Inside Oakmont 5-3-2022

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Town Hall Today

Santa Rosa Forward – The City’s General Plan Update 

This Town Hall combines Steve Spillman providing background information on general plans and George McKinney giving an overview of how Santa Rosa’s General Plan may impact Oakmont. New Santa Rosa City Council Member, Dianna MacDonald will also be present at this town hall. 

Oakmont residents have until the end of next week to make comments on the new Santa Rosa General Plan alternatives. The new plan sets objectives for the City of Santa Rosa.  Oakmont might want the plan to include whether there is a new fire station at this end of town, reducing evacuation times for Oakmont residents in an emergency, and criteria for new developments that might increase wildfire risks. 

The City Planning team would like you to read the Alternatives document: 
https://www.santarosaforward.com/files/managed/Document/442/SRGPU_AltsWorkbook_Final_01-21-2022.pdf 

And then fill out the survey: 
https://www.santarosaforward.com/CD-Alternatives (Scroll down to Option B) 

Please submit your survey response no later than next Friday, May 6. This will give Oakmont a strong voice in future directions for Santa Rosa and city services for Oakmont. 

Click here for the Town Hall live-stream and Zoom link:
5-3-2022: Town Hall: Santa Rosa Forward – The City’s General Plan Update (Video & Live-Stream) – Oakmont Village

Click here for the Town Hall agenda:
5-3-2022: Town Hall: Santa Rosa Forward – The City’s General Plan Update (Agenda) – Oakmont Village


Covid-19 Test Kits 

Tomorrow, May 3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Safeway will be distributing free Covid-19 testing kits at the Berger Plaza. You can register for an appointment to pick up a test at this link: 

www.mhealthsystem.com/OakmontTestKit  

You do not need the consent form that is included in the registration. You do need the Flow Flex Form in order to receive your test kits. While Safeway’s confirmation email includes language about a Covid-19 test, tomorrow’s event at Oakmont is only to receive Covid-19 rapid test kits. There is no cost to receive the test kit, your insurance will be billed. Kaiser insurance is included.

What you need to bring:  

  • A signed consent form (available to download and print via the online registration above)  
  • Your medical, prescription and/or Medicare part B card to your appointment  
  • Your CDC vaccination card or digital record for their 2nd or booster dose appointments  
  • Flow Flex Form (Click here to download/print)  
    Form should be signed in front of Safeway Pharmacist  

The U.S. government test kits you may have received earlier in the year may be nearing expiration. Please be sure to check the expiration date on kits you may already have at home. 


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 a number of 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 storage batteries here in Oakmont. 
     
  • Control energy costs – project can be financed through third party lenders just as Utilities finance their projects, with payments over time. 
     
  • 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: Oakmont Solar Survey (2022) – Oakmont Village 


Bocce Court Closure 

The bocce courts will be closed the week of May 9th to allow resurfacing of the paths. 


What’s Happening in Oakmont


Music on Greens featuring Neon Playboys 

Presented by OVA (Oakmont Village Association) & Valley of the Moon Club
Sunday, June 12, 3:00 p.m. – Valley of the Moon Golf Course 
3 p.m. Food & Beverage Available 
4 p.m. Music Begins 

Bring your own lawn chairs or blanket. Bring cash to purchase food & beverages. Bar onsite. No outside food or beverage allowed. 


Oak Restaurant

May Events 

All events require a reservation: 
May 02 – Live Music The Fargo Brothers Classic Rock 5 p.m. -7 p.m. 
May 05 – Cinco De Mayo Special 
May 08 – Mother’s Day Brunch $50 per person- reservations starting at 10 a.m. 
May 09 – The Groovy Judy Band 5 p.m. -7 p.m. 
May 14 – Crystal Sound Healing 10 a.m. 
May 16 – Live Music Ukulenny and the Pogi Boys 5 p.m. -7 p.m. 
May 18 – Clinic- Learn an effective Practice Routine $35.00 
May 23 – Member Twilight Event- 9-hole Scramble with Dinner- Must be an annual member to play or play with an annual member 
May 26 – Clinic Uneven Ball Lies $35.00 
May 26 – Fried Chicken 3 course dinner $35.00 Starts at 5 p.m. 
May 30 – Memorial Day Live Music St Pigeon 5 p.m. -7 p.m. 
May 31 – Pot Roast 3 course Dinner Special $30 pp Starts at 5 p.m. 

See more on PlayVom.com:
Calendar of Events (playvom.com)


Join Us for a Wildfire Safety Webinar 

Wednesday, May 4, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. – On Zoom 

Marin and Sonoma Counties: 
We invite you to join us for an interactive webinar where we will discuss our 2022 wildfire safety efforts. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback with the PG&E team, including the area’s Regional Vice President. 

