Catalina Buzz – July 17, 2015

on July 17, 2015

Catalina Buzz

This Week on Catalina

Events between July 17 – 23, 2015


Special Events This Week
July 18: Beach Bingo – Head down to South Beach by the lifeguard stand and enjoy an evening of family fun.  Local prizes including lunch at Coney Island and breakfast at Catalina Coffee & Cookie Co. are common prizes.  There are also some fun adventure prizes, like kayak rentals and parasail flights.  6 PM – 7 PM.  $1 per card – good for all rounds of bingo.


July 18: Hands-on Art Seminar at the Avalon Library.  Free series of classes for people of all ages.  All supplies are provided.  10 AM – 12 PM. Call the Avalon Library, located at 215 Sumner Avenue, at 310.510.1050 for more details.


July 19: National Daquiri Day


July 20: Fortune Cookie Day


July 20: Movie on the Beach: Watch Journey 2 the Mysterious Island, starring Josh Hucherson & Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson from your beach chair, towel or blanket.  Sponsored by Catalina CHOICES – this is a family friend & FREE event.  Movie starts at 8 PM (or when it’s dark enough – whichever comes first).  Bring some cash to purchase snacks & popcorn.  South Beach – across from Luau Larry’s.


July 21:CPUC Information Meeting: Water Tariffs & Water Allocation – 3 PM, City Council Chambers at City Hall.


July 21:Avalon City Council Meeting – 5 PM, City Council Chambers at City Hall.


July 22:Avalon Planning Commission Meeting – 6 PM, City Council Chambers at City Hall.


July 23: National Hot Dog Day


July 23: National Vanilla Ice Cream Day


Ongoing Events
Movie (7/17 – 7/23): Minions, starring Sandra Bullock, Rated PG-13, 100 min.  Here for a 2nd week.
Museum Exhibition: Escape to Catalina:  Hollywood’s Biggest Stars on Catalina
Mornings at the Nursery:  Explore and help at the same time – go into the interior of Catalina on Thursday mornings to volunteer at the Native Plant Nursery.
Naturalist Led Hikes:  Experience the Wrigley Memorial & Botanical Gardens and beyond.  These are two great summer offerings from the Catalina Island Conservancy.  On Tuesdays & Saturdays, join in on the Garden to Sky Hike (10:30AM, 2 hours, 2.4 miles, $12 – adults, $8 – children, includes admission to the Gardens).  Friday – Tuesday, take a tour of the Gardens ( 9:30 AM, 45 minutes, Complimentary with your paid admission to the Gardens).
Open Mic Night at the Locker Room:  Join as an artist or a spectator. Ron Johnson and Portia Denning host some of the best live music in town.  9 pm – midnight, Thursday Evenings.

Coming up in July

24: National Tequila Day
25: Beach Bingo
25: Summer Concert Series on Wrigley Stage – Xceptional Dance!
25: Art Class at the Avalon Library – 10AM – 12 PM – FREE
26: National Coffee Milkshake Day
27: Lip Sync Contest – Wrigley Stage
28: Beach Bingo
28: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – 5:30PM – Basketball Courts by the Beach
28: National Milk Chocolate Day
29: Kids Fishing Derby
30: Beach Bingo
31: Cotton Candy Day
31: Castaway Concert at Descanso Beach – The Red NOT Chili Peppers & Everett Coast


In the Upcoming Months….

