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October 5, 2012

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This year, CHOI(:]ES is proud to celebrate its 10th anniversary of providir~q Catolina's youth ond families with substance abuse prevent:ion and treatment services. CHOICES now has a new phone number: 310.848.4381 Please call for information on CHOICES services, or to find out how you can get~nvolved in CHOICES programs. Cas Fdday, October 5 AnneF Saen , 6 NBna Befae Hunt La a Fee Esteten Chav0 Tony Gonzales Birthdays Sunday, Oddaw 7 Kathleen Ponce Stan Jr Monday, Odx ler 8 Beonett Tai Sad E'arsons Tuesday, October 9 Jeanette DeLaRosa Martin ChdsAmokJ Jen Leonhardi Pare Albes Cheb Kamn I: d] Voci Fn Jy Hemandez Nondra PadUa Lazaro Jonny Thumday, October 11 Jameson Ma ew Cas Anniversaries Fdday, Octobw 5 Monday, October 8 Eddie & Pine Chavez Mary & LNa Doughedy Tuesday, October 9 & PatV 3n S ~onsored b/: Dessert Island Sugarloaf Video 417 Crescent Ave (Piflatas Now Availablet) Get a free Ice Cream -Cone on, your birthdayt J Must show valid Identlflatlon / proof of birth date at each location. 1 Get one free Movie Rental on your birthday! Offer valid between July 20, 2012 and July 19, 2013. CALL TODAY AND LET DEWEY PEST CONTROL TAKE CARE OF YOUR PEST CONTROL NEEDS! COfIITII L WRIGLEY'S $2 MILLION 'PALACE OF PLEASURE' REMAINS AVALON'S ENTER- TAINMENT PLACE The current exhibition at the Catalina Island Museum, entitled "A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and Catalina Island," explores the life of one of the world's greatest businessmen and how his utopian dream transformed Catalina Island into a world-class resort destination for the "rank and file" of America. According to Wrigley, Santa Catalina Island was to be "an at- tractive, healthy and enjoyable spot for the thousandS of wage-earners who get little chance to rest and enjoy themselves as they would like." The culmination of his dream was the world-famous Casino Building. Its grand opening in 1929 commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the Wrigley family's arrival on Catalina Island. This iconic landmark is the embodiment of Wrigley and what he envisioned for Santa Catalina. Like Wrigley and his legacy,- it is larger than life, dyrtamic and progressive - a gift to both the people of Avalon and the world. After creating this "two million dollar palace of pleasure," Wrigley arranged for nationwide broadcasts of Big Band music from the Casino Ballroom. These broadcasts origi-. nally alred on CBS and almost immediately the Casino became known as one of the world's pre- miere music destinations. Some of the greatest musicians of the 1930s, 40s and 50s performed in the Ballroom - names like Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Kay Keyser and Benny Goodman were main- stays on the island. This tradition of music and entertainment on the island stems from Wrigley .land his "brainchild" the Avalon Casino. The Casino's tradition of enter- tainment continues to this day. One of the best examples of this is the annual JazzTrax Festival held in the Casino Ballroom each October. Celebrating the 25th year as one of the West Coast's premiere smooth jazz events, Art Good and his Jazz- Trax Festival continue to attract extremely talented musicians and large crowds - using the Casino as an entertainment palace like it was originally intended. The Casino remains Catalina's most iconic landmark attracting thousands of visitors from around the world each year. The Catalina Island Museum has called it home since 1953. Visit the museum to learn more about the Casino building and the man who built it. A Democratic Dream: William Wrigley, Jr. and Catalina Island commemorates the 80th anniversary of William Wrig- ley, Jr.'s death and is open through Nov. 26. The Catalina Island Museum, its digital theater and store are lo- cated on the ground floor of Ava- lon'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: Catali- naMuseum.orgl Photos above, left, show people in an earlier era, enjoying the sights and sounds of the Island. Photos courtesy of the Catalina Island Museum. 6 i Friday, October 5, 203.2 THE CATALINA ISLANDER