Register today » 

Learn more » 


Let’s Dance – Together!

Beginning Jitterbug Swing Partner Dance Classes 

Wednesdays, May 4, 11 & 18, from 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. – East Rec Center

COST: $10 pp for single class. $8 pp if 2 or more classes are purchased 

Come learn some basic, fun and easy moves for Jitterbug Swing that will get you dancing together and twirling with a smile on your face. Jitterbug Swing is an upbeat, fun and versatile dance that can be danced to many types of music ranging from Big Band music to Rock ‘n Roll Oldies and lots of contemporary tunes. No partners or experience are required. Rotation of partners will be optional. Also, any ladies that want to lead and any men that want to follow are very welcome. Full vaccination plus at least one booster will be required. Face masks may be optional or required depending on the local Covid status in May. To register or for questions, please contact instructor Terry Whitten at twhitten@pacbell.net or call (415) 265-7590. Please bring your vaccination card to the first class you take as well as a face mask in the event masks are required. 


Israeli Chamber Project Returns to Oakmont 

Thursday, May 5, 1:30 p.m. – Berger Center – $25 

Pay at the door, cash or check made out to Music at Oakmont, or your 2020-21 or 2021-22 season pass 

Music at Oakmont takes great pleasure in welcoming back the prestigious Israeli Chamber Project. Now in its second decade, ICP is a New York-based consortium of strings, winds, harp, and piano, bringing together some of today’s most distinguished musicians for chamber music concerts and educational programs both in Israel and abroad. With its diversified range of performers, ICP is uniquely able to offer many unusual combinations of instruments, both large and small. Among its members are prize-winners at the Tchaikovsky International Competition in Russia, the Borletti-Buitoni Trust Award, Avery Fisher Career Grant, and the Gaspar Cassado Cello Competition. As a group they have been named winner of the 2011 Israeli Ministry of Culture Outstanding Ensemble Award, as well as the 2017 Partos Prize in recognition of passionate musicianship, creative programming, and commitment to educational outreach. 

The ICP’s program on May 5, entitled “Vienna 1900,” will feature works by Korngold, Zemlinsky, Berg, and Brahms, performed by pianist Assaff Weisman, clarinetist Tibi Cziger, and cellist Michal Korman. For details, please visit our website www.musicatoakmont.org

Please note: For the comfort and safety of all, please bring your proof of vaccination, which will be checked at the door. Wearing masks is strongly encouraged. 


Hearing Education Advocacy Research Support

Friday, May 6, 1:30 p.m. – CAC: Room B 

The format is informal since this is our first meeting, and we will want to get to know each other. Remember HEARS stands for Hearing Education Advocacy Research and Support. You should expect all of this at this meeting. I had cochlear implant surgery on April 20th, and I am anxious to tell you about it. I might even be able to hear you! Please respond to Oakmonthears@gmail.com to let me know you are planning to attend. 


Cinco De Mayo

Saturday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. – Berger Center

TIME: DOORS OPEN AT 4:30PM DINNER FROM 5:00PM TO 6:30PM 

MUSIC FROM: 630 TO 10:00PM 

COST: $50.00 

We will be serving special enchiladas, refried beans, special Mexican rice, chicken mole with sauce, salad, and of course our famous serve yourself taco stand umm-umm. you will also have chips and salsa at your table and whipped cream cake. 

The band I have coming is J SILVERHEELS They have been rocking it since the 70S. they play good old rock and roll from the late 50S to the early 70S. You will not be able to stay in your seat if you are a dancer if not you will love the music. DO NOT MISS THIS PARTY AS THE FOOD AND MUSIC IS OVER THE TOP GREAT. 

Please reserve early as we will sell out and Marie and I are going on vacation so we will have a very short time to put it together and it would help us a lot. We are sorry the cost is what it is, but due to the cost of food and music it cannot be helped. Remember our no refund policy. ~ Ray & Marie.

Fourth of July party information coming soon.


Sunday Symposium
Sunday Symposium

Sunday, May 8, Mother’s Day, No meeting.  


Movies at Oakmont

Sunday, May 8, 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center 

Belfast – 2021, PG-13, run time 1:38 

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s. 


Canine Club

Woofers Yappy Hour Dog Walk 

Monday May 9, 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 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: http://oakmontcanineclub.org/events 


Oakmont Progressives Club

Community Microgrid for Oakmont 

Monday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. wine & cheese social, 7:00 p.m. Meeting – East Rec Center and on Zoom 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86428318067?pwd=d1IvaUUza0RJVlVpdXhHd3BXMHJoUT09 
Meeting ID: 864 2831 8067 
Passcode: 424510 

Oakmont’s KEN SMITH will do a presentation on the possibility of a Community Microgrid for Oakmont.

