Oakmont E-Blast 7-26-2019

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East Rec Grand Opening & Technical Walk-Throughs

photo by Kathy Sowers, graphics by Anita Roraus

Grand Opening:
The East Rec Center Grand Opening will be held on August 1 at 3:30 PM until 5 PM.
Free food & beverages, including CAKE!

Guided Tours:
The ERC Grand Opening will be preceded by four 30 minute technical tours. Building Construction Committee Chair, Iris Harrell and Project Manager, Deanna Alexander will be leading the tours 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. Only 20 people per time slot. 1 PM & 1:30 PM time slots are nearly full.

Advance Registrations Are Required
Click Here To Sign Up

Please watch this 1 minute video on how to use the Bookings page to sign up for ERC Guided Tours:


Minors Moving East

photo by Julie Kiil

The CAC will be closed beginning August 5, 2019 for pool resurfacing and conversion of pool and spa to saltwater. The pool is expected to be closed for a minimum of 5 weeks. During the interim, persons age 17 and under, provided that they are accompanied by an adult 18 or older, will be able to use the ERC pool between the hours of 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM to accommodate all involved.

Are You Prepared For An Emergency?

Just another reminder to Oakmont residents who have not yet signed up for any of the Local warning systems. The wildfire disaster of October 2017, illustrated that many Oakmont residents are inadequately prepared for an emergency. One of the main concerns expressed by residents was that we were not told to evacuate. However, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Department did issue an evacuation order at 3:19 AM over the SoCoAlert System. This is a free reverse 911 system where the sheriff’s department can send out emergency bulletins to specific zip codes.

The OEPC has strongly recommended that all Oakmont residents sign up for this service. These emergency messages can be delivered to regular landline telephones, mobile phones, text messaging, and emails. To sign up for this service, call 707-565-1369 or go on line to www.socoalert.com.

However, if you do not have a landline, you may not receive these alerts, because when electricity goes down, cordless phones do not work. Also, cellphone towers were damaged by the wind and fires, so many cell phone alerts were not received. And, of course, many people turn their cell phones off at night, or don’t hear them because they have left them in another room, or have taken out their hearing aids.

Remember, Fire and Earthquake require different responses. We all feel large earthquakes, so we’re alerted all at the same time. However, Fire Alerts must come via phone, or radio or TV – or someone pounding on your door. If it’s in the middle of the night – what have you done to prepare? It’s up to you. Don’t expect that another person will be there to help you. Make arrangements now, so you don’t become a statistic. Keep an eye on the weather forecast, and read carefully the instructions in the tri-fold brochure that you should have receiving from the OVA shortly.

Inside Oakmont

A Fun Video From Board Director, Noel Lyons

Four young foxes climbing a tree. This fun video was captured in the garden of Jackie Kinney & Noel Lyons.

Worship Services
Sundays, 10:30 AM
East Rec Center

The Oakmont Community Church will now be meeting at the newly remodeled East Rec Center.

July 28, 2 and 7 pm MEAGAN LEVY

In this affecting true-life drama, marine corporal Megan Leavey (Kate Mara) and her bomb-sniffing German shepherd, Rex, build a profound bond of trust and loyalty that sees them through more than 100 missions during the Iraq War—until an IED injures them both, putting their future together in question. Well-acted and excellently-produced, this heartfelt and powerfully emotional film is especially good when showing the training process for these soldiers and their dogs. (2018), PG-13, 106 minutes.

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.

Foxes In The Henhouse
SOLD OUT

Foxes In The Henhouse Fox On The Run

Foxes In The Henhouse
Fox On The Run Winners Of The 2013 Norbay Award For Best Acoustic-Folk Band performing at the Berger Center on Saturday, August 3 at 7 PM.

