Oakmont E-Blast 6-15-21

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Note To Readers

As everyone looks forward to a full reopening, this week’s listings represent a mixture of in-person meetings and events and a continuation of virtual platforms – at least for now. Many clubs are announcing their “return to normal” and have scheduled events in anticipation of the reopening. And some groups are planning for a hybrid meeting platform to bring together the best of both worlds.  

The Eblast and News Alerts will keep you updated with any significant changes on reopening policies for Oakmont, which will align with Sonoma County health directives. It’s recommended to ask your favorite club for updates, too. In the meantime, mark your calendars. There’s a lot going on.  

Board Meeting Today 6/15

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 – 1 p.m. 
ZOOM Webinar and Video Teleconferencing 

Click Here For the 6-15-21 Agenda & Meeting Resolution Packet
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?

The Pride Parade this past Saturday started at Berger at 11 Am with bikes leading the way. The route went around most of Oakmont.  Participants said neighbors were smiling and waving all along the route with perfect weather making the parade even more enjoyable! (click photos to enlarge)

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.   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. 

Going To the Faire? Stop By the Volunteer Table 

Oakmont has long been renowned as a community powered by volunteers. Whether a newcomer or veteran Oakmonter, becoming a volunteer is one way to emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic and meet – or re-connect—with your neighbors.  The range of opportunities will be at a table sponsored by the Communication, Education and Transparency Committee – from how to apply for a spot on a standing committee of the OVA board to a one-day stint with a group that needs your help. There will be information on how to contact clubs, organizations or committees for information on their work and missions. 

The El Coyote food truck will be serving great Mexican food!

Help us keep the pools clean!

  • If you have an open wound, don’t swim. 
  • Do not apply creams or lotions of any kind before entering the pool. Rinsing off before entry is required. 

We don’t want to have to shut down the pools without notice. 

Owners of Unleashed Dogs a Problem

Reports of unleashed dogs continue to come in at the golf courses. There are no exceptions. Dogs must be on a leash to be on the golf courses during designated walking hours and on the designated areas.  Off-leash dogs are never allowed anywhere.  People are also reminded to clean up after their dogs. 

Not a Drop to Waste: Adopt Water Saving Behaviors Now 

The City of Santa Rosa is asking all of us to voluntarily cut water usage by 20% to prolong and preserve water supplies. Here are some recommendations to help stem the flow:  find and fix leaks, reduce outdoor irrigation, take shorter showers and turn off the water while brushing your teeth, collect shower water in a bucket to use elsewhere. If possible, make permanent changes such as converting lawns into low-water-use landscapes or replacing high-use fixtures and faucets.  Santa Rosa Water offers water-saving tips, free devices (e.g., high efficiency showerheads), numerous rebates (e.g., lawn conversion) and more. For more information, visit srcity.org/WaterSmart. Also, be mindful of water usage at OVA pools and facilities.

Santa Rosa Forward General Plan: Holding Meeting for Oakmont 

June 17 at 1:30 p.m. 

The City of Santa Rosa is seeking input from residents regarding the long-term changes they would like to see in the City, their neighborhood and their health. Input is being collected through an initial engagement survey that is kicking off the launch of Santa Rosa Forward, the City’s new community-wide effort dedicated to garnering feedback from residents for the City’s General Plan Update (GPU).   

Register in advance for this meeting: 


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

New Hours for the Library 

Pending the OVA re-opening notice, the library will resume its pre-pandemic schedule. When the Central Activities Center (CAC) opens, the library will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.   

The library operates on an honor system with no check-outs. Donations must be kept to limit of 10 items. The library is only accepting items that meet their criteria which currently is pristine condition of popular titles and our wish list of 2019 – 2021 titles.

Please contact local charities for items not meeting Oakmont donation guidelines. 

Changes in hours and donation policies will be updated as they become available via this Eblast and on the OVA website www.oakmontvillage.com 

There have been bags of books left outside the library after hours, and on weekends.

Please do not drop books at CAC entrance after hours. Please only drop donations on weekdays, during open hours.

Money For Farmers Markets Shopping – While It Lasts 

What’s better than a trip to the local Farmers Market? One with a voucher for $40 for seniors 60+ ! 

The funds are part of Covid-19 relief distributed by the Council on Aging. To get a voucher, you must reserve your pickup time with the COA by calling 707-525-0143 ext 120. Voucher quantities are limited.  

Clubs News & Events

Driving to Medical Appointments 

Like so many other “businesses,” Oakmont Volunteer Helpers discontinued driving residents to medical appointments in March 2020.  The OVH Board has set a tentative date of July 19 to resume driving activities within Santa Rosa. Watch for details in future editions of the Oakmont News and e-blast. 


Oakmont Volunteer Helpers would love to expand its roster of available drivers. There are only a few requirements to become an OVH volunteer and several great perks, like getting to know Oakmont neighbors you might not otherwise meet. There is no specified time commitment – drive when you are available.  Your participation is welcome in this valuable service team.  All drivers and riders must be vaccinated. 


