News Briefs


Senior Citizens Club to sponsor AARP driving class

The Malibu Senior Citizens Club is sponsoring an AARP 55 Alive Class on Feb. 26 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Point Dume Clubhouse. A certificate from the class entitles the holder to a discount on their auto insurance.

The class is limited to 25 students (no driving, just classroom). A reservation can be made by calling 457.7086. The cost is $10 and a check for that amount should be made out to AARP and brought to the class. In addition to the check, bring your driver’s license, a ballpoint pen, pencil with eraser and your lunch.

Dick Clark returns home

Entertainer Dick Clark returned to his Malibu home late last month, more than seven weeks after suffering a stroke. Clark’s publicist, Paul Shefrin, told the Associated Press that Clark, 75, was released from a Burbank hospital and will continue recuperating at home.

Because of the stroke, Clark was unable to host his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” show from Times Square. That marked the first time in 32 years that the show went on without Clark. Regis Philbin filled in for him.

Method Fest entries deadline approaches

Feb. 3 is the late entry deadline for the seventh annual edition of The Method Fest independent film festival in Calabasas. The Method Fest is scheduled for April 1-8 at Edwards Grand Palace Stadium 6 Cinemas at the Commons at Calabasas and the Louis B. Mayer Theatre of the Motion Picture and Television Fund.

The Method Fest features American and foreign feature films and short films and is named after “The Method” school of acting, with many of today’s top actors tracing their lineage back to great method actors such as John Garfield, Geraldine Page, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, and Dustin Hoffman.

Late entry fees for The Method Fest are $75 for features and $60 for short films; student entries are $25. Screen formats accepted are 35 mm, Beta SP and DigiBeta. For entry information, call 310.535.9230 or visit the festival Web site at You can also register through

Fraud warning

Junior Achievement of Southern California announced that it recently learned that people are improperly representing themselves as JA students and selling products on behalf of the organization. Solicitors have appeared in various residential neighborhoods throughout East Los Angeles, Orange County, Santa Clarita and the San Fernando Valley. Some have even appeared to be legitimate JA Company Program students by flashing what appears to be a “Junior Achievement Identification Badge.”

JA of Southern California said it neither endorses nor recommends that its students engage in any form of door-to-door solicitation as a part of its educational programs. For more information, call Mia Lipsanopoulos at 323.957.1818, ext. 124 or send an e-mail to