Oakmont E-Blast 2-21-2020

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Important Info

President’s Message

On Tuesday, February 18, the board heard a report from the Los Guilicos Task Force, an ad-hoc committee of four individuals chartered by the board at our January 2020 meeting. The task force researched how the new Los Guilicos Village (LGV) community of unsheltered transplants from the Joe Rodota Trail homeless encampment might affect Oakmont and what we should do about it. This President’s Message provides the latest information on the state of a situation that has created safety and economic concerns for many Oakmont residents.

Click Here For The Full Message

What’s Up With Golf?

Advance Golf Partners is eager to share information with Oakmont about progress on the golf courses. Read AGP’s update letter on their website, here. You will also be able to sign up for email correspondence directly from AGP, providing timely and current information during this rapidly developing phase of the project.


Animal Feeding Prohibited

… the big ones anyway. Just a reminder as we head into the spring months. Feeding wild animals, whether or not on purpose, does more harm than good. The California Code of Regulations prohibits feeding big mammals (including bears and deer).


Please Do Not Leave Food In CAC Lobby

Recently food has been left on the countertop near the entrance to the gym inside of the Central Activity Center.

The generosity is appreciated, but food not connected to an event or meeting may not be left in the Central Activity Center lobby, or inside of any of the facilities.

Residential Solar and Battery Backup Forum

Sunday, Feb. 23
Berger Center
4:30 p.m

Jeff Matthias and Dana Smith will speak about navigating the decision-making process on installing residential solar, including using battery backup systems and finding financial alternatives.

Jeff Matthias is the owner and CFO of Synergy Solar and Electric, and Dana Smith is the director of Solar and Business Operations for Solarcraft. The presentations are slated from 4:30 to 5:45 followed by a question and answer session until 6:45.

The presentations are hosted by the Oakmont Residential Solar Project.

Video Content Production

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in or learn about video content production, video cameras, audio recording, film making, video editing and/or electronic news gathering about topics in Oakmont, please respond to Ken Smith: ken@kenzmyth.com

Inside Oakmont

February 23, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
playing… Downton Abbey

The beloved Crawleys and their intrepid staff prepare for the most important moment of their lives. A royal visit from the King and Queen of England unleashes scandal, romance, and intrigue that leave the future of Downton hanging in the balance. The film picks up the saga in 1927 from the TV-series, and with its brilliant production, mesmerizing cinematography and perfect performances – of both high-born and low characters—delivers entertainment from beginning to end. (2019), PG, 122 minutes.

Sunday Symposium

February 23: Yvonne Horn
Walking the Thames

England’s Thames River has been called “Liquid History.”  Along its banks, abbeys were built and destroyed, the Magna Carta signed, future kings educated, royal marriages celebrated, “Alice in Wonderland” written, and much much more.  Last June, 4 Santa Rosa women, and their heavy-duty walking shoes trekked 185 miles of the Thames from the Cotswolds to London.  Come join Yvonne as she regales us with their amazing adventure.

Folk Legacy Trio – A Lifelong Learning Event
$25 – March 26
7 p.m. – Berger Center

Former Kingston Trio singers George Grove and Rick Dougherty team up with Jerry Siggins to perform an evening of songs from the great Folk Era of the ‘50s through the mid-‘70s. The performance is a trip through Americana Musical History including songs from The Weavers, The Kingston Trio, Peter Paul & Mary, The New Christy Minstrels, The Chad Mitchell Trio, Tom Paxton, Judy Collins, Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, and more. Click Here To RSVP

Did you know you can see all Lifelong Learning upcoming classes by visiting:

Five Ways to Register for a Class:
1) oakmontll.org We Just Updated The Site
2) communityed.santarosa.edu/oakmont
3) Credit card by phone (707) 527-4372
4) Pick up and fill out a form at the OVA office
5) Pay at the door on the first day of class

On February 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the Berger Center Oakmont Boomers will be featuring a free showing of “IN SEARCH OF GREATNESS,” a groundbreaking feature documentary revealing the true nature and nurture of the greatest athletes of all time. Through a series of intimate conversations and captivating footage, Director Gabe Polsky leads viewers on an entertaining, thrilling, and inspiring personal journey. The film explores everything from upbringing, coaching, and genetics to creativity, psychology, and philosophy. It resonates beyond the world of sport to realms of self-expression, attitude, and human nature.

