Liam Farrell: I’ve read that the Topanga Community club (TCC) began in 1949, can you tell me about the early years?
Kelly Rockwell, Topanga Community Club Corresponding Secretary: The property was put together by citizens who saw a need for a place to gather and socialize. The Community Club was first known as the Topanga Community Woman’s Club when it was formed in the late 1940s. The House was built by volunteers, which is a tradition carried on today – our ballfield, and more recently the playground, was also built by the community. A great resource to learn more about the history of the Club is in The Topanga Story, which is available at the Topanga Library or through the Topanga Historical Society.
LF: The TCC offers something for everyone, can you tell me about some of the programs that are offered throughout the year?
KR: We offer low and no-cost classes for many ages, including babies, children, teens and seniors. From Spanish and computer class to music and gymnastics, we pack a lot into our small space. We also have a soccer program that offers three-seasons of play for ages 3-10, and a children’s organic garden that caters to tiny green thumbs.
LF: I also understand that there are some amazing special events that are held at TCC, can you elaborate on those events?
KR: Our most well-known event is Topanga Days, a 3-day fundraiser over Memorial Day weekend that helps us keep the TCC in good financial shape for the rest of the year. Revenue from Topanga Days allows us to continue to host community events like the weekly farmers’ market, monthly senior dinners, Topanga Symphony, and offer the variety of classes and programs that we have. We also host another summer fundraiser, called Reggae ‘Pon the Mountain, which draws reggae fans from around the Los Angeles area and a number of other events, like this one!
LF: Speaking of special events why did the Board of Directors agree to host Lucy's $10 or 10 First Annual Kids Charity Concert?
KR: This event helps us fulfill our mission statement to serve the community and provide access and support for philanthropic, educational and community activities. Additionally, it’s great to see Topanga’s youth involvement in our community. It is vital to maintaining Topanga’s charm and fostering the volunteer spirit.
LF: The young artists are so excited to participate in this charity event in this glorious setting, on a personal note, what are your hopes for this day?
KR: Showcasing young talent is a great way to encourage kids of all ages to feed their love for the arts. The TCC provides a great venue to play and listen to music in a beautiful outdoor setting, as it has since the early days. I hope that this particular event will act as a bridge between young and old, and foster relationships to keep Topanga’s musical scene thriving for years to come. It’s great to see friendships made at the TCC.
For more information, please visit topangacommunityclub.com
By Liam Farrell