OVH has a real need for volunteers to serve a two-week commitment as a Coordinator.  The Coordinator is the liaison between the passenger and the driver, the important point of initial contact when a resident calls to schedule a ride. This critical role requires a minimal time commitment and simple organizational skills. 

Contact Matt Zwerling (539-8996) for further information for either of these volunteer opportunities. 

Chinese Mahjong Starting Again Soon 

Welcome to Oakmont’s Chinese Mahjong Group from leader John Tan. This is a game with strategy, memory, skill and fun. There is no required experience; you will learn the fundamentals to get you going. If you would like more information about the game, please check out this video on youtube.com: https://youtu.be/tRCb_LOkEmQ. It’s a pretty good description of how to play, but simplified scoring was used.   

If you fantasized about learning after watching the Joy Luck Club, watch an excerpt here: https://youtu.be/vgiq7356tQ8. The tiles seen in the movie belonged to John’s mother. 

If you would like to re-join or join for the first time, send your email address (very important), a phone number and your name. Some of the players in the group have a mahjong set.  If you have one, bring it!  You will be sent notification of the specified day and time when the room becomes available.    Send interest and questions to: chinesemjpung@gmail.com” 

Mac is Back !

During the pandemic, we have been using our computers more often and in ways we likely never have before, like keeping in touch with friends and family using Zoom, Messaging, Facetime, etc.  Sadly, the OakMUG board was locked down like everyone else and wasn’t able to help. That is finally coming to an end with the government and the OVA preparing to relax masking and social-distancing requirements and open Oakmont facilities.  

Your OakMUG board is eager to restart club activities and looks forward to gathering once again to get reacquainted and share interests in Apple products and related technologies.  

For those who may be new to Oakmont or to the user’s group, OakMUG is a team of residents who share an interest in home computing using Apple products: iMacs, MacBooks, iPhones, iPads, MacOS, iOS and other Apple offerings.  Regular meetings with interesting topics are presented by computer professionals and provide a forum for exchanging ideas and getting answers to members’ questions.  OakMUG will be reaching out to you by e-mail if you were a past member.  If you are interested and not a past member, please send an email to OakmontMacUsersGroup@gmail.com. 

The board is now working on identifying topics and presenters as meetings are planned for the remainder of the year.  There are a few changes from prior years that will be described in a future edition of the Oakmont News and an e-mail sent to members. 

The Video Production Club is now meeting the second and fourth Thursdays of the month at 4 p.m. to discuss camera technique, lighting, file transfer, smartphone video, video and audio editing and how to make movies, personal interest videos and Oakmont-centric reports. 

For more information, contact ken@kenzmyth.com 

Santa Rosa Junior College Summer Fitness 

Beginning June 14 

Free Classes 

Fridays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom 
OAP (Older Adult Program) OAP 507 Section 8330 
First class will be Friday, June 25 

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom 
OAP 507 Section 8963 
First class will be Monday, June 14 

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. on Zoom 
OAP 507. Section 8962 
First class will be Tuesday, June 15 

Getting started: 
If you have taken a class with Mary this spring semester, you don’t have to register if you want to continue the same class.  Your name will automatically be included on the summer session roster. 

If you have taken a class with the Junior College within the past year, you only need to register in the class section you desire by going to https://older-adults.santarosa.edu/join-class, 

Register for the class section you desire,   

Download the Zoom app onto one of your devices.   

Email Mary at: mhastings@santarosa.edu for the Zoom meeting number and passcode. 

If it has been more than a year since you were last enrolled at SRJC or you are a new student, you will need to go https://older-adults.santarosa.edu/join-class, 
Enroll in the JC (this is the short form for seniors, not for on-campus classes in other programs), 
Register for the class section or sections you desire, 
Download the Zoom application onto one of your devices, 
Email Mary at: mhastings@santarosa.edu for the Zoom meeting number and passcode. 

Oakmont Rovers RV Club Open House

Wednesday, June 16 at 5 p.m. East Rec Center

Just a reminder that the Oakmont Rovers RV Club Open House and Dinner will be held Wednesday, June 16 (tomorrow night).  Happy hour starts at 5 p.m., and dinner will follow. There is no charge for Oakmont residents, and all are invited; beverages are BYOB. 

The goal of the club is to provide activities and trips centered around the enjoyment of the recreational vehicles of the members.  There are normally six to eight trips a year.  Club trips range from Ft. Bragg and Bodega Bay on the coast to destinations much farther afield. In recent years the group has traveled to Sedona, Arizona; the Rogue River Valley and Belknap Springs in Oregon; California destinations such as Death Valley, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks and many wine-producing regions like the Amador Valley and Paso Robles. A normal year also sees four social events, usually Fall and Spring potluck dinners, a picnic in the summer and the annual President’s Dinner in the winter. 

