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Oakmont E-Blast 5-22-2020

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Important Info

President’s Message

This past Tuesday, the OVA board of directors voted to allow certain Oakmont outdoor facilities to reopen. These reopenings will be based on strict county guidelines and may change as those guidelines change. Our staff has reacted remarkably quickly and that re-opening is occurring as you read this.

Click Here For The Full President’s Message


The following Oakmont Facilities are re-opening Friday, May 22.

TennisBocce Ball
PickleballLawn Bowling
ShuffleboardCommunity Garden
Opening Saturday
see below

Click Each Activity For Its Guidelines.

Please Click Here For More Information

Please Click Here For The County Order

Community Garden

The Oakmont Community Garden will re-open for its club members only Saturday May 23, 2020 upon completing the required steps set forth in the Sonoma County Order C19-11. Please click here for the full set of guidelines that must be followed by all Community Garden club members.


5-19-2020 Regular Board Meeting Video

Cal Fire Survey

Click Here For The Cal Fire Survey

Fire season is just around the corner, which means now is the time to take steps to improve the chance of your home and structures withstanding wildfire dangers that Sonoma County faces. This includes creating a defensible space, having fire-resistant vegetation, and hardening your home. Cal Fire has designed a survey for homeowners that generates a report showing how well they are home hardening. Please click the link above for the Cal Fire Home Hardening Survey for more information.

  • Matt Zwerling

As a result of Sonoma County and OVA pandemic restrictions,   OVH had suspended all driving requests since early March.  This put an obvious burden on a number of our Oakmont residents requiring medical visits.  The OVH Board has been closely monitoring the County’s ordinances and recommendations.

The OVH Board has decided to suggest and hope for a tentative date of July 1, 2020 to resume driving both for medical appointments and within Oakmont (we know a number of women would love to get to the beauty salon).  Driving will resume only if the County has eased the social distancing requirement.  We will still require that riders sit in the back seat and wear a face mask.  As a number of our drivers may decline to drive at that time, our ability to provide rides may be adversely impacted.

Please check the e-Blast for updates on this policy or call the coordinator listed in the back of the Oakmont News for further information.

Club-News Articles Return To Former Submission Guidelines

Starting with the June 15 edition of the Oakmont News, club news articles will be returning to a 500 word limit with a maximum of 2 photos. Please send any questions to

Grandparents’ Club

Due to the coronavirus, Grandparents’ Summer Week has been canceled this year.  Mark your calendars for a better 2021: Easter Egg Hunt – April 3, 2021, and Grandparents’ Week – July 25-30, 2021.

Virtual Events and Activities

Oakmont Lifelong Learning is looking for input on how to  best continue to bring educational classes during  COVID-19 restrictions. Please go to and take a short survey to let us know your thoughts.

Click Here To Go Directly To The Survey

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

Monday- Memorial Day — Please have a chair with a throw cushion and two drumsticks. If no drumsticks are available, then wooden spoons or the like will work just fine.

Wednesday- weights and tennis or racquetball.

Global Water Wars
May 25 – 10 a.m.

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m.  The topic for Monday, May 25, will be on Global Water Wars.  If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

Forrest Yoga with Carol King, RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher)
Cost: $60 for 6 classes.  Payments to 9327 Oak Trail Circle or pay online at @carol-king-95

Chair Stretch & Balance class returns to Oakmont on Zoom
Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
It’s time to Feel Better in Your Body.  Move at the pace your body needs.  Find your breath and gently stretch all of you.  Strengthen and challenge your core.

Equipment: 1) yoga strap   2) yoga block   3) free weights **
Props can be ordered from,,, Amazon, Target and many other places.
New Students – Please email Carol at prior to the day you want to join the class.

Forrest Yoga Classes on Zoom 
When: Tuesdays 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
 Thursdays 10 – 11 a.m.
 Saturdays 9 – 10 a.m.

Equipment: yoga mat, yoga blanket (or use a rolled beach towel) -see above for other substitutions and ordering info.

New Students – Please email Carol at prior to the day you want to join the class 

Online Gaming Club

Oakmont Bingo – May 28 – 2 p.m.

Oakmont Online Games is a new club just formed to bring us together to meet, socialize, and play games.

As an introduction to all we can do, we’re planning a Bingo session on May 28 at 2 p.m.  You’ll be able to sign in via Zoom or just via telephone.  Instructions are available here:
How to Sign onto Oakmont Bingo
If you want to be on our email list, send your email

Genealogy Club

Nellie Bly
May 29 – 11 a.m.

The Oakmont Genealogy Club is continuing with a 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 – – under “Recent Presentations.”

The lecture for May 22 will focus on Nellie Bly, the famous reporter who is credited with launching investigative reporting and, perhaps most famously, went around the world in 72 days to mimic the “Around the World in 80 Days” trip made famous by Jules Verne.  If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium Broadcast Series
May 31 – Transcendence
Pre-Recorded Lecture Sunday Morning and Q&A at 11 a.m.

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium will continue to have lectures each Sunday.

There is no lecture May 24 due to Memorial Day.

May 31, 2020      Transcendence Theatre:  Amy Miller & Mikko Kinzin

Watch a an awesome video of Transcendence (coming soon on the Sunday Symposium website).  Transcendence is music in action — high energy, vibrant and electrifying performed by Broadway singers and actors.    And just like a VIP pass, you will get to “go back stage” and meet Amy and Mikko personally in a live Zoom Q&A with them on May 31 at 11 a.m.  The Zoom info will be on website on May 31.

Lectures are pre-recorded and available on the Symposium’s  website ( Sunday morning.  We 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.

June 3 – 4 p.m. – How the Coronavirus is changing the impact of Artificial Intelligence

At our May 20 meeting, we spun off the Oakmont Online Gaming Club, a new club for Oakmont residents to meet and socialize through games during the rest of the period while we deal with the Coronavirus.

The Futures Club has made a decision to move to biweekly meetings. The next Futures Club meeting will be June 3.   The topic is the impact Artificial Intelligence will have based on what’s happened with the Coronavirus.  We’ll discuss those areas of impact and answer your questions about the state of AI today.

The Oakmont Futures Club is continuing with our biweekly lecture and Q&A series every Wednesday at 4 p.m. If you’re not on our email list and want an invitation, send an email to                
Past lectures are posted on our website –

Just For Fun

Social Distancing Hats

No Entrance Into OVA Facilities Without Your Special Hat

The Cafe Rothe recently reopened after Germany lifted coronavirus lockdown measures. (Courtesy Jaqueline Rothe) via

The hats make sure people are six feet apart.

The Safety-Saur

Eve Lance’s t-rex knows how to keep it safe and fashionable with this personal protection gear.

The Fawn Are Here

Photo by Sandra Pessner
“WOW! So that’s what they call TV.”
Photo by Cathy Rapp