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.  There will be no donation request for the September 7 program. Normally, we ask for 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.


Dr. John McDougall, "THE MCDOUGALL PLAN: EATING YOUR WAY TO A HEALTHIER LIFE" on May 27, 2014 (audio)

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

Septemeber 7
Bob Canepa: "North Korea: The Hermit Country" 

John McDougallThe Oakmont Sunday Symposium's fall season on begins with a sometimes chilling discussion of  North Korea from a personal point of view.

Bob Canepa has traveled to 86 countries including the former Soviet Union, Poland, Hungary and East Germany. He narrowly escaped from Czechoslovakia before the Soviet troops and tanks invaded in 1968. Yet, he says, "none of these countries can even remotely compare to the totalitarianism and mind control that exists in North Korea today.

Bob was born and raised in Marin County. He did his undergraduate studies and USF and his graduate work at Dominican University.  In his talk, "North Korea:  The Hermit Country," Bob will share many of his experiences in North Korea, including almost being arrested.

Septemeber 14
Pat Sullivan: "How to Tap Your Special Genius of 50+" 

John McDougall Sadly, we are more likely to have our natural genius trained out of us than to have had the support to develop it. Fortunately, genius-level imagination need not be lost forever, and the elder years provide unique opportunities to reclaim and develop it.

Pat will help you remember the natural brilliance you once enjoyed and show you exciting ways to rediscover and develop it. so you can deal better with the challenges and opportunities of aging.

Pat is the founder of Visionary Resources of Oakland, holds a BA in English from The College of William and Mary and an MA in spirituality and psychology from Holy Names University. Her publications include columns for the San Francisco Chronicle on spirit and work, two books and many articles plus forthcoming books on natural genius and the wisdom of aging.


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."

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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