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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 12:05am
Dear Team #SaveLACougars:

What a week in #SaveLACougars land!

P22 Visits Los Feliz
I spent four hours on Monday evening following the live feed of P22—as many of you did as well. I did not get much sleep that night, but P22 proved once again he’s a pretty adaptable cat, and when given some space, simply disappeared back into the wilder areas of Griffith Park. I am even more impressed with this remarkable animal. Despite a large, noisy crowd shining lights, poking sticks, and shooting tennis balls at him, he did not make even one threatening gesture. This story also raced across the news, from Time Magazine to the BBC.



There was much that could have gone wrong during this incident, and miraculously didn’t, and I hope we’ll learn some lessons from it for the future. Once NPS researcher Jeff Sikich, who has studied P22 and collared him multiple times time showed up on scene, I breathed a sigh of relief. And P22 probably did as well :D

I am also trying to celebrate P22 and LA. High Country News interviewed me and just posted a really positive story on the whole incident, and described my philosophy: “Instead, she seized upon all that was good about the incident — how P-22’s homestay had refocused the spotlight on his marvelous existence, how the city and community had come out not in fear, but out of genuine curiosity and concern.”

One fun result? Our P22 Facebook page got over 500 new followers and counting!


P22 makes a new friend
Our thanks to Senator Fran Pavley and her staff for obtaining this great photo of P22 with director James Cameron and his wife Suzy at the celebration for Puerco Canyon being transferred to MRCA ownership. P22 also visited Disney’s employee fair last week and posed for many selfies.

Thanks for a successful Agoura Hills Library Event!
We had a standing room only crowd for the #SaveLACougars Festivity at the Agoura Hills Library! My thanks to Cim Castellon for asking me to talk, and her colleagues Nina Hull and Louis Celaya for setting this up. Awesome volunteers Julie Newsome, Kathi and George Coleman, Greg Randall and my staff person Leigh Wyman all helped make this a successful event! And Kathi’s artwork made for a wonderful offering and door prize.

Misc:
We’re developing a #SaveLACougars logo so we can begin using that for the campaign, and for a series of products to help with awareness and fundraising. As many of you have suggested we’ll use this on things like car decals, t-shirts and water bottles. We’ll also be using the #TeamP22 phrase on some items.

Please keep helping us recruit celebrities for our short video and/or selfies. Contact Leigh Wyman for more information WymanL@nwf.org

Upcoming Events: please help spread the word!

April 18: Help support the #SaveLACougars through our partner the Santa Monica Mountains Fund by shopping at Lassens in Thousand Oaks this Saturday.

April 25: Santa Monica Mountains SciFest, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at Paramount Ranch, Agoura Hills. Come meet P22! We’ll be there talking about the crossing and the research along with the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, and the National Park Service.

April 25: Getting There: A Wildlife Crossing Over the 101, artists reception and exhibit opening, 6:30 to 9:00 pm, G2 Gallery, Venice. This is a great exhibit with local artists showing wildlife that will benefit from the crossing. Proceeds benefit the #SaveLACougars campaign.

May 7, Mountain Lions of the Santa Monica Mountains Research and #SaveLACougars campaign update, G2 Gallery, Venice, 7:00 pm. Jeff Sikich, NPS biologist and I will be making a joint presentation.

That’s all for now!

PS: If any of you are in the Bay Area this Saturday or have friends in the Bay Area, I am the keynote speaker at the Earth Day celebration at the John Muir Historic Site in Martinez. Of course I’ll be talking about the crossing, and P22 will be in attendance for photos as well.

Take care,
Beth

Beth Pratt-Bergstrom,
California Director,
National Wildlife Federation

The #SaveLACougars campaign was founded by a partnership of the National Wildlife Federation and the Santa Mountain Mountains Fund, and is supported by a large coalition and community of organizations, businesses, individuals and elected officials.

Please consider a donation to help the #SaveLACougars campaign!

Email: prattb@nwf.org
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Friday, April 17th, 2015 at 12:02am
Artists open their studios on Saturday
By Stephanie Bertholdo
sbertholdo@theacorn.com
FINE ARTS—”Snow Prince” is a pastel by Kathi Colman, one of the many artists who will be featured in the Greater Conejo Valley Open Studio Tour this Saturday. Dozens of local artists will be showcasing their work during the 2015 Greater Conejo Valley Open Studio Tour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., April 18.
The tour will feature 150 artists from Agoura Hills, Westlake Village, Oak Park, Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park.
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The free program is sponsored by the Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council and the Thousand Oaks Cultural Affairs Commission Visual Arts Committee.
The self-guided tour will stop at various locations in the Conejo Valley. Registered participants can obtain free maps to all of the homes and venues that will be showcasing art.
A free continental breakfast will be served until 11:30 a.m.
The Westlake Village Art Guild will host the 2015 Student Juried Art Show at the Reyes Adobe Gallery, one of the stops in Agoura Hills. Conejo Valley high school juniors and seniors will showcase 240 pieces of art (2D and 3D fine art, color and monochrome photography) at the gallery.
Meadowbrook Senior Living will be open on the tour and will highlight 13 artists.
Frame Gallery will display the work of Fred Stone, a longtime resident of Old Agoura who has documented historic thoroughbred horse races for 36 years through paintings that feature a story behind each image. His subjects have included Seabiscuit and Secretariat. Some have called Stone the “most famous painter of horses in the world.”

