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SEPTEMBER 2012 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
FARE UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM
CALABASAS VILLAGE MOBILE ESTATES LANDSCAPING PROJECT
FRITZ COLEMAN TO APPEAR AT SAVVY SENIORS LUNCHEON
WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE
LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER
THE NATURE OF WILDWORKS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
SAFE DRUG SURRENDER PROGRAM
JOIN THE L.A. COUNTY SURGE UNIT
ENTER THE ANNUAL CALABASAS ENVIRONMENTALLY-THEMED DRAWING CONTEST
MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST'S SEPTEMBER EVENTS
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
HISTORIC PLACE OF THE MONTH
TIPS TO SAVING WATER EVERY DAY
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

September 2012:  

1 - E-Waste Collection

3 - Labor Day - City Hall Closed

5 - Savvy Seniors Luncheon/Registration

6 - Calabasas Library Used Book Sale

7 - Calabasas Library Used Book Sale

8 - Calabasas Library Used Book Sale

8 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

12 - City Council Meeting

15 -  E-Waste Collection

24 - New Transit Passes Available

26 - City Council Meeting (Cancelled)

October 2012: 6 E-Waste Collection

10 - City Council Meeting

20 - Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

21 - Calabasas Pumpkin Festival

24 - City Council Meeting

27 - Walk-In Flu Vaccine Clinic

 

USED BOOK SALE AT THE
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FARE UPDATES FOR THE PUBLIC TRANSIT SYSTEM

In order to continue providing an effective public transit system, The City of Calabasas is in the process of implementing fare updates. The fare for an annual pass will be $80, and individual transit tickets will be $1.00 for all public transit provided by the City of Calabasas. Additionally, the transit pass will shift from a calendar year to a 12-month period that coincides with the Fiscal Year. The advantage of this shift will be that passes will more closely align with the school year.

New passes will be made available on September 24, 2012. Due to the overlap of existing passes and new passes, a one-time rebate of half the value of the 2012 pass will be discounted from the cost of the new pass.

While these changes are underway, a grace period for use of the Peak Hour Transit Pass will go into effect. Until October 8, 2012 all riders may use the transit system without being required to show their pass, allowing everyone to acquire their passes with minimal stress. For further information, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/departments/transportation.html
 

CALABASAS VILLAGE MOBILE ESTATES LANDSCAPING PROJECT

A 2,400-foot section of Mulholland Highway in front of the Calabasas Village Mobile Estates will soon be landscaped with trees and a walkway. The City of Calabasas and Calabasas Village Mobile Estates held a Groundbreaking Ceremony for the commencement of the Mulholland Highway Landscape Improvements on Wednesday, August 8.

The joint beautification improvement venture is being funded by Calabasas Crest, the owners of Calabasas Village Mobile Estates, with the City of Calabasas leasing out the land in the public-right-of-way for $1 a year.

"This is a great, creative solution and partnership between public and private institutions," said Calabasas Mayor Mary Sue Maurer. Construction is expected to last for two months.

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FRITZ COLEMAN TO APPEAR AT SAVVY SENIORS LUNCHEON

NBC 4 Weathercaster and well-known comedian Fritz Coleman is set to appear at the City of Calabasas Savvy Seniors/50+ luncheon and registration for new Fall/Winter classes on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Founders Hall, 200 Civic Center Way, behind the Calabasas Library.

“We invite seniors, retired or still working, to enjoy entertainment, a catered lunch, meet the instructors and lecturers, other active seniors in the area, and representatives from the City of Calabasas,” said Carol Davis and Sue Somberg, Savvy Seniors Co-Chairs.

The catered, healthy luncheon costs $18, and attendees may sign up by filling out a Registration Form at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center, Juan Bautista de Anza Park, or Creekside Park/Community Center.

Calabasas Savvy Seniors/50+ is an ongoing program consisting of classes, excursions, special events, lectures and luncheons for senior women and men within the City of Calabasas and beyond. To register for the event, for more information and to add your name to the mailing list, contact Kimberly Colp at (818) 880-6461.

