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Avalon restaurants offer locals special benefits - BY TIJIERESA CUMMINGS There are several restaurants throughout Avalon that offer spe- cial discounts. Whether it's on a particular night, or during specific hours, it means a lot to locals who live on a tight budget. Tony Rubio, manager of the Buffalo Nickel Restaurant at Peb- bly Beach, started a pasta night last October that rapidly became a favorite for locals and word has spread like wildfire. On Monday nights, from 5 p.m. forward, a buf- fet is set up. Chef Bobby Gonzalez uses all fresh irigredients creating their soups and three sauces: A1- fredo, Pesto, and Marinara. They offer three types of pasta: fettuc- cini, linguini, and penne.pasta. Every Week, the buffet includes homemade clam chowder, and an- other homemade soup is added. varying week to week. Customers are allowed to choose what proteins they want added. These include shrimp, scallops, clams, mahi-mahi, chicken and beef. The have a broad spectrum of vegetables that can be added. The salad bar is unlimited in this special as well. "Last October we started out with one station," Rubio said. "We are now up to three and average 100 customers per Monday. Last Monday was stormy and we were concerned we couldn't use our pa- tio area. We had so many people call to see if we were having our pasta night, which we set up in the restaurant and we were packed. People who couldn't find a seat actually ate their meals standing." Rubio will continue this event year round. "The locals have been awe- some," he said. "They expect it now and we want to continue pro- viding it. You can never lose giv- ing back to your community." The Sandtrap Restaurant in Avalon Canyon also has great specials. 'It is known as a hangout for locals, particularly for golf- er since it is located at the golf course. Roberto Tejeda who has owned the restaurant since 1984, started a happy hour two years ago that has been favorable. From 2-7 p.m. every day, they offer $1 tacos, $3 draft beers, $9 pitchers of draft beer, $4 margaritas and $19 for a pitcher of margaritas. In addition, they offer the best priced breakfast in town. Their "Sandslam" break- fast for $4.99 includes two eggs any style, two strips of bacon or sausage, potatoes and toast. The Lobster Trap also has spe- cials. Wednesday night is burger night and for $10 the special in- cludes a hamburger, French fries and a 25 oz. beer, which is a great deal. Last October they started a happy hour from 2-4 p.m. every day of the week that offers a daily selection of a pint of beer for $2, and a daily selection shot of alco- hol for $3. The Catherine Hotel also has a Tuesday Taco and Tequila night. This night offers $4 margaritas, $3 tequila shots, and $2 tacos which choices include fish, chicken or came asado and we can attest the plate is full. Ona daily basis they offer the "coldest cheapest beer on the Island," as the banner reads, and it is quite honest. At any time you can order domestic beer for $3 and imported beers for $4. Coyote Joe's' also has special s . From Monday - Friday, they have a $2 Taco special starting at 4 p.m. with a choice of shrimp or beef ta- cos. On Sundays, they provide a $10.95 special starting at 4 p.m. It includes Camitas (abundant pork), beans, rice and tortillas and is a huge plate full of food. In addition they have a happy hour Monday - Friday from 2-5 p.m. offering $3.50 for draft beer and $4.50 margaritas. Luau Larry's has a burger night as well on Wednesdays. For $5 you can purchase a.cheeseburger with French fries and for $5.50 broiled chicken sandwich with fries. There are other specials offered. by restaurants. The ones repre- sented here are open year round. It can get confusing to track when restaurants are open or closed over the winter season, so we have highlighted the ones that remain open year round. One of the best things about residents on Catalina Island is that they help each other out whenever possible. We hope the trend contin- ues to provide discounted specials year round. The Buffalo Nickel has provided concrete proof, that when affordable meals are available, the locals will support it. MOVIES FOR CHANGING TIMES BY GLEN CRAIG GUSTAFSON This is the sixth in an occa- sional series on outstanding videos for family entertain- ment at home It is very, very rapidly chang- ing times that we're currently ex- periencing ... and big changes to come. Historically, (luring such lJeriods of time, we can either try to fight, the rising tide, or we can embrace the change and adapt. In the world of home entertainment, this is especially true nowadays. When the series began in Janu- arc 2008, the pattern was, that you would go to the