Oakmont E-Blast (2/8/2019)

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Important Info From OVA

Committee Volunteers Are Needed

How would you enjoy serving your community while learning how it works? Volunteering as a committee member gives you the opportunity work with the procedures, practices, and bylaws that govern how decisions are made in Oakmont Village Association. Committees on which you may serve include:

If interested please contact the OVA Office at 707-539-1611 or by emailing AskOVA@oakmontvillage.com.

Questions For Candidates

Questions For Candidates

Presented by OVA / Berger Center 6-9 PM, February 19, 2019

Must be in the form of a question
Limited to 50 words

Agencies That Are Here To Help

On February 6, Detective Brandon Matthies of the Santa Rosa Police Department, gave a presentation to Oakmont residents on how to fight fraud and identity theft. During that presentation he provided phone numbers for 5 agencies that you may call in regards to fraud related matters:

  1. National Fraud Information Center – fraud.org
  2. AARP Fraud Watch Hotline – (877) 908-3360
  3. Santa Rosa Police Property Crimes Investigation Team – (707) 543-3575
  4. Santa Rosa Police Non – Emergency – (707)-543-3600
  5. Better Business Bureau – bbb.org

Board Workshop: HOA Sub-Associations

This workshop was held on February 5 at 1pm in the Berger Center.

Activities Inside Of Oakmont

Bus Trip to See Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain at UC Davis

Join the Oakmont Ukesters on a road trip to UC Davis to see and hear the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain. Leaving Berger, Tuesday, April 2, on a chartered bus at 4:00 PM, return to Berger at about 11:00 PM.

The UOGB takes the ukulele to places it rarely goes. The group is on a US tour playing music by Bach, The Sex Pistols, Django Reinhardt, Lady Gaga and more.

Leave Oakmont for the Davis campus with a busload of uke lovers and and travel with Thunderstar, a woman owned transportation company from Cotati. We will leave Berger on Tuesday, April 2 at 4:00 PM. Performance starts at 7:00 PM.

Discounted balcony tickets @ $41 available from Mondavi Center Group Sales Office. The number is 530-754-4658. Tell them you are with the Paul Fishman group. Bus price is $43 per person. For bus reservations contact Paul Fishman: paulfishman@mac.com. For a sample of UOGB music click here: https://www.youtube.com/user/UkuleleOrchestra

Movies At Oakmont

February 10, at 2 PM and 7 PM
in the Berger Center

Based on real-life events, this drama follows the story of Desmond Doyle (Pierce Brosnan), whose wife has left him and whose three children—Evelyn, Maurice and Dermot—are taken from him and placed in orphanages because of Doyle’s dire financial circumstances. The unemployed father vows to reunite his family, but he faces the judgment of the Irish Supreme Court. In the process, Irish law is changed forever. Juliana Margolis also stars. (2002), PG, 104 minutes.

Sunday Symposium

The Owls Of Sonoma County

Did you know that owls have amazing eyesight with some being able to detect a vole up to a half-mile away? Did you know that some owls have asymmetrical ears allowing them acute hearing? Did you know that owls are zygodactl, meaning that their feet have two forward-facing toes and two backward-facing toes? Did you know that owls keep balance in the food chain by eating rodents that prey on the farmers’ crops? After her presentation, Ms. Blake will bring out a great horned owl and a western screech owl. Both have been injured and cannot survive in the wild. After retiring from a career in project leadership and production management, Ms. Blake developed her interest in owls, volunteering for 14 years at WildCare, a wildlife rehabilitation and environmental education facility helping feed and care for injured, sick and orphaned wildlife. She currently volunteers for the Hungry Owl Project where she takes owls to visit schools and other organizations, helping introduce children and adults to these special birds.All Oakmont residents and their guests are welcome.

Here is a performance from the RECA Youth Dance Group who performed at the Chinese New Year celebration last year:

Rainfall Report from Gene Wyne

Our new rainfall total for West Oakmont for the season as of 2-5-19 is 22.75”. It looks like are going to be having an above annual total this season.


Last week’s e-blast stated this event would be on Saturday, February 15, which is not a real date, this event will actually be on FRIDAY, February 15.

REMEMBER, this event is FRIDAY, February 15.


Oakmont Forum:  Saturday, February 9, 1 – 3 pm, West Rec
A First Look at Candidates for the OVA Board of Directors

All candidates have declined to participate, so this event is CANCELLED!

Senior Social Club

Upper West Rec Center 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Upcoming Events February 2019

Tuesday – February 12th 11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Take Your Medicine Band:This 4-6 piece band plays Willie Nelson/Jonny Cash type country songs that get you singing, clapping and maybe even dancing.  Take your sweetheart here for some good music and light snacks. You might even want to dance to the Tennessee Waltz

Thursday February 14th – 11:00am – 12:00pm- Brush Creek Montessori:Come hear the children of Brush Creek Montessori sing and perform for us on this day of celebrating friendship and love.  Also come share some sweet treats with us and the children.

Thursday – February 21st – 11:00-12:00- Mello-Tones: The Mello-Tones will be playing from 11:00-12:00.  They always put us in a mellow mood with     their wonderful music

Tuesday February 26th – 11:00-12:00pm- Famous Hollywood Couples:Come hear movie buff Michael Hohne as he speaks on some interesting couples, such as Laurel and Hardy and others for this month of February.  He always has interesting back stage stories, great autographs and pictures.

