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Articles by For the Islander

The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation held its ‘Bells & Whistles’ event at the Catalina Island Museum on Wednesday, April 5 to share progress on the Chimes Tower restoration project. More than 75 Avalon community members and island visitors gathered to hear remarks from Foundation Chair Alison Wrigley Rusack and Vice Chair Blanny Avalon Hagenah. Attendees also had the opportunity to view original architectural drawings, historic photos and chimes mechanisms, as well as architectural renderings depicting the Chimes Tower as it will look upon completion.

The Avalon Lions Club took time out last Saturday to do some landscaping maintenance at the Haypress Reservoir day use area.

The group is also rebuilding a storage shed at the site which was destroyed in the 2007 fire. The children’s playground and picnic area at Haypress is managed by the local Lions Club under an agreement with the Catalina Island Conservancy.

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Widely known and beloved Bay Area activist Leslie Gordon died March 11th at the age of 55.

A native of Los Angeles, Gordon was born with cerebral palsy. She broke barriers for people with disabilities from a young age, with the constant support of a large and loving family.

A lifelong wheelchair-user, with speech and consequential motor challenges, Gordon’s search for knowledge, and what defined a life of meaning, was a constant in her life.

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The Catalina Island Conservancy and more than 500 guests celebrated “Taking Flight” at the 22nd Annual Conservancy Ball on Saturday, April 1, in the historic Avalon Casino Ballroom.

The Catalina Island Marathon, California’s oldest trail marathon, will celebrate its 40th anniversary on March 11 when runners arrive on the Island to once again tackle one of country’s most scenic courses across the rugged wildlands stewarded by the Catalina Island Conservancy.

Catalina Island Company, formerly known as Santa Catalina Island Resort Services, Inc., kicks off 2017 with a refreshed name and logo, reemerging as “California’s Island Escape.” This new brand identity represents an exciting, ongoing transition for the legendary island destination as it prepares to unveil significant new experiences and activities this spring and onward through 2020.

The youngsters eagerly hiked nearly three miles roundtrip to Catalina’s Ben Weston Beach, frequently stopping on the trail to ask about plants and bugs and how they fit into the Island’s ecosystem.

The Lady Lancers Soccer Club gives back to the community on their day off - to say thanks for the support!

Kid Ventures and the Avalon High’s Lady Lancers Soccer team up on a wild and blustery-double red flag day (last weekend) to get things cleaned up for the kids of the community. Worthy of note … eight of these Lady Lancers once attended Kid Ventures anywhere from 13-17 years ago.

Coach Andrew would like to personally thank Director Carol Ann Burcombe for making it happen!

The “Mammovan” will be in Avalon to offer mammography at Catalina Island Medical Center’s Medical Group Office on Friday March 17 and Saturday March 18.

According to the American Cancer Society “one out of every eight women” will be diagnosed with breast cancer during her lifetime.

Seymour Beek has a lifetime of Catalina Island memories. He first came to the Island at the age of 5 with his father, who owned the historic Balboa Island Ferry that transports vehicles and passengers between Newport Beach and the popular island getaway.

He remembers kids diving for coins tossed into Avalon Bay by passengers on the old steamboat.