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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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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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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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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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The 50th anniversary of the most horrific night of Manson family murders is Aug. 9—the night actress Sharon Tate, her unborn child and four friends were gruesomely killed in her home just north of Beverly Hills. In a kind of memoriam, a new book, written by former Malibu resident and acclaim…

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For some of the town’s most interesting events, residents frequent a place tucked into the Malibu Village on Cross Creek Road: Red Ladder Gallery.

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Two area lifeguards are to be recognized for their heroism in fighting the Woolsey Fire. Even though Malibu residents Tim Ryan and Ryan Addison are both employed by the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the two lifelong friends and neighbors are both lifeguards and not accustomed to fighti…

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His musical talents have been showcased at prestigious Walt Disney Music Hall and, at the age of 25, he’s already performed Mozart’s Requiem in Vienna, Austria, the city the famous composer called home.

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It’s not every university president that can greet incoming freshmen at a special party by playing guitar in his own rock band, but Pepperdine University President Andrew Benton has done just that for 19 years. His fellow musicians include Senior VP & Chief Investment Officer Jeff Pippin…

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The family name Peak is familiar to many in Malibu. Most locals will know Skylar Peak—a city council person and former mayor—and many others may know his mother, Denise Peak, who served nearly three decades as an employee at local schools. Now, after suffering losses in the Woolsey Fire and …

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The 2018-19 school year was unlike most for students in Malibu. Challenges included staffing changes, ongoing construction and, of course, dealing with the Woolsey Fire.

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Every year since 1987, The Malibu Times recognizes local students for their dedication to their schools and the local community. The recipients are chosen by teachers, administrators and peers at their respective schools. The Malibu Times Citizenship Awards were established 32 years ago to a…

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Vaughn Dorn, 18 years old and 6-foot-three, will be graduating on time with the 2019 class of Malibu High School, which is “nothing short of a miracle,” his mother said. He is a special needs student who is nonverbal and has only ever spoken two words in his entire life: “Ma” and “un-hunh” (…

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With recent memories of deadly shootings at places of worship—Poway, Calif.; Christchurch, New Zealand; Pittsburgh, Penn.; Sutherland Springs, Texas and Indonesia—still painful to bear, a group of Malibu residents hosted a traditional iftar for Muslims, as well as some of their Jewish and Ch…

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Alison Mytych of Thousand Oaks has been Malibu’s volunteer whale watcher for the past seven years. During the whales’ northward migration season each year from February to May, she spends hours every day counting the number of gray whales and their calves heading back to Alaskan waters for t…

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Scores of Malibu locals flocked to City Hall last week to witness the opening of the city’s newest public gallery exhibition—Radical Beauty, Malibu Rising: Reflections on the Woolsey Fire.

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The Point Dume Club was transformed into a swanky old-time dinner theater over the weekend for Malibu High School’s production of “Clue” based on the classic board game.

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Longtime Malibu resident Karena Lewandowski’s art was prominently featured at the 59th annual Topanga Banjo • Fiddle Contest & Folk Festival held at Paramount Ranch over the weekend.

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A local young woman has just released her first single. Singer/songwriter Ashley Norris picked Mother’s Day to debut her song “Mom” on Spotify. The single is the first recording of what will be Norris’ debut EP intended to be released in a few months. 

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the director of the wellness center at the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu is “urging anyone affected by the Malibu fire not to wait until the last minute to get help.” 

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