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DECEMBER 2012 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE: "ARRIVE ALIVE ON US 101"
TOO TOXIC TO TRASH - MALIBU HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE & E-WASTE ROUNDUP
BATTER UP, IT'S T-BALL & COACH PITCH REGISTRATION TIME!
CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS TO FIND "HUMOR IN AGING" AT DECEMBER 12 LUNCHEON   
HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE ON THE PATIO 
CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SENIOR TASK FORCE    
3RD ANNUAL TALBERT FAMILY FOUNDATION HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE
15TH ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS ANNOUNCED 
LIBRARY EVENTS IN DECEMBER
DECEMBER EVENTS FOR MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST
  GREENER HOLIDAYS 
  E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS 
FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PASSES TO LACMA
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

December 2012: 1 - Beginning of "Arrive Alive on US 101" Sober Driving Coalition

1 - E-Waste Collection


1 - Malibu Household Hazardous Waste & E-Waste Roundup Event

10 - Registration for Spring T-Ball and Coach Pitch Leagues

12 - City Council Meeting

12 - Savvy Seniors Luncheon & Registration

12 - Holiday Boutique on the Patio

15 -  E-Waste Collection

24 - Christmas Eve - City Hall Closed

25 - Christmas Day - City Hall Closed

28 - City Council Meeting (Cancelled)

31 - New Year's Eve - City Hall Closes at Noon

 January 2013: 1 - New Year's Day - City Hall Closed

5 - E-Waste Collection

9 - City Council Meeting

12 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

19 - E-Waste Collection

20 - Amateur Radio Entry-Level Class

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

23 - City Council Meeting


24 - Mayor's State of the City Address

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS
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DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE: "ARRIVE ALIVE ON US 101" 

December 1 marks the beginning of “The Arrive Alive on US 101” sober driving coalition, a cooperative public safety effort supported by the California Highway Patrol, Caltrans, and the California Office of Public Safety. The goal of the program, which will run through Sept. 30, 2013 is to assess the US 101 corridor and recommend traffic safety improvement strategies for reducing alcohol-involved collisions and promoting anti-DUI education and awareness.

Be responsible and don’t drink and drive - the health and safety of you, your family, and others in the community depends on it!

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TOO TOXIC TO TRASH - MALIBU HOUSEHOLD HAZARDOUS WASTE & E-WASTE ROUNDUP EVENT

Dispose of household hazardous waste and e-waste the right way on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Malibu. Los Angeles County residents are invited to stop by the Malibu Civic Center rear parking lot (23519 West Civic Center Way, Malibu) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to dispose of their toxic materials. Acceptable items include brake fluid, paint thinner, cleaners with acid or lye, pesticides, herbicides, household batteries, car batteries, pool chemicals, motor oil, oil filters, expired pharmaceuticals, anti-freeze, and fluorescent light bulbs. Electronic waste includes computer monitors, televisions, computer CPUs, keyboards, printers, cellular phones, etc.

Please make sure items are brought in a sturdy box and note that there is a limit of 15 gallons or 125 pounds of hazardous waste per trip. Business waste will not be accepted. For a complete list of acceptable items and restrictions, please visit www.CleanLA.com or call 1-888-CLEAN-LA.

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BATTER UP, IT'S T-BALL & COACH PITCH REGISTRATION TIME!

Spring is just around the corner, and that means baseball! Registration for the 2013 Spring T-Ball and Coach Pitch Leagues will begin on December 10 at 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 16 - June 1 and each team will play one game per week on Saturdays at either Grape Arbor Park or Creekside Park. There will be one practice per week based on the coach’s schedule. 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.

Parents, we need your help! Please volunteer to be a coach. A coaches meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, February 25 at de Anza Park. For more information, please call (818) 880-6461 or email lwilhelm@cityofcalabasas.com.

Emphasize fun and learning while building character one swing at a time!

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CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS TO FIND "HUMOR IN AGING" AT DECEMBER 12 LUNCHEON  

Jackie Goldberg, aka “The Pink Lady”, will present “Get Up, Get Out, Get a Life: Humor in Aging” at the Calabasas Savvy Seniors Luncheon and Winter Class Registration to be held on Wednesday, December 12 at noon in Founders Hall, located behind the Calabasas Library, 200 Civic Center Way.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to register for Savvy Seniors winter classes, lectures, excursions, and meet class instructors, neighbors, other active seniors and representatives from the City of Calabasas. The fee for the catered lunch and presentation is $15. Registration forms can be found in the City of Calabasas Recreation Brochure, which is available at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, Juan Bautista de Anza Park, and Creekside Park/Community Center. The code number for the luncheon is #5200.401. For more information about Savvy Seniors and to add your name to the mailing list, contact Kimberly Colp at (818) 880-6461.  

