October 19, 2014

The Treasure Chest is Open! Subscribe & Win!

 That little treasure, the Topanga Messenger, that you hold in your hands or read online every two weeks has never missed an issue despite fires, floods and earthquakes. Because we’ve always been there for you, we are asking you to be there for us again, in this, our second subscription drive. Subscriptions are a key component to a successful newspaper. Your support sends a strong message of gratitude to our current… [Read More...]

Topangans Reach Out to Cabo

 Guerilla Humanitarianism plays out worldwide but begins in Topanga. Topangans are playing a key role in relief efforts in Cabo San Lucas in the aftermath of Hurricane Odile, which roared into Baja, Mexico on September 15. It was the worst storm to hit the area since 1967. Since Odile struck this popular tourist destination with winds above 125 mph, Cabo, which is located about 900 miles south of Los Angeles, has faced … [Read More...]

Welcome Lavennia Giseli Wright

 After five hours of labor, new parents, Chari and Alex Wright arrived at Kaiser Hospital in Woodland Hills, where, 55 minutes later, Lavennia Giseli Wright was born on Sept.17, weighing in at 7 pounds, 7 ounces, on the same day as her famous Guardian Angel, Julia Davis of Old Topanga Canyon, was born. Mother, father and baby are doing great.… [Read More...]

Topanga Tim's Survival Tips— Freeway Safety

 Sylvia Park Sam always seems to be engrossed in the newspaper when he’s not out riding his horse. He waved a clipping under my nose about the Metro and said there is a new number to add to our growing list of useful phone numbers. For non-emergency assistance on the LA Freeways call #399 on your cell phone. You can request a Metro Freeway Service Patrol tow truck or other assistance. The dispatcher can contact your auto club. It sounds like a… [Read More...]

Oct.-Nov. Events at Topanga Library

 Saturday, October 11, 11 a.m.—Russian Literature Group. Join our welcoming group as we explore Russia's long and fascinating literary culture. This month's readings are two short stories by Leo Tolstoy, “The Death of Ivan Ilyich,” and “The Cossacks.” Open to adults. Tuesday, October 14 through Saturday, October 18—Teen Book Exchange. Stop by the teen area anytime between Tuesday, October 14, and Saturday, October 18, with your gently used… [Read More...]

Trees Down on Old Canyon

 Doug Wood notified the Messenger that on Sunday morning, September 26, a huge oak tree fell onto Old Canyon Road between Valley and Jando. Better yet, he took photos. He reported that the fire department was on the job with the women inmates from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Malibu Conservation Camp 13 who wielded their chain saws and chopped it up in no time for removal. Stepha… [Read More...]

Dorothy Reik to be Honored October 19

 Long-time Topangan Dorothy Reik, president of the Topanga chapter of the Progressive Democrats of America, the Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains (PDSMM), will be one of two volunteers honored as Democrat of the Year for the 50th Assembly District by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party on Oct. 19, at the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Dinner. At this event, The Los Angeles Democratic Party honors grassroots activists from each Asse… [Read More...]

Free CERT Training, Oct. 11-Nov. 1

 In an emergency—and there will be one—you could save a life. Following a major disaster, fire and medical services will not be able to fully meet the demand and communities may have to provide their own emergency and medical services. CERT training teaches you basic disaster and medical skills that could help you save the life of a family member or neighbor in any type of emergency situation. Topan… [Read More...]

Theatricum’s Fourth Annual Boo-tanicum, October 31

 Come on down…if you dare…when the bucolic Theatricum Botanicum transforms into the haunted BOO-tanicum with the theater company's Fourth Annual Halloween extravaganza, perfect for ghosts and goblins of all ages. Wander Theatricum’s wooded grounds in the heart of rustic Topanga Canyon, where you’ll find a haunted house, ghost stories, pumpkin carving, game booths, performances by Creative PlayGround, Melanie Kareem's belly dance troupe and the comedy i… [Read More...]

Free Festival Celebrates All Things Bird

 CALABASAS, CA—Bird Fest, an inaugural event featuring a host of free activities, will be held Saturday, Oct. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Santa Monica Mountains Interagency Visitor Center. Bird enthusiasts and newbies alike are invited to celebrate all things bird. “Our first-ever Bird Fest is going to be fantastic, with something for everyone,” said Sophia Wong, store and events manager for the Western Natio… [Read More...]

