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SERVING CATALINA & ITS MAINLAND every week - since 1914 FRIENDS FRIDAY Dec. 29, 2017 VOLUME 103 ISSUE 52 Www,THECATALINAiSLAN DER,COM B RI[ FS" Polar Bear Swim and Plunge set for Monday, Jan. 1 The Catalina Swim Club a.nd the city oPAvalon will host a Polar Bear Swim, an approxi- mately 1-mile swim, at 7:30 a.m Monday, Jan. 1. Intermediate to advanced swimmers are invited to meet at the Casino Dive Park. There will also be a Polar Bear Plunge at 11:30 a.m at Middle Beach. Just plunge or swim the pier. Refreshments will be served after the plunge. For more information, call Charlie Canby at 310-809-0661. Sheriff's Log A local man was arrested on suspicion of three counts of burglary. See story, page 2 'Destination Paradise' exhibition opens Saturday A new exhibition opening at the Catalina Island Museum this Saturday is sure to pique the interest of island residents and Iongtime visitors. "Destination Paradise: 100 Years of Catalina Advertising Design" traces the island's advertising history from the 1880s to the 1980s. See story, page 4 Church members bring tidings of cheer Following their Christmas Eve worship services, 14 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including 11 from Avalon, went caroling in an effort to bring Christmas cheer to the community. See story, page 5 Las Caballeras members volunteer with Conservancy Instead of their traditional fall Catalina Ride week, Las Caballe- ras members and friends visited Little Harbor as volunteers for the Catalina Island Conservancy. Las Callaberas members are looking forward to the next Cata- lina Island Ride, which they have rescheduled for May 2018. See photo, page 6 Rent in Peace: Robert Machado Services will be held for Robert Machado at noon, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at St. Catherine's Church. See story, page 8 Casino to host 45th New Year's Eve event Avalon's iconic Casino Ballroom plays host to the annual New Year's Eve Celebration this Sun- day. See story, page 15 Sin Frontera will per- form at First Friday program FOR THE ISLANDER Celebrate the grand reopening of the Catalina Island Museum's galleries during First Fridays at the Museum. This evening event takes place on Friday, Jan. 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. January's First Fridays at the Museum event will feature live mariachi-style music by local band, Sin Frontera, tamales, micheladas, tequila and calavera face painting. The highlight of the evening is the opportunity to explore the muse- um's galleries, especially the spe- cial exhibition "Jos6 Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico." Mexican Art comes to Catalina Island for the first time in this exhi- bition celebrating Mexico's most prolific artist. Jos6 Guadalupe Posada's images" captured all aspects of daily life in Mexico City from 1889-1913. Posada directly Museum, Page 8 Sin Fr0ntera, a local band pictured above, will perform at the Catalina Island Museum's first 2018 First Friday at the Museum event. Courtesy photo plan showin promise for Catalina Visitor-generated is working and the data suggests ing business," he said. $400,000, a 4 percent increase. even greater results are possible According to the numbers, What was most encouraging, income increased with some tweaking, sales tax collections were up said Luttjohann, was more subtle 4 percent this year .So says Jim Luttjohann, presi- 10 percent, cruise ship wharf- and perhaps not evident in the dent and CEO of the Catalina age jumped 26 percent, transient overall statistics. BY DAVID N. YOUNG Island Chamber of Commerce occupancy taxes were up 2 per- Officials have made an effort, and Visitors Bureau. cent, harbor fees increased by 3 with the cooperation of the local Year-end statistics issued by "The numbers indicate we percent, cross channel wharfage hospitality industry, to upgrade the city of Avalon indicate that a have very much succeeded inwas up by 3 percent and visitor- broadly focused marketing plan creating awareness and generat- generated income was up nearly Marketing, Page 8 Avalon feeds FOR THE ISLANDER On Thursday Dec. 21, the city of Avalon's Community Service Department fed 50 families for the holidays. Each family received a 9-pound ham, potatoes, green beans, gravy, salad, Hawaiian bread and an apple pie. Catalina Beverage Company discounted, shipped, and delivered the food. This program couldn't exist without donations from communi- ty members such as BBK, Rotary Club, Lions Club, Avalon Search and Rescue and private donation 50 families from former City Manager David Jinkens. If you know someone who can use some help during the holidays or if you might need some help, contact the Community Service Department at City Hall. Then 1-year-old Emiliano Chavolla began 2016 by launching his first bas- ketball shot. For more pictures from the year in review, see page 9 4