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Malibuite Gisele Halualani, a Louisville High School student, was recently selected to join the national Ambassador Leadership Program by the National Society of High School Scholars (NSHSS).

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On our holiday excursion, we drove up to Reno taking the 14 to 395 through Owens Valley. Now, normally, we’d stop at a multitude of places but as it was freezing, Christmas holiday weekend and we happen to be in the middle of a pandemic, we didn’t. But we also didn’t pack food, so... It bein…

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Now that the pandemic is stretching into its 10th month (and it feels like most of us have already seen everything worth watching on Netflix), there’s hope! You can now check out some of the year’s best new movies on your own “big screen,” thanks to the Malibu Film Society (MFS).

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As the novel coronavirus pandemic stretches into its 11th month, people from all across Southern California still find their way to Malibu’s beaches for socially distanced outings at the surf and sand. With sunny winter weather on Jan. 9, scores of families set up towels on the sand to relax…

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Finding a spare moment to speak with the busy Dr. Jay Grossman, DDS, is kind of like pulling teeth (pun intended). Of course, Grossman doesn’t want to pull anyone’s teeth. He’s trying to save them. The prominent dentist with a thriving three-decade practice in Brentwood also serves veterans …

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This week’s Best Shot features a “happy seagull with his prize,” and was captured by Malibuite Marshall Thompson. Thompson named the photo A Fresh Fish in Every Beak!

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Once a thriving theater community, Los Angeles has become a wasteland—the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Disney Hall, The Ahmanson, The Mark Taper Forum, The Geffen Playhouse and so many others all remain dark. Just think of all the out-of-work musicians, dancers, actors, crewmembers, support st…

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As part of its centennial celebration, The Huntington Library, Museum & Gardens near Pasadena commissioned a temporary art installation by Malibu artist Lita Albuquerque.

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Photographer Janice Nikora submitted her photo of the Christmas Day sunset over Point Dume for this week’s Best Shot. Nikora wrote that she “especialy like[d] how the birds of paradise seem to be enjoying the beautiful sunset, too.”

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Former standout UCLA Bruins men’s tennis player Martin Redlicki is now part of the Pepperdine Waves men’s tennis team’s coaching staff. 

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Many recall the headlines that went around the world following the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi embassy in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018. The Saudis responded with various bogus explanations until mid-October, when they finally admitted responsibility. Khashog…

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What an interesting year it turned out to be, film and TV-wise! I was happily ensconced in my favorite movie theaters for the first part, where I saw some forgettable films (post-awards season droppings), including another reworking of Jane Austen’s “Emma,” starring a little-known actress na…

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Malibu youngsters dreaming of a white Christmas got their wish at Trancas Country Market last week as a snow flurry (of white foam) made the season bright in the days leading up to Christmas. From Dec. 17, the shopping center offered a warm take on the wintry experience for California kids o…

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Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball player Colbey Ross is shooting for several hoops dreams in 2021. The senior guard wants to lead his team to a winning record, a West Coast Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA tournament. Ross, a basketball player since he was a tyke, also hopes to…

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With both Jupiter and Saturn in Aquarius in 2021, this is a year to reinvent yourself and try new things. Making new social connections can become a priority. Jan. 6-8 is an important period for change and implementing new goals.

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When asked by my editor to write a year-end review about the “best thing I ate in 2020,” I explained to her that almost everything I eat is the best thing I ever ate—at that given time. There isn’t just one thing that stands out, and same goes for my cooking and recipes. I’m a good cook and …

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Our Lady of Malibu School eighth grade students Christine, Ivory, Maria and Mila created warm fleece blankets to donate to children in foster care and shelters this winter. The middle schoolers and their teacher, Cerene Larson, support My Stuff Bags Foundation and donated the blankets in tim…

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Christmas may be over, but the traditional 12 Days of Christmas are (technically) just beginning. While the first (“News of the World”) is a newcomer, I also offer a slate of classics that are all turning 18 this year. 

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Malibu’s seniors were invited to pick up goodies from the Malibu Senior Center at a “go-go” gift giveaway on Tuesday morning, Dec. 22, just in time for Christmas. 

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“As the sun sets on 2020, I wish a healthy, happy new year to all!” wrote Malibu resident Lisa McKean, who captured this week’s Best Shot at Zuma Beach this December.

