September 18, 2014

Local Coastal Program Passed by L.A. County Board of Supervisors

 While final approval of the Local Coastal Program (LCP) was anticipated by those supporting it, the atmosphere in the Board of Supervisors meeting room on August 26 became tense as opponents of the plan made their case and asked for a modification on the LCP’s ban on new vineyards. The plan is one of Los Angeles’ longest-running battles to protect the pristine environment of the Santa Monica Mountains in 80 square miles of sensi… [Read More...]

PDSMM Celebrates Nine Years of Progressive Action

 Rep. Henry Waxman, Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, candidates Sheila Kuehl and Ted Lieu, Theatricum Botanicum’s Ellen Geer and Robert Scheer of Truthdig helped the PDSMM celebrate its efforts working for progressive change. As a lovely breeze cooled the canyons, more than 100 people gathered for the 9th Annual Birthday Party for the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains (PDSMM). PDSMM president Dorothy Reik ho… [Read More...]

Distinguished Gentlemen’s Motorcycle Ride Against Prostate Cancer, Sept. 28

 Gentlemen, start your engines! For one day a year thousands of Distinguished Gentlemen (and genteel ladyfolk) in hundreds of cities worldwide press their cravats, starch their tweed and sit astride their classic-styled motorcycles to raise funds for prostate cancer research and awareness. There are 232 rides in 55 countries all scheduled to ride at the same time on the same day. More than 1,300 men a day die of prostate cancer w… [Read More...]

September Events at Topanga Library

 Wednesdays and Fridays through September 19 at 10:15 a.m.—Toddler Storytime. Joins us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more! Playtime immediately follows storytime. Saturday, September 13 at 11 a.m.—Russian Literature Group. Join our welcoming group as we explore Russia's long and fascinating literary culture. Open to adults. This month's readings are the play Uncle Vanya, and short stories "Gooseberries" and "Lady with the Dog" by An… [Read More...]

TCC Square Dance, September 19

 The next Topanga Community Club Square Dance is scheduled for Friday, September 19 at 7:30 p.m. The June event was really fun and everyone found the timing worked well, since it's a not a dinner event. There will be a tasty dessert bake sale again and cash bar with Sangria, wine, beer and water. Tickets are $10 for adults; $5 for kids 5-18; kids under 5 are free. We look forward to seeing you all at the hoe down! The TCC is located at 1440 N. … [Read More...]

First Fiddle & Griddle Camp Out at TCC Worthy of S’more!­­

 More than 30 Topanga Community Club member families came together on August 23 for the inaugural Fiddle & Griddle family overnight camp out on the TCC ball field. Families pitched tents, visited with friends, played games and sang campfire songs late into the night. Bodhi Gorman, age 4, experienced a few firsts at the camp out, including his first s’more and first night sleeping in a tent. “The things I liked most about ca… [Read More...]

Topanga Days Donates to Veterans Organizations

 Following the 41st annual Topanga Days Fundraiser for the Topanga Community Club (TCC), the Topanga Days Committee and Club leaders have fulfilled their promise to donate a portion of ticket sales to veterans’ groups. Embodying the meaning of Memorial Day weekend, the Club donated $1 from the sale of each regularly priced Memorial Day ticket to two different Veterans organizations, the national Disabled American Veterans (… [Read More...]

Manzanita School Fosters New Paradigms for 21st Century

 TOPANGA CANYON—After months of planning, Manzanita School opened its doors to 34 students and founding families on the 21 acres of Big Rock Ranch, the morning of September 3. The nature-based, independent school caters to students ages 9 through 15 (grades 4 through 9), the delicate development period of adolescence when youth experience great changes in their emotional, intellectual, interpersonal and spiritual lives. Manzanita’s mission is to guide… [Read More...]

PDSMM Separates from PDA

 “It’s a time to plant and a time to grow,” says Dorothy Reik, President of the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains (PDSMM). Reik was referring to the decision by the PDSMM membership to disassociate themselves from the Progressive Democrats of America. “For legal reasons, the two must un-affiliate,” writes Mimi Kennedy. “PDA is a federal Political Action Committee with strict rules established by the Federal Election Commission and In… [Read More...]

High Holy Days’ New Year Greeting

 A new year is upon us. One year chases another, one decade follows the next. Our lives unfold, our circumstances evolve, but how about us? Do we grow as well or are we stunted in our spiritual and emotional growth? It is a probing question that we ought to ask of no one, but ourselves. As the old year rolls to a close and a New Year opens we ask ourselves what are the concrete steps that take us from childhood to maturity? When we were younger we all … [Read More...]

CWC Fundraiser Auction and Brunch, September 14

 California Wildlife Center's (CWC ) 16th annual fundraising event, “The Wild Brunch: Call of the Wild,” to benefit native wildlife will be held on Sunday, September 14, at Gull’s Way Estate, 26800 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265, noon to 4:30 p.m. The afternoon will feature “Tastes of the Wild” with fine vegetarian cuisine from top-rated local chefs and restaurateurs; wine-tasting from Malibu and Napa Valley vintners; Festive Margarita bars; Kid… [Read More...]

National Park Service Invites Public to Backbone Trail Q & A, September 21

 CALABASAS—Outdoor enthusiasts who want to tackle the Backbone Trail, one of the most popular treks in the Santa Monica Mountains, are invited to a drop-in question and answer session between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center.  National Park Service (NPS) volunteers will be on hand to answer questions, provide reference materials and point out the many spectacular fe… [Read More...]

Santa Monica Heart Walk at the Pier, September 21

 The American Heart Association’s second annual Santa Monica Heart Walk is on Sept. 21, at the Santa Monica Pier at 8 a.m., walk begins at 9 a.m. The annual 5K, sponsored nationally by Subway and locally by Union Bank, UCLA Health and Huntington Hospital, aims to raise funds to fight heart disease and stroke—the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers—while promoting healthy habits, such as walking, as a regular part of life. Everyone is invited to form a team … [Read More...]

Mountain Lion Fundraiser Hosts National Geographic Photographer and BigCats Tracker, Sept. 30

 Thousand Oaks,CA—Santa Monica Mountains Fund (SMMF) invites everyone who cares about wildlife in the Santa Monica Mountains to an evening campfire and Mountain Lion fundraiser to meet Steve Winter, the award-winning National Geographic photographer who photographed mountain lion P-22 stalking the Hollywood sign. The event is being hosted by Calamigos Ranch, Malibu, on September, 30, from 5:30-9:30 p.m. and will raise funds to help the National … [Read More...]