November is Membership Drive Month

Since 1949, the Topanga Community Center has served generations of Topangans. The Center does not receive tax income like other community centers, because it is a privately owned non-profit organization.  We depend 100% on the generosity of our members and our fundraising  income to keep our lights on and doors open. We encourage each canyon resident to become a member: Join or renew to be part of this community hub of the canyon! Membership is tax deductible and comes with many benefits.

The Center is the home of the Community House, a gem of Topanga since construction began on it in 1952.  (See the great article about TCC history in the Messenger, November 3, 2017) Built by Topanga residents and maintained in the same spirit, the Community Center provides resources for canyon residents and friends of all ages. This is our promotion theme for our membership drive:

This is the house Topanga built. It’s your house, too.

What does membership get you? You become a part of this legacy of Topanga! You receive discounted tickets to our main fundraising events, from Topanga Days, Reggae on the Mountain, Square Dances, Disco Dances and the Swap Meet. With a children’s organic garden, ball field, playground, walking path and more, the 12 acres of property offers something for everyone.

Being part of TCC qualifies you to vote for changes, programs or for board members. Join us once a month on 2nd Thursday evenings for our General Meetings. Have a voice and a say in what we do.

There’s no better time to join!

Only available during our drive month of November, the TCC is offering limited-time specials for those who will join or renew:

  1. RENEW PLUS 3. Join or renew and get three months added to your renewal date.
  2. RENEW FOR 3. Get three years’ membership at a discounted rate:
    1. $200 Family,
    2. $100 Individual,
    3. $125 Couple,
    4. $100 Senior Couple,
    5. $60 Senior,
    6. $60 Youth.
  3. BUSINESS SPONSOR. As a Business Sponsor there are two ways you can help support us.
    1. Purchase a $100 Business Sponsorship (only for owner).
    2. Offer to purchase memberships for your best customers – show that you’ve created three memberships and receive a complimentary listing on our new website. Excellent for realtors—selling a home to a new Topangan? Offer them a TCC membership!
  4. ONE-TIME LIFETIME FAMILY. A very special offering to join us for a Lifetime Family Membership for $1,000, only available during our Membership Drive. For 2 adults and up to 4 children, until they reach the age of 18

New Classes for Kids!


Check the calendar for all details on ages, time slots and pricing.

1. The Dance Class you’ve all been waiting for! JAZZ/HIPHOP starts Thursday October 1.

2. Miss Angie’s Kid Chorus starts October 9 at 4pm.

Our new Board Prez, Kelly Rockwell

I’m honored and humbled that my fellow Topanga Community Club Board members recently selected me to succeed Mark Nygard as TCC President. I am proud to be part of a long line of volunteers who have carried on the legacy that was created when the Community House was built and TCC established more than 60 years ago.

As President, I look forward to forging community partnerships and introducing new programs to better serve the membership. I hope to continue to initiate and oversee upgrades around the property, including the dedicated senior classroom and our new air conditioning campaign to cool the House. With the support of the membership and Board of Directors, I look forward to serving in my new capacity and helping to usher in a new era at the Club while maintaining its beloved traditions. All interested members of the community are welcome to join us at the TCC for open meetings the second Thursday of each month at 7pm.

Kelly Rockwell

Outgoing Board President Mark Nygard hands over the gavel to Kelly Rockwell

Our New Fireplace

Floors redone, check.
New double-glazed windows installed, check.
New doors installed and painted, check.

Please welcome our newest House improvement, lovingly hand-crafted by Randy Just!

Grant Win for the TCC Garden

Carolyn Day

Dear Carolyn Day,
On behalf of The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company, I am pleased to inform you that your organization has been selected as a recipient of a $500 GRO1000 Grassroots Grant.
The Grassroots Grants are part of ScottsMiracle-Gro’s commitment to support the creation of more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces in the U.S., Canada and Europe by 2018, the Company’s 150th anniversary. In partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Garden Writers Association, National Gardening Association, and Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, ScottsMiracle-Gro applauds your efforts to enhance your community.
We would love to stay in touch with you to find out how your garden grows and invite you to share your success stories, photos, tips and best practices with us..
Your grant will be arriving via U.S. Postal Service in around 6-8 weeks. In the meantime, a public relations toolkit for your reference and use can be found here. If you are having trouble viewing, please contact Janelle Huelsman at
Again, congratulations on receiving a GRO1000 Grassroots Grant and we look forward to working with your organization.
Su Lok
Corporate and Community Partnerships
The Scotts Miracle-Gro Company

Sports Talk! Coach Pitch Baseball

We have a group of enterprising parents starting a winter/spring season of Coach Pitch Baseball. The first practice had a good crowd as shown in the photo. We have it on the Calendar on Thursday afternoons all the way to March 2015.

