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APRIL 2012 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
REORGANIZATION OF THE CITY COUNCIL 
EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO
OPENING FOR ALTERNATE MEMBER ON CALABASAS ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW PANEL
SAVE THE DATE: 15TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
FREE BULKY ITEM PICK-UP
PUBLIC USE HOURS FOR CREEKSIDE PARK
LIBRARY EVENTS IN APRIL
RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS
HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS
SENIOR CITIZEN NATURE CLASSES/FIELD TRIPS
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
GRAND OPENING OF BEILENSON INTERAGENCY VISITOR CENTER AT KING GILLETTE RANCH
HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

  April 2012:

4 - "Town Hall" Community Meeting - Solar Energy

7 -
E-Waste Collection


9-13 - Calabasas Library Closed

11 - City Council Meeting

14 - Earth Day Celebration

14  - Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

15  - Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs

15 - Ham Radio License Study Session

17 - Senior Citizens Nature Class/Field Trip

21 - E-Waste Collection

21 - Free Bulky Item Pick-Up

24 - Senior Citizens Nature Class/Field Trip

25 - City Council Meeting

May 2012:

5 - E-Waste Collection


5 - 15th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival

6 - 15th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival

12 -
Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

19 - E-Waste Collection


28 - Memorial Day - City Hall Closed


EARTH DAY FESTIVAL
April 14, 2012



 

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REORGANIZATION OF THE CALABASAS CITY COUNCIL 

The City of Calabasas held their annual City Council Reorganization on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at which Mary Sue Maurer was appointed by her City Council colleagues as the next Mayor and Fred Gaines was appointed as the next Mayor Pro Tem. The Mayor is selected for a one year term and serves as the official representative of the City for all legislative and ceremonial purposes as well as presiding at City Council meetings and executing legal instruments and documents.

Mayor Maurer was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2005, served a prior term as Mayor in 2008, and was re-elected to another four-year term as a councilmember in 2009. Mayor Pro Tem Gaines was elected to the Calabasas City Council in 2011.

EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO

Join the City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration on Saturday, April 14, 2012 for an afternoon of fun! The event will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Las Virgenes Creek on Agoura Road (map). The celebration will feature educational booths, informational speakers, eco-friendly games and activities, live animal show and entertainment.

The City of Calabasas invites public agencies, non-profit organization and private companies that provide green services or products to participate in this event. Each exhibitor will be provided with one 6-foot long table to set up educational and promotional materials. Participants' logos will be added to the Earth Day/Green Expo flyer. A large turnout of Calabasas residents are expected for this event; more than 2,200 people visited the 2011 Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo. This is a great opportunity to educate the public on benefits of being “green”, on sustainability, energy conservation, and ways they can help the environment. Exhibitor Applications are due by April 6, 2012. For more information, please contact Alex Farassati at (818) 224-1680 or at afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com.

OPENING FOR ALTERNATE MEMBER ON CALABASAS ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW PANEL

The City of Calabasas is seeking qualified applicants to fill an alternate position on the Architectural Review Panel. The panel is composed of a volunteer group of design, construction and real estate professionals who make advisory recommendations to the planning commission and the city council in all matters pertaining to site plan reviews, as well as evaluate architectural designs of buildings and other structures, landscape plans and other site features. The alternate member attends and participates in meetings of, and deliberates on matters before, the architectural review panel, as necessary to fill in for any absent member. Applicants must be persons who, as a result of their training, experience and attainments, are qualified to analyze and interpret architectural and site planning information, including, but not limited to, licensed landscape architects, urban planners, engineers and builders/developers. Applicants must reside in or near the city of Calabasas or conduct business in the city at the time of appointment and during their respective terms of office. Those interested should call (818) 224-1600, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com, or contact the Planning Department at the City of Calabasas Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas.

SAVE THE DATE: 15TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Mark your calendar! The 15th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival will take place May 5 & 6, 2012. The Festival features over 150 painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, woodworkers and more! There will be live musical talent and free youth art activities. Plan on heading out to the Commons for this much anticipated, free event! For additional details, visit
www.calabasasartscouncil.com/CalabasasFineArtsFestival.htm.

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FREE BULKY ITEM PICK-UP

On Saturday, April 21, 2012 there will be a free bulky item pick-up by Waste Management, Inc. for City of Calabasas residents ONLY. Furniture, mattresses, carpet, refrigerators and other appliances can be picked up by appointment only. Unaccepted items include tires, electronic waste, yard waste, construction material and debris, chemicals and any kind of hazardous waste. Appointments must be made by noon on Friday, April 20, 2012 with Waste Management by calling (800) 675-1171.

Creekside Park, located at 3655 Old Topanga Canyon Road in Calabasas, is open to the public. The public use hours are Monday through Friday from 5:30 p.m. to dark, and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/recreation.html for a complete list of Calabasas parks and facilities.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN APRIL

Spring into the Calabasas Library this month for fun and learning! Keep in mind, that while the Library will be closed from April 9-13 for staff training, there are still plenty of opportunities to get involved!

Yoga returns on April 5 and 19 during the noon hour. Be sure to wear comfortable clothing, bring a mat or towel, some water, and join Instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT for a great class! No experience is necessary and all are welcome.

