December 8, 2016

Dateline - By Lee Kelly


The most comprehensive, widely-read, and up-to-date listing of scheduled events in and around the Canyon


Civic Agenda   •   Topanga Events   •  Canyon Sages   •  Faith Gatherings   •  On the Town   •  Announcements


Civic Agenda









C.E.R.T. MEETING

The Topanga Community Emergency Response Team will meet at 7pm at the Topanga Library Community Room, Thursday, December 1. Trained and untrained volunteers are welcome. Email Coleman Garside, cert90290@gmail.com, for further info.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOARD MEETING

The Topanga Historical Society will hold their monthly board meeting at their office location, upstairs at Pine Tree Circle, 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, on Monday, December 5. The meeting will commence at 7:30pm. Board meetings are open to the public.

ACCESS CARDS

New applicants apply in person at Seed & Feed by calling Lindsay at 310/455-3635. Renewals can apply online at http://shop.topangatowncouncil.org/.

T-CEP HOTLINE

For updated information during a disaster contact the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) at 310/455-3000 or on the web at www.t-cep.org.


Topanga Events



THURS DEC 1

Miss Alice Dance Class, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, ages 6 - 8 from 2- 2:50pm, ages 3-5 from 3-3:45pm, dancewithmissalice.com.

Spanish Conversation group, practice with other intermediate & advanced speakers, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, adults, 5pm, 310/455-3480.

Topanga Cub Scouts Pack 24, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 6:30 pm, 310/455-1980.

FRI DEC 2

Certified Farmers' Market, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 9am - 1pm, topangafarmersmarket@gmail.com.

Knitting Group/Sewing Circle, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 10am - 12 noon, adults, all levels welcome, ongoing on Fridays, bring something to work on or contact karen.dannenbaum@gmail.com. Sewing Circle folks email sagestitcher@gmail.com.

Friday Vigils for Peace, Pine Tree Circle, 120

S Topanga Cyn Blvd, 4:30 - 5:30pm, optional social at Abuelitas afterward, debbieinla@outlook.com.

TPA Documentary Night, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 7:15pm snack, 7:30 film, $10 donation requested, bring potluck cheese/veggies, no alcohol, for info email DebbieinLA@outlook.com.

SAT DEC 3

Help disadvantaged families and vets. Bring new or like new household items, books & stuffed toys to Topanga Women's Circle bin, Pine Tree Circle (near Canyon Gourmet), 120 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 9-10:30am, Saturdays except for high heat, rain or holidays. Please, no clothing. Don't leave items unless a volunteer is there to assist you, www.topangawomenscircle.org.

Open Day: Sun & Moon Temple Ceremonies, 20845 Cheney Drive, drop-in 11am-7pm, ceremonies at 5:30pm, refreshments, 310/422-6497.

SUN DEC 4

Audubon Bird Walk, Topanga State Park, bring binocs, hat, water, snack, etc, 2.5hrs, 8am, 310/455-1401.

MON DEC 5

No Children's Organic Garden in December.

Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 12noon-1:15pm, melaniekareemdance@gmail.com, meets most Mondays.

TUES DEC 6

Teen Tuesdays, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 4pm, activities for ages 12-18 yrs.

FRI DEC 9

Holiday Party hosted by COC, Mountain Mermaid, 6:30-10pm, $65, hors d'oeuvres, wine/beer, music & more, topangachamber.org.

Topanga Nutcracker Ballet, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 7:30pm, $15 all seats, tickets at Mimosa, Canyon Gourmet or cast member, 310/455-3939. Sells out fast!

SAT DEC 10

Topanga Nutcracker Ballet, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 7:30pm, $15 all seats, tickets at Mimosa, Canyon Gourmet or cast member, 310/455-3939. Sells out fast!

Get Your Hippie On, Topanga Creek Courtyard in the Old Center, 1 - 6pm, music, face painting, hair braiding, candle crafting & much more.

SUN DEC 11

Topanga Nutcracker Ballet, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 2pm, $15 all seats, get tickets Mimosa, Canyon Gourmet or cast member, 310/455-3939. Sells out fast!

TUES DEC 13

NAMI Support Group, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 6-7:30. Meets every 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month.

WED DEC 14

Chamber of Commerce Breakfast Mixer, Inn of the 7th Ray, 128 Old Topanga Cyn Rd, 8am, 310/455-0790.

FRI DEC 16

Family Holiday Party, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 5-8:30pm, free, arts & crafts, Santa & Mrs Claus & more.

