THE FUN RETURNS WITH THE 2012
CALABASAS PUMPKIN FESTIVAL!
excitement, and great, affordable family fun - the
2012 Calabasas Pumpkin Festival is here! Come join the
excitement on Saturday, October 20 and Sunday, October 21
from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at
Juan Bautista de Anza Park.
Admission is only $5 dollars (children under two are free),
including free parking and shuttle service! Entry price also
includes inflatables and a giant slide, reptile and bug
shows, participation in pumpkin pie eating, mummy wrap and
pumpkin seed spitting contests, a Business Expo and Sunday
car show. Also included will be live entertainment from the
ultimate eighties group “The Spazmatics”, Bruce Springsteen
tribute “The Rising” and more great bands!
Stroll through the corridor of vendors and shop for jewelry,
home and garden items, baby clothes, and Harvest & Halloween
treats. Visit the food court and sample a variety of
delicious food and beverages. Enjoy children's craft
projects, balloon animals, face painting, and pumpkins! The
festival offers pumpkin painting for the kids and adults
will find pumpkin beer in the beer garden. Plus, don’t
forget to pick your Halloween pumpkin in the pumpkin patch!
Parking and entrance begins at the corner of Lost Hills Road
& Agoura Road. Please note that there is no parking along
Las Virgenes/Malibu Canyon Rd. There are ATMs on site, and
credit card sales are limited to select Marketplace vendors.
Don’t miss this great weekend outdoors with the entire
For more information,
CALABASAS WALK-IN FLU VACCINE
Calabasas Walk-In Flu
Vaccine Clinic will be held on Saturday, October 27, 2012
from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Founders Hall (200 Civic
Center Way) in Calabasas. Free seasonal flu shots will be
offered on a first come, first served basis (while supplies
last) to Calabasas
residents only. Flu shots will be administered by
Health, the largest provider of travel medical/immunization
services in the United States. The minimum age to receive a
flu shot at the clinic is 6 months. No pets will be allowed
on-site for the clinic. For additional information, please
call (818) 224-1620.
CALABASAS CITY SCHOOLS TO
CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY
elementary and two middle schools within the Las Virgenes
Unified School District, located in the City of Calabasas,
will be joining schools from around the world to celebrate
International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October
Approximately two thousand students from Bay Laurel,
Chaparral, Lupin Hill, A.C. Stelle, and A.E. Wright will be
walking to school along with parents, teachers and community
leaders. In the past, the Mayor, Council Members, City
Commissioners, Principals, Teachers, Representatives of the
School Board and School District have participated by giving
encouragement and distributing incentives along the routes.
This event is being organized by the City of Calabasas and
the Las Virgenes Unified School District. The event will
begin at 7:30 a.m. with students, parents and community
leaders walking to school from home or designated drop-off
areas. This event will kick off a year-long program of “Walk
to School on Wednesdays”.
In the U.S., International Walk to School Day is expected to
include 5,000 schools from all 50 states. Walkers from the
U.S. will join children and adults in 40 countries around
the world. Walk to School events work to create safer routes
for walking, bicycling, and to emphasize the importance of
issues such as increasing physical activity among children,
pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, concern for the
environment and building connections between families,
schools and the broader community.
For additional local information, please contact Anna Ford
at 818-224-1600, or the PFA Traffic Representative at your
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS NIGHT
Are you ready for an earthquake? Emergency services may not
be able to respond to you in a disaster. Learn what you can
do to prepare for emergencies by attending
Preparedness Night during the month of October. A County of
Los Angeles Fire Department CERT (Community Emergency
Response Team) trained representative will be on hand to
discuss how you can prepare yourself and your family for
potential disasters. The City of Calabasas will promote the
“Map Your Neighborhood” program and provide important
materials while Pet Safe will have information on how to
keep your pets safe. S.O.S. Survival Products will have a
great selection of emergency supplies for you to purchase.
Three nights and locations to choose from, this could be the
most important thing you do for your family this month:
Thursday, October 11 at Lupin Hill Elementary - 7:00
p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17 at A.E. Wright Middle School -
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 25 at Chaparral Elementary - 7:00
p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
additional information, call Debbie Larson at (818)
DROP, COVER & HOLD ON DURING
THE GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT
are invited to join millions of people who will drop, cover,
and hold on during the 2012 Great California ShakeOut,
scheduled for 10:18 a.m. on Thursday, October 18.
