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Cassie's Eblast!
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Celebrating the Year of the Rooster at Mei Don
Thanks to Julie Kiil
We had our annual "Go Red for Women"  photo today to support the American Heart Association and help raise awareness of Women's heart disease and stroke.
(I sprouted bunny ears during the photo shoot)
Send In Your Questions for 2017 Candidates Forum
The 2017 OVA Board Candidates Forum is scheduled for Feb. 22, 6 p.m. at the Berger Center, with Pat Amedeo moderating.
The OVA Nominating Committee is asking members to send questions in advance of the forum, either by depositing them in a marked box at the OVA office or by emailing to  Questions will also be accepted at the door.
All questions must include your name and address and signature with one question per submission. Questions may be directed to a particular candidate or to all candidates.
Each candidate will give an opening and closing statement. A reception with refreshments will be held after the forum to give members and opportunity to meet candidates.  

To view a list of the 2017 OVA Board Candidates,
and their bios click here.  
The Oakmont Finance Committee Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 16th at 2 P.M. in Room B, CAC.
The date was incorrect in the monthly calendar in the newspaper.
Save Dates for the Park Path Project
The building of a new 400-foot path into Trione-Annadel State Park, now twice postponed by weather, has new target dates for getting the job done.   Meanwhile, volunteers turned out to do some preparation on Saturday, January 14.  Hugh Helm, the Oakmonter spearheading the project, is hoping that one of three possible Saturdays will afford dry skies and ground solid enough for the work.  The Saturday dates are February 11, February 25 or March 11.  Work will start at 9:00 a.m. on the chosen date.  “We won’t decide which one until a week before, when weather forecasting has a shred of accuracy,” Helm said in an E-mail to volunteers.  He asked people to pencil in all three dates, and “we’ll let you know a week before whether or not we can build the trail the following Saturday.”

A Homeowner's and Landowner's Guide to Beneficial Stormwater Management

The S4 Guide provides straightforward best management practices that can help to protect and replenish surface water and groundwater resources, offset groundwater use, reduce erosion and pollution, while providing many other benefits.  Click here for more info.

East Rec Tennis Courts Open for Play

Chains and locks have been removed, but there are still a few areas that need repair.  It is not necessary to report any issues with the surface as Maintenance Manager Rick Aubert is well aware and has made arrangements to have the courts repaired after the rains. 

“Vote” on East Rec Balcony

I realized (too late) that I should have used the word “poll” rather than “vote" in last week's eblast regarding the deck.  Hundreds of people responded. Thank you!  A request for responses from those who don't get my eblast will also be in the next Oakmont News. For a list of selection choices, please read the story on the Oakmont News website, here. Please send your 1-4 choice to

Bols, Bhranga, Bollywood: Music and Dance of India
Sunday, February 5 – 10:30 a.m – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium
Miriam Dvorin-Spross is a performing and recording artist, media producer and music arranger.  She holds a Ph.D. in Music from the University of Washington, a Master's in Interdisciplinary Studies from Sonoma State University entitled "Media Applications in the Study of World Cultures" and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Indiana University, Bloomington.   She will introduce us to the music and dance of India, exploring the relationships between classical, folk and popular genres.  Examples will include Bharatanatyam, the classical dance of South India and bhangra, a "farmers" folk dance of the Punjab region popular in today's clubs and colleges.
Monday, February 13 – 10:30 a.m. – Berger Center
OVA is pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest. We are asking all members within our community to please make time to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.
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 2016 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.

Seventh Annual Wii Bowling Charity Bowl-a-Thon Fund Raiser
Saturday, February 25 – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. – Austin Creek Elementary School,
   1480 Snowy Egret Drive, Santa Rosa

Funds raised will be split 50/50 between the Rincon Valley Union School District and the Oakmont Kiwanis Club.  There is a $25 minimum per bowler or $100 for a team of four that includes one hour of bowling and lunch provided by Burger King plus lots of raffle ticket opportunities.  Register and get complete information at
Saturday, February 4 – noon-4:00 p.m. – Star of the Valley parking lot
Help support the works of Catholic Charities in challenging poverty, counseling immigrants, and caring for seniors by donating your gently used items.  ReStyle Marketplace will accept donations of high-end/vintage furniture, jewelry, clothing, accessories, housewares, pottery, garden statuaries, art, rugs, tools, hardware, craft and office supplies.  Call Paula at ReStyle Marketplace with any questions at 284-1700.
Valentine’s Wine and Chocolate Pairing
Saturday, February 11 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday, February 12 - 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesday, February 14 - 11:00 am to 4:00pm
Paradise Ridge Winery - 4545 Thomas Lake Harris Drive – Cost: $30
Known for its LOVE, Paradise Ridge will romance couples with an herb and wine tasting experience using decadent chocolates from Wine Country Chocolates.  14. This private seated tasting includes five wines and five chocolates for $30 per person ($25 for wine Club Members). Reservations can be made by emailing Kenwood at or the River Valley Estate at

