May 30, 2016

Henry Stern Wows the Crowd at the Mermaid

 May 1 was sunny and the room was electric as about 60 people gathered at the Mountain Mermaid waiting to meet Henry Stern, State Senator Fran Pavley’s choice to replace her when she terms out after the November election. Stern, an environmental lawyer, has been Pavley’s Senior Policy Advisor for four years, honing his expertise on climate change, clean air and water, a carry-over from when he worked with Congressman Henry… [Read More...]

Nine Computers Stolen from Topanga Elementary

 Burglars broke windows and stole computers from two classrooms at Topanga Elementary Charter School on or about April 25. “Eight mini-Mac computers were taken from the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) room, and one desktop computer from a fourth-grade room—for a total of nine computers,” Topanga Elementary Principal Steve Gediman wrote via e-mail. “We estimated the value (when the computers were new) was about $8,000, but the school police put the loss … [Read More...]

TEP Yard Sale Raises Funds for a New Topanga Elementary School Teacher

 Topanga Elementary’s Enrichment Program (TEP) yard sale fundraiser on May 7 at The Topanga Center yielded more than $1,500 in funds to help recruit a new teacher. Parents and kids brought in piles of nearly-new items from closets and garages, such as outgrown clothes, toys, household stuff, bikes, furniture and books and donated them to the cause. According to Lisa Ward, who helped organize the event, the community outpouri… [Read More...]

May Topanga Library Events

 Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along— Mondays, 12 noon. Make some joyful noise with our ukulele group and sing-along! Beginner and intermediate players will find a supportive environment led by Melanie Kareem and Jamie Papish. Loaner ukes available. Ages 5 and up. Note: There will be no meeting on May 30 due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Spanish Conversation Group—Thursdays, 5 p.m. Practice your Spanish with other intermediate and advanced sp… [Read More...]

Topanga Youth Services Seeks Grantwriting and Funding

 Topanga Youth Services (TYS) has been serving Topanga’s youth for 23 years and has lost its longtime grant of 20 years. This program has grown, along with the many youths who have participated, into a cherished program that we hope will continue enriching and celebrating those involved and beyond. If anyone can help with funding research and grantwriting, please contact Karen Cooke, Topanga Youth Services: (310) 502-3358; … [Read More...]

Where I Learned Who My Foul-Weather Friends Are

 I had been looking forward to Saturday, May 7, and the Emergency Preparedness Fair at Topanga Elementary Charter School. I had my Fire Escape plan in hand because the Topanga Town Council’s Access Topanga program included an enticement in our invitation: Those who showed up at the event with complete fire escape plans would receive a portable cell phone charger, a handy little device that I had just learned about. The weather co… [Read More...]

Make Your Home Less Vulnerable To Wildfire!

 The North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council (NTCFSC) will present its Home Ignition Zone Evaluation program at the Topanga Library on Wednesday, June 8 at 6:30 p.m. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACOFD) estimates that embers cause the ignition of at least 50 percent of the homes that burn in wildfires. Carried by strong winds, embers fly through the air and rain down on vulnerable homes, well in advance of flames. O… [Read More...]

Topanga Days Partners with TEP for a New Kid’s Fun Zone

 The Topanga Community Club (TCC) is pleased to announce a partnership with the Topanga Elementary Charter School Enrichment Program (TEP) which will oversee the much anticipated kids’ section at Topanga Days 2016 during Memorial Day Weekend, May 28, 29 and 30. This year’s Fun Zone will feature bounce houses, slides and games, as well as temporary tattoos and face painting. Additionally, a convenient new addition for parents is the introduction of th… [Read More...]

Topanga Days Needs Volunteers, May 28, 29 and 30

 Topanga Days volunteer shifts are available for set-up on Thursday and Friday; stage assistant; games (i.e. the three-legged race, pie eating contest), ice cream cart (pushing a cart around and serving ice cream); the ticket booth and Will Call; media/VIP check-in table; TCC membership sign-up; volunteer check-in table; floating volunteer (where needed); roaming oversight volunteer (to make sure all volunteers are where they should be); the Memorial Day… [Read More...]

Topanga Gets a New Summer Camp

 For the first time ever, STAR Education is offering summer camp here at our very own Topanga Elementary. Kids don't need to be enrolled at Topanga Elementary to attend. STAR is a non-profit that serves L.A. schools, that was started in the ‘80s by a husband-and-wife duo who wanted to make a difference in the education and enrichment of kids citywide. “I am thrilled to see this camp expand into our community for the summer,” said Julianne Gorman, wh… [Read More...]

One-Stop Shop For Homeless Services Returns To Malibu, May 25

 Following the success of last fall’s Malibu Homeless Connect Day which provided services to more than 65 individuals of the area’s homeless population, Homeless Connect will return to Malibu, Wednesday, May 25, 10-1 pm. The event gives homeless people direct access to nonprofit and government services, cutting some of the red tape and problems with access and transportation that people who are homeless often encounter when they try to seek assistance.… [Read More...]

NPS Wants Angelenos to Collect Coyote Scat

 They ate mammals— rabbits, pocket gophers, woodrats, and mice, native and fallen backyard fruit and, in very rare cases, a domestic cat. That, at least, was part of the findings in a National Park Service (NPS) study of coyotes between 1996 and 2004 in the suburban Conejo Valley on the edge of Los Angeles. NPS researchers from Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) are now readying to embark on a new study that focuses 30 miles east … [Read More...]

Chicken Pox Outbreak at Topanga Elementary Excludes 20 to 30 Unvaccinated Students

 The school year is not ending well for Topanga Elementary Charter School, what with the recent computer theft and, now, an outbreak of chicken pox. Monday morning, May 16, a kind of contained chaos filled the office as principal Steve Gediman and his staff were dealing with a second confirmed case of chicken pox and a few parents whose children had to be excluded from school and sent home with their parents. The first case was identified on April 20, … [Read More...]

BioBlitz with with NHM in Baldwin Hills, June 12

 When the National Park Service (NPS) decided to celebrate its 100 years of stewardship by inviting the nation to participate in a BioBlitz during the week of May 16-22, it seems the idea has expanded beyond that. On June 12, the Natural History Museum invites people—whether or not they think they are scientists— to join NHM and California State Parks staff at its first BioBlitz of the Baldwin Hills, a kinder version of a Wildlife Hunt. Participants … [Read More...]