Support Group for Caregivers of Persons with Dementia

This Support Group for caregivers of persons with dementia-related illnesses offers shared. Ideas on communication issues, behavior problem-solving and self-care. Sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association in Santa Rosa and Oakmont Gardens. The group meets on the 4th Monday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11:30 am at Oakmont Gardens, 301 White Oak Way in Oakmont. Contact Kay Warren at 707-495-6469 (cell).

February 29 – 5:00 p.m.
East Rec Center

Good clean fun with clean video comedians such as Jeff Allan, Dennis Swan, Jeannie Robertson. Bring a dish to share and enjoy the fun. Got a clean joke? The mic will be open for you to take a stab at making us laugh.

10 For 20: 10 Things Every Estate Plan Should Have For The Year 2020

Kiwanis Thursday, March 5th Evening Speaker Series Berger Center at 5:30 p.m. “10 For 20: 10 Things Every Estate Plan Should Have For The Year 2020.”

Tricia Shindledecker is the guest speaker and is an AV-rated attorney in Santa Rosa. She is a certified specialist in probate, trust, estate planning, and elder law specialist. She has been selected as a Super Lawyer for every year since 2007. She has been an attorney for over 30 years and maintains an office in Oakmont.

The estate plan put in place 10 years ago was probably perfect for the year 2010, but small, incremental changes made in the last decade may leave that 10-year old plan woefully out of date, says Ms. Sindledecker. Mark March 5, 5:30 p.m. on your calendar! Wine and refreshments will be served.

Constitution Club First Gathering

Those interested in forging a role for a conservative ethos in our retirement community are invited to the inaugural meeting of the Constitution Club Friday, March 13, 4-6 PM at the East Rec. Appetizers, wine and soft drinks provided.

RSVP by Monday March 9,
2020 to: ConstitutionClub2020@gmail.com 

Senior Social Club

Open House
Tuesday, March 10 – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oakmont West Recreation Center
6470 Meadowridge Drive

Program activities will take place from 10 — 11 a.m.
The band will play at 11:00 a.m.

The Senior Social Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays to provide respite for caregivers while encouraging physical, mental, social and emotional well-being for its members. We accommodate varying skill levels and offer a variety of engaging activities for seniors experiencing isolation or memory loss.

RSVP with Jamie Escoubas, 707-525-0143 x103 – jescoubas@councilonaging.com

Outside Oakmont

Santa Rosa Symphony League

Art For The Garden – March 7, 2020

Join us for another fun-filled art project to welcome Spring. Our creative team will be assisting you in creating a work of art for the garden or patio. We will have lots of examples and ideas and all materials are provided. Bring your friends and expect to have a great day. Wine and snacks are included.
Learn More/Buy Tickets
Saturday, March 7, 1 – 4 p.m. – $45, $40 members
Sebastopol Center for the Arts
282 South High Street, Sebastopol

Mentor Information Night

Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
Tuesday, February 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Kivelstadt Cellars, 13750 Arnold Drive, Glen Ellen, CA 95442

The Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance, now in our 25th year of school-based mentoring, is looking for caring adult volunteer Mentors for our Dunbar Elementary School waitlisted Mentees. With the support of the Jack London Yacht Club, the Alliance is hosting a Mentor Information Night on Tuesday, February 25th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Kivelstadt Cellars in Glen Ellen. Come and learn more about the Mentoring Alliance and how in only ONE hour a week you can positively impact our Valley’s Youth. Learn about our program and hear from our Mentors and Mentees. Wine and light snacks will be served. For further information, please call the Alliance at: 707-938-1990 or email: info@sonomamentoring.org.

March 19 – Monthly Speaker Series
Buck Institute For Research From the Lab Bench to the Bedside:
A Geriatrician/Scientist Delves into the Biology of Aging
Presented by Dr. John Newman

Aging is a lifelong process. Why do we age, and can we do anything about it? Learn how researchers around the world are now turning new knowledge about biology into therapies to slow or prevent the problems of aging. Dr. Newman will also share his own work on ketone bodies, and offer evidence-based tips on how you can keep yourself in the best possible shape even as you face health problems.

707-525-0143 for more information