The Oakmont Sunday Symposium is open to all Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Topics in the Symposium's fall schedule include civil rights and wilderness legislation, drought resistant gardening and Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Court.

Sunday events for Oakmont residents and their invited guests are from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Rec Center.  A $3 donation is requested. Discounted passes are available at the door. The Symposium solicits comments and suggestions about our programs from our audience. Click on Contact Us.


Pat Sullivan, "How to Tap Your Special Genius of 50+" on September 14, 2014 (audio only)

Lynn Cominksy, "BLAZING GALAXIES, EXPLODING STARS, AND MONSTROUS BLACK HOLES" on May 8, 2014 (audio & video)

September 21
Dr. Jonah Raskin: "50 Years After the LBJ Civil Rights
and Wilderness Legislation"

John McDougall Americans may not think of wilderness when they think of civil rights, but the two have been historically linked since 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson signed into law both the Wilderness Act and the Civil Rights Act. Dr. Jonah Raskin looks back at that time and at the present and recounts the distance we've traveled as a nation in the past 50 years.

Dr. Raskin taught literature, writing, and media at Sonoma State University for 30 years. He has a B.A. and an M.A from Columbia in New York and a PHD from the University of Manchester in England. Now a professor Emeritus at Sonoma State University, Dr. Raskin is the author of 14 books and six poetry books.

September 28
Sandy Metzger: "Drought Resistant Gardening"

John McDougall When it comes to drought-resistant gardening, it really is about the birds and bees. Master Gardener Sandy Metzger will talk about one of her favorite topics: "Drought-Resistant Gardening for Birds, Bees, Butterflies and Bugs," or Habitat Gardening, as it is formally called.  She will discuss garden conditions favored by wildlife and how thoughtful planning for these creatures creates a healthy garden. In her colorful slide show she will present many varieties of flowers and shrubs that attract the four B's. And now in this time of severe drought and water rationing, Sandy will focus on natives and other drought tolerant plants.

Since completing the Master Gardener program in 2000, Sandy has become an avid habitat gardener, planting shrubs and perennials, mostly California native plants and other ornamentals that attract birds, bees, butterflies and bugs.  In 2002, her Santa Rosa property was certified by the National Wildlife Federation as a "Backyard Wildlife Habitat."

October 5
Joan Price --"The Five Biggest Myths About Sex and Aging"

John McDougall Joan Price calls herself an advocate for ageless sexuality. She has been called other things by the media: "senior sexpert," "the beautiful face of senior sex," and—her favorite—"wrinkly sex kitten."

In an eye opening symposium presentation, Price shatters some typical myths and shares the most common questions that Boomers, seniors, and elders ask her. She'll answer those questions, too -- in her signature candid, upbeat manner.

Formerly a health and fitness writer, Joan switched topics in 2005 to senior sex with her spicy memoir, Better Than I Ever Expected: Straight Talk about Sex After Sixty. Later works include Naked at Our Age: Talking Out Loud about Senior Sex , and Ageless Erotica. Her newest book, The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty: How to Maintain – or Regain! – a Spicy, Satisfying Sex Life, will be published by Cleis Press in December 2014. Joan also is the "Sex at Our Age" columnist for

October 12
Gina Belforte --"The Golden Gate Bridge"

Gina BelforteThere is a lot more to the Golden Gate Bridge than the historic span itself. The highway and transportation district that governs it also operates a bus and ferry service that carries 30 million passengers a year to and from San Francisco.

In a wide-ranging discussion, Gina Belforte, Rohnert Park City Council member and Golden Gate Bridge director, provides a historic look at the bridge, how it was planned and its significance to Sonoma County. There will be information shared about recently completed projects such as automated tolling as well as a number of projects currently under construction. We will also look at future issues facing the district and the district's role as a transportation provider in the Bay Area.

Gina is currently serving her second term on the Rohnert Park City Council. Regionally, she serves as a Bridge Director and is a Health Action liaison. A Northern California native, she has lived in Rohnert Park for 27 years with her husband Kevin. She has two children attending college.


If the speaker requests the program be video recorded, an edited copy will be posted here one week later for those who could not attend in person. Contact Oakmont Video Productions for more information.

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