Oakmont E-Blast 7-19-2019

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July 16 Regular Meeting Video

Central Pool Time Change For Grandparents’ Week

Central Pool hours for children during Grandparents Week:
Monday thru Friday, July 22-26,
will be from Noon to 5 PM.

“Swimming with the Grandparents” at the Central Pool during Grandparents Week
Monday thru Friday, July 22-26,
will be from Noon to 5 PM.

East Rec Grand Opening Walk Throughs

Advance Registrations Are Required

photo by Kathy Sowers, graphics by Anita Roraus

Building Construction Committee Chair, Iris Harrell and Project Manager, Deanna Alexander will be leading 30 minute walk through of our newly remodeled East Rec Center.

Sessions will be held at 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM, 2:00 PM, and 2:30 PM on August 1.

Click Here To Sign Up

Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Club

Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Club – OEPCFIRE has been the focus of most people in Sonoma County for a couple of years now, and EARTHQUAKES have been pushed to the back of our minds – until the first week of July, when a series of quakes hit in Southern California. Now we’re all on edge, wondering how close we are to the next “Big One.” So Preparation is the key word. WATER: However lazy we are, or however unable to get to a store, we need to have a good stock of potable (drinkable) water stored in a safe place. Remember, in the case of earthquakes, you need to stay put. Don’t clog the highways – which might be unsafe anyway – to make room for emergency vehicles. If you smell gas – THEN you can leave, but be sure to report it immediately. So go buy – or have delivered – several gallons of water.We read and hear about “magnitudes”, which are fine to read before and after a quake, but at the time you’re in one, you don’t really care whether it’s a 3.0 or a 7.1. All you need to do is to get into a safe place, and follow all the rules about what to do in case of a quake.So go get water now. It’s the one thing you cannot live without.

Fire Safety in Oakmont Village

~ Kevin Hubred, OVA General Manager

Oakmont Village Association has produced a durable tri-fold brochure to help you be prepared in the event of emergencies such as fire and earthquake. The valuable information included in this trifold comes from emergency response organizations both locally and nationally and will be mailed to each residence very soon. 

Ensure you’re ready for immediate evacuation by doing emergency preparation early; Don’t wait until the arrival of an earthquake or wild fire to take action. Taking care of yourself in emergency means:  

  • having a Go Bag prepared with all the essential items needed 
  • knowing ahead of time of where to go in the event of an earthquake 
  • being alert of high winds that might cause PG&E to turn off power 

The brochure will also have other safety measures covered.  

Do your part to help fight fire by hardening your homes and removing ladder fuels around your home. You will find information about Fire Safety and home hardening by visiting the Oakmont website fire safety tab located at this site. https://oakmontvillage.com/article/category/fire/ 

Fire Safe Sonoma

Local Fire Departments to Fly Flags to Alert Community of Red Flag Warnings

New initiative will increase community awareness during  

critical wildfire weather conditions.  

Soon, fire departments in Sonoma County will fly red flags marked “High Fire Danger” when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service issues red flag warnings. This new initiative is part of the READY, SET, GO Program promoted by the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs Association and Fire Safe Sonoma, and funded by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company. 

A “red flag warning” means that critical fire weather conditions will occur due to strong winds, low relative humidity, and warm temperatures. Red flag warnings are typically issued when frequent wind gusts reach over 25 mph and/or relative humidity is at or below 15 percent. 

The physical red flags that fire departments will display will help inform firefighters and local residents that conditions are ideal for wildland fire combustion and rapid spread.  

“This new system will make it easier for us as fire departments to ensure that communities are aware and alert in the event of a fire like we experienced in October of 2017,” Fire Chief Jason Boaz of Healdsburg Fire Department said, “it will help spread the word and potentially save lives.”  

If you see a red flag flying at a nearby fire station, take these steps to be prepared for a fast-moving or unexpected fire.  

  • Clear away dead vegetation within at least 10 ft. of your home and out of gutters. Remove flammable materials (i.e. firewood stacks, propane tanks) within 30 ft. around your home. 
  • Ensure that you are signed up for emergency alerts, i.e. SoCoAlert and Nixle. 
  • Have an emergency bag ready with food, water, important documents and other essentials designed to last 72 hours. Do not engage in any outdoor burning, including in fire pits. 
  • Ensure your home smoke alarms are working. 
  • Create an escape plan from your home and find two evacuation routes out of your neighborhood with a designated meeting place. 

For more information about the READY, SET, GO Program, or the Red Flag Warning System, contact Fire Safe Sonoma at www.firesafesonoma.org,  or your local fire department. 

