Oakmont E-Blast 11-16-2021

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Important Information

Important announcements from your Board of Directors, community, committees, and OVA staff.


Board Meeting

Berger Center Hybrid Meeting
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 – 1:00 PM

If you are attending in person at the Berger Center, please wear a mask.

Please visit the link below to watch the live-stream and to join on Zoom:
https://oakmontvillage.com/article/11-16-2021-board-meeting/


Oakmont Community Foundation

November 19 at 11 a.m.
Berger Plaza

Come out to honor our firefighters as the Oakmont Community Foundation awards a charter donation to the Santa Rosa Fire Foundation, a new nonprofit aimed at strengthening and expanding the services of the Santa Rosa Fire Department. This launch event will recognize the leadership and generosity of the many Oakmonters who donated following the Glass Fire.

“After the Glass Fire, Oakmonters gave generously to express our deep gratitude to our courageous firefighters. The Oakmont Community Foundation is pleased to make a charter donation to support the important work of the new Fire Foundation. We hope this marks the beginning of a lasting partnership,” said Bob Chapman, president of the Oakmont Community Foundation.

The Fire Foundation’s mission is to harness the generosity of our community to improve the Santa Rosa Fire Department’s ability to save lives and property by providing essential facilities, equipment, training and community engagement.

All of Oakmont is encouraged to come to the event and learn about the important work of the Santa Rosa Fire Foundation and hear from leadership of the City of Santa Rosa and the Santa Rosa Fire Department on the vital need for this new community resource.

All COVID-19 Safety Protocols will be in place during the event.


5th Annual Frozen Turkey Drive

November 20 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Berger Parking Lot

If you are unable to purchase a turkey, you may also drop off a check made payable to the Redwood Gospel Mission or call Susan Chauncy, 707-536-9765, to make arrangements for check pick up.


Toxic Waste Collection

December 7 from 2 to 7 p.m.

West Rec

LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (maximum of five 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.

Online Appointments are now available:
https://zerowastesonoma.gov/recycle-dispose/residents/hhw-collection-events
or call 707-364-6927.  Only 100 appointments available – first-come, first-served.


Employee Recognition Fund

The excellent work of the OVA staff is appreciated year-round, and the holiday season is an appropriate time to say thank you with a special holiday bonus gift. Since 2016, members have been contributing to the board-approved Employee Appreciation Fund to provide bonuses that recognize the 15-person non-management team for its hard work and dedication. Donations will be distributed at year-end. Members who wish to donate may contribute via check by December 10 to the OVA office at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A. Please make checks payable to OVA; on the memo line, please write “EMP APP Fund.”


Community Microgrid

Information Update

The Oakmont Energy Resiliency Committee apologizes for any inconvenience if you missed the November 8 Microgrid Educational Seminar meeting. Unfortunately, the Zoom link published in the Oct. 26 E-Blast was incorrect, but the correct Zoom link was published in the Nov. 2nd E-Blast. The committee will be uploading links to pertinent information from the Seminar in the Energy Resiliency Committee section of the Oakmont Village Association website. We plan to have another Community Microgrid information meeting in January 2022. Sign up for the email contact list for updates on the Community Microgrid here: info.oerc@oakmontvillage.com.


OTLC – Teach Classes?

Interested in teaching or assisting with tech classes at OTLC?

OTLC promotes computer literacy for Oakmont residents. We are an all-volunteer organization, teaching classes and writing articles for the Oakmont News. We are limited in class offerings due to needing more volunteers. If you want to share your knowledge, we would welcome you. We have the courses designed and have taught them – what we need now are more instructors or classroom assistants who may want to become instructors at some point in the future. It’s a great way to meet other Oakmonters and to share your knowledge.

Our classes are very popular and fill up fast. Mac and PC computers are used or students may bring their personal laptops and/or smartphones/tablets, depending upon the class. We’d love to hear from you if you have interest in volunteering with a great group of people. As a side note, it’s a wonderful way to learn more – when students ask questions, we don’t always know the answers but we know how to find the answers, learning more ourselves in the process. Contact us if you’re interested at www.oakmont-learning.org.


Events and Activities

A chronological list of what’s happening in the community from OVA groups to the golf club and more.


AV Training

Audio-Visual Trainings Through the End of the Year: Need to hold an event using our AV equipment but need a refresher or full training? To receive the invitation to the sign up calendar, contact: JaneGyorgy@me.com. Upcoming Trainings: Six dates, 12 classes:

November 17, East Rec from 9-10:30 and 11-12:30

November 29, East 9-10:30; Berger 12- 1:30; Berger 2 to 3:30

November 30, Berger 9-10:30; Berger 12-1:30

December 2, East 3-4:30

December 22, East 4-5:30

December 28 , East 9-10:30; East 11-12:30; East 1-2:30


Music at Oakmont

November 18 at 1:30 p.m.
Berger Center
The Lincoln Trio
Marta Aznavoorian, piano; David Cunliffe, cello; Desiree Ruhrstat

The highly praised Lincoln Piano Trio will appear for its seventh time in the long-awaited reopening of the Music at Oakmont concert series. The Trio first performed here in 2007 and has been an Oakmont favorite ever since.

