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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…

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…

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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…

New Year’s Eve at Froggy’s

Staying home in a one-piece unicorn pajama and eating pizza with my husband sounds like a pretty good way to spend New Year’s Eve. Though tempted, there was an event at Froggy’s…

Danger on Dunderberg Peak, Part 2

Though my whole life didn’t run, film-like, before me in those seconds, I was aware that if I couldn’t catch myself, my kids could be orphans. It was happening in micro-time. Flip-flopping,…

Pioneering Artist Created Her Own Montmarte in the Canyon

Landscape painter Laura Way Mathiesen brought an indomitable spirit, a formidable mind and boundless curiosity to Topanga in the 1920s. A woman with red hair and “dancing brown eyes,” Laura Way Mathiesen…