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 a number of 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 storage batteries here in Oakmont. 

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

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

Come hear Ken Smith explain how a microgrid works and the path forward for Oakmont to implement one. 

For more information, visit www.oakmontprogressives.org, or email ebiglin@gmail.com 


SIR Branch 92

Travel to Zimbabwe 

Tuesday, May 10, 11:30 a.m. – Berger Center 

Travel to Zimbabwe and learn how James and Constancia Alexander overcame the challenges to establish their Courage of Hope Foundation to improve the lives of villagers. James will be our speaker at the May 10, 2022, luncheon at the Berger at 11:30 a.m. All residents are invited. To come contact Tom Meier at tmeier10@att.net. 

SIR 92 had a marvelous tour by 6 seat golf carts with docent of the historic sites at Jack London Historical Park on 4/28. The next outing will be on May 19 at Kunde Winery. 

Being the only SIR branch in California to change from men only members, we especially invite to women to join us to show the others it’s time to change. Contact: blefson@gmail.com. 


Futures Club

What is the future of Futures Club 

Wednesday, May 11, 4:00 p.m. – East Rec Center and on Zoom 
Meeting ID: 836 0577 9825 
Passcode: 746162 

The Futures Club meeting on Wearable Technology for Medical Purposes has been delayed to June 8. 

Instead, our May 11 meeting will be a discussion about the club and whether or not it meets a need here in Oakmont. 

The Futures Club was founded as a forum for Oakmont residents to keep up to date with new technology that affects our lives now and in the near future. Prime areas of interest were Medical; Smart Home; Phones, Tablets, and other devices; and Artificial Intelligence. We’ve spun off two areas of interest to other Oakmont groups: Electric Cars and Solar Power. 

As with many Oakmont clubs, we now face the decision whether or not to continue and, if so, what should be our focus. To continue, the club will need participants willing to serve on a steering committee to choose topics and organize meetings. 

If you’re interested in what the Futures Club should have as a focus, and perhaps willing to serve on a steering committee, join us for the May 11 meeting. 


Coming in May! 

Insights to Art: John Singer Sargent, Judy Chicago, and the Barnes Collection 
Wednesdays, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Berger Center 
3-weeks: May 11 – May 25. Cost: $50 
Instructor: Write and painter, Linda Loveland Reid
Available in-person, by Zoom or watch a recorded session at your leisure. 

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 for a Class: 
OakmontLL.org 
• Fill out the form in the OLL (Oakmont Lifelong Learning) folder in the OVA office along with your check 
• Pay at the door 


Constitution Club 
Inaugural Gathering 

Thursday, May 12, 6:00 p.m. – Contact for location details. 

Constitution Club, a place for Conservatives, is having its inaugural gathering 5/12/2022, 6-9 p.m. Already nearly 100 members and their guests confirmed! Special Guest appearance (electronically) that night. For an invitation and more details, email ConstitutionClub2020@gmail.com.


Dancing Divas 
Dances from Asia and The Pacific Islands 

Saturday, May 14, 2:30 p.m. – Berger Center 

Show starts at 3 p.m., Doors open at 2:30 p.m.
This is a free community event. 

The featured group will be Hula Mai from Sonoma performing dances from The Hawaiian Islands, and the Māori people from New Zealand. Founder and teacher, Betty Ann Bruno, says her goal is to inspire a love for the hula and the Hawaiian culture through knowledge and understanding – and, to have fun all the while. 

The Redwood Country Cloggers and The Oakmont Dancing Divas will round out the program dancing to music from South Korea, India, and China. 

The event will also be livestreamed at https://oakmontvillage.com/article/dances-from-asia-and-the-pacific-islands/ 

Proof of vaccination and masks will be required. 
This event is funded by a grant from The Oakmont Community Foundation. 


Valley of the Moon Fellowship

All are invited to join a new fellowship group recently formed and recognized in Oakmont. The Valley of the Moon Fellowship (VOMF) will be meeting on Sunday, May 15, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the West Rec picnic grounds. The purpose of the VOMF is four-fold: fellowship, spiritual renewal, education on the topics of the day, and community service. Bring along a dish to share, a drink of choice, and a lawn chair, if you do not wish to sit at the picnic tables. Looking forward to meeting you then and there.


Cal Alumni Club

May Dinner

Wednesday, May 18, 5:00 p.m. – Valley of the Moon Club – $45 

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont will be hosting their May dinner on Wednesday, May 18. The dinner will be held in the banquet rooms at the Valley of the Moon Club, 7025 Oakmont Drive. 

