4th of July in Calabasas

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Calabasas 4th of July Celebration

By: Mickey Nathans

Start the day with the lake side fun races along Calabasas Lake where there will be a 2 & 4 mile run, 2 mile walk and ½ & ¼ mile races for youth. Races are $15 for kids 17 yrs & younger and $20 for adults. The first race starts at 7:45 AM and will be followed by the Pet Show at 11:00 at Calabasas Lake on the greenbelt.

Spend the afternoon at the Summer Splash Party from 11:00 AM to 5:30 PM at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center. There will be free swimming & games.

The fireworks spectacular will be held at Calabasas High School. Gates open at 5:00 PM and fireworks begin at 9:00 PM. Tickets includes DJ, Family fun Zone, Live Stage Show plus spectacular fireworks! $11 per person – kids under 2 free. Parking for ticket holders on site – first come – first serve. Purchase advance tickets at the Calabasas Tennis & Swim Center (818-222-2782) or De Anza Park (818-880-6461).

So if you are looking for a fun filled July 4th – CALABASAS IS THE PLACE TO BE!!!!

Free Couch Pick Up Calabasas


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By: Mickey Nathans

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On Saturday, April 16, 2011, there will be a free bulky item pick-up by Waste Management for Calabasas residents ONLY. Furniture, mattresses, carpet, refrigerators and other appliances can be picked up by appointment only.

Appointments must be made by noon on Friday, April 15, 2011 with Waste Management by calling (800) 675-1171.

For more information about the bulky item pick-up, please contact the Environmental/IGR Division at (818) 224-1600.

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What the heck is this?


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By: Barbara Lipkin

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Everywhere you go, they are popping up. Walking through the mall on a shop window, looking at an ad in the newspaper, receiving an ad in the mail. What are they? Called quick response codes, they are the barcodes for the digital age but they convey far more information & can be scanned by consumers with smartphones to open a web page, play a video or even place a call.

The technology has been around for years but only recently embraced probably because smart phones have gotten smarter. In 2009, 80,000 scans were recorded per month. Now that number has soared to 2 million a month.

They are the hottest new tool of mobile advertising. They are cheap & you can put them anywhere including the back of a stadium seat. Home Depot customers get on the spot access to how-to guides & videos. Real estate companies, such as Sotheby’s, uses them on the front of their office, in their mailings & even on signs. They are a perfect complement to a brochure where you can then view the video.

Consumer awareness still lags behind. Only 5% of the total smartphone owners in the US have scanned QR’s. However, it is on a sharp curve upward. Lady Gaga has partnered with Starbucks for a promotion that’s triggered by scanning QR’s on signs in the coffee shop. Some trendy bars are putting them on drink glasses. Even a tattoo parlor owner inked QR codes into customers. This way, they don’t have to devote a quarter of their body for listing their family members.

Sometimes, there is lag time. At the El Capital Theater in Hollywood recently, dozens of 20 & 30 somethings lined up to see the latest “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Placards passed through the crowd urged patrons to scan the large QR on them. Those who did would get free popcorn. No one took out a phone. As one young woman said, what the heck is this?

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Carmageddon

Residents and visitors are urged to completely avoid the freeway area on July 16-17 when a 10-mile stretch will be shut for construction work.

By: Patte Gilbert

Courtesy of patch.com/Paul Chavez

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City and county politicians joined public safety and transportation officials at a news conference Monday morning to alert motorists about a planned 10-mile, 53-hour closure of the heavily traveled 405 freeway in mid-July.

Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl inadvertently underscored the importance of planning ahead by getting stuck in traffic and arriving a half hour late for the rush-hour news conference held at the Skirball Cultural Center adjacent to the bustling interstate.

“Anybody who would decide to have a press conference on the 405 at 9 o’clock in the morning is trying to make a point,” Villaraigosa said. “And the point is there’s gridlock on the 405 at virtually any time of the day, but particularly during the rush hour. And, if you think it’s bad now, let me just make something absolutely clear. On July 16 and 17, it will be an absolute nightmare and that’s why we’re asking the public to plan ahead, to avoid the area, to not go on the 405, or anywhere close, during that period of time.”

Villaraigosa and other officials hammered home a consistent message to plan ahead, avoid the area or stay home.

Construction crews for the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project plan to demolish half of the Mulholland Bridge in the Sepulveda Pass in mid-July in order to build a new, wider bridge and a car pool lane on the freeway. The demolition is part of a $1 billion project to add a 10-mile northbound carpool lane that will complete the carpool lane network between Orange County and the San Fernando Valley.

Ramps along the 10-mile closure between Interstate 10 and Highway 101 will begin to shut down as early as 7 p.m. on Friday, July 15, and the closure of freeway lanes will begin at 10 p.m. to ensure full freeway closure by midnight. The freeway will remain closed until 5 a.m. Monday morning, July 18, and all ramps and connectors will be reopened by 6 a.m. Officials said they chose to close the freeway over a weekend to minimize inconvenience to weekday working commuters.

