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Oakmont Symposium season returns Sept. 12 via Zoom only

The Oakmont Sunday Symposium (OSS) board has decided not to hold live meetings when its fall season begins Sept. 12, featuring State Senator Mike McGuire. The board voted to make at least its first two programs, on Sept. 12 and 19, Zoomonly events due to the alarming increase in COVID-19 cases caused by the Delta variant, particularly among the vulnerable elderly.

“The board felt that too many Oakmont residents have medical conditions of concern to have large meetings in Berger, even with masking,” said OSS president George McKinney. “We hope Sonoma County COVID- 19 conditions will improve sufficiently to allow in-person meetings to begin later in September or in October.”

McGuire, on Sept. 12, is expected to focus on fire-related issues, COVID-19, and the drought. Following McGuire, the Sept. 19 program features Maya MacGuineas of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, who will talk about the problems with our national debt.

A complete list of the symposium fall program and more information is available on the OSS website, www.oakmontsundaysymposium. org.

The OSS also wants to thank supporters for their donations, which allowed it to continue paying speakers during the long COVID-19 roller-coaster ride. If you would like to contribute to this coming season, please send a donation to the Oakmont Community Foundation, earmarked for “The Oakmont Sunday Symposium,” by visiting www.oakmontcommunityfoundation. com and selecting “Donate.”