ARE YOU PREPARED
FOR EL NINO?
you prepared for El Nino? El Nino is a
climate cycle in the Pacific Ocean with a
global impact on weather patterns. With El
Nino storms estimated to be their strongest
in years, agencies throughout Los Angeles
County are already getting ready. Here are
15 ways for you to prepare:
1. Clean out your rain gutters and
downspouts. Clean all of them before it
rains, then check and clean them after the
first rain. Leaves and debris from your roof
may have accumulated in rain gutters after
the rain. Make sure your rain gutters aren’t
2. Fix any leaks before it starts to rain.
Check your roof for any trouble areas.
Invest in an emergency generator. Think
about a portable generator or permanent
standby generator that comes on
automatically when the power goes out.
Check any decks and balconies. Make sure
water flows away from your walls and
5. If your crawl space,
garage or basement could be flooded, think
of installing a sump pump. El Nino rains can
cause water to gather where you normally
don’t find it.
6. Have an arborist check
your trees. Trees may look fine, but can be
weak. Wet branches weigh more and they can
7. If you live on a hill or below
a hill, talk to your neighbors. Drainage
from your yard may cause water to damage
your neighbor’s house. Your neighbor’s
drainage may flood your home.
your outdoor patio furniture or securely
cover it. Put your potted plants in a
covered area. Too much water and rain can
9. Know where your sprinkler
controller is located. Learn how to turn off
your automatic sprinklers. You may not need
to water for weeks or months.
10. Talk to
your insurance agent about purchasing flood
insurance. Even though you may not live in a
flood area, flood insurance may protect you
from mud and water damage losses. Flood
damages are not usually covered by
homeowner’s insurance. Click hereto
learn more about flood insurance from the
National Flood Insurance Program.
Plan what you will do if water starts to
infiltrate your home. Have sandbags and
plywood on hand to divert water away from
12. Check the lights in your
car, headlights, brake lights, turn signals
and emergency flashers.
13. Replace your
windshield wipers. You don’t need wait until
it’s raining to realize you should have
changed the wipers.
Have your mechanic check your car’s tires.
Check for tread wear and proper inflation.
Both can be the cause of serious accidents
in the rain.
15. How old is your car
battery? Ask your mechanic to check it as it
may be better to replace it before it fails
in the rain.
For more information about El Nino and ways
that you can prepare, visit www.lacounty.gov/elnino.
And don't forget - in the event of an
emergency, be sure to tune in to 1630 AM,
JOIN US FOR
THE 2ND ANNUAL READING FESTIVAL ON DECEMBER
us at the Calabasas Founders Hall (200 Civic
Center Way, behind the Library) on Wednesday, December 2 for the 2nd Annual Reading
Festival in support of the
Literally Healing Program at the Children's Hospital
Los Angeles! Stop
by anytime between 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. for
crafts, games, face painting, live music
and miniature therapy horses. Scheduled
guest readers include Wendy Braun, Josh Coxx,
Taye Diggs, Lisa
Loeb, Student Author Sienna Miller, KC Royals' Mike Moustakas
(via video), Jerry
O'Connell, Benjamin & Matthew Royer,
Calabasas City Council, fire fighters, LVUSD
teachers and staff, and more! There will
also be CHLA wish list books on site for
purchase and donation. Please note that due
to health reasons, only new books will be
The community is also invited to join the
The Commons at Calabasas! From noon on,
enjoy live music and lunch or dinner before
or after heading to Founders Hall.
Participating retailers and restaurants
including Blush, Magnolia, Wink, Fresh
Brothers, Marmalade Cafe, Johnny Rockets,
and Rosti will be giving a percentage of
their sales to the Literally Healing Program
Los Angeles. Just reference "Literally
Healing" or "Book Drive" when visiting one
of these retailers or restaurants. (Applies
to December 2 only).
Can't make it out to the event on December
2? You can still purchase new Literally
Healing wish list
books anytime between December 2 - December
9. Just use Barnes & Noble Code 11736311.
There will also be more reading festival
events happening throughout the week,
- Share reading with a therapy dog through
Paws for Healing at the
Library December 5;
- See Don
Randi & Quest live in concert at the Commons
on December 5;
- Visit Barnes and Noble
for story time and guest readers on December
- Enjoy the annual Tree Lighting and
Menorah Lighting Ceremonies at the Commons,
followed by crafts and cocoa at Barnes and
Noble December 8 and 9!
