Oakmont E-Blast 1-3-2020

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Important Info

Progress On The Purchase Of Golf Courses

Today, January 3, the OVA Board signed the loan commitment letter for Mutual of Omaha Bank.

We hope that the loan will be funded within February.

President’s Message

Addressing Golf Club Purchase Concerns

I recently received an email with some claims and questions I imagine many Oakmonters would like addressed. The essence of the email is as follows:Click Here To Read The Full President’s Message

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

Join us! Presentation on Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail Connecting Route 12 With Trione-Annadel State Park

When: Monday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m.
Where: Room B , CAC
City representatives will unveil the details of a proposed bicycle and pedestrian connecting Highway 12 and Trione-Annadel Park. Hosted by the Oakmont Community Development Committee the meeting seeks input from Oakmont residents. The city officials will give details on proposal f 3 or 4 different iterations along the boundary between Elnoka and Oakmont and the defunct city sewer plant property.

Frustrated with Outages, These Seniors Have Big Microgrid Plans, Even Bigger Obstacles

Outage-weary seniors in an Oakmont, California community have encountered numerous regulatory obstacles to their ambitious microgrid plans.

Residents of Oakmont Village Association, whose average age is 75, in 2019 endured five blackouts due to fires and also public safety power shut offs by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), said Ken Smith, chair of the Oakmont Energy Resiliency Project.

This story was posted on MicroGridKnowledge.com, Click Here To Visit Their Website For The Whole Story.

SAVE THE DATE – January 23 at 2:00 p.m. Berger Center 

A Resident Forum presentation regarding plans for power shutdowns.  

Inside Oakmont

West Course OPEN

Oakmont’s West Golf Course will be open on January 3, 4, 5 & 6:
Green fees: $29
Twilight $25
Cart fees: $16
Member And Resident Rates Apply
Click Here To Book Your Tee Times Now!

Classes Start Soon!

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Contemporary Comedic Genius Series: Billy Crystal
Instructor: Martin Marshall
Mondays | Jan. 13 – Feb. 3 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
4-week session, Class ID: 7867, Cost: $81

Laugh out loud with Marshall as he explores the comedy and career of the very funny Billy Crystal on Saturday Night Live, as the star in When Harry met Sally, the urban cowboy in City Slickers, the Tony-winning 700 Sundays and much more.
Martin Marshall is a film writer, director and producer with years of experience managing improv theaters and teaching the Comedic Genius Series.

Beethoven and the Romantics
Instructor: Dr. Kayleen Asbo
Wednesdays | Jan. 15 – Feb. 19 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
6-week session, Class ID: 7869, Cost: $110

Fill your ears during Asbo’s exploration into Beethoven’s musical evolution from imitator to hero and discover how his late quartets influenced Schubert and Mendelssohn and how his symphonies inspired and guided Liszt, Brahms, Berlioz, Wagner and Tchaikovsky.
Dr. Kayleen Asbo is the cultural historian and preconcert lecturer for the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Opera.

The Science Behind, Inside and Under World Famous Architecture
Instructor: Sally Heath
Thursdays | Jan. 16 – Feb. 27 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | East Recreation Center
6-week session, Class ID: 7871, Cost: $110

NOTE: This class will not meet on February 6
Discover why buildings stand or collapse through the exploration of the science, engineering and materials of iconic structures like the Pyramids, the Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, the Golden Gate Bridge, the World Trade Center and Burj Khalifa.
Sally Heath, an award-winning physics professor with 35 years at Santa Rosa Junior College, is now a Lifelong Learning instructor at the SSU.

You’re Writing a Memoir? A How-To Workshop
Instructor: Ida Rae Egli
Jan. 22 – Feb. 19

6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Central Activities Center, Rm. B
5-week session, Class ID: 7872, Cost: $126

Back by popular demand, this interactive class teaches the skills needed for memoir writing in an interactive, experiential way that is personalized to each student. Teacher and student feedback on in-class writings are offered in addition to traditional classroom instruction.
Ida Rae Egli was the chair of the English department at Santa Rosa Junior College and now is a freelance writer and writing coach.

The Genius of Hitchcock
Instructor: Terry Ebinger
Mondays | Feb. 10 – Mar. 2 | 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
4-week session, Class ID: 7876, Cost: $81
Note: Early start time

Join film scholar Ebinger for a suspenseful journey into understanding Hitchcock’s visionary approach, symbolism, cinematic innovations, psychological depths and mythic storytelling in four classic films: The 39 Steps, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious and Strangers on a Train.
Terry Ebinger is a passionate educator and group leader who approaches film studies through art, history, psychology, anthropology, myth and dream.

Cider – How America’s Favorite Beverage Was Almost Lost
Instructor: David Sandri
Wednesdays | Feb. 26 – Mar. 4 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
2-week session, Class ID: 7870, Cost: $52

In early America, cider was the beverage of choice. But, by the first part of the 20th century cider production almost stopped. Why did it fall out of fashion and why has its popularity roared back in recent times?
David Sandri is a 30-year veteran in the alcohol beverage industry with a passion for the production, history and judging of wine and cider.

January 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Emmy winner Claire Danes stars as Temple Grandin, a brilliant young woman coping with the stigma of autism at a time when it was misunderstood. With the support of her loving family, Temple dedicates herself to learning and becomes a famed animal behaviorist. Her passion for animals gives her a unique ability to understand them, and her love of education is fulfilled by teaching about autism and humane animal treatment. Danes won a Golden Globe, and the film won an Emmy. (2010), NR, 120 minutes

Sunday Symposium

Jan. 5​ – Berger Center – 10:30 a.m.
Gordon Lithgow, PhD​
Lithgow Lab, Buck Institute: ​Delaying the Aging Process

During aging, many biological processes go out of balance  and homeostatic mechanisms degrade with age.  Dr. Lithgow believes that this decline can be prevented and healthy systems reactivated.  Come hear what Gordon Lithgow, PhD from the Buck Institute has to say about living a longer and more robust life.  As he stated, “Delaying disease by delaying the aging process is a real proposition.”

