December 22, 2014

THS Going to the Bees, January 21

 Save the Date: THS Going to the Bees, January 21 The Topanga Historical Society is pleased to announce its next quarterly meeting for Wednesday, January 21, at the Topanga Community House. As always, there will be a community potluck at 7 p.m. and the program, beginning at 8 p.m., will trace the history of bee keeping in Topanga, dating back to the 1950’s with the Varney family up to today. We are still looking for a couple more speakers. If yo… [Read More...]

Sheila Kuehl Sworn in as Supervisor

 On December 1, the Board of Supervisors Hall of Administration was not only packed, it was electric. That’s what everybody said about the swearing-in ceremony for Sheila Kuehl, as she was about to step into the big shoes of Zev Yaroslavsky. She would now be The Honorable Sheila Kuehl, Third District Supervisor of the L. A. County Board of Supervisors. When she walked to the dais, she received a standing ovation. On th… [Read More...]

Zev Bids Farewell

 Tuesday, November 25, 2014, was Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky’s last time to sit at the regular meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. After 40 years of public service—L.A. City Council from 1975 to 1994 and 20 years as Supervisor of the Third District—he was retiring. Both he and First District Supervisor Gloria Molina, who is not retiring but is running for a seat on the Los Angeles City Council, were term… [Read More...]

Save the Date to Celebrate, January 11

 Subscribe and Win! On January 11, in conjunction with the Topanga Messenger’s subscription drive, the Topanga Community Club will sponsor a community Potluck Gala from 2-5 p.m. to celebrate Topanga’s volunteers. A highlight of the event will be the culmination of the Messenger’s fall subscription drive with the bonus drawing from the Treasure Chest. Everyone who subscribed since the drive began on October 3 are eligible for the drawing.… [Read More...]

Rainfall Report

 Rain, blessed rain fell over the drought-stricken Southland on the Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday after Thanksgiving.  Here in Fernwood, Saddle Peak made the most of it by squeezing extra moisture out of the clouds.   A total of 4.58 inches fell on those three days compared with 2.69 inches in Woodland Hills and only 1.28 inches on the Santa Monica Pier.  At one point on Sunday our rain rate hit 9.78 inches per hour a… [Read More...]

Car Crash at Woodland Crest

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Sages Gear Up for 2015

 The Canyon Sages, Topanga’s only organization for anyone willing to call themselves “senior” is gearing up for 2015. First Friday Feast—Start the New Year right at the first Sages Social on January 2, at the Community House, starting at 3:30 p.m. Knitting Class—The first new class to kick off is Karen Dannenbaum’s free Knitting Class for Beginners and Intermediates. The six-week class starts at Topanga Library’s meeting room on Friday,… [Read More...]

Anam Cara Open House, February 15

 Just two years ago in November 2012, Anam Cara, L.A. County's only hospice home, was conceived and founded. Now, in 2014, it is time to prepare for what we are eagerly awaiting: the opening of Gabriel's House at Anam Cara to serve those facing life limiting illness and their loved ones Much work has been completed, a beautiful wedding christened the land with a celebration of love, and the funeral of our beloved Gabriel Gelbart imbued this sacred plac… [Read More...]

Wine Bar to Open at Canyon Bistro

 In early January, look for the Canyon Bistro’s new wine bar to augment what is already a popular dining spot Owner Larry Cohn plans to update the middle dining room with a beautiful hand-crafted wine bar, high-top tables, stools and a new floor. If everything goes as planned, it will open the second week of January 2015. Jen Carter, who has more than 20 years in the restaurant business, will be the sommelier overseeing the bar w… [Read More...]

Topanga Thanksgiving Welcomes All

 In the spirit of the season, the Rock Community Service Group presented its 12th annual Thanksgiving Day brunch on Thursday, November 27, as a good will gesture to those in the Topanga community. Smaller and more intimate this year, when the hot food was ready, the participants gathered in a large circle in the parking area behind the Topanga Creek Market as Pastor Bob Harris said a prayer. Then about 50 people, most of them… [Read More...]

New Photos of Griffith Park Mountain Lion Released

 The National Park Service and Topanga residents continue to strongly urge people who need to control the rat population to find alternatives to rodenticides that move up the food chain and threaten wildlife. Newly released images indicate the Griffith Park mountain lion known as P-22 has recovered from mange. After capturing the animal for a routine battery change of its tracking collar in March, biologists noted his deteriorated health and tre… [Read More...]

After the Storm...January 17 Beach Cleanup

 Yes, we needed that rain, says Heal the Bay. But when it pours, our beaches don't stand a chance against the massive amounts of pollution carried to the coast by our storm drain system. A single day of rainfall spews an estimated 10 billion gallons of runoff from city streets into Santa Monica Bay, untreated and unchecked. That's the equivalent of roughly 120 Rose Bowls' worth of dirty water, trash, fertilizer, human bacteria, pet … [Read More...]

NHM Christmas Bird Count, December 28

 Be a Citizen Scientist and help count birds with Natural History Museum (NHM) ornithologist, Kimball Garrett. The Natural History Museum invites people to become citizen scientists for a day to help with the 115th annual Christmas Bird Count coordinated by the National Audubon Society. Join NHM Ornithologist, Kimball Garrett and other program participants to map and collect bird observations in the NHM Nature Gardens. After we finish collecting… [Read More...]

Mud Slides Close PCH 3 to 4 Weeks

 Point Mugu – Last week’s heavy rains caused twelve to fifteen mud, rock, and debris slides along Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) requiring the closure of the highway between Yerba Buena Road and Las Posas Road. The mud came from the May 2013 Springs Fire burn area. The highway is expected to remain closed for three to four weeks. No motorists or cyclists will be permitted access. More slides are expected … [Read More...]

TPA Film Night, Money For Nothing, January 2

 Money For Nothing is a feature-length documentary about the Federal Reserve that seeks to unveil America's central bank and its impact on our economy and our society. Created by a team of AFI, Sundance and Academy Award winners, the film traces 100 years of Federal Reserve history from the Fed's founding in 1913 to the Great Depression, the Great Inflation of the 1970s and the role Fed policies played in both helping to create and mitigate the … [Read More...]

Overturned Truck on PCH, December 18

 According to the Malibu Patrol, there was a truck overturned blocking the westbound number two lane at the 20500 block of PCH around 10 a.m. on December 18. Traffic was backed up half a mile from the incident for about an hour. For more information: Malibu Patrol, (310)456-1477; malibupatrol.com … [Read More...]