These special events are open and free to everyone. Do you have a talent or hobby you would like to share with us?  We love to listen.  Anyone interested in joining the program or volunteering in the program is welcome to drop by anytime.  If you have any questions you can contact Debbie Baldaramos atdebbieoakmontday@councilonaging.com

Activities Outside Of Oakmont

Sonoma State Historic Park
February 2019 Events

Cornhusk Doll Demo ~ Saturday, February 2, 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00pm:Listen to the story of why the cornhusk doll has no face. Create your own doll from cornhusks and dress it with fabric. Sessions last approximately 40 minutes and are held in the Mission courtyard. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up. It is free to participate with paid admission to the park.
Exploring Seasonal Marshlands of the Park ~ Sunday, February 3, 12:003pm:Explore the park’s open space as it turns to natural wetlands.  Discover what plant and aquatic life exists in the vernal pond areas.  Look for the State Park vehicle along the bike path off of 3rd Street West.  This roving program runs continuously between noon and 3pm.  Suggested: Rain boots or waterproof shoes. This free event is part of the California State Parks Junior Ranger program. No reservation required.  Steady rain cancels.
“Promoting Our Parks” KSVY 91.3 FM Talk Radio.  Tuesday, February 5, 9:40 am:Listen in as Park Interpretive Specialist Dave shares information about the park’s upcoming programs and activities.
Campfire Program ~ Saturday, February 16, 5:30pm-6:30pm:Venture out for some warm fun and intriguing information at our monthly campfire program. Join us in the historic Barracks courtyard for a short talk, campfire songs and a toasty marshmallow roast!   All ages welcome, free of charge.  Steady rain cancels.
Wool and Weaving Demo ~ Saturday, February 23, 11:00am, 12:00, 1:00 & 2:00pm:Sheep were raised at the missions for their useful wool. Learn more about what type of sheep were at the missions and the products made from their fleece. Participants will card and spin wool, then incorporate that piece into a weaving.  Sessions last 40 minutes and are held in the Mission courtyard. This activity is geared for ages 8 and up and is free with paid admission to the park.
Nature Hike ~ Sunday, February 24, 12:00pm – 1:30pm: Get out for a winter hike along the lower Montini Preserve Trail.  Experience history, nature, and community lead by Park Interpretive Specialist “Ranger Dave”.  This slow-paced hike is just over one mile in length with minor elevation changes.  Sturdy shoes and water recommended. Meet at the Vallejo Home parking lot at the end of 3rd Street West.  All ages, free of charge, no reservation needed.  Steady rain cancels.
California State Parks supports equal access.  Prior to arrival, visitors with disabilities who need assistance or publications in alternate formats, contact (707) 938-9547   | 711, TTY relay service

World Affairs Council of Sonoma County

  • Date: Friday, March 8, 2019, Doors Open at 5:15 p.m.
  • Where: Hyatt Regency Sonoma Wine Country, 170 Railroad Street, Santa Rosa
  • (Note: the Hyatt got rave reviews our first time there about a month ago.  It’s a very elegant place, and the food was great.  A fun evening is assured.)
  • Cost: Members: $50; Nonmembers: $55
  • Dinner Selections: Stuffed Pork Roulade, Grilled Chicken or Butternut Squash Ravioli
  • Parking: Please Carpool…..We pay for your parking!  Present your parking ticket to receive a validation “sticker” from us at the event.
  • Name tags: Remember to wear your name tag!
  • Reservations close: March 1, 2019

“Seven Presidents Confront War in Vietnam”
  In total, seven of our presidents were involved in the Vietnam War. We ask ourselves, “Wasn’t it obvious to somebody along the line that Vietnam was a big mistake?” What was the thinking that got us into this conflict in the first place and why did it take so long to end? Could we be making the same mistakes today? Will we ever learn? Or as Shakespeare said, “What’s Past is Prologue.”
Please join us for this very interesting and important presentation. This topic is sure to get you thinking, and also make you a better thinker
Our speaker: Chris O’Sullivan a historian, professor at University of San Francisco, author, and accomplished speaker. We have heard him speak, and we think he is great.  He will bring the story of Vietnam presidential decision-making to life. You won’t want to miss this talk!

Quarry Hill: ESSENCE OF THE GARDEN:Nature Walks Led by Quarryhill Docent Kathleen Aspenns: Beginning March 16

Saturday Mornings March 16, April 27, June 8 and July 13 from 10 AM to Noon

Sonoma Valley’s Quarryhill Botanical Garden is offering Essence of the Garden, a Nature Walks Series tied to the flowering cycles of our wild Asian flora. The sequence of walks has been carefully scheduled so participants can experience rare wild plants in full bloom. Each walk will highlight the energy of the season, from the ancient grace of the magnolias in early spring, to the exuberant and fragrant roses and colorful lilies that bloom as spring and summer unfold. The walks will be led by Quarryhill Docent Kathleen Aspenns, who is also a certified Flower Essence Practitioner. She will share the history, lore, botanical knowledge, and the healing gifts of the flowers during your stroll in the garden.

The Nature Walks Series begins Saturday, March 16 from 10 AM to Noon and continues April 27, June 8 and July 13. Please register in advance at quarryhillbg.org/page174.html. The fee for each walk is $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

Kathleen Aspenns, in addition to being a certified Flower Essence Practitioner, holds a degree in Horticulture Science. She knows the Garden intimately from weekly visits over the past 10 years, and trains Quarryhill docents. Since 2008, she has been developing the Flora of Asia Flower Essences from wild-sourced plants in the Garden. Quarryhill Botanical Garden is famed for its vast collection of plants from East Asia, set in a secluded garden of tranquil ponds, gently rolling paths and scenic vistas.

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