Oakmont E-Blast 1-17-2020

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Important Info

Gratitude and Appreciation from the OVA Staff

The OVA Staff to all of our valued residents, Thank You. We wanted to be sure we publicly acknowledged the extremely generous appreciation shown to our staff, throughout the year, and within the Employee Appreciation Fund. The donations left by residents in the community provided a bountiful bonus for staff members. Your generosity made a significant and positive difference in our holiday season, and we look forward to seeing you in the office throughout the year to come.

California Program to Help Pay for Back Up Batteries

The California Public Utility Commission passed a decision on January 16th that will provide significant money to Oakmont residents with medical problems or are economically disadvantaged to help them purchase back up batteries for their homes. This is called the Self Generation Incentive Program or SGIP program.

The SGIP program is available to anyone who has an electric medical device requirement (such as oxygen generators, CPAP, or an electric wheelchair) and experienced at least two power outages in 2019. Residents with medical issues should be enrolled in the Medical Baseline program at PG&E or should apply for that program as soon as possible.

The SGIP program will provide $1,000 / kilowatt hour toward a back up battery up to 10 kilowatt hours or $10,000. The battery would ideally be linked to a solar panel installation, but that is not necessary. If you already have a solar installation, the battery can be added.

In addition, the SGIP program includes an economic equity component for disadvantaged residents who have experienced two or more power outage events in 2019.

If you think this program may be of value to you, you may obtain a list of qualified solar installers at the architectural office. These installers will assist you in the application process.

County of Sonoma ESD

Do you need assistance with conserving energy in your Oakmont home? Are your windows and doors in need of updating or replacement to better insulate your home? Are you interested in installing a solar powered electric energy system on your Oakmont home? Do you want free advice and analysis of how to make your home more energy efficient? Call, email or visit the County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division.

The County of Sonoma Energy and Sustainability Division (ESD) is a resource to serve as a community clearinghouse for information, tools, services, programs, financing information, and resources to the general public, contractor communities, and other public entities engaged in pursuing energy and water efficiency and renewable energy initiatives. The Energy and Sustainability Division is willing to assist Oakmont property owners individually in their pursuit to install solar. ESD is happy to assist property owners throughout our County in their individual pursuit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase fire resiliency, and improve the seismic strengthening of their homes.


Contact us by Phone
Work Phone: (707) 565-6470
Work CA Relay: 711
Fax: (707) 565-6474

La Plaza A
2300 County Center Drive
Suite A105
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.46242, -122.725426
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The Sonoma County Energy and Sustainability Division is a county government agency that does not promote or advocate for any commercial for-profit businesses or non-government entities or any Oakmont clubs or committees.

PG&E Impersonation Scams

SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) is alerting customers, especially in the North Bay and North Coast, to be aware of ongoing scam phone calls with criminals threatening to shut off power if a payment is not made. There have been double the number of scam attempts, compared to this time last year. 

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2020 Election of Directors
Candidate Declaration Statement

Click Here For The Form

Download the form here for the 2020 election of directors candidate self-nomination form for those who want to run for a position to serve on the Board.

Self-nomination forms must be received by February 1, 2020.

Board Candidates Sought: There are four (4) seats available in the upcoming election of directors to be held on Monday April 6, 2020. Members of the Oakmont Village Association, who are interested in running for a seat on the Oakmont board for the 2020 election, are encouraged to obtain an application at the OVA office. Eligible Members may self-nominate, and the nominating committee will deliver a final list of candidates to the board on February 1, 2020 (the deadline for nominations). Please contact the OVA office at 539-1611 for more information.

Click Here For The Candidate and Director Qualifications

OEPC Forum

OEPC FORUM: January 23, 2020. At 2:00 p.m. Berger Center
Could YOU survive in your home for up to a week, without power, perhaps even without gas or water?
If your answer is “NO”, you are not adequately prepared!
Come to Berger on January 23 to learn about:
Portable power stations
Solar Panels, and more BE PREPARED!

AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance in Oakmont

Right here in Oakmont, a team of AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will be at the Berger Center on Mondays and Wednesdays, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., starting February 3 through April 13. The Oakmont team is gearing up for a busy 2019 tax filing season.

If you had your tax returns prepared by the AARP team last year, you know that you need to sign up in-person during the above times at the Berger to get on the schedule. When you arrive to make the appointment, you will be given an IRS-required input form you will need to fill out and bring back with you at your appointment.

At your appointment time, bring in all of your forms and info for 2019 income and deductions (W-2s, 1099s, brokerage statements, etc.), a copy of your 2018 tax return, your Social Security card, a photo identification card (preferably your CA driver’s license), and the IRS-required input form completely filled out.

In the first few weeks of the season, you will need to be very patient as numerous taxpayers will drop by to get on the schedule and the volunteers who handle the intake and scheduling process will likely be swamped. If you have any questions about the service, contact the Oakmont team leader, Frank Tindal, at 707-537-6927.

Please visit oakmontvillage.com/aarptax for more information.

E-Waste Collection

Saturday, January 18 2020, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 19 2020, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

E-Waste Collection will be two-day event! Conservation Corps North Bay, a new sponsor, will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street.  There is no appointment needed for this event. 

Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives) consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.) televisions (CRTs and LCDs) office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc). Microwaves are the only kitchen appliance that will be accepted.

Inside Oakmont

January 19 – 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
playing… Immortal Beloved

In concert with Life Long Learning’s class Beethoven and the Romantics, MAO screens this beautifully photographed and scored film. Upon Ludwig von Beethoven’s (Gary Oldman) death, his lifelong friend sets out to learn the identity of the composer’s mysterious muse after uncovering love letters addressed to her only as “immortal beloved.” The film gives us glimpses of Beethoven’s relationship with women, particularly his close relationship with two countesses. A powerful performance by Oldman. (2004), PG, 105 minutes.

Sunday Symposium

January 19 – 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center
California Senator Mike McGuire

We’ve heard Mike speak before – so be prepared for a high energy, intelligent and thoughtful discussion of current issues for California and for our region.  As Mike has said, “District 2 contains some of the bluest and some of the reddest counties in the state, so I’ve had to learn to work with all sides.”  Come here Mike’s take on what’s going on with California.

TIME – 2:00: Cost – $15.00

Performance by Ron Sfarzo (Mr. Tico Tico) renowned multi-keyboardist, composer, producer, bandleader and retired police officer.

For this special event please RSVP- Linda McKenzie at 707-546-1678
email: fancyfont2@aol.com
Checks made out to OAKS can be left in the OAKS file at the OVA office

refreshments will be served

All Oakmont dog people are welcome!  You do not need to be a member of the club to attend this event, and you certainly can renew or join. Come meet other Oakmont dog owners, and maybe win a prize?  The Canine Club’s first gathering this year features our local Chapter of “Canine Companions for Independence”.  Since 1975 CCI has provided assistance dogs, free of charge to recipients, helping to increase independence and confidence. If you would like to find out more about eligibility for their services, Volunteering as a Puppy Raiser, Ways to support this outstanding local organization, Or simply want to learn more about what they do and how they do it – Then come to our meeting at the East Rec on Wed January 29 2-4 p.m.   We will also update you on planned club activities for 2020 plus an update on the dog park.  Woof! 

47th Annual Art Show

Friday and Saturday
January 31 and February 1
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Berger Center
6633 Oakmont Drive
cnr of Oakmont Dr and White Oak Dr


The new Soroptimist club in Oakmont is about to formally charter, you have shown an interest and we hope you will join us on our mission to “provide women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment” in our own community and beyond.

