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Oakmont E-Blast (1/25/2019)

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Important Info From OVA

Questions For Candidates

Questions For Candidates

Presented by OVA / Berger Center 6-9 PM, February 19, 2019

Must be in the form of a question
Limited to 50 words

The Board Selects “Oakmont Sub-Association Challenges” As The February 2019 Workshop Topic

Historically, the OVA has maintained an arms-length relationship with its 37 SAs.This philosophy leaves the community vulnerable to community-wide issues not properly addressed by the SAs. Most prominent among these issues, particularly recently, is fire danger. For example, if a SA doesn’t keep its common areas free of fire fuels, the community as a whole is not as safeas it can be. All SA issues affect Oakmont because all Oakmonters, regardless of whether theylive in an Oakmont SA, are part of the master Oakmont Village Association. SA representativeswill speak on issues they face and how they’ve handled them. PAS (a frequently employed HOAmanagement company) will also speak and address issues they see.

This workshop will be held February 5 at 1 PM in the Berger Center.

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Oakmont Meals On Wheels

Do you know someone, maybe a neighbor, who might need assistance with their daily meals? Oakmont Meals on Wheels provides meals once a day, 5 days a week…delivered right to your door by an Oakmont volunteer driver! The food is prepared in the kitchens at Council on Aging, which specializes in services to seniors. For more information, pick up a flyer or COA Newsletter in the OVA office. Or call Diane Faulkner, COA Meals on Wheels Coordinator at 525-0383. Submitted by Olivia Kinzler Co-coordinator Oakmont MOW

REMINDER: Locker Rental Fee For 2019 Due January 2nd:

Locker rental fees are $30 per year. Please send your $30 check to the OVA Office by January 2, 2019. Please let us know if you no longer use your assigned locker.

If dues are not received by January 31, 2019, we will assume you are releasing the locker and contents will be removed.

NAME: _________________________________________
FACILITY: Central_______   East ______ West_______
LOCKER NUMBER: ________________________________
AMOUNT ENCLOSED: _____________________________

Make Checks Payable To: OVA

Toxic Waste Collection – Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 West Rec Parking Lot

Four times a year Oakmont has a Community Toxic Collection at the West Rec parking lot, 6470 Meadowridge Drive, from 2 – 7 PM

(Appointment bookings are scheduled 30 days prior to event date.)
Appointment is required
Please call 795-2025 to schedule an appointment or ask your questions..

LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (max. of 5 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 in sealed, approved Sharps containers.
NOT ACCEPTED: Explosives or ammunition – radioactive materials – biological wastes (except syringes) – TVs, computer monitors and other electronics – business waste.

Message from FSC Chair, Dan Milholin

The Fire Safety Committee thanks Anne and Jay Cobb, and Maggie Schmidt for their suggestion for the January 24, 2019, panel discussion at Berger Center. Over 100 residents listened to Paradise Valley resident Dr. Douglas Houston’s account of his preparations that saved his and neighbors’ homes. Along with Dr. Houston’s experience was Jeff Kunde’s sharing his personal responses to the October 2017 wildfires by using a bulldozer to carve a path stopping the fire on his Kenwood property and saving neighboring Oakmont. The subtle, lingering drama of these events was heard in Mr. Kunde’s account. Supervisor Susan Gorin whose home and its tangible memories were consumed in the fires, reassured residents the Board of Supervisors has and continues to search for ways to live with our changing environment. David Dearden, Oakmont resident and Grants writer, provided an overview of the grants Oakmont has applied for to help residents make changes that are needed for everyone’s safety. OVA staff members Cristel Antone and Colin Hannigan managed the event while FSC’ s Julie Cade hosted this warm and informative event. The Fire Safety Committee is grateful to all who made this event not only possible but memorable. Thank you.

Activities Inside Of Oakmont

No Movies At Oakmont On Super Bowl Sunday (February 3rd)

We accidentally printed in the Oakmont News that on Super Bowl Sunday we would be showing a movie, but that is not the case. There will be no Movies At Oakmont on February 3rd. Please tell your friends and spread the word.

OVA BCC meeting, Wednesday, Jan. 30th at 1 pm in OVA office

Movies At Oakmont
January 27, 2 & 7 PM GRANTORINO

Curmudgeonly Korean Veteran Walt (Clint Eastwood) must confront his Hmong immigrant neighbors—and his own prejudices—when their teenage son, Thao, tries to steal Walt’s beloved 1972 Gran Torino automobile. Walt soon assumes the unlikely role of guardian angel to young Thao. Featuring an award-winning performance by Eastwood, the movie was recognized by The American Film Institute as one of its Ten Best Films of The Year. (2008), R (language), 116 minutes.

