Oakmont E-Blast (2/15/2019)

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Important Info From OVA

President’s Message

Your Annual Opportunity To Help Determine Oakmont’s Future

Volunteers are a key to Oakmont’s strength, and there are many opportunities to make a difference. Literally hundreds of our residents serve on the boards of our 37 sub-associations, on the boards of well over 100 clubs … READ THE FULL ARTICLE

East Rec Parking Lot Closure

Hello Oakmonters,

Late breaking news from the building department regarding East Rec parking lot and street digging-
1. Due to city workload, their Friday half day work schedule and Monday being a holiday, they cannot release the fireline permit until Tuesday.

2.The other promised permit release being processed is the encroachment permit (digging starting in the street and then Going into the parking lot toward the building) This permit is being handled by the Public Works division in coordination with the water department.

Last week Our superintendent was informed we would not have to shut the water off and could use a “hot tap” connection at the street. The public works dept. has now decided that since an erupted water line break occurred in that part of Oakmont Drive by East Rec fairly recently and arbitrarily in the middle of the night, they will not allow a hot tap and will require water to be shut down to certain residents in that vicinity later this week.

East Rec Parking lot open til Wednesday.
Water shutoff for nearby residents for half day coming later next week.
We will keep you posted.
Iris F. Harrell
We are all in this together…2019

Dogs Must Be Leashed, It Is The Law

Oakmont’s rules mandate that dogs must be kept on a leash in all common areas.

Sonoma County Ordinances and Santa Rosa City Ordinances also both require that dogs must be kept on a leash.

Sonoma County Ordinances:

Section 20-8 states:No person shall be permitted to bring, carry, entice or transport a dog, cat or other animal into the park unless such dog, cat or other animal is securely leashed on a maximum six (6) foot leash and in immediate control of a person at all times.” – Read Full Ordinance

Section 5-115 states:No person shall cause, permit or allow any dog to run at large upon any public street or other public place, or upon any private property or premises other than those of the owner or other person in control of such dog, nor shall any person cause, permit or allow any dog to be upon any public street or other public place unless such dog is restrained by a substantial leash” – Read Full Ordinance

If you’re curious about what a “substantial leash” may be, it is defined in the ordinance as, “any substantial chain, cord, rope, strap or other restraint which is held or otherwise controlled by a person capable of controlling and actually controlling the animal to which such restraint is attached.” – Read Full Ordinance Definitions List

Santa Rosa City Ordinances:

Title 7 Chapter 7-12 states: “No person owning or otherwise having a dog in his or her care, charge, custody or possession shall cause, permit or allow such dog to be in or upon any public street, road, alley or other public place unless such dog is restrained and under control by leash or chain, or unless confined in a vehicle in the manner allowed by Section 7-08.120. The leash or chain shall not exceed six feet in length. This restriction shall not apply to areas within the city specifically set aside and posted for the exercise of animals.and No person owning or otherwise having a dog in his care, charge, control, custody or possession except a service or assistance dog, shall cause, permit or allow such dog to be in or upon any public park or playground unless such dog is under restraint by leash or chain. The leash or chain shall not exceed six feet in length. Dogs are prohibited in public park or playground areas so designated and posted by the City.” – Read Full Ordinances

These ordinances do also state that a dog may be off a leash in areas within the city specifically set aside and posted for the exercise of animals, or areas set aside by the park authority for the specific purpose of exercising a dog. And to reiterate there are not yet any posted areas in Oakmont Village set aside by the park authority or any other entity for the purpose of exercising a dog.

Activities Inside Of Oakmont

Bus Trip To See Ukulele Orchestra Of Great Britain At UC Davis

Join the Oakmont Ukesters on a road trip to UC Davis to see and hear the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Leaving Berger, Tuesday, April 2, on a chartered bus at 4:00 PM, return to Berger at about 11:00 PM.
Leave Oakmont for the Davis campus with a busload of uke lovers and and travel with Thunderstar, a woman owned transportation company from Cotati. We will leave Berger on Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 PM. Performance starts at 7:00 PM. 
Discounted balcony tickets @ $41 available from Mondavi Center Group Sales Office. The number is 530-754-4658. Tell them you are with the Paul Fishman group. Bus price is $43 per person. For bus reservations contact Paul Fishman: paulfishman@mac.com. For a sample of UOGB music click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/UkuleleOrchestra

Our apologies the link included in last week’s Ukulele Orchestra didn’t work, the above links are all now functioning properly.
*This activity is actually occurring outside of Oakmont, but will begin in Oakmont (where the bus picks you up, and is put on by an OVA group).

Movies At Oakmont

February 17, 2pm & 7pm
in the Berger Center

Great artists’ spouses often sacrifice their dreams for their mates’ careers, and Joan Castleman (Glenn Close)—a gifted writer—is no exception. But with her husband (Jonathon Pryce) about to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature, Joan’s long-simmering resentment begins to emerge as she undergoes a quietly powerful transition. This remarkable film is anchored by Close’s outstanding Golden Globe-winning performance. Christian Slater also stars. (2018), PG-13, 121 minutes.