The concert will include works by Ernest Bloch, Joaquin Turina, Astor Piazzolla, Shawn Okpebholo and Rebecca Clarke. Details and program notes are available at www.musicatoakmont.org.

COVID-19 Protocol: For the comfort and safety of everyone, all audience members will be required to be masked and show proof of vaccination along with a photo I.D. in accordance with current guidelines of Sonoma County. They will be checked at the entrance to Berger. Do plan to arrive early (12:45 opening) to facilitate entrance and seating. This is new territory for us all, and your patience and understanding will be greatly appreciated.


Investment Club topic for November 19

The scheduled topic for the November InvestOAK Club meeting, “My Spouse passed away, what do I do with my investments?” will be presented at the Dec 17 meeting due to unavoidable circumstances.

The upcoming meeting on November 19 will instead present a new interesting format in which all attendees will be encouraged to share their concerns, solutions, questions and answers. So put on your thinking cap and bring your favorite topics.

Interested Oakmont residents are invited to attend the club meetings held the 3rd Friday of the month 10:00am to 11:30am, Room B, Central Activities Center.

For further information contact Len Grosso – leonard.grosso@yahoo.com.

Disclaimer: The information presented either at InvestOAK meetings, by associates or on pCloud Drive is provided for information purposes only. The use of the material presented is your responsibility and at your own risk.


Just for Fun Games Club

Free Pan Lessons

November 20 and December at 4 at 1 p.m.
CAC Card Room
Vaccinations and Masks Required

Pan (short for panguingue) is a card game similar to gin rummy with lots of players, cards and chips (used only for fun!). If you think you might be interested in learning this very sociable, anything-can-happen game, Oakmont resident, Jeri Phillips, will teach you how to play; and everyone is welcome!

To register, contact Jeri Phillips: Just4FunGamesClub@earthlink.net (714) 883-3126

The Just for Fun Games Club is a great place to make friends and play all sorts of games. The Games Club meets in the Card Room at the CAC every Saturday at 1 pm. (Currently meetings are alternating between playing in person or playing online. Please call ahead to confirm the schedule.) Everyone is welcome to come out and play board games, card games, old games and new games. If you have questions about the Just for Fun Games Club or to be added to the mailing list, contact Phillip Herzog: goldguyphil@gmail.com or (707) 843-3053.


Folk Legacy Trio

Back by popular demand, former Kingston Trio singers George Grove and Rick Dougherty team up with Jerry Siggins to perform an evening of songs from the great Folk Era of the ‘50s through the mid-’70s.

When: Saturday, November 20
Where: Berger Center, 7:00 PM
Cost: $25

To make reservations:

• Go to oakmontll.org

• Fill out a form in the OLL folder at the OVA office along with your check

• Pay at the door


Movies at Oakmont

Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Berger Center

NOVEMBER 21: THE GOOD LIAR at Berger

Consummate con man Roy Courtnay has set his sights on his latest mark: the recently widowed Betty McLeish, worth millions. But this time, what should have been a simple swindle escalates into a cat-and-mouse game with the ultimate stakes 2019 R 1:49


NOVEMBER 28: FRIENDSGIVING at Berger

Molly and Abbey, along with their crew of close friends and acquaintances, host a dysfunctional, comical and chaotic Thanksgiving dinner. 2020 R 1:35


Oakmont Soroptimists

Craft Talent on Display at Valley of the Moon Club’s Oak Restaurant

Soroptimist International Oakmont Wine Country

November 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In keeping with the wine country theme in the name, the Oakmont Soroptimists have been busy creating wine art and Christmas crafts to sell at the craft fair at Oak. Among the Christmas crafts are traditional holiday-themed ornaments as well as Oakmont sports themes of golf and pickleball. Proceeds will go to the Dream programs that include a scholarship for single women with dependents pursuing education as well as mentoring activities for teen girls. For more information about the club, visit the Facebook page Soroptimist Oakmont Wine Country.


Couples Fun Mahjong

Looking to meet new people, share some outstanding appetizers and play the exciting game of American Mahjong? Couples Fun Mahjong may be for you.

We, Josh and Kim Axelrod, would like to start up a group similar to Dinner’s for Eight, but with Mahjong playing included. New players are welcome! Learning the game takes a session or two and we are more than happy to teach new players. We were part of a very enjoyable couples Mahjong group in the Northwest and are looking forward to meeting new players here.

