Rentals

IN ORDER TO RENT ANY PORTION OF THE TCC PROPERTY YOU WILL NEED TO BECOME A TCC MEMBER.

The TCC offers the following rental options:

Overview

The Topanga Community Center is a non-profit organization that works with the community to provide a meeting place for many organizations and functions. Since 1951 the House and grounds have continued to be a place for people to celebrate special events in their lives and the life of the community.

We are accustomed to hosting private parties, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, workshops, fundraisers, seminars, film shoots and parking rentals. If your event is a bit different or requires some unusual activity or equipment, please inform the rental agent Dayna Miller in advance.

We will need to know what kind of event you are hoping to host. Are you planning a small birthday party for fewer than 40 people or more? Please look at the different renting options (1. picnic area, 2. TCC main hall, 3. film rentals) below.

The Community House now offers Wireless Internet for meetings and conferences for our members convenience. Chairs and rectangular tables are available for use. There are approximately 200 chairs and 20 tables. Any rental equipment brought in from an outside source must be pre-approved.  All rental equipment and decorations must be removed by the end of the rental period.

The kitchen is included in the rental and includes the use of the refrigerator and freezer.  The oven generally entails additional fees due to our cost to maintain it. No cooking or serving utensils are available.

When catering is part of the event and when cooking is onsite, the catering company must provide the rental agent a certificate of insurance naming the TCC as additionally insured.  Deliveries of food or equipment must be scheduled with the rental agent and within your rental period. It is the responsibility of tenant to comply with all applicable laws and local ordinances. Our rental agent is familiar with local caterers and other vendors and can provide you information whenever requested.

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Picnic Area Rental Under the Oak Tree (for 40 people or less)

Ever since the completion of Topanga’s Only Playground, the Community Center is happy to reserve picnic table space under our grandmother oak tree for birthday parties and friend and family gatherings, providing close access to the playground for young children and the availability of the ball field for games for all ages, much like many of our County’s public parks.

Because we are a private facility, we survive through memberships and rentals as well as depend upon grants and donations to improve our facilities. Our hope is to be able to continue to improve the picnic area by providing more tables, a small sound system, and other amenities that would be useful to our members. Please keep reading about the guidelines for picnic area rentals.

OVERVIEW

  • For up to 40 people (over 40, please reach out to the rental agent)
  • For TCC members only. Become a member here.
  • Rentals are for 3 hours or less. For more time, a second reservation is required.  Please reach out to our rental agent Dayna Miller for any questions or concerns BEFORE the event. 
  • Rentals are available on Saturdays and Sundays from:
    • 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
    • 2:00 pm  –  5:00 pm
  • Cost is $150 for 3 hours.
  • In order to book the picnic area,  you must agree to the Rules and Regulations during the reservation process. You will find them below.
  • Reservation costs are non-refundable. You may reschedule a reservation only once within the calendar year and upon a mutually agreed date.
  • For more information see below or contact the rental agent.  
  • We do not allow booking picnic area reservations beyond 45 days to avoid conflicts with large rentals generating a great deal of revenue for the TCC.
  • MAKE A PICNIC AREA RESERVATION, PICK A DATE TO REGISTER!

