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January Avalon: 100 Years of History--to March 31 The Catalina Island. Museum hosts an exhibition devoted to the colorful and often shocking histo- ry of Catalina Island. Open daily 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Call (310) 510-2414, www.CatalinaMuseum.org. Aero Club Social Fly-In --January 11 Fly in (weather permitting) or take the Wildlands Express from the Avalon Plaza to the Airport in the Sky from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month. Visit with pilots from around the region and viewing amazing air- planes. (310) 510-0954. www. CatalinaConservancy.org. Avalon Benefit 50 Mile Run--January 11 The 33rd annual run crosses Catalina Island from Avalon to Two Harbors and back! Run where the buffalo roam through the island's interior and see both sides of the island. Proceeds from the run benefit local island charities. Spectrum Sports Management. 909-399-3553; www.RunCatalina. com.. Families in Nature --January 18 One Saturday a month the Catalina Island Conservancy offers opportunities for Avalon residents to experience Catalina's wildlands through its Families in Nature program. Some of the places visited include Haypress, Middle Ranch, Bosky Dell and Little Harbor. Planned activities include art projects, kite-flying, bird watch- ing and nature hikes. The pro- gram includes transportation and Plastic bags From page 1 banning plastic bags. McDonald said one of the next steps for Avalon would be to determne the allowable cost mer- chants could charge customers for using paper bags. However, Mayor Bob Kennedy was uncomfortable with that idea. He said he wanted the stay away from deciding what mer- chants charge. Kennedy said it was one thing for government to get in volved with policy and another to interfere with free enterprise. Kennedy said he would pre- fer setting a minimum cost for paper bags rather than an allow- able cost. McDonald said the city could pass the ordinance or begin edu- cating the public. Council Member Hernandez said the concilw anted an ordi- nance passed before summer. Kennedy asked if there were biodegradable bags available. Campbell, a Los Angeles resi- dent, said that Target or Smart & Final had come out with biode- gradable bags in the past week. "To answer your question, they do exist, but they are more expen- sive," Campbell said. As for the proposed ordinance, Campbell said he would look at ordinances in other cities to reduce the risk of a" legal challenge. Harvey said that realistically, staff could bring a draft of an ordinance banning bags back to the second council meeting in February. Wayne Griffin, Chamber of Commerce president and CEO, told the Islander that the Chamber board of directors had discussed the issue. Griffin said that while some individual business owners might oppose a plastic bag ban, he didn't think the business community overall would. "Anything like this does raise the cost of doing business," he said. Council OKs Bike Catalina permit amendment The council voted 4-0 to approve an amendment allow- ing Bik~ Catalina to use its own vehicle to take customers to the Island's Interior. Council Member Michael Ponce abstained. The approval exempts the busi- ness from the commercial permit waiting list. The Avalon ehicle hearing officer approved a] amendment to Bike Catalna's transportation per- mit to allow the iusiness to take customers to the lland's Interior. However, the perrtt still had to be approved by the cuncil. According to staff report by Vehicle Clerk Iudley Morand, before the permi! was approved Bike Catalina ceald only take customers to tie Interior by Conservancy bu,', which was apparently not practical. To make a conment on this story, go to thecaalinaislander. corn. is offered without cost. This is a very popular program and reser- vations must be made in advance through the Conservancy's Education Department at (310) 510-0954. Upcom.ing dates are: January 18, February 22, March 15 and April 12. For information, visit www. catalinaconservancy.org. February Catalina Film Society --February 12 The second Wednesday of each month provides an opportunity for film enthusiasts to enjoy, discuss and celebrate brand new unre- leased independent films on a monthly basis. Suggested donation of $10 for non-members, or becom.e a member and support the effort to " celebrate and educate the art of independent films. Participation benefits the Catalina Island Conservancy and their work to keep Catalina's wild- lands wild. Call 818-787-1946 or visit www. CatalinaFF.org. Avalon Harbor Underwater Cleanup--February 22 On Saturday, Feb. 22, Avalon Harbor will be closed to boats and open for divers to pick up trash at the bottom of the bay. For infor- mation, visit www.catalinaconser- vancy.org. From page 9 having built many custom and performance cars. In 1975 Burt started Sand 'n Sea boat repair service in Canoga Park getting back to his boating roots and passion. He was Commander of his Power Squadron Chapter and guided many club boating trips to Catalina Island, Lake Powell and other boating destinations. Butt and Peggy loved to trav- el and visited many great places throughout the world including Africa, Turkey, Greece, Israel, Egypt, Hawaii, Tahiti and most all USA National Parks. One of their favorite places to vacation was their home on Catalina island-where they spent summers with the family play- ing in the Avalon surf and sun. Burt and Peggy retired and moved full-time to their Catalina home in the early 90s, where Burt enjoyed working at Joes Rent A Boat on the Pleasure Pier. Burt had many hobbies build- ing model railroad cars, airplanes and RC boats. He has built many antique firearm replicas and is bestknown as a true artisan cre- ating custom stained glass origi- nals for shoppers from many parts of the World. There are dozens of Catalina homes featuring his stained glass windows and other interesting stained glass pieces that were featured at the Steamer Trunk store in Avalon. The family wishes to thank all of the Doctors and Nurses at the Catalina Island Medical Center who took extraordinary care of Burt, an extraordinary person himself. Burt will be placed in the niche with his lifetime love Peggy in the Avalon Memorial Cemetery. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. THE CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, January 10, 2014 [ 11