We’re looking to see what interest there might be in this. This will be presented to the Board soon and if the turnout continues to be good, there may be some support from TCC forthcoming. This is part of the proposal put forward.

Rules:  All kids will be required to have their own gloves, baseball pants, and cleats.  Batting helmets, balls and bats will be provided.  (We would like to get some $ from TCC for balls, proper bases and maybe a pitching machine.)
The practices will be run by Coach Pat Joyce and Assistant Coach Shirley Parker.  Anyone else who wants to step up and help is welcome.
For more information please contact Kelly Rockwell,

Paper Shredding and E-Waste Event


General Meeting Aug 14, 7pm: Agenda items include Tree of Heaven, Elections Committee

Have you been to a general meeting lately?  All members and potential members are welcome. We’ll be discussing some important business on August 14, including:

The TCC’s ongoing efforts to manage Tree of Heaven on the property: what, why, and how, and the pros and cons of herbicides vs, non-toxic methods. Bill Neill, the landscape contractor engaged by the TCC, and Ben Allanoff of the Topanga Creek Watershed Committee, will be there to share information and different points of view. 

Additionally, our TCC Bylaws state that the August meeting is the time to select the elections committee! TCC Elections are held at the November general meeting. If you’d like to be on the elections committee, any member in good standing is welcome to participate. Please attend tonight’s meeting or email us at so that we can put your name on the list for the committee selection.

See you on Thursday at 7pm!

1440 N. Topanga Canyon Boulevard inside the Community House

Calling All “Artistes”

 Open Call for Topanga Days Artwork! 

Want to see your design on the posters and t-shirts for Topanga Days? 

The TCC Topanga Days Committee wants to see your work!
We’re in need of a design that brings the community together and can be used for years to come. Something that speaks to the people in the canyon.
Designs are due by 2pm on February 19

Please include the following:

  • Name, address, email and contact information
  • Artists agree to donating the image to the Topanga Community Club for the use


  • Designs must be vertical
  • 17” x 24”
  • Colorful imagery is encouraged.
  • Must be an electronic file
  • 300 dpi sized at 17 x 24 and saved as a layered tiff or Photoshop file (CS3 compatible). An 11 x 17 resized version at 300 dpi as a layered tiff or Photoshop file would also be nice. Full bleed with live content 1⁄2 inch from all edges.

Original Art only

Final Poster may also be delivered on a high contrast medium sized at approximately 17” x 24” by 2pm on February 19

Entry Information

Submission of electronic art should be made as a medium res jpeg by sending to and and labeled with the artist’s name, postal address, phone number & email address. All work will be considered a donation to the Topanga Community Club for free use.

Alternately the entry may be burned to a CD as a PC compatible jpeg and delivered to the Fair office at the same address as a hard copy entry.

We encourage you to draw on your love of the canyon and the tradition and appeal of a classic county fair.

40th Topanga Days!

40th Topanga Days!

TCC Survey 2014

In the wake of the success of the building of “Topanga’s Only Playground”, the TCC playground rebuild project, the Topanga Community Club wants to implement more projects, with your help, that are relevant to the Community’s needs and desires. Please take a moment to give us your thoughts and ideas on what would make the TCC a better place for you, your family and friends.

On Sunday afternoon, January 19, 2014, we invite you to a TCC “Messenger Gala, Community Potluck & Pitchfest” to see and hear the results of our survey and to give you an opportunity to share your ideas, inspire others and to join in on the projects that appeal to you. Our host will be our “Voice of the Canyon,” the Topanga Messenger, celebrating 37 years and the end of their first subscription drive with their Grand and Bonus Prize drawings for new subscribers. Bring your neighbors, some food to share and your enthusiasm for community! Details to follow soon.take_the_survey

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