Longtime Topangan Michelle Acker, in a festive straw hat, got some help from Becca Barkin at the buffet table at the Sages Senior Supper on Sept. 6 at the Community House.
After a part-time summer, the Sages is open for business this fall, offering a full array of new activities, many of them offered to all ages, at the Topanga Community House. Membership now numbers 285 members, many of them doubling up as volunteers, but there is always room for more.
EAT, EXERCISE, MEDITATE, LOVE THE SAGES
Merlin, Plein Air and Potluck, Sept. 27Third annual Potluck Dinner and a Show night at Theatricum Botanicum to see Merlin, an original musical written and directed by Artistic Director Ellen Geer. The theater offers a senior group rate of $21.25 for the lower tier; $12.75 for the upper. Potluck begins at 6:30, followed by the show at 8 p.m. New members are welcome to join in.
Sages Social, Free BBQ, Bluegrass Music, Oct. 4Seniors of any age are invited to the Sages Friends and Family Potluck BBQ that starts at 3:30 p.m. with hors doeuvres at the Community House. Lisa Villasenor, in charge of the monthly dinners, will supervise, while volunteers man the barbecue. Want to bring a side dish or appetizer (not required)? Contact Lisa at email@example.com with your choice. All Sages Socials are free.
Frank Harper of the Bluegrass band, Murphys Flaw, will entertain with a little help from his friends. New members can sign up and get more information about Canyon Sages at the event.
Cooking Class, Nov. 8Kristine Kidd, long-time editor of Bon Appetit magazine and Williams Sonoma cookbook author, taught an amazing class last spring. It started with a shopping trip to Topangas farmers market for poppin fresh produce, then repaired to Catherine McClenahans beautiful hilltop home to cook and (wow!) to eat. This time, the theme is appetizers and side dishes for the holidays. Cost is $20 and includes lunch. Space is limited and this one goes fast! To RSVP: Andrea Palella at
Exercise ClassesMost Sages exercise classes began the second week of September. This season, our very popular Tai Chi, led by Jackie Safanov, and Zumba Gold, led by the vivacious Zumba Betty, return to the Community House. They are joined by Balance with Susan Pinto and Yoga with Allison Zarem. Though fees are generally paid in advance for the eight-week sessions, its not too late to join. Drop-ins are welcome. To keep the numbers up and prices down, these classes are open to all ages, making them a convenient and inexpensive alternative for everyone.
Get Fit for Life with Lynn Conradsponsored by Regal Health, this is a free class, adaptable to all fitness levels, that starts on Tuesday, Oct. 1. Refer to the Messengers Dateline for details and dates. Contact Activities Chair Gabrielle Lamirand,
Plein Air Watercolor ClassThere are three new classes to enrich mind and soul. Space is limited, so sign up right away. Catherine Tirr, is a celebrated artist who has taught for the Emeritus program at Santa Monica College since 2000 (see her show at the Emeritus College Gallery this month). She will teach a five-week session at Topanga State Beach. Cost is $50 plus materials, starts Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 2-5 p.m.
Spanish ClassTopangan Bill Flaxman starts Spanish classes for beginners and intermediates beginning Monday, October 7, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Community House. Bill graduated UCLA with a degree in Spanish and has since tutored extensively and worked as a translator in Peru, Mexico. Price is just $30 for a six-week session.
Note: To R.S.V.P. for the Theatricum evening, Watercolor and Spanish classes, or to sign up to receive e-mail notices, contact Michele at firstname.lastname@example.org; or (310) 455-1319.
Wednesday Series at Library, Oct. 2 The Sages kicks off its free series of programs at Topanga Librarys Meeting Room with Making Sense of Medicare at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited! Are you on Medicare or about to be? Do you need to help a parent figure out their medi-gap insurance? Before the new enrollment periodOctober 15 to December 7learn what your options are. Bruce Johnston, a licensed broker with decades of experience in Medicare, will present a primer on all things Medicare and take all questions. So come and fire those questions when ready!
Poetry Panels, Oct. 9Jean Colonomos and Ann Buxie will lead another in their series of poetry panels, Poetry as Prayer, and will discuss, share and write poetry that is visionary in nature. Begins at 7:30 p.m.
Elder Law Legal Advice, Nov. 6Local activist and lawyer Rebecca Goldfarb and her law partner Dinh Luu, will present Court Sucks: How to Avoid It, offering free legal advice on all issues with an emphasis on elder law, followed by a workshop to help qualified participants create very basic legal documents. Starts at 6:30 p.m.
ONGOING FREE ACTIVITIES
Weekly Nature WalksCanyon Sages continues these walks on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m., often led by Topanga State Parks head docent, Lynne Haigh.
Computer Club John Coffer, leads on Tuesdays at the Community Club from 1-2:30 p.m. Coffer hooks up newbies and problem solves with fellow geeks. Computers are available.
Meditation with Ron Sharrin Tuesdays at his Hillside home, 3:30-5 p.m. Call Michele to start.
The Singing SalonNow in full swing, here is a place to sing, play and party on a Friday evening each month. Contact Michele to find out more.
The Book Clubheld at the Community House on the second Thursday of the month, is always open to new members. When it meets in October from noon to 1:30 p.m., theyll be discussing Somerset Maughams The Razors Edge.
Check out the Messengers Dateline for details and dates on all these programs.
AT YOUR SERVICE
The Sages also offers services to seniors. Were forming a group to reach out and visit isolated seniors. We are also polling seniors now to see what services they need referrals, rides, Meals on Wheels? We are asking local businesses to offer senior discounts.
Some business people have already stepped up: Realtor Chryssa Lightheart; Alan of Alan Stuart Freeman Construction; Erle Eddy, construction and carpentry; Roberta Koehl, real estate loans and estate planning; tax accountant Barbara Allen; and Canyon Car Service and Canyon Shuttle; offer discounts for seniors over 62.
Contact Michele at (310) 455-1319; email@example.com; for details on discounts, to volunteer or for questions on events. And please join the Sages!
We are a dues-free, self-run organization that needs your support and input to exist and prosper.