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NOVEMBER 2013 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
10TH ANNUAL CALABASAS CLASSIC 5K/10K RUNS
AMERICA IN BLOOM - CALABASAS RECEIVES FIRST PLACE HONORS
  SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION FOR THE CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD 
  2ND ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE-THRU CHARITY EVENT
REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2014 WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE  
CALVET ENCOURAGES VETERANS TO GET THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVE  
STUDENT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION HOSTED BY C-SPAN 
LIBRARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER
CONSTRUCTION ALONG MUREAU ROAD
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
LA COUNTY PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR BUILDING UPGRADES
  NOVEMBER EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST 
HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
LVMWD ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO DRINK FROM THE TAP
  ARTIST ALLEY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

November 2013:

2 - E-Waste Collection

3 - Daylight Saving Time Ends (2:00 a.m.)

9 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up


10 - Calabasas Classic 5k/10k Run

11 - Veterans' Day - City Hall Closed

13 - City Council Meeting

16 - E-Waste Collection

16 & 17 - Food Drive-Thru Charity Event

27 - City Council Meeting
(cancelled)

28 - Thanksgiving Day - City Hall Closed

29 - Day After Thanksgiving - City Hall Closed

December 2013
:

7 - E-Waste Collection

7 - Rock Life, Breaking the Silence


11 - City Council Meeting

21 - E-Waste Collection

24 - Christmas Eve - City Hall Closed

25 - Christmas Day - City Hall Closed

25 -  City Council Meeting (cancelled)

31 - New Year's Eve - City Hall Closes at Noon



10TH ANNUAL
CALABASAS CLASSIC
5K/10K RUNS



CUB SCOUT PACK 333
CHARITY EVENT
 

 

E-WASTE COLLECTION
EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

 

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10TH ANNUAL CALABASAS CLASSIC 5K/10K RUNS

The 10th Annual Calabasas Classic, benefiting the Talbert Family Foundation, will be held on Sunday, November 10 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 www.calabasasclassic.com.

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AMERICA IN BLOOM - CALABASAS RECEIVES FIRST PLACE HONORS

Recently, the City of Calabasas took first place honors in America in Bloom’s annual competition, receiving a five “bloom” rating, the highest rating the organization awards. America in Bloom promotes nationwide beautification through education and community involvement by encouraging the use of flowers, plants, trees, and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements. Calabasas was recognized for its beautiful flower displays, landscaping, urban forest, historic preservation, environmental efforts, and overall impression. The City hosted judges Bruce Riggs and Bill Hahn on Monday June 17th through Wednesday June 19th, touring the LVMWD Composting Facility, Leonis Adobe Museum, the Las Virgenes Creek Restoration site, and Gates Canyon Park.  In announcing the results, America in Bloom officials singled out Home Owners Association volunteers Kathy Berkowitz, Marie Colabella and Henry Cespedes for their valuable contributions throughout the year. AIB also recognized City of Calabasas Landscape District Manager Steve Ball for his invaluable expertise and Calabasas City Manager Tony Coroalles for introducing America in Bloom to Calabasas, along with staffing, delegating and orchestrating the process.

“All of us at the City of Calabasas take great pride in both the natural and landscaped beauty of our community,” said Calabasas Mayor Fred Gaines. “It is wonderful that our efforts and our incredible volunteers have been recognized with this prestigious national award.”

For more information, visit www.americainbloom.org.

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SUBMIT YOUR NOMINATION FOR THE CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD 

The Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award is a symbol of commitment to California’s environment. The award honors a wide array of individuals, businesses, municipalities, government agencies, organizations, institutions, all working to benefit our environment. The Award recognizes voluntary activities by companies and organizations, big or small, private or non-profit, in or work done in the City of Calabasas and in surrounding communities 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, etc. Furthermore, the Award honors those organizations that demonstrate exceptional commitment or innovation above and beyond their primary mission.

