Oakmont E-Blast 6-22-2021

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day at Oakmont 

District Attorney Jill Ravitch and Santa Rosa Police Officer hand out Elder Abuse Awareness bags
Victim Advocate Elizabeth Garcia with Miranda and Alex Perry with comfort dog Darla ~ Photos by Julie Kiil

Miranda has been working with the District Attorney’s office as a comfort dog since 2015. One-year-old Darla  needs another seven months of training before she will be able to join the District Attorney’s office.   The dogs can provide services for victims who have to testify in court and are anxious.    They can accompany the victims on the stand or be with children who have been victims of abuse and go through a forensic interview process.  Dogs are considered a temporary intervention to provide support and grounding and help reduce anxiety and stress when victims need to recount their stories or going through the court process in general. 


Library New Hours

6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

When the Central Activities Center (CAC) is open, the library is open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.  Library volunteers will be on hand mornings and afternoons to help you find the perfect read. You will need your OVA badge to enter both the building and the library.  (If you haven’t reactivated it, contact the OVA office.)

The library operates on an honor system with no checkouts or due dates. Donations are limited to 10 items, and the library is only accepting popular titles in pristine condition. Please contact local charities to donate items not meeting our donation guidelines.

The community’s cooperation is key to a successful reopening.  This is an all-volunteer library.  Want to join the team? Send an email to oakmontvillagelibrary@gmail.com.


The Great Exchange

Origins and Odysseys of our Favorite Foods

Dr. John Freedman
Wednesdays, July 7 – July 21, 3-5 p.m.
Attend at Berger or Online

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.

The cost of the class is $60.  To register or to get more information, go to oakmontll.org and choose the in- person or online option. Webinar information will be provided by email upon receipt of payment. Registration forms are also available in the OLL folder in the OVA office.

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


Another “Be Ready Tip”

This week’s Map Your Neighborhood Tip is on ‘Your Outside Water Shutoff Valve’ and preventing contaminated water inside your home’s drinking water during an event such as a major earthquake. Check it out before a disaster occurs.

MYN posts useful tips to the website weekly, providing information on a broad range of disaster preparedness topics. And every tip can be downloaded and printed.

To see all the Tips, click on https://oakmontvillage.com/article/category/clubs/ready-tips/


Four Oakmonters’ True Confessions

A true confession from Oakmont newcomer, Sharon: “I joined JoRene’s Zoom classes
without using the video feature. It was easier for me, and sometimes I just needed to rest. When we get back to in-person instruction, I will need to step it up and keep up.”

Veteran exerciser Tudy adds to the tell-all conversation: “Excuses, excuses. I’m pretty good at JoRene’s classes and walking, but I really should add exercises for my back, plantar fasciitis, balance and shoulder impingement.  Those don’t get done on a regular basis. I always have something else to do, something more urgent.  Gardening frequently takes precedence.  It’s tough that JoRene was only two days a week because I was not good at exercising on Fridays.”

Well, Sharon and Tudy, you are not alone. Think of the Berger opening as your chance to “step it up.” As Berger Center opens, former and new Oakmont Health Initiative members will all “keep up.”  Self-motivation is a challenge. Linne and Linda both share their secrets.

Linne claims she gets better workouts when she exercises with others. “Group classes are my motivation.”  She is not alone. Linda, fitness class regular, says: “I am not self-disciplined when it comes to exercising on my own and never seem to get around to it.  This is why I participate in the (OHI) classes and rarely miss them. This is what works for me.”

For people reluctant to come back to class, don’t think of it as only exercise. Think of the morning meeting as one of camaraderie. Embrace the experience in three steps. First step: show up on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday morning at 9:00.  Second step: smile and say hello to another person, add your confession of being new or out of shape. Third step is almost done for you: Music begins and you just follow the leader and other exercisers. Respect your own body’s ability to move and stretch, lift weights and balance. You’ll quickly realize you are dancing, singing and smiling as you exercise — at your own level — with others.

Your invitation is now. However, please note that for your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed for quick aerobic moves. A fall may cause serious injury.  Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. All Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems or anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, well-supervised class first and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition.  Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness altering each exercise to prevent injury.


Equipment for JoRene’s class: Non-skid mats, 3# hand weights, athletic shoes (supportive but not too grippy) and a water bottle.  Hydration revitalizes. Fragrance-free, please. Share the floor with kindness. 