We’ll celebrate the formation of the new club with a Charter Party, to be held at the newly renovated East Rec Center in Oakmont on Sunday February 2 from 5-9 p.m. The Region Governor and other dignitaries as well as Presidents and members of other Soroptimist clubs in our area will be present to help us celebrate, wine & dine, induct us and install the club officers. I know, I know, its Super Bowl Sunday! I’m recording it and making my husband swear he won’t tell me who wins. I can speed through the boring parts and just watch the commercials.

It is an honor to become a Charter Member of a Soroptimist club, the theme for our club for the first year is “Be the Change”. This is an excellent opportunity to be the change in our community, and we welcome all your ideas and enthusiasm.

Please feel free to contact me via phone or email if you have any questions.


Cafe Mortel

St. Joseph Health Hospice Services: Before You Go—a Conversation about Hospice Care and End-of-Life Decisions. During our time together, we will offer important information about Hospice, answer questions, share stories, and dispel myths. With gratitude to Café Mortal, this important presentation is offered to the community free of charge. We hope you’ll bring your curiosity and concerns, and join us.

Facilitating the conversation will be: Codie Welsh, Manager of Volunteer Services and Community Education, St. Joseph Health Hospice Services; and Alison Leras, Community Education Coordinator, St. Joseph Health Hospice Services.

Date: Thursday February 6th 3 p.m.
Place: Berger Center Auditorium
All Oakmont Residents, loved ones, and friends welcome!


“RHINESTONE”, a show saluting the songs and career of contemporary music legend, Glen Campbell, will be performed by rising star Andy Kahrs at the Berger Center on Thursday evening, February 20 and sponsored by OVA.

Glen Campbell’s music career is decorated with Grammy Awards, No.1 country albums, and CMA Awards. His legacy includes hit songs Gentle On My Mind, Galveston, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I get to Phoenix, and Rhinestone Cowboy. Born and raised in Atlanta, Andy Kahrs hopes his soulful bends and country twang will pay tribute to Campbell’s work.

Tickets are available for $20 at the OVA office beginning December 15. No reserve seats or tables. Please bring your own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on February 20, and the concert will begin at 6p.m.

Presenting Comedy Night:
Better Than Therapy
Mary Carouba & Regina Stoops

… laugh at their problems…
forget about yours.

February 22, 7 p.m. $25
The Berger Center

For tickets and more information please contact orptickets@gmail.com

Happy New Year from the CAC Coffee Cart

Hours are currently:
M-T-W & F 9:30-12:30

The coffee cart now has fresh baked scones. Come by and try one!

Do you have an event or meeting coming up –
let Julie Kay (coffee cart barista) know if you’d like coffee, scones, or other snacks provided. Just email her at juliekay59@gmail.com

The coffee cart is still looking for a name…so the..
Name Your Coffee Cart Contest continues!
Click the link below to participate:

Outside Oakmont

Council On Aging Presents:
A Candid Discussion on Social Security with Marie Theiland, ADPA®, CRPC®

Open to the Public: Council on Aging is pleased to welcome Marie M. Theilade ADPA®, CRPC® as our featured guest for Council on Aging’s January Speaker Series. Marie is Vice President and Senior Financial Advisor for Merrill Lynch Wealth Management and will be presenting a candid discussion on Social Security: When do you take your piece of the Pie and what you need to know before claiming. Please join us and learn more about this important topic as it affects you.

January 23, 2020 – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. 
Council on Aging: 30 Kawana Springs Rd., Santa Rosa 

Lauren Schwing: 707-525-0143 Ext. 146 

Council On Aging Open House

Learn about CoA Programs & Services
Tour the Meals on Wheels kitchen
Enjoy a lunch provided by CoA

January 30, February 20, and March 26
11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

RSVP with Lauren Schwing at 707-525-0143 x146

Santa Rosa Library Winter 2020 Book Sale

Book sale will be in the forum room.

Friday, February 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, February 23 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Library, 211 E Street, Santa Rosa
707-308-3020 x1541