SALE NOW FOR ANNUAL 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS SPECTACULAR!
City of Calabasas will proudly host the community’s annual
4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at Calabasas High School
on Thursday, July 4, 2013. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and the
fireworks show begins at 9:00 p.m. The family-oriented,
fun-filled event will feature live music from "Platinum
Groove" plus a free family fun zone with a balloon artist,
rides, crafts, games and the grand fireworks display!
Tickets must be purchased in advance and are on sale
ONLY at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (23400
Park Sorrento) in Calabasas. The $10 admission
price includes parking, entertainment and all activities.
Children under 2 years of age are admitted free! Handicap
parking and a Shuttle for elderly & disabled (plus one
attendant) will be available. Delicious food and
beverages will be offered for sale at the site including
barbecued meats, sausages, roasted corn, kettle corn, snow
cones and more. Please note that the Fireworks
Spectacular is an alcohol and tobacco free zone. No bottles,
pets or umbrellas are permitted.
The fireworks event takes place on an open grass field.
Fixed chairs are limited to handicap guests only.
Bring low back lawn chairs and blankets. Umbrellas,
pets (unless for ability assistance), alcohol, and
tobacco of any kind are not permitted.
Before the Fireworks Spectacular, the City will feature a
day full of free events for the community starting with the
36th annual Lakeside Fun Run, sponsored in part by the
Calabasas Park Homeowners Association, which will take place
along Calabasas Lake behind the Calabasas Tennis & Swim
Center beginning at 7:45 a.m. Registration for the Fun Run
is $15 for adults and $12 for children before July 1. After
the Fun Run, a pet show will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the
greenbelt adjacent to the Tennis & Swim Center featuring pet
adoptions and pet contests in several categories. A Summer
Splash Party, featuring games, swimming, free use of tennis
courts, a barbeque, music and dancing will take place at the
Tennis & Swim Center from 12:00 p.m. until 5:30 p.m.
For more information, please visit:
MAKE A DIFFERENCE: A WORKSHOP FOR TEENS
to learn to write in service of an idea or a cause and get
your writing published, all while spending time in nature?
Then Mountains Restoration Trust has a summer opportunity
for you – and you can get 10 community service hours too!
The “Writing to Make a Difference: A Workshop for Teens”
will meet for four consecutive Tuesdays, July 2 through July
23 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at the Headwaters Corner in
Calabasas, and is open to all entering ninth graders and
current high school students. The workshop will combine
nature outings with writing instruction, group discussion
and instructor critique. Each student gets to compose a
finished piece of writing (500 words or less), which will be
published in Mountains Restoration Trust's Nature Writing
Anthology. For more information and to register, visit
FIFTH BIRTHDAY PARTY
the Library’s fifth anniversary in our new building with a
birthday party for everyone! Friends of the Calabasas
Library, dignitaries, patrons of all ages, and staff will be
celebrating with birthday cake, and you’re invited! It all
happens Sunday, July 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in
the Library’s Multi-Purpose Room. There will be a special
volunteer recognition at 2:30 p.m. Find out about the
Library’s programs and the great prizes you can win
throughout the summer by reading, attending events, and
participating. For more information, call the library at
SUMMER SUN SETS CONCERT
is heating up and that means it’s time
for the 2013 Sun Sets Concert Series at Calabasas Lake!
The July 14 concert features an
evening of retro rock 'n roll hits from the 1950s and '60s
from the flashy, fun “Ronny & The Classics.” All concerts begin at 6:00 p.m., are free to
the public, and are located on the Greenbelt at Calabasas
Lake with entrance at The Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center
(located at 23400 Park Sorrento). The concert series
features field seating on grass and guests are encouraged to
bring picnics, lawn chairs, and blankets. There is limited
chair seating available on a first come - first serve
basis (kindly reserve for those in need). There is a free
park & ride shuttle from the Calabasas Inn, located at 23500
Park Sorrento from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. For more
information, please visit
WATER-BASED PAINT AND USED OIL ROUNDUP
City of Calabasas is offering a water-based paint and used
oil roundup on Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
at Calabasas City Hall. The Roundup is open to all residents
of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, and Malibu. You
may bring motor oil, oil filters, anti-freeze, latex paint,
car batteries. Do NOT bring: oil-based paint, stains, pool
and garden chemicals, pesticides, fertilizers, unused
pharmaceuticals, mercury thermometers, fluorescent light
bulbs, batteries, cleaning products. Waste from businesses
will NOT be accepted. In general the limit is 15 gallons or
125 pounds of acceptable materials per vehicle. Please
do not mix products together. For
more information, please visit:
CITY INSTALLING STORM WATER CATCH BASIN DEBRIS SCREENS
innovative environmental project is currently underway to prevent tons of trash
and debris from reaching Las Virgenes Creek and Malibu Creek. The project, funded jointly by the
Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission and the City of
Calabasas, consists of placing curb screens on all storm
drain catch basins in all public streets in the west side of
Calabasas. By completing this project, it’s estimated
that approximately 8,000 pounds of trash and debris will be
prevented from entering Las Virgenes Creek each year.
