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SERVING CATALINA L: ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 VOLUME 98, ISSUE 21 F,,o,, May 25, 2012 B RI[[S .......... : ........................... The Catalina Souviner Shop celebrating 65 years Sixty-five years after it opened, The Catalina Souvenir Shop in Avalon is still going strong. Located below the Edgewater Hotel, its history is steeped in a love story that began on a Memorial Day weekend in 1947. See story, page 4 Theater Department will present "Bye Bye Birdie" Avalon High School will present "Bye Bye Birdie" from Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, at the Avalon School Auditorium. Performances will be held at 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and' at 2 p.m., Sunday. Tickets: $8 for adults; $5 for students and seniors. Straight Up Builders win in Coed Softball week six Week six of the Catalina Co-Ed Softball League had Sand Trap taking on Straight Up Builders. Sand Trap got off to a fast start, thanks in part to the three run inside the park homer from Tomas Moreno. Final score Sand Trap 15, Straight Up Builders 19. The sec- ond game that night was between The Lobster Trap and Bravo's Landscaping. Final score:Lobster Trap 9, Bravo's Landscaping 16. See story, page 6 Rotary to hold Great Golf Ball Drop The Rotary Club of Avalon is holding a Great Golf Ball Drop fundraiser during the Flying Fish Festival on Saturday, June 2. The ball drop will take place on South Beach at approximately 4 p.m. See story, page 2 The Four Preps in Concert The Four Preps, featuring original lead singer Bruce Belland, will appear in concert in the Casino Theater from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24. See story, page 5 Just for the Halibut tourna- ment on June, 10 The Just for the Halibut, Just for the Kids fishing tournament will be held Saturday, June 10. For more information, call (310) 510- 0656. See story, page 6 Kids in Nature rewarded with visit to Emerald Bay Now in its sixth year, the Conservancy's Kid's in Nature pro- gram is going strong--once again rewarding the students' com- mitment to nature with a week- end trip to Emerald Bay. Every Wednesday during the school year, Avalon's, K to eighth-grade students gather at the Nature Center at Avalon Canyon to learn in nature. See story, page 4 Student Scholars The sixth-grade students that participated in the 2012 Island Scholars program are seen with are seen with Museum Curator John Boraggina and staff mem- ber Jessica Zumbrge. The Avalon School' students have spent one day each month working with the curatorial staff at the museum and each chose a favorite photo- graph from the facility's perma- nent collection for display at the US Bank in Avalon. Copurtesy photo Hey, hey it's a Monkee coming Actor/singer Micky Dolenz to Participate in Museum's Rock n' Roll Symposium STAFF REPORT The Catalina Island Museum announced today. that the legend- ary rock n'roll drummer and singer Micky Dolenz of The Monkees will be a featured participant in the museum's symposium dedicated to the British Invasion. "I am absolutely thrilled that Micky Dolenz accepted our in- vitation to be a guest at the sym- posium," Michael De Marsche, the museum's Executive Director stated during the an- nouncement. "We have an incredible lineup of speakers that includes Spencer Davis, Peter Asher, Emperor Ros- coe and Martin Lewis. Micky now takes us over the top." Singing the vocals on such hits as "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer," The Mon- kees enjoyed a string of hit singles during1966 and 1967. The televi- sion series starring Dolenz, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Davy Jones was inspired by The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night, and the overwhelming success of The Monkees in re- cordings, concerts, tele- vision and radio made clear that the demo- graphic of America had undergone a dramatic , shift. Teenagers were now , " a major force in defin- ; " # - ing the direction of the Micky D01enz entire entertainment industry. Although playing their own instruments and often Writ- ing their own songs, the group Monkee, page 9 Avalon's preschool bouncing back Non-profit group to take over Catalina Kid Ventures in July BY DENNIS KAISER It's nearly fourth down and goal to go for the city of Avalon's plans to turn Catalina Kids Ventures over to a non-profit group. The city is currently running the preschool that is Avalon's only childcare facility for fulltime students. However, it's been run- ning in the red. According Sean Brannock, the current Community Services director, who oversees the preschool, the city has been subsi- dizing the program at the rate of about $130,000 a year. Most of that money pays for the program's staff. However, revenue from enrollment has not kept pace with the pre- school's expenses. The city announced a few months ago_ it needed to divest itself of most of the funding bur- dens to a nonprofit corporation in order to keep the childcare center's doors open. According to "Anni Marshall, the former Avalon Community Services director who started the preschool about 23 years ago, and who is heading up the taskforce overseeing the formation of the non-profit, a lot of progress has been made. "We've established Our board of directors and we are in the process of starting our interviews for the staff this week," Marshall said. "We are going to laeed an on-site supervisor and probably two full- time teachers and an aide." Kid Ventures, Page 9 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: The Shocking Secret Of The 1915 Fire BY JIM WATSON It seems that all great cities of the world have at one time or another suffered a great, disas- trous fire throughout their vast histories. Long before the advent of mod- ern fire safety practices and fire- fighting technology, most of the world's populated centers have a history of suffering such a confla- gration. There was the Great Fire of London, in 1666, which destroyed more than 90 percent of London's central district known as The City. There was the Great Fire of New York in 1776, only two months after the Declaration of Independence; a fire which destroyed as much as one-quarter of the city of New York. Most well known of all, per- haps, is the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed hundreds and leveled nearly 3.5 square miles of the Windy City. Avalon (being one of the world's Watson, Page 8 Avalon is devastated in the aftermath of the 1915 fire.CourtesY photo /