Oakmont E-Blast 7-31-2020

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West Rec Water Walking Canceled

Effective Monday August 3 the third lane at the West Rec pool will be closed. Sonoma County Health Department has recommended the lane closing following a complaint about the inability to maintain social distancing because the pool is only 20 feet wide.

Reservations for that lane will unfortunately be cancelled and members with reservations will be contacted. The 3rd lane is the one with steps at the shallow end. 

Hardening Homes and Creating Defensible Space

Oakmonters are taking on the task of creating defensible space around their homes. Michael Sotak removed this dwarf Alberta Spruce that he described as having “a thick green shell hiding a fire hazard on the inside.” The OVA board has a new Firewise policy for creating defensible space around homes. Defensible space is the buffer between your home and combustible fuel like vegetation that can spread a wildfire. 

The Oakmont policy is in the 28-day required review period by members. Phase I of the policy deals with creating five feet of defensible space around homes. 

You can read the policy here. 

Here are More Resources:
This video takes just a couple of minutes to view and has tips on creating defensible space.
You can download California Firesafe Council brochures on home hardening and creating defensible space.
Living With Fire, from Fire Safe Sonoma, provides valuable information on fuel reduction practices.

Going to a Pool in Oakmont?

In compliance with Sonoma County facial covering requirements, Oakmont also requires masks when you enter a pool area and are on the pool deck. Oakmont has pool monitors to help all of us comply with the regulations for all our safety.

In addition to the local order, the CDC also says:

  • Mask up – until you dive in.
  • Stay six feet apart, in and out of the water.
  • Don’t share equipment such as pool noodles and paddle boards.
  • Bring your own chair.
  • After leaving the poolwash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Remember that at Oakmont no guests or children are allowed at any OVA pool or sports facility (tennis, pickleball, lawn bowling).

Boris Lushniak, M.D., Dean of the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a former deputy surgeon general, offers this: “There’s really no one single way to mitigate the risk of COVID-19. It takes a collaborative community effort — a multipronged approach, which includes social distancing and isolation and hygiene and wearing a mask.”

Someone Stealing Mail?

OVA was advised by an Oakmont resident that her outgoing mail was stolen from her mailbox today.  She saw that many of her neighbors had flags up with doors open and no mail inside. The resident said that she has heard from others in Oakmont who have had the same experience during the last few days. You may want to consider using USPS collection boxes that are situated in various locations throughout Oakmont.

Long Range Planning Committee Needs You

The Long Range Planning Committee is looking for new members who are interested in enthusiastically looking at the trends that will help determine the direction and planning of our community over the next decades. Please submit a letter indicating your interest and your background to: lrpc.chair@oakmontvillage.com.

CourseCo (Valley of the Moon) Survey

CourseCo is seeking your input on the Golf Course and the dining assets.


WEBINAR -AUGUST 8 – 10:30 A.M.

The Oakmont Firewise Committee will present an informative webinar on ways homeowners in Oakmont can reduce wildfire risk by creating a defensible space around the house, with a particular focus on the exterior of the house and the area within five feet around the house’s exterior. This area of the defensible space footprint is often called the “home ignition zone.”

The primary presenter is Roberta MacIntyre who has served for over 35 years in the fire service.  She started out as a volunteer firefighter, became a career fire fighter for a metropolitan fire department before becoming an assistant chief/fire marshal for the County of Sonoma.  Now in “retirement,” Roberta brings her well-honed skills to lead Sonoma County’s premiere fire safe council, Fire Safe Sonoma, as its president and CEO.

Also on the panel are Iris Harrell, Chair, and Katy Carrel, Vice Chair, from the Firewise Safety Committee.

To register for the webinar, click here:


E-Waste Collection

Saturday, August 15, 2020 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday, August 16, 2020 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Residents must be aware of the following COVID protocols required for E-Waste drop off:
1. Customers must remain in their vehicle at all times.
2. All customers in the vehicle must wear masks that cover their mouth and nose.
3. All waste must be in the trunk area of a vehicle (nothing in back seats or passenger seats).

E-Waste Collection will be two-day event! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street. There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay!

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

Ping Pong at the Central Pool

Ping pong is now available via reservation at the Central Pool.

Please visit https://oakmontvillage.com/book to make your appointment today 🙂

AUGUST 3 – 10:00 A.M.

The Oakmont Great Decisions Discussion Groups are continuing to meet every Monday at 10 a.m.  The topic for August 3 is “How the Global Economy and Culture Will Change After the Pandemic.”  There are articles available to read in advance.
To receive an invitation, send an email to oakmontgd@gmail.com.

Understanding COVID-19 Vaccines – Series Begins August 5 at 4 p.m.

The Futures Club and the Sunday Symposium are jointly sponsoring a series of four meetings designed to inform us all about viruses and vaccines and then to focus on the current work on COVID-19 vaccines.

These meetings will be Wednesdays at 4 p.m. on August 5, 12, 19 and 26. They will be Zoom conference calls so you’ll need to be on the email list to get the information.

These meetings are designed to give Oakmont residents a chance to understand COVID-19 vaccines.  It’s therefore important that you plan on joining all of the sessions if possible.

August 5 – 4 p.m. – Understanding viruses
August 12 – 4 p.m. – Understanding vaccines
August 19 – 4 p.m. – Understanding the specific COVID-19 vaccines under development
August 26 – 4 p.m. – Discussion and conclusions

There will be discussion leaders for each session who will be able to provide factual insights where needed, and there will be advance materials sent to those on the email list.  If you’re interested or have any questions, email tofutureoakmont@gmail.com.

You are invited to join Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for an interactive webinar about the work it is doing this year to prevent wildfires and keep customers and communities safe.

Wednesday, August 12 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Join here » or Call toll-free 1-866-501-6088 » | Conference ID: 3624868
Wednesday, August 19 | 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Join here » or Call toll-free 1-866-501-6088 » | Conference ID: 3567527


Mondays and Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
Monday: Playground-sized ball, small pillow or socks
Wednesday: Chair and sweatband

Oakmont Rainbow Women’s (ORW) Emergency Preparedness Binder

 The Oakmont Rainbow Women (ORW) have developed a comprehensive ‘Emergency Preparedness’ binder that features 99 pages of critical information, checklists and action items to be prepared for any type of natural disaster.

 Last month, Iris Harrell and David Dearden were awarded by the Oakmont Community Foundation as the 2020 Oakmont Volunteers of the Year in recognition of the importance of the ORW binder.  They donated their $1,000 award to ORW to pay for the printing of a limited number of binders.

 For as long as supplies last, ORW is pleased to offer the binders to the community at no cost. The actual cost is $15 per binder, and we will happily accept any donations so we can continue our project of printing and disseminating the binder to our community. 

 Contact Katy at Map Your Neighborhood <MYNOakmont@gmail.com> if you’d like a binder.  

Photo by Julie Kiil.

The Game Is On

The Online Game Club is continuing during this extended outage. If there’s a game you’d like to play with your friends, send an email to gamesatoakmont@gmail.com.

Gardeners Keep Oakmont Looking Lovely

Ron Kaufman saw this lovely family hanging out at the 17th hole of Valley of the Moon course.