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-.d, JazzTrax The JazzTrax festival has also been good for Catalina's tour- From page 1 ist-based economy. Avalon may ber one in the charts just as he appear like Mardi Gras during the was arriving on the Island," Good summer months, but come Labor said. Day the Island turns quiet and The warm weather has also the local economy slows down. been a boom to the festival this Good's long-running festival, year. occurring as it does after the sum- "We had a little rain before the mer season has helped pump life first Thursday's "unplugged" con- and bring people and their money cert at Descanso Beach Club, but to the Island. It has also paved the it cleared up in time for the con- . way for other off-season events cert that night," Good said. "Other that also improve the economic than that it has been 'beautiful." outlook. Good said it was so nice that Good said adding the Thursday sultry, blond saxophonist Mindi night unplugged shows, formerly Abair performed most of her show at E1 Rancho Escondido and now at Descanso Beach barefoot, at Descanso Beach, have helped Abair has been a mainstay for expand the tourist base: the JazzTrax festival for many "The first weekend we had years. She is one of the musical 450 people for the Thursday night artists that debuted at JazzTrax as show," Good said "We also had a relatively unknown talent and just under 1,000 in the ballroom has gone on to major success and that weekend. Half that audience stardom. came a day early and that extra Good said this year's festival night meant renting a hotel room also has a balance of established and buying dinner and breakfast." and bigger acts. Good said JazzTrax is holding "We ended the first weekend its own as far as its ability to draw with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat people to the Island and attend the Band and that weekend wrapped festival. up perfectly," Good said. "We are all subject to some Organizing and promoting the extent to the recession," he said. JazzTrax and other festivals keep "Our record year was 2006," he Good busy most of the year. The said. "In 2007 we stayed a about first three weeks of October are the same level, but by 2009 we some of his busiest as he oversees were hit just like everyone else by the Catalina festival, the recession. What we need is for Now heading into its third and the economy to improve a little final weekend, Good said he was bit, just enough to give people the glad to catch a few moments to confidence to spend the money to relax on Wednesday, after speak- come here. We are slowly growing ing before the Avalon Rotary back." Club. Good said that as usual, the "I told them there are the three first weekend this year was light, things that make this festival spe- the second one picked up a bit cial," Good said. "The first is the and he expects this coming third magic of the Island. The second is weekend to see a big surge in Avalon's Casino Ballroom and the attendance at the festival. third is the smooth jazz music and "Our (core) audience has being able to bring it to so many aged," he said. "But many of them people." are retiring now and they have the Jazz gui'edst Nick Colionne burns up the night at he JazzTrax Festival. Now celebrat- ing a qurter century of bringing smooth jazz to Catalia Island, the concerts continue through onday. Photo bjDaniel Kinnard mone2to come to the Island and enjoy he festival. We have also been cawing people from all over the contry and further to come to Catalila for the festival. I just met some olks from Guam that came here jtst for the festival." Nov with 25 years of setting the Ja,zTrax tradition, Good said he still hasn't tired of producing the event and helping it grow. "What I really enjoy now, and it's been more than ever- this year, are the many people who come up to me and smile and say 'We love this festival. Please keep on doing it.' It's been so many now that I can't even answer them ail. I just smile and say 'thank you.'" - BY BRENDA HOEFS, AVALON PTA PRESIDENT Next week, Oct. 22-26, the Avalon PTA is teaming up with CHOICES to sponsor Red Ribbon Week activities at Avalon Schools. The theme this year is "The Best Me is Drug Free." There will be elementary, mid- dle and high school presentations as well as competitions for door decorating, Wear Red Day, and a bookmark contest. Students will be encouraged to wear their red bracelets, showing their commit- ment to stay drug free. The PTA would like to invite all parents, educators, business, religious and civic leaders to take the time this week to talk about the dangers of drug use and remind students that they can only reach their full potential without the use of drugs. The PTA is hopeful that as a community, we can all come together to support this theme throughout the year and e ch find a way to become involved and par- S onsored by ticipate in the lives of the youth can this week to talk with the stu- of our community in one way or dents of Avalon-at work, at home, another. Research shows that stu- or on street-it really does take dents who are involved in activi- a village. ties, feel supported by their fami- Dales to remember: lies. teachers, and community-are Oct 31--Halloween parade less likely to turn to drugs. 4pm, led by the AHS band! Please take a moment when ,ou Nov 2 AHS Fall Carnival Birthdays Friday, October 19 Sunday, October 21 Tuesday, October 23 Brendan Regan Jeryl Kreie Mitzi Garcia Kellen Zeller Laura Machado Teresa Brizuela Trevor Zeller Ben Castellanos Weston Leonhardi Monday, October 22 Patti Engel Joanna Chavoya Kyria Edwards Alejandra Hernandez Maui HernandezWednesday, October 24 Saturday, October 20 Chris Putnam Alison Neville-Meffert David Castellanos Herman CubilloMelinda Felix Buddy Minuto Mel Dinkel Liliana Alegria Chelsea York-Vargas Chris Blair Thursday, October 25 Keani Hooikaika Jeff Jensen Anniversaries Monday, October 22 Twesday, October 23 Rich and Judy Ri0s Jin and Becky Hinkley Dessert Island 417 Crescent Ave Get a free ice Cream Cone on your birthday! Sugarloaf Video (Pi~atos Now~voilablet) Jet one flee Irk)vie Rental on your birthday! Mmrt show ~ralfd Memltica~o~ / proof or b~h aate al ea~ location. Offet ]~ld l~ duly ;l~/. 2012anti July 18, 2013. 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