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He was a born in Dayton, Ohio, to a family of country singers; she grew up in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, listening to Jimi Hendrix, Deep Purple and Arabic music from Lebanon, where her grandfather was a professional musician.

They would meet and marry later in life, and eventually form The Hills of Malibu – a musical act that uniquely blends the richest qualities of each person’s upbringing and sound – and although it’s an evolving act, Sage and Gary Dayton Hill said it was bound to come together one way or another.

Ashleigh Fryer

Gusty winds and light rain reaching Malibu and the greater Los Angeles Area last week are reminders that El Nino is here, and could bring stronger storms in the months to come.

For months, the City of Malibu has anticipated El Nino’s arrival – a series of storm events that some meteorologists predict could be among the strongest ever seen in the area. 

Alex Vejar

Our Lady of Malibu School

Curtain call

Michelle Krolikowski and Laura Retts directed Our Lady of Malibu School’s production of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” at the OLM student art show.

All aspects of the play — production, acting, directing and set painting — were done by OLM seventh and eighth graders. The students worked to memorize their lines, learn acting techniques and collaborate as a team. 

Guests enjoyed a delightful evening appreciating the arts.

Chris Bashaw

Greg and Kristy Bashant, owners of Kristy’s Malibu, have a true open door policy. It’s so open, in fact, that their office doesn’t even have a door — it’s one of the tables in the dining room of their restaurant. 

“Greg and Kristy are the kind of people that are always out here, checking on the guests, going to every table and saying, ‘Hi,’” server Jason Curtis said. “They’re very visible. That’s important to them. It’s personal instead of corporate.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Have you heard the one about the Malibu teens and youth who walked into City Hall’s Civic Theater and put on an improv comedy show? No? It’s a good one. 

The 19-member comedy troupe composed of Malibu youth and teens, performed spontaneous skits for a crowd of their parents and community members in the theater on Friday, March 13, and were joined by three members of Mission IMPROVable, a professional improv group.

Ashleigh Fryer

Here, in Malibu, we are graced with mellow weather and mild winters.

While this is good for us, it is not good for certain plants that need cold winters to kill off certain pests. One of these pests is the white fly. If you happen to have a hibiscus plant, then you know what I am talking about. This winter was not cold enough or long enough to kill off any over wintering white flies, so now you will see an early appearance of them on many of the plants that get white fly infestation.

Chris Bashaw

Dax Nittolo is a goalkeeper on the Malibu High School water polo team.

When did you start playing water polo?

I started playing during freshman year at Calabasas High School, before I transferred to Malibu at the beginning of my sophomore year.

What do you enjoy most about water polo?

I enjoy the team camaraderie and how physically demanding the sport can be.

Chris Bashaw

U.S. News and World Report has ranked Malibu and Santa Monica high schools in the top 120 schools in California, with rankings of 53 and 112, respectively, both in higher position from last year. 

U.S. News rankings are determined by college readiness scores, based on demographics, state test scores and college prep exams. Both SMMUSD high schools ranked in the top 700 nationally.

Alex Vejar

After more than two hours of testimony and discussion, the California Coastal Commission voted unanimously on Thursday, Feb. 12, to postpone their decision on the Crummer Trust Property, a five-house subdivision planned for the bluff next to Bluffs Park, in order to give Coastal staff more time to find answers to numerous questions, and for the developer to reevaluate the size, height and location of the structures to reduce the impact on public views.

Chris Bashaw

Cameron Silver and Christos Garkinos, co-owners of Decades and Nevena Borissova, founder/creator of CURVE, have curated a selection of vintage designer pieces for a weekend only pop-up boutique at CURVE in the Malibu Country Mart Friday, May 1-Sunday, May 3. 

Ashleigh Fryer