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Amalo Brew Is Serving Up More Than Just Coffee

On school days the coffee cart has a long queue of students waiting to get a drink, food or both. Alex Malo, who is behind the counter, is quick on his feet preparing drinks and filling orders.Malo is owner and operator of Amalo Brew, the coffee cart outside the library, is a long way away from his days as a real estate attorney in Tijuana, but he is happier than he has ever been. Working the cart for the past four years has given Malo more time to spend with his wife and daughters and has allowed him to become part of the fabric of the community.Malo has his routine on weekdays. He drops off and picks up his daughter, first grader Alexandria, on his bike, the same bike he rides to and from work with a cart in front filled with products he sells.On a recent Friday, Malo arrived on his bike full of goodies. In this case it was sodas and boxes of muffins. He quickly opened his coffee cart at 11:30 a.m. and by the time he unloaded his bike and opened the four flaps of the cart he had a line of customers.The crowd starts when the high school lets out for lunch and students head over to the library in groups to Amalo Brew to get a sandwich, a salad, snack or drink. They then gather together at the tables for the break. After lunch, the crowd thins out and eventually students go back to class.

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Friday 11/22/2019
Musica Vitale Performs Tigram Mansurian’s “Requiem”
Posted: November 22, 2019

A large and enthusiastic audience of classical music lovers filled the pews of Coronado’s Sacred Heart Catholic Church on Sunday evening, Nov. 17, to hear a brilliant performance of Armenian composer Tigran Mansurian’s Grammy-nominated choral work “Requiem” presented by Musica Vitale. Lebanese-Armenian conductor Raffi Mikaelian led the Musica Vitale choir and the string section of Orquestra de Baja California in this widely-acclaimed work. Baritone Michael Sokol and soprano Laura Reyes were featured soloists.

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“2020 Celebrating Coronado Artists” Banners Series
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:26 am

The Coronado Cultural Arts Commission invites local artists to submit images of original artwork for the “2020 Celebrating Coronado Artists” banners series.

Banners will be displayed on Orange Avenue in Coronado April, May, and June in 2020. Applications are available online at or at City Hall. The application deadline is Feb. 1 at 5 p.m.

Art may be images of original paintings, mixed media, photography, ceramics, sculpture, fiber art, and graphic art. Images should be suitable for viewing via a

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Thursday 11/21/2019
Coronado Islander Girls Basketball Team Will Be Fun To Watch This Season
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 11:09 am

In one of those strange coincidences that sometimes occur, as Islander Girls Basketball Head Coach Toler Goodwin begins his 21st season at the helm of the program, Your Natterer is also in the 21st season of writing this column. So neither of us are strangers to the concept of the season preview section for this column. If Saturday’s pre-season scrimmage against University City is any indication, you’re going to like the way the 2019-20 Islanders play the game. As a favor to Goodwin, I kept the official scorebook for the scrimmage, so I can report that Coronado won all four quarters of the game handily, tripling the final score against the Centurions.

Goodwin said, “We scrimmaged against them the past couple of years and they typically have size, some good guard play and they give us a challenge. They had a really dynamic guard who graduated last year.

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Classic Hitchcock Thriller Comes To Village Theatre Nov. 27
Posted: November 21, 2019

Often listed among the greatest films of all time, Coronado Island Film Festival will present the 1959 American thriller, “North by Northwest,” directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock and starring Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason, on Wednesday, Nov. 27. Perfectly timed to provide a fun, pre-Thanksgiving family outing, the film will screen at 5 p.m. at Coronado’s Village Theatre, 820 Orange Ave.

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CUSD Board Hears Options For Changes To CHS Bell Schedule
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 11:08 am

The Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) board voted on three items and heard several reports last week. A critical topic was presented by Coronado High School (CHS) Principal, Shane Schmeichel, the CHS Bell Schedule Update. But prior to that report, the board voted unanimously on two items: approval of the consent calendar and a stipend to support early announcement of staff retirements.

Partly in response to a requirement to add 40 more instructional minutes into the current school day, and partly with the goal of adding more flexibility into the schedule, CHS has been examining options for next school year. Thus far, Schmeichel said that all teachers at CHS have been participating in discussions. He said all freshman through juniors will be giving input over the coming weeks. Finally, he added that over the coming two months, all staff, parents and students will be given opportunities to give feedback. The first such opportunity is Wednesday morning’s Parent Teacher Organization meeting at 9 a.m. in the Black Box Theater.

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2019 Lorton Mitchell Surf Fest Is Saturday, Nov. 30
Updated: November 21, 2019 - 12:11 pm

It’s time for the annual Lorton Surf Fest which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the Coronado Shores Beach. This competition is open for all ages and has an adaptive surfing division as well. There will also be an expression session for people who want to participate in a non competitive way in open surfing, stand up paddle, boogie boarding, etc. The Lorton Surf Fest will run from 7 a.m. to about noon.

Later that evening, beginning at 5 p.m. and the VFW, 557 Orange Avenue, there will be a dinner and award ceremony, with music, amazing raffle prizes and a taco truck. Sign ups, raffle tickets and extra dinner tickets can all be purchased online at

Lorton Mitchell, who the Surf Fest was named after, was a man of many pleasures, but the ocean was a special haven for the busy father, husband, brother, friend, and owner of Lorton Mitchell Custom Homes. He lived life by reminding himself and others to “focus on the positive”

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Wednesday 11/20/2019
FOL To Host Holiday Sale
Posted: November 20, 2019

The Friends of the Coronado Public Library are holding a Holiday Sale on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., on the front steps of the Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue. Items for sale include a large selection of DVD’s and audiobooks, games, Christmas books and items; children’s books, and art and coffee table books. Proceeds from the sale support Library programs for children, teens and adults.

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Thanksgiving Holiday Camp
Updated: November 22, 2019 - 10:27 am

Send your little turkeys to Recreation’s Thanksgiving Holiday Camp. During the Thanksgiving school break, the Community Center will host games, crafts, sports, cooking and more.

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