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MAY 2015 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
WE WANT TO KNOW! PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
18TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS MAY 2 & 3
NEW IRRIGATION SCHEDULE FOR LVMWD CUSTOMERS; CALABASAS CONTINUES TO CONSERVE WATER
FREE BULKY ITEM PICK-UP
TICKETS ON SALE FOR CITY OF CALABASAS NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM
GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE AT THE 3RD ANNUAL CALABASAS LAW DAY - MAY 1
CALABASAS RELAY FOR LIFE
LIBRARY EVENTS IN MAY
SAVVY SENIORS: SUPPORTING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS & TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR 4TH OF JULY AT THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL
PUBLIC WORKSHOP: PROPOSED PROJECTS FOR THE DRAFT ENHANCED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
"BULLY" SCREENING AT CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL
RECYCLING ART CONTEST
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
CALIFORNIA INCLINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY
SOUTH COAST AQMD OFFERS LAWN MOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM
STRANDED SEA LION PUPS REHABILITATED AND RETURNED HOME
HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER 
REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

DATES TO REMEMBER

May 2015 1 - 3rd Annual Calabasas Law Day

2 -  E-Waste Collection

2 -
18th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival

3 -
18th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival

6 - It's Time to Take a Stand: LVUSD Middle School Bully Screening

9 -
Water Based Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

13 - City Council Meeting
(Cancelled)

14 - Public Workshop: Enhanced Watershed Management Program

16 - E-Waste Collection

16 - Free Bulky Item Pick-Up

16 -
Calabasas Relay for Life

25 - Memorial Day - City Hall Closed

27 -  City Council Meeting

June 2015

6 - E-Waste Collection

7 - Sun Sets: ABBA Fab - a Tribute to the Music of ABBA

8 - City of Calabasas Dodger Night

10 - City Council Meeting


19 - Dive-In Movie Night (Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center)

20 - E-Waste Collection

24 - City Council Meeting



SEE YOU AT THE FESTIVAL!
MAY 2 & 3: 10 A.M. - 5 P.M.

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18TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL RETURNS MAY 2 & 3

Join us on Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 for the 18th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival! The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Civic Center and Commons in Calabasas. The annual Fine Arts Festival features over 150 painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, woodworkers and more.

“We are very fortunate to have world class artists, many of them local, come together in our City every year for this great event,” said Calabasas Mayor Lucy Martin. “It’s an outstanding opportunity for our community to meet and talk with the artists -- and it’s a perfect time to select gifts for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day and upcoming graduations.”

The Calabasas Fine Arts Festival offers a wide variety of genres of art and features a number of returning artists along with an exciting list of new artisans. Gourmet food trucks from Cousin’s Maine Lobster Truck, The Lobos Truck, and the Beignet Truck (and more!) will be on site to offer a great variety of food options. Enjoy live musical performances like the music of Alturas based on the rich heritage of the Inca and Aymara Cultures, the captivating Caribbean beat of the Nesta Steel Drum Band Trio, and the inspiring poetry and spoken word works of Sean Hill! There will also be a youth coloring station to complement this wonderful weekend with the arts! For more information visit www.calabasasartscouncil.com/CalabasasFineArtsFestival.htm.

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NEW IRRIGATION SCHEDULE FOR LVMWD CUSTOMERS; CALABASAS CONTINUES TO CONSERVE WATER

On April 28, 2015, the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) adopted additional measures intended to reduce water use within the District. The State Water Resources Control Board has directed LVMWD to reduce usage by 36 percent. Major actions taken by the Board include:

  • Irrigation with potable water is now limited to two days each week. Service addresses ending in even numbers may be irrigated Monday and Friday; addresses ending in odd numbers may be irrigated Tuesday and Saturday.

  • Irrigation is limited to no more than 15 minutes per station or zone on designated watering days.

The new irrigation restrictions take effect immediately. Enforcement will begin on June 1, giving time for property owners to adjust their irrigation systems.