Have a great time with your family and
support a worthwhile cause! For more
information and a complete schedule of
events, please visit
To learn more about the Literally Healing
Program and the young Calabasas resident
that inspired this Annual Reading Festival,
BOOK SIGNINGS FOR
"IMAGES OF AMERICA: CALABASAS"
America: Calabasas,” which chronicles the
rich history of Calabasas and environs, has
been officially released by Arcadia
Publishing Company. The book is authored by
local historian Cimberly Castellon, with a
Foreword from Calabasas Mayor James Bozajian,
who also serves as President of the
Calabasas-Las Virgenes Historical Society.
Two book signings have been set for this
month. On December 6 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00
p.m., Ms. Castellon and Mayor Bozajian will
be signing books at the Barnes & Noble store
at The Commons at Calabasas. On December 17
from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., they will be
signing books at the Calabasas Library, 200
Civic Center Way.
REGISTER BY DECEMBER
4 TO HAVE BREAKFAST WITH SANTA!
Bring the family
Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and join Santa and his
elves for a pancake breakfast, crafts and
holiday cheer on Saturday, December 12 from
9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The cost is $10 per
child ages 4-12, $15 for anyone over 13
years old, and children 3 and younger are
free. Prices include holiday music, pancake
breakfast, crafts, prizes and a picture with
Santa! PLEASE REGISTER ON SITE AT THE
CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER BY FRIDAY, DECEMEBER 4, 2015. Seating and space is
limited. Each table will have assigned
seating. All guests (including infants and
toddlers) must be paid and registered prior
to the event. For more information, please
contact Kathy Milbrand or Raine Kishimoto at
DO YOUR HOLIDAY
SHOPPING AT THE COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET!
The Holidays are
just around the corner! Come by the
Hills/Calabasas Community Center on
Saturday, December 5 to shop 30 vendors in
one location; it’s a one-stop shopping
event! Buy a gift for that special someone
or splurge for yourself! There will be
clothing, gift items, holiday decor,
jewelry, and vintage collectibles. This
Community Flea Market will be going from 7:00
a.m. to 2:00 p.m. AHCCC is located at 27040
Malibu Hills Road. For more information,
contact Jenna at 818-880-2993 or visit
DRIVE TO BENEFIT KIDS IN NEED
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center
is teaming up with
BEDS4KIDS on Saturday, December 5 from
7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"Beds4Kids" is on a mission to positively
impact the world one bed at a time, with a
specific focus on helping underprivileged
children get a safe, healthy, and peaceful
night's sleep. This is only made possible if
a child is not sleeping on a cold floor, in
a bathtub, on a bed bug infested mattress,
in a stairwell, or under a highway
The program is simple and impactful. For
every bed sold, "Beds4Kids" donates a new
mattress, sheets, bed bug protector, pillow,
blanket, and most importantly, a teddy bear
to an underprivileged child or youth shelter
on behalf of the customer. "Beds4Kids" only
carries the top brands in the world,
including Simmons, Serta, and Tempur-pedic.
Since "Beds4Kids" is not a retailer, it can
offer customers 30-40% discounts and still
make the charitable contribution on behalf
of the customer.
In only a single community over the past 15
months, the company has generated over
$120,000 in "sleep-related" donations.
Through its deep partnerships with the
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center,
community organizers, civic groups, and
residents, "Beds4Kids" is in a position to
make a massive impact on the health and
wellness of local children and families this
holiday season! For more information, call
(818) 880-2993 or visit
IRRIGATION IS NOW
LIMITED TO ONCE PER WEEK
their November 24 meeting, the
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
(LVMWD) Board of Directors adopted a new
policy limiting potable water irrigation to
once per week. The new action was taken
because the District has fallen below the
State Water Resources Control Board mandate
to reduce usage by 36 percent or face
significant financial penalties of up to
$10,000 per day.
The action taken by the LVMWD Board
- Irrigation with potable water is now
limited to one day each week and that
limitation will remain in place until
further notice. Service addresses ending in
even numbers may irrigate Monday; addresses
ending in odd numbers may irrigate Tuesday.
- Irrigation is limited to no more than 15
minutes per station or zone on designated
The new irrigation restrictions take effect
immediately; enforcement will begin December
7, giving time for property owners to adjust
their irrigation systems. While LVMWD will
continue to provide an initial warning
letter for violations, fines will escalate
to $500 for repeated non-compliance.
Properties using recycled water may continue
to irrigate on a three-time per week
schedule, as that supply has not been as
impacted by the drought as potable water.
