Oakmont E-Blast 6-1-21

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Double Header Town Halls, Today!

Please note that these are separate meetings, each with its own Zoom link.
So, even if the meetings run into each other, you will need to exit out of the first meeting, and join the next meeting with the respective zoom link.

1 p.m. Home Safety Town Hall

Safety and security will be addressed by Santa Rosa Police Department officials, including home security, telephone fraud and how to use the Post Offices’ Informed Delivery program. 

Zoom Link & Agenda:

Click here to view the Town Hall agenda.

If you would like to speak during Open Forum, you can join the Home Safety Town Hall at 1 p.m. with this Zoom link:


Passcode: 462744

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

3 p.m. Elnoka Environmental Impact Proposal Review  

This presentation will give a summary of the Elnoka proposal and the issues identified by the OVA Board of Directors.  

Written comments must be submitted before mid-June and sent by email to Kristinae Toomians, Senior Planner, Planning and Economic Development at ktoomians@srcity.org. She can be reached by phone at (707) 543-4348.

The proposal outlines Elnoka Continuing Care Retirement Community project plans for 676 residential units (housing 975 residents) on some 68 acres of land adjacent to Oakmont. It includes living assistance for memory or physically impaired residents. The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) can be downloaded at https://srcity.org/DocumentCenter/View/32194/Elnoka-CCRC-Draft-Environmental-Impact-DEIRPlease note that the file is quite large, and takes a bit of time to download – even with fast internet service.

Zoom Link & Agenda:

Click here to view this Town Hall agenda.

If you would like to speak during the open forum, you can join the Elnoka meeting with this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82124540228?pwd=LzVZOEhIOGU1ZTNqcFhTcWpSQmJTQT09 Passcode: 462744

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

Oakmont Facilities Updates & Reminders

The main driveway in the front of the WRC will be closed tomorrow, June 2, for weed abatement.

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 Note:

Members may request reservations for space in OVA facilities for dates after June 15, but access, including capacity, will depend on state and county COVID rules.   

While OVA hopes to begin opening spaces as soon as June 16, OVA may not know the status of reopening until June 15, pending Sonoma County directives.  OVA will update information as it becomes available.  

You may need to make an appointment to reactivate your card if you have not used it within the last 6 months. Please call the OVA office staff at 707-539-1611 for inquiries on Card Reactivation.

What’s Happening in Oakmont?

New E-Blast submission deadline is now Fridays at 5 p.m. before the Tuesday you want the article to be considered for publication. 

Wildfire-Ready Workshops Offered by Santa Rosa Fire and City 

To help further prepare the community for wildfire season, the Santa Rosa Fire Department, in partnership with the City’s Office of Community Engagement, hosted a virtual Wildfire- Ready workshop series.  Each virtual event focused on a different topic related to wildfire season, was recorded and has live Spanish translation available unless otherwise noted.  

The series, which can be viewed online, covers four topics: historical and scientific perspectives; creating defensible space and hardened homes; managing trauma; tools and resources to prepare for evacuations. 

Find the workshops here: https://srcity.org/3608/Wildfire-Ready-Workshops 

Know Your Evacuation Zone 

Sonoma County has established new evacuation zones for the unincorporated areas of the county. The City of Santa Rosa zone names remain the same.  Oakmont’s zones are Oakmont North, Oakmont South and Stone Bridge. To see the new county zones, check the new map to  learn and recognize the county zones surrounding Oakmont.  

Click here to learn your zone: 


For more information, go to https://oakmontvillage.com/myn/ 

Confused About When to Wear a Face Covering? 

The County’s Health Orders and Guidance are updated frequently as needed based on changing State requirements and current local needs as determined by the County Public Health Officer.

In order to see the most current orders that may supersede any previous order, please visit:  https://socoemergency.org/emergency/novel-coronavirus/health-orders/  



Parking Lot Event to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Month 

June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month, and a special event will be held June 15 at 3 p.m.  in the Berger parking lot to mark the day. The Family Justice Center, District Attorney Jill Ravitch and Senior Advocacy Services will be on hand to greet Oakmont residents. Representatives will be able to talk with residents as they distribute information on recognizing elder abuse and fraud and effective prevention strategies.    The multi-agency coalition, which includes the Council on Aging, will be giving out bags with flashlights, whistles, snacks, printed information and other items.  

