July 30, 2015

Fire Destroys Old Canyon Home—How To Help the Family

 On Saturday, July 18, Elizabeth and Adrian Jebef lost their Old Topanga Canyon home and all of their earthly possessions to fire. According to the dispatcher, the blaze was first reported at 3:09 p.m. with a second alarm reported at 3:21 p.m. The fire was knocked down by 4:15 p.m. Fire officials said flames burned through the home’s roof as firefighters fought the blaze from outside the structure. [[fire_house_img_0316.… [Read More...]

Topanga Utilities Undergrounding Project Gets Underway

 Commuters driving through on Topanga Canyon Boulevard can expect intermittent delays on weekdays between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., due to the Utility Undergrounding Project now underway. Ward Corp, the contractor for the Topanga Undergrounding Utility District (UUD), began soil remediation on July 21 on the west side of Topanga Canyon Boulevard near the Old Canyon intersection. The purpose is to remove soil contaminated … [Read More...]

TPA Film Night, Trace Amounts, Friday, August 7, at the Topanga Library

 During the past 20 years, the frequency of autism occurring in children has skyrocketed from one in 10,000 to one in 68, and the scientific community is no closer to determining a cause.  Trace Amounts is the true story of Eric Gladen’s painful journey through mercury poisoning that he believes resulted from a thimerosal-loaded tetanus shot. His discoveries led him on a quest for the scientific tr… [Read More...]

Topanga Resident Arrested for DUI after Hitting Bicyclists in Calabasas

 A Topanga resident was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after hitting two bicyclists who were hospitalized in critical condition. At about 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23, Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station responded to the intersection of Mulholland Highway and Old Topanga Road in the City of Calabasas regarding a call of an auto vs. bicyclist accident. After arriving on the scene, it was determined that the 35-year-old male driver … [Read More...]

July Rain Report

 The 2015-2016 rain season literally has begun with a bang.  The remnants of tropical storm Dolores brought record-breaking rain, thunder and lightning to all of Southern California.  Here in Fernwood .95 inches of precipitation fell.  We usually don’t see this much rain until the end of October. It was indeed the most rain recorded in Fernwood for July in the last 19 years, beating out the mere .19 inches that fell in 1997.  T… [Read More...]

For the Record

 In our enthusiastic review of California Pizza Kitchen’s “Next Step” expanded menu (See "California Pizza Kitchen at Westfield Topanga Mall Expands Menu," Topanga Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 14, July 16, 2015,/I.), we erred. Not all of its pizza dough is gluten-free, but gluten-free dough made from rice flour is available on request and quite tasty.… [Read More...]

August Topanga Library Events

 Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along—Mondays, Noon. Make some joyful noise with our ukulele group and sing-along! Whether you are a ukulele beginner, expert, or just like to listen or sing, the Topanga Ukesters welcome you to our weekly gathering led by Melanie Kareem. We'll have a few ukes on hand, but do bring yours of you have one. This event is free and open to the public. Toddler Storytime—Wednesdays, 11 a.m., August 15 - September 9. Join … [Read More...]

TWC Needs Additional Storage Space

 Topanga Women's Circle (TWC) Non-Profit Charity has more than doubled its size since it began five years ago. It is currently setting up more than 75 apartments every year for families moving from shelter or homelessness into transitional apartments. Our volunteers work tirelessly at creating a warm and welcoming space for these families (many of them Veterans) from a barebones apartment. The storage bin at Pine Tree Circle has worke… [Read More...]

The Little Free Library

 Just past the Mermaid, behind the white statue of Garuda, a carving of Saraswati, goddess of learning, presides above a charming box of books. It’s a “Take a book, Return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share. You can, too! Every micro neighborh… [Read More...]

Topanga Teens are National Soccer Champions with Santa Monica United FC

 On June 14, Topanga twins, Kiara and Caroline Bremner, 13, and the Santa Monica United Football Club's girls under 13 team won the National Presidents Cup final in Overland Park, Kansas, an exhilarating culmination to a five-month march to the national title. On Sunday, July 12, 2015, SMU goalie, Cara Conroy, won the Golden Gloves award for best goalie in the age bracket, and the team was awarded the prestigious Sportsmanship… [Read More...]

TCG Presents “Animalia,” August 12-September 6

 Have you ever felt dog tired? Do you ever just eat like a pig? Do you sometimes feel like a spineless jellyfish? Or a fly on the wall? Don't worry, you're not alone. You're just part of the kingdom of Animalia: humans, animals, insects, even sponges share this biological distinction. In their upcoming show titled, of course, “Animalia,” perpetual punsters Robyn Feeley and her pastels and Fae Horowit… [Read More...]

Bill Creates Incentives to Replace Water-Guzzling Lawns

 In some California cities, including the city of Glendale, residents are prohibited from installing synthetic grass or artificial turf to reduce water consumption. When Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale), the principal co-author of last year’s California Water Bond and numerous other water-efficiency bills, heard from KABC’s Elex Michaelson that cities in his district were fining constituents for replacing water-intensive lawns with… [Read More...]

Brew at the L.A. Zoo, August 7

 The 5th Annual Brew at the L.A. Zoo, one of summer's most popular events for guests 21 and over, returns on Friday, August 7, 2015, 7 to 11 p.m, The evening features an after-hours visit to the Zoo with beer samples from more than 55 local craft and microbreweries and an eclectic music lineup including “the best of the worst of the ‘80s” with The Spazmatics; The Noble Gasses surf band; The Black Canyon dance band; live karaoke with Casual Encounters a… [Read More...]

State Parks Foundation Opens Summer Youth Art Contest

 The California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) invites young Californians to help celebrate why state parks are great places with a summer art contest. To participate, Californians ages 4 to 18 submit a poster that depicts why they think “California’s State Parks are Great Places for You and Me.” The contest, which runs through September 8, 2015, is intended to encourage young Californians to reflect on why state parks are important in their lives. All e… [Read More...]

40 Years of North Pacific Seabird Survey Data Now Online

 Anchorage, Alaska— The U.S. Geological Survey today released the North Pacific Pelagic Seabird Database—a massive online resource compiling the results of 40 years of surveys by biologists from the United States, Canada, Japan and Russia. The database documents the abundance and distribution of 160 seabird and 41 marine mammal species over a 10 million-square-mile region of the North Pacific. “The database offers … [Read More...]

Graywater Conservation Workshop Draws Overflow Crowd at Community House

 Crowding into the Topanga Community House, 125 Topanga residents, already savvy about graywater systems, came to learn more from a panel of experts. By the end of the evening their heads would be exploding with a torrent of information about graywater use past and present. The workshop was hosted by L.A. County Supervisor Shiela Kuehl represented by Field Deputy Timothy Lippman, the To… [Read More...]