This high-profile, disaster preparedness drill
provides a perfect opportunity for Calabasas families and
businesses to make sure they are ready for potential
A full calendar of ShakeOut activities is available
The drill and other Shakeout activities are being organized
to inspire people to prepare for potentially large and
damaging earthquakes and to prevent disasters from becoming
catastrophes. Local officials will be participating in the
ShakeOut and anyone can register their participation on the
Great California ShakeOut website.
For additional information, please visit
HAM RADIO LICENSE STUDY SESSION
Calabasas and the
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 session
will take place Sunday, October 21 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 the 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.
LAST DAY TO REGISTER TO VOTE IS
3 million eligible citizens are not registered to vote in LA
County. Are you? In order to vote in this year's election,
you must register by Monday, October 22, 2012. To register
online, or to check the status of your registration, visit
www.LAVote.net. Register. Vote. Count.
FREE BULKY ITEM PICK-UP
Saturday, October 27, 2012 there will be a free bulky item
Management, Inc. for City of Calabasas residents
Furniture, mattresses, carpet, refrigerators and other
appliances can be picked up by scheduling an appointment
with Waste Management no later than noon on Friday, October
26. Please call (800) 675-1171 to schedule your appointment
or to obtain additional information. Unaccepted items
include tires, electronic waste, yard waste, construction
material and debris, chemicals and any kind of hazardous
OCTOBER EVENTS WITH MOUNTAINS
is a great time to get involved with Mountains Restoration
Trust! They will be hosting a variety of programs throughout
the month for people of all ages. From ongoing
restoration projects, beautiful nature walks, and
educational programs, there is an opportunity for everybody
to get out and enjoy nature!
Have you ever seen a decorated gourd or a bird house made
from a gourd? You have an opportunity to make your own by
attending Senior Program - Gourd Design on Tuesday,
October 9 from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.
will meet at the Historical Masson House at Headwaters
Corner. Space is limited and registration is required by
calling Susan Haugland at (818) 591-1701, ext. 212 or online
Youth ages 8-12 are invited to join the Youth Naturalist
Program: Nighttime in Nature on Saturday, October 13
from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Discover the nightlife of
wildlife in the mountains and learn why some animals stay up
all night. Enjoy a pizza dinner before the evening hike and
craft. This is a free event, but please register by calling
Susan Haugland at (818) 591-1701, ext. 212.
Enjoy the Autumn Allure with an easy downhill hike
through rock-studded chaparral, grassland, and riparian
habitats on Sunday, October 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Be sure to bring water and a snack. For information, contact
Cold Creek Docents at (818) 591-9363.
Saturday, October 20 from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., seniors are
invited to learn about the night sky with the aid of deep
space telescopes at the Senior Program - Astronomy.
There will be a guest speaker to guide you through the
stars, planets, nebulae, and constellations. Dress warm!
Space is limited and pre-registration is required by calling
Susan Haugland at (818) 591-1701, ext. 212 or online at
Be a volunteer at the Lower Topanga Park Restoration
project! Native plants are working hard to bring a natural
eco-balance to the lower Topanga Creek area of the park. But
they need a boost! On Sunday, October 21 from 8:30 a.m. -
12:15 p.m., volunteers will be watering and removing noxious
weeds. If you are interested in participating, please make a
reservation by emailing
email@example.com or calling (818) 591-1701, ext.
203. Be sure to bring water and a snack, and wear sturdy
For additional information on any of these programs, or to
obtain a complete list of MRT's
calendar of events in October, visit
NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
GRANT TO BRING LOCAL STUDENTS TO THE SANTA MONICA
many kids, the chance to breathe fresh air and explore the
beauty of nature is something they rarely, if ever,
experience. Now, thanks to a National Park Foundation grant,
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will
receive nearly $7,000 in transportation funding that will
allow approximately 700 students and family members to
experience a ranger-led program in the Santa Monica
Mountains. "Our park is unique in that we're in the
backyard of millions of Southern Californians, but of course
not all local residents have the resources or ability to
come and visit us," said Lorenza Fong, acting superintendent
for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "This
grant provides bus transportation for residents in park-poor
communities to experience the beauty and recreational value
of the Santa Monica Mountains."
