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FEBRUARY 2015 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
17TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
SPECIAL WORKSHOP TO REVIEW THE CITY'S SIGN ORDINANCE 
2015 SPRING T-BALL & COACH LEAGUES REGISTRATION UNDERWAY
FREE SOLAR ENERGY PUBLIC WORKSHOP
CALABASAS TO HOST BRITISH ATHLETES FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES
CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS ENJOY CLASSES AND EXCURSIONS
LIBRARY EVENTS IN FEBRUARY
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
CERT TRAINING IN CALABASAS
HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 
DONATE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS & BUILDING MATERIALS TO THE HABITAT RESTORE
RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER  
FREE WATER RECYCLING FACILITY TOUR
REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

February 2015 4 - State of the City Address

6 -
Calabasas Special Speaker Series: Dr. Elliot Engel


7 -
E-Waste Collection

11 - City Council Meeting

16 -
Presidents' Day - City Hall Closed

19 - Special Workshop to Review the City's Sign Ordinance

21 -
E-Waste Collection


21 - Fun Fair at the Calabasas Library

25 -
City Council Meeting

26 - Environmental Commission Public Forum on Solar Panels

27 -
Calabasas Special Speaker Series: Don Burris

March 2015

7 - E-Waste Collection

8 - Daylight Saving Time Begins - 2:00 a.m.

11 - City Council Meeting

14 - Water Based Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

14 - AHCCC St. Patrick's Day Celebration

19 - CERT Classes Begin

20 - Calabasas Special Speaker Series: Sassy Reuven

21 - Arbor Day Celebration

21 - E-Waste Collection

25 - City Council Meeting/Reorganization


17TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S
STATE OF
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17TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS

Calabasas Mayor David J. Shapiro will deliver the 17th Annual Mayor's State of the City Address on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. Mayor Shapiro will review the City's accomplishments from the past year and outline goals for the future. This year's event will be held at the Performing Arts & Education Center, located on the Calabasas High School campus, 22855 Mulholland Highway in Calabasas. The State of the City Address will begin at 7:00 p.m. and will be followed by a reception hosted by the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce. The event is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to RSVP by calling (818) 224-1600.

The State of the City Address will be videotaped and shown on CTV, The Calabasas Channel. Replays of the speech will also be available on-demand from the City website.

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SPECIAL WORKSHOP TO REVIEW THE CITY'S SIGN ORDINANCE

Responding to a petition from the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce and local retailers, City Council has agreed to look into the possibility of expanding the City's sign ordinance for shopping centers. Council has asked the Planning Commission to study three areas of the proposal: freeway facing signage; monument signs; and internal sidewalk signs. On Thursday, February 19, the Planning Commission will hold a special workshop at the City Hall Council Chambers starting at 6:00 p.m., and will review the current code, restrictions, and signage options that address the petitioners' requests. Members of the public are encouraged to participate and provide their comments to the Commission at that meeting. Questions in advance of the meeting can be directed to staff members Isidro Figueroa or Maureen Tamuri at (818) 224-1600.

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2015 SPRING T-BALL & COACH LEAGUES REGISTRATION UNDERWAY

Registration for the 2015 Spring T-Ball and Coach Pitch Leagues is happening now at Juan Bautista de Anza Park and will continue until leagues are full. T-Ball is for ages 4-6 and Coach Pitch is for ages 7-8. Leagues run from March to May and each team will play one game per week on Saturdays at either Grape Arbor Park or Creekside Park. There are no try-outs and players will be placed on teams based on friend requests or the school which they attend. The league fee is $140 and includes uniforms, team pictures, and a trophy. For additional information, call (818) 880-6461 or contact lfilice@cityofcalabasas.com

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FREE SOLAR ENERGY PUBLIC WORKSHOP

Have you ever wondered how solar energy can benefit you, your business and the City? Join us at the Calabasas Founders Hall (200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas) on Thursday, February 26 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a free Public Workshop. Several guest speakers will provide information on the benefits of solar panels, financing, incentives, and various aspects of installation. Several local solar companies will also be present to introduce their services and products to attendees. Residents and business owners are encouraged to attend. For more information, call the City of Calabasas Environmental Services Department at (818) 224-1600.

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CALABASAS TO HOST BRITISH ATHLETES FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS WORLD GAMES

It was announced last month that Calabasas will be hosting athletes from Great Britain from July 21 – 24, 2015 in the City’s role as a Special Olympics World Games “Host Town” program. Before the Special Olympics World Games begin on July 25, 2015, more than 7,000 athletes from 177 countries will be welcomed to Southern California through the “Host Town” program.

“We are delighted to work with the Chamber of Commerce to host our guest athletes and share our wonderful community with them,” said Calabasas Mayor David J. Shapiro. “Events like this truly bring the world together and Calabasas is honored to be part of it.” Calabasas will host 170 athletes from Great Britain, with the possibility of hosting athletes from other countries as well. The Calabasas Chamber of Commerce is actively partnering with Calabasas, working with the City to engage businesses and volunteers in this worthy effort.

