Oakmont E-Blast 5-25-21

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OVA Office Closed Monday, May 31

The OVA office will be closed on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. OVA will resume regular business hours on Tuesday, June 1. The E-Blast will arrive Tuesday afternoon instead of morning due to the holiday.


Town Hall 6/1

OVA Town Hall, Tuesday June 1 at 1 p.m.

June 1 will feature back-to-back town hall meetings. The first, at 1 p.m., will be on safety and security with Santa Rosa Police Department officials. Topics will include home security, telephone fraud and the Post Offices’ Informed Delivery program. You may email questions in advance to askOVA@oakmontvillage.com

At 3 p.m., OVA directors will hold a meeting on the proposed Elnoka senior community on 68 acres adjacent to the west end of Oakmont. More information will be released on the Elnoka town hall later this week.  


Remembering Memorial Day

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. 

L: Navy Captain Bob Cortelyou, USN, Retired; Chair OVA Veterans Appreciation Event Committee 
R: Army Captain Jim Knapp, Master of Ceremonies, OVA Veterans Appreciation Event Committee 
Photo by Julie Kiil 

What’s Happening in Oakmont?

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Mark your calendars for the 18th Annual Oakmont Car Show on May 29 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.  There will be over 95 classic cars along with burgers and hotdogs from the Oakmont Market.  This is not to be missed! 


Sonoma County Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan Virtual Meeting  
Today at 1:30 

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:  
Featured speakers are 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. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan, which includes Oakmont, is on the agenda.  

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Note: This link should not be shared with others; it is unique to you. 
Passcode: 149380 
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US: +16699009128,,83138997361# or +13462487799,,83138997361# 


If all goes well, most businesses and activities in Sonoma County are set to reopen June 15. Oakmont’s Ad-Hoc Reopening Committee recently said it has a desire to balance the uncertainty of Covid-19 levels between now and June 15 with the desire to reopen facilities here as soon as possible.  

The group that has been meeting regularly to monitor county guidelines on reopening said it also recognizes the need for OVA staff to prepare facilities. The resolution the committee sent forward to the board calls for opening all doors on June 16 consistent with state and county guidelines in place at that time, including any constraints regarding reduced occupancy, mask wearing and other restrictions.  


Please check the website at playvom.com for walking and snack bar hours.  Menus will be up to date on the website as well. Take out or patio dining. Don’t forget to bring your Oakmont access card, and flash it for a 10% discount!


Valley of the Moon Tuesday Women’s Golf

Guest Days

Welcome to GUEST DAYS, Tuesday mornings from 8 to 9:20 during the months of June and July.  Come for 18-holes of friendly play on the Valley of the Moon course, then meet and socialize over refreshments at Oak.  Sign-up sheets are in the club room at the Valley of the Moon Pro Shop (ask at the desk for club room location) or contact Joy Bellomo at gojoybell@gmail.com.  If you need to establish a handicap index, let Joy know your status through an email.  Hope to see you on a beautiful Tuesday morning. 


Gorilla hair mulch is a highly flammable product and is not allowed anywhere in Oakmont. Please let landscapers know not to buy this mulch. Rubber mulch is not allowed. Applications for adding landscape elements to your property should be filed with the Architectural Office. Questions: Call the AC before you buy: (707)539-0701 


This week’s tips are on electronic devices. By planning ahead and setting up the features on your smartphone, you will be better prepared in a disaster. The various features that can be used in an emergency are reviewed. 

Packing the right electronics, keeping them powered and using them wisely can also make a big difference in staying safe and connected in a disaster.  Click for MYN Oakmont Ready Tips at https://oakmontvillage.com/myn/ 


The Sheep Are Coming! 

Hungry sheep are set to appear June 1 to eat away the tall grasses in Oakmont open areas around the East Rec Center and along Stone Bridge Road near the Community Garden.  Dog owners are urged to keep their pets away from where the sheep are working as their barking could excite shepherd’s dogs that are trained to protect the sheep. 


OAKMONT ARTS AND CRAFTS FAIRE

SATURDAY, JUNE 19 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
BERGER PARKING LOT
6633 Oakmont Drive
Santa Rosa

There will be over 60 artists selling and displaying every art imaginable so this will be a great time for birthday, graduation and holiday present finds. Along with all the art we will have El Coyote the food truck serving great Mexican food from Sonoma, Ice Cream from Umpuqua Bank, and live music. All the art will be displayed in the shade under the solar panels.


Club News & Online Events

Sha-Boom Oakmont News Article Email Correction

The Sha-Boom article in the most recent Oakmont News provided an incorrect email address.

The correct email address is: haversonr@comcast.net.

Please use this email to contact Sha Boom about their July 3rd event and purchase tickets. We apologize for the miscommunication.


American Mah Jongg Club is Being Revitalized

 
As soon as OVA facilities are re-opened, Mah Jongg play will begin.  If you are interested, submit your name, address, phone number and email address to haversonm@comcast.net or call Marie at 707-539-6666.   Groups are welcome, and play will be free. 

 
When a meeting room has been assigned and dates confirmed, Marie will send the information via e-mail (or phone if necessary).


The Fight to Protect Voting Rights  

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.  


After a summer hiatus, the series will return on September 12, hopefully at Berger, with California State Senator Mike McGuire.   


Just For Fun

Count Them If You Can!

Some 30 goslings were escorted across an Oakmont intersection recently. Nancy Rude, who lives in Oak Forest, was doing a “hard job of landscaping” when she was interrupted by a moment of “joy and serendipitously captured” the crossing on video.