SAT DEC 17

Topanga's Potluck Holiday Gathering, Pine Tree Circle, 120 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 5-8pm, snow, Santa, entertainment, caroling & fun, PLEASE bring a big potluck dish to share.


Canyon Sages



All calendar events listed here, unless otherwise stated, take place at the Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd. Classes, though geared for seniors, are open to everyone unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships are available. For more information on classes and membership call 310/455-1319 or check out the Canyon Sages website and calendar at www.canyonsages.com.

PLEASE NOTE: Some classes held at the Community House may be canceled or relocated due to occasional conflicts with Community Club programs. Check with the instructors ahead of scheduled classes.

FRI DEC 2

Track Walk, Community House Ball Field Track, 9am, walk at your own pace around the outer edge of the field, free & ongoing, open to all ages.

Combined Knitting Group & Sewing Circle, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 10am-12 noon, adults only, all levels welcome, ongoing on Fridays, free. Bring something to work on. Knitters contact karen.dannenbaum@gmail.com. For Sewing Circle email sagestitcher@gmail.com.

Singing Salon will meet in a private home, 7pm, gmsjohnson2002@yahoo.com for details.

SUN DEC 4

Buff Bones with Lisa Levinson, 9:30-11am, $6 Sages only, ongoing, bring mat & weights, lisablevinson@gmail.com.

SAGES HOLIDAY DINNER, turkey with all the trimmings, entertainment, free for all Topanga seniors of any age, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, festivities begin at 4pm,sponsored by the Canyon Sages and the Community Club along with volunteers from the community. Please reserve your place, karen.dannenbaum@gmail.com. Call 310/738-0100 if you can bring a pie.

MON DEC 5

Cancelled or relocated: Tai Chi/Yang Style 24 with Jackie Safonov, 9:30-10:30am, $6, ongoing. Sages sponsored, but open to all ages, topangataichi@gmail.com. Back next week.

Cancelled or relocated: Spanish for Beginners with Bill Flaxman, 11am-12:30pm, $6/class, for information email williamflaxmanphd@mac.com. Back next week.

Cancelled: Beading Class with Joan Hoch, topanga90290@live.com. Last class next week.

TUES DEC 6

Computer Club with John Coffer, 1-2:30pm, ongoing, free. Email John at jgcoffer@gmail.com for today's location.

Meditation, 3:30-5pm, various private homes, often led by Ron Sharrin on SKYPE, sign up at gmsjohnson2002@yahoo.com.

WED DEC 7

Cancelled today only - QiGong with Jackie Safonov. Back next week, 9:30-10:30am, $6, ongoing, Sages sponsored, open to all ages, topangataichi@gmail.com.

THURS DEC 8

Book Club Holiday Potluck, Library Community Room, 12noon-1:30pm. Bring any holiday type book, story, etc to share. The January 12 selection will be "Salt: A World History" by Mark Kurlansky. For more info contact Janice at bojanice@verizon.net.

WED DEC 14

SAGES VOLUNTEER MEETING

The Topanga Sages Volunteers will meet in the Community Room at the Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd on Wednesday, December 14 at 2:30pm. Volunteers are always needed. Please join us.

THURS DEC 15

Sages Cooking Class, Mediterranean themed meal with chef/author Susy Sulami in a private home, $20, Palellaa@aol.comfor possible cancellations on this filled class.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Singing Salon meets monthly on Fridays from 7-9pm in private homes. A $5 donation for accompanist is asked for. Space is limited. Contact Michele at 310/455-1319.

Spanish for Intermediates/Advanced is taught by Bill Flaxman. Email him at

A new Cooking Club will start shortly. Folks who are interested in developing the format please email Andrea at williamflaxmanphd@mac.comPalellaa@aol.com.

Uber for seniors may be contacted by dialing 800/522-1516 to set up a service agreement, then call that number when you need a ride. The company (24HrHomeCare) calls Uber & lets you know the driver's name & arrival time. After the ride the client is billed, credit or debit card, the normal

Uber fee + $5 for setting up & billing the ride.

For info on County services for seniors go to LA County Area Agency on Aging to see what services are available: http://css.lacounty.gov/programs/area-agency-on-aging/ or call 800/510-2020. The elder Abuse hotline is 877/477/3646.

The new Calabasas Senior Center is open. They have many activities of interest to Sages.For info on activities and fees go to www.calabasasseniorcenter.com or call 818/880-6461 to request a catalog.

For info on upcoming daytrips & travel for seniors contact Simi Valley Senior Center at 805/583-6363, the Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks at 805-381-2744, ONEgeneration at 818/708-6604, Calabasas Savvy Seniors at 818/880-6461, Malibu Senior Center at 310/456-2489, X357 and City of Agoura Hills Community Services at 818/597-7361.

