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All the heartwarming traditions of our Annual Holiday Parade will be sorely missed this year, but the team at the Coronado Chamber of Commerce are working as diligently as elves to bring you a special Holiday Sidewalk Sale on the weekend of Dec. 5 and 6.

Orange Avenue stores will be brimming over with gift ideas, stocking stuffers and major bargains, all accessible al fresco so you can shop safely in the crisp winter sunshine.

Treasures of the Heart is offering a great gift card deal of “Spend $25 Get $30”; the more >>

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The seventh Annual Coronado Turkey Trot will go on virtually this year, still offering a fun, family-bonding activity Thanksgiving weekend. The event is hosted by the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Coronado Unit, and net proceeds benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Development Services at Rady Children’s Hospital.

Rather than one large, live event on Thanksgiving morning, this year participants can run, walk, or bike their own 5k route between Wednesday, Nov. 25 to Sunday, Nov. 29. Registration is open at http://give.rchsd.org/goto/turkeytrot, and the suggested donation is $35 per person. With registration, adults receive a 2020 Turkey Trot more >>

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The community is invited to select one of five shortlisted titles to be the 2021 Coronado Community Read. Votes can be cast online at Comment Coronado or by paper at the library, Bay Books or the Coronado Historical Association between now and Monday, Dec. 14.

Presented in no ranked order, the top five books are “The Warmth of Other Suns” by Isabel Wilkerson, “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah, “Stamped from the Beginning” by Ibram X. Kendri, “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult, and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. more >>

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Christmas holds the gamut of memories for each individual. The pleasant ones include candlelight midnight services, stockings by the chimney, favorite carols, candy, and of course, Santa’s secret deposit of toys under the tree. Too many children, however, shudder at the thought of Christmas: no stockings, no candy, no Santa with toys, no food. Toys for Tots steps in to alleviate some of those memories. The familiar organization, mobilized in 2003 in Coronado that gained traction in 2006, is spear headed by Col Michael Wastila USMCR, a life-long resident of Coronado, who devotes time throughout the year to assure the program is effective. As the Coronado coordinator, he is responsible to the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation for planning, organizing, and conducting the local campaign. more >>

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As Whitney Benzian wraps up his four years as a Coronado City Councilmember he has a deeper understanding of the City. “I can never go back and see our City in the same way,” he said of his hometown. 

Benzian, who graduated from Coronado High School (CHS) in 1998, has seen Coronado from many different perspectives. Growing up with freedom to explore the island, its beaches and special spots where teens gather, he appreciated the familiarity, friends, and independence the community fostered. As a young father, Benzian valued the safety, proximity to his parents, and community ties that Coronado offered for his young children, now ages 4, 11, 13. As a soon-to-be retired councilmember he has now seen “how the sausage is made” and he loves Coronado more than ever.

“I have experienced the evolution of the town and I actually appreciate the change,” said Benzian. “Of course we are more modern. More affluent. But that doesn’t have to be negative. more >>

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Looking for a special gift for the Coronado-lover in your life? This exclusive, custom-designed Orange Ave keychain is the next best thing to having the keys to the City!

Commissioned by the Coronado Chamber of Commerce, this eye-catching gem features a retro-cute Orange Ave logo with a gold clip hook and stylish orange tassel.

“Not only is this keychain a great gift for you or a loved one, every purchase gives back to the local businesses that help make Orange Avenue such more >>

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While the Port’s revised version of its Master Plan for Coronado retreats from its original intent to turn our Ferry Landing into a hotel-centric commercial enterprise, its revision still fails adequately to preserve the character and charm of our Ferry Landing more >>

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Monthly garden reports brought to you by Coronado Floral Association


November in the Garden – In most of the country, gardeners are winding down their time in the yard as the weather cools down. In Southern California, we’re just getting started!

Garden Prep

If you have a lawn, this is a good time to overseed your Bermuda lawns with winter rye grass. Mow down your lawn very low and spread seed. Keep moist until seeds start to germinate.

Rake out old mulch and dead leaves around bushes and shrubs so as not to encourage disease and pests in the coming months. Mulch the plants with manure and compost, remembering to keep away from the trunks of your plants so they can breathe. more >>

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To celebrate Small Business Saturday, Coronado MainStreet is organizing a Shopping Passport event again to reward the community for shopping at our local, independent merchants. Shoppers can qualify to enter a drawing for up to $250 and enjoy entertainment along the way.

Consumers play a key role in helping small businesses thrive. By shopping or dining at small businesses Nov. 28, Small Business Saturday, and throughout the year, shoppers are showing their support for the small businesses in Coronado and reinvesting in the community we call home. It is especially important this year.

Coronado MainStreet will provide Shop Small Passports as an insert in the Nov. 25 edition of the Coronado Eagle & Journal. more >>

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The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites local artists to submit images of original artwork for the “2021 Celebrating Coronado Artists” banner series. Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in April, May and June 2021. The deadline to submit artwork is Jan. 15, at 5 p.m.

Visit https://coronadoarts.com/opportunities/2021-celebrating-coronado-artists-call-to-artists/ to more >>

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After a year-long search Christ Church is pleased to announce the arrival of their new rector, The Rev. Regan Schutz. Rev. Schutz hails from Hillsboro, Oregon but comes to us from Sewanee, Tennessee where for the past several years she has served as Priest in Charge of a parish in Shelbyville, Tennessee; and, in addition, last year served as Adjunct Chaplain at the local Episcopal boarding and day school where she also taught an academic course. 

“My call to ministry is a deep desire that all of God’s children learn how to be transformed by Christ’s love in times of both chaos and joy” said Rev. Schutz. “I am particularly interested in how we as Christians maintain our integrity as a community following Jesus while growing the reach of Christ’s love through courageous hospitality. Christ Church’s dictum of ‘Bridging Love and Service’ speaks to me deeply—I am so excited to come alongside you to serve in your thriving ministries!” more >>

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A tonic for the times…

With Broadway dark until June 2021 and the hope of gathering in a darkened theater for an evening of musical entertainment unlikely soon, the talented Musical Theatre & Drama students at Coronado School of Arts have more >>

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The multi-year Coronado Newspaper Project of the Coronado Public Library and the California Digital Newspaper Collection at the University of California Riverside is complete. Coronado’s newspapers from 1887 through 2013 are now available on the web.

The newspapers are fully searchable by subject, keyword, linked words and dates, and search results bring up articles or full pages of the newspapers. Images of specific articles can also be retrieved. Researchers and people with any interest level can look up stories, businesses, homes they lived in, obituaries, sports, and even ads. Some of the newspapers include: more >>