Special activities at the Oregon Wine Garden this weekend

Friday 1/30/15 and Saturday 1/31/15
White linen dinner service. Upper Level Wine Center.
Saturday Night Lower Level Grill 5 pm- 8pm
Sat Night: Lower Level Grill: 5pm-8pm.
Live Music by Rebecca Hardymann(Jazz) no cover.
Super Bowl Weekend Special: Fri-Sun: 
1 (78.00 Value) Complimentary 5 Hour Wine Tour Ticket with tastings fee included for each 25.00 spent for lunch or dinner.
Sunday 2/1/15: Super Bowl Game Day 
Happy Hour 1pm to 8pm.
Hourly drawings:
with cool prizes to included
a 2 hour limousine service for up to 10.


New Attraction in Charbonneau “The Oregon Wine Garden

I am so excited about the new“Oregon Wine Garden” here in Charbonneau. They have done an amazing job of making the old restaurant and bar look new and welcoming, downstairs with wood floors and a glass and metal bar.  Upstairs is new carpet, a wine tasting bar made from wine barrels with a glass top and tables dressed for dinner with beautiful white table clothes. I attended the complimentary Wine tasting both Wednesday and Thursday of this last week.  The wine is all local NW wines and Donnie our wine host had information and stories to educate us  about each wine that we tasted, five each day.  I am not much for white wines, but there was a sparkling Riesling from St Joseph Winery that changed my mind and was purchased for our household. We had reservations for dinner Saturday night where we ordered a bottle of the Pinot Noir we had tasted Wednesday.  I love appetizers so I had the roasted Brussel sprouts and the steak lettuce cups for my dinner and my husband had one of the specials that night Halibut Oscar.  The Brussel sprouts were wonderful with hazelnuts and the Steak lettuce cups had a surprising spicey taste.  Of course I had to try my husband’s dish and the Halibut with a light sauce and shrimp was fantastic.  Our friends shared Halibut fish n chips, which were huge and definitely enough for two. While we were eating dinner upstairs we were just able to hear music coming from downstairs, so later we ventured downstairs and heard the live music of Micheal Lucich and even some local Charbonneau residents.  Who knew that we had such talent for impromptu performances? I will be going back often and loved that I have this fun place to enjoy with friends and guests visiting Charbonneau.   You might have noticed their Trolley’s – They hold wine tasting trips too.  One that I am looking forward to is a Mystery Dinner on Friday the 13th (2/13/15). Check out all of their events at http://www.oregonwinegarden.com/events New Picture (2)Trolley If you have had an opportunity to visit the Oregon Wine Garden please leave a comment.  Would love to hear what you think.

Attention: Residents on Boones Bend Rd, Sacajawea Way, and Winchester Way

Notice from PGE

On Friday, January 30th PGE has scheduled a planned outage affecting customers on SW Boones Bend Rd, SW Sacajawea Way, and Winchester Way.

Power will be interrupted for up to 1 (one)  hour between 8:00 Am- 12:00 Pm.  Due to the nature of the work involved, PGE apologizes that they are unable to give an exact time.


Unplugging appliances or equipment is not required, but if you are working on a computer when the outage occurs, you could lose unsaved data.

PGE included a Customer Relations number 503-612-3730

Holiday Gathering (Results)


About 65-75 people attended. Thanks to Ty Kuhns and his team (see Team below) the Country Club was beautifully decorated and everyone who attended had a wonderful time of socializing with their neighbors.

During our Holiday Gathering we again gave the opportunity for our residents to give to The Community Transitional School of Portland.  This year we raised $436.00.  The Transitional School is on a 2.35 acre plot in NE Portland and in their25th year.  There is a school with four large classrooms, a cafeteria, and a spacious office with adjoining workrooms; a large playground, track and basketball court; and a garden to serve the students at the school.  Most important is the parking lot with the four buses that will pick up the children, from wherever they are, and transport them to school.  Since most of the children may be in shelters or motels, the buses may be the only way for these children to have a school life and may possibly be the only meals they receive each day.  If you were unable to make it to the Gathering and would still like to contribute there are several ways to do so, please visit their webpage at:  http://www.transitionalschool.org/help/help.html

Special Thank You To The TEAM who made this event special

 Ty and Joan Kuhns,

Barbie Henderson,

Jim and Kathy Gibbons,

Ralph Martin,

Mike Tewell,

Goeff and Betsy Knudsen,

Pat and Eva Parisi.

And as always in the background, Kim and Susie.

CHOA Information Directory (Feeding Waterfowl, etc)

You might have read my article about artificial feeding of waterfowl in the January Villager titled Geese, Squirrels and Rats – Oh My!!

I was asked to write this article because of the problems that overfeeding of waterfowl can cause not just to our beautiful greens, but to the animals themselves, including a deformity called “angel wing” that may be the reason a now resident goose, you might have seen around one of the ponds,  has one wing that hangs down

CHOA has a policy that I was unaware of in regard to Waterfowl feeding on page 87 of the Information Directory


I have included the policy below in case you were unaware too.

Policy regarding feeding of wildlife in CHOA Neighborhoods 

Feeding of wild animals, for example, geese, ducks, squirrels, and deer in all areas outside your home, including your courtyard, is prohibited.

• Birds may only be fed inside a homeowner’s courtyard with a feeder hung above the ground.

• Homeowners should only use cracked birdseed or a seed mixture called No Waste®

• Homeowners may feed hummingbirds inside their courtyard and in common areas outside of the courtyard with a liquid feeder hung above the ground.

• Offenders of the above policy will be given one oral warning. Subsequent offenses will be enforced in accordance with CHOA’s Enforcement Resolution 2013-002.

