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DATES TO REMEMBER
15TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
RELAY FOR LIFE ON MAY 19
CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL RETURNS
COMMUNITY SHRED-IT EVENT
  CLOSED CAPTIONING SURVEY - PLEASE PARTICIPATE! 
LIBRARY EVENTS IN MAY
MRT'S YOUTH NATURALIST OUTDOOR SURVIVAL PROGRAM
  CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER  
  THE MEANING OF OPERA & THE FUN OF IT 
NATURE DISCOVERY CAMP
SUMMER VOLUNTEEN PROGRAM
SAVVY SENIORS TRIP TO VAN NUYS AIRPORT
PIERCE COLLEGE ART HISTORY PROFESSOR COMES TO SAVVY SENIORS PROGRAM 
SPOTLIGHT THE ARTS PRESENTS A FREE READING SERIES
THE ENVIRONMENTAL DANGERS OF CAR WASH RUN-OFF 
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
SUMMER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

May 2012:  

1 - Meaning of Opera Lecture

3 - Savvy Seniors Trip to Van Nuys Airport

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- E-Waste Collection


5 & 6- 15th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival

9 - City Council Meeting

12 -
Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

14 - Spotlight the Arts Presents "Major Barbara"

14 - Mother's Day Celebration at the Tennis & Swim Center

15 - Meaning of Opera Lecture

17 - 21 - California International Theatre Festival

19 - Relay for Life

19 - E-Waste Collection


19 - Community Shred-It Event

19  - MRT's Youth Naturalist Outdoor Survival Program

23 - City Council Meeting

28 - Memorial Day - City Hall Closed

29 - Meaning of Opera Lecture

June 2012:  

2 - E-Waste Collection

9 - Grand Opening: Anthony C. Beilenson Interagency Visitor Center

11 - Spotlight the Arts Presents "Caucasian Chalk Circle"

13 - City Council Meeting


16 - E-Waste Collection


27 - City Council Meeting

15TH ANNUAL CALABASAS
FINE ARTS FESTIVAL
MAY 5 & 6

 

CITY HALL WILL BE CLOSED

MONDAY, MAY 28 IN OBSERVANCE

OF MEMORIAL DAY

 

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15TH ANNUAL CALABASAS FINE ARTS FESTIVAL

Come enjoy the 15th Annual Calabasas Fine Arts Festival taking place Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6. The Festival features over 150 painters, jewelers, potters, sculptors, photographers, glass artists, woodworkers and more! There will be live musical talent and free youth art activities.

Plan on heading out to the Commons for this much anticipated, free event! For additional details, visit www.calabasasartscouncil.com/CalabasasFineArtsFestival.htm.

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RELAY FOR LIFE - MAY 19  A.E. WRIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL

Come out to A. E. Wright Middle School on Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20  for the 24 hour Relay for Life Marathon to raise money and awareness for cancer and to celebrate cancer survivors.  Join many teams including the City of Calabasas team as they camp out overnight and take turns walking the track to help create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.  The event runs from 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 19 to 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20.  Visit the Relay for Life of Calabasas event site to find out more or to donate to this important cause.

CALIFORNIA INTERNATIONAL THEATRE FESTIVAL RETURNS

The California International Theatre Festival will be held from May 17 to May 21 at Founders Hall, 100 Civic Center Way in Calabasas. The festival, co-sponsored by the City of Calabasas, features a diverse and interesting program of drama, music, and photography exhibitions.

"The Bear Trap" by Daniel R. Lillford, a stage reading of a hysterical romp exploring the marriage of love and family dysfunction will be presented Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. "The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer," an uproarious play by Máire Clerkin will be presented Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. The West Coast premiere of "A Happy End" by Iddo Ntenanyahu, a staged reading about the plight of a Jewish couple in the early days of Nazi Germany, will be presented Saturday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. in Founders Hall and at the Museum of Tolerance’s Peltz Theatre on Monday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. Acclaimed mountaineer Dr. Julius J. Budnick takes the audience on a pictographic journey to the top of Mount Everest in the West Coast Premiere of "To the Top" on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. American Kabuki Master Lonny Joseph Gordon and Iranian Beijing Opera Master Ghaffar Pourazar combine forces to perform the disciplines of Kabuki and Beijing Opera in the West Coast premiere of the "Ancient Meets Utterly Modern Dance Theatre Concert" on Sunday, May 20 at 5:00 p.m. All events are free to the public. For more information visit www.citfestival.org.

