Oakmont E-Blast 4-27-21

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President’s Message

Late last winter, we closed all OVA recreational facilities and buildings as directed by Sonoma County due to the global pandemic. As we gradually move to reopen them this spring, I would like to recognize and thank our Facilities Reopening Committee for its hard work in ensuring that we are proceeding with care and appropriate caution..

Click here for the full President’s Message

Junk The Junipers Progress

Marianne Neufeld, left, directs the “pile up,” with OVA Staff Ashlea Thomas and Christel Antone as Brad pitched in from behind.
Photo by Julie Kiil

How Do you Define Success? Junk the Junipers – and it’s not over yet.  

Oakmonters hauled junipers (and other vegetation) to the Berger this week for the first run of Junk the Junipers, an OVA program to help members meet new policy to remove junipers from the zero-to five-foot zone around homes and structures. The plants came in personal cars and trucks, landscape contractor vehicles and SUVs, piled high to await chipping days by True North and then hauled to disposal sites.  Even without the colorful orange and yellow signs at the site, it would have been hard to ignore the large mountain of juniper and other scrubs that lined the White Oak Drive side of the Berger parking lot.  

The second Junk the Junipers event will be May 5 through May 10, at Berger. Junipers only. No root balls, dirt or leaves. If you need references for persons that do hauling, contact firewise@oakmontvillage.com 

Enjoy these pictures from Julie Kiil and Maureen McGettigan!

What’s Happening In Oakmont?

The Snack Bar at Oak is open for business!

As life begins to return to normal, an important part of Oakmont leisure takes step one. The snack bar counter at the old Quail Inn – now called Oak – is serving up small bites, sandwiches and sides from 10 to 4 daily. These hours may change, so check their website or social media (Facebook and Instagram) for updates. The menu will vary depending on the popularity of items. Take-away items and drinks are available.  Oak is awaiting liquor license approval, but there will be a full bar as soon as the license is approved. 

Check out the Valley of The Moon website for updates to Snack Bar menu and hours, and find links to their social media: https://www.playvom.com/the-club/dining 

 And remember that all Oakmont Residents get 10% off!

Walking on the Golf Courses 

As the days lengthen, walking hours have to be adjusted.  Beginning in May, evening walks on the courses will start 15 minutes later at 6:45 p.m.

Walk the Valley of the Moon course starting at the first tee (below the pro shop on Oakmont Drive) any time after 6:45 pm. 

Walkers on the Sugarloaf course start at number one tee beside the pro shop at the end of Oak Vista Court, same times. 

Dogs are welcome as long as they are on leash at all times. Please remember that walking during play is dangerous to all. Click here for more information on the walking policies.

Get Your Firewise Policy Questions Answered

“Understanding Oakmont’s Firewise Policy Requirements” is the topic for a virtual Town Hall on Tuesday, May 4. 

Residents seeking information on how the policy affects their property or with questions can watch and Zoom meeting starting at 1 p.m. 

Speakers will be Marianne Neufeld a former director who has been involved in creating the policy, Christel Antone, Architectural Office director, and Iris Harrell, who chairs the Building Construction Committee. There will be a q & a for members.  

            Zoom links for the session will be sent in an OVA email. 

Information is power, and Map Your Neighborhood+ has been providing weekly tips on various wildfire and emergency preparedness topics. Some are informational and others are actions that you can and should perform. 

 Today you’ll find some how to’s on videotaping your home’s interior contents and some great reminders about home insurance in a wildfire-prone area. The bonus tip this week is called “Things You Can Do Before a Wildfire Threatens Your Area.”  All the Oakmont Ready Tips are designed to be printed and kept in a binder. Click here  and then click on the ‘All Tips’ button near the top to see ALL the tips on one page.  Have any ideas for tips? Email your ideas to Map Your Neighborhood at MYNOakmont@gmail.com.

Don’t forget Wildfire Preparedness Day is Saturday May 1. Get involved!

Library is Accepting Donations 

Our “wish list” for donations is for 2019-2021 titles.  So many beloved authors published new titles, and these would be most appreciated. Also accepted are pristine copies to replace existing worn copies to add to our collection. Have any Hemingway?  The recent PBS series has sparked an interest. Please limit your donations to 10 items. You have had a year to cull through your book collection, however, the library is not the solution for your discards. Please contact local charities for items not meeting our donation guidelines.  

The community’s cooperation is key to a successful reopening. Stay tuned via E-blasts for further details as they become available. 

Consider volunteering – the library can always use the community’s help. Email: oakmontvillagelibrary@gmail.com 

Club News & Events

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont is pleased to announce the resumption of its monthly dinners beginning in July if all goes well.  More information will be available in a few weeks. If you have questions, please email oakmontcalalums@icloud.com. 

Saturday, May 1, the Club switches to summer hours. Play will be at 9:30 a.m. through October. 

Play continues with masks required. Bring your own water and sanitizer as well as a folding chair to facilitate social distancing.  Come on out and join the fun. 

Wednesday, April 28, 4 p.m. on Zoom 

Electric Vehicles: What’s the Latest? 

GM announced it will offer 30 all-electric models globally by mid-decade and that 40% of US models offered will be battery electric by the end of 2025. The Ford Mustang Mach-E is flying off dealers’ lots. Tesla deliveries for 2020 topped 500,000 units worldwide. You may have noticed an increasing number of Teslas, Chevy Bolts and Nissan Leafs around Oakmont. Should you be thinking about going EV? Joe Pundyk will lead a discussion on the latest news and why, if you already have an EV, you should have solar power as well.  

This will be a meeting of the Futures Club. If you want an invitation to the Zoom meeting, email futureoakmont@gmail.com

May 2 – 10:30 a.m. on Zoom  

Carol Porter, PhD – Docent Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco 
Last Supper in Pompeii 

Pompeii in 79 AD.   Museum Docent Carol Porter will take on us on a fascinating journey into the culinary and social life of these ancient people.  Going to the market, preparing food, having friends over for dinner – these were integral parts of their lives.  And then … on a day that started just like any other day… a precise moment in Roman life was flash frozen for centuries when Mt. Vesuvius covered Pompeii in 15 feet of volcanic ash.  This gives us a telescope to look back through time into their everyday lives. 

Everyone is welcome.  The Zoom link is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86575636126?pwd=UGhFdWMwMFlqUWNSL3R1dzBBbDNOQT09

Check the schedule and upcoming speakers on the Symposium website:  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/upcoming-talks.html 

The Two Koreas 

May 3 at 10 a.m. on Zoom 
 The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Group continues to have foreign policy discussions the first and third Mondays of each month at 10 a.m. 

The discussion for May 3 will be the situation on the Korean Peninsula. There will be advance readings available. 

If you’re interested in participating, email oakmontgd@gmail.com