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DECEMBER 2017 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
WE WANT TO KNOW! PLEASE TAKE OUR SURVEY
STOP BY THE READING FESTIVAL ON DECEMBER 6!
  DEMOLITION OF THE OLD LOST HILLS/101 INTERCHANGE IS FINISHED
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
LIBRARY EVENTS IN DECEMBER
  LET'S CELEBRATE AGOURA HILLS/CALABASAS COMMUNITY CENTER'S 18TH ANNIVERSARY
  SHOP AT THE COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET
CALABASAS SENIOR CENTER - DECEMBER UPDATES
OPPORTUNITIES WITH MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
  E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
TIPS FOR REDUCING HOLIDAY WASTE
HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

DATES TO REMEMBER

December 2017 2 - E-Waste Collection

6 - 4th Annual Solis Family Reading Festival

9 - Community Flea Market

11 - AHCCC's 18th Anniversary Celebration

13 - City Council Meeting

16 - E-Waste Collection

25 - Christmas Day
(City Hall Closed)

26 - City Hall Closed

27 - City Council Meeting
(Cancelled)

29 - New Year's Eve Observed (City Hall Closes at Noon)

January 2018 1 - New Year's Day (City Hall Closed)

6 -
E-Waste Collection

10 - City Council Meeting

13 - Water Based Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

15 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (City Hall Closed)


20 - E-Waste Collection

24 - City Council Meeting

CALABASAS CITY COUNCIL REORGANIZATION TOOK PLACE ON NOVEMBER 29, 2017
L to R: Councilmember James R. Bozajian, Councilmember Mary Sue Maurer, Mayor Fred Gaines, Mayor pro Tem David J. Shapiro, Councilmember Alicia Weintraub

 

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STOP BY THE READING FESTIVAL ON DECEMBER 6!

Give the gift of reading this year by being a part of the 4th Annual Solis Family Reading Festival on Wednesday, December 6. The Festival will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Founders Hall (200 Civic Center Way) in Calabasas. There will be books, therapy horses, crafts, music, community readers, a video booth and fun! This event is in support of the Literally Healing Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and books purchased will be donated to the program.

Can't attend on December 6 but you'd still like to help? Purchase new Literally Healing wish list books from Barnes & Noble anytime between December 6 through December 13. Simply provide this code at time of purchase: 12243507.

We hope to see you at the Festival!

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DEMOLITION OF THE OLD LOST HILLS/101 INTERCHANGE IS FINISHED

Demolition of the old Lost Hills/US 101 interchange, built in 1965, is finished. It took the contractor four nights of full freeway closures to remove four bridge spans and three column bents and to complete underground removals to the depth of three feet. The work commenced on November 14 and was completed on November 21, 2017. Two feet thick protective base material were placed below the bridge for protection in the beginning of each shift. Directional signs and utilities attached to the structure were removed on the first night prior to beginning of demolition work. Metal portions of barrier railing were removed and salvaged. Provisions for removal of asbestos-containing material were followed for removal of the shims between concrete parapet and the metal railing posts. Removals were performed by ground level excavators with broken concrete falling onto the base material below the bridge. California Highway Patrol assisted with traffic monitoring during the entire operation.

For more information on the Lost Hills Interchange Improvement Project,
visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/departments/traffic/lost-hills-interchange.html.

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BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

If you registered last month for Breakfast with Santa, the fun is just around the corner! Santa and his elves will be joining families at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center for a pancake breakfast, crafts and holiday cheer on Saturday, December 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Price of registration includes holiday music, a pancake breakfast, crafts, prizes and a picture with Santa!

Please note that high chairs or booster seats will not be provided and due to limited space, strollers are not permitted in the event room. For more information, please contact Raine Kishimoto at (818) 222-2782. Please note that registration is now closed.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN DECEMBER

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To find out which exciting events and activities are happening at the Library in December, visit this month's edition of Library e.News: http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/library/enews/2017/december.html.

Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/calendar-of-events.html for a complete list of all Library events throughout the year.

LET'S CELEBRATE AGOURA HILLS/CALABASAS COMMUNITY CENTER'S 18TH ANNIVERSARY

 The one-of-a-kind Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center will be celebrating 18 years of operation on Monday, December 11 and we want YOU to come celebrate with us! Everyone is welcome to visit, work out and enjoy some snacks FREE of charge.

