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Articles by For the Islander

Artist Mike Hart

creates Catalina-themed artworks

For the Islander

In recent months, the Catalina Island Museum Store has added a multitude of new merchandise. Handcrafted bronze sculptures depicting Catalina’s bison and beloved sea lion Old Ben are among the most unique.

To learn more about the creative process behind these bronze sculptures, the Catalina Island Museum recently sat down with the artist, Mike Hart. Below is an excerpt from their discussion.

Avalon residents and visitors came out to visit Santa and to witness the town’s Christmas tree lighting last week. The annual Avalon Shop Catalina Night on Saturday, Dec. 2, which was hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, brought out Victorian attired carolers, as well as residents who took to holiday shopping on a beautiful winter’s night.

Seventeen participating merchants offered Shop Catalina discount cards valid until Christmas Eve, and stamped the Treasure Card for entry into the New Year’s Eve Gala drawing.

Nor’easter winds rocked Avalon with huge waves this week. According to the National Weather Service, “strong offshore wind gusts up to 25 knots and short period seas to around four feet were reported at Avalon harbor on Wednesday evening.” The Service says gusty winds up to 25 knots could last until Friday afternoon. The photo shows Crescent Street being hit by a wave on Tuesday.

Photo by Kristy Throndson

For those who have not already heard, Avalon Harbor Department finally has a new harbor master, “JJ” Poindexter, who previously held the position of assistant harbor master.  If you haven’t already, congratulate JJ if you see him on the street!  In addition, one of our part-time Patrolman, Stephen Carroll, became full time and one of our grave shift crew, Mike Brooks, now gets to see the light of day!


Exhibitions include work of visionary Mexican printmaker

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Catalina Island Museum received two challenge pledges from anonymous donors as part of its ongoing efforts to bring new and exciting exhibits for the enjoyment of residents and island visitors.

The board of the Catalina Island Medical Center has initiated a petition drive to create support for a transit fee to support the refurbishing and enhancement of the institution.

If they are able to generate sufficient support on the Island, the CIMC will place a small transit fee on the ballot next April to provide for “future generations of quality healthcare” with minimal impact to local businesses.

Don’t miss the 13th annual Catalina Ladies Christmas Brunch at St. Catherine’s Parish Hall on Saturday, Dec. 2.

Festively decorated tables, a delicious meal, music, games, door prizes—all for only $5.

Beautifully decorated tables are hostessed by local women who use their creativity and talents to set unique holiday place settings with their own china and crystal.

Frank was born to Frank and Grace Weber in Los Angeles, California. The second of four children, Frank and his siblings, Grace, Pat and Ann, grew up along the Southern California coast.

His parents purchased a summer cottage on Catalina in 1958 to get away from the hustle and bustle of L.A., the family enjoyed the Island as often as they could.

Frank and his wife Pat moved their young family to the Island in May of 1967.

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The spirit of the holidays will be on full display at the historic Avalon Casino Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 4 p.m.

The Avalon community and its visitors are invited to the Catalina Island Museum’s Holiday Season Celebration featuring a children’s choir and a screening of “It’s a Wonderful Life.”   

Catalina Island Conservancy is joining #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.