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From page 1 opportunity to explore the muse- um's popular special exhibition, Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair. As Hollywood gossiped about Charlie Chaplin's scandalous relationship with a young actress named Paulette Goddard, the two would often escape to Catalina Island. This exhibition delves into their life and love for the island. "By offering free admis- sion in celebration of National Museum Day each year, we broad- en our audience and grow our membership base," said Devin Thompson the museum's Director of Development and Membership. "We encourage all visitors and residents to visit the Catalina Island Museum on September 27th to show their support for the island's only institution dedicated to the arts, culture and rich history of Santa Catalina Island." Across the nation, museums are regarded as valuable community members. A National Endowment for the Arts report states, "Arts and culture contribute to the over- all health and welfare of commu- nities by stimulating civic partici- pation, building social and human capital, and serving as assets that contribute to local economies and support other community-build- ing processes" The Catalina Island Museum's celebration of National Museum Photo far left: Guests enjoy the Catalina Island Museum's exhibit. Photo left: Paulette Goddard and Charlie Chaplin from the museum's popular special exhibition, Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret Love Affair. Day takes place on Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission to the muse- um will be free of charge for the entire day. The Catalina Island Museum is Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital the- ater and store are located on the ground floor of Avalon's historic Casino and are open 7 days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: CatalinaMuseum.org. Steps to take to add drops to the bucket we all share BY MICHAEL M. OBRADOVlTCH II, ESQ. This week we are going to shift our attention outdoors and discuss how we can make the exteriors and landscape of our homes more water-usage friendly. Estimates show that 57 percent of our water use as homeowners is utilized for landscaping and exte- rior use. Nationwide, we use some 9 billion gallons daily for land- scaping and other exterior uses. What's more troubling is that experts estimate that roughly 50 percent of this water use goes to waste from evaporation, wind, or runoff due to inefficient watering methods and systems that result in the over-watering of our land- scapes. The following are some tips on curbing outdoor water waste, developing greener and more drought-tolerant landscaping, sav- Beautiful 3o' Corsario Available fbr Charter ~f Sunset Cruises Wildlife Cruises Fist-ring Trips Trips to Isthmus 233 Sumner Avenue (310) 510-9117 Across from Mini-Golf Course Or design your own experience on a fully equipped vessel with cabin, restroorn, and satellite TV corsRr|{) charters 424.738.0080 corsariocatalina.com captbevins@corsariocatalina.com ing money and maintaining your home's appeal. First, check your sprin- kler system. Fix leaks and/or broken/clogged sprinkler heads. Keep in mind that a leak as small as the tip of a pen can waste as much as 6,300 gallons of water per month. A broken sprinkler can waste roughly 25,000 gallons and cost you over $90 in a six- month period. Be sure to check out-of-sight sprinklers; Water in the early morning or evening. It will reduce signifi- cant water loss due to evaporation. Adjust your sprinklers to keep driveway; Try using concrete pavers and stones mulched around with gravel. This will result in less runoff and promote more effi- cient absorption of watering and rainfall; Upgrade to "smart" irriga- tion controllers. These controller typically rely on local weather and landscape conditions in addition to moisture and rain sensors to reduce unnecessary over-water- ing. This upgrade can reduce irrigation usages by as much as 15 percent or roughly 8,800 gallons of water per year; irrigation including "raindrop," "drip" or "bubbler" type rotating sprinkler heads. These sprinklers deliver water slower thus allow- ing it to soak deeper into the soil. In the process, less water is lost through evaporation. Micro-irri- gation systems use between 20 to 50 percent less water than conven- tional pop-up sprinkler systems and can save as much as 30,000 gallons per year; Mulch is your friend. Use two to three inches of mulch to suppress weeds and keep the soil moist. By using mulch in your beds and planters, you can dra- matically cut down on water use; Minimize or eliminate fertil- izer wherever possible. Fertilizer tends to encourages new and thirsty growth that requires addi- tional water; Almost all plants found in a nursery can survive on less water than we provide. The next time you give your yard a face-lift, use native drought-tolerant plants. They typically have fuzzy leaves that prevent evaporation or suc- Conserve, Page 10 from watering thZ sidewalk or .,Considerimp!ementingmicro- Catalina Islander wantstohear your I local stories, past and present. And if you aant to express your opinion on a local issue, or have some information your wish to pass Come Visit Diangd to our readers, please step up to the mic. 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