Oakmont E-Blast 6-29-2021

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Managing OVA’s Financial Reserves 
Tuesday, July 6, 2021 – 1:00 PM 

Live at the Berger and via Zoom

ZOOM Webinar and Video Teleconferencing 
If you would like to speak during the open forum, please join the meeting with this link: 
Passcode: 859347
If you do not plan to speak during open forum, or cannot use Zoom, please watch with this link: 
If you cannot join via Zoom but would like your open forum comment read, please send it to AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com 

Oakmont Art Faire

a Huge Success

Charles Gresalfi dog portraits are always a favorite with pet lovers
Steve Spanier and friend drop by Phillip Wilkinson’s booth

There were around 60 artists selling and displaying every art or craft imaginable.   The El Coyote food truck served great Mexican food; Umpqua Bank supplied delicious ice cream; and there was great live music.

CETC Supports Volunteerism in Oakmont

The Community Education and Transparency Committee hosted a table at last week’s Art Faire with the many ways to volunteer in Oakmont.

Many clubs participated, and volunteers will be contacted to learn more about available roles on committees and how to volunteer.

Photos by Julie Kiil

Driving to Resume

on Monday, July 19

Oakmont Volunteer Helpers (OVH) will be resuming driving as of Monday, July 19 for residents having medical appointments in Santa Rosa.  OVH is excited to be back supporting neighbors and looks forward to being of service once again. In this uncertain time, all riders are required to be fully vaccinated (honor system) and to sign a waiver of liability with regard to safety and health concerns.

You must register beforehand if you know you will be needing a ride, whether or not you have had rides in the past. Please contact Marianne Neufeld at 953-5302 so that she can get you into the database.

Is Your NOAA Radio Beeping?

If your NOAA radio beeps regularly and its lights flash, all is well. These radios are designed to notify you if they don’t receive a weekly test alert. If no test alert is received for 10 days, the radio’s LED lights will flash and it will “beep” every 10 minutes. You can clear this by turning the radio off and on using the switch on the right-hand side.

Missing an alert may be due to a power outage or maybe NOAA skipped an alert test due to weather conditions that might require an actual alert. If your radio does this regularly, reception receiving the NOAA signal may be the issue. Try moving the radio to a different location, preferably near an outside window, to improve reception.

To read the full tip from MYN  called “Plan: NOAA Setup and Troubleshooting,” click on


Hi-Res Oakmont Evacuation Zone Map

Fred Polkinghorn on the OEPC board has worked with the City to get a high res map of Oakmont showing our evac zones. OEPC will use it for tracking emergency-related events and wanted to share with the community for assistance with identifying the zone in which you reside. Check it out at the link above.

Singles Club

Annual Picnic

A hearty welcome back to all our OSC and prospective members!
Friday July 16th at 6 PM
The Patio at the Central Activities Center (CAC)
Food will be provided (individually wrapped)
BYOB of your choice

Wii Bowling

Beginning Today 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 today 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 this afternoon.

Dog Walk Yappy Hour

Friday July 2 at 11 a.m.
Start at East Rec Parking Lot

Oakmont Canine Club is organizing another “Peri and Becca’s Dog Walks,” otherwise known as Yappy Hour.  Congregate at the East Rec parking lot on Friday, July 2 at 11 a.m.  This walk is approximately a one-mile round-trip down Oakmont Drive.  Easy way to get some exercise and meet other dog owners from Oakmont. Canine Club is sponsoring this, but all Oakmont dog owners are welcome.  No RSVP necessary.  Just show up.

Pinochle is Back

Beginning Thursday, July 8

Pinochle will be played from 9:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. every Thursday in the CAC card room. Cost is 25 cents per game paid to winners.   Email Rod at pinochlerod@gmail.com for information or with questions.