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WEST NILE VIRUS UPDATE

According to the California Department of Public Health, to date there have been just 34 cases of human infection from West Nile Virus reported in the state, the majority of those in the Central Valley. Even though risk remains low, Calabasas residents are reminded that pools and ponds are the breeding place for flies and mosquitoes that carry the virus. To help limit the risk of West Nile Virus,  residents should use mosquito repellants containing DEET, wear long sleeves and pants when outdoors, and drain standing water where mosquitoes breed.  For more information please visit : http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/west-nile-info.html

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN SEPTEMBER

Interested in keeping up on your reading without breaking the bank? The Friends of the Calabasas Library is holding a Used Book Sale on Thursday, September 6 from 5:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.; Friday, September 7 from Noon – 4:30 p.m.; and Saturday, September 8 from 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. A great assortment to choose from, including rare books, cookbooks, autobiographies, text books, novels, children's books and more, all at a fraction of the original price! The sale takes place in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Calabasas Library. 100% of the proceeds benefit Library programs. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/Library/friends.html 

The start of the new school year means Study Buddies returns! Beginning September 25, the Study Buddies program allows Calabasas elementary and middle school students to get free help with homework at the Calabasas Library. High school students are available to help elementary and middle school students with their homework and to work on study skills. For more information and schedule, contact the library at (818) 225-7616 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/events/library/study-buddies.html. 

The Dog-Eared Book Club, a club for 5th-7th graders, will be meeting this month on Thursday, September 12 at 4:00 p.m.  They will be discussing Wonder by R.J. Palacio. 2nd Thursday Book Club, a book club for adults at the Calabasas Library, will be meeting this month on Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. Book Club members can choose to either read The Paris Wife by Paula McClain and/or A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway. Membership into all the book clubs are free, however a library card is required to participate.

Join Pepperdine University and the Calabasas Library on Tuesday, September 18 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for "Manifold Greatness: Exploring the History of Printing with a Hands-On Activity for Children." There will be a discussion on the history of printing and then the opportunity to try it for yourself! Children ages 6-12 are welcome. There is limited availability of up to 25 participants. Parents may also attend with their children. Those wishing to participate may sign up at the adult reference desk. Each child will create individual designs and make several prints. Please wear clothes that can get dirty. This free program is held in conjunction with an exhibit currently on display at Pepperdine University, “Manifold Greatness: The Creation and Afterlife of the King James Bible.” The exhibit is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and is held in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Bible.

Summer may be coming to an end but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. Swing by the library for some good-old fashioned Bingo and play for a chance to win gifts, prizes, meet some new friends, and more. Next game is on Thursday, September 13 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. and participation is free.

Stop by for yoga twice a month at the Library! Join the class on Thursday, September 6 and Thursday, September 20 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. 

For additional information on any of the above events, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/library.html or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616.

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THE NATURE OF WILDWORKS NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!

The Nature of Wildworks Wildlife Care and Education Center in Topanga Canyon is home to 45 animals, mostly species native to California, who were either displaced from zoos, confiscated as illegally owned "pets", or were rescued orphaned or injured wildlife. The Nature of Wildworks is dedicated to providing life-long quality care for non-releasable wild animals, while building public respect and concern for native wildlife and the California environment through student programs that meet California school's curriculum mandates. Now, they need your help!

The Nature of Wildworks is looking for volunteers to assist in the care and maintenance of the animal collection at the center. Volunteering at The Nature of Wildworks helps you:

• Learn more about the animal world and how it functions
• Discover new hobbies
• Get a sense of accomplishment
• Meet new people with similar interests
• And of course... get that "warm" and "fuzzy" feeling of being close to animals and knowing you're doing something good for them!

Volunteers will be required to donate a minimum of 12 hours a month by committing to a specific day to come in and must be at least 18 years old. If you are interested in exploring the world of animals, aiding in a good cause, and having a great time, please call Kirstyn Teran at (310) 455-0550, email: animalcare@natureofwildworks.org, or visit www.natureofwildworks.org for more information.

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SAFE DRUG SURRENDER PROGRAM

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Lost Hills station has receptacles for the safe disposal of unused or expired pharmaceuticals, including prescription drugs, controlled substances, and sharps (needles and syringes). The unwanted items items may be disposed in the "Safe Drug Surrender" bins near the entrance to the station under an anonymous "no questions asked" policy. The new program allows area residents to safely dispose of items in a secure and environmentally protective manner. Remember the slogan, "No Drugs Down the Drain!"

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ENTER THE ANNUAL CALABASAS ENVIRONMENTALLY-THEMED DRAWING CONTEST

Elementary and middle-school students are invited to submit their hand-created drawings to the annual environmentally-themed drawing contest, hosted by the Calabasas Environmental Commission. This year’s theme is the “Benefits of Bottle and Can Recycling.” Entries are due by Friday, November 2, 2012 and can be delivered to Calabasas City Hall at 100 Civic Center Way. Drawings must be done on 8 ˝” x 11” format in landscape orientation. Fourteen winners will be chosen based on the creativity and theme of their illustration. The winning drawings will be printed in the 2013 City of Calabasas Community Recycling Awareness calendar, with the first-place winner’s drawing as the cover. All fourteen winners will receive a $25 gift certificate. For additional information, call (818) 224-1600.

