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Susan Finkbeiner is an entomologist who trods through the rainforest and also struts the catwalks in designer fashion shows. 

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Imagine a family living in a developing country. Poverty is pervasive. Perhaps there are a few small children in the family, probably a house in need of repairs. Despite the lack of luxuries—and necessities—the children are loved by their parents and community. Perhaps one child is born with…

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Students in the fourth grade class at Our Lady of Malibu School visited the La Brea Tar Pits on a recent school field trip. The tar pits offer an opportunity for students to learn about the natural history of Los Angeles County. 

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It was a joy to see Malibu City Hall packed with 200 people for an event unrelated to the Woolsey Fire. The Malibu Speaker Series presentation,“Deconstructing Abbey Road,” last Wednesday evening didn’t have an open seat. The crowd was thirsty for details regarding the iconic Beatles album Ab…

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It’s been a long time coming—St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church of Malibu had spent the last 10 to 12 years planning and carrying out a major remodel of its sanctuary space. It finally got a fantastic deal on a like-new Yamaha grand piano to put in that space, and then the Woolsey Fire happened a …

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“You and I travel to the beat of a diff’rent drum...” If those lyrics sound familiar, then you might also know it was 18-year-old Linda Ronstadt’s singing debut with a group called The Stone Ponys in 1967. She soon went out on her own and proceeded to sell more than 100 million records over …

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Students from Our Lady of Malibu School participated in the statewide coastal cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 21. Sponsored by Heal the Bay, the cleanup drew thousands of volunteers statewide including hundreds who came to clean up trash from Malibu’s beaches.

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More than 8,000 miles from home here in Malibu, local Malibu High School student Quinten Smoller found another family he cherishes in India. It is a group of 60 kids, ranging in age from two to 22, who live in a tiny orphanage in Kerala. It’s called Our Home and Smoller felt quite at home at…

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It’s been estimated that at least 100 Malibu residents came out to participate in climate change rallies across the area on Friday, Sept. 20, as part of a worldwide movement to protest a lack of political action on climate change. Dozens were at Malibu Bluffs Park for a rally on Friday eveni…

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Malibu cowboy Vinnie Muselli makes a visit to Pepperdine’s Waves of Flags memorial, riding on his horse, Rascal, and accompanied by his dog, Pirate.

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On Thursday, Sept. 12, journalists spent the afternoon at Fox studios for a NASA presentation: “The World of ‘Ad Astra’—What Every Filmmaker Should Know about NASA Today and Tomorrow.” The presentation explored the relationship NASA has with filmmakers, which include script or treatment revi…

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Five-month-old Yang is a friendly bunny looking for a forever home. He was adopted by a family before they learned they were expecting a set of twins, so he was returned to the shelter. His family said they loved him and that he was good with other rabbits, friendly dogs and children. “He li…

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Malibu’s Christopher Joseph Wizner, founder and CEO of local digital tech agency Vivid Candi, marries Natalie Tonielle Camacho this Sunday, Sept. 22, at 11:11 a.m.

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Malibu’s first neighborhood to be named a Firewise Community is the Big Rock Mesa Property Owners Association, which achieved the status as “a great example of how neighborhoods can self-organize to protect against wildfire and increase their resilience,” after completing a community risk as…

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Malibu resident Jodi Simon has recently been asking the question: Is it nature or is it nurture that makes a person an artist? 

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Malibu High School hosted a successful Back to School night on Thursday, Sept. 12, featuring a reception, welcome presentation and classroom visits for Malibu parents. 

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Twilight on the lawn at Trancas County Market is the subject of this week’s Best Shot, submitted by Lisa McKean. “Last night of concerts at Trancas Village and the community turned out in force for Lenny Goldsmith band! We are Malibu Strong!” McKean wrote.

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A rainbow lights up the sky above Kanan Road following the lightning on Thursday morning, Sept. 5, in this week’s Best Shot, submitted by Barry Cohn.

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“Ready or Not” is a hoot. Funny, macabre, violent but in a silly way, well acted and written, a Grand Guignol of a modern-day take on Gothic horror stories. I went to see it without knowing anything about it, and I’d like to not give any of it away, except to say it involves a wealthy family…

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The LA Opera’s 2019-20 season starts this Saturday night with the amazing new “La Bohéme” staging by the great Kosky!

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Malibu chef Cathy Rogers is cooking up something special in time for the final few months of the year: a community cookbook.

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At last Sunday’s “Tales by the Sea,” billed as a storytelling concert series for grown-ups, held at the Malibu West Swim Club, long-time organizer and Malibu local Ann Buxie (left) poses with several of the featured storytellers. The packed quarterly event drew a standing-room-only crowd.

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Malibu artist and photographer Maureen J. Haldeman at the opening night reception for her solo exhibit, “Defining Shadows,” at Fabrik Projects Gallery in LA on Saturday, Sept. 7. Her works will be exhibited there until Oct. 12.

