April 24, 2014

Dateline - By Lee Kelly


The most comprehensive, widely-read, and up-to-date listing of scheduled events in and around the Canyon


Civic Agenda   •   Topanga Events   •  Canyon Sages   •  Faith Gatherings   •  On the Town   •  Announcements


Civic Agenda



TOPANGA EMERGENCY & RESPONSE DRILL

All Topangans are asked to participate in a Topanga Emergency Drill to be conducted by the LA Co Fire Dept & other county agencies & emergency responders on Saturday, April 26. T-CEP will conduct an internal drill in conjunction with this exercise. The Town Council will have an Access Card booth at Topanga Seed & Feed. You should receive details on how to participate in this activity by mail this month.

LA CO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS DEBATE

Candidates for the LA Co Supervisorial District 3 will debate environmental & other issues on Saturday, April 26 from 6 - 7pm at the Westside Jewish Community Center, 5870 w Olympic Blvd, LA. Doors open at 5:30pm, seating & free parking are limited. Reception follows from 7 - 8pm. Email:mnemick@hotmail.com.

T.A.S.C. MEETING

The Topanga Association for a Scenic Community will meet on Sunday, April 27 from 4 - 5pm at the Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd.

C.E.R.T. MEETING

The Topanga Community Emergency Response Team will meet at 7pm at the Topanga Library Community Room, Thursday, May 1. Trained and untrained volunteers are welcome. Call Scott Ferguson at 310/455-1413 for further information.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY BOARD MEETING

The Topanga Historical Society will hold their monthly board meeting at their office location, upstairs at Pine Tree Circle, 120 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, on Monday, May 5. The meeting will commence at 7:30pm. Board meetings are open to the public.

TOPANGA COMMUNITY CLUB

The Topanga Community Club will meet at the Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd on Thursday, May 8 at 7pm. Prospective members and guests are always welcome.

TOPANGA TOWN COUNCIL

The Topanga Town Council will meet at 6pm on Thursday, May 8 at the Topanga Library Community Room. All are invited. For more info go to www.topangatowncouncil.org.

T-CEP HOTLINE

For updated information during a disaster contact the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (T-CEP) at 310/455-3000.


Topanga Events



FRI APR 25

Certified Farmers' Market, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 9am - 1pm, topangafarmersmarket@gmail.com, open every Friday.

Topanga Women's Circle Mother's Day Cards will be available for sale at the Farmers Market every Friday before Mother's Day.

UMIGO, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 4pm, exploration of mathematical concepts thru games & activities, ages 5 - 8, 310/455-3480. Offered every Friday.

Friday Vigils for Peace, Pine Tree Circle, 120

S Topanga Cyn Blvd, 4:30 - 5:30pm, optional social at Abuelitas afterward, debbieinla@outlook.com.

SAT APR 26

Help Homeless Families in Transition, donate non-perishable food items to the Topanga Women's Circle bin, Pine Tree Circle opposite Canyon Gourmet, 120 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 9 - 10:30am, bin is open every Saturday except during high heat, rain or holidays, www.topangawomenscircle.org.

SUN APR 27

Lower Topanga Creek Restoration, plant, water & weed creek-side vegetation, 3.5 hour MRT/CNPS/TP program, bring water, snack, wear sturdy shoes, 8:30am., reservations necessary, 818/591-1701, x203, community service credit.Same program Sunday, May 11.

Family Nature Walk, Topanga State Park, Trippet Ranch, open to all, led by a naturalist-educator volunteer, meet at parking lot, 10am, parking fee, 2 hrs, offered every Sunday.

Community Earth Action Day sponsored by the Community Club, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 10am - 3pm, interactive demos, hands-on workshops, e-waste recycling, lunch available for purchase: bring your own utensils /cup or purchase on site, limited parking, car-pool or walk.

MON APR 28

TCC Kids Club, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 10:30am - 12:30pm, games, crafts, surprises, most Mondays.

WED APR 30

Professional Development Seminar, comprehensive overview of LAEDC, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 6-8pm, $10, 310/455-3480.

THURS MAY 1

Topanga Cub Scouts Pack 24, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 6:30 pm, www.topangacubscouts.org.

FRI MAY 2

TPA Documentary Night, Topanga Library, 122 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 7:15pm snack, 7:30 film, $10 donation requested, bring potluck cheese/veggies, no alcohol, RSVP 310/455-9389.

SAT MAY 3

Artists Reception for Caryl Lightfoot & Loraine Veeck exhibition “Earth & Water,” Topanga Canyon Gallery, 120 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 2 pm to 5 pm.

SUN MAY 4

Audubon led Bird Walk in Topanga State Park, Trippet Ranch, 8am, 3 hrs, meet near kiosk in parking lot, bring hat, water, snack, binocs & bird books, 310/455-1401, parking fee.

