Oakmont E-Blast 11-9-2020

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Board Opening, Seeking Candidates

The Oakmont Board of Directors is seeking candidates to fill a position on the board. President Steve Spanier resigned effective Nov. 20, and qualified members who have lived in Oakmont at least one year and are in good standing should send letters of interest to Dawn McFarland at dawn@oakmontvillage.com.  Spanier was elected to the board in 2018. The candidate selected by the board to fill the vacancy would be subject to election at the next Annual Meeting in April.  

OVA Bylaws Meeting & Budget Meeting Information

OVA Bylaws Meeting 

Nov. 10, 1 p.m. 

Tom Kendrick will make a presentation and ask for feedback on proposed bylaws changes, including the proposal that would lower the threshold for approving changes to OVA’s bylaws.  Join at oakmontvillage.com/live.   If you would like to speak during open forum, use this link: 

If you cannot join via Zoom, send your open forum comments and questions to AskOVA@OakmontVillage.com

OVA Budget Meeting 

Nov. 10, 3 p.m. 

A good opportunity to learn about OVA finances.   Join at oakmontvillage.com/live.  If you would like to speak during open forum, use this link:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81296400558?pwd=OGdZK3hpQUo3S1dzTXdWL2RMb2lKdz09 

If you cannot join via Zoom, send your open forum comments and questions to AskOVA@OakmontVillage.com


Pool Closures

The following pools will be closed for maintenance: 

East Pool: Nov. 17 for routine heater service 

West Pool: Nov. 18 all day following the water aerobics classes to replace the pool lights. 

Would Your Club Like To Host A Webinar?

What is a webinar? How does a Zoom webinar compare to a Zoom meeting? How can I utilize the Zoom webinar capability being offered by OVA to its members?Anita Roraus and Colin Hannigan will be answering all these questions and more in the upcoming, How To Do A Webinar, Webinar, on November 18 at 2 p.m.
You can join in and participate in this webinar by registering here:https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0ZsujZk9TfizzxZVH5gE3g
You can also watch the live webinar or the post-meeting recording on this page:https://oakmontvillage.com/article/11-18-2020-how-to-do-a-webinar/

This is the second webinar in a series being lead by OVA on how to get your club more involved with virtual and online happenings within Oakmont Village Association. Please check out our first episode below:

OVA-Approved Temporary Fencing

Photo By Frances Kern
Photo By Frances Kern

The OVA approved rental of temporary fencing for up to six months to protect the homeowners along Highway 12, and give them privacy until they are able to rebuild their new fences.  OVA has given homeowners options for types of fencing they should install other than wood. 

The View After The Fire

As fall weather is ushered in, bright red foliage punctuates Meadowstone Drive. Below, the photographer documents the aftermath of the Glass Fire on Hood Mountain. 

Photo By Julie Kiil
Photo By Julie Kiil

Cancellation Extended for In-Person Classes

AARP Driver Safety has made the difficult decision to extend the cancellation of all in-person events and activities until March 1, 2021.  The AARP Smart Driver online course offers an alternative, especially for those who need to renew their car insurance discounts.  A special 25% off discount is being offered through  
Feb. 28, 2021.   

Website: www.aarpdriversafety.org 

Promo code for 25% discount:  DRIVINGSKILLS 

Good through: Feb. 28, 2021 

Don’t Plant Me!

Oakmont’s homeowners are signing on to the task of creating defensible space, especially in the zero to five-foot ignition area around homes. Junipers are at the top of the list of flammable plants. This is the OVA official list of plants that should not be planted anywhere on the property– and should be removed in ignition zones.  

Questions? Contact the Architectural Office Christel@oakmontvillage.com 

Club News & Online Events

Oakmont Community Foundation Announces Firefighter Appreciation Fund Drive!

The recent Glass fire showcased the heroic efforts of our local firefighters.  Tragically, some homes were indeed lost; but we know it could have been worse – much worse!  Oakmonters and the Oakmont Community Foundation are coming together to express our gratitude to these valiant men and women for their heroic efforts.  We’re delighted to announce that the OCF launching a fund drive to not only say “THANK YOU” to our firefighters, but also to help local fire departments better fight wildland fires.        

