Oakmont E-Blast 12-21-2021

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Board Meeting 

December 21 

East Rec Center & Zoom, 1 p.m. 

You may participate in OVA Board of Director meetings either remotely via Zoom or in-person at the East Rec Center. Per Sonoma County guidance, those attending in person must wear masks. All those participating in all large gatherings inside OVA facilities must continue to wear masks that cover their mouth and nose. For small meetings where all individuals are fully vaccinated, participants may agree to remove their masks, per County of Sonoma guidelines. Many Oakmont clubs and organizations now also require participants to show proof of vaccination to attend. 

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Click Here For The Zoom and Live Stream 

Town Hall  

January 4 at 1 p.m. 

Drought Is with Us – How Do We Respond? 

Live at Berger and on Zoom: 

How should you respond to facing another drought year, perhaps more serious than the one now ending? Claire Nordie, water use efficiency coordinator for the City of Santa Rosa, is the keynote speaker for this important town hall meeting. 

Click Here For The Zoom and Live Stream

OVA Board of Directions Annual Elections 

Four OVA Director positions will be open for election for terms that will begin April 2022. The Board of Directors will finalize election rules for this election at the December 21 meeting noted above. The self-nomination process closes Jan. 28, and the Candidates Forum will be held Feb. 23. Ballots will be mailed to members by March 5.   

Boosters at Berger 

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December 28 

Booster vaccines will be offered Dec. 28 at the Berger from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The clinics will be administered by Safeway Pharmacies and all three vaccines will be available – Moderna, Pfizer and J & J. All ages are eligible. 

All insured and uninsured Oakmonters, including Kaiser members, are welcome.  Please bring your Medicare B card and supplemental cards, along with a photo identification and proof of vaccination (CDC card or digital). 

A consent form, which is available with the online registration, should be filled out and turned in when you come from your appointment. 

To make an appointment for Dec. 28 at the Berger, click this link: 


Holiday Facility Schedule 

In observance of the upcoming holidays, and to allow the OVA Maintenance and Administrative Teams to spend time with their families, all OVA buildings, facilities and pools will be closed all day on Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25, and on New Year’s Day, Saturday, January 1. 

OVA buildings, facilities and pools will close at 1 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24, and on New Year’s Eve, Friday, December 31. 

The following table provides facility hours for the next two weeks: 

Day Date Facilities/Pools Admin Office 
Tuesday 12/21/2021 Open normal hours Open normal hours 
Wednesday 12/22/2021 Open normal hours Open normal hours 
Thursday 12/23/2021 Open normal hours Open normal hours 
Friday 12/24/2021 Closed at 1 p.m. Closed all day 
Saturday 12/25/2021 Closed all day Closed all day* 
Sunday 12/26/2021 Open normal hours Closed all day* 
Monday 12/27/2021 Open normal hours Closed all day 
Tuesday 12/28/2021 Open normal hours Open normal hours 
Wednesday 12/29/2021 Open normal hours Open normal hours 
Thursday 12/30/2021 Open normal hours Open normal hours 
Friday 12/31/2021 Open normal hoursClosed all day 
Saturday 1/1/2022 Closed all day Closed all day* 
Sunday 1/2/2022 Open normal hours Closed all day* 
Monday 1/3/2022 Open normal hours Closed all day 

* The OVA Admin Office is open Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed weekends. 

HEARS is Restarting 

Do you think your partner/ spouse might have hearing loss? It would not be much of a surprise if s/he did – 48 million American have a significant hearing loss. For people over 65, 50% have hearing loss. 
The HEARS club is restarting and is designed to help you cope with hearing loss. The HEARS club strategies are to: 
• Conduct informational meetings on hearing issues and state-of-the-art equipment 
• Publish articles on hearing related issues in the Oakmont News 
• Distribute information on hearing issues 
• Help Oakmont meeting and activity leaders to achieve healthy hearing environments, e.g., Captions 
• Advocate for improved OVA facilities and services including audio systems, room acoustics and arrangements. 

To get started we are re-creating the email list. 

Please send your name(s) and contact information (first and last name, email required, phone and address optional) to oakmonthears@gmail.com 
We need a few people to help with organizing the club. Let us know if you are willing to spend some time helping. 

Blood Pressure Cancelled 

The Blood Pressure Clinic usually held at the Berger Center will be closed on Wednesday, December 22 and Wednesday, December 29. The clinic will be available again on Wednesday, January 5. 

Upcoming Events in Oakmont

Two-Day E-Waste Event 

Old TVs, Computers, Phones and More – Gone! 