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HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE ON THE PATIO

Grab on to the holiday spirit at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center on Wednesday, December 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. It will be a shopper's wonderland of exciting vendors selling gifts for the holidays. Pick up presents for everybody on your list! Public is welcome. For additional information, please call (818) 222-2782.

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CITY COUNCIL APPROVES SENIOR TASK FORCE 

The Calabasas City Council has approved the formation of a task force to set priorities, research, and assess appropriate sites for construction of a new Senior Center in Calabasas. The task force, comprised of Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer, Councilmember David Shapiro, and five residents, will work together and come up with suitable locations for the Council’s review.

The proposed Senior Center is part of an ongoing effort by the City of Calabasas and its Savvy Senior Program to help seniors live better by easing the physical, emotional, social, and financial challenges attributable to age and disability. As the nation’s elderly population continues to increase over the next 20-30 years, municipalities like Calabasas recognize the demands of the aging population and are supportive of programs like those offered at senior centers, which are designed to promote healthy, active senior lifestyles.

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3RD ANNUAL TALBERT FAMILY FOUNDATION HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

Each year, the Talbert Family Foundation chooses a single, local family to be the beneficiary of their Holiday Toy Drive. That family submits their wish lists and the Foundation reaches out to the community to get all of the items collected. Everything is then delivered, as a surprise to the children (from Santa), on Christmas eve. It is the Foundation's goal to make one day filled with joy and magic, in a year otherwise scarred by catastrophic illness.

This year, the Holiday Toy Drive will benefit the Gates Family. Michael Gates, age six, suffers from a recurring brain cancer. Please help make the holidays special for this family. For Michael's story and/or to make a tax deductible donation, visit  http://talbertfamilyfoundation.org/pages/Michael.html. To obtain the Gates' wish list or for additional information, please contact Alison Watters at alisonwatters@mac.com. All items must be received by December 21, 2012. 100% of the proceeds will go to Michael's family.

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15TH ANNUAL STATE OF THE CITY ADDRESS ANNOUNCED 

Mayor Mary Sue Maurer will present the 15th Annual Calabasas Mayor's State of the City Address on Thursday, January 24, 2013 in Founders Hall at the Calabasas Library. The the speech will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Calabasas Chamber of Commerce will host a mixer immediately afterwards. Members of the public are invited to attend. The speech will be videotaped and replayed on CTV-3 in Calabasas and available on demand via the Calabasas website.

The State of the City address is an annual presentation by the Mayor of Calabasas bringing residents, City staff and civic leaders together to reflect on City accomplishments from the past year and to review plans for the future. For more information about the Mayor's State of the City Address, please call (818) 224-1600.

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN DECEMBER

Finish out the year at the Calabasas Library! Check out the full December calendar of events for a program that's right for you.

Ebenezer Scrooge, Jacob Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come are characters we have come to love and welcome into our homes and hearts. On Sunday, December 9 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Broadway and film actor Duffy Hudson will play all 46 characters in this magical tale of A Christmas Carol. This show is ideal for the entire family!

Stop by the Library on Sunday, December 2 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to listen as Matin and Misagh Eshaghi perform beautiful, classical Persian music for the community. You won't want to miss this free event!

On Saturday, December 8, bring your new and emerging reader (grades K-3) to the Calabasas Library from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to share in a unique reading program. Therapy dogs, trained through Paws 4 Healing, will sit (or lie!) and listen while your child experiences the joy of reading aloud. Sign-ups will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the library and each child will have 15 minutes to read to a dog. Stick around because at 1:00 p.m., there will be an author reading and book signing event where you will hear the story "Max Relax! A Dog's Happy Day" along with the song "Max Relax" and other original tunes by Janis Vaile. Books will be available for sale and signing by the author.

Spend your lunch at the Library on Thursday, December 13. From noon to 1:00 p.m., Shulamit Sendowski, M.AmSAT will conduct a workshop to look at Muscular Tension Using the Alexander Technique. There will be a brief overview of the technique, but most of the session will be floor exercises. Bring a mat/towel and dress comfortably.

Stop by for yoga at the Library! Join the class on Thursday, December 6 from noon to 1:00 p.m.  Instructed by Deanne Wenger, RYT, you will feel refreshed and relaxed. No experience is necessary, all are welcome, and the classes are free of charge. Just be sure you wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat/large towel.

