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Cassie's Eblast!
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Four years ago before the Sugarloaf Crush 
Photo by Bob Starkey
Jean Gillen’s party was ruined by the freak hail storm last Sunday afternoon!
We asked, you answered. Now we have more questions.
The majority of responders to an earlier survey preferred replacing the East Rec Center deck with a smaller version.  Subsequently, an architect produced two structural options: one for a smaller deck accessible only from the building;  and a second that also included stairs leading to the pool area, as well as incorporating a lower deck where swimmers or poolside readers could get more shade than that provided by umbrellas.  A part of the architect’s rationale was to rebuild a deck structure that might provide increased usage of the deck area and to make a physical and visual connection between the building and the pool area.
The board this week voted to proceed with building a smaller deck with stairs and a lower deck platform.  The process would require the necessary and usual City of  Santa Rosa permitting processes. Since the vote to proceed, the Board members and the OVA office have received significant feedback from residents as to justify asking residents a few more questions, since the stair option was not included in the original homeowners’ survey.
Questions (Please answer yes or no only):
1. An architect has created two stair configurations. Regardless of configuration, do you like the architectural concept of stairs leading from the upper deck to the pool area?  Yes. No.
2. A lower deck would have shade from the upper deck. It would also maintain access to the locker rooms and remove vegetation currently there.
 Do you like the concept of a lower deck? Yes or no.
3. When the East Rec main room has an event inside the building, should the upper deck be accessible to other users from poolside stairs?   Yes or no.
4. If you were using the pool, would you access the upper deck via stairs for usage while at the pool? Yes or no 

5. If you favor a lower deck, what are some of the ways you would use it?
6. The upper deck could support tables and chairs for a gathering. The lower deck would have tables and chairs with no umbrellas.
How would you see these two decks being used?


Thank you for taking time to provide additional information.
By the end of March, the annual 2016 Financial Statement and Independent Auditor’s Report will be sent to all members.  If you have questions regarding the report, please submit them in writing to:


It is turning out to be difficult for our Independent Inspector of Elections, James Ernst, to pick up the ballots daily and take them back to his office.  The bank is still an option; but if you can put your ballot in the mail, please do.

Click here to view the March 7 OVA Board meeting
OCF Receives Summit Bank Donation
Last July, the Oakmont Community Foundation (OCF) changed banks, moving its business to Summit State Bank.  Headquartered in Santa Rosa, Summit takes great pride in supporting local 501(c)(3) charitable organizations through its Nonprofit Partner Donation Program – and OCF is a proud participant!    
A major annual Summit Bank event is its annual “Donation Presentation” to its member partners.  On March 6th, Summit President and CEO Jim Brush presented Summit’s $1,000 donation to delighted OCF board members at the OVA offices.
Pictured are, from left to right, Sue Millar, Tony Lachowicz, Summit’s President Brush, Bob Chapman, Paul Heidenreich, Eunice Valentine, Pat Amedeo, and Pat Clothier.
Look for more details in the April First issue of the Oakmont News!  

Construction Oversight Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 16 – 10:00 a.m. 
OVA office, large conference room

Before you go to bed on Saturday, remember to set your clocks forward one hour.
Street Cleaning
City streets in Oakmont are cleaned once a month, very early on the fourth Friday.  That means if residents who live on city streets want their streets swept, they should not park on the street overnight on that monthly cleaning Friday.  The cleaning program affects only city streets.  Private streets such as in many homeowner associations are not cleaned by the city.
Community Garden Growing 
The board unanimously approved plans outlined by Facilities Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert to add roughly 45 new spaces to the Oakmont Community Garden at a cost of up to $15,000.  With 22 on the waiting list for garden spaces, this would provide another 23 spaces for additional members. The costs include $6,400 for new fencing and $7,000 for additional water lines.  President Andie Altman and Director Leznik urged the garden club to develop a program to “give back to the community” by providing residents with starter plants for their household gardens. The garden’s president, Pat Olive, said she would be happy to work something out.

St. Patrick’s Day Party and Pub Crawl

 The Social and Dance Club and the OVA celebrate  the Wearing O’ the Green!
Catered by Oakmont Village Market and live music by the Tom Shader Band
Appetizers – Guinness and Cheddar Dip with Crudite and crackers
Green Tortilla Ham Rollups
Mixed Green Salad
Buffet Dinner of Corned Beef, Cabbage, Carrots, Potatoes and Onions
Irish Soda Bread & butter and Pretzel Bread
Dessert - Mud Pie Cake with Chocolate Chip Mint Ice Cream and Hot Fudge
Irish Coffee Served with Dessert
When: Friday, March 17, 2017
Time: 5:30  - 10 PM
Where: Berger Center
Cost: $20 per 2017 club member, or
$25 per non-member, or
$160 for a reserved table for any 8 submitted
Last day to reserve is March 10 @ 3 PM
All reservations must be paid for at the time they are submitted. If you want to sit with a specific group, please designate a table name and coordinate with all others at the table. There will be open seating for groups/individuals of fewer than eight people.

