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JANUARY 2015 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
SAVE THE DATE: 17TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS
2015 CALABASAS WINTER RECREATION BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE
CITYWIDE SMART IRRIGATION SYSTEM PROJECT COMPLETED
ONE DAY AMATEUR RADIO ENTRY-LEVEL CLASS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR
SAVE MONEY AND WATER BY SHUTTING OFF YOUR SPRINKLERS
LIBRARY EVENTS IN JANUARY
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 
MALIBU CANYON ROAD TO BE CLOSED 9:00 P.M. TO 5:00 A.M. FOR 7 MONTHS
GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE EXECUTIVE FORECAST
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER  
REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

January 2015 1 - New Year's Day - City Hall Closed

3 - E-Waste Collection

10 -
Water Based Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

14 -
City Council Meeting

17 -
E-Waste Collection


19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - City Hall Closed

23 - Valley Economic Alliance Executive Forecast

28 - City Council Meeting

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

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




SAVE THE DATE:
FEBRUARY 4, 2015
17TH ANNUAL MAYOR'S

STATE OF
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SAVE THE DATE: 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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2015 CALABASAS WINTER RECREATION BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE

The 2015 Calabasas Winter Recreation Brochure has been mailed to all Calabasas residents. The brochure features detailed information about adult and youth classes, senior citizen programs, community news and information, sports activities and much more. Please look for enrichment classes and other after school programs as well. The 2015 Winter Calabasas 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 January to March 2015, 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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CITYWIDE SMART IRRIGATION SYSTEM PROJECT COMPLETED

Improvement to the recycled water irrigation system on Thousand Oaks Boulevard was completed right before the end of the year. This project was Phase II of the Citywide Smart Irrigation Control System project which began in the fall of 2014.

The previous irrigation system had been in place for over fourteen years and no longer met current irrigation efficiency standards. With funding from the California Department of Water Resources, the irrigation system that watered parkways and median landscapes was expanded and upgraded. Within the 3 Ĺ acres of parkways and medians, 11,000 linear feet of new recycled (purple) irrigation pipe was installed; six remote control valves (RCV) were added to the 24 pre-existing valves; deep watering bubblers were installed on both sides of all trees; and 1,500 drip bubblers were installed for shrub and plant irrigation of the landscaped area. In combination with the Smart Irrigation Controller, a new master valve and a flow sensor were installed. These units work in conjunction with the Irrigation Controller to shut off any unscheduled flow and simultaneously send e-mail alerts to the Irrigation Managers.

The completion of this project will result in a 25% reduction in water usage, prevent run-off and over-watering, and will allow maintenance crews to remotely adjust watering frequency and volume based on weather data. The cost of implementing this project was approximately $90,000 and was fully funded by Proposition 84 from the California Department of Water Resources which directly addresses the water conservation and water quality objectives of the proposition.

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ONE DAY AMATEUR RADIO ENTRY-LEVEL CLASS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

The public is invited to attend a one-day Amateur Ham Radio Study and Exam Session for an Entry Level FCC License. The one-day session will take place on Sunday, January 18  from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Lost Hills Sheriff's Station. There is a $55.00 class fee that includes class expenses, exam fee and lunch. Please note that registration is required. Participants can register for classes online at http://hamclass.goodkin.net or by sending a check to N. Goodkin, 22287 Mulholland Drive #162, Calabasas, CA 91302. Please include the name of the participant, the class date, an email address and a phone number with your registration.

There will be two follow-up classes offered to students for $10 each. On Sunday, January 25, the class "What can a Ham Radio Do? What Do I Need?" will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Then on February 1, the class "Hands On: How to Use a Radio" will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

For more information, please contact Norm and Naomi Goodkin at (818) 222-7893, hamclass@goodkin.net.

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CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS CELEBRATE THE NEW YEAR

The Calabasas Savvy Seniors will begin the New Year with a trip to Pasadena to view the Rose Parade floats. This unique opportunity to step close to the floats the day after the Rose Parade allows visitors to see the detail, design and workmanship that goes into each masterpiece. Breakfast at the Dish restaurant in La Canada will complete the excursion. The bus will leave from Calabasas Civic Center at 5:45 a.m. and return at 1:00 p.m. To reserve your spot, contact Kimberly Post at (818) 880-6461. THIS EXCURSION HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

The Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochure includes 80 classes for seniors, along with nine half-day or full day excursions. In addition to the Rose Parade floats trip, there are excursions to JPL (Jet Propulsion Lab), Hollywood Costume and Farmers Market, Santa Barbara International Orchid Show, El Pueblo De Los Angeles, Great Wall of Los Angeles, Cathedral of Our Lady of The Angels, and an all-day, delicious chocolate adventure. The Recreation Brochure also includes single session lectures and demonstrations, as well as classes that run for five or ten weeks. Classes fall under a variety of categories including technology, entertainment, music and the arts, personal development and arts and crafts.

The inaugural Calabasas Special Speakers Series was almost sold out on registration day. Each of the three speakers will appear in Founders Hall, and coffee, dessert and conversation will follow each appearance. A second Special Speakers Series is already in the planning stage. For information about the Calabasas Savvy Seniors, contact Kimberly Post at (818) 880-6461 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/savvy-seniors.html.

