Flavia Potenza
Flavia Potenza

Flavia Potenza is executive editor of the Messenger Mountain News. She is also a founding member of the 40-year old Topanga Messenger that closed its doors in 2016. She can be reached at editor@messengermountainnews.com

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MILLIØNS Wins Architectural Competition

It’s a great accomplishment to come in first in a world-wide competition to design a café and event space in a museum. These architects’ inspired design, and the collector’s mandate, will change…

The Time We Saved Topanga Creek

On Sunday, November 3, the Topanga Historical Society’s picnic was hosted at the creekside home of Keith Wilbur and his wife. The guest speaker was Susan Nissman, former Senior Deputy to Supervisor…

Palisades Burning

The third brush fire in as many months in Pacific Palisades began around 10:30 a.m. on Monday, October 21, breaking out near the 800 block of North Palisades Drive. It threatened 628…

Lost Angel in Paradise

Linda Ballou, travel writer, author, and “Adventures in Travel” columnist for the Messenger Mountain News, starts her latest book: Lost Angel in Paradise: Great Outdoor Days from Los Angeles to the Coast,…

Pine Tree Circle, A Place for Community

A little over a year ago, Leslie and Steve Carlson sold Pine Tree Circle. Rumors flew, residents worried that Topanga’s neighborhood integrity would be compromised, if not lost, and the tenants who…

Where Are County Services for Topanga?

Older adults, caregivers, community organizations, and other stakeholders will inform the county on how to strengthen services to Topanga. Sages Hosts Hearing by County Department on Aging, October 29 The County’s Workforce…

Poetry Night at Café 27 Features LA Poet Rick Lupert

Poetry Night at Café 27, presented by Loose Lips Poetry Series and sponsored by the Messenger Mountain News, debuts on October 27, from 4-6 p.m., at Café 27 in Topanga. The event…

Topanga’s Littlest Theater

When your life falls apart, what do you do? If you’re Antony Bartlett, you transform your master bedroom into Topanga’s Littlest Theater. That’s what you do, and here, there’s magic afoot.  In…

Fire Fact Forum Presents The Science of Fire

On August 22, the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation (LVHF) and LA County Third District Supervisor Sheila Kuehl presented “Fire Fact Forum: The Science of Fire,” at the King Gillette Ranch auditorium with…

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Fire: Prepare for the Worst while Enjoying the Best

People living in Severe Fire areas are eager to learn their role in preventing fires and keeping their homes and neighborhoods safe. Two public agencies are helping them prepare. Let’s face it.…