December 17, 2014

December Topanga Library Events

 Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m. through December 16—Toddler Storytime. Stories, rhymes, fingerplays and more! An interactive and fun way to encourage language and literacy skills. Playtime immediately follows storytime. Tuesday, December 9 at 4 p.m.— Juggling! With David Cousin. Record holding, juggler extraordinaire David Cousin will amaze and amuse with his juggling antics. Open to all ages. Sponsored by the Friends of the Topanga Library. S… [Read More...]

Artisan Knife Sharpening at Topanga Farmers’ Market

 Local craftsman, musician and all-around technical consultant Scott King will be providing artisan knife sharpening services at the Topanga Farmers’ Market every first Friday of the month, including December 5. Using six progressively finer grades of stones and strop grits, Scott sharpens all kinds of knives, except serrated ones, by hand, to a very fine edge. Some say he gets them scary sharp! Basic sharpening is $5, but most knives need a new … [Read More...]

Topanga Mail Thieves Arrested

 At 8 a.m., the morning of November 14, we noticed an older Honda with no license plates and two men sleeping inside. At first, I was going to tell them to move on, that it was private property. There were fast food wrappers that they had tossed out the window. They looked pretty harmless, but the fact that there were no plates made it seem pretty weird. So I called 911 and waited for the Sheriffs. I felt maybe I was wasting … [Read More...]

RCDSMM Receives Grant for Wildlife Corridor

 A $650,000 grant from the California Wildlife Conservation Board to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) will fund an underpass corridor in Liberty Canyon for mountain lions and other wildlife to cross Highway 101. The grant follows a "Save L.A. Cougars" campaign rally held in September when State Senator Fran Pavley and other legislators joined school children at the site of the proposed crossing in Agoura Hills to… [Read More...]

Canyon Sages for the Holidays

 The Sages Holiday Dinner—free and open to seniors of any age, is Sunday, December 7, starting with registration at 3:30 p.m., appetizers at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m. The crowd will be treated to music, including the sweet strains of Topanga Symphony veterans Jeanne Mitchell and Kathy Shaw on violin, Barry Brisk on viola and Gavin Koon on cello. New Board Members—The Canyon Sages elected a new slate of officers to its Board of Directors… [Read More...]

Native American Winter Solstice Show & Sale Set for Dec 7

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North Topanga Canyon Fire Safe Council Progress Report

 Wildfire is a fact of life in the Santa Monica Mountains. The bad news is that it’s only a matter of time before it returns to Topanga. The good news is that by implementing recent advances in fire science, Topanga can become a more Fire- Adapted Community. A Fire-Adapted Community takes responsibility for its wildfire risk long before a fire threatens and takes actions to lessen the risk. The more actio… [Read More...]

35th Annual Library Bookmark Contest Winners

 Jishnu Mukherjee, Leo Constantine, Jaya King and Collette Keating were the winners of the County of Los Angeles Public Library’s 35th Annual Bookmark Contest, “Dream in Color! ♦ ¡Sueña en Color!” held by the Topanga Library. Library winners will enter a regional contest and the winners from this competition will be announced in February 2015. Winning bookmark … [Read More...]

Topanga Historical Society’s Archive Digitization Project

 Choosing not to rest on its laurels after publishing “The Topanga Story, Expanded Edition” in 2012, the Topanga Historical Society is poised to start a project of equal importance and complexity: digitizing the Society’s archives. Estimated to take two years with help from a team of volunteers, the project will begin in January and when completed, the Society’s extensive collection of historic photographs and documents will be available online. This… [Read More...]

NHM Nature Lab Wins Award

 The Nature Lab at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) has won an outstanding achievement award from the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) to extend its study of urban nature. The Nature Lab is a permanent, 6,500-square-foot, hands-on gallery with more than 200 specimens, live animals, interactives, media, and scientist demonstrations. As one of the world’s first exhibits to incorporate ongoing citizen science as an integral pa… [Read More...]

Angeles National Forest New Monument Designation

 President Obama used his authority under the Antiquities Act to establish 346,177 acres of national forest land in the San Gabriel Mountains in southern California as a national monument. The designation permanently protects the popular outdoor recreation destination to increase access and outdoor opportunities to the public. San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, designated on October 10, 2014, is located within the Angeles National Forest. The … [Read More...]

Main Street Santa Monica Celebrates the Holidays, Dec. 6

 Main Street in Santa Monica will celebrate the holidays by hosting a spirited extravaganza on Dec. 6, from 6-9 p.m. The event will include 60 parties at participating businesses, a visit from Santa, a tree lighting with the Samohi Choir, a candlelight walk, aerialist performances, and live music at the iconic Shopping Cart Tree at Edgemar. Everyone is invited to kick off the festivities at Enterprise FishCo for a pre-party from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. during… [Read More...]

Public Asked to Help Document Rain’s Impact on Post-Fire Landscape

 THOUSAND OAKS, CA—Scientists are asking the public to help document how the landscape is recovering from a major fire, and hoping the recent rainfall will lend a helping hand. The 2013 Springs Fire burned more than 24,000 acres in the western end of the Santa Monica Mountains. By uploading images from their cameras or smartphones, park visitors can provide important data for the long-term photo-monitoring project. “The Springs Fire was unprecedented i… [Read More...]

Whisker Wonderland—Adopt a Shelter Pet, December 13-14

 On December 13 and 14 you can find a new furry family member at Whisker Wonderland, sponsored by PETS 90210 and the Georgia B. Ridder Foundation, at all of the LA City Animal Shelters. Find locations at to view all adoptable pets currently in the shelters. It is important to remember that while pets bring great joy for the holidays, they are a very personal gift and one … [Read More...]