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There was a collective sigh of relief from American lectiophiles this week when the Mountain Messenger was saved from an untimely end. The Sierra Nevada small-town newspaper will keep the presses rolling after an 11th-hour reprieve from mothballs. Based out of Downieville, Calif., the paper’…

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Malibuite Cayley Stoker—girlfriend of local Brandon Jenner—prepared for the birth of their first children together (twins!) with a baby shower at Malibu West Swim Club last week. In attendance were more than 100 Malibu friends and family including Jenner’s parents Linda Thompson and Caitlyn …

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Local Holocaust survivor Peter Heiman was invited by the Malibu United Methodist Church to tell his story to the community last Sunday. At the age of 91, he’s one of a dwindling number of survivors still alive 75 years after the end of WWII and in good enough health to share the stories of g…

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Inspired by early suffragists who worked to earn women the right to vote, the female mayors of four area cities—Calabasas, Westlake Village, Agoura Hills and Malibu—have founded an action group called Women Mayors Advancing Community, coinciding with the recognition of 100 years since the 19…

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Malibu residents—including several notable celebrities—gathered on Sunday to discuss the Climate Emergency Fund, a local environmental action group working to raise money to fight climate change. Hosted by Aileen Getty, Rory Kennedy and Trevor Neilson, the event was attended by about 50 loca…

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As I was putting the finishing touches on this week’s review, the Academy Awards finalists were announced. In this column, and the next one in two weeks, I’ll catch you up on most of the films that qualified but that I haven’t yet reviewed.

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Women of the Malibu branch of the Daughters of the American Revolution collected donations of laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products to donate to Rainbow Services domestic violence shelters. They supplied donations while meeting to conduct  genealogy research at the church of Latter…

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Our Lady of Malibu School celebrated the season with its annual Christmas Dinner & Program, featuring performances by OLM students including a nativity scene. The program was led by music teacher Mr. Trujillo and his band.

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When venturing down Pacific Coast Highway, drivers will notice a few obvious Malibu landmarks: the La Salsa man, the Malibu Pier and that sign for Paradise Cove Beach Café. What they might not see is a hidden gem: The Malibu Fig Ranch at 29127 Pacific Coast Hwy, right near Cavalleri Road. 

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Malibu resident Linda Kaye and Eric Mills (of Laguna Niguel) are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Alena Kaye, to Alden Quartz. Former homecoming king and queen (2013), the future bride and groom attended Webster, Malibu Middle and Malibu High schools. An engagement party…

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On Sunday, Hollywood pulled out all the stops and glittered and sparkled in all its glory as the Foreign Press Association celebrated its 77th Golden Globe Awards. 

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There were several surprises at Sunday’s Golden Globe awards, which kicked off the four-week long awards season race that ends with the Oscars on Feb. 9. The biggest film winners on Jan. 5 were “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (a buddy movie about a washed up actor and his stunt double) and “…

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Last Saturday night, following the screening of the film “Harriet,” the Malibu Film Society audience Q&A featured star Cynthia Erivo, nominated for best actress in a drama motion picture at this year’s Golden Globes, and Director Kasi Lemmons, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The 2019 A…

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California Wildlife Center (CWC) welcomes its first patient of 2020, a California Sea Lion pup that was rescued at Little Dume in Malibu. She was “dehydrated and underweight but feisty!” according to the CWC.

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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose, as the French say.The more it changes, the more it stays the same. You think Malibu has a problem with squatters and homeless and Bedouin RV campers now? May Rindge dealt with the same problem in 1930.

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One of the most senior victims of the Woolsey Fire—if not the eldest—has resorted to selling her beloved art collection in an effort to pay rent at an assisted living home. Pat Weisel, aged 95, was living with her daughter in the Seminole Springs mobile home park when the Woolsey Fire hit. T…

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It isn’t always a dog that’s man’s best friend. As it turns out, sometimes it’s a horse. And U.S. military veterans and first-responders suffering from PTSD, depression and other ailments are finding that out as participants in special equine psychotherapy programs being offered by Reins of …

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Due to the perceived short attention span of industry voters, in late November and into December theaters are bombarded with all the films that their makers consider worthy of awards. Unless I want to camp out in a theater or on my couch, I cannot see them all, but I promise in the coming co…

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Longtime Malibu local Lyon Herron (left) after asking his girlfriend, Danica Locker, to marry him in Kauai, Hawaii, in late December. She said yes!

