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MARCH 2014 e.NEWS

DATES TO REMEMBER
DINE CALABASAS
ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION
PUBLIC FORUM ON ACCIDENTAL POISONING OF PETS AND WILDLIFE
REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR 2014 SPRING T-BALL AND COACH PITCH LEAGUES
MINI AUTO DEALERSHIP TO HOLD GRAND OPENING THIS MONTH
AHCCC'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION
THE DROUGHT IS HERE
DR. DEBORAH BENNETT RECEIVES CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD
LIBRARY EVENTS IN MARCH
LVMWD INVITES THE PUBLIC TO A SPECIAL WORKSHOP MEETING
REGISTER TO VOTE TODAY!
CHS MUSIC PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL SPRING CONCERTS
E-WASTE COLLECTION EVENTS
  MARCH EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST 
LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS
WHAT'S ON CTV
CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

Dates to Remember

March 2014:
1 - E-Waste Collection

5 - CERT Training

5 - CHS Music's Annual Spring Concerts

6 - CHS Music's Annual Spring Concerts

8 - Water Base Paint & Used Oil Round-Up

9 - Daylight Saving Time Begins
(2:00 a.m.)

12 - City Council Meeting

12 -
CERT Training

13 - Public Forum on Accidental Poisoning of Pets and Wildlife

13 - LVMWD's Special Workshop Meeting


15 - E-Waste Collection

15 - AHCCC St. Patrick's Day Celebration

22 - Arbor Day Celebration

26 - City Council Meeting

April 2014:

5
- E-Waste Collection


9 - City Council Meeting

12 - Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo

19 -
E-Waste Collection


23 -
City Council Meeting

27 - Canine Classic Dog Walk & Festival


 
SPRING FORWARD!
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME
BEGINS AT 2AM ON MARCH 9!
(Reminder to change the batteries
in your smoke detectors)!

 

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DINE CALABASAS

Every 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 unique character
• 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 landscape maintenance!

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 www.cityofcalabasas.com/dine-calabasas.html for a map and list of restaurants right here in the City. Dine locally, Dine Calabasas!

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ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION

The 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 www.cityofcalabasas.com/arbor-day.html or contact the Environmental Services Division at (818) 224-1600. 

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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 in Calabasas.

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) 224-1600.

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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 lwilhelm@cityofcalabasas.com. Emphasize fun and learning while building character one swing at a time!

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MINI AUTO DEALERSHIP TO HOLD GRAND OPENING THIS MONTH

An 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 City’s 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).

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AHCCC'S ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION

The 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 www.ahccc.org.

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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, please visit www.saveourh2o.org/content/Drought2014WhatYouNeedtoKnow. Remember, every drop of water is important. Use water wisely. The drought is on--turn your water off!

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DR. DEBORAH BENNETT RECEIVES 2013 CARL GIBBS ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE AWARD

The Calabasas Environmental Commission presented its 2013 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 primary mission.

For additional information or to submit a nomination for 2014, please visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/environmental/carl-gibbs.html

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LIBRARY EVENTS IN MARCH

Spring 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 clubs.

Another 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 adult.

Come by for 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 hiking with friends, family, and your pets in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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 & Relaxation Strategies."

The 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.

Do 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 or visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/calendar/library/calendar-of-events.html.

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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 information, visit www.LVMWD.com.. 

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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 www.sos.ca.gov/elections/elections_vr.htm. You 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 www.sos.ca.gov/elections/registration-status/ to 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! 

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CHS MUSIC PRESENTS THEIR ANNUAL SPRING CONCERTS

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 https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=8c74cc3bb7adfb7777f2556386f8558a&t=tix.

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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 (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) 224-1600.

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.

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MARCH EVENTS AT MOUNTAINS RESTORATION TRUST 

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 1 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.

Come 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 www.mountainstrust.eventbrite.com.

MRT 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, visit mountainstrust.eventbrite.com. An advanced payment of $75 per dog is required.

Meet up with MRT, TreePeople, and the California 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 www.mountainstrust.org.

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LOCAL LOCAL EVENTS IN THE ARTS

Conejo Players Theatre - Thousand Oaks

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 (check the CTV Guide for playback days and times), through live online web-streaming, or watch any meeting or TV program on demand through the CTV archive. CTV programming is also available on the Calabasas3 YouTube Channel!

Check out this new show on CTV:

CALABASAS AUTHOR'S NIGHT
Sara Applebaum 

On this episode of Author's Night, Sara Applebaum discusses her series of books about her family and their struggles during WWII.

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CALABASAS CALENDARS, MEETINGS & HOLIDAYS

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 March, please visit our City Calendar Page.

That’s all for this month.

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