Oakmont E-Blast 9-28-2021

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Board Opening

Apply for Opening on the OVA Board 

OVA Director Noel Lyons has announced his intention to resign in mid-October, and the board is inviting applicants to replace him in a vote expected at its October board meeting. 

 Members interested in joining the board should send a letter of application including their resumes and qualifications. The letter should provide the applicant’s physical Oakmont address and be emailed to the general manager, Kimberly Rowland, at Kimberly@oakmontvillage.com

The letters are due by October 5, and the directors expect to name Lyons’ successor on  

October 18. 

Town Hall Meeting

OVA DoubleHeader Town Hall Meetings 

Tuesday, October 5, at 1 p.m. on Zoom 

Emily Rogan, United Policy Holders 

Roadmap for Preparedness 

Emily Rogan, COO for United Policy Holders, a non-profit organization with more than 29 years helping disaster survivors, will discuss what homeowners and renters need to know about insurance preparedness for fire or other disasters.  

Please visit this page for the Zoom link and the live-stream:
10-5-2021: Town Hall: Roadmap for Preparedness – Oakmont Village

Immediately Following…

Architectural  Committee: Discussion of Architectural Issues and Firewise Policy

Same Zoom and Live-Stream link as Town Hall (above)

Dog Park Closure 10/7 & 10/8

The Happy Tails Dog Park will be closed for 2 days in October (Thursday, 10/7 & Friday, 10/8) to allow for the installation of a shade sail.

Flu Shots

October 4 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 pm. – East Rec Center   

Kaiser Patients Now Accepted 

This Monday presents an opportunity to roll up the other sleeve for annual flu shots.   It’s available by appointment on October 4 at the East Rec Center and administered by Safeway Pharmacies. 

You must have an appointment for this clinic. The links for reservations, the consent forms and more are below. You must wear a mask to enter the building.  

Effective October 1, Kaiser has opened its network to billing from outside providers for flu shots. Therefore, any Kaiser member who wishes to get a flu shot at Oakmont may do so without charge.   

Reservations need to be made online at:  


Read the advisories and fill out the consent form.  

Bring the authorization form with you, but you can get one at the clinic if you forget. Any boosters given on that day will require registration. 

Click Here For The Consent Form  
Click Here For The Notice Of Privacy Practices   
Click Here For Flu Shot Vaccine Info 

Sign up for COVID BOOSTERS Too 

October 4 East Rec Center 

By appointment 

For those 65 and over who received Pfizer vaccines at least six months ago, boosters are available of the Pfizer vaccine only.  Please sign up using the links provided above, once you choose the time for your flu shot appointment, you’ll be presented with an option to also request a COVID booster shot, as is shown in the image below:

Map Your Neighborhood

Sharing Information Safely 

 In conversations with Oakmont residents regarding MYN, one of the areas of concern has to do with confidentiality and the sharing of “personal” information.   The contact information for each MYN group stays with the group and is not shared with anyone.  While there is no requirement to share anything, and there may be a reluctance to share that you or your spouse have (COPD, early dementia, recent surgery, etc.), your neighbors would find this information extremely helpful whether or not there is an emergency.  How else can they support you or offer help?   Or know that you are alone?  Or that you are confused and frightened? 

MYN is not just about disasters such as earthquakes or fires and evacuation.  Neighbors helping neighbors is about caring for each other, about building community, about being interdependent and not isolated. 

Firewise Planning

Getting Help to Plan for Priorities

Some 200 Oakmonters attended a special drop-in session for help and information on meeting requirements for Oakmont’s landscape/firewise policy that became effective September 1, 2021, and pertains to the zero- to five-foot area around homes and structures.  Many who dropped into the six-hour event also tapped into some expert advice on tackling home hardening priorities to help protect homes from wildfire embers.

More than 60 residents and several sub-HOAs signed up for visits from trained volunteer assessors. If you would like to schedule a visit, email firewise@oakmontvillage.com.

photo by Julie Kiil

Hybrid Meetings in Oakmont

Are you thinking about holding a hybrid-meeting? Do you have a hybrid-meeting coming up soon? What is a hybrid-meeting?

Hybrid-meetings refer to meetings that are available in-person, as well as on a computer, often through the Zoom video conferencing application.

OVA’s East Rec Center and Berger Auditorium are both equipped with the necessary equipment for your club or group to host a hybrid-meeting. If you would like to learn how to utilize that equipment, please check out the resources below:

Hybrid-Meeting Quick Start Guide
This one-page guide covers the basics for all hybrid meetings in Oakmont. It can serve as a checklist to help your hybrid-meetings go smoothly: Hybrid-Meeting Quick Start Guide – Oakmont Village

Audio Visual Equipment Manual
This document covers all AV equipment at the East Rec Center and Berger Auditorium: AV (Audio/Visual) Equipment Manual – Oakmont Village

Conferencing Cameras Overview (VIDEO)
This 5-minute video gives a visual demonstration of how to operate the newly installed cameras available at the East Rec Center and Berger Auditorium: Conferencing Cameras Overview Video – Oakmont Village

Please check out our How To page where we’re always adding more helpful resources:
How To – Oakmont Village

If you would like to request use of OVA’s Zoom account, please submit a request through the form linked below:
Zoom Meeting / Webinar Request Form – Oakmont Village

Advice on Fencing

From the Santa Rosa Fire Department

A wooden fence or landscape wall attached to the house can lead a wildfire right to your home, especially if plant debris, dead vegetation or other flammable yard waste and leaf litter has gathered at the bottom. Residents that live within or immediately around our Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fire Area (and this applies to many homes in Oakmont ) are encouraged to take the steps necessary to protect their homes.