We Are A High Target Community

We at the office have been receiving a high volume of reports detailing a variety of different scams being carried out upon our residents. If you believe you are the victim of such perpetration please report the incident to local law enforcement, whom may be contacted at their non-emergency number here: (707) 543-3600, or online at: https://srcity.org/529/Report-a-Crime

Other important for city agencies may be found here:

Inside Oakmont

Topic: Sharing Photos by Kathy Sowers
Saturday, July 20, West Rec Center
Social at 1:30 PM – Presentation at 2 PM

Just in time for the summer travel season, Kathy will be here to show us how to take photos from our device collections and set them up in a special album that can be shared with friends and family. This is so much easier than e-mailing or texting a collection of photos to others. Plan to come early at 1:30 p.m. for coffee/tea, refreshments and fellow-ship. Kathy begins at 2:00 p.m. in the West Recreation Center. We look forward to seeing you.

Summer Sock Hop
TOMORROW Saturday, July 20
at 6 PM in the Berger Center


$20 gets you a burger, chips, root beer float and a fabulous rock ‘n’ roll band–the BluesBurners (BYOB)! What a deal! Do you want a better deal? Reserve a table for 8 and receive the discounted OTC member price of only $17.50 per person.

Tickets are available for purchase at the door, $20 per person.

Listen to their music…


Many classes are filled, but there is always room at Sunday’s Welcome Party at the Gardens, Family Bingo on Tuesday, and the West Rec Picnic Center Wednesday for Family Fun Night.

In addition, there are some classes still open. 

Monday, 7/22:  Science Fun (session 2); Story Time (1 space open) 

Tuesday, 7/23:  Story Time; Tennis Clinic (1 space open); Pickleball, session 2 (1 space); Pin Wheels & Paper Crafts, both sessions; Oodles of Noodles (pasta making) 

Wednesday, 7/24:  Shuffleboard; Zentangle Art, session 2; Parachutes & Music; Games with Grandparents 

Thursday, 7/25:  Pickleball, session 1 (1 space) & session 2; Story Time; Scrapbooking (1 space left) 

Friday, 7/26:  Bocce (2 spaces open); Shuffleboard; Card Making; Parachutes & Music; Games with Grandparents; Treasures & Treats (coin tosses in Central Pool) 

Hurry to reserve your spots – deadline for reservations is July 17.  Email Chair Leslie Brockman (lesliebrockman45@gmail.com) or call her at 949-683-7725 today! 


In conjunction with Grandparents’ Week, Movies At Oakmont screens a film that delights all ages. The magic continues in Disney’s classic as Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) helps the Banks family remember the joy of being a child. Together with her friend Jack the lamplighter (Lin-Manuel Miranda), fun is brought back to the streets of London in a celebration that everything is possible… even the impossible. Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and Meryl Streep join in the romp. (2018), PG-13, 130 minutes.


Saturday July 27, 2019 / Berger Center / Doors open 5 PM, Show starts 6 PM
Cost: $18 per person (no membership required)
Please drop off ticket payment in the Sha-Boom folder in the OVA office.

Living with Lions: Co-Existence with Iconic American Carnivore

Living with Lions
Thursday, August 1, 5:30 PM

Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Wildlife Ecologist Alex Hettena, Research Associate with Dr. Quinton Martins, will provide an update on the research results of Living with Lions, ACR’s mountain lion research and education project. Join us at the Oakmont Berger Center from 5:30 – 7:00 PM for an evening of learning and discussion around co-existing peaceably in lion country.

At the last Thursday morning Kiwanis meeting held on July 18, we had the Sonoma Library present and share a virtual reality device. Consider joining Oakmont Kiwanis to become more involved with your community and to experience awesome presentations such as this one.

Oakmont Technology Learning Center (OTLC) “save the dates”August 1

OTLC Fall class registration will begin online at www.oakmont-learning.org. We have a wide variety of classes on tap for this fall: Apps for all computers/devices, PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android phones, and more. Check out the class descriptions and schedule on August 1. Classes fill up fast so mark this date on your calendar to register online. We will no longer be doing registration by phone.August 13 – Tech Forum 4pm at Berger: Sonoma County Library Online Resources. The first part of their presentation will be an overview of what online informational eResources the library provides, highlighting and demonstrating a few of them in more detail, such as Consumer Reports, New York Times, Mango Languages, and Novelist. The second part of the presentation will focus on how to read/listen/watch ebooks/audio books and how to stream movies for free. Refreshments will be provided.Following the library talk, Fall OTLC class registration may be done “in person” for classes with seats still available, and OTLC instructors are available for questions.