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

SR Newcomers

Newcomers Tuesday, August 13th luncheon features Eli Melrod, CEO and Co-Founder,  of Solful Dispensery who will talk to us about Cannabis

He set out to redefine the retail cannabis experience. when he launched Solful in 2017. With a commitment to curating products from small farmers and local purveyors, Eli works closely with farms that grow sungrown cannabis, and practice sustainable and regenerative farming techniques. He has scoured Northern California sourcing the finest sun grown cannabis the area has to offer, which can be found at Solful’s retail shop in Sebastopol. He passionately believes that it is important to know the producer of the products he carries which has led to his commitment to muddy-shoe sourcing, an integral part of The Solful Standard. You’ll never find additives, pesticides, or any yucky stuff in the products at Solful because just like the food you put into your body, Solful believes you should know where your cannabis comes from. In addition to his commitment to carrying sustainably farmed products, Eli also believes that community education should be a pillar of this emerging industry. Eli and the Solful team can often be found in the community and hosting educational talks at his Sebastopol dispensary. Solful is located in Sebastopol’s Southpoint Shopping Center.  For information on  how to sign up for the Luncheon, please contact us:  info@santarosanewcomers.org 707 524 7899     Registration must be made no later than 3pm Aug. 5 

Outside Oakmont

Sierra Garden

Sierra Garden Saturday 7/27/2019 9:00-10:30am

At last! Fresh tomatoes have arrived. If your grandkids are still in Oakmont for grandparents week, think about bringing them to see what a real garden looks like! Also from the garden we will have: strawberries, Romano beans, zucchini, cucumbers (several varieties), collards, broccolini, rhubarb, garlic, kale, Swiss chard, onions, fresh basil, fresh and dried herbs, flowers, succulents, cut flowers, vegetable starts, perennials. From the kitchen we will have pesto, pickles, jams, marmalades, chutneys, pasta sauce, and breads: persimmon, pumpkin, zucchini, lemon. All proceeds go to college scholarships for under-served Sonoma County youth. Many of them are the first in their families to attend college. We do this through an organization called 10,000 Degrees. For more information, go to www.sierragarden.orgSierra GardenSierra Garden provides educational and mentoring activities for at-risk youth in Sonoma County. Residents from Valley of the Moon Children’s Center gain skills while working alongside volunteers…www.sierragarden.org.

Chocolate & Cinema

Some Like It Hot
Rialto Cinemas, Sebastopol
Thursday, August 22, 7 PM

To purchase tickets or sponsor, visit SCPLF.org/events

Marilyn Monroe and her bosom companions, Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon, in a Billy Wilder production.

When two Chicago musicians, Joe (Tony Curtis) and Jerry (Jack Lemmon), witness the the St. Valentine’s Day massacre, they want to get out of town and get away from the gangster responsible, Spats Colombo. They’re desperate to get a gig out of town but the only job they know of is in an all-girl band heading to Florida. They show up at the train station as Josephine and Daphne, the replacement saxophone and bass players. They certainly enjoy being around the girls, especially Sugar Kane Kowalczyk (Marilyn Monroe) who sings and plays the ukulele. Joe in particular sets out to woo her while Jerry/Daphne is wooed by a millionaire, Osgood Fielding III. Mayhem ensues as the two men try to keep their true identities hidden and Spats Colombo and his crew show up for a meeting with several other crime lords. Tickets include the film, chocolate and popcorn! Available through the SCPLF website: SCPLF.com/events

Sonoma County Parks

Regional Parks Nature Journal Club – August 2Deepen your connection to the natural world through writing and sketching. Explore, observe, and learn to identify the beautiful flora and fauna of your Regional Parks. This month the club will visit Ragle Ranch Regional Park and bill be focusing on insects including butterflies.
https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Play/Calendar/Nature-Journal-Club-2019-08-02/

Winging it Wednesdays- July 31Winging it Wednesdays are also held monthly. These are free easy outings designed help folks learn about our local bird life while getting some fresh air. Our July Winging it Wednesday will be up at Steelhead Beach Regional Park.
https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Play/Calendar/Winging-It-Wednesday-2019-07-31/

2019 Back To School Book Sale in the Forum Room

Friday (8/16), Saturday (8/17), and Sunday (8/18)
211 E Street, Santa Rosa

Will be held from 10 AM to 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, and 2 PM – 5 PM on Sunday.
Free Admission
Call 707-308-3020 x1541 for more information. Cash or checks only.

Theater Night with Santa Rosa Symphony League

The Book Club Play by Karen Zacarias
Thursday, August 22 at 7 PM
52 W. 6th Street, Santa Rosa (6th Street Playhouse)

Four longtime friends and book club members have their lives upended when they aim to spice up their mundance routines by reading the provacative bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey. Ticket price includes wine and refreshments. $45, $40 for members. $5 discount per person for groups of 5 or more purchased online. Purchase tickets at https://srsymphonyleague.org/