Our speaker will be Dr. Kirsten Hextrum, an author of several books on college athletic recruitment, and is currently a Professor of Educational Leadership and Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She will be speaking on Operation Varsity Blues, the largest admission scandal in US history. The scandal involves how athletic recruitment ensures that white middle class athletes have greater access to college admissions than lower income communities of color. 

The cost of the dinner is $45.00 for members of the Cal Alumni Club and $55.00 for non-members. Even if you are not a graduate of Cal, you can join the club for $20.00 per year per household as a “Friend of Cal”. Pre-dinner cocktails and appetizers will begin at 5:00 and are included in the price. The buffet dinner will include a choice of Tri-Tip or Chicken Piccata, along with roasted red potatoes, garden salad, kale and quinoa salad, and dinner rolls. Black Forest cake and Lemon cake will be the dessert choices. Reservations and payment must be received by Friday, May 6. 

Call Linda Williams at 707.322.6272 for reservations and payment information. 


Map Your Neighborhood Be Oakmont Ready

ARE YOU READY? 

Thursday, May 26, 11:00 a.m. – OVA Admin Office: Aspen Room 

Oakmont is in a wildfire prone area and also sits very near the Rogers Creek earthquake fault. Are you prepared to evacuate or shelter in place for up to 10 days without emergency services? The purpose of MYN (Map Your Neighborhood) is to assist in planning for emergencies and disaster situations. Two things that can help you are (1) reading the information and ’Tips’ on the MYN website, and (2) attend one of our monthly drop-in meetings to ask questions and learn about being prepared for emergencies in Oakmont. 
Next meeting is Thursday May 26 at 11:00 a.m. in the OVA Conference Room (enter from Laurel Leaf) 
Website https://oakmontvillage.com/myn/ 


Stand For Justice

Educational Forum 

Thursday, May 26, 6:30 p.m. – 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.” 

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 

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


May 31, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. – West Rec 

Online Appointments are now available!!!!! 
https://zerowastesonoma.gov/recycle-dispose/residents/hhw-collection-events 
Also, you are welcome to call 707-364-6927 to schedule an appointment 
(Only 100 appointments available – first-come, first-served). 

LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (max. of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. NEVER mix chemicals. Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/needles must be in sealed, approved Sharps containers. 
NOT ACCEPTED: Explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics and business waste.


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. 


Men’s Bible Study 

Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Conference Room 

“The day of our death is better than the day of our birth” ECC 7:1. Come find out why that is, join us every Thursday at the East Rec Center 1030 a.m.


Oakmont Tennis Club

OTC Website: Have you visited recently? Our members-only website contains the latest club news, member and officer rosters, event photo albums, a tennis sub list and more. https://oakmonttennisclub.shutterfly.com/

Consider becoming a member of Tennis Club OTC 
Oakmont has a vibrant tennis community. The Oakmont Tennis Club promotes both the athletic and social enjoyment of tennis. Competitive and Social tennis activities, some planned, and the majority are spontaneous in nature. The club offers a professional-quality tennis court ball machine to help members improve their game. Come out to the courts, introduce yourself and ask to play in…we look forward to seeing you on the courts! 

Membership information contact Ruth Layne at 914-907-8286 

See you on the Courts! 


We meet every Thursday morning (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) in the Central Activity Center’s Card Room. 

Looking for players of all ability; Beginners to experts. 

Lessons available. Bring lunch. 

Contact Brian Huckins: 415-602-9083 or bvhuckins@gmail.com 


Recent Recorded Events

All videos may be found at oakmontvillage.com/videos.

New Resident Reception 
On Tuesday, April 26, Board directors, Heidi Klyn and Jess Marzak joined OVA General Manager, Christel Antone in a presentation delivered to new residents of the community.

This is our first time recording the New Residents Reception, which provided information on HOA governance, OVA initiatives, Valley of the Moon Golf Club, the history of Oakmont, and much more:

New Resident Reception – Oakmont Village


Veterans Benefits Presentation 
A meeting of the Oakmont Vets Club held on April 28, 2022. Presenters spoke about the struggle associated with obtaining veterans benefits, as well as resources and programs to help navigate the process:

Veterans Benefits 4-28-2022 – Oakmont Village


OHI Hands-Only CPR & AED Training 
On April 20, 2022, OHI sponsored a hands-only CPR and AED class. The hands-only CPR portion was presented by Oakmont resident and retired nurse, Linne McAleer.

Brook Rand, nurse and Injury Prevention Coordinator for Memorial Hospital, taught the AED portion of the class:

OHI Hands-Only CPR and AED Class – Oakmont Village