Wesley Howard

FOR A GOOD CAUSE. Business owners on Fourth Street are organizing a fundraiser at Art Du Vin for Wesley Howard, 2, who has been diagnosed with leukemia.

Wine Bar Cause

Art Du Vin, a wine bar located in the heart of Fourth Street’s Retro Row, is hosting a special one-night-only fundraiser for a family in need.

Business owners Kerstin Kansteiner and Jan Van Dijs are organizing the effort with help from other Fourth Street entrepreneurs who want to provide a little bit of holiday cheer to one of their own.

Money raised on Sunday, Dec. 16, will go to The Wesley Howard Fund, set up to provide some financial support to the former owners of Art Du Vin, Stephanie and Roger Howard, whose 2-year-old son Wesley has been diagnosed with leukemia.

The Howards sold the business about 10 months ago and moved to Pennsylvania, where their little boy is receiving treatment. Stephanie Howard is pregnant with the couple’s second child.

“We are organizing a fundraiser to help Stephanie and Roger to stay on top of the financial burden,” Kansteiner said about the family needing support to pay for medical expenses.

From 4 to 6 p.m., all proceeds from the bar will go to the cause, and there will be some silent auction items as well. For details, call (562) 286-4634.

Norse Cheer

The Norse Village shopping area is celebrating the season with Holidaylight the Night 2018.

Happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, the free, family-friendly event is hosted by Fifth District Councilwoman Stacy Mungo, the Norse Village Business Association and the Port of Long Beach, according to organizers.

Attendees at the inaugural event will enjoy a performance by King Salmon Band, take photos with Santa Claus and The Grinch, visit with Long Beach Fire Department officials riding on a vintage truck, and see the shopping center’s recently unveiled festoon lighting and recent road improvements.

Free parking is available at the Boeing Lot across the street.

Catalina Christmas

Winter is a generally quieter time on Santa Catalina Island, and islanders say that means there’s opportunity to take advantage of off-season shopping deals and get a more authentic, local experience from a vacation away from the mainland.

The 25th Annual Shop Catalina Night launched the Christmas shopping season on Dec. 1, making way for other yuletide entertainment this month, including Santa’s Mail Box in the Shops at the Atwater (letter collection service available through Dec. 18), a Christmas Crafts Boutique at Overlook Hall in partnership with the Catalina Art Association (Dec. 15-18), and several New Year’s Eve events.

For details, visit the Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Bureau website at CatalinaChamber.com or call (310) 510-1520.

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