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Page 4 The CATALINA ISLANDER Friday, June 7, 2002 Adam Has New Hours: Mon. -12:00 Noon to 6:30 P.M. Tues. 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 3:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Wed. Massage Therapy * Thurs. 2:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M. Fri. 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 Noon 3:00 P.M. to 5 30 P.M. 9:00 A.M. to 12".'00 Noon Sat. We have the most modern x-ray unit on the island only $39 per view! Catalina Health & Wellness 116 Claressa Ave. Call: 510-7211 STORE HOURS SUN-THURS 7:00 AM. 9:00 PM FRI & SAT 7:00AM - 10:00 PM Catalina's LOTTO Headquarters Home of the Is/anders 20% Discount Club 112 CATALINA 510.0930 by SHERRI WALKER Some of the hottest swing bands, along with some of the hottest swing dancers in the world will be taking over Avalon this weekend for Swing Camp. With swing classes, swing dances and swing exhibitions, Swing Camp has become one of the hottest events for dance aficiona- dos around. Swing won't be the only thing on the menu; the organizers of the event, the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association, will also have dance classes in a variety of other big band dance styles. Classes will be taking place throughout town throughout the week- end and you can also frequently catch participants on the streets in a spot of spontaneous swinging. If you'd really like to get into the swing of things (sorry, I couldn't help it), tickets are available for the swing dances in the Casino Ballroom on Friday and Saturday nights. Tickets are $40 for each night. Flamingos getting ready to migrate If you've been putting off siccing a flamingo on your friends and neighbors, time is running out. The flamingo fund raiser has been an effort to raise funds for the CornerStone TeenCenter's mission to Ensenada and since the volunteers will soon be leaving, you've only got about a week to have one of these gaudy birds planted in a yard. The TeenCenter's flamingos are even more obnoxious versions of the infamous lawn ornaments--only these birds don't even need a lawn, they're perfectly content to plant themselves in planters, window boxes or any other container that presents itself on Avalon's lawn- challenged properties. And, if the object of your flamingo intentions can't even support a container, the TeenCenter also has flamingo wind socks that will do in a pinch. There are an assortment of ways to send a flamingo "hit" out on your friends, as well as several ways to make sure you don't wake up with one of those hyper-pink mon- strosities in your garden. All of those ways involve, of course, a financial contribution to the TeenCenter's mission to Ensenada, which will be departing at the end of June. Speaking of that mission to Ensenada, the volunteers will be spending time building a house for a needy family from that needy town. For more information about the flamingos, the mission or the TeenCenter itself, call 510-2378. 510-O5OO mmm please pick up r your animals. Wining down at the Isthmus If you like wine, you're going to want to be at Two Harbors this weekend. The first annual Two Harbors Summer Wine Fest will fill the Isthmus with wine from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 8. Dozens of wineries, as well as breweries, food suppliers and live music will be on hand to entertain and delight you. Tickets are available at the door for only $25 or you can save yourself five bucks and buy your ticket Friday by calling 510-4249. Transportation from Avalon is available through the Catalina Explorer at (877) 432-6276. See you there! Sometimes, it's time to let go of a dream. Even if it's something you've dedicated your life to, there comes a time when hanging onto that dream becomes impractical. Recently, I had the opportunity to see the SS Catalina firsthand. She is still lying half on her side in the muck and mire of Ensenada Harbor. There is no sense of the elegance she used to have; no sense of awe in her current condition and no reverence for her essential role in the history of Catalina. This once grand and beautiful ship appears to be nothing more than a rusted, rotting derelict whose only use is as a hazard to navigation. For the last several years a dedicated cadre of volunteers has worked to try and rescue the SS Catalina. They've raised funds, secured per- mits and won hearts. Their long-term plan was to refloat the ship, repair her and return her to Southern California where a whole new generation could walk her decks and delight in her design. For years, I've supported their efforts, but it may be time to face the possibility that the SS Catalina is beyond saving. If there is no way to save the steamer, she deserves a more honor- able death than the one she's been relegated to. If the options run out on refloating her, I for one, would be much more happy if the Save Our Steamer Society used the funds they've raised simply to save the steamer from the fate of rotting ingloriously in the mud of Ensenada Harbor. If she must go, let her go with dignity. At the very least, she should be hauled out of the harbor and allowed to slip quietly beneath the waves of the Pacific, beneath the waves that for so many years she steamed across.