Note: Canyon Sages, Topanga's organization for seniors of any age, is under the sponsorship of the Topanga Community Club. All seniors are welcome and membership is free.


Faith Gatherings



FRIDAYS

Chabad Services with Shabbat Dinner, call for information, 310/455-1597.

SATURDAYS

Shabbat Services with Kiddush Lunch & Torah Discussion, Chabad, 1459 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 10am, 310/455-1597, every Saturday.

SUNDAYS

Worship Service, Topanga Christian Fellowship, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 10:30 am, 310/455-1048, every Sunday.

WEDNESDAYS

Torah Class with Kabbalah for men & women, Chabad, 1459 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 7-8pm, 310/455-1597, every Wednesday.

NOTE: Info on where to find Special Religious Events/Holiday programs will be listed in the Annoucements section of the Dateline when applicable.

/ On-going Meetings /

Al-Anon meeting, Inn of the Seventh Ray, 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 12 noon, every Tuesday.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 8 pm, every Tuesday. Does not meet on election days.

Alcoholics Anonymous Open Big Book Study, Topanga Christian Fellowship, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 6-7pm, every Sunday.

Alcoholics Anonymous Step-Study meeting, Topanga Christian Fellowship, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 7:30-8:30pm, every Friday.

Cocaine Anonymous, Corbin Bowl, 19616 Ventura Blvd at Corbin, upstairs, 7-8 pm, Tuesdays, or join the AA meeting at the CH.

Debtors Anonymous BDA meeting, Topanga Christian Fellowship, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 7:30-8:30 am, www.socalda.org, every Tuesday.

Narcotics Anonymous, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 7:30 pm, every Monday. Does not meet on Memorial Day.

Overeaters Anonymous, Woodland Hills United Methodist Church, 5650 Shoup Avenue, Woodland Hills, 7:30-8:45 pm, every Monday.


On the Town



THURS DEC 1

Pepperdine Choir & Orchestra Christmas Concert, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 7:30pm, $10, 310/506-4522.

Live Band Karaoke, Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Rd, Calabasas, 8:30-11:30pm, every Thursday, 818/222-6062.

FRI DEC 2

"The SantaLand Diaries" Santa Monica Playhouse, The Other Space, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, 8pm, $29.50, reservations necessary, 310/394-9779, X1. Also plays Saturdays & Sundays, different times. Same schedule thru December 18.

Ragtime: The Musicals, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 Los Angeles Avenue, Simi, 8pm, $25, $22 & $18, 805/583-7900. Also plays Saturday & Sunday, different times.

SAT DEC 3

Introduction to Mountain Biking Skills, Malibu Creek State Park, open to anyone 10 years or older, kids must be accompanied by legal guardian, helmets mandatory, multigeared ATB-style bike preferred, 4 hrs, 8:45am sharp, 805/558-1606.

E-Waste Round-up, Albertsons parking lot, 26521 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, 10am-3pm.

"All About Santa," family musical, The Other Space at Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, 2pm, $15 & $12.50, reservations necessary, 310/394-9779, X2. Also plays Sunday, 12:30pm. Same schedule thru December 18.

"How to Love a Republican," Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, 7pm, $29.50, reservations necessary, 310/394-9779, X1. Also plays Sunday, 3pm. Same schedule thru December 18.

SUN DEC 4

"Author! Author! - an evening with Sholom Aleichem," musical comedy, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 4th Street, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $29.50, reservations necessary, 310/394-9779, X1.

Ukeleleist Jake Shimabukuro, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 7pm, $25-$55, 310/506-4522.

MON DEC 5

Pepperdine Jazz Ensemble, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 7:30pm, free, 310/506-4522.

Rosetti Piano Quartet presented by The Music Guild, University Synagogue, 11960 Sunset Blvd at Saltair, Brentwood, 8pm, $46-$58, 310/558-3500.

TUES DEC 6

A Rockapella Holiday, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 8pm, $22-$45, 310/506-4522.

THURS DEC 8

Blues Singer Robert Cray, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 8pm, $40-$70, 310/506-4522.

FRI DEC 9

The Chamber Orchestra, Choir & Soloists of St Matthews, St Matthews Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave, Pacific Palisades, 8pm, $35, 310/573-7421.

"It's a Wonderful Life - The Radio Play," Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E Los Angeles Ave, Simi, 8pm, 805/583-7900. Plays various dates & times thru December 23.

