Oakmont E-Blast 1-11-21

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Town Hall Meeting


Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 1:00 PM via Zoom

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E-Waste Canceled

The Jan. 16 and Jan. 17 E-Waste Collection has been cancelled until further notice due to the extended Shelter In Place order. Apologies for any inconvenience. 

Important News

Board Elections Update: There’s Still Time!

OVA members who want to run for election to the Board of Directors must submit letters of intent to Dawn McFarland by Jan. 29. Interested members must be in good standing, not be felons and not served more than two two-year terms in sequence. Candidates cannot be from the same household. There are FIVE open positions for the 2021 elections.   

Email letters to dawn@oakmontvillage.com

Walkers and Golfers Don’t Mix

CourseCo is once again asking members not to walk on the golf courses during playing hours. Golfers are complaining and the practice is unsafe. You (and your leashed furry buddies) can walk on the paths of the courses before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m. Please stay off fairways and greens – and don’t forget the doggie bags.  

OVA is investigating the possibility of having vaccines available on site in Oakmont. The County of Sonoma is currently limiting administration of vaccines to specific tiers. This currently includes people in long-term care facilities and healthcare personnel. Meanwhile, the county has also extended the stay-at-home order indefinitely.

The installation of solar panels at the Berger Center, East and West Rec Centers is complete, and members now have access to those parking lots.  PG&E is expected to connect the panels to distribution boxes soon.  

All upgrades to ADA required by the City of Santa Rosa have been completed and passed inspection. Enjoy watching your dogs run free!

Club News & Online Events

Friday, Jan. 29, 9 a.m. to Noon 

The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, in partnership with OVA, is holding its semi-annual drive-through shred-a-thon on Friday, Jan. 29, at the Berger Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon. The equivalent of five banker boxes of shreddable paper goods can be accepted.  Drivers are asked to wear masks, remain in their cars and simply open the trunk for the boxes to be removed. The contents will be shredded on site and containers returned to the cars. There is no charge for this service, but any donations received will be used by Kiwanis to sponsor scholarships at two Santa Rosa high schools. 

The Community Educational and Transparency Committee (CETC)

Second Fireside Chat

Tuesday, Jan. 26 at 1 p.m.

Perhaps you are feeling isolated after so many months of COVID or missing shared activities and special events in our facilities.  Join with a small group (12) of your neighbors for a community conversation on what is on your mind and in your heart regarding living today and tomorrow in Oakmont.   The hour-long conversation will be facilitated in a respectful, welcoming environment.     

Because CETC is a Board committee, we will share the ideas and concerns with the Board as a way for them to better understand what the pulse of the community is as 2021 takes off. This will be conducted in a confidential manner that respects the privacy of all attendees.  

The Fireside Chat will be limited to the first 12 residents who make a reservation by leaving one’s name and phone number in an email to Slaiken5440@gmail.com

Confirmation will be an email containing the Zoom link to the fireside chat on Tuesday,  

Jan. 26 at 1 p.m. 

Our intentions: 

  1.  Welcome all who attend and encourage all to participate in the conversation, 
  1. Listen with respect to all perspectives, 
  1. Consider what brings you joy as a resident of Oakmont, 
  1. Describe your biggest concern as a resident of Oakmont and what would give you hope, 
  1. What together we can take away from this conversation. 

Drones – From Toys to Weapons to Firefighting

Jan. 13, 4 p.m. on Zoom 

The Oakmont Futures Club is not holding group meetings while the OVA facilities are closed. In the interim, there are short informational video conferences via Zoom on Wednesdays at  

4 p.m.  The topic for each will be posted on the E-Blast. Most sessions will also be recorded and be available on the website: www.oakmontfuture.com

To get the Zoom link and be informed of upcoming presentations, join the email list by sending an email to oakmontfuture@gmail.com 

The Tale of Two Projects: The Panama Canal and The Birth of Modern Project Management

Jan. 12 – 11 a.m. on Zoom 

The next meeting is on Jan. 12 with Tom Kendrick, the newly appointed OVA president, as speaker. The title of his talk is “The Tale of Two Projects: The Panama Canal and the Birth of Modern Project Management.”  The Panama Canal should be of particular interest for our age group, and anyone involved in project management knows that getting through that process can be tricky and complicated.  All are welcome, member or not. For non-members to participate, contact Bern Lefson at blefson@gmail.com

Jan. 17 – 10:30 A.M. on Zoom 

Dennis Drayna, PhD 

Human Genetics – The Hope and the Reality 

DNA.  It’s what we are. The basic structure of DNA was only discovered in the early 1950s, and now we commonly use DNA analysis in a wide range of applications.  Using case studies, Dr. Drayna will discuss pre-natal DNA testing, genetic genealogy, use of DNA in crime-solving and the newest step in genetics, CRIPS/Cas, to modify the human genome to fix medical problems and other applications.  It’ll be fun!  (Really!) 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 safety protocols, speakers have been engaged to present live sessions. You won’t want to miss any talks, so check the Upcoming Talks page weekly for the latest instructions at  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/live.   There will be time at the end of the talk to engage with the speaker.   

Please consider a donation to the Oakmont Community Foundation earmarked for Oakmont Sunday Symposium. 

Women’s Yoga

Free Zoom Class on Fridays, 10-11 a.m.

Refresh body, mind and soul with women’s yoga.   You are invited to share in yoga practice led by one of four yoga leaders.  You’ll need a yoga mat or blanket and whatever props you use to make your yoga practice accessible and comfortable for you (a block, a yoga strap or tie or a kitchen towel).  Please remember to follow any medical directives and pay attention to your body’s signals.  

Join by clicking the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85047615412?pwd=N0UwNlhDdVpOc2FERmFOeWg5cXgyQT09 

To join the email list for the weekly reminder, contact Lizzy Reynold: emrenold@gmail.com 

Weekly Zoom Discussion Group 

Mondays at 10 a.m. 

On Jan. 18, the focus will be on the actions President Trump has taken in his last weeks in office that will create problems for President-elect Biden’s administration. 

If you are interested in participating in these discussions, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com

Just For Fun

 “February was as lovely as May.” So said Jack London about Sonoma County, the place he made his permanent home. And when Santa Rosa resident Ria D’Aversa responded to the New York Times call to readers to tell them about special places, Sonoma County ranked among the “52 Places to Love in 2021,” a photo essay featured in yesterday’s January 10 edition. 

D’Aversa’s narrative and photos appear here, with a link to the Times feature.  

“In winter, electric-green grass crops up beside the native oaks. Santa Rosa is full of majesty. Everything is within reach, including the rough, beautiful Sonoma County coastline. The region brings together so many different experiences: manicured vineyards, a wonderful downtown with breweries and coffee shops, dark-green forests and snaking rivers, mountains and big agricultural valleys. 

One of my favorite places in Santa Rosa is Trione-Annadel State Park whichalong with other parts of the region, has suffered from wildfires in the last couple of years. People in this agricultural community see the seasons of destruction and renewal up close. They see how the fires hurt the economy and the land. I think of myself as a resilient person; I’ve gone through failures, traumas and upheaval. And I think that’s the ethos for Santa Rosa, too: resilience.” 

Click Here To Read The Full New York Times Article