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The Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center at Pepperdine University “served up” some exciting tennis this past week, playing host to the Oracle Pro Series. It was a terrific opportunity for Malibu residents to see professional tennis locally—and the first such opportunity in many years.

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Malibu local Lyon Herron hosted Racing for Cancer at Casa Escobar last Friday, Oct. 25, raising funds for the Young and the Brave Foundation to fight cancer in children and young adults.

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Junior Girl Scouts from troop 2456 and friends gather to let their creative juices flow at Talley Hutcherson’s Connemara Ranch, painting horses there on Monday, Nov. 4. 

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Kristine King submitted this week’s Best Shot, with the story behind this one-of-a-kind cat:  “This is five-year-old ‘Batty,’ aka Batman, surveying his favorite thing: the ocean. Batty loves walks on the beach, playing in the ocean bubbles and making sure the lifeguard towers are safe. He wa…

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Deepak Ramapriyan is one of those people that won the good genes lottery big time—there doesn’t seem to be any end to his talents. He can play multiple musical instruments including the violin and keyboards, sing, act, dance, compose and orchestrate music, and write lyrics and poetry. Growin…

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Malibu locals Stephanie Joe and Jimmy Craig Smith recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on Oct. 27 with a vow renewal at Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church. The 11 a.m. Mass included a beautiful and moving homily from Fr. Matt Murphy. The couple credits the environment and commu…

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Local singer Trinity Rose, 16, a Malibu High School student, smiles with Mayor Pro Tem Mikke Piersson following her acoustic performance singing and playing the national anthem ahead of this year’s Malibu Half Marathon and 5K at Zuma Beach.

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Author William McClay speaks to members of the Malibu Daughters of the American Revolution about his book, “Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story,” during a recent meeting. McClay, a professor at Pepperdine University, also signed copies of the book. At the meeting, DAR mem…

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Malibu local and Council Member Jefferson “Zuma Jay” Wagner (left), dressed as “Burro” on Halloween, wheels around girlfriend Candace Brown during the Malibu Colony Halloween celebration last week.

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Oh, to be a kid in Malibu on Halloween. Actually, scores of adults were celebrating in costumes as well Thursday night as the devil winds took the evening off to give Malibu a respite from worry and a chance to go all out for trick-or-treating.

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Children’s Creative Workshop Preschool—now housed at the former Juan Cabrillo Elementary School in western Malibu—reported they were “thriving” in their new location. Students recently visited local artist Ann Krasner and were inspired by her paintings.

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Maria D’Angelo of the Children’s Lifesaving Foundation accepts the “Kid’s Camp” Award from the Rite Aid Foundation for her efforts working with disadvantaged children in the Los Angeles area, during a ceremony at Malibu City Hall last week.

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In their own ways, Malibu residents have sought creative outlets to process the trauma of the Woolsey Fire. As The Malibu Times has documented over the past year, some chose to collaborate and put together art exhibits at private galleries—notably, at the Red Ladder Gallery. Cathy Rogers col…

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Malibu Times reader Jerome Stumphauzer submitted “Malibu Canyon”—a photo of a ranch and hills covered with mustard plant flowers—for this week’s Best Shot. The photo was taken in May.

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Carson Meyer, a Malibu High School alumna, actress and model, grew up in Malibu, the daughter of NBC executive Ron Meyer. The young entrepreneur and NYU grad is now stepping out on her own as a doula, birth and family photographer, with an “environmentally considerate” skincare line, inspire…

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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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