In a continuation of existing policy,
potable water customers may continue to use
drip irrigation or engage in hand-watering
on any day of the week without restrictions.
The new “One and Done” one day per week
policy for potable water irrigation joins
the list of conservation measures already in
- No irrigation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.
- No irrigation in the 48 hours following
- Hoses used for car washing
must have a trigger nozzle.
may not run off the property into streets,
gutters or onto adjacent properties.
The washing down of sidewalks, parking areas
and driveways is not permitted, unless an
approved water broom is used.
or water features must use a recirculating
- Hotels and motels must provide
multi-night guests with the option to use
towels and linens for more than one day.
Las Virgenes Municipal Water District
provides potable water to residents of the
cities of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden
Hills, Westlake Village and adjacent
unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County
including the Santa Monica Mountains and
Chatsworth. To learn more, visit
LIBRARY EVENTS IN
are looking forward to a fun month
at the Calabasas Library!
Stop by on Thursday, December 17 at
6:30 p.m. for a special Presentation
and Book Signing! We will be taking
a historical look at Calabasas with
"Images of America: Calabasas."
Author Cimberly Castellon and Mayor
James Bozajian, who wrote the
Foreword, will be on hand to sign
books. Books will be on sale at a
discount if attendees who join the
Historical Society at the event.
Join us for a free and relaxing yoga session
on Thursday, December 3 and
Thursday, December 17 at noon. Wear
comfortable clothing, bring a yoga
mat or large towel, and follow the
lead of instructor Deanne Wenger,
RYT. No experience is necessary and
all are welcome.
Looking for a book club to join?
Come by the Library! The
Thursday Book Club
is a book club for adults. This
month's book discussion will be on
Still Life with Bread Crumbs,
written by Anna Quindlen. The club
will be meeting on Thursday,
10 at 6:00 p.m.
Morning Book Club will
be meeting on December 16 at 11:00
a.m. The discussion will be on Candide
Membership into the book clubs are
free, but a valid library card is
required to participate.
Are you a film fanatic? Join the
club! This month's meeting will
be on Wednesday, December 16 at 6:00
movie we will be watching is
"Cousins." Rated PG-13, this is a
remake of the French comedy,
"Cousin, Cousine." Attendees are
welcome to bring a dinner.
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,
December 5 to share in a unique
Therapy dogs, trained through Paws
for Healing, will sit (or lie) and
listen as your child experiences the
joy of reading aloud. The
program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. with sign-ups beginning at
11:00 a.m. Each child will have
fifteen minutes to read to a dog.
If you enjoy creative writing and
hanging out with friends, the Writers'
Corner Club is
the place for you! This club
welcomes 4th through 8th graders and
is run by high school students. No
writing experience is necessary -
this is just for fun! The Club will
be meeting this month on Saturday,
December 19 at 3:30 p.m. for about
one hour. Snacks will be served.
Please note that in addition
to regularly scheduled closures, the Library
will also be closed Saturday,
December 12. We will also be closed
Thursday, December 24 through
Friday, January 1. We wish
you all a wonderful holiday season.
for a list of all Library events
YOU'RE INVITED TO
AHCCC'S SWEET SIXTEEN CELEBRATION!
Celebrate the "Sweet Sixteen" anniversary of
Agoura Hills / Calabasas Community
Center on Friday, December 11. Community
members are invited to drop in for
free use of the fitness club, fitness
classes, rock climbing and basketball
The AHCCC is a 30,000 square foot facility
that features: A gymnasium with
tournament-level basketball, volleyball and
badminton courts; A full-service fitness
studio with treadmills, elipticals, free
weights and strength training machines; A
dance/exercise studio, home to over 50
weekly group exercise classes including
R.I.P.P.E.D., yoga, cycling and Zumba; A 35
foot realistic indoor rock climbing wall; A
stunning banquet facility available for
private rentals but also converts into
multi-purpose rooms that are used for
recreational classes, camps, programs &
To learn more about AHCCC and the
anniversary celebration, call (818) 880-2993
GET YOUR TICKETS
TO THE SECOND ANNUAL CALABASAS SPEAKER
Attention Savvy Seniors - The 2nd
Annual Calabasas Special Speaker
Series is just around the corner!
Tickets go on sale Tuesday, December
15. Get yours by visiting
DR. ELLIOT ENGEL - January
29, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
“The Dickens Nobody Knows”
Once again, by popular demand,
Professor Elliot Engel starts off
our Special Speaker Series taking us
on a delightful and interesting
journey tracing the life of Dickens
from childhood to the pinnacle of
his success as a writer. Dr. Engel
will show us how Dickens invented
the soap opera, revolutionized
British fiction, and became one of
the first writer entrepreneurs.
