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Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation to host "Bells & Whistles" event

Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation

The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation will share its progress on the Chimes Tower restoration project with the community at a special Bells & Whistles  event at the Catalina Island Museum. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Foundation board members, as well as view rare photos, original architectural drawings, chimes mechanisms, a song book and other historic Chimes Tower artifacts.

Foundation Chair Alison Wrigley Rusack, great granddaughter of William Wrigley Jr. and Ada Elizabeth Wrigley, who, in 1925, purchased the chimes and had a beautiful tower built to house them, expressed her appreciation to the Catalina Island Museum board for hosting the fun and informative gathering. "The board is excited to have this opportunity to update members of the community in person on the steps we've taken so far and what's happening next, as we work toward restoring this unique and historic part of Avalon," she said.

The April 5th event, which is open to the public free of charge, will take place on the museum's upper terrace from 4 to 6 pm. The featured items will then be on display at the museum through summer 2017, and the Foundation is currently looking for a business or individual to sponsor that exhibit.  Interested parties can email for more information.

About the Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation
The melodic sounds of the chimes housed in their Spanish-style tower have been heard throughout Avalon since 1925.  The Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation was established in 2013 to restore and preserve this beloved landmark for future generations to enjoy.  For more information or to make a donation, please visit You can also mail your contribution to Catalina Chimes Tower Foundation, P.O. Box 677, Avalon, CA 90704. If you have any questions or comments, please email