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Catalina Swing Dance Festival Nov. 18-20 Originally built for dancing, the Casino Ballroom will host the annual event Swing dancers from around the world will re- turn to the Casino Ballroom for the 2012 Swing Dance Festival from Nov. 18-20. This event will feature social dancing, workshops, and live music. All levels are welcome for dance workshops. If you can't or don't dance, you are welcome to hear the live music and watch the live performances. For more information, see the web site:, www. Downtown fountain " Construction should be complete in about one week BY CHARLES M. KELLY The plumbing in the down- town fountain has been replaced with modern piping, according to the director of the Avalon Public Works Department. Pastor Lopez of Avalon's Public Works Department, said last week he expects the project to be com- pleted in about two weeks. Lopez said the current renova- tion is simply the latest in a series of reincarnations of the fountain since it was first built in the 1930s. The last fountain renovation was done in 1998. Lopez said that when the fountain was originally built, the plumbing was made of iron. Over time, the iron pipes expanded and fractured the fountain tower. Lopez said Public Works staff performed a temporary repair job Catalina Kid Preschool invites community to Nov.-7 event BY DENNIS KAISER Catalina Kid Ventures is on the move. After facing dwindled enroll- ment and mo'~ing from an Avalon city program to a non-profit opera- tion, the Island's regular preschool (Avalon Youth PLAY is a parent cooperative preschool), has some- thing to .brag about. With a new facility, new play- ground equipment and a curricu- lum that focuses on getting pre- kindergarteners ready for their next academic step, Catalina Kid Ventures is ready to share its prog- ress with the residents and espe- cially the parents of Avalon. The preschool will hold an open house from 5 tO 7 p.m. on Wednes- day, Nov. 7, at its facilities at 400 Canyon Rd next to the Avalon. City Hall and Fire Station. The intent of the open house is for Avalon residents to meet the teachers, view the playground equipment and chat about the pre- school's curriculum. "We would like to see parents i Contact the IslanderI (310) 510-6900 or editor@thecatali-] naislander com I Downtown Avalon water fountain before the recent remodel began on the fountain during the sum- mer. "It's been failing for quite some time," Lopez said. "It was leaking every night and we were filling it every morning," he said. The iron pipes have been re- placed with modern PVC pipes. The tile will be replaced with reproduction Catalina tiles. Lopez said tie project wasn't very costly as tie Public Works staff used mal~rials that were available in house, lie said he has not yet seen the cost of the repro- duction tiles. Lopez said that in the 1960s, when theso-called "crazy tile" was installd, city staff took discards from th~ old tile factory to use for the fomtain. Ventures sets open bring their children to the open house," said Lisa Colvin, of Cata- lina Kid Ventures. "'It will be very informal. We will have snacks for the kids and 3arents can wander around and talk with the tetchers and get a feel for the prog'am and our cur- riculttrn. We aremore than just a day care facility ~nd we would like to get that word cut to the commu- nity;" said Colvir. in Katie Seawright and her long-time- Construction Managemeiit at Cal. boyfriend enjoyed the evening State Ftfllert0n. dining in a cabana at Descanso Catalina has now played an Beach. " : important role in the span of three -They departed, however, as generations of Seawrights. the future Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Katie's. parents recently cel- McKenna. ebrated their 25th wedding anni- ' Katie is the daughter of Dennis versary at the Inn at Mt. Ada. and Diane Seawright of Whittier Her grandparents, Dennis and and is currently ,attending ~her - Phyllis Seawright of Avalon, spent fourth year 0fcollegeat Calif0rriia their honeymoon at the newly- State University FullertonLprcpar'.- constructedPavilion Lodge. ing for a career in education. ' Plans are currently underway Aaron: is the son. of Dan and- for a 2013 fall wedding. Jarnie McKenna of-Whittier, and Friday, October 26 Bobby Engel Rk:ky Mead Randy Agresta Gigi Stockton Dumont kuciano " Saturday, Oclobw 27 Anthony Perea David Zeller CaiUyn Canby Bob Piacentini Amelia Belsito Birthdays Sunday, October 21! Tuesday, October 30 Marlie Navarro Madbel Acala JeffTucker Cathy Plank Jeff Quesenberry Lupita Hemandez Monday, October 26 Denise Karstens Nicole Engel Gilbert Hemandez RKly Piltch October 31 Cde Monow Fred Bogenschutz Tdna Romo John Romo Maty Saldana Anniversaries Friday, October Wednesday, October31 Thursday, November 1 Sam & Karen PauII Joe & Elena Guion Cole & Kallie David Merlin & Araoeli Leyva Dessert Island 417 Crescent Ave Get a free Ice Cream Cone on your birthday! Sugarloaf Video (Pit3otas Now Available!) - Get one free Movie Rental on your birthday! Must show valid Identification / proof of birth date at each location. Offer vatl