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School 6arden project revived with a little help from Bluewater Avalon Around Our Town Natalie Graham prizes. With the money from, the party, the raffle, and cash dona- tions enough, resources were raised to purchase the materials to refurbish the garden space next to the elementary bungalows. Years ago the school had a gar- den, but the teacher who oversaw it retired. Since then a number of teachers have tried to plant there, but foxes, deer, squirrels, birds, and an assortment of other island creatures treated it as a snacking zone. As the title of this article pro- claims the fundraiser was a suc- cess, drawing a sizeable crowd and plying them with wine, beer, and crab cakes cakes, to induce a civic state of mind. The tables were cleverly decorated with veg- etables. As the attendees supped in the soft evening light, ocean breezes gently stirring their clothing, Sara Perez spoke. She talked about the movement to rebuild the garden. The School Garden project came to this writer's attention via the Catalina Brew House ( my office) one morning while eat- ing my morning oatmeal cookie, I spotted a saucy flyer that read: "We need a Garden so Let's throw a Party!" Rarely had I seen such bold honesty from a flyer. I leaned in and liberated it from the bulletin board. I contacted Sarah Perez, who graciously allowed me to attend the fundraiser. I was really impressed by the community sup- port the Garden Project received. It reinforced what a unique and special community Avalon is. The garden will be used to teach a variety of things like health and nutrition, math and science, sustainability and more. Much like the giving tree in Shel Silverstein's novel the garden will give. What it will give depends on the needs of the children and young adults using it. Before this garden is even planted it is already sowing the seeds of community responsibility. The Bluewater Avalon hosted Avalon Schools Garden Project Fundraiser. They donated the space, the food, and made a size- able donation to the garden initia- tive. Local business donated raffle AqRQYO "Imagine what a few moms can do," she said. It was a reference to the old California State Lottery ads that said: "Imagine what a buck can do!" Michelle Bray spoke on the subject of sustainability. The money raised at the Bluewater Avalon will be used to purchase building materials. The majority of the planting areas will be enclosed so that tender leaves and budding plants will not be sacrificed on the alter of animal hunger. The next step for the Avalon School Garden Project is to find a landscape architect so that the ini- tiative knows exactly what materi- als will be needed to rebuild. The materials will be purchased before the school year is out, construc- tion of the garden will take place over summer break, and the first planting will take place in the fall of 2014. We could see the fruits of this labor of love as soon as 2015. This garden will be here long after the current residents of Avalon are gone, what a wonder- ful legacy to the future. This touching sentiment is one thing the deer, the foxes, the birds, and squirrels cannot nibble away at. To become a part of the future and apart of the sustainabil- ity movement donate your time, money, or resources to the Avalon Schools Garden Project. This is a chance to commu- nicate with the future via living things. Contact Sarah Perez At sarahperez @ catalinaisp.com or call 310 938-1290. A huge thanks to Tracy Mathews, Michelle Bray, Sarah Perez for coordinating this fund- raiser. A special thanks to Jimmy Uclickas, and the Bluewater Avalon! Natalie Graham is a writer, photographer and resident of Catalina Islander. Bluewater's Chef Brian will be missed by many Brian Hirsty 1966-2014 Brian Hirsty - or just Chef Brian as everyone called him - discovered his "true calling," at the age of 7. As a young boy growing up along the Southern California coast, he would awake before dawn to hang out with the local fishermen as they brought in the day's catch. By the age of 9, Brian was cooking these same fish using recipes he studied from the pages of Joy of Cooking. And by ten, Brian had been proclaimed a chef - if only by his brother. After graduating from high school in 1985, Brian trained with Doubletree, Marriott, Swiss Intercontinental and the Warner Springs Ranch perfecting his unique style before arriving at Bluewater Grill in 1996 to open the first location in Newport Beach's Cannery Village. It wasn't long before he was pre- siding over a family of Bluewater restaurants in. California and VOTE APRIL 8TH FOR Joe sampson lET'S irJIq[ %Ollm'Ott" IFJHIIF A (]IILN(]F Arizona. In addition to allowing him to exercise his passion on a large stage, his role as executive chef put him in the position to do what he loved best: create hun- dreds of original seafood dishes and house specialties, and help thousands of first-time customers discover the joy of seafood. Despite his expanding role in the kitchen, he also returned regularly to his roots to receive fresh fish straight off the dock at the original Bluewater Grill, and always delighted in his one-on- one relationships with fishermen from around the world. Of course, those who knew Brian knew that it was his per- sona outside that kitchen that truly marked the man. He was active in a number of charities and nonprofit organiza- tions, including several in support of his son. He is survived by his wife, Amy, son Dylan, daughter Chelsi and countless Bluewater regulars eager to see his friendly face and try his latest dish. Brian, you will be forever missed. 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