Inside Oakmont 5-17-2022

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Free Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Home Test Kits 

Tuesday, May 31,9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Berger Center 

Below is the time link to sign up for the COVID-19 test kits that we will be distributing at the Berger Center on May 31st from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fill out the consent form for the test kit and bring it with you; the consent form is in the scheduling tool. We will have them available that day also. 

Those who received a test kit within the last 30 days will be ineligible to receive another test kit. Check the expiration dates on your present ones many are expiring. Bring your medical insurance card and photo ID. 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050B4CADAC2CA4FB6-oakmont


Oakmont Energy Resilience Committee 

Please Fill Out the Oakmont Solar Survey 

As you may have heard, Oakmont Village Association has been exploring the possibility of creating a Community Microgrid here in Oakmont and seeking grant funding for design, planning and development. The Microgrid would provide 100% sustainable and renewable electric power while offering several other advantages: 

• Provide Energy resilience – it would be powered by stored solar energy produced here in Oakmont, so would work even when the centralized PG&E grid is down for Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events or for other reasons. 

• Reduce Oakmont reliance on energy purchased from centralized, investor-owned utilities that continually raise prices and delivery fees. 

• Offer greater efficiency – uses electric power where it is produced, by solar panels and from storage batteries or other energy storage systems here in Oakmont. 

• Control energy costs – project can be financed through third party lenders just as Utilities finance their projects, with payments over time or by local investors. 

• Provide the same or better financial incentives to current solar homes that they received before joining the microgrid. 

• Reduce carbon emissions to provide a safer, more stable world for our children and grandchildren. 

As part of the community microgrid designing and planning process, the Oakmont Energy Resilience Committee needs an inventory of the solar panel systems currently existing in Oakmont. If your home has solar panels only or solar panels and battery backup, please fill out this brief survey at oakmontvillage.com/article/oakmont-solar-survey-2022


Oakmont Volunteer Resource Committee 

An Opportunity You Should Not Refuse 

The Volunteer Resource Committee (VRC) has an outstanding opportunity for getting involved in the volunteerism that makes Oakmont unique. The committee is seeking additional volunteers to help manage its purpose. 
To become a member of VRC we request a short bio and statement of why you would fit the purpose stated below. All interested in helping to keep our dues low should consider applying. Send your bio and statement to dawn@oakmontvillage.com. 
Purpose: 
•The committee’s purpose is to serve as an umbrella for all existing volunteer support groups in Oakmont. It will build a bridge between those wishing to volunteer and those organizations seeking volunteers. 
• Provide a space for any board, committee, club, or other organizations to recruit volunteers 
• Encourage OVA to frequently highlight the role that volunteers fill in the community via official news outlets, celebrations, and other appreciative activities. 


Valley of the Moon Club is Hiring! 

Valley of the Moon Club is hiring all positions. Golf Shop, Cart Staff, Restaurant Server, Banquet Server. 
Come by and fill out an application. All Applicants must pass a pre-employment background and drug screen. Send a resume to info@playvom.com


Oakmont Lifelong Learning

Campbell Jazz Soup Band 

Thursday, May 19, 7:00 p.m. – Berger Center, Cost: $25 

Popular Bay Area quintet offers an entertaining evening of jazz and swing from the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s. 

Three Ways to Register 
OakmontLL.org 
• Fill out the form in the OLL folder in the OVA office along with your check 
Pay at the door 


Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club Demo Day

Monday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. – CAC: Lawn Bowling Green 

If you have thought about trying your hand at Lawn Bowling, come join us on the Green next to the Central Activities Center. 

Lawn Bowling is fun, easy to learn, and great exercise. 

We will have bowls for you to try and refreshments for all. Club members will be there to show you the basics. You might even win a bottle of wine! 

Wear your comfortable, smooth-soled shoes, a hat, and some sunscreen. 

We’ll see you on the Green! 


Invest Oak

Friday, May 20, 10:00 a.m. – CAC: Room B 

The goal of InvestOAK is to advance members’ knowledge and understanding of investment options and strategies for retirement. Membership experience ranges widely. There is no actual monetary aspect to the club’s activities. 

The Title for May 20 is ‘Federal Government Guaranteed – Fixed Income’ with club member, DELETE COMMA Dale Spengler presenting. 

Do you want to know about an option that is typically more stable at times when the stock market is volatile? You may want to look at the fixed income that is guaranteed by the Federal government. That will be the first topic discussed at the next meeting. See below: 

The primary instruments: 

  • Treasury Bills, Bonds and Notes 
  • What are zeros? 
  • TIPS (Treasury Inflation Protected Securities) 
  • US Savings Bonds 
  • Certificates of Deposit 

Some of the considerations: 

  • How do they work? 
  • What happens to a CD at an insolvent institution? 
  • The secondary market – premiums and discounts 
  • The length of time to mature 
  • Are they callable? 

Interested Oakmont residents are invited to attend. For the rest of the year InvestOAK meetings will be held on the third Friday of the month. Members can expect an email notice in the days preceding the meeting. For further information or to join the distribution list for meeting notices contact Len Grosso – leonard.grosso@yahoo.com

Note: Due to an unfortunate accidental fall, the program was changed and the planned topic on Energy postponed. 


