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The Malibu High School softball team fell to Bishop Diego, 10-9, on March 25 and St. Bonaventure, 16-0, on Thursday, March 27.

The loss against Bishop Diego’s served as the Sharks’ opening Frontier-League game, with Rachel McConnell going 5-for-5 at the plate, with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Ashleigh Fryer

A ribbon cutting ceremony for Malibu’s Under the Oaks Early Childhood Center will be held at noon Thursday, March 13.

Sunshine Armstrong, founder of the Under the Oaks Early Childhood Center, said the center is now enrolling children into its preschool, day care and parent-child classes for the remainder of the 2013-14 school year as well as the 2014-15 school year. In addition to these programs, the center offers parenting classes, community events and summer camp.

Ashleigh Fryer

“What was it like when Dorothy went back to Kansas? She didn’t go back the same way,” Jake Clark said. “These guys don’t go back the same way.”
Three years of military service in Afghanistan and Iraq is what it took for Garret Combs to return home, haunted.
Five-and-a-half days is what it took for Clark and his team at the Malibu-based nonprofit Save a Warrior to evoke Combs’ journey toward transformation — his “war detoxification” process.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Playhouse opened its new season on Saturday, Oct. 18, with “The 39 Steps,” a comedic interpretation of the classic Alfred Hitchcock film. 

Four actors — Emily Goss, Mike Funt, Derek Manson and Dieterich Gray — were tasked with playing all of the 130 characters in the play, which is directed by Ron West. 

The Surfside News conducted an exclusive interview with the cast to hear what it has been like to give life to multiple characters in the single, one-hour-and-40-minute production.

Ashleigh Fryer

Pam Herkner, principal of Juan Cabrillo Elementary School, briefed members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education regarding the school’s progress toward achieving two of the five District goals during a study session at their meeting on Thursday, May 15.

Chris Bashaw

Guarding a nation of only four million people from a Nazi invasion, Irene Bettler’s father was stationed on the border of Switzerland and Germany in 1943 when his daughter was born.

“My mom was pregnant with me and I was her first child,” Bettler, a Malibu resident, said during her craft talk Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Malibu Rotary Club. “My mother heard about the name ‘Irene’ from a friend and named me that.”

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu High School softball team suffered a pair of humbling home losses, 33-1 on Tuesday, April 1, against Santa Paula and 14-3 on Thursday, April 3, against Grace Brethren. 

The Sharks were simply “out physical-ed” by the highly competitive Cardinals, according to head coach Mark Cooley, who noted Malibu’s lack of club softball experience as a reason for the double-digit domination.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu Fitness will partner with Self Magazine’s “Change of Heart” program from Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28 to raise awareness about women’s heart disease.

Malibu residents interested in supporting Malibu Fitness’ partnership with the program must sign up for a class of their choice during that week. Attendees will also be asked to pledge $20 to support the “Change of Heart” program, which will donate $5 of each fee to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement.

Chris Bashaw

Fireball Tim captures the essence of Malibu

Chris Bashaw

An evening of charity for the Malibu Boys and Girls Club took place on Friday, Feb. 28, at Michael Stars in the Malibu Country Mart.

Michael Stars committed itself to donating 15 percent of every purchase made between 6 and 8 p.m. that night.

“Michael likes to help a lot of less fortunate children or anything that has to do with the community,” the boutique’s manager Otto Tojin said about Michael Cohen, founder of the Michael Stars company.

Ashleigh Fryer

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