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Shred-a-Thon 6/11

Friday, June 11 

9 a.m. to Noon 

Berger Parking Lot 

Kiwanis Club of Oakmont, in cooperation with OVA, will host a semi-annual shred-a-thon at Berger Center on Friday, June 11. The event is 9 a.m. to noon unless the truck fills up earlier. The equivalent of five banker-size boxes of shreddable items can be accepted.  Place them in your trunk and stay in your car; containers will be returned to you. There is no charge for this event, although any donations go toward scholarships for graduating seniors at two Santa Rosa high schools. 

Elnoka Project Comments Due by June 15

Elnoka Project Comments Due by June 15  

The long-term development of Elnoka, a senior living complex on 68 acres adjacent to Oakmont, is back before city planners in a 700+ page Environmental Impact Review (EIR). If you have comments about the development, which will house almost 1,000 residents at full buildout, email the Planning Commission at Ktoomians@srcity.org. Click Here To Fill Out A Form To Submit Your Comments

OVA Directors held a Town Hall June 1 and the Elnoka presentation can by clicking here.

OVA Directors focused on the following issues:  

  • Wildfire risk and the lack of updated and specific evacuation strategies in the current EIR given the impact of fires on Oakmont in 2017 and 2020. 
  • Increased Daily Traffic/Transportation 
  • An additional stoplight would be required to manage Elnoka traffic with the potential of increased traffic and reduced flow.  
  • Residential Density/Zoning Issues and Noise 
  • The EIR for Elnoka is proposing density as much as five times higher than Oakmont.   
  • Obstructed Visibility and Loss of Scenic Views

What’s Happening In Oakmont?

Oakmont Arts and Crafts Faire 

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

Berger Parking Lot 

There will be over 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. 

Santa Rosa Forward

General Plan To Hold 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. 

The Sheep Continue Grazing

The sheep continue to devour everything in their paths 
Photo by Heidi Klyn 

Parking Lot Event to Recognize Elder Abuse Awareness Month

Valley of the Moon Club Drought Plan  

A Message from John Theilade, Director of Golf: 

We are all aware of the drought conditions in Northern California.  In an attempt to do our share in conserving the water supply, we have adopted new irrigation procedures on both of our courses. These measures will affect those who have homes adjacent to either the Valley of the Moon or Sugarloaf courses. Our normal irrigation schedule includes watering the entire golf courses. This means greens, tees and rough areas. The rough areas located next to most homes on the course are the areas that we will utilize to lower our water usage, and we have begun to stop watering.  You will notice that these areas will dry out and not have the green look of the other areas.  We will make sure that the dry areas are cut down to prevent any fire hazards and will continue to make improvements on both courses. We appreciate your understanding during these difficult times.  

Emergency Preparedness

Why Doesn’t My NOAA Radio Make An Alert Sound?

A number of residents who received free NOAA alert radios are asking why they aren’t receiving the weekly alerts. They are, but they are not configured to create the audible alert. Some NOAA radios are configured for a “silent” test alert. In this mode, the test alert appears on the radio’s display but doesn’t make any noise.  This mode was chosen to address complaints by people who objected to the very loud alert tone when receiving the test alert. This “silent” mode does not affect how the radio performs when an actual alert is sent; with real alerts (i.e., not a test), the radio will broadcast a very loud tone and verbalize the nature of the alert.  If you want to receive the audible alert, you simply need to enable it through the radio’s menu.  The instructions for making changes to the radio’s settings are contained in the manual that came with the radio. Depending on which user’s manual you received, the instructions on enabling audible alerts is either on Page 5 or Page 8. 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues a test alert every Wednesday between 11 a.m. and noon. This routine test alert is standard NOAA practice and is NOT initiated or controlled by any local agency (e.g., Santa Rosa Fire Department, Sonoma County or the OVA.) 

If you prefer the audible alert but are either unsure of how to set it or are having difficulties, contact the OVA Office to arrange for someone to assist you either over the phone or in person. 

If you paid attention to your neighborhood streets during recent emergency communications drills, you probably noticed people wearing yellow vests, carrying walkie-talkies and talking on their radios.  During the drill, and in an actual emergency when normal communications (cell service, 911, cable, internet, etc.) are compromised or down, these Zone Communicators (ZCs) play a vital role in providing two-way communication to and from the neighborhoods.  

They report critical needs in the neighborhood for fire, EMS, law enforcement and utilities support that are then relayed to the Santa Rosa Emergency Operations Center (EOC) by licensed ham radio operators networked in Oakmont.  The same radio network in Oakmont requests support and resources from other Oakmont neighborhoods when City resources are not available or required.  ZCs also deliver updates to the neighborhoods on the status of shelter availability, food, water, recharging resources, etc. and general updates on the overall disaster response and recovery efforts. 