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to jeff@hickman.cc to be sure there is enough food for all.  It doesn’t matter if you are an RV owner or not.  Just come on the 16th. 

Checking Out an Interplanetary RV at Kenetic Museum in Eureka : Bob O’Connell, Jim Ritter, Nancy Hickman, Judiann O’Connell, Loreen Ritter, Chris Bargar, Dan Bargar

The Return to In-Person Worship

Sunday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. East Rec Center

Oakmont Community Church is returning to in-person worship on Sunday, June 20, at  

10:30 a.m. at the East Rec.  The first Sunday back into the building is also Father’s Day.  How delightful is that?  Since this will be the first meeting in 15 months, a few bugs may need to be worked out to adapt to changes that may occur due to Covid-19 restrictions.  For those who are unable to join in person, the worship service will continue to be broadcast live via YouTube under the Oakmont Community Church’s YouTube channel each Sunday at  

10:30 a.m., as well as on the 88.7 FM radio.  Because it is low-band radio, the areas reached will alter with the move to the East Rec.  Remember, if you do not have the internet and you are unable to join us in person, a DVD of the worship service can be prepared for you and delivered to your home. 

For questions or for more information,  call 595-0166. 

Exercising Bodies

Monday, June 21 – Classes will Resume in Berger

Starting Monday, June 21, Oakmont Health Initiative Free Fitness classes will resume in the Berger Center.  Following health guidelines, in-person classes are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at 9 a.m.  A hybrid offering of in-person and Zoom classes will be considered as additional equipment is installed. 

This is your invitation to break away from that Covid Couch Syndrome and begin — again — to fit fitness into your life. 

Understanding Human Rights – Myanmar and Ethiopia (Tigray)

June 21, 10 a.m. on zoom

The Great Decisions discussion group has put together a panel to lead a discussion about two of the world’s most difficult human rights situations – Myanmar and the Tigray people of Ethiopia.  This meeting will be June 21 at 10 a.m. on Zoom. 

The panel includes an economist who was the World Bank Country Director for Ethiopia and Sudan and has served as an advisor to the Ministry of National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar; an anthropologist who focuses on indigenous people’s land rights — primarily in South East Asia, but also in Ethiopia and India; an Oakmont resident who is an anthropologist and has worked with Myanmar government personnel; and an Oakmont resident who spent two years living and working in Ethiopia.  There will be some advance readings. 

If you would like to hear the panel and participate in the discussion, please email oakmontgd@gmail.com

Square Dancing Returns

Tuesday, June 22 at 7 p.m. West Rec Upstairs

Experienced dancers and anyone interested in learning to square dance are invited to join. Caller Lawrence Johnstone will start at the beginning for everyone, since even experienced dancers will be coming out of a long dry spell.  If you’ve been thinking about joining, now is the time. The fee is $6 per class. 

Because square dancing is inherently social rather than socially distanced, the following precautions will be taken: 
• Everyone will need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination + 2 weeks, so please bring your vaccination card. 
• Masks will be required for at least a couple of weeks. 
• Wash and sanitize hands after each tip. 

Come for the exercise – both physical and mental – and come for an opportunity to dance in a square and make a circle of friends.  For more information, call Jenny at 367-2102 or Phil at 843-3053. 

Sha-Boom is back and getting ready for a great year.  Contact list has gone missing, so former members as well as anyone new interested in joining must submit name, phone number and email address to  haversonr@comcast.net or call Ray at 539-6666.     

It’s Pary Time

July 3 from 4 p.m. – 10 p.m.

MUSIC:  Bernie Rivera – 50s/60s style.   

FOOD: BBQ chicken, green salad, potato salad, garlic French bread, whipped cream cake with fruit filling, lemon water and ice.  

BYOB: Yes, you can bring your own alcoholic beverages. 

COST:  $30.00 per person.  Make checks payable to Sha-Boom.  As OVA office is currently closed, mail a check to Ray at 7111 Oak Leaf Drive.  Call Ray at 539-6666 or email haversonr@comcast.net should you have any questions. You can save a table with full payment for your group that will insure you are all sitting together, otherwise no guarantee. All names must be submitted together, and seating is assigned as payments are received.  This event will be popular, so don’t wait. 

Now is the time to get out and party and hook up with old friends again.  You may bring guests. Please note that if you have not had your vaccinations, you will need to wear your mask for safety. 

The Origins and Odysseys of Our Favorite Food

Wednesdays, July 7 to 21

3 p.m. – 5 p.m. Berger Center

Join Dr. John Freedman for a colorful mix of history, cultural anthropology and biology in this three-week class that explores the fascinating – and often surprising – origins of foods of the world from pineapple, peppers, peanuts, tomatoes, potatoes (a real game changer) to sugar (a bittersweet story), coffee, chocolate and much more.  Cost is $60. 

To register or to get more information, go to oakmontll.org.  Registration forms are available in the OLL folder in the OVA office. 

Lifelong Learning will be following all state and county COVID guidelines.