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time you eat at a restaurant within the City of
Calabasas, you help provide funding for parks,
trails, open space, youth and senior services,
library and recreation programs, street maintenance
and more. Approximately 32% of the City’s annual
operating budget comes from sales and use tax, and
1% of each taxable sale in Calabasas stays right
here at home, going directly into the General Fund
helping provide the local services that make living
in Calabasas special. When you dine at a business
outside of Calabasas, money that could serve our
community disappears into other cities and counties,
providing services for other communities.
Dining in Calabasas:
• Helps create new jobs for local businesses
• Ensures a healthy economy for Calabasas
• Reduces fossil fuel emissions and gasoline costs,
saving you time and money—and helping keep Calabasas
green and clean
• Supports local businesses, giving Calabasas its
• Encourages local entrepreneurship
• Creates a true sense of community
• And most importantly, helps provide valuable
public services like parks, trails, libraries,
recreation programs, public safety, and street and
Plus, we have great restaurants here with the best
food in the region! You have a choice—make the
decision to put your money to work right here at
home in Calabasas! Make Calabasas businesses your
first stop. Simply visit
a map and list of restaurants right here in the
City. Dine locally, Dine Calabasas!
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
City of Calabasas Arbor Day Celebration will
take place on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 9:30
a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at
Gates Canyon Park, located at 25801 Thousand
Oaks Blvd. in Calabasas. Festivities will include
tree planting activities and a Smart Gardening
Workshop in which participants will learn tips and
techniques about composting. The event will conclude
with the Official Tree Planting Ceremony. This is a
free family event and a great opportunity to teach
kids and adults to appreciate the environment!
Arbor Day has a rich history dating back to the 19th
century when the first official Arbor Day was
celebrated on April 10, 1872. It was estimated that
over one million trees were planted in Nebraska that
day. The City of Calabasas has been recognized as a
Tree City USA for the 14th year, and therefore,
encourages residents to partake in the important
tradition of Arbor Day. Become involved with the
community while helping to create a better
environment. For more information, please visit
or contact the Environmental Services Division at
PUBLIC FORUM ON ACCIDENTAL
POISONING OF PETS AND WILDLIFE
The City of Calabasas will be holding an educational
forum at the Calabasas Founders Hall on Thursday,
March 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. addressing
the risks associated with the use of anticoagulant
rodenticides (more commonly known as rat poison) to
control rodents. The use of these baits has injured
and killed numerous wild animals and pets.
On September 11, 2013, the
Calabasas City Council adopted Resolution No.
2013-1379 urging businesses in Calabasas to no
longer use or sell anticoagulant rodenticides, and
urging all property owners to cease purchasing or
using anticoagulant rodenticides on their properties
Learn how to protect your wildlife neighbors and pets
from accidental poisoning. Five panel members will
be speaking about pros and cons of anticoagulant rodenticides and non-chemical pest control methods.
For additional information, contact the
Environmental Services Division at (818)
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2014
SPRING T-BALL AND COACH PITCH LEAGUES
Registration for the 2014 Spring T-Ball and Coach
Pitch Leagues is happening now 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 15 - May 31 and each team will play
one game per week on Saturdays at either Grape Arbor
Park or Creekside Park. 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.
For more information, please call (818) 880-6461 or
email@example.com. Emphasize fun and
learning while building character one swing at a
MINI AUTO DEALERSHIP TO HOLD
GRAND OPENING THIS MONTH
extensive remodel of the former Volvo auto
dealership into a Mini auto dealership along
Calabasas Road is nearly complete. Project approvals
were granted by the
Planning Commission on November
15, 2012 to remodel the existing Volvo dealership
into a sleek and modern looking Mini dealership. The
Architectural Review Panel praised the new
design as a major improvement to the existing
building’s design, and one that will enhance the 101
Scenic Corridor. The proposed Mini auto dealership
embraces a truly modern design by utilizing high
quality building materials and clean lines. The
focal point of the new auto dealership will be the
floating glass box over the front entrance that will
showcase Mini’s latest models. Once completed, the
Mini brand will be sold exclusively at their new
dealership and the BMW brand will be sold
exclusively at its current location just down the
way on Calabasas Road. Mini is expecting to hold its
grand opening in March. (Note: Vehicles on the side
of the building were not approved).
AHCCC'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY
Agoura Hills/Calabasas Community Center is
holding their free St. Patrick's Day Celebration on
Saturday, March 15, 2014. The event will take place
from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 27040 Malibu Hills
Road in Calabasas and everyone is welcome to join
the festivities! The celebration will feature music,
entertainment, food, activities, contests, games and
drawings for a number of prizes. Enjoy face
painting, rock climbing, inflatable rides, and a
photo booth. There will also be free use of the Center. Plan
on attending this special event! For information,
call (818) 880-2993 or visit
THE DROUGHT IS HERE
2013 was the driest year in recorded history for
many areas of California, and current conditions
suggest no change is in sight for 2014. Water
conservation is always important in Calabasas and
throughout California, but this year no Californian
can afford to waste any water.
