You should have received your OVA ballot along with a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
Statements are in the mailed packets. If you have a question for a candidate(S), send an email to email@example.com with the candidate’s name in the subject line. It will be forwarded appropriately.
Vote for up to five candidates (only one vote per candidate) and get your ballot in the mail before April 5. (Mail by March 31 recommended.) Ballots must be received, not postmarked, by April 5. They may also be dropped off before the Annual meeting, as indicated in the voting packet. Ballots will be counted at the East Rec Center starting at 10 a.m.
New Facilities Updates
The Oakmont Library and Fitness Center are readying for safe re-opening under public health guidelines following the announcement that Sonoma County will advance to the less restrictive Red tier on Sunday, March 14.
The OVA board will take up resolutions on the proposed re-opening of the Library and Fitness Center at its meeting on March 16. The rules that would govern the re-opening were developed by the Ad Hoc Facilities Re-Opening Committee. Under the resolutions, all mask and social distancing requirements remain in place at all open facilities. The Red tier allows for gym facilities to be open at 10% capacity. The Oakmont Fitness Center has a capacity of 69 persons. The CAC lobby and all other rooms (meeting and card room, etc.) in the facility remain closed. The guidelines and hours of access are subject to adjustment when appropriate under county regulations. The two facilities are operated by volunteers, and if approved by the board, opening the doors will depend on volunteers’ schedules.
Fitness Center rules:
Six members will be allowed to exercise by reservation for 50-minute time slots on Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Center will be closed from 11 to noon for lunch and on weekends. A staff member or volunteer will be on premises. Equipment will be taped off to comply with required social distancing regulations. Members are required to wear masks at all times and use provided sanitary wipes to clean equipment after use. Locker rooms will be closed; the restrooms off the patio will be accessible. Two side door exits are to be used for access to the Center.
Library operations will be phased in from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m Mondays through Fridays for checkouts only. No returns or donations will be accepted. A second phase will allow library returns. The final phase will allow donations. During hours of operation, a library volunteer will monitor the CAC entrance and lobby to assure masking and social distancing. Five members are allowed in the library at one time, including one volunteer. Members will be asked to keep their library visit as short as possible.
When allowed, returns will be accepted near the outside door by the Lawn Bowling greens. The adjacent Arts and Crafts room will be accessible only to library volunteers to sort returns and donations.
Juniper Disposal Bins in Oakmont
Juniper Junkers, Are you in?
Mark Your Calendar
Chippers and disposal bins are on the way for two weeks of Junk the Juniper April 21-26 (Berger) and May 5 –10 ( East Rec Center). Homeowners who are removing juniper in any volume during that week can get the cuttings to the chipper and bin locations. This service can alleviate having landscapers haul debris to the landfill or other disposal sites. Only juniper will be accepted at the Oakmont locations. OVA Firewise Committee has asked members to fill out a survey form if participating during this week. The responses will aid in getting adequate resources to meet demand. There is also a way to request help if needed.
When Oakmont member Mary Costa noticed Woodstock wasn’t at his usual perch in front of the Quail Inn, she called Heidi Klyn. Then, the hunt was on.
“I said he has meaning to us because Schulz – “Sparky” – played our courses. I will get him and bring him to the Berger,” she said.
Woodstock flew into Oakmont several years ago at the invitation of the Golf Club (all expenses paid trip). His arrival was hailed as a tribute to Charles “Sparky” Schulz, who frequently played golf here and was in the inaugural foursome with Oakmont founder H.N. Berger. Once located, Woodstock apparently wanted to remain in Oakmont.
So, Gildardo Perez of OVA’s maintenance staff gave Woodstock a forklift ride – straight to the Berger’s back door, where he will get a “bird” bath and a touch up by Oakmont’s Art Association members. When he is spiffy again, Snoopy’s best friend and sidekick will be moved to a prominent spot, no doubt dispensing peace and love for all.
