Oakmont E-Blast 3-9-21

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Daylight Savings starts 3/14

Don’t forget, Oakmonters! Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 14 at 2 a.m. On the Saturday night before, set your clocks forward one hour (losing one hour) to “spring ahead.” 

Missed Candidate’s Night?

Ballots for OVA board elections arrived at homes this week. If you missed the Candidates Night Forum, it’s not too late to catch up. You can log in to the website and view the entire presentation here 

If you have questions for candidates, email them to askova@oakmontvillage.com. Staff will forward them to to specific candidate(s).

Ballots will be counted at the Berger (members can watch on Zoom) April 5 starting at 10 a.m. The virtual organizational meeting will take place at 2 p.m.  

OEPC Emergency Communications Drill

On Saturday morning March 13, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC) will conduct its Spring Emergency Communications Drill.  The imagined scenario for this drill is a major earthquake in the Santa Rosa area.  You may see OEPC radio operators, clad in yellow vests, circulating through your neighborhood.  The purpose of this drill is to test OEPC radio systems in the event that telephone and internet services are down.  If you see these radio operators, be sure to thank them for volunteering to be a part of the Oakmont emergency response team and maybe suggest potential problems that can be communicated to the Oakmont Emergency Operation Center.      

If you are interested in becoming a radio operator or your neighborhood does not have an emergency response team, contact Pat Barclay at 707-570-7500.  

Important News

Effective Sunday, March 14, walking on the golf course will be allowed before 7 a.m. and after 6:30 p.m.  

Please remember that walking during golfing hours is dangerous for the golfer and the walker.  It disrupts the pace of play and is not safe.  

March 4, the Berger Center once again became a COVID-19 vaccination center for three days, with Safeway pharmacists administering second doses of the vaccine to people who had received their first doses here in February. Recipients lined up early on a bright sunny day that matched the mood of those waiting in line for their appointed times. A team of Oakmont volunteers who helped get people to processing and vaccine stations said recipients expressed relief and gratitude for the protection afforded by full vaccination.  

Did you miss Trio Inverno’s virtual performance last week?

No worries, watch the recorded event on the website, here!

Club News & Online Events

Oakmont Health Initiative Fundraiser

OHI classes are free to participants, but additional funds to supplement basic expenses are always welcome. Tax-deductible donations are being accepted through the Oakmont Community Foundation.  You can download the donation form here, or make donation online using a credit card or Paypal, noting OHI as the beneficiary.  Thank you. 

Thru the Flames 

If you missed this ABC documentary on the Glass Fire, you can watch it now.  Oakmont is highlighted by interviews with residents Genie Nowicki and Bernie Palk. 

March 14 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom 

For the Love of the Land 

Fred Duphrat, PhD 

Fred Euphrat, PhD in forest hydrology, has always loved the outdoors. Forests cover one-third to one-half of earth’s dry land, so how that land is used and managed is critical.  As Fred puts it: “I became a forester because the people who control the bulldozers shape the land for the next 10,000 years.”  Managing forests to mitigate wild fires and control water is his passion. His radio show, in which he shared his inspiring insights on conservation and the environment, was nationally acclaimed. 

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 

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 join the meeting, contact John Barrett at johnbarrett@gmail.com

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

Monday, March 15 at 10 a.m. on Zoom 

US Relationship and challenges with China Under the Biden Administration 

 The Great Decisions discussion groups continue to meet the first and third Mondays of each month at 10 a.m. via Zoom.  On March 15, the topic will be the US relationship and challenges with China under the Biden administration. There are several articles that will be distributed in advance. If you are interested in participating in the discussions, send an email to futureoakmont@gmail.com 

Order wine via this link: https://winespies.com/sales/10711.  Note that only 20 orders remain.  

Once you have placed your order, please send an email to tastings.club@gmail.com for the club files.  You will then receive the Zoom link for the event and arrange for the wines to be delivered or picked up from an Oakmont location on March 16.  

Wine Spies, www.winespies.com, is offering a very substantial discount (~40%) from retail price. 

Attendees to the event will receive a coupon for $10 off their next purchase from Wine Spies.  

Oakmont Ukesters 

Free Online Ukulele 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 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. 

What is happening at nearby Sugarloaf Ridge State Park?  Birds, campers and hikers are flocking there.   Visit sugarloafpark.org to learn what events are planned, which trails are open for hiking and how to make camping reservations.   Take a class at the Robert Ferguson Observatory with its new 40” telescope.   Learn more about Sonoma County outdoor activities, parks and much more at the Sonoma Ecology Center: https://sonomaecologycenter.org/

Birds of Oakmont