DR. BOB GOLDBERG - February
19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Hope: Genetics & the Future of
As the Earth’s population increases,
the supply of food and water is not
keeping pace. Science fiction
stories often tell of food wars and
corporate monopolies of water
sources, but will fiction turn to
reality in the coming decades? Dr.
Goldberg will discuss this impending
crisis from a historical, current
and future viewpoint, with an
emphasis on how genetics will affect
our future food supply. CODE:
GIL GARCETTI - March 11,
2016, 7:30 p.m.
“The Elusive Nature of Beauty - From
D.A. to Photographer”
"What's next?" That's the question
we all ask ourselves when we retire
and our day job comes to an end.
After 32 years with the L.A. County
District Attorney's Office, Mr.
Garcetti admits that the voters
basically said: "Why don't you go
and find something else to do?" When
he chose to photograph beauty, he
became an inspiration to the idea
that following one's passion can
make each of us and the world a
better place. CODE: 8500.103
The price is $20 per single speaking
engagement. All speeches begin at
7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7:00 p.m.)
at Founders Hall, 200 Civic Center
Way in Calabasas. Each speaking
engagement will be followed by
coffee, desserts, and conversation
with the guest speaker. Please note
that on-line purchasing ends 14 days
prior to each related speaking
engagement or until the engagement
is sold out. Tickets will be mailed
to purchaser or held at Will-Call.
For additional information contact
Aimee Haber at
email@example.com or call
SAVVY SENIORS -
Savvy Seniors/50+ is an ongoing program
consisting of classes, excursions,
special events, lectures and luncheons
for senior women and men within the City
of Calabasas and beyond. Here's what's
The Savvy Senior’s Winter luncheon will
take place on Thursday, December 10 at
the Sagebrush Cantina. There is still
time to make your reservation. The
annual gathering will feature
entertainment by singer Tatjana Geary,
along with a delicious meal and time for
socializing. Valet parking is included
in the $27.00 fee.
To register for the luncheon, visit
and use the Registration Code: 7100.401.
Registration can also take place at Juan
Bautista De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills
Road, Calabasas or by calling (818)
The Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochure
will be available at the December 10
Luncheon, and will be mailed to
Calabasas residents. Brochures will be
available at City Hall and the Calabasas
Tennis and Swim Center during the week.
Tuesday, December 15 beginning at 9:00
a.m., is the date to register for the
classes, lectures, the
and excursions that will begin in
January and run through March 2016.
While the majority of seniors register
online, mail-in and walk-in registration
is also available. Look for instructions
in the brochure and online. It is
helpful to go online prior to
registration day to create your profile
and wish list.
Construction on the new senior center is
progressing according to plan. A Topping
Off Ceremony was recently held at the
site. The ridge beam was signed and
raised into place at the apex of the
building. A young tree, attached to the
ridge beam, was brought down and will be
planted next to the senior center.
Have you always wanted to “get up and
personal” with the Rose Parade Floats?
You will be in arm’s reach of these
floral masterpieces if you join the
excursion to Pasadena on Saturday,
January 2, 2016. The shuttle departs
from De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Road,
at 6:30 a.m. and will return at 1:00
p.m. A late breakfast is included, at
The Dish restaurant in La
Canada-Flintridge. Phone (818) 880-6461
for information and to sign-up for the
For information on the Savvy Seniors
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes two
free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (December 5, 2015), 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 (December 19, 2015) 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.
OPPORTUNTIES AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION
Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) is
a non-profit land trust dedicated to
preserving natural land in the Santa
Monica Mountains through restoration,
education and land acquisition. Founded
in 1981, MRT collaborates with
government agencies in an ongoing effort
to maintain a cooperative relationship
between urbanization and native land.
There are some great opportunities to
volunteer with MRT this month! To
register for any of these events, please
sign up at
Saturday, December 5, 8:45 a.m.
- 11:45 a.m.: Cold Creek Valley Preserve
plant, weed, and water native
wildflowers and other plants in the
pristine valley preserve.
Sunday, December 6, 8:45 a.m. -
11:45 a.m.: Oak Woodland Restoration
Help restore the native woodland habitat
in Malibu Creek State Park
Saturday, December 12, 8:30 a.m.