If you didn’t notice anyone in your neighborhood wearing a yellow vest and carrying a radio, it is probably because only around 50% of the neighborhoods are covered by ZCs.  The ZC role does NOT require any prior radio experience or a license.  If you can change channels and adjust the volume on your TV remote, then you will not be challenged by operating a radio. 

Those of you who already volunteer as COPE leaders and MYN captains are uniquely qualified as ZCs.  A number of current ZCs now fill both roles.  They already have a relationship with the neighbors, understand the resources available and have identified neighbors who may require additional assistance.  The time commitment is minimal.  There is a monthly radio check to test our equipment that takes less than 15 minutes.  Generally, there are one or two disaster drills each year to practice simulated disaster response. 

The OVA provides funding for the equipment, and the OEPC (Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee) provides training and maintains the equipment.   Your voice could help save a neighbor’s life and/or property or your own.  To volunteer or for more information, contact the OEPC at OakmontERT@gmail.com or call  Committee Chair Pat Barclay at 570-7500. 

Urgent Notice to All COPE, MYN, and Other Neighborhood Emergency Preparedness Coordinators and Leaders

With our recent wildfires, emergency alerts have become a hot topic in Oakmont. Santa Rosa and Sonoma County offer a number of alert services: Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), SoCoAlert, Nixle and NOAA radio alerts. Unfortunately, for our first responders – like you – those alerts may arrive later than desired, not allowing you enough time to respond personally AND advise and check on your neighbors. To address this, the OVA is contracting with an automated calling-tree service on behalf of the Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC).  This service will allow our committee to provide an early warning for a possible event such as a wildfire in areas outside of Oakmont that may present a threat and will send real-time updates as an event evolves. As neighborhood leaders and coordinators, this information will be very valuable in getting an early start on your response (e.g., advising your neighbors of emergency conditions that may require preparations like evacuations or PSPS events). 

The OEPC calling tree is an opt-in service, and we encourage all neighborhood leaders and coordinators to sign up. To do so, we need your name, address, e-mail address and contact phone number, preferably a cell phone capable of text messaging. You can send this information to Pat Barclay, OEPC Chair either by e-mail – pjbarclay49@gmail.com – or by calling him at 570-7500.  And don’t wait – the fire season has already begun! 

Get the Latest Sonoma County Evacuation Map 

Know Your Surrounding Zones  

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 out the new map to learn and recognize the county zones surrounding Oakmont. This week’s MYN Tip gives you information on how to use the interactive map and a document you can download and print with both the city and county zones. Questions? Email MYNOakmont@gmail.com

 For more information and to see the maps, go to https://oakmontvillage.com/myn/  

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 join us June 10 at 7 p.m. on Zoom for a concert by Zoe Lewis (see zoelewis.com), whom you may remember from her previous performance here in Oakmont.  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 the ukelele for Pat Benetar as well as 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. 

Join the Zoom concert at 

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!

Openings for Yoga Leaders! You are Needed!

Are you an experienced, compassionate yoga practitioner who enjoys serving her community? The Women’s Yoga class needs two yoga leaders to join the team of six. Each leader is responsible for designing and leading one class per month in a friendly, relaxed community. One of the earliest clubs formed in Oakmont, Women’s Yoga has met continuously for over 45 years to practice yoga for free. 

During the pandemic, classes have continued on Fridays at 10 a.m. via Zoom.  On July 2, they will resume in person at the Lower West Rec studio on Mondays and Fridays at 10 a.m. 

To discuss the opportunity to become a yoga leader, contact Marisol Muñoz-Kiehne at marisolmunozk@gmail.com 

Zoom into Your Zone with Women’s Yoga – Free!

Fridays at 10 a.m.  

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 (a block, a yoga strap, tie or kitchen towel).  Remember to follow medical directives and pay attention to your body’s signals. 

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



Sha-Boom Needs Your Contact Information  

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

A party is scheduled at Berger on July 3.  More information will be sent as it becomes available, so watch your email for notices.   

Valley of the Moon Tuesday Women’s Golf

Guest Days

Welcome to GUEST DAYS, Tuesday mornings from 8 to 9:20 a.m. during June and July.  Come for 18-holes of friendly play on the Valley of the Moon course, then meet and socialize over refreshments at Oak. Sign-up sheets are in the club room at the Valley of the Moon Pro Shop (ask at the desk for club room location) or contact Joy Bellomo at gojoybell@gmail.com.  If you need to establish a handicap index, let Joy know your status through an email. Hope to see you on a beautiful Tuesday morning. 

