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!
Diving, climbing, slipping and sliding all round the creek, through the beautiful murkiness and the lovely mud, Topanga’s dedicated Stream Team keep tabs on the health and welfare of our delicate Topanga Creek ecosystem. This team is celebrating 15 years of research and hard work this Saturday with a FUN raiser at the Community House. The evening will include a silent auction and the Worn Wetsuit Fashion Show.
Time: 5:00 – 10:00
Suggested Donation $5
Donations of wine and dessert are welcome!
Kids of all ages will delight in the interactive creek critter games.
PLUS there will be a special guest appearance by the legendary MC Noel Rhodes, illustrious Stream Team member, who will be bringing his band, Fergus. Steel Toed Slippers will round out the entertainment.
Find info on the Topanga Stream Team Fun Raiser page on Facebook.
Come support the Team!
This weekend, join the parade of art lovers taking the fabulous Topanga Canyon Gallery Studio Tour. Get your tickets at the gallery and follow the map to see your favorite artists in their home studios. It’s a great chance to see where they work and live. Many will have demonstrations of their craft. There are usually a few artists at each location.
Saturday, June 11th, 10am-5pm
Sunday, June 12th, 11am-5pm
Tickets at the door are $20.
Free reception with the incredible Silent Auction will be on Saturday at 5-8 pm. Come take a little bit of art home with you.
For more information, go to Topanga Canyon Gallery
Topanga is a pretty progressive place when it comes to green thinking. How about Solar Electricity? If you have an interest, but don’t know where to ask your questions, Permacity is offering a Solar Open House tomorrow so you can come see how it all works.
Gracious Topangans, Robin & Jim, will have their solar electric home open tomorrow and invite you to come see how solar electricity powers their home. Lee Rhoads of Permacity is presenting this open house and can answer your questions about installation and how your home would be connected to the electrical grid.
Besides the fact that there will be great info, Jim & Robin’s home is a delightful place to visit. Colorful, artful and beautifully landscaped, you will enjoy your time sipping a cool drink and thinking green.
Have you made your plans for Valentines Day in Topanga? NO??? Well here are some ideas for you and your sweetie.
Looking for a tasteful and tasty gift? Stop into the Canyon Gourmet at Pine Tree Circle for a beautifully composed gift basket. They have fantastic ideas and can either put one together for you or help you customize one yourself. Make sure to include some custom chocolates – there is a fine selection, including beautifully decorated vegan chocolates.
The Canyon Bistro is having two seatings for a special Valentines Day menu. You can view the menu online, but call quickly to see if they have some reservations left.
Rocco’s Restaurant is also offering a selection of Valentines Day meals featuring some of their most popular dishes.
Flowers? There is no better place to find truly unique and gorgeous arrangements than Peace Rose. Ari is a genius with all types of blooms.
Happy Valentines Day to all you sweethearts out there!
Topanga Elementary Charter School 2010 Book Fair - Pull out your finest PJs and come to Topanga Elementary Charter School's famous Pajamarama Book Fair night! That's right, kids and grown-ups can come browse through a terrific collection of books for sale. There will be storytimes and good company PLUS a great chance to get some holiday shopping done.
Saturday night, October 30 Is the 2010 Topanga Elementary Charter School Halloween Carnival. With games and lots of goodies, all are sure to have a great time.
A beautiful autumn night full of music, good food, and good company to support our own Topanga Community House. Here is the info:
*LISA TURNER AND CHAUNCEY BOWERS
1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Discover Topanga Events - Malibu Family Wines proudly hosts the 10th Annual Harvest & Crush Event -- A special fundraiser honoring City Hearts' 25th Anniversary, Sunday, Sept 19, 2010. This event is a day of good food and GREAT Semler/Saddlerock wine in the paradise that is the Santa Monica Mountains. Benefits City Hearts Kids Say Yes to the Arts.