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January 6, 2017

Editorial Assistance by Harriet Palk
First rainbow in Oakmont of the New Year
Thanks to Robert Pond!
Early Morning Polo Field 
Photo by Bob Starkey
Wednesday, January 11 - the packers will come to our office and box everything up.  We will still be able to assist people at the counter and perhaps book a room for an event.
Thursday, January 12 - OFFICE CLOSED - the furniture installers will disassemble the furniture dividers in the current office, reassemble them in the new office and will move the other furniture.  THE PHONE AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS WILL BE DOWN THAT DAY.
Friday, January 13 – OFFICE CLOSED - IT, cable, copier and phone installers will hook up all the equipment in the new office, and we will unpack everything and put it in order.
Monday, January 16 – OFFICE CLOSED – MLK Birthday
Tuesday, January 17 - OVA IS OPEN FOR BUSINESS!  C'Mon in and check out our new digs!
Due to our move, the Board meeting has now been confirmed for Tuesday, January 24, at 1:00 p.m. in the Berger Center.
Automatic Payment Clarification for 2017 OVA Dues
There are two types of automatic dues payments.
If a member has signed up through the OVA office to have dues automatically deducted from their account, no action is needed; the new balance will be automatically deducted from their account.  If a member went directly to their own bank’s bill-pay system to authorize automatic payments, they must instruct the bank to change the amount for 2017.

Because the computers will be down next Thursday and Friday, there will be no e-blast on Friday the 13th

Someone was so angry they couldn't swim at the Central Pool on December 25th, they smashed the card reader by the gate,
 Merry Christmas to you too!
The OCDC has canceled its January meeting.  The next meeting is going to be held on February 9, 2017 at 11:15 a.m., Room B at the CAC.
Click here to view the December Board Meeting Video. 
Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates for 2017 Election
The 2016 Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for the seven-member Oakmont Village Association board.  Four positions are available for candidates in the April election.  Candidates for the board must be members of OVA in good standing.  Interested persons should submit their names and other required information to any member of the Nominating Committee by January 15.  Under the current OVA bylaws, members may also self-nominate by submitting their names and any required information to any OVA officer or director prior to February 15.   Members may also submit a petition of nomination by the same closing date, or members may also self declare a candidacy at the annual meeting.  Interested members may contact the committee at
The party on January 8 is sold out!!!!
Oakmont Great Decisions 2017 Program
Great Decisions is a national program of discussion groups on foreign policy issues that are important to the United States.   Meetings are held every two weeks during February through May.  In Oakmont we meet on Monday mornings from 10 a.m.–12 noon
in the East Recreation Center beginning February 20 and ending May 15 with an extra meeting on March 13.  For details, click here.
E-Waste Collection and Goodwill Donation Truck
E-Waste:  Friday,January 6,
11am–7 pm; and Saturday, January 7,
9am–5 pm
Goodwill:  Saturday, January 7, 9 am–1 pm  
Berger Center Parking Lot

There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay!  In addition to E-Waste, you may drop off items in gently used condition such as clothing, furniture, books, shoes, household items, etc.  Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives, tape and zip drives); consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.); televisions (CRTs and LCDs); office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.); and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners.  Goodwill will not accept large appliances and large office equipment such as refrigerators, freezers, ovens, stoves dishwashers, air conditioners, water heaters, large copiers and printers that sit on the floor.
The Civil War as a Religious Crusade – Mick Chantler
Sunday, January 8 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium

Mick Chantler’s knowledge of the struggle between the states and of Abraham Lincoln will reveal fascinating facts about this crucial time in American history.  Chantler holds a BA and MA in History, and he has been an educator and student of American history for more than 40 years.  He organized the Lincoln bi-centennial for the city of Sonoma and has taught at three Bay Area Osher Lifelong Programs.  Every November he travels to Gettysburg to study at the Lincoln Forum.  Come to hear his insights into the country’s 16th president and Lincoln’s involvement in the War Between the States.

OTLC Tech Forum/Open House: What Is the Cloud?

Tuesday, January 10 – 3:30 p.m. – Berger Center
The Oakmont Technical Learning Center (OTLC) will hold its first Tech Forum and Open House for 2017.  Hear about the courses that OTLC is offering for its Winter 2017 semester and about this ubiquitous and “mysterious” topic. The presenter is Richard Lazovick of iTechTutor, an expert in Mac, Windows and Android operating systems who has been teaching “kids” of all ages about technology for many years.  Learn about the Cloud, how it works, and how you can work with it and also partake of the refreshments while signing up for the OTLC courses that you want to take.
Music at Oakmont – Edward Arron and Jeewon Park
Thursday, January 12, 1:30 p.m. – Berger Center
For their program, cellist Edward Arron and pianist Jeewon Park have chosen works by Bach, Barber, Arvo Pärt and Mendelssohn.
How My Experience with Refugees in Greece
Opened My Heart

Sunday, January 15 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center
Sunday Symposium
Retired special educator John Namkung went to Greece in March and April of 2016 to help Syrian and other Middle Eastern refugees as they escaped war and destruction and attempted to reach safety in Europe.  His audio-visual presentation is about three journeys: a personal and spiritual journey of the heart that led him to go to refugee camps in Greece, the perilous journey of the refugees from the Middle East to Europe, and his journey to the island of Lesvos and then to
northern Greece to assist the refugees.
Sunday, January 15 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
In this prescient drama, Andy Griffith makes a spectacular film debut as Larry “Lonesome” Rhodes, a philosophical country-western singer discovered in a small town jail by TV talent coordinator Marcia Jefferies (Patricia Neal), who makes him a superstar. But his hunger for the bright lights causes him to become desperate. A poignant film about celebrity, the mass media and the political process. (1957), NR, 125 minutes.
Join the Symphony League for wine and a preview performance of You Got Older at the Left Edge Theatre in the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts.  This comedy by Claire Baron was rated five stars by Time Out New York and is the winner of the 2015 Obie Award for play writing and performance.  Reserve early since this intimate theater only has 70 seats.  
It’s about Mae who returns home to help take care of Dad and—maybe (a little) —herself. You Got Older is a tender and darkly comic new play about family, illness, and cowboys—and how to remain standing when everything you know comes crashing down around you.
The 2015 Obie Award Winner for Playwriting and Performance.
Buy tickets here.
Saturday, January 21 – 10:00 a.m. – Rialto Cinemas – 6868 McKinley, Sebastopol
Wednesday, January 25 – 1:00 and 7:00 p.m.

When Diana Damrau and Vittorio Grigolo starred opposite each other in Manon at the Met in 2015, the New York Times said, "the temperature rises nearly to boiling every time Damrau and Grigolo are on stage together." Now they're back as opera's classic lovers, in Gounod's lush Shakespeare adaptation. The production, by director Bartlett Sher, has already won acclaim for its vivid 18th-century milieu and stunning costumes during runs at Salzburg and La Scala.
Try and stay dry this weekend; or go dance in the rain!

Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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