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JOIN THE L.A. COUNTY SURGE UNIT

Are you a healthcare professional who wants to volunteer your help when major disasters or public health emergencies strike? If so, L.A. County wants you to be part of The Surge.

The L.A. County Surge Unit needs a variety of healthcare professionals, including doctors, nurses, dentists, pharmacists, EMTs and lab technicians to serve during the days following a large-scale disaster to increase the capacity of hospitals and clinics. Volunteers pre-register as professionals by entering their information into a database managed by the State of California. Their licensure and place of practice are verified by the program, and they are then considered “hospital ready.”

The unit also offers training sessions several times per year. The sessions are voluntary, as are all other aspects of the program. The personal information of volunteers is secured and can only be accessed by official representatives of the group. For more information about the Surge Unit or to explore other volunteer opportunities under the L.A. County “Disaster Healthcare Volunteers” umbrella, visit www.lacountydhv.com/surgeunit/index.html or call (818) 908-5150.

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MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST'S SEPTEMBER EVENTS

Mountains Restoration Trust has something for all ages this month! Children ages 8 to 12 are invited to join MRT's Youth Naturalist Program on Saturday, September 8 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., where they will discover plants and animals Native Americans used for food, clothing, tools, toys, medicine, etc. Participate in a craft while learning how the Native Americans led a successful life. To register or to obtain more information, call Susan Haugland at (818) 591-1701. ext. 212.

The Senior Program: Nature 101 will take place on Tuesday, September 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Learn about the local history and enjoy a walk-about along a year-round creek surrounded by oaks and other native plants. Feel the breeze and sun on your shoulders and smell the country scent, while experiencing the peace that nature inspires. Space is limited and registration is required. Please contact Susan Haugland at (818) 591-1701, ext. 212 for details.

Interested in the restoration of a hidden gym? Join MRT at the La Sierra Preserve on Saturday, September 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. You won't find this beauty spot on any map, but after meeting up at Peter Strauss Ranch, the way will be shown. Unseemly land uses created great swaths of invasive weeds but have also created the perfect site for an endangered, very small sunflower. Newly planted natives need you to help them through their first year in a hot blazing sun. Be sure to bring water! Reservations are required at volunteer@treepeople.org or (818) 591-1701, ext. 203. Participants can receive community service credit.

For a full calendar of MRT events, visit www.mountainstrust.org. 

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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 (September 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 (September 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.

The City of Calabasas holds bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil On Saturday, September 8, 2012 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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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 August Historic Place of the Month was The Park Moderne Pump House. Was that your guess?  Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/historic-place.html to see if you can identify September's landmark!

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TIPS TO SAVING WATER EVERY DAY

California is facing severe water challenges. Water supplies for many cities, farms, and businesses are being significantly reduced due to dry conditions, restrictions to protect fish species, and growing pressure on the state's water storage and delivery system. Climate change is compounding the problem. With water shortages a reality in many parts of the state, your efforts to save water can make a difference. Rethinking the way you use water - both indoors and outdoors - will help stretch our limited supplies and ensure water is there when we need it.

Easy Ways to Save Water:
Little leaks can add up to a lot of wasted water. A small drip can waste 70 gallons of water in a day, while a steady leak just one-sixteenth of an inch in size can send more than 1,000 gallons a day down the drain. Fix leaky faucets and toilets right away.

Pipe Leaks:
To detect unseen leaks, follow these steps:
(1) Read your water meter.
(2) Turn off all water-using appliances and faucets and wait an hour.
(3) Read the meter again. If the meter has moved, you probably have a leak.

Toilet Leaks:
To see if you have a toilet leak, follow these steps:
(1) Put food coloring in your toilet tank and wait for 20 minutes.
(2) If color seeps into the toilet bowl, you have a leak.
Many toilet leaks can be fixed with simple tools and a do-it-yourself manual.

Faucet Leaks:
Aside from toilet leaks, faucets are the most common source of leaks. Worn washers are usually the culprit. To see if you have a leak:
(1) Listen for running water when plumbing fixtures are closed and water-using appliances are off.
(2) Check your taps a couple of times a year to make sure all faucets are working properly.

Landscape:
Reduce your watering days to once or twice per week. Water your lawn only when it needs it. Water early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures are cooler.

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LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks
Bad Seed
Performances September 14 - October 6
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 Author's Night on CTV:


Tune in to hear from Ronald and Elda Soderquist who, together led a family counseling center in the Conejo Valley for more than twenty years before they sat down to write a self help book for couples, "
EQUALITY! Secret of Lasting Love".

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

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

City Hall will be closed Monday, September 3, 2012 in observance of Labor 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 September, please visit our City Calendar Page. 

That’s all for this month.

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