Anam Cara Garden Day, LA Hospice at Anam Cara, 1178 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 10am - 3pm, 310/876-4489.

SAT MAY 10

31st Annual Topanga Blues Festival, Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 11am - 4pm, www.socalblues.org for tickets, $40, no tickets at gate.

Speakeasy & Silent Auction, Topanga Mountain School fundraiser, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 5pm, $75, online auction starts bidding May 1, Topangamountainschool.org.

SUN MAY 11

MOMentum Place featuring Topanga’s Lexi Pearl, Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 N Topanga Cyn Blvd, 2pm, aerialists, dancers, singers, jugglers & more 310/455-3723 for ticket info.


Canyon Sages



All calendar events listed here, unless otherwise stated, take place at the Community House, 1440 N Topanga Cyn Blvd. Classes, though geared for seniors, are open to everyone unless otherwise indicated. Some scholarships are available. For more information on classes and membership call 310/455-1319.

FRI APR 25

Track Walk, Community House Ball Field Track, 9am, walk at your own pace around the outer edge of the field, free & ongoing, open to all ages.

NEW! Tango:Dance & Appreciation with Bernard Selling. For dancers, beginners, advanced & listeners, $8, 7 - 8:30pm, opent toall, instrumentalists welcome, RSVP bsell1@earthlink.net.

SUN APR 27

Earth Action Day at the Community House. Sages bring baked goods for fundraising sale & volunteer to sell from 9:30am - 12:30pm & 12:30 - 3:30pm. Drop baked goods from 9:30 - 10:30am.

NEW! Pilates for Buff Bones with Lisa Levinson, 10 - 11am, $6, ongoing, Sages sponsored but open to all. Bring mat and weights.

MON APR 28

Tai Chi with Jackie Safonov, 9:30 - 10:30am, $6, ongoing, Sages sponsored, but open to all ages.

NEW! Spanish Class - Beginner Level with Bill Flaxman, 11am - 12:30pm, newly designed handouts, $36/six week class, ongoing, open to all ages.

NEW! Connecting thru Crafts & a Cup of Tea, hosted by Judy & Marjory, Sages sponsored but open to all, ongoing, free. Bring that project you've been wanting to work on - scrapbook, crochet, knitting, whatever - and the materials you need, and come to the Community House, Penny Room, 1 - 3pm. Bring a cup and we'll provide tea.

NEW! Spanish Class - Intermediate Level with Bill Flaxman, 1:30 - 3pm, newly designed handouts, $36/six week class, ongoing, open to all ages.

TUES APR 29

Weekly Nature Walk, sometimes with docent Lynne Haigh, Topanga State Park, 8:30am, leaves at 8:35am sharp, free, ongoing on Tuesdays, newcomers call 310/455-1319 for meeting spot.

The Computer Club with John Coffer, Penny Room at the Community House, 1 - 2:30pm, ongoing on Tuesdays, free.

Meditation Class with Ron Sharrin, 3:30 - 5pm, free, ongoing on Tuesdays, call 310/455-2230 for location.

WED APR 30

QiGong with Jackie Safonov, 9:30 - 10:30am, $6, ongoing, Sages sponsored, but open to all ages.

FRI MAY 2

Help Decorate for Sages Social, Community House, 10am - 12pm.

Canyon Sages' Supper Social for Topanga seniors of any age, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 3:30pm, free. The program is sponsored by the Canyon Sages and the Community Club along with volunteers from the community, 310/455-1319.

Volunteers are much needed and appreciated when they help with the Sage's Supper Socials, bring side dishes and assist with clean up. Please contact Lisa Villasenor at www.topav@hotmail.com.

THURS MAY 8

Book Club, Penny Room at the Community House, 12 noon - 1:30pm, bring a lunch if you like, read or be reading "Mary Coin" by Marisa Silver. For more info: Palellaa@aol.com or 818/807-8320. There is no charge for this class which meets monthly on the 2nd Thursday. The June 12 selection will be "Fifth Business" by Roberston Davies. For more info: Palellaa@aol.com or 818/807-8320.

FRIDAY, MAY 9

Special Event:Theatricum Botanicum School Days for Sages on Friday, May 9. Special rate is $18 and includes morning workshops, potluck lunch & afternoon play, "King Lear." Sages will bring their own dish to share for the potluck. Call 310/455-1319.

SPECIAL EVENT

Sage Advice for Safety & Emergency Preparedness is the title of an upcoming presentation by Brad Davis AEM, geared toward Topanga's seniors. The event will take place at the library on May 14. More details later.

SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS

The Singing Salon meets monthly on Fridays from 7 - 9pm in private homes. A $5 donation for accompanist is asked for. Space is limited. Contact Michele at 310/455-1319.

