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Community Calendar I Princess Bride showing at: museum? Inconceivablel AA meetings resume Avalon AA meetings are resum- ing with appropriate COVID-19 precautions. Meetings will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturdays from 6 to 7 pm. at the Singing Waters Community Church, 349 Catalina St. August 5-8 ‘Fools’ by Neil Simon The Avalon Community Players are returning to the stage with their production of “Fools” by Neil Simon. The play, directed by Sean Brannock, is a farce about a town cursed by stupidity, and will be performed at the Catalina Casino Theater. Performances are at 7 pm. Thur. Aug. 5 through Saturday, Aug. 7, with a 4:30 pm. performance on Sunday Aug. 8. Tickets are $15. For advance tickers call 310-595-6714. Tickets will be available for purchased at the door. August 'First Friday Movie at Museum The Catalina Island Museum’s First Friday movie for August is The Princess Bride. Taking place on the first Friday of every month through November, the Museum will screen popular films under the stars in the outdoor Ackerman Family Amphitheater. For First Friday Films held July through September, the Museum will re-open at 7 pm. with screen- ings at approximately 8 pm. after sundown. During the fall months, the Museum will re-open at 6 pm. with screenings at approximately 6:45 pm. for First Friday Films held in October and November. A variety of movie snacks along with wine and beer will be available for purchase. Tickets to First Friday Films are $12 per person and can be purchased online at catalinamu- seum.org/calendar. Catalina Island Museum remains committed to the health and well- ness of Museum guests, employ- ees, and the Surrounding commu- nity. Enhanced safety measures have been put in place including increased frequency of cleaning services and disinfecting all high- touch surfaces, and the addition of hand sanitizing stations. The Museum encourages visitors to pre- purchase tickets and to use credit or debit cards for transactions. August 10 and 12 Summer Beach Bingo Bring your beach chair and some friends to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday, Thursday from 6 to 7 pm. Bingo cards are $1 each and participants ‘ can win fun local prizes. South Beach, Avalon, CA 90704 Info: 310-510-0220 ext. 230 Presented By: City of Avalon Dates: June 15 Sept. 2 Recurrence: Recurring weekly on Tuesday, Thursday Location: South Beach Lifeguard Stand August 9 and 11 Movie Under the Stars Descanso Beach Club 1 St. Catherine Way, Avalon, CA 90704 Watch a movie under the stars on Catalina Island at Descanso Beach Club on select summer evenings. Calendar, Page Courtesy Photo Seasoned performers and newcomers of various ages are finding joy in returning to the Casino Theater stage with “Fools.” Players bring passion to performances 'Fools’ Cast, from different back- grounds, share love of stage, I. Bin-:0 APODACA’ “ "Actors are §fiming to the “stage in Avalfii Live theater is currently lighting up the Famous Casino. Local players are returning to their passion. It may, or may not, actually be career (yet?), but members of the Avalon Players are putting their hearts and souls in the produc- tion of “Fools,” which opened last night and runs through Sunday. Whether new, or seasoned per- formers, director Sean Brannock has assembled a dedicated group of Thespians to bring the players back to life. As island residents, the players are likely known, and loved, by many on the island. Mary Schickling earned a bach- elors in theater and worked as a stand-up comic and actress for 25 years before re-locating to Catalina in 1994. Like a duck to water, she found Brannock and joined his circle of performers to put on productions. A beautiful “artsy” friendship was born, she said. She’s performed in several pro- ductions over the years and said she has enjoyed them all. She expects this show to be the same. “It’s my pleasure and my joy to be a member of the cast in this wacky production,” Schickling said. In contrast to Schickling, Andrew Quintana is a rela- tive newcomer. His first the- ater experience was here on the island with the Avalon play- ers, when he was cast in the 2019 production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Visitors might find Andrew taking them on a tour in (in his work as a tour driver for the Catalina Island Company, but they can witness new calling on stage in “Fools.” “Working with Avalon com- munity Theater Players has been a fantastic experience,” Quintana said. . Two members 'of the cast spend their work hours in educa- tion, Rich “Mr. Z” Zanelli, who is the Director of Education for the Catalina Island Conservancy. He loves working in education, but he has a passion for the- ater. He’s lived on Catalina for 18 years and has performed in more than 30 productions in his lifetime. “I enjoy performing because I like to create over-the-top char- acters that border on the outra— geous,” Zanelli said. Erica Minuto has been a teacher at Avalon School for 25 years. She has done four produc- tions with the Avalon players since 2018. But her first expe- rience came in the ‘80s, when she performed in two Avalon School productions, “Peter Pan” and “The Wizard of Oz.” Playing the Wicked Witch of the West is still one of her favorite parts. She loved being the villain, she said. Minuto said she enjoys tak- Fools, Page 13 [slim Islzimtl Wellness: tienicr masher: Del Tom maid like to invite you to visit his Wellness Center heated at Metropole Market Piece. Open Thursday-Saturday to save the coma-musty with , WWm.wéresoexcimd to amaze thaws are Tmmyfim‘daymsm ascBD Wellness “ease Stop by or contact US at 15523. “3‘33 19