Oakmont E-Blast 12/21/2018

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If you aren’t already aware, during the winter season, Oakmont is filled with beautifully decorated homes. If you’re looking to soak in some holiday lights, trying cruising around the neighborhood… Happy Holidays from OVA.

The Oakmont Village Association offices and the Architectural Committee office will be closed on December 24 and December 25 in observance on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. All OVA facilities (Berger, CAC, Gym and the West Rec – including all pools) will be closing at 7pm on Monday, Christmas Eve, and will remain closed all day Tuesday for Christmas Day.

Throw Your Hat In The Ring

Calling all potential OVA Board members… Submit your name to be placed in nomination for election to the OVA Board of Directors. This is a volunteer position for a term of two years. No one applying for the OVA Board can serve more than 2 consecutive terms and must be a member in good standing.
The list of prospective candidates shall be presented to the Board of Directors for publication no later than Feb.1st 2019.
All potential candidates must have their Letters of Intent to Serve** by no later than 5:00 pm Friday January, 25 2019 and shall be delivered to the OVA office at 6637 Oakmont Drive, Suite A, Santa Rosa, CA 95409, addressed either to:
1. OVA Board of Directors or
2. Ruthie Snyder, Chairperson/Nominating Comm: ruthiesnyder1@gmail.com
Please include your name, phone number, address and email address in your letter. **
Please do not call OVA staff for information regarding this notice. All correspondence from potential candidates shall go to committee Chairperson ruthiesnyder1@gmail.com
Thank you,
OVA Nominating Committee
** Letter of Intent to Serve is not a standard form and may be created by individual candidate seeking election

President’s Message

I don’t think I’ve anticipated a new year more eagerly than 2019. The first quarter will see the completion of the East Rec renovation project. We’ll get two things out of this project. First…

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The latest Oakmont Board Meeting video is now available:

You may also find all Board Meeting videos here:

Flammable & Less Flammable Plant Lists

If you are in need of the Flammable Plant List and the Less Flammable Plant list, they may both be found linked below:

Flammable Plant List

Less Flammable Plant List

Additionally, we now have a Fire Safety section on our website which contains these documents as well as other helpful fire prevention informaiton:

Oakmont Fire Safety

E-Waste Collection

Saturday, January 19, 2019 (9am – 5pm)

Sunday, January 20, 2019 (9am – 5pm)

E-Waste Collection will be two-day event! They will be parked in the Berger parking lot, 310 White Oak Drive, parallel to the street. There is no appointment needed for this event. We have a new sponsor, Conservation Corps North Bay!
Accepted at the event will be computer equipment (computers, monitors, laptops, keyboards, printers, mice, hard drives) consumer electronics such as DVD players, VCRs, gaming devices, stereo components, radios, PDAs, cell phones, cables, etc.) televisions (CRTs and LCDs) office equipment such as telephones, fax machines, copiers, etc.) and kitchen appliances such as blenders, toaster ovens, coffee makers, microwaves; household appliances such as hair dryers, irons, curling irons, vacuum cleaners.

Architectural Committee Notice

All home owners are responsible for whatever is required to keep all landscape materials (mulch, rocks, ground covers, bushes and trees removed from the area above any adjacent sidewalk, or street curb in the absence of a sidewalk). Any overhanging materials must be pruned to not less than eight feet (8′) above the sidewalk area and thirteen feet (13′) above any curb or street area.

Some plants that have an aggressive growth habit should be pruned 6″ – 12″ behind the sidewalk or curb in order to avoid pruning very often. Some bushes that will require aggressive pruning, that will leave a very woody and unsightly appearance, may be past their useful life and should be considered for removal and replacement. Any of this maintenance work, except removal and replacement, needs to Architectural Committee approval.

Fire Donation Announcement

Windsor and Rincon Fire Protection Districts in coordination with the Fire Chief of Paradise are distributing gift cards to the victims and survivors of the devastating fires in Butte County. Many of the gift cards have been donated by Oakmont residents in response to emails requesting donations sent out earlier this week by Maggie Schmidt of Oakmont. This request originated with Nancy Pronechen, her daughter Rhonda Piloni and Rhonda’s firefighter husband, Jason, of Santa Rosa and Windsor, respectively. They are focusing on supporting people who are not in shelters, first responders, police and fire fighters who have lost their homes.

The amount raised is now over $6000.
Donations may now also be made via check. Please make your checks out to: “North Valley Community Foundation/ Camp Fire Relief Fund” or “NVCF/ Camp Fire Fund” for a shorter version. Donations may be left in the OVA Office or the OVA Fitness Center.

To make a donation you can also call Maggie at 707-890-1347 with any questions you may have.

Movies At Oakmont

The Nutcracker

December 23, 2 and 7 PM
Narrated by Kevin Kline, this movie version of Tchaikovsky’s timeless yuletide fantasy—produced by George Balanchine—features the breathtaking dancing of the New York City Ballet. In the Palace of Pleasure, angels and sugarplums dance, candy canes whirl, a jack-in-the-box performs acrobatics, a dreamy young girl twirls across the stage. And, in this enchanting adaptation, the film places you directly under a spectacular Christmas tree that magically grows to be 40 feet tall. (1993), G, 89 minutes.

Sunday Symposium

Join Us Again Next Year On
Sunday, January 6, 2019
Dr. John Freedman
Part 3: Big History

A big group with a big band sound. Featuring four horns and a four-piece rhythm section, this tightly organized ensemble presents all the contemporary Jazz sounds including Straight-Ahead, Latin, Blues, Funk, Hip-Hop and Brazilian.