Have a Class B Drivers License? The Canyon Sages would like to hire you for their occasional excursions. A van will be provided. Please call 310/455-1319.

Please support the Topanga Community Club as they support us. TCC membership for seniors is only $20/yr & starts with the month you sign up.

The Calabasas Savvy Seniors have many activities of interest to Sages. Call 818/880-6461 to request a catalog.

For info on upcoming daytrips & travel for seniors contact Simi Valley Senior Center at 805/583-6363, the Goebel Senior Center in Thousand Oaks at 805-381-2744, ONEgeneration at 818/708-6604, Calabasas Savvy Seniors at 818/880-6461, Malibu Senior Center at 310/456-2489, X357 and City of Agoura Hills Community Services at 818/597-7361.

Note: Canyon Sages, Topanga's organization for seniors of any age, is under the sponsorship of the Topanga Community Club. All seniors are welcome and membership is free.


Faith Gatherings



FRIDAYS

Chabad Services with Shabbat Dinner, Chabad, 1459 Old Topanga Canyon Road, sundown, 310/455-1597, every Friday.

SATURDAYS

Shabbat Services with Kiddush Lunch & Torah Discussion, Chabad, 1459 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 10am, 310/455-1597, every Saturday.

SUNDAYS

Worship Service, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 10:30 am, 310/455-1048, every Sunday.

WEDNESDAYS

Prayer, Prophesy and Healing, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 6 - 7:30pm.

Torah Class with Kabbalah for men & women, Chabad, 1459 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 8 - 9pm, 310/455-1597, every Wednesday.

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Al-Anon meeting, Inn of the Seventh Ray, 128 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 12 noon, every Tuesday.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 8 pm, every Tuesday. Does not meet on election days.

Alcoholics Anonymous Open Big Book Study, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 6 - 7pm, every Sunday.

Alcoholics Anonymous Step-Study meeting, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 7:30 - 8:30pm, every Friday.

Cocaine Anonymous, Corbin Bowl, 19616 Ventura Blvd at Corbin, upstairs, 7 - 8 pm, Tuesdays, or join the AA meeting at the CH.

Debtors Anonymous BDA meeting, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road, 7:30 - 8:30 am., www.socalda.org., every Tuesday.

Under-earners Anonymous UA meeting, Topanga Christian Fellowship Church, 269 Old Topanga Cyn Rd, 7:30 - 8:30am, every Monday.

Narcotics Anonymous, Community House, 1440 N Topanga Canyon Blvd, 7:30 pm, every Monday. Does not meet on Memorial Day.

Overeaters Anonymous, Woodland Hills United Methodist Church, 5650 Shoup Avenue, Woodland Hills, 7:30 - 8:45 pm, every Monday.


On the Town



FRI APR 25

Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstein, Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center, 3050 E Los Angeles Avenue, Simi, 8pm, $24, $20 & $18, 805/583-7900. Also plays Sunday, 2pm & Friday, Satruday & Sunday next week thru May 25.

SUN APR 27

Outdoor Vintage Market has moved to Pierce College, Victory & Mason, Woodland Hills, 8am - 3pm, $2, under 12 yrs free, vintage, antiques, collectibles, artworks, every 4th Sunday of the month, info@topangavintagemarket.com. New artists & new vintage vendors are welcome, call 310/422-1844.

WED APR 30

Blue Bandits, blues, Concerts in the Bowl, Lane 33 Lounge, Canoga Park Bowl, 20122 Vanowen St, Winnetka, overhead is 2 drinks, 818/347-4807.

FRI MAY 2

The Chamber Orchestra at St Matthews, St Matthews Church, 1031 Bienveneda Ave, Pacific Palisades, 8pm, $35, 310/573-7787.

SAT MAY 3

Introduction to Mountain Biking Skills, Malibu Creek State Park, open to anyone 10 years or older, kids must be accompanied by legal guardian, helmets mandatory, multigeared ATB-style bike preferred, 4 hrs, 8:45am sharp, 805/558-1606.

E-Waste Round-up, Albertsons parking lot, 26521 Agoura Rd, Calabasas, 10am - 3pm.

Annual Turtle & Tortoise Show, 5920 Shoup, Woodland Hills, 12 – 4pm, free.

Turning Thirty, a romantic comedy about mothers, daughters, Santa Monica Playhouse, 1211 Fourth Street, Santa Monica, 7:30pm, $29, $22.50 & $15, 310/394-9779 X1. Also plays Sunday, 3pm. Same schedule thru June 29.

TUES MAY 6

An Evening with Branford Marsalis, Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, 8pm, $65, $58 & $40, 310/506-4522.


Announcements



A New Way To Help Homeless Families in Transition and make Mother's Day special is to order Mother's Day cards from the Topanga Women's Circle. Go to www.topangawomenscircle.org/ or buy them on Fridays at the Farmers Market at the Community House.

