Community Events


 Topanga’s Only Playground 

2013-05-11 14.10.11Originally built by the Topanga PreSchool Coop, this playground has been open to the community for decades. Now, a group of inspired parents and dedicated volunteers has spent the past year soliciting donations to fund a total makeover for “Topanga’s Only Playground.” To get more information please visit their website. The project fund is over 100% its goal. The newly designed structure was built in the fashion of a community barn-raising over the week of October 22 – 27, 2013, with hundreds of volunteers doing the work of digging holes to painting shingles to spreading mulch. What a success and a testament to the Topanga Community mission–‘built by the community, for the community.’

Email Kelly Rockwell at kelly.rockwell@mac.com

 Topanga Symphony 
arts_symphonybjbermanThe Topanga Symphony was founded in the summer of 1982 and has since presented a regular program of free concerts of high quality. Music Director and Conductor of the Topanga Symphony, Jerome Kessler has put on at least three concerts every year for the past 30 years at the Topanga Community House. It is truly a community orchestra, consisting of a mixture of amateurs, students and professional musicians. The audiences consist mainly of community residents, but every concert is attended by music lovers from all over the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Being community based, the orchestra provides a good opportunity for aspiring musicians to work with experienced professionals. For more information, visit their website.

Performances are generally in March, August and November. Check our Calendar for exact dates.

 Topanga Nutcracker Ballet 

2_center_nutcracker_snowflakesEvery year for 32 years the Topanga Nutcracker has sparkled with snowfall, sequins and the scintillating energy of Topanga’s kids whom we’ve watched grow and grow up through this annual event. Year after year, Sherry and Bob Jason and the heroic efforts of parents, volunteer technicians and performers produce what has become a seasonal icon: the glowing story of Clara and her Nutcracker Prince carried aloft by the music of Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” Every year the tiny stage of the Community House and its modest hall magically transform.

“It felt like more people than ever wanted a Nutcracker experience this year,” said Sherry Jason, who produces the ballet with her husband, Bob. “And certainly, with our low-cost tickets I think the production was more accessible to many folks. Also, the friendliness and warmth of our production is enticing and fulfilling for many who want to share the joy of the Ballet with their families. We had many adult children bringing their senior age parents, promising to come back next year, along with the families that come year after year. That makes it so fun! The grandmother of two of the little girls had been a Prima Ballerina with the NYC and Washington Ballets…she loved our production, couldn’t stop raving and said that our Nutcracker is what it’s all about, family and joy.” This description came from a lovely writeup in the Topanga Messenger. This year’s Performance will be held on December 11, 12 & 13, 2015. Check the Calendar for details. 

 Swap Meet, Chili Cook-Off & Pie Contest 

A yearly event that involves spirited cooks and contestants, be sure to mark your calendars for November 14, 2015!  If you are considering participating please go to the Swap Meet page (when it becomes available) to read the rules and download applications.

 Family Potluck & Movie Nights 

On occasion throughout the year we hold Movie Nights. Check the Calendar for details. Admission is $5 PER ADULT and $1 PER KID (for Topanga Community Club members, of course!) Bring something to share – it’s a potluck.

 Square Dancing 

squaredancing_600The Topanga Community Club is bringing back Square Dancing due to popular demand! Square Dance Evenings are scheduled once a quarter, watch for announcements or check the online calendar. Live music with fiddle- and banjo-heavy tunes from the Appalachian hills to the Topangan hills set up a few hours of dancing led by caller Ginger Albert. Most are novice square dancers, which makes for a particularly fun night.

 Easter Egg Hunt 

The Topanga Community Club holds the Annual Easter Egg Hunt every year on the TCC Ballfield. The eggs are all filled and hidden somewhere on the ball field by Pastor Bob of The Rock Organization.

All children and their families are invited to bring their Easter baskets (paper bags will also be provided) to participate in the fun. Mr. and Ms. Bunny (Tom Mitchell and daughter Julia) will be hopping down the bunny trail to meet the children and give parents a chance for great photo opportunities.

Live, family-focused music by Mary Arden Collins of Little Yogis and founder of Goddess Mamas , the site for Topanga family event listings. Topanga resident, Miss Mary, as her young music and yoga students call her, is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, recording artist, mother and educator. Bagels, muffins, coffee/tea and juice will be served.

 Children’s Holiday Party 

Every year the Topanga Community Club holds a Children’s Holiday Party in the Community House to celebrate the season and show off it’s holiday decorations. Run mostly by volunteers, the event involves a Bruch, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus and a number of art projects for the kids to do with their parents. This year the Holiday Party is on December 4, 2015, 5 – 8pm.

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