Topanga - Theatricum Botanicum website
The beginnings of the Theatricum Botanicum stretch back to the early 1950s when Will Geer, one of the many actors victimized by the McCarthy Era Blacklisting, opened a theatre for Blacklisted actors and folk singers on his Topanga property. He also cultivated a large garden and, unable to find work in Hollywood, Will and his wife, actress Herta Ware, earned a living by selling vegetables, fruit, herbs, and theatre. With the advent of television's "The Waltons" and subsequent popularity of Will's portrayal of Grandpa, in 1973 Will Geer re-gathered his family (who were now working actors at theatres across the country) and together they formed a non-profit corporation, The Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum. To this day audiences flock to see performances of Shakespeare, folk plays, and concerts.
To learn more about the Theatricum Botanicum, click here.
2015 TOPANGA RESIDENT ACCESS CARD HOLDERS
Get special gate admission price when you flash your 2015 Access Card!
It's always fun to experience the Topanga Film Festival, but it now offers another exciting feature . . . so to speak! By flashing your 2015 Topanga Resident Access Card at the festival, you can receive $5.00 off your ticket with you purchase at the gate. This is part of the Topanga Town Council's effort to encourage Topangans to shop and recreate locally, to promote nonprofit causes and to help boost the Topanga economy.
TFF presents: 'Technology at Play'
by the Topanga Film Institute and Royer Studios
This year's festival focuses on how technology enhances the creative spirit of films. Festivities include live music, food and outdoor movie screenings of featured music videos, experimental short films, horror films, whildlife shorts and new energy films; along with the traditional categories of short films, dance shorts, feature narratives and documentaries. *Special ticket offer for 2015 Topanga Resident Access Cardholders
UNDERGROUND UTILITY PROJECT - UPDATED INFORMATION
For details on Project, visit DPW Website - click here.
Road work on TCB to begin on Monday, July 21st, 2015. Expect intermittent traffic delays over the next 6 months and plan accordingly.
There will be no road closures, but only temporary single lane closures and access to businesses will be available during construction. North and southbound traffic will alternate during single lane closures.
Construction will be limited to the hours of 9am to 3pm, Monday thru Friday to minimize impacts to nearby schools.
Oxnard Sex Offender Arrested While Burglarizing Cars at Malibu Beach
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s – Malibu/Lost Hills Station wants to warn area residents about recent car burlaries.
On Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 4:30 pm, a concerned area resident called the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Malibu/Lost Hills Station describing suspicious activity. The caller said that he was watching a man who was attempting to open different cars parked along Pacific Coast Highway and Mulholland Highway, near Leo Carrillo State Beach in the unincorporated Los Angeles County area. From a distance, the witness provided the description of the man and a Silver, 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer belonging to the suspect. Deputy Sheriff’s assigned to the Malibu area, assisted by members of the Sheriff’s Summer Beach Team quickly responded to the area and located the suspect.
DOG TAILS - by Randy Neece and Joe Timko of Canyon View Ranch
Summer Tips for Keeping Canines Cool
The heat of summer has arrived and that means it’s time to remember some important tips for keeping your dog safe and comfortable. We’ve all heard the warnings about not leaving our dogs in the car while we run into the store, even for a brief time, but there are other important precautions and measures we can take to keep our canines cool. Dogs can’t release heat from their bodies as effectively as people can, and they don’t sweat like we do. Instead, they release heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. While those pads are tougher than the soles of our feet, they can still burn, so be aware of the temperature of the asphalt or the ground before you take your buddy for a walk.
Topanga Messenger: The Bay Foundation—Phase 1 of Liberty Canyon Wildlife Crossing for Mountain Lions
Photo courtesy of the National Park Service
Humans and animals instinctively know what they consider appealing and move in that direction. With The Bay Foundation’s (TBF) help, creating that appeal is exactly what the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCDSMM) hopes to do for mountain lions so they can cross the 101 Freeway safely and easily meet new mates and avoid the plight of the famed P-22. Read More
BEAT THE DROUGHT! Learn ways to save water and repurpose water on your own property
Come to a special workshop hosted by Los Angeles County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, the Topanga Town Council and the Topanga Canyon Watershed Committee on water conservation ideas and workable greywater systems. Learn ways to add years of life to your septic by conserving water and finding greyline solutions that work best for you. Learn which systems are to be done with a permit and those that don't require one. Talk to the experts from the Greywater Action Group, Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and Public Health. Seating is limited, so come early!
DATE: Wednesday, July 22nd
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:30pm
LOCATION: Topanga Community House, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Road
Topanga's Turtles are feeling the heat and need your help.
by Rosi Dagit, RCDSMM
As the temperatures continue to hover over 90oF, our local native western pond turtle neighbors are searching for refuge. This summer marks the fourth year in a row that the main turtle pond has been dry, and the small refugia pools are dropping fast. Thanks to a wonderful group of volunteers, last fall we were able to hand carry 200 gallons of water per week almost half a mile to keep the refugia pools going, but they were already low again by May 2015. Since August 2014, we have found over 50 dead turtles. This is a very large percentage of the 350 individuals we have tagged since 2002. Most appear to have died of starvation, as they can only feed when in the water. We need your help! Please read on to hear more about the turtle's plight and to see some incredible photos.
To donate volunteer time, supplies or a temporary pond location, call Rosi at 818-597-8630, or send a tax deductible donation by clicking here.
Or mail a check to: RCDSMM, 540 S. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. Be sure to note it is for the Turtle Fund. Thankyou!
Ride the bus from the Valley to the Sea and Back Again - Now 7 days a week!
Public Works is pleased to provide 2015 Summer Beach Bus service from Topanga Canyon to local beaches and the valley. Passengers can board the Summer Beach Bus through Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015. Round trip fares for Children and Adults is $1.00. Seniors and persons with disabilities are .50 cents. This service is sponsored by the County of Los Angeles.
Please download the Topanga Brochure for dates, schedule, and bus stop locations.
To ensure seating availability, make a reservation here.
For more information: http://www.ladpw.org/PDD/beach_bus/.
Tesoro Gas Station Opening at Topanga and PCH
By Annemarie Donkin
Photo by Anthony Verebes
If all goes well, by this fall, Topangans will be able to buy gasoline and Slurpees ® at a brand new Tesoro gas station at the corner of PCH and Topanga Canyon Boulevard. According to Ralph Cristerna, superintendent on the job with R D Builders in Anaheim, after about 15 years, the old Thrifty gas station is being remodeled with new underground tanks, six pumps and a food store. Read More
Spice Up Your Summer at the Theatricum!
It's our Americana Season at the Theatricum. What could be more American than a visit to the Theatricum and its beautiful gardens to see the finest classics and classic American plays? Other 2015 season highlights include an All-American Fourth of July Barn Dance and A Waltons Weekend, uniting former cast members of the hit TV series (which also featured our founder, Will Geer). Be there when the first-ever Will Geer Humanitarian award is presented to series creator, Earl Hamner by members of the Geer family during our Waltons Weekend.
To see our summer line up here, click here. To purchase tickets to any performance, click here.