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SAVE MONEY AND WATER BY SHUTTING OFF YOUR SPRINKLERS

Rainy winters in Southern California mean it's time to shut off your sprinklers! While we are still in a drought throughout this area, the rains are providing a great opportunity to conserve water that can be used later. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is urging all customers to turn off sprinklers and other outdoor irrigation systems, and leave them off. Save money and water by committing to keeping them off for at least five to ten days after a storm. It is not necessary to water when the ground is still wet. To learn about more ways to conserve water and for money-saving rebate programs, visit www.ladwp.com/waterconservation or www.lamayor.org/droughthack. 

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN JANUARY

Happy New Year from the Calabasas Library! Now that the holidays are over, it's time for high-school students to gear up for final exams. The Library will have the Multi-Purpose Room available four days this month for the purpose of studying. Stop by at one of the following times: Saturday, January 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday, January 20 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Wednesday, January 21 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Thursday, January 22 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Coffee and refreshments will be available, and students are permitted to bring in their own food and drink.

Is your resolution to stay on a healthy track in 2015? Then join us for a relaxing yoga session at noon on Thursday, January 8 and Thursday, January 22. 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!

On Saturday, January 31 from noon to 1:30 p.m., Lara Garibian, LMFT will be presenting a special adult workshop, "Creating a Positive Outlook for the New Year." Join us in the Multi-Purpose Room and bring your friends! This workshop will give you tips on how to have a more positive outlook in 2015. The event is free and open to the public.

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, January 10 to share in a unique reading program. Please note that this program will be taking place on the second Saturday this month due the holiday schedule. 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.  

Does your child like to play games? Have them drop in on Wednesday, January 21 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 January 24. The meeting will last about an hour and snacks will be served.  

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 Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan. The club will meet on Thursday, January 8 at 6:00 p.m.

Adults can also stop by Wednesday, January 21 at 11:00 a.m. for the Wednesday Morning Book Club. This month's discussion will be about The Invention of Wings, written by Sue Monk Kidd.

Great news for students - free tutoring is available at the Library! Most Tuesdays and Thursdays, Calabasas elementary and middle school students can get homework help between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. through the Study Buddies program. High school students are available to help with assignments and general study skills. Please note that due to the finals schedule, tutoring will not be available on January 1, 20 or 22.

For 9th through 12th graders, Peer Counseling is a tutoring program available in the Youth Adult area on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Get help with math, English, or the latest school project. Please note that Peer Counseling is cancelled on January 1, 20 and 22 due to finals.

The Love to Learn Tutoring program is designed for elementary school students on most Saturdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Viewpoint advanced placement and honors high school students are on hand to help out with homework and study skills.

In addition to the regularly scheduled closure dates, the Library will be closed on Thursday, January 1 and Sunday, January 18. Visit  www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/2015/january.html for a complete list of Library events and programs in January.

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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 (January 3, 2015), an electronic waste collection will take place at the Albertsonís 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 (January 17, 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 VCRís. 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, January 10, 2015 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.

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 & dťcor. 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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MALIBU CANYON ROAD TO BE CLOSED 9:00 P.M. TO 5:00 A.M. FOR 7 MONTHS

Beginning approximately January 15, 2015 Malibu Canyon Road will be closed from 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. every night (including weekends), while under construction. Los Angeles County Public Works is undertaking this massive 7 month project in order to improve the tunnelís interior lining by replacing steel plates inside of the tunnel. Other improvements will be made to the roadway in order to improve road safety and driver comfort. The project will also bring water quality benefits with the construction of a vegetated swale, which will filter pollutants from storm water and help replenish groundwater supplies.

Traffic will be detoured onto Kanan Dume Road and Topanga Canyon Blvd during the hours of 9:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. All traffic will be allowed through at all other times. Visit http://dpw.lacounty.gov/pdd/proj/MalibuTunnel/ for more information.

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GET YOUR TICKETS FOR THE EXECUTIVE FORECAST

The Valley Economic Alliance will be holding their Executive Forecast on Friday, January 23 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Hilton Hotel in Woodland Hills (6360 Canoga Avenue, Woodland Hills). The Executive Forecast is designed exclusively for business, community, and educational leaders. In an uncertain economy, it is critical to constantly develop new ideas to simulate productivity and growth. The Forecast will examine issues and innovative ways to reach an audience with methods for incorporating these into a strategic plan. Speakers include Simon Nielson, Founder and CEO of Ctrl.Me Robotics; Martin L. Adams, Senior Assistant General Manager of LADWP; and Tom Lorenz, Director of Communications & Community Relations for the City of Glendale. Tickets cost $50 per person (includes breakfast) and there are sponsorship opportunities available. To register and to learn more about this event, visit www.thevalley.net/event/executive-forecast

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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 photographer, Howard Ehrlich. Stop by between now and January 30 to check out his outstanding photographs from his travels. Then, come back in February to view the amazing artwork of Carlos Delarios. For information, contact Kathy Milbrand at (818) 222-2782  x 113 or kmilbrand@cityofcalabasas.com.

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REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!

Are you registered to vote? Itís 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 youíre 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 THE NEWEST EPISODE CITY SPOTLIGHT!

 

CITY SPOTLIGHT: LITERALLY HEALING BOOK FAIR
Host Pablo Pereira visits the Barnes & Noble store in Calabasas, where Mary Solis and son, Joshua, organized the "Literally Healing Book Fair", a book drive to benefit the Children's Hospital LA.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Thursday, January 1 (New Years Day) and Monday, January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. 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.

Thatís all for this month.

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