The Award is given by the City of Calabasas Environmental Commission and will be presented during the February 4, 2014 meeting at City Hall. In selecting the recipients, the Commission will consider:

  • Measurable improvements to environmental quality

  • Ongoing or long-term environmental benefits

  • Creativity and innovation in technology or approach

  • Model achievements

  • Demonstrating a solid commitment to protecting the environment

  • Involving employees, governmental officials and/or community members in an environmental project

  • Showing a commitment to the public's best interests

  • Reaching out in an effective manner to stakeholders

  • Taking definitive steps to prevent pollution

  • Minimizing costs or demonstrating a payback on investments

Nominations for the Award are welcomed from individuals, companies, government agencies, consultants, educators, researchers and students. When selecting recipients, the 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.

The Nomination form is available on City of Calabasas website at: www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/pdf/nomination-form.pdf. Please mail or e-mail nominations by Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to:

City of Calabasas
Attn: Alex Farassati
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas, CA 91302-3172
E-mail: afarassati@cityofcalabasas.com

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2ND ANNUAL FOOD DRIVE-THRU CHARITY EVENT

Cub Scout Pack 333 of Calabasas will be holding their Second Annual Food Drive-Thru charity event on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day. The purpose of the event is to create a convenient and unique opportunity for citizens to drive through a marked portion of the parking lot at the Commons at Calabasas, and hand their food donations to a Scout Volunteer. All this without ever getting out of the car!

Despite the rainy weather, last year’s event resulted in over 27,000 pounds of donated food. Nearly 4,000 individuals in need were provided food as a result of the event. This year, the Scouts are asking for your help to reach a goal of doubling that number! All donations are provided to West Valley Food Pantry. For more information, contact Jeff Rudner, Cubmaster of Cub Scout Pack 333 at (818) 515-5837.

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REGISTER NOW FOR THE 2014 WINTER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Register now for the 2014 Winter Youth Basketball League! Stop by Juan Bautista de Anza Park to sign your child up for this fun and exciting league. Ages are 5-16 and the sign-ups are ongoing until divisions are full. The cost is $145, which includes full uniform, team and individual pictures, trophy, and officials. League play runs January 4 to March, 2014. Space is filling up fast, so sign up today!

Parents, we need your help! Please volunteer to coach! For details and information, contact Lana Wilhelm at (818) 880-6461 or lwilhelm@cityofcalabasas.com.

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CALVET ENCOURAGES VETERANS TO GET THE BENEFITS THEY DESERVE 

Veterans’ Day is Monday, November 11. If you served or are serving in the Military, the City of Calabasas thanks you for your service and sacrifice for this country. Regardless of your era, branch, post or assignment, you are entitled to state and federal veterans’ benefits. Qualifying dependents may be eligible for benefits as well. The California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) wants to ensure that our Calabasas veterans and veteran families are getting the education, employment, housing, health and other benefits and services they deserve. To obtain more information about veteran benefits, visit www.calvet.ca.gov or call toll free (877) 741-8532.

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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 asking middle and high school students to create a 5 – 7 minute (1 minute shorter than years past!) video documentary about this year's topic: A Message to the U.S. Congress. Students are asked to consider what they think is the most important issue Congress should consider in 2014, while challenging them to bring awareness to national and local issues by introducing them to C-SPAN’s 2014 StudentCam.

Winners in both middle and high school categories will receive cash prizes. Teachers listed as a faculty advisor, can win cash prizes too. In all, C-SPAN will be awarding $100,000 in prizes, including $10,750 for teachers! Entry forms and completed videos must be submitted online by January 20, 2014.

All the rules, how-to videos, rubrics, and more can be found at www.studentcam.org. If you have any questions, you can e-mail C-SPAN Classroom at educate@c-span.org.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN NOVEMBER

There are some great events at the Library this month! Be sure to check out the November Calendar of Events for a complete guide of Library activities for you and your family.