Through these field trips, young people discover their
natural, cultural and historical heritage, participate in
volunteer and service-learning activities, enjoy
recreational opportunities and most importantly, begin a
lifelong relationship with their national parks. For more
information and to discover ways to support this and the
other National Park Foundation programs, please visit
ENTER THE ANNUAL CALABASAS
ENVIRONMENTALLY-THEMED DRAWING CONTEST
middle-school students are invited to submit their
hand-created drawings to the annual environmentally-themed
drawing contest, hosted by the
Calabasas Environmental Commission. This year’s theme is
of Bottle and Can Recycling.” Entries are due by Friday,
November 2, 2012 and can be delivered to Calabasas City Hall
at 100 Civic Center Way. Drawings must be done on 8 ˝” x 11”
format in landscape orientation. Fourteen winners will be
chosen based on the creativity and theme of their
winning drawings will be printed in the 2013 City of
Calabasas Community Recycling Awareness calendar, with the
first-place winner’s drawing as the cover. All fourteen
winners will receive a $25 gift certificate. For additional
information, call (818) 224-1600.
LIBRARY EVENTS IN OCTOBER
another busy and exciting month at the Calabasas Library! Be
sure to check out our full
calendar of events for a program that's right for you!
Peer Counseling returns this month! Available to 9th
through 12th graders, this program allows students to drop
in between 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. to get help on math,
English, or the latest school project. There are also
tutoring opportunities for younger students. Viewpoint
Advanced Placement and Honors high school students will be
tutoring elementary school aged children most Saturdays
between 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. In addition, the
Study Buddies program allows Calabasas elementary and
middle school students to get free help with homework and
work on study skills most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30
p.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information and schedules,
contact the library at (818) 225-7616.
Bring your new and emerging reader
(grades K-3) to the Calabasas Library on Saturday, October 6
from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. to share in a unique
program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws 4 Healing, will
sit (or lie!) and listen while your child experiences the
joy of reading aloud. Sign-ups will begin at 10:30 a.m. at
the library and each child will have 15 minutes to read to a
dog. For additional information, contact Jill Nevins at
(818) 225-7616, ext. 2.
Book Worm Book Club for 3rd & 4th Graders will be
meeting this month on Wednesday, October 17 at 2:00 p.m. to
discuss The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies.
Dog-Eared Book Club, a club for 5th-7th graders, will be
meeting Wednesday, October 10 at 4:00 p.m.
They will be discussing Number the Stars by Lois
2nd Thursday Book Club, a book club for adults at the
Calabasas Library, will be meeting on Thursday, October 11
at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Empire of the Summer Moon:
Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Most Powerful
Indian Tribe in American History by S.C. Gwynne. Membership
into all the book clubs are free, however a library card is
required to participate.
Join Nilli Grutman,
a nationally recognized nutrition and alternative health
expert for Healthy Roots Nutrition, on Thursday, October 11
from Noon - 1:00 p.m. to discuss her program,
Health Until 120. Designed to
nourish, heal, and strengthen the human body, her nutrition
approach is to provide a completely natural, non-synthetic
guide to optimal health. Free to attend and all in
attendance will receive a gift certificate for one free
On Thursday, October 25, The Calabasas Historical Society
The St. Francis Dam and the Story of Water for
Los Angeles. Examine the failure of the St. Francis Dam and
the controversy about the cause of the disaster that took
over 400 lives in 1928. The CHS monthly series is presented
free of charge to the public.
you love movies?
Film Fanatics is the club for you! This month, we will
be watching a classic Hitchcock movie (rated PG) on
Wednesday, October 17 at 6:00 p.m. For more information,
call Karilyn Steward at (818) 225-7616 or email
Stop by for
twice a month at the Library! Join the class on Thursday,
October 4 and Thursday, October 18 from noon to 1:00 p.m.
Instructed by Deanne Wenger, RYT, you will feel refreshed
and relaxed. No experience is necessary, all are welcome,
and the classes are free of charge. Just be sure you wear
comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/large towel.
For additional information on any of the above events,
www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library
Staff at (818) 225-1616.
REGISTER FOR THE CALABASAS CLASSIC
is still time to register for the 2012 Calabasas Classic
5k/10k Runs! The
9th Annual Calabasas Classic, benefiting the
Talbert Family Foundation, will be held on Sunday,
November 11, 2012 in Calabasas on a scenic course that is
certified and sanctioned by USATF. The event will feature a
5k run that begins at 8:00 a.m., a 10k run that begins at
9:00 a.m. and the Family Fun Run that starts at 10:30 a.m.
