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MARCH 2012 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
USTA MEN'S PRO TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS OF CALABASAS
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
RECIPIENTS OF 2012 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE LIBRARY COMMISSION
MULHOLLAND SEWER PROJECT
CHS BASKETBALL TEAM PEP RALLY
MARCH EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY
2012 HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG HUNT
SEEKING EXHIBITORS FOR EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
  THE FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY BOOK SALE
RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS 
PREPAREDNESS GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND ACCESS & FUNCTIONAL NEEDS
DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RISK SURVEY: PLEASE PARTICIPATE!
HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSIONS
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
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

March 2012:

1 - CERT Training Class

3 - E-Waste Collection

8 - CERT Training Class

10 - CERT Training Class

10 - Hazardous Household Waste Collection

10 - Friends of the Calabasas Library Book Sale

10 - USTA Men's Qualifying Tennis Matches Begin

11 - Daylight Saving Time Begins

11 - Friends of the Calabasas Library Book Sale

14 - City Council Meeting

17 - E-Waste Collection

24 - Arbor Day Celebration

28 - City Council Meeting /Council Reorganization

31 - Eggstravaganza Egg Hunt 


April 2012:

7 - E-Waste Collection


11 - City Council Meeting

14 - Earth Day Celebration

21 - E-Waste Collection

25 - City Council Meeting


DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS
SPRING AHEAD 1 HOUR!
MARCH 11, 2012



ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
Gates Canyon Park
MARCH 24, 2012

 

MARCH IS WOMEN'S
HISTORY MONTH

 

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THE USTA MEN'S PRO TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP OF CALABASAS

The USTA Pro Circuit returns to Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center for 2012. The Men’s Pro Championship is not just a tennis tournament but an entire community event. Children’s and adult clinics with guest pros, a Ladies’ Day, Kid’s day, dinner and cocktail parties, exhibitions, Pro Am tournament, a fund raising raffle benefitting ”The Jam School Foundation” and special community appreciation nights, make it an opportunity to be part of one of the year’s premier events in the San Fernando Valley. The USTA Pro Circuit offers the chance for top up-and-coming players to compete, year-round, and develop their game while gathering points to improve their professional world ATP ranking, which enables them to qualify for the Grand Slams and other major tours events. March 10 and 11 starts qualifying matches to compete in the tournament. Main draw matches will begin daily starting Monday, March 12 at 10:00 a.m. and will run throughout the day with twilight and evening sessions. For more details, visit www.calabasasprotennis.com. 

ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION

The Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community Center is holding their free St. Patrick's Day Celebration on Saturday, March 17, 2012. The event will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 27040 Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas and everyone is welcome to join the festivities! The celebration will feature live Irish music by Innisfree, entertainment from the Claddagh School of Irish Dancers and the Tribal Caravan of Belly Dancers, food, activities, contests, games and drawings for a number of prizes. Plan on attending this special event! An additional evening Rock Show for teens and young adults will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and will cost $7 at the door. For information, call (818) 880-2993 or visit www.ahccc.org.

ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

The City of Calabasas will host an Arbor Day Celebration on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at Gates Canyon Park in Calabasas (25801 Thousand Oaks Boulevard). This free event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Residents of all ages are invited to come out and get involved with helping create a beautiful and healthy environment in the City. For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Environmental Services Division at (818) 224-1600 or visit http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/arbor-day.html.

RECIPIENTS OF 2012 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The Calabasas Environmental Commission recognized two individuals and one club for their commitment to the environment at the annual Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award ceremony on February 9, 2012. Ms. Sandy Duncan, a teacher at A.C. Stelle Middle School, was recognized for her commitment to enhance the environment and promote recycling among her students. Ms. Ellis Glenn was honored for her volunteerism with the California Wildlife Center and its satellite homecare program. The Woodland Hills Women's Club received recognition for their involvement with the Penny Pines Plantations for California Reforestation Program. For information on all of the honorees, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/carl-gibbs.html.

The Environmental Excellence award was established in memory of former Calabasas Environmental Commissioner, Carl Gibbs, an advocate for protecting the environment, preserving natural resources and educating youth. The award is a symbol of commitment to California’s environment and honors a wide array of individuals, businesses, municipalities, government agencies, organizations, and institutions. The Award recognizes voluntary activities by companies and organizations, big or small, private or non-profit, 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, and reduced use of hazardous materials. 