Barry Lancet, author of "Japantown" will be presenting his book on Saturday, November 9 at 1:00 p.m. His presentation will be held in the multi-purpose room.

At Noon on Thursday, November 14, Laurel Eu, Public Affairs Specialist with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will be presenting information regarding food and food safety.

You won't want to miss The Friends of the Calabasas Library Book Sale, taking place Saturday, November 23 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be many books to choose from at reasonable prices. Rare books, cookbooks, autobiographies, text books, novels, children's books, and more! 100% of the proceeds benefit library programs.  

Saturday, November 16 is International Game Day! Kids kindergarten age through 8th grade are invited to spend time at the library playing board games like Uno, Scrabble, Monopoly, Checkers, and more! Drop in between Noon and 4:00 p.m. to check it out. There will be treats and fun!

Are you a film fanatic? If so, plan on meeting at the Library on Wednesday, November 20 at 6:00 p.m.  The movie, starring Shelley Winters and Sidney Poitier, is about a blind woman falling in love with a man, while her racist mother finds the romance unacceptable.

For information on any of the above events, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-7616.

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CONSTRUCTION ALONG MUREAU ROAD

If you’ve seen crews at work along Mureau Road and Las Virgenes Road, it’s the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District installing a new 30-inch pipeline. The project is part of the District’s “Backbone Improvements Program,” a multi-year capital investment initiative designed to increase system reliability now and into the future.

The new pipeline will run from Mureau Road near Round Meadow Road, west to Las Virgenes Road, then south on Las Virgenes Road, and cross under U.S. 101 to connect to an existing water main near Agoura Road. The pipeline segment running beneath the freeway will be installed using a tunneling method that will not affect traffic on U.S. 101.

The Mureau Road project is anticipated to be completed in May 2014. For more information, please visit www.lvmwd.com/for-customers/construction-projects/mureau-road-pipeline-project. Questions should be directed to LVMWD at (818)251-2100.

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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 (November 2, 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 (November 16, 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.

The City of Calabasas holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil. On Saturday, November 9, 2013 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 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. For more information, please contact the City of Calabasas Recycling and Solid Waste Coordinator at (818) 224-1600.

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LA COUNTY PROGRAM AVAILABLE FOR BUILDING UPGRADES

As a property owner or manager, you know that lowering your building’s operating costs is important to your bottom line and cash flow. By upgrading or retrofitting your building to use less energy and water, or produce clean energy, you can save money on your utility bills while increasing your property’s value.

In an effort to make these energy improvements more attainable for property owners, Los Angeles County is now offering the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Financing Program for these types of improvements. Unlike a traditional loan, PACE financing is paid back via an assessment on the property tax bill.

Los Angeles County’s PACE financing allows owners of commercial properties to finance up to 100 percent of the cost of installing energy-efficient, renewable energy and water-saving improvements and immediately enjoy the benefits of lower utility bills.

Other benefits of financing energy improvements through PACE include:

● Lower operating costs
● Higher property value
● Better rates and terms than traditional financing
● Cash-flow positive from day one by allowing projects to be amortized over a longer period of time

Please visit Los Angeles County’s PACE website at www.lapace.org for more information and fill out a FREE initial application to determine whether PACE financing is right for your project. For further information, contact PACE at info@lapace.org or (877) 785-2237.

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NOVEMBER EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST 

There are some great opportunities this month to get involved with Mountains Restoration Trust! For a complete list of the MRT events, visit www.mountainstrust.org.

If you enjoy hiking, join MRT for some walks through nature. Saturday, November 2, savor an autumn walk-about along a streamside trail, through oak woodlands, to a gently rolling chaparral basin below craggy sandstone peaks. This 2 1/2 hour walk through Cold Creek Preserve does require reservations by calling (818) 591-9363. Then on Sunday, November 10, take an easy hike downhill (2 1/2 hours) through rock-studded chaparral, grassland and riparian habitats. You won't want to miss out on these awesome views along the Cold Creek Preserve! Reserve your spot by calling (818) 591-9363.