COMMUNITY SHRED-IT EVENT

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Identity Theft Task Force is teaming up with Shred-It to help Calabasas residents combat identify theft at a Community Shred-It Event on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Commons at Calabasas, 4799 Commons Way. Residents are invited to bring any unwanted personal documents for shredding by Shred-It mobile trucks. Although the event is free of charge, donations will be accepted for the local youth charities “999 For Kids” and the “Sheriff’s Youth Foundation.” For more information, please visit http://sheriff.lacounty.gov.

CLOSED CAPTIONING SURVEY - PLEASE PARTICIPATE!

We need your input! The City of Calabasas is currently evaluating the need for closed captioning on CTV, The Calabasas Channel. Please take a moment to complete a brief survey and help us better understand the needs of our residents. Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/closed-captioning.html to participate.  

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN MAY

The Calabasas Library is offering a lot of great programs this month! Whether you are interested in politics, film, history, or club participation, you will want to check out the May Calendar of Events!   

Is your child’s reading going to the dogs? If so, that’s a good thing! The first Saturday of every month (May 5), 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. Each child has 15 minutes to read to a dog, and sign-ups begin the morning of the event at 10:30 a.m. in the library.

The Calabasas Library’s popular “Yoga & You” program continues with classes on Thursday, May 3 and Thursday, May 17 from Noon to 1:00 p.m. Wear comfortable clothing, bring a yoga mat/large towel, and join wonderful instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT at the Library! No experience necessary - all are welcome! “Yoga & You” classes are held twice a month and are free of charge.

Lunch at the Library goes Bingo! Join us for fun and light refreshments on Thursday, May 10 from noon to 1:00 p.m. and you might just be lucky enough to win a book or two! The event is fun and free.

Stay informed at the Calabasas Library! On Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Ellen Pangarliotas from the League of Women Voters will lead a non-partisan analysis of the measures on the June ballot, as well as a discussion on the issue of new congressional redistricting. The event is free and refreshments will be served.

Do you love movies? If so, join the "Film Fanatics" on Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 p.m. This month, the Library will present an award-winning film that tells the story of a woman and her daughter who open a chocolate shop in a small French village and shake up the rigid morality of the community.

The Calabasas Library has created “A Very Special Storytime” specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum. Each story time session includes participatory storytelling, sensory songs, and social support. Join us May 20 at 1:30 p.m. in the Children’s Reading Room.

On Thursday, May 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., author and San Fernando Valley native David Coscia will give a special talk about his recent book Pacific Electric and the Growth of the San Fernando Valley. The book gives the history of Pacific Electric from its arrival the San Fernando Valley in 1911 until its exit in 1952. Coscia will also share his passion for railroads, especially those in the San Fernando Valley and discuss the effects of transportation on the area, sharing stories about Pacific Electric Railway, Southern Pacific Railroad, Original Stage Line and the Asbury Rapid Transit System.  This fascinating and educational event is free.

Many western movies and television shows were filmed in and around Calabasas. On Thursday, May 31 at noon, come to the Calabasas Library and learn about our area’s filming history. The program will also feature two collections of paper dolls of stars of Western shows over the years. The event is free.

Calling all 5th-7th graders who love to read: The Calabasas Library’s Dog-Eared Book Club wants you! Join us on Wednesday, May 9 at 4:00 p.m. as we dive into the book Elsewhere by Gabrielle Zevin. If you are a 3rd or 4th grader who loves to read (or know one), then the Calabasas Library’s Book Worm Club is the place for you! Join the fun on Wednesday, May 16  as we read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin. Adults are invited to participate in the 2nd Thursday Book Club on May 10 at 6:30 p.m. as we discuss Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin. Membership in the book clubs are free, however a library card is required to participate.

For information about any of the Library programs, please call (818) 225-7616. 

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MRT'S YOUTH NATURALIST OUTDOOR SURVIVAL PROGRAM

Do you know what to do if you get lost while hiking or camping? The Mountain Restoration Trust’s Youth Naturalist Outdoor Survival Program on May 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Headwaters Corner’s Masson House at 23075 Mulholland Hwy in Calabasas has the answers. The program will provide plenty of tips on how to keep from getting lost and, if you do get lost, how to stay safe and comfortable until help arrives. Participants will learn how to mark trails, build a lean-to shelter using branches and leaves, and will also take part in a scavenger hunt using simple compass reading skills. The program, which costs $20, is open for youth ages 8 -12. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. For more information, contact Susan Haugland at 818-591-1701 ext. 212 or visit www.mountainstrust.org.

