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On the Water With Capt. John King They're Baaaack, Agaaaain! Capistrano. Their arrival marks of tours this year. CAPT. JOHN KING AFISHINADOS CHARTERS The first flying fish to arrive for the 2014 migra- tion to Catalina Island have been spotted, and this is the earliest arrival that I can remember. Last year Catallac was on a run from Two Harbors to Avalon on May 7 and we spotted a few flying fish in the area. Within a week we were running our tours night- ly and spotting them in great numbers. It is always exciting to see them return. This year we had some uncon- firmed, but reliable reports on April 18, so we modified our Sunset Cruise on April 19 to do an exploratory trip in search of the flyers. As we had hoped, we found a small school of flying fish in front of the quarry and a few more on the way back in to Avalon Harbor. They are back! Flying fish are to Catalina what the swallows are to San Juan the beginning of a new season and a new summer. For the last six years Avalon has been celebrating the return of the flying fish with a John King Columnist four-day festival on the weekend follow- ing Memorial Day in late May. We turn out the red carpet for the fish and for visitors with nightly tours and fun activi- ties throughout. 'In addition to Afishinados Famous Flying fish Tour, the Festival will feature a cardboard boat building contest, a kid's fun run, the Taste of Avalon and a summer concert at the Wrigley Stage. It is a fun time for families to visit Avalon. With all of the special events that are going on, there will be something for every member of the family. Our exploratory trip to find the flying fish was such a huge success, that we have decided to add this modified version of our Sunset Cruise to our schedule On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings we will run a Sunset version of our Flying Fish Tour around 7 p.m., followed by our Famous Flying Fish Tour which will start at 8:30 p.m. on weekends, but will remain at 8 p.m. for the weekday trips. It is a little tricky making this schedule work, as the sun sets later each day leading up to the longest day of the year on June 21st. On that day the sun sets at 8:06 p.m., so we may not always get a good view of the actual setting sun on those longer days, but we should have an excellent chance of seeing flying fish on the trip home. If this is confusing, just check our schedule at www.tixci.com. The twilight hour is the perfect time for getting a great view of the flying fish from the start to the end of their flight. Many visitors are surprised at how far and for how long the flying fish are air- borne, sometimes up to 200 yards. Our local flyers are the largest in the world, but they cannot keep airborne for nearly as long as the smaller version of flying fish off of Japan where a film crew cap- A Flying Fish brings out the magic of nature during a Afishinadoes tour. a flying creature, but for a fish this must be an amazing thing. Remember, the first flight by the Wright Brothers lasted a mere 12 seconds! A flight of nearly a min- ute for a water-breathing creature 100,000 years of evolution might bring to these critters. Maybe they will learn to choose a landing zone void of the hungry sea lions. Capt. John runs Afishinados Charters and can be reached at tured a 45 second flight. Forty-five seconds does not must be a shock even to the fish. 888-613-7770 orjohn@tixci.com. seem like a very long time for I can only imagine what another Fourth of July themewill pay tribute to our honored vets and heroes The City of Avalon has will be provided for those who The parade will line up at -ruises & *t ours BOOK A PRIVATE CHARTER ,,00,r00.lixd.00om SSS00I 3-1111) announced that this year's 4th of July Parade theme is "Salute to Honored Veterans, Heroes in our Hearts." In appreciation for their service to our country, the community of Avalon is honoring all Wodd War II Veterans as 'Gand dii'rshals this year at the Independence Day Parade, on Friday, July 4th. Cars would like to participate in the parade. All World War II Veterans wishing to take part in the Avalon Independence Day Parade need to contact Jen Monroe at the City of Avalon Recreation DePartment: (3t0)510-0220 ext. 230. The 4th of July parade will be held on Friday, July 4th, 2014. Catalina Island Medical Center's new radiology unit opens a world of opportunities for our patients. State-of-the-art digital radiology unit Available for patients whose physician is on the mainland Images interpreted by a board-certified radiologist Images can be sent directly to your physician via CD Convenient appointments available, call (310) 12:30 p.m. at the Casino Building and will proceed down Crescent Avenue beginning at 1 p.m. Locals and visitors in golf carts and chil- dren on bikes, tricycles and scoot- ers are also invited to participate in this family-fun parade ........ Judging for the parade will take place on Lower Descanso Avenue from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., and judges will award entries in the following categories: Most Patriotic, Most Humorous, Most Creative, and Best of Theme. Call 714-546-2020 For a Saturday clinic Vehicle Noise Testing for retesting and late vehicles as part of the annual Vehicle Registration Will be conddaYOrvnings THE QUAUTY OF LIFE iN AVALON WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW Vehicles that do not pass Vehicle Noise Testing will have until SEPTEMBER 30, 2014 to be re-tested & pass without penalty. Vehicles that do not pass ran return during testing times for retesting with no penalty and will receive the City permit upon passing at the standard cost: $29. Late vehicles fee: $25. Decibel Standards: VEHICLES 6,000 lbs OR GREATER MOTORCYCLES ALL OTHER VEHICLES 0.c,. Au,ors.,.. Go -) 5 ] 0-0700. appointment at CIMC. I 82 dB 77 dB 74 dB FO, MO,EI.FO,MAT, O,: AMC00c...,7. i :.'t Visit www, cityofavalon.com i /' _lml t[ /'l Contact Avalon City Hall: 310-510-0220 i  - I" ,,,..,i (31o) Sio-o7oo , i Email Jordan Monroe, Management Aide: i atauna 1oo Falls Canvon Road ("tD AkTP]C ("tA 'T" : jmonroe@cityofavalon.com i Island Medical Center ........ " - u,. ,,.,. :L_d_ " ONE STEP AT A TIME - GOALS IN MIND " INTENTIONAL DESIGN ) " " "   ._: ........................................................................................... J   . 4 ifFriday, April 25, 2014 THE CATAUNA ISLANDER