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I had a thought the other day as I struggled to catch my breath on the treadmill.

“You know, getting back to the gym is great and all,” I said to myself, still proud that I made it back for the first time in three months, “but what I really need is to stop eating out so much and start cooking my own healthy meals.”

It was a great thought, and one that motivated me for about another half mile until the realization set in that I really haven’t learned to cook anything healthy.

Ashleigh Fryer

The ocean spray is settled for the Scholastic Surf Series season with the children from the Malibu Middle School surf team standing at third place in their division, which spans from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara.

“Placing third in the division was a huge accomplishment,” said Dale Rhodes, Malibu Middle School surf coach. “This is the best year for middle school. They just wanted to surf and compete, and they got hooked on it after first the couple of events and [seeing] their progress.”

Chris Bashaw

Pepperdine students took to the Smothers Theatre stage on Wednesday, April 2, with their rendition of William Shakespeare’s ethereal piece, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Courtney Buchan, as Puck, carried out the deeds of the jealous King Oberon,  played by Ryan Napier, frolicking through a mystical wonderland of handmade trees, crafted specifically for the Smothers stage by scenic designer Rick Aglietti and his team.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu High School football program will welcome former Oak Park High School football coach Terry Shorten as its new coach this fall.

Shorten and will replace Regence Humphrey who stepped down as the MHS coach in 2014. With coaching experience in high school and youth-level athletics, Shorten hopes to bring new vitality to the Sharks’ football program starting with the community.

Ashleigh Fryer

Chris Falk is a senior catcher on the Malibu High School baseball team.

How long have you been playing baseball and how did you get started?

I started playing T-ball when I was young. My mom got me into it. She played softball when she was in high school.

What’s your favorite thing about baseball and why?

It’s a full team sport — you can’t rely on one person to do the majority of the work. Everyone has to be a part of it in order to win.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu music students joined approximately 1,000 of their peers from other Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District schools last week to perform at the district’s 65th annual Stairway of the Stars performance.

SMMUSD’s 26 choir, band and orchestra programs from across the district respectively combined on Friday, Feb. 7, Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Thursday, Feb. 13, to play and showcase their talents and the fruits of the district’s music education programs.

Ashleigh Fryer

Duke’s Malibu hosted its final Big Wednesday installment of the summer season on Wednesday, Aug. 13, adding another $1,639 to the funds raised through the event. The total for all eight weeks of events is $9,500
Duke’s Big Wednesday series, a 16-year-old tradition for the restaurant, teams up with local charities for raffles and fundraisers throughout the summer. This summer, the series supported six charities: THERAsurf, The Young and Brave Foundation, Callie’s Cause, Malibu Coast Surf Lifesaving Association, Marine Del Rey Outrigger Canoe Club and Life Rolls on.

Chris Bashaw

Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Richard Fruin ruled on Feb. 17 in favor of the City of Malibu and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District in two lawsuits over the permitting of Malibu High School’s athletic field lights, allowing the lights to remain in place.
“Local school athletics is a big part of the life of our town and so are dark skies,” Mayor John Sibert said. “The City imposed restrictions on the lights in an effort to balance those interests. We are pleased that the court did not disturb our decision.”

Chris Bashaw

What: Three-bedroom, four-bath Escondido Beach home

Where: 27352 Pacific Coast Highway 


This oceanfront home features a newly renovated kitchen with teak cabinets, a Viking stove and range, Subzero refrigerator and a Miele coffee maker, among other additions. 

Many of the home’s electronic features, such as automated shades and a full house, surround sound system can be control from the owner’s phone for convenience. 

Ashleigh Fryer

On Friday, Jan. 9, Maliu children and teens were treated to a drawing robot workshop at the Malibu Boys & Girls Club. 

The workshop was put on by Hopscoth and Doodles and helped participants create a robot from scratch that was able to draw a butcher paper.

For more information on Hopscotch and Doodles, call (310) 729-5023 or email

Chris Bashaw