Swing your partner up to the Community House for a Square Dance! This Friday, September 30th, will be a fun night, with a bake sale and a cash bar. You don’t need to know how to square dance, as caller Susan Michaels will take you right through the steps. Some people dress up in fancy petticoats, others just wear whatever. Make a plan with friends & neighbors!
While you are there, make sure to sign up to become a member of the Topanga Community Club. It is a great facility run by volunteers who really put their hearts, heads, and hands into making it a great gathering place for our community. Bring your talents to help!
Wherefore art thou, Topanga art patrons? You can help bring the arts to kids who would not otherwise have the experience. You can help make it happen!
Come enjoy the fruits of these students’ labors at the City Hearts Shakespeare Challenge, Recital & Photography Exhibition. On May 31st, in the beautiful outdoor amphitheater of the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, students from Compton, Pacoima, and Boyle Heights will perform and display their work.
Who brings these talented kids to our stage? City Hearts: Kids Say Yes to the Arts, a non-profit established by Topangans Sherry & Bob Jason to provide enrichment and inspiration to some of the most disadvantaged children in Los Angeles. Through training with professional practicing artists in Dance, Music, Shakespeare, Musical Theater, Playwriting, Photography, and Visual Arts, these kids get to personally experience being creators and artists.
I’ve seen the photography produced by some of the students. It is wonderful! Each brings a unique perspective to the lens. Each is an artist discovering his or her own talent and possibilities. This day will be a celebration of potential and hope.
Saturday, May 31, 2014 10am to 2:30pm The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, 1419 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA For more information: www.cityhearts.org
This weekend, July 18-22, is the 2013 Topanga Film Festival at beautiful venues around town. Get your tickets now – If they are sold out online, they may have some at the door. Check out the schedule
The Topanga Film Institue and Festival is a non-profit which supports the efforts of independent filmakers around the globe. They promote storytellers that inspire and move us to act to make this world a better place. The beautiful films capture people and places, but it is the stories that move us. Who’s up for a great story?
Come see the beautiful works lovingly created by local artisans this Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Hearts and Crafts Fair at the Topanga Community House. Find all kinds of beautiful gifts for your Valentine or maybe just pamper yourself a little bit with a new treasure.
Proceeds will benefit the rebuilding of the Playground at the Community House. Join the Hearts and CraftsEvent on Facebook and show your support by sharing!
Topanga Artist Catherine Tirr’s Gorgeous Watercolors will be on sale at Vidiots on Pico in Santa Monica, Saturday, October 6, 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. Catherine is a long-time Topangan whose works have been exhibited at LACMA, The Armand Hammer Museum, and various other venues, both here in L.A. and internationally. She also teaches art with a gentle, enjoyable approach.
Perfect for early holiday shopping for a very special someone, there are over 500 paintings, many of which are demonstrating particular painting techniques. Browse through the selections, and pick out your favorites. I’m warning you – it will be tough to narrow down your selections. I won’t even pretend to know anything technical about art, but I LOVE Catherine’s work. Something about the way her paintings have a dreamy and deep feeling…..yeah, I’ll leave the critique to the professionals.
The venue for the sale is a fun place. Vidiots is a unique video store with a great selection of hard to find movies, located on Pico Blvd, between 3rd and 4th streets. ( across the street from Santa Monica BOWL). There is meter parking all around the store, limited parking in the back and street parking a block away. As you go into the store, the annex is on your left.
The current show at The Topanga Canyon Gallery brings together three wonderful Topanga Artists for “Journey – Three Artists, Three Journeys.”
Robin Becker, Rebecca Catterall, and Paula Fagan have transformed the Gallery into a nomadic tent to enhance your experience as you travel through their art journey. They have also opened their hearts by putting art up for raffle to benefit Liberty Children’s Home, an orphanage in Belize. The show will run through September 30, 2012.
Come to the opening reception, Saturday evening, September 8th, from 4-7 p.m. There will also be a Closing reception and Artist’ Talk on September 30th, from 2-5 p.m.
Topanga Elementary Charter School is welcoming new enrollments. It’s a great little school in a gorgeous, natural setting. Principal Nicole Sheard has released the following info:
Topanga Elementary Charter School currently has space for new students in Kindergarten through 3rd grades.
TECS is a true community school with parents, staff, students and community members committed to working together to develop lifelong learners who value themselves, contribute to their community and succeed in a changing world. Topanga Elementary is a high performing school with an Academic Performance Index (API) of 937 – one of the highest in LAUSD! Students grow academically, socially, and emotionally in small class sizes and are afforded great opportunities through art, music PE, drama, technology, gardening, differentiated curriculum, science, a learning center, and so much more! More information is available on the Topanga Elementary Charter School website.
For enrollment information or any questions, please call 310-455-3711.
Want to meet Principal Nicole Sheard and the school community? Come to the “Pass the Parmesan” Principal’s Dinner fundraiser at the Topanga Community House on Saturday, September 8, 2012, from 4-7 p.m. Dinner and a nice little silent auction will raise money for the school! See you there!
Happy Valentine’s Day, Topanga! Enjoy the day! Tell everyone you love what a treasure they are!
If you are so inspired to pick up a little something for your sweetheart, we have lots of choices right here in town. Take a stroll through one of our wonderful plant and gift shops for unique treasures. The Canyon Bistro has a special Valentine’s Dinner Menu for tonight. Don’t forget your precious pets – Topanga Seed & Feed has great little goodies and toys.
For me, an extra special treat means a trip to Canyon Gourmet. With everything from chocolate to delicious cheeses to fine wine, there is something for every taste. I love the way they put together beautiful and imaginative gift baskets for any and every occasion.
Have a wonderful day and don’t forget a little pampering for a VIP – you!
With LAUSD making so many cuts to the arts and humanities, it was a pleasure to walk through the Topanga Canyon Gallery doors to see the youthful creations from our own Topanga Charter Elementary School students. “Lovefest” was the title of the school’s gallery art show fundraiser. Each class used a different medium with which to express their visions of love. From collage to lost wax casting to an actual stone maze, each piece was a beautiful, individual expression of a child’s idea, as well as a group project collaboration within the classroom. Here are a few of the images. I can’t wait to see the next one.
This Sunday, October 16, there will be a full day of events here in Topanga! Make a plan to get out and about our beautiful town.
First up, the Topanga Historical Society Picnic will take place under the sycamores at Bonnell Park. Bring a dish to share and your own utensils and plates. Always a great gathering, this quarter’s meeting subject is the history of Bonnell Park itself. The potluck begins at noon to be followed by a presentation on how Bonnell Park came to be preserved as an open space for the neighborhood.
After the potluck, stop in to the Topanga Canyon Gallery for the opening reception of the Browning Catterall exhibit, Natural Abstractions. Kate Browning will exhibit an array of her of etchings and paintings. Rebecca Catterall will highlight various styles and methods of her beautiful raku ceramic pieces. The reception will run from 2-5 p.m.
Time to get hungry again and see more of our good Topanga folks up at the Community House for the kickoff of their new monthly event Steak Night. Beginning at 4 p.m., you can bring whatever you want to cook on the grill – steak, chicken, veggies of your choice. For the mere donation of $5, the Community Club will provide a baked potato, roll and salad. Grill master Neil Shaw will be overseeing the bbq, while Arthur Nissman will be head chef in the kitchen. Bring your own utensils if you want to keep it green, but there will be some available there as well. Sounds like a chance for some great conversations. Call your neighbors and make it a party!