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The former Godmother of Malibu Catering Company in the Malibu Racquet Club officially reopened on Monday, March 9, with a new name — West Kitchen and Catering — and a new executive chef and owner, Wes Whitehead.
Whitehead — an Agoura Hills native who used to visit Godmother’s as a child — acquired the restaurant from longtime Malibu resident and business owner Dolores Rivellino in January, and has since executed a few changes to the establishment, along with a brand-new menu.

Chris Bashaw

With less than a month until Christmas and only a couple weeks until Hanukkah, the holiday shopping season is upon us. For those looking to give local gifts this holiday season, Malibu Surfside News is here to help.

Below are 70 great gift ideas in no particular order from Malibu businesses that are fit for just about anyone on your list. Happy shopping!

1. Zuma Organics Herb Tins

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident Karen Smythe is celebrating the release of her first children’s book, “Fredrick the Butterfly.”
Although set for full release on July 21, copies can be purchased directly from Christian-based publisher, Tate Publishing.
Smythe didn’t want to give away the story, but said it was inspired when she and her young daughters rescued a butterfly from the Jersey Shore 25 years ago.

Chris Bashaw

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

The official website for the California Incline replacement project invites the public to “Be Excited, Be Prepared,” but for many Malibu commuters the prevalent emotion is trepidation, not excitement. 

Ashleigh Fryer

As the organizer of Malibu’s Dry Gulch Theatre of Anarchy, Tommi Trudeau’s Monday evenings are filled with entertainment in the most unexpected of places.

“You can get up there and tell us what you had for lunch if you want to,” Trudeau said, laughing. 

“And we’ll sit there and think, ‘Hmmm, delicious! But I shouldn’t be eating that,’” added Trish Van Devere, Dry Gulch Theatre member and seasoned actress. 

Ashleigh Fryer

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

Chim chimney, chim chimney, chim chim cheroo!

Malibu resident Dick Van Dyke’s 90th birthday lands on Sunday, Dec. 13, and will be celebrated with a trip to Disneyland open to his neighbors in Malibu.

The chartered bus trip leaves the Malibu Playhouse for Disneyland at 9 a.m., and will leave Disneyland at 10:30 p.m. after the fireworks show. The cost to attend is $140 per person, and includes bus and Disneyland entrance fees.

Alex Vejar

While the Malibu Arts Festival enjoyed its 44th anniversary on July 25, several artists in the fray of tents, food trucks and art enthusiasts introduced themselves to the community for the first time. 

Cameron Jordan, an abstract painter and photographer by profession, shared her thoughts on being a first-timer at the festival.  

Alex Vejar

The sign welcoming visitors to Malibu describes this stretch of rugged coast and its dramatic mountain backdrop as “27 miles of scenic beauty.” To earthquake researcher Robert de Groot, the landscape of the Santa Monica Mountains isn’t a peaceful picture postcard. Instead, it tells a story of violent geologic upheaval. 

Alex Vejar

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