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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Shopper's Paradise - Visitors to the island can enjoy a night full of shopping and festive holiday fun with the 14th annual Shop at Home Night, Dec. 2.
Pumpkins Galore - Pumpkins filled Catalina's Kids Park Oct. 21, creating the island's first-ever Pumpkin Patch - a fundraising event to support the Catalina Kid Ventures childcare facility.
Photo by: Photo courtesy of Audra McDonald
Boaters Welcome at Holiday 'Shop at Home Night'

AVALON - Many visiting boaters consider Catalina Island to be a second home, so Avalon locals are welcoming them to participate in the city's 14th annual Shop at Home Night - the event that is the kickoff for holiday celebrations on the island. This year's shopping extravaganza will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2.

Participants can expect a variety of fun activities, in addition to discounts from participating Avalon merchants. Shop at Home Night will begin with a tree-lighting ceremony on the waterfront. Carolers are expected to stroll the streets, spreading holiday cheer throughout the evening.

Avalon shops will be open until 9 p.m. - and a special visit from Santa Claus is scheduled at the end of the festivities.

Holiday shoppers will be issued a discount card for their night of shopping. They can turn it in at the close of the evening, when it will become a "raffle ticket" for a prize drawing.

For more information, call the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce at (310) 510-1520 or visit www.catalinachamber.com.

Pumpkins Invade Catalina Island Park

AVALON - Catalina Island was overflowing with pumpkins Oct. 21 during the inaugural Pumpkin Patch event, organized by Catalina Kid Ventures' staff and the city of Avalon's Recreation Department.

This event was designed to raise funds to support the local childcare facility, and it attracted many boaters, along with locals. Within only a few hours of the event, nearly all the pumpkins donated by Vons supermarket were sold - to island residents and visiting boaters alike. Parents provided cupcakes, cookies and other fresh-baked goods that were snapped up quickly during an on-site bake sale.

In all, more than $1,000 was raised for Catalina Kid Ventures during the event. Other contributors included Catalina Stables, which provided hay bales, and Catalina Cookie Company, which offered hot apple cider, coffee and other beverages.

Catalina Waterfront Gets Ready for Winter

Boaters seeking 'island time' now pay lower off-season fees.

CATALINA ISLAND - With winter just around the corner, Catalina Island has begun to winterize its harbors and prepare for stormy weather. However, boaters who plan late fall and winter cruises to the island can now take advantage of lower off-season mooring fees.

Off-season discounts that took effect Oct. 15 allow boaters who pay for two nights of mooring fees in advance to receive the next five consecutive days free. The special winter rates will end on Palm Sunday (March 16, 2008).

Some of Catalina's marine facilities began preparing for winter right after autumn began. Joe's Rent-a-Boat and Island Navigation have pulled their moorings, removed end floats and closed for the winter. The end float that extends beyond the pier was removed, along with the Club Dinghy Dock and the Barbara Pearson Dinghy Dock.

While the number of visitors to the island in October was slightly lower than in past years, the city of Avalon reported that 7,152 people visited aboard boats, 1,788 vessels were moored and 35 were anchored.

While one vessel was reported lost during October, eight vessels that were previously reported as lost or stolen were recovered.

Visitors to Avalon can now take advantage of a mooring stringline for dinghies, installed east of the Green Pier. Boaters are permitted to tie up here for more than 72 hours.

For more information on mooring at Avalon, call the Avalon Harbor Department at (310) 510-0535. For information on Two Harbors and outlying coves, call Catalina Mooring Service at (310) 510-4253.

- Ambrosia Sarabia

Celebrate at the Inn at Mount Ada's Open House

AVALON - The historic Inn at Mount Ada, the former summer home of Ada and William Wrigley Jr., will welcome the public for a festive holiday celebration, during an open house scheduled from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3.

Participants can enjoy home-baked cookies, wassail and holiday carols while experiencing the beauty of the inn and learning about its history. Admission to the event, hosted by the Catalina Island Museum, is free.

Raffle tickets for a free night's stay at the inn on Dec. 3 are available now, and are priced at $5 each. The prize drawing will take place Nov. 23, and proceeds will benefit the Catalina Island Museum.

For more information, call (310) 510-2414 or visit www. catalinamuseum.org.

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