Oakmont E-Blast 8-10-2021

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Masking Required

Indoors at all Facilities

The OVA is following all Sonoma County mandates for masking. This requires masks indoors in all work places and public settings regardless of vaccination status.  This applies to all OVA buildings. Sonoma County and the City of Santa Rosa have ordinances in place allowing administrative citations and civil penalties for violations. Individuals can be fined $100 for failing to wear a mask where required and can also can be fined for refusing to abide by COVID-19 safety protocols required at restaurants, stores and other businesses. 

Face shields may not be worn in lieu of a mask. They may be worn in addition to a mask.  Signage has been prominently displayed on OVA facilities to communicate these recent changes in masking requirements.  

FEMA and FCC Plan Nationwide Emergency Alert Test

August 11 at 11:20 a.m. 

In coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, FEMA will conduct a nationwide test at 11:20 a.m. on August 11 with a backup date of August 25 to assess the capabilities of the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alert. 

This is the sixth national Emergency Alert System test and the second national Wireless Emergency Alert test. This time, however, the wireless portion of the test will be directed only to those cellphones where the subscriber has opted in to receive emergency alert test messages. The test will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed. 

Both portions of this nationwide test will be sent through FEMA’s Integrated Public Alert and Warning System, the nation’s modern alert and warning infrastructure that automatically authenticates alerts. The test is intended to ensure public safety officials have the methods and systems that will deliver urgent alerts and warnings to the public in times of an emergency or disaster. 

Cell towers will broadcast the wireless test for approximately 30 minutes. During this time, cell phones that have opted in to receive Wireless Emergency Alert test messages, are switched on, within range of an active cell tower and configured to receive emergency alert test messages should receive that message.  Phones should receive the message once, reading, “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” Phones set to Spanish will receive a translated message. Wireless Emergency Alerts are accompanied by a unique tone and vibration. The national test will use the same special tone and vibration. 

The Emergency Alert System test is made available to Emergency Alert System participants (i.e., radio and television broadcasters, cable systems, satellite radio and television providers and wireline video providers) and is scheduled to last approximately one minute. The test message will be similar to regular monthly test messages with which the public is familiar. 

Using OVA’s Zoom Account

Would you like to schedule a Zoom meeting or webinar using OVA’s Zoom license?  Submit a request through this page: 

How To Request Use of the OVA Zoom Account

Please note that meetings are not confirmed until the Events Coordinator reaches out to you directly after your request has been submitted. Send any questions to anita.roraus@oakmontvillage.com

What’s Happening in Oakmont…

August 11 at 4 p.m. on Zoom 
Paul Gullixson, Manager, Communications at County of Sonoma 
How the Delta Variant of Covid Impacts Oakmont  

Paul Gullixson, Communications Director for Sonoma County, will speak Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. in a Zoom meeting.  

Gullixson will update the COVID-19 situation in the county with a focus on breakthrough cases, incidence of the Delta variant and specific things that relate to Oakmont residents (vaccinations, incidence and hospitalizations by age and ZIP code).  He will also talk about recommended best practices for Oakmont residents to stay safe and how to best stay informed about local statistics. 

There will also be a brief update on how to get your official California digital vaccination record on a cell phone, since proof of vaccination seems to be required at an increasing number of locations. 

To Join the Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 847 4008 7383

Pre-Holiday Arts and Crafts Faire

November 13 
Berger Center 

Remember the huge Arts and Crafts Faire held in June? It was such a success that Oakmont is hosting another. This one will be inside the Berger Center on November 13. The Art Association wants all interested artists and craftspeople to mark their calendars now for this event. If the response is anything like last time, once a submission form is made available, spaces will go fast. More information will be forthcoming in later editions of the Oakmont News and e-blasts. 

Upcoming Movies at Oakmont

2 p.m. only**

Sunday, August 8, 2021 – Ford v Ferrari
Sunday, August 15, 2021 – Nomadland
Sunday, August 22, 2021 – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Sunday, August 29, 2021 – Dark Waters

**7 p.m. showings will return if a few more people volunteer to show movies. If you are interested, contact Al Haggerty at 538-4231 or  alcarol@sonic.net

OVH is Up and Driving

Have you ever been in a situation where you were unable to drive and had to depend on someone else? Does that bring up questions of what if?” or whom do I call? Well, Oakmont Volunteer Helpers (OVH) is here to get you to your doctor’s appointments. Hopefully in the future, we will resume rides to Safeway or events within Oakmont as we have in the past.

And we still need drivers. If you have some spare time and a willingness to help your neighbors, get on the roster. Coordinators are also needed to help arrange rides. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Call Matt Zwerling (539-8996) to find out more about being a driver or a coordinator.

Fall Class Preview

Wednesday, September 1
2:30 p.m. – Refreshments and Raffle; 3 p.m. – Preview
Berger Center

The Genius of Billy Wilder
Instructor: Terry Ebinger
Wednesdays 9/15 to 10/6 from 2 to 5 p.m. at Berger Center

THE BEATLES: The Rock Group That Changed the World
Instructor: Richie Unterberger
Thursdays 9/16 to 10/21 from 3-5 p.m. at East Rec

Before the Storm: America from 1815 to 1850
Instructor: Mick Chantler
Mondays 10/4 to 11/1 and Wednesday 11/4 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Berger Center

Three ways to register for a class:
• Go to oakmontll.org,
• Fill out a form in the OLL folder in the OVA office,
• Pay at the door on the first day of class.

Holland & Coots Jazz Duo

Thursday, August 12, 7:00 PM
Berger Center
$25 per person

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

“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.

