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This week's events at Malibu synagogues and churches.
Alex Vejar

Within the past six months, folks have been calling me with a pretty specific problem: Their plants and trees are dying in certain parts of their properties. The current heat wave, along with lack of inadequate rain for that last few years, has caused clay soil to harden; this in turn prevents water and air from reaching the root systems of plants and trees.

Suffice it to say: The hotter it gets in Malibu, the worse this condition gets.

Ashleigh Fryer

The Ayso Malibu U8 boys all star team completed their spring tournament season with another top finish in the “A” level tier of the Armed Forces Soccer Tournament on May 21-22 in San Pedro. Posing together are (left to right) Coaches Noam Geft and Sandro Splendore, players Noah Van Der Rynn, Addison Amor, Oliver Heydari, Gage Alger, Jackson Richmond, Ocean Martell-Splendore, Stevie Clark, Tanner Kies and Daniel Geft. Photo Submitted

Alex Vejar

The Malibu Playhouse held a one-night-only Comedy Mash-Up Thursday, Sept. 15, that was hosted by Los Angeles-based comedian, writer and actress Fielding Edlow, with other notable comedians.

Edlow, who is the creator of “Eat, Pray, F*ck,” at the Improv and Bitter Homes and Gardens (web series), warmed the crowd up for performances by Cathy Ladman (“The Tonight Show”), Laurie Kilmartin (“Conan”), Dave Ross (“Just for Laughs”), Shelagh Ratner (“Last Comic Standing”) and Andrew Donnelly (“Maron”). 

Lauren Finkler

The Sharks improved their record to 8-14 with a 34-23 Frontier League win over Grace Brethren on Saturday, Feb. 8. 

On Senior Night, senior captain Agaly De Jesus led the way with 12 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. De Jesus hit two consecutive 3-point shots in the third quarter to give Malibu a 28-16 lead and the Sharks never looked back.

Sophomore forward Nina Hungerland scored 8 points and snagged 13 rebounds and Kendall Jordan and Ciara Collins-Parnell each chipped in 5 points.

On Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Sharks dropped a 48-28 game at Fillmore High School.

Ashleigh Fryer

A group of jovial seniors gathered at the Malibu Senior Center Dec. 21 for an enjoyable experience as they attended a “Relax Through Coloring” session.

“It is a great time for the seniors to visit and socialize,” said Judy Merrick, coordinator of the session. “This is a relaxing, come-as-you-are class. There are many studies that establish what coloring does for people.”

Coloring helps relieve stress. By focusing on coloring, one is not thinking of the worries of daily life.

Lauren Finkler

A room full of senior citizens rang in the Malibu Senior Center’s 13th anniversary on Thursday, April 21, with a sock hop party in Malibu City Hall’s Multipurpose Room. 

Seniors danced waltz and swing steps to 1950s-era songs such as “All Shook Up,” Rock Around the Clock” and “Hound Dog,” all played by a live band.  

Alex Vejar
This Saturday's events at Bank of Books Malibu
Alex Vejar

“What was it like when Dorothy went back to Kansas? She didn’t go back the same way,” Jake Clark said. “These guys don’t go back the same way.”
Three years of military service in Afghanistan and Iraq is what it took for Garret Combs to return home, haunted.
Five-and-a-half days is what it took for Clark and his team at the Malibu-based nonprofit Save a Warrior to evoke Combs’ journey toward transformation — his “war detoxification” process.

Chris Bashaw

Despite heavy downpours, Pepperdine University continued its annual holiday tradition on Tuesday, Dec. 2, lighting its Christmas tree in Joslyn Plaza in celebration of the season.  

In its sixth year, the celebration welcomed students, faculty and Malibu residents and included performances from the school’s Gospel Choir and Celebration Chapel Band. Gospel readings were presented by Jen Christy and Ralph Sampang. Youth leadership director Jeff Walling expressed a holiday message for audience members. 

Chris Bashaw