April 27, 2015

National Park Service Hosts Free “Science Fest,” April 25

 In commemoration of National Park Week, April 18-26, Los Angeles’ very own national park will host “Science Fest” at Paramount Ranch in Agoura on Saturday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sixth annual, family-friendly event features hands-on demonstrations, live animals, guided hikes and more than 50 interactive exhibits. In addition to earning a Junior Ranger patch, attendees can learn how to track a mountain lion, ide… [Read More...]

Low Turnout, Lively Discussion at Traffic Follow-up Meeting

 The April 9 monthly Board meeting of the Topanga Canyon Town Council (TCTC) once again dedicated the time to discuss traffic concerns on Topanga Canyon Boulevard (State Highway 27) as a follow-up to the well attended March 12 meeting. This time, while a scant eight residents attended, they engaged in a lively discussion and received clarification on some questions previously addressed and answered by agency representatives. TCT… [Read More...]

Back From the Brink

 I know we are being inundated with car accidents and near misses throughout Topanga. This accident occurred on Friday morning (April 10) at about 6:30 a.m. when this Amazon Fresh delivery truck careened into my fence. By the angle of the impact I am surmising that the truck which was heading down Fernwood crossed the yellow line and either encountered a vehicle coming up or just over-corrected and crashed into t… [Read More...]

Topanga CPR Class, May 30

 Brad Davis will lead a CPR class on May 30, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Oasis Church Topanga (formerly Topanga Christian Fellowship, 269 Old Topanga Canyon Road. To register for the class or for more information: urbanwilderness@earthlink.net. … [Read More...]

For the Record

 In our recap of Topanga Youth Services production of Pippin (see “TYS Pippin Reaches New Heights,” Topanga Messenger, Vol. 39, No. 7, April 9, 2015), we failed to mention the enormous contribution of Executive Director and Founder of FOCUSfish, Kristy Beauvais and Paul Beauvais who partnered with TYS Director Karen Cook to bring Pippin to life. The design of the Community House (TCC) space for Pippin was the work of Paul Beauvais/FOCUSfish to support th… [Read More...]

April Topanga Produce Exchange

 The latest Topanga Produce Exchange took place on April 11, in the Children’s Organic Garden at the Topanga Community Club (TCC). “Our little gatekeeper, Kira Whalley, welcomed two new Exchangers, Jennifer and Evelyn,” says Exchange founder Cammie Hardouin. “We exchanged organic and GMO-free produce of young greens, lettuce, cabbage, curry, white onions, calendula, lemons and seeds raised in Topanga gardens, as well as goat's mi… [Read More...]

Drought Puts Santa Monica Mountains’ Trees and Animals at Risk

 Scientists are worried about some of the Santa Monica Mountains’ most iconic native animals and plants as the four-year drought and altered weather patterns threaten their very survival. To mitigate these threats, however, there are things mountain residents can do at home. Saving water and redirecting some of what’s been saved can help sustain our native critters through this stressful time. The mountains’ flora and fauna are adapted to dry spells a… [Read More...]

Topanga State Parks Free Sunday Walks

 The wildflowers are finally out! After years of drought in Topanga State Park you can again see Catalina Mariposa Lilies, Elderberry, Lupine and even Poison Oak in bloom. "There are some flowers that we only see occasionally in the park that are now in abundance" said a Topanga Canyon Docent walk leader. Every Sunday, now through the end of June, the Topanga Canyon Docents will be leading a free two-hour walk of disco… [Read More...]

Square Dance Night, April 24

 The Topanga Community Club (TCC) will host its quarterly Square Dance on Friday, April 24, from 7:30-10 p.m. at the Community House. David Bragger with Sausage Grinder, one of LA's premiere Old Time bands, will be playing toe-tapping tunes to get you dancing with Susan Michaels calling. After-dinner desserts and drinks will be for sale. Kids are welcome as it’s a family-friendly event, but parents might want to consider getting a sitter for a date … [Read More...]

Enrollment for Topanga Elementary Due by May 4

 Parents are invited to reserve a place for their children at Topanga Elementary Charter School where they may pick up enrollment packets that are due by May 4, in order to ensure classrooms and staffing. Topanga Elementary Charter School is a small, high-performing school located in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains adjacent to a State Park with excellent, fully credentialed teachers, classroom aides and a strong parent organization: Topanga Enric… [Read More...]

Best Friends Animal Society Adoption Weekend May 2-3

 Shelter pets will shine at the No-Kill Los Angeles (NKLA) Adoption Weekend, Saturday, May 2, and Sunday, May 3, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Page Museum of La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Hosted by Best Friends Animal Society, in collaboration with PetSmart Charities, the popular event is one of several Best Friends super adoptions held twice a year throughout the country. More than 1,000 pets will be available at NKL… [Read More...]

L. A. Animal Services “Spring ‘Em” Adoption Event, April 25-26

 On April 25 and 26 the Pet Care Foundation, aka PETS 90210, will sponsor an adoption event, “Spring ‘Em,” at all of the L. A. City animal shelters. Find your nearest shelter at laanimalservices.com, where you also view all adoptable pets currently in the shelters just waiting to become your forever friend. Adoption fees will be reduced by $25. The Pet Care Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of homeless pets in the… [Read More...]

NKLA “No-Kill” Initiative Gains Ground

 Driven by Best Friend Animal Society’s NKLA (No-Kill Los Angeles) initiative, efforts to make LA a no-kill city continue to surge forward, according to statistics from Los Angeles Animal Services. In 2012, when Best Friends launched NKLA in conjunction with Los Angeles Animal Services (LAAS) and a coalition of local animal welfare organizations, the number of LAAS dogs and cats being killed was more than 18,000. In 2014, that number dropped to approxima… [Read More...]

Gardening: Water Wisely for a Beautiful Garden and Landscape

 Too much or not enough water and never when you need it. That seems to be the long-time plight of gardeners. Add to this extended droughts, flooding and watering bans. What is a gardener to do? Become a water-wise gardener. Water wise is not just about growing drought tolerant plants or eliminating plantings. It is a holistic approach to managing water to avoid flooding that overwhelms sewer systems, improper watering that wastes water and poor landsca… [Read More...]