If you have an emerging reader in grades K-3, you won't want to miss the Reading to the Dogs program on Saturday, April 7 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This program allows children to read to therapy dogs that are trained through Paws 4 Healing. Children will get to experience the joy of reading aloud!

If you are a fan of all kinds of films, drop by the Film Fanatics Club on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 p.m. This month features a classic movie starring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland.

The monthly series, Explore Calabasas History, will be focusing on the Leonis Ad  obe and Calabasas History. Join the group for this discussion on Thursday, April 26 at noon.

If you are interested in joining a book club, the Calabasas Library is the place to be! There are three separate clubs, geared for different age groups. Adults can participate in the 2nd Thursday Book Club, The Dog Eared Book Club is specifically for 5th-7th graders, and children in the 3rd and 4th grades can enjoy the Book Worm Book Club. For meeting schedules, book selections and details, please visit the Library Calendar page.  

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RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS

Do you and your pet enjoy hiking? Do you live in a rural area or near a canyon? These areas are also home to poisonous snakes that bite about 15,000 dogs each year and can attack the year round in southern California. Bites can be fatal and treatment can cost thousands of dollars. By completing a 20 minute (average time it takes) one-on-one training session, your dog could be saved from unnecessary suffering.

MRT’s training clinics are conducted in a safe, humane, controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, as well as the safety of the rattlesnakes. The training process is repeated several times to assure that your dog will understand the sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake (they have a distinctive odor that dogs can discern from other snakes). Each dog is trained individually, so reservations are required. Clinics will be held April 14 and 15, with appointment times from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To register, visit www.mountainstrust.org/education/rattlesnake.html or call (818) 591-1701 ext 2.

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HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS

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.  The one-day sessions will take place April 15, July 15, and October 21.  Each session will take place at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.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 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.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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SENIOR CITIZEN NATURE CLASSES/FIELD TRIPS

Senior Citizens are invited to join a field trip to the Malibu Wetlands on April 17, 2012 and discover the importance of wetlands and why they are vital to our ecological health. Experience the abundance of birds that stop for rest during their migration or live in these areas year-round. Plan to walk along the beach and enjoy watching the ocean and sea life. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water, lunch or a snack.

On April 24, 2012, visit the Cold Creek Valley Preserve. Beside a pristine creek, beneath oaks and other streamside trees, take a stroll by shrubs, plants and flowers as the birds chatter around and the stream sings it’s soothing chorus. Come enjoy the lovely serenity of this very special place. There will be a 10 minute shuttle ride to Cold Creek Valley Preserve followed by a short drive to the top of the ridge for a spectacular view of the preserve and the mountains beyond.

Please call Susan Haugland at 818-591-1701 ext. 212 for additional information. Reservations are required for both field trips and can be made online through the Calabasas Community Services Department at http://com3.govtsystems.com/ResPcalabasas/?c=Common/Home. The fee is $13.50 per class. Meet at the City of Calabasas City Hall.

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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 (April 7, 2012), an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las Virgenes Road) in Calabasas from 10:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.  A second monthly electronic waste event will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month (April 21, 2012) in the Vons Shopping Center parking lot at 23381 Mulholland Drive in Woodland Hills from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.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.

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GRAND OPENING OF BEILENSON INTERAGENCY VISITOR CENTER AT KING GILLETTE RANCH

The Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch will celebrate its Grand Opening with an open house on Saturday, June 9, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. King Gillette Ranch is located at 26800 Mulholland Highway, near the intersection of Las Virgenes Canyon Road in Calabasas.

The innovative Visitor Center features new exhibits and interactive displays, creative works by local artists, tours of sustainable features, and a native plant garden. The Center allows visitors to interact with staff and volunteers from the National Park Service, California State Parks, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority. The event is free and the public is welcome. For further information, visit www.lamountains.com/parks.asp?parkid=670.

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HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH

The City of Calabasas Planning Division invites residents to take part in a monthly game to guess the historic Calabasas landmark depicted as the Calabasas Historic Place of the Month. Each month, a new photo will be posted on the Calabasas website depicting just a small portion of the Historic Place of the Month.

Using only the image given and their knowledge of the City, residents are encouraged to submit their guesses via email. At the end of the month, an answer will be posted online detailing what is shown in the image and the historical importance of the location. Each month, another new image will be posted which highlights the diverse and largely unknown history of the Calabasas area. The March Historic Place of the Month was the Park Moderne Fountain. Was that your guess? 

Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/historic-place.html to see if you can identify April's landmark!

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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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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks
Singin' in the Rain
Performances through April 14
Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00 p.m.,
Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks

Valley Performing Arts Center - Northridge

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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!

Check out Library Bound on CTV: 
Library Bound is a half-hour program developed by CTV3 - The Calabasas Channel and the Calabasas Library.  Take a tour of the Calabasas Library, meet the librarians and staff, and see what's there for YOU! Each episode highlights one of the many services and amenities that the Calabasas Library has to offer. An informative and entertaining program that is helpful for patrons to make the best out of their Calabasas Library experience.  A show you don't want to miss.

 
Library Bound, seen only on CTV - The Calabasas Channel and on-line with CTV Archiving.
Watch episodes of Library Bound

Check the CTV Guide for playback days and times. 
You can watch archived episodes of City Spotlight
on-line anytime with CTV Archives.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

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 April, please visit our City Calendar Page. 

That’s all for this month.

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