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Malibu resident Jadwiga Kofin suffers from anxiety and intermittent restless legs and hands. These ailments cause her distress and the only way she has been able to get relief from these symptoms has been with medical marijuana.
“It’s changed my life completely,” Kofin said. “I’d probably be a little ball of anxiety and chaos if it wasn’t for marijuana in my life.”
Kofin has had to travel to other cities such as Venice to get what she calls her medicine. But that changed last week with the grand opening of a marijuana dispensary where she lives.

Chris Bashaw

Most folks don’t get to ride down Main Street, USA in Disneyland for their birthday, but that’s just what Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke — a.k.a. chimney sweep Bert in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” — did on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Van Dyke’s 90th birthday celebration included a special presentation inside the Mary Poppins-themed eatery, Jolly Holiday Bakery Cafe, and a cavalcade down Main Street, USA, where thousands of Disneyland park guests serenaded the entertainment icon with “Happy Birthday.”

Alex Vejar

More than 400 members of the public participated in a Caltrans scoping meeting to discuss the proposed Liberty Canyon wildlife bridge, and not one person present openly opposed the project. 

Instead, the plan to build a wildlife corridor over the 101 Freeway received universal acclaim from officials and the public at the two-hour event at King Gillette Ranch. 

A few participants commented that the unanimous approval was unprecedented.

Alex Vejar

Scott Stewart, a Malibu native, will serve as a law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas on the Supreme Court of the United States from 2015-2016.

Stewart has lived most of his life in Malibu. He attended pre-school at the Malibu Presbyterian Church and then Webster Elementary School. Stewart enjoyed many fun years at Webster, but none was more memorable than his third-grade year, when his teacher was his mother, Kris. At Webster, Scott first learned about the Supreme Court in a class taught by Principal Phil Cott.

Ashleigh Fryer

An audience of approximately two dozen braved the rain on Saturday, Jan. 10, for the debut of the Malibu Playhouse’s new interview series,  “A Conversation With.”

“It’s like a Malibu version of ‘Inside the Actor’s Studio,’” series producer Diane Namm told the Malibu Surfside News. The series will feature one-on-one talks with actors, directors and writers.

“It’s a great way to involve people in the playhouse,” Namm said. “It’s just an hour but the best hour ever.”

Chris Bashaw

Kenneth Robinson, educator, best-selling author, speaker and international advisor on education, was in the Malibu area on Wednesday, May 27, to talk about his vision and to tour MUSE, the school developed by Malibu resident and environmental activist Suzy Amis Cameron and her sister, educator Rebecca Amis, that embodies many of the ideas advocated by Robinson. 

Ashleigh Fryer

A new consignment shop in Malibu opened last week, offering a mixture of vintage and modern items to spice up buyers’ lives.

CoCo Consign is the creation of co-owners Liza Whitcraft and Kristen Nelson, and the shop provides an opportunity for Malibu residents to buy or sell their modern or antique vintage clothing, glasswear, art, furniture and other such items.

“There may also be Malibu residents who have a great amount of Hollywood history that they can bring to the public at our shop,” Whitcraft said.  

Alex Vejar

Fireworks bursting over Don Wildman’s Malibu beach on the Fourth of July worked as a metaphor for the evening that preceded the magnificent sky show. 

Wildman generously hosted the holiday bash benefitting RainCatcher, which welcomed Saturday dozens of supporters for the nonprofit’s largest and third annual fundraiser.

Alex Vejar

Live rattlesnakes were among the stars of the show at the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area’s first ever reptile and amphibian show on May 18 at King Gillette Ranch. The event, sponsored by the Western National Parks Association, also offered participants a chance to learn how to be safe now that peak snake season has arrived. 

Karl Miller, an animal trainer and handler for the entertainment industry, and longtime snake wrangler Bruce Freeman teamed up to give a rattlesnake awareness talk.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu officially welcomed its very own, fully-licensed radio station — 97.5 KBUU-LP FM — to the airwaves last week, a project which Malibu resident and KBU general manager Hans Laetz has championed for more than a year. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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