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Catalina Tours opens bike center Catalina Tours recently an- nounced the opening of its Electric Bike Center located at 228 Metro- pole Ave. Catalina Tours is the exclusive authorized dealership in Acalon for Pedego Electric Bikes. It offers sales, service and rentals. Electric bikes provide great transportation for locals, owners of vacation rentals and their rent- ers. Pedego electric beach cruisers make the flat areas effortless and the hills a breeze. If a tour is more what you are looking for, we offer a self-guid- ed tour on your smart phone that turns Avalon into your own game board. It's fun for the whole fam- ily and a great team-building exer- cise for corporate groups. Catalina Tours is open year around and of- fers hourly, half day and full day rentals. Rentals include a helmet, bottle of drinking water and all of our bikes have an attached basket. The shop is located a couple of blocks from almost every hotel in Avalon. For more information, call (310) 510-0036 and or visit www. The website of- fers the visitor Day Packages and Tour combinations that include electric bikes and planning a trip to Catalina Island. Flying Fish Festival set for May 31-June 3 San Juan Capistrano may have its swallows that return each year. Catalina has its flying fish. From late May to September every year, Catalina Island wel- comes the famed flying fish. This spectacular fish soars out of the water at heights of up to 30 feet and glides for distances as long as 1/4 mile. To celebrate the annual return of the Island's seemingly magical fish, Avalon will host a four-day festival of family fun with the 5th Annual Flying Fish Festival, May 31 - June 3. The flying fish visit the Island for only a few months a year'and best shows itself at night when lured with lights. It is only fit- ting that Catalina celebrates their arrival by honoring them as_ special guests with a four day long week- end of festivities. The Flying Fish Festival kicks off on Thursday, May 31, with the Taste Around of Avalon. It's a chance to explore some of Avalon's finest eateries and taste their tnost delectable menu items - all in one night. Activities are plentiful through- out the rest of the weekend. Other festival events include evening Flying Fish Boat Tours, a wooden boat building challenge, free entertainment and various ocean craft activities for kids such as live marine touch tanks, garden tours, sidewalk chalk art, beach bingo, movies on the beach, beer gardens, Gil, the Flying Fish and much more. For more information go to "'THE+WRITE STUFF" Are you a writer, or would like to be one for the Catalin Islander. The paper is seeking to expand its edito- rial horizons. New reporters and guest columnists are welcome. For more information, contact the editor at AVALON RECYCLING SHOWS MARKED INCREASES BY CHERYL ALLISON Well, it's been a little over six months since I wrote an article about recycling in Avalon. Seagull Sanitation Systems has seen a marked increase in the amount of recyclables that are being diverted from the Pebbly Beach Landfill thanks to all of you, members of the Avalon community. I thought I would spend a little time "talking trash" in general. In 2011, Seagull processed 7,650 tons of Municipal Solid Waste ("MSW" or trash) through its fa- cility at Pebbly Beach. Of that, only 2,675 tons of MSW was bur- ied in the Pebbly Beach Land fill last year. That means 65 percent of the M,SW was recycled, compos- ted, or otherwise "diverted" from the landfill. Currently, the state of California requires that cities di- vert (by recycling or composting) a minimum of 50 percent of their trash from landfills. So, Avalon, we're doing pretty darned good. By the year 2020, the state gov- ernment would like all California cities to achieve a 75 percent di- version rate. Seagull and its par- ent company, Republic Services, are preparing a plan to achieve a 90 percent diversion rate long be- fore the year 2020 comes around. We hope to present the plan to the City Council in the near future. .The cooperation of all residents, businesses and visitors of Avalon is essential to the success of this plan. Let me explain how everyone can start helping now. 1. Food and beverage-serving businesses are currently required to separate food scraps from their trash and recyclables into green, biodegradable trash bags. While many businesses are doing a good job, more than half of green bags received at Seagull are "contami- nated" with non- biodegradable products (like plastic cups, straws, bottles, etc.). Foqd service em- ployees, please encourage your co- workers to properly separate food scraps only into the green, biode- gradable trash bags. 2. Residential customers, you can help by placing your food scraps into a bag separate from your recy- clables and trash. The bags don't have +to be a different Color. Our workers open all bags and they are trained to place bags of food waste into the compost bin. 3. Please use the blue recycle bags only for recyclables. We don't want to see you walking down the street with your laundry in them. 4. Place garden and grass trim- mings in a separate bag as well. If the trimmings are not separated, it's difficult to pick them out of the trash and they end up in the land- fill rather than the compost pile. 5. If you ever have any questions about trash, recycling or compost- ing, please feel free to call me or Joanne at 310-510-0675. Also, I would like to extend a general invitation to anyone who is interested in taking a tour of Seagull Sanitation and Pebbly Beach Landfill. Please just call the number listed above ahead of time to make an appointment--groups are welcomed. So far this year, we have given tours to Conservancy employees, employees from Cata- lina Island Camps, Cub Scouts and students from Avalon Schools. Thank you, again, for all of your efforts at home and at your business- es to do the right thing for our envi- ronment here on Catalina Island. P.S. We have free compost available to residents and busi- nesses. Cheryl Allison is division manager for Seagull Sanitatioia. Pepper to play Descanso Beach Club On Saturday, June 16, Pepper will play a special show at Descanso Beach Club. All of the proceeds will be donated to The Collective Sound, a non-profit organization established to provide resources that empower young musicians to develop their creativity in a guided collaborative environment. The Catalina.corn Concert Series is open to all ages. Doors for each concert open:at 6:30 p.m. Opening the show will be Long Beach based singer songwriter Josh Fischel, The Fiction, and Huntington Beach acoustic artists Micah Brown. Tickets are on sale. General admission concert tickets are available for $30: General admission tickets to the show plus a same-day round trip boat fare departing from Long Beach harbor are $75. On-sand VIP tick- ets are available at $65 and VIP tickets plus the same day round trip boat fare are $110. On-sand cabanas are available for parties of up to six guests for $500. " atalina00 + lsland Medical Center • Monte Mellon, MD • • Tracey Norton, DO • • LauraUlibarri, MD • • Diane Chamberlin, NP • Catalina Island Medical Center's state-of-the-art Siemens CT Scanner can provide the diagnostic images needed for nearly all medical onditions. Simply let your physician know you would prefer to have your diagnostic imaging completed on the island. • Familiar places and familiar faces • • No appointment needed + • Scans available immediately on CD • • Images sent electronically to your physician • Please call for more information. 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