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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR THE LIBRARY COMMISSION

Have you ever thought that it might be interesting to serve on a City Commission? The City of Calabasas is currently accepting applications for the Library Commission and welcome all residents who are registered to vote to apply for this fascinating volunteer position. For more information or to download an application, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/commissions/library.html or call the City Clerk's office at (818) 224-1600.

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MULHOLLAND SEWER PROJECT

Los Angeles County has prepared construction drawings to replace the sewer force main and construct a new gravity sewer line within Mulholland Highway from the northern City limits at Mulholland Drive to Eddingham Avenue. The sewer force main is the pipeline that carries wastewater under pressure from the discharge side of a pump. The proposed improvements will replace the existing system that has been operating in its current configuration since the early 1990’s.   

The proposed project will divert discharges collected at the Mulholland pump station near Gelson’s Market away from residential neighborhoods; replace and increase capacity of the force main to allow for a more efficient and effective transport of wastewater; and upgrade the Mulholland pump station to support the new force main infrastructure.  

The County is scheduled to start construction on June 13, 2012 and complete work by August 21, 2012. The project will be managed and inspected by County personnel.  The City of Calabasas will maintain an onsite presence to inspect traffic control and ensure that encroachment permit conditions are met. 

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CHS BASKETBALL TEAM PEP RALLY

An enthusiastic crowd braved chilly weather at a community pep rally held at The Commons at Calabasas to support coach Jon Palarz and the Marmonte League Champion Calabasas High School Boys Basketball Team on the eve of their March 1 CIF Championship Game.  The rally included coaches and members of the team, school cheerleaders, fans, the Coyote mascot, family and friends, as well as representatives from Calabasas High, the Calabasas City Council and other community leaders. The team has dedicated their season to assistant coach Joe Frazier, who remains in a coma as the result of a traffic accident.

The 2011-2012 team has had a truly incredible season.  They are 26-3 overall, won the Marmonte League Championship with a 13-1 record,  and are the Number One ranked team in the CIF 3AA Division.  They won their first three playoff games by an average of 17 points and now will play for the CIF 3AA Championship Thursday night, March 1, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.  Their opponent in the finals is South High School of Torrance. 

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MARCH EVENTS AT THE CALABASAS LIBRARY

There's something for everybody at the Calabasas Library this month! Join us at noon on Thursdays for a unique opportunity to enhance your health, attend a workshop or learn new techniques. On March 1 and 15, Deanne Wenger, RYT will be instructing a  yoga class at the Library. Shulamit Sendowski, M.AmSAT will be presenting the Alexander Technique, A Look at Muscular Tension on March 8. On March 22, join Marilyn Stolzman to learn about Hypnosis for Positive Thinking and Goal Achievement. The new monthly series, Explore Calabasas History, will be focusing on the History of Girard (the town that later became Woodland Hills) on March 29. Plan on spending your Thursday lunch hours at the Library!


There are some exciting events for kids of all ages this month! Children six and under will enjoy reading, singing and dancing along with Pop-folk musician Melissa Green on Friday, March 2 at 11:00 a.m.. This interactive family music show will inspire kids to use their imagination! On Wednesday, March 7, K-5th graders are invited to attend the Flights of Fantasy. This interactive theater performance showcases multi-cultural folktales with stories from around the world! Kids between the ages of four and six can come out on March 21 at 4:00 p.m. for Show Kids, a fun, interactive workshop for children who enjoy dancing, singing and reciting along with the classics!

 

Reading to the Dogs returns this month on Saturday, March 3rd at 11am. If you have an emerging reader in grades K-3, you won't want to miss this opportunity to share in a unique reading program that allows children to read to therapy dogs that are trained through Paws 4 Healing. Children will get to experience the joy of reading aloud!

 

Are you a Film Fanatic? Join the Club! For adults who love all types of movies, plan on attending the next Film Fanatics meeting, Wednesday, March 21 at 6:00 p.m. This month, they will be watching a new documentary about Canadian, Terry Fox.

 

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.  

 

For additional information on any of the Library events and programs, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or call (818) 225-7616.

2012 HIGH SCHOOL SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The Ventura County Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is pleased to announce the availability of scholarships for high school students entering college or university in an engineering/public works related major from any high school located within the APWA Ventura Chapter membership region. The region includes cities of Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Calabasas, Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Ventura, Westlake Village, and County unincorporated areas.

