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Articles by For the Islander

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

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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.

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.