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Meeting prepares community for 'Whatever' event Anheuser-Busch plans upgrade to Joe Machado field BY KRISTY THRONDSON As a "thank you" for allow- ing their event to be held in Avalon, event coordinators announced Wednesday, May 20, that Anheuser-Busch would be installing artificial turf on Joe Machado Field which will cost approximately $500,000 and save precious fresh water. The Anheuser-Busch Up For Whatever event will be held May 29-31. The announcement was made at the noon Up For Whatever Informational Meeting at Overlook Hall, , which was well attended by approxi- mately 75 to 100 Avalon residents. There were two meetings, Ben Harvey one at noon and one at five. Representatives from Mosaic, the UFW everit coor- dinating company, and Anheuser- Busch's public relations company presented a 4-minute video synop- sis of last year's event in Crested Butte, Montana followed by a Power-Point presentation focused on how the upcoming event would affect residents and how they could obtain access to the event. Permanent, full-time residents as well as property owners and mooring owners will be able to obtain wrist bands next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in City Council Chambers (more informa- tion is available at www.catalina- chamber.org/ufw/) that will allow them access to the event and two complimentary Bud Lights. Though event planners stated they initially wanted residents to be able to participate more, accord- ing to California state restrictions, two alcoholic beverage servings is the maximum alcohol consump- tion allowed by Avalon residents in the District though UFW con- test winners are not affected by these regulations. A question and answer period followed the presentatio, n. Among many ques- tions voiced by the attendees were concerns about secu- rity, resident and employee access to the Rhonda Kalish "District" (the credentialed, secure area roped off to all but Up For Whatever contest winners, staff and Avalon Residents) and access to Leo's Drugstore (Avalon's only phar- macy) which is within the District area. According to City Manager Ben Harvey and event organiz- ers, all details had not yet been "fleshed out" but further infor- mation would be forthcoming on the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce webpage designated for local information on the event. Attendees also voiced concern about the lack of family friendly activities originally proposed. Rhonda Kalish of Catalina CHOICES spoke briefly about the Unity In the Community, Family Fun Day at Joe Machado Field, and Friday Movie Night spon- sored by CHOICES, the Teen Center Base and Singing Waters Christian Center. Kalish invited all families in the City of Avalon to attend for a fun filled day to include food, games, contests, prizes, crafts, team sports, music performances and more. Falconry From page i "The perfect location for it," Post said. He said he already has two new full partners in the falconry business who he described as mo- tivated to make the best falconry experience possible. "This will be the best thing since the Zip Line," Post said. One of his partners is master falconer Ken Miknuk, who Post described as one of the best fal- coners in the counry. Miknuk, a professional falconer for 30 years, does pest bird abatement and edu- cation programs on the mainland. Miknuk's expertise includes owls hdd glesT'Pb'gt XjSetg tIie io - posed show to have at least lO birds. The planned falconry experi- ence will not take flight imme- diately. Post speculated that the falconry experience, tour would probably start next summer. Post said they are still build- ing the facility and polishing the program. They have to train the birds. Post said that as far as he knows, the Avalon pest bird abate- ment program, which began with a city contract that was approved in 2012, will also continue. Post said fellow falconer Mik- nuk would also participate in the bird abatement program. They will have apprentice falconers working with them for both the entertainment and bird abatement programs. The bird abatement pro- gran Uses the presence of knovn " predatory birds to discourage the continued presence of unwanted birds such as seagulls. The fal- cons do not to kill birds. The bird abatement program has been cred- ited with helping to improve water quality in Avalon Bay by remov- ing a source of bird waste. According to Post, one of the benefits of the falconry tour is that it will allow him to keep his birds on the island all the time. Current- ly, he and the birds are here three days a week. Housing for the birds has been an on-going challenge to the abatement program. Post and his birds have moved off the island twice and come back. He said it is now coming together. Post said it was obvious to him that the fal- conry experience would pay for the pest bird abatement program. At one time, the abatement pro- gram faced cancellation because of the cost to the city. Above, master falconer Rocky Post trains one of his birds. Courtesy photo Tile  . Founded in 1913 by Ernest W/ndk Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@thecatalinalslander.com Editor Dixie Redfearn editor@thecatalinalslander, com Assistant Editor Charles Kelly General Manager Jon Remy advertising@thecatalinalslander.com Office Assistant Kristy Throndson office@thecatalinalslander.com Graphic Designer Christy Smith Multimedia Director Franco Te francote@communitymediaus.com 635 CRESCENT AVENUE SUITE A AVALON, CA 90704 13101 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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This publication is printed almost entirely On recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2015 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, Inc., All Rights Reserved. Memorial From1 page 1 F/e reached over and gave me a heartfelt hug and reminded me to stay strong for Tim. Upon Rol Call, each officer's name is called and a flower is placed in the Memorial wreath in honor of the fallen officer. Tim was lucky enough to get two flowers .placed for him--one from his mother and one from myself. The entire event was very spe- cial, profoundly respectful, and beautifully done. The Vigil and Ceremony was live streamed and can be seen on c-span.org or officer.com. "Gone but not Forgotten"--:that couldn't be more true in Tim's case. I certainly will never forget him, and everything that he was, is, and will continue to be for me. I would like to thank and acknowledge those who continue to uphold respect for Tim's mem- ory, and respect for me, and the Mitchell family in this terribly difficult time. Special thanks to my friends and family who made it possible for me to attend. Editor's Note: Tim Mitchell lost his life on Dec. 30, 2014. He was a Harbor Patrol officer who was on duty when a massive storm hit Avalon Harbor, capsiz- ing many vessels. Tim Mitchell died trying to save the King Neptune. He was a native of New Zealand but became a United States citi- zen. Another Catalina resident, Bruce Ryder, also died in the winter storm. ESTABLISHED 1941 To $wr.00,m your Cream. Bakery Smoothies Espresso Bar Ullu!!! -Hand-D/ppedStrawberries -. Iced Coffee Drinks 21 Friday, May 22, 2015 THE CATALINA ISLANDER