Calabasas gives final okay to apartment smoking ban

Ordinance goes into effect on Feb. 16

The outside smoking ban that ignited flames of controversy in Calabasas in 2006 has now been expanded to include rental units in the city. The ordinance currently prohibits smoking in all public places, including businesses, hotels, parks, restaurants and multiunit housing common areas. The addition, which was approved by the City Council last week, requires that at least 80 percent […]

Calabasas Chamber plans gala annual event

Van Gieson award announced

The 2008 Calabasas Chamber of Commerce board installation and “Hollywood Glamour Evening” is set for 6 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26 at the Calabasas Country Club, 4515 Park Entrada in Calabasas. According to the Chamber, it will be an evening of recognition and fine entertainment. Television, film and stage actor Tim Snay (“The Practice,” “Ally McBeal,” “The Gilmore Girls,” “Close to […]

Local volunteers spend time, money on presidential campaigns

California voters, for the first time since 1972, are expected to have a real impact on choosing nominees during the hotly contested 2008 presidential primary race. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s decision in March to move the state’s presidential primaries from June to Feb. 5 not only forces the candidates to schedule more California campaign stops, but also gives Golden State voters […]

Senior Congress to discuss safety

Senior safety will be the topic of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation fourth annual Senior Congress at 9:30 a.m. Wed., Jan. 30 at St. Maximilian Kolbe Catholic Church in Westlake Village. The Ventura County Fire Department will present “Prevention of Falls and Fires,” and the Ventura County Emergency Preparedness Office will outline how seniors should prepare to get along for […]

When it comes to the environment, ‘green’ is clean

Friendly policies widely adopted

Green policies- guidelines geared toward reducing pollution and protecting the environment- have become increasingly popular with schools, governments and other groups. Rudy Gonzales, public affairs representative for Southern California Edison, discussed the green initiatives undertaken by his utility during a recent meeting of the Agoura Hills City Council. According to Gonzales, 17 percent of energy provided by SCE is generated […]

School is committed to the environment

Teachers, administrators, students and parents at Heschel West Day School in Agoura say green is good. Green programs are woven into every aspect of the Jewish school, including classroom projects, field trips and special assemblies. To launch the school’s commitment to the environment, students created a striking banner out of recyclable material. Children made hats out of recycled material and […]

Return of the ancient didgeridoo

William Thoren is only 20, but his interests are as diverse as the continents. The Agoura Hills resident is a didgeridoo player and a photographer and has already become skilled at both disciplines. The didgeridoo, which is one of the world’s oldest wind instruments, was developed by the indigenous people of northern Australia. Thoren became acquainted with the didgeridoo at […]

Library offers children’s storytime

The Agoura Hills Library will present children’s stories, music and art activities at 11 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday through March 12. The Tuesday storytimes are geared toward preschoolers ages 3 to 5; the Wednesday storytimes are for toddlers ages 1 to 3. The library is at 29901 Ladyface Court, Agoura Hills. For more information, call (818) 889-2278.

Agoura Hills announces upcoming programs

The city of Agoura Hills Department of Community Services announces upcoming events. Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place at the Agoura Hills Recreation Center, 30610 Thousand Oaks Blvd. •A women’s self-defense workshop will be taught 2 to 5 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26. Laura Cox, a second-degree black belt, will teach simple defensive techniques. The class costs $40. •Sy Rifkin […]

Calabasas man is new Masonic leader

Eduardo Estrada of Calabasas will be installed as Worshipful Master of Home Masonic Lodge No. 721 at 4 p.m. Sat., Jan. 26 at the lodge, 14750 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. Estrada, accompanied by his wife Natasha, will be elevated to the highest position in the lodge. He has been a mason for nearly 10 years. Estrada is the area manager […]