All fitness classes, programs, use of fitness center and basketball courts will be FREE all day on Monday, December 11. This will be a good time to work out in our beautiful, newly-renovated fitness center. Just be sure to save room for some yummy snacks after your workout!

Come on by and bring a friend or two - we’d love to see you here at the Community Center located at 27040 Malibu Hills Road in  Calabasas (between Lost Hills Road and Liberty Canyon). For additional information, call (818) 880-2993.

SHOP AT THE COMMUNITY FLEA MARKET

Stop by the Community Flea Market on Saturday, December 9! Happening at the Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center (27040 Malibu Hills Road in Calabasas) this event is open to the public from 7:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This one-stop shop will feature clothing, jewelry, holiday decor, vintage, antiques, succulents, gifts and much more from 30 different vendors. With the holidays just around the corner, you won't want to miss out on this opportunity! For information, contact Jenna at (818) 880-2993 or visit www.ahccc.org.

CALABASAS SENIOR CENTER - DECEMBER UPDATES

REGISTRATION FOR WINTER CLASSES AND LECTURES: The Winter Calabasas Recreation Brochures will be available at the Calabasas Senior Center by Friday, December 8. The brochure will list all the classes and excursions for January, February and March 2018. Members of the Calabasas Senior Center will be able to register on Monday, December 11; Calabasas residents can register on Wednesday December 13; and non-members, non-residents will register on Monday, December 18. Seniors can register at home, using Active Network on the City of Calabasas website. Or, you can register in person at the front desk of the Calabasas Senior Center.

“MEET & GREET" OUR ART INSTRUCTORS: All current art students, future art students, and anyone interested in learning how to draw, paint or express yourself artistically: please come to our free “Meet & Greet” event and get to know the instructors who teach our art classes. They come from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and work in a myriad of mediums. See their artwork and that of your fellow seniors, close up, and have an opportunity to ask questions about the classes. The “Meet & Greet” is on Monday, December 18 at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Multi-purpose Room of the Calabasas Senior Center. Tea and cookies will be served. Meeting the teachers will help you select the best class for you. With their guidance, everyone can be successful. For more information, e-mail Kathy Milbrand at kmilbrand@cityofcalabasas.com.

CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S EVE AT THE CALABASAS SENIOR CENTER: Cheers to the New Year! Join us at the Calabasas Senior Center as we ring in 2018 on the evening of Sunday, December 31 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. We’ll enjoy a catered dinner, entertainment by comedian Karen Rontowski, and a Champagne Toast.
Entertainer Karen Rontowski’s fast-paced and charmingly optimistic comedy has been featured in clubs, TV, radio and at corporate events all around the world. Her stand-up showcases endearing, self-effacing and intelligent characters that catch you by surprise every time.

We’ll lift our champagne glasses and toast in the New Year while watching the New York Times Square Ball Drop. The fee for the gala evening is $55 for members and $66 for non-residents. To register, please use CODE: 7000.101. Let’s ring in the New Year together!

For additional information about the Calabasas Senior Center and programs offered, visit their website at www.calabasasseniorcenter.com.

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OPPORTUNITIES WITH MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST

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 get involved with MRT this month! To register for any of the below events, please sign up by visiting www.mountainstrust.org/upcoming-events. Just click on the event you wish to sign up for and you will be directed to any consent forms and provided additional information.

AQUATICS RESTORATION EVENTS:
Mountains Restoration Trust is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us with invasive species removal. MRT has removed red swamp crayfish and other invasive aquatics species from the Malibu Creek Watershed for the last 7 years.

Volunteers will be helping us pull and service traps, removing crayfish from the streams. Volunteers will also get the chance to help us collect water quality data, as well as help us track data on the crayfish we are removing. How many did we pull? How big are they?

Crayfish are a non-native species to California. They prey on native species, reduce water quality, and cause problems with creek bed erosion. We need your help in trapping and removing the crayfish as well as picking up trash along the stream. Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending. Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details. Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (818) 591-1701

Crayfish Removal Open House Events (9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
When: December 2, December 9, December 16
Where: Tapia State Park 900 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, CA 91301

LAND RESTORATION AND HABITAT PRESERVATION EVENTS
Mountains Restoration Trust is looking for dedicated volunteers to help us with our land restoration efforts. We have been working to restore and preserve the natural and cultural resources of the Santa Monica Mountains for the last 36 years! We need your help pulling out invasive plants, replacing them with native plantings.