- 11:30 a.m.: Potrero Creek Restoration
Help plant, weed, and water native oaks
and other native plants in a new
restoration site at Rancho Sierra Vista
in Newbury Park.
Saturday, December 12, 9:00 a.m.
- 11 a.m.: Crayfish Open House at Tapia
Help to trap and remove
the invasive crayfish and remove trash
from Malibu Creek.
Sunday, December 13, 8:45 a.m. -
11:45 a.m.: Topanga State Park Habitat
Help care for
the native plants and remove invasive,
non-native plants from the state park.
Saturday, December 19, 8:45 a.m.
- 11:45 a.m.: La Sierra Canyon Preserve
care for native plants and remove
invasive, non-native plants from this
Saturday, December 19, 9:00 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m.: Leo Carrillo State Park
Help to remove
non-native, invasive plants from the
Arroyo Sequit Creek.
To learn more about Mountains
Restorations Trust, visit
CAREER FAIR FOR
seekers are invited to a Career Fair on
Tuesday, December 8 from 9:00 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. The event is being held at
the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills, 6360
Canoga Avenue. While the event is free,
parking will cost $8.
Many of the companies you will be
speaking with offer some of the
· Base + Uncapped Commission Pay
· Flexible Work Schedule
· Full Benefits, 401K, Stock Options
· Company Car or Gas Allowances
President Club Trips & Other Incentives
· Opportunity for Immense Growth
$70k + 1st Yr Salaries
Be sure to bring 10-15
resumes and dress professionally. For
questions, contact Lauren Baker at
CELEBRATE BIRD FEST!
Fest, an event featuring a host of free
activities, will be held Saturday, December
5 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Santa
Monica Mountains Visitor Center. Bird
enthusiasts and newbies alike are invited to
celebrate all things bird.
This second annual Bird Fest will offer
visitors a chance to see a live bird
program, take a guided bird walk, listen to
expert speakers, and meet many local
representatives of bird-friendly
Guided bird walks will take place at 8:30
a.m. (early bird walk) 9:00 a.m., 10:00
a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Live bird presentations
will take place at 11:00 a.m., noon and 1:00
p.m. Expert speakers will make presentations
on the hour from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
10:00 a.m.: "Hit the Ground Running:
Roadrunners of Southern California," by Mark
Mendelsohn, National Park Service.
"Providing for Wild Birds in Your Garden" by
Scott Logan, Wild Wings Backyard Bird Store
11:00 a.m., noon, 1:00 p.m.: Live Bird
Presentation by Mollie Hogan, Nature of
"Malibu Lagoon Birds: Present and Past" by
Chuck Almdale, Santa Monica Bay Audubon
p.m.: "The Effects of Climate Change on the
Birds of North America: What You Can Do to
Help" by Dave Weeshoff, San Fernando Valley
2:00 p.m.: "Bird Photography: Tips and
Workshop" by Don Klabunde, Conejo Valley
The Santa Monica
Mountains Visitor Center is located on the
grounds of King Gillette Ranch at 26876
Mulholland Hwy., just east of Las Virgenes
Road. For further information, contact
or call (805) 370-2302. The event is
co-sponsored by the Audubon Society, the
Mountains Recreation and Conservation
Authority, the National Park Service, and
Western National Parks Association. Free
parking is provided. A food vendor will be
WHAT'S ON CTV?
sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in
for playback days and times),
or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through
CTV programming is also available on the
Calabasas3 YouTube Channel!
THIS MONTH'S FEATURED PROGRAM:
AUTHOR'S NIGHT: GIL GARCETTI
Author/Photographer Gil Garcetti on the set with
host Karyn Foley to discuss his latest book,
JAPAN: Reverence for Beauty.
When Gil Garcetti visited Japan for the
first time in 1967, he was struck with how
surrounded he was by beauty. Returning many times
over the years Garcetti explored the concept of
beauty in a project that is now released as a
limited edition folio of lush color photographs.
Five short essays provide thoughtful commentary on
Japanese culture and tradition.
From the minute texture of moss on wet pavement to
the expansive tapestry of an autumn forest; from a
spider’s perfect web to the avant-garde skyline of
Tokyo; from Shinto rites to stitching kimonos, this
book provides the range of scale and breadth of
subject matter that give true insight into the
Japanese reverence for beauty. Published in two
languages, this work reveals to Japanese and
Americans alike, the lessons of a legacy of beauty
that Japanese culture offers.
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS &
Hall will be closed December 24 & 25. City Hall will be
closing at noon on Thursday, December 31.
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, please visit our
City Calendar Page.
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