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Free Tax Return Preparation
Once again, Oakmont volunteer AARP Tax Aides will be available to prepare your tax return this year.  Starting on Wednesday, February 1 through Wednesday, April 12, the volunteers will be at the Berger Center from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays.  To avoid a long wait, it is best to schedule an appointment any Monday or Wednesday (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) starting February 1 to have your return prepared and filed free of charge.  All AARP Tax Aide volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS and your financial information is always confidential and encrypted.
Even though last Saturday was not an official work day, about 25 amazing volunteers showed up to help with whatever could be done without digging in the mucky mud.  Under the leadership of Ken Wells and his crew, what was accomplished was significant.  They constructed a culvert and ramp where the trail connects to the old gravel road, moved the surface rocks along the trail route to the side (later to be used to line the trail), and moved the wood chips out of the way along the trail route near the community garden so gravel will be laid on more solid soil.  We’ll keep you posted on the new official trail day that will still be hard work, but not nearly as hard because of the work that’s already been done.
OVA Resident Barry Schmidt's game cameras located in the front yard have shown an increase in the numbers of night-time cat visitors. OVA indoor/outdoor cat owners should try and keep their cat(s) indoors at night to stop the reduction of the songbird (and especially) the quail population. Birds that raise their young on the ground have no defense against cats or other predators.  We can't do a thing about wild predation (feral cats, coyotes, foxes, owls, hawks, etc.), but we can help to control domestic cats by encouraging the cooperation of cat owners to keep their cats indoors.
At the 12/20 Board Meeting, the OVA Board of Directors approved a new facility use procedure.  An OVA approved group of less than 10 members with a permanent facility reservation MAY/MIGHT/COULD be relocated or released from that reservation if a group of 10 or more needs that space.
One reader (See red arrow pointing to the small black proximity reader in photo) is at the main entrance to the building on the left and the other is adjacent to the pool gate on the left at the bottom of the stairs.  We are going live with these card readers on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17th. 
Transforming in the Midst of Crises
Sunday, January 22 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center
Sunday Symposium

Revolutionary new historical, archeological, and scientific discoveries shine a bright light on how Seven Principles—the Phoenician Blueprint—was used by the ancient Phoenician culture to create peace and prosperity for 3,000 years, even though they were surrounded by larger, warlike neighbors.  Rita George, a transformational strategist and author who has turned around individual lives and businesses in transition for over 30 years, brings insight on how evolutionary transformation is unfolding in the midst of a crisis cycle of history, how the country is divided by two different worldviews, how this ancient wisdom illustrates a bigger picture of history linked to the last political election, and how the wisdom can resolve modern day crises.
Sunday, January 22 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
Viewers around the world were astonished in 2009 when airline pilot Chesley Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) safely landed an Airbus 320 on the Hudson River after both engines were disabled. This fact-based drama illuminates Sullenberger’s life, his heroic achievement and his ordeal with the NTSB.  Typical superlative work by Hanks.  Laura Linney also stars.
(2016), PG-13, 96 minutes.

Starting In January 2017, Oakmont Gardens Will Host Two OAP Classes

Taught by Dr. Michael Fontaine

The SRJC Older Adults Program will offer two classes at Oakmont Gardens taught by Dr. Michael Fontaine. The first course - Theater History: from Ancient Greece to Broadway - will meet on Mondays from 3:00-4:20pm, January 23 to May 22, and will explore the origins and evolution of theater as a means of communication and entertainment through the ages.  The second course - The Examined Life – will meet on Fridays from 10:15-11:35am, January 20 to May 19.  It will emphasize discussion of a variety of contemporary issues viewed through a philosophical lens and will include relevant recorded TED Talk presenters.  During the past twenty years, Fontaine – a well-known local educator, stage director and performer - has taught a variety of courses at the University of San Francisco, Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College.  For futher information, you may contact the SRJC Older Adults Program at 707-527-4533, or click here.

Healthy Spine, Healthy You!
Friday, January 27 – 2:00 p.m. Berger Center
Complimentary Seminar
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital’s Bone and Joint Health Network and OVA invite you to hear Dr. Christian Athanassious, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in conditions of the spine.  His spine presentation will review the anatomy and pathology of the spine including common causes of neck and back pain, and the audience will be educated on both conservative and surgical treatment options.
Annual Chowder Day
Saturday, January 28 - 10:00 am - 3:00 pm - Harbor View Way (Follow signs for ticket booth), 
Bodega Bay

Chowder Day in Bodega Bay will take you on a culinary tour of town. You'll spend the day tasting chowder and meeting chefs. Visit all the stops and you're eligible for an entry in a prize drawing!  Purchase tickets for $10 here.
Bolshoi Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty
Tuesday, January 31 – 1:00 and 6:30 p.m. – Rialto Cinemas, 6868 McKinley, Sebastopol
On her 16th birthday, a curse by the evil Carabosse causes the beautiful Princess Aurora to fall into a deep slumber for 100 years.
Only the kiss of a prince could awaken her...
In this resplendent and magical classic, the Bolshoi dancers take us on a dream-like journey through this classic fairytale complete with jewel fairies, a magical kingdom, a youthful princess and a handsome prince in this purest style of classical ballet. The Bolshoi's sumptuous staging with its luxurious sets and costumes gives life to Perrault's fairy tale unlike any other. To purchase tickets, click here.
Trump’s Election and its Impact on US-Russia Relations
Thursday, February 2 – 7:30 p.m. – Spring Lake Village Auditorium – World Affairs Council
Professor Anna Vasilieva, director of Russian Studies at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, will discuss the ambivalent relationship between Trump and Putin and implications for their nations.  While the two leaders praise each other, and while Putin stands accused of helping secure Trump’s election, each promises to raise the nuclear stakes by enhancing their arsenals.  Will Vladimir Putin try to steal back more former-Soviet territory?  Will President Trump let him?  Professor Vassilieva, a  native Russian with an earned Ph.D. in history, will address these issues and more. 

Jasmine & Mini: The best of both worlds

Mini (Tuxedo) and I have been friends for a long time.  I’m 15, and she’s only 6, which might make us an odd couple, but to the right family we’re the perfect pair. With me, you get the warm affection and calm confidence that comes with age.  My eyesight isn’t so great anymore, but Mini’s got me covered. She’s full of energy and curiosity and befriends everyone she meets.  Call the Sonoma Humane Society at 707-542-0882 x264 and bring us home

Have an intriguing weekend!

Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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