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At its Oct. 13 meeting, the Malibu City Council voted unanimously to pass a resolution supporting the proposed 101 freeway wildlife crossing at Liberty Canyon, making Malibu the first municipality in the Santa Monica Mountains area to give the project an official vote of confidence. 

Chris Bashaw

After more than 25 years in business, Lily’s Café has changed very little – if at all.

Tucked in a nook at the Point Dume Village across the walkway from Bank of Books, the cozy café was originally a doughnut shop until the early 1980s, when an 18-year-old Lily Castro acquired the venue and began its transition to a restaurant. 

“Little by little, I made this place a restaurant by adding burritos, hamburgers and tacos to our menu,” Castro said. “My vision was to make this restaurant a family business, and it worked.”

Chris Bashaw

A Malibu Art Mart will launch 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in the Malibu Casa Escobar parking lot.

Brought to the community by resident and Paint Wine ‘n Dine co-founder Tova Fagan, the mart will function like a flea market of sorts for arts and crafts made by Malibu locals.

“Although we’re trying to target a lot of the tourists and offer them a local souvenir, we like to think of it as us doing something to help support the local art community,” said Fagan.

Ashleigh Fryer

After sending out close to 100 letters and dialing the telephone numbers of dozens of collegiate basketball coaches across the nation, Malibu High School senior and basketball star Justin Holmes picked up the phone one more time to call the head coach at the University of Oregon.

“I started talking to the coach and I accidentally said, ‘so how is San Diego?’” Holmes laughed. “I’d called so many coaches, I forgot who I was talking to. It was pretty embarrassing.”

Chris Bashaw

Inside of a slender, rectangular room on the second floor of an unassuming business plaza in Malibu East is “The Pit,” and 15 people stand in a circle awaiting instruction from Hawaiian Kempo chief instructor, Rick Metzler.

The members of the group collectively represent four age groups: 4-6 years old; 6-9 years old; 9-14 years old; and ages 14 and older.

The majority of the group is made up of children, but at least two are in their teenage years and another pair are adults. 

Ashleigh Fryer

The Malibu Sharks swim team swam strong on Wednesday, March 26, coming away with a total of five automatic CIF bids in a meet against the Nordhoff Rangers. 

Freshman Farah Stack earned two of the bids with wins in the 200-yard freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. 

Junior Logan Hotchkiss finished with a time of 2 minutes 5.03 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley, also earning him a CIF bid and almost beating the school record of 2:03.09.

Girls’ head coach Tim Segesmen was proud of his team and said they are starting to get better with each meet.

Ashleigh Fryer

The Malibu Pier kicked off Halloween evening on Friday, Oct. 31, with activities for children and families to enjoy. 

Malibu Farm offered up a table of pumpkins primed for carving. A Halloween cookie decorating table, petting zoo and live music were also offered up for costumed guests to enjoy.

Ashleigh Fryer

Beginning on Monday, April 20, the California Incline in Santa Monica will be closed for construction, affecting commutes into and out of Malibu for approximately one year and overlapping with other Pacific Coast Highway construction projects.

As one of the main thoroughfares connecting Santa Monica and other adjacent cities to the ocean, the California Incline bridge and roadway will undergo construction to meet current seismic standards, the majority of which are funded by the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Lisa Stalvey’s career as a world-renowned chef and creator of Malibu Catering was set in motion with an order of two eggs over-easy.

“When I was 18 I got a waitressing gig at the Good Earth in Westwood — I fell in love with the chef,” Stalvey said. “One slow morning ... I got behind the counter and he said to me, jokingly, ‘Lisa there’s two orders of two eggs over-easy. Fire it.’”

Ashleigh Fryer

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