64 CATALINA EXPRESS MAGAZINE 2018-2019 AVALON EVENTS April 2018 4.14 | 23rd ANNUAL CONSERVANCY BALL Join the 23rd Annual Catalina Island Conservancy Ball to raise funds for the Conservancy’s conser- vation, education and recreation programs. The black-tie event includes dinner, dancing and silent and live auctions. Catalina Island Conservancy. 562.437.8555 ext. 1239, CatalinaConservancy.org May 2018 5.5 | 25th ANNUAL CATALINA ISLAND RUGBY FESTIVAL Join the Old Boys/Masters Rugby Festival for 40 years of age plus. 310.798.5445, CatalinaRugby.org 5.19 | AVALON BALL 2018 Take a journey to the time of Hollywood’s Golden Era and dance the night away with music from the 1920s and 30s performed by Dean Mora & the Avalon Ball Dance Orchestra. Art Deco Society of Los Angeles. 310.659.3326, ADSLA.org 5.26 | 3rd ANNUAL CATALINA ISLAND CHILI COOK-OFF Join us for chili and salsa tasting, live music, beer garden and more. All ages are welcome, fun for the whole family. Avalon Rotary Club Foundation. 5.31 | 14th ANNUAL TASTE AROUND OF AVALON Attention foodies! Try favorite dishes or beverages from some of Catalina’s finest restaurants and vote for the Best Taste of the Year. Catali- na Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520, CatalinaChamber.com June 2018 6.1–7 | AVALON RESTAURANT WEEK Work up your appe- tite and indulge in a variety of specially created prix-fixe menus from Catalina’s most popular restaurants. 310.510.1520, CatalinaChamber.com/ RestaurantWeek 6.19–8.30 | SUMMER BEACH BINGO Bring your beach chair to the South Beach Lifeguard stand every Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm. Bingo cards $1 each. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310.510.0220 ext. 231, CityofAvalon.com 6.20–8.29 | KIDS FISHING DERBY Bring a rod and reel or dropline from the Green Pier each Wednesday at 7–9am. Free activity. City of Avalon Recreation Department. 310.510.0220 ext. 231, CityofAvalon.com July 2018 7.4 | INDEPENDENCE DAY Celebrate the 4th of July with a golf cart pa- rade, the USC Marching Band and fireworks display over Avalon. Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau. 310.510.1520, CatalinaChamber.com 7.4–9.3 | COMPLIMENTARY GUIDED GARDEN TOUR Join naturalists for a complimentary guided garden tour at the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden. Tours run for an hour, Garden Admission fee applies. Saturday through Tuesday at 11am and 2pm. Catalina Island Conservancy. 310.510.0954, CatalinaConservancy.org September 2018 9.8–9 | 59th ANNUALCATALINA CHANNEL-CROSSING: U.S. OUTRIGGER CHAMPIONSHIPS Longest Polynesian canoe races in the continental U.S. (26 miles from Newport Beach to Avalon) feature female racers Saturday and men Sunday. Southern California Outrigger Racing Association. 858.442.2536, CatalinaCrossing.org 9.14–16 60th ANNUAL CATALINA FESTIVAL OF ART One of the longest-running art festivals in California; fine art, sculpture, crafts and photog- raphy. Also, art auction and kids art show. Catalina Art Association. 310.510.2788, CatalinaArtAssociation.org Save the Date AVALON-SPEAK When Islanders say THE HILLS or INTERIOR, they mean anything outside Avalon. 417 Crescent Ave. On The Beach CATALINA’S BREWERY Beer Flight Happy Hour 12:00PM – 4:00PM CAFÉ Hand Crafted Espresso Latte ! Cappuccino ! Mocha House Baked Daily Pastries ! Desserts Sandwiches ! Panini Artisan Pizzas ! Pretzels