Once you learn the game, the great part of playing is that it’s an equal combination of strategy +  luck. To increase focus some players choose to bring loose change to the game and play for a few quarters.

We’ve set up an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 30th at 5pm in room B at the Central Rec Center. Come on down and let’s talk Mahjong! Feel free to email me anytime with questions:  josh.axelrod@live.com.

See you on the 30th!
Josh and Kim Axelrod


Oakmont Car Club

Oakmont Car Club First Annual Cars and Coffee

Saturday, December 4 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Berger Parking Lot

Free Coffee and Donuts

You are invited to bring your classic, sports, Tesla or exotic car to the first annual holiday meet-up! Email us at: oakmontcarclub@gmail.com or call/text Ron at 707-529-8033 to confirm.


Tasting Events Club

Bubbles: Champagne and Sparkling Wines!

Tasting Club Event (6pm to 7:30pm)

Limited to just 40 seats at seven round tables at the East Rec Center

Signup* – $40 per person

Sparkling Bubbles at Tasting Events Club on December 16th

Want to taste and compare a $110 per glass, 19-year-old exclusive Champagne with $20 to $50 Sparkling wines? You can at Tastings Club Event! Signup*

The Event will feature six bubbles, in three categories:
(1) USA Value (at ~$25/bottle):
Roederer Estate from Anderson Valley and Gruet from New Mexico;
(2) International Value (at ~$35/bottle):
Baron-Fuenté from Champagne and Antech from Limoux
(3) Exclusive Champagnes (from $50 – $150 per bottle):
Bollinger “Special Cuvée” and a 2002 Billecart-Salmon “Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart”.

The tastings will be ‘blind’ enabling you to compare six different ‘bubbles’ based just on individual taste buds, not price or region!

We will pair these fine wines with canapés made from smoked salmon, brie cheese as well as spanakopita.

We will intersperse the tasting, with brief overviews of different ways of making sparkling wine and understanding the role of “terroir” in different regions that affect sparkling wines.

And again, as always, the event will have some fun wine knowledge-based trivia contests that will provoke interaction and friendly competition …and winners will go home with prizes!

ONLY 40 seats, we expect a sold-out event. Please signup* ASAP

CONTACT: Tastings.Club@gmail.com

*Register & Signup ($40 pp) via EventBrite:

For Sign-up: CLICK here to REGISTER

For Email contact: Tastings.Club@gmail.com


League of Women Voters

Saving Water – A special Zoom Meeting from the League of Women Voters

Featuring the Water Departments of Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Rohnert Park

November 18
6 to 7:30 p.m.

Learn about what cities and the County of Sonoma Water Agency are doing to help reduce water consumption

Find out what you can do at home and work

Join the Zoom Meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87634697674 Meeting ID: 876 3469 7674

Or Visit LWVSonoma.org for more information.


Star of the Valley Parish

Star of the Valley Parish is Sponsoring a Gathering in Oakmont. All Are Welcome

After decades of financial and sexual scandals, Pope Francis officially launched the Vatican’s two-year synod and is inviting ALL to help purge its abuse of power by engaging in meaningful conversation, devoid of rejection and judgment. His vision is to gather people from different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and particularly those on the margins of society to come together. He wants each of us to share our experience of church, to tell our stories and to listen to one another.

“There is no need to create another church, but to create a different church.”

Star of the Valley Parish is sponsoring a gathering here in Oakmont.
Those interested in joining in this process are welcome to come to our first of several gatherings.
Date: Thursday, November 18
Place: Msgr. Fahey Parish Center (495 White Oak Dr. Santa Rosa)
Time: 1:30 pm

If you have questions or concerns contact Marcy Fox at marcyfox@gmail.com. Please feel free to invite friends, family and neighbors whether they are Catholic or not.


Latest OVA Videos

We are always adding new videos to oakmontvillage.com/videos. Here are the latest recorded OVA events from the last week.


Veteran’s Day

17th Annual Veterans Appreciation Event

If you didn’t get to catch it live, make sure to watch this year’s Veteran’s Day event. From live music to absolutely riveting speeches by Jack Tibbets, Charles Ensley, Kathy Ruiz and Bob Cortelyou, this is an event you don’t want to miss. Filmed November 11.


OHI Free Fitness

Exercising on the Eastside

If you’ve missed an OHI free fitness class, make up for it now and watch this energetic hour of activity in the East Rec Center. Filmed November 3.


Café Mortel

Spare the Heirs!

Make your final plans and share them with the people who need to know. A presentation by Byron Chan of Bay Area Funeral Consumers Associations of California, and Lina Suhr of Autumn of Life Planning. Filmed November 5.


Garden Club

Landscaping in the Defensible Space Zone

A presentation sponsored by the Oakmont Garden Club. Filmed November 10.