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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In the heart of Thousand Oaks, hundreds gathered at Conejo Creek Park to remember the 12 who were killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill mass shooting in 2018. For the one-year anniversary, a healing garden was unveiled to the community on Thursday, Nov. 7. Victims included Pepperdine Univ…

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The Malibu Times follows the recovery and rebuild process of locals who lost their homes due to the Woolsey Fire in the “Rising from the Ashes” series. In our third round of interviews, we followed up with Carla and Bruce Bates, the first family interviewed for the series, before a quick cat…

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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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Local author Robert Kerbeck appears to have a possible bestseller on his hands with his first book, “Malibu Burning.” The book was recently released, just in time for the first anniversary of the devastating Woolsey Fire, and tells the fire experiences of many Malibu residents and officials.…

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Malibu’s Smita Bagla is an accomplished businesswoman and entrepreneur. Trained as a computer engineer in her native India, Bagla moved to the United States in 1986 at age 22. As a young mother of two, she sold her own company in 2001 to concentrate on raising her family in Cerritos and beco…

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From Nov. 8, 2018, until its final containment on Nov. 22, the Woolsey Fire burned 96,949 acres. It killed three people. The fire destroyed 1,643 structures, approximately 750 of them in the greater Malibu area. Some feared the fire could destroy the fabric that held Malibu—especially wester…

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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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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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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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City Hall was filled to capacity with Malibu locals last Thursday evening for the premiere of the 80-minute “Johnny Strange: Born to Fly” documentary, which has been four years in the making. Strange, who was Malibu born, raised and schooled, became a local legend during his growing-up years…

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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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As a firefighter and paramedic, Richard Pauwels was used to being on the go as a first responder. In his 20-year career with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, Pauwels spent the last 12 working in Malibu. It was while fighting brush fires locally that a business was born and a new caree…

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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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For clothing designer Brigitt Goldman, her line of children’s dresses, called “Malibumermaid,” symbolizes bringing love and healing from the ocean and land of Malibu. She started her line about two years ago; however, Goldman always had a connection with sewing. Growing up in Germany in the …

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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 2019 Malibu Times Best Dog of Summer crown goes to three-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback and German Shepard mix Luna, a loyal family dog who rose to the occasion, helping keep her family calm while they evacuated from the Woolsey Fire in November. 

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Malibu’s Paige Stoker was barely out of high school when she cofounded an ambitious project to help ease the anxiety of children who find themselves in the unfortunate situation of being hospitalized. She and another Malibu local, Bryan Spunt, founded Big Smiles—a nonprofit that brings art t…

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream when it gets this hot in Malibu—and now, even vegans and the lactose intolerant can say “Yes!” to an ice cream cone. Bernard and Sophie Benita, who opened Le Cafe de la Plage in Point Dume Plaza two years ago, offer their artisanal, hand-craf…

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The parking lot at Nobu restaurant has seen its fair share of luxury and exotic cars pull up for valet service over the years, but nothing holds a candle to the spectacle there Friday afternoon when nine rare Bentleys pulled in for lunch. The historic open-air British racing cars were driven…

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Sam Barsky is an unlikely internet star. On Instagram with 38,000 followers and growing, he’s not an influencer and doesn’t post bikini shots. He’s better known on Facebook, where he’s frozen the social media platform by maxing out on friend requests—there’s simply no more room. The 44-year-…

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It all started with a band and a dream—for the two locals in charge of Reggae on the Mountain, at 18 and 19, music was life. 

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