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SEPTEMBER 2013 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
ROCK LIFE ANTI-BULLYING CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME
SUMMER SUN SETS CONCERT SERIES: QUATTRO & ILYA SERGIENKO
NEW HOURS FOR THE CALABASAS LIBRARY BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1
SMS REGISTRATION FOR BLACKBOARD CONNECT CITY-TO-RESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS
CITY OF CALABASAS FALL RECREATION BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE
THEME ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMMUNITY RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR
LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
HAVE YOUR NEXT EVENT AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
SEEKING QUALIFIED CITIZENS TO SERVE ON THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY
REQUEST A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTIONS
JOIN THE TOASTMASTERS IN CALABASAS
MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
DRAINING YOUR POOL
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

September 2013: 1 - Begin New Hours for the Calabasas Library

2 - Labor Day - City Hall Closed


7 - Rock Life Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball Game

7 - E-Waste Collection

11 - City Council Meeting

14 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Roud-Up

15 - Sun Sets: Quattro & Ilya Sergienko

21 - E-Waste Collection

25 - City Council Meeting


 October 2013:

5 - E-Waste Collection

9 - City Council Meeting


16 & 17 - Emergency Preparedness Night

19 & 20 - Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

20 - Amateur Radio Entry-Level Class

23 - City Council Meeting

 

ROCK LIFE
ANTI-BULLYING
CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME - SEPTEMBER 7

 

 


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ROCK LIFE ANTI-BULLYING CELEBRITY BASKETBALL GAME

Come out to the 1st Annual Rock Life Anti-Bullying Celebrity Basketball Game on Saturday, September 7 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Calabasas. Mitch “The Rock” Richmond, in partnership with Calabasas Mayor pro Tem David Shapiro, presents The Launch of Rock Life to redefine strong anti-bullying awareness campaigns and its proclamation of the ban on bullying in Calabasas.

“Rock Life is a national movement dedicated to bringing awareness to the seriousness of bullying and related issues like depression, eating disorders, obesity, self-mutilation and suicide. Using multi-media outlets and Entertainment Therapy, we help participants build self-esteem, create healthy relationships, and navigate the ups and downs of life with courage and confidence. The goal is to help youth feel more self-assured, supported, connected and empowered to celebrate their lives.”

This event will take place at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center (AHCCC), 27040 Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas. Special guests, celebrities, and entertainers will be announced on the event facebook page, www.facebook.com/mrocklifecampaign.

In celebration of the signing of the proclamation against bullying and naming October Anti-bullying Awareness Month by the Calabasas City Council, Rock Life announced that the September 7th Celebrity Basketball Game is FREE to the community.  Mitch Richmond and Rock Life ambassadors were so overwhelmed by the community support with the proclamation they want the event to be available and open to everyone these issue affect.  Everyone can come out and enjoy the pre-game entertainment, a great basketball game and meet the celebrities for free.

For additional information visit AHCCC or online at www.mrocklife.com. Or please contact Anne Marie at (818) 880-2993, Annemarie@ahccc.org.

See you at the game!

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SUMMER SUN SETS CONCERT SERIES

You won't want to miss the final concert of the 2013 Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake! Join us on Sunday, September 15 for a memorable evening with the innovative ensemble Quattro & the multi-talented trumpeter Ilya Sergienko. These two incredibly talented performances will span the world of classical, jazz, Latin, soul and pop. This concert is presented in partnership with The New West Symphony.

The concert begins at 6:00 p.m., is free to the public, and located on the Greenbelt at Calabasas Lake with entrance at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (located at 23400 Park Sorrento). The Sun Sets Concert Series features field seating on grass and guests are encouraged to bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. There is limited chair seating available on a first come - first serve basis (kindly reserve for those in need). There is a free park & ride shuttle from the Calabasas Inn, located at 23500 Park Sorrento from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/sunsets.html

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NEW HOURS FOR THE CALABASAS LIBRARY BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 1

The Calabasas Library will have new hours, effective September 1, 2013. The updated hours are as follows:

 
MONDAY:  CLOSED
TUESDAY:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAY:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
THURSDAY:  11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
FRIDAY:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SATURDAY:  11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
SUNDAY:  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

The Library will also be closed on Sunday, September 1, 2013 in observance of Labor Day. For additional information, please contact the Library at (818) 225-7616 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html

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SMS REGISTRATION FOR BLACKBOARD CONNECT CITY-TO-RESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS

Blackboard Connect is our city-to-resident communications service. With Blackboard Connect, City administrators can send periodic and personalized messages to residents within minutes. This service is used to complement emergency preparedness procedures, to inform residents of pressing and important issues such as emergencies, as well as community outreach on matters of importance to the community and community surveys. It is the City’s intention and hope that every residence and commercial facility in our community be included in the notification database.

