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"Run, Run, the Hippies Are Coming!"


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Catch the Topanga Historical Society's Quarterly Program  
An insightful and humorous look at the various perspectives from when the "Free Love" movement descended on Topanga Canyon.

The Topanga Historical Society is pleased to announce its next quarterly event entitled "Run! Run! The Hippies Are Coming!!" which will be occurring on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at 7:00 P.M. at the fabulous Topanga Community Center, 1440 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290.

The upcoming potluck and program will be a glorious event with great food, friendly folks, and the exclusive presentation of an extremely rare-and rather hilarious-video wherein various Topanga residents on both sides of the aisle offer their opinions on the influx of young love children in the canyon during the mid-1960s.

The video being shown is from a weekly local television program entitled "Ralph Story's Los Angeles" that premiered in 1964 and ran for six years. The program featured informative and entertaining coverage of Los Angeles' unique people, places, and history, and remains one of the most fondly remembered series in L.A. television history. The episode focusing on Topanga was created in 1967, features many well-known Topanga people and places, and was only shown on television a single time.

The hippies--those free-spirited young folks with shoeless feet, flowers in their hair, love in their hearts, and pot smoke on their breath--received a mixed reception upon their arrival to Topanga's peaceful, quiet, out-of-the-way enclave. Not all of Topanga's residents were too keen on the free love movement, with some in the community fearing dangerous drugs, promiscuous sex, and eventual breakdown of traditional society as they knew it. The video explores both sides of these concerns, and is an absolute MUST SEE. This video may never be publicly shown again, so don't miss out! Upon conclusion of the video there will also be a short discussion on the history of hippies in Topanga.

Our amazing Topanga history book, "The Topanga Story" (new expanded edition), will be available for sale during the event. If you live in-or simply love-this magical canyon, you need a copy of "The Topanga Story." Also, our quarterly programs are the perfect time to join the Topanga Historical Society! Memberships are $20/year for individuals, or $30 for families. The Topanga Historical Society is made greater by its remarkable members and we'd love to have you (yes, you!) with us.

The potluck starts at 7:00 P.M. so please bring your best dish to share, and the presentation begins at 8:00 P.M. 

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