Prepare Now for the 2014 LA County/Topanga Emergency Preparedness& Response Drill which will take place on Saturday, April 26. This family activity is a chance to practice emergency plans and see how prepared you are. Learn more by downloading the Topanga Survival Guide at www.t-cep.org.

The Backbone Trek is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 thru Saturday, May 10. For info and fees go to www.smmtc.org/bbtrek/ or call 805/907-1926.

A Symphony Gala at a private estate is planned for Sunday, May 4 to raise funds for the Topanga Symphony. Tickets are $60 & limited. For more info email topangasymphonyevent@gmail.com or call 310/455-2720.

Urban Wilderness First Aid Classes are available in Topanga. Go to urbanwildernesssurvival.com

The Canyon Sages need volunteers to help with their 1st Friday Dinner Socials. Contact Michele at gmsjohnson2002@yahoo.com.

The NatureBridge Hike-A-Thon will take place in the Santa Monica Mountains on May 3 from 8 - 11am. This 2.25 mile hike around Inspiration Point Loop at Will Rogers State Park will raise funds for environmental education in the SMM mountains and Channel Islands. To sponsor, donate, volunteer or learn more visit naturebridge.org/hike-socal.

Colleen Carroll is a Certified Yoga Therapist in the canyon who offers Yoga Therapy for fitness as well as recovery and prevention. Colleen specializes in working with neurological conditions such as Parkinson's, MS, Stroke and Alzheimer's. For more info call her at 310-702-0214 or e-mail her at Colleen@ SoundYogaStudio.com.

Dog, Cat, Horse & Bird Caregiver Deborah Arthur is available to tend to your best friends when you have to leave them home. Deb loves all animals and is also skilled in caring for parrots and other birds. Call her at 310/455-2436. Excellent references.

The California Turtle & Tortoise Club meets at 7:30pm every 3rd Friday of the month at the Woodland Hills Christian Church, 5920 Shoup, Woodland Hills. Check it out at www.tortoise.org.

For Safe Drug disposal use the drop box at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station, 27050 Agoura Road, Agoura.

Operation Blankets of Love needs bedding for animals. Contact Sue Pencall at Jbasgrandma@aol.com.

Californians with disabilities can get free phones with helpful features. Call 855/546-7800.

Seniors 62+ are allowed free daytime parking at the beaches on Monday - Friday with a special pass. Send a copy of your driver's license and auto registration to Dept of Beaches & Harbors, 13837 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey, CA 90292. Your pass will arrive, along with a list of participating lots, in about 2 weeks.

Park fire closure information is available at 805/488-1847. Call if you are planning a visit to any park on a hot, windy day.

RCD Biologists can help you keep your garden green. Call 818/597-8627 to schedule a home visit.

Training on show horses and show ponies is the expertise of Topangan Jill Waldron who offers beginning riding and cart driving lessons in the canyon for children and adults. She also teaches proper care, grooming, feeding and cleaning as well as how to tack up, take care of tack and how to buy equipment. Call Jill at 310/455-1185 for details.

Used Motor Oil can be recycled at the Malibu County Maintenance Yard, 23533 Civic Center Way, Malibu, Monday thru Friday from 7am - 4pm. It is illegal to throw it in your trash.

If you need an E-Waste place near to Topanga, the Goodwill Donation Center in Pacific Palisades is open daily from 8:30am - 5pm at 532 Palisades Drive in Palisades Highland Plaza located in Pacific Palisades off of Sunset Blvd across from the Self Realization Center. Call Beverly at 310/573-4024 with any questions.

The Topanga Survival Guide is currently accessible from the Topanga Coalition for Emergency Preparedness (t-cep), at www.t-cep.org.

/ dateline deadline /

The next Dateline deadline is Monday, April 28 by noon and will cover events from May 8 - 25.

Editor's note: If you have an item for consideration in the Dateline, please submit it by the deadline shown above. It is Messenger policy to list items of public interest which are free or which benefit a non-profit organization. Humanitarian benefits will also be considered. Private business events are listed on a one time basis if they are "one of a kind," low in cost, and space allows. Some ongoing events of high interest to the community will be listed continually at the discretion of the editor. To be certain that your event receives coverage in the paper you are advised to take out an ad.


Civic Agenda   •   Topanga Events   •  Canyon Sages   •  Faith Gatherings   •  On the Town   •  Announcements


Editor's note: If you have an item for consideration in the Dateline, please submit it by the deadline shown above. It is Messenger policy to list items of public interest which are free or which benefit a non-profit organization. Humanitarian benefits will also be considered. Private business events are listed on a one time basis if they are "one of a kind," low in cost, and space allows. Some ongoing events of high interest to the community will be listed continually at the discretion of the editor. To be certain that your event receives coverage in the paper you are advised to take out an ad.