In response to Governor Jerry Brown’s Executive Order calling for a mandatory reduction in potable urban water usage, the City of Calabasas continues to be a leader in the conservation effort.

For many years, Calabasas has invested significant amounts of money in partnership with the Las Virgenes Water District (LVMWD) to conserve potable water. The vast majority of the City’s medians and parkways are watered with recycled, non-potable water that comes from treated sewage water. Because recycled water needs to be properly disposed of, the City’s use of it in parks, medians, and parkways further purifies the water as it percolates through the ground and recharges the aquifers.

In October, 2014 Calabasas implemented a Citywide Smart Irrigation Control System that automatically adjusts irrigation run times in response to environmental changes, using sensors and weather information to manage watering times and frequency. The smart system reduces the City’s water consumption by approximately 25% and reduces runoff and evapo-transpiration (ET).

For residents looking to cut their water usage, LVMWD is offering a $2.00 per square foot incentive to replace thirsty lawns with drought-tolerant plants through its “Mow-No-Mow” Program. For more conservation tips and resources, visit www.LVMWD.com

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FREE BULKY ITEM PICK-UP

On Saturday, May 16, there will be a free bulky item pick-up by Waste Management, Inc. for City of Calabasas residents ONLY. Furniture, mattresses, carpet, washer, dryer and other kitchen appliances can be picked up by appointment only. Unaccepted items include tires, yard waste, construction material and debris, chemicals and any kind of hazardous waste. Appointments must be made for pick-up service by noon on Friday, May 15. To schedule your appointment, contact Waste Management at (800) 675-1171.

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TICKETS ON SALE FOR CITY OF CALABASAS NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM

Get your tickets today for this year's City of Calabasas Dodger Night! Join us at Dodger Stadium on Monday, June 8 as the Los Angeles Dodgers play the Arizona Diamondbacks. Game time is set for 7:10 p.m. with Mayor Lucy Martin throwing out the first pitch at 6:55 p.m. Specially discounted tickets are available in the reserved level and are priced at $10 and $14. Tickets are available at City Hall, Juan Batista de Anza Park, and the Tennis and Swim Center. Keep an eye on CTV, the Calabasas Channel, to see tips from athletes, coaches, and members of the community for Mayor Martin on throwing out the first pitch. Come celebrate the magic at Dodger Stadium! For more information, call (818) 880-6461.

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GET FREE LEGAL ADVICE AT THE 3RD ANNUAL CALABASAS LAW DAY

Calabasas residents are invited to the 3rd Annual Calabasas "Law Day" on Friday, May 1. Law Day is a day when attorneys from several different areas of practice give back to the community by offering free legal advice to citizens. Attorneys from the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will be on hand at the Calabasas Library to provide free legal advice to members of the Calabasas Chamber, citizens, and/or residents of Calabasas and the surrounding communities. Attorneys will be available from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment, contact the Chamber of Calabasas at (818) 222-5680 or email bkarl@calabasaschamber.com.

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CALABASAS RELAY FOR LIFE

Join the American Cancer Society and communities around the globe in honoring cancer survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and fighting back against the disease of cancer by participating in or donating to the Calabasas Relay for Life. This year's event will begin on  Saturday, May 16 at 9:00 a.m. and will end twenty-four hours later at A.E. Wright Middle School at 4029 Las Virgenes Road in Calabasas. The funds raised truly do make a difference in the fight against cancer. For more information about joining, volunteering, or making contributions, please visit www.relayforlife.org/calabasasca.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN MAY

May marks the final month of tutoring programs at the library (tutoring programs will resume in the fall). Elementary students can get help from Viewpoint advanced placement and honors high school students on Saturdays, May 2, 9, and 23 through the Love to Learn Tutoring Program.  Elementary and middle school students can get help with homework and study skills through the Study Buddies Program. High school students will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays this month from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Calabasas Library Meeting Room. Peer Counseling is available in the Young Adult area on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This program is for 9th through 12th graders who want help with math, English, or the latest school project. All library tutoring programs are free of charge.

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, May 2 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.  

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, May 23. The meeting will last about an hour and snacks will be served.   