RULES AND REGULATIONS

  • GENERAL USAGE
    1. No open flame, cooking, or barbecues permitted in the picnic area or on the stage. Food preparation is fine. Protection of the stage floor with a tarp or rubber flooring if preparing food is required.  
    2. If hosting a food truck or other vehicle, renter must inform  the rental agent Dayna Miller in advance or face additional fees.
    3. No materials that litter, such as water balloons, glitter, confetti, hay, etc. There will be an additional fee if such materials are used.
    4. No dogs, glassware, paint guns, ground stakes or water slides.
    5. Do not staple, tack, nail, screw, velcro, scotch or duct tape to the stage, picnic tables or oak trees (only wire & string may be used). Additional fees will apply for damages to TCC property.
    6. Be respectful of our oak trees and their surrounding roots. There is NO driving or parking on the field or under the oak tree; this includes driving for setup purposes or any deliveries of food or bounce houses.  There will be a $200 fine for driving onto the field.  
    7. A $100 fine applies for not communicating with the rental agent regarding additional needs that may arise, including electricity, traffic control, gates that require opening, or access to water or field equipment. 
    8. A $75 fine applies for not leaving the stage and picnic area clean.  This includes:  leaving decor & personal belongings behind and overflowing the trash cans.  
  • NOISE –  We are very sensitive to our neighbors. If music or general noise of an event exceeds the norm, TCC reserves the right to request the appropriate reductions necessary; after such warning, if sound levels continue to be excessive, TCC reserves the right to shut down the event.
  • EQUIPMENT– All outside play equipment that is brought in for an event must be covered by renter’s personal insurance. The TCC has no liability for any injuries on equipment not owned or offered by the TCC. Equipment such as bounce houses are only allowed on the non-grassy area of the ballfield. Delivery & pick up of bounce houses must be within 45 minutes to 1 hour of the rental period.  All other equipment/rentals must be pre-approved.  No animals or petting zoos. Renter must inform the rental agent of any outside rentals in advance.
  • PRIVACY – A reservation for a birthday party under the oak tree gives the renter access to the picnic tables and adjoining areas, but does not reserve the field for private use. Unless arranged with the rental agent, the field remains open to the community when booking a party. The TCC does not rent the field for private use without a contract drawn up by our rental agent. 
  • CLEAN UP TIME – All personal belongings and equipment must be removed within  45 minutes of the termination of the rental period or the renter faces additional fees. Please do not interrupt subsequent rentals. Stay on schedule!
  • CLEANING & TRASH – It is the renter’s responsibility to treat the picnic area with respect by removing their trash and recycling. Bag and tie all the garbage. Bring cleaning supplies for picnic tables and a broom to sweep, if necessary. All trash must be covered inside of trash cans.  Do not leave any excess trash outside the trash cans provided; the area should be left as clean as when the renter’s party arrived. Additional fees will apply if cleaning standards are not met and extra cleaning services by TCC personnel is necessary. 
  • DAMAGES – Renter agrees to pay the bill for any damages, clean-up, or extra fees incurred by the TCC as a direct result of renter’s event or impact made by renter’s guests.
    • CANCELLATIONS – Reservation costs are non-refundable. Renter may reschedule a reservation once within the calendar year. Rain does NOT cancel the picnic area reservation. TCC reserves the right to cancel any reservation within 48 hours should it interfere with other TCC property rental activities.

 

  • LIABILITY – By agreeing to these terms, renter releases and forever discharges and holds harmless the Topanga Community Center (“TCC”), its successors and assigns, its officers, agents, employees, general members, volunteers, or other representatives from any and all liability, claims, and demands of whatever kind of nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from the relationship I have, or any member of renter’s family/party/guest has, with TCC participation in any TCC programs on or off TCC grounds, or use of TCC facilities or equipment. Renter understands and acknowledges that this release discharges TCC from any liability or claim that s/he, or a member of the rental party may have against TCC with respect to bodily injury, personal injury, illness, death, or property damage that may result from this relationship with TCC, participation in any TCC programs, or use of TCC facilities or equipment. Further, renter understands that TCC does not assume any responsibility for or obligation to provide renter with financial or other assistance, including but not limited to medical, health, or disability benefits or insurance. Renter expressly waives any such claim for compensation or liability on the part of TCC beyond what may be offered freely by TCC in the event of injury or medical expenses incurred by renter. I hereby release and forever discharge TCC from any claim whatsoever that arises or may hereafter arise on account of any first-aid treatment or other medical services rendered in connection with any emergency while on TCC property or medical event related to this rental or a TCC program. 
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Rentals of the TCC Main Hall

The Topanga Community Center is a venue like no other. Nestled in the Santa Monica Mountains halfway between the beach and the San Fernando Valley, it is the ideal secluded Topanga venue with mountain views.

Our exposed red brick building has a large stone fireplace, a stage, a green room and a beautiful kitchen. With its wooden beamed ceiling, wagon wheel chandelier, concrete floor and large windows overlooking the mountains, the TCC has been a favorite venue for couples interested in getting married.

We also have several lovely outdoor areas available for ceremonies that can be followed by an indoor reception.

We can accommodate all types of events, including Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthdays, anniversaries, seminars, workshops, single day retreats, holiday parties, family reunions and all types of fundraisers.

Renting the Topanga Community Center involves communicating with the rental agent Dayna Miller about availability and rates.  Once the renter’s event is approved a rental contract will be issued and a 50% deposit is required to reserve the date.

If you wish to visit the Community House, please contact the rental agent to schedule an appointment. Do not visit without an appointment as the premises may be in use.

Film Rentals

The Topanga Community Center is located in the beautiful Santa Monica Mountains and has been a favorite location of film & production houses and motion picture studios. Whether you are filming for television, a network series, commercial or a feature film we can accommodate your filming needs.

The TCC offers a filming venue as well as a base camp for filming in other areas of Topanga.  The TCC has a 1200 sq ft building for crew meals, flat space for crew parking, parking areas for 5 & 10-ton equipment trucks, stake-bed trucks and other misc small trailers.

The TCC is approximately 11+ acres of lush green trees, dirt roads, hiking trails, sports field, playground, water towers, garden, horseshoe pit, and an exposed brick building with cement floors.  

 Please contact our rental agent Dayna Miller for more details on renting the Topanga Community Center for filming, base camp or both.

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