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Hiking for the Holidays

Whether it’s too much pie, or too much holiday stress, the Santa Monica Mountains and coast offer an antidote. In this special three-part holiday series, the Messenger Mountain News takes a look…

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1930s Bring Changes to Topanga

Around the same time that the Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) bought Lower Topanga in 1924, its President, William May Garland (1866-1948), also managed to get Los Angeles selected as the host…

New Principal at TECS

The full moon of November, also known as the Beaver Moon, occurred this year on November 12. For those of you who follow these things, full moons are considered auspicious as times…

Wasatch Plateau, Utah: Six Hours and Four Potatoes

Extending from Soldier Summit in the north to Interstate 70 in the south, the Wasatch Plateau is one of the great overlooked places of Utah despite its centralized location in the state.…

Rosemary, Queen of Vitality

It’s a time of year where Gratitude and Thanks are an integral part of the season. It’s the beginning of the holidays that one of the bountiful herbs, Rosemary, connects us to…

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Imperiled Monarchs Take to the Skies for Annual Autumn Migration

The monarch butterfly population has crashed in recent years but there is still hope of this much-loved long-distance traveler. There was a time not long ago when millions of Western monarch butterflies…

Vegetarian Cookbooks for the Holidays

The holidays can be a challenge for vegetarians, who often find themselves with nothing to eat but salad and potatoes at family gatherings. Holiday meals can be an even bigger problem for…

The Watch Repairer

He was a small man, gray, elderly, hesitating at the studio door as if unsure, a flutter of paper in his right hand. When I was aware of him, I was pinning…

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The Great Eleven Cult in Topanga

An unusual Topanga Beach sight in August 1924 would have been Sam Rizzio, 18, walking back and forth, repeating, “I am a dead man,” while a woman sprinkled a vial to wet…

New Maker Club and Butterflies

MAKER MAGIC IS STARTING This month we begin an exciting new enrichment at Topanga Elementary called Maker Club! Inspired by a visit this summer to the new Octavia Lab makerspace/audiovisual studio at…