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Lorelei Darling, founder of Teens4Teens
Thursday, November 17, 9:00 a.m to 4 p.m.—“Exploring Water Quality Impacts of Creek Restoration.” Part 1, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Watershed Coordinator Melina Semphill Watts, author of “Be-coming Tree” and “Tree,” will facilitate this two-part Zoom panel presentation and in-person tour by experts in the field of watershed preservation and restoration. The morning panel features Keynote Speaker Dr. Erica Gies, author of “Water Always Wins.” After a lunch break, Part 2, from 2 to 4 p.m., is an in-person tour led by City of Calabasas officials following the Las Virgenes Creek restoration. Friday, November 18, 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 pm., is a Santa Barbara Creeks Division in-person tour starting at Arroyo Burro County Beach Park, 2981 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara. For Details: Melina Semphill Watts Consulting and watershed coordination.; (310) 383-9978.

Holiday Happenings

Sat. & Sun., Nov. 12-13, A Christmas Carol—Experience the spirit of the season with a performance of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Topanga Youth Services will present the timeless classic on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. at the Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga CA 90290. $15 suggested donation, volunteer to get in free. For more information or tickets, or:

Sun, Dec. 4, 2022, 5:30 p.m., Sages Holiday Dinner—The Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290. Location phone: 310) 455-1980. The Canyon Sages was established in 2009. Join the ‘Sages for All Ages’ at monthly dinners held on the first Friday of most months. To donate a dish or to volunteer to help with decorations, prepare and serve the dinner, call (310) 455-5567.

November-December 2022, Teens4Teens 10th Holiday Drive—Since 2012, 17-year-old Topangan, Lorelei Darling, founder and president of a small nonprofit called Teens4Teens, knew she wanted to make a difference in the lives of kids just like her. After four years of hosting annual toy drives, collecting gifts for foster and low-income youth, Lorelei was about the age of 12 when she realized just how little the teenagers in foster care were given. From that point on, Lorelei changed the Toy Drive to Teen Drive.

Lorelei writes on her website: “Every year, my Teens4Teens helpers and I host a Teen Holiday Drive, collecting essential and gift items for youth aging out of foster care. When a teenager in the foster care system turns 18, they often are kicked out of the system, due to becoming a legal adult. This causes most teens to end up homeless, in prison, or dead within their first year outside foster care, with no family or other support system.
“The holidays are a time to feel seen, loved, and supported. It is a time to be with your friends and family. We hope that with support from our Teens4Teens community, our plans for making this holiday season magical for Transitional Age Youth can come to life this December!”

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November 11, 2022