Other stops include the studios of Dan Barton, Paz Winstein, Sheila Fein (with Helane Freeman), and Kathi Colman (with Patrice Irving and Helen Kamali).
Colman, also an Old Agoura resident, took up painting 24 years ago after raising her children.
“I ignored my natural artistic talents discovered by my high school art teacher until I finished raising my family,” Colman told The Acorn. “Then I turned to raising myself.”
Colman’s current passion is wildlife as she tries to call attention to the need for a new animal crossing over the 101 Freeway in Agoura Hills.
Artists David Deyell, Ron Souza, Lee Zimmerman, Priscilla Kromnick, Craig Morton, and Nurrit Avesar will have their work on exhibit at the new Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center.
In a special demonstration at the center, sculptor John Storojey will show how to sculpt by creating a likeness of artist and Cultural Arts Council member Craig Morton.
“I’m hoping John will use artistic license to make me look way better than I really do,” Morton joked.
Sheila Fein, a fantasy pop artist who will open her Santa Monica Mountain studio during the tour, said she will be displaying fantasy portraits and her Shoe Pop series that depicts what she calls “imaginative views of contemporary shoes” as well as a series on youth culture.
Illustrator and oil painter Helane Freeman, and oil painter Lou Joffred will join Fein at the studio.
Fein’s fantasy portraits have been celebrated nationally. The portrait of pre-inaugural President Bill Clinton hangs in his library in Arkansas.
In Westlake Village, JS Art & Design Center will be featuring the art of Jane Seymour and her son Sean M. Flynn.
Louisa Wallace Jacobs will open her Westlake Village studio for the tour.
Thirteen stops are planned for Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park. At the Thousand Oaks Community Center, the 2015 Open Juried Show will have 89 artists and 270 pieces of fine art on display, including mixed media, pastel and graphics, photo/digital, sculpture and 3D, and watercolor.
The studios of Esther and Ali Alinejad, Juliette Chayet Cole (with Alan Ronay), Bill Blackman, Annee Hahn, Theodora Ilowitz, Eva Svitek, Carmen Lamp, Shannon Lundberg, Jerry Sawitz, Connie Tunick, and Art Trek, will also be open on the tour.
The Palm Garden Hotel will show the work of Paul Abravaya, Janet Amiri, Geri Schonberg and Barbara Welch.
Five artists will be showcasing their art at The Reserve at Thousand Oaks.
Annette Power, Shannon Celia, Susan Ciufo, Wendy Gordin, Cindy Yeoman and Peggy Ludington will be showing their art at Framehouse.
Visitors can register for the free self-guided tour and obtain maps starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Agoura Hills Recreation and Event Center, 29000 Ladyface Court or at online at www.reyesadobeartgallery.com.
Participants can also register at Thousand Oaks Community Art Gallery at 2331-A Borchard Road, Newbury Park, or online at www.toartgallery.com.
Shuttle tours from both locations will also be provided (routes to be determined).
For more information, visit www.conejovalleyartgallery.com or email Craig Morton, Agoura Hills Cultural Arts Council, at craignmorton@sbcglobal.net or call (818) 991-6158.
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Thursday, April 16th, 2015 at 11:38pm
from our former mayors' website-
"Agoura Hills Tomorrow"

Liberty Canyon Annexation Settled. For Now.
Posted: 15 Apr 2015 11:30 AM PDT

Last year, our neighbor city of Calabasas filed an application with Los Angeles County to annex a strip of County-owned land on Agoura Hills’ eastern city limit at Liberty Canyon. This area is a key part of the planned wildlife crossing zone that has been proven to be vital to the ability of animals in the Santa Monica Mountains, including mountain lions, to cross the barrier of the 101 freeway and access genetic diversity and avoid inbreeding that has already been documented.

We had very serious concerns over the intention of Calabasas to put this area under their city’s planning control, including the potential for intensified commercial development in such a sensitive and vital area. Since the area at issue is bordered only by Agoura Hills residents, we believe it is unacceptable to have it under the control of a neighboring city, whose own population lives far from all impacts intensified development would create. The decision makers who oversee the area should be the representatives of the people who live there – our own elected city council working with the County.

The good news is that our new County Supervisor, Sheila Kuehl, who has a long record in the State Legislature of environmental protection, has stepped in. She worked with Calabasas, negotiating some issues of importance to them, which resulted in Calabasas agreeing to withdraw their application to annex. The area, at least for now, will remain under the control and protection of Los Angeles County -- a key partner with the City of Agoura Hills on the planned wildlife crossing. We want to publicly express our deepest gratitude to Supervisor Kuehl for listening and understanding the concerns of our residents, and taking swift action.

NOTE- You can subscribe to email updates from "Agoura Hills Tomorrow" online .
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 6:48pm
PLEASE NOTE-
Karen & David Albaum have updated their home concert event presenting Jay Friedman on Sat, April 25 at 7 pm
"Cancelled. To be rescheduled at a later date."
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Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.
Old Agoura Homeowners Assn.Monday, April 13th, 2015 at 5:07pm
WOW... This Saturday's OPEN STUDIO TOUR has mushroomed!

Now over ninety school students have joined in to exhibit at the Reyes Adobe Ranch (30400 Rainbow Crest Drive, Agoura Hills 91301) from 10-5:00, which brings our April 18th participating artists to almost 150!
This annual Student Show is sponsored by the Westlake Village Art Guild. If you cannot visit their exhibit during this Saturday art tour, try to make it to their award ceremony on April 24th from 4-7:00.
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