Oakmont E-Blast 5-11-21

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Shred-A-Thon 6/11

The Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, in partnership with OVA, is holding its semi-annual drive-through shred-a-thon on Friday, June 11, at the Berger Center parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon.

The equivalent of five banker boxes of shreddable paper goods can be accepted.  Drivers are asked to wear masks, remain in their cars and simply open the trunk for the boxes to be removed. The contents will be shredded on site and containers returned to the cars. There is no charge for this service, but any donations received will be used by Kiwanis to sponsor scholarships at two Santa Rosa high schools. 

Use Your Resident Discount at Oak

 Oak Snack Bar – Membership with Benefits

Take-out and patio dining at Oak now offers a discount to all OVA members. Present your OVA identification and get a 10% discount. Oak’s snack bar is open daily from 10 to 4.  The discount will also be available when the full-service restaurant at Oak opens up in early summer.  

What’s Happening In Oakmont?

All appointments are fully booked for the upcoming Toxic Waste Collection Event. Thanks for your enthusiasm and participation, Oakmonters!

County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan: It’s a Special Meeting for Oakmont 

May 25 at 1:30 p.m. 

Sonoma County will give Oakmont members an overview of the proposed 2021 Multi-Hazard Mitigation Plan an opportunity for members here to review and give input on updated risk and hazard data and the efforts to plan for and identify projects to reduce risk from natural disasters.    

The virtual meeting on May 25 at 1:30 p.m. features speakers Lisa Hulette, Sonoma County Permit Department; Paul Lowenthal, Assistant Fire Marshal, Santa Rosa Fire Department; and Neil Bregman, emergency preparedness manager for Santa Rosa Fire.  

Of particular interest to Oakmont is the inclusion of the county’s Community Wildfire Protection Plan (CWPP) and the updates to wildfire risk assessments. 

Zoom Meeting – May 12 at 4 PM – Drought and water usage 
The Future Club is sponsoring a panel discussion Wednesday at 4. 
Speaking will be Barry Dugan from Sonoma County Water, who will focus on helping us understand the water situation in the County; 
Claire Nordlie from Santa Rosa City Water, who will focus on possible drought actions that might be required; 
Paul Lowenthal, asst. Fire Marshal, who will discuss how to reduce water usage in irrigation without increasing fire risk. 
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82778465214?pwd=MzlwdkVtUVVUeExNbXJ1YzdrbExQdz09 
Meeting ID: 827 7846 5214 
Passcode: 006592 

Club News & Online Events

Herb Behrstock  

The US Back in the United Nations: Does it Even Matter?  

Today, May 11 at 11 a.m. on Zoom  

Herb Behrstock had a 32-year career with the United Nations with long assignments in eight developing countries and UN Headquarters in New York. During that time, as a senior officer  

 he managed teams about policy, planning and administration of hundreds of development projects to meet priority needs of countries in China, South and East Asia, Africa, Haiti and Gaza.  
He has continued his interest and support of the United Nations and international collaboration, volunteering for 18 years as a leader of the United Nations Association and currently serving as President of the Northern California Division of UN.   

To become a member and/or get the Zoom link, contact John Barrett at johnbarrett@gmail.com

Fitness Center Volunteers Needed

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered so far to help keep our OVA Fitness Center open. We are experiencing a lack of volunteers as we enter the latest weeks of our Fitness Center reopening, and we could use your help filling the gaps. Everyone may now volunteer up to once a day (increased from twice a week), and you can sign up by clicking the “Fitness Center Volunteer Sign Ups” button at the bottom of this page:https://oakmontvillage.com/fitness-center/

Help Form An Oakmont Youtube Channel

Several residents are interested in forming a club to create a YouTube channel for Oakmont. 
This may be the best way to get residents who do not have technical skills to access what’s happening in Oakmont.  The Oakmont Channel on YouTube could be accessed by virtually any TV.  The club would involve several subgroups: 
Technical – to set up and run the channel; 
Resident assistance – to help residents set up YouTube on their home TVs; 
Content – to recommend and manage content; 
Content creation – to actually create new content. 

This won’t happen without a big effort, so a lot of volunteers will be needed.  If you are interested, email oakmontchannel@gmail.com

Grandparents Club Summer Week

July 25-30, 2021 

Are you missing your grandchildren? Do you want to have fun with them this summer? Then we at Oakmont Grandparents Club have the solution … right here in Oakmont! 

Yes, things have been a bit rough this past year, and we have had to cancel our usual events; but members of Grandparents Club are looking forward to having a semblance of our previous fun-filled summer activities this year. Already on the docket are bocce ball, shuffleboard and a hip-hop dance class, with many more classes to be scheduled soon. COVID regulations and safety precautions will be in place, of course. 

To receive updated information as it comes in, give your contact information to Chair Leslie Brockman at oakmont.grandparents@gmail.com or 949-683-7725. 

Video Production Club 

Your smartphone is a video production powerhouse.  Let’s get together and discuss what you are capable of as a filmic auteur with your phone! Video production is simply making a movie… of any length, on any subject, with any device that can capture an image. Chances are you have a state-of-the-art video production device in the same technology you use every day to talk and listen to your friends, family and dentist while you check the weather, emails, text messages and play solitaire. Let’s make a movie? 
Contact Ken Smith at ken@kenzmyth.com 

May 16 , 10:30 am on Zoom 
Linda Clever, MD 
Refresh, Renew & Refocus (Even When Life is Hard) 

OK.  Be honest.  Have you found the events of this past year – the fires, the pandemic, the political drama – a little stressful?  These are unsettling times.  Let’s face it; it’s exhausting dealing with all the over-the-top danger and uncertainty.  Linda Hawes Clever, MD, an internationally sought after, popular television personality and powerfully engaging speaker has devoted herself to guiding people to discover how to find what they need to regain their effectiveness and vitality despite life’s never-ending challenges.  In these historic times, all of us could benefit from this talk! 

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 

 The Fight to Protect Voting Rights 

Oakmont Democratic Club 

Maya Ingram 

May 27 at 7 p.m. on Zoom 

The Voting Rights Lab is leading the effort to protect voting.  At the May 27 meeting, Maya Ingram, Regional Director, will present what we need to know and how we can help.  All are welcome, and the Zoom link will be forthcoming. 

The Voting Rights Lab is a nonpartisan organization that brings state advocacy, policy, and legislative expertise to the fight for voting rights. It works in partnership with organizations across the country to build winning campaigns that secure, protect and defend the freedom to vote for all Americans. 

There are three key areas of policy focus: 
1. Fighting deliberate barriers to voting, including automatic voter purges, cuts to early voting 

    and reduced polling hours; 
2. Expanding participation in our democracy through early voting, accessible vote-by-mail   

    and other critical reforms; 
3. Establishing fair elections by restoring the voting rights of formerly incarcerated citizens. 

The Lab’s State Voting Rights Tracker is a first-of-its-kind dashboard that tracks all pending legislation in all 50 states in real time; monitors and analyzes all legislative activity throughout the state legislative season; and offers a comprehensive snapshot of all existing voting laws and regulations. 

Sparkle and Shine from the Inside 

Weekly Classes with Carol King 

Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m.     Thursdays at 10 a.m.   Saturdays at 9 a.m. – all on Zoom 

Slow down so you can breathe, feel, strengthen and heal.  Nurture yourself with classes that stretch, strengthen, calm and invigorate. Allow chronic tight spots to relax. Using diaphragmatic breath, explore the balance of effort and ease. 

Please contact Carol prior to the day you would like to join the class. 
carolking1234@yahoo.com / 707 696-5464. 

A Honkin’ Adorable Photo

A lovely family out for a swim at the 17th tee on Valley of the Moon course 

Photo by Ron Kaufman