Especially since last fall, wildfire threats have been on all our minds. Given where we live there is really nothing we can do to completely eliminate this risk.
As with any unavoidable risk, what we can do is work to mitigate our exposure. Mitigation involves minimizing the possibility of harm and reducing potential damage. Throughout our community, we have made great progress on both fronts. By thinning out the most problematic plants and removing vegetation and other flammable material near our homes, we are reducing the amount of fuel available. Installing fire-resistant decks, gutters, and fences also improves our odds. Overall, the actions we take to make Oakmont a smaller “fire target” will help protect our homes and those of our neighbors..
Board Meeting 5/18
BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING – OPEN MEETING
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 1:00 PM
ZOOM Webinar And Video Teleconferencing
If you would like to speak during the open forum, please join the meeting with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82109887128?pwd=Z0ZtalBuZVUyY0VpejE5aGxuVlZaZz09
Passcode: 183086 Webinar ID: 821 0988 7128
If you do not plan to speak during open forum, or cannot use Zoom, please watch with this link: https://oakmontvillage.com/live
If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com
What’s Happening in Oakmont?
While the CDC has eased mask-wearing requirements and issued new guidance, California and counties are reviewing recommendations. Gov. Gavin Newsom has said the state mandates likely will be rolled back by June 15. Late last week, Sonoma County health officials said mask mandates indoors will remain in place while the new guidelines are being reviewed. OVA will continue to align with the County in mask guidance.
All appointments are fully booked for the upcoming Toxic Waste Collection Event. Thanks for your enthusiasm and participation, Oakmonters!
Help keep the water in our pools clear by showering before entering and wearing swimming clothes only.
Failure to shower before entering the pool causes murky water; and if it continues, the pools may be forced to close due to health department regulations. Street clothes that have been washed in detergents can also contaminate pool water.
Please help us keep the water clean!
The Santa Rosa Fire Department has declared May 17 the official start of wildfire season in Santa.
Oakmont will once again be working with the Wooly Weeders for weed abatement in anticipation of an active wildfire season. The Wooly Weeders will be arriving around the first week of June. We are unable to change to an earlier date as they have other clients around Sonoma County.
County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan: It’s a Special Meeting for Oakmont
May 25 at 1:30 p.m. on Zoom
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.
Please use the following Zoom link to attend the virtual meeting on May 25, 1:30 p.m.:
Please see our website for walking hours, snack bar hours, and an updated snack bar menu: https://www.playvom.com/the-club/dining
Firewise Team Can Do a “Look-See”
If you’d like a member of the Firewise team to check out the defensible space in the zero to five-foot ignition zone around your house, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your address and a phone number to reach you. You can also leave a message at the Architectural Office 707-539-0701. Please leave your email address on phone messages if you have one.
Club News & Events
REMEMBERING MEMORIAL DAY
By OVA Veterans Appreciation Event Committee
For many, this Memorial Day will be a holiday for limited family time as Americans move carefully out of pandemic restrictions, welcoming barbeques, family, friends and relaxation. This day will unofficially start our summer season. For all Americans, and especially for veterans and their families, this will be a time to remember and give thanks to those brave men and women of our armed forces who gave their lives for their country and our freedom.
The history of Memorial Day goes back to the days following the Civil War, where many organizations, mostly women’s organizations, spent a spring day paying tribute to those fallen soldiers and placed flowers on their graves. For a number of years, this was local only; and the day selected was chosen locally. As years went by, the tradition grew nationally; and in most places, the day was known as “Decoration Day.” In 1882, the name began to change to Memorial Day in certain parts of the country. After World War II, the title Memorial Day became much more common; and it became Memorial Day by federal law in 1967. In 1968, Congress changed the date of Memorial Day to the last Monday in May. It has been usual in recent years to celebrate Memorial Day with parades and picnics, and the local cemetery has had its day of flags. Most are probably curtailed this year due to the pandemic. But for our veterans, it will still be a day of remembrance and thoughtfulness.
Watch for special link on May 31 from OVA for Captain Jim Knapp to provide a recorded video commentary on Memorial Day.
Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Oakmont Car Show, May 29th 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. There will be 90 classic cars along with burgers and hotdogs from the Oakmont Market — this is not to be missed!
Oakmont Ready Tips
Provided by Map Your Neighborhood
Did you pick up a free NOAA from the City last month? Is it plugged in and ready to use? Check a tip for a refresher on how to set up NOAA radios!
If there is a major earthquake in Oakmont, do you know what services are offered in Oakmont and where to go?
If the power goes out, do you know if your landline phone will work?