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California Wildlife Center rehabilitated this red-tailed hawk (likely the victim of a vehicle collision) and it was cleared for release Dec. 19, just in time to be home for the holidays.

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As the Festival of Lights—Chanukkah—begins, members of Malibu’s Jewish community look for the bright lights of the menorah located near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Webb Way. 

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Malibu Rotary Club presented contributions to local organizations in time for the holidays last week, with money going toward KBUU Radio and Malibu Sharks Surf Team. Earlier in the month, contributions were given to the Young Actors Project and Malibu Swim Club.

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Malibu Elementary students celebrated the season with a performance for parents and family earlier this month, including excerpts from “The Nutcracker” and festive singing.

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A multidenominational gathering rang in the final Sunday before Christmas Day last weekend, Sunday, Dec. 22, with carolers representing congregations across Malibu including St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church and Our Lady of Malibu Catholic Church. 

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Dozens of Malibu dads gathered last Sunday, Dec. 15, at Ollie’s Duck and Dive for a beloved holiday tradition—the fourth annual Malibu Dads Holiday Get-Together. In addition to the annual festivities, this year, dads raised money for a local family that recently lost their home to a fire. Ev…

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Students at Our Lady of Malibu learned about charity and the gift of giving this week—lessons especially poignant during the holiday season. The kindergarten through eighth graders heard about a local nonprofit, In a Perfect World, and then got to work making bracelets for Christmas gifts to…

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Malibu Navy League is undertaking its annual charitable mission of providing toys for local underprivileged kids this year with a Toys for Tots toy drive at First Bank. The drive, which will go until late December, collects unwrapped toys for kids in the Los Angeles area whose families canno…

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In November, Malibu’s Lisa McKean submitted this photo of a sandpiper “walking off Thanksgiving dinner” with her along the beach at Lechuza Point.

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A man who just moved to Malibu to be closer to his family recently discovered other long lost relatives thanks to a DNA testing kit. The kits, which are especially popular as holiday gifts, proved to be the gift that keeps on giving for Frank Churchill Sr.  

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Malibu locals celebrate the Christmas season at the Malibu Country Mart on Saturday, Dec. 14, featuring arts and crafts, caroling and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

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I was not really looking forward to three-and-a-half hours of yet another movie about gangsters from Martin Scorsese, brilliant and respected filmmaker though he certainly is. But I knew it needed to be reviewed, and so I did... and am I glad! “The Irishman” can take its place as a cinema cl…

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Pepperdine University has many gifts—its wonderful students, dedicated faculty and staff, its world class Frederick Weisman Museum and the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts. These gifts are, of course, enjoyed by those on campus as well as many in Malibu, but the university has always s…

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Western free-roaming wild horses have been the symbol of American spirit and beauty for well over a century; that spirit has been on display since Nov. 16 at a special fine arts photography exhibit at the Brian Bowen Smith Gallery in the Malibu Lumber Yard. 

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The ongoing Tales by the Sea programs, held four times a year at the Malibu West Swim Club, consistently draw a “sold-out” crowd (technically not “sold” out, because the events are free). What started off as a much smaller and more sporadic event at the Malibu United Methodist Church in 1995…

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Prim and proper Buckhouse (aka Buckingham Palace) is a world away from the White House, let alone the glitz, razzle, dazzle and scandal of Hollywood. 

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The Tony Award-winning musical “Ragtime” just finished its run at Pepperdine University this week and if you missed it, you missed a staging rivaling any musical or theatrical production you’d find on Broadway. University students continued their tradition of providing outstanding acting, si…

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Chili lovers no longer have to wait until next year’s Malibu Chili Cook-off to enjoy a bowl of prize-winning chili. As of last Saturday, Vintage Grocers at Trancas Country Market is now selling the 2019 first place winners—the traditional “Love Muff Chili” as well as the vegan/vegetarian win…

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