Monday, January 6, opens Spring term class registration for OTLC. Classes will be held in our classroom in the January-June timeframe. Class descriptions, schedule and registration will be online on January 6 first thing in the morning. Classes are open to Oakmont residents only; pre-registration required.

Mark your calendar for our OTLC Open House on Thursday 1/16: drop in any time between 3:30-5:30 p.m. at our Central Activity Center classroom, right across from the hall from the Library. If you haven’t been to one of our classes, this is your chance to check us out. All our volunteer instructors are Oakmont residents, and we are here to share our knowledge. This is your chance to talk to instructors, ask questions, and see our classroom. Refreshments will be served.


DATE: January 6, Monday
TIME: 2:00 p.m. 
WHERE: East Rec Center  (bring key card)

Speaker is Connie Grauds, who is a pharmacist and Healthcare Advocate; President of the Association of Natural Medicine Pharmacists; Adjunct Faculty, University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing; and Executive Director of the Living Amazon Peru Project. She is trained in Western Medicine, alternative and integrative medicine, as well as indigenous healing arts. Connie is author of several books, including The Energy PrescriptionAmazon Speaksand others. She is active in Amazon conservation – the Amazon is the greatest expression of life on Earth. Connie’s passion is Healthcare Advocacy, helping individuals receive the best healthcare for themselves. Connie lives in Oakmont Village. Also speaking will be Joanna Cedar from Cannacraft of Santa Rosa a leading company of the finest cannabis products.

Listen to an interview with Scott Westrope held by KRSO in May 2019.

January 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the Berger Center, Neil Bregman, Santa Rosa’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, will be joined by Santa Rosa Deputy Fire Chief, Scott Westrope, to present on the differences between the 2017 and 2019 fires, and the correlation between the different outcomes and what we have learned.

Garden Club Correction

The Garden Club article in the January 1 edition of the Oakmont News gave the wrong date for the next meeting.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, January 21, in the Berger Center at 9:30 a.m.

For More Info, Click Here For Our Latest Article

Outside Oakmont

Sonoma State Historic Park January 2020 Events

Nature Hike ~ Sunday, January 4, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Join our winter hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail with Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave.” This slow-paced hike is one mile in length with minor elevation changes and meets at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West. All ages, free, steady rain cancels.

Exploring Seasonal Marshlands ~ Saturday, January 11, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
During the rainy season, the park’s open space transforms from dry, arid land, into natural marshlands. Look for the State Park vehicle parked along the bike path near 3rd Street West and the ball fields for this drop in program. Waterproof shoes are recommended, steady rain cancels.

“Hands on History” in the Sonoma Mission Courtyard
Join us for these 40 minute activities designed for the 4th grade student studying California History. Free with paid admission to the park, rain or shine.
· Candle Making ~ Saturday, January 11, 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m.
Discover the origin of candle making by creating your own candle to take home.
· Wool & Weaving ~ Wednesday, January 25, 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (drop in)
Practice with tools to create yarn and weave your own bookmark.

CSU East Bay Chamber Choir Performance ~Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.
Performing under the direction of Buddy James, chairperson of the California State University Department of Music, this a capella performance presents a range of styles and pieces. Performance held in the chapel at Mission San Francisco Solano. Brought to you by Sonoma Petaluma Parks (SPPARKS).

Campfire Program ~ Saturday, January 18, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Bundle up for warm fun and valuable information as our monthly campfire program resumes. Join us in the Sonoma Barracks Courtyard for a short talk, campfire songs and toasty marshmallow roast! All ages, free of charge. Steady rain cancels.

California State Parks

Event Date:  Saturday January 11
Time:  10:00 a.m. Hike Departure to about Noon 
Location:  Trione-Annadel State Park, Cobblestone Trailhead, Channel Drive 
Trails:  Cobblestone, with an option for a longer route to Lake Ilsanjo

Winter in Sonoma County offers many different colors, shapes, textures and lighting in Nature:  great for practicing photography. Winter is also newt breeding season! Join us as we hike up Cobblestone Trail to Frog Pond and back for a guided Nature hike.  Pause to learn about fun photo ops on trails, explore what is living and breathing in Frog Pond. If you haven’t used iNaturalist or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance!  Just make sure to load the free iNaturalist app before you arrive (https://www.inaturalist.org/) on your phone and have your battery fully charged. Observation may also be uploaded from your camera to the website after the hike. Hike returns to same parking area about Noon.

There will be an option to continue on to Lake Ilsanjo via Rough Go Trail with return via Orchard Trail, for a total of about 7 miles with a return to the parking area about 1:30 p.m.


Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water and snack. Trekking poles recommended.  Some trails are rocky and uneven.  There are NO restrooms or water in the parking area. There is a restroom near the lake. Dogs are not allowed. 

Directions:  From Montgomery Drive, turn onto Channel Drive and follow for about 2-tenths of a mile. Park along the creek-side of the road, across from Cobblestone Trailhead. No parking fee required. 

Please see the Trione-Annadel State Park website for more details about the park and Volunteer Hike Leader John Lynch (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=480, click “Park Events”). 

Thank you to Trione-Annadel State Park Volunteers for providing this opportunity.