Each storm drain catch basin will be retrofitted with two
screens: The curb screen will capture trash and debris
greater than ½ millimeter in size while the secondary screen
inside the catch basin will capture any trash greater than 5
millimeters in dimension. Both screens block trash and
debris, while allowing storm water to continue flowing to
Las Virgenes Creek and eventually Malibu Creek. The
devices are approved by the Los Angeles Regional Water
Quality Control Board as a compliance measure to meet the
requirements of the Clean Water Act by reduction of trash
discharge into the Malibu Creek Watershed to zero level by
2017. The screens are made out of stainless steel with an
estimated life of 15-20 years.
The project shall be completed in 2 phases: phase one
consists of installing the screens inside the catch basins,
also known as Connector Pipe Screens (CPS) and the second
phase will be the installation of curb screens also known as
Automatic Retractable Screens (ARS). Due to high performance
of both devices, the whole system is recognized as a full
capture trash excluder and has been certified by Los Angeles
County Flood Control District and the Environmental
Protection Agency. The project is expected to be completed
by late August or early September.
MALIBU WILD AND SCENIC FILM FESTIVAL
Friday, July 19 sample some great food and see inspiring
films about protecting the environment at the first annual
Malibu Wild and Scenic Film Festival. The event will take
place at the Malibu Civic Theater, located at 23825 Stuart
Ranch Road in Malibu. An Environmental Fair with food trucks
will be held from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the City of
Malibu parking lot, followed by the film festival from 6:30
p.m. – 9:30 p.m. A fun and educational evening for the
entire family! For more information and tickets, please
weather is on the way, and that means increased risk for
heat-related health risks. If you plan to be outdoors, take
precautions to protect yourself from the heat. Symptoms of
dehydration and heat cramps include dizziness, fatigue,
faintness, headaches, muscle cramps, and increased thirst.
Individuals with these symptoms should be moved to a cooler,
shaded place and given water or sport drinks. More severe
symptoms such as diminished judgment, disorientation, pale
and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and
shallow breathing may indicate heat exhaustion or impending
heat stroke and requires immediate medical attention.
Several tips for beating the heat include:
• Wear light, loose-fitting, light-colored clothing.
• Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks
often (do not wait until you are thirsty), and avoid
drinking sweetened drinks, caffeine, and alcohol.
• Offer help to those in your neighborhood with
limited access to air conditioning and transportation, such
as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently or
take them to a location with air conditioning.
• During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned
area. If you don’t have access to air conditioning in your
home, visit public facilities such as shopping malls, parks,
and libraries to stay cool.
• Avoid unnecessary exertion, such as vigorous
exercise during peak sun hours, if you are outside or in a
non-air conditioned building.
• Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it.
When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim,
and loose-fitting, light-colored clothing with long sleeves
and pants to protect yourself from sun damage. And remember
sun screen and sun glasses.
For more information on beating the heat, please visit:
Energy Saving Tips to Save Money as the Summer Heats
Conserving energy during hot summer days (when it is safe to
do so) prevents strain on the power system infrastructure
while helping you save money!
Tips for the Home:
Adjust your thermostat to 78 degrees to reduce energy usage
during the hottest hours of the day when air conditioning
systems have to work hardest to cool.
Limit the use of appliances during peak hours of the day-
use washing machines, dishwashers, vacuum cleaners and other
heavy appliances during evening hours.
Try to avoid using your stove or oven during peak hours of
the day since it will add to the heat inside the home.
Ventilate your home at night and early morning by opening
windows and doors to clear out the heat and allow cooler air
Turn off lights and equipment when they are not in use.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with energy efficient
compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) wherever appropriate.
Close draperies, shades or blinds during the heat of the day
to reduce the extra heat from direct sunlight.
Check your home for adequate insulation and for proper
sealing of windows and exterior doors.
Plant shade trees to reduce heat gain inside the house.
