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Catalina00 Island-Mu00mhosts.,00 flolida00Open House US Maritime Service personnel row a STORY AND PHOTOS COURTESY OF CATALINA ISLAND MUSEUM The Catalina Island Museum will hold its annual Holiday Open House from 4-7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14. The event will feature free ad- mission to the "First Line of De- fense: Catalina Island and World War II" exhibition, discounts of 10 to 50 percent in the Museum Store and a tasting in the Harbor Room provided by Steve's Steakhouse. Opening tonight, Friday, Dec. 7, the exhibition about Catalina Is- land's role in World War II, "First Line of Defense," caps off an im- pressive year of exhibitions at the Catalina Island Museum. Rediscovering the strength of their own collection, the museum began the year with "Fantasy into Art: The Avalon Casino Murals of John Gabriel Beckman," an exhi- bition of the original conceptual sketches of the Casino building's beautiful art deco murals. The summer saw the museum paying tribute to rock 'n' roll and the British Invasion with the "Gimme Some Lovin': The Spen- cer Davis Group" exhibition. Related to this exhibition, the museum held a British Invasion symposium featuring the likes of Micky Dolenz, Peter Asher and Spencer Davis and a rock'n' roll concert on Casino Point for the 4th of July. Most recently, the museum ex- plrred the'life and times of Wil- liam Wrigley Jr. and his passion for "Catalina Island. A Democrat: ic Dream: William Wrigley Jr. and boot in Avalon Harbor. Catalina Island" received much praise from Island residents and visitors alike. Museum patrons could be heard saying they "didn't realize the ex- tent of what Wrigley did for Cata- lina Island," they were "impressed by his marketing strategies and forward thinking," and were "ex- cited to learn more about the man they thought they knew." The Holiday Open House will also highlight the Museum Store. For three hours only, every item in the Museum Store will be 10 percent--50 percent off. The sale will include merchan- dise from each of our special ex- hibitions this year as well as items exclusive to the museum. Drawing from their extensive collection of ephemera, the mu seum has created custom products that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. All merchandise is related to the Island in a wide variety of top- ics such as the Chicago Cubs, Hol- lywood celebrities, rock 'n' roll. pottery, tile and much more. Members of the Catalina Is- land Museum receive many great benefits throughout the year like free admissk3"n, discounts on store merchandise and free admission to opening receptions, to name a few. The Holiday Open House is no exception, as museum members will receive an additional 15 per- cent discount on all purchases in the Museum Store. The museum's membership is stronger than it's ever been, grow- ing from roughly 300 members in early 2011 to nearly 1;800 today. Below, the US Coast Guard on Catalina Island during World War II. The US Maritime Service used the St. Catherine Hotel for a barracks. Not yet a member of the museum? "The Holiday Open House Join today or during the open gives us an opportunity to cel- house to support Avalon's only ebrate the holiday season and out museum and enjoy extra discounts accomplishments for the year with in the Museum Store. our members and the Avalon cam- be Friday, December 14 at the Catalina Island Museum from 4- 7 p.m. For more information, the museum may be reached by phone at (310) 510-2414 or at its website: After viewing the "First Line of :,munity: -s DeyirtzThompson,, CatalinaMuseum.g, :  Defense exhibition and purchas- ,-the museura S DirectOr of Devel- " The Catalina Island Museum is ing unique gifts in the Museum !,)opment and Membership. Store for everyone on your holi- -,: "We would like to thank our day list, visit the museum's Harbor :::sponsors and Steve's Steakhouse Room and enjoy the company of :f0r helping us make this such t fellow museum patrons. Located just beyond the muse- um entrance toward Casino Point, the Harbor Room will feature holi- day beverages and a special tast- ing by Steve's Steakhouse. "We are proud to be a spon- sor of the new exhibition and forward to serving the museum patrons some holiday cheer during this wonderful community event," :: said Steve Bray, owner of Steve's Steakhouse. Steve's Steakhouse has been voted the #1 Restaurant in Ava- lon during the Taste of Avalon sponsored by the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce and Visi- tors Bureau. Bray is a supporter of the Cata-. lina Island Museum and often ca- ters the museum's recepti0jas and events. I( Contact the Islander 310) 510-0500 or editothecatali- i4!igreat holiday tradition," Thomp- ii!::?son said. !?. The Holiday Open House will Avalon's sole institution devoted to art, culture and history. The museum, its digital tlieater and store are located on the g _und floor of Avalon's historic ino and are open seven days a week, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. " . .  - .1  ._ , . Ca00iina IslandRad00 Telethon A Fun Success Catalina's community radio is 100% volunteer run, and we would like to thank all the .people and organizations that helped make our first Show & Telethon possible: Bruce Knopper, John and Meghann Talsky, Michael PiaseCki, A]]yn Brian, Ariella and Triana Markowitz, Elena Lisa and Jen Lavelle, Denise Vickers, Anni Marshall, Rose Taylor. Vern Altieri, George Marshall. Butch Azevedo, Spencer Davis, Rivers Carstarphen, Jim Watson. Gall Fornasiere. Eric Huart, Lindsey Mattingly, Malcolm Jones, Richard Huxtable, Susan Offield, Shawnene Hill. Christy Lins. Steveh Woodruff, David Weinberg, Michael andJessica Camp, Glenn Robison, Alex San- chez. Johnny Vickers. Tim Martinelli, Jordan Williams, Mason Sanchez. Denise Hernandez. Tiri5 Bouey. John Avery, Roger and Laurt Meadows, Billy Delbert, Scan McA]eavy, Jessica Zumberg, Dave Thompson, John Regalado, Marshall Brown, Pat Troy, Dave Markowil, z, Mary. Stein. Frank Hein. Kent Garwick, Ryan Ramming, Catalina Eddie, Kasey-Wamer. Ken Harrell. Jessica Sanchez. Roger Connelly John Boraggiria. Devin Thomp- son Jen Leonhardi, Rick Oxiey, Andrea Honsey, Dawn Honsey, Ralph Morrow, Catalina Broadband Solutions, Courtyard Coffee, Luau Larry's, Ristorante Villa Portofino, The Lobster Trap, Steve's Steakhouse, El Gal- lon, Antonio's, The Catalina Islander, DBOS, SCI Co., Cafe Metropole, Catalina Island Museum, Catalina Coffee. & Cookie Co., Island Breeze Spa & Salon, Mean Advantage production,, Catalina Film Fegtival, The City of Avalon, and thank yon tO anyone we may have missed in this list. but not in our grateful heats. Iri case you missed the celebration of Catalina's many voices and stories you can catch a rebroadcast on Catalina Broadband Solutions Channel 29 Tuesday December 11th at 8:00 PM. Operators will be standing by to take your call. -" ...................... - ......... r- .............. THE CATALINA ISLANDER December 7, 2012 9