These topics are all covered in this week’s Oakmont Ready Tips at oakmontvillage.com/myn
Kiwanis Club of Oakmont
June 11, 9 a.m.to Noon
Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, in cooperation with OVA, will host its semi-annual Shredathon at Berger Center on Friday, June 11. The event is from 9 a.m. to Noon, unless the truck fills up earlier. We accept the equivalent of five banker-size boxes of shredables. Please place in your trunk and stay in your car. Containers will be returned to you. There is no charge for this event, although any donations go toward scholarships for graduating seniors at two Santa Rosa high schools.
Oakmont Lawn Bowling Club
Saturday Morning Drop-Ins at 9:30 a.m.
Have you been wondering what people are doing on the bowling green? Lawn bowling is an easy way to get some gentle outdoor exercise with a view of Sugarloaf Ridge in the background. It’s a very inclusive sport that almost anyone can play. Your task on the team is determined by your experience, so you can play competitively without yet being an expert. And the group is a pretty nice bunch of people.
Not sure if you’re ready to make a commitment? Saturday morning drop-ins are offered. Swing by and let someone know you’re curious and get a quick introduction to the game.
If you’re interested in lessons, email email@example.com.
Help Oakmont Form an Oakmont Channel on YouTube
Several residents are interested in forming a group (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. An Oakmont Channel on YouTube could be accessed by virtually any TV.
The group (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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series
LIVE on Zoom on Sundays at 10:30 am
May 23 – 10:30 am
Dr. Joseph Lin
The Vaccines & The Variants: What We Know Now
Dr. Lin spoke to us last year about what we known about the Corona Virus vaccines at that time. We’ve also learned a lot about the virus and the vaccines since when he first spoke to us. Dr. Lin will also talk about the use of vaccines in treating cancer. Dr. Lin has a gift for explaining complex issues in very simple-to-understand terms. You’ll be very glad to came to hear Dr. Lin talk.
If you Zoom using a browser, click on the link below:
If you downloaded the Zoom App, then Join:
Meeting ID: 865 7563 6126 Passcode: 076336
We Can Defend the Right to Vote!
May 27, 7 p.m. on Zoom
The Voting Rights Lab is leading the effort to protect voting. Maya Ingram, Regional Director, will present what we need to know and how we can help. All are welcome.
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.
Time: May 27, 2021 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84151337728?pwd=VFB5bE1GcGppRzFLRHQ3ck5kcUM2Zz09
Join the fun in a Zoom event featuring:
* Sonoma Wine Shop’s two varietal selections, each from three different wineries,
delivered “blind” in numbered, 4 oz. sealed bottles,
* Guest experts discussing wines and wineries,
* Zoom polling on winery, region, etc. Guess, answer… and win,
* Prizes for top three trivia winners provided by Sonoma Wine Shop’s affiliate
La Bodega Kitchen,
* Future discount for attendees.
Yes, this will be a blind tasting. If you have been to a blind tasting before, you know the thrill and excitement of guessing the wines, then having the label revealed. If you have not been to a blind tasting before – here is your opportunity.
Joining the event is easy! Order directly online all six wines for just $34 + tax (a $60 retail value), from the Sonoma Wine Shop via this link:
All the wines are delivered to Oakmont for pick up or to your door. A few days before the event, you will receive via email a simple Zoom link to join.
Questions? Desire more details? Send email to: Tastings.Club@gmail.com.
“Great Tasting, Great People and Great Fun”
SRJC OLDER ADULTS PROGRAM
Offers FREE Online Courses in GENEALOGY
Summer 2021 Classes on Zoom
Sec 8297 Tuesday, 10:15 a.m.-11:45 am (6/15-7/20) Genealogy Database Research
Sec 8295 Tuesday, 1 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. 6/15-7/20) Beginning Genealogy.
Sec 8144 Tuesday, 3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. 6/15-7/20) DNA in Genealogy *NEW*
Become Your Family’s Historian
These classes are designed specifically for YOU. Are you interested in learning how to do genealogy database research, trace your family through history or learn about DNA? Come ZOOM. No computer experience is required but recommended. Classes are open to all beginners or advanced students with a California address.
SRJC offers noncredit courses online Zoom as part of its goal to provide lifelong learning.
- FREE! No fee for Older Adults Program courses. No age limit for Older Adults Program courses, but they are tailored for seniors,
- Access SRJC student discounts and services,
- Registration opens June 1 for Summer 2021.
Go to https://older-adults.santarosa.edu/join-class or call Denise Beeson, Instructor, at 694-6826 for information.
The Sonoma County Junior College District does not discriminate on the basis of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, ethnic group identification, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic condition, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or sexual orientation in any of its policies, procedures or practices; nor does the District discriminate against any employees or applicants for employment on the basis of their age. This non-discrimination policy covers admission, access and treatment in District programs and activities–including but not limited to academic admissions, financial aid, educational services and athletics–and application for District employment.