Oakmont E-Blast 12-20-2019

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Oakmont Health Initiative’s Ugly Sweater Competition
Photograph by Joan Rumrill and Maryanne Taub

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President’s Message


In 2019, Oakmont faced two significant challenges: sale of the golf club and climate change. Both posed serious threats to our way of life here in Oakmont, so they dominated the thoughts and actions of not only the board and our various committees, but also, I’m sure, many of you. They are our two “elephants in the room.”

Click Here To Read The Full President’s Message

12-17-2019: Board Meeting Video

Click Here To View The Video With The Agenda Beneath

12-10-2019 OVA President OGC Presentation

If you didn’t get to catch the December 10 OVA Town Hall regarding the OGC, then please enjoy the presentation given by the OVA President, Steve Spanier, in the video above.

The full December 10 and November 27 Board meeting videos will be available on our website by early next week. Apologies for the delay, and thank you for your patience.

Board Candidates Sought

There are four (4) seats available in the upcoming election of directors to be held on Monday April 6. Members of the Oakmont Village Association, who are interested in running for a seat on the Oakmont board for the 2020 election, are encouraged to obtain an application at the OVA office. Eligible Members may self-nominate, and the nominating committee will deliver a final list of candidates to the board on February 1, 2020 (the deadline for nominations). Please contact the OVA office at 539-1611 for more information.

Click Here To Get All The Details

General Manager’s Report

This month’s Manager’s Report touches on our new Coffee Cart in the CAC, Pickleball Court condition, the 2020 Cal Fire Grant, and updates to OVA governing documents.

Click Here To Read The Full Report

Facilities Holiday Availability

On the 24th all facilities will close at 5:30 p.m.

On the 25th all facilities will be closed for Christmas Day.

REMINDER: Locker Rental Fee for 2020 – Due January 2

Locker rental fees are $30 per year. Please send a $30 check to the OVA Office by January 2. Please let us know if you no longer use your assigned locker. If dues are not received by January 31, we will release the locker and contents will be removed. 

NAME: _________________________________________ 
FACILITY: Central_______   East ______ West_______ 
LOCKER NUMBER: ________________________________ 
AMOUNT ENCLOSED: _____________________________ 
(Make checks payable to: OVA) 

E-Waste Collection

Saturday, January 18, 2020 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, January 19, 2020 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

E-Waste Collection will be two-day event! Conservation Corps North Bay, a new sponsor, will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street.  There is no appointment needed for this event. 

Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives) consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.) televisions (CRTs and LCDs) office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc). Microwaves are the only kitchen appliance that will be accepted.

Walking on the Golf Paths

Oakmont is excited about the potential for accessing golf course paths for walking, biking and more. But using this new amenity won’t be available until the sale is closed and OVA and Advance Golf Partners develop and implement policy around allowing access to paths for non-golfers.

Click Here To Read The Full Article


Free Shredding Event!
Friday, January 17 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Berger Parking Lot
Sponsored by Oakmont Kiwanis and OVA

It’s time to shred again.
Oakmont residents and businesses are invited to bring their documents and other shreddables to the truck that morning. Please limit your documents to the equivalent of 5 banker’s boxes.

Garbage and Holiday Tree Collection

Holiday Collection Schedule:
There will be no collection service on Christmas and New Year’s Day. Service will be delayed by one day. You can check your service schedule at https://www.recology.com/rsmschedules

Holiday Tree Recycling – Trees must be cut in half and unflocked
Drop-off available at Sonoma County Fairgrounds from December 26 through January 10.
Drop-off available at Sonoma County Transfer Station from December 26 through January 17.
Curbside collection available from December 30 through January 10

For more information contact Recology at:

Inside Oakmont

December 22 – 2 and 7 p.m.

In 1960s Texas, timid teen Walter (Haley Joel Osmont) is forced by his irresponsible mother to spend the summer with his rich and eccentric great uncles Garth (Michael Caine) and Hub (Robert Duvall) on their farm, where, over time, he learns surprising tidbits about their mysterious and dangerous pasts. A sweet comedy-drama full of all sorts of characters interested in Garth and Hub’s fortune, with a lion named Jasmin included in the mix. (2003), PG, 107 minutes.