On Saturday, November 2 at 8:45 a.m., be a restorationist for a day! MRT and TreePeople will be watering the oak trees, shrubs, penstemons, roses, and bunch grasses that were planted by volunteers last winter in the Cold Creek Preserve. These native plants feed and shelter wildlife, but they need cared for during the long drought awaiting the winter rains. To participate, reserve your spot at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com. Meet along the first 0.5 mile of Stunt Road after turning off Mulholland Highway in Calabasas.

Also happening on Saturday, November 2, MRT and Heal the Bay will be restoring the Arroyo Sequit at Leo Carrillo State Park. Come enjoy the outdoors and make a difference for the endangered Southern California Steelhead Trout. Two concrete barriers are being removed by the State Parks, and it's up to volunteers to take out the invasive plants. Cape Ivy is the primary target as it is toxic to fish and other aquatic life. The removal is key in restoring the historic spawning grounds. Visit www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com to sign up.

MRT and TreePeople need your help to rebuild a native landscape at Malibu Creek State Park. They will be meeting on Saturday, November 16 at 8:45 a.m. to plant and care for oak trees and their understory plants. Visit www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com to sign up for this 3 1/2 hour activity. Be a part of the Lower Topanga Park Restoration on Sunday, November 24.MRT and Tree People will be pulling invasive plants and planting habitat creating native plants in their places. Come help native animals reclaim their home! Sign up at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

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HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

From small, intimate affairs to large corporate and private parties, let the Tennis & Swim Center and Atmosphere Events & Catering be your one-stop shop for the finest food, superb service, menu planning, staffing, rentals & décor.  Our Chefs are professionally-trained with over 20 years of experience and will work with our clients’ nutritional needs as well as with their budgetary confinements.  We feel everybody has the right to a great event! On-site catering by Atmosphere Events & Catering. Some tables & chairs are provided. For further information, please contact Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782  x 113 or visit www.calabasastsc.com.

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LVMWD ENCOURAGES CUSTOMERS TO DRINK FROM THE TAP 

Bottled water products come in a variety of types. Many are described as "mountain spring water" or "from underground sources." Customers may be surprised to learn that some of the bottled water available in the marketplace is actually local tap water. If you are unsure about a product, read the label or contact the company for information on a specific brand. When buying, also check the label as to when it was bottled so that you are aware of the appropriate shelf life. This is especially important for those who store an emergency water supply. Be sure to rotate your stock, replacing older water with new.

Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) wants to remind residents that LVMWD water is of excellent quality, right from the tap. It is continually tested and monitored to ensure safety and compliance with all state and federal standards. In terms of cost, LVMWD tap water is less than a penny per gallon. Various bottled waters can cost anywhere from $4-$6 or more per gallon. There are times when the convenience of bottled water makes sense, especially when traveling or engaging in outdoor activities. However, having a reusable sports bottle can save a lot of money over the course of a year, not to mention it is better for the environment. For more information on LVMWD, please visit www.lvmwd.com.

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ARTIST ALLEY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Every six weeks, the Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist to display their beautiful work. The current artist is Julie Buckley. Julie will be displaying her beautiful paintings through December 7. Stop by and take a look!

For additional information, please call Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782, ext. 113.   

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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 (check the CTV Guide for playback days and times), through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive. CTV programming is also available on the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel!

Check out this new show on CTV:

 

AUTHOR'S NIGHT: GORDON MYERS

Gordon Myers, 
entrepreneur, author, coach, proud father to a son and daughter, happily married for 22 years, arrived all alone in the USA as a young man with nothing more than a backpack. His experiences qualify him as a true survivor and so he brings a wealth of real life experience and compelling stories to the younger generation.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, November 11, Thursday, November 28, and Friday, November 29.

 

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 November, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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