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Mushroom Farm! @ Oakmont Drive & Highway 12
From Bob Starkey
Standing Room Only at Candidates Night
The eight board candidates answered questions on a range of issues including a new/remodeled Berger, Oakmont in the twenty-first century, long-range plans, fiduciary responsibility and much more.  We have a wonderful group from whom to choose our next four directors.  
Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Wayne van Bockern, Frank Batchelor, Al Medeiros, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker, Greg Goodwin
Click here to view the February 21 Board meeting and the Feb 22 Candidates Night!
Bouverie Preserve Can Use Dead Deer Carcasses
The carcasses are used as a source of bait to attract and study mountain lions on the preserve property and wildlife corridor.  If you come across a dead deer, call Quinton at 707-721-6560 or Alex at 415-860-9830.
The reason the four ceiling fans are always ON at low speed in the Berger is because of the metal brackets at the center of the ceiling. The metal will condensate if there is no air movement and will drip on the Berger floor (or on your head if you are right under the brackets).
This possibility is more prevalent during the raining season.
Gene Wyne is keeping track of the rainfall in Oakmont.  Last weekend’s storm produced 2 ½” of rain.  To date, the February total has been 15 ¼”, and the seasonal total is 54”. WOW!
Per Paula Lewis

Now that the rains are subsiding, I'm sure more of us will be going back to the polo field with our dogs. The good weather is also bringing out more folks to attend Star of the Valley Church services.
It has been brought to our attention that many dog owners are parking in the lot on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings. Please remember that Henry Trione designated that parking lot for Church use only on Saturdays from 3pm-6pm, and Sundays from 8am-12pm. He even had a sign made to that effect and posted it right at the entrance to the parking lot. We are given special permission to let our dogs roam on the polo field, it can also be taken away if we do not respect the space. 
The Academy Awards
Sunday, February 26 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium
It’s Oscar time again, and Rialto Cinema’s Ky Boyd will be back to talk about the highs and lows of this year’s nominations.  We will also get a chance to voice our own opinions and even take a straw vote. 
Sunday, February 26 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
After her father’s death, 19-year-old Songlian marries the much older Chen Zuoqian, becoming the latest concubine in Chen’s burgeoning harem and finding herself at the bottom of an oppressive hierarchy in 1920s China. This beautiful internationally critically acclaimed film, with its stunning cinematography and superb acting, won seven Best Foreign Language Film awards and was nominated for many more, including an Oscar. (1991), PG, 125 minutes. (In Mandarin with subtitles)
Virtuoso Israeli Pianist Returns to Oakmont
Thursday, March 9 – 1:30 p.m.
Berger Center

The critically acclaimed Einav Yarden will perform her third piano recital on the Music at Oakmont series.  In the two years since her last concert in Oakmont, she has continued to garner extraordinary international praise.  Ms. Yarden has chosen works by Beethoven, Haydn and Schumann.  For the complete program and program notes, visit the website
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. Sponsored by Santa Rosa Memorial Park & Mortuary/Eggen & Lance Chapel, Kobrin Financial Services and Hired Hands Homecare.
Nuclear Weapons in the 21st Century – World Affairs Council
Friday, March 10 – 12:00 noon – Quail Inn
Former Assistant Secretary of Defense and current Research Director at the Livermore Radiation Lab, Brad Roberts, MD, Ph.D., will address issues of nuclear proliferation, nuclear deterrence and plans to “modernize” America’s arsenal.  Members $30, non-members $35.  Write tri-tip or polenta on the memo line of your check made out to World Affairs Council of Sonoma County and send to WACSC, Box 1433, Santa Rosa  95409.  For information or 573-6014.

Charmain London – Santa Rosa Newcomers Club

Tuesday, March 14 – 11:30 a.m.
Quail Inn

Susan Nuernberg, Ph.D., professor emerita of English at the University of Wisconsin, who has written books, articles and scholarly essays on Jack and Charmain London, will present an illustrated talk about Charmain as recorded in her diaries, travel logs and correspondence.  Mail your $25 check, specifying your choice of meat lasagna, pork tenderloin, or vegetable lasagna BEFORE March 7th to:  Santa Rosa Newcomers, P O Box 3978, Santa Rosa CA 95402 – and please include your phone number.  For additional information see

Father Time
Don’t check your watch, just check your heart - the time is now to bring me home! 2017 didn’t exactly start the way I’d planned. Instead of ringing it in with Baby New Year, I found myself getting babied right here at Sonoma Humane Society. I arrived looking rather worse for the wear, in very poor health with matted fur. But time (plus modern medicine, a special diet and lots of love) heals all wounds and now I’m finally ready to get this party started. Mother Nature has blessed me with handsome toffee-colored eyes, an off-centered kiss on the lips and a hearty meow. As a social 12 y/o, I’ll jump right up into your lap for purr-inducing cuddles, brushing and conversation. And with a gradual introduction I could soon be whiling away the hours with your resident cat or mellow dog. Are you and I meant for each other? Don’t waste another minute, please call the SHS Adoption Center at (707) 542-0882 to find out.
Parenting in the Wild
Thank You to Keith Shelley
Best National Geographic Photos of 2016 
Kids react to old computers! You're going to love this! 
Empty yourself and let the universe fill you. 

Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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