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DECEMBER 2011 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
COUNCILMEMBER JONATHON WOLFSON RESIGNING FROM THE CITY COUNCIL
SAVVY SENIORS REGISTRATION AND TEA SOCIAL ON DECEMBER 16
2ND ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT THE ARTS HOLIDAY HAMS TALENT SHOW
14TH ANNUAL CALABASAS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS ANNOUNCED
SCE CUSTOMERS MAY JOIN SMART METER DELAY LIST
STUDENT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION HOSTED BY C-SPAN
2011 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS
CERT TRAINING CLASSES OFFERED IN 2012
2012 RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE
WINTER 2011 RECREATION BROCHURE
DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE CALABASAS LIBRARY
THERAPY DOG READING PROGRAM RETURNS TO THE CALABASAS LIBRARY
HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS IN 2012
GUESS THE CALABASAS HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
RUMMAGE SALE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON DECEMBER 10
WHAT TO DO ABOUT HOLIDAY WASTE
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM  
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

 

Dates to Remember

December:

2 - Carl Gibbs Environmental Award Nominations Due

3 -
Spotlight the Arts Holiday Hams Talent Show

3 - E-Waste Collection

6 - Middle East Calligraphy Lecture

10 - Rummage Sale at the Community Center

14 -
City Council Meeting

17  - E-Waste Collection

28 -
City Council Meeting (Cancelled)


23 - Christmas Eve (Observed - City Hall closed)

26 - Christmas Day (Observed - City Hall closed)

30 - New Year's Eve (Observed - City Hall closes at noon)

 

January 2012:

2 - New Year's Day (Observed - City Hall Closed)

7
- E-Waste Collection

11 -
City Council Meeting

14 - Hazardous Waste Round Up

15 - Ham Radio Class & Exam

16 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (City Hall Closed)

21  - E-Waste Collection

25 - City Council Meeting

26 - CERT Training Class
 

 


2012 Recycling Awareness
Calendar Now Available


 

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COUNCILMEMBER JONATHON WOLFSON RESIGNING FROM THE CITY COUNCIL

Calabasas City Councilmember Jonathon Wolfson has announced that he plans to resign his seat on the City Council effective December 15, 2011.  Councilmember Wolfson issued the following statement regarding his upcoming resignation:


“It has been a privilege and honor to be a representative of the residents of Calabasas on the City Council since 2005.  I have very much enjoyed my tenure and am proud of the many accomplishments made by our City Council during the last seven years.  In addition, it has been incredible to have been able to work with a city staff that is, in my estimation, the best of any city in our area. The residents of Calabasas are fortunate to have such a caring and dedicated staff in their City.  At this time, my family and I are moving to a house that is not within the city limits.  If the move goes as planned, I will be resigning my position on the Council on December 15th of this year.  I remain in debt to the residents of the City for putting their trust in me by electing me to the Council, and know that this City will continue to shine and have a very bright future.”
 

Councilmember Wolfson was elected on March 8, 2005 and was re-elected to a second term in 2009.  He served as Mayor of Calabasas from 2009-2010. His term was set to expire in 2013. 

 "I was surprised, and saddened, to learn of Jonathon's imminent departure from our City Council,” said Mayor James Bozajian.  “His intelligent, well-reasoned approach to the issues coming before us was a calming influence at many times when our debates often became quite contentious.  In particular, Jonathon's work in pre-analyzing our annual budgets and his service as our liaison to the school district was exemplary."

Regarding the vacancy created by Councilmember Wolfson’s departure, the Calabasas City Council will publically address the issue at a future City Council meeting.  The Council will decide whether to fill the empty seat through an appointment or via a special election

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SAVVY SENIORS REGISTRATION AND TEA SOCIAL ON DECEMBER 16

The City of Calabasas is launching a new series of recreation classes this winter that are solely for senior citizens.  A Savvy Seniors Class registration and tea social will be held on Friday, December 16, 2011 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m at Founders Hall in the back of the Calabasas Library, 200 Civic Center Way in Calabasas.  Participants will be able to register for classes, excursions, special events and lectures, meet instructors, advisory members, senior recreation staff, and make new friends.

Calabasas senior citizens are also encouraged to join the Savvy Senior Mailing list in order to receive information for the upcoming season.  Please contact Kimberly Colp at (818) 880-6461 to be added to the mailing list or with any questions about the upcoming Savvy Seniors program.

