May 27, 2018

Canyon Sages Host Barbecue, Poetry Panel



Canyon Sages Host Barbecue, Poetry Panel

The Canyon Sages is revving its engine, gearing up for an amazing fall. The group, open to seniors of any age, will hold its annual barbecue on Oct. 5 and a follow-up to its very popular Poetry Panel on Oct. 24. Both events are free. The Sages also will be rolling out a full roster of exercise classes and swimming at CaliCamp, both now open to all ages, new computer classes and cooking classes, Meditation classes and a watercolor class.

Sage-agers, their families and friends are all invited to the annual Sages Barbecue on Oct. 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the Community House. As usual, Randy Just will man the grill while Lisa Villaseñor reigns in the kitchen. Come to sign up for Sages and enjoy fine food and fun music. You can bring a potluck dish if you’d like. Just contact Lisa at to let her know what you’re bringing. It’s free!

Since August, the new owners of CaliCamp have offered a senior swim to Sages on Tuesday and Thursdays from 10-noon for $5 a swim, which helps them keep a lifeguard on hand. Now they have decided to open the swim to everyone at the same low price. Since the pool is unheated, the offer only lasts till the end of October, so take advantage of it while you can. If it is a success, the CaliCamp swim may return again next summer. The Sages thank Melissa Oliver and Paul Ferra and the other owners of CaliCamp for the opportunity to keep cool in the canyon.

Starting this week, five Sages exercise classes return to the Community House, offered for the low price of $40 for the 8-week session or $10 for drop-ins. This year, so that we’re assured of at least 10 in every class, we’ve opened the classes to all ages. Are you a young mother and want exercise nearby? Do you have limited mobility? Check out our classes that include Get Fit for Life, More Get Fit for Life, Tai Chi and Qigong, Easy Exercise and Balance Classes. To sign up, contact Gabrielle at , call her at (310) 455-3030, or just show up at class time. Check out the Messenger Dateline ( or the Sages entries on the community calendar for more information.

Our Meditation class with Ron Sharrin will begin again on Tuesday, September 18, from 3:30-5 p.m. at a new location — the Penny Room of the Community House. It is also Sages sponsored, but open to all ages. Many of those who attended his exciting lecture on Buddhism and Meditation this summer have been waiting for the opportunity to join the group. It’s free and everyone is welcome to come.


Canyon Sages Host Barbecue, Poetry Panel

The Sages Book Club is seeking new members. They meet the second Thursday of the month at a new time and place – noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Penny Room at the Community House. For October 11, read Wallace Stegner’s Pulitzer-winning “Angle of Repose” based on the letters of a real-life pioneer woman. Bring your sack lunch and stay to chat.

The Walking Club continues on Tuesdays, meeting at 8:30 a.m. at the intersection of Entrada and Waveview. Topanga State Park head docent Lynne Haigh often leads the hour-long walks into the park, commenting on the flora and fauna. Come join us for fresh air and fun.

A series of four computer classes covering everything from Search Engine Skills to Skyping will begin Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Community House. First up is E-mail Skills, taught by former computer professor and project manager for Hughes Corporation, Larry Roberts. The fee is a low $10 per two-hour session. E-mail or call Gabrielle to sign up in advance, or show up to the first class, laptop in hand, though a computer is not required since some will be available.

The Poetry Panel will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at Topanga Library. It is free and open to all ages. Once again it will be hosted by local poet Jean Colonomos, a former Martha Graham dancer turned playwright and poet and Ann Buxie, who leads Malibu’s Poetry by the Sea sessions. Joining them will be the amazing Jaha Zainabu, a charismatic poet, storyteller, performance artist and singer, who plays venues all over the country. New to the group is Paul Guthrie, a veteran poet. They plan to once again involve the audience, bringing found objects for each participant to use for inspiration. In the first panel last spring, after reading their own poetry, the poets called on the audience to write and read theirs. The group offerings were by turns funny, insightful and surprisingly masterful. The evening was a complete success, enjoyed by all. Come and be part of the fun. It’s free!

The Sages wants to thank the leading realtors who were members of the Topanga Broker’s Co-op. They recently donated $600 to Sages causes. The Co-op was formed some years ago when realtors from Topanga companies decided to share information on listings and sponsor caravans. It was led by Gary Harryman for many years, then Teresa Penner. Sages stalwart Karen Dannenbaum was treasurer. Several years ago, the Co-op disbanded. Now the brokers have graciously voted to donate the balance of the Co-op’s bank account to deserving Topanga groups. We are in great company. The other recipients are T-CEP, the Topanga Community Club and Arson Watch. We will put the money to good work, subsidizing classes and outings and expanding our programs. Thank you, Topanga Broker’s Co-op.

If you would like to donate to the Canyon Sages, make your check to Topanga Town Council, specifying Sages in the memo line, and mail it to PO Box 1085, Topanga, 90290. Or go online at, click on Donate and specify Sages as you check out.

If you’re a Sage-ager, but haven’t yet joined the Sages, please do. There are no dues and you will be notified by e-mail, phone and mail about our latest offerings. Some classes with limited enrollment, like our cooking classes and watercolor class, are open to signed up Sages only. We also believe there is strength in connection. We are continuing to reach out to seniors in need of any kind of assistance and serve as a clearinghouse for information. So don’t miss out. Go to the Sages pages at topangatowncouncil or contact Michele Johnson at or call her at (310) 455-1319 for information or to join.