The stretch of freeway that will be closed in mid-July has been rather infamous over the years. For example, O.J. Simpson’s white Ford Bronco took the 405′s Sunset Boulevard exit during his widely televised 1994 police chase; UCLA students in 1966 blocked the 405′s northbound lanes at Wilshire Boulevard to protest a decision to send the University of Southern California’s football team to the Rose Bowl, and comedian Bill Cosby’s son, Ennis Cosby, was shot and killed in January 1997 near a Sepulveda Pass freeway exit after his car got a flat tire.

Roughly 500,000 vehicles travel along this stretch of the 405 during a typical weekend in July, and everyone should try to avoid the area to help ease the expected gridlock, Villaraigosa said.

“They’re calling this ‘carmageddon’ and our objective is to prove all the predictors wrong and it doesn’t need to be a ‘carmageddon,’ ” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

He echoed Villaraigosa by repeating that there were no alternative routes open to drivers.

“The best alternative route is to totally avoid the 405 area, completely avoid it, don’t come anywhere near it, don’t even think about coming to it, stay the heck out of here,” Yaroslavsky said.

Yaroslavsky has represented the area for 36 years and said he knows every shortcut.

“Not one of them is going to work on the weekend of the 15, 16 and 17th,” he said.

City Councilmen Paul Koretz and Rosendahl, who represent areas surrounding the freeway, also urged motorists to avoid the 405.

“Stay the hell away,” Koretz said.

“Folks, just grab your calendar and put an ‘X’ on [July] 15, 16 and 17 and don’t come to this side of town to get over the hill one way or another,” Rosendahl said.

Motorists who must drive through the Greater Los Angeles area should use alternative freeways within the region to bypass the closed area. Traffic conditions on local streets and freeways are expected to be severe with multi-hour delays. Sepulveda Boulevard, which is normally an alternative to the 405, will be open to local residents only.

The California Highway Patrol, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department, Caltrans, Metrolink and Metro also had representatives at the news conference and have been working together to get the word out, including the use ofFacebook and Twitter.

“Everyone is going to be impacted,” said Richard Katz, chairman of the regional rail service Metrolink. “The point we can’t stress enough is that it’s not just the area around the 405. It’s literally from Santa Barbara to San Diego to Antelope Valley and places beyond. If people come to visit their relatives, Metrolink wants to send the message that if you have to travel, we provide an alternative to get you out of your car.”

Metrolink will add additional trains in the Antelope Valley area and between Los Angeles and Orange counties, Katz said.

Caltrans will let drivers know about the closure in advance through its freeway message signs with advisories extending all the way to Northern California, said Michael Miles, Caltrans District 7 director.

“It’s going to be a real horrendous weekend. You need to really plan your trips and think about what you need to do and stay away,” Miles said. “A barbecue would be good that weekend.”

Police officers will escort fire trucks to the area if they’re needed during the closure period and evacuation plans have been made in the case of a wildfire, officials said.

The 405 is a major thoroughfare to Los Angeles International Airport and Friday night and Monday morning are some of the airport’s busiest times for passengers and workers, said Jacqueline Yaft, deputy director of operations and emergency at Los Angeles World Airports, which operates LAX.

One of the airport’s chief goals is to ensure that its 20,000 weekend employees make it to work on time so passengers won’t encounter delays due to lack of staff, Yaft said. The airport also will have to let the 170,000 daily passengers know about the freeway closure, including 52,000 international passengers, Yaft said.

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'Shred-it' in Calabasas

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Shred your sensitive papers

By: Patte Gilbert

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On June 11th, bring all your unwanted personal documents and enjoy a free purging of files. Shred-it mobile shredding trucks will be set up for your convenience free of charge. The event will also host representatives that will offer ways to protect yourself from identity theft. Go to http://shredit.com/Home.aspx for more information.

9am – 2pm
100 Civic Center Way
Calabasas CA 91302

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The Nataline Sarkisyan Foundation


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By: Kenny Melcombe

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Many know the Nataline Sarkisyan Foundation was created in hopes of one day honoring Nataline with the fashion show she always wished to hold. A Leukemia victim, Nataline lost her chance to continue fighting the disease after CIGNA denied her coverage. I used to work with Nataline’s mom at Prudential California Realty years ago.  With their work they have done for insurance reform, I hope that sharing their story will save more lives in the future.

In her memory, Nataline’s fashion dream lives on through a fundraising event that takes place every July. This fundraising event is coming to Calabasas at Mercedes-Benz Show room on July 9th. Do not miss it.

