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The Trail to Annadel
Resident Hugh Helm is very pleased to announce the trail is FINISHED!  Ken Wells and his crew, and a few hardy volunteers did the final work yesterday.  Ken has put up “closed” signs on the trail because he wants the gravel to completely dry and harden, which will take about 5-7 days.   
Beginning on March 14, 2017, Santa Rosa CityBus will stop providing paratransit service to the Oakmont area. However, Sonoma County paratransit service provided by Volunteer Wheels will continue to provide paratransit service to the Oakmont community. For more information and to read the full letter from Santa Rosa City Bus click here.
Cheer on the Oakmont Doubles Teams at the West Rec Courts
Saturday, March 18 – 2:30 p.m. –  Men against Petaluma Athletic Club
Saturday, March 25 – 2:30 p.m. – Mixed against Petaluma Valley Athletic Club
A friendly reminder to all residents


Please visit the OVA office for a copy of the pool rules if you have any questions. 
New web address:
The Anderson and Fischer Art Collection
Sunday, March 19 – 10:30 a.m. – East Rec Center – Sunday Symposium

In 2014, Stanford University was the recipient of one of the world’s most important collections of modern and contemporary art housed at the new Anderson Gallery on campus. This art was donated by Hunk and Moo Anderson. We will ‘virtually’ meet the Andersons and explore these many important works including Jackson Pollock, Sam Francis, Philip Guston, Richard Diebenkorn, Robert Hudson and Robert Rauschenberg. 
The presenter is Linda Loveland Reid holds a B.A. both in History and Art History, graduating cum laude “with distinction” from SSU, where she is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree. 
Sunday, March 19 – 2:00 p.m. – Berger Center
Chronicling a fateful summer day in 1989 when a Harvard Law student wooed a pretty young attorney by taking her on a memorable South Side Chicago date, this engaging romantic comedy/drama charts the beginning of Barack and Michelle Obama’s relationship.  Although we know the outcome of their first date, captivating performances from newcomers Parker Sawyers and Tika Sumpter make for a charming
film that’s also a love-song to the city of Chicago. (2016), PG-13, 84 minutes.
Sunday, March 19 – 7:00 p.m. – Berger Center
While working as a handyman in Boston, taciturn loner Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) receives word that his brother Joe (Kyle Chandler) has died. After returning to their New England home town, Lee receives another shock: he’s been named legal guardian of Joe’s 16-year-old son. The film received critical acclaim and many honors, including six Academy Award nominations and a Golden globe for Affleck. Michelle Williams also stars in an Oscar-nominated performance. (2016), R (language), 135 minutes.
Oakmont Technology Learning Center Open House
Thursday, March 24 – 4:00 p.m.
 Berger Center

"How do I know when it’s time to replace my tablet or cell phone?"  You’ve moved into the 21st Century. You have a SmartPhone (iPhone, Samsung or whatever) and a tablet (iPad, Samsung, Amazon Fire or whatever), and they’re still working.  But there are new generations of phones and tablets.  This meeting of the Technology Forum will discuss the issues that you should consider: how you use the phone or tablet, cost and features. We’ll have experts from both the iPhone/iPad world and the Android/Samsung/Amazon world.  You will also be able to sign up for our spring classes at this time.
The Oakmont Art Association is taking a bus trip to the De Young Art Museum to see the “Summer of Love” and also the Stuart Davis Exhibition on Wednesday April 19th. The bus is leaving the Berger Center Parking lot at 9AM and  returning from the De Young at 3PM.  The $50 cost includes wine and snacks on the way home.  Contact Honora Clemens to register, 596-0593 or  All Oakmonters and their guests are now welcome to take the trip.
Golden Gate Arabian Horse Association Show
Saturday, April 1 – 8:00 a.m. – Lyttle Cow Palace on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds

This free, family-friendly event will feature nearly 200 of the area’s most beautiful, well-trained horses competing in over 50 different classes.  The club welcomes long-time equine enthusiasts and those who have never been to a show before.  Prize drawings will be held for free riding lessons and other valuable items.  Food vendors and other quality merchants will also be featured.
Saturday, April 1 – 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
 Santa Rosa Veteran’s Building, 1351 Maple

