October 9, 2015

Lobbyists Push for More Vineyards in the Santa Monica Mountains

 On Wednesday, Sept. 30, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission (RPC) heard a newly proposed Draft Vineyard Ordinance for the North Area Plan (NAP) that would allow, albeit with restrictions, new or expanding vineyards into the western region of the Santa Monica Mountains. Since the certification of the Local Coastal Plan (LCP) in 2014, that banned new vineyards, vintners and developers are again lobbying to cre… [Read More...]

Concerns Rise Over Increase of Sober Living Facilities in Topanga

 The sober living and drug and alcohol rehabilitation industry has begun to discover Topanga, and some residents are concerned that the facilities will generate safety issues and impact property values and quality of life. It’s a problem Malibu has faced for nearly a decade. Topanga’s coastal neighbor has a population of 12,645, but is currently home to an estimated 34 residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation facilit… [Read More...]

September Topanga Rain Report

 An unusual storm on September 15 brought 1.11 inches of rain here in Fernwood.  That brings this odd season’s total to 2.06 inches.  Usually we only see a tenth of an inch by this time of year. Stranger still is that the Los Angeles Civic Center saw 2.39 inches of rain on the 15th and LA’s season total is now 2.77 inches!  Very atypical for LA to have more rain then we do.  By contrast, Woodland Hills only got .67 inches for a… [Read More...]

October 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 have a few ukes on hand, but do bring yours if you have one. Toddler Storytime—Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. Stories, rhymes, fingerplays and more! An interactive and fun way to encourag… [Read More...]

Kelly Rockwell Named as TCC Board President

 Kelly Rockwell has been named to succeed Mark Nygard as President of the Topanga Community Club. “I’m honored and humbled that my fellow Board members recently selected me to succeed Mark Nygard as TCC President, Rockwell said. “I am proud to be part of a long line of volunteers who have carried on the legacy that was created when the Community House was built and TCC established more than 60 years ago. “As President, I look… [Read More...]

The Nature of Wildworks Fundraiser, October 18

 The Nature of Wildworks invites animal lovers everywhere to its annual benefit, “So You Wanna Be In Pictures?” on Sunday, October 18. It’s your opportunity to Snap a Selfie with Serval, a Portrait with a Possum, Frame a Fox and create a Bunny Centerfold with Wildworks’ Animal Ambassadors. Bring your cameras and cell phones for the photo op from 4:30 to 5 p.m. While you’re at it, you can stalk the silent auction items and pounce on gifts, stocking stuf… [Read More...]

Put on Your Dancin’ Shoes—Conquer Cancer with “Little Feat,” October 18

 Gidget is back and we’re dancing for dollars to keep her healthy and here. Gidget, a long-time resident of Topanga and owner of Hillbillyhip vintage shop, was recently diagnosed with stage three bladder cancer and underwent radical surgery in June. Great news! She is currently cancer free but not debt–free. She has a pile of hospital and doctors’ bills, ongoing costs for medical supplies and other expenses that will be lifelong. We all know G… [Read More...]

The “Living Lightly Guide” Launch Event, October 26

 On Monday, October 26, The Board of Directors of the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains and the City of Calabasas invite the public and its community partners to the “Living Lightly Guide” launch event at the Agoura Hills Calabasas Community Center from 5-6 p.m. The “Living Lightly Guide” website will become a growing hub of local and regional environmental information. Cities, agencies and community members can send in link… [Read More...]

CWC “Wild Brunch” Raises Spirits and Funds for Wildlife

 Celebrating 17 years and more than 40,000 rescues, the California Wildlife Center (CWC) held its annual fundraiser, “The Wild Brunch,” on September 13, at the beautiful Gull’s Way estate overlooking the Malibu coast. About 750 guests came to enjoy tastings from local restaurants and wineries, bid on more than 200 silent auction items throughout the day and, later, at the lively live auction led by Jim Nye the Auction Guy, a profes… [Read More...]

“Femininity Project” Offers a Free Workshop, October 17

 The “Femininity Project” kicks off at the Inn of the Seventh Ray with a free experiential workshop, “Launch and Lunch” with Mary Guillermin, LMFT (#52868) and founder of the “Femininity Project,” on Saturday, October 17. The all-woman workshop runs from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by a set menu lunch creekside among the statues of the Divine Feminine. Cost for lunch is $35 plus tax and tip. R.S.V.P. now for limited … [Read More...]

Halloween Fun with Theatricum’s 5th Annual BOO-tanicum October 30

 Theatricum BOO-tanicum transforms the Theatricum’s unique outdoor theater garden into the haunted BOO-tanicum for the theater company’s fifth annual Halloween extravaganza on Friday, October 30 from 4 to 10 p.m. Wander the Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where the stage and sets are converted into a frightening maze and haunted house. Enjoy delicious food and spooky drinks; actors telling ghost stories; pumpkin and fa… [Read More...]

Meet Creatures of the Night at NHM, October 30

 In celebration of National Bat Week, the Natural History Museum’s (NHM) citizen science team will introduce you to Creatures of the Night and show you how researchers study bats and other nocturnal wildlife. Following is a moderate but short hike (10 minutes) to our viewing location where we hope to see bats and other nocturnal wildlife. We will use bat echo-location detectors, cameras and smart phones to document any night creatures that we encounter. … [Read More...]

Dia de los Muertos Fundraiser, November 1

 In partnership with The Change is Me International (theCHIMEIN.org), Celebrity Global Development and TECHO.org, a fundraiser to “Raise the Roof for Guatemalan Families in Need,” will take place, November 1, 7-9 p.m., at Corazon Performing Arts (corazontopanga.org), 127 S. Topanga Cany… [Read More...]

Canine 5K Benefits Pancreatic Cancer Research, October 25

 Pooches and their pet partners , some in Halloween attire, will strut their stuff and ruff it out when they take to the streets at the 4-Legged 5K Walk, at the 18th Annual L.A. Cancer Challenge (LACC) on Sunday, October 25. Hosted at the beautiful and spacious Warner Center Park in Woodland Hills, the Four-Legged 5K is the first time the LACC will host a dog walk to help create awareness about pancreatic cancer. Pet owners can dress their lovable p… [Read More...]

Free Archaeology Day at Visitor Center. October 11

 Anyone interested in human history and the artifacts from our past is invited to attend Archaeology Day at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center on Sunday, October 11, from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. This free event will feature hands-on demonstrations and activities such as flint knapping, a dig box for children, artifact displays, and presentations by local archaeologists. Flint knapping is the shaping of flint stone to make stone tools or other im… [Read More...]

The Fur Is Flying—Adopt a Shelter Pet Today, October 17-18

 On Saturday and Sunday, October 17 and 18, you can find your new furry family member at the weekend “The Fur Is Flying” event at all six of the LA City animal shelters. To find locations near you visit laanimalservices.com, where you can also view all adoptable pets. This event is sponsored by the Pet Care Foundation, just one of the many events The Pet Care Foundation produces each year to help reduc… [Read More...]