -1 pm. 
Visit for the menu and more information: 
Easter ( 
Call 707-539-0415 x5 to reserve 

Printable Calendar of Events at Oak 

Keep up to date with events happening at Oak and the Valley of the Moon Club throughout April: 
Oak Restaurant and Valley of the Moon Club April 2022 Events – Oakmont Village 

Spring Class Preview 

The Oakmont Lifelong Learning Spring Class Preview was held on March 23. You can watch the recording below: 

The Rise of Rabbinic Judaism and Classical Christianity 
Instructor: Rev. Bruce Bramlett 
Register Now 

Women in Rock: The First Decade 
Instructor: Richie Unterberger 
Register Now 

Jazz History and Appreciation – The First 100 years 
Instructor: Pete Estabrook 
Register Now 

Insights to Art: John Singer Sargent, Judy Chicago, and the Barnes Collection 
Instructor: Linda Loveland Reid 
Register Now 

AV Tech Club

For an invitation to the Signup Genius calendar to view & sign up for one of the last four classes this year, email 

If you have already taken a class and would like to come through again (AKA: audit with a chance to practice), rather than signing up, please send me an email request to I will enter your name as an auditor on my own calendar. 

Classes have been fewer in 2022 and new offerings will be available such as classes devoted to aspects of Zoom, classes devoted to Solstice, Best Practices, Problems and Solutions (Work-Arounds), Beyond the straight forward Zoom presentation, etc. If you have an idea for a class you would like, I am open to suggestions. 

SIR Branch 92

SIR 92 is looking to fill up the Food Barrels. Your non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables and canned fruit and soups are wanted. As inflation hits us the need that the Redwood Empire Food Bank fills grows ever greater. Help us fill that need and show that Oakmont cares. Barrels are at the Berger Center, CAC, and East Rec. 

Canine Club

Woofers Yappy Hour Dog Walk 

Thursday March 31, 10:00 a.m. – East Rec Parking 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. Yappy Hour Dog Walk is open to all Oakmont residents and their furry companion(s). Please come and join the pack. Rain cancels! 

Reminder! Happy Tails Dog Park is reserved for Small Dog Play (dogs less than 25 lbs.) every Wednesday from 3-4 pm and every Sunday from 3-4 pm. 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 1-hour Small Dog Play time. 

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

New Horizons Music Committed to Diversity, Inclusivity, and Respect

NHB returns to Oakmont for a Spring Concert 

Saturday, April 2, 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center – Free

For several years NHB, all of whom are seniors, has performed entertaining Spring and Fall concerts in Oakmont. November 2019 was the last concert. May 2020 and subsequent events were cancelled because of Covid-19. The joy of making music again has helped bring back some normalcy to the lives of Oakmont members: Dan Durham, trumpet; Linda Green, clarinet; Roger Morcomb, percussion; and John Z. Ray, trombone & conductor. The concert is about an hour long and includes selections from several genres. A few of the noted composers: Robert Sheldon, Robert B. Hall, Ennio Morricone, Duke Ellington and John Phillip Sousa. The concert is free. There will be a free-will offering for those wishing to participate. Masks are required and a sign-in list of all attendees will be maintained. 

Dance in a Square
Make a Circle of Friends

New Social Square Dancing Class First Week of April 

Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – East Rec Center – $6 Donation per person 

The Social Square Dancing program (based on 50 calls) is a good fit for the Oakmont “active adult” demographic. Professional caller Lawrence Johnstone is adept at combining the 50 calls into nearly endless patterns. He pairs the calls with various genres of music to keep dancers moving and thinking, exercising body and mind in a light-hearted social context. 

April 5 will be an opportunity for anyone who would like to see what square dancing is all about. Modern square dancing goes beyond what many individuals of a certain age might remember from junior high/middle school. The new class will also be a good refresher for experienced dancers who might be a bit rusty. No partner is necessary. Casual dress and a willingness to give it a whirl are all that is required. Come find out how to “Dance in a square, make a circle of friends.” 

Proof of Covid vaccination/booster and masks required 
For information call Jenny at 707-367-2102 

Sunday Symposium

The 10 Best Tourist Sites by Andrew Fraknoi, Astronomer 

Sunday, April 3, 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center and Zoom 

Dr. Andrew Fraknoi will take us on a tour of the most intriguing future “tourist destinations” in our cosmic neighborhood. From Venus to Mars, to moons and awesome places in our Universe. Dr. Fraknoi appears regularly on local and national television and radio where he explains astronomical events in everyday language. 