 Here’s how it will work:  The tax-deductible contributions you give to OCF for 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 the fund drive. 

 To make a donation, please mail your check to the Oakmont Community Foundation, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409). Please specify Firefighter Fund on the memo line.

To download the donation form please click here

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

Oakmont Community Garden

Photo By Sue Aiken

What brings this white egret to the Oakmont Community Garden? Perhaps lizards? He is just one of many visitors, including butterflies, hummingbirds and countless other birds seeking bugs, seeds, fruits and vegetables in the late fall garden. If you are interested in a garden space, contact Sue Aiken via email  OakmontCommunityGarden@gmail.com or call her at 


Veteran’s Appreciation Day

November 11, at 11 a.m.

Joan and Andy Andrew, Oakmont residents and World War II Navy veterans, met and married during the war and will share their memories and experience in the war at the online Oakmont Veterans Appreciation event.  

(From Bob Cortelyou, Event Chair)  

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, there will be a special broadcast of the Veterans Day program starting at 11 a.m., featuring  interviews with Oakmont vets, a video of Bob Hope entertaining the troops and much more.  Click on oakmontVillage.com/Events. After the initial broadcast, you, your friends and family may revisit the broadcast anytime by visiting this link: 

Abracadabra at Home in Oakmont

Nov. 12, 6 p.m. on Zoom  

Craving some virtual fun during the pandemic? Join San Francisco magician Kevin Blake in an entirely digital, interactive and magical show.   FREE for Oakmonters. Get ready for an incredible, jaw-dropping evening of magic and illusion from the comfort of your own home. Register in advance for this webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_uDa49ce5RLafCcCFTzk2AQ.   

 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 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 each Sunday at 11 a.m. on the date of the talk to engage with the speaker.   

Nov 15 , 11 a.m.

Sam Cena: Black Holes, The Ultimate Abyss

Black holes.  We’ve all heard about them.  Many have theorized about them.  You can’t actually “see” a black hole.  We only know about them from their effects on their environments.  Inside them, our standard laws of physics go all wonky.  Sam Cena will give us the straight skinny on these strange phenomena that populate our universe.  Come join the singularity. 

Nov. 16 – 10:00 am. – Russia 

The Great Decisions discussion group continues to meet on Mondays at 10 a.m. The topic for Nov. 16 will be Russia.  If you’re interested in joining the discussion, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com

Oakmont Ready Disaster Preparedness 

Tuesday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. 


Thursday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m. 

Recent events have underscored the absolute necessity to have a plan in place for supporting each other in times of emergency. Map Your Neighborhood (MYN), a disaster preparedness program, is just that.  Join Katy Carrel, Ann Benson, Matt Zwerling and Pat Barclay for a one-hour Zoom meeting to learn more about how “neighbors helping neighbors” can help saves lives and property before the first responders arrive. The program is actively endorsed and promoted by the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) and approved by the OVA Board.  Go to oakmontvillage.com/myn to get your Zoom invitation link. 

Sir #92 is Golfing!

Golf is back for SIR #92 members who will play every other Thursday with first tee time at 10 a.m.  The next game is November 19 playing on Sugarloaf. There is no cost other than green fees.  Anyone who would like to join the branch and meet new or old friends on the wonderful Sugarloaf course is welcome.  The games are usually casual, but next month a bit of competition begins with First On and First in the Hole. To join, contact  blefson@gmail.com or John Barrett at 318-4633. 

Oakmont Ukesters

Learn How To Choose a Ukulele

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

Uke Can Learn to Make a Happy Sound!

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. 


Oakmont Health Initiative with JoRene

Mondays and Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m.

There are two ways to access the classes via Zoom.  Join by clicking the link: 

or go to Zoom.com and enter: 
Meeting ID: 967 9942 2442 
Passcode: 573596 

Outside Oakmont

Christmas Trees for Sale from Kenwood Education Foundation