Just For Fun Game Club

Come and enjoy a fun evening with the Just For Fun Games Club at our New Year’s Eve games party.
It is FREE. It is in OAKMONT. It does not run too late. And it is FUN!
We will be meeting at the East Rec Center (the location printed in the Oakmont News was incorrect).
We will be there from 6 to 10 p.m. Bring some food and/or drinks – savory or sweet.

New Year’s Eve Party at the Berger Center
Social and Snacks at 5 p.m.
Dinner 6 p.m. / Dancing 7:30 p.m.

New Year’s Eve is on the way and Sha-Boom is proud to say, ZACK IS BACK!

  • 5 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Assorted crackers and cheese
  • 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Dinner by Zack’s Catering
  • 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Dancing to the Great Charlie Baker and Co.

The buffet will include scalloped potatoes, oven roasted red potatoes, seasonal vegetables, chardonnay chicken, choice of prime rib of beef w/ horseradish cream vinaigrette, Hawaiian rolls w/ sweet butter, assorted dessert table, coffee, lemon water, and any bottles you bring (BYOB).
NOTE: Vegan and gluten free entrees available upon request with your reservation.

Zack’s food is over the top delicious! We lost track of him last year but thankfully found him again. Everyone from our 2017 New Years event raved about his fantastic food.

Price $80 per person. Please drop payment off in the Sha-Boom folder in the OVA Office.

The Vision is Clear, The Future is Bright
New Year’s Eve
December 31, 2019
Check In 5 p.m. | Dinner 6:30 p.m. and Dancing to follow

Complimentary Champagne!
$85 Public, $75 OGC and OVA Member – Plus Tax and 20% Service Charge
Cash Bar | 72 Hour Cancellation Policy
Pre-Paid Reservations Only, Call 707-537-3671

Oakmont Golf Club | 7035 Oakmont Drive, Santa Rosa, CA | OakmontGC.com

Live music featuring, Stephanie Rickher and Friends. A renowned Bay Area Vocalist from Beach Blanket Babylon and Swoon, she brings her all-star backing band to play a set of your favorite songs spanning a decade.

Caprese Bites, Thai Shrimp, Pork Belly Bites, Polpette Classic Caesar, and Shrimp Louie Salads, New York Strip au poivre, Chicken with prosciutto, fontina cheese, and basil. Linguini allo Scoglio, Mushroom Risotto, Roasted Vegetables, Triple Berry Tart, Mini Cheesecakes, and Chocolate Rum Truffles.

Quail Inn Is OPEN

Although we are in a state of flux as we prepare for the New Year, the Quail Inn is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Thursday through Monday.

Please come on down to enjoy the bar and snacks.

Hear about the classes. Meet with and talk to the instructors. Click the pics to register.

Contemporary Comedic Genius Series: Billy Crystal
Instructor: Martin Marshall
Mondays | Jan. 13 – Feb. 3 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
4-week session, Class ID: 7867, Cost: $81

Laugh out loud with Marshall as he explores the comedy and career of the very funny Billy Crystal on Saturday Night Live, as the star in When Harry met Sally, the urban cowboy in City Slickers, the Tony-winning 700 Sundays and much more.
Martin Marshall is a film writer, director and producer with years of experience managing improv theaters and teaching the Comedic Genius Series.

Beethoven and the Romantics
Instructor: Dr. Kayleen Asbo
Wednesdays | Jan. 15 – Feb. 19 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
6-week session, Class ID: 7869, Cost: $110

Fill your ears during Asbo’s exploration into Beethoven’s musical evolution from imitator to hero and discover how his late quartets influenced Schubert and Mendelssohn and how his symphonies inspired and guided Liszt, Brahms, Berlioz, Wagner and Tchaikovsky.
Dr. Kayleen Asbo is the cultural historian and preconcert lecturer for the Santa Rosa Symphony and the San Francisco Opera.

