June 29, 2016

Firefighting Strategy, Calm Weather Beats Back “Old Fire”… this Time

 Coordinated firefighting strategy and cooperative weather beat back the “Old Fire”…this time. We’re Safe! While some grudingly complained about the road closures, the abundance of “robo calls” every ten minutes from Alert L.A. and Sheriff’s Deputies knocking on people’s doors to remind them that this was a mandatory evacuation, maybe those Topangans should, first of all, be grateful, as should all of us.… [Read More...]

Ceremony Celebrates Completion of the Backbone Trail

 Over the past 50 years, the Backbone Trail, stretching 67 miles between Point Mugu State Park and Will Rogers State Historic Park, has slowly taken shape, stitched together by public funding and private donations that have led to acquisition of some 6,000 acres of land. One of the key actions to complete the trail was the generous donation of a 40-acre parcel of land in Zuma Canyon by former Governor Arnold Schwarze… [Read More...]

Fire Sale At Inn of The 7th Ray

 For the Inn of the 7th Ray, known for its Sunday brunches, weddings, and a place of magic, summer breezes, fine organic food, spirituality and romance, June 4 started out as any other Saturday for owner Lucile Yaney. She was hosting two weddings on Saturday and Sunday and was prepared for 300 meals to be served. Fate worked against these well-laid plans, when a car slammed into a power pole and started a significant fire in C… [Read More...]

June Topanga Library Events

 Topanga Ukesters & Sing-along—Mondays, 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. Ages 5 and up. Toddler Storytime—Wednesdays, 11 a.m. Stories, rhymes, fingerplays and more! An interactive and fun way to encourage language and literacy skills. Playtime immediately follows storytime. Ages 0-3. Spanish C… [Read More...]

Chamber Mixer Hosts Acrobats and Horses, June 22

 Meet the horses, Drifter and Jesse, watch FOCUSFish students fly through the air, and enjoy a special evening event hosted by the Topanga Chamber of Commerce at the historic Cali Camp that, when it’s not being a summer camp, hosts Manzanita School. These five local businesses offer interesting options for fitness, outdoor adventure and healing with and for horses. "A Brand New View" with Kamakshi Hart, M.A., Spir… [Read More...]

Sages Presentation: Senior Communities and Reverse Mortgages, June 24

 The Canyon Sages invites all Topangans to an in-depth discussion about nearby 55+ communities, coupled with a primer on reverse mortgages on Friday, June 24, at 2 p.m., in the Topanga Library Meeting Room. In 2014, Linda Ballou, an adventure traveler and author of three books, gave a fascinating talk with tips about traveling. She is, however, also a seasoned realtor. Since moving to Topanga and joining the Sages, she has discovered there is a thirst f… [Read More...]

“Celebrate America” at Santa Monica College, June 25

 Don’t miss the free fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America,” a popular star-spangled salute to our nation’s independence, to be held on Saturday, June 25, at Santa Monica College. The celebration will feature a dazzling fireworks show by Rialto-based Pyro Spectaculars Entertainment. Live music includes the popular Chris Mulkey Band and their Country Rock sounds, with Eddie Jauregui as Master of Ceremonies. Held … [Read More...]

Youth and Adult Summer Classes Offered in Malibu

 This is the summer of opportunity! Break a sweat in dance, sport or workout classes, learn a new instrument or get creative in a new art class provided by the City of Malibu’s Parks & Recreation Department. Enjoy a wide range of community classes for children and adults throughout June, July and August, when community classes are offered for all ages and skill levels. Parent and Me Classes: Kick & Play, Music Together, Parent & Me Ballet, Pa… [Read More...]

Fire-Danger Elevated to Very High in L.A. Mountains

 Angeles National Forest and San Gabriel Mountains National Monument (ANF/SGMNM) fire officials have raised the Fire Danger Level from “High” to “Very High,” effective Monday, June 13. Drought conditions continue for the fifth year in a row adding to already dry vegetation. The forest has taken this step to enhance public awareness that wildfire probability increases as temperatures rise and brush dries out. The live fuel moisture levels in shrubs … [Read More...]

NHM’s “The Curiosity Show” Lands Online

 A new video series, “The Curiosity Show,” has been launched by the Natural History Museum (NHM) of Los Angeles County (www.nhm.org/nature/video/the-curiosity-show) where the series features often humorous perspectives from NHM scientists about their ongoing and expanding research. NHM’s Fish Curator Chris Thacker is the creator, writer and director, as well as the host of the show, which is a funny, quirky look at behind-the-scenes Museum collections,… [Read More...]

Bill Clinton Stumps for Hillary in Woodland Hills

 In what was surely a thrill for supporters, former President Bill Clinton spent June 3 in the San Fernando Valley campaigning for Hillary in a push to “get out the vote” before the June 7 primary. Clinton visited the Westfield Promenade Mall in Woodland Hills as a “thank you” to the nearly 300 cheerful volunteers who filled the Hillary Clinton campaign headquarters ahead of his speech at 4 p.m. Dressed in a dark blue shirt… [Read More...]