library, or the video rental store, and you would carefully select one VHS or DVD film for the evening's entertain- ment. If the film turned out to be a "dud," your evening's entertain ment collapsed, and you made your excuses and tried to move on to something else. This happened to us enough times some repeated with the same film over again because it was so forgettable--that I began keeping records ef lhe filn. their results. Each film is logged and evaluated by means of a 3x5 card containing the pertinent in- formation, and especially, a grade: from A+ to E Those cards now fill a_shoebox, allowing me to quickly come up with some outstanding film titles. They cover just abou! any topic you might be interested in, including sports, science, mu- sic, education, dance and more. Before you go back  to the mainland... take a little Catalina with you. 'rte Subscribe Today. gttIIJl/tt lSI,1II1DI Avalon Veteran's Memorial Park Purchase a Brick for the Memorial Contact Dave Gardner (310) 510-1484 or write: Avalon Veterans of Foreign Wars P.O. Box 1672 Avalon, Ca 90704 &BLAIR However, this home entertain- ment pattern is changing very rapidly. It won't be long before all VHS cassettes and players will be obsolete. Additionally, there is little reason to buy a DVD when virtually all of these films are now available for inexpensive, instant viewing on a computer or TV, via the Internet ... if you have kept up with the times and have the simple equipment needed to display it. About a year ago, I visited a lo- cal store that was having an after- Christmas sale and bought a tele- vision for the first time in nearly three decades. Even though it was an upscale model, I was surprised to find out that it wasn't "Internet Ready." I asked a friend of mine how to solve this problem, and his response was immediate and con- fident: buy a $59 ROKU Box. He was right! With this handy little device, you can receive "video streaming" films from a wide va- riety of sources, some without any cost. We now get many of our films for "free" via the Amazon "Prime" service, or the omnipresent Netflix for only $9/month. These new op- tions have opened up a whole new world of entertainment for us, and I encourage you to check them out as well. Once you've figured out how you will watch your movie, you will need to figure out which film is worth your time and efforts. Here are several recommendations for family viewing. They also tend to be slightly obscure films, which may be new to you. Bramwell (BBC, 1997) Jemma Redgrave, David Calder This is actually a BBC television series that lasted for 27 epi- sodes. It's about a young, female doctor in Victorian England during the 1800s. Her strong desire to use her medical education to help the poor in the slums of London, puts her at odds with the medical establishment of the time. Nowhere in Africa (2001) The interesting story of a young German/Jewish family which leaes The Fatherland in the late 1930's to escape the Nazis. They go to Kenya to try farming and each family reacts differently to the drastic change. The Express (1997) Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown : A truly superior film about the college football career of Ernie Davis at Syracuse University, NY. Although the film ostensibly con- cerns the game, it is really about character, and Twentieth Century history. Cry, the Beloved Country James Earl Jones, Richard Harris A very powerful film that beauti- fully portrays life in South Africa before the fall of Apartheid and the rise of Nelson Mandela. Mother and Child Naomi Watts, Samuel Jackson, Annette Denning, Kerry Washington A complex and deep story about adoption and parenting. A middle- aged woman is still grieving over the loss of her baby who she gave up when she was pregnant at age 14. Meanwhile, the baby has grown up to become a gor- geous professional woman. The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel EIIsberg Daniel EIIsherg, Max Frankel An important documentary about EIIsberg's effort to stop the Vietnam War by releasing Department of Defense docu- ments showing that four U.S. presidents had lied about U.S. involvement there. Well, until next time, here's hoping that you and your family gain some pleasure from these films as we have. Remember, upgrading your home entertainment system can be relatively inexpensive and has the potential to lift the Viewing quality of your entertainment far above the typical evening TV offerings. Even Islanders 00oill be amazed... From early settlers Wrigley Family  What a patriotic to current  legacy told through  time for the island. ]l attractions, the  memoirs & photos. Very rare photos! hest history yet!  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