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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND FRIENDS every week - since 1914 F.,DAV December 5, 2014 VOLUME 100, ISSUE 49 Www.THECATALINAI SLANDER.COM U| L|,J John Lennon & Me Avalon High School's theater department will perform "John Lennon & Me" this weekend in the school auditorium. The play is told through the eyes of teenag- ers. There will be three perfor- mances: tonight, Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. CIMC schedule change There will be no evening Medical Group Office appointments on Monday, Dec. 1 and Tuesday, Dec. 2. Evening appointments on Monday and Tuesday resume Dec. 8, subject to availability. Clinic appointment hours are 8 a.m.- 6:30 p.m., Monday and Tuesday; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday through Friday. For more infor- mation, call 310-510-0096. The emergency room at CIMC is open 24 hours daily. On The Water Capt. John King usually doesn't care for short fishing cruises, but the shortest charter of his career was one of the most memorable. See story, page 4 CIMC's last flu clinic of year The Catalina Island Medical Center will provide flu vaccina- tions on Thursday, Dec. 11 from 9-11 a.m. and 3-5 p.m. or Friday, Dec. 12, from 8-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m. See story, page 4 Run popularity increases The Catalina Island Conservancy's Eco-Marathon is gaining increas- ing popularity. Running events stimulate the local economy and support the protection and resto- ration of the Island. See story, page 6 CIMC releases new video The Catalina Island Medical Center has released its own pro- fessionally produced video star- ring staff, patients, board mem- bers and hospital supporters. See story, page 6 'Lost Giants' at Museum Last month the History Channel sent a film crew to the Catalina Island Museum to film the most recent installment of "Search for the Lost Giants." See story, page 11 Carnival at Descanso Club Descanso Beach Club will host a Winter Wonderland Carnival this weekend featuring ice skating, carnival games, activities and treats for the whole family. See story, page 13 City Council approves desalination unit study Research to assess impact of private units on system Winter Concert at Avalon School The students of the Avalon School music department will perform the Winter Concert 20t4 in the school auditorium on Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. Admission is $5. Students from middle and high school will perform in the music program. For ore information, call 310-510-0790 for details. Courtesy photo Saturday is Shop at Home Night Event marks start of holiday season on Catalina Island BY SIERRA CALDWELL The 20th Annual Shop At Home Night will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event marks the start of the local holiday season as well as the retail business season. It's a merry way to get into the holiday spirit, enter to win prizes, ehjoy the yuletide entertainment, and have a money-saving evening of holiday shopping, while support- ing the community. Shop At Home Night kicks off with a tree lighting ceremony on the Wrigley Stage on the water- front in Avalon. The community tree lighting will start at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Students from Catalina Kid Ventures will sing a couple holiday songs and the Avalon High School quintet band will play holi- day music on stage throughout the evening. Shoppers can gather around to watch the festivities as Santa and his "helpers" arrive by Fire Truck. Shoppers Be sure to pick up the Treasure and Discount cards and hit the stores. Adding to the festivities, many of the participating stores will be BY JESUS A. RUIZ A research study on the city of Avalon's ability to handle the out- put of private residential desalina- tion units was given the go-ahead at this week's city council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Along with the study, permis- sion to come up with a conditional permit based on the results of the study was allowed and was given to Environ Strategies, which is the consulting firm appointed to con- duct the study. Dennis Jaich, Avalon's interim public works director, said dur- ing the meeting that he does not foresee the extra discharge from residential units to be a problem. "We have to do a study to make sure the excess salinity and brine is going to be acceptable," said Jaich. "And we anticipate it is." Titled a "Conduct and Impact Study of Desalination Reverse osmosis sys- tems," the study is expected to take more than a month to complete and will tell the city what length of time the conditional permits should be allowed to stay active. "Isn't there a problem, actually, with the handling of waste water at our sewer treatment plant as it is?" asked Council Member Joe Sampson. Night, Page 2 Council, Page 2 MYSTERIOUS ISLAND GOES TO CHINA Catalina's facts, folklore and fibs This Week: THE HIGH ROAD TO SHANGHAI BY JIM WATSON EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the first in a four-part series on the author's trip to China. Jim Watson is the author of "Mysterious Island: Catalina," available on Amazon, Kindle and in stores in Avalon. It's a tricky thing, and ulti- mately useless I suppose, to cal- culate the wind chill factor when you are 30,000 feet above the Aleutian Islands flying 500 miles an hour through air that is 65 degrees below zero. The wonders of modern aviation technology--clev- erly hidden by the airline company behind subdued cabin lights, comfortable chairs Watson, Page 13 Mysterious Island Columnist Jim Watson traveled to the bustling city of Shanghai en route to a school where he will attempt to study the Chinese language, Photo by Jim Watson