Inside Oakmont 4-5-2022

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Board Election Results

Valid ballots received: 1674 (52.2%)

Jeff Neuman: 1255 (2-year term)

Jess Marzak: 1107 (2-year term)

Ken Smith: 802

Marianne Neufeld: 1087 (2-year term)

Iris Harrell: 1057 (2-year term)

Wayne VanBockern: 758

Watch the Annual and Organizational Meetings here:
4-4-2022 Annual & Organizational Meeting Video – Oakmont Village

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Friday, April 22, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Friday, April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
Berger Center 

Covid-19 vaccines and boosters will be available at the Berger Center April 22 and April 29. Safeway Pharmacies will administer the vaccines.  The COVID-19 vaccine is free to all eligible participants regardless of insurance coverage, including Kaiser members. Register for vaccines at this link: 

 Use this link to sign up: 

Bring the following documents to the clinic: 

  • Medical prescription card 
  • Medicare B card 
  • filled-out consent form (provided to you after signing up online
  • CDC vaccine card 

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

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 

Upcoming Events 

All Events Require a Reservation- 707-539-0415 x5 
April 05, 5 p.m. – Pizza and Pinot night. Glass of Wine and a Pepperoni Pizza for $15- Starts at  
April 29 – Fried Chicken Dinner with all the Fixin’s Banana Pudding for dessert $35 per person- Starts at 5 p.m. 

April 12, 6 p.m. – Trivia Night- Trivia. Teams of 6- $2.00 per player. 

Live Music: 
April 07, 5 – 7 p.m. – Colombini Sings Sinatra  
April 14, 5 – 7 p.m. – Jami Jamison Band 
April 28, 5 – 7 p.m. – Unauthorized Rolling Stones 

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. 

Sunday Symposium

Sunday, April 10, 10:30 a.m. – Berger and on Zoom
Duane Roller, PhD: Cleopatra: Seductress or Cunning Politician?

Cleopatra has been called one of the great seductresses of human history — but she was no bimbo. She had only two relationships in 18 years – and each was critical for her kingdom. She was a naval commander who took her own fleet into battle and was skilled in the art of warfare. Highly educated, she knew a dozen languages, and was a published scholar. Duane Roller, a highly respected and renowned classical scholar will bring her alive for us.
You Can Join Our Zoom Session By Clicking HERE

Which is the same as:
Meeting ID: 864 7004 2105 with Passcode: 981201
OR By Phone:
One tap mobile +1 669 900 6833,, 864 700 4210 5# US (San Jose)

Movies at Oakmont

Sunday, April 10, 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center

Doubt (2008) PG-13, run time: 1:44

A Catholic school principal questions a priest’s ambiguous relationship with a troubled young student.

Canine Club

Woofers Yappy Hour Dog Walk 

Monday April 11, 10:00 a.m. – South Berger Lawn 

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! 

Happy Tails Dog Park is 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 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: 

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 

Oakmont Progressives Club

County Sheriff Candidates Debate 

Monday, April 11, 7 p.m. – East Rec Center 

The Oakmont Progressives will host a forum for the three candidates that are in a hot race for County Sheriff on April 11 at 7 p.m. in the East Rec Center. All Oakmonters are invited to attend. The forum is also available on Zoom. 
Dave Edmond, Eddie Engram, and Carl Tennenbaum are all experienced law enforcement officers who would each bring a distinct background and vision to the Sheriff’s Office. Our county sheriff has multiple responsibilities. Two topics in this race are management of the County Jail which has had issues regarding inmate treatment and how the incoming sheriffs would work with the oversite board approved by local voters. 
The Forum is cosponsored by the Oakmont Democratic Club. The Sonoma County Democratic Party had endorsed Kevin Burke who dropped out of the race. As of this writing there is no endorsed Democratic candidate. 

The 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by a social starting at 6:30 p.m. All Oakmonters are welcome. 
For more information visit our new website: 
Join Zoom Meeting 

The Oakmont Progressives Club has added a new section to its website exclusively about the war in Ukraine. Featured are videos and opinion articles that provide insight into the causes of, and possible solutions to the crisis. In addition, Oakmonters are welcome to contribute their ideas and opinions by joining an ongoing discussion on the page. Check it out at

SIR Branch 92

Freedom of Speech by David Beach 

Tuesday, April 12, 11:30 a.m. – Berger Center 

Our April 12 luncheon will be outside the Berger on the patio. One will be required to wear a mask when going inside the Berger to pick up food and/or to view a special presentation introducing SIR 92’s website. We welcome all to our function. Contact: Dave Alton for a reservation and choices for lunch. Most interesting topic on Freedom of Speech by David Beach. 

We are now welcoming women to join our club! Want a cool tour of the Jack London Museum and walk or ride to the Wolf House? The tour will be at 11:00 a.m. on April 14 with a no-host lunch in Glen Ellen thereafter. Only a few spots open. Cost $50 pp. Contact: Bern 

Dogwoods – Variety, Form & Beauty 

Wednesday, April 13, 9:30 a.m. – East Rec Center 

Presented by Jenny Watts 

As spring bursts into Santa Rosa, join the Oakmont Garden Club to hear Jenny Watts talk about the magnificent family of Dogwoods. We will meet on Wednesday morning, April 13 at 9:30 (check-in & social time) for Jenny’s presentation which will begin at 10:00 at the East Rec Center. 

Members of the dogwood family are some of the best ornamental shrubs and small trees available. These plants are beautiful in every season but are most beautiful when in flower. The regal dogwood is adapted to life in the United States. It flourishes in most environments, except for those which are very dry or are very wet. It is shallow-rooted and can dry out if not consistently watered. 

