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It was a lucky find; a battered old book with a green cloth cover embossed with an illustration of a mountain lion and a mule deer, and the title “Malibu.”

The novel, published in 1931, is a fictionalized account of author and naturalist Vance Joseph Hoyt’s experiences raising an orphaned mule deer fawn with a mountain lion kitten in the Santa Monica Mountains.

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

Lessons learned from the Conejo Classic tournament two weeks ago played a role in the Sharks’ 13-6 victory over the Rio Mesa Spartans on Wednesday, Sept. 10, head coach Mike Mulligan said.

“We came out with a lot of spark that I haven’t seen before,” Mulligan said. “In the tournament we didn’t move defensively as well as I would have liked, but we were doing that against Rio Mesa.”

Ashleigh Fryer

Malibleu Art Gallery will hold an opening reception for its new group exhibition “Wavelength” 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16.

The exhibition will feature the works of 12 artists specializing in media ranging from paintings, photographs and sculptures to graphic art and mixed media.

The Country Legends will perform music at the opening reception.

Chris Bashaw

The Malibu Seawolves swim club could be considered the city’s secret weapon for competitive swimmers. 

Sporting multiple record-holders from Malibu High, and led by a two-time Olympian, the swim club trains children who have their sights set on improvement in the water. 

“We’ve got the resources, the coaching staff [and] experience to take the swimmers to the highest level,” said Mike Alexandrov, pack leader of the Seawolves. “That’s no doubt.”

Ashleigh Fryer

After 43 years, Our Lady of Malibu is finally getting a renewed look.

Several parishioners gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at Our Lady of Malibu Church on Friday, July 11, to celebrate the start of a large renovation project.

The project, which is already underway, seeks to make improvements to the church, Sheridan Hall and the elementary school in three phases, said Rev. Bill Kerze, pastor of the OLM parish. 

Chris Bashaw

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Chris Bashaw

10 Questions with Owen Franz

Owen Franz is a senior water polo player at Malibu High School.

When did you start playing water polo?

I started in the fifth grade when one of my good friends played it. I tried it out and loved it.

What do you enjoy most about water polo?

It’s a really fun, fast-paced game that uses teamwork a lot. I’m also definitely a water guy.

Chris Bashaw

While no hard date for closure is set in John Evans’ mind, the owner of Diesel, A Bookstore said his branch in Malibu isn’t likely to last far into this fall.

“It’s a shame,” he said over the telephone, pointing out the melancholic inflections in his own voice. “For the customers, it’s going to be kind of a shock.”

Until the store’s closure manifests into a concrete date, Evans said a “Moving-On Sale” will include a markdown of at least 30 percent off of listed prices of all items at the store.

Chris Bashaw

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