April 18, 2015

Funding for LA-RICS Project Suspended

 On Friday, April 3, the Messenger learned that the “U.S. Commerce Department suspended funding for an increasingly problem-plagued Los Angeles County emergency communications system, noting the project is "severely behind schedule." Project managers were to “stop all project work immediately” on what would have been the largest such system in the nation. The decision suspended a $154-million federal grant to LA-RICS (Los Angeles Regional Inte… [Read More...]

Tribute to Pat’s Topanga Grill Brings Tears, Honors

 After 21 Years, Pat's Topanga Grill has closed. To pay tribute, more than 100 regulars gathered under spreading oaks on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon to visit, listen to music and remember. Organized by Gail McDonald-Tune, the event was hosted by Sally and Allan Young, at their home, Blackberry Creek Farm at Kelly Gulch. The party on March 29 felt like a huge family gathering, a meeting of friends or a club that … [Read More...]

Pat’s Topanga Grill Is Closing

 I want to remember all the paintings on the walls, Keep them, indelible, where they somehow seem to be— In my heart and mind, paintings of so many dogs, Wiser, somehow, than one imagines dogs to be, Some of their eyes so needy, so loving, Like the eyes of their painter, Like the eyes of so many people Who eat here every morning, In our morning home away from home -- The beefy bikers, shy musicians, film producers, Lawyers, writers, actors, art… [Read More...]

March (No) Rain Report

 March is officially in the books and Fernwood only saw 1.22 inches of rain in the first two days of the month. This brings our season total to a paltry 10.46 inches of rain.  Normally we would have 17.99 inches by now.  Los Angeles Civic Center has only had 7.45 inches of rain—down from an average of 13.67 inches.  As the rain season winds down there is little chance of meeting our average for the season which runs from July 1, … [Read More...]

Chamber 66th Annual Awards Dinner, April 11

 The Topanga Chamber of Commerce will hold its 66th Annual Awards Dinner, at the Topanga Community Club (TCC) on Saturday, April 11, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. The Awards Ceremony will honor Gail McDonald-Tune as Citizen of the Year; Ruth Lundi and her business, Ruth Multitasks, as Business of the Year; and the Topanga Community Club as Non-profit Organization of the Year. The dinner includes organic appetizers and dinner (including vegan options) from… [Read More...]

April Topanga Library Events

 Parent/Child Workshops—Every Wednesday in April at 10:30 a.m. Join us for a 5 week series in which caregivers and their children ages 0-3 can meet, chat, share, and play together with developmentally appropriate toys and activities. Each week a different professional will be available to informally answer any questions you might have.  Registration is required. Please speak with the Youth Services Librarian to register or for more information. … [Read More...]

THS Presents “Magic in the Canyon” with Vaclav Havlik, April 22

 We all know about the magic of the canyon—wildflowers, sunsets, a late night coyote chorus—but at the next Topanga Historical Society (THS) Quarterly Program on Wednesday, April 22, at the Topanga Community House, we will discover the magic of illusionist and six-year canyon resident, Vaclav Havlik, who will entertain and share some of his signature acts. Originally from the Czech Republic, Vaclav studied in Seattle with John Po… [Read More...]

Lucy’s First Annual Kids Charity Concert, April 19

 Lucy’s Bake Shop and Topanga Youth Services (TYS) present “Lucy’s $10 or 10 First Annual Kids Charity Concert” on Sunday, April 19, 1-4 p.m., at the Topanga Community Club. Imagine what a nine-year-old brain can think up, create and make happen! That’s just what young entrepreneur, Lucy Babcock of Lucy’s Bake Shop, has done. Passionate about baking, giving back and music, she wanted to find a way to combine all three of her passions to make a bigger im… [Read More...]

Square Dance Night, April 24

 The Topanga Community Club (TCC) will host its quarterly Square Dance on Friday, April 24, from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Community House. David Bragger with Sausage Grinder, one of LA's premiere Old Time bands, will be playing toe-tapping tunes to get you dancing with Susan Michaels calling. After-dinner desserts and drinks will be for sale. Kids are welcome as it’s a family-friendly event, but parents might want to consider getting a sitter for a date night… [Read More...]

National Park Week Encourages Everyone to “Find Your Park”

 The National Park Service (NPS) and the National Park Foundation (NPF) recently launched “Find Your Park,” a public awareness and education campaign celebrating the milestone centennial anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016 and set the stage for its second century of service. “Find Your Park” is also the theme for this year’s National Park Week, April 18 – 26, 2015. Joshua Tree National Park joins parks, programs and partners across the c… [Read More...]

Climbing Area Temporarily Closed for Nesting Raptors

 Joshua Tree National Park has closed a popular climbing area to protect nearby nesting Raptors. According to Superintendent David Smith. the Temporary Emergency Closure will affect the Towers of Uncertainty area that is approximately 2.5 miles south of Geology Tour Road. The pair appears to have finished constructing a nest and this area will remain closed until the nest has been abandoned to ensure the protection of the species for the duration of the … [Read More...]