Today at 11 a.m. on Zoom 

Dr. Lance Morgan 

Quest for Healthy Seas 

Members and guests are invited to today’s monthly Zoom meeting at 11 a.m.  Dr Lance Morgan is an authority on the oceans, a marine biologist who came to the 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. He currently serves as Board Chairman for the Deep Sea Conservation Coalition and holds a research faculty appointment at Bodega Marine Laboratory. 

The link for today is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88917577682?pwd=QzNQNHVoRTlIeVBibVBLY0lSYTNSZz09 

For membership information contact: johnbarrett@ieee.org 

Exercises to Burn Rocky Road 

Exercise burns the calories you’ll enjoy when you indulge on National Rocky Road Ice Cream Day, June 12.  Come and have fun while you exercise off those ice cream calories.  The Zoom number for JoRene’s 9:00 Free Fitness Monday and Wednesday classes: 967 9942 2442; passcode 573596 or 


Visual Aids Workshop Returning to West Rec Center 

Starting June 21 

Every Monday from 9 to 11 a.m. 

Founded in 1971 by a retired teacher and 10 Oakmont friends, the Oakmont Visual Aids Workshop has over 100 volunteers meeting regularly and has produced over 100,000 tactile aids. These are lovingly made by hand and sent worldwide, free of charge, to professionals teaching visually and mentally impaired children. Donations support this incredible effort. If you’re interested in participating, please contact Barbara Milan at 538-5321. 

Dealers reported a big increase in sales of RVs and travel trailers during the past year.  Are you one of the lucky ones who purchased a new “get-me-out-of-here” vehicle to escape the Covid shutdowns? If you are, or you are just thinking about buying an RV, you are invited to join the Oakmont Rovers RV Club. 

The goal of the club is to provide activities and group trips centered around the enjoyment of the recreational vehicles of the members.  There are normally six to eight trips a year and four social events.  Next up is Fort Bragg in August. 

To acquaint you with the Rovers, the club will be having an open house and dinner at the East Recreation Center on June 16.  Happy hour starts at 5 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6. The Rovers will provide dinner, but the happy hour and dinner beverages are BYOB.   There will be plastic cups for you to use; but for your maximum drinking pleasure, it is recommended that you bring your own wine glasses or beer mugs. 

Learn more at OakmontRovers.com

Sharon Threlkeld, Jan Young, Ron and Bev Leve, Jackie Kinney and Noel Lyons 

Dancing Is 4 Everyone 

Starting Monday Nights on June 21 

7:15-8:15 p.m. 

Berger Center 

Oakmont has been in a “power-off” mode for the last year-plus. Now let’s ”power up” and dance. The joy of dance may be experienced by you without a partner.  You are invited to join the Beginning Line Dance Class.  

Remember that dance is exercise for your brain as much as for your body. While dancing, your brain is constantly making new neural connections. Studies show that this is very beneficial for both strong mental and bodily health. 

Instructor Steve Luther has a unique style of teaching that makes is easy to learn the steps to a variety of dances, and the music he selects is upbeat and lively.  It is the “only way” to exercise in the minds of our many line dancers. 

Join with the Beginning Line Dance Class starting June 21, Monday nights at 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. at the Berger Center.  The class will continue weekly throughout the year. This is the only time that you can join with the beginning class. A four-week monthly session is only $28 (or $7 a class).   Individual classes are $10.  This first series will be $42 (six classes) and go through July.  Classes are fragrance free. 

Fun times are ahead. You will feel the joy and laughter in the room from the start. There are no reservations, so come early to allow time to sign up.  Smooth, leather-bottomed shoes are best for the new Berger floor.  Questions or concerns? Contact Mariellen Munson at 707-538-4142.  

The Origins and Odysseys of Our Favorite Foods 

Wednesdays, July 7 to 21 

3-5 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. 

Put Mahjong on Your Calendars 

On the second Monday of each month, starting on July 12 from 1 to 4 p.m., games will be played at the West Rec.  On the third Wednesday of the month, they’ll be at the East Rec from 1 to 4 p.m.   

If you know how to play (there are no teachers available at this time) and want to join a fun group, then this is the club for you.  It is FREE to be a member.  Send your name, address, phone number and most important your e-mail address to Marie Haverson at haversonm@comcast.net. If you have a group, feel free to come together.  Any questions?  

E-mail Marie at 539-6666 or e-mail her.  See you there. 

Free Online Class for LGBT Seniors 

Santa Rosa Junior College 

Beginning June 19 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

“Aging Gayfully!” is a unique class being offered online as part of the Older Adults Program of Santa Rosa Junior College.  A special eight-week session providing an overview of skillful LGBT aging strategies begins Saturday, June 19, from 11 am to 1 pm. To register or for more information, go to www.aginggayfull.net or email the instructor, Gary “Buz” Hermes, MA, at ghermes@santarosa.edu