Inside Labor Unions

Elections, Crimes and Misdemeanors

Face-to-Face-Time Has Arrived
Doug Griffin
Tuesday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Berger Center

SIR Branch 92 will be having its first post-pandemic lunch, a self-serve box-lunch catered by Oakmont Market.  All protocols for safety will be observed. A drawing for a special prize and the customary drawing for the Birthday Boys will be held for those in attendance, and members are encouraged to bring guests.

The. speaker’s topic is “Inside Labor Unions – Elections, Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  Doug Griffin will talk about his experience as an Investigator and District Director for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in administering the laws that govern the internal operations of American labor unions. His talk will include a discussion of crimes inside unions, rules for internal election of union officers with examples of violations of those rules resulting in Federal intervention, and a summary of the history behind Federal Regulations of Unions.

Doug is a CPA/Forensic Accountant, spending over 30 years doing and managing investigations for the Federal Government.  He has a BA and MA from the University of Michigan, was a lieutenant in the Marine Corps, a teacher and football coach and now lives part-time in Oakmont.

Bastille Day

Pétanque Tournament and Celebration

Wednesday, July 14, at 9:30 a.m.
Oakmont Pétanque Court

The Oakmont Pétanque Club’s annual Bastille Day celebration, missed in 2020 due to the pandemic, will kick off with registration on Wednesday, July 14 at 9:30 a.m. at the court for the melée tournament (randomly assigned teams). The tournament is limited to the first 18 registrants. Play begins at 10 a.m.

Winners will be announced at the conclusion of play around noon. Club member Jean-Michel Poulnot will kick off the celebration by leading the traditional singing of La Marseillaise after which a 25th-anniversary group photo will be taken. All club members, whether playing in the tournament or not, are invited to the celebration photo session.

A potluck lunch, to which all club members and significant others are invited, will begin at 12:30 p.m. Please bring chairs, your own beverage and a lunch dish to share. Plates and utensils will be provided.

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.

Garden Tour

Register at the Fair

July 16 from 10 a.m. to noon

When you are at the Fire Safe Fair on Thursday July 15 (4:00-6:30), be sure to visit the Firewise Committee’s table and sign up for the locations of the six homes that show off their fire-smart landscaping and home-hardening completions. The garden tour is the next day, July 16, from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Fair features raffles, free food, live music, information and education from Santa Rosa City Fire and Police Departments, Office of Emergency Services), Sonoma Ecology, Julie Atwood’s HALTER project (pet evacuation info), Fire Safe Sonoma, vendors with noncombustible fencing ideas, vents and  more.

Jack London

State Historic Park Seeks Volunteers

Training for a Variety of Roles Scheduled for August 2021

Join the essential team of volunteers who help operate Jack London State Historic Park, operated and funded by Jack London Park Partners, the first private organization to be entrusted with management of a state park on behalf of the people of California. Meet visitors from all over the world and share the legacy of Jack and Charmian London.   Nearly all funds to keep the park going strong are received from visitors, annual passholders and generous donors.

Volunteers play an integral role in operating the park: staff the entrance station, work in the bookshop/visitor center, act as docents in the museum, conduct tours, play piano in the museum, patrol the trails on foot or horseback, lead hikes, work in park and trail maintenance, drive golf carts, assist with special events and help with administrative/office duties.

No experience is required, just a willingness to learn and the desire to share that knowledge with visitors from near and far.  The time commitment is only four hours per month. Volunteers receive a park pass in acknowledgement of their service.

Two training classes are now open:

Fridays, August 6 and 13 (two-day training), 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days for all assignments except trail patrol and hike leaders, and Saturday, August 21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for trail patrol and hike leaders only.

For information and to sign up, please contact Susan St. Marie at sstmarie@jacklondonpark.com.  Learn more about the park at https://jacklondonpark.com/ and on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

Media Contacts: Laurie Armstrong Gossy / larmstronggossy@gmail.com / 415-290-6830 and

Susan St. Marie/ sstmarie@jacklondonpark.com /707-938-5216, Ext. 102