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2ND ANNUAL SPOTLIGHT THE ARTS "HOLIDAY HAMS" TALENT SHOW

Spotlight the Arts is pleased to present the 2nd annual Calabasas talent show called Holiday Hams.  With special guest host Glen Walker from KTLA, the talent show extravaganza will showcase local talent of all ages, including musicians, singers, and dancers ranging in age from 8 to 80.  The event will also feature raffle prizes and plenty of refreshments.   Holiday Hams will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at 7:00p.m. at the Calabasas High School Auditorium, 22855 W. Mulholland Hwy. in Calabasas.  Audience members are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy (or gift card for a teen) as a donation for New Directions for Youth.

Tickets may be purchased online and are $
15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students with an ID, and $8 for children under 10.  All tickets can be purchased at the door and the price includes  a warm holiday beverage sponsored by Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf and Maddy's Market.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the 501 (c) non-profit Spotlight the Arts Foundation.

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14TH ANNUAL CALABASAS STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS ANNOUNCED

Mayor James Bozajian will present the 14th Annual Calabasas Mayor's State of the City Address on Thursday, February 9, 2012 in Founders Hall at the Calabasas Library.  The the speech will begin at 7:00p.m. and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer immediately afterwards.  Members of the public are invited to attend.  The speech will be videotaped and replayed on CTV-3 in Calabasas and available on demand via the Calabasas website. 

The State of the City address is an annual presentation by the Mayor of Calabasas bringing residents, City staff and civic leaders together to reflect on City accomplishments from the past year and to review plans for the future. For more information about the Mayor's State of the City Address, please call (818) 224-1600.

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SCE CUSTOMERS MAY JOIN SMART METER DELAY LIST

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) recently ordered area utility companies, including Southern California Edison, to create a delayed Smart Meter installation program.  Smart Meters are a new form of utility meter that sends real-time data to utility companies via a wireless signal.  Opponents of the new meters raise concerns about potential dangers from long-term exposure to the radio frequencies and electromagnetic fields emitted by the devices.  The new delay program allows customers who still have analog meters to keep their old meters while the commission considers approval of a permanent opt-out program.  Southern California Edison has set up a webpage to answer frequently asked questions about Smart Meters.  Any resident interested in participating in the delayed Smart Meter program may call Southern California Edison toll free at (800) 810-2369. 

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STUDENT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION HOSTED BY C-SPAN

StudentCam is C-SPAN’s annual student documentary competition which challenges students to think about issues of national significance and express their thoughts in film.  This fall, C-SPAN is offering middle and high school students a chance to create a 5 to 8 minute video documentary about the topic The Constitution and You. Students are asked to select any provision of the U.S. Constitution and create a video illustrating why it is important to them.   Winners in both middle and high school categories receive cash prizes. And, teachers who are listed as a faculty advisor can win equipment for their school. In all, C-SPAN will be awarding $50,000 in prizes.

One California student videographer will win a trip to Washington, DC for him or herself and a parent or guardian – including a VIP tour of the C-SPAN studios. 

Entry forms and completed videos must be submitted online by January 20, 2012.  Additional information about StudentCam is available online at www.studentcam.org.

2011 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD NOMINATIONS

The Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award is a symbol of commitment to California’s environment. Named for the late Calabasas Environmental Commissioner Carl Gibbs, it honors a wide array of individuals, businesses, municipalities, government agencies, organizations, and institutions all working to benefit our environment. The Award recognizes voluntary actions by companies and organizations in the City of Calabasas and in California that result in cleaner air or water, less waste, less traffic, conservation of energy and natural resources, efficient and water conserving landscaping, or reduced use of hazardous materials. The Award also honors those organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment or innovation above and beyond their primary mission.

Nominations for the 2011 award are welcomed from individuals, companies, government agencies, consultants, educators, researchers and students. When selecting recipients, the Environmental Commission considers measurable improvements to environmental quality, creativity, environmental achievements, commitment to protecting the environment, promoting community involvement and other core values of the Award. A nomination form is now available online.  The Award is given by the City of Calabasas Environmental Commission and will be presented during the January 3, 2012 meeting at the City Hall. 
 

Please submit nominations by December 2, 2011 either by mail to City of Calabasas, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302-3172 Attn: Alex Farassati; by fax to (818) 225-7338, or via email to afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com.

CERT TRAINING CLASSES OFFERED IN 2012

Following a major disaster, emergency personnel may not be able to meet all demands for assistance. People may have to rely on each other to meet immediate life saving and life sustaining needs, particularly in isolated neighborhoods that may be cut off from the main roads for a period of time.  The County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program was developed to provide basic training in safety and life saving skills for the general public.

