November 1, 2014

Topanga Celebrates 20 Years with Zev, Oct. 25

 A classic Topanga, one-of-a-kind, down-home celebration is free to all. All Topanga residents are invited to celebrate and honor our Third District Supervisor, Zev Yaroslavsky, on Sunday, Oct. 25, at the Theatricum Botanicum, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. For 20 years, Yaroslavsky, has had a major influence on Topanga and the Santa Monica Mountains. He was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1994, but t… [Read More...]

Commentary—Sheila Kuehl on the Issues

 According to the California Secretary of State’s office, June’s California primary hit a historic low in participation; only 18 percent of us turned out to vote. Mid-term elections always do worse; surely we can do better. During election years, we at the Topanga Messenger are often asked if we’ll endorse candidates. We don’t. It’s not that we don’t have the interest. We simply don’t have the staff to do the in-depth reporting and … [Read More...]

Topanga Meets Bobby Shriver

 Candidate Bobby Shriver held a meet and greet on Sunday, September 28, at the “1909” in Topanga where more than 200 people gathered to hear him declare why he should get their vote on November 4 for L.A. County’s Third District Supervisor. Tall and lean with a tan and big smile, he strode into the “1909” shaking hands, working the room with skill, posing for photos, remembering people’s names and answering most questions wi… [Read More...]

Oct.-Nov. Events at Topanga Library

 Tuesday, October 28, 3:30 p.m.—Halloween Art Activity. Join us in creating spooktacular treat bags perfect for holding something sweet...like a good book! While supplies last. Sponsored by The Friends of the Topanga Library. Ages 4-12. Saturday, November 22, 2014, 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.—SAT Practice Test. Be prepared for the official test by taking our free SAT Practice Test, administered by a local Kaplan representative. Test results are… [Read More...]

TPA Film Night, We’re Not Broke, November 7

 The Topanga Peace Alliance will present We’re Not Broke on November 7, at the Topanga Library. It is the story of how U.S. corporations have been able to hide more than a trillion dollars from Uncle Sam and how seven fed-up Americans from across the country, take their frustration to the streets and vow to make the corporations pay their fair share. Lawmakers cry, “We’re Broke!” as they slash budgets, lay off teachers, police and firefighters, crumbli… [Read More...]

Shredding for the Sages Fundraiser, November 1

 The First Ever Paper Shredding Fundraiser to benefit Topanga's senior group, the Canyon Sages, will take place at the Community House on Saturday morning, November 1, 9 a.m. to noon. At the same time, you can also drop off your electronic waste on the way up the driveway to the mobile shredder. THE SHREDDER An onsite mobile shredding truck, owned and operated by Assurance Document Shredding, will offer a safe, secure and complete way to disp… [Read More...]

Save the Date! TCC Swap Meet & Chili Cook-Off, November 8

 A Topanga mainstay like the flying pig and howling coyotes, the annual TCC Swap Meet and Chili Cook-off is scheduled for Saturday, November 8, at the Topanga Community Club. the TCC Swap Meet returns on Saturday, November 8. Book yourself a spot and grab some friends, because it's a great time where just about anything goes: vintage, yard sale, garage sale, upcycled, recycled, new, handmade, imported. Your 10 x 10-foot space is your personal canva… [Read More...]

Ailanthus Tree Removal at TCC

 On Saturday, September 27, four people showed up to remove ailanthus trees from the slope below the groundskeeper’s trailer at the Topanga Community Club (TCC). It was the first call to remove the trees manually following the TCC general meeting that discussed the use of herbicides to kill the invasive trees and where a committee was formed to find a non-toxic alternative. Carolyn Day, creator of the children’s organic garden, … [Read More...]

Calling all Healers for Topanga Folk Fest, October 26

 Topanga Folk Fest on Sunday, October 26, is seeking certified healers to provide healing work during the event. We will have a 10 x 20-foot Healers Tent set up on the ball field at the Topanga Community Club. The Folk Fest will book services on-site for each scheduled healer and charge a dollar/minute for services rendered. Healers will receive free admission and work in shifts in three time slots: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m.; and 4 -6:30 … [Read More...]

Sages Offer Jewelry Making 101, October 29 and November 19

 The Sages will host two free days of beading and creating simple jewelry at the Topanga Community Club, October 29, and November 19, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The second day will be a follow-up to allow participants to work at home. Bring those old pieces of jewelry, those single earrings you can’t bear to throw out, leftover beads, new beads and any beading supplies you might have, such as silver wire, fittings, extras to share, and a pillow case-sized… [Read More...]

Janice Harman is T-CEP’s Latest Rock Star

 At the T-CEP volunteer appreciation brunch on Sunday, October 5, Jack Mac Neil presented Janice Harman with their annual Rock Award that goes to the Volunteer of the Year. The Rock Award is a plaque with a piece of the 25-foot-high, 300-ton boulder that fell a mile up from PCH on the S-curves in 2005. Mac Neil recounted its history: “When they tried to blow it up the first time, it just made the hole in the road bigg… [Read More...]

Topanga Dads’ Pancake Breakfast Celebrates October

 Once again, local dads broke out the griddle and pancake batter for the 7th Annual Topanga Dads’ Pancake Breakfast and Fall Festival at the Community House on Sunday, Oct. 5. Happily, it was a beautiful and sunny fall morning when several hundred families lined up for delectable pancakes, bacon, sausages, fruit and mimosas. The pancakes came in several varieties, regular, pumpkin (delicious), chocolate chip, blueberry and… [Read More...]

Topanga Historical Society Annual Picnic, this Sunday, October 26

 Come one, come all to the Annual Topanga Historical Society Picnic at Camp Wildwood this Sunday, October 26. Bring a main dish, side dish, dessert or beverage to share for the potluck lunch that begins at noon. Coffee, tea, lemon water and place settings will be provided. Bring a hat and sunscreen if needed. The program is scheduled from 1–3 p.m. under the creekside oak and sycamore groves immediately after th… [Read More...]

RCDSMM “Wild and Scenic Film Festival,” October 25, November 8

 The Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) presents the “Wild and Scenic Film Festival” for two nights: October 25 will focus on climate change and November 8, focuses on water. Both events will be held at Pepperdine University and start at 6:30 p.m. State Senator Fran Pavley will attend the first evening to discuss efforts to reduce climate change by effective legislation and filmma… [Read More...]

Sagebrush Cantina’s Halloween Party & Costume Contest

 Come dressed to win cash prizes at Sagebrush Cantina’s Heavy Metal Halloween party on October 31! Performing live is Nightmare, voted “Most Outrageous Stage Show” for its theatrics and explosive sounds paying tribute to Alice Cooper. Skin Deep will get the party started performing classic rock hits. Best creative costumes will win cash prizes. Try a Blood Bath or Vampire Kiss cocktail from the special “bloody good” food and drink menu. Free admis… [Read More...]