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Students shared their experiences about the weeklong Salvation Army Camp they enjoyed this summer in Malibu Canyon, at last Thursday’s Malibu Optimist Club breakfast. The breakfast meeting, held at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, was a chance for the 12 students whose camp scholarships …

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Jon Krawczyk, an acclaimed fine arts metal sculptor from Malibu, appeared at the packed opening reception for his solo exhibit “Color in Bloom” on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the Leslie Sacks Gallery in Santa Monica. These are the first works he created since his home and studio burned down in the…

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More than 100 Malibu community members attended a memorial service and paddle-out for Jeff Alan Jones, a Malibu community member and avid cyclist who was struck and killed by a vanwhile riding in Los Angeles on Aug. 23.

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Darlene Love has been belting out hits since her breakthrough single, “He’s a Rebel,” in 1962 with the Crystals. She’s a powerhouse performer who has sung backup with some of the top acts of the 20th century including Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra and pop acts the Beach Boys, Sonny and Cher, …

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The summer of 2019 has been a time of looking back for a lot of us. Fifty years ago this past June, the class of 1969 was preparing for graduation from Samohi. It would be a matter of weeks before Apollo 11 would take the first men to the moon. Shortly thereafter, the Woodstock music festiva…

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The night before the 38th annual Malibu Chili Cook-Off opened, sponsored for the second year by the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu, supporters gathered to toast  another successful year and raise money for the club at a concert gala held on the grounds of the cook-off. 

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The concerts started with the world premiere of Caroline Shaw’s “The Observatory”—a very interesting short performance with the exciting Xian Zhang as the guest conductor of the LA Philharmonic.

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Marsha Collins submitted her photos of Bill Yates as this week’s Best Shot. The photo was taken on Labor Day—Monday, Sept. 2—at Westward Beach.

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Within the span of 15 months, Eamon Harrington managed to distill what makes Malibu distinctly Malibu—the tight-knit, artistic and colorful community we all know—into a space: Red Ladder Gallery. He, along with the help of his daughter, Maggie, and other staff, managed to host a series of un…

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Malibu local Vince Muselli earned lots of smiles last Friday as he appeared at Trancas Country Market for a Friday night concert atop his friendly horse. He greeted notable Malibu community members like Lenny Goldsmith (of Lenny Goldsmith and the New Old), council members and friends. 

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Walking into the Malibu Chili Cook-Off is a bustle of lights, crowds and a cacophony of noises and smells. But one of the first things you’d stumble upon is a classic 1972 aqua blue VW bus, fixed up camper-style in cherry condition, complete with curtains and a pop-up tent—old school comfort…

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The California Wildlife Center is currently rehabilitating squirrels—a recent post from the rescue and rehabilitation center reminded nearby residents that as squirrel kits are born in the spring and fall: “Help the babies and wait to trim your trees!”

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Malibu resident Walter Zelman, a public health professor at Cal State Los Angeles, recently was named a recipient of the California State University (CSU) Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award. Zelman was one of only 19 CSU faculty members to receive the commendation, chosen from among 200…

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Local State Senator Henry Stern presented the organizers of this year’s 10th annual Reggae on the Mountain Festival with a commendation from the California State Senate. Organizers Amit Gilad, Brooks Ellis and Matt Diamond received the award at the end of the festival, which took place for t…

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Malibu’s Lori Mills recently won Best in Show at the fourth annual Waterscapes International Art Exhibition, hosted by Fusion Art, for her painting entitled “Malibu Coastline.” Mills, alongside other winners, was named Fusion Art’s Featured Artist for the month of August 2019, and will have …

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The Malibu High School Sharks football team took took the field on Friday for its first game in this year’s season—and its first game of eight-man football. 

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Malibu’s four Civic Center art galleries hosted this summer’s second art walk on Saturday, Aug. 24. Stretched across three shopping centers—Malibu Country Mart, Malibu Village and Malibu Lumber Yard—the four galleries offered lively conversation, refreshments and more to those who stopped by…

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Found Art Youth Group at Malibu United Methodist Church hosted an evening of live music, a screening of the documentary “John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky,” and a BBQ on Monday night, Aug. 19.

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In honor of National Dog Day, the California Wildlife Center posted this photo of a current patient, this native Gray Fox. The center treats a couple of canine species, according to the post.

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For the second year in a row, Malibu residents attending a local Thirst Project fundraiser couldn’t help but open their wallets for the LA-based nonprofit. The group, headed by 30-year-old founder and CEO Seth Maxwell, has been dedicated to clean water projects around the world since 2008. T…

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The Associates of the Los Angeles Jewish Home hosted their 89th Tree of Life Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills earlier this month. Guests of the event included Malibu residents such as Sandy Stackler, president of The Associates, and Cantor Marcelo Gindlin, who …

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Several Malibu Search and Rescue Team members were honored by the California Reserve Peace Officers Association on Friday, Aug. 23, with awards bestowed for heroism and service to the community.

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