Malibu Seen / By Kim Devore

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Locals Bill and Cheryl Chadwick get ready for the Discovery Ball at the California Science Center. Photo by Lee Salem

AGE OF DISCOVERY

Locals like Bill and Cheryl Chadwick are gearing up for one of their favorite events of the year-the Discovery Ball at the California Science Center. Every ball has a different theme that mixes music, cocktails and gourmet grub with a generous helping of education on the side. This year’s event is called “Savor California.”

Celebrity chefs and wineries from across the state will be serving up their very best. While guests graze away, they’ll also be learning about the latest in sustainable practices and culinary science. Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger will co-chair the event. They’ll be joined by 12 top tastemakers and six noted wineries.

It’s food for thought and something that’s sure to please the palate. The delicious do takes place on March 26.

FOR A SONG

Malibu’s legendary songbird Barbra Streisand had something to celebrate a few weeks back. The multitalented artist was honored by MusiCares as its 2011 Person of the Year. Every year, the organization honors a leader in the entertainment industry for their professional accomplishments as well as their philanthropic efforts. Music makers turned out in force for the tribute. It was an all-star lineup at the 21st annual benefit gala.

A-list artists taking part included Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock, Diana Krall, Barry Manilow, Donna Summer and Stevie Wonder. The gala was at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The celebrated actress, producer, director is an eight-time Grammy winner. She’s also starred in such films as “Funny Girl,” “On a Clear Day You Can See Forever,” “Yentl (which she directed),” “The Mirror Has Two Faces,” “The Way We Were” and “The Main Event” opposite another Malibu local, Ryan O’Neal. She most recently teamed up with Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller and Robert De Niro for “Little Fockers.”

But that’s not all. Barbra’s also penned her first book called “My Passion for Design.” The book takes the reader on an intimate tour of her spectacular Malibu property. The book was an instant hit debuting at number two on The New York Times “Advice and How To” list as well as number two on the Publisher’s Weekly nonfiction best seller list. It comes complete with pictures of the singer’s home and New England style barn, which she spent years planning, building and furnishing.

The glamorous tribute was an unforgettable evening of music and song to benefit MusiCares.

For years, the organization has come to the aid of musicians in times of financial, medical and personal need.