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When I first saw John’s apple green ‘57 Lotus Eleven at a car show, I was instantly transported back to the 60’s. Visions of what was on Channel 52 here in Los Angeles flooded my pea-brain in waves of delicious green apple pie. Make sense? No? Well, who cares; this car is awesome.

Ashleigh Fryer

Before I ever dreamed I'd be living and surfing with my true love in Malibu, I met him in a dark warehouse downtown. 

Life was less glamorous then: I was working catering at this party. I saw a gorgeous man serving wine across the room and, though he and I were both decked on in cater-waiter attire, I felt a pull toward him and followed it to his table. "Are you hungry?" I asked. He was. 

Ashleigh Fryer

On a night where Malibu High School’s winds and jazz musicians took the stage for their annual spring concert, an era was ending. 

Bill Bixler, teacher of instrumental music, conducted his last concert at the high school on Thursday, May 15. 

“I thought I was going to fall to pieces emotionally,” Bixler said. “But the music does something to you. It rescues you, in a way, emotionally. So I just got inside of the music.”

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

Condominium values have been in steady ascent for the past two-and-a-half years, increasing in Malibu from a median value of $528,000 in 2011 to $827,000 so far in 2014. That calculates to a 57 percent increase.

The median prices during 2012 and 2013 were $665,000 and $795,000, respectively. Price appreciation has been steady and consistent.

Sales units have been about average during the first half of this year, projected to approximately 72 sales after last year brought 79 transactions.

Ashleigh Fryer

When Dale Cole looks out into the water off the shores of Malibu, it looks just like Hawaii to him – until he steps in the water.
“It’s so much colder here,” the Malibu resident said, “but it looks just like it was in Hawaii, and the vibes I get here make me feel like I’m in the islands again.”
While the water may be colder and more alien to Cole, the cold itself isn’t – especially when it comes in the form of shave ice, a sweet treat that’s widely popular in Hawaii.

Chris Bashaw

With a variation of its duck confit, V’s Restaurant and Bar took home the Taste of Malibu award for a second year in a row at the Chamber of Commerce’s 11th annual Taste of Malibu event on Thursday, June 12, hosted at Duke’s Malibu.

The award-winning dish was a debut from V’s chef and Malibu resident Chris Bocchino, who prepared a duck confit over a soft polenta mixed with umami butter and shallots that were pickled in tarragon vinegar.

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibu-based group called Paint, Wine N’ Dine hosted another painting session on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at the Malibu Road House at the Ranch at Solstice Canyon.

At the event, a group of approximately 15 painters were instructed by resident Sarah Levy on how to paint a scene she originally depicted of First Point from her home on Carbon Mason Road.

Ashleigh Fryer

Ok, now begins a new phase of Ride of the Week. Let’s call it “Leveling Up.” Or maybe ROTW Ver2.0. And what does that mean?

It means that, although four wheels are cool, two can be cool, too. In fact, taking a ride in just about anything in Malibu is completely awesome and I’ll be proving that in the next few weeks when I take a spin in Malibu Engine 70’s Fire Truck for a 5Minute Drive upcoming episode. 

Ashleigh Fryer

It was a record-setting day for the Malibu High School track team in the Marie Smith Malibu Invitational on Saturday, March 20.

Junior Caroline Pietrzyk finished with a time of 5 minutes and 2.93 seconds in the 1,600-meter run. The time not only eclipsed her personal best of about 5:11.00, but also set a new track record.

“I feel pretty good,” Pietrzyk said about her record-breaking time. “I wanted to go a little bit faster, but it’s good for an early-season race and I’m pretty proud of it.”

Chris Bashaw

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