The City encourages all residents to visit https://portal.blackboardconnectcty.com/welcome.aspx?eiid=1207B6088C3572A06B70 to update their contact information and register a cellular number so that they may receive SMS (text) notifications from the City. For additional information and FAQs, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/emergency-notification.html .

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CITY OF CALABASAS FALL RECREATION BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE

The 2013 City of Calabasas Fall Recreation brochure was mailed to all Calabasas residents in August. The brochure features detailed information about adult and youth classes, senior citizen programs, community news and information, sports activities and much more. The Fall Recreation Brochure is also available online and paper copies are available at City Hall, the Agoura/Calabasas Community Center and the Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center. Classes will run from September to December 2013, so make sure to register early!

For more information about Calabasas recreation opportunities, or for help with class registration, please call the Recreation Department at (818) 880-6461.

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THEME ANNOUNCED FOR THE COMMUNITY RECYCLING AWARENESS CALENDAR

Calabasas Elementary and Middle-school students are invited to submit hand-created drawings for a chance to be included in the 2014 Community Recycling Awareness Calendar. This is an annual drawing contest hosted by the Calabasas Environmental Commission. The theme this year is “Benefits of Litter Prevention in Protecting Wildlife.” Submit your entry now until November 1 at Calabasas City Hall. Drawings must be done on 8 ½” x 11” format in landscape orientation. Fourteen winners will be chosen based on the creativity and theme of their illustration. The winning drawings will be printed in the 2014 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.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

School is back in session and the Calabasas Library is offering a lot of terrific programs for students, children and adults this month! Check out the complete September Calendar of Events for a program that's right for you.

The Pumpkin Patch Story Time is a great program for young children. The Children's Librarian reads, sings and entertains children. Beginning September 13, there will be new hours and age groups. Children 0-17 months will meet on Fridays from 11:10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., children 18 months - 3 years will meet Fridays from 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., and children 3-6 years old will meet on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. All Story Times are held in the Children's Reading Room.

As your child heads back to school, keep in mind that the Library is offering their Love to Learn Tutoring Program most Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Viewpoint Advanced Placement and Honors high school students will be tutoring elementary school age children in the Children's Library, free of charge. The complete tutoring schedule can be found here.

Students can also get tutoring help most Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning September 24 from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Study Buddies program allows Calabasas elementary and middle school students to get free help with homework and study skills from high school students. 

Is your child's reading going to the dogs? Let's hope so! Bring your new and emerging reader (grades K-3) to the Library on Saturday, September 7 to share in a unique reading program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws 4 Healing, will sit (or lie!) and listen while your child experiences the joy of reading aloud. Taking place from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., each child will have 15 minutes to read to a dog. Sign-ups begin at 11:00 a.m.

Students in the 4th and 5th grades are invited to attend the Book Worm Book Club on Wednesday, September 11 at 4:00 p.m. This month's book is The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Students enrolled in the 6th and 7th grades can join The Dog-Eared Book Club on Wednesday, September 25 at 4:00 p.m. This month's book is The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Adults are invited to 2nd Thursday Book Club on Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 p.m. This month's book is The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty. Membership in these book clubs are free, however, a library card is required to participate.

Adults are invited to stop by the Library for some great events on Thursdays from Noon - 1:00 p.m. On September 12, Lara Garibian, MFT Intern, will be presenting a Health and Wellness Seminar. On September 19, swing by for a relaxing yoga session with instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT. Just be sure to bring comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat or towel. No experience is necessary and all are welcome. On September 26, the Calabasas Historical Society will be holding a free lecture. Sue Jennings will be discussing the book Bad Company: The Story of California's Legendary and Actual Stage Robbers, Bandits, Highwaymen and Outlaws from the Fifties to the Eighties. The book is by Joseph Henry Jackson and is in the Historical Society's collection. Learn about interesting characters such as Rattlesnake Dick, Joaquin Murrieta, Black Bart, as well as the lawmen who began to bring order to the wild west.