For those who cannot get to the Berger parking lot, volunteers will do “drive-bys” to leave the gift bags at front doors. To get a drive-by bag, please call the Family Justice Center at  
707-565-8255. The Berger event will run from 3 to 4:30 p.m. 

Valley of the Moon Club is Hiring 
 Valley of the Moon Club has part-time and full-time positions available in the golf shop, cart bar and restaurant.  Please come by and fill out an application if you are interested – 7025 Oakmont Dr, Santa Rosa, CA 95409.

Thanks to the generosity of Oakmonters, the library has an overabundance of puzzles and is no longer accepting more.  If you’re a puzzler, please stop by and take a few home.  

Library hours remain Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. until mid-June, when normal hours are expected to resume, including evenings and weekends.  Exact times are forthcoming.  Donations are still being accepted of 2020-2021 popular book titles and classics in pristine condition. Please limit to 10 items.  Come by and select your summer reading – no check outs, no due dates. 

Club News & Events

Zoe Lewis 

June 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom 

In honor of Pride, Oakmont Rainbow Women are inviting all Oakmonters to log in to Zoom on June 10 at 7 p.m. for a concert by Zoe Lewis (see zoelewis.com), who you may remember from her previous performance here in Oakmont.  Join the Zoom concert at 

Affectionately known as “a band in a body,” Zoe plays vintage jazz and world beat grooves on anything from the piano to spoons.  Originally from the UK, she has called Provincetown her home for the last 28 years and has traveled to over 70 countries picking up music and stories along the way.  Zoe has released 10 albums of original material and toured with Judy Collins, Richie Havens, Nanci Griffiths and the Indigo Girls.  She also opened on ukulele for Pat Benetar as well as having played at numerous music festivals, teaches music workshops, performs on Olivia Cruises and takes her show to Puerto Vallarta every winter.  She is as much known for her storytelling these days as her songs, which are upbeat and fun. 

Come OUT and Celebrate

Oakmont Rainbow Women (ORW) invite you to help celebrate Pride with our…

Second Annual Pride Parade.

Meet at the Berger Center at 10 a.m. for car, golf cart, and bike decorating.

Parade begins at 11 a.m..

All ORW members & their friends and allies in Oakmont are encouraged to participate!

We will walk, bike and drive throughout Oakmont celebrating our PRIDE!

Oakmont Arts and Crafts Faire 

Saturday, June 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Berger Parking Lot 

There will be more than 60 artists selling and displaying every art imaginable, so this will be a great time to find birthday, graduation and holiday presents.   Along with all the art, the El Coyote food truck will be serving great Mexican food; Umpqua Bank will be providing ice cream; and there will be live music. All the art will be displayed in the shade of the solar panels. 

Updating the Oakmont Plant Care Co-Op 

The Oakmont Plant Care Co-Op list is being updated to ensure that current contact information is correct and to welcome new members.  The Co-Op is a free service– members simply helping each other.  If a member has to be away from home and needs plant care (usually watering), then a nearby member is contacted. The members arrange a meeting with each other and plant care is worked out.  It’s that simple.  No hours or point systems are involved as in some other co-ops. It’s really just neighbors contacting each other when plant care is needed, then reciprocating if available when called.  Plant care is not intended for watering big landscape areas. 

Co-op Founders, Shirley and Bob Phillips, coordinate the list, create a membership spread sheet and a map that shows rough location of members.  To join or update your information, please email: plantcare100@yahoo.com.   In the subject line, please put your name and “want to join” or “want to update.”  For example: Jane Doe–Want to Join.  Please do not contact Bob or Shirley by phone. 

Consider joining. It’s a great way to have your plants watered and to get to know nearby neighbors. 

Pinochle Club to Start Play Soon 

Stay tuned for the start date.  The group will meet every Thursday from 8:45-11:45 at the CAC card room.  New members are welcome.  Email Rod at pegnrod@sbcglobal.net with questions or for information. 

Opening for Yoga Leader Volunteer – Women’s Yoga 

Are you an experienced, compassionate yoga practitioner who enjoys serving her community?  The Women’s Yoga Class is seeking two additional yoga leaders to join our team of six.  Each leader is responsible for designing and leading one class per month plus an occasional extra class. You will be welcomed into the beloved community of women yoga practitioners. One of the earliest clubs formed in Oakmont, Women’s Yoga has met continually for over 45 years. 

