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_r ....................... November 24 and 30: AHS Soccer Home Games. First Girls' Home Game: Satur- day, Nov. 24th First Boys' Home Game: Satur- day, Nov. 30th December 1: Ladies Christmas Brunch: 9:30-11:30 a.m. at the "M". Tickets are $5. Call Sue for more info 310-510- 9680. A delicious breakfast, inspi- rational message, music, games, prizes and an opportunity to join friends and neighbors to celebrate the Christmas Season! December 1: Shop At Home Night Community Tree lighting 5 p.m. - Bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to Toys For Tots on the Wrigley Stage. December 3: KISL 88.7 FM presents a Community Radio Tele- thon Dec. 3:7-9 p.m. Music, Laughs, Friends, and much more. For more info: kisla- December 6-8: AHS Theatre Production: Dec. 6-8th, 7 p.m., AHS Auditorium December 7: "First Line of De- fense: Catalina Island and World War II" exhibit opens at the Cata- lina IslandMuseum on the 71st an- niversary of Pearl Harbor Friday, Dec. 7, 6-9 p.m. www.catalinamu- December 8: Christmas Tree Sales Order now at Avalon Com- munity Church. Pick up Saturday, Dec.8th More info: (310) 510-1889 December 8: Catalina Kick- off Classic 7 p.m. at Joe Machado Field Avaloh will-host the Pacific West Football League champion SoCal Coyotes, for the First Annu- al Catalina Kickoff Classic against the Arizona Flying Dutchmen. The SoCal Coyotes, champi- ons of the Pacific West Football League, are a AAA Professional Franchise located in Southern California. Quarterback Nate Lewis and Head Coach J. David Miller are the Western Football News Player and Coach of the Year. December 8: Catalina Film Society Screening at the Hotel Metropole Conference Room December 9: Holiday Celebra- tions Cooking Class at The M Res- taurant New recipes and techniques for simple, elegant dishes for your hol- iday gatherings: (310) 510-8404 or www.zestcateringcata! December 10 and 13: AHS WINTER CONCERT Elementary: 12/10, Casino Theatre Secondary: 12/13, AHS Audi- torium December 14: MUSEUM OPEN HOUSE Friday, December 14, 2012 Free admission to the special exhibition, major discounts in the store, and a special tasting in the Museum's Harbor Room. www. December 15: Breakfast with Santa at Antonio's Caberet Dec. 15th 9-11am $5/child Bring your camera! - December 16: Free Communi- ty Christmas Dinner at the Avalon Community Church. December 23: Annual Christ- mas Parade - 3 p.m. December 23. Celebrate the Holiday spirit and join in the Christmas parade. An- nual Christmas Parade with a spe- cial visit by Santa. Parade lines up at Old Ben Park and ends at Via Casino. Call (310) 510-1011 with questions. January 12: Annual Avalon Benefit 50 mile run: Send your calendar items to editor @ Santa is surrounded by kids at a previous Shop Shop At Home From page 1 According to Griffin, the idea is not to necessarily break the bank in sales that evening, but to try and show locals what they can purchasein Avalon without having to go to the mainland. "It's turned into a local, family celebration," Griffin said. "For the merchants the idea is to get people out and into the local shops and let them see what's available. They can get discount cards that are good over the holiday shopping season." The evening starts with a holi- day tree lighting ceremony on At Home event. Courtesy photo Wrigley Stage. You may have a photo of you and yours taken with Santa. Just bring two canned goods for a food drive from 6 to 8:30 p.m. to E1 Galleon Restaurant. Meet at the Wrigley Stage at 5 p.m. for the Community Tree Lighting as Santa and "his help- ers" arrive on a fire truck. There will be strolling carolers enter- taining the crowd. There will also be a collection of Toys 4 Tots. All of the toys col- lected will be distributed to local, needy children who might not oth- erwise get a gift this season. For more information, call the Chamber at (310) 510-1520 or visit the3 web site: www.CatalinaCh-- Watson From page 1 wreck of a ship at reportedly went down with a small fortune in gems. This shipwreck was rela- tively recent and, like the Ning Po, we know just exactly where it is. Problem is, its "treasure"---- which was reported to be $67,000 in precious gems---has never been found. As is often the case with these kinds of stories, no one is sure there ever was a treasure. The Valiant was a palatial 147- foot long mega yacht owned by a wealthy San Francisco auto deal- ership owner named Charles S. Howard. In later years, he padded his considerable fortune by dab- bling in thoroughbred horse racing and was at one time the owner of the legendary Seabiscuit. On the evening of Saturday, Dec. 13, 1930, after completing a 7,500-mile cruise around the Pacific, the Valiant found herself anchored comfortably in Descanso Bay. Howard was entertain- ing dinner guests when the lights on the vessel began to flicker and even momentarily went out. At the same time, members of Howard's crew were below in their quarters playing cards. Noticing the flickering lights, the crewman in charge of the gen- erator threw down his hand and went to the engine room to see Jim Watson Columnist what was up. Seeing the generator was out of fuel, he opened a fuel valve and restarted the motor. The lights on the ship im- mediately came back on and there was no doubt a smattering of chuckling and sighs of relief in the main cabin amid the sounds of silverware clinking on fine china. As for the engine room worker, he must have had quite a hand waiting for him back in his quarters, for he made the crucial mistake of for- getting to shut off the fuel valve before returning to the game. The gasoline continued to flow until it began spilling from the tank, run- ning along the deck and into the scuppers. Soon, the fumes from the gasoline met the inevitable spark, causing a massive explo- sion and ripping open the side of the yacht. Howard himself immediately raced to the galley where he res- cued a galley hand from under a pile of debris, seriously burning his own hands in the process. As the crew and passengers were abandoning ship, another ex- plosion blew apart a portion of the wheel house, destroying a dinghy in the process. Attempts to put the fire out were futile and an attempt was made by the Avalon Harbormaster to tow the ship into deeper water, but a third explosion parted the tow line. The ship burned for another three days and began to sink dur- ing another attempt to tow the yacht to deeper waters. The ship finally went down in about 90 feet of water Where she rests today, a popular destination for local SCU- BA divers. As for the supposed treasure on board, two salvage attempts were made, one in 1932 and another in 1957. But outside of a few Curi- ous curios, nothing of value was found. Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores all over Avalon" CALL FOR ENTRIES Submit your photograph, graphic or art of CataLina. If we use it for a cover, you'LL get a free one year subscription to the IsLander and recognition. SEND High resolution digital JPEG fites-300dpi min.-via emai[ to ed Must be original artwork. 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