There are several reasons that California faces a
drought. Climate change already is affecting
California's water resources. Experts say that
changing rain and snowfall patterns will result in
longer periods of drought. In addition, water
deliveries from some key water projects have been
permanently reduced due to environmental
restrictions, while other systems struggle with
aging infrastructure and other challenges.
Furthermore, our state’s population continues to
grow, with 60 million Californians expected by 2050.
That means more people, farms, and businesses will
rely on our rivers, reservoirs and groundwater
basins for their daily needs.
We all need to do our part to conserve our water for
today and for tomorrow!
There are many easy ways to save water indoors, from
taking shorter showers to making sure that the
dishwasher is full when you run it. Because the
majority of water used at home is used outdoors,
even small steps like fixing a broken sprinkler or
making sure that you are running your sprinklers in
the cool of the morning can save lots of water. You
can conserve even more by shrinking the amount of
lawn you have, installing a drip irrigation system
or adding a weather-based “smart” controller.
For more useful information and water-saving tips,
Remember, every drop of water is important. Use
water wisely. The drought is on--turn your water
DR. DEBORAH BENNETT RECEIVES
2013 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
Calabasas Environmental Commission presented its
Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award at the
Commission's February 4, 2014 meeting to Dr. Deborah
Bennett in recognition of her commitment to enhance
the environment. She has demonstrated these efforts
by teaching various aspects of environment science
to Calabasas High School students with both
inspiration and enthusiasm.
The Carl Gibbs Environmental Excellence Award is a
symbol of commitment to California's environment.
The award honors a wide array of individuals,
businesses, municipalities, government agencies,
organizations, institutions, all working to benefit
our environment. The Award recognizes voluntary
activities by companies and organizations, big or
small, private or non-profit, in or work done in the
City of Calabasas and in surrounding communities
that result in cleaner air or water, less waste,
less traffic, conservation of energy and natural
resources, efficient and water conserving
landscaping, or reduced use of hazardous materials,
etc. Furthermore, the Award honors those
organizations that demonstrate exceptional
commitment or innovation above and beyond their
For additional information or to submit a nomination
for 2014, please visit
LIBRARY EVENTS IN MARCH
into the Library this month and enjoy a variety of programs
and events for the entire family!
Elementary school age kids are invited to a
Fun Fair on Saturday, March 15. From noon to 4:00 p.m.,
kids can participate in games, enjoy great food, win prizes
and have fun! There will be a fundraiser and all proceeds
will go to the Library Teen Council and other teen clubs.
Admission is free! Children's book donations are welcomed.
Then come back that evening for a
Family Movie Night! On Saturday, March 15 from 6:00 p.m.
to 8:00 p.m. (after hours!), the entire family is invited to
watch a PG movie where Flint and his friends must return to
save the world when the food machine reawakens. The movie is
95 minutes long. Enjoy pizza, snacks and drinks for just $1
each! All ages are welcome, but children under 8 must be
accompanied by an adult. Proceeds from the refreshment sales
will go to the Calabasas Teen Library Council and other teen
Family Movie Night will be held on Tuesday, March 4 at
6:00 p.m. In conjunction with the American Chess Academy
(ACA) in Calabasas, the unrated film "Brooklyn Castle" will
be shown. This movie is 101 minutes long. Admission is free
and concessions will be available as a fundraiser for the
ACA and Teen Library Council. Nobody is admitted without an
Yoga on Thursday,
March 6 and Thursday, March 20
at noon. No experience is necessary and all are welcome.
Instructor Deanne Wenger, RYT will lead you in relaxing (and
free) yoga session. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a
yoga mat/large towel.
On Thursday, March 13 at noon, the organizer of
Calabasas Day Hikers will present an informational
event. Brew will be speaking about
with friends, family, and your pets in the Santa Monica
Are you feeling a little stressed lately? Stop by on
Thursday, March 27 at noon to listen as Lara Garibian, M.A.
speaks about your health and stress as she presents,
"Mind, Body, and Spirit: Everyday Stress Management &
2nd Thursday Book Club will be meeting on Thursday,
March 13 at 6:00 p.m. The book for this month is Turtle
Moon by Alice Hoffman. Membership into the club is
free, however a library card is required to participate.
you love movies? The
Film Fanatics group may be a great fit for you! They
will be meeting on Wednesday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. to watch
and discuss a movie.
On Saturday, March 1, bring your new and emerging reader
(grades K-3) to the Calabasas Library 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. The program takes
place from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. and each child will
have 15 minutes to read to a dog. Sign-ups will begin at
11:00 a.m. in the Library.