Opening Reception: New Work By Marc Katano
Saturday, February 11 - 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm  - Art Museum of Sonoma County, 511 B Street
Join the Art Museum of Sonoma County for the opening reception for New Work by Marc Katano. The event includes light appetizers and a cash bar.  Painter Marc Katano debuts his most recent series of signature abstractions on 9 x 12 foot canvas tarps. A half dozen painted tarps stretch across the gallery walls, punctuating the exhibition space with gestural marks of black acrylic and ink.  The exhibit is on display from February 12 - April 23.  Included with cost of admission to the museum.

A Full Day Presentation
Featuring Special Guest Speaker:
Edward Lee, F.R.C.
Saturday March 4, 2017   9AM to 5PM
Santa Rosa Scottish Rite Center
600 Acacia Lane at Highway 12
Santa Rosa, CA 
This day long seminar is a “how-to” guide for applying practical mystical principles to improve our lives. During his many years of answering correspondence about the Rosicrucian teachings, Edward Lee came to realize that his answers and comments were relevant not only to students of mysticism but to everyone seeking to better their lives.

Among the subjects covered are:
  • The role of freedom in our lives
  • How to solve the day-to-day problems we encounter in life
  • How to improve our powers of  concentration, intuition, and visualization to bring about the kind of life we really desire.
About the Presenter:
Edward Lee is the author of the AMORC book, Practical Mysticism, and of numerous published papers, articles and podcasts.  He is a lecturer for the Rosicrucian University International and answers typical questions that have been asked of correspondents, instructors, and official representatives of the Rosicrucian Order, AMORC.  He was employed for over thirty years at the organization’s headquarters in San Jose, California.

To Register:
$48 Mail-In Registration Form
$52 Online Ticketing
        (You must Log in to Meetup to pay Online)
$58 at the door.

Lunch is included in all registrations.


I’m Pearl, a 10-year-old, 4 ¼ lbs., doe-eyed, gentle Chihuahua.  When I first arrived at the Sonoma Humane Society, I’d been neglected for some time and chronic skin allergies were making me feel so uncomfortable, but the veterinary angels here gave me soothing baths, a delicious, healing diet and a prescription that helps immensely. Now I just need to find a forever angel to love me for the long haul.  Call the SHS Adoption Center at (707) 542-0882!

Cookies at the Post office
The best day of the week to visit the post office? For most USPS branches, that’d be tough to discern. But the word is for users of the postal counter inside the Wells Fargo Bank on Oakmont Dr, there’s no day better thank Monday. That’s because Postmistress Dolly Gibson often bakes cookies on Sunday.
“I bake honey-walnut cookies while I watched the two football games yesterday,” she told me Monday afternoon. At that moment, there were still some left in the post office jar.  Original article by Chris Smith from the Press Democrat.

Dolly also said she bakes Persimmons cookies and that some of those that she makes the cookies for donate ingredients to her to help with the cost of the 3-4 dozen cookies she bakes every weekend.

Sent in by Barry Schmidt
A friend of mine has two box seat tickets for the 2017 Super Bowl in Houston. He paid $1,700 for each ticket. He didn't realize when he bought them that February 5th was going to be on the same day as his wedding - so now he can't go.

If you know someone who would be interested and would like to go in his place, it's at St Peter's Church, in New York City, at 5 pm. Her name is Darlene; she's 5'4", about 115 pounds, great figure, good cook, plus, she makes $90,000 a year!  She'll be the one in the white dress….
Hilarious Southwest Flight Attendant
Click or tap the photo above to watch the video. 

Thank you Barbara Nelson
“As surely as there is a voyage away, there is a journey home.” 
― Jack KornfieldAfter the Ecstasy, the Laundry

Have a soggy and fun-filled weekend!
Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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