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April is the Month of the Military Child and Coronado Public Library is celebrating with a special series of programming in partnership with the Naval Base Coronado School Liaison program, Village Elementary School, and Silver Strand Elementary School.

Silver Strand Elementary School Principal Jenny Moore remarked, “These kids are so strong and compassionate. We are fortunate to be a part of a community that celebrates them.” There are three military bases in Coronado and it is more >>

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James R. Mills, politician, veteran and renaissance man, died peacefully March 27 surrounded by his family. The cause of death was metastatic kidney cancer. He was 93.

Mills, born in 1927, was probably best known as a career politician. He was elected to the California State Assembly in more >>

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Sharp HealthCare is thrilled to announce the 2021 Sharp Women’s Health Conference, to be held virtually this year, featuring New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert as the keynote speaker on Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

This empowering virtual event includes three keynote more >>

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One of Coronado’s mainstays in clubs is the Coronado Woman’s Club, which has been active in the community since 1947. The club in town is a chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and a part of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs. The Woman’s Club also helped found the Junior Woman’s Club, which many members since have participated in before joining the Woman’s Club.

One such member is longtime Coronado resident, Betsy Vernetti. “Working together with people who like to try new things and have gone through similar experiences – raising kids, maybe having spouses who are away on duty, traveled…the people are great and the fact that they’ve been there makes it more interesting,” Vernetti said of her favorite part of time spent in both the Junior Woman’s and Woman’s Clubs over the years. “I love Coronado. I grew up in San Bernardino, so this is fun for me to be able to walk to the park and be friends with everybody … The people I have met and worked with have been great for me.” more >>

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On Wednesday, March 24, the Coronado Public Library held a virtual Town Hall meeting to discuss renovation of the library’s Winn Room. The meeting began with an introduction to the project from Director of Library Services Shaun Briley, followed by a presentation of design concepts from Project Architect Mark Steele [M.W. Steele Group], and concluded with questions and comments from residents.

Briley began by saying,“This is not a done deal... we are still listening.” He then provided background information on the site. The current library building was constructed in 1973 and renovated in 2005. The Winn Room was not part of the 2005 renovation. The room is 2,719 square feet with a capacity of 114 people, low ceiling, and poor acoustics. It has always been available for free to community groups, and events held there are required to be open and free for the public. The Library Board approved the concept of the Winn Room renovation in 2018. In January 2020 City Council authorized a contract with M.W. Steele to explore expansion and renovation concepts for the Winn Room. A community stakeholder committee was formed to help refine design concepts, and in November 2020 the project moved to schematic drawings to be presented for public input. more >>

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The City of Coronado has named John Kim as its new Administrative Services Director. He is set to start work on April 26.

Kim is currently the vice president of finance and administration for the Oahu Transit Services in Honolulu, HI. Oahu Transit Services is the public transit operator for the city and county of Honolulu and one of the largest employers in the state.

Kim is a certified public accountant with a background in governmental accounting. He oversees a staff of 50. Prior to his current more >>

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The Coronado School of the Arts (CoSA) presents a Film Festival on Friday nights in April on the Coronado High School quad, 650 D Avenue.

Grab your lawn chairs and enjoy a fun evening out and support CoSA. The quad will be open from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. more >>

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If you ever need motivation to work out, look no further than Coronado resident Aida Baker. Baker celebrates her 100th birthday this March, making her the oldest member of the Sewall Healthy Living Center at Sharp Coronado Hospital. But Baker doesn’t let her age define how much she gets her body moving — she works out three times a week.

Baker has been affiliated with Sharp Coronado Hospital since 1980, when she first became a volunteer. Over the years, she acquired more than 10,000 volunteer hours answering phones and helping the chaplains distribute the eucharist (or Holy Communion) to patients throughout the hospital. Baker says Sharp Coronado Hospital is a gem to the community and it has been wonderful for her to watch it grow over the years. more >>

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Anyone who has been able to watch the Coronado Islanders women’s lax teams’ first three games of the season can easily see just how talented a team it is. And in both their contests this week, they also proved why they might be one of the best teams in San Diego.

In their first matchup of the week, the Islanders traveled to Canyon Crest Academy, a non-conference opponent. The Islanders made quick work of the Ravens as they disposed of them by the finals score of 16-4. The Islander’s more >>

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Bay Books will be hosting local author book signings on Sundays in April from 12 to 2 p.m. in front of their store at 1007 Orange Avenue. Currently schedule are:

April 11, Christopher Hoyer will sign his biography “When That Day Comes: Training for the Fight.”

April 18, Betsy Littrell will be available to sign her poetry more >>

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The City is excited to announce that Coronado Junior Lifeguards is back. Dates for required swim tests and the program have been announced. A swim test is required prior to registering for Junior Lifeguards. The City made the difficult decision last year to cancel the entire Junior Lifeguards and Surf Awareness program due to the pandemic and restrictions on gatherings. This year, the City is able to provide the Junior Lifeguard program to those ages 9 to 17. The Surf Awareness will not be held this summer due to staffing issues. The City hopes it will return next year.

The Junior Lifeguard program will look different this year. Classes will be split into three age groups and broken down into cohorts groups with one instructor for every 10 students. Students are required to wear a mask unless in the water and pass a health screening daily. 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 >>