Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Fall Fest

Fall Fest - October 22, 2015

Live music, food, games, hay rides, pumpkin patch on the beach, and much more! Join the Avalon community from 5-9pm along Crescent Avenue (Front Street) as they raise money for local charities and kick off the Fall season. Fun for the whole family! City of Avalon Recreation Department. 

For more information call 310-510-0220 ext. 231, or visit the website at www.cityofavalon.com.

Friday, September 25, 2015

29th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival

 29th Annual Catalina Island JazzTrax Festival
When: October 8th – 11th,  and 15th – 18th
Where: Descanso Beach Club/Casino Ballroom
Admission: Click here for tickets

The longest running smooth jazz festival in America features smooth jazz stars performing “Unplugged at Descanso Beach Club” on Thursday evening and in the historic Casino Ballroom on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Catalina Island JazzTrax. 866-872-9849, www.jazztrax.com

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

National Museum Day Celebration

National Museum Day Celebration

When: Sat 26 Sep 2015 from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Where: Catalina Island Museum #1 Casino Way, Casino Building
Admission: Free

American museums enjoy approximately 850 million visits each year. That number surpasses the total attendance for all major league sporting events and theme parks combined!

Museums tell important stories by collecting, preserving, researching and interpreting objects, living specimens and historical records. According to a study by Indiana University, museums are considered a more reliable source of historical information than books, teachers or even personal accounts by relatives.

National Museum Day honors America`s institutions dedicated to art, culture and history. The Catalina Island Museum annually celebrates this day by offering free admission - one of only 2 days each year in which admission is free of charge. All museum members, island residents and visitors are invited.

For more information visit the Website.

Friday, September 4, 2015

It’s the %$#&*@^ Catalina Wine Mixer! 

Join us Sunday, September 13, 2015 for the 1st Annual Catalina Wine Mixer at Descanso Beach Club! Experience the classic event from Step Brothers, full of fun, live bands, DJs, gourmet food and fine wine on Catalina Island. You don't want to miss this event. Mark your calendar! - See more at the website

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

56th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing – US Outrigger Championships


56th Annual Catalina Channel Crossing – US Outrigger Championships

Come out and see the women finish the longest Polynesian canoe race in the continental U.S., 26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon, on Saturday, at Casino Point. Then enjoy the after race Hawaiian festivities at the center of town; including music and beer garden. On Sunday watch the men start their race back to Newport Beach from Lovers Cove. Proceeds of the event go to support local charities. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association.
For more information, visit  www.catalinacrossing.org or call 858-442-2536

Friday, August 14, 2015

Group Marathon Swim from Laguna Beach to Catalina Island

Group Marathon Swim from Laguna Beach to Catalina Island
On Saturday, August 8th, Hale, his daughter Faith, 18; Patsee Ober, 65; Lynn Kubasek, 57; Roddy Teeple, 50; and Brett Rose, 51, became the first group ever to cross the channel between Santa Catalina Island and Laguna Beach in a marathon swim that took them 19:44:09 to complete.
With that record, he and his daughter also became the first father-daughter duo to do the Catalina-Laguna Beach swim. Faith Hale, a Laguna Beach lifeguard, became the first female lifeguard to make the swim.
The six Laguna Beach swimmers were followed by three kayakers and a 48-foot-long dive boat that carried food, water and offered swimmers a place to rest between legs of the marathon.
Swimmers only got snacks and rest during their relay legs. Any other assistance would disqualify the record. The actual distance was 33.5 miles end to end; with currents, wind and drifts, that distance became greater. The feat was recorded by Dan Simonelli with the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation.
Rose was the first to splash into the water just north of Avalon at Long Point Beach at 7:09 p.m. Friday. Tom Hale and Rose swam four legs of the marathon relay. The others each swam three legs.
Tom Hale said he selected his team because each member is a strong swimmer. There were stinging jelly fish, strong currents and the knowledge of recent shark sightings. The swimmers knew sharks were a possibility but didn’t worry about them.
“You don’t get a second bite at the apple,” Hale said. “With record shark sightings, I knew the stakes were high, but I knew everyone here would perform. They are strong-minded swimmers. We knew if even one person freaks out, it blows the whole swim.“
Hale, who moved to Laguna Beach from Arizona in 2004, said he has long had his sights set on conquering a swim no one else has done before.
“I’ve been staring at the channel since 2004 and thought how awesome it would be to swim across it,” he said. “Now, we can actually say we did it. We will have that record forever and ever.”
Hale said it was especially rewarding to have Faith with him on the adventure. He taught her to swim in the ocean when she was 4 years old. Since then, the duo have competed in other open-water swims nationally.
“Hopefully, she’ll apply that same effort throughout her life,” he said.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bargian Helecopter Packages

 Got time for a quick escape? Consider a sweeping 15-minute helicopter ride to Catalina Island, where an immersive spa experience or a private beach cabana awaits. Island Express Helicopters’ new “Tower Suite at Island Spa Catalina for Two” featuring $150 spa vouchers and “Descanso Beach Club Cabana Package” with complimentary water, smoothies and towels starts at $378 per person. The price includes roundtrip transportation from Long Beach, San Pedro or Santa Ana to Avalon and then on to your destination of choice, any Monday through Thursday year-round.

For more information about these and other day tour packages, call 800-228-2566 or visit www.islandexpress.com.

Article written by  Sandra Barrera, Los Angeles Daily News