Oakmont Fire Safe Fair

Friday, May 20, 4:00 p.m. – Berger Center 

The 2nd annual Oakmont Fire Safe Fair is this Friday, May 20 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Berger.

The Fair is a collaborative effort sponsored by the Oakmont Firewise Committee, Map Your Neighborhood (MYN), and the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC). There will be lots of food, fun, and educational opportunities. 

The Firewise Committee will have info on Firewise policies, home hardening and fire smart landscaping ideas, mulch guidelines, what the assessors will be looking for, and you can schedule a volunteer assessment. 

Map Your Neighborhood will be there to talk about how to prepare for Red Flag Warnings and PSPS (Public Safety Power Shutoff) events, what to know about alerts and evacuation zones, and how to get a neighborhood safety group started in your neighborhood. 

OEPC will have sign-ups for neighborhood Zone Communicators (walkie talkies) and ham radios and will assist in setting up your NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) radio (bring yours in) and Alert set-ups on your cell phone.


Firewise Project Showcase

Saturday, May 21, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Interested in receiving first-hand knowledge of home hardening techniques and landscape projects that your Oakmont neighbors have completed for fire-safety? If yes, you will not want to miss the Firewise Projects Showcase! Members of the Firewise Resource Committee and the Firewise Assessor Team will be stationed at each house and available to answer questions.

The addresses of participating homes are published at the link below:


Canine Club

Mixed Breed Play Date 

Saturday, May 21, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Happy Tails Dog Park 

The “Mixed Breed” Play Date for dogs of any size is a great chance for mixed breeds to get together and romp at the Dog Park. All Oakmont residents and their mixed breed pups are invited. Rain cancels! 

Oakmutt Doggy Day Dog Show 

A Fun Dog Show sponsored by the Oakmont Canine Club

Come for the fun Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Berger Greensward and Patio

All on-leash well behaved dogs are welcome to attend. We will have local vendors, raffle prizes galore, live music, and even a doggy caricature artist.

Raffle tickets will be $1 or you may get 6 for $5. Canine Club members get 2 free raffle tickets.

Admission is free but you must pre-register for any judged event. Deadline to register for a judged event is Friday, May 27. Registration forms are available in the OVA Admin Office.

Enter your dog in advance to compete in these fun categories:

  • Best Costume in the Parade
  • Best Dog Buddies (pairs event)
  • Best Senior (over 10 years)
  • Prettiest Eyes
  • Best Retriever (Bring your own toy)
  • Cutest Mixed Breed
  • Happiest Dog with the Waggiest Tail
  • Best Biscuit Catcher (Bring your own biscuits)

If you need more information or would like to assist, please contact any of the committee chairs below:

  • Paula Lewis: (707) 322-0433
  • Judy Ayres (925) 324-1374
  • Karen Palmiotti (707) 538-7025
  • Randi Hulce (206) 499-5422

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


Meditation Groups 

Special Session: Meditation for Beginners 
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – CAC: Room B 

Please join us on Saturday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. for a special session on meditation for beginners. 

Meditation groups meet weekly on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the CAC (Central Activity Center) Room B. The meeting includes a presentation, meditation time, followed by discussion for those interested. 

We also meet weekly on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. in the CAC: Art Room. Tuesday sessions are 30 minutes of just meditation. 

Both beginner and seasoned meditators are welcomed. The group is eclectic and non-denominational and follows many kinds of meditation traditions. For more information, please contact Frank Galli via email message to fgalli07@izoom.net, or by text message to (763) 360-9756. Texts only please. 


Sunday Symposium

Our Valley’s Green Treasure – Sonoma Botanical Gardens 

Sunday, May 22, 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center and on Zoom 

Have you visited Sonoma Botanical Garden? It is simple amazing and is just a few miles down Route 12. If you love plants, you will be entranced, and visitors of all ages will be inspired by the beauty of the Garden’s gorgeous hillside setting. There is a wild Asian woodland, showcasing rare magnolias, maples and other woody plant and flowers. Scot Medbury is the Executive Director who came here from leadership roles at gardens in San Francisco and New York; he will let us know what is happening at this wonderful green treasure. Start planning your visit! 


Movies at Oakmont

West Side Story 

Sunday, May 22, 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center 

2021 – PG-13 – run time 2:36 

An adaptation of the 1957 musical, West Side Story explores forbidden love and the rivalry between the Jets and the Sharks, two teenage street gangs of different ethnic backgrounds. 


Oakmont Vets Club

Swift Boats in Vietnam 

Thursday, May 26, 4:00 – Berger Center 

As part of the Brown Water Navy, Swift Boats patrolled the coastline and 1,500 miles of Mekong Delta waterways during the Vietnam War. They disrupted and combatted Viet Cong supply lines, by interdicting the movement of arms and ammunition by the VC. 

Swift Boats, (or Patrol Craft Fast known as PCF’s) also transported South Vietnamese forces and inserted SEAL teams for counterinsurgency operations. Vet’s Club member Michael Hudson will share his challenges of surviving the threat of naval mines and enemy ambush around every bend of the waterways he patrolled during 1968 & ’69.  

