Oakmont E-Blast 4-13-21

What's Inside...

Table of Contents

Facilities Updates

Pool Hours Extended and Gym Capacity Increased

Starting on Monday, April 12:

  • The last time slot available at the West and East Rec Center pools will now begin at 6:00 PM and end at 6:30 PM.
  • The last time slot available at the Central Rec Center pool will now begin at 5:30 PM and end at 6:30 PM.
  • The Fitness Center now allows for 15 people per time slot.

Click Here To Book Your Reservations Today

With Sonoma County advancing to the orange tier (2) of the state’s four-part reopening plan, OVA stepped up plans to expand facility openings here.  All pool locker rooms are now open during pool hours for that facility, but access to the showers will remain off limits for now.   

Click Here To Read The Full Article on Locker Room Re-Opening

The OVA Pickleball court repair dates have changed. Please see below.

The Pickbleball courts will be closed from April 20 to April 26 for repairs.

Oakmont Village Library is Open 

Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

The library welcomes you back. Only five in the library at a time, maintain social distancing, masks required.  You are encouraged to wait until you have been double-vaccinated +2 weeks to visit.  Bring library materials you borrowed, including puzzles and DVDs, to a separate outside drop-off area near the lawn bowling green. A cart will be set up only during open hours. Do not bring these items with you into the library.  Signs will be posted directing you. 

The library prides itself on providing a curated collection of best sellers, popular fiction and mystery authors, large print, selected non-fiction and a vast selection of DVDs. 
Our “wish list” for the initial Phase 3 donations is for 2019-2021 titles only.  So many beloved authors published new titles, and these would be most appreciated.  Later we will accept pristine copies to replace existing worn copies and to add to our collection. You have had a year to cull through your book collection; however, the library is not the solution for your discards.  Please contact local charities for items not meeting our donation guidelines.  

The community’s cooperation is key to a successful reopening. Stay tuned via e-blasts for further details as they become available.  Consider volunteering.  The library can always use the community’s help. Email: oakmontvillagelibrary@gmail.com 

Valley of the Moon greens will be aerated from April 11 through April 13 depending on good weather. 

Valley of the Moon Club is Now Hiring 

Open positions include: 

  • PT administrative assistant 
  • Beverage cart staff 
  • Restaurant cook 
  • Restaurant server 
  • Snack bar attendant 
  • Cart barn 
  • Maintenance staff 

Send resume to info@playvom.com or come by and fill out an application. 

What’s Going On In Oakmont?

Berger Center Floor Remodeling Is Underway!

Directors Young, Randol,  Klyn and Lyons check out the new floor. (photos by Julie Kiil)

Info From The

NOAA Radio Giveaway, April 7

Need Help with Your Radio? 

Oakmonters  braved long lines this week to get a NOAA weather radio, courtesy of the City of Sant Rosa. Several city, fire department and elected officials showed up here to assist at the give-away. Neil Bergman, Emergency Preparedness Manager, recommended that radio recipients go to the links below to help understand their radios.  He also mentioned that the alerts on the radio will work whether the date/time feature is programmed or not.  This means the alerts will go off, as well as the Wednesday tests. Every Wednesday morning between 11 a.m. and noon, the National Weather Service will send out its Required Weekly Test.  You may notice the ADVISORY light come on, and ‘REQUIRED WEEKLY TEST” scrolls across the screen.  That means your radio is operating properly. 



Frequently Asked Questions: 

