A Rootin’ Tootin’ Topanga Farewell to the Nygards
Mark and Rebecca Nygard with their dog Blue in front of their iconic railroad boxcar on Topanga Cyn. Blvd.
The Village at Westfield Topanga Opens with a VIP Party
TV Host Cat Deeley at the grand opening of the Village at Westfield, Topanga on Sept. 17.
Whole Body Beautiful: Staying Motivated, Moving Forward
The opening of the Tough Topanga 10K in Topanga State Park in 2013.
Deena Metzger Headlines TAG’s First Anniversary, October 7
Author and poet Deena Metzger will read excerpts from her books at the Topanga Library on October 7.
Navajo Rug & Jewelry Show, September 26-27
Edison Eskeets seen at the Navajo Rug and Jewelry Show at King Gillette Ranch in 2014.
Film: The Unbearable Likeness of Being Canadian
Documentarian Rob Cohen proudly shines a light on one of Canadas biggest issues: Being funny.
The Topanga Community Club (TCC) is hosting its quarterly Square Dance on Friday, Sept 25, 7:30-10 p.m., with the Whistlepigs band and Susan Michaels calling again. Desserts, drinks and some Whole Foods sandwiches, compliments of Whole Foods Market in Woodland Hills, will be for sale. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (6-12). Kids are welcome to this fun family event, but parents need to supervise them and enco… [Read More...]
Western pond turtles are the only native turtle in Southern California. The combination of habitat loss, increased predation and edge effects associated with fuel modification and other development intrusions into the wildlands has resulted in a marked decrease in western pond turtle populations. In 1986, the Southwest Herpetological Society documented turtles in 30 locations throughout the Santa Monica Mountains. A s… [Read More...]
With an exclusive VIP party, the Village at Westfield Topanga kicked off its Grand Opening weekend on Thursday, Sept. 17. Emmy-nominated television personality Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) led a countdown concluding with a fireworks extravaganza, which represented the official opening of The Village at Westfield Topanga. Joining her were more than 1,800 people gathered at the elegant shopping destination locate… [Read More...]
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 Gulls Way estate overlooking the Malibu coast. There couldnt have been a more beautiful day as 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 auc… [Read More...]
Mark Nygard, president of the Topanga Community Club (TCC), said he fell in love with Topanga the first night he arrived in L.A. That was in 1978 when he and his buddy, Jeff Dew, drove from LAX to the Valley through the Canyon and stopped at the Corral for a beer. In those days, Nygard, who moved here from Connecticut, rented a studio apartment at the Brooks in Balboa Park for $300 a month while making a ton of mo… [Read More...]
Topanga Authors Group (TAG) celebrates its first anniversary with a reading and presentation by Deena Metzger on Wednesday, October 7, 7 to 9 p.m., at the Topanga Library. Metzger unearths connections between the physical plane and the invisible world in her novels, essays, stories, teachings and healings. Underlying all is a deep understanding of how individuals and collectives transform experience and change the course of humanity.… [Read More...]
The Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center will host a Navajo rug and jewelry show, complete with artist talks and demonstrations, on September 26 and 27. Running from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, the free event comes from Hubbell Trading Post, the oldest continuously operated trading post in the American Southwest. With special rug talks at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Hubbell's trader, Edison Eskeets, will … [Read More...]
As the first of its 2015-2016 Masterpiece Series Concerts, the New West Symphony, conducted by Marcelo Lehninger, will present New World, featuring 2015 Grammy® award-winning guitarist Jason Vieaux as guest soloist in his debut with the orchestra. The program includes Suite No. 1 from The Three Cornered Hat, by Manuel de Falla; Concierto de Aranjuez for Guitar and Orchestra, by Joaquin Rodrigo; and Symp… [Read More...]
The Reyes Adobe Historical Site is hosting a special Night at the Adobe reception under the stars on Friday, October 2, 2015 to sample 91301 cuisine, wine and beer while previewing the Art@theAdobe Gallery. The featured artist is Michael Cook aka Cookie, who established Agoura Hills Street Art Live and will be bringing his urban style to Reyes Adobe Days. This years show highlights street art featuring the works… [Read More...]
French coming-of-age drama is more than the sum of its parts. The beauty about a concept like betrayal is that it has always translated so well be it Shakespeare or lighter fare. Melanie Laurents second film, Breathe, draws the line somewhere in the middle. The director attempts to add more shade to the gray area between anger and obsessive madness. Charlie (Joséphine Japy) is your standard issue teen in that th… [Read More...]
Documentarian uncovers the stereotypes on Canadian culture. Documentarian Rob Cohen proudly shines a light on one of Canadas biggest issues: Being funny. That is only a half-truth. While Cohen does tackle the funny, he not only gives a thoughtful look at what it means to be Canadian, but the lasting effect of its stereotypes, externally imposed or self-imposed. The topic of those stereotypes are hit and miss. Cohens… [Read More...]
Olvidados is the first feature to examine Operation Condor, the CIA-backed campaign of terror in Latin America. Olvidados (Forgotten) has been running continuously in theatres in Bolivia since it premiered on July 31, 2014, and premieres on October 2, at Laemmles Royal in Los Angeles, 11523 Santa Monica Blvd. West L.A., CA 90025. Produced by Carla Ortiz, a Bolivian actress and humanitarian known for her… [Read More...]
In anticipation of its upcoming Nature of Wildworks fundraiser on October 18, Mollie Hogan provides a preparatory guide to the Art of Falconry. Ive always loved the sky and its inhabitants. Look up, I say to the kids in my wildlife programs. The birds are up there and theyre always watching. These days everyone is looking down, glued to cell phones. Although there are really beautiful raptor photos on the inte… [Read More...]
Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal. Henry Ford The lazy days of Summer are over, the kids are back at school, the momentum at work has shifted, the sun is starting to rise a bit later, set a bit earlier and we may just be starting to feel our individual motivation stagger. We look to fall as a time of planning, reflection and preparation in our life, family, go… [Read More...]
In 1989, I got married and Jons sister, Peeka, gave us a beautiful, hand-thrown, earthenware wedding plate. White, with a rim of black crows, each one flying under a positive human quality, e.g., Love, Honor, Humor, etc. The plate was a reminder of beneficial ingredients for a successful marriage. I aspired to a life filled with them all, except one: Service. When I saw the word, I thought servitude and said something like, Not me… [Read More...]