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Articles by For the Islander

More than eight Catalina Island couples were at the Route 91 Las Vegas concert when the shooting erupted and thankfully, they all made it back. Their lives were changed forever and remembered the victims on Thursday with a candlelight vigil in Avalon.

One of Catalina Island's most enduring music festivals is underway as top artists are on the island to make it a smooth jazz weekend.

The 31st Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival, the longest running Smooth Jazz festival in America. In the historic 1929 Casino Ballroom, 20+ different stars of Smooth Jazz – two consecutive October weekends for Smooth Jazz lovers all over the world. Thursday night “Unplugged” at Descanso Beach Club and Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the Casino Ballroom.

The Catalina Island Conservancy invites residents to join its “Families in Nature” program for a hauntingly fun evening of dancing, crafts, games, prizes and delicious treats at the Second Annual Halloween in the Garden party on Oct. 29 at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden.

The Halloween celebration will be from 4 to 8 p.m. and will include a costume contest, a scavenger hunt, a DJ Dance Party and opportunities to experience spooky mayhem and capture the moment in pictures.

Coming off its first wildly successful blockbuster exhibition Chihuly at the Catalina Island Museum, the Catalina Island Museum looks to strengthen its relationship to Southern California art enthusiasts through two first-time exhibitions: “José Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico” and “Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Advertising Design.”

Take a glimpse inside life on Catalina Island at the Annual Avalon Home Tour, benefitting the Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation. This year’s tour will be held on Oct. 21. If you’ve ever wondered what living in Avalon is like, this one-of-a-kind tour is your chance to find out.

The Avalon Home Tour is a self-paced look into six of the most unique homes on the Island. In addition to touring six homes, guests will also enjoy a welcome reception with light refreshments at the historic Tuna Club of Avalon, which is located at 100 St. Catherine Way.

Summer on Catalina went out with a bang the weekend of Sept. 22-24, more than 2,000 fans of the movie “Step Brothers” descended on Avalon to pay mock tribute to the fictional live-at-home 40-somethings, whose child-like antics wreak havoc on their parent’s lives in that 2008 Will Ferrell comedy classic. It was the memorable “Catalina Wine Mixer” scene from that nearly decade-old film that spawned the annual event of the same name.

The Catalina Film Fest kicks off today, Wednesday, Sept. 27, and continues through Sunday, Oct. 1. The full schedule of films can be found at


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Chip tossers of all ages turned out on Saturday, Sept. 2 for what has become a favorite Labor Day weekend event in Two Harbors. Started by the late James “Jimmy” Walker, a beloved Two Harbors renaissance man and local icon, the Annual Jimmy Walker Buffalo Chip Toss organizes competitors in four categories and challenges them to see who can fling buffalo poop the farthest.

Although Avalon only experienced 60 percent coverage during the historic solar eclipse, it did not take away from the excitement. A large crowd gathered outside the Catalina Island Museum to take part in its activities related to the solar eclipse. Many hoped to snag a pair of solar eclipse glasses while others wanted to view the NASA feed of the path of totality in the comfort of the museum’s digital theater.

After careful consideration, Jesus Ruiz has been promoted to editor of the Seal Beach Sun and the Catalina Islander Newspapers by Associate Publisher Steven Remery.

Ruiz has been with the newspapers’ parent company, Orange County Neighborhood Newspapers, for the past three years. He started in 2014 as a sports reporter and moved up the ranks to his most recent position as the Editor of the News Enterprise of Los Alamitos.