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APRIL 2013 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE
BE GREEN AT THE 2013 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO
COMMUNITY HEALTH EXPO III
CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS "WEST SIDE STORY"
SCE OFFERS FREE "GO SOLAR" CLASS
FREE BULKY ITEM PICK-UP FOR CALABASAS RESIDENTS
CANINE CLASSIC & DOG WALK FESTIVAL 2013
SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PUBLIC WORKS MAJORS
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER  
LIBRARY EVENTS IN APRIL
MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST EVENTS IN APRIL  
  NEW "LI'L NATURALIST" PROGRAM OFFERED BY MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
HOW CAN YOU HELP CONTROL EROSION?
  E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PASSES TO LACMA
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

 April 2013: 6 -   E-Waste Collection

10 - City Council Meeting

13 - Community Health Expo III

         Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo

         An Evening with the Wonderelles: Classic 50s & 60s Review

16-20 - Calabasas High School Presents "West Side Story"

20 -  E-Waste Collection

         Bulky Item Pick-Up

21 -  Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival

         Amateur Radio Entry-Level Class

24 -  City Council Meeting


May 2013: 1 - Law Day 2013

4 -  E-Waste Collection

4 & 5-   16th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival

8 -  City Council Meeting

11 - Water Base Paint and Used Oil Round-Up


18 - E-Waste Collection

18-19 - Relay for Life

27 - Memorial Day: City Hall Closed

 

 

GO GREEN AT THE EARTH DAY FESTIVAL APRIL 13, 2013!

 

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HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

The City of Calabasas has begun the process of updating the Housing Element of the General Plan for the 2013-2021 period as required by State law. The Housing Element establishes policies and programs to address Calabasas’ existing and projected housing needs, including the City’s “fair share” of the regional housing need (or “RHNA”).

If you are a Calabasas resident, and would like to provide us with your input, please visit:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2Y8F38W 

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BE GREEN AT THE 2013 EARTH DAY CELEBRATION/GREEN EXPO

 The City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo will take place on Saturday, April 13, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Las Virgenes Creek site on Agoura Road (behind the Starbucks at 26531 Agoura Road) in Calabasas. Over fifty exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County will be participating in the event to help participants take actions that will save them money through efficiency while protecting our planet. The festival, which is free of charge, will also feature numerous children’s activities to teach kids about the environment while they have fun.  For more information and to volunteer, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com  or call Marina Issakhani at (818) 224-1600.

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CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

It’s almost May and that means the 16th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival is just around the corner! This year’s festival will be held Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m. at the Commons at Calabasas and the adjacent Calabasas Civic Center. Parking and admission are free for this wonderful art event featuring 150 painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, woodworkers and more.   Fine dining restaurants, live musical performances and free youth craft activities complement this wonderful weekend with arts! For directions and parking information, please visit http://www.calabasasartscouncil.com/CalabasasFineArtsFestival.htm.    

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CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL PRESENTS "WEST SIDE STORY"  

Jets, Sharks and… Coyotes??  “West Side Story” is coming to Calabasas, as two young idealistic lovers find themselves caught between warring street gangs, the "American" Jets and the Puerto Rican Sharks. Their struggle to survive in a world of hate, violence and prejudice is one of the most innovative, heart-wrenching and relevant musical dramas of our time. Calabasas High School’s acclaimed theater and music programs will perform this classic in the school’s  beautiful new Performing Arts Education Center on the CHS campus.  “West Side Story” will run from April 16 - April 20 at 7 p.m. each evening, with an additional matinee on Saturday, April 20 at 2 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased on line at www.chstheater.com.  Seats will go quickly, so get your tickets today!

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SCE OFFERS FREE CLASS TO HELP CUSTOMERS "GO SOLAR"

Southern California Edison is hosting a free Solar Connection Event in Simi Valley to help connect residential customers interested in a solar generating or solar water heating system installation with contractors who can do the work. The Solar Connection Event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 191 Cochran Street in Simi Valley.   At the event, SCE customers will first be given a short presentation, during which they will learn about the California Solar Initiative program incentives, tax credits and financing options that can help lower out-of-pocket costs. After the presentation, meet with multiple, licensed solar and solar water heating contractors, and schedule an inspection to determine their home’s potential for an effective solar system. Although this event is free, space is limited, so everyone is encouraged to register. For registration and information, please visit www.sce.com/solartrainingSIMIV or call (866) 970-9221.

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BULKY ITEM PICK-UP

On  Saturday, April 20, 2013 GI Industries/Waste Management, Inc. will offer free bulky item pick-up for Calabasas residents only. Acceptable items include furniture, mattresses, carpet, washers, dryers, and other kitchen appliances. Unacceptable items include tires, electronic waste, yard waste, construction material and debris, chemicals and any type of hazardous waster. Appointments must be made for pick-up service. To schedule a pick-up, please call GI Industries/Waste Management at (800) 675-1171 no later than noon on Friday, April 19. 2013.