Grandparents Week Meeting

Today, at 4 p.m.
East Rec Center

Grandparents Week is back on the calendar – July 25 to 30. Come to our in-person Grandparents Club Meeting today, June 22, at 4 p.m. at the East Rec Center for t a preview of the fun-filled and fully-packed schedule for those six days. You’ll also have the opportunity to sign up to volunteer at the classes and events. Registration for Grandparents Week begins on July 1, so get a head start in your planning.  Not a member yet? Don’t worry.  You can join the club at today’s meeting.  Can’t make the meeting and have questions? Contact GP Club Chair Leslie Brockman at oakmont.grandparents@gmail.com or call 949-683-7725. Your grandchildren will thank you.


Fire Safe Fair

Thursday, July 15, from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Berger Center

The Fire Safe Fair promises two information and fun-filled hours, offering everything from food, big and small raffle prizes, giveaways, vendor demonstrations and preparedness education.

The event is hosted by OVA, Firewise Committee, Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) and Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC).  Raffle highlights include one Vulcan Vent whole-house installation, one home application of Fortify long-term fire retardant, NOAA radios, Go-bags from REI and more. There will be live demos at the Vulcan burn trailer by Valor, FireGuard and WaterGuard. The Santa Rosa Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions.  The OVA-sponsored BBQ features tri-tip, chicken and veggie burgers.

The Firewise Committee will have info on the Firewise policy, home hardening and fire smart landscaping ideas, mulch guidelines, what the assessors will be looking for and even schedule an appointment.

MYN will be there to talk about how to get started in your neighborhood and will have information on topics such as what to do in an evacuation if you (or your neighbor) don’t drive, as well as the newest evacuation zone designations.

OEPC will have recruiting sign-ups for neighborhood Zone Communicators (walkie talkies), ham radios, NOAA radio and alert set-up (bring your own if you need help).

COPE will also be present talking about how to prepare for an emergency or sign up to be a COPE leader and answer questions.

If you are interested in joining the ranks of needed volunteers for this event, please contact Danielle in the OVA office at dani@oakmontvillage.com.


Wii Bowling

Beginning June 29 at East Rec
1:30 and 3:15 p.m.

Oakmont Lanes Bowling Club is a bowling league consisting of four-person teams, six teams that meet at 1:30 p.m. and six teams at 3:15 p.m. that utilize Nintendo Wii to simulate the experience of bowling without the weight of a bowling ball. Any resident who has the ability to hold a small remote control in his/her hand while swinging an arm as if to roll a bowling ball will be able to join.

The leagues will meet for the first time on June 29 at the East Rec Center at 1:30 and

3:15 p.m.  Sign up your teams/substitutes and practice-bowl three games.  All new bowlers/substitutes are welcome as there will be team openings at both 1:30 and 3:15 p.m. The club bowls the first, second and third Tuesdays of every month.  There is no bowling on fourth Tuesdays, but the games are played on fifth Tuesdays. Everyone please bring your vaccine cards to verify you are fully vaccinated in order to join.

Anyone interested in joining the club, call Terry Leuthner at 291-3023 or stop by the East Rec Center on relevant Tuesdays between 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.  See www.oakmontlanes.com for club information and schedules. Looking forward to seeing everyone on June 29.


It’s Party Time

July 3 from 4-10 p.m.
Berger Center

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 your money 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.


Cal Alumni Dinner

… at Wild Oak Saddle Club
Thursday, July 15, at 5 p.m.

The Cal Alumni Club of Oakmont is pleased to announce the resumption of its monthly dinners. The first post-pandemic dinner will be held on Thursday, July 15, at the Wild Oak Saddle Club. Alumni and “Friends of Cal” (see below) are invited to come enjoy cocktails at 5:00 followed by dinner at 6:00. Plan to join this perfect opportunity to enjoy the delicious food and the spectacular view offered at the Wild Oak Saddle Club. The cost for dinner and cocktails will be $50.  Seating will be outside on the deck, and all courses will be served buffet style in the main dining room. The menu will be garden salad, rice pilaf, seasonal vegetables, chicken cordon bleu and chocolate cake. For this dinner, no speaker has been scheduled so the time can be used to socialize and reconnect. The minimum attendance is 30 people, and reservations must be made by July 8, with payment due by Monday, July 12. Call Linda Williams at (707) 322-6272 for reservations, payment information or to learn how to become a “Friend of Cal.” Those not making reservations or submitting payment by the due date will not be able to attend.