Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Oakmont East Recreation Center

Sunday May 15th - 10:30am

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium provides a forum for speakers on diverse topics such as science, history, politics, culture and current events. Attendance is intended for Oakmont residents and their invited guests. Symposiums take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the East Recreation Center, 7902 Oakmont Dr.

Upcoming Symposiums

May 15 – “Hospital de la Familia,” Dr. James W. Knapp

Oakmont resident and retired ophthalmologist James W. Knapp will tell the story of the Hospital de la Familia (HDLF), located in tiny Nuevo Progreso, Guatemala, just across the border from Tapachula, Mexico. The hospital was built in the mid-1970s, financed by members of a men’s social club in San Francisco called “The Family.”

Medical teams of surgeons, nurses, and helpers began going down to the hospital in 1976, performing operations, primarily for cleft lip and palate, on the local people who are mainly Mayan coffee pickers and farmers. The hospital grew rapidly to become a regional medical center in an area little served by the Guatemalan government.

Knapp has been going there since 1987, doing large numbers of eye surgeries. His presentation to the symposium will include photos, videos and a discussion of the history and operation of the HDLF.

May 22 – “Trouble in Paradise,” Reuben Weinzveg and Padi Selwyn

There is a growing perception in Sonoma County that the wine industry is an unchallenged growth industry, with little regulation of mega event centers and industrial production facilities on agricultural lands. Many influential people now believe that without policies that consider cumulative growth effects, there will be compounding negative impacts on neighborhoods, roads, the environment and quality of life.

In this presentation, Reuben Weinzveg, past president of Sonoma County Land Trust, and Padi Selwyn , co-chair of Preserve Rural Sonoma County Coalition, will discuss recent developments in the wine industry in Sonoma County and how community groups are working to maintain rural character and balance the rights of all property owners.