The Los Angeles County Fire Department will be offering CERT Training classes in Calabasas on Thursday evenings (6:30p.m. – 9:00p.m.) from January 26, 2012 to March 8, 2012 and on Saturday morning (9:00a.m. – 12:00p.m.), March 10, 2012.  All classes will be held at the Calabasas/Agoura Community Center, 27040 Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas.  This free CERT training is open to all interested community members.

Participants must attend all classes in order to receive a certificate of completion.  To sign up to attend these classes, please contact Debbie Larson at (818) 224-1620.

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2012 RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE

The 2012 Community Recycling Awareness Calendar is now available free at City facilities including City Hall, the Calabasas/Agoura Community Center, and Juan Bautista de Anza Park.  The Calabasas Environmental Commission hosted their annual environmentally-themed drawing contest open to students in elementary and middle schools.  The contest was titled "the Benefits of Green Waste Recycling” and encourages students to submit hand-created drawings.  

Fourteen winners were chosen by the Environmental Commission based on the creativity and theme of their illustration.  The winning drawings are printed in the 2012 City of Calabasas Community Recycling Awareness calendar.   For more information, please contact Calabasas Department of Environmental Services at 818-224-1600.

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2012 WINTER RECREATION BROCHURE

The 2012 Calabasas Winter Recreation brochure will be mailed to all Calabasas residents in early December.  The brochure features detailed information about adult and youth classes, senior citizen programs, community news and information, sports activities and much more.  Please look for Enrichment classes and other after school programs in the Recreation Brochure.  The 2012 Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochure will also be available online and paper copies will be available at City Hall, the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center and the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center.   Classes will run  from January to March 2012 so make sure to register early! 

The next edition of the Calabasas paper newsletter is once again included inside the Recreation Brochure as a pull-out section.  
For more information about Calabasas recreation opportunities or for help with class registration, please call the Recreation department at (818) 880-6461.

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DECEMBER EVENTS AT THE CALABASAS LIBRARY

On Tuesday, December 6, 2011, Professor Owen Doonan, Art Historian at California State University Northridge, will present a slide lecture titled “From Stroke to Thought: Calligraphy as abstract painting in contemporary Middle East Art” at the Calabasas Library. A selection of paintings and ceramics by renowned Tunisian artists, Nja Mahdaoui and Khaled Ben Slimane, will also be displayed.  The event is free and open to the public.   

On Thursday, December 8, 2011, come to the Calabasas Library for lunchtime bingo from 12:00p.m. to 1:00p.m.!   In addition to the games, participants will enjoy free apple cider, treats, and prizes!

Also on December 8, 2011, Calabasas parents are encouraged to attend a "Parent Education 101" event in the Children Services Department where participants will explore the topic of a "Holiday Survival Guide: Finding Joy & Balance." In this talk, presenter Sheila Sayani, MA, a licensed marriage and family therapist, will help attendees discover ways to find balance and see the joy, even with the perils of family, friends, money, kids and more during the holiday season.

On December 20, 2011, all crafty kids of elementary school age are invited to the Library for Frosty's Workshop from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m. Kids can make fun winter and holiday crafts that are perfect for decoration or to give as a gift this holiday season.

For more information on any of the December Calabasas Library events, please call the Calabasas Library at (818) 225-7616.

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THERAPY DOG READING PROGRAM RETURNS TO THE CALABASAS LIBRARY

Bring a  new and emerging reader from grades K-3 to the Calabasas Library on the first Saturday of every month to share in the unique reading program featuring some very special dogs.  Each participating child will have 15 minutes to read to a therapy dog.  The dogs, each trained through the non-profit organization Paws 4 Healing, will sit (or lie!) and listen while your child experiences the joy of reading aloud.  The December program is on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m and reservations will be accepted beginning at 10:30a.m. in the library.  The Calabasas Library is located at 200 Civic Center Way in Calabasas (map). For more information call, please call Jill Nevins, Children’s Library assistant, at  (818) 225-7616, ext. 2.

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HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS IN 2012

The City of Calabasas and the Lost Hills Disaster Communications Service invite the public to attend a one-day Amateur Ham Radio Study and Exam Session for an Entry Level FCC License in 2012.  The one-day sessions will take place four times over the course of the year:  January 15, April 15, July 15, and October 21.  Each session will take place at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.  There is a $30.00 class fee that includes class expenses and a hot lunch.  Please note that registration is required and walk-ins will not be accepted.  There will be two free follow-up classes from 7:00p.m. to 9:30p.m. on dates after each exam offering information on which ham radio to buy and how to program a radio and get it on air.  Participants can now register for classes online or  by sending a check to Norm Goodkin, 22287 Mulholland Drive #162, Calabasas, CA 91302.  Please include the name of the participant, the class date, an email address and a phone number with the registration.  For more information, please contact Norm Goodkin at (818) 222-7893 or Debbie Larson at (818) 224-1620.

