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Page 4 The CATAUNA ISLANDER Friday, May 8, 1998 II I II in Paradise & fries w/drink purchase 5-8 PM Wed, POSTCARD Please send me a I year subscription. !21 $28.00 - On Island ~.1 $30.00 - Mainland ~S~ ~0 / Address --~=---- / City~State~ZiP phone I t Visa ~ MastcrCard Exp. date # 21"This is a ~it;~ subscription, trom: Address (~ity/Zip - Mail to: The Catalina Islander p.o. Box 428, Avahm, CA 90704 J - It pays to advertise in I'm Catalina Islander- Call today! (3101510-0500 - I' by SHERRI WALKER Enough already. Will whoever left the water on upstairs please turn it off? Luckily this weekend's supposed to perfect, because I think we've all had enough of rain, mud, wind, umbrellas and puddles. Rugby and ready Rugby players from all over the United States and Canada will hit the Island for the Fourth Annual Catalina Island Master Rugby Tourna- ment on Saturday, May 16. This year's teams include the Red Rock Roaches of Tucson, the Lunchtime Legends of Los Angeles and the Snow Caps of British Columbia. if you'd like to check out the action, don't reach for your wallet-- the games are free. They will begin at 8 a.m. at both the Avalon Schools Field and the Field of Dreams. The final games will finish up about 5 p.m. Rugby mayget down and dirty, but when its all said and done, the tournament will benefit Avalon High School sports. For more information, call Catalina Island Travel at 510-2848. Getting fishy A spring tradition will hit the water, and the halibut, on June 7. Sign-ups for the Ninth Annual Just for the Kids, Just for the Halibut Tournament are now being accepted at High Tide Traders. Your $50 entry fee gets you a t-shirt, lunch at the Casino Dock Cafe and the sat- isfaction of knowing you're helping the Island's kids. The angling starts at 5 a.m. and the flat fish have to be caught on hook and line--no spearfishing. All fish must be weighed in at the Casino Dock Cafe by 3 p.m. There will be a chunk of cash for first, second and third place, plus prizes for all the anglers. Speaking of prizes, if you're not up for fishing, but still want to help the kids and have a chance at some cool raffle prizes, show up at the Casino Dock Cafe for the awards banquet, it will be held right after the final weigh- in and always turns into a good time. The tournament is sponsored by High Tide Traders and the Catalina Island EXchange Club. For details, call Ken Cline at 510-2387. So you want to be a star On June 3, the first part of an effort to improve parenting in the community will begin. The Family and Community Education (FACE) Project will film its first program in the Avalon Schools Auditorium. "Positive Parenting" is appropriate to parents of kids of all ages and will be filmed from 7 to 9 p.m. Parents, grandparents and those who work with children will find the session helpful. it will be taught by Sandy Spurgeon McDaniel, who is an author and speaker on parenting and self-esteem issues. She's hoping to get the entire community involved in helping to raise good kids by video- taping programs and broadcasting them on cable. The first of those programs "Positive Parenting" is sponsored by Catalina Express. The Avalon PTA and the Avalon Lions Club have also made contributions and the Catalina Cable Company will be giv- ing free air time to broadcast the program. Send yourself to camp The Island will be swinging June 11 to 14. Some of the country's hottest swing dancers, along with hundreds of swing aficionados will take over for four days for Swing Camp Catalina. Featuring classes, performances and three nights of Big Band dancing in the Ballroom, Swing Camp has, turned into a heck of al0t of fun. The dances are $20 a person Thurs&ay night; $25 Friday night and $35 Saturday night. There will also be classes just about everywhere throughout the weekend, plus a closing party at Descanso Beach Sun- day evening. For more info, call (626) 790-1179 or (626) 799-5680. n Saving heritage Some of the Island's heritage is rusting in Ensenada Harbor. The steamer SS Catalina, responsible for bringing millions of people to the Island and creating billions of memories, is resting on the bottom of the harbor, her lower decks awash at high tide. David Engholm dreams of bringing the steamer back to Southern California and restoring the ship to her former glory. If he's successful, Los Angeles City Councilman Rudy Svorinich is working to find her a berth at the foot of Banning Drive, where the steamer departed from in the first part of the century. Once there, 5"5" Catalina would become a museum, keeping those mem- ories afloat and creating new ones. Everyone seems to like the idea, but the otHy problem is money. Getting the great white steamer out of Mexico and refloating her are only part of the problem. Actually restoring the vessel could cost mil- lions. Engholm, however, is hopeful that the many people who trav- elled on SS Catalina will help bring her back. "Imagine if everyone who ever rode the historic ferry to Catalina Island were to donate one dollar, we would have $25 million to work with," he said. Donations may be made to SS Catalina Steamship Fund, Inc 910 Elrod Avenue, Coos Bay, Oregon, 97420. For more information, Eng- holm can be reached at (541) 267-0451.