Oakmont E-Blast 1-4-21

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Board Elections Update

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

Town Hall

Town Hall 

January 12, 1 p.m. on Zoom 

Paul Lowenthal, asst. Fire Marshal for the Santa Rosa Fire Department, and Joe Horak, North Bay and Sonoma Divisions senior manager for PGE, will be here to guide us through a recap of the Glass Fire’s impact on Oakmont, how we responded and lessons learned. Questions from members are welcome, too. 

If you would like to speak during open forum, join the meeting with this link:   


Passcode: 290018   Webinar ID: 882 3514 6334    

If you do not plan to speak during open forum or cannot use Zoom, watch with this link:   

If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, send it to askOVA@oakmontvillage.com   


Making it Lean, Green, and Clean

Many Oakmonters are working on creating defensible space in the zero- to 5-foot zone around their homes, removing dead vegetation and flammable plants and replacing combustible mulches, such as bark and rubber, with rock, gravel and other approved materials and ground covers. Trees should be limbed up to a minimum of six feet and with overhanging branches away from the house, and trees and shrubs should be pruned of all dead branches. Firewise policy allows existing plants to remain in the 5-foot zone if they are not on the do not plant list. The policy also allows new approved irrigated plants up to 18 inches at full grown height.” 

Meanwhile, OVA’s staff and landscape contractors are also making vegetation management a top priority. Here’s a photo of recent work on OVA common land. The creek walk from Oakmont Dr. to Woodley has been cleaned up –  trees trimmed, dead wood removed and dead brush removed to the creek bank. 

Spring Landscaping Is Just Around The Corner..

Click Here For A Searchable/Printable/Downloadable Version

This document and the Firewise Landscape Policy can be found by clicking here. You must be logged in to the website to view these documents.


Clubs News & Online Events

January 10, 10:30 a.m. on Zoom

Lance Morgan, PhD

Saving the Oceans

Did you know that the oceans hold 95% of earth’s inhabitable space?  And that oceans generate oxygen for every second breath we take?  Long story short: healthy marine ecosystems are ESSENTIAL for human survival, wealth and well-being.  Over-fishing, habitat destruction and climate change are shattering delicate ecosystems and marine biodiversity.   Dr. Morgan will show us how a worldwide system of “Blue Parks” is helping to restore the ocean’s balance and vitality. 

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.  

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

January 12, 11 a.m. on Zoom

The next meeting is on Jan. 12 with Tom Kendrick, the new 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

Free Ukulele Lessons Online

Starting January 12 at 11 a.m.

The Oakmont Ukesters start the next series of free online lessons on the Zoom app on January 12 at 11 a.m.  Ukester tutorials are designed for people who have never played a ukulele before and wish to get started on a musical journey that can last a lifetime. In seven weekly one-hour lessons, participants will learn how to hold and tune a ukulele, basic strum patterns and chords and many easy songs.   No experience or musical knowledge necessary.  All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone along with the Zoom app that can be downloaded free from the App Store, a ukulele and a burning desire to play it.  We guarantee that at the end of the first lesson, you will be able to play at least one simple song. 

The Oakmont Ukesters is a group of enthusiastic uke players ranging from brand-new tutorial graduates to experienced players. The primary objective is to relax and have fun. 

Interested? For more information or to sign up, please leave a message for Florentia Scott at  

707-591-1929 or email hikingscott@yahoo.com

Want to keep up with how technology is changing our lives? Tune in to the club meetings and be informed.  Last season’s topics were vaccines, streaming video, 5G and Starlink. Upcoming topics are drones, CRISPR, quantum computing and more. The topic for each will be posted on the Monday e-blast prior to the Wednesday session. January sessions will be on Jan. 13 and Jan. 27. 

The Oakmont Futures Club is not holding group meetings while the OVA facilities are closed. In the interim, it is holding short informational video conferences via Zoom on Wednesdays at 4 p.m. 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 

Oakmont Book Club

Meets January 21, 7 p.m. on Zoom

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

Next meeting: 7 PM, Wednesday, January 21, 2021. Join us and enjoy living some extra lives!
What we’re reading now: The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides; discussion at our January 21st meeting. We are book lovers who enjoy spicing our lives with lively discussions of the books we’ve read. For February 21st, our book is A Woman is no Man by Etaf Run.

The Oakmont Book Club meets the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7 PM, currently on Zoom. Our book list is chosen by the members and we take turns leading the discussion. You are welcome to come try us out; no cost to join.

For more information or to sign up: call Leslie Kline 1-559-273-7826.

If your club has an activity that you would like to have considered for notice in the e-blast, go to oakmontvillage.com/submit and follow the instructions on the screen.