Dr. Fraknoi is the author or co-author of 14 books in the field of astronomy. According to his biography, he has given over 400 public lectures on topics ranging from the death of stars to the origin of the universe. 

We are back live in Berger this week. Masks are required even if you are vaccinated and boosted 
Information about joining Zoom may be found on our website 

Movies at Oakmont

A River Runs Through It 

Sunday, April 3, 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center. Masks required. 

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

(1992) PG-13, run time: 1 hour and 44 minutes. 
Directed by Robert Redford 
Two sons of a stern minister – one reserved, one rebellious – grow up in rural 1920s Montana while devoted to fly fishing. 

Sleep Apnea: Dr. Greg Ackroyd, MD of Providence Sleep Medicine 

Tuesday, April 5, 1:00 p.m. – Berger Center: Room G 

This is our first meeting in a long time. Dr. Greg Ackroyd, MD of Providence Sleep Medicine will be our guest. Write down your questions beforehand. 

Since there still is some CoViD19 virus in the area, we ask you to wear masks at the meeting. If you forget, a mask will be provided for you. 

This is a great opportunity to talk to an expert about your therapy and to learn from others. 

For more information contact Bob Flandermeyer, at 707 – 694 – 8018. 

Art Association

Friday & Saturday, April 8 & 9, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – Berger Center 

The Annual Art Show is getting close. We are excited to be back with a Show after all the Covid delays. 

The Show, with artists, vendors, and a raffle will be on Friday and Saturday April 8 and 9 from 11 am to 5 pm each day. We will have wine and snacks on Saturday, but strictly outside only, and those attending the event need to wear masks indoors in accordance with OVA Covid rules. 

If you are displaying your work check in time is Thursday at 1 p.m. in the Berger. 

We have more than 130 works to display and 17 vendors signed up to display and sell their works, and more than 20 raffle prizes, so there is plenty to see and buy for those blank spaces on your walls. Even if your walls are full, see what our excellent artists have been doing for the last year. 

Cal Alumni Club

April Dinner 

Monday, April 21, 5:00 p.m. – Wild Oak Saddle Club – $50 

Dr. Quinton Martins, founder and managing partner of True Wild, will be the featured speaker. He has dedicated 30 years to wildlife and conservation and is a professional tour guide in Africa as well as a scientist specializing in big cat research. In 2015, he initiated the Living with Lions project in Sonoma County, which is a mountain lion research project. True Wild’s focus is on connecting people with nature for broader conservation purposes. The dinner will be held at the Wild Oak Saddle Club on April 21. The price is $50.00, and dinner will be Chicken Cordon Bleu with roasted vegetables, salad, and rice pilaf. The price also includes cocktails and wine on the tables. Cocktail hour begins at 5:00 and dinner will be served at 6:00. Reservations must be made by April 11. For reservation and payment information, please contact Linda Williams at 707.322.6272.

Concert featuring Jamie Davis, Larry Dunlap, Ruth Davis, Steve Heckman, and Leon Joyce Jr. 

Saturday, April 30, 6:30 p.m. – Berger Center 

Admission $35. For tickets, mail your check along with your address, phone number, and name to: 
Oakmont Jazz Club, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa CA 95409 

Jamie Davis is considered one of the best jazz vocalists in the world and was a lead singer with the Count Basie Orchestra. He now works as a guest artist with big bands around the world. 

Larry Dunlap produced a Grammy Award winning CD, in which he accompanied Dame Cleo Laine, winning Best Jazz Vocal Recording of the Year. He traveled the world accompanying Dame Cleo Laine and has recorded with her extensively. He has been called “One of the top pianists anywhere.” 

Bassist Ruth Davies has several Platinum and Grammy winning recordings, as well as playing on many movie soundtracks. She travelled the world for ten years with the late Charles Brown. 

Saxophonist Steve Heckman is not only an outstanding musician but is a band leader, composer, and recording artist. He has written 75 original jazz tunes, and his debut CD “With John in Mind” is dedicated to his mentor John Coltrane. 

Drummer Leon Joyce, Jr. has worked for a variety of top artists worldwide including Ramsey Lewis, Nancy Wilson, Scott Hamilton, Smokey Robinson, Ellis Marsalis, and too many others to list here. 

Tables for groups of eight may be reserved. Drinks and snacks are permitted. For more information call 707-537-7720