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Barney Saltzberg Headlines School Author Festival Avalon Elementary School will celebrate the return of award-win- ning Barney Saltzberg to its Author Festival this year with a two-day extravaganza for students, parents, and teachers on Thursday and Fri- day, March 3 and 4. The kick-off event will be a scrumptious Pa- jama Pancake Dinner at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday in the school cafete- ria, catered by the inimitable Jo- anna Arnold. Dress code: pajamas. Tickets for this PTA Fundraiser are $4 for elementary-age children, $6 for all other ages, and may be purchased from teachers or at the school library. Guests will then move on to the Art Studio to enjoy an Oops! Art Expo hosted by the creative Anita Rockwell. This hands-on fun time was inspired by one of Saltzberg's recent books, Beautiful Oops! that explores the possibilities of using spills, bloops, errors, and smudges as creative starting points for art. Next, children of all ages will retire to the School Library for readings of old and new favorite bedtime stories by guest readers. Finally, all will sleepily wend their way home and dream of Friday "Crazy Hair Day," when everyone will wear their wildest, wacky hairdos (inspired by anoth- er Saltzberg book) to welcome the award-winning author, singer, and songwriter, who will entertairl the elementary classes with his zany music, speaking, and drawing. Children's author Barney Saltzberg has written more than 30 books that engage children and make reading fun. Some fa- vorites are: "Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed," "I Love Dogs" and "Soccer Mom from Outer Space." His book "Beautiful Oops!" recently won the National Parenting Publications Award 2010 Gold Medal. The Authors Festival is an an- nual event organized for the en- richment of the students by Avalon Schools librarian Donna Sharpe and made possible by financial support from Avalon businesses. The PTA helped organize the Pa- jama Pancake Dinner Fundraiser and of Avalon Art Teacher Anita Rockwell for organizing the Oops! Art Expo. For more information, call Sharpe at (310) 510-0790. TOP: The author visits Avalon Schools on Crazy Hair Day. BELOW: Barney Saltzberg is seen below with guitar. FOUNDATION HOSTS GALA OSCAR NIGHT EVENT The Catalina Island Medical Center Foundation will roll out the red carpet at the Catalina Island. Yacht Club on Oscar Night. An Evening With Oscar, sched- uled for Sunday, Feb. 27, will-fea- ture a silent auction, an opportuni- ty drawing and a chance to predict the winners and win a number of fabulous prizes. Several televi- sions will be available for viewing the awards telecast. Extensive appetizers, a carving station and a chocolate fountain will tempt palates throughout the night. "The CIMC Foundation Board of Directors is looking forward to this outstanding evening of fun and celebration with the Oscar winners," said Foundation Presi- dent Carol Reynolds. "Through the generosity of those who join us and our many donors, we are able to provide support for the medical center as it cares for our island community and overtown visitors." Funds raised at the event will be used to improve the health of the community. Thanks to the foundation, Catalina Island Medi- cal Center was recently able ' to purchase a bone density scanner for diagnosing osteoporosis. Fu- ture plans include purchasing new x-ray equipment for the radiology department. "The support of the Catalina Is- land Medical Center Foundation has been essential to our efforts to offer new services and better meet the needs of our community," said med- ical center CEO Bryan Ballard. "An Evening With Oscar is going to be a wonderful event and Em looking forward to joining the community in support of the foundation." Tickets are available in several categories. The Presenter category, which is $50, includes admission for one and an Oscar ballot.. The Actor category is $125 and in- cludes two ballots. The Director level, which includes admission for two and four ballots, is $250. The Producer level, at $500, in- cludes admission for four and eight ballots. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information or to order tickets by credit card, call Michelle Jaeger at (310)510- 0700, ext. 21. February. 18 through February. 24 Shows Nightly at 7:30pm For More Information Call 310-510-0179 DINNER & A MOVIE Join us for dinner at the Avalon Grille or Country Club and enjoy a free night at the moviesl* *Must purchase one en at the Country E/ub or Avo/on 6ri//e per mov t/cket, ojOrer not var th any other aMers rough April 14, 2011. The CATALINA ISLANDER .Friday, February 18, 2011 : 7