May 1, 2016

Topangan Wins Second Place in International Photo Contest

 Prince Zapata, aka, won second place out of 1,200 entries in a photo contest sponsored by Peak Design with this stunning capture of a rescued hummingbird fledgling. He was sitting in his father’s hand, being hand-fed from a leaf.… [Read More...]

Department of Public Works Abandons Master Water Plan

 Water District goes back to the drawing board to rewrite its Master Plan for District 29. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (DPW) announced it would abandon implementing its Waterworks 29 Water Supply Master Plan for District 29 in response to public outrage. Residents and other stakeholders claimed there was virtually no public outreach prior to the release of the plan and that they were not adequately informed of the plan tha… [Read More...]

Meet State Senate Candidate Henry Stern at Mountain Mermaid, May 1

 Outgoing State Senator Fran Pavley invites Topanga to join her in supporting Henry Stern for California State Senate, at a fundraiser event on Sunday, May 1, from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the Mountain Mermaid. The beautiful venue, graciously provided by Bill Buerge and Gail McTune, will commemorate Pavley passing the torch to the next generation at the very place in Topanga where she started her race for, and won her first Stat… [Read More...]

April Rain Report

 April showers have brought .49 inches of rain to Fernwood so far this month. Enough to keep our mountains green but not nearly enough to get us back to average. Normally we have received 18.37 inches of precipitation by April 15. This year our season total stands at 12.54 inches. Pray for more rain!… [Read More...]

Ready Set Go! Emergency Preparedness Fair at Topanga Elementary, May 7

 The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACO FD) will host the Ready Set Go! Emergency Preparedness Fair at Topanga Elementary School on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “This family event will offer Topanga residents the most up-to-date emergency planning information from LA County agencies,” says Maria Grycan, Community Services Liaison for the LACO FD. “People can buy disaster kit supplies from local … [Read More...]

May Topanga Library Events

 Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along—Mondays, 12 noon. Make some joyful noise with our ukulele group and sing-along! Beginner and intermediate players will find a supportive environment led by Melanie Kareem and Jamie Papish. Loaner ukes available. Ages 5 and up. Note: There will be no meeting on May 30 due to the Memorial Day Holiday. Teen Thursdays—Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m. and Thursday, May 26, 4 p.m. Teens, join us at the Library to make some… [Read More...]

Fundraiser for Fortunato­­­

 Topanga local Fortunato Procopio, 57, a director of photography and documentary filmmaker, was in a serious accident on October 6, when his 1995 BMW motorcycle RS was hit head-on by a black 2014 Ford F150 three-quarters of a mile north of Pacific Coast Highway on the S-curves. He was transported to UCLA Medical Center via airlift. Procopio is currently in recovery and being treated for traumatic brain injury. In the acci… [Read More...]

A Walk and a Talk in Red Rock

 Blessed with a warm, beautifully overcast day, 23 members of the Canyon Sages gathered around a picnic table at Red Rock County Park the morning of Thursday April 7. In preparation for a tour led by Vicki Pedone, California State University, Northridge (CSUN) Geology professor, they poured over colorful handouts and large maps of the Santa Monica Mountains. Following a review of the local geological history, Pedone, who is … [Read More...]

RCD Stream Team and Volunteers Remove 1,000 Crayfish from Creek

 On Saturday April 2, the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) successfully organized a crayfish removal event in Topanga Creek. Families, girl scouts, boy scouts, students, scientists and community members came together for a day of fun and hard work resulting in the removal of more than 600 crawdads from the creek! Red swamp crayfish aka Louisiana crawfish/crawdad, (Procambarus clarkii) ar… [Read More...]

Benefit for Ethiopian Orphanages, April 28

 On April 28, Mimosa Cafe will host a fundraiser for Lori Precious and her Indiegogo campaign to start a for-profit philanthropic import company, OmoMade, that will import traditional items from Ethiopia’s mysterious and ancient Omo Valley. Precious leaves for Ethiopia on May 2. "The idea is that I give 10 percent of every purchase to two orphanages there where it will give Ethiopian artisans badly needed income during this fam… [Read More...]

Special Edition: Forty Years Through the Eyes of the Topanga Messenger, Part II—1986-1995

 The second decade of our quarterly 40th Anniversary Special Edition recalls highlights from 1986-1995, that ended with three consecutive years of disasters: 1993—Fire!; 1994—Earthquake!; 1995—Flood, Mud & Landslides! To read Part II and for details on how you can sponsor the remaining Special Editions—Part III (July 14, covering 1996-2005); Part IV (October 13, covering 2006-2015); and the final wrap-up t… [Read More...]

Kitten Nurseries Saving Lives in Los Angeles

 This year, Best Friends Animal Society and its No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) coalition partner are redoubling efforts to save more Los Angeles Animal Services kittens than ever before, in the race to make Los Angeles a no-kill city by 2017. It starts with one litter of unbelievably tiny kittens, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Totally helpless and with their eyes still closed, they’re usually found outdoors and picke… [Read More...]

Free NAMI Mental Health Program Begins May 1

 On May 1 through June 19, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), will present its Family-to-Family Education Program, a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesse… [Read More...]