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When people ask Malibu resident Fred Walecki if he’s a luthier, he likes to tell them flatly that he’s been thinking about becoming a Presbyterian.
He’ll let the joke rest for a second or two, which is more or less the amount of time it takes for a bright, wide smile to betray his deadpan humor.

Chris Bashaw

A common adage says it takes a village to raise a child, and it’s not far-fetched to think the same for a small business – a small village, or a close-knit town such as Malibu, may be exactly what it takes to get a small business off the ground.

That’s at least the experience of Ann Ryan, a Malibu resident of nearly 20 years, who, with her daughter Beth Levine, started what is now Beachy Cream Organic Ice Cream.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu resident, former mayor, wildlife photographer and conservationist Larry Wan is in search of a legend — and he’s heading for Cuba to find it.

Alex Vejar

A small fire was extinguished by 8:20 p.m. at the Shell gas station near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Cross Creek Road in Malibu.

Shortly before 8 p.m., a sedan collided with a pump at the gas station, igniting a small fire that was contained to the front of the vehicle.

A female passenger of the sedan said she and a male driver were driving in the right lane on the northbound side of Pacific Coast Highway when a taxicab began to move into their lane.

Chris Bashaw

Malibu native and daredevil Johnny Strange, 23, died after a wingsuit accident Thursday, Oct. 1, in Switzerland.

According to TMZ — as well as an earlier  telephone interview Strange gave on KROQ 106.7’s Kevin and Bean show last Monday — Strange said he would be filming a “dangerous wingsuit proximity video,” where “we fly super close to stuff.

Details of Strange’s accident were not yet known, but a wingsuit proximity flight is an advanced technique using a full-body suit to glide across the air — much like a bat.

Chris Bashaw

Trancas Country Market announced last week that it will undergo a yearlong revitalization endeavor to add Le Village Café to accompany its repertoire of upscale tenants, dining options and new outdoor seating areas. 

RKF, the leading independent retail real estate firm in the United States, has been brought on to align Trancas with the right boutiques, designer stores and restaurants to embody Malibu’s relaxed lifestyle and reflect its cultural affinity.

Alex Vejar

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

“His was a voice that had its own footnotes,” Douglas Kmiec, Our Lady of Malibu parishioner, said with a laugh that reverberated through the crowd that filled the movie theater, as his fellow parishioners and neighbors watched Kmiec on screen at the premier of “Radical Kindness: The Life of John Sheridan,” a film documenting OLM’s Mongsignor, the late John V. Sheridan. 

Ashleigh Fryer

Tris Imboden, of the band Chicago, has traveled around the world and back behind a set of drums.

But at home in Malibu, he is able to unwind a bit, and he recently offered his expert opinion to young, aspiring musicians during the Malibu Rotary Club’s annual choral competition at Pepperdine last month. It was here that the Surfside caught up with Imboden. 

“I’m delighted to serve the community of Malibu by judging this competition,” Imboden said. “I’m not able to give back as much as I wish I could because often I am on the road.”

Lauren Finkler

When it comes to video in the real estate business, Malibu real estate broker Bill Kerbox has a way of thinking outside of the box.

Before the crackdown on commercial and consumer drones by the Federal Aviation Administration last year, Kerbox used their ability to gather video from unique perspectives to show potential buyers a fuller picture of their possibly soon-to-be Malibu homes.

Alex Vejar

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