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Oakmont E-Blast 6/14/2019

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Important Info

Please Keep Our Saunas Safe

This could have been a disaster. A resident hung an article of clothing on a fire sprinkler head in the men’s sauna in the CAC(see attached photo). Fire sprinkler heads are not a place to dry articles of clothing. If the sprinkler head had been activated water could have flooded parts of the CAC. Maintenance cleared the sprinkler head Monday morning.

Carcass Collection Alternative

Oakmonters who have a problem disposing of dead adult deer may be able to get some assistance, since neither the City nor the County will provide this service and private service is very expensive.

If you have a problem, call the OVA office at 539-1611 and we may be able to arrange disposal at no cost to you. Please know that this service is limited to Oakmonters only, and will depend on the availability of the volunteering party.

Wanted: A Few Good Drivers

Actually, more than a few are needed. Due to the loss of a few drivers and increased demand for our services, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers is in urgent need of more drivers. We transport our non-driving Oakmont residents to scheduled medical appointments within Santa Rosa city limits or to events within Oakmont.

Join our organization and meet neighbors, most of whom have wonderful stories to share during your drive.

There are no oral or written exams, nor is driving school required. All that is required is an interest in supporting a wonderful service for members of our community and a few hours a month.

You may contact Matt Zwerling (539-8996) for more information.

Lock Up Your Belongings

We have unfortunately had thefts in the West Rec Center locker-room. Please lock up your items when using the pool or other facilities. If you would like to rent a locker please visit the OVA office. All lockers are rented through the rest of the year (from date of registration to December 31), and will be prorated for lockers rented partway through the year.

The Yellow Jackets are Back

Tomorrow afternoon (Saturday the 15th) from 1-3 pm, the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Club will be conducting a test of its emergency communications capabilities. Don’t be surprised if you see one of our radio operators walking your street wearing a bright yellow jacket (vest) and holding a walkie-talkie. This emergency drill will simulate our response to a fire in the west side of Annadel, with the fire and smoke moving toward Oakmont. Our volunteers will be walking Oakmont neighborhoods in their emergency role of assisting residents in requesting help and relaying status information to them. Our volunteers will also be operating communications equipment at the Berger Center and East Rec Center to process those reports from the neighborhoods and simulate communications with Santa Rosa’s Emergency Operations Center. Our communications capabilities are designed to supplement and/or replace the 911 system when it is down or otherwise not available. And we need your help!

If you see an OEPC volunteer walking your neighborhood or at the rec centers, please introduce yourself and give them something to report. It could be a spot fire from a blowing ember, a resident in distress from the smoke, or ??? Use your imagination, and put us to work. Remember, we are working for you!If you don’t see one of our radio operators tomorrow, we may not have a volunteer in your neighborhood (we only have enough volunteers to cover about ½ of Oakmont.) If that’s the case, please consider joining our team. You don’t need a license, no special skills or training are required, and your time investment – absent an actual emergency – is only 5 minutes a month for a radio check and a 2-hour simulated emergency drill about every three months. If you can help please let us know: either send us an e-mail at <> or call Pat Barclay at 570-7500.

Inside Oakmont

2 Food Trucks Coming To Berger

WHEN:  Saturday June 15th
TIME:    5:00 – 7:00 PM  with tables and chairs on the Plaza
WHO:    Sushi Shoubu and Got Balls, the meatball guys.
Brought to you by the Oakmont Boomers Club

Topic: Evernote
Saturday, June 15, 2 PM in West Rec Center

Saturday, June 15, 2019 / West Recreation Center / Social at 1:30 – Meeting at 2:00 / Topic: Evernote / Marilyn Pahr Looking to organize all those bits of paper cluttering up your bulletin board, table and desk? Join us to see how the free Evernote app/web product lets you create notes, organize them into notebooks and store them in the cloud so you can access them anywhere. Never for-get what you need to remember. Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellow-ship. The meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. in the West Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you. Website:

playing: First Reformed
Sunday, June 16, 2 PM and 7 PM

Mired in guilt over his son’s death, the Reverend Ernst Toller (Ethan Hawke), pastor of a small church that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, agrees to counsel a pregnant congregant (Amanda Seyfried) and her radical environmentalist husband, who challenges the clergyman’s views and leads him to embrace the same cause, regardless of the consequences. Acclaimed by critics, the film received many awards for Hawke’s performance, and for its direction and screenplay. (2018), R (violent images), 108 minutes.

Friday, June 21 at 6 PM in the Berger Center

Tickets sold in advance for $15 each at the OVA Office. Special guest comedians will include Michael Bossier, Arthur Gaus, and Debra Durst.

… presenting MORE JOY
Saturday, June 22 at 7 PM, Berger Center

To reserve advanced tickets please email or drop your checks made out to ‘More Joy’ in the Progressive Club or Democratic Club folder in the OVA Admin Office.

Open Studios
Saturday June 22 and Sunday June 23 
from 10 AM to 4 PM

17 Artists – 15 Studios
Maps are available at: and the corner of Oakmont Drive and White Oak Drive on the days of the tour. Look for the yellow yard signs. The tour offers an up-close and personal look at a diversity of artistic works—oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor painting, mixed media, jewelry, photography, needle craft, fused glass and ceramics—along with the chance to meet the talented artists who create them. The brochure and map with more information on the artists can be found at Paper copies of the map will be available at the corner of White Oak and Oakmont Drives on the days of the tour. Studio locations will be identified by bright yellow yard signs. 

