Oakmont E-Blast 7-7-2021

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Fire Safe Fair

Thursday, July 15, from 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Berger Center

The Fire Safe Fair promises two information and fun-filled hours, offering everything from food, big and small raffle prizes, giveaways, vendor demonstrations and preparedness education.

The event is hosted by OVA, Firewise Committee, Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) and Oakmont Emergency Preparedness Committee (OEPC).  Raffle highlights include one Vulcan Vent whole-house installation, one home application of Fortify long-term fire retardant, NOAA radios, Go-bags from REI and more. There will be live demos at the Vulcan burn trailer by Valor, FireGuard and WaterGuard. The Santa Rosa Fire Department will be on hand to answer questions.  The OVA-sponsored BBQ features tri-tip, chicken and veggie burgers.

The Firewise Committee will have info on the Firewise policy, home hardening and fire smart landscaping ideas, mulch guidelines, what the assessors will be looking for and even schedule an appointment.

MYN will be there to talk about how to get started in your neighborhood and will have information on topics such as what to do in an evacuation if you (or your neighbor) don’t drive, as well as the newest evacuation zone designations.

OEPC will have recruiting sign-ups for neighborhood Zone Communicators (walkie talkies), ham radios, NOAA radio and alert set-up (bring your own if you need help).

COPE will also be present talking about how to prepare for an emergency or sign up to be a COPE leader and answer questions.

If you are interested in joining the ranks of needed volunteers for this event, please contact Danielle in the OVA office at dani@oakmontvillage.com.

Toxic Waste Disposal

Only 100 appointments available – first-come, first-served—for Toxic Waste disposal.  Location and time will be provided when you call to schedule an appointment.  

Please call 707-364-6927 to schedule an appointment or ask questions.

LIMITS: 15 gallons of liquid (max. of five gallons per container) or 125 pounds of solid material. NEVER mix chemicals. Place in sealed containers in the trunk, packed to prevent spills. Syringes/needles must be in sealed, approved Sharps containers. 

NOT ACCEPTED: Explosives or ammunition, radioactive materials, biological waste (except syringes), TVs, computer monitors and other electronics and business waste.  

Valley of the Moon Club

July News 

In July we start earlier tee times on the Sugarloaf course. The shop will open at 6:45 a.m. and tee times start at 7 a.m.  We hope you can get in a round before the temps get too hot. The afternoon breeze picks up around 2 p.m.; so even though the temps are warm, the breeze makes any round enjoyable. 

The Women’s “Wine and 9” group on Wednesdays has been a wild success.  Shotgun starts at 4 p.m., and wine and small-bite buffet start directly afterward in Oak’s banquet room. A big thank you to Joanne Phillips for creating such a fun event and organizing more than 90 ladies who have joined the group. The more the merrier, so come on out for fun and friendship.  Email tanzielewis@gmail.com to sign up. 

Member twilight calendar has been set for the remainder of the year. Mark your calendars: 
• August 9 – Member twilight 4 p.m. shotgun start on Sugarloaf 
• September 20 – Member twilight 4 p.m. shotgun start on Sugarloaf 
• October 11 – Member twilight shotgun, start time TBD on Sugarloaf 

The following events are open to the public: 
• August 27 – Dinner and Comedy Night in Oak’s banquet room. 5:30 p.m. with dinner at  7 p.m.   Tickets go on sale on July 15 for $70 per person for dinner and show or $35 per person for the show only. 
• October 20 – Full Moon Glow Ball Tournament- more details in the upcoming months. 

Drought water saving is in progress on the course per the 20% mandatory reduction. You will be able to see areas where we are watering less because the grass has started to turn brown in the rough areas. 

Our snack bar is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Our menu will be changing in the next few weeks, so please check our website for the most up-to-date menus. You can order online from our website or while you’re on the course and pick up your food at the turn or take it home with you.  Remember to get a confirmation number as the last step on the order to make sure it went through. 

Our banquet rooms are open and ready to host your private event. Our calendar has started to fill, so make sure to contact our events sales director to hold your next event: Valleyofthemoon@fairviewevents.com.  Never too early to plan a festive holiday gathering. 