Does your child like to play games? Have them drop in on Wednesday, May 27 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.

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's discussion will be about The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street, written by Susan Jane Gilman. The club will meet on Thursday, May 14 at 6:00 p.m.

If Wednesday mornings work better, consider joining the Wednesday Morning Book Club! This club meets the third Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. May's discussion will be about My Beloved World, written by Sonia Sotomayor. The club will be meeting on May 20 at the Library.

If you are an adult who loves movies, consider joining our Film Fanatics Club on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:00 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring dinner to eat during the movie.

Visit  www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/2015/may.html for a complete list of Library events and programs this month. Please note that the Library will be closed on Sunday, May 24 in observance of Memorial Day.

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SAVVY SENIORS: SUPPORTING THE SPECIAL OLYMPICS & TAKING RESERVATIONS FOR 4TH OF JULY

The City of Calabasas will serve as a host city for a delegation of Special Olympics athletes prior to the opening of the 2015 World Games in Los Angeles. Calabasas will be one of 100 Southern California cities participating in a four-day pre-games celebration, July 21 through July 24, supporting athletes from Great Britain.

Host towns are responsible for providing accommodations, meals, activities and local transportation for the athletes and their sponsors. There will be opportunities for Savvy Seniors to volunteer in a variety of activities from July 21 to July 24. Some of the tasks include: Packing goodie bags, creating posters, setting up and serving breakfast and lunch, and helping unload baggage and sports equipment. Seniors can sign-up for volunteer experiences by visiting www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4ba8ab2fa0f58-volunteer. Here you can select a task, time, and location. Many other volunteer opportunities are available throughout the year. Ede Kotel (edekotel@gmail.com) and Mary Lou Smith (marysmith@socal.rr.com) are coordinating those efforts.

Looking ahead, be sure to sign up for this year's 4th of July at the Hollywood Bowl! Everyone had such a good time last year that the Savvy Seniors are making Fourth of July at the Hollywood Bowl an annual event. This year, on Thursday, July 2, Smokey Robinson, King of Motown, will perform. There will also be patriotic music and an incredible fireworks display. Bring your favorite picnic dinner and bottle of wine and enjoy an evening of entertainment with neighbors and friends. To register, use the new Active Network system - the code for the Hollywood Bowl trip is 8011.301. For more information, please call (818) 880-6461.

PUBLIC WORKSHOP: PROPOSED PROJECTS FOR THE DRAFT ENHANCED WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS

Your input matters! There will be a Public Workshop to discuss the proposed projects for the Draft Enhanced Watershed Management Programs (EWMPs) for the Malibu Creek Watershed and North Santa Monica Bay Coastal Watersheds as part of the Los Angeles County Municipal Stormwater Discharge Permit on Thursday, May 14. All interested parties are encouraged to attend the workshop at King Gillette Ranch (26800 W. Mulholland Highway, Calabasas) and be a part of this important and proactive process. The Workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Attendees will learn about proposed projects for each of the Draft EWMPs and have an opportunity to provide comments and input. Comments and suggestions will be used in the modification and selection of the proposed projects. Visit http://2015malibuewmpworkshop3.eventbrite.com to RSVP.

"BULLY" SCREENING AT CALABASAS HIGH SCHOOL

It's time to take a stand against bullying! All LVUSD middle school students and parents are invited to join CHS Peer Support, CHS Stand for the Silent Club, and Councilmember David J. Shapiro at Calabasas High School for a screening of the movie Bully on Wednesday, May 6 at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free. Immediately following the screening, LVUSD Superintendent Dr. Dan Stepenosky will moderate a panel discussion.

The film Bully is a documentary that follows five stories of children and families who are affected deeply by bullying within the course of a school year. Calabasas schools aim to create bully-free environments both at school and in the community. The first step to accomplishing this goal by bringing awareness of the negative impacts of bullying to the community. Please join us and be a part of the solution! Members of the community and surrounding areas are also welcome to attend. The movie is rated PG-13 and is intended for grades 6 and above. For additional information, contact calabasashighps@gmail.com.