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A fantasy garden might be imagined as a rolling green carpet of grass and carefully manicured shrubs set among weeping willows, perhaps tucked away in a tony Malibu neighborhood. Another fantasy garden has actually taken shape in Malibu during the pandemic. In a small enclave of homes high i…

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Two first-year Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball players turned in surprise performances in their squad’s home loss last Saturday. 

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Malibu Foundation funded a complete Christmas dinner for 70 Malibu Community Labor Exchange (MCLE) workers’ families, with food distributed by volunteers outside the labor exchange trailer on Friday, Dec. 17 and Saturday, Dec. 18.

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HAVE A HOLLY DOLLY XMAS Everybody’s favorite cowgirl, Ms. Dolly Parton, has a brand-new Christmas album and a holiday musical so bring out the snow and mistletoe.

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When the 2018 Woolsey Fire tore through Kanan destroying nearly everything in its path, it took with it the home of James (known as Jim) and Marcella Shirk. The elderly couple had lived on their property since building a home there in 1977. Twenty years before, one of the couple’s two daught…

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This week I’ll write briefly about some of the shows I saw in the past two weeks. We’re all still quarantined in our homes, so perhaps this will add to the list of interesting programs available on TV and streaming. First, let’s discuss “The Prom.” A singing-dancing-glittering array of major…

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Malibu’s Maria Hopper captured this image of the Christmas Star—the “great conjunction” of Saturn and Jupiter in the evening sky—from her home on Sea Vista Drive, overlooking Point Dume. The astrological phenomenon coincided with the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21. 

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He was the first Beatle to shout out to the skies about peace, love and new imaginings. He was also the only member of the fab four to get assassinated by a crazedman’s bullet.

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Retired Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Winn keeps up his Christmas tradition of dropping candy canes at local residences and businesses, despite the ongoing pandemic and his retirement, which took place this summer. Winn, who was featured in a Malibu Times article about his more th…

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King tides—which create some of the biggest waves of the year—crashed on Malibu’s shores early this week, splashing up against the houses that line the beach in the Malibu Colony.

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Attorney Ed Pilot has put his legal deftness to use in and out of the courtroom for over three decades. The Malibuite has helped clients become U.S. citizens thanks to his knowledge of immigration law, represented individuals in personal injury cases and, 20 years ago, Pilot worked as an age…

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Even before she graduated from Pepperdine University, Heidi Bernard was working part-time for the university’s Crest Associates. The English major was a student worker her senior year. When an employee asked Bernard what her plans were after graduation, she said, “I don’t know.” That employe…

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I wanted so badly to love “Mank” (Netflix): I’ve always been drawn to tales of the writers who originally congregated at the Algonquin Round Table in 1920s New York and then made the trek out to Hollywood, where writers were paid ridiculous sums to craft often-silly and formulaic screenplays…

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia, is a world away from Malibu but not too far away for generous local diva Cher. She rushed in to save a captive elephant and found him a new home. The goddess of pop led the effort to move 35-year-old Kaavan from a Pakistani zoo to a Cambodian sanctuary.

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Clifford Waeschle shared this week’s Best Shot, a photo captured at the Malibu Lagoon in November.

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Keep Christ in Christmas’ 57th annual crèche display is back in the Malibu Civic Center. This week there were two candles illuminated to mark the second week of Advent, the Christian season of preparation in time for Christmas. The crèche’s figures are currently replaced with a large mural d…

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Malibuites who wish to support the community while picking out their holiday tree can once again stop by the Malibu High School Athletic Booster Club’s Christmas Tree Lot, this year located at the Chili Cook-off Lot at Stuart Ranch Road and Civic Center Way.

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When life hands you lemons... well, you know the rest. Make something better than what you started with. That’s just what the theater department at Malibu High School did with its streamed production of the play “She Kills Monsters: Virtual Realms.”

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Rancho del Cielo sits on a windy ridge, about a mile-and-a-half up from Pacific Coast Highway. Owned by husband and wife duo Jill Palethorpe and Sparky Greene, the sunwashed property is arrayed with fragrant flower bushes, hosts vast groves of olive trees, and is framed by panoramic views of…

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Every point Pepperdine Waves men’s basketball player Colbey Ross scores in the Waves’ home contest against Fresno State on Dec. 5—and the rest of the season—will be a historic one. 

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The one and only music man they call The Weeknd was pleased with his showing at the American Music Awards. He put on a performance backed up by Malibu sax sensation Kenny G and picked up a few awards to boot. But days later, he was outraged after being shut out of the Grammy nominations. 

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