Oakmont E-Blast 10-26-2020

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November 3 Election

The Berger Center will be open for early in-person voting from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. October 31, November 1, and November 2. On election day, November 3, the Berger will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.  

Unlike previous elections, voters are not assigned to one precinct location and can vote at any in-person location. The voter will receive a ballot for his/her individual precinct. Completed ballots may be dropped off at the Berger during any of the opened hours.  

Ballot Drop Box Locations:

For those who feel more comfortable dropping off their ballots personally, Deva Marie Proto, County Clerk and Registrar of Voters, advised that beginning October 6, there are ballot drop boxes available 24/7 at the Rincon Valley Library and Kenwood Fire Station. On election day, November 3, you can still drop your ballot off from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.  

You can track your ballot this year at Where’sMyBallot.com: when your ballot was sent to you by your local elections office, when it is received back from you and processed. 

Fire Safety

Get Smartphone Training

During the latest fire evacuation, those with smartphones found them invaluable in every way – timely warnings and updates from CalFire, Nixle, SoCo Alerts, fire maps, wind maps, PG&E PSPS information, Internet access when there’s no power and much more.  

Smartphone training is available even in the pandemic. The California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) has offered classes in Oakmont in past years. OTLC and CTAP are not doing in-person classes during the pandemic. However, CTAP offers its same basic Android and iPhone classes via online Zoom sessions.  Oakmont residents can take advantage of these excellent FREE classes by contacting CTAP at 866-271-1540 or  smartphonetraining@ddtp.org

Sign Up Now for SoCo Alert

Local Alerts for Local Emergencies — The County of Sonoma has an emergency notification system and it’s called SoCoAlert. If you register, you will receive first-hand instructions to protect lives and property should an emergency threaten your location. You will not receive non-emergency announcements such as traffic delays or notices of community events. With 

SoCoAlert you’ll be able to receive alerts via home phone, text, email, social media, Voice over Internet Phone (VoIP), and TTY/TDD phones for the hearing impaired. 

Sign-up online at SoCoAlert.com or by phone at 866-939-0911. Download the free app from CodeRED and receive notifications where you are!  Get your friends and family to sign up and be informed. 

Junipers, Be Gone

The OVA board has approved an amendment to the Firewise Landscape Policy for homeowners to remove all juniper by August 2021. Juniper, which comes in many varieties and is highly flammable, is prevalent throughout much of Oakmont. The Firewise Committee is exploring ways to engage community service groups in this juniper initiative, as well as finding ways to remove debris. Juniper can be cut close to the base and new plants can be added around the  stumps.  The juniper proposal, passed Oct 20, is subject to a 28-day review period by Oakmont members. Reminder: Check in with the Architectural Office before you start your juniper project. Christel@oakmontvillage.com  

Oakmont Firewise Policy also requires owners to create defensible space in the zero to five-foot perimeter around a house by removing all combustible plants and following the Clean, Lean and Green guidelines from Cal Fire, which includes these actions: 

  • Remove all dead plants, grass, weeds. 
  • Remove dead/dry leaves and pine needles from your yard, roof, rain gutters. 
  • Keep tree branches at least 10 feet away from your chimney 

Please click here for the Do Not Plant list. 

Please click here for the Firewise Landscape Policy. 


Club Leader Zoom Webinar

There will be a Zoom Webinar for Oakmont Clubs and Groups scheduled for 10/29 from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. During this webinar clubs will learn how to get more involved with the virtual aspects of events and communications within OVA. We’ll cover how to submit an announcement through the website, conduct a session on how your club might be able to utilize Zoom, and possibly participate or lead an upcoming webinar. 

If you would like to attend, please click here to register.

Toxic Waste Collection

Oakmont has a community toxic waste collection on November 10 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Location and time will be provided when you call to schedule an appointment.  

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 must be in sealed, approved Sharps containers.  

NOT ACCEPTED: Explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics and business waste.  

Please call 707-364-6927 to schedule an appointment or ask questions.  

(Only 100 appointments available – first-come, first-served).  

Club News & Online Fun

Year-end Donations to the Oakmont Community Foundation

2020 is finally drawing to a close, and it’s the season to make year-end, tax-deductible donations to the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF). Oakmonters know their contributions support Oakmont groups and organizations and that we’re all about neighbors helping neighbors. 

