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From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily except Sundays Islanders are encouraged to purchase their tickets for the 2017 Lions Club Christmas Raffle.

Stop by the table in the Arcade to check out the prizes you can win which are displayed on the Christmas tree easel.

The money raised is used to provide food from Vons to Families in Avalon who need a bit of help at this time of year.

Usually the Lions Club donates about $2,500 each year from this raffle as a result of Avalon’s generous Community support.

Imagine you are happy Christmas Tree growing in Southern Oregon and you suddenly find yourself in a truck headed to San Pedro, California.

Woo-hoo, you think I’d near LA to play.

The next day has you on a barge headed out to sea on the Pacific Ocean.

Your truck is unloaded on Catalina Island in the small town of Avalon (no you did not need a barf bag).

Wow, hundreds of Islanders are lined up to take you home, sure glad there are a lot of tree friends with you.

Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Nov. 29 to Dec. 5. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

Nov. 29 –  No significant incidents.

Back in 1976 when I was just a kid my father, mother and brother navigated our Catalina Sailboat out to the “Channel Islands.” I can only now understand the sense of escape my Dad must have been feeling when we embarked on these long salty adventures.

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!


Before feasting on turkey, mashed potatoes, and all the traditional fixings, 30 guests and residents took to Buffalo Park to participate in the first Two Harbors 5K Turkey Trot and kids Gobble Wobble on Thanksgiving Day.

“Two Harbors is a paradise for those who love the outdoors,” said Leslie Boutillier, sales and catering manager for Two Harbors. “We were thankful to spend Thanksgiving on this beautiful island, to get outside in nature, and to host this event for our visitors and residents.”

The city of Avalon will reveal a plaque to honor the memory of a harbor patrol officer who died in the line of duty in 2014 at a ceremony scheduled to be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, at at Step Beach.

Tim Mitchell served as a member of the city of Avalon Fire Reserves and as a Harbor Patrol officer. Mitchell lost his life on Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014, defending a boat that was ultimately destroyed by high seas caused by a nor’easter storm. Winds reached approximately 40 mph during the storm. At least six yachts were reportedly destroyed in Avalon Bay.  

Marine Forecast for this week: Friday–Northwest winds ranging from 5 to 10 knots. Wind waves 2 feet or less. West swell 2 to 3 feet. Saturday–Winds variable 10 knots or less. Wind waves 2 feet or less. West swell 2 feet. Pictured above is a kelp bass.

Photo by Wade McDonald

Exhibitions include work of visionary Mexican printmaker

For the Islander

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.

On Tues, Nov. 21 the city of Avalon hosted the 3rd Artesian Market of the year.  The Artesian Market is an opportunity for local Artisans and businesses to showcase their wares on Front Street. The Artesian Market was created to celebrate local craftsmen and promote a festive atmosphere in the center of Avalon.  


Editor’s note: The following is the Avalon Sheriff’s Station significant incidents report for the week of Nov. 15 to Nov. . 28.

All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Many people who are arrested do not get prosecuted in the first place and many who are prosecuted do not get convicted.

November 15

• Nothing significant to report.

November 16

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.

For the Islander

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.”   

Imagine you were once a high school quarterback. That’s great. But high school is over. Now what are you going to do with the rest of your life?

That’s one of the issues facing veterans after their military careers end, according to Sgt. 1st Class Jen Dreizehn, U.S. Army (retired), founder of the Fit4Valor ministry on Catalina Island.

Fit4Valor is, for now, a faith-based program of Avalon’s Singing Waters Christian Center. It’s focus: helping veterans work out what to do with the rest of their lives.

Fall is upon us, winter is coming and basketball is on the rise.  

The 2017-2018 Avalon Boys Basketball season is ready to go.  

The Lancers have been practicing hard on the outside courts as they have patiently waited for the finishing of the new gym floor.  This year’s team is young and full of potential.  The lone senior is Javier Peguero who will lead the team at the perimeter position.  He can shoot, he can drive and he can defend.  

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.