Nataline your dream wont be forgotten!

http://www.natalinesarkisyan.com/

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Kenny Melcombe

Kenneth Melcombe, estate agent and licensed broker at Ewing & Associates Sotheby's International Realty represents buyers and sellers. He specializes in representing residential real estate properties throughout the San Fernando Valley and beyond.

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Development on Las Virgenes and Agoura Rd

The messenger project in Calabasas

By: Tammy Sue Roberts

Las Virgenes and Agoura Road

Las Virgenes and Agoura Road

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A development for the intersection of Las Virgenes and Agoura Roads has been proposed for the city of Calabasas. The 77.5 acres is being considered for what Calabasas is calling, The Messenger Project, with plans to allocate 2.5 acres for commercial uses, half an acre for senior affordable housing (8 units), 4.7 acres for multi-family residential units (75 townhome units), 15 acres for single family residential units (75 units), 54 acres of dedicated open space and 0.7 acres for public streets. The development on Las Virgenes and Agoura road would also include remediation of an ancient landslide on the southern portion of the project site.

As part of the initial development process, the Calabasas Messenger Project requires an Environmental Impact Report.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) was released in May and a public comment period on the NOP lasts until June 10, 2011. More information can be found at http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/projects/messenger.html.

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Power Yoga in Calabasas


A great Yoga studio in Calabasas

By: Jeff Biebuyck calabasas yoga charity event

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As most Yoga goers know, not all Yoga is good Yoga. That’s why I had to write something positive about Power Yoga in Calabasas on Mulholland Hwy. Calabasas Power Yoga is derived from the vinyasa flow of ashtanga yoga practice. And with the help of instructor Jill Kennedy, this is an unforgettable class.

For those of you that haven’t tried Yoga, it is amazing full body workout, but focuses on the core. Power Yoga leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and puts you in a relaxed state of mind. Instructor Jill Kennedy says, “If I can help everyone connect to something that feels good for them, then I’m doing what I’m here to do.”

The Calabasas Power Yoga studio is a clean facility with a friendly atmosphere full of great people. There is also a charity event they are sponsoring a charity event which can be seen in the photo here. Go to http://www.innerpoweryoga.net for more information.

Power Yoga holds classes on Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Classes cost $17 per class, $150 for a 10-class voucher or $350 for a 24-class voucher. Inner Power Yoga is located at 22233 Mulholland Hwy.

EwingSIR does not guarantee information contained in this blog, readers are encouraged not to rely solely on this information and to do their own independent research of facts contained herein. Blog information was obtained from independent sources that we do not endorse, and we do not investigate this information for accuracy.

Jeff Biebuyck

Jeffery Biebuyck, Branch Manager of the Sherman Oaks Ewing & Associates Sotheby's International Realty Office, oversees all office operations, expansions, and new agent recruitment. Jeff thrives on using his talented and creative mind to help agents focus on their business and achieve success.

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Eco Workshop at Sotheby's Sherman Oaks


Eco event with Ed Begley Jr.
Wednesday, May 25 at 5:30pm

By: Jeff Biebuyck

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This event was designed for agents to invite their clients to a nice evening of light fare, wine and mingling with other eco-minded people. We are fortunate enough to have Ed Begley Jr. address some of our communities most environmentally pertinent issues alongside 4 leading green companie Blue Homes, REAS, Cyber Rain and ESD. Please take this opportunity to stay top of mind amongst your clients by inviting them to this stimulating event. Please share this event with anyone interest in eco friendly living.

Eco Workshop with ed begley jr

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Jeff Biebuyck

Jeffery Biebuyck, Branch Manager of the Sherman Oaks Ewing & Associates Sotheby's International Realty Office, oversees all office operations, expansions, and new agent recruitment. Jeff thrives on using his talented and creative mind to help agents focus on their business and achieve success.

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Ewing and Associates Sotheby’s exposes listing to Chinese community

Encino listing on Caimeiju

Our Encino listing shown on Caimeiju

By: Stephen Roesler

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In an attempt to expand our global digital reach, Ewing and Associates recently hired Angela Wong, Director of Marketing/Asia. Trilingual in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, Angela maintains relationships with some of the most influential industry leaders in China. With her focus on overseas clientele, Angela recognized the need to market to Chinese buyers via popular Chinese websites. With her help, Ewing and Asscociates Sotheby’s Intl. Realty teamed up with Caimeiju to promote select listings to the steadily growing market of Chinese buyers.

Caimeiju, a real estate marketing agency that shares listings with Chinese investors, promotes listings on Chinese search engines and utilizes Chinese social media sites, helps Ewing and Associates offer a unique service to its agents. Knowing that Chinese buyers aren’t privy to same search results that are available in the U.S., Caimeiju helps us promote our newest Calabasas, Encino, Sherman Oaks and Studio City homes on a venue that is largely under utilized in the real estate world. With the help of Caimeiju, Ewing and Associates captures Chinese buyers and uniquely handles them with the help of our very skilled and educated Angela Wong.

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