Please join us on Thursday May 26th in the Berger Center from 4 -5:30 pm, as Michael shares his experiences and involvement as a Swift Boat Skipper, in this special slide show presentation and narrative. 

We invite anyone and everyone, but a heads-up would be appreciated if you came, so the room can be set up appropriately.  


Stand For Justice

Educational Forum 

Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. (social), 7:00 p.m. (program) – East Rec Center and on Zoom 

WHAT: A forum where, together, we can learn more about the historical roots of white supremacy, critical race theory (CRT), voter suppression in our country and how we got from “there to here.” Why is US history, CRT and voter suppression being weaponized today to target marginalized communities and divide rather than unite us? This is the new playbook, and we must be part of the wave that pushes back on hate in peaceful and constructive ways. Let us find ways to speak truth to hate “out there.” 

HOW: We will reference relevant writings, present some video clips, and facilitate a discussion to bring awareness to the issues, to how they impact us here and now, and to what we can do about them 

WHO: All Oakmont residents and guests are welcome to attend and participate 

Our world and our country now need engaged Oakmonters! May our light stay turned on until our life gets turned off. 

Questions? Contact Oakmont Standing for Justice club leaders Kathie Weston & Robin Jurs (kathiew46@yahoo.com, robinjurs@gmail.com


Join A Club Night 

Thursday, June2, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. – Berger Center 

The OVA (Oakmont Village Association) Join A Club Night event is for everyone, not just new residents. Have you been curious about a club or group and would like to learn more? 

Come to the Berger Center and meet over 50 of the clubs at a tabled event. Talk to current members and find out why they do what they do and why you will want to do it too! The event will run from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. and refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend. 


Oak Restaurant 

June Events at OAK 

Oak Restaurant

June 2nd – Trivia Night 6 pm -7:30 pm 
June 3rd- Spaghetti and Meatball dinner for $15.00 
June 6- Live Music -The David Correa Band 5 pm -7 pm 
June 10- Pizza and Wine Special $15.00 
June 12th- OVA Hosts Music on the Green 
June 19th- Father’s Day Special 
June 20th Live Music-The Two of Us- Beatles Cover Band 5 pm -7 pm 

Sneak Peek at July Events: 

July 11th Live Music- The Second Street Band 5 pm -7 pm 
July 18th Live Music- Magic Band Music 5 pm -7 pm 


Dancing is 4 Everyone 

Starts Wednesday, June 1, 7:15 p.m. – Berger Center 

Join with the Beginning Line Dance Class starting June 1, Wednesday nights at 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. at the Berger Center. The class will continue weekly throughout the year. This is the only time that you can join the beginning class this year. A four-week monthly session is only $32 (or $8 a class). Individual classes are $10. This first series will be $40, as there are 5 Wednesdays in June. 

Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. There are no reservations so come early to allow time to sign up. Smooth leather bottomed shoes are best for the new Berger floor. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me, Mariellen Munson at 538-4142. Oh, P.S…Fragrance Free!!   


AARP Driver Safety

A newly designed AARP Smart Driver course is returning to the Oakmont Central Activities Center starting in June. 

June 23rd 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.: Half-day refresher course for those individuals who have taken a driver safety course either online or in person within the previous 3 years. 

Aug. 25th  Part I of II: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Aug. 26th  Part II of II 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Sept. 22nd Part I of II: 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

Sept. 23rd Part II of II: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

Nov. 17th 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Half-day refresher course for those individuals who have taken a driver safety course either online or in person within the previous 3 years. 

Signup in person at the OVA office 6637 Oakmont Drive Suite A. Classes are only open to Oakmont residents. Fees: $20 for AARP members; $25 for nonmembers; free for anyone with an AARP Medicare Supplement (Medigap) policy. AARP Medicare Supplement ID card is required for free offer. Participants who take the full course must complete Parts I and II to receive their DMV certificate. 

AARP instructors will be fully vaccinated.  Participants must follow City, County, State and Oakmont Covid protocols to attend the class. 


SIR Branch 92

Hunger Relief 

Hunger relief is the worthy cause supported by SIR 92 in partnership with Redwood Empire Food Bank. We place Food Barrels at the Berger, CAC, and East Recreation Center to make it easy for people to donate non-perishable food. In 2021 the Food Bank served 307,462 meals from individual donated food. It is the aim of SIR 92 to demonstrate our members and the Oakmont Community cares. Let us keep filling up the Food Barrels. 


Do you enjoy tasty food, conversation, and a nice glass of wine? Consider joining the Boomers’ Club Dinner for Eight. The group of eight meet four times over a six-month period, the next will be July to December. Each couple hosts once, providing the main course, and the remaining couples bring an appetizer, salad, or dessert. Everyone brings a bottle of wine. Individual groups make their own schedule. 

New groups will be forming for July. Please email Denise Bickert at denisebickert@comcast.net for more information or to sign up. 


Men’s Bible Study 

Humility with a purpose: What is your duty Oh Man? “To seek justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God”. Micah 6:8. Join us and be enlightened, every Thursdays at the East Rec Center 1030 a.m.