The Host Town program has been an important element of Special Olympics World Games since 1995, and the experience has left a lasting impression on the local communities in Ireland, Japan, China, Greece, South Korea and the United States, all of which have previously organized Host Town programs as part of the Special Olympics World Games.

For more information or to volunteer, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/pdf/Special_Olympics/special-olympics.pdf

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CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS ENJOY CLASSES AND EXCURSIONS

The Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochure is available and includes 80 classes for seniors, along with nine half-day or full day excursions. Registration day was successful, with some seniors registering by computer, and others going to Juan Bautista de Anza Park to sign up in person.

While some lectures, classes and excursions are full to capacity, the following classes currently have spaces for more attendees:

On February 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Calabasas resident Kannen Paramesh, M.D., will lead the class “Headaches: When To Worry”. He will discuss migraine headaches, treatment, how to prevent them, and how to know when a headache is an emergency or life-threatening situation.

There are still some tech classes available as well. “Talking to Computers” in the afternoon of February 11 will teach you how personal assistant apps, such as Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Samsung’s S-Voice, can be useful. “Intro to PC Computing” includes 3 classes on Thursdays beginning February 12. If you would like to learn how to “Transfer Digital Pictures to your PC Computer”, there is a class that meets on Friday, February 13 devoted to teaching this skill.

Whether you’re a new internet user or an expert, advice and tools that will help you navigate the web safely and securely will be taught on Friday afternoon, February 20, entitled, “Protecting Yourself & Your Data On The Computer in the 21st Century”.

All classes are listed and described in detail in the City of Calabasas Recreation Brochure, Winter edition, available at City Hall, Tennis & Swim Center, and Juan Bautista de Anza Park. For more information and to register, please call Kimberly at (818) 880-6461. For more information on the Savvy Seniors, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/savvy-seniors.html.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN FEBRUARY

There's a lot happening at the Calabasas Library during this short month of February!

You won't want to miss the Fun Fair and Family Movie Night happening on Saturday, February 21! From noon to 4:00 p.m., elementary school age kids are invited to the Library for games, food, prizes and fundraising! Admission is free but children's book donations are always welcomed. Grab the whole family and return that evening for Family Movie Night from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. A rated PG movie lasting 100 minutes will be shown while families can enjoy pizza, snacks and drinks - all for just $1 each! All ages are welcome but children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Eat delicious food to help raise money for Calabasas Library programming and materials! Anytime you dine at Rosti in Calabasas (23663 Calabasas Rd.) on February 23, 24. or 25, 15% of your purchase will go towards books, DVDs, audiobooks, and other Library materials. Be sure you show them this flyer when you place your order!

Join us for a relaxing yoga session at noon on Thursday, February 5 and Thursday, February 19. There is no charge and no experience is necessary. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat or large towel, and join our wonderful instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT for a great class!

Adults interested in joining a book club are encouraged the check out the 2nd Thursday Book Club at the Library. Membership is free, however, a library card is required to participate. This month, we will be discussing The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. The club will meet on Thursday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults can also stop by Wednesday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. for the Wednesday Morning Book Club. This month's discussion will be about The Boys in the Boat, written by Daniel James Brown.

If you are an adult who loves movies, consider joining our Film Fanatics Club on Wednesday, February 18 at 6:00 p.m. We will be watching Ace in the Hole (1951) starring Kirk Douglas. This movie is about a disgraced newspaper reporter who takes advantage of a disaster to get a new job. The film is not rated and lasts 111 minutes. Attendees are welcome to bring dinner to eat during the movie.

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, February 7 to share in a unique reading program. 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 your 4th-6th grader is looking for a great book club to join, stop by the Library on Wednesday, February 11 at 4:00 p.m. This month's book discussion of the Book Worm Book Club will be on Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

Does your child like to play games? Have them drop in on Wednesday, February 18 anytime from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. to play exciting board games that focus on cognitive processing speed. This is a monthly game series that focuses on different learning skills through play. This program is hosted by The Play with Purpose Initiative and is free of charge.

4th through 8th graders who like creative writing are invited to hang out with friends and join the Writers' Corner Club! No experience in writing is necessary - this is just for fun! Hosted by the Calabasas Library and run by high school students, the club meets at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 28. The meeting will last about an hour and snacks will be served.  

In addition to the regularly scheduled closure dates, the Library will be closed on Sunday, February 15 in observance of Presidents' Day. Visit  www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/2015/february.html for a complete list of Library events and programs in February.

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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 (February 7, 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 (February 21, 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.

CERT TRAINING IN CALABASAS

Do you know what to do following an earthquake or other emergency? Police, fire, and medical professionals may not be able to meet the demand for emergency medical attention. Residents and neighbors may need to rely upon one another to help with immediate life saving needs.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The next CERT training begins Thursday, March 19 and will be taught by the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Classes run for eight weeks, each Thursday until May 7. The class is held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Calabasas Library Founders Hall. All sessions must be attended in order to receive a certificate of completion. However, missed classes can be made up at a later date. There is no charge to take the classes.

