September 1, 2014

Outrage Turns to Constructive Community Action at TCC

 Outrage by some Topanga residents who learned that the Topanga Community Club (TCC) Board of Directors voted to use herbicides to eradicate invasive ailanthus trees (Tree of Heaven) on the property, brought about 40 people to the general meeting on August 14. “I wish this many people would show up at all our meetings,” TCC Board president Mark Nygard said before calling the meeting to order. In light of last year’s success … [Read More...]

L.A. Mountain Lions Trapped by Freeways

 Increased connectivity is critical for the long-term survival of mountain lions. That mountain lions have managed to survive at all in the Santa Monica Mountains of California—in the vicinity of the megacity of Los Angeles—is a testament to the resilience of wildlife. Researchers, however, studying these large carnivorous cats now show in the August 14 Cell Press journal, Current Biology, that the lions are also c… [Read More...]

September Events at Topanga Library

 Wednesdays and Fridays 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 Anton Chekhov. Monday,… [Read More...]

Water for Turtles

 She lay motionless in the sand, eyes closed, body tucked into a shell encrusted with dried mud. Paul Astin gently picked up the big old female pond turtle #201, thinking her dead, and indeed, it took several minutes before she opened her eyes to see what was happening. We found her next to a puddle, the last remaining water in a string of sandstone pools that usually stay wet year round. Not this year. By April, the pools we… [Read More...]

Next Topanga Produce Exchange, August 30

 Cammie Hardouin has set the next Topanga Produce Exchange for August 30, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. It will be hosted by the Children's Organic Garden at the Topanga Community Club. Be there with your wonderful summer produce to swap or volunteer to direct traffic, collect contacts for the mailing list or provide carpooling on the day of the Exchange. “I should have bright orange Japanese tomatoes, eggs, and herb bundles,” says Hardouin. To contact Hardouin e… [Read More...]

Senator Pavley Applauds Investments in Sustainable Water Infrastructure

 SACRAMENTO—Senator Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee, issued the following statement about the Water Quality, Supply and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, which was approved unanimously by the Senate on August 13. “This is a tremendous opportunity for regions across California to become more self-sufficient in meeting their water supply needs. Reliance on volatile Sierra snow pack will become … [Read More...]

Topanga Docents Fall Training in State Park Starts Soon!

 The Topanga Canyon Docents (TCD) are volunteer naturalists at Topanga State Park. Each year they offer an extraordinary educational program to introduce new docents to their program. Lectures by highly respected professionals in the field of natural science are held at the historic Skeet Lodge turned Nature Center at Trippet Ranch, Topanga State Park, on alternate Saturdays between Sept. 13 and Dec. 6. Respected naturalists from National Park Service… [Read More...]

The Bay Foundation Seeks Conservation Videos by Sept. 5

 The Santa Monica Bay Foundation (TBF) is soliciting proposals from filmmakers to produce three, one- to two-minute PSAs to promote water and energy conservation in the Los Angeles region. The PSAs are part of an outreach grant from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to creatively reach diverse communities, encouraging them to reduce their energy and water consumption through rebates, incentives and conservation measures. A complete… [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...]