All finishers will receive a commemorative medal. The
Calabasas Classic also features an official Expo with a
number of local businesses and health information. Baby
joggers and 4-legged family members are always welcome. For
more information about the Calabasas Classic, please visit
RANCHO LAS VIRGENES COMMUNITY
is an ideal time to apply compost to help replenish soil
nutrients lost during the long summer growing season. The
winter months provide some time for the compost to work with
nature in making the soil ready for next year's growth.
After major maintenance, the
Rancho Las Virgenes Compost Facility (RLV) has reopened,
making high-grade compost once again available to the
RLV Compost is a blend
of dewatered, "Class A, Exceptional Quality" USEPA
classification biosolids and recycled woodchips. Its
excellent organic soil conditioning properties aid water
retention in light soils and it helps to break up and
aerate heavier soils, so less watering is needed. RLV
Community Compost contains both readily available and
long-term, slow release nutrients for greener plants.
At Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility, RLV
Community Compost is available FREE OF CHARGE to anyone
who wants to come and load it themselves.
Every Saturday, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (except
Rancho Las Virgenes, at the intersection of Las
Virgenes Road and Lost Hills Road in Calabasas
Customers planning to
pick up free compost on Saturdays should bring a supply
of heavy plastic bags, sealable containers, or tarp to
cover pickup truck beds. RLV will have a supply of
shovels for customers to load the material. Commercial
landscape contractors can pick up material weekdays but
must pay a loading fee. Information on commercial
pickups can be obtained by calling (818) 251-2200 during
regular business hours.
HALLOWEEN SAFETY TIPS
may be a fun holiday for kids, but for parents,
trick-or-treat time can be a little tricky. Concerns about
children's safety - whether they are out in the neighborhood
or back home with bountiful bags of goodies - can darken the
day more quickly than a black cat. But not to worry!
Following a few Halloween safety tips will be a howling good
time for all!
Make sure your kids dress up safely.
Check that costumes are flame-retardant so your
children are not in danger near burning
jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.
Keep costumes short to prevent trips, falls, and
other bumps in the night.
Use make-up instead of a mask. Masks can be hot,
uncomfortable, and they can obstruct a child's
vision. This can be dangerous when kids are crossing
the street and going up and down steps.
Make sure kids wear light colors or use reflective
tape on their costumes.
Trick-or-treaters should always be in groups and
parents should accompany young children.
Make trick-or-treating trouble free!
Make sure older kids trick-or-treat with friends.
Together, map out a safe route so parents know where
they'll be. Tell them to stop only at familiar homes
where the outside lights are on.
Try to get your kids to trick-or-treat while its
still light out. If it's dark, make sure someone has
a flashlight and pick well lit streets.
Make sure kids know not to enter strangers' cars.
Remind kids not to eat their treats until they get
Check out all treats at home in a well lit place.
Only eat unopened candies in their original
wrappers. Don't forget to inspect all fruit and
homemade goodies for anything suspicious.
Remind kids not to eat everything at once or they'll
be feeling pretty ghoulish for a while!
costumes and props are harmless for the most part. But
sometimes dressing up as a super hero, a scary monster,
or an alien from outer space - coupled with the
excitement of Halloween - brings out aggressive
behavior. Even fake knives, swords, guns, and other
costume accessories can hurt people. If these objects
are part of a child's costume, make sure they are made
from cardboard or other flexible material. Better yet,
challenge kids to create costumes that don't need
"weapons" to be scary and fun.
Consider this - parents and kids can avoid
trick-or-treating troubles entirely by organizing a
Halloween costume party with treats, games, contests,
music, scary stories, and much more! Make your Halloween
party the place to be! Schools, fire stations,
libraries, or civic groups in many communities organize
haunted houses and other festivities for families.
Halloween can be a lot of fun for parents and kids
alike. Just remember the tricks and the treats of
playing it safe! For questions, please contact Deputy
Shawn Brownell with the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's
Station at (818) 878-5506.
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes
two free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (October 6,
2012), an electronic waste collection will take place at
Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las
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 (October 20, 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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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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and meetings at City Hall during October, please visit
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