During the pandemic, classes have continued yoga practice on Fridays at 10 a.m.  via Zoom.  When classes are able to resume in person, they will be held at the Lower West Rec studio on Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m.  Stay tuned. 

If you would like to discuss the opportunity to become a yoga leader, contact 
Osha at circle4healing@gmail.com.   

Zoom into Your Zone with Free Women’s Yoga 
Fridays at 10 a.m. on Zoom 

Refresh body, mind and soul with women’s yoga. You’ll want a mat or blanket and whatever props you use to make your yoga practice accessible and comfortable for you (a block, a yoga strap or tie or a kitchen towel).  Please remember to follow any medical directives and pay attention to your body’s signals. 

To join the email list for the weekly reminder, contact Lizzy Renold: emrenold@gmail.com 

Holistic Yoga for All Levels 

Donna Connell has been teaching yoga at Oakmont for 21 years. She focuses her classes on individual attention and modifications for all abilities.  Chairs are used on Mondays; on Fridays there is part chair and part mat work as well as some light weights. Come meet new people; join the friendly classes.  Zoom only.  Please reach out with any questions. Donnapc21@gmail.com 

Grandparent’s Club Summer Week, July 25-30

Do you want to have fun with your grandchildren this summer? The Grandparents Club has the solution right here in Oakmont.  Things were a bit rough this past year-plus, and the usual summer Grandparents Club events had to be canceled; but members of the Club are looking forward to having a semblance of the previous summer fun-filled activities this year. Already scheduled are bocce ball, shuffleboard, Wii bowling, horseshoes and a hip-hop dance class.  Many more classes will 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 chairperson Leslie Brockman at oakmont.grandparents@gmail.com or 949-683-7725. 

Join for some fun in a Zoom hour event featuring: 

Sonoma Wine Shop’s two varietal selections, each from three different wineries, delivered 

   “blind” in numbered, four-ounce 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 discounts for attendees. 

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, we will email you a simple Zoom link to join this Tasting Event Club experience. 
Questions? Desire more details?  Send email to: Tastings.Club@gmail.com 

“Great Tasting, Great People and Great Fun”. And for now, from the safety of your home!  

Mondays at 10 a.m. on Zoom 

Monday, June 7, the Great Decisions group will discuss how America’s foreign policy should deal with the Arctic, given the impact of global warming and Russian arming of bases there. 

If you are interested in participating in the Zoom meeting, email oakmontgd@gmail.com

Dr. Lance Morgan 

Quest for Healthy Seas 

June 8 at 11 a.m. on Zoom 

The June speaker is Dr. Lance Morgan, a marine biologist who came to Marine Conservation Institute as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 2000, moving up to Staff Scientist in 2003, Vice President for Science in 2006 and President in 2012.  Morgan has explored the ocean as a SCUBA diver, aquanaut and submersible pilot and participated in two missions at the Aquarius underwater habitat in the Florida Keys.  He currently serves as Board Chairman for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and holds a research faculty appointment at Bodega Marine Laboratory.  

Email blefson@gmail.com for access to the meeting. 

Just For Fun

Frank Zelko took this picture on May 24 as he walked on the golf course

Interesting clouds caught the attention of people from the North Bay to the Central Valley this past week. These clouds are called ‘altocumulus standing lenticular clouds’ and looking like flying saucers, or even a stack of pancakes! Stable atmosphere and uniform winds are needed to form these clouds. As the air hits the mountains, it creates condensation that causes the cloud to form. The condensation then evaporates as it hits the backside of the mountains. The clouds are most visible when winds are the strongest during spring or winter. 

The Greatest Show On Earth

Oakmonters took advantage of the weather and their vaccinations to attend the car show at Berger.  A plethora of old and older vehicles, dogs and burgers from the Oakmont Market and the feeling that life is beginning anew. 

Grazing Sheep Arrive in Oakmont!

The “wooly weeders” are here!  The sheep arrived on Monday and immediately started munching the tall grasses outside of Oakmont’s Community Garden. In all, the sheep will be chowing down on more than 32 OVA acres where they will perform biological weed abatement. Sheep are also used by some of the sub-HOAs for vegetation management. Please remember to keep dogs away from sheep and the shepherd’s dogs. 

Enjoy the video taken by Bob and Shirley Phillips.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa693Edvfb4