Are you a Film Fanatic? Join the Club! For adults who love all types of movies, plan on attending the next Film Fanatics meeting, Wednesday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. This month's movie will be a comedy-drama about two Italian brothers who open a restaurant in 1950's New Jersey. The brothers try to find a way to save their restaurant amid conflict and personal problems. This movie is rated R for language and is 107 minutes long.

If you are interested in joining a book club, the Calabasas Library is the place to be! There are three separate clubs, geared for different age groups. Adults can participate in the 2nd Thursday Book Club, The Dog Eared Book Club is specifically for 5th-7th graders, and children in the 3rd and 4th grades can enjoy the Book Worm Book Club. For meeting schedules, book selections and details, please visit the Library Calendar page.

For additional information on any of the above events, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616. Please note that in addition to the regularly scheduled closures, the Calabasas Library will be closed December 1, 22, 23, 25, and 31. The Library will also be closing at 2:00 p.m. on December 29.

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DECEMBER EVENTS FOR MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST

Mountains Restoration Trust is closing out 2012 with great opportunities to get involved! Join Sierra Pacific Fly Fishers, MRT, and the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission to remove crayfish from Malibu Creek. The non-native, invasive crayfish eat native amphibians and fish, wrecking havoc on the creek's ecosystem. There are volunteering opportunities every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday mornings. Visit www.spff.org , click on  Special Interests, then conservation to register.

MRT will be hosting two separate Outdoor Survival programs this month. Youth is invited to take part on Saturday, December 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This program will teach participants how to stay safe and comfortable if lost while hiking. There will be a scavenger hunt using simple orientation skills and a lesson on making a lean-to shelter. Space is limited and pre-registration is required by visiting www.mountainstrust.org. Seniors have an opportunity to learn survival skills on Tuesday, December 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Wear sturdy shoes and bring water. Pre-registration is required at http://com3.govtsystems.com/ResPCalabasas/. For additional information, call Susan at 818-591-1701, extension 212.

Early spring wildflowers color the oak lined trails on MRT's California Native Plant Society Walk, scheduled for Sunday, December 30 from 10:00 a.m. to noon. Bring water, a snack, and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the Cold Creek Preserve - Lower Stunt High Trailhead.

For a complete list of MRT events during December, visit mountainstrust.org/events/events.html.

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GREENER HOLIDAYS 

Are you hoping to have a greener holiday season this year? Here are some ways you can be friendlier to the earth while maintaining the holiday cheer!

  • If you plan on decorating with lights, check out the wide array of LED lights on the market. Consider putting your lights on a timer so there is no risk of forgetting to turn them off.

  • Decorate with recycled products or natural materials.

  • If using a tree as part of your celebration, consider purchasing a real tree that can be replanted in the yard. Keep in mind that most artificial trees are petroleum-based and won’t biodegrade at the end of their life-cycle.

  • When buying gifts, look for items with minimal packaging. Gift cards are also a great option, as well as purchasing a sponsorship for things such as national parks or endangered species.

  • Instead of using bubble wrap or foam peanuts when shipping packages, use crumpled magazine pages to provide padding.

  • Buy local food when preparing for your holiday feasts.

  • While out holiday shopping, don’t forget to bring your reusable bags.

  • Recycle and reuse all that you can during this holiday season and every day of the year.

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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 1, 2012), 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 15, 2012) 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.

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FRIENDS OF THE CALABASAS LIBRARY OFFERING FREE PASSES TO LACMA 

The Friends of the Calabasas Library has purchased two memberships to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) which allows the Library to loan patrons their two free general admission passes to the museum. The free passes may be checked out for 2 days at a time from the Calabasas Library Circulation Desk and may be reserved up to one month in advance.

LACMA
features more than 100,000 works of art from ancient times to the present.  For more information about the new LACMA admission pass program, please call (818) 225-7616.

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks
Miss Saigon - Performances through December 15
Thurs. - Sat. at 8:00 p.m.,
Sun. at 2:00 p.m.

Madrid Theatre - Canoga Park

Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza - Thousand Oaks

Valley Performing Arts Center - Northridge

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WHAT'S ON CTV?

Be sure to tune in to CTV on cable channel 3 in Calabasas, through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive.

Select CTV programming is now available on YouTube!

Check out this new show on CTV:

Author's Night: Jennifer Bosworth
Author Jennifer Bosworth, discussing her novel "Struck"
with host Karyn Foley at the Calabasas Library.

Check the
CTV Guide for playback days and times.  You can watch archived episodes of CTV programs on-line anytime with CTV Archives.

Or visit the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel at: www.youtube.com/calabasas3

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, December 24 and Tuesday, December 25. City Hall will be closing at noon on Monday, 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 during December, please visit our City Calendar Page. 

That’s all for this month.

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