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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

It’s often important to remember your roots and not forget where you came from. It’s something the owners and staff at Malibu Cafe at Calamigos Ranch believe in firmly, as they use the cafe’s menu as a way to acknowledge the cowboy lifestyle the Malibu ranch was once known for. 

“It’s super casual here and our menu is very country kitchen,” said Valentino Caceres, general manager of Malibu Cafe. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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

In a series of six episodes, five Malibu High School students and competitors on the Malibu Sharks Surf Team will show viewers worldwide what it’s like to be a teen surfer in Malibu.

“Surfers,” a reality television show produced by AwesomenessTV – a YouTube-based production company with more than 550 million video views and 2 million subscribers – uploaded its first episode Saturday, Jan. 3, and garnered more than 63,000 views in less than seven days.

Chris Bashaw

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

Charlou Larronde, who moved to Malibu in 1951,  died peacefully in her Carbon Beach home, surrounded by family on Jan. 26. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1921, and recently celebrated her 94th birthday.
She traveled the world making memories and her most important priorities were her family of 25 and her friends.  
Charlou leaves three daughters — Kristeen, Nita and Janine Larronde — a son-in-law — Brian Asher — eight grandchildren and eight great-
grandchildren.  

Chris Bashaw

A 43-year-old Santa Monica man driving a motorcycle on Pacific Coast Highway died on Thursday, April 28, after being struck by a drunken driver leaving a Malibu restaurant, California Highway Patrol public information officer Leland Tang said. 

Alex Vejar

Sitting high on a mountain in Malibu overlooking Serra Retreat, the Malibu lagoon and views up the coast to Point Dume, Eric Wright resides on the 24 acres of land his father purchased in 1956.

Wright — much like his father Lloyd Wright, and grandfather, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright — is a third-generation architect, and a well-respected one in his own right.

At 83 years old, Wright still practices his craft. His offices are located at his home in Malibu. 

Alex Vejar

After four years of becoming the star water polo player for the Malibu Sharks, Owen Franz was burnt out.

Franz, 18, not only competed at the high school level, but was also a member of various club teams and an Olympic development program. 

When his high school career was coming to a close, he began having doubts about his passion for the sport. That seemed to have started at the end of his junior year, in the wake of the Sharks’ devastating loss in the CIF Finals, when many of Franz’s close friends and teammates graduated. 

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