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Members of a Malibu High School creative writing class recited their original poetry in front of friends, family and members of the community on Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29, for the Kids on Coffee event inside the Bank of Books bookstore in Malibu. 

Pamela Eilerson, manager of the bookstore, said it is important for teenagers to have an outlet for their feelings during their adolescence. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Two swimmers from the Malibu High School Sharks swim team qualified for an automatic CIF bid on Wednesday, March 12, in a meet against the Santa Clara High School Bruins. 

Freshman Farah Stack finished with a time of 2 minutes 5.86 seconds in the 200-yard freestyle, easily beating the required time of 2:11.30 for an automatic bid.

In the 50-yard freestyle, junior Logan Hotchkiss finished at 22.95 seconds, barely squeaking by the automatic-bid time of 23:40 seconds. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Spring is in bloom in Malibu, despite the drought. Although it isn’t one of those stellar years when wide swaths of the Santa Monica Mountains are transformed into a living tapestry of color, there are still many places to experience the sight and scent of spring flowers.

Ashleigh Fryer

Everyone knows the adage that “the only sure things in life are death and taxes,” but the  maxim neglects to mention another equally inevitable occurrence: change. 

The graduates of Malibu High School celebrated finishing four years of school on Friday, June 6, in a ceremony where “change” played central role in the celebration.

Chris Bashaw

Although belonging to a small chain of nine restaurants scattered throughout the west side of Los Angeles – and one in Santa Barbara – Malibu’s Marmalade Café has endeavored to remain in touch and relevant with a community that loves its mom-and-pop businesses.

Throughout its 23 years in business, manager Alex Bekeza said the café has molded itself into the community not just by its menu and décor, but also by making its operation as compatible as possible with Malibu.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Sharks tennis team lost 10-8 in a round-robin tournament Wednesday, April 2, against the Oak Park Eagles. 

Senior Gabe Rapaport won all three of his matches against his opponents, only losing four out of 18 total games. His first match was against his rival David Goulak, and this was Rapaport’s first win against him in high school play. 

“David and I are best friends, pretty much,” Rapaport said. “We hit together all the time and we play doubles together. It was a good win for me.”

Chris Bashaw

OK, let’s admit it. 

When the rains come to Malibu, people freak out.

“There’s water coming out of the sky, freak out!” they’ll say. 

Of course, when we live in a town where 90 percent of the days are filled with beauty, sun and surf, we can easily forget that weather of another kind actually exists. But when it does come, you want to be prepared by pondering this week’s Ride of the Week.

Ashleigh Fryer

A new Malibu-based group called Paint, Wine N’ Dine hosted a fundraiser for breast cancer research non-profit Susan G. Komen at the Malibu Roadhouse on Wednesday, Oct. 22.

The group is led by the mother-daughter team of Sarah Levy and Tova Fagan, who instructed the 35 attendees of Wednesday’s event on how to paint an abstract rose.

Chris Bashaw

For a few hours following the highest night tide of each full or new moon during spring and early summer, the California grunion leave the water to lay their eggs on Southern California’s sandy beaches from Point Conception north of Santa Barbara to Punta Abreojos in Baja California, Mexico.

Chris Bashaw

Local realtor of 27 years Jeff Chertow opened Pinnacle Estate Properties Inc. in the Malibu Colony Shopping Center on May 17 to “focus on what’s best for our clients, our community and our agents.”

Chertow, who served as the manager of another Malibu agency for 13 years, created Pinnacle as an “agent-centric company, which prides itself on being very supportive of not only the local community, but also its agents.”

Chris Bashaw