Install / use ceiling fans or "whole house" fans for comfort
cooling. A whole house fan will cool down your house early
evenings and early mornings for a fraction of the energy
cost of operating an A/C unit.
Install a programmable thermostat to adjust the temperature
automatically and maximize your energy savings.
Clean or replace air-conditioner filter(s) every month to
maintain efficiency and air flow.
Regularly brush or vacuum the condenser coils at the bottom
or rear of your refrigerator and check door gasket for tight
fit and adjust if necessary.
When buying appliances, choose energy-saving
Limit the time you run your pool pump during summer to six
hours a day, and schedule the run time to avoid operation
between 1 pm and 5 pm.
Unplug "energy vampires" like cell phone chargers, DVD
players, microwave ovens and other appliances that use
energy even when turned off or in sleep mode.
Tips for the Workplace:
Turn off your desk lights, overhead lights, and meeting room
lights if they are not needed, or install motion detector
switches in each room.
Keep personal appliance use to a minimum.
Turn off all computer equipment when you leave the office or
when it is not in use for long periods of time.
Be sure your computer equipment goes into sleep mode when
not in use for shorter periods of time.
For information and free brochures that will help you have a
safe, cost-efficient summer please visit:
FUN FAMILY NIGHTS AT THE TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
Friday night in summer is a Fun Family Night at the Tennis &
Summer Center. Pick up the family after work and head to the
center. On the tennis patio, Atmosphere Café will be open for
dinner, snacks and desserts. There will be entertaining kids’
classes to enrich younger family members while you play
tennis, swim or just relax with some music or watch the game
on TV on the tennis patio. Fridays are going to be fun at
July 5 is "Disgusting Science Night" from 6:00 p.m. to
8:30 p.m. Registration fee is $25, with a $20 materials fee
on the night of the program. On Friday, July 12 from 6
p.m. - 10 p.m. it's a FREE Dive-In Movie Night featuring the
film "Grown Ups." On Friday, July 19 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.,
we will be offering "Mystery Night"! Registration fee is $25, with a $20 materials fee on the
night of the program. On Friday, July 26 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30
p.m. join the fun at "Legoland and Bricks 4 Girlz" night.
Registration fee is $25, with a $20 materials fee on the
night of the program. For further information, please
contact Kathy Milbrand 818-222-2782 ext. 113
EXTENDED CAMP CARE
you a busy family attending Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center
camps and activities this summer before 11 a.m. and after 4
p.m. and need some extra hands? Now through August 16,
the Tennis & Swim Center is offering Extended Camp Care for
kids aged 5-15. Our staff will have activities, games,
snacks, and crafts! The morning session runs from 7:30 a.m.
– 11:00 a.m. and costs $12 per session. The afternoon session
runs from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. and costs $6 per session. The
cost to attend both sessions is $15 per day. For further
information please contact Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782 x.
ARTIST ALLEY AT THE TENNIS
& SWIM CENTER
six weeks the Tennis & Swim Center features a local artist
to display their works of love. Currently, the center is
highlighting our own Helene Jukoff. For
for more information, contact Kathy Milbrand 818-222-2782
LIBRARY EVENTS IN JULY
packed with exciting opportunities at the
Calabasas Library! Check out the complete
July Calendar of Events for a program that's right for
the 2013 Summer Reading Program at the Calabasas Library!
Spend your summer reading and earn a prize at the end of
Special Programs just for K-5th graders:
• Wednesday, July 10 at 4:00 p.m. - Run
away and join the circus! Featuring Christopher Yates,
circus performer extraordinaire and storyteller.
• Wednesday, July 17 at 4:00 p.m. -
Magician Robert Baxt will perform a comedy magic show.
• Wednesday, July 24 at 4:00 p.m. —
Join the Dancing Tehani to learn new dances from around the
• Wednesday, July 31 at 4:00 p.m. — Learn
about African Drum Circles and participate in a lively event
Registration for all Summer Reading
events is underway!
It’s Summer Family Movies at the
Calabasas Library! Tuesday, July 9 at 6:30 p.m.,
Sigourney Weaver plays a warden at Camp Green Lake with an
unusual method of discipline. The camp makes all of its
wards dig large holes under the guise of building character.
The real reason is a plan to find a buried treasure left in
the desert long ago. Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30 p.m., Remy
loves fine French food, which is a problem since he happens
to be a rat. He lives in an expensive French restaurant and
desires to become a chef despite the disapproval of his
father and brother who are happy eating garbage. He has
adventures every day with a rat-despising staff that wants
him gone in this riotous animated family film.