Jenny will explore the large and diverse dogwood family, covering the familiar varieties of Eastern Dogwood as well as the not-so-well-known Pacific Dogwoods, Japanese Dogwoods, the shrubby Red-twig Dogwoods and even a ground cover variety. You can enjoy these beautiful trees locally at the Sonoma Botanical Garden, abundantly displayed in their natural habitat. Grab your friends and a bag lunch and make a day of it! 

Jenny Watts spent her 42-year career as a California Certified Nurserywoman, opening her first nursery in San Jose in 1975. After opening her second nursery in Willits, California, she compiled her many newspaper articles into a book called, “A Year in the Garden, Gardening in the Willits Area.” 

Do not miss this wonderful exploration of the magnificent dogwoods. Join our gardening membership for a morning of friendship and awe learning about these beautiful shrubs and trees. 

Wednesday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. – Central Activity Center: Room B 

If you are finding yourself caring for a family member with physical/medical ailments or a cognitive impairment, you are not alone. The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets twice a month, and you are invited to join. The meetings are facilitated by Dorothy Foster, LMFT, a caregiving and dementia-care specialist. 

Each meeting provides participants the opportunity to share experiences and resources, ask questions, and find support to help them not feel so alone. The group is open to anyone caring for a spouse, a friend, or another family member who is in physical or mental decline.  It does not matter if the person lives with the caregiver, in his or her own home, or in a facility. 

New topics arise with each meeting as new issues occur for participants: How to manage incontinence. Where to find a home care aide. How to respond when a spouse asks the same question for the fourth time. Participants share support and tips, along with humor, tears, frustrations, and success stories. 

The Oakmont Caregiver Support Group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month, Central Activities Center, Room B, 10:30 a.m. – noon. For further information, contact Vickie Jackanich (707-595-3054) or Dorothy Foster, LMFT (707-793-2152). 

Futures Club

New Technology to Treat Cancer 

Wednesday, April 13, 4 p.m. – East Rec and on Zoom 

The Futures Club is delighted to have Professor Joseph Lin from Sonoma State University back on April 13 at 4 p.m. in East Rec and on Zoom. 

Professor Lin will be talking about the work that is being done on immunotherapies for cancer treatment. He will be starting with a review of immune response and how antibodies are created before discussing the advances that are being researched on cancer treatment. 

If you want to join the meeting by Zoom, here is the meeting ID and passcode: 
Meeting ID: 836 0577 9825 
Passcode: 746162 

Easter Egg Hunt 

For the first time since 2019, Oakmont’s Grandparents Club is hosting the always-fun Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 16, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.. Don’t miss it! It is for all ages of grandchildren (toddlers to teens), with three egg hunts in all, plus bouncy houses, face painter, balloon guy, Beanie Babies, prizes, candy, and our own Easter Bunny. Don’t miss it! And to top it off, Oakmont’s Mello-Tones will be serenading the crowd … maybe they’ll even play “The Bunny Hop” and “The Easter Parade.” 
Date: April 16 
Time: 1 to 2:30 p.m. 
Place: Berger Plaza (outside and inside the Berger) 
Ages: Walking/Toddling through early Teens 
Cost: $5 each for Grandparents Club members; $7 each for non-members 
Get your registration form in our folder at the OVA office; fill it out and leave a check or cash. 
Don’t miss out — your grandchildren will never forgive you! 
Questions? Email Chair Leslie Brockman at or call 949-683-7725. 

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 

AV Tech Club

Asking Questions Is The Key to a Successful Event

#2 in the Oakmont AV Tech Team series: You need to know what you need to know.
The next step is: What questions do you need to have answers to: 

  • What are the names, cell #’s & email addresses of each person who will do any of the following: 
    • Speak / Demonstrate 
    • Offer an electronically based presentation 
  • Does anyone who will speak prefer a… 
    • wearable wireless mic?
    • handheld wireless mic?
    • wired mic? 
  • If an electronic presentation is involved find out: 
    • Has this person(s) made this presentation, or one like it, previously? 
    • What system was the presentation designed, Mac (iOS) or PC (Windows) 
    • Which program was used, Keynote, PPP (PowerPoint Presentation) 
    • Does it have Audio or Video clips. And, if yes: 
      • Are the clips embedded in the program or, 
      • Are they accessed via the web? 
      • What vintage is the device on which the presentation was developed? 
  • Keep in mind, your presenter… 
    • .. should use the device on which the presentation was developed. 
    • .. must update the Operating system, Presentation software as well as Zoom on the device the day of the event. 
    • .. must test run the presentation prior to the event 
    • .. should download the presentation to a flash drive to bring to the event 
    • .. get the presentation to you a minimum of 3 days prior to the event (email, DropBox, or other) 

The more complex the presentation, and/or less fluent your presenter is with computers, PowerPoint presentations, or Keynote & Zoom, the more important a dress rehearsal a week or so prior to the event will be for both of you! 

Valley of the Moon Tuesday Women’s Golf Club 

Calling all women in Oakmont and women who live in the North Bay to come check out Valley of the Moon Tuesday Women’s Golf Club, VOMTWG. We play on Tuesday’s but come any day to find out more information. We are a fun group of women whose motto is “the more the merrier”! 

Regardless of if you are new to golf or a seasoned player, we have all levels; so, you will fit right in. We would like you to make our 2022 year more special by being our guest on an upcoming Tuesday. Contact Joy Bellomo VOMTWG captain Let all your friends know that do not currently live in Oakmont about the Valley of the Moon Tuesday Women’s Golf club. You do not have to be a member of the course to join VOMTWG. 

Our restaurant is now open 7 days a week so after golf you can join in on a social discussion while having your favorite spirit. We are always looking for new faces so please come join our women’s golf club or just come out to see for yourself how beautiful our golf courses are and how much fun we have.