Are you a film fanatic? If so, plan on meeting at the Library on Wednesday, September 18 at 6:00 p.m. The movie this month stars Burt Lancaster, Lee Marvin, Jack Palance, and others in a humorous Western about a Texas millionaire who hires four adventurers to rescue his kidnapped wife from a notorious bandit.

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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E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS

The City of Calabasas organizes two free monthly electronic waste collection events. On  the first Saturday of the month (September 7, 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 (September 21, 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, September 14, 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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HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

From small, intimate affairs to large corporate and private parties, let the Tennis & Swim Center & 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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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 Tomoko Koyama. Tomoko will be displaying her beautiful paintings now through September 13. She has been featured in many domestic and international publications and it is a privilege to have her stunning artwork on display.

Beginning September 15 through October 25, artist Joan Foster will be displaying her artwork at the Tennis & Swim Center. Stop by and take a look at each of these artists' incredible work. For additional information, please call Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782, ext. 113. 

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SEEKING QUALIFIED CITIZENS TO SERVE ON THE LOS ANGELES COUNTY CIVIL GRAND JURY

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference? The Los Angeles County Superior Court is currently seeking qualified citizens who are interested in applying for the Los Angeles County Civil Grand Jury. The primary function of the Civil Grand Jury is to investigate county, city, and joint-power agencies. It acts as “watch dog” by examining carefully and completely the operations of various government agencies within Los Angeles County.

Applicants must possess each of the following qualifications:

• citizen of the United States;
• at least 18 years of age;
• a resident of Los Angeles County for at least one year;
• of ordinary intelligence, sound judgment, fair character;
• working knowledge of the English language.

Applicants must be willing to volunteer 30-40 hours per week over a period of one year and, if selected, will earn $60 for each full day of service. The deadline to submit an application to be a part of the 2014-2015 Civil Grand Jury is November 25, 2013 and the Jury will be impaneled on July 1, 2014. For an application packet, please contact Clara Shortridge Foltz at (213) 893-1047. For forms and additional information, visit www.grandjury.co.la.ca.us.
 

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REQUEST A VOTE BY MAIL BALLOT FOR THE SPECIAL ELECTIONS

The Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk (RR/CC) Dean Logan reminds voters to request a Vote by Mail ballot by Tuesday, September 10 for the Special Elections on September 17, 2013. Requesting a Vote by Mail ballot is easy and can be done online or by using the back of the official sample ballot. Registered voters can also apply in person at the RR/CC’s main office: 12400 Imperial Hwy., 3rd floor, Room 3002, Norwalk, CA 90650. L.A. County residents who applied for a Vote by Mail ballot can check the status of their ballot online.

The special primary elections will take place in Assembly District 45 and the old Senate District 26, per previous district boundaries. Cities and neighborhoods participating in the election include Agoura, Calabasas, Canoga Park, Chatsworth, Culver City, Encino, Hidden Hills, Ladera Heights, Los Angeles, North Hills, Northridge, Reseda, Sherman Oaks, Tarzana, View Park, West Athens and West Hills, Winnetka and Woodland Hills. For additional information, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/special-elections.html. 

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JOIN THE TOASTMASTERS IN CALABASAS

Does the thought of public speaking terrify you? Or are you comfortable speaking in public but want to improve your skills? Join the Toastmasters in Calabasas! Enhance your public speaking, leadership and communication skills in a fun and supportive environment. The group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month and it is free to attend. For questions, meeting location, and to RSVP, please contact Sandi Sanders at (818) 223-9444, sandi@sandisanders.com. To learn more about Toastmasters, visit www.toastmasters.org.

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MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

Mountains Restoration Trust has a lot happening this month! Walk in the shade of great oaks on Saturday, September 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. as you  join the Cold Creek Docents at Cold Creek Preserve-Lower Stunt High Trailhead. Enjoy a morning hike and delight in the colors of a basin set among craggy peaks. Bring a snack, water, and wear sturdy shoes. To make reservations and for more information, call 818-591-9363.

