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It's got rubber duckies, but it is no joke. On April Fools Day, Sun- day, the Avalon Harbor will once again be invaded by hundreds of little, artificial, yellow fowl. The annual Rubber Ducky Der- by is a fundraiser for Kids at Play Children's Theater Company. The ~ process is easy. You can adopt a duck (solo ducks are $5 bucks or "Five quackers for 20 smackers~') from any Kids at Play player, in the post office arcade, or the day of the race. Duck registration begins at 10 a.m. at South Beach and the first race is at high noon. The first race is the corporate-sponsored race. Many local businesses have ad- opted extra large ducks for a $100 donation. They will compete for bragging rights and a perpetual tro- phy. There are still ducks available for corporate sponsorship. The individual races will immediately follow the first race. The top 10 vide great lunch plates, sno cones, ducks will take home the honors. 50/50 raffle, T-shirts and duck sou- In addition to racing ducks there venirs. Lots of great items for Eas- is also a best in show decorated ter baskets. In addition the Kids at duck competition. These fancy Play group Avalon Goes to the ducks are not allowed in the wa- Med, will be on hand selling raffle ter but always put on a good show. tickets to win a $1,000 NCL cruise Plus new this year, there will be voucher. The winner will be an- spin art ducks. First place will be nounced at end of event. awarded to best spin art duck. For more information, cal! Sean There will also be great music Brannock at (310) 510-1987 or and Keppel's Kitchen will pro- (310) 595-6714. Scenes from the previous year's Rubber Ducky Derby. The event will help raise funds for the Kids At Play Theater Company Courtesy photos Ms. Rebecca and the incredible dedicated Staff of Catalina Kid Ventures send out a HUGE THANK YOU for your support of our ST. PATRICK'S DAY DINNER. THANK YOU Lou & Muriel Willhite for letting the community enjoy the dinner at Your restaurant "The Cottage". And a VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to Teri Misaferis and the support of her friends who prepared, cooked and served up the most DELICIOIUS corn beef and cabbage. Yummy! We also appreciate and thank the following businesses: Avalon bay News***A Touch of Heaven ***Brown's Bikes***Cia0-BaciCafe Metropole***Catalina Cable*** Catalina Cookie Co.***Catalina ExpressCatalina, Golf Course***Catalina Islander***Catalina Kids***Catalina TaxiCatherine Hotel***Coyote Joe's***Del Sol***Dive Catalina***Eric:s on thePier***Emesto Rodriguez***Hotel St. Lauren***Hotel & Ristorante VillaPortofino***lsland Breeze***lsland Rental***lsland Threadz/Island Style Katie's Kitchen***Lloyd's***Lolo's Barber Shop***Market Place Emporium***Marlin Club***M-Restaurant***Med-Spa ***Sandtrap***Santa Catalina Island Company***Sand Box***Simply Nirvana***Snorkeling Catalina***Steve's Steakhouse***The Locker Room***Toy Store***Wet Spot Wed;cling by the sea* And thanks to: The Interact Club for volunteering to help the CKV Staff in decorating, settingup tables, chairs, raffles, desserts and cleaning up. Thanks to CKV Parents and all the volunteers helping that evening which made it a fun event! Catalina Express sets good example I don't know when I have been as optimistic about the economic future of Catalina as when the Catalina Express instigated its "free travel on your birthday" program and especially now that they have extended it for another year. Ku- dos to Catalina Express and I hope that their innovative and creative thinking has proven to be a profit- able move on their part and I only wish that it would go on forever. First, those of us providing servic- es on the Island can only provide these services when people actu- ally come over here. Second, how many people purposely celebrate their birthdays alone? Most of these happy visitors wearing their birthday badges proudly have others with them. What a stimulant to our Catalina economy. Now that Catalina Express has come up to bat to get the visitors over here, the rest of us need to pull up our sleeves and join in on this movement to justify, in these cel- ebrants' minds, "their decision to come to Catalina. Some restaurants, hotels, and stores have been mak- ing some moves in this direction by providing discounts and freebies, but this should be done by all of us. The birthday visitor should be inundated with thesespecial offers. Instead of simply giving out free drinks with their meals, how about a free meal? Instead of a hotel dis- count, how about a free room (of course, space available)? Instead of a little gift, how about a $25 gift certificate? Space available, free tours.Be creative and realize that by making a small sacrifice now will pay off so much in the long run with "good will" and visitors want- ing to come back On a non-birthday basis. Isn't that what we are trying to achieve; repeat business and good publicity on the mainland? " At the end of a successful football game, have you heard the question, "What are you going to do now?" with the answer being, "I'm going to Disneyland" How about, when the question posed to those cele- brating their birthday, "How do you plan to celebrate your birthday with your family and friends?" Wouldn't it be great to hear the words "We're going to Catalina" Catalina Express has got momentum started, let's keop it going and growing. Chuck Liddell, Avaton Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalina Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its editorial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at ed@cinews.us. .6 i Friday, March 30, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER