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Oakmont E-Blast 5-15-2020

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Important Info

From Valley Of The Moon Club:
May Walking Policies

We will update you if anything changes this month, but we predict this is how things will stand until June 1

  • Walking is available on the Sugarloaf course, with no time restrictions.
  • Walking on the Valley of the Moon course is currently permitted from 6:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. and from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We want everyone to be safe, and until we can ensure that walkers understand the course layout, we will be using these time restrictions. More to come on this topic for June. 
  • Pets are currently still allowed to be on the course with you as you walk, but must be leashed. We thank owners for always picking up after their furry friends. We do not expect that pet access will be a future part of walking allowances on the course. 
  • We ask you to please stay off the Tee Boxes, Fairways and Greens.
  • Bicycles are not permitted on golf courses or cart paths at any time.
  • Golf carts are only permitted on the course when you are playing a round. This keeps walkers and carts on a separate schedule, and keeps all safe. 
  • Please do not approach our maintenance crew.
  • We have sanitizer spray bottles in the bathrooms on the course. When you are finished, please spray down all touch points for everyone’s safety.
  • Hand Sanitizer is available at many stations for everyone to use, please do not take them.
  • Masks must be available at all times to be worn properly whenever acceptable social distancing is not possible.
  • Please be aware that our irrigation system will be in operation during these times.
  • Walking parameters will change in June when the Sugarloaf course opens.


We are so grateful that our pre-pay and get May FREE special was taken so well by the community and now is completely sold out. Of course, we are still actively enrolling new members, and more information can be found on our website (click here). Applications can be turned in to either Greg or Debbie at the golf course.

If you have turned in your membership application, you will soon be receiving a welcome email once your paperwork is processed. 

Soft Opening of Valley of the Moon Golf Club on May 9

Photos by Julie Kiil.

It’s Coming To Oakmont!

Map Your Neighborhood, that is.

During these times when Oakmonters have more time and may be starting to look for more important things to do, let’s take advantage of the situation and get involved in Map Your Neighborhood (MYN).  Map Your Neighborhood is a nationally recognized program that guides neighbors through simple steps to help enhance preparedness for an emergency when sheltering in place is required. These steps will help to quickly and safely take actions that can minimize damage and protect lives. It is designed to improve disaster readiness at the neighborhood level, 15-20 homes, or a defined area that can be canvassed in one hour.

MYN teaches neighbors to rely on each other during the hours or days before first responders arrive. Oakmont’s rollout of  Map Your Neighborhood Oakmont has been designed so that you can read about it, learn how to successfully introduce it to your neighbors, and do most of the pre-meeting preparation.  Some creativity may be needed!  It’s a perfect time to engage with neighbors via email or phone or Zoom.  At the end of this pandemic crisis, if every neighborhood can be prepared to hold an in-person meeting, the Oakmont community will be that much better prepared for any future disaster.

Go to this web site to begin learning about Oakmont Map Your Neighborhood:

CETC Announces Available Openings For New Members

The Communication Education and Transparency Committee is looking for new members.  For information or if you are interested in joining this important Committee, please use, attention Marianne Neufeld, CETC Board liaison.

The Committee’s purpose is  to provide recommendations to the Board regarding various educational opportunities so that the Board can conduct community business and enhance member knowledge about concepts and opinions important to our community with the objective of promoting greater civility, respect and trust. 

Zoomers To Boomers

This item has been added to OVA’s resource list. The full list may be found here.

This is a program that has assembled a team of young people looking to help local communities and deliver groceries to neighborhoods of people who are elderly or immunocompromised. We have some flexibility with grocery stores at which we shop so please let us know and we will do the best we can. Please note that during the pandemic, it’s possible that certain items will be out of stock. We will do the best we can for you. (click here for their website)

Book A Time To Schedule Your Event

Residents can now book an appointment with Event Coordinator, Anita Roraus, through the Oakmont Village website. She will be the main point of contact for scheduling video conferences with OVA’s Zoom account.

Please visit the link below to choose a date and time to meet with Anita, and she will respond back with a Zoom invitation to meet (no in-person meetings are currently allowed).

Virtual Events

Structural Hardening Webinar

Fire Safe Sonoma will be presenting a Structural Hardening Webinar at 3:00 p.m. on May 18, 2020, via Zoom. The presentation will be will be at least one hour long and will be a combination of a live presentation and a PowerPoint slide presentation with at least 15 minuets for Q&A.

Hardening a home to withstand wildland fire exposure does not have to be costly, but it does require an understanding of the exposures your home will experience when threatened by a wildfire. This webinar on wildfire resiliency will increase your understanding of the exposures your home faces when threatened by a wildfire and will focus on home hardening projects that will reduce your wildfire risks.

Our presenter is David Shew. David is recently retired from CAL FIRE after 31 years of service. He is currently a wildland fire safety consultant and is the owner of Wildfire Defense Works, LLC, and serves as a board member with the California Fire Safe Council. David has a demonstrated history of working in the public safety industry. He is skilled in public safety, emergency management, emergency preparedness, and disaster response. David is a strong community and social services professional with a Bachelor of Architecture from University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning.

Please click on the button below and register for this seminar. We have a short registration window and the number of participants is limited to 30 so act fast and ensure your place.


May 17 – Andy Merrifield – The 2020 Election: Where is it Now?
Pre-Recorded Lecture Sunday Morning and Q&A at 11 a.m.

Dr. Andy Merrifield, emeritus professor of political science at Sonoma State where he taught US politics for decades, will bring his insights and experience to share with us what he sees happening in the 2020 elections.  Hang on to your seat!  No matter what he foresees, this should be a most interesting ride!

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium will continue to have lectures each Sunday.  There will not be a lecture on May 10 as it is Mother’s Day!

The next lecture is on May 17.  Dr. Andy Merrifield, emeritus professor of political science at Sonoma State where he taught US politics for decades, will bring his insights and experience to share with us what he sees happening in the 2020 elections.  Hang on to your seat!  No matter what he foresees, this should be a most interesting ride!

Lectures are pre-recorded and available on the website ( Sunday morning.  There will have a live Q&A with the speaker at 11:00 a.m.  
If you are interested in attending, sign into the Sunday Symposium website at and click on “Live.”  There will be instructions on how to watch the presentation and participate in the Q&A.

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 bring a new roll of toilet paper and weights.

On Wednesday please bring a stretch pad.

May 18 – 10 a.m.
Impact of COVID-19 on International Trade

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 AM.  The topic for Monday, May 18, will be Impact of COVID19 on International Trade.  If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

Chair Stretch Balance Class:
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
Move at the pace your body needs.  Find your breath and gently stretch all of you.  Strengthen and challenge your core.   New Students – Please email Carol at prior to the day you want to join the class.

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.   

The Futures Club is in the final stages of putting together a Zoom meeting to provide an introduction to Online Gaming for Oakmont Groups. This will include everything from bridge and scrabble to mah-jong and chess.If you or your group might be interested, please forward the sign-up information to them:
Wednesday, May 20 at 4 p.m.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 835 1700 4891
Password: 398187
One tap mobile +16699006833,,83517004891#US (San Jose)
If you have any questions, please email us at


May 22 – 11 AM, Lucretia Mott

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 AM.  They are recorded and posted on our website – – under “Recent Presentations”.

The lecture for May 22 will focus on Lucretia Mott, often recognized as the most visible person responsible for the suffrage movement.

If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

Join In For Online Games in Oakmont

There are a group of Oakmont residents who want to play games online with other residents. It’s surprisingly easy and will give you a chance to get back into the game world while we wait to play person-to-person. There are several groups that are being formed:

Duplicate bridgeCribbage
Contract bridgeHearts
Mah jonggOther games (this is the Just for Fun Games that likes to play lot of different games)

If you’d like to become involved, email and indicate what games you are interested in playing. 

If you have friends who might want to join, please suggest they sign up or send their email address.  If you have another game you’d like to organize, we can help set it up.

Just For Fun

Transcendence Theater Goes Online

More Info:

Overwalked Dogs

Shared by Gordon Freedman.

COVID Deferred Haircuts

Shared by Gordon Freedman.

Beautiful Oakmont

Iris with view of Valley of the Moon golf course.

Photos by Cathy Rapp.