Our Town


Tickets are on sale for the Ballet Conservatory West’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” at Pepperdine’s Smothers Theatre on Saturday, December 14, with two shows at 1 and 6 p.m. Most of the students are residents of the Palisades and Malibu, as well as Topanga, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Mar Vista and Venice.  

Photo courtesy of Natalie Wright

Palisadian Karen Murphy O’Brien was a member of the Chrysalis Go All In Poker Night Fundraiser committee, which benefits the Southern California-based nonprofit that works to help individuals that are low income or homeless find employment. Pictured here, from left: Chrysalis Poker Night host committee members Paul Stapleton, Mary Ellen Kanoff, Karen Murphy O’Brien, Julianna Hays Yosub, Celine Bundy-Kahn, Caroline MacDonald and Thomas Hilal

Photo courtesy of Joe Spencer

Elyse Walker, owner of the eponymous store elysewalker as well as towne by elysewalker, was honored alongside Malibu resident Cindy Crawford with Women of Achievement Awards at the Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Luncheon, which featured a three-part fashion show presented by elysewalker. The luncheon supported Women’s Guild Neurology Project, which supports “innovative research and education for the understanding and treatment of complex neurological disorders,” according to a press release.

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Dr. Richard Taw, who specializes in preventative cardiology, spoke at a
recent meeting of the Pacific Palisades Optimist Club.

Photo courtesy of Rich Wilken

Local Realtor Alexandra Pfeifer celebrated her recent 40th birthday, as well as her clients and friends for the holidays, at the Brentwood Country Club. Pictured: Alexandra Pfeifer, Dr. Lynn Connolly, Nicole Sheard and Ingrid Eiserling

Photo by Rich Schmitt/Staff Photographer