Applicants must be a 12th grade student and/or graduating high school in the spring or summer of 2012, will be attending college or university in the fall of 2012, and will be pursuing studies in a public works related field of study. Please note that not all engineering majors are related to public works. For details and application instructions, please visit
http://ventura.apwa.net/ or contact Dr. Alex Farassati at (818) 224-1680.

EGGSTRAVAGANZA EGG HUNT

The Annual Egg-Stravaganza Egg Hunt returns this month on Saturday, March 31, 2012. Join us at Grape Arbor Park for a free egg hunt, petting zoo, and opportunities to take your picture with the Easter Bunny ($5 fee). There will be candy, crafts, bunny hope games and prizes! Everyone is a winner at this event!
For the Egg Hunt schedule, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/egg2.html. Please don't forget to bring your own basket! For more information, please call the Community Services Department at (818) 880-6461.

SEEKING EXHIBITORS FOR EARTH DAY CELEBRATION

The City of Calabasas is hosting its annual Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo on Saturday, April 14, 2012, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration Site on Agoura Road. The goal is to provide educational booths, informational speakers, eco-friendly games and activities, live music and entertainment. A large turnout of Calabasas residents is expected for this event; more than 2,200 people attended the 2011 Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo. This is a great opportunity to educate the public on benefits of being “green”, sustainability, energy conservation, and ways they can help the environment.

The City of Calabasas Environmental Services Division is seeking agencies/companies to participate in this event. Participants will be provided with one 6-feet long table to set up educational and promotional materials, and the company logo will be included on the Earth Day/Green Expo flyer. For more information and to obtain an exhibitor application, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/departments/environmental.html or contact Alex Farassati at afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com, (818) 224-1680.

THE FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY BOOK SALE

Come out and show your support for the Calabasas Library by attending The Friends of the Calabasas Library Book Sale. You will find used rare books, cookbooks, biographies, textbooks, novels, children's books and more! The two-day sale will take place on Saturday, March 10 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, March 11 from noon until 3:00 p.m. 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Summer Reading Programs at the Library. For additional information, call (818) 225-7616.

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RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS

Mountains Restoration Trust will be holding a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for Dogs Clinic. The training protects pets who live in rural areas, near canyons or accompany owners on hikes. The one-on-one session trains all types of dogs in a safe, humane, and controlled environment. Clinic dates are March 17 & 18, April 14 & 15, May 12 & 13, and June 9 & 10. The fee is $70. Register now as these classes fill up quickly! For information and to sign up, call (818) 591-1701, extension 0 or visit www.mountainstrust.org. 

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PREPAREDNESS GUIDE FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND ACCESS & FUNCTIONAL NEEDS

Are you prepared for a disaster? The Earthquake Country Alliance has created a Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Access & Functional Needs (AFN). This guide describes ways in which to create a safe place, build emergency kits, create drills and plans, and what to do in the moments and days following a disaster. Visit  http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/pdf/AFNPreparednessGuide.pdf for details.

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DISASTER PREPAREDNESS & RISK SURVEY: PLEASE PARTICIPATE!

Local officials need your input! The Las Virgenes-Malibu Council of Governments is conducting a survey to determine the level of disaster preparedness in the community, and in turn, identify potential local area risks. Please take a moment to participate and complete the survey at www.surveygizmo.com/s3/630894/Disaster-Preparedness-and-Risk-Survey. The data you provide will aid in educating residents and better planning for potential disasters in Calabasas and nearby communities. The survey is administered and maintained by MLC and Associates, Inc. Questions can be e-mailed to MLC@MLCandassociates.com.

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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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E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On  the first Saturday of the month (March 3, 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 3:00p.m.  A second monthly electronic waste event will take place on the 3rd Saturday of the month (March 17, 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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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 February Historic Place of the Month was the Andy Anderson Residence. Was that your guess? 

Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/historic-place.html to see if you can identify March'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 March 16 - April 14
Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00 p.m.
Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park
March 2012 Calendar


Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks

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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 Calabasas City Spotlight on CTV: 

Calabasas City Spotlight is a CTV produced program that shines a light on the community offering concise and detailed profiles of community programs, activities and government in Calabasas. Join host Pablo Pereira, on location, as he interviews various members of the community on this diverse and informative program.

 
 
 Calabasas City Spotlight, seen only on CTV - The Calabasas Channel and on-line with CTV Archiving.

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 March, please visit our City Calendar Page. 

That’s all for this month.

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