1: National Mustard Day
1: IPA Day
1: Beach Bingo
1: Something at The Locker Room
3: National Watermelon Day
3: Movie on the Beach: Annie
4: Beach Bingo
5: Kids Fishing Derby
6: Beach Bingo
7-9: The M by Zest! presents Southwestern Cuisine
8: Beach Bingo
8: Summer Concert Series on Wrigley Stage #8
10: National S’mores Day
10: Lip Sync Contest – Wrigley Stage
11: Beach Bingo
12: Kids Fishing Derby
12: Catalina Film Society
13: Beach Bingo
13: National Filet Mignon Day
14: National Creamsicle Day
15: Memorial service for Packy Offield – Casino Ballroom – 4PM – 7PM
15: Julia Child’s Birthday
15:Catalina Marineros Hike
15: Beach Bingo
15: Art Class at the Avalon Library – 10AM – 12PM – FREE
16: Bratwurst Day
16: National Rum Day
17: Movie on the Beach: Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
18: Beach Bingo
19: Kids Fishing Derby
20: Beach Bingo
22: Beach Bingo
22: Summer Concert Series on Wrigley Stage #9
24: Lip Sync Contest – Wrigley Stage
25: 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – 5:30PM – Basketball Courts by the Beach
25: Beach Bingo
25: Whiskey Sour Day
26: Kids Fishing Derby
27: Beach Bingo
27: Banana Lover’s Day
28: National Cherry Turnover Day
29: Catalina Island Conservancy Island Circumnavigation
29: Beach Bingo
31: International Bacon Day
31: Eat Outside Day
31: Movie on the Beach: Frozen (Sing Along)


September 2015
4-6: The M by Zest! presents “Savoring Summer” celebrating Labor Day Weekend
5: Something at The Locker Room
6: National Coffee Ice Cream Day
6: Summer Concert Series on Wrigley Stage #10
7: Labor Day
7: Jimmy Walker Buffalo Chip Toss in Two Harbors
12: 56th Annual Outrigger Championships
12: Catalina Wine Festival
12: Aero Club Social Fly-In
12: Microbrew Festival in Two Harbors
13: 56th Annual Outrigger Championships
13: Grandparents Day
18-21: 57th Annual Catalina Art Festival
20: National Rum Punch Day
22: National Ice Cream Cone Day
23: National White Chocolate Day
24-27: Catalina Film Festival
26: National Museum Day
28: Drink Beer Day
29: National Coffee Day


Events in Bold are food events – just for all of our foodies out there.  We will continue to update the list of events and happenings every week.  Don’t see your event here?  Email us to share your Catalina/Avalon events.  We’re happy to share!


This Week’s Tasty Travel Tip

Tasty Travel Tip #20 – Get Up Close To…  Your Toilet: This is one of our favorite suggestions.  You might hear tour guides or long time locals suggest this odd and very cool “Only in Avalon” activity:

Late at night, once the sun has gone down, go into the bathroom, pull down all the shades and turn off all the lights so it’s nice and dark.  Get your head real close up to your toilet bowl after you’ve let your eyes adjust to the change in light.  Lean in real close…  then flush!  Flush, that’s right, we said flush.  See anything?  Perhaps a light flash of blue/green glowing goodness?  Welcome to the science of toilets in Avalon.

Late at night, once the sun has gone down, go into the bathroom, pull down all the shades and turn off all the lights so it’s nice and dark.

The sparkle or quick flash you are seeing is caused by organisms called dinoflagellates.  In the 1970s, the city of Avalon switched to saltwater toilets in an effort to save precious freshwater resources (the city wide fire suppression system is saltwater, too).  This means that the water in your toilet bowl in Avalon is more than likely saltwater straight from the ocean.  Lots of things live in the ocean, including microscopic organisms that let off light when they are agitated.

We were hoping to share a video of this phenomena, however even the light of a cell phone makes it difficult to see this occurrence.  We’ve scoured the interwebs for  you and here is one of our fave videos that shows just how bright this can be.  We apologize for the swearing at the end of the video, but we love that people are getting this excited about a flash of light!  P.S. – please do not drop rocks into your toilet.  This video was filmed on a large body of water, which doesn’t have to connect to a drainage system.  Your toilet couldn’t handle it.  Trust us…



Looking for something fun to do on Catalina Island?  Join us on tour!  We offer the Avalon Tasting & Cultural Walking Tour every day of the week, year-round.  Our Catalina Happy Hour Tour runs on certain days, June – October.  We can’t wait to eat and drink our way through Avalon with you!


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