Jazz Horizons

When: Saturday, February 2nd

Where: Berger Center, 7:00 PM

Cost: $20.00

To reserve a seat go to oakmontll.org

Santa Rosa Newcomers

Don’t miss Newcomers very special January luncheon speaker
Frank Romano.
He is a renowned dog trainer with over 30 years of canine training experience. Frank has trained dogs for the Department of Defense’s Military Working Dog Program and many Northern California Law Enforcement Agencies. He is a retired CHP Officer. Frank trains dogs for defense, detection of weapons, bombs, narcotics and other contraband.

As always, guests are invited!
Time: 12:00 noon / check-in beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Place: Oakmont Quail Inn, 7025 Oakmont Drive
Price: $27.00 pp (includes tax, gratuity & venue)
Please send your check (with phone #) for $27.00 made out to Newcomers to:
Celeste White, 183 Oak Island,Drive, Santa Rosa, CA 95409
CHECK MUST BE RECEIVED by 5:00 pm Thursday January 3
Space is Limited – first come; first served!
For further information about our club/luncheons, see — www.santarosanewcomers.org.
NOTE: If you make a reservation & cannot attend, you MUST notify
Attendance Chair Celeste White (cdwhite2012@comcast.net / 843-3294) before 5:00 pm

Special Christmas Music

at Kenwood Community Church

On Sunday, December 23rd, Kenwood Community Church will present a special program of Christmas music at its 10:30 a.m. service. Come listen to guest musician David Green, an amazing young trumpet player and grandson of Don and Dorothy Green of Oakmont. Enjoy special music by the church choir with Music Director Harold Julander on piano and organ: all magnified by the grand acoustics in the 130-year-old Carpenter Gothic church. Located at Channing Row and Warm Springs Road, across from Kenwood Plaza Park. Selections will include, “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, “Greensleves”. “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire”, and various Christmas Carols.
Green is a highly accomplished musician who, by age 17, has already been accepted twice to the National Youth Orchestra 2 (NY02) by Carnegie Hall and its Weill Music Institute, one of only four trumpet players nationwide who were selected for this program. He has played at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Carnegie Hall. Green came up through the ranks in the Santa Rosa Symphony’s Youth Ensembles and Youth Orchestra, beginning at age 10; he now plays with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, and studies with Dave Burkhart of SFSO, Daniel-Gianola Norris, SRSYO Brass Coach, and Principal Trumpet Doug Morton. Harold Julander was organist at the Church of the Incarnation in Santa Rosa for 30 years, then music director at the First United Methodist Church in Napa before coming to Kenwood Community Church. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists. This promises to be a blockbuster! Everyone is welcome; come and be inspired! Questions: Laura Lamar, Laura@maxdesignstudio.net; (707) 533-0184

Trione-Annadel Hike With A Naturalist

Easy First Day Hike & History with Carolyn Greene

Event Date: Tuesday, January 1, 2019
Time: 10 AM Hike Departure to about 11:30 AM
Location: Warren Richardson Trailhead Parking Lot (end of Channel Drive)
Trails: Steve’s “S” and Warren Richardson
Higher, Faster, Stronger – Not! Rather, we’ll enjoy a 2.5 mi. meander with some uphill as we loop Steve’s S. and Richardson Trails, learning some comic Annadel facts and sharing our hopes for the brand new year. We’ll also look for the little things along the trail – newts, fungi, bryophytes and other creatures missed by faster hikers, but worthy of our attention. Hike Leader: Carolyn Greene.
Meet at Warren Richardson Trailhead, end of Channel Drive. Hike returns to same parking area.
Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather; bring water and a snack. Trekking poles recommended: Some trails are rocky and uneven. RAIN or WIND CANCELS.
No advance reservations needed. Dogs not allowed. Restrooms and water at the parking area.
Directions: from Montgomery Drive, turn onto Channel Drive and follow the road in approximately ½ mile: pay day-use fee ($7 per car, $6 for seniors 62+) or display CA State Parks Pass. Continue on Channel Drive for 1 mile to main parking lot.
Please see the Trione-Annadel State Park website for more details about the park (http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=480, click “Park Events”) and for information about our Hike Leaders.
Thank you to Trione-Annadel State Park Volunteers for providing this opportunity.

World Affairs Council

Now, What? Cuba, The U.S. And The Trump Administration

Friday, January 11, 2019 (Noon), Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa, Members: $35; Non-members: $40, Reservations close 1/4 (or earlier if capacity is reached), visit www.WACSC.org for reservations
Alex M. Saragoza, Professor Emeritus of History, Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley, author.
On November 2, 2018, the Trump administration announced a new set of sanctions against Cuba while the embargo of over half a century remains in place. For the post-Castro era leadership of the island, the question remains: how much longer will the U.S. maintain a “hard line” on Cuba? This talk will discuss the current political, economic, and social situation of the island in light of the turn in U.S.-Cuba relations after the change that took place under President Barack Obama. Given the shift in the White House, this talk will explore the challenges for the island and what may lie ahead for the new leadership of Cuba. Alex M. Saragoza has published widely on the interface between Mexico and the United States. In addition to teaching courses on Cuba at UC Berkeley, where he served as Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies, eh has lectured at various universities in France, Mexico, and Texas. He is the recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award from the Osher Lifelong-Learning Institute and was appointed to the Distinguished Lecturer Program of the Organization of American Historians. He received his Ph.D. from UC San Diego.

These comics were shared by Oakmont Resident, Gordon Freedman