Make checks payable to the Oakmont Social and Dance Club. You can put reservations in the Dance Club folder in the OVA or mail to Karen Sites, 7294 Oak Leaf Drive.
Brass Quintet and Young People’s Chamber Orchestra
Saturday, March 11 – 3:00 p.m.
Berger Center
This is a special extra Music at Oakmont concert, not included in the series.  Admission is $10 at the door but free to age 16 and under.  We urge you to enjoy hearing and encouraging these most talented young people.
The Search for the Next Music Director of the Santa Rosa Symphony
Sunday, March 12 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium
Who will be the next music director of the Santa Rosa Symphony after Maestro Ferrandis departs at the end of the orchestra’s 2017–2018 season?  The Board of Directors appointed a Music Director Search Committee in December 2015 to begin an international search to find the right person to further realize the effort to raise the symphony’s national profile as one of America’s leading regional symphony orchestras.  Jim Hinton, SRS past Board President and chair of the music director search committee, aided by Oakmont resident Alan Silow, Executive Director since 2002, will speak about how the process to date has unfolded, introduce, via a short film, the five candidates that have been selected, and discuss the next steps that will include community input into the final decision by the board in March 2018.
Sunday, March 12 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
Movies at Oakmont celebrates our home town of Santa Rosa by screening two films about and made in the city.  The first is a 33-minute documentary produced for the Historical Society of Santa Rosa as a way to document our history and all that is special about the place we call home.  It features some of the 148-year-old city’s biggest names, past and present, from the time of the Pomos and Coast Miwok to more recent times.  Gaye LeBaron, the Press Democrat columnist, provides much of the historical background.  The second is Alfred Hitchcock’s taut and chilling tale, Shadow Of a Doubt, about Charlie (Teresa Wright), a Santa Rosa girl consumed with finding out whether her uncle (Joseph Cotton) is a serial killer. (1943), PG, 108 minutes.
Sunday, March 12 – 7:00 p.m. – Berger Center
Despite her horrid singing voice, New York City heiress Florence Foster Jenkins is certain she can become an opera star.  Her partner and manager (Hugh Grant) does all he can to shield Florence from the truth, but his task may prove impossible.  This delightful and poignant film, based on a true story, garnered many honors, including Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Streep and Golden Globe nominations for Grant and Simon Helberg, who plays Florence’s accompanist. (2016), PG-13, 110 minutes.

Cochlear Implants

Tuesday, March 14 – 1:30 p.m. – East Rec

Come to the HEARS meeting and learn about cochlear implants.  This is valuable information for those of us whose hearing is bad enough that hearing aids don’t quite do the job.  Dr Amber Powner of Audiology Associates will bring us up to date on cochlear implants:  what they are, who can benefit from them, how they are installed, current technology and more.  We expect she will also answer any general hearing issue questions.

The Islamic State, Assad, Russia and the Failure of U.S. Policy – World Affairs Council
Thursday – March 23 – 7:30 p.m. -  Spring Lake Village Auditorium, 5555 Montgomery Drive
Award winning journalist Reese Erlich, a veteran front-line report journalist, will offer an update on Islamic extremist groups, Assad’s rule in Syria and what he perceives as the failure of U.S. foreign policy.  The public is invited.  Visitors $5. For more information click on or call  573-6014.
 Santa Rosa Symphony - Bring on the Strings!

Saturday 25 March, 2:00 p.m.  - Discovery Open Rehearsal
Green Music Center - SSU
Saturday 25 March - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 26 March - 3:00 p.m.       
Monday 27 March - 8:00 p.m.
Call for tickets 546-8742 Monday - Friday 9:00 am– 5:30 pm
Conductor: Bruno Ferrandis
Performers: Joseph Edelberg, violin
                     Elizabeth Prior, viola
                     Adelle-Akiko Kearns, cello
Program: HOVHANESS : Mediation on Orpheus
          MOZART : Sinfonia concertante for Violin and Viola
          FAURÉ :  Élégie for Cello
          SIBELIUS : Symphony No. 4
          SIBELIUS : Finlandi
Candi: Whatever the weather
At 9 years old, I’m not looking for a fair weather friend. I want someone I can bestow all my sweet love upon, rain or shine. My thundercloud eyes will garner your instant admiration, but my friendly personality will really start a quiet storm in your heart. As a former stray, I appreciate a kind word and a gentle touch. I’ll respond with convivial chirps as I sidle up and affectionately ask for cheek rubs. With my snow white fur and pink skin, I’ll need to avoid the sun’s harsh rays as an indoor kitty, but could share your calm home with mellow kids, dogs and cats. Does your forecast call for a new feline forever friend? Give the Sonoma Humane Society Adoption Center a call at (707) 542-0882 to meet me!

Some Great Roads and Philosophies of Life

1) No matter how hard you try, you can't baptize cats.
2) When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.
3) If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.
4) Never ask your three-year old brother to hold a tomato.
5) You can't trust dogs to watch your food.
6) Don't sneeze when someone is cutting your hair.
7) Never hold a Dust-Buster and a cat at the same time.
8) You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
9) Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.
10) The best place to be when you're sad is Grandma's lap.
1) Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a tree.
2) Wrinkles don't hurt.
3) Families are like fudge...mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
4) Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.
5) Laughing is good exercise. It's like jogging on the inside.
6) Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
1) Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
2) Forget the health food.  I need all the preservatives I can get.
3) When you fall down, you wonder what else you can do while you're down there.
4) You're getting old when you get the same sensation from a rocking chair that you once got from a roller coaster.
5) It's frustrating when you know all the answers but nobody bothers to ask you the questions.
6) Time may be a great healer, but it's a lousy beautician.
7) Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.


1) You believe in Santa Claus.
2) You don't believe in Santa Claus.
3) You are Santa Claus.
4) You look like Santa Claus.
Have a reflective weekend!
Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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