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Free admission to facility is part of anniversary program COURTESY OF THE CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM As part of the Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day initia- tive, the Catalina Island Museum welcomed over 1,200 visitors dur- ing last year's National Museum Day celebration. On Saturday, September 27, the Museum will once again open its doors free of charge for the island's visitors and residents. By joining more than 1,500 museums across the coun- try that offer free admission on the National Museum Day, the Catalina Island Museum strives to expose the rich history of the island to an even greater audi- ence. Numerous museum studies indicate that audiences increase in numbers "and become more diverse after the introduction of free admission. "We are excited to continue this annual tradition and welcome new visitors to the Museum each year," said Michael De Marsche, Executive Director of the Catalina Island Museum. "We hope that this special invitation will spark an interest among new community members and create lasting con- nections with the Catalina Island Museum." During this year's National Museum Day celebration, mem- bers and guests will have the opportunity to explore the muse- um's popular special exhibition, Chaplin and Goddard: A Secret At left: Charlie Chaplin and Paulette cruise Avalon on a bicycle built for two. At Right: Visitors to the Catalina Island Museum take in informatoion. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum Love Affair. As Hollywood gos- siped 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. The Catalina Island Museum's celebration of National Museum Day takes place on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to the museum 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 a.m. to p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at 310-510-2414 or at its website: City Council From page 1 he wanted to better understand Ben Harvey, Avalon's city man- ager. "We throw a 10t at Ben," he said. "We are all demanding, especially during times of high demand ... He's a pretty good city manager who takes things one at a time ... The cream rises. Sampson also said that the Avalon City Council intends to &B move ahead in the future, and it will become the "best interactive city council that you've seen in a long time." Mayor Pro Tem Oley Olsen, who also attended the event, said he enjoyed one study session that consisted of keeping Hollywood in Hollywood, or keeping film production in California rather than other cities like New Orleans or Vancouver. "It's an important thing for all Southern California, and us too, if you think back to the good old days," said Olsen, who studied the issues into the wee hours of the morning. Olsen wrapped his reported by mentioning the success of the Brewfest, hosted by the Avalon Lions Club. He said the event "raised $10,000 to $12,000 for scholarships." Next month the first annual Octoberfest will unfold on Oct. 25 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Catalina's South Beach. The event will feature 30 booths and allow for unlimited tasting for $60. It will raise money for youth charities and be kid friendly. Octoberfest, it was said, will also be a kid-friendly environ- ment. "Kids won't be participating in the beer tasting, but it will be kid friendly," Olsen said. "It's going to be fun," Sampson said. "Even if you don't drink, there will be non-alcoholic brews." Mayor Anni Marshall attended the League of Cities. However, she attended with some of the mayors of other California cities, concentrating on networking and mentoring. She said she also went to a Mayor's Meeting in Monterey Park on Friday, Sept. 12. Marshall also discussed the "Big One," the earthquake along the San Andreas fault that sci- entists predict will devastate Southern California. "I'm so glad to be in Avalon," said Marshall, pointing out that Catalina Island's allegedly out of harm's way. Marshall mentioned that the "Big One" would most likely dev- astate water supplies, which might place Catalina in a situation to help the rest of the state. During the council meeting, two proclamations were declared. One named September 2014 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and later that same eve- ning nine bands performed inside the Avalon Casino Ballroom as part of an event to raise money for cancer research at Jude's Hospital. The proclamation stated that can- cer remains the leading cause of death amongst children, with one in five who are diagnosed die from the disease. Another proclamation honored Luis Martinez, who rescued the life of diver and who needed a push to attend the meeting and receive praise. Tim Mitchell was also mentioned and praised, because he experienced a similar situation and saved the life of a diver who stopped breathing for five minutes. Mitchell performed CPR to help save the diver. Councilmember Richard Hernandez did not attend the meeting. I | CATALINA AUTHORS STUDIO Please join us in celebrating Catalina authors and exploring their new books! 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