Oakmont E-Blast 7-20-2021

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Following Sonoma County guidelines, OVA is now requiring masks in all indoor facilities regardless of vaccination status.

OVA Board Meeting

Today at 1:00 p.m.  
In-Person at Berger Center 
Or on Zoom 

If you would like to speak during the open forum, join the meeting with this link: 

If you do not plan to speak during open forum or cannot use Zoom, 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

The Home Ignition Zone

Town Hall 
August 3 at 1 p.m. on Zoom 
Jack Cohen, Ph.D. 

Log on for this presentation from the scientist who coined the phrase “home ignition zone.” Jack Cohen, Ph.D., is a retired research physical scientist with the USDA Forest Service Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory. He is considered to be the pre-eminent researcher on wildfire and home ignitions and a founder of the Firewise® Communities/USA recognition program. He has authored an extensive body of work on fire behavior and preventing home loss during fire disasters.   

No one has done more to define the wildland-urban interface (WUI) problem and empower homeowners to reduce their risk of wildfire. Cohen also co-developed the U.S. National Fire Danger Rating System and contributed to the U.S. fire behavior prediction systems.  

Join the meeting at www.oakmontvillage.com/Live 

Fire Safety Fair 

What’s Happening in Oakmont?

Beat the Heat and the Recalls

Jill Ravitch and Mark Malouf
July 22 at 6:30 p.m.
East Rec Center

Join the Oakmont Democratic Club live on Thursday, July 22, at 6:30 p.m. at a general meeting at the East Rec Center with a social and presentations regarding two critical special recall elections that Oakmonters will face on September 14.

Gavin Newsom and Jill Ravitch

District Attorney Jill Ravitch will speak about the recall that targets her. Val Henshaw, local co-chair of the Campaign Against Recalling Governor Newsom, will speak on that campaign. Both will share what the latest is on these elections and what supporters can do.
The Oakmont Dems’ first live meeting will start with a social at 6:30 p.m. with some great summer refreshments. It will be a wonderful time to meet other civic-minded Oakmonters You can also join us on Zoom and can find the link on our webpage. All Oakmonters are welcome.

Please visit the ODC webpage for updates and more information at: oakmontdemclub.com

Blood Pressure Clinic Reopening

August 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Berger Center

The Blood Pressure Clinic at the Berger Center will be returning on Wednesday, August 4, at 10:30 a.m.  Masks will be required at all times, and social distancing must be followed when waiting for your turn. No appointment is needed, and there is no charge.

There is a need for volunteer nurses to keep this program going.  If you are interested, please contact Del Baker at 539-1657 or dolorita@sonic.net

E-Waste Collection

Saturday, August 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  Sunday, August 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

E -Waste Collection will be a two-day event. Trucks will be parked in the Berger parking lot parallel to the street. There is no appointment needed for this event.

Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives) consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.) televisions (CRTs and LCDs) office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.) and the only kitchen appliances that are accepted are microwaves.

We welcome our new sponsor – North Bay Conservation Corps.

Ladies Canasta

Mondays at 11:30 a.m.
CAC Card Room

Oakmont Canasta players are very excited about all the new players who are joining the group in the CAC card room at 11:30 a.m. on Mondays.  Call President Sandy Hudson at 303-908-6450 for more information.

Chinese Mahjong

Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite B

Bring your set if you have one; tables and chairs are provided.  Assistants will be available at the game on July 22.  Ask for Mike or Jean.

Hiking Club

The Oakmont Hiking Club started nearly 50 years ago as a loosely knit group called
“The Nature Walkers.”  Today there are well over 100 members who hike every Thursday, meeting at the Berger Center parking lot, then driving or car-pooling to the destination. Twice a year there is a three-night, out-of-town trip, staying in a hotel and hiking the surrounding area each day.

Hiking Categories:

Short hikes are two to four miles in length with minimum elevation gain on good surfaces at an easy pace, always on the first Thursday of each month.

Intermediate hikes are four to seven miles in length, up to 1000’ elevation gain on a variety of trails and surfaces.

Long hikes are six to 11 miles in length with up to 2000’ plus elevation gain on all types of trails and surfaces.

A current schedule of the hikes including destination, trail conditions and date can be found on the club website at http://www.oakmonthikingclub.com/

Duplicate Bridge

Play Right Here in Oakmont
Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Fridays at 12:30 p.m.
CAC Card Room

The Oakmont Duplicate Bridge Club offers opportunities to play on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. in the card room at the Central Activities Center. It’s a challenging way of playing and earning masterpoints. There is a small fee of $5 per person to cover the expense of a director who organizes the game. If you’re a newcomer, the first game you play is gratis. Come join and meet new people who also love the game of bridge. If you need a partner, contact wallyschipp1@peoplepc.com.  Other questions, email Jackie Reinhardt at jaclyn94949@outlook.com

“Seniors for Seniors” Event

July 24, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Berger Center Lawn

Come meet some of Dogwood Animal Rescue Project’s adoptable senior, adult and young adult animals. Volunteers from Dogwood will be on hand to share stories of rescue, sell handmade crafts adn Dogwood merchandise. Dogwood alumni welcome!

Oakmont Canine Club invites you to stop by, even if you are not in the market to adopt a pet. Show your support for Dogwood Animal Rescue and this wonderful senior-friendly project.

Lawn Bowling Demo Day

Lawn bowling is a bit like bocce, but it’s played on grass with a “bowl” that ISN’T a ball and ISN’T round!

Lawn bowling is not only fun and easy to learn; it’s great exercise and a wonderful way to meet new friends. You might even win a bottle of wine!

The Club will have bowls for you to use, refreshments for all, and our Club members will be there to show you the basics.  Wear your comfortable, smooth-soled shoes, and meet on the green.

Ranked Choice Voting

August 10, 11:00 a.m.
Berger Center
A Case for Ranked Choice Voting
Dr. Rick Luttman

The August 10 meeting features a hot lunch with a hot topic.  Members and non-members are invited to learn all about “A Case for Ranked Choice-Voting.”  Dr. Rick Luttmann considers ranked choice voting the most important way to choose a candidate. He holds degrees in mathematics from Amherst College (AB), Stanford University (MS) and the University of Arizona (PhD) and has been a Professor of Mathematics at SSU since 1970. While retired from active teaching in 2014, he is still on the faculty as an Emeritus Professor. For many years, he taught a general-education mathematics course on “Math and Politics,” in which he covered voting systems among other topics.

The meeting will begin at the Berger Center at 11 a.m. for social time with the program at starting at 11:30. Those interested in joining the Sir Branch may contact johnbarrett@ieee.org or 318 -4633.

Holland & Coots

l to r: Brian Holland (piano) and Danny Coots (drums)

Holland & Coots Jazz Duo
Thursday, August 12, 7:00 PM
Berger Center
$25 per person

“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 second visit to Oakmont.

For reservations, go to oakmontll.org, fill out a registration form in the OLL folder at the OVA office or pay at the door.

Vying Birds Fly

A Bit of Drama in Anita Eastland’s Backyard

A Black-headed Grosbeak and House Finch vying for a spot at the feeder and sharing the perches.