Oakmont E-Blast 11-23-2020

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Goodbye Junipers

The OVA board has approved the new policy that means all junipers must be removed by August 31, 2021. Here is a suggestion for getting started. 

The Firewise Committee is currently planning a Junk the Juniper program to help homeowners and associations navigate removing the plants. In the meantime,  many homeowners have started tackling the job throughout the community. Strategies include having gardeners work during the rainy, slow-growing season to cut just enough junipers to fill your green-waste bin every week, which might include a small incremental fee.  Junipers should be cut to dirt level, leaving the roots to hold soil in place.  This gradual removal could see many juniper plantings disappear by late spring, an important preparation for fire season and for meeting new policy guidelines.

Amended Firewise Landscape Policy

The OVA board has approved an amended landscape FireWise policy. Learn more here. It will require you to log in to the board area of the ova website. 

Here are the current Architectural Landscape Policies:


Here is the first amended Firewise Landscape Policy

Employee Appreciation Fund

The holidays are here and this year looks very different than any other. Navigating a pandemic has been tough on staff and our Oakmont community alike. Through it all, OVA employees have continued to work behind the scenes maintaining the grounds while office staff has transitioned to working from home. We’ve been able to make the necessary accommodations to continue to serve the community as best we can – from a distance.  

 If you are wondering how you can recognize the efforts of the OVA employees, you may contribute to the Annual Employee Appreciation Fund. This gives OVA’s non-management team a little extra pat on the back through a holiday bonus gift. Donations will be distributed at year end. This fund allows residents a way to shine a spotlight on the dedication of our amazing 15 non-management employees with a special “Well done!”  Participation is, of course, voluntary. Members who wish to make a donation – however large or small – may contribute via check by Dec. 11 by mail to: OVA at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A. Please make checks payable to OVA and in the lower left corner of the check memo line, write “EMP APP Fund” (OVA Employee Appreciation Fund.). If you’d prefer to drop off your check at the office, there will be a clipboard outside of the Architectural Office with envelopes. Please make sure any contributions are placed in an envelope, marked “EMP APP Fund” and deposited into the mail slot of the Architectural Office.  

We can’t shout our thanks loud enough. Our staff deeply misses the daily interactions with residents and cannot wait to be able to return. We hope this fund puts a little extra cheer into the season for a very deserving group of employees.

Facilities Updates

Upcoming Pool Closures

Nov. 25 – West pool closed after the water aerobics class for repairs. 

Thanksgiving Day Nov. 26 – all pools will be closed. 

Facility Use Reminder

OVA would like to remind residents that guests are not permitted to use any available OVA facilities during Covid-19.

This includes the dog park.  

Happy Tails Dog Park Is Open

After a brief ribbon-cutting ceremony on Nov. 20, the dogs were free to play. Please read rules and regulations as you and your pups enjoy this new facility.  Visit the dog park page here:

Happy Tails Dog Park

Club News & Online Events

Oakmont Community Foundation Now Offers Online Donation For Firefighter Appreciation Fund Drive

The Oakmont Community Foundation now has an online donation capability for the Firefighters Appreciation Fund that has been launched to express gratitude to the valiant men and women for their heroic efforts in the Glass Fire.              

All donations to the OCF are tax-deductible and the “Firefighter Appreciation Fund” will go to the non-profit foundations at our local departments to support education, training, and equipment to strengthen the capability to fight wildland fire.  That will be the focus of our fund drive. 

To make an online donation with a credit card, please visit www.oakmontcommunityfoundation.com and click on donate. Donations by check can be mailed to Oakmont Community Foundation, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409). Please specify Firefighter Fund on the memo line.

Please click here to download the donation form.

Please join this wonderful opportunity to express heartfelt gratitude to our brave firefighters. 

Oakmont Ukesters:

Learn How To Choose a Ukulele

Tuesday, Dec. 1, 1-2 p.m.

Want to learn to play the ukulele but don’t have one? Thinking of buying one as a Christmas present? Wondering how to choose, what to buy, where to start looking?  To join the class, please click the following link: 


Learn about the various types of ukulele, how they’re made, different woods used in construction to produce different sounds, what accessories you need to enhance your playing experience and much more.  

Free online ukulele lessons will be offered in January. For information or to register for the seven-week tutorial, please contact Florentia Scott at 707-591-1929.  Zoom link and class materials will be emailed to registrants prior to the start date. 

Understanding mRNA Vaccines

Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m.

Sponsored by Sunday Symposium and Futures Club 

The news from Pfizer and Moderna about their outstanding initial results for a COVID-19 vaccine makes it important to understand this type of vaccine, which is very different from conventional vaccines. It is based on messenger RNA (mRNA) and will be the first time any vaccine has been commercialized using this new technology.  By the time we have this meeting, both firms are likely to have applied to the FDA for Emergency Authorization Use. 

Professor Joseph Lin of Sonoma State, who teaches Immunology and Virology, will explain what an mRNA vaccine is, why it is different and why it represents a major advance in vaccine technology. There will be an opportunity for extensive Q&A after his lecture. 

If you’d like to participate in the Zoom meeting, email futureoakmont@gmail.com and we’ll add you to the list. 

Mondays at 10 a.m.

The Great Decisions discussion groups continue every Monday at 10 a.m., currently focusing on major foreign policy issues for the incoming Biden administration.  The topic for November 30 will be trade policies toward China, with a particular focus on the recently signed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership involving China, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Vietnam and nine other Asian countries. 

The topic for December 7 will be a broader view of trade policy with a focus on better control for America of global supply chains. 

Related readings and videos are shared before each meeting. 

If you’re interested in participating, email oakmontgd@gmail.com to receive the Zoom meeting information. 


Got Books?

Curbside Pickup at Sonoma County Libraries Step-By-Step 

  1. Request Items 
  • Click here here to find items and make a request.    
  • You may place up to 50 requests in our catalog. 

2. Wait for Notification 

  • You will receive a text, email, phone or mail notification when your request is ready for pickup. 
  • Once an item is ready, you will have ten days to pick it up. 

3. After notification, come to the library for pickup (you don’t need an appointment). 

  • Look for signs at the curbside pickup area. 
  • Call the library with your first and last name and library card number. 
  • Your items will be placed in a paper bag on the curbside pickup table. 
  • Allow staff to leave the curbside pickup area completely. 
  • Retrieve the bag labeled with your last name, your first initial and the last four digits of your library card number. 
  • Enjoy your library materials! 

Fall Beauty In Oakmont

Maureen McGettigan sharing the beauty of Oakmont