  1. Do I need to have the radio plugged in and turned on all the time? 
    Leave it plugged in and ON all the time.  It will silently monitor for alerts. The batteries are a backup for any potential power outages. 
  1. How do I set up the radio now that I have it? 
    It has been pre-programmed, so all you need to do is take the radio out of the box, plug it into a wall outlet and turn the ON/OFF switch on the side to “ON”. The only button you may want to use is the WEATHER/SNOOZE button.  Pressing this button tells the radio to play the National Weather Service broadcast.  When you are done listening, press WEATHER/SNOOZE again and the radio goes back to silently monitoring the broadcast.  End-users need to insert the three batteries into the radio and plug the radios into a wall outlet. 
  1. How do I set up the clock? 
    Press MENU. When SET TIME appears, press SELECT. Use up/down arrow to adjust the hour, going past 12 to toggle between A.M. and P.M. Once the hour is set, use the right arrow to move to tens digit and adjust tens digit with up/ down arrows. Press the right arrow to advance to single-digit and adjust with the up/down arrow. When done, press MENU twice to save and exit. 
  1. Where is the best location to place the radio? 
    Keep the radio in your house on the kitchen counter, in a hallway, on a bookcaseven beside your bed.  Extend the antenna for best reception. 
  1. What does an alert sound like? 
    If an alert is issued, the radio will sound an eight-second alert tone and then tell you what the emergency is. This function is automatic as long as you leave the radio plugged into the wall with the switch on the side in the ON position. 
  1. Whom do I call for technical assistance with the radio? 
    Midland’s customer service number is 816-462-0459. Call anytime Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PDT or visit midlandusa.com and click on the “Need Help?” icon. 

Buying Mulch? 

Before doing so, check with Christel in the Architectural Office to be sure that what you’re planning meets OVA guidelines.  NO gorilla hair or redwood, cedar or rubber chips. 

Once you have made your purchase, it would be good for all of us if you would report the scope of your project and its cost because that will accrue to the status of what the community is doing when OVA reapplies for Firewise USA recognition and can also add up for matching grants. 

You can reach Christel in the Architectural Office

by phone at (707)539-0701 or by email at christel@oakmontvillage.com

Club News & Online Events

Bocce’s Back 

Members’ Play Open Now 

The bocce courts are open Monday through Saturday at 1 p.m. through April for members’ play. On May 1, play switches to 9:30 a.m.  Masks are required and players must bring their own water and sanitizer.  Bring folding chairs for extra distancing.  Tournaments will begin in June as per the schedule posted on the bulletin board. 

Oakmont Video Production Club 
Make Movies 

Have you wanted to make a little video about your cat, your kids, your dog doing tricks? What about making a short movie about what you see on a walk in the neighborhood? You can meet, learn from and share with other video producers.  Anyone with a smartphone, video-capable camera or cinema rig can do it. We are looking for new members and want to re-connect with past members.  Contact Ken Smith at  ken@kenzmyth.com

April 18 

10:30 a.m. on Zoom 
Wen Chen, PhD 
Human Rights in China 

Did you know that when China incarcerates or “re-educates” people, their blood type is recorded?  If in the United states you have to wait years for an organ transplant and are willing to pay enough money, you can go to China; and can you guess why you can usually get an organ transplant within a month?   Millions of Chinese people have been arrested for their spiritual beliefs or political views.  Dr. Chen will open our eyes to what happens to these unfortunate people. 

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 

Monday, April 19 at 10 a.m. on Zoom 


During the pandemic, the group has been meeting the first and third Mondays of each month at 10 a.m. on Zoom to discuss current foreign policy topics.  

On Monday, April 19, the question for discussion will be: Should the United States Withdraw its Troops from Afghanistan?  

If you would like to join these discussions, email oakmontgd@gmail.com

Love to Read? 

Oakmont Book Discussion Group 

 April 21, 7 p.m. on Zoom 

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”  

~Groucho Marx 

This group is for book lovers who enjoy spicing up their lives with discussions of the books they’ve read.   The current reading is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amos Towles.  

The Oakmont Book Club meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m., currently on Zoom with the book list chosen by the members, who take turns leading the discussions.  No cost to join.  

For more information or to sign up, call Leslie Kline 559-273-7826. 

Today, April 13 at 11 a.m. on Zoom 

Paul Lowenthal 

City of Santa Rosa Assistant Fire Marshal 

Paul Lowenthal is the Assistant Fire Marshal for the City of Santa Rosa Fire Department and has worked as both a firefighter and in fire prevention for the last 22 years.  He is currently a board member of Fire Safe Sonoma and is managing the development of the City’s Vegetation Management Program and the implementation of the Community Wildfire Protection Plan within the Santa Rosa Fire Department. Lowenthal is also the Department’s Public Information Officer and manages Community Outreach. He is a member of the County’s Alert and Warning Subcommittee and leads the City’s Debris Task Force following the Tubbs and Nunns Fires of 2017, now coordinates recovery task forces for the Glass Fire of 2020. 