Volunteer Driving

to Resume on Monday, July 19

Oakmont Volunteer Helpers (OVH) will be resuming driving as of Monday, July 19, for residents having medical appointments in Santa Rosa.  OVH is excited to be back supporting neighbors and looks forward to being of service once again. In this uncertain time, all riders are required to be fully vaccinated (honor system) and to sign a waiver of liability with regard to safety and health concerns.  

You must register beforehand if you know you will be needing a ride, whether or not you have had rides in the past. Please contact Marianne Neufeld at 953-5302 so that she can get you into the database. 

Grandparents Week

Registration is Open

It’s time to register your grandchildren for the Oakmont Grandparents Club July Camp. The week begins on Sunday, July 25, with a carnival at Oakmont Gardens and culminates in a coin toss for all ages on Friday, July 30, at the Central Pool. In between are dozens of classes: pickleball, tennis, shuffleboard, horseshoes, golf, pétanque, Wii bowling, bocce, table tennis and lawn bowling along with play dough fun, square dancing, painting, making chocolate pasta (yum!), hip hop dancing, nature walk and craft at the East Rec pond, chopsticks and Skittles (another yum!), riding the Oakmont bus, parachutes and music for the wee ones, family Bingo ($$ prizes), decorating your own box, robotics, Dominos and aerobics with JoRene. There is also a family picnic party on Tuesday evening, July 27, with bounce houses, bubbles, games and music. 

Registration closes on July 21. Descriptions of the classes and sign-up sheets are available to print from our webpage (www.oakmontvillage.com/grandparentsclub), and copies will also be in the Grandparents Club folder at the OVA office. Please donate gently-used children’s books (collection box at library) and coins of any kind for the coin toss. Coins may be put in our folder in the OVA office. Questions? Contact club chair Leslie Brockman at 949-683-7725 or oakmont.grandparents@gmail.com

Save Water

It’s Required

City of Santa Rosa officials have passed a mandatory 20 percent reduction in water use, along with other prohibitions and regulations to conserve water.  In compliance, OVA is also reducing water consumption through specific measures to meet the reduction goals. This means green spaces will be maintained with as little water as possible and flowers and new plants will not be installed in common areas for now. While Santa Rosa is not reviewing individual customer use, officials have asked residents to pitch in. There are prohibitions and restrictions that include irrigation limits and requirements to fix appliance and line leaks immediately. Click here to read an informative FAQ about water restrictions and resources.

A Fawn Rescue Story

in Oakmont

A little baby fawn came to Maureen Pennal’s yard off the West Course looking for a shady shelter.  Maureen had noticed her all alone across the way the night prior, and she looked lost. Maureen was just getting ready to call fawn rescue the next morning when she saw the fawn run to the back patio, where she hid and rested.  She was then gone, but later Sunday night she was standing alone again and looked very weak with no female doe in sight. Maureen brought the fawn to her back area and gave her some milk from a glove filled with 2% milk.  She then placed a call to Fawn Rescue and very soon got a call back from Matt, who came right over and said the fawn was probably only a couple of days old. She was very thin, so Matt rescued little “Wonder Girl” to get her sheltered and properly fed. Many thanks to Matt for coming right over to rescue her.  The group only rescues deer and averages helping about 100 per season.  Fawn Rescue of Sonoma County – Emergency Service at 931-4550. 

Upcoming Activities

Cribbage Club Resumes Weekly Play 

Tuesdays, 12-3 p.m. 
CAC Card Room

The Oakmont Cribbage Club has resumed weekly doubles play at the Central Activity Center every Tuesday from noon to 3 p.m.  in the rear card room (walk through the kitchen).

The dues-free club welcomes players of all experience levels and will help you learn this casual, social version of one of the world’s oldest card games.  All playing cards and cribbage boards are supplied.  
Facility capacity is back to pre-COVID limits, and social distancing is no longer required.  Masks are only required if you are unvaccinated.   

