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East Rec without balcony
East Rec with balcony
The hold up to proceed with a complete deck replacement is the projected cost.  Some ADA work in the parking lot would be required to accompany this repair or replacement. Our initial estimate was around $275,000, which includes $70,000 for the ADA mitigation.
One of the options the board is considering is a smaller deck that would not wrap around the sides of the building.  The deck would just be in the middle of the building with stairs on only one side going down to the pool.  The thought behind this was to save money  but still keep the architectural integrity of the building and to make the new, smaller deck easier to access from inside the building and from the pool deck.

The board authorized Iris Harrell, Chair of the Construction Oversight Committee, up to $6,000 for an architect to provide renderings for a smaller deck or other less-costly alternatives that would still keep the architectural integrity of the building.
We would like to get your opinion: (If you reply, please choose only options 1 through 4.)

1.  Replace the deck   

2.  Keep the deck but reduce the size.  

3.  Remove the deck   

4.  Remove the deck but design something that will soften the look of the building once the deck is removed.


It is the goal of the Berger Action Committee to present to the OVA Board 2 very different revitalization plans for the future of the community's premier event/ community center. The community is blessed with some of the most experienced and dedicated BAC members who can without prejudice guide us through the 2 options engaging an open, informative and transparent  process concluding with a vast majority of Oakmont residents embracing the outcome.
The presentation, given at the January 24 OVA Board meeting, may be watched by clicking HERE and fast forwarding to the 37 minute mark.
Just a reminder, the new OVAoffice address is
6637 Oakmont Dr, Ste A
A New Scam

A resident got a call from someone claiming to be from PG&E.  He said that there was a $2 billion federal program concerning energy audits and that electricity rates were going up in March by 80% and gas by 71%.
No such rise in rates like that is coming.
He said he would be "in her neighborhood" to do an energy audit.  When she asked a few pointed questions, he hung up.  We believe the man on the phone was trying to get access to Oakmont homes for a less than honest purposes.   Many of us are concerned about high energy bills, but don't fall for this line and give anyone access or information.
How Can Live Theater Compete in This New Digital World?
Sunday, January 29 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium
Today’s audiences, need only hit a button or run a finger along a touch screen to bring up endless entertainment and educational content and all from the comfort of their private couches. How can live theatre compete with that? Acting, writing and directing throughout the Bay Area for over two decades, Wendy Wisely will make the case for live theatre in a digital world.  Ms. Wisely is on the Theater Arts faculty at Las Positas College and Santa Rosa Junior College.  She has also taught two semesters abroad - London 2011 and Florence 2014 - and spends her summers teaching for the
California Shakespeare Theatre.
Sunday, January 29 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
It’s a mystery on a global scale: five times in Earth’s past, life has been nearly extinguished, the vast majority of plants and animals annihilated in a geological instant. What triggered these dramatic events? And what might they tell us about the fate of our world? In concert with the Osher Lifelong Learning class Goldilocks Planet: Earth’s Climate History, Movies at Oakmont screens this provocative and compelling PBS documentary. (2014), NR, 60 minutes.
Celebrate the Chinese New Year
Sunday, January 29 – 3:00 p.m. – Mei-Don Restaurant
There will be music along with dragons dancing in the parking lot and inside the restaurant.  Enjoy happy hour while you’re there!

Saturday, February 4 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center - FREE
A cast from Oakmont Playreaders will read “Driving Miss Daisy,” winner of four Academy Awards.   This is the touching tale of an unusual quarter-century friendship between an eccentric Southern Jewish matron and her loyal black chauffeur.  No reserved seats, so come early!
Horszowski Trio to Make Oakmont Debut
Thursday, February 9 – 1:30 p.m. – Berger Center
Four years ago, the pianist Rieko Aizawa performed a dazzling solo recital in Oakmont. We are most pleased to welcome her back, this time as a member of the acclaimed Horszowski Trio. She joins violinist Jesse Mills and cellist Raman Ramakrishnan in an ensemble the New Yorker magazine has described as “destined for great things.”  Their program will include works by Arthur Foote, Leonard Bernstein, and Franz Schubert.

HOWEVER, the February 10th WAC event is still on.

The Cyber Security Challenge: Ensuring the Success of Our Economy and Democracy
  Presented by World Affairs Council
Friday, February 10 – 12:00 noon – Santa Rosa Golf and Country Club
Thirty-year electronic security expert Edward Kinney is retired from federal service in the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs and  is presently a consultant.  Kinney will discuss what authorities need to do to secure our economy and democracy from cyber attacks.
Kinney will outline origins and scope of the problem as well as recent breeches and remedial necessities.

First Thursday of the month, November 3, 2016 through June 7, 2017 at 10 AM – Doors open at 9:30
Third Street Cinemas – 620 Third Street, Downtown Santa Rosa – near the Transit mall
Two Parking Garages nearby, 75c per hour – Handicap parking FREE at street parking meters
Four films to choose from each month.  For the four movie titles, call 525-8909 x 2 the week of the series.  For more information, call Gwen Adkins, 523-1586 x 21 or 484-7328 Cell
Sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park & Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services and Hired Hands Homecare.

Saturday 11 February - 2:00 p.m. - Discovery Open Rehearsal – Green Music Center - SSU
Saturday 11 February - 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 12 February - 3:00 p.m.
Monday 13 February - 8:00 p.m.
Call for tickets 546-8742, Monday - Friday 9:00 am– 5:30 pm

Conductor: Bruno Ferrandis
Performer: Alessio Bax, piano East
Program: BERLIOZ : Introduction to Roméo et Juliette
          BRAHMS : Piano Concerto No. 2
          PROKOFIEV : Selections from Romeo and Juliet
Feeding the 2,700+ animals we expect to help this year may seem like a daunting proposition. But, like any other goal, if we break it down into bite-sized chunks it becomes more manageable!  $50 feeds all the animals in our care for half a day, $100 provides meals for an entire day. It all adds up to full tummies and wagging tails! Be a part of the equation by donating today! And for more information click here.
Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are.
---Greta Ehrlich
Happy birthday, Gretel Ehrlich! The American travel writer, novelist, essayist, and poet, was born on January 21, 1946, near Santa Barbara, California. She began writing full-time while living on a ranch in Wyoming in 1978 following the death of a loved one. Her 1985 debut, The Solace of Open Spaces, is a collection of essays on rural life in Wyoming.

Beyond sculptures and symphonies,
Beyond great works and masterpieces,
Is the greater, fine art of molding a conscious life.
Genius appears everywhere, but never so magnificently as in a life well lived.
-Karla McLaren

Have a great weekend!
Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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