The Science Behind, Inside and Under World Famous Architecture
Instructor: Sally Heath
Thursdays | Jan. 16 – Feb. 27 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | East Recreation Center
6-week session, Class ID: 7871, Cost: $110

NOTE: This class will not meet on February 6
Discover why buildings stand or collapse through the exploration of the science, engineering and materials of iconic structures like the Pyramids, the Colosseum, Hagia Sophia, the Golden Gate Bridge, the World Trade Center and Burj Khalifa.
Sally Heath, an award-winning physics professor with 35 years at Santa Rosa Junior College, is now a Lifelong Learning instructor at the SSU.

You’re Writing a Memoir? A How-To Workshop
Instructor: Ida Rae Egli
Thursdays | Jan. 16 – Feb. 13 | 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. | Central Activities Center, Rm. B
5-week session, Class ID: 7872, Cost: $126

Back by popular demand, this interactive class teaches the skills needed for memoir writing in an interactive, experiential way that is personalized to each student. Teacher and student feedback on in-class writings are offered in addition to traditional classroom instruction.
Ida Rae Egli was the chair of the English department at Santa Rosa Junior College and now is a freelance writer and writing coach.

The Genius of Hitchcock
Instructor: Terry Ebinger
Mondays | Feb. 10 – Mar. 2 | 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
4-week session, Class ID: 7876, Cost: $81
Note: Early start time

Join film scholar Ebinger for a suspenseful journey into understanding Hitchcock’s visionary approach, symbolism, cinematic innovations, psychological depths and mythic storytelling in four classic films: The 39 Steps, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious and Strangers on a Train.
Terry Ebinger is a passionate educator and group leader who approaches film studies through art, history, psychology, anthropology, myth and dream.

Cider – How America’s Favorite Beverage Was Almost Lost
Instructor: David Sandri
Wednesdays | Feb. 26 – Mar. 4 | 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Berger Center
2-week session, Class ID: 7870, Cost: $52

In early America, cider was the beverage of choice. But, by the first part of the 20th century cider production almost stopped. Why did it fall out of fashion and why has its popularity roared back in recent times?
David Sandri is a 30-year veteran in the alcohol beverage industry with a passion for the production, history and judging of wine and cider.


Click Here For The Application Form

The Oakmont Jazz Club is sponsoring a “VARIETY SHOW” for all Oakmont residents. We need singers, dancers, musicians, comics, magicians, and more. We are seeking talented people among our neighbors. If you are one of these people, please come forward. You do not need to be professional, or extremely talented, just fairly good.

The show will be free, given in Berger Center (with use of the stage, piano, microphones, lighting) and open to all Oakmont residents. Currently scheduled for January 16.

Please submit your application to perform early so that we may plan a wonderful program. This kind of show is really entertaining and fun. If you will volunteer to perform please sign the coupon above and deposit into the OVA OFFICE FILE (Jazz Club folder), and please do so as soon as possible. We did not know that this opportunity would arise in time to be able to give more notice.

Oakmont Technology Learning Center Spring 2020 Classes and Open House by Tina Nerat

January 6, opens our Spring term class registration for Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC). Classes will be held in our classroom in the January-June timeframe. We will have Mac, PC, iPhone, iPad, and Android phone classes as well as classes for web/computers/smartphones/tablets: Spreadsheets, Quicken, Lumosity, Apps and Social Media, Evernote, Google Search, Google Apps, Google Photos, and Cell Phones During Emergencies.

On January 6th you will be able to go online at www.oakmont-learning.org to see class descriptions, class schedule and register. Classes are open to Oakmont residents only, and seats must be reserved in advance; no drop-ins. Class schedules are published online at our web site, and registration is now online-only.

January 16th  is our OTLC Open House: drop in any time between 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at our Central Activity Center classroom, right across from the hall from the Library. If you haven’t been to one of our classes, this is your chance to check us out. All our volunteer instructors are Oakmont residents, and we are here to share our knowledge. This is your chance to talk to instructors, ask questions, and see our classroom. Refreshments will be served.  

