New OVA General Manager
Kimberly Rowland, who has extensive experience operating homeowner associations, was named General Manager of the Oakmont Village Association effective March 22.
Introduced at the March 16 virtual board meeting, she said she is “very enthusiastic” about the new position, wants to “hit the ground running” and “looks forward to diving in.” She added that she welcomes emails.
2021 Board Elections
You should have received your OVA ballot along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Statements are in the mailed packets. If you have a question for a candidate(S), send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the candidate’s name in the subject line. It will be forwarded appropriately.
Vote for up to five candidates (only one vote per candidate) and get your ballot in the mail before April 5. (Mail by March 31 recommended.) Ballots must be received, not postmarked, by April 5. They may also be dropped off before the Annual meeting, as indicated in the voting packet. Ballots will be counted at the East Rec Center starting at 10 a.m.
Fitness Center Volunteers Needed
The Fitness Center is scheduled to open on Monday, March 29; but that cannot happen without your help. Volunteers are needed to commit to one hour per week to check people in at the door and to be sure that everyone is wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing and cleaning the equipment after use. The following are the new guidelines for the fitness center use.
• Six members are allowed to exercise for 50-minute time slots Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center will be closed from 11-noon for lunch and on weekends
• Sign-ups will be limited to twice per week
• Equipment will be taped off to comply with required social distancing regulations
• Members are required to wear masks at all times and use provided sanitary wipes to
clean equipment after use.
• Locker rooms will be closed; restrooms off the patio will be accessible.
• Two side doors will be used for entering and exiting the center.
• Free weights and exercise mat area will be closed.
• Time limit on cardio equipment is 20 minutes while members are waiting.
• No personal items will be allowed, e.g. books or electronic readers. Only items that can be
kept on your person
• Cubbies will not be available for storage of personal items.
You may sign up to be a volunteer on the Fitness Center Reservations page. That page will require you to login to view:
Oakmont continues to fill those green cans — to brimming. It’s all about bidding farewell to junipers. Learn more about the Firewise Policy, webinars, home hardening, defensible space and much more at www.oakmontvillage.com/firesafety.
Have questions? Need help with assessing your property? Email email@example.com.
Library is Reopening on Tuesday, March 30
Hours Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Library volunteers are back in the stacks and ready to welcome Oakmont again — with some reservations for safety and comfort of members. Please wait to come to the library until two weeks after your second vaccination. Masks are required, as well as maintaining social distancing and county capacity rules during your visit.
Until further notice, the library is in Phase 1 – checkouts only, no returns. Updates will be announced in the OVA e-blast and in the Oakmont News.
Phase 1: Only 5 people at a time are allowed in the library – that’s 4 visitors and 1 volunteer. Limit your time to 15 minutes. Checkouts only. No returns or donations accepted. Bring a bag, take out an armload to help make room for all the expected returns. Masks required – maintain social distancing.
Phase 2 – Will allow returns of library items, including puzzles and DVDs, to a separate outside drop off area by the library. Signs will be posted. No donations.
Phase 3 – Will allow donations. the library will accept donations of books published in 2020-2021 only. Donation guidelines will be updated and provided when the library is ready to receive them.
Please consider volunteering. The library can always use the community’s help: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a chainsaw and/or pick-up truck and some time to cut and haul junipers to the bins being provided by OVA, please contact the committee at email@example.com.
Junk the Junipers weeks are April 21- 26 at the Berger and May 5- 10 at the East Rec.
Drive-Thru Event on April 7
Get a FREE NOAA Weather Radio for Emergency Preparedness
An emergency can happen anywhere and at any time. The City of Santa Rosa wants you, your family and neighbors to be prepared in the event of an emergency.
Thanks to a grant from FEMA, the City is distributing free NOAA Weather Radios, while supplies last, to help alert you to adverse weather conditions that might require some extra preparation. A drive-thru distribution event is happening for Oakmont residents on April 7, 2021, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Berger Center.
A NOAA Weather Radio is a low-cost, home-alerting tool that is remotely activated by the National Weather Service to broadcast life-saving warnings issued by first responders. When the power is out or cell phones don’t work, a NOAA Weather Radio can still get emergency messages to those who need the information.
This week you will receive an Emergency Preparedness Guide in the mail from the City of Santa Rosa. Complete the registration form in this mailed guide and bring it with you to the drive-thru event on April 7 to redeem your free NOAA Weather Radio. By completing the form, you are also opting-in to receive emergency notifications from Sonoma County first responders via SoCoAlert.
