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BY THERESA CUMMINGS Sgt. Steve Lewis planned a se- cret trip for his sweetheart, Brandi Tucker last weekend. The surprise destination was Catalina Island. Just over a year ago, after com- pleting a year-long tour of duty in Iraq, he met Tucker online and they've been together ever since. He leaves for a year-tong tour of duty in Afghanistan this coming fall. He entered the service as an Army Reserve in 2003. When preparing for the surprise trip, Lewis told Tucker to pack a bag with clothes suitable for Santa Barbara. As they left Encino at 3 a.m." on Friday to make it a three day weekend, Lewis headed south. "I told him he was going the wrong way," said Tucker, "and he said he meant San Diego." They approached the Long Beach exit to the Catalina Ferry. "I told him we should go to Catalina sometime just as he was exiting the freeway," she said. "I could hardly believe it!" " Friday was spent exploring Ava- lon, walking up to the Memorial Gardens and then hiking the Her- mit Gulch Trail. "We were amazed at how beautiful it is here," Lewis Senior of the Week Shelley Ann Atchison CLASS OF 1986 said. Towards the evening he took Tucker over to Lover's Cove and sat on the steps to the ocean. "I ac- tually wanted us to catch the sun- set together but quickly found out we were on the wrong side of the island," Lewis said. As they sat looking at the ocean, a flying fish glided out over the water. A photo enthusiast, Lewis quickly started snapping photos. Suddenly an Osprey flew right over their heads and swooped the flying fish out of the water. A few moments later, as the sun crested the hill behind them, Lewis proposed to Tucker. "It was so amazing," Tucker said. "As soon as he asked me to marry him, the Chimes Tower bells began to ring!" On Saturday morning, they took the shuttle to the Airport in the Sky at 7:30 a.m. wanting to see the inte- rior, and hike back to town. Favor continued to follow this romantic couple, as the shuttle came upon a large herd of Bison littered along the road at the Haypress Reservoir, and one bull crossed the road right in front of the van. Continuing to the airport, the sky was thick with clouds. "Hopefully we won't be in a fog at the airport," the driver said, and it wasn't. After obtaining their hiking permit and deciding to hike the Airport Loop Trail before heading to town, they walked out of the DC3 Grill and Gifts restau- rant. They thanked their driver for the ride and, as they began to walk aw@ the clouds gave way to blue skies despite the forecast for thick clouds all day. The magic of Catalina's ro- mantic aura followed them the entire weekend. Complimentary champagne on Saturday evening and complimentary tours on Sun- day were just another part of this couple's engagement on the Island. "We will never forget this week- end," Lewis told the Islander. "We will definitely be coming back." auNE ................................ s/2o4/2s Summer Day Camp 2011 All kids entering 1st grade in the Fall - 11 years of age are invited to join the 10 week camp for arts & crafts, games, singing, swimming & beach fun, field trips, hiking and naturalist programs. For rates & times, please call the City of Avalon Recreation Department (310) 510-1987 6/28-8/25 Summer Beach Bingo (each Tuesday & Thursday) Bring your beach chair and some friends to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00-7:00pm. Bingo cards are $1 each and partici- pants can win fun local prizes. For more information please call the City of Avalon Recreation Department (310) 510-1987 6/29-8/24 Kid's Fishing Derby (each Wednesday) City of Avalon Recreation Department (310) 510-1987 JULY 2 A Rare Personal Appearance and Book Signing by Pattie Boyd In conjunction with the "Yesterday and Today: The Beatles and Eric Clapton as Photographed by Pattie Boyd" exhibition, the Catalina Island Museum is hosting a reception and rare personal appearance of Pattie Boyd. During the reception Ms. Boyd will be signing her best-selling book "Wonderful Tonight, George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me", which will be avail- able for purchase in the Museum Store. Catalina Island Museum (310) 510-2414; www.catalinamuseum.org 4 Annual 4th of July Parade, Fireworks Display, Dinner at the Casino Ballroom The golf cart parade down Crescent Avenue begins at 1pro. Enjoy a BBQ buffet dinner & music of the USC Marching Band in the Casino Ballroom with premium balcony viewing for the fireworks display over Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce (310) 510-1520; www.CatalinaChamber.com 16 13th Annual Gold.Star Dive Skin and scuba divers search for gold stars in Casino Point Underwater Park. This event is a fundraiser for the Sheriff's Department S.T.A.R. (SuccEss through Awareness and Resistance) Program and the Catalina Hyperbaric Chamber. For more info call the LA County Sheriff's Dept. (310) 510-0174 AUGUST B/6-XO/3X Before She Was Marllyn: Marilyn Monroe on Catalina Island Born to an emotionally unstable mother, uncertain of her father's identity and shuffled off to live in the homes of rela- tives, an orphanage and a succession of foster homes, the early life of Norma Jeane Baker is hardly the background expected of one of the screen's most enduring legends. "Before She Was Marilyn" represents the first major exhibition documenting the early life of Marilyn Monroe, and exhibits for the first time photographs from not only the Catalina Island Museum's own archive but from archives throughout the U.S. Candid and often disturbing, the exhibition exam- ines in detail the year Norma Jeane spent on Catalina Island. Catalina Island Museum (310) 510-2414; www.catalinamuseum.org 8/13 Catalina Island Women's Forum Wine Festival 16th annual fundraiser featuring over 80 wineries, delectable hers d'oeuvres and smooth jazz. Net proceeds help support mentoring and scholarship programs. Tickets are'available at the Chamber - of Commerce (310) 510-15201 www. CatalinaChamber.com 8/29-8/30 21st Annual Church Mouse Marlin Invitational " Non-profit marlin fishing tournament, all proceeds donated to Catalina youth. Over $825,000 has been raised over the last 20 years! Captain's meeting Sunday, August 28th; fishing Monday and Tuesday, August 29-30. For more information call (310) 467-2371 or visit www.ChurchMouse.org. SEPTEMBER Date TBA Zane Grey Invitational Marlin Tournament Striped marlin fishing tournament limited to a maximum of 45 teams. Boasting a cash purse over $350,000, anglers engage in friendly competition over the four day event. Offshore Tournaments, Inc. (714) 258-0445; www.catalinaclassic.c0m City of Avalon City Council Notice of Public Meeting ADOPTION OF ANNUAL OPERATING BUDGET FY 2011-2012 Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the Cityof Avalon will consider: Adoption of the City's Annual Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Adoption of resolution amending moorir g fees First reading of an ordinance amending wharfage fees at 7:'00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21,2011 in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, Avalon, CA 90704. The proposed budget, resolution and ordinance are available for review at City Hall. Published: Catalina Islander - June 17,2011 CITY OF AVALON EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY - STREETSWEEPER The City of Avalon is now accepting applications for a part-time Streetsweeper. DUTIES: Under general supervision, performs a variety of unskilled tasks related to the maintenance, and servicing of City streets, parks, facilities, and right-cff-way; and does related work as required. QUALIFICATIONS: Education equivalent to 8th grade, current Class, 3 California Driver's License. Some experience in basic cleaning and custodial practices. APPLICATIONS: May be obtained in the Finance Department at City Hall, 410 Avalon Canyon Road, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications must be returned to the Finance Office by 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 22, 2011. PRE EMPLOYMENT PHYSICAL: F~equired PUBLISHED: Catalin~ Islander-June 10 and 17, 2011 AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER JOHNNY AND JUNE AT THE LIBRARY? The Avalon Library will host a musica show with Johnny Cash and June Carter impersonators Michael J and his partner Leticia Blumette on Saturday, June 25 at 4 p.m. in the library patio at 215 Sumner Ave." The show is free. They're "as close as you can get to the real thing" says the Casper Star Tribune. "Michael J embod- ies Johnny Cash in both voice and looks,and Leticia Blumette does a spot on June Carter" reports the Ventura Star. Michael J has toured coast to coast and received rave reviews at libraries, fairs, concerts and festivals, including a headline appearance at the Jacobs Ladder International Music Festival in Israel and The Freespirit Festival in Ireland. Their program showcas- es the music, roots, and history of Johnny Cash spanning six decades from the 1950s to the 2000s. 8 ': Fi'iday, June 17. 2011 The CATAUNA ISLANDER