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Articles by For the Islander

Catalina Island reinforces its reputation as the “Island of Adventure” with the addition of the new Catalina Aerial Adventure to its rugged Descanso Canyon, the hub for outdoor enthusiasts.

Trekking through Catalina’s canyons, his eyes trained on the ground, Peter Dixon is on a quest. The Catalina Island Conservancy’s plant conservation manager is searching for one of 32 rare or endangered plants on Catalina, a tiny flowering annual known as the Thread-leaf rock cress (Sibara filifolia).

Higher education was front and center at the recent Santa Catalina Island Fund for Higher Education awards dinner held on Sunday.  The annual event celebrates Catalina students on their way to college, and there was a lot to celebrate this year.  

The event, sponsored by AVID, was held at the Avalon School under a lovely spring moon. A fabulous alfresco dinner prepared by Alex Romero and his crew was followed by a 90-minute program hosted by SCIF director Linda Rivkin.

Iva Lou was born in Hennessey, Oklahoma on Aug. 7, 1927 to Clifford and Katie Best. She and her identical twin sister Ira Lee were a surprise and one of her favorite stories was that the doctor missed the delivery of Ira but arrived to deliver the unexpected second bundle of joy. Iva Lou was one of seven girls and two boys in a hard-working farming family.

This year, the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce had more than 600 visitors and local residents taste their way through 15 dining establishments offering a total of 29 tastes across the three categories: Food, Dessert, Drinks with alcohol, and Drinks without alcohol.

At the end of the night, close to 300 participants completed voting cards were tallied to determine the 2017 Taste Around of Avalon winners.

Voting was incredibly close this year—winners of the Taste Around of Avalon were determined by just a couple of votes in several categories.

All who have been moved by the melodic sound of Avalon’s iconic chimes are invited to “BELLissimo!” –  a special event hosted by the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation.  

“BELLissimo!” will provide a unique experience for anyone who appreciates the history of the Chimes Tower,” said Alison Wrigley Rusack, foundation chair and great-granddaughter of Ada and William Wrigley, Jr. “This event will help the Foundation achieve its goal of restoring the Chimes Tower for future generations to enjoy.”

Catalina Kid Ventures preschool enjoyed their recent visit with Bishop, a Harris’ Hawk, falconer Dave Long his trainer, and Ariel LaFontaine, apprentice falconer, teaching the children about the lifestyle and work of large birds of prey, specifically falcons and hawks.

On The Wing Falconry has an important job with the Falconry Bird Control for the City of Avalon. Catalina Kid Ventures thanked Dave for taking time to share with the children about one way to keep the City of Avalon clean.

This month, the iconic village of Two Harbors on Catalina’s west end will see a transformation with its revitalized oceanfront at Harbor Sands. Part of the Catalina Island Company’s ongoing investment in the island, Harbor Sands brings back the relaxed South Pacific ambiance reminiscent of Two Harbors in the 1930s, when thatched huts lined the shores of Isthmus Cove.

Casino exhibit to
promote rescue at May 13 event

For The Islander

As a non-profit 501C3 organization, fundraising is an omnipresent mission for Marine Animal Rescue to enable patrol vessel maintenance, fuel, equipment purchases etc.  Lead field officer Jon Council is also an avid collector of historical diving equipment and possesses what is regarded as the most diverse and broad based vintage dive gear collection in the United States.

Friday kicks off Cinco De Mayo with Folkloric Dancers on Front Street at 6 p.m.

Come check out The Catalina Classic  a Downhill Skate Contest that zooms down Wrigley Road at High Speeds.  

Men and Women from around the globe come to compete in this prestigious event.

Friday:  Qualifying rounds start at 1:30 p.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

Saturday:  Knock out rounds start at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.