A noncombustible fence within the zero- to five-foot noncombustible zone will help minimize the potential for fire and wind-blown embers from spreading to your home. Below is a list of tips, including which materials, installation, and maintenance choices we recommend:

The area at the base of the fence should be kept clear of debris around the entire perimeter. During the 2020 Glass Fire, numerous fences located away from homes were ignited due to leaves and other yard waste piled up against them.  

  • Use a noncombustible fence section when it is attached to a building.
  • Avoid placement of combustible mulch near the base of the fence.
  • Create a one-inch gap at the bottom of the fence to keep fence boards from touching the soil because direct contact can cause rot and decay, making the wood more flammable.
  • Never store combustible materials such as firewood against a combustible fence.
  • Avoid wood slat fences with gaps. Burning embers that get trapped in gaps will cause the fence to catch fire, increasing your home’s chances of igniting.

Review the full list of fire-safe fencing tips under the Property Owner Resource Library at srcity.org/WildfireReady

What’s Happening In Oakmont?

 October 3

10:30 a.m. in Person and on Zoom

Berger Center
Heather Irwin
Dining Editor for the Press Democrat

When you want to find a great new restaurant, to whom do you turn?  You’ve read her culinary reviews, eaten at the places she recommended.  Now meet the amazing lady. Dining Editor for Sonoma Magazine and Press Democrat and Chief Fork for the Bite Club, Heather Irwin will update us on how restaurants are doing after a very difficult year and give us some good culinary tips.  People who like to eat.  Foodies.   This one is for you.
Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 837 3177 9099     Passcode: 234871

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Oakmont Arts and Crafts Faire
Saturday, November 13, from10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Inside the Berger Center

This event is open to all Oakmont residents with items very broadly described as art or craft. For example, paintings, jewelry, photographs, woodwork, quilts or anything else you might like to display or sell as you see fit considering space requirements. Each entrant will be allotted one space on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no charge to participate.

Artist Submission Form

Deadline for entry is November 1





You can bring whatever display material you have, including chairs, tables and display panels. Any sales will be managed by the artist.  There will be display panels provided by the Oakmont Art Association and placed at a space by the OVA staff. OVA will provide a card table 4’ square or a 4’ x 8’ rectangular table.  THESE WILL NOT BE PROVIDED UNLESS YOU CHECK BELOW THAT YOU NEED THEM. THE NUMBER OF THESE ARE LIMITED AND WILL BE ALLOCATED ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS.

Check the boxes below if you need them. You may check more than one item.

I need display panels:…………………………………………..

I need one 4’ by 8’ rectangular table:…………………………….

I need one 4 ‘ square card table:…………………………………………..

Sign here for your entry, agreeing to the above:…………………………………………………………………………..

Unsigned entries will be rejected.

Send your completed form by email to jbcarr35@gmail.com or mail it to

180 Mountain Vista Place or drop it off or mail it to the OVA Office, 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A. For more information, call Carolita Carr at 595-3401.

Sundays at 2 p.m.

Berger Center

October 3: Just Mercy:

October 10: Red Joan:

Pétanque at Join-a-Club Night Tonight

Pétanque Club representatives will be at OVA’s Join-a-Club Night tonight, September 28, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Berger.  Northern California is literally the “capital” of pétanque (pay-tonk) in the U.S.A. with the greatest concentration of clubs in the country. Stop by the Pétanque table to chat with club chair Max Hinchman and assistant Don McPherson to see what the game is all about – easy to learn, easy to play regardless of age, gender or mobility – fun, social and endlessly challenging.  Twenty-five years – an Oakmont club since 1996.

VA Benefits Changes for Veterans

September 30 from 4-5 p.m.

Berger Center

The Oakmont Vets Club is sponsoring a special presentation. Representatives from the VA will be here in Oakmont giving a special presentation on important information regarding recent changes in benefit coverages to eligible veterans and their dependents.

Hidden Oakmont

Thursday, October 7, at 9:00 a.m. Meet in Berger Parking Lot

This is a lovely opportunity to spend a morning with Oakmont resident and award-winning author Yvonne Horn on a short leisurely stroll following Oakmont’s hidden paths. She is a travel and garden writer as well as a third generation Sonoma County resident. Yvonne’s most recent book 100 Things to do in Sonoma County Before You Die is very popular and a must read. This short “stroll” has ups and downs, 85 spaced stairs (with handrails), dirt paths, neighborhood streets and views and is less than three miles. Meet at the Berger parking lot on Thursday, Oct. 7 for a 9 a.m. departure to the starting point, a short drive away. Bring water, sun protection, a snack; hiking poles optional. Hike leader Yvonne Horn can be reached at 322-9248.

Oakmont Clubs – Something Here for Everyone

September 28 at 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Oakmont has always been the place for exciting individual or club activities, whether it’s tennis and golf or stimulating lectures and computer classes.  Representatives from a multitude of clubs will be available to introduce you to what the community has to offer and help you join whatever strikes your fancy.  

These clubs will not have representatives at Join-a-Club Night on September 28, but there will be handouts available describing the clubs that you can pick up; or you can visit the websites.