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VOLUME SERVING CATALINA & 99. ISSUE 6 ITS ~klNLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 FRIDAY February 11, 2011 BRIEFS Valentine's Sweetheart Dance in Casino Ballroom The Valentine's Sweetheart Dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 12 in the Casino Ballroom. Ace of Heart will perform. The Ballroom doors will open at 8:30 p.m. Tickets on sale in the Plaza on the Pier or by calling (877) 778-9398. CPR class Feb. 22 The Avalon I~ire Department will host a CPR/First Aid class at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22 at the Avalon Fire Station. To attend, call Capt. Alegria at (310) 510- 0203. ext. 335 and leave name, phone number and e-mail so that class completion certificates can be prepared ahead of time. Otherwise, send an e-mail to Capt. Alegria at mjalegria@cityo- favalon.eom. Class fee is $40. The cards or completing the class are valid for two years. Time to order Avalon P.T.A. community birthday calendar The Avalon P.T.A. is taking orders for the 54rd Annual Calendar Fundraiser. The deadline is today, Feb. 11. Fill out and return the order forms to the school or mail to Avalon P.T.A. Po Box 1673 Avalon, CA 90704. For more infor- mation, call Erica Minuto at the School (310) 510-0790. Avalon books head for Guatemalan Schools More than 800 pounds of obso- lete textbooks from Avalon Schools are heading to schools in Guatemala See story, page 2 Between Two Harbors Two years after Big Fisherman's Cove was deeded to USC, in 1967. the Research Center's main lab was built. The site now has eight laboratories that accom- modate up to 24 researchers and 60 students. See story, page 5 Lady Lancers keep winning The Lady Lancers basketball team keeps rolling, winning its ninth game in a row against the Eagles of Eastside Christian. See story, page 7 Lancers shock defending champsin hometown rout On Wednesday, the Lancers won a 63-57 against the Spartans. It was a consummate team victory. See story, page 6 Plavans on the sweet life Avalon residents Dick and Margaret Plavan. both 88, grew up on the mainland. They met in Santa Ana, where Margaret's fam- ily moved when she was about 4 They started dating in their teens at Santa Ana H~gh School. See story, page . ...,~, . ,:,+~i+:~: Cast members from "Play On," a comedy by Rick Abott, which will be performed Sunday in the Casino Theater gather before rehearsal. The event is a fundraiser to help local theater students and actors get exposure to the craft through travel. B FUNDRAISER WILL HELP SEND LOCAL ACTORS ON A THEATER EXPERIENCE IN THE MEDITERRANEAN The Casino Theater will coma alive on Sunday with a performance of "Play On," a comedy by Rick Abott. Avalon's Casino may be world famous, but experiencing live theater in the building is a somewhat rare occurrence. This will be a down home event with homegrown actors and a show with a cause. The show is directed by Scan Brannock and stars all local per- formers. The family-friendly per- formance is a fundraiser for the "Avalon the Mediterra- nean" theater program. This .is the third in the "Avalon alike are encouraged to come out Goes ... '" trip series. Local theater and support live theater here in the students have gone to Broadway in ,Avalon community. Ticket prices New York, the West End in Lon- are: V1P reception doors open at don and now the Mediterranean. 2 p.m. - $35 adults/S20 children. While the students are on thege Ticket includes hand passed ap- trips they are emerged in theater petizers prepared by Chef Greg, by attending performances and -a variety of beverages and a silent also attending workshops with auction with some amazing items. professionals. Show only tickets, doors open This year the students will be at 3 p.m. Tickets are $15 adults/S8 seeing and working with the Blue children. The performance begins Man Group and Cirque du Soleil. at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are available Along with the theater exposure at the door and are also sold in the the cultural experiences have been post office arcade. For more in- invaluable. People involved with formation, call Elizabeth at- (310) the program declare it "a true 510-1745 or Sean at (310)510- blessing to see Avalon's small 1987. Thank you in advance for town-youth experience the world."' your support of this worthwhile Island residents and visitors cause. 'CRADLE TO CRADLE'CO- AUTHOR TO CONSULT ON CONSERVANCY PLANS BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina Island, with its focus on preserving the natural environment, would seem a perfect laboratory for William McDonough and his out- of-the-box thinking. McDonough is co-author of the groundbreaking book "Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things." Internationally famous for his ideas, McDonough has been in- volved in such things as designing a building for NASA that produces all its own energy and returns 30 percent of its power to the grid. He was also recently selected to con- suit to the Chinese government on how to double the size of Beijing" Catalina and its ecological chal- lenges may seem like small pota- toes for such a celebrated thinker and environmentalist, but some- McDonaugh, Page 8 BY BOB RHEIN On Feb. 6, the nation cele- brated what would have been the 100th birthday of Ronald Wilson Reagan, the 40th President of the United States. Catalina Island has a Ronald Reagan connection--an important one. Before he was President, be- fore he was the 33rd Governor of California, and even before he was the President of the ,Screen Ac- tor's Guild or even an actor--he worked as an announcer at WHO, a De Moines, Iowa radio station. Among his duties was to announce Chicago Cubs games. Reagan's specialty was creat- ing play-by-play accounts of the games that the station received by wire from Chicago. He convinced the station man- ager to allow him to travel to Cata- lina to enrich his knowledge of the players by being with the players while they were at spring training on the Island. For three years, he took 10 days to soak up the char- acter of the Cubs who were owned by William Wrigley Jr., along with soaking up the sun. His third trip to Catalina, in April 1937, turned out to be the charm. The 26-year-old Reagan with his rugged good looks always played with the idea of breaking into Hol- lywood. While California is known for its sun, it was a windy, stormy Reagan, Page 2