Blood Pressure Clinic

Wednesdays at 10:30
Berger Center

photo by Julie Kiil

The weekly blood pressure clinic has resumed with many residents lining up to be checked.

 Patricia Hoffman will join long-time volunteers Barbara Robinson and Del Baker in making the clinic a weekly event.

Most residents had not kept their blood pressure record cards.  The cards record your weekly readings, and it is recommended to bring the card every visit to track your pressure and useful to show your doctor on your next visit.

Many residents had not had their blood pressures checked during Covid nor seen their doctors and were so glad our weekly clinic was conveniently located and now will attend each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the Berger. 

The Oakmont Ukesters are Back

The Oakmont Ukesters are back in business, meeting and performing in person after months of being cooped up on Zoom. During the shut-down, the group offered seven successive new beginner tutorial sessions and a weekly online strum-along, while continuing to add songs to its impressive collection of music from many different eras and genres. In late May, weekly in-person practice sessions resumed under a reservation system to facilitate adherence to COVID restrictions. The strum-alongs continue for those who are still uncomfortable meeting in person or who wish to continue practicing while away from Oakmont. As COVID restrictions eased, the happy strummers and singers have been able to get out and do some entertaining, with performances at the Oakmont Gardens’ Father’s Day party and at the Grandparents’ Week Welcome Carnival.

While practicing indoors, the Ukesters must wear masks and limit participation to 25 people at a time. While these ongoing restrictions present some challenges, it doesn’t prevent this bunch of about 40 from making music with friends once more. The Ukesters hope to start giving in-person beginner tutorial sessions soon.  Watch for news in up-coming e-blasts.

Map Your Neighborhood Open Drop-in Sessions

Thursday, August 12 from 1-2 p.m. in East Rec
Thursday, August 26 from 3-4 p.m. in Suite B in OVA office
Thursday, September 9 from 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Room B in the CAC

Map Your Neighborhood (MYN), an Oakmont disaster preparedness group, will be holding several “drop-in” sessions. Stop by this open-forum-style discussion to talk about any emergency prep topics, and we will brainstorm together.  We are in the middle of fire season, and we’re always in earthquake season. MYN would like to support Oakmont residents in any way possible.

Some of the topics to be discussed:
• how to get MYN started with your neighbors, especially the ones who aren’t interested in
   disaster prep;
• evacuation anxiety that accompanies PSPS, red flag warnings and where to evacuate;
• how to help neighbors or friends evacuate when they don’t drive;
• how to prepare for sheltering in place.

Tasting Events Club (TEC) for Blind Tasting

August 19 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.
East Rec Center
$35 per person

Six wines, three varietals, two regions:

Cabernet Blends Bordeaux
Immortal Estate “Slope” Chateau Haut Bergey
Pinot Noir Burgundy
Hirsch Estate “San Andreas” Albert Morot Beaune 1er Cru
Sauvignon Blanc Loire-Sancerre
Quivira “Fig Tree” Dry Creek Franck Millet Sancerre –Insolite

• Six-person seating at round tables, facing large screen
• Each place setting will have a wine glass, water, cheese, fruit and crackers/bread,

   a small clipboard with wine info and a clicker’ for answering Trivia
• Tasting ‘FUN’ event features:
o Wines poured one at a time – ‘blind’
o Expert opinion and discussion about each poured wine
o Wine sensory and preference discussion and evaluation
o Multiple choice trivia questions to answer with clickers
o Discussion of trivia results and identification of ‘winners’
o Prizes for winners

OPTIONAL: After Tasting Socializing (6:30pm…. with wine remaining from tasting event)

Register & pay ($35 pp) via EventBrite:

For more information, contact Tastings.Club@gmail.com

Cal Club Dinner

August 26 at 5 p.m.

Wild Oak Saddle Club

Jon Stout, Charles Schulz Airport Manager

Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going

Jon Stout, manager at the Charles Schultz Airport, will be speaking at the next Cal Club dinner at the Wild Oak Saddle Club on August 26. His talk is titled “Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going.”  Alumni and “Friends of Cal” (see below) are invited to come enjoy cocktails at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The cost for dinner and cocktails will be $50. Seating will be outside on the deck with all courses being served buffet style in the main dining room. The menu will include garden salad, whipped sweet potatoes, roasted vegetables, breaded pork chops and three-berry crisp with vanilla bean ice cream for dessert. Reservations must be made by August 19, and payment is due by Monday, August 23. Call Linda Williams at 322-6272 for reservations, payment information or to learn how to become a “Friend of Cal.”  Those not making reservations or submitting payment by the due dates will not be able to attend.


Fog City Swampers
August 28 from 5 to 9:30 p.m.

Berger Center

You can bring your own food and drink and be ready for some GREAT ‘50/’60s-style music for your dancing or listening pleasure.  The cost is $24 per person.  Doors open at 5 p.m. with music from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Come ready to party. You can mail your checks to 7111 Oak Leaf Drive or put in the Sha-Boom folder in the OVA office.  Any questions?   Call 539-6666.

Save the Dates

September 24: Ruby’s in Town, music and salad and pizza from NY Pizza.

October 23: Kenton Weaver in person from Las Vegas.  He is the best of the singer impersonators in the business.  The Sinatra family in Palm Springs chose him to perform for Frank’s 100th birthday party.  He also does Dean Martin, Willy Nelson and many more.

December 31: New Year’s Eve Gala at Berger

Submitting Articles for the E-blast and Oakmont News

Go to oakmontvillage.com/submit and follow the instructions.  Please do not use the words we, our, us.  Those belong to OVA, not clubs.