On April 7, enter the Berger Center parking lot. Be sure to stay in your vehicle at all times, wear a facial covering when interacting with others and follow the directional signage at the distribution site. A City of Santa Rosa staff member will approach your driver-side window and exchange your completed registration card for the NOAA Weather Radio. When you have received your radio, please exit promptly to limit traffic congestion.
Once home, insert the batteries and plug your radio into the wall. Then, turn the ON/OFF switch to ON and leave it there. The radio will silently monitor for alerts. More information about emergency preparedness is available online at srcity.org/ReadySR.
Club News & Online Events
Fire-Safe Future, Greener Beyond
March 25, 4 p.m. on Zoom
Are fires growing more frequent and more intense? Are some home-hardening steps better than others? Where are defensible space measures most effective? Get answers to these questions and others by registering for the webinar at
What can save homes when a fire races through? Are some home-hardening steps better than others? Where are defensible space measures most effective? Have fuel breaks and forest thinning worked for us? Are fires growing larger, more frequent, and more intense, and if so – where? And if so – what can we do about protecting ourselves in an age of climate change?
In this discussion, we will begin with the success stories: safely designed homes that have survived a large fire. You will hear from an established fire scientist whose home and immediate neighborhood remained standing while a large wildfire went through the entire area.
We will build on what we have heard about home-hardening steps, fire-resistant homes, and defensible space, and we will use the success stories to bring clarity to the cost-efficient ways of preventing catastrophic loss from wildfires. We will share resources you may have and some you may not have.
We will also talk about embers, firebrands, that blow far ahead of fires during hot, windy conditions. And we will talk about steps needed to avoid another Coffey Park, which had Highway 101 for a firebreak. We will discuss why we can have our homes and our beloved forests – without tearing them down. And we will talk about ways to honor the science, to strengthen forests – our most valuable resource to fight climate change and worse fires.
Chad Hanson Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of theJohn Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Big Bear City, California. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems, and he is the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book, “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix” (Elsevier, Inc.). He has published dozens of studies and articles in journals pertaining to forest and fire ecology, and recently finished a second book, focusing on forest protection to mitigate climate change and the myths about wildland fire that are impeding progress. His research covers natural post-fire forest regrowth and carbon sequestration; carbon flux in wildland fires; current forest fire patterns and trends; fire history; habitat selection of rare wildlife species associated with habitat created by high-intensity fire; and adverse impacts to wildlife caused by logging.
Maya Khosla Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. Her books include All the Fires of Wind and Light, poetry from Sixteen Rivers Press (2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award), Keel Bone, poetry from Bear Star Press (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize), and Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek (Golden Gate Parks Conservancy). Sonoma County Conservation Council (SCCC) selected Maya as one of the 2020 Environmentalists of the Year. She served as the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020), organizing a series of filmed readings to bring Sonoma’s communities together after the 2017 fires. Her poems have been featured in documentary films and journals including River Teeth, California Quarterly, and Nomadic Coffee Press, and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Fieldwork grounds her writing: thousands of hours spent in untouched post-fire forests that grow full of life. She is currently working on a film about being fire-wise.
March 28, 2021 – 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Ida Rae Egli and Kosta P’manolis
Greece: Triumph, Love and Surviving Nazi Occupation
If you want to meet real Greeks, explore Greek history and fathom the nature of love itself, this talk is for you. When Hitler’s Wehrmacht troops took over Greece, they took away not just the freedom but the food of the Grecian residents. Survival required sheer will. In researching Kosta’s heritage, Ida and Kosta interviewed survivors of this difficult time. You will be inspired with examples of courage, love and gut determination.
4 p.m. on Zoom
The Future of Solar Power
So-far-unidentified speakers include representatives from:
- Congressman Thompson’s office who will talk about the Green Act, Thompson’s bill that is part of Biden’s infrastructure bill that provides some real leverage for solar power in the US,
- The California Public Utilities Commission to explain its vision for solar in California,
- Sonoma Clean Power to share what is going on in Sonoma County.
The link to the meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683364081?pwd=VUZlYURRQU5NaHlkSFBOZ3hVb3plUT09
Meeting ID: 896 8336 4081
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Monday, March 29 at 10 a.m. on Zoom
The Great Decisions discussion groups continue to meet the first and third Mondays of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom. The next meeting will be March 29 instead of April 5, however, due to the OVA Annual Meeting scheduled for April 5.
On March 29, the topic will be an update on how Brexit is going as Britain has now left the European Union. There are materials to read in advance. If you are interested in participating in the discussions, send an email to email@example.com
Oakmont Community Church
April 3 at 10:30 a.m.
at the CAC Entrance
Come for Easter service. Bring your own chair and mask and dress in layers.
It is also communion Sunday, so please call the church so that plans can be made accordingly: Pastor Brinda (707) 595-0166.