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E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On  the first Saturday of the month (Saturday, December 3, 2011), an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road) in Calabasas from 10:00a.m to 3:00p.m.  A second monthly electronic waste event will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month (December 17, 2011) in the Vons Shopping Center parking lot at 23381 Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills from 10:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.  Acceptable items include but are not limited to CD players, laptops and personal computers, microwave ovens, printers, radios, stereos, telephones, and VCR’s.  For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.

The City of Calabasas holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil.  On Saturday, January 14, 2012 there will be a free water based paint and used oil collection event at Calabasas City Hall located at 100/200 Civic Center Way (map) adjacent to the Commons from 10:00a.m to 2:00p.m. For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.

The City of Malibu is hosting a Household Hazardous Waste and E-Waste collection event on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Malibu Civic Center, 23519 West Civic Center Way in Malibu.  The collection event will take place from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m.  Additional information is available on the Malibu City website.

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks
Gypsy
Through December 10, 2011
Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00p.m.
Sun. at 2:00p.m.

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park
December 2011 Calendar


Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks

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RUMMAGE SALE AT THE COMMUNITY CENTER ON DECEMBER 10

Need to clean out a closet?  Looking for a place to sell crafts?  The Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will be hosting a Community Rummage Sale on Saturday, December 10, 2011 from 7:00a.m.  to 2:00p.m.  Shoppers and sellers are welcome to participate and admission is free to the public. 

Due to the extreme popularity of this event, limited booth space is available.  Please call Jenna at (818) 880-2993 for availability and prices or visit the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center website at
www.ahccc.org.  Please be sure to register early!

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WHAT TO DO ABOUT HOLIDAY WASTE

Americans generate about 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Years than any other time of the year, according to the California Integrated Waste Management Board. However, there are many alternatives in decorating gifts that are creative and environmentally friendly.

The beautiful colors and patterns in holiday wrapping paper contain dyes and chemicals that make it difficult to be recycled. Gift bags and pre-printed gift boxes are great alternatives to wrapping paper, especially since they are reusable. Be creative by wrapping presents in fabric or turn gift-giving into a game by hiding presents around the house. Consider giving gifts that do not generate waste such as music or sports lessons, gym memberships, or tickets for special events: concerts, the opera, a musical or sporting event.

Christmas trees can be properly cared for and recycled after the holidays: cut about one inch off the base of the tree trunk and place it in the tree holder with hot water. Also, consider purchasing an artificial tree or a live tree that can be planted after the holidays.

For those residents interested in "recycling" live Christmas trees, Waste Management is once again offering free collection and recycling of live Christmas trees through mid-January 2012.  Please make sure to remove all tinsel, garland, ornaments, lights and stands from the tree before disposal.    Simply cut the tree in half and place the tree parts in or next to the yard trimmings cart for pick-up on your normal trash day.  Please note that flocked trees and those coated with fire retardants cannot be accepted.

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM

The Friends of the Calabasas Library has purchased two memberships in Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which allows the Library to loan patrons their two free general admission passes to the museum.  The free passes may be checked out for 2 days at a time from the Calabasas Library Circulation Desk and may be reserved up to one month in advance.

LACMA
features  more than 100,000 works of art from ancient times to the present.  For more information about the new LACMA admission pass program, please call (818) 225-7616.

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WHAT'S ON CTV?

Be sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in Calabasas, through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive.

Select CTV programming is now available on YouTube!

New this month on CTV:
 

 

Host Pablo Pereira visits Gaetano's Restaurant in Old Town Calabasas.
 

Check the CTV Guide for playback days and times. 
You can watch archived episodes of
Author's Night on-line anytime with CTV Archives.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Calabasas City Hall will be closed  on Friday, December 23; Monday, December 26; and Monday, January 2, 2012.   City Hall will also close at noon on Friday, December 30, 2011.

City Council Agenda Items are available online the Thursday prior to a City Council Meeting. Agendas for all commissions are available online the Friday prior to the commission meeting.  All City Council meetings and commission meetings take place in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 100 Civic Center Way in Calabasas. 


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For a complete calendar of events and meetings at City Hall during December, please visit our City
Calendar Page.

 

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