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California is still caught in a cycle of persistent drought, but Malibu has had enough rainfall this winter for a bountiful crop of wildflowers, and in many of the area’s most easily accessible parks spring has already arrived in full force.
One of the most spectacular displays of spring wildflowers can be found at Point Dume State Beach, where the Point Dume Headlands and the bluffs along Westward Beach are golden with a mix of giant coreopsis — a flower found along the coast and nowhere else in the world — bush sunflower and California poppies.

Chris Bashaw

There’s something familiar about the Malibu Roadhouse.
It might be that it occupies the space that used to house the BeauRivage, a storied Malibu restaurant. It might be its familiar position, across PCH from Dan Blocker Beach — a section of Malibu most residents cruise through daily.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Village was acquired by an East Coast-based real estate investment and management company, Jamestown, for an undisclosed sum Thursday, May 22, after a successful deal with seller KRE Capital, the shopping center’s now-previous owner.

“We went to Jamestown because we thought they could be vested to bring a great retail experience to the community and keep with what our goals were to the community,” said Matt Khoury, KRE Capital founder. “We thought they would be ideally suited as they are probably the top urban retailer expert in the country.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu resident Tova Fagan said jewelry design came to her on her birthday eight years ago in Las Vegas.

“I was celebrating with my family when we walked by a particular shop with a bracelet in the window,” she said.

The bracelet transfixed Fagan with its thoughtfully beaded pattern and a diamond charm dangling from its center. Its only off-putting component was the “ginormous” sum of money scrawled on its price tag.

Ashleigh Fryer

They say that when one door closes, another opens.  

Kristy’s Restaurant, a Malibu staple, closed as of Jan. 1. However, the restaurant’s patrons and fans should not despair. That old adage about new doors opening has prevailed.

Kristy’s has merged with Le Village Café to form a new establishment, Kristy’s Village Café, 30745 Pacific Coast Highway, Building B, at Trancas Country Market.

Lauren Finkler

Cynthia Merritt passed away peacefully at her home May 8 with her husband, George, by her side.

“Cindi” braved a long battle with health issues but forever kept her keen sense of humor. 

Born Dec. 30, 1947, in Lakewood, California, she attended Orange Coast College.

A flight attendant for American Airlines for 35 years, she flew often to some of her favorite places — Honolulu, Tokyo, London and Rome.

Ashleigh Fryer

Before chef Thommy Craig took over as executive chef at Vintage Grocers this summer, he spent the past 30 years building a name for himself as a personal chef for celebrity clientele. But Craig’s first gig in the kitchen was the far less glamorous role of a dishwasher.

Alex Vejar

Under the leadership of coach John Meyers, for the third year in a row Our Lady of Malibu’s novice track team earned the title of league champions in their division at the Valley Catholic Sports League’s track championship meet on May 10 at Chaminade High School. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Firestone Fieldhouse at Pepperdine University is nothing to write home about. Much of the seating consists of wooden benches that look like church pews and the space feels cramped overall. The arena feels more like a glorified high school gym than the site for Division 1 college sports events in an affluent town like Malibu. 

Alex Vejar

When wildlife biologist Stan Gehrt set out to study coyotes in Chicago, Illinois he thought it would be a quick “one-and-done” situation. He was wrong. Almost two decades of research on Cook County, Illinois’ coyotes — estimated to number not one or two, but 1500-2000 — continues to yield astonishing data about the lives and habits of this intelligent, ingenious and seldom seen urban carnivore. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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