The Sonoma County Orchid Society proudly presents its 60th Anniversary Annual Show and Sale. This fundraising event is to benefit the Sonoma County Orchid Society and Canine Companions for Independence®.   Admission is $8; look for $1 off coupon in the Press Democrat.  Children 12 and under are free.  For details of all the events, click here
Monique: Friends don’t let friends adopt the wrong cat
When seeking quality companionship, your mind naturally wanders to cats. (Excellent choice!) But I’m here to remind you that we’re not all created equal. Some believe they are far superior to humans (in some cases, this may be true). Others will keep you up ‘til all hours with their party games (*cough-kittens-cough*). You might even be looking for just such a friend? I wholeheartedly believe that there is someone out there for each of us – divas and revelers alike. But, as someone who’s described as sweet, charming and ladylike, I know that friendship – like beauty – is in the eye of the beholder. At 8 years old, I’m looking for someone equally pleasant and quiet spoken. Once I find you, you can count on me to be there for a gentle touch and delightful conversation. I’m not the shy, retiring type, but I do prefer a calm environment – perhaps even with mild-mannered kids, dogs, and cats. If you think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship, give the friendly folks at the Sonoma Humane Society Adoption Center a call at (707) 542-0882. 
Sonoma Parks Heroes

It is illegal to trap and relocate wildlife in the State of California.This story makes it very clear why this is a valuable law that actually protects wildlife. In addition to  spreading disease and separating wildlife mothers from their babies, trapping and relocating wildlife is inhumane. 

A raccoon was abandoned at Taylor Mountain Park, still locked inside its trap and left to die from starvation and exposure. The raccoon had to weather the recent storm with no shelter and became caked in mud. The mud dried hard and glued its eyes shut. Good Samaritan Park Ranger Lucia Wade found this raccoon and rushed it to our hospital. 

Katie Woolery, as our Assistant Animal Care Director and Agency Liaison Coordinator, has been working to establish good relationships with our local open space and park agencies, so the ranger knew right where to bring the raccoon. Without knowing that we were an available resource for wildlife, this raccoon would have been euthanized. 

Typically, wild animals are capable of grooming mud out of their coats themselves, but this case was so severe that the raccoon required assistance. Danielle Mattos, our Animal Care Director, had the raccoon sedated and gave it a much needed bath. 

Once clean and recovered, the raccoon could be released back home. Due to Sonoma County Parks and SCWR's combined efforts, this raccoon had a happy ending. Most relocation stories don't end this way. 
There are other solutions for nuisance raccoons. Please don't be tempted to illegally trap and relocate wildlife just because traps are available. Our Wildlife Hotline will give you resources for humanely deterring problem raccoons. It can be reached at 707-526-9453. If you have a raccoon residing in your attic or subfloor, A Wildlife Exclusion Service can humanely evict them in a way that keeps families together. With your help we can educate others to prevent trapping and relocating wildlife and treat our wildlife in the humane manner they deserve. 

Here is the Irish Central list to clinking to the good times. Sláinte!

1. May your giving hand never fail you.

2. May we all be alive at this same time next year.

3May the Lord keep you in the palm of His hand, and never close his fist too tight!

4. May you live as long as you want and never want as long as you live!

5. May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future.

6. Here's to a long life and a merry one. A quick death and an easy one. A cold beer-and another one!

7. May your troubles be less, And your blessings be more. And nothing but happiness come through your door.

8. May your neighbors respect you, trouble neglect you, the angels protect you, and heaven accept you.

9. Merry met, and merry part, I drink to thee with all my heart.

10. Dung hills rise and castles fall, we are all equal one and all.

Photo by resident Bob Starkey

How we see reality impacts the nature of our reality.  “How we see is what we see.”

Richard Rohr

Go hug a tree this weekend.  I guarantee they hug back!
Cassie Turner
OVA Manager

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