August 20, 2014

MRCA Acquires Largest Open Space in the Santa Monica Mountains

 The 703-acre Cameron Nature Preserve in Puerco Canyon will connect coastal parklands and link trails from Pacific Coast Highway to Malibu Creek State Park. MALIBU, CA—The Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority (MRCA) closed escrow on July 24, for one of the largest public parkland acquisitions in the coastal Santa Monica Mountains in recent years. The Cameron Nature Preserve in Puerco Canyon, purchased from fi… [Read More...]

For the Record—OMG! Oh, No! Of All People!

 Al Martinez is back and we were all so ecstatic when we read his returning column (see “Al Martinez…On Everything Else…”, Topanga Messenger, Vol. 38, No. 15, July 31, 2014) that our brains must have gone on holiday when we proofread it. “What did you do to my column,” he wailed over my home phone, after leaving three unanswered messages at the office. “That wasn’t a headline. That was my slug!” For you who don’t know newspaper jargon, a slug id… [Read More...]

National Park Service Hosts Volunteer Work Day, August 23

 AGOURA, Calif. -- The National Park Service is looking for volunteers to help improve trails and facilities at Paramount Ranch in Agoura. The public is invited to a work day on Saturday, August 23 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Attendees should bring gloves, a hat, closed-toed shoes and water. All other tools will be provided.  RSVP online at www.paramountw… [Read More...]

Old Canyon and Fernwood Roadway Improvements to Begin, Aug. 25

 An upcoming roadway improvement project will upgrade nearly 2.5 miles of highway within the LA County unincorporated communities of Old Canyon and Fernwood in Topanga Canyon. Roadwork is set to begin August 25 and will continue for about two months. The $673,000 project will resurface Basin Drive, Jando Drive, Cave Way, Topanga Skyline Drive, and Vesey Road, providing smoother and safer road conditions. Construction is funded by Proposition 1B transport… [Read More...]

PDSMM Fêtes Progressives, August 23

 On August 23 the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains will bid farewell to Henry Waxman with its annual Courage Award, presented by Sup. Zev Yaroslavsky, and introduce Ted Lieu, our incoming Congressman. Awards will also go to the Theatricum Botanicum for their decades of support for progressive causes and to crusading journalist Robert Scheer, who has been speaking truth to power since his days as editor at Ramparts magazine. Many … [Read More...]

Monte Nido Fire Safe Council Seminars on Fire Safety

 As in Topanga, the neighboring unincorporated community of Monte Nido is making its community safer before a wildland fire threatens. With help from a 2014 grant received by Mountains Restoration Trust from the Community Assistance Program of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the National Park Service (NPS) through the California Fire Safe Council, the Monte Nido Fire Safe Council (… [Read More...]

Save the Date—TCC Square Dance, September 19

 The next Topanga Community Club Square Dance is scheduled for Friday, September 19th at 7:30 pm again at 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd. The June event was really fun and everyone found the timing worked well. Since it's not a dinner event, there will be a tasty dessert bake sale again and cash bar with Sangria, wine, beer and water. Tickets: $10 for adults; $5 for kids. We look forward to seeing y’all at the hoedown! … [Read More...]

August Events at Topanga Library

 Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:15 a.m.—Toddler Storytime. Join us for stories, songs, fingerplays and more! Playtime immediately follows storytime. Thursday, August 14 at 3:30 p.m.—Teen Advisory Board Meeting. Earn volunteer credit while providing input on programs, services, and books for teens! For teens ages 12-18. Tuesday, August 19 at 7 p.m.—Book Club for Adults. We will be discussing “Absurdistan” by Gary Shteyngart. Visit t… [Read More...]

Topanga Produce Exchange

 The Topanga Produce Exchange is a free, monthly, neighborhood exchange of non-GMO organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that grow in our yards. On July 26, a small group gathered at the Community Club’s Children's Garden, where Carolyn Davis provided a tour, shared composting and edible gardening tips and water-wise tricks. Gabrielle Lamarind brought strawberries for snacking; Tali Whalley brought pumpkins so big that… [Read More...]

What to Do in Case of a Flash Flood

 Topanga is no stranger to floods. Eighteen to 24 inches of moving water can wash an SUV off of the road. In fact, according to the National Weather Service, more than half of all flood-related deaths are people driving through flooded roads. With the risk of flash flooding in the past few weeks, the nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® reminds residents to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!” and offers the following flood safety tips to protect… [Read More...]

Strut Your Mutt® —A Fun Way to Save Animal Lives, Sept. 6

 Best Friends Animal Society’s Strut Your Mutt® returns to Los Angeles on September 6. It was 1995 when Best Friends Animal Society® started a small dog walk event in its home state of Utah. Back then, even the most optimistic animal welfare enthusiast could not have imagined the community event growing to a multi-million dollar fundraiser benefiting hundreds of shelters and rescue groups around the country. Nineteen years later, Best … [Read More...]

Best Friends’ No-Kill Initiative Hits Milestone

 LOS ANGELES, CA—Best Friends Animal Society’s NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative reached yet another milestone on its way to turning Los Angeles into America’s largest no-kill city by 2017, reaching historically low shelter deaths at Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) shelters. Fiscal year numbers for 2013-2014, released by LAAS recently indicated that the six Los Angeles city shelters recorded the lowest number of dog and cat killings on record i… [Read More...]

Overnight Fiddle & Griddle at TCC, August 23-24

 Next weekend is the inaugural night to camp out under the stars at the Topanga Community Club! The First EVER Fiddle & Griddle fundraiser will be next Saturday night, August 23. There will be games for all ages, horseshoe lessons for big kids, and a special rattlesnake information talk before a kids' talent show and stargazing (we hope!). If you play an instrument, please bring it and join our camp singalong when the sun goes down! The Griddle po… [Read More...]