Annemarie Donkin
Annemarie Donkin

Annemarie Donkin is a journalist who wrote for The Signal in Valencia, CA and was the Managing Editor for the Topanga Messenger from 2013 to 2016. She is thrilled to write for the Messenger Mountain News to continue the tradition of excellent community newspapers. When she’s not writing, she loves to travel throughout California, read, watch movies and keep bees.

Getting Homeowner’s Insurance in High-Fire Risk Areas

California homeowners are at risk of losing insurance in high-wildfire risk areas, leaving them with fewer or more expensive options. Yet, there is hope and it helps to “know your score.” As…

Directorial Debut of The Princess Bride Triumphs at TCC

Sierra Friday excels as the director of The Princess Bride for Topanga Youth Services. Even at 15, Sierra Friday is no stranger to the theater, and she learned from the best in…

Matilda, The Musical Arrives in Topanga November 15 and 16

Youth theatre is flourishing in the Canyon and the latest extravaganza to hit the boards is Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the Musical for three performances at the Topanga Community Center (TCC), November 15-16.…

Crime and Homelessness Leads at Town Council October Meeting

Community members expressed concerns about the possible SCE PSPS power shutoffs on Red Flag days; fire safety, homelessness, and school vaccinations. President Stacy Sledge returned to the head of the table as…

Topanga Teen Directs The Princess Bride for TYS

Directing a full-length play is a tough gig and not for the faint of heart. Yet, for 15-year-old Sierra Friday, who is directing The Princess Bride for Topanga Youth Services, it comes…

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Progressive Democrats Honor Black Lives Matter

With less than a year until the 2020 Democratic Primaries, nearly 200 people gathered in Topanga for the 14th Annual Progressive Democrats of the Santa Monica Mountains (PDSMM) Birthday Party on September…

Topanga Town Council Holds High-Spirited September Update

Despite the late summer heat and no air conditioning, it was a high-energy meeting as the Topanga Town Council convened following the summer hiatus and worked through a full agenda at the…

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CAFE 27 Topanga’s Americana Diner

Amir Rofougaran’s Café 27 is a delightful American-style diner where one can enjoy breakfast, lunch and lattes, as well as occasional jazz nights or poetry slams. In 2015, when Amir Rofougaran and…

5G Free Topanga and Beyond Presents Evidence of Wi-Fi Harm

5G Free Topanga and Beyond’ will hold its next meeting on Sept. 12, 7 p.m. at Inn of the Seventh Ray Residents of Topanga and surrounding areas are becoming increasingly aware of…