Oakmont Lifelong Learning
Jazz Horizons
Saturday, February 2, 7 PM, Berger Center

New York Pedestrian Blues by Jon Randall
Jeannine by Duke Pearson
Stella by Starlight by Victor Young
Cubano Chant by Ray Bryant
Fixing a Hole by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Friday Night at the Cadillac Club by Bob Berg

Featuring four horns and a four-piece rhythm section, this tightly organized ensemble presents all the contemporary Jazz sounds including Straight-Ahead, Latin, Blues, Funk, Hip-Hop and Brazilian…Reserve A Seat (Click Here)

Sunday Symposium
January 27, 2019, 10:30 AM in Berger
Greg LaFollette The Sonoma Wine Country: Is There a Tipping Point?

The Sonoma County wine industry has played a key role in shaping our region but how much more growth can be sustained before quality-of-life and environmental issues overtake the positive influences?  We’ll explore current economic issues, land/water/space resource needs and how other regions grapple with “the wine boom” to reach into solutions that will satisfy both critics and advocates of the wine industry.  

Oakmont Volunteer Helpers

Oakmont Volunteers desperately need coordinators and drivers for our driver program taking residents to medical appointments in Santa Rosa. Coordinators serve 2 weeks, less than an hour a day from home, and fills requests for rides from our driver list. If you can help keep this essential program working for Oakmont residents, please contact Marianne Neufeld 953-5302 or

Newcomers Luncheon: February 12

Grab Your Favorite Hat & Join Us

Our Speaker, Jennifer Webley has always had a passion for hats and after recently learning to make them she decided it was time for Santa Rosa to have a hat shop of its own. She enjoys making completely new hats as well as refurbishing vintage hats and collecting antique ones.

Portobello Hats specializes in both contemporary and vintage headwear. They carry the latest fashions in a varied price range to accommodate every customer. They also offer occasional millinery classes as well as re-shaping, re-blocking, stretching, embellishing, re-trimming, and making custom hats.
Portobello Hats carries everything from coolies to homburgs and fascinators to whimsies.

As always, guests are invited!
Time: 12:00 noon / check-in beginning at 11:15 AM.
Place: Oakmont Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Drive
Price: $27.00 pp (includes tax, gratuity & venue)
Please send your check (with phone #) for $27.00 made out to Newcomers to: Celeste White, 183 Oak Island,Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
CHECK MUST BE RECEIVED by 5:00 pm Thursday, February 7
Space is Limited – first come; first served!For further information about our club/luncheons, and activities, see —

Good Day Cafe Coffee Cart

In an effort to continue providing service to Oakmont individuals interested in maintaining the Coffee Cart located in the CAC, until further notice, we will remain open on Tuesdays and Thursdays (only) for the usual hours of 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM.  However, if any group or club meeting on another day wishes the Coffee Cart to be available (even on a one-time basis), we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Activities Outside Of Oakmont

Paula’s Easy Paced Hikes: Looking For Mushrooms!

Event Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 Time: 10 AM Hike Departure to about 1:30 PM Location: Warren Richardson Trailhead Parking Lot (end of Channel Drive) Trails: Warren Richardson and Steve’s “S” Trails Did you know that the mushrooms we see above the ground are actually the blossoms of a much larger organism underground? Explore the wonderful world of mushroom identification in Trione-Annadel State Park with Paula Phillips Marks! Pause for lunch, then discover what there is to find along Steve’s “S” Trail on the way back. We will look only with our eyes and harvest only with our cameras, and leave all mushrooms for the next park lovers to see. This route will include approximately 250 foot elevation gain over about 3 miles of varied trails, beginning and ending at Richardson Trail Head Parking Lot. The pace will be moderately slow and easy. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water and lunch. Trekking poles recommended. Some trails are rocky and uneven. HEAVY RAIN or WIND CANCELS. No advance reservations needed. Dogs not allowed. Restrooms and water at the parking area. Directions: from Montgomery Drive, turn onto Channel Drive and follow the road in approximately ½ mile: pay day-use fee ($7 per car, $6 for seniors 62+) or display CA State Parks Pass. Continue on Channel Drive for 1 mile to main parking lot. Please see the Trione-Annadel State Park website for more details about the park (, click “Park Events”) and for information about our Hike Leaders. Paula’s Easy Paced Hikes book is available in our Visitor Center ($10 donation suggested). Thank you to Trione-Annadel State Park Volunteers for providing this opportunity.

Join Bill McNamara to Celebrate the Year of the Pig!
Tuesday, February 5 from 1pm to 3pm


Bill McNamara will lead a celebration of the arrival of the Year of the Pig by lighting incense and placing wishes on our Wishing Tree, a Ginkgo grown from seed collected in the wilds of China. Traditionally, this is the special time when we wish for Happiness, Wealth, and Long Life. Those born in the Year of the Pig are considered “communicative, popular among their friends, with a strong sense of time keeping.”  A relict tree with a 200 million year history, the Ginkgo tree is a symbol of resilience, strength, hope, and peace.
Meet Bill at the Visitor Center for traditional treats including tea, candy and red envelope giveaways then a stroll through the garden.
There is no additional fee just the price of garden admission or show your membership card. It will be an auspicious way to welcome in the Chinese New Year. 
We hope to see you there.