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Drake Hogestyn, an actor from “Days of Our Lives,” gave a master class in acting for daytime television last Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Malibu Playhouse.

Christopher Sean, who plays Drake’s son on “Days of Our Lives” and is the new main villain on “Hawaii Five-O,” joined Hogestyn on stage for an interactive exchange of acting experience, advice and practical acting techniques.

Alex Vejar

Honoring Malibu native Johnny Strange is very important to his dad, Brian — so much so that he has put a $1 million matching donation behind City plans to build a skatepark in Malibu in commemoration of his late son. 

Brian said a skatepark was an obvious fit, as his son — who died Oct. 1, 2015, during a BASE jumping excursion in the Swiss Alps at the young age of 23 — was an avid skateboarder who traveled the world to share the sport. 

Lauren Finkler

California Wildlife Conservation board members will consider at their Sept. 3 meeting in Sacramento allocating a grant of $610,000 to the California Department of Parks and Recreation to fund completion of the feasibility study and environmental impact report for the removal of Rindge Dam in Malibu Canyon.

The removal project was first proposed in 2002 by the Southern California Steelhead Coalition. Plans for the project were released in 2013, and scoping began. 

Chris Bashaw

Sitting high on a mountain in Malibu overlooking Serra Retreat, the Malibu lagoon and views up the coast to Point Dume, Eric Wright resides on the 24 acres of land his father purchased in 1956.

Wright — much like his father Lloyd Wright, and grandfather, legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright — is a third-generation architect, and a well-respected one in his own right.

At 83 years old, Wright still practices his craft. His offices are located at his home in Malibu. 

Alex Vejar

Linda Thompson has led an extraordinary life. 

She was a queen of beauty pageants, lover to Elvis Presley, mother to two children with her former husband Bruce Jenner (now known as Caitlyn Jenner), wife to music producer and musician David Foster, and an actress and songwriter to great personal success.

There’s no doubt the longtime Malibu resident, now 66, has plenty of stories to tell.

Lauren Finkler

Fireworks bursting over Don Wildman’s Malibu beach on the Fourth of July worked as a metaphor for the evening that preceded the magnificent sky show. 

Wildman generously hosted the holiday bash benefitting RainCatcher, which welcomed Saturday dozens of supporters for the nonprofit’s largest and third annual fundraiser.

Alex Vejar

Charlou Larronde, who moved to Malibu in 1951,  died peacefully in her Carbon Beach home, surrounded by family on Jan. 26. She was born in Los Angeles on Jan. 15, 1921, and recently celebrated her 94th birthday.
She traveled the world making memories and her most important priorities were her family of 25 and her friends.  
Charlou leaves three daughters — Kristeen, Nita and Janine Larronde — a son-in-law — Brian Asher — eight grandchildren and eight great-
grandchildren.  

Chris Bashaw

The 101 Freeway is an almost insurmountable barrier for wildlife, but National Park Service researchers recently documented a successful crossing by the mountain lion known as P-55. 

The big cat, one of the tiny population of native Malibu-area mountain lions, is only the fourth to survive the freeway crossing since the park service began keeping records on the local mountain lion population 15 years ago. 

Lauren Finkler

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

Claudia Lane, 14, is a sophomore and the top athlete on Malibu High School’s cross country team. She is ranked No. 1 in the state of California. 

What is your favorite thing about cross country?

My favorite thing is just that feeling crossing the finish line. I also love running in practice and seeing all the beautiful scenery. I’m so grateful for this sport.

What made you first get into it?

Lauren Finkler

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