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Canyon Sages July Update 

Sages is back in full swing, post Covid drama. There will be regular classes for physical well-being (Balance, Yoga, Tango); for spiritual well-being (Meditation); and musical well-being (Ukulele, and a new monthly Song Circle). 

A talk by Sarah Priest will boost your garden’s well-being with how to grow edibles, natives and fire protective succulents. During the talk, “The Topanga Gardener” on July 26 at 1:00 p.m., Sarah Priest will highlight tips for planting a sustainable and beautiful eco-friendly garden in Topanga. 20 years ago Sarah was working in “corporate America” when her dream life became clear. Sarah changed careers, becoming a landscape contractor specializing in sustainable and native gardens at home in Topanga, including getting a C-27 contractors license, and starting “Sarah Priest Landscapes.” Gardening is therapy.  

More folks are getting on board working with native plants and sustainable planting techniques. The presentation on 7/26 will be a “toe in the water.” Hopefully she will return for a second talk to follow up soon.

Sarah’s presentation will include samples, plus where to buy and get free native plants. Sustainable gardening includes succulents, drought tolerant plants plus understanding types of soil and micro-climates in our area. “Create a beautiful garden and you will always live in one,” Sarah tells us.

Sarah Priest Estate Staging(310) 455-3547 office(310) 403-2503 cell

SARA DAHL will continue her weekend graphics classes through July 23. New York City designer and digital artist, Sarah Dahl, shares industry tips and techniques in 4 weekend workshops over a period of 6 weeks through July 23. 

In the Sages Room— $25 per class

Fashion Design and Illustration held Sundays 1 to 3pm 

Digital Painting Saturdays 1 to 3pm

Graphic Design and Typography Sundays 3 to 5pm

Photography and Manipulation Saturdays 3 to 5pm

Open enrollment all ages and levels welcome


Sages now holds a monthly Sing-A-long/Song Circle the 4th Thursday of the month, July 27th. Lift up your voices—noon to 3pm in the Sage’s Room at the Community House. Bring your talents, voice, instrument and willingness to participate in harmonizing with old familiar tunes. We have some songbooks, and we will get a little help from our SongMaker friends.

Access to transportation for seniors and disabled in Topanga is once again included in the Cityride Program. This program will allow Topanga seniors and disabled a reduced fare dial-a-ride trip, permitted taxicabs, and Dash rides. Sandra Perez from the County attended the June 2nd Sages Dinner answering questions about using the Cityride services. Here is more information on the program.

SAGES ART EXHIBIT at the Topanga Library. 

The art exhibit is a compilation of original artwork in various mediums (oil, acrylic and watercolor) from students taking the Sages Art Classes with artist Velvet Marshall. The exhibit has been extended through July 29th. The artists on exhibit are: 

Michael Beatty 

Shelley Coulson

Mary Dippel 

Joanne Helfrich 

Dan Hiland 

Melvin Knight 

Victoria Nichols 

Sarah Novak 

Valerie Smith 

Kate Renai

Sages Activities Calendar July 2023


Event: Introduction to Ukulele (Ongoing)

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm in the Sages Room

Leader: Melanie Kareem–

Event: Free Argentine Tango Lessons

Time: 3:30pm at Barbara Webb’s House, next to Mountain Mermaid

Leader: Barbara Webb– RSVP 213-448-8330


Event: Balance for Seniors (Ongoing) 

Time: 10:00am-11:00am in the Sages Room 

Leader: Kat High–

Event: Introduction to Ukulele (Ongoing)

Time: 11:30am-12:30pm in the Sages Room

Leader: Melanie Kareem–


No Gentle Yoga Classes during Summer. Classes will return in Fall 


Event: NEW PRESENTATION! “The Topanga Gardener: Beautiful Sustainable Gardening”

Time: July 26, 1:00pm–2:00pm in the Sages Room 

Leader: Sarah Priest–


Event: Yoga/Chair yoga (Ongoing)

Time: 11:00am-12:00pm in the Sages Room 

Leader: Lola Babalon–

Event: Meditation (Ongoing)

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm on Zoom 

Leader: Frank Harper–

Event: Book Club (Ongoing)

Time: 2nd Thursday, 12pm-1:30pm in the Sages Room

Leader: Janice Harman–

Event: Singing Salon (Ongoing)

Time: 4th Thursday, 12pm-2pm in the Sages Room 

Leader: Linnea Richards–

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