Support The Oakmont Community Foundation
The Oakmont Community Foundation supports educational, cultural and social activities through grants to Oakmont clubs and organizations. The grants are funded by direct tax-deductible donations – and by two indirect programs.
If you shop online at Amazon and use the AmazonSmile website, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Click here for instructions on how to designate Oakmont Community Foundation as your charitable recipient: https://oakmontcommunityfoundation.com/support/
Oliver’s has committed to supporting local communities by donating 3% of all purchases to local charities. When you get and use an Oliver’s Community Card, you can help the Oakmont community at no cost to you. Ask the cashier when you check out to give you a new Oliver’s Community Card. Complete the simple registration form and make sure to designate the Oakmont Community Foundation as your preferred charity. You can also download the Oliver’s form at https://oakmontcommunityfoundation.com/olivers-market-purchases-support-ocf-form/ and turn it in to the cashier the next time you’re shopping. If you already have a card and want your donations to go to the Oakmont community, ask the cashier for a new form and designate Oakmont Community Foundation as your new beneficiary.
Second doses of the Modern vaccine went into more than 1100 arms here with a lot of smiling faces. Stories of relief and excitement at reaching a new milestone in the yearlong pandemic were abundant. Volunteers again helped make the three-day clinic one of “amazing efficiency … we’d love to come again,” according to Safeway Pharmacy personnel. OVA Director Heidi Klyn said she continues to work on the possibility of another clinic with county health officials.
Volunteer Dr. Sandra Hellman (below) was in the Pfizer trials and continues to encourage people to get the shot.
Recipients also were applauding more than the vaccines. Marilyn Scott, an accomplished pianist who received her second dose, put in several hours at the grand piano, regaling her fellow Oakmonters. She said the Berger piano is a special instrument with rich, full tones, “soothing and comforting. It’s an old friend I haven’t played in a while.”
The City of Santa Rosa is in the process of updating its General Plan that addresses issues related to the physical development and growth of Santa Rosa. To ensure the plan serves the interests of Oakmont residents, it is necessary for members here to be involved and make sure our ideas and feedback are heard and considered. There are a number of ways to do this. The general plan update process is called Santa Rosa Forward, and its websites is at https://www.santarosaforward.com. Access the site to read learn more, access documents, take a survey, sign up for notices, attend meetings and submit comments.
The plan represents a community’s aspirations for the next 20 years and is often described as a blueprint or constitution for land use, development, mobility, health, sustainability, equity and resource decisions. State law requires the plans to address land use conservation. open space, circulation, housing, noise, safety and environmental justice.
A Community Advisory Committee, made up of Santa Rosa residents appointed by the City from its various neighborhoods, includes Oakmont Village resident Hugh Helm. You can email Hugh firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas and input on the plan.
Club News & Online Events
Information on Solar Power
The club had a great meeting on March 10 where a panel of solar installers updated the audience on all residential solar installations here in Oakmont. The meeting was recorded and is available on the OVA website along with a list of qualified installers and resources for more information on solar. https://oakmontvillage.com/article/oakmont-futures-club-solar-update/
March 24 Presentation
4 p.m. on Zoom
The Future of Solar Power
Speakers include a representative from Congressman Thompson’s office who will talk about the Green Act, Thompson’s bill that is part of President Biden’s infrastructure bill that would provide some real leverage for solar power in the US; other speakers include a member of California Public Utilities Commission to explain its vision for solar in California; and a representative of Sonoma Clean Power to share what is going on in Sonoma County.
The link to the meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89683364081?pwd=VUZlYURRQU5NaHlkSFBOZ3hVb3plUT09
Meeting ID: 896 8336 4081
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New Directions for Quarryhill Botanical Garden
March 21, 10:30 a.m. on Zoom
Quarryhill Botanical Garden is just down Highway 12 from Oakmont. It’s a wild Asian woodland intentionally not manicured and has some of the most exotic and biologically diverse plants in North America. Scott Medbury is the new executive director coming from previous positions directing the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and the San Francisco Botanical Garden and Conservatory of Flowers. He will tell us what’s going on with Quarryhill.