For a complete list of Library events, call (818) 225-7616
LVMWD INVITES THE PUBLIC TO A
SPECIAL WORKSHOP MEETING
The Board of Directors of Las
Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) will
conduct a special workshop meeting to explore a
"Budget Based Rate Structure." This meeting will be
held at LVMWD headquarters on Thursday, March 13
from 8:00 a.m. to noon.
Already in use at some other water agencies, a
budget-based water rate structure provides each
customer with a "personalized" water budget designed
to meet their specific indoor and outdoor water
needs. The program takes into consideration the
irrigable area of property, the number of
individuals in a household, and special needs such
as the presence of horses. Those who are efficient
by staying within their seasonally-adjusted budget
pay the lowest rates. Customers who are inefficient
pay more for the water they use beyond their needs,
providing an incentive to do their part in helping
to manage the state's limited water resources. The
rate structure rewards efficient water use and helps
reduce water waste.
The workshop is being conducted for informational
purposes - a decision on whether or not to adopt
such a structure will not be made at the meeting.
The workshop is open to the public and will also be
recorded for later viewing on the LVMWD website for
those not able to attend. For additional
REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!
Are you registered to vote? It’s easy to participate
in elections if you have the right tools and
information. Apply to register to vote today by
filling out the online application found at
can also pick up a paper voter registration
application at your county elections office,
library, Department of Motor Vehicles office, or
U.S. post office.
Don’t remember if you’re registered to vote? Visit
check the status of your voter registration. You
must be registered 15 days prior to an election if
you wish to vote, so be sure to register today!
CHS MUSIC PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL
Calabasas High School Music is proud to present
their Annual Spring Concerts! On Wednesday, March 5
at 7:00 p.m., enjoy the sounds of Jazz A Band,
Guitar 2nd, Guitar 4th, Harmony, Jazz Workshop and
Vivace. Come back the next evening at 7:00 p.m.,
Thursday, March 6, to be captivated by the sounds of
Bare Rhythm, Jazz Black Band, Jazz B Band, Maestoso,
String Orchestra, Unstrumental, and Wind Ensemble.
Concerts will be held at
The Performing Arts Education Center at
Calabasas High School. To purchase tickets, visit
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
City of Calabasas organizes two free
monthly electronic waste collection events. On the
first Saturday of the month (March 1, 2014), 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 (March 15, 2014) 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)
The City of Calabasas holds
bi-monthly collections for paint and used oil. On
Saturday, March 8, 2014 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.
MARCH EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS
Mountains Restoration Trust has planned a lot of
great events this month and they would love for you
to be involved!
Spring is in the air! Come see what early spring
brings to the Cold Creek Preserve by participating
in the First Saturday Walk on March
at 9:30 a.m. The 2.5 hour long walk-about will go
along a streamside trail, through oak woodlands to a
gently rolling chaparral basin below craggy
sandstone peaks. Bring water and wear sturdy
footwear. Call (818) 591-9363 to reserve your spot
and to obtain directions.
out and enjoy the outdoors and make a difference
with MRT and
Heal the Bay on Sa on Saturday, March 8 at 9:00 a.m. The Arroyo Sequit Creek at Leo
Carrillo State Park is being restored so endangered
Southern California Steelhead Trout can use it for
spawning. Two concrete barriers are being removed by
State Parks and it's up to volunteers to take out
the invasive plants! Cape Ivy is the primary target
as it is toxic to fish and other aquatic life.
Reservations are required by signing up at
is hosting its annual Rattlesnake Avoidance Training
Clinic for Dogs on Sunday, March 16 at Headwaters
Corner in Calabasas. Training is led by expert Tracy
Jenson-Presson of High on Kennels located in San
Diego County. Typically, a training session for one
dog takes about 20 minutes. Please allow for an hour
for your session to sign in and make any time
adjustments to scheduling, assuring that proper
attention is given to all participants. To register,
mountainstrust.eventbrite.com. An advanced
payment of $75 per dog is required.
Meet up with MRT, TreePeople,
Native Plant Society on
Sunday, March 16 at 8:45 a.m. for a satisfying day
of restoring a natural ecosystem. In the early
1980s, CNPS set out to help control the spread of
invasive, non-native plant species that hog the land
and provide no value for the
survival of native animal species, and this
unending weed war continues. This month, they will
be revisiting the restoration sites so beautifully
planted by volunteers earlier last year to see the
growth and speculate on what native critters now
have a home, food, and shelter in an area that was
one a fire-prone field of dead weeds. Reserve your
spot by calling (818) 348-5910.
For MRT's complete calendar of events, please visit
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS &
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 March, please visit our
City Calendar Page.
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