To commemorate its 25th anniversary, the City of Calabasas will kick off a series of celebratory events this weekend, June 24-26, including the Grand Opening of the newly constructed Calabasas Senior Center.
“We look forward to celebrating the 25th anniversary of Calabasas city-hood with a diverse series of events designed to include the many different segments within our community,” said Calabasas Mayor James R. Bozajian. “We hope to bring out a large number of people to help us commemorate this significant milestone in Calabasas history.”
Bozajian, who also wrote the forward for the newly released book Images of America: Calabasas by Cim Castellon, said it’s difficult to pinpoint just one significant historical event. “I have served on the City Council for nearly 20 years, and was born and raised in the local area,” he said. “I would say that undoubtedly incorporation was the most significant long-term achievement. But in my own writings, including those essays I compiled for our 25th anniversary booklet, I have discussed some of the key milestones in our history as I see them.”
Calabasas is one of the youngest cities in California (466th out of 482). “We are also the newest city in all of Los Angeles County–88 out of 88,” said Bozajian. “Although ‘Calabasas’ itself has been around for some 250 years by name, the city was only incorporated in 1991. There is a great sense within our community that–for better or worse–the city has matured exponentially in the past 25 years.”
Bozajian added, “With the passage of ‘only’ 25 years, we are fortunate to have a large number of people still around who helped build the infrastructure of our city government from the ground up. Many of them, including most past and present City Councilmembers, will be on hand for this weekend’s activities.”
Weekend of fun, history, music and celebration
The festivities get underway Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. at the Calabasas Library with the 25th Anniversary Reception, an evening of music and refreshments. Visitors will have the opportunity to explore the new Calabasas History Exhibit, “A Room with a City View” in the library, as well as meet with authors of historical books of Calabasas and the surrounding area. Books will be available to purchase and authors will be on hand to sign copies. The event is free, and no reservations are required.
On Saturday, June 25 at 10 a.m., there will be the official ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the Grand Opening of the Calabasas Senior Center. Everyone is welcome to help City leaders usher in a new era with the 9,500 square foot, Gold LEED building. Light refreshments and tours follow the ceremony while next door at the Calabasas Library, attendees can sign up for the Summer Reading Program and enjoy an interactive Hip Hop dance program for all ages. This event is also free, with no reservations required.
Also on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, local Scout troops will be on hand at the Civic Center to hold a Food and School Supply Drive benefitting the West Valley Food Pantry and schools in need. Remember to bring non-perishable food items and/or school supplies such as pencils, crayons, glue sticks, erasers, loose leaf paper, rulers, or three ring binders. Everyone who makes a donation will receive a free collector’s item 25th Anniversary pin.
On Saturday, June 25 and Sunday, June 26, join former mayors and city historians on the Calabasas Jolly Trolley for a free tour of City landmarks and historical sites. From legendary frontier town of the Wild West to cinematic backdrop of Hollywood’s finest movies and television shows, Calabasas has a rich and storied past, and this is your chance to see where it all happened. A comprehensive 3 hour tour leaves each day at 11 a.m., while a “family friendly” version of the tour leaves each day at 3 p.m. and includes a walking tour of Old Town Calabasas. The tours are free, but reservations are required. Call 818-224-1600 for details and to reserve your seats.
On Sunday, June 26 at 6 p.m. the City’s birthday bash will come to a rocking conclusion with a 25th Anniversary Sun Sets Concert featuring the disco beat of the band “Boogie Nights” at Calabasas Lake. Admission is free. Visit www.cityofcalabasas.com/sunsets.html for details on parking, shuttles, seating and more.
For more information on the City’s 25th anniversary and events, visit http://www.cityofcalabasas.com/25th.html