Everyone is welcome! The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86575636126?pwd=UGhFdWMwMFlqUWNSL3R1dzBBbDNOQT09.
Check the schedule and upcoming speakers on the Symposium website: http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/upcoming-talks.html
Free Online Ukelele Classes
March 23, 11 a.m. on Zoom
Ukester tutorials are designed for people who have never played a ukulele before and wish to get started on a musical journey that can last a lifetime. In seven weekly one-hour lessons, participants will learn how to hold and tune a ukulele, basic strum patterns and chords and many easy songs.
No experience or musical knowledge is necessary. All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone; the Zoom app which can be downloaded for free from the App Store; a ukulele and a burning desire to play it. At the end of the first lesson, it is guaranteed that you will be able to play at least one simple song.
The Oakmont Ukesters is a group of enthusiastic uke players ranging from brand-new tutorial graduates to experienced players. The primary objective is to relax and have fun.
Fire-Safe Future, Greener Beyond
March 25, 4 p.m. on Zoom
Are fires growing more frequent and more intense? Are some home-hardening steps better than others? Where are defensible space measures most effective? Get answers to these questions and others by registering for the webinar at
What can save homes when a fire races through? Are some home-hardening steps better than others? Where are defensible space measures most effective? Have fuel breaks and forest thinning worked for us? Are fires growing larger, more frequent, and more intense, and if so – where? And if so – what can we do about protecting ourselves in an age of climate change?
In this discussion, we will begin with the success stories: safely designed homes that have survived a large fire. You will hear from an established fire scientist whose home and immediate neighborhood remained standing while a large wildfire went through the entire area.
We will build on what we have heard about home-hardening steps, fire-resistant homes, and defensible space, and we will use the success stories to bring clarity to the cost-efficient ways of preventing catastrophic loss from wildfires. We will share resources you may have and some you may not have.
We will also talk about embers, firebrands, that blow far ahead of fires during hot, windy conditions. And we will talk about steps needed to avoid another Coffey Park, which had Highway 101 for a firebreak. We will discuss why we can have our homes and our beloved forests – without tearing them down. And we will talk about ways to honor the science, to strengthen forests – our most valuable resource to fight climate change and worse fires.
Chad Hanson Chad Hanson is a research ecologist and the director of theJohn Muir Project of Earth Island Institute, located in Big Bear City, California. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis, with a research focus on fire ecology in conifer forest ecosystems, and he is the co-editor and co-author of the 2015 book, “The Ecological Importance of Mixed-Severity Fires: Nature’s Phoenix” (Elsevier, Inc.). He has published dozens of studies and articles in journals pertaining to forest and fire ecology, and recently finished a second book, focusing on forest protection to mitigate climate change and the myths about wildland fire that are impeding progress. His research covers natural post-fire forest regrowth and carbon sequestration; carbon flux in wildland fires; current forest fire patterns and trends; fire history; habitat selection of rare wildlife species associated with habitat created by high-intensity fire; and adverse impacts to wildlife caused by logging.
Maya Khosla Maya Khosla is a wildlife biologist and writer. Her books include All the Fires of Wind and Light, poetry from Sixteen Rivers Press (2020 PEN Oakland/Josephine Miles Literary Award), Keel Bone, poetry from Bear Star Press (Dorothy Brunsman Poetry Prize), and Web of Water: Life in Redwood Creek (Golden Gate Parks Conservancy). Sonoma County Conservation Council (SCCC) selected Maya as one of the 2020 Environmentalists of the Year. She served as the Poet Laureate of Sonoma County (2018-2020), organizing a series of filmed readings to bring Sonoma’s communities together after the 2017 fires. Her poems have been featured in documentary films and journals including River Teeth, California Quarterly, and Nomadic Coffee Press, and nominated for Pushcart Prizes. Fieldwork grounds her writing: thousands of hours spent in untouched post-fire forests that grow full of life. She is currently working on a film about being fire-wise.