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Beautiful photo by Robert Starkey
Persistent Daffodils at the West Rec
By Cassie Turner 
Time to Vote

Photo of Debbie Roumbanis at Umpqua Bank
Ballots for the 2017 OVA board elections have been mailed to homes. Four positions are open on the board.  
The 2017 election has generated a lot of interest, and the future of the Berger Center, repairs to the East Rec deck, pickleball and restoring civility were key issues raised at a candidate forum Feb. 22. A video of that forum can be viewed at (Though the OVA website is currently down, it should hopefully be back up and running by tomorrow morning) 
As a measure of interest in the election, the forum video received 444 unique views in the first week after its posting. By comparison, the video of last year’s candidate forum drew only 48 unique views in its first week.
Ballots must be returned by mail or placed in a secure ballot box at Umpqua Bank, Oakmont Drive and Laurel Leaf Place. They also may be turned in at the Annual Meeting, at 2 p.m., Monday, April 3 at the Berger Center.          The election will be culminated by public vote-counting and a reorganization meeting for the new board.
Votes will be counted by volunteers starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday, April 4 at the West Rec Center. The new board will meet at the West Rec that afternoon at 1 o’clock, when it votes on officers for the new year.
The eight candidates are, in alphabetical order, Frank Batchelor, Carolyn Bettencourt, Stephanie Curry, Greg Goodwin, Ken Heyman, Bill Lucker, Al Madieros and Wayne Van Bockern.
Directors whose terms are expiring are Frank Batchelor, John Felton, Herm Hermann and Elke Strunke.
The 2017 Directory's have been mailed out. If you have not received a copy of the directory please come to the OVA office to get one.

The beautiful cover photo comes from Robert Starkey. About the photo he says, "It is called Vineyard in the Rain. It's Kenwood Vineyard. It was taken in 2013 early in the morning. I stopped the car to take the photo because the combination of rain and early morning light made the colors so much more vibrant! "

You may notice in the directory credits on page 5 it says the cover photo was by "Deborah Gray Designs", the logo for Oakmont is by Deborah Gray, but the photo itself is by Robert Starkey. 
The Spa at the East Rec center is back up and running after having to fix the heater. Thank you for your patience. 

“The Great Rivalry: Britain Versus France”
Dr. Bruce Elliott

          $2 Donation             
10:30 a.m. 
East Rec Center March 5, 2017
Sunday Symposium
    For centuries of European history, the greatest national rivalry as well as the starkest cultural contrast was that between Great Britain and Magnificent France. The one was the model for Representative Government, the other for Royal Absolutism. One became the world’s greatest imperial and commercial center, while the other has long been the prime capital for style and the fine arts. Employing his extensive visuals, the color area historian and lecturer Dr. Bruce Elliott will highlight core differences between the British and French character and demonstrate how these differences have played out in cultural and political contrasts throughout history.
The Social and Dance Club's St. Patrick's Day Party is SOLD OUT. 

Movies At Oakmont
March 5 - 2 p.m.
The Light Between Oceans - Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz star in Derek Cianfrance's period melodrama about a childless couple that finds a newborn washed ashore.  The challenges they face echo beyond the island and impacts their world and that of a stranger. Adapted from the best-selling novel of the same 
Name. 133 minutes
7 p.m.  – The Man Who Knew Infinity –A biopic about the life of self-taught Indian mathematician [Dev [Patel] who overcomes difficulties to transition to another culture in 1913 Cambridge and rises to prominence under the tutelage of renowned professor [Jeremy Irons].  A fascinating true story of a friendship. 108 minutes.
March 9  -1:30 p.m. Music at Oakmont in the Berger
Pianist Einav Yarden returns to Oakmont for the third time. She will play Beethoven, Haydn and Schumann.
March 11 – 3pm.m in the Berger, the Brass Quintet and the Young People’s Chamber Orchestra. A special concert to benefit Music at Oakmont and the Santa Rosa Symphony.  Admission $10, free for 16 and under.
There is a a group of music players who meet at Mei Don resturant on Tuesday afternoons. People interested in singing or listening to old songs are invited to the Mei Don restaurant, 6576 Oakmon Drive, on Tuesday afternoons from 2:30 to 4:30.

Thank you to Taylor Finlay for giving us the heads up! 
Maria Carillo High School Drama students want to invite the Oakmont community to come out to a show. Please share on any community calendars, websites, etc. Flyer and info below:
Guys and Dolls
Location: Maria Carrillo High School Theatre
6975 Montecito Blvd.
Dates: March 3, 4 and March 9-11. 
Time: 7pm
Tickets: $12 each, $10 each for Seniors and Children. All tickets sold at the door.
Come to a fun show the whole family will enjoy. Guaranteed to be humming these tunes for days!
Just for Fun!
Pick up a pint-sized pup!
Looking for a little love? We’ve got some diminutive dogs looking for warm laps and forever homes. These sweet compact cuties may not take up a lot of room on the couch, but they will fill your heart in a very big way! Call the Sonoma Humane Society Adoption Center at (707) 542-0882 or visit to see who’s waiting for you!
Service Announcement : 
Safety Tip for Gals & Guys : When visiting your ATM Always bring  along Smith and Wesson
When my friend goes to her ATM, she always brings along Smith and Wesson!
She has never had any problems....Smith is on the left!
I will just keep smiling! Have a great Weekend!

Cassie Turner
OVA Manager
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