Genealogy Club: Why Eastern European Jews immigrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s
Monday, June 24 at 1 PM in West Rec

The Oakmont Genealogy Club is having a special presentation on “Why Eastern European Jews immigrated in the late 1800s and early 1900s”.  Elihu Smith has done extensive research on this subject, focused heavily on the treatment the Jewish population endured during this period.  He’ll cover the political history of the region, focused on Eastern Poland and Lithuania; the different Jewish sects; and why some immigrated and others didn’t.  Whether you’re interested in genealogy or not, if your ancestors came from Eastern Europe between 1870 and 1920, this may be an interesting discussion for you.  The discussion will be June 24 at 1 PM in West Rec.

9-hole East Course Golf and Quail Inn Dinner – Sunday June 30th, 3 PM

Shotgun Mixer Scramble
Putting contest, cocktails and Greek-themed dinner to follow golf
Details and Sign-up in West Golf Shop Club Room
Questions or to sign up call:
JoAnn Banayat – 415.279.2954
Debbie Warfel – 415.602.0783

Thursday, July 11 at 6 PM in the Berger Center

A celebration of one of the most prolific songwriters of the 60s and 70s, Carole King’s hits include Aretha Franklin’s Natural Woman, The Drifters’ Up on the Roof, and The Shirelles’ Will You Love Me Tomorrow.

Doors open at 5:30 PM

Tickets sold in advance $10 at the OVA Office.

Oakmont’s very own folk music quartet More Joy will perform at Oakmont’s Berger Center auditorium.…Reserve A Seat

Dancing Divas

Do you enjoy line dancing and performing?  If so, you may wish to consider joining the Oakmont Dancing Divas.

Our mission is to share the joy of dancing and performing with the Oakmont community.

Please email Anne Marie Siu Yuan at if you might be interested in joining this fun group. 

Outside Oakmont

PG&E Wildfire Safety Open House

Given the continued and growing threat of extreme weather and wildfire, and as an additional precautionary measure, PG&E is enhancing and expanding our Community Wildfire Safety Program (CWSP) to further reduce wildfire risks and help keep customers and communities safe.

This regional open house focuses on wildfire safety and emergency preparedness. You can drop in any time between 6 and 8 p.m. to meet with PG&E representatives, ask questions and share feedback.

Wildfire Safety Open House
June 27, 6 – 8 PM
Finley Community Center, Person Auditorium
2060 W College Ave
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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Topics will include:
~ Expansion of Public Safety Power Shutoff program
~ Accelerated safety inspections of electric infrastructure
~ Hardening the electric system for the future by replacing equipment and installing stronger and more resilient poles and covered power lines.

Webinars will also be available for those who are unable to attend this event in person. To see our webinar schedule, as well as dates for future open houses, visit

Emergency Preparedness Fair

Learn what to do before disaster strikes. FREE for the entire community! Bring your neighbor!

When: Sunday, June 23 • 1:00 – 4:00 pm 
Where: Congregation Beth Ami • 4676 Mayette Ave, Santa Rosa • Free parking
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Make sure to watch that last slight left onto Mayette Ave

All are welcome. Bring your neighbor! The Jewish community is partnering with local organizations and first responders to help you be ready for any future crisis. BE INFORMED. KNOW HOW TO RESPOND: Presentations on home safety, medical response, survival strategies and the 911 system from local PD and fire department. Practice skills such as CPR and first aid. Learn important numbers to have on hand. HAVE A PLAN. GET TO KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR: Informational materials to develop your personal plan. Get your neighborhood ready. Checklists and ideas for “go” bags and to shelter in place. BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE: Sit with companion canines, crawl in fire engines and patrol cars, visit an animal mobile command center. Enjoy food trucks, water stations, bounce house, and secure children’s playground.
For more information, contact

California Department of Parks and Recreation

Tuesday Sonoma Market Night ~ June 18 starting at 5:30pmSonoma Plaza near the Visitors Bureau | Joleen Ossello (707) 938-9547
Explore our exhibit table on Sonoma’s beautiful downtown plaza and meet Sonomie Bear! Learn about fascinating educational topics, and become a Junior Ranger.

Campfire Program at the Petaluma Adobe ~ Saturday, June 22, 7:00pm–8:00pmPetaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma Jennifer Hansen | (707) 762-4871
Experience this historic adobe by campfire!  Enjoy a short educational talk, great songs, and a tasty marshmallow roast. All ages welcome, free of charge.  Park in the main lot, and then walk over bridge and along paved path to the courtyard. 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma.

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Threshold Singers: Gift of Song

A song bath of harmonies designed for comfort and support. Come rest in the music. Let our a cappella melodies create a peaceful refuge for your heart’s joys and sorrows.

Third Wednesday of every month, (next on June 19), from 7 PM to 8:15 PM

Kaiser Hospital Santa Rosa, 401 Bicentennial Drive, Rooms H2-3
(Lower level across from Cafeteria) FREE
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