Since AGP’s seemingly mysterious exit and OVA’s seemingly mysterious notice of AGP’s exit and what we intend to do next, I and other board members have received numerous calls, emails, and texts expressing concern that the sky is falling. This supports that universal truism: everyone does love a good mystery. And, I guess it’s inevitable that some COVID-confined individuals are able and willing to devote countless hours to solving this beguiling mystery. I’m not sure what the reward is for doing so, but I confess I’m confused about a lot of things people do these days.
Fire Safe Landscape Policy
The OVA board July 21 adopted a Landscape Fire-Safe Policy that is subject to a 28-day member comment and review period. The policy is available below. Fire-Wise Plant Material for Sonoma County and OVA’s Flammable Plant List both included:FIRE-SAFE-LANDSCAPE-POLICY-Plant-Lists
Fire-Smart Landscapes Virtual Workshop
Saturday, July 25, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Grove Street Fire Safe Council, a local organization dedicated to mitigating wildfire risk, is holding a free online workshop on how to create landscapes that are beautiful, sustainable and fire-smart—and you’re invited.
The workshop, featuring a panel of experts and a Q&A session, is Saturday, July 25, from 10 a.m. to noon. Early sign-ups are encouraged as registration is limited to 100 participants.
Fire-Smart Landscapes Video
The Oakmont Fire-Wise Safety Committee was reconstituted by the OVA Board. View this short video that answers “How can landscaping look good and also be fire safe?” It is more than possible. Many communities are already doing it very successfully and are a lot safer from wildfire.
Oakmont Village Library
It has come to our attention that our library items, and donations are being dropped off at the Berger, at the CAC and at the OVA office. There is no process in place right now to accept these items and COVID precautions for the maintenance staff who find these items means they are being tossed. Please, please, hold onto these items until the library reopens and we have sufficient volunteers to handle the expected large quantity of returns. Let these books shelter in place with you. Alternatively, check with Goodwill and other thrift operations to see if they will take them.
Ping Pong Coming Soon
Starting on August 3, we will have the outdoor ping pong at the Central Pool available for use. Please stay tuned for next week’s e-blast, which will have the link to make reservations available.
How To Cancel Reservations
After booking your appointment for swimming, aerobics, or other activities in OVA facilities, you will receive a confirmation email and at the bottom of that email is a “Manage Booking” link. Clicking that link will allow for the cancellation of your reservation.
New E-Blast Submission Process
Moving forward all announcements desired for the e-blast must be submitted at OakmontVillage.com/submit.
Submissions must be made no later than 5 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to the e-blast for which you’re submitting.
E-blast submissions are limited to 200 words and 2 photos.
Please send any questions to email@example.com.
Book A Tee Time
Tee Time Reservation Policies: You will need a valid credit card to book a tee time and guarantee your reservation. Tee Times may be made up to 7 days in advance, for 2-4 players. All fees are due upon arrival at the course:
Kiwanis Shred-A-Thon: A Big Success
The July 17 shred-a-thon at Berger Center, hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont and OVA, was an overflowing success. A nearly endless two lanes of cars had enough shredables to fill two trucks, both shredding on-site. Drivers were masked and stayed in their vehicles. Donations made to the Kiwanis Foundation for local high school scholarships totaled $1,728, $1,000 more than we ever received before! Thank you to all our generous donors. Since we will be unable to have our Carnitas and Margarita fundraising dinner this fall, these donations will give a much-needed boost to the scholarship fund. Save your spreadable materials to early 2021 for another semi-annual shred-a-thon.
July 27 – 10 A.M.
Slavery and Human Trafficking
The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m. There is a long article from the Foreign Policy Association and a great video to watch in preparation for the meeting.
To receive an invitation, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
OVA is excited to announce that OHI’s Free Fitness Class has returned with JoRene via Zoom. You may join in the fun at 9 a.m. on Monday and Wednesday next week with this information:
Meeting ID: 967 9942 2442
Monday – Please have access to a wall and weights for second half of class
Wednesday- Please have stretch band to use
Live Your Dream
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards for Women program has been helping women around the world since 1972. This program provides cash grants to women who are working to better their lives through additional schooling and skills training.
Apply for a LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD at:
Current gardeners along with brand new members are grateful for the reopening of the Community Garden roughly six weeks ago by both the County and subsequently the OVA. Everyone is especially grateful for OVA Maintenance in helping, and the sheep were amazing to watch as they ate their way through Oakmont weeds around the perimeter of the garden. Their group behavior seems to involve periods of silence as they stand together unmoving, even to eat.
Flowers, new veggie plantings and weed-free beds are welcome all who enter the garden, making it a place of quiet serenity, focused activity, joy and peace. Gardening has been often referred to as a way to relieve stress and to bring a sense of accomplishment into one’s life.
Currently, there are a few garden spaces available to anyone in the Oakmont Community who would like to start a garden. There is information available about vegetables that can be planted year round. It is never too late to plant. If you are interested in learning more, send an email to
Oakmont Community Garden: OakmontCommunityGarden@gmail.com to arrange a meeting with Marilyn Pahr, Orientation Leader.
The cost of having a space and being a member of the OGC is $5.00! This incredible deal is due in part to all that is generously provided by the OVA, including the land, water, tools and much more.
We hope to see you in the Garden!