TIME – 2:00: Cost – $15.00

Performance by Ron Sfarzo (Mr. Tico Tico) renowned multi-keyboardist, composer, producer, bandleader and retired police officer.

For this special event please RSVP- Linda McKenzie at 707-546-1678
email: fancyfont2@aol.com
Checks made out to OAKS can be left in the OAKS file at the OVA office

refreshments will be served


“RHINESTONE”, a show saluting the songs and career of contemporary music legend, Glen Campbell, will be performed by rising star Andy Kahrs at the Berger Center on Thursday evening, February 20 and sponsored by OVA.

Glen Campbell’s music career is decorated with Grammy Awards, No.1 country albums, and CMA Awards. His legacy includes hit songs Gentle On My Mind, Galveston, Wichita Lineman, By The Time I get to Phoenix, and Rhinestone Cowboy. Born and raised in Atlanta, Andy Kahrs hopes his soulful bends and country twang will pay tribute to Campbell’s work.

Tickets are available for $20 at the OVA office beginning December 15. No reserve seats or tables. Please bring your own snacks and drinks. Doors open at 5:30 pm on February 20, and the concert will begin at 6pm.

Outside Oakmont

Sonoma State Historic Park

Nature Hike~Saturday, December 21, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Hike off that December chill along the lower Montini Preserve Trail. Discover history, nature and community interaction. This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length with minor elevation changes. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot, 363 Third Street West. All ages. Free of charge. No reservation needed.Steady rain cancels.

Holiday Concert for Compassion

A family friendly event that’s perfect for all ages. All proceeds benefit Sonoma County Homeless Charities.

Sunday, December 22 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Saturday Afternoon Club, 430 10th Street, Santa Rosa, CA 95401

More Info: http://mikesloat.com/holiday_concert/

Tickets: https://brownpapertickets.com

Redwood Empire Sing Along

Sunday, December 22 at 3 p.m.
Jackson Theater, Sonoma Country Day School
4400 Day School Place, Santa Rosa

Tickets: $25 – Available in advance or at the door
$20 – Seniors and SRSL Members
$15 – Students and Groups of 10 or More
Go to srsymphonyleague.org
or Stanroy Music Center, 850 4th Street, Santa Rosa

Singing along with Handel’s Messiah is the perfect way to ring in the Christmas season with family and friends. This Sonoma County tradition features orchestra, soloists, and on-stage chorus for an afternoon of enjoyment. Scores are provided, or bring your own.

California State Parks

Event Date:  Saturday January 11
Time:  10:00 a.m. Hike Departure to about Noon 
Location:  Cobblestone Trailhead, Channel Drive 
Trails:  Cobblestone, with an option for a longer route to Lake Ilsanjo

Winter in Sonoma County offers many different colors, shapes, textures and lighting in Nature:  great for practicing photography. Winter is also newt breeding season! Join us as we hike up Cobblestone Trail to Frog Pond and back for a guided Nature hike.  Pause to learn about fun photo ops on trails, explore what is living and breathing in Frog Pond. If you haven’t used iNaturalist or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance!  Just make sure to load the free iNaturalist app before you arrive (https://www.inaturalist.org/) on your phone and have your battery fully charged. Observation may also be uploaded from your camera to the website after the hike. Hike returns to same parking area about Noon.

There will be an option to continue on to Lake Ilsanjo via Rough Go Trail with return via Orchard Trail, for a total of about 7 miles with a return to the parking area about 1:30 p.m.


Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water and snack. Trekking poles recommended.  Some trails are rocky and uneven.  There are NO restrooms or water in the parking area. There is a restroom near the lake. Dogs are not allowed. 

Directions:  From Montgomery Drive, turn onto Channel Drive and follow for about 2-tenths of a mile. Park along the creek-side of the road, across from Cobblestone Trailhead. No parking fee required. 

Please see the Trione-Annadel State Park website for more details about the park and Volunteer Hike Leader John Lynch (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=480, click “Park Events”). 

Thank you to Trione-Annadel State Park Volunteers for providing this opportunity.