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CELEBRATE MOTHER'S DAY AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER  

The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center is celebrating Mother's Day on Monday, May 14! From 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., get in the swing with a Mother’s Day Tennis Drill with renowned author and tennis pro Mary Pat Faley and the Top Seed Academy’s professional staff. You will participate in 2 ½ hours of drills, doubles strategy, footwork and games. After the drills, there will be 1 ½ hours of round robin play, followed by a Babolat racquet demonstration, gift boutique and catered luncheon and fashion show. The day includes awards, raffle prizes, fun and the chance to make new friends! The program is $80/per person for members of the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center and $90/person for non-members. Space is limited and the registration deadline is May 9. Payment must accompany your application and a 48-hour cancellation policy will be strictly enforced. For more information, call Mary Pat Faley at 818-601-5926, the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center at 818-222-2782, or email info@calabasastsc.com.  

Pamper yourself from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with a Mother’s Day Rejuvenation at the Calabasas Tennis Swim Center! Join gTonnicks Yoga instructor Garba "Mister G" Onadja in a special session of Body Rejuvenation! Bring your own yoga mat and connect with your inner self through natural, flowing movements that will destress the uptight spots in your mind and body. Then, from 12:30- 1:30 p.m., Ironman triathlete and nutrition expert Lari Bright will offer nutrition tips and offer insights on how to protect yourself from false marketing of fad diets and supplements. Learn the optimal eating habits for before, during and after a competition, tennis match or work out! The deadline for registration is Weds. May 9 and space is limited.

If you’re looking for great fashions at outstanding prices then come to the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center’s Mother’s Day Monday “Boutique on the Patio” from 9:00 a.m – 2:00 p.m. The boutique features items from the North Ranch Pro Shop, Strut-This, Stella & Dot Jewelry, Moonlights Candles, Net Results Tennis, It’s a Peach, Beijo Bags and more! The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center is located at 23400 Park Sorrento. For more information about attending or becoming a vendor, contact Kathy at 818-222-2782 or email
kmilbrand@cityofcalabasas.com.  

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 THE MEANING OF OPERA & THE FUN OF IT

Everyone knows how beautiful and moving the opera can be. Now join Steve Kohn with the non-profit LA Opera and learn about the lighter side of this enduring art form. You’ll hear great music, learn the meaning and history, and see how opera weaves in and out of everyday lives. Lectures are Tuesdays, May 1, May 15, and May 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Founders Hall, located behind the Calabasas Library. For more information please contact the City of Calabasas Community Services Department at 818-880-6461.

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NATURE DISCOVERY CAMP

Looking for a fun, exciting, educational way for your child to get back in touch with nature this summer? Registration is now open for the 2012 summer sessions of Nature Discovery Camp. Each camp session offers a different environmental focus to introduce young naturalists to the wonders of nature through crafts, labs using scientific tools, guided discoveries, hikes, games and interactive guest speakers. The camp is designed for youth ages 8 – 12 years and is held in two sessions: July 16 – 20 and July 30 – August 3, Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. For more information or to register, contact Susan Haugland at Mountains Restoration Trust, (818) 591-1701 ext. 212, email shaugland@mountainstrust.org, or visit www.mountainstrust.org.

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SUMMER VOLUNTEEN PROGRAM

Are you between the ages of 13-17 and  looking for something fun and productive to do this summer? The City of Calabasas Community Services Department is pleased to announce the 2012 Summer VolunTEEN program and we want you! Participants will volunteer in a variety of activities including: camps, sports programs, special events, and office work at City Hall, Calabasas Chamber of Commerce, Calabasas Pharmacy and much more. The program, designed to give individuals valuable "on the job experience", will begin Monday, June 18, 2012 and runs through Friday, August 10, 2012. Applications are currently available at Juan Bautista De Anza Park, 3701 Lost Hills Rd., Calabasas, CA 91302. – Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m. This program is limited to the first 40 participants who sign up. There will be a volunteer orientation meeting on Friday, June 1, 2012 at 4:00 p.m. at De Anza Park. For more information please call Recreation Specialist, Lana Wilhelm at 818-880-6461.

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SAVVY SENIORS TRIP TO VAN NUYS AIRPORT & LUNCH AT THE 94TH AERO SQUADRON RESTAURANT

Calabasas’ Savvy Seniors Program is offering a captivating 90 minute journey through aviation past and present on a free guided tour of Van Nuys Airport on May 3, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. The airport’s award-winning educational and tour program gives visitors a close-up look at a wide variety of aircraft and a glimpse into the many activities of aviation companies and operations at VNY, which plays an important role in the nation’s air transportation system and the Southern California economy. After the tour you will choose your lunch at the 94th Aero Squadron Restaurant from a pre-selected menu. Lunch and a beverage are included in the $28.00 fee. The shuttle to the airport departs from the Civic Center, 100 Civic Center Way. For more information and to register, contact the City of Calabasas Community Services Department at 818-880-6461.