RECYCLING ART CONTEST

Calling all artists - Calabasas High School wants to make the earth a more beautiful place by making sure students, staff, and visitors remember to recycle. They have put together a Recycling Receptacle Art Contest and they want your submission! Community members are encouraged to design and decorate a recycling receptacle to help make the recycling locations uniquely identifiable. Submissions of a standard industrial garbage can with a removable lid must be received by Tuesday, May 26. E-mail LaurenYoung@LVUSD.org for more information and rules.

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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 (May 2, 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 (May 16, 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.

The City of Calabasas holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil. On Saturday, May 9, 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.

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CALIFORNIA INCLINE REPLACEMENT PROJECT UNDERWAY

The California incline, an iconic symbol in Santa Monica which connects California Avenue to Pacific Coast Highway, is currently being reconstructed to meet seismic standards. The existing incline will be completely demolished and a new structure will be built in it's place. An additional 5.5 feet will be added to the width of the incline with one vehicle lane in each direction. A 16-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian walkway will also be included, separated from traffic. Construction began last month and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2016. During construction, travelers can utilize the temporary detour routes provided by the City of Santa Monica.

Detour Information: PCH northbound can be accessed from Lincoln Blvd. via the Olympic Drive on-ramp OR Ocean Avenue south to Moomat Ahiko Way. From southbound PCH, exit PCH at Ocean Avenue (Moomat Ahiko Way) to access Downtown OR exit Lincoln Blvd. Detours will be presented on changeable message signs throughout the project area.

For questions about the project, please contact the 24-hour California Incline Project Hotline at (888) 303-6026. More information can also be found on the City of Santa Monica website at www.smgov.net/bebp/project.aspx?id=26686.

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SOUTH COAST AQMD OFFERS LAWN MOWER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

Did you know that an older gas-powered lawn mower can spew more pollution into the air in a single year than a car driven more than 22,000 miles? Now is the time to trade in your gas-powered mower for a new battery-electric model at a reduced cost by registering for the South Coast Air Quality Management District's (SCAQMD) Electric Lawn Mower Exchange Program. 

Southern California residents can score up to 70% in savings with this year's SCAQMD Lawnmower Exchange Program! The annual program offers SCAQMD residents an opportunity to help clean the air by exchanging an old, operable gasoline-powered lawn mower and purchasing a new electric, cordless lawnmower that produces zero emissions. There are six lawn mower models to choose from with the cost ranging from $100 to $250 depending on the model chosen. Pre-registration is required.

Exchange dates and locations are:

May 9 - Veterans Memorial Stadium, Long Beach
May 23 - Angel Stadium, Anaheim
May 30 - Bourns, Inc. - Riverside
June 6 - Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys
June 13 - Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario
June 20 - Santa Anita Park, Arcadia

Registration is currently underway and is first-come, first served basis while supplies last. Claim your spot by visiting www.aqmd.gov/lawnmower or by calling (888) 425-6247 Tuesday through Friday. Exchanging a mower is easy with only a 10-15 minute process without even needing to leave your car!

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STRANDED SEA LION PUPS REHABILITATED AND RETURNED HOME

Earlier this year, young seals and sea lions began washing up on local beaches. The California Wildlife Center took in some of these stranded sea lion pups and rehabilitated them in preparation of returning them to the wild. The pups lived at CWC’s rehabilitation facility for approximately two months where they were fattened up and cared for. They were released on April 15 at Nicholas Canyon Beach in Malibu. To view photos of their release, visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/photogallery/juicebox/seals/index.html. For video, visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=LfYkMBmbcCM. To learn more about the efforts and work of California Wildlife Center, visit www.cawildlife.org.

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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.

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!

THIS MONTH'S FEATURED PROGRAM:
CITY SPOTLIGHT: WATER CONSERVATION WITH LVMWD

Host Pablo Pereira visits the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District to discuss ways the community can conserve water. Watch the interview here!

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, May 25 in observance of Memorial 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.

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