Volunteers will learn how to identify native plants, and how to tell them apart from invasive species. They will learn about fire-safe and fire-adaptive plants, keystone species, and riparian and oak woodlands.

ALL FALL EVENTS WILL INCLUDE PLANTING NATIVE TREES, SHRUBS, AND GRASSES.

Volunteers 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers under the age of 18 must bring the Parental Consent Form with a parent or guardian’s signature if the parent or guardian is not attending. Registration is free, but required. Registered volunteers will receive an email confirmation with more details. Contact us at volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call MRT Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at (818) 591-1701

Calabasas Blue, at Juan Bautista de Anza Park (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
When: December 2
Where: 3701 Lost Hills Rd Calabasas, CA 91302

Potrero Creek at Newbury Park (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
When: December 9
Where: Potrero Road and S. Briar Avenue Newbury Park, CA 91361

Malibu Creek State Park (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
When: December 9
Where: 1925 Las Virgenes Road Calabasas, CA 91302

Headwaters Corner Fire Recovery Project (9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
When: December 16
Where: 23075 Mulholland Highway Calabasas, CA 91302

All MRT events are family friendly, kid friendly, and open to anyone who wants to come out and help! All volunteers under the age of 18 who WILL NOT have a parent present will need to have a Parent/Guardian Consent form filled out. For questions, e-mail volunteer@mountainstrust.org or call (818) 591-1701.

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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 (December 2, 2017), 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 16, 2017) at the El Camino 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.

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TIPS FOR REDUCING HOLIDAY WASTE

Here are some helpful tips on how to reduce holiday waste this season (and other times of the year):

• Thousands of paper and plastic shopping bags end up in landfills every year. Reduce the number of bags thrown out by bringing reusable cloth bags for holiday gift shopping. Tell store clerks you don't need a bag for small or oversized purchases.

• Wrap gifts in recycled or reused wrapping paper or funny papers. Also remember to save or recycle used wrapping paper. Give gifts that don't require much packaging, such as concert tickets or gift certificates.

• Send recycled-content greeting cards to reduce the amount of virgin paper used during the holidays. Remember to recycle any paper cards you receive. You can also try sending electronic greeting cards to reduce paper waste.

• About 40 percent of all battery sales occur during the holiday season. Buy rechargeable batteries to accompany your electronic gifts, and consider giving a battery charger as well. Rechargeable batteries reduce the amount of potentially harmful materials thrown away, and can save money in the long run.

• Turn off or unplug holiday lights during the day. Doing so will not only save energy, but will also help your lights last longer.

• Approximately 33 million live Christmas trees are sold in North America every year. After the holidays, look for ways to recycle your tree instead of sending it to a landfill.

• To help prevent waste from cutting down and disposing of live trees, you can buy a potted tree and plant it after the holidays.

• Have a create-your-own-decorations party! Invite family and friends to create and use holiday decorations such as ornaments made from old greeting cards or cookie dough, garlands made from strung popcorn or cranberries, wreaths made from artificial greens and flowers, and potpourri made from kitchen spices such as cinnamon and cloves.

• Consider the durability of a product before you buy it as a gift. Cheaper, less durable items often wear out quickly, creating waste and costing you money.

• When buying gifts, check product labels to determine an item's recyclability and whether it is made from recycled materials. Buying recycled encourages manufacturers to make more recycled-content products available.

We wish you a happy and "green" holiday season!

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HAVE A GREAT EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER

The Calabasas Tennis and Swim offers two intimate rooms and a beautiful patio overlooking the tennis courts for your private event. They 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 guests, Atmosphere Events & Catering. Atmosphere is your one-stop shop for the finest food, excellent service, menu planning, staffing, rentals and décor. Everybody has the right to a great event! For more information, contact Chelsee Howard at (818) 222-2782 x 124 or visit www.calabasastsc.com.

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

The PAECs - Calabasas & Agoura Hills

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:
CALABASAS TEEN FORUM

Calabasas Teen Forum is a half-hour program developed by CTV3 - The Calabasas Channel and the Calabasas High School Video Production/Journalism class. The program is designed to give teenagers a forum in which to express their views and also to offer the community an opportunity to learn more about teen issues. 

Click Here to WATCH AN EPISODE OF CALABASSA TEEN FORUM

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, December 25 and Tuesday, December 26. City Hall will close at noon on Friday, December 29 and reopen Tuesday, January 2.

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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