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The City of Malibu is partnering with American Red Cross to host the annual Malibu Blood Drive 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, at Malibu City Hall.

Like a hospital emergency room, the American Red Cross must be prepared to respond to patient emergencies across the country with blood products 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Blood for trauma victims, premature babies and chronic disease patients is a life-and-death issue. 

According to the American Red Cross, the need for blood is at a rate of one person in ever two seconds.

Alex Vejar

Pepperdine men’s tennis dominated Wells Fargo PCH Cup rivals Loyola Marymount to open West Coast Conference play Saturday, Jan. 21, sweeping the Lions 7-0 at Ralphs-Straus Tennis Center.

The Waves first clinched doubles with wins by the one and three pairs, and Pepperdine picked up solid two-set victories on courts two, three and the clinch by freshman Dane Esses on six to secure the overall win. Singles one, four and five then picked up wins of their own to complete the sweep.

Lauren Finkler

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation raised $362,875 during Pledge Days, a district-wide fundraising event, which ran from Sept. 19-30. During the event, 530 families, district employees, community members and businesses made donations. The funds raised also include a $100,000 matching gift from the RGK Foundation.

As of Sept. 30, in the first quarter of its fiscal year, the foundation raised roughly $1.4 million in gifts and pledges, setting a new record.

Lauren Finkler

Bank of Books Malibu will play host to two local authors for a story time event and book-signing event at 10:30 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Nov. 15.

Bank of Books Malibu is located in the Point Dume Village at 29169 Heathercliff Road in Malibu.

For more information about these events, call the store at (310) 457-5699.

Story time

Chris Bashaw

Malibu residents joined 52 other locations across the world on Saturday, May 24, peacefully protesting marine mammal captivity with their march in support of Empty the Tanks Worldwide. 

The event sent a crowd marching from the Malibu Country Mart to the Malibu Pier, where speakers including Malibu mayor Skylar Peak addressed them and the topic of marine mammal captivity. 

Marchers peacefully gathered and held signs along Pacific Coast Highway, while others hosted a faux burial for the 159 orcas that have died in captivity. 

Chris Bashaw

Earth Day was meant to be a reminder that we humans are responsible for the Earth. 

We are also responsible for all living beings on this planet in how we care for the Earth, so how are we doing?

I would give humans an F-, and I would give us a lower grade if we had one.

As a Buddist saying goes, “The frog does not pollute the pond it lives in.” 

Alex Vejar

Corral Canyon — A eucalyptus moonrise 

During a recent high wind alert in Corral Canyon, I took our dear Bella for a walk along Newell Road overlooking the Pacific 1,000 feet above PCH. It was there that a few powerful eucalyptus trees guarding the entrance to our beloved community in the bowl swooshed as a soft white moon lingered between their sway in a pink sunset sky. 

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Chris Bashaw

This week’s Photo Op was taken by Elissa Hoye of an Iris flower in Malibu.

To submit photos for the Malibu Surfside News Photo Op, email photos to

Alex Vejar
A matching grant of up to $90,000 to benefit all SMMUSD schools will follow.
Alex Vejar