Please go to the newly improved website (http://www.oakmontcommunityfoundation.com/) for a downloadable donation form. Note the mailing address is 6637 Oakmont Drive – Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409 (our old address is on the form). Here you’ll also find insights into our Oliver’s E-Scrip and AmazonSmile programs, a list of current grant recipients, how to apply for a grant and lots more. 

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series

Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic safety protocols, speakers have been engaged to present either pre-recorded sessions or to appear in LIVE sessions. You won’t want to  
miss any talks, so please check the Upcoming Talks page weekly for the latest instructions:  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org  

Join us each Sunday at 11 a.m. on the date of the talk to engage with the speaker. 

Nov 1: Margaret Wallhangen, PhD, RN  
Why Are You Mumbling? 

What happens to your life when you lose your hearing?  Hearing loss can impact our health, activities and relationships.  But never fear.  Dr. Wallhangen is an expert in both hearing loss and some of the heavy physical, emotional and social impacts it has on people.  She has simple and effective solutions to help from communication strategies to technology.  Learn about captioning apps, over-the-counter hearing aids and very helpful phones.  As she puts it: “While we still can’t ‘cure’ hearing loss, there is a lot we can do; and there’s no need to feel left out.”   So … can you hear me now? 

Margaret (Meg) Wallhagen is a professor of Gerontological Nursing and a Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (GNP) in the School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco. For the last several decades, she has focused specifically on hearing loss. 

Great Decisions

Mark Your Calendar – Great Decisions Presents Russia Discussion

The Great Decisions discussions continue Nov. 2  with a  on Russia – What’s Happening.   
On November 9, the discussion topic will be the Impact of the US Election on US Foreign Policy. 

There will be readings in advance of each meeting. If you’d like to participate, email futureoakmont@gmail.com

Coming up Nov. 4, 4 p.m. – Living With Fire

On Nov. 4, a joint meeting of the Futures and Symposium groups will be on Living with Fire.  The speaker/discussion leader will be Dr. Sasha Berleman, the Bay Area’s expert in forest fire management.  The reality is that California’s forests are tinderboxes and need to be managed differently, and one of Dr. Berleman’s main areas of focus is prescribed burns.  The difficult thing is that there will be ongoing fires, but California can learn how to move forward and live with that reality.   
Getting ready for the meeting will require a lot of work on your part, but this is certainly one of the top issues for all of us.  Here is a video prepared by Dr. Berleman: https://vimeo.com/showcase/7628404.  The password is nature.  

Here are two more articles of interest: 

 WIRED magazine:   

 San Francisco Chronicle  

Zoom Your Way Into Fitness with JoRene – Free!

   Mondays and Wednesdays, 9 to 10 a.m. 

Join the Zoomercise fun using the link below: 
or go to Zoom.com and enter Meeting ID: 967 9942 2442, Passcode: 573596 
To stay updated on class info, share your email with us at Oakmonthealthinitiative2020@gmail.com 

Outside Oakmont

Updates From Sierra Garden – Damage Sustained in Recent Glass Fire

Many Oakmont residents are customers of Sierra Garden, located across Highway 12 from Oakmont. The Garden sustained considerable damage when the Glass Fire raced down Hood Mountain and destroyed Sierra Garden’s greenhouse, raised beds and the building that held all of the tools, supplies and sales equipment. 
This year, due to Covid-19 and its health and economic impact on local families, the gardeners pivoted and chose to donate all the Garden’s weekly harvests to the local food banks. In the 2020 season, the gardeners donated more than 3,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables to Redwood Empire Food Bank and Friends in Service Here (FISH). 
Volunteer gardeners, many of whom live in Oakmont, tend to Sierra Garden year-round. For the previous six years, the harvests were sold at the Garden’s Saturday morning farm stand to raise scholarship funds for under-served Sonoma County youth.  
The dedicated volunteer gardeners are proud of the Garden’s 2020 accomplishments and are looking forward to rebuilding the Garden in 2021. 
For more information about Sierra Garden visit www.sierragarden.org

Council On Aging

Christmas Trees from Kenwood Education Foundation