Topanga Historical Society Picnic at Camp Wildwood, October 26

 If you lived in Topanga in the mid-1980s or before, you might have taken a dip or jack-knifed off the high dive into the Stewart’s pool at Camp Wildwood. At that time the property was open to the public for a small fee. The story goes that rising insurance costs caused them to close down to the public. Most of us now just get a glimpse of this property located at 500 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd. as we travel to other destinations or … [Read More...]

Topanga Messenger Looking to Complete Archives

 For faithful subscribers who actually keep all their back issues of the Topanga Messenger, we need your help in completing our archives. Missing are: Volume 5, Number 14, July 16-29, 1981; and Volume 21, Number 4, February 27-March 12, 1997. Also, if anyone has copies of the December 18, 2008, Volume 32, Number 25, year-end issue with Dan Mazur’s color illustration of President-elect Obama as Grand Marshall of the Topanga Days Parade on the co… [Read More...]

Phone Scams—Don’t Be a Victim

 The "Missed Jury Service" phone scam has been around since 2005, but recently resurfaced in your neighborhood. A caller informs you that you missed jury service and there is an arrest warrant issued for you.
One version of the scam, if you tell the caller you did not receive a jury summons, he/she will ask you for personal identifying information (social security number, driver license number, date of birth, etc.) to "verify" whether or not you … [Read More...]

The Nature of Wildworks “Twenty Years Wild!” Oct. 12

 Wildworks’ 20th Anniversary fundraiser will celebrate the milestone at a private home in Pacific Palisades, Sunday, October 12, 4 to 6 p.m. Along with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, guests will meet Wildworks’ founder, Mollie Hogan, and the animal ambassadors who help promote the sanctuary year-round with educational programs in schools and throughout L.A. County.
The event will feature new and unique silent auction items, holiday gifts and stocki… [Read More...]

Rock Chippers’ 16th Annual Gem Show, October 18

 The Woodland Hills Rock Chippers (WHRC) will hold its 16th Annual Gem Show on Saturday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the United Methodist Church. The event is free for all to enjoy demonstrations, displays and equipment with beautiful fossils, minerals and sparkly gems, taken from Mother Earth to be collected and treasured. In addition, there will be crafts, jewelry, food, children's activities and a silent auction. WHRC encourages the study of… [Read More...]

LVMWD Introduces Colorful Conservation

 CALABASAS, CA—Las Virgenes Municipal Water District (LVMWD) is making colorful water conservation statements available to the public for posting at their homes, businesses and on cars in the form of lawn signs and bumper stickers that carry water conservation messages. The new materials tie in with the state’s “Save Our Water” campaign and will remind everyone who sees them of the need to conserve water during the state’s severe drought. The signs and… [Read More...]

Monte Nido Fire Preparedness Fair, Oct. 18

 Get Involved, Be Prepared, Protect Your Family, Animals & Home. The Mountains Restoration Trust (MRT) and the Monte Nido Fire Safe Council will sponsor a Fire Prepardedness Fair on Saturday, October 18. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a home assessment tour of four houses, led by trained risk assessors, will demonstrate and explain what you can do to protect yourself and your home. The Fair officially begins at 11 a.m. with presentations by representa… [Read More...]

The Fur is Flying! Adopt a Shelter Pet, Oct. 18-19

 On October 18 and 19, all six of the L.A. City animal shelters will open their doors for those seeking to adopt a rescue pet looking for its forever home. The Fur is Flying is just one of the many events the Pet Care Foundation presents each year to help lessen the euthanasia rate in city shelters. The Pet Care Foundation is a non-profit organization created by the late Paula Kent Meehan that is dedicated to the advancement of homeless pets in the Los… [Read More...]

Fundraiser for Floating Doctors, October 15

 A fundraiser for Floating Doctors will be held at the Old Place in Malibu on Wednesday, October 15, beginning with dinner and wine tasting at 6 p.m. The Cornell Winery and Tasting Room is right next door. This is a great opportunity for Topangans to support their own. Floating doctors began in Topanga in the person of Ben La Brot, the son of George and Paula La Brot. La Brot had a long association with the ocean from childhood. Not following preci… [Read More...]