Presents An Evening With

Foxes In The Henhouse
Saturday August 3 at 7:00 PM
Tickets are $25 | The Berger Center

Listen To Their Music…
Foxes In The Henhouse Fox On The Run

Foxes In The HenhouseFox On The Run

Winners Of The 2013 Norbay Award For Best Acoustic-Folk Band

Ticket Information: Make checks out to ORW for $25. Drop off check at OVA office, place in the Rainbow Women folder. Please send any questions to: orptickets@gmail.com

Opening Act: Comedian Mary Carouba

A popular comedian, Ted talk presenter and award winning storyteller, the famous Mary Caroubauses her life story to entertain audiences while raising a few eyebrows. Stories of her Arab/Irish household, her work behind prison walls, surviving  a liver transplant and the loss of her home in the 2017 local fires are all part of hope and humor.

Buy a ticket soon to insure you get to laugh before the music starts, and then hear the 4 great musicians who make up Foxes in the Henhouse.

Ticket info and purchase can be made through orptickets@gmail.com for this exciting Rainbow Productions August 3rd  event at the Berger Auditorium.

Thursday, August 22, 7 PM, Berger Center
“Exciting, exhilarating, and exhausting!” best describes the jazz duo of Holland & Coots. With a delightful mix of jazz, blues, stride, boogie, pop, and ragtime, Holland on the piano and Coots on drums have created something for every taste. Come listen and enjoy these internationally renowned artists’ on their first visit to Oakmont!…Register

Friday, October 4, 7 PM, Berger Center
Oakmont’s very own folk music quartet More Joy will perform at Oakmont’s Berger Center auditorium.…Register

SNEAK PREVIEW: Fall 2019 Classes

Class Preview / Wednesday, August 28
2:30 PM Music & Refreshments / 3 PM Program

“On With The Show! The Rise Of Broadway”
Mondays – 3 PM to 5 PM, Berger Center
5 weeks: 9/16/2019 – 10/14/2019
Class ID: 7711; Cost: $96
Instructor: Mezzo Soprano Deborah Resengaus

“Sharks And Their Relatives”
Wednesdays 3 PM to 5 PM, Berger Center
4 weeks: 9/18/2019 – 10/9/2019
Class ID: 7713; Cost $81
Instructor: Marine Biologist, Dr. Bob Rubin

“Julia Morgan: California Architect”
Thursdays – 3 PM to 5 PM, East Rec Center
2 weeks: 9/19/2019 – 9/26/2019
Class ID: 7715; Cost: $52
Instructor: Karen McNeill, nationally recognized Morgan expert

“Antisemitism: The Dynamics And History Of The Longest Hatred”
Thursdays – 3 PM to 5 PM, East Rec Center
5 weeks: 10/3/2019 – 10/31/2019
Class ID: 7716; Cost $96
Instructor: Religious studies scholar, Rev. Bruce Bramlett

“Cave Paintings And Portable Sculpture: The Art Of Paleolithic Europe”
Wednesdays – 3 PM to 5 PM, Berger Center
4 weeks: 10/16/2019 – 11/16/2019
Class ID: 7714; Cost $81
Instructor: Social and cultural historian Anne-Louise Dierkes

“The Glories Of Cambodia’s Angkor Wat”
Mondays – 3 PM to 5 PM, Berger Center
3 weeks: 10/21/2019 – 11/4/2019
Class ID: 7712; Cost $67
Instructor: Asian Historian, Dr. Perry Ritenour

Outside Oakmont

Sonoma and Petaluma Adobe State Historic Parks

Junior RangerProgram at the Farmer’s Market~Tuesday, Aug. 6, 5:30pm–7:30pm
Sonoma Plaza | Joleen Ossello (707) 938-9547Look for the State Park table on the Sonoma Plaza to learn about history and nature. All ages welcome to participate in an activity to earn the Junior Ranger badge.

Twilight Nature Hike~Sunday, August 11, 7:00pm –8:00pm
General Vallejo’s Home, 363 3rd Street West | Joleen Ossello (707) 938-9547Our Twilight Nature Hike is a summer evening adventure! The starting point for the walk on the Montini Trail is at the parking lot of the Vallejo Home at 363 3rdStreet West in Sonoma. This is a one-mile, slow-paced hike with minor elevation change. Sturdy shoes and water recommended. All ages, free of charge. No reservation needed.

Fourth Grade Teachers~ Sign-up your 2019-2020 class by August 15.
Immerse your students in an outdoor, interactive learning experience.Environmental Studies (day) Program (ESP) Mission San Francisco Solano, Emily.Walski@parks.ca.gov, (707) 938-9560. Environmental Living (overnight) Program (ELP) Petaluma Adobe Rancho, Petaluma.Adobe @parks.ca.gov, (707) 762-4871.

Campfire Program~ Saturday, August 17, 7:00pm –8:00pm
Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park, 3325 Adobe Road, Petaluma | (707) 762-4871Come out and join us for a Campfire Program at the historic Petaluma Adobe!There will be a short talk, campfire songs and of course, a marshmallow roast! All ages, free of charge. Park in the main lot. Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to allow for the walk up the path to the Adobe’s courtyard.