January 15 and 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Berger Parking Lot 

No appointment is needed for this event, which is sponsored by Conservation Corps North Bay.  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, televisions (CRTs and LCDs) office equipment, including telephones, fax machines, copiers.  Microwaves are the only kitchen appliances accepted. Come anytime between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Joyeux Noel 

WHERE: Berger Center


HOSTS: Al Haggerty, Carol Haggerty, Mike McInnis and Jeff Neuman.

NOTE: All films are shown with English subtitles when possible, free of charge—compliments of the OVA.

(2005) PG-13 run time 1:56

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other’s way of life.

East Coast New Year’s Eve Bash at Oak 

5 to 10 p.m. 

$95 per person 

Tickets include buffet dinner, champagne toast, dancing to music by our favorite DJ and a photo booth. 

Make reservations: Call 707-539-0415 x7 or email hgaribaldi@playvom.com

The Oak’s January calendar of events is now posted on their website, check it out now: 

Just for Fun Games Club 

Annual New Year’s Eve celebration 

December 31, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  

East Rec Center 

Everyone is welcome to this potluck celebration – you do not need to be a member to attend. Proof of vaccination and masks are required. For more information, see the club article in the Oakmont News or email to RSVP:  Just4FunGamesClub@earthlink.net


The Hand and Foot Club is offering lessons weekly (in person) beginning Saturday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. 


Come play Pan on Saturday January 15 and January 29. If you are interested in playing this very sociable and exciting card game, please sign up for the ongoing Pan games. Lessons are also available. 


The Club’s first Bingo game of the year will be on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. Register by email and include your name, email address and telephone number and more information will follow. If you do not use zoom, you can still play by phone. 

Everyone is welcome to join for events. 

To RSVP for any of our events or for more information, contact Jeri Phillips at Just4FunGamesClub@earthlink.net or 714-883-3126. 

Oakmont Hikers

Potluck and New Website 

Find out about the Hiking Club, its history and hike descriptions. Membership is not required to go on hikes, but it is encouraged. The hikes are every Thursday morning and are a wonderful way to explore parks in Sonoma and Marin County, enjoy the beautiful nature we are blessed with and get to know people. Thanks to web designer Jeff Zalles, the Oakmont Hiking Club has a beautiful new website. Same web address, just a lot more curb appeal and functionality. 

At oakmonthikingclub.com 

Anyone can: 
• Learn about the club 
• See upcoming hike descriptions and special events 
• Join the club online and pay annual $15 membership dues (includes the potluck and summer picnic) 

Members can log in and: 
• Post hiking pictures and comments on the forum 
• Pay 2022 dues of $15.00 online 
• RSVP for the potluck and upcoming events 
• See who is going on the hikes 
• Find links to nearby hiking areas 

Save the Date – Saturday, Jan.8, 5 p.m. Our annual potluck is at the Berger. Join the club or renew 2022 dues of $15, which now includes the cost of the potluck as well as the summer picnic. 

Oakmont Progressives 

Supervisor Hopkins

January 10, 7 p.m. 

East Rec or by Zoom 

Sonoma County Supervisor Lynda Hopkins will be the keynote speaker for this meeting. She will give a report on her recent trip to Scotland for the Climate Summit, called COP26, which was aimed at creating bold progress in the fight to prevent climate disasters. The meeting is open to all Oakmonters. Supervisor Susan Gorin will join in also presenting implications, challenges and opportunities facing Sonoma County as we fight fires, floods, and other aspects of the climate crisis. All Oakmonters are welcome to either join us at the East Rec Center or by zoom.  

Meeting and Renewals 

Charlie Goldberg’s “Treasures of the Louvre, part II”   

Zoom or attend in person at the Berger Center. 
10 a.m. Friday Jan. 14

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 823 6570 0474 
Passcode: 325777 
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It is time to renew your membership. Pick up a renewal form from the OAA folder at the OVA office and mail it or return it with your check as instructed on the form. 

AARP Tax Assistance 

AARP Tax-Aide is planning to return to in-person tax preparation at The Berger Center Room G. Service will be Monday and Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. beginning February 7 through April 18. To take advantage of this free tax preparation service, clients will need to have an appointment, must be fully vaccinated, and wear a mask during their appointment. More information will be in the next issue of Oakmont News. 

As the end of the year approaches, we want to remind everyone that a tax deduction for cash contributions to qualified charities are available to everyone – even if you take the standard deduction. For 2021 taxes, a married couple filing jointly can deduct up to $600 in contributions and a single person up to $300. This is for allowable gifts of cash only – donated items do not quality. You still have time to take advantage of this one-time deduction, as this will go away for 2022. Charitable contributions need to be made (postmarked) by December 31, 2021. 

Happy Holidays and Wishes for a Happy and Healthy 2022! 

Photo of a rainbow from Diane Armer's deck in Oakmont.
photo by Diane Armer