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PIERCE COLLEGE ART HISTORY PROFESSOR COMES TO CALABASAS SAVVY SENIORS PROGRAM

Join professor John Paul Thornton for a fascinating series of lectures on Art History: “Passion & Genius” in the Founders Hall located behind the Calabasas Library on Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. noon. The session runs now through July 6 (with no classes on 5/18, 5/25). It’s not too late to sign-up for this great opportunity! Registration fee is $25. For more information contact Kimberly Colp, 818-880-6461.

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SPOTLIGHT THE ARTS PRESENTS A FREE READING SERIES

Spotlight the Arts Foundation presents a three-part reading series called "What I Did During the War." Created and directed by Matthew Henerson, this free series is an examination of the war from vastly different perspectives, by three of the greatest playwrights in western literature.

This month's program, "Major Barbara" will take place on Monday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Founders Hall. This satirical comedy by George Bernard Shaw examines how the business of war can play havoc with the moral compasses of an Edwardian English family. Then next month, come out to the Founders Hall on Monday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. to see "Caucasian Chalk Circle," a comedy by Bertold Brecht that is politically-charged, dark and uplifting. 

For additional information, contact (818) 436-0530 or visit www.spotlightthearts.org.

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THE ENVIRONMENTAL DANGERS OF CAR WASH RUN-OFF

What can individual residents do to reduce their contribution to water pollution? According to a new study, not washing cars in driveways should be at the top of the list. Car wash run-off, including detergents and vehicle surface residue, can stream into the nearest storm drain carrying untreated excess water into nearby creeks. The wastewater contains trace amounts of metals, fuel and automotive fluids. When these toxins reach the ocean, they can be deadly for local marine life.

Researchers recently ran a test to measure acute impacts of carwash run-off on juvenile rainbow trout at various concentrations in a 96-hour toxicity test. Trout were placed in solutions of 6.25%, 12.5%, 25%, 50%, or 100% car wash effluent diluted with potable water. The goal of the test was to find the concentration at which 50% of the fish would survive-- ALL tested concentrations caused 100% mortality within 24 hours. These tests show that freshwater and marine organisms are all at risk, depending on a particular species’ sensitivities.

Calabasas residents and businesses are strongly encouraged to use commercial car washes (that discharge wash water to a wastewater treatment system), permitted mobile car washers, or to wash cars where the run-off can soak into the ground rather than flow directly into our creeks and ocean. Cleaning up the planet starts at home!

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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 5, 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 (May 19, 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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HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH

The City of Calabasas Planning Division invites residents to take part in a monthly game to guess the historic Calabasas landmark depicted as the Calabasas Historic Place of the Month. Each month, a new photo will be posted on the Calabasas website depicting just a small portion of the Historic Place of the Month.

Using only the image given and their knowledge of the City, residents are encouraged to submit their guesses via email. At the end of the month, an answer will be posted online detailing what is shown in the image and the historical importance of the location. Each month, another new image will be posted which highlights the diverse and largely unknown history of the Calabasas area. The April Historic Place of the Month was Old Topanga Canyon Road. Was that your guess? 

Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/historic-place.html to see if you can identify May's landmark!

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FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY OFFERING FREE LACMA PASS PROGRAM

The Friends of the Calabasas Library has purchased two memberships in 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
The Man Who Came to Dinner
Performances May 11 - June 2
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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SUMMER YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE

Don’t Miss Out! Hurry into Juan Bautista de Anza Park to register for the 2012 Summer Youth Basketball League.  Sign-ups for boys and girls ages 5-16 are ongoing until divisions are full. Act now, because space is filling up quickly! League play runs June 16 to August 11, 2012. For more information please call 818-880-6461.

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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 Author's Night - Denise Hamilton on CTV: 

Tune in to hear Denise Hamilton talk about her ninth novel, "Damage Control", a great mystery, and a superb psychological thriller.  She discusses her 10 years on staff at the Los Angeles Times, the bulk of which was spent in the suburbs of Los Angeles, where she used her experience to cover the city's multicultural communities that feature prominently in her series.

Denise writes the nationally best-selling Eve Diamond crime novels featuring a reporter who solves murders in contemporary multicultural Los Angeles. An amazing author, you don't want to miss!
Author's Night, seen only on CTV - The Calabasas Channel and on-line with CTV Archiving.
Watch episodes of Author's Night

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

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, May 28, 2012 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 during May, please visit our City Calendar Page. 

That’s all for this month.

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