Oakmont E-Blast 3-2-21

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Candidates Night

Marianne Neufeld moderated the event, relaying member questions to candidates, including their  vision for Oakmont.  If you missed it, you can still watch here.  Be an informed voter!  You will be asked to log in. 


Second Covid Vaccine Dose

The vaccination clinic at the Berger Center will be administering second doses March 4, 5 and 8 by appointment only. People who received their first vaccine at Berger should return at the scheduled time for their second dose appointments.  Please bring your CDC vaccination card with you if you have it. 

If you need transportation to the Berger – Put A Call Into Monty, the Oakmont Bus 

Do you need a ride to get your Vaccine?  You can use the local Route 16 Oakmont Circulator (or as the riders call it “Monty”).  Just call (707) 546-1999 to schedule at least 2 hours ahead (or as soon as you have your appointment) and depending on your address the bus can come to the curb at your house to pick you up. 

Some good information to know before your second dose (from CDC and medical provider sources): 

  • Reactions associated with your second Moderna shot can be pain at the injection site, tiredness, headache, muscle pain, chills, joint pain, swollen lymph nodes in the same arm as the injection, nausea and vomiting, and fever. Of note, more people experienced these side effects after the second dose than after the first dose, so it is important for vaccination providers and recipients to expect that there may be some side effects after either dose, but even more so after the second dose. 
  • Side effects are typically more pronounced among younger people than older people, likely because their immune systems are more robust. If you have pain or discomfort, an over-the-counter pain reliever such as Advil, Motrin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) taken if you experience these symptoms can help you feel better, says Dean Blumberg, M.D., an infectious disease specialist at UC Davis Health in Sacramento, Calif. 
  • Experts said it is not until two weeks after your second dose does the vaccine reach its full potential. Regardless, you need to keep wearing your mask, social distancing, and washing your hands. Hugs and social gatherings still need to be avoided except with folks who share your household. These guidelines will likely be amended by the government (CDC) once more folks get vaccinated and we know more about the different mutations of COVID. Stay tuned.  

AARP Tax Aide – Appointments Full

All available appointments have been booked at the Oakmont AARP tax site, but names and phone numbers for a wait-list are being accepted.  Direct all other questions to Diane Ethier, local coordinator for AARP Tax-Aide, at 651-210-0805. 

If you typically get a refund or don’t have to pay taxes due to low income, you can file late (after April 15) without any penalties.  

IF YOU DID NOT GET AN APPOINTMENT , below are some other options for getting free help with your taxes:


• AARP has other volunteers helping taxpayers via email. For this service, you need to either scan in documents or take photos and email them. 


• United Way of Wine Country has a free drop-off service for those who make less than $66,000 a year. 


• If you are comfortable with a computer, you can get free video/phone assistance from an AARP volunteer who will help you do you own taxes using their free software. 

Visit https://www.aarpCA2.org/sonoma-napa for links to these alternate services. 

Picking up Packets for AARP Tax Preparation. Photo By Julie Kiil

Important News

Wireless Emergency Alert TEST

On March 4, the Santa Rosa Fire Department and Sonoma County Department of Emergency Management personnel will be conducting a drill/test using the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system available on smartphones.  This is the same warning and alert system used for Amber Alerts.  If your phone settings for “test alerts” are already turned on, you may receive this alert signal.  This is a drill only for fire and county personnel to test the efficacy of the system. There is nothing you need to do if your smartphone alerts you during this test.  The message will have the word TEST in it. 


Trio Inverno Performing this Thursday!

Attention music lovers! OVA will be hosting a night of musical fun featuring the newly formed, Trio Inverno group on March 4, at 6 p.m. via Zoom. This event is FREE for Oakmont residents! Join in on the virtual entertainment with your Oakmont friends, and get ready to be “wow-ed” by these talented instrumentalists!

For those interested, please use this link to join the event on March 4 at 6 p.m.: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86526923632?pwd=T1htTlY3QlhnRjlINThPR0xyKzZCdz09


“Fire safety top priority for Oakmont leader”

“New board president highlights clearing brush, improving warnings” 

If you missed the article in Saturday’s newspaper, read it now.    

https://santarosapressdemocrat-ca-app.newsmemory.com/?publink=2ec7e23a1


Club News & Online Events

Status Update From..

