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Oakmont E-Blast 5-1-2020

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Important Info

May 5 Town Hall on County-Proposed Healing Center at Los Guilicos

OVA’s May 5 town hall meeting will be held at 1 PM via the Zoom teleconferencing application. The topic will be a Sonoma County-proposed 16-bed psychiatric facility at the Los Guilicos site.

OVA recently participated in a meeting with county officials, where the county revealed it will likely vote in mid-May on converting an existing Los Guilicos building to serve as a short-term, crisis care facility. After hearing this, OVA re-scheduled the May town hall presentation, which was to have covered Council on Aging programs for seniors, to June 2.

The proposal calls for the county to contract with Crestwood Behavioral Health, which claims to be the leading provider of mental health services in California, to operate the facility. Crestwood’s literature refers to the company as a fully accredited, Sacramento-based health care provider, with 33 programs and over 3,100 employees across the state. Crestwood was founded in 1968.

The proposed site’s focus will be on helping clients stabilize, gain self- reliance, build strengths, and foster independence with structure and support. According to Crestwood, the average stay in facilities such as that envisioned at Los Guilicos is about 8 days.

The program on May 5 will last 1.5 hours and will feature presentations from the county and Crestwood. Ample time for questions will be allowed.

Virtual Events

Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

Streaming live at

May 3, 2020 – Q&A at 11 a.m.
Speaker: Chris Smith Columnist, Press Democrat

For details go to and select “live.”

You’ve read his columns. Come meet the man. Do you want to know anything about our North Bay and the people in it? Chris is your best source. He searches out local stories which celebrate the life and people in our community. He has been a favorite columnist in the Press Democrat for over 40 years. Modestly, Chris claims that his main purpose in life is to feed and amuse his dog, Betty, a loving Australian shepherd.

May 4 – 10 a.m.
What the Economic and Epidemic Situation means for the future of China

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m. The topic for Monday, May 4, will be how China will emerge from this period of world economic change coming from the COVID19 epidemic. We’ll try to understand how China has responded to the economic problems caused by closures and reduced trade.If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

Chair Stretch & Balance class returns to Oakmont on Zoom. 

May 6 – Free Class!  It’s time to Feel Better in Your Body 
Please join Carol Wednesday, May 6 at 10:30 a.m. for a complimentary Chair Stretch & Balance Class.  Move at the pace your body needs.  Find your breath and gently stretch all of you.  Strengthen and challenge your core.  

Join Yoga Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 828 1635 6855 
Password: yoganow 

Equipment: 1) yoga strap   2) yoga block   3) free weights ** 
Substitutes: 1) man’s neck tie   2) rolled up beach towel   3) nothing (good for students with shoulder issues) 
** Props can be ordered from,,, Amazon, Target and many other places.   


OVA is excited to announce that OHI’s Free Fitness Class has returned with JoRene via Zoom. You may join in the fun at 9 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday next week with this information:
Meeting ID: 967 9942 2442

On Monday please have your blue bands available to use.

On Wednesday please have a sturdy chair and weights available to use.

May 6 – 4 p.m.
What’s Happening to Autonomous Vehicles

The Oakmont Futures Club is continuing with our weekly lecture and Q&A series every Wednesday at 4 p.m. Past lectures are posted on our website – The discussion on April 29 will focus on Autonomous Vehicles (driverless cars). Bob Stinson has become involved in the cutting edge autonomous vehicle community and will give us a quick update and then be available for a Q&A session. If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

May 8 – 11 a.m.
Sarah and Angelina Grimke

The Oakmont Genealogy Club is continuing with our weekly lecture series on famous women of the 19th Century, with a particular focus on suffragettes. The lectures are each Friday at 11 a.m. They are recorded and posted on our website – – under “Recent Presentations”. The lecture for May 8 will focus on Sarah and Angelina Grimke. These were children of a wealthy South Carolina plantation owner (that means he owned a lot of slaves) who became abolitionists and suffragettes. Fascinating stories. If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

Bored with quarantine and dreaming of learning to play the ukulele? The Oakmont Ukesters are offering a free online tutorial via the Zoom app. The tutorial is designed for people who have never played ukulele before and wish to get started on a musical journey that can last a lifetime.

In six weekly forty-minute 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 necessary. All you really 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.

Don’t have a ukelele and not sure where to start looking? No worries. The Oakmont Ukesters will also be offering a 40-minute pre-tutorial session on “How to choose the right ukulele at the right price for you.”
Tutorials will be limited to six participants and will begin as soon as six people have signed up. And if more than six people want to sign up, Oakmont Ukesters will schedule more sessions! If the shelter-in-place order is lifted before the six weeks are up, sessions will be switched to in-person if participants agree.

The Oakmont Ukesters are a group of enthusiastic uke players ranging from brand-new tutorial graduates to experienced players. Our primary objective is to relax and have fun. Interested? For more information or to sign up, leave a message for Florentia Scott at 707-591-1929, or email

Just For Fun

Everyone’s Getting Into Mask Wearing

Flowers In Bloom

(Left) Heritage Sweet peas blooms from McEvoy seeds- prolific reseeding for 15 years. (Right) Single rose and few greens makes a cheerful gift.

Raven Blues by Ken Smith

There’s another version of this video, not for the faint of heart, but worth watching for those who have the… stomach 😉
Reach out to Ken if you’d like to see it, or send me an email. ~ OVA IT Coordinator (