DNA Testing Can Show More Than Ancestry

George McKinney (of the Genealogy Club) will give a special lecture on analyzing and understanding DNA testing. For those who aren’t genealogists, the lecture will cover medical genetics (23andMe) and ethnic background analysis (Am I really Irish?) as well as a little genealogy and a little on using genetics in adoptions. The lecture is for anyone who has had DNA testing. When: Feb. 25, 1 PM West Rec Center

Oakmont Spirituality Collaborative

Would you like to explore some of life’s bigger questions with others? If so, you may wish to consider joining the Oakmont Spirituality Collaborative.

The world’s religious and spiritual traditions have much in common. In a sense, they are all attempting to climb the same mountain using different slopes. Join us as we explore those commonalities by reviewing and discussing many of the best-known writings from western, eastern and first-people traditions.

If you’re curious, please email Steve Spanier at saspanier@gmail.com with questions and/or to indicate potential interest in attending the first meeting, which will be scheduled at the mutual convenience of the interested parties.

After the Candidate Forum

This year the Candidate Forum is Tuesday February 19 in the Berger Center from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The following Friday, February 22, you will be able to come to the Berger Center from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM or the West Rec Center from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM to talk informally with multiple board candidates.

If you attended the Candidate Forum and want to ask additional questions or follow up with one or more candidates on some of their answers this will be your opportunity.

If you couldn’t attend or stay until the end of Candidate Forum this is another opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions.

Sunday Symposium

Berger Center, February 17, Sunday 10:30 AM – 12 PM
Gaye LeBaron: Fun Facts About Santa Rosa

When you think of Santa Rosa history, Luther Burbank is probably the main person who comes to mind. There were others; and almost all that we know about them now is that a street was named after them! Come hear one of our favorite speakers talk about some of the interesting characters who helped shape our city. You may be surprised and probably a little shocked!

Open Letter To Oakmont Community

~ from Greg Anderson, Oakmont Golf Club General Manager

Greg’s letter to the community contains lots of information about the Golf Club moving into 2019, including activities like weekly breakfast bar, putting contests, bingo nights, and much more! – Read Full Article

Chinese New Year Celebration in the Berger Center on March 2nd, doors open at 2:30 PM.

Senior Social Club

Upper West Rec Center 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM

Thursday – February 21st – 11:00-12:00- Mello-Tones: The Mello-Tones will be playing from 11:00-12:00.  They always put us in a mellow mood with     their wonderful music
Tuesday February 26th – 11:00-12:00pm- Famous Hollywood Couples: Come hear movie buff Michael Hohne as he speaks on some interesting couples, such as Laurel and Hardy and others for this month of February.  He always has interesting back stage stories, great autographs and pictures. 
These special events are open and free to everyone. Do you have a talent or hobby you would like to share with us?  We love to listen.  Anyone interested in joining the program or volunteering in the program is welcome to drop by anytime.  If you have any questions you can contact Debbie Baldaramos atdebbieoakmontday@councilonaging.com

Activities Outside Of Oakmont

Cat Show at the Santa Rosa Fairgrounds February 16 and 17 from 9 AM to 5 PM. Tickets 6 dollars.

Sonoma State Historic Park February Events

Campfire Program ~ Saturday, February 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm:Venture out for some warm fun and intriguing information at our monthly campfire program. Join us in the historic Barracks courtyard for a short talk, campfire songs and a toasty marshmallow roast!   All ages welcome, free of charge.  Steady rain cancels.
Wool and Weaving Demo ~ Saturday, February 23, 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00pm:Sheep were raised at the missions for their useful wool. Learn more about what type of sheep were at the missions and the products made from their fleece. Participants will card and spin wool, then incorporate that piece into a weaving.  Sessions last 40 minutes and are held in the Mission courtyard. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up and is free with paid admission to the park.
Nature Hike ~ Sunday, February 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Get out for a winter hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave”.  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 at the end of 3rd Street West.  All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed.  Steady rain cancels.
California State Parks supports equal access.  Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance or publications in alternate formats, contact (707) 938-9547   | 711, TTY relay service

World Affairs Council

The Politicization of Humanitarian Aid
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019
7:30 p.m., Spring Lake Village Auditorium
5555 Montgomery Drive, Santa Rosa
Members and SLV residents: No Charge
Non-members: $5
No reservation required.

Mark Ward, US Foreign Service (ret’d.)
Mark Ward, a retired senior Foreign Service Officer, led humanitarian responses for the United States in several natural and man-made disasters, from the Indian Ocean Tsunami in late 2004 to the Syrian Conflict today. When he spoke to us last spring, Mr. Ward talked about a little-known joint US-Russian initiative whose focus was on improving the humanitarian situation inside Syria.  It worked, for a time, and showed what US-Russian cooperation can achieve.  Unfortunately, the new Administration announced it would not spend $230 million allocated for Syrian aid, as it moves to extricate the US from the Syrian conflict. In this presentation, Mr. Ward will share his experience and his perspective on the politicization of humanitarian aid across his long career and the current situation in Yemen. Mr. Ward’s extensive background includes 30 years of experience in the Foreign Service and has served in Pakistan (twice), Egypt, the Philippines, and Russia.  He is the recipient of a Service to America Medal for his efforts in leading the U.S. recovery and reconstruction efforts after the Asia Tsunami which took 200,000 lives.

Volunteer at the Luther Burbank Home & Gardens Center, call 523 5445 for more info.