On Wednesday, July 10
at 11:00 a.m., the
Library’s Preschool Program presents an interactive musical
show starring Mark Beckwith and featuring a very silly
puppet, Puey the Pig.
Thursday, July 11 at noon, join Michele the Trainer for a
FREE workshop to learn simple exercises. Afterwards summer
salads will be demonstrated and shared! Michele is ACE,
AFAA, AEA, American Heart Association, and Red Cross
Certified. For more information, please call the library at
Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00 p.m., join the Film Fanatics for
an offbeat comedy starring Matthew Broderick and Marlon
Brando that follows the adventures of a film student whose
college career is dramatically altered when he is befriended
by a genial father figure who is an organized crime figure
with an eligible daughter. You may bring a dinner.
Stop by for
yoga at the Library!
Class will be offered on Thursday, July 18
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
Craft Day! For ages 5 and older
Thursday, July 18 at 4:00 p.m. For more information, please
call the Library at 818-225-7616.
Come join us on Thursday, July 25 at
noon and discover new flavorful teas and the spices and
herbs that dance upon your palette. For more information,
please call the library at 818-225-7616.
Saturday, July 27 at 1:00 p.m. it’s
Teen Movie Day at the Library. We will be showing the
second movie in the popular series about
a boy wizard. Movie is rated PG-13. No one under 12 will be
admitted. Concessions will be available as a fundraiser for
the Teen Library Council. For more information, please
contact the library at 818-225-7616.
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. For
meeting schedules, book selections and details, please visit
the Library Calendar page.
information on any of the above events, please visit
or contact Library Staff at (818) 225-1616.
RESTORATION TRUST EVENTS IN JULY
Topanga Park Restoration Native plants are working hard
(growing almost like Jack’s beanstalk) to bring a natural
eco-balance to the lower Topanga Creek area of the park. But
they need a boost – it’s planting time and time to remove
invasive noxious weeds!! Come join in the effort on
Sunday, July 28 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Bring water, wear sturdy
footwear and receive community service credit. Entrance is a
few hundred feet from Pacific Coast Highway on Topanga
Canyon Road and reservations are required. For more
email@example.com or Jo at
On Saturday, July 13 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., be a
restorationist for a day at Cold Creek Valley Preserve.
Join the habitat repair team planting native plants that
will energetically displace the invasive weeds that provide
no food or shelter for the native animals and certainly do
not please human sensibilities. Oak acorns, shrubs,
penstemons, roses and bunch grasses that feed and shelter
wildlife are awaiting your help. Receive community service
credit. Reservations required: 818-591-1701 x202 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Meet along the first 0.5 mile
of Stunt Road after turning off Mulholland Highway,
Sunday, July 14 from 8:45 a.m. - noon, come join the Stream
Team Restoration project at Leo Carrillo State Park. Enjoy
the fresh air and sunshine while helping remove non-native
vegetation along Arroyo Sequit in the park. Volunteers will
work to remove
invasive cape ivy from areas along the creek. For
more information and to register, visit
On Sunday, July 14 from 8:30
a.m. - 12:15 p.m. it’s the next battle in the Weed War – a
continuous fight against weeds (non-native invasive species)
throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. It’s exciting to see
young oak trees and speculate on how many native critters
now have a home, food, and shelter. Join us for a satisfying
day of weeding, planting and watering. Receive community
service credit. Reservations required: call 818-591-1701
x202 or write email@example.com.
On Sunday, July 21 from 8:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., come to
Malibu Creek State park for Return of the Lost Oak
Woodlands. There once was a valley where giant oaks held an
ecosystem together but the trees were harvested and the
valley underwent many changes: charcoaling kilns, farming,
cattle grazing, and movie making. State Parks acquired the
property to provide a park for public enjoyment and to
preserve an historic landscape. Since 1992, volunteers have
enjoyed a wonderful day in the park planting and caring for
oak trees and their understory plants. The oaks still need
your help to rebuild a native landscape. Receive community
service credit. Reservations required:
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 818-591-1701 x202.