The Origins and Odysseys of Our Favorite Foods

Wednesdays July 7 to July 21, 3 to 5 p.m. 
Berger Center OR Online


Join Dr. John Freedman for a colorful mix of history, cultural anthropology and biology in this three-week class that explores the fascinating – and often surprising – origins of foods of the world, from pineapple, peppers, peanuts, tomatoes, potatoes (a real game changer) to sugar (a bittersweet story), coffee, chocolate and much more.  The cost is $60. 

To register or to get more information, go to oakmontll.org and choose the in-person or on-line option. Webinar information will be provided by email upon receipt of payment. Registration forms are also available in the OLL folder in the OVA office. 

Lifelong Learning will be following all state and county COVID guidelines. 

Café Mortel 

Wednesday, July 7, 3-4:30 p.m. 
CAC Room B 
What is an End-of-Life Doula?

How can end-of-life doulas support you and your family as death nears?  They provide 
non-medical emotional, physical, spiritual and practical support for the whole care team. 
Constance and Michelle are both trained as end-of-life doulas and home funeral guides. They will share why this work is so meaningful to them, the different aspects they both offer and answer questions you have.  They can help you explore the topic of death and dying and can assist you with understanding the natural dying process and natural death care, loss and grief; getting your Advance Directive and Living Will in order; assessing and advocating for your needs and values; working with a team of caregivers and providers to implement your wishes; introduce non-medical holistic skills to support you and your loved ones. 

If you cannot attend in person, you may join by Zoom on the first Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. until December 21.  Click on https://us02web.zoom.us/j/666397270?pwd=ZTBiK2dobytKQU90RG9ya1ExTG4wdz09 

Meeting ID: 666 397 270 
Passcode: deathtalk 

“We are all just walking each other home.” ~Ram Dass 

Fern Lake and Camp Via 

July 8 at 8:30 a.m. 
Meet at Berger Center 

Back by popular demand, a fun and informative hike starting at Sonoma Development Center and taking Eldridge Trail to Fern Lake, where there are restrooms and a hand washing station. From there, Red Hill Trail to Camp Via, former camp site for SDC residents. On the way back, stop at the cemetery where many SDC residents were laid to rest. The hike is 4.1 miles with an elevation gain of 700 feet. There’s a surprise treat at the end of the hike. Bring water, a snack and face covering. Hiking poles are helpful on uphill trails; return surface is smooth. Depart Berger at 8:30 a.m.  Hike leaders Gary and Bonnie Andersen, 360-778-9604  

Pinochle is Back 

Thursday, July 8, 9:15 to 11:45 
CAC Card Room 

The group meets every Thursday from 9:15-11:45 at the CAC card room. Cost is 25 cents per game paid to winners.   Email Rod at pinochlerod@gmail.com for information or questions. 

New Oakmont Grief Group 

Tuesday, July 13, 9 a.m. 
OVA Office Building, Suite B  

Oakmont’s Grief Group will meet every Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. in the OVA office building, Suite B.  All residents and guests are welcome. 

Face-to-Face-Time Has Arrived 

Doug Griffin 
Tuesday, July 13 at 11:30 a.m. 
Berger Center 

SIR Branch 92 will be having its first post-pandemic lunch, a self-serve box-lunch catered by Oakmont Market.  All protocols for safety will be observed. A drawing for a special prize and the customary drawing for the Birthday Boys will be held for those in attendance, and members are encouraged to bring guests. 

The. speaker’s topic is “Inside Labor Unions – Elections, Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  Doug Griffin will talk about his experience as an Investigator and District Director for the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in administering the laws that govern the internal operations of American labor unions. His talk will include a discussion of crimes inside unions, rules for internal election of union officers with examples of violations of those rules resulting in Federal intervention, and a summary of the history behind Federal Regulations of Unions.  

Doug is a CPA/Forensic Accountant, spending over 30 years doing and managing investigations for the Federal Government.  He has a BA and MA from the University of Michigan, was a Lt. in the Marine Corps, actually started his career as a teacher and football coach and lives part-time in Oakmont. 

A picnic is planned for July 21 at 11:30 a.m. at the picnic area. 

Boomers Bringing Back Food Trucks 

July 17, 5 to 7:15 p.m. 
Berger Parking Lot