Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Oakmont Sunday Symposium Oakmont East Recreation Center

Sunday January 21st - 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. There is a $3 suggested donation. Find out more at

Jan. 21 – “What They Saw: That Big, Wild California – Women Writers of Gold Rush California 1848-1869,” by Ida Rae Egli

Oakmont resident Ida Rae Egli, a descendent of California pioneers, taught at Sonoma State University and is the retired chair of the English Department at Santa Rosa Junior College. She is the author of several books and various short works of fiction and poetry. Egli will speak about a group of women who lived through and wrote about extraordinary times in California when the state was just beginning to define itself. She says that one thing we cannot deny, listening to the voices of these women, is that gold rush California was a wild and wondrous time.

Jan. 28 – “Cataracts: The Eyes Have It,” by Jim Knapp

Cataracts are as common in an older population as gray hair. Retired ophthalmologist Dr. Jim Knapp will present a layman-oriented discussion of the origin, development and treatment of common types of cataracts as well as considerations about the optical concepts, methods and the timing of surgical interventions. He will not be prepared to answer patient-specific questions or recommend ophthalmologists, but will make himself available at a later time. In the late ‘70s, Knapp performed the first intraocular lens implants in two of the hospitals where he worked. Before retirement, Knapp was a full clinical professor at UCSF and was proud, in 2001, to be awarded the annual Best Teacher of the Year Award by the U.C. Ophthalmologist Residents.