You won’t find this beauty spot on any map, but after we
meet 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. Bring lunch and water. Receive
community service credit. Reservations required:
email@example.com or 818-591-1701 x202. From Kanan
Road, Agoura Hills, turn onto Troutdale, then left on
Mulholland Highway, then right into Peter Strauss parking
Sunday, July 28 Mountains
Restoration Trust will host its Rattlesnake Avoidance Clinic
William S. Hart Park in Newhall. Training is led by expert Tracy
Jenson-Presson of High on Kennels located in San Diego
County. Tracy has many years of experience training dogs to
avoid rattlesnakes. She is well known for being a problem
solver when it comes to difficult dogs. Our training clinics
are conducted in a safe, humane, controlled environment
ensuring the safety of your dog, as well as the safety of
the rattlesnakes. Typically, a training session for one dog
takes about 20 minutes. The training process is repeated
several times to assure that your dog will understand the
sight, smell and sound of a rattlesnake (they have a
distinctive odor that dogs can discern from other snakes).
Please allow about an hour for your session to sign in and
make any time adjustments to scheduling, assuring that
proper attention is given to all participants. Multiple
dates and locations are available. To register, visit
www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com. Advanced payment
of $70 per dog is required.
And every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 9:30 a.m. join
in crayfish trapping at Malibu Creek State Park. Give native
and native frog tadpoles a chance by removing the
non-native, invasive red swamp crayfish from spawning pools
located in Malibu Creek! Experience the morning sunshine on
Malibu Creek and help MRT trap and remove crayfish. Great
fun for kids, families, and scout groups! Wear warm clothes
and shoes that can get muddy. To register, visit
www.mrtcrayfish.eventbrite.com. Also available for
groups and special events, call (818) 591-1701 ext 202 to
CAR WASHING TIPS
quality continues to be one of the most important
environmental concerns. Every individual can play his or
her part to help keep our water clean. One of the ways to
ensure that our water remains free from toxins is to wash
your car the proper way. Many individuals overlook the fact
that it takes approximately 500 gallons of water to hand
wash a car and that all of that water is washed down our
streets into local waterways. The easiest way to ensure
environmental protection is to take your car to a commercial
car wash where the waste water is discharged to a wastewater
treatment facility. However, if you choose to wash your car
at home, keep in mind the following suggestions to prevent
additional toxic discharge into our creeks and rivers:
• Wash on an area that absorbs water such as gravel or
grass. This allows the water to be filtered before it enters
groundwater, storm drains, or creeks. Avoid washing cars on
concrete or asphalt pavement unless it drains into a
water usage. Use a spray gun with flow restriction to reduce
water volume and run-off.
empty wash buckets into sinks or toilets.
Another option is to utilize one of the City of Calabasas
permitted Mobile Car Wash operators. The City ensures that
all operators use appropriate preventative measures whenever
they are engaged in car washing activities. For a complete
list of permitted mobile car washing companies, please visit
SUMMER COYOTE AWARENESS
time of year is approaching when severe heat causes coyotes
to venture out into urban areas to look for food and water,
and possible encounters with coyotes tend to increase.
There are several tips and guidelines to follow that can
help reduce conflict:
• Teach children to never approach or feed ANY strange
ignore, turn your back or run from a coyote(s).
• Carry a
walking stick or a noisemaker at night or during early
morning hours if walking with pets (Coyotes are more likely
to approach someone with a pet).
• Haze or
harass a coyote(s) until it chooses to leave the situation
(it's OK if it doesn't run).
neighbors and friends know coyotes have been seen in the
it is essential to change or alter your daily routines.
Coyotes are capable of learning or adapting to neighborhood
habits. Furthermore, pets are a major source of attraction
to coyotes; therefore, cats should be kept safely indoors,
especially when dark out. Dogs should always be kept on a
leash while being walked, and any pet food should be
removed from outdoors where coyotes have access.
To learn more about how to co-exist with coyotes, please
additional information, please read the City of Calabasas
Coyote Management Plan at:
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes
two free monthly electronic waste collection events.
On the first Saturday of the month (July 6,
2013), an electronic waste collection will take place at
Albertson’s parking lot, 26521 Agoura Road (at Las
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 (July 20, 2013) 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.
HAVE A GREAT
EVENT AT THE CALABASAS TENNIS & SWIM CENTER
small, intimate affairs to large corporate and private
parties, let the Tennis & Swim Center & Atmosphere
Events & Catering be your one-stop shop for the finest
food, superb service, menu planning, staffing, rentals &
décor. Our Chefs are professionally-trained with over
20 years of experience and will work with our clients’
nutritional needs as well as with their budgetary
confinements. We feel everybody has the right to a
catering by Atmosphere Events & Catering. Some tables &
chairs are provided. For further information, please
contact Kathy Milbrand (818) 222-2782 x 113 or visit
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