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Spence’s Cabins: The History Behind Topanga’s Original Motel

In 1907, the newly widowed Keturah Catherine Spence (1857-1940) left Brantford, Canada to start over in Los Angeles. Catherine, as she called herself, risked her fortune on an avocado orchard, becoming one…

A New Year, A New Student Council

Like many schools, TECS has a student council, which fifth grade teacher Sondra Tapper has been running for the last four years along with other teachers. We asked her to explain how…

Freedom of Religion

The first clause of the First Amendment, that Congress shall “Make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof” is routinely challenged and has been since its…

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Winter Low Tides Reveal Hidden World at Local Beaches

Watch for sunsets, supermoons and seabirds this season. Every winter, the Sun, Moon and Earth align to create extreme low and high tides. While “king tides” can flood beaches and swamp roads…

Poisoned Hawk Receives Life-Saving Transfusion

A red-tailed hawk has received a second chance at life after receiving a blood transfusion. On December 3, 2019, California Wildlife Center received an adult female red-tailed hawk with evidence that she…

The Supreme Law of the Land

With 2020 promising to be not just another presidential election year but a political year with multiple challenges, we at the Messenger Mountain News believe it’s time to reacquaint ourselves with the…

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Pine Tree Circle’s 20th Annual Snow Day

The holiday spirit engendered by the 20th annual Snow Day event at Pine Tree Circle was in no way dampened by the rain that started around 5 p.m. The intrepid snowman, created…

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39th Topanga Nutcracker Ballet

The 39th Annual Topanga Nutcracker Ballet, produced by Sherry and Bob Jason and Ballet for Topanga, builds its corps de ballet from a very young age. The littlest ballerinas always bring down…

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Hiking Santa Monica Mountains Back Country

A Hike in the Santa Monica Mountains Backcountry offers an uplifting start to the New Year. Above, hidden much of the year in coastal fog, the western Channel Islands appear like a…

Topanga Elementary Celebrates Stellar Start to 2020

The Topanga Elementary Science Committee, together with the Topanga Community Center (TCC) and the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, is presenting a free astronomy event, “Topanga Nights: Our Place in Space,” on January…