SIRS #92 is open to new members, but membership is not required to attend the meetings. To participate, contact Bern Lefson at blefson@gmail.com

The founder and CEO of Vet CBD, Tim Shu, will be giving a virtual presentation on the benefits of using hemp/CBD products on your beloved furry companion(s) and the different products available.  If you own an older or “special needs” dog, this topic may be of particular interest.  

Our other featured speaker is Shirley Zindler, founder of Dogwood Animal Rescue famous for “Seniors to Seniors” program.  If you have never heard Shirley before, you’re in for a treat, a great speaker with wonderful stories about rescues.  

You must RSVP to periolinger@yahoo.com if you plan on attending so we can send you the meeting link and put your name in the “dggie bowl” to be eligible for our prize giveaways. At the conclusion of the meeting, winners’ will be announced and prizes delivered to your doorstep the next day. 

If you have already RSVP’d, thank you.   No need to do so again. If not, RSVP to periolinger@yahoo.com right now.  WOOF! 

Excited About Tomatoes? 

Oakmont Community Garden 

Free Webinar  

TODAY, April 13 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on Zoom 

It is all about tomatoes in April.  Join the tomato experts of the Sonoma County Master Gardener Food Gardening Specialist project this afternoon to learn how to select, plant and care for your tomato plants for a healthy and productive bounty. An opportunity for Q&A will follow the presentation. 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Go to https://ucanr.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_NrID9Nx0Rq-G0teLL_c5vg to complete your registration. A sign-in link will be sent immediately to the email address that is provided by all those who complete registration. 

Fire Prevention, What’s New?  
Wednesday, April 14, at 4 p.m. on Zoom 

Post 2017 and 2019 fires – what have we learned? A new acronym, PSPS, has become a familiar term – Public Service Power Shutoff – and many Oakmonters have measures in place such as solar batteries, generators and portable power stations.  It’s never too early to be ready and take fire prevention measures.  Representatives from the Santa Rosa Fire Department and PG&E will address changes and what’s in store for us as we prepare for the next fire season. Bring your questions for a lively discussion.  

This will be a meeting of the Futures Club. If you want an invitation to the Zoom meeting, email futureoakmont@gmail.com

This week’s “Oakmont Ready Tip” explains what it means and the benefits of living in a Firewise USA Community. Learn more about the designation and how you can help Oakmont maintain this status at https://oakmontvillage.com/myn/ 

As an added bonus, don’t miss the Tip describing what our Zone Communicators do for us. Neighbors helping neighbors. 

Have you noticed the “Firewise USA: Residents reducing wildfire risks” signs around Oakmont? Those signs tout a very prestigious national status for earning the Firewise USA community recognition. 

Outside Oakmont


April 24, 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

1717 Yulupa Avenue, Santa Rosa 

This year, to ensure social distancing, customers will need to sign up in advance for a time slot to enter the garden and pick up their plants. As usual, there will be thousands of pepper, tomato and other vegetable starts along with dozens of varieties of flowers and habitat plants.  For information about the plants available and for instructions about signing up, go to the Harvest for the Hungry website, www.harvestgarden.org.   Enjoy perusing the extensive lists of plants that will be offered. Harvest for the Hungry offers over 100 varieties of tomatoes, most not found locally.  Try one different variety this year, maybe “pork chop,” a good-sized, sweet yellow indeterminate variety.    

Check out individual crop articles on the Master Gardener Sonoma County website http://sonomamg.ucanr.edu.  Two particularly handy publications are “Year-Round Food Gardening in Sonoma County” and “Vegetable Planting Summary.” 

Last year, most veggies were $4 each, a price that can’t be beat for organic starts. Proceeds from the sale support the Harvest for the Hungry Garden that puts fresh produce on the shelves of a number of local food banks/hunger programs.