To register, visit www.fire.lacounty.gov/cert (scroll to the Calabasas listing and click "register") or call (818) 224-1620.

HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 

The Calabasas Tennis and Swim Center offers two intimate rooms and beautiful patio overlooking the tennis courts for your private event. We provide the absolute best service for every event from birthday parties, graduations, school/team parties and retirement parties. In addition, the Center has the superb catering services to offer our guest, Atmosphere Events & Catering. Atmosphere is your one-stop shop for the finest food, superb service, menu planning, staffing, rentals & décor. We feel everybody has the right to a great event! For further information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782 x 113 or visit www.calabasastsc.com.

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DONATE HOUSEHOLD ITEMS & BUILDING MATERIALS TO THE HABITAT RESTORE

Looking to donate furniture, exercise equipment, building materials or other household items? The ReStore is the perfect place to consider! This “Home Improvement Thrift Store” is a funding source for the Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles and is helping to build and renovate homes for hard-working, low-income families. Pick-up service is provided and donations are tax-deductible. Acceptable items include: Appliances (excluding used dishwashers), Brick & Block, Cabinets, Doors, Electrical, Exercise Equipment, Furniture, Hardware, Home Décor, Household Items, Lighting, Lumber, Tile, Windows, and more! Please note that clothes, mattresses, boxprings and baby/children’s items are not accepted.

The ReStores are open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ReStore also accepts donation drop-offs Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at all three locations.

9606 De Soto Ave
Chatsworth, CA 91311
11029 Alondra Blvd.
Norwalk, CA 90650
8739 E. Artesia Blvd.
Bellflower, CA 90706
18600 Crenshaw Blvd.
Torrance, CA 90504

To schedule a pick-up, call (424) 246-3637. For more information about Habitat for Humanity, visit www.habitatla.org.

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RATTLESNAKE AVOIDANCE TRAINING FOR DOGS

Did you know that 15,000 dogs may be bitten by poisonous snakes every year? 70-80% of bites are to a dog's face and head, indicating it was investigating a snake, While domestic dogs do not know the danger of poisonous snakes, they can be taught to associate the smell of live rattlesnakes with negative correction. A dog's avoidance behavior will also help alert owners to the danger as well.

Mountains Restoration Trust is offering a Rattlesnake Avoidance Training for dogs on Saturday, February 21 and Saturday, March 21 at Headwaters Corner, 3815 Old Topanga Canyon Road in Calabasas. Individual training by High on Kennels takes approximately 20 minutes per dog. Methods used are safe and humane to both dogs and rattlesnakes. Space is limited and reservations are required. The cost is $75 per dog and proceeds benefit environmental education programs, restoration, and acquisition of parklands and trails. To register, visit www.mountainstrust.org or call (818) 591-1701.

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ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

Every Six weeks the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist to display beautiful artwork at the facility.  The current artist is Carlos Delarios. Stop by between now and March 14 to view his outstanding artwork. For information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782 or kmilbrand@cityofcalabasas.com.

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FREE WATER RECYCLING FACILITY TOUR

The Las Virgenes - Triunfo Joint Powers Authority (JPA) will be conducting a free tour of its water recycling, wastewater treatment, composting and solar power facilities on Saturday, February 7 from 8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The morning-long tour will include an overview of wastewater treatment and how the JPA meets compliance measures required by state and federal regulators. A short bus trip will take visitors to facilities not normally open to the public, including the Tapia Water Reclamation Facility, the Rancho Las Virgenes Composting Facility, and a six-acre solar power generation installation.

The facility tour is open to those 12 years of age and older. However, those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Boarding and exiting a bus, moderate walking, and stairs should be expected by participants. A complimentary lunch will be provided to participants during the concluding question and answer session. Advanced registration is required by signing up at www.LVMWD.com or by calling (818) 251-2200 during regular business hours.

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REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!

Are you registered to vote? It’s easy to participate in elections if you have the right tools and information. Apply to register to vote today by filling out the online application found at www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm. You can also pick up a paper voter registration application at your City Hall, county elections office, library, Department of Motor Vehicles office, or U.S. post office.

Can't remember if you’re registered to vote? Visit www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/ to check the status of your voter registration. You must be registered 15 days prior to an election if you wish to vote, so be sure to register today! 

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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?
Watch it on CTV
Author's Night
Calabasas, A Living History
Calabasas Teen Forum
City News
City Spotlight
Library Bound
Library Specials
Preview, Eye on the Arts
Pumpkin Patch Storytime
Special Events
The Buzz
Your City, Your Issues

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!

WATCH CTV'S CALABASAS LIBRARY PRESENTS SHOWS!

CALABASAS LIBRARY PRESENTS
Calabasas Library Presents shows are educational and entertaining compilations of stories, books, live music, dance, magic, puppets, and so much more! You can catch the show on CTV, Channel 3 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. Available anytime online here.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, February 16 in observance of Presidents' 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, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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