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The Nature Observer 

Suzanne Guldimann is the editor of the Topanga New Times, and also TNT’s resident naturalist. She was recently asked to give a talk on being…

The Bear Truth 

We have a new neighbor in the Santa Monica Mountains. On April 23, National Park Service biologists captured and radio-collared a 210-pound black bear in…

Butterflies: Mythic Beauty 

Backyard Butterflies Fly, white butterflies, out to sea, Frail pale wings for the winds to try, Small white wings that we scarce can see Fly….

The Malibu Railway War 

From the moment the first transcontinental railroad steamed across the county in 1869, the nation had train mania. In California, that mania reached a fevered…

April is Earth Month

April is Earth Month 

April is Earth Month, and there are many local opportunities to recycle, go green, and learn about environmental resources. 

The City of Calabasas Earth Day Celebration/Green Expo is an annual tradition. It will take place this year on Sunday, April 23, from 2 to 5: pm at the Las Virgenes Creek site, north of Agoura Rd. in Calabasas. 

More than fifty exhibitors from all over Los Angeles County and Ventura County will be participating in the event to help participants take actions that will save them money through efficiency while protecting our planet. The festival is free of charge and the Calabasas Earth Day event will have something of interest for everyone. The festival will also feature numerous children’s activities to teach kids about the environment while they have fun. Visit to learn more.

The 10th annual Earth Day celebration at the Tarzana Recreation Center, 5655 Vanalden Ave., on April 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 an ideal Earth Day event for families with young children. It features a host of children’s activities, exhibitors, and live music. Learn more at

The city of Malibu is hosting a convenient tax season shredding event on April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., behind Malibu City Hall. Each vehicle can bring up to five boxes or five 13-gallon bags of documents, which are shredded onsite. The event also includes electronic waste collection, and oil and paint round-up. On April 19, at 7 p.m. Malibu is hosting a virtual organic recycling meeting, with information on organics recycling, waste reduction, and how to handle kitchen food scraps. The Organic Waste Recycling Program is an important way for the community to help address climate change and protect the environment. Participants will receive a free kitchen caddy as well. The 1.9-gallon, dishwasher-safe caddies are easy to fill, carry, empty, and clean. For more information about the program, including the city’s online Zero Waste Guide, visit

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