With the encouraging news of vaccinations and impending movements to less restrictive tiers, know that the Oakmont Village Library, with its over 100 volunteers, is working hard on plans for the eventual re-opening. Until it is safe for us to reopen, the library remains closed and unable to receive materials.  Please continue to keep library books safe at your house until both you and the books can be welcomed back.   You are encouraged to continue reading – reread old favorites, take advantage of the curbside pickup or online options at the Sonoma Public Library, which also remains closed, or consider exchanging books with a friend. Snuggle up with a good book and transport yourself to another world.  Consider volunteering.  Community help is always welcome. Email: oakmontvillagelibrary@gmail.com 


Congressman Mike Thompson 

March 7 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom 

Mike Thompson is our representative in Congress.  He serves on the Committee on Ways and Means and is Chairman of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.  He describes himself as a centrist, capitalist Democrat who looks for a fiscally responsible, pragmatic approach to governance.   
 
Mike’s website:  https://mikethompson.house.gov/ 

Everyone is welcome!   The Zoom link is http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/live.html 

Check the schedule and upcoming speakers on the Symposium website:  http://oakmontsundaysymposium.org/upcoming-talks.html 


Board of Directors Town Hall Meeting  

March 2, 1 p.m. on Zoom 

The Psychology Behind Disaster Preparedness 

Sponsored by Map Your Neighborhood, the program will feature Nancy Brown, Community Preparedness Program Manager for the County of Sonoma, and Stuart Mitchell, a certified wildfire mitigation specialist, who will share their insights into why people don’t prepare for imminent disasters…like wildfires. 

If you would like to speak during the open forum, please join the meeting with this link: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84092761360?pwd=RnIwZ0RGVHhLNmNvSkZWaloveTJIQT09 
Passcode: 859347 Webinar ID: 840 9276 1360 

If you do not plan to speak during open forum, or cannot use Zoom, please watch with this link: 
https://oakmontvillage.com/live 

If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com 


March 9, 11 a.m. on Zoom 

Doug Griffin, Forensic Accountant 

 
Doug Griffin, CPA, CFE, Forensic Accountant, will talk about his 30 years managing the investigation of financial crimes for the Small Business Administration and the U.S. Department of Labor.  He will discuss the creative and not-so-creative frauds and motivations of the beginner and repeat financial criminal.  

Griffin graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Economics. He joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1967 and traveled around the world until he entered active duty as a Lieutenant, serving until the fall of 1971.  In addition to his work with the SBA and US Department of Labor, he has consulted to law firms and done risk-analysis studies for NGOs in Latin America.   

The SIR 92 branch has monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month, currently on Zoom.  To become a member or to join the meeting, contact John Barrett at johnbarrett@gmail.com


Learn How to Choose a Ukulele  

Tuesday, March 9, 11 a.m. to Noon on Zoom 
 

The Oakmont Ukesters is announcing the next series of free online lessons. Want to sign up but don’t have a ukulele? Wondering how to choose? what to buy? where to start looking? 

To join, click: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85154309844?pwd=WTNqbDV6eVJZMVVVeDdLSkw0NVFqUT09

Learn about the various types of ukuleles, how they’re made, different woods used in construction to produce different sounds, what accessories you need to enhance your playing experience and much more. The next series of free lessons starts March 9, so keep watching the e-blast for details. 


Solar Update 

  Wednesday, March 10, 4 p.m. via Zoom 

The world of residential solar has been evolving with lots of changes to cost and installations. One of the most important has been the extension of the solar tax credit. It was scheduled to be eliminated for 2020 and 22% for 2021, but instead will continue at 26% for both years. There’s been a big increase in PG&E electricity costs as well, so the economics of solar are getting better and better. 

This meeting will be a moderated panel consisting of representatives from Tesla, Northern Power, Synergy Solar and Simply Solar. Each will do a brief update on pricing, timing and battery options. There will then be a lot of opportunity for your questions. 

Many Oakmont residents have installed solar and are reaping the benefits. Talk to them – look at their installations – and think about it for yourself. 

 If you would like an invitation to the Zoom meeting, email futureoakmont@gmail.com

The world of residential solar has been evolving with lots of changes to cost and installations. One of the most important has been the extension of the solar tax credit. It was scheduled to be eliminated for 2020 and 22% for 2021, but instead will continue at 26% for both years. There’s been a big increase in PG&E electricity costs as well, so the economics of solar are getting better and better. 

This meeting will be a moderated panel consisting of representatives from Tesla, Northern Power, Synergy Solar and Simply Solar. Each will do a brief update on pricing, timing and battery options. There will then be a lot of opportunity for your questions. 

Many Oakmont residents have installed solar and are reaping the benefits. Talk to them – look at their installations – and think about it for yourself. 

 If you would like an invitation to the Zoom meeting, email futureoakmont@gmail.com