Saturday, September 7, join MRT and TreePeople at the Cold Creek Valley Preserve to water newly planted native plants and remove the pesky non-native ones. Oak acorns, shrubs, penstemons, roses, and bunch grasses that feed and shelter wildlife are awaiting your help! Bring a snack, water and wear sturdy footwear. Register online at www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com or call (818) 591-1701, ext. 202 to sign up.

Stream Team Restoration: Come enjoy the outdoors and make a difference! On Sunday, September 7 from 8:45 a.m. – noon,  join Mountains Restoration Trust and Heal the Bay to restore areas of Leo Carrillo State Park. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine while helping remove non-native vegetation along Arroyo Sequit in Leo Carrillo State Park. Bring a snack, water and wear sturdy footwear. For more information and to register, visit www.healthebay.org/event/habitat-restoration-leo-carrillo-state-park.                         

There once was a valley where giant oaks held an ecosystem together. The trees were harvested and the valley had many experiences; charcoaling kilns, farming, cattle grazing, movie making. But a white knight rode in: State Parks acquired the property to provide a park for public enjoyment and to preserve an historic landscape.  Since 1992, volunteers have enjoyed a wonderful day in Malibu Creek State Park planting and caring for oak trees and their understory plants. Join Mountains Restoration Trust and TreePeople on Sunday, September 21 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. to care for oaks and rebuild a native landscape. Bring a snack, water and wear sturdy footwear. Receive community service credit. Reservations required: volunteer@treepeople.org or call 818-591-1701 x202.  

Native plants are working hard (growing almost like Jack’s beanstalk) to bring a natural eco-balance to the lower Topanga Creek area of the park. But they need a boost – on Sunday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., join Mountains Restoration Trust and TreePeople to care for the native plants and remove the invasive, non-native ones. Bring a snack, water and wear sturdy footwear. Receive community service credit. Directions: entrance is a few hundred feet from Pacific Coast Highway on Topanga Canyon Road. Reservations required: volunteer@treepeople.org or call 818-591-1701 x202.    

Give native fish larvae and native frog tadpoles a chance by removing the non-native, invasive red swamp crayfish from spawning pools located in Malibu Creek! Experience the morning sunshine on Malibu Creek and help Mountains Restoration Trust trap and remove crayfish. Great fun for kids, families, and scout groups! Bring water and wear shoes that can get muddy. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from  9:30 a.m. -11:30a.m. To register, visit www.mrtcrayfish.eventbrite.com. Also available for groups and special events- call (818) 591-1701 ext 202 to make reservations.

For a full list of events and additional information, visit mountainstrust.org/events/events.html

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DRAINING YOUR POOL

As summer comes to a close, some Calabasas pool-owners choose to drain their pools for maintenance. Eventually this water finds its way into our local creeks and bays, and water filled with chlorine and other chemicals can cause unintended damage to the ecosystem. Discharging swimming pool water into the street is legal only if it has been dechlorinated/debrominated by halting chemical treatments for a minimum of 10 days and has been tested prior to discharge. In order to drain your pool legally and with environmental awareness, you must:

1. Drain the water to a sewer line,
2. Use it on your property (i.e. for irrigation) if your property is large enough to ensure that the runoff will not encroach on abutting properties.
3. Drain the water to a tank truck.

Also remember to never clean a filter in the street or near a storm drain. Rinse your cartridge filters onto a dirt area, and spade the filter residue into soil. Spent diatomaceous earth cannot be discharged to surface waters, storm drainage systems, septic systems, or on the ground. Following these simple guidelines can help you maintain a clean pool (and green environment) for years to come!

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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 (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:

On this episode of Your City, Your Issues, host Laura Nickerson visits the dedicated fund-raisers and brave cancer survivors at the annual Relay For Life Calabasas Event. The 24 hour walk is a fundraiser for research to find a cure for cancer.

YOUR CITY, YOUR ISSUES:
RELAY FOR LIFE 2013

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, September 2, 2013 in observance of Labor Day.

 

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 September, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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