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CANINE CLASSIC DOG WALK & FESTIVAL 2013

It’s time for you to be your dog’s best friend and join the fun at the “Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival 2013” on Sunday, April 21 from  9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Juan Bautista de Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road in Calabasas.   Admission is free to this fun-filled family fundraiser benefitting the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center, the Calabasas Rotary, L.I.F.E. Animal Rescue and New Directions for Youth. The event features: dog adoptions, celebrity guest judges, food trucks, The Anza Wine & Beer Garden, Kid’s Activity Zone, Zoom Room Dog Agility Area, canine fashion show, Hollywood Pet Tricks, a Best Dressed Dog/Human Couple competition, a Silent Auction Fundraiser, plus over 30 pet industry vendors. Competitions require a $10 donation per entry, and each category is limited to 25 entries.   The event will also feature a two mile walk-a-thon through the beautiful rolling hills of Calabasas.  Route highlights will include “rover rest stops” with plenty of water, food and fun for pets of all kinds and their human companions. You don’t need to bring a dog to attend this rollicking event, but please remember that if you do, all dogs must be on leash. For more information, visit  www.canineclassic.org or call 818-880-2993.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR PUBLIC WORKS MAJORS

The Ventura County Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) is offering scholarships for high school students entering college or university in an engineering/ public works-related major from any high school within Agoura Hills, Camarillo, Calabasas, Moorpark, Ojai, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Port Hueneme, Oxnard, Ventura, Westlake Village and county unincorporated areas. Applicants must be high school seniors graduating in Spring or Summer 2013 who will be attending college in Fall 2013. The applicant must be pursuing studies in a public works-related field of study such as engineering, geographic information systems, environmental sciences, public administration, construction management, architectural sciences, land surveying, urban planning, public management or geography. Scholarship awards will be based on academic achievements and the student’s expressed interest to pursue a career in a public works-related field. Applicants must complete and submit the application form posted on http://ventura.apwa.net/  and other required documents listed on the application by April 19, 2013. Applicants must complete the application online and mail the printout to: City of Calabasas, c/o Alex Farassati, APWA Scholarship Committee, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302. For information, call (818) 224-1680.

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ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Every six weeks the Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist to display their works of love.  Currently, the center is highlighting our own Norman Schwartz. Norman is a member of CTSC, and a local artist. His new photography will be displayed throughout April.  Please come by for a look. Information: Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782 ext. 113.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN APRIL

April is packed with exciting opportunities at the Calabasas Library! Check out the complete April Calendar of Events for a program that's right for you.

Find out how children with autism process information and perceive the world differently at “Insights into Autism” by Carol M. Smith, M.Ed. and Suzanne Alexander, M.M. on  Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room at Founders Hall. The program is free. Discover methods that enable these children to first understand and feel comfortable with the concepts that make up their own way of thinking.  See how these concepts can then be used to teach and explain all of the same information to children with autism that other children learn. Understand the motivations and behaviors of children who are faced with the experience of being born into the world with a perfectly legitimate way of thinking that is not used, understood, or validated by the people around them. Learn how the stress of having this completely different way of processing information and perceiving the world leads to the child displaying the symptoms of autism as the child gets older because these differences are not addressed. For more information, please call the library at 818-225-7616

Health starts in the home. The best way to maintain your well-being is to stock your home with healthy treats and eliminate junk food from your pantry and refrigerator. Now you can learn how at “Food Preparation” presented by Nilli Grutman of Healthy Roots Nutrition on Thursday, April 11, 2013 at noon in the Multi-Purpose Room at Founders Hall. The program is free. Grutman, who has a B.S. in Bio-Chemical Nutritional Science from UC Davis, will provide a fascinating lecture on the art of healthy food preparation and will share easy tips on how to maintain a healthy kitchen and prepare nutritious meals. Bring your lunch and enjoy! For more information, please call the library at  818-225-7616

The Film Fanatics group will meet on Wednesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. to view and discuss this month's movie offering.

Tuesday, April 23 at 6:30 p.m., it’s Family Movie Night at Calabasas Library! This movie, presented in conjunction with the American Chess Academy (ACA) in Calabasas, is based on a true story of a seven-year-old boy whose excellence at chess forces him and his family to examine how they can maintain his childhood while developing his extraordinary gift. The movie runs 110 minutes, is rated PG, and admission is free! No one may attend without an adult. Concessions will be available as a fundraiser for the ACA and the Teen Library Council.  For the name of the movie, call the library at 818-225-7616 or visit the library’s website at http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html

Stop by for yoga at the Library! Classes will be offered on Thursdays, April 4 and April 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.

