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

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.…

Palermo Fire in Palisades Short Lived

Around 2:16 p.m. on August 13, LA County Fire Department reported a brush fire burning above the gated community of Palisades Country Estates in the Pacific Palisades Highlands on the eastern edge…

Children Travel the World in Ann Stalcup’s Books

Ann Stalcup, a nonfiction writer and teacher, grew up in England where she intended to make either ballet or art her career. At some point she realized that neither career was practical.…

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A Tale of Two Nations

Joni Siegel, founder of the Foundation for Indigenous Medicine, inherited a traditional Native American recipe for a healing salve from her family. In 1995, she decided to manufacture and sell the salve.…

Saving Ourselves is Complicated

Fire Season officially starts July 12.  At its June 19 meeting, the Topanga Emergency Management Task Force (TEM) hosted about 30 unique agencies and about as many residents, who filled the library…