SAT DEC 10

Paint-Out at Malibu Creek State Park sponsored by the Allied Artists of the SM Mtns & Seashore, 1925 Las Virgenes Rd, Calabasas, 818/397-1576 for time. Parking fee $3/hr.

SUN DEC 11

Kids' Singalong with Emily Arrow, Courtyard at Diesel A Book Store, 225 26th Street, Ste #33, Santa Monica, 3pm, 310/476-9960.

SAT DEC 17

E-Waste Round-up, El Camino parking lot, 23381 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, 10am-3pm.


Announcements



Topanga Canyon Gallery Holiday Show at the Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, #109 continues thru January 5.

LA Co Forestry Nursery provides free oak seedlings. Call 818/222-1108 for more info.

Year-round Beach Bus Service hotline is 888/769-1122 or www.ladpw.org/PDD/beach_bus/.

Colleen Carroll is a Certified Yoga Therapist in the canyon who offers Yoga Therapy for fitness as well as recovery and prevention. Colleen specializes in working with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, MS, Stroke and Alzheimer's. For more info call her at 310-702-0214 or e-mail her at Colleen@SoundYogaStudio.com.

The Benjamin Center Cancer Support Community in West LA offers support groups, mind/body classes, a variety of workshops, social activities, counseling & more. Go to www.cancersupportcommunitybenjamincenter.org.

Dog, Cat, Horse & Bird Caregiver Deborah Arthur is available to tend to your best friends when you have to leave them home. Deb loves all animals and is also skilled in caring for parrots and other birds. Call her at 310/455-2436. Excellent references.

Urban Wilderness First Aid Classes are available in Topanga. Go to urbanwildernesssurvival.com.

The California Turtle & Tortoise Club meets at 7:30pm every 3rd Friday of the month at the Woodland Hills Christian Church, 5920 Shoup, Woodland Hills. Check it out at www.tortoise.org.

For Safe Drug Disposal use the drop box at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, 27050 Agoura Road, Agoura.

Operation Blankets of Love needs bedding for animals. Contact Sue Pencall at Jbasgrandma@aol.com.

Californians with disabilities can get free phones with helpful features. Call 855/546-7800.

Seniors 62+ are no longer allowed free daytime parking at the beaches on Monday - Friday. Instead they will receive a special pass by paying a $25 fee. Send a copy of your driver's license and auto registration along with a check for $25 to Dept of Beaches & Harbors, 13837 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Your pass will arrive, along with a list of participating lots, in about 2 weeks.

Park fire closure information is available at 805/488-1847. Call if you are planning a visit to any park on a hot, windy day.

RCD Biologists can help you keep your garden green. Call 818/597-8627 to schedule a home visit.

Training on show horses and show ponies is the expertise of Topangan Jill Waldron who offers beginning riding and cart driving lessons in the canyon for children and adults. She also teaches proper care, grooming, feeding and cleaning as well as how to tack up, take care of tack and how to buy equipment. Call Jill at 310/455-1185 for details.

Used Motor Oil can be recycled at the Malibu County Maintenance Yard, 23533 Civic Center Way, Malibu, Monday thru Friday from 7am - 4pm. It is illegal to throw it in your trash.

If you need an E-Waste place near to Topanga, the Goodwill Donation Center in Pacific Palisades is open daily from 8:30am - 5pm at 532 Palisades Drive in Palisades Highland Plaza located in Pacific Palisades off of Sunset Blvd across from the Self Realization Center. Call Beverly at 310/573-4024 with any questions.

The Topanga Survival Guide is currently accessible from the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (t-cep), at www.t-cep.org.

Editor's note: If you have an item for consideration in the Dateline, please submit it by the deadline shown above. It is Messenger policy to list items of public interest which are free or which benefit a non-profit organization. Humanitarian benefits will also be considered. Private business events are listed on a one time basis if they are "one of a kind," low in cost, and space allows. Some ongoing events of high interest to the community will be listed continually at the discretion of the editor. To be certain that your event receives coverage in the paper you are advised to take out an ad.


Civic Agenda   •   Topanga Events   •  Canyon Sages   •  Faith Gatherings   •  On the Town   •  Announcements


Editor's note: If you have an item for consideration in the Dateline, please submit it by the deadline shown above. It is Messenger policy to list items of public interest which are free or which benefit a non-profit organization. Humanitarian benefits will also be considered. Private business events are listed on a one time basis if they are "one of a kind," low in cost, and space allows. Some ongoing events of high interest to the community will be listed continually at the discretion of the editor. To be certain that your event receives coverage in the paper you are advised to take out an ad.