• A fine of $25.00 could be issued.

I found No Waste® at Fred Meyer, and on sale

No waste

I hope this has been beneficial information.  I plan on highlighting other sections of the Information Directory in the near future.  If you are like me, I have never read the entire directory and so we can all learn together.


Waste Free seedWaste Free seed

Another benefit of being part of CHOA

Your CHOA provides the service of removal of leaves from all gutters once a year.   However, removal of leaves in downspouts is not provided.  The process of cleaning the gutters of leaves is beginning a little earlier than previous years.  It takes approximately two months to clean the gutters from all CHOA homes, dependent upon the weather.

Most “gutter problems” are the result of plugged downspouts.  The recommendation is to purchase and install “heavy metal” downspout covers, which will greatly assist in preventing gutter problems.   The downspout covers can be purchased at any hardware store, Home Depot, Lowes, ACE Hardware, etc.

I wasn’t sure what a gutter cover looked like, so I checked with ACE Hardware, they have an Amerimax  Expandable Alum. Mesh Strainer,  like the one pictured below. 

Wire Downspout cover

If you have covers that have worked for you or find a good buy on a cover, please share your information  below.

Reminder CHOA Holiday Gathering December 11th

You are invited to the 2014 CHOA Holiday Gathering

Thursday, December 11th

6:00 p.m.

Charbonneau Country Club

Holiday bird

  Please BYOB and hearty hors d’oeuvres to share.   Come meet and greet our newest neighbors! We will be recognizing and welcoming our new 2014 residents.  See the list below for their names and addresses.   Again this year we will be gifting The Community Transitional School of Portland, a school for homeless or at-risk students.  You may choose something specific for a child (ages 5-16) and bring it unwrapped to this party, or you may give a check made out to the school.

Visit their website, http://www.transitionalschool.org/help/help.html, for more information about the school and specific suggested gift ideas.

Join us as we celebrate the spirit of the holidays and Charbonneau!

Important News: Phone Scam Security Notice

Charbonneau Country Club has been informed of a

Phone Scam Security Notice:

Several Charbonneau residents have reported receiving a phone call from a man who claims to be a law enforcement officer with a warning for the resident that they missed a court date and a warrant has been issued for an arrest. The man is very convincing that it is for real. He goes on to say fees need to be paid to avoid arrest.


If you receive a call, hang up and report this to Clackamas County Sheriff at 503 655 8211.


Charbonneau Country Club Office


Be Prepared – Special kits available 11/12 at the Club House

Many of you may have already received this email from Kim Hosford. 

Just in case – we wanted to make sure you received the information from us too.


Disaster Preparedness Kits Available for Purchase


Many Charbonneau neighborhoods have been working hard on disaster preparedness.  It is important for each of us to be prepared in case of a power outage, earthquake, snow storm, etc.

Come to the Country Club dining room on Wed., Nov. 12th, between 10AM-4:00PM to purchase disaster preparedness kits and supplies.

Quake-Ready Kit Co. will be bringing all aspects of preparedness products from kits, first aid, water filtration, rescue tools, NOOA radios, emergency toilets, emergency solar lighting, pet preparedness products, and more.


What  is CHOA doing to prepare?  We will be sending you an email soon on what your CHOA Disaster preparedness chairman Janet Moore has been working on.


FORE – Preventing Golf Injuries

One of the suggested origins of the word FORE in golf: A warning cry of the Scottish military of “Ware before!” to signal those in front that they should “git yurrr hed duwn if ya dunna care t’be feeling’ a rright smarrrt boomp!” as guns would be shooting soon overhead. Soo what should you do if you hear FORE?  Drop and Cover!!

There is a real concern for our resident’s safety when there is the chance of you, your child/grandchild, or dog getting hit by a golf ball traveling at great speeds.

From Golf digest (June 1999):

Each year, nearly 40,000 golfers are admitted to emergency rooms after being injured at play, most by errant golf balls and flying clubheads.

Justin Tune was doing his buddy a favor — jogging back down the fairway to retrieve a dropped bottle of water — when he was drilled in the head by a ball from the tee 150 yards away.

“It hurt,” the 12-year-old from Twain Harte, Calif., recalls of that day last August. “And then I couldn’t move my right hand all that well.”

What Justin had suffered, the doctors later realized, was a cerebral hemorrhage to the area of his brain that affects muscle control. The good news: After six weeks and many test-filled trips to the hospital, Justin is back to normal.

Getting hit head-on is every golfer’s greatest fear. For good reason: The test data indicated a force of impact about a tenth of what would be expected in a head-on car crash. The likelihood of a fatality is quite small from such a blow. However, “impact at that speed could cause a concussion, cerebral bleeding or, for a child or an older person with osteoporosis, a skull fracture,”

From Yahoo: Tiger Woods generates approximately 125 MPH of club head speed and the ball (because of compression) leaves the club head at approximately 150 MPH. Tiger is not average.
The average good golfer will swing a 45″ driver @ about 95 MPH and achieve an initial launch speed of approximately 115 MPH

Golf course walker1The articles above refer to golfers need to be alert to miss-hit golf balls.  When I am walking on the streets of our neighborhood I am not as alert to the possibility of a golf ball coming my way, but after researching the web for this article I intend to be more aware of my surroundings, especially when the street I am on comes close to one of the courses and I hear someone holler FORE.  And I plan on following the rule of not walking on the golf course during the day when there are possible balls flying.

The best part about living in a golf community is the beauty that we enjoy daily.  We can enjoy this beauty and stay safe at the same time, by staying alert and remaining off the golf course unless  golfing during daytime hours.

Please share any comments below?