 

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 information on any of the above events, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616.

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MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST EVENTS IN APRIL

Join us for a unique yoga experience on the Topanga Lookout Hike and Yoga on  Sunday, April 14, 2013 from  9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m! Join the magnificent Sri Hari Moss from Yoga Upstairs, Agoura Hills, as we enjoy an easy 20-30 minute hike up Topanga Lookout Trail, with its phenomenal mountain views. There, we'll settle in for an hour-long lively flow class under the sky. We'll enjoy breathtaking views of the Cold Creek Canyon, Calabasas Peak, and more as we connect with the nature surrounding us! For more information and to register, please visit http://lookoutyoga-eorg.eventbrite.com/#      

On Saturday April 20 and Sunday April 21, 2013 Mountains Restoration Trust will host its Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic at Headwaters Corner, located near Mulholland Hwy and Old Topanga Canyon Road.   Training is led by expert Tracy Jenson-Presson of High on Kennels located in San Diego County. Tracy has many years of experience training dogs to avoid rattlesnakes. She is well known for being a problem solver when it comes to difficult dogs. Our training clinics are conducted in a safe, humane, controlled environment ensuring the safety of your dog, as well as the safety of the rattlesnakes. Typically, a training session for one dog takes about 20 minutes. 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).   Please allow about an hour for your session to sign in and make any time adjustments to scheduling, assuring that proper attention is given to all participants. Multiple dates and locations are available. To register, visit http://mountainstrust.eventbrite.com/. Advanced payment of $70 per dog is required. 

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LI'L NATURALISTS PROGRAM

Ready to help your child learn to appreciate natural beauty in a fun, hands-on way? Mountains Restoration Trust has the answer with a new, unique environmental education and discovery for tots aged 3-5 yrs. old. A five part series, most sessions include a short hike, discovery time crafts, and games. A guardian must accompany the child. Topics include learning about mud and worms, birds, mammals, insects and plants. Registration required. For more information and to register, please call Susan at (818) 591-1701 ext 212.

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HOW CAN YOU HELP CONTROL EROSION?

The City of Calabasas takes pride in our scenic hills, majestic oaks, and natural beauty. One of the ways the City preserves the high quality of life in Calabasas is through taking the initiative in reducing pollution in storm water. Through evaluating impacts on water quality, the City is working to find a healthy balance between building communities and maintaining a clean and safe environment for current communities and future generations.

October 1 through April 15 is considered the rainy season in this region. During the rainy season, severe erosion occurs when storm water strikes bare ground. Erosion problems are outlined below:


EROSION CAUSES: WHICH CAN RESULT IN:
Mud Covered Streets Hazardous Road Conditions
Clogged Storm Drains Flooding and Property Damage
Water Flowing with Sediment Water Pollution in Creeks and the Santa Monica Bay

As a homeowner, some or all of your property may be bare ground, as landscaping or finishing work may be in progress. Each homeowner is responsible for erosion control measures on his/her property. During the rainy season erosion control measures must be in place on your property and maintained throughout the rainy season. Therefore, even if you are in the process of landscape planning or hardscape work on your property, erosion control measures must be installed. Residents of gated community or Homeowners Association areas are not exempt from the erosion control measures requirements.

Examples of typical erosion control measures are listed below. Detailed information on selecting appropriate erosion control measures and how to implement them can be found on the California Stormwater Quality Association web page at www.cabmphandbooks.com. Select the “Construction” handbook and click on any of the BMP Fact Sheet links provided in the table of contents.


SAMPLE EROSION CONTROL MEASURES
Hydroseed bare slopes by September 1 to establish plants prior to rains. Place erosion control blankets, also called "Geotextiles and Mats" on slopes.
Install sandbags or straw bales to follow the slope contours around the perimeter of the low side of your property. Apply hydraulic, wood, or straw mulch or soil binders on bare slopes.

If your property has not been improved with landscaping or other ground cover to protect bare ground from storm water, one or a combination of erosion control measures must be in place and maintained on your property until the rainy season has ended, or until permanent landscaping or ground cover is installed on your property. If you have questions on installing or maintaining erosion control measures, please contact the City of Calabasas Department of Public Works at (818) 224-1600.

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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 6, 2013), 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 20, 2013) 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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FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PASSES TO LACMA 

The Friends of the Calabasas Library has purchased two memberships to the 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

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 this new show on CTV:

 

Tune in for a quick weekly look at upcoming family events in Calabasas, as well as fun crafts and tips to keep everyone in the family happy!

THE BUZZ


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

Or visit the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/calabasas3

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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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