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Coronado businesses help community organizer Col. Michael Wastila USMCR kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Your donations are needed now more than ever during this inauspicious period of COVID. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to any collection site from now until Friday, Dec. 17.…

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club awarded the November Spot of Beauty to the Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 655 C Avenue. Father Michael Murphy accepted the award from Bridge and Bay chairperson Marilyn M. Williams.

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This month’s Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) meeting took place on Thursday, Nov. 18, where the trustees introduced a new public comments policy, discussed the $2.3 million Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) Grant, and approved a new civility policy.

The new public comment rules require speakers to make general comments at the end of the meeting, as opposed to the beginning. Item-specific public comments are also to be presented at the beginning of each agenda item. Each speaker is allotted three minutes total. Total public comment on one agenda item is limited to 20 minutes. There is no more sharing of minutes allowed, as public speakers were formerly allowed to give their minutes to another speaker, allowing them more time to speak. 

During general comments, several speakers expressed their

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The Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) along with CoSA, the City of Coronado, and the Coronado Arts Commission are co-sponsoring and hosting the Coronado Philharmonia Christmas Concert on Dec. 5 at the Coronado High School Theater, 650 D Avenue. The Christmas at Coronado Orchestra Concert will start at 2 p.m., where guests can enjoy their favorite Christmas music like Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker while celebrating our very own Coronado Philharmonia.

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It’s the 49th Annual Coronado Artisans’ Alley Craft Fair, benefitting the Coronado Band and Choir Boosters. It is also a day for Coronado Unified School District elementary, middle and high school students to display their musical talents.

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A community proposal to “Create Open Space for All Californians – A Coronado Bayfront Park Dedicated to former California State Senator James R. Mills” is slated for hearing at the City Council meeting Tuesday, Dec. 7. This proposal seeks to provide a viable alternative use for a Port-managed parcel of vacant land located at the

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Sweet and spunky Rhea is ready to play all day! This fun and friendly girl has never met a dog toy she doesn’t like. The quickest way to Rhea’s heart is with a ball, rope toy, or a squeaky toy! 

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On Tuesday, November 30, Frank Urtasun was voted by the Coronado City Council to fulfill the city’s Port Commissioner opening as Garry Bonelli retires. Urtasun previously served as Port Commissioner for the San Diego Unified Port District from 1992-2002.

During the council meeting, Urtasun introduced himself and answered the Council’s questions, as did all five applicants for the position that had made it to that stage in the selection process. He spoke to his professional background in the energy sector as regional vice president of external relations for SDG&E and 30 years with Sempra Energy in which he gained a wide variety of public policy experience in positions such as Director of Community Affairs and Director of Local Government Affairs.

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They were talking trash at the November meeting of the Coronado Roundtable at the Coronado Public Library’s Winn Room. Specifically, attendees at the meeting and those joining via live streaming heard from Marco Topete, representing EDCO, the waste management company that services much of th…

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Journey through dreamlike visions, rich imagery, and strange worlds in a wild philosophical production by Coronado School of Arts’ (CoSA) Classical and Contemporary Dance conservatory and the Visual Art conservatory as they present Distant Realities. Inspired by the Surrealist movement in the early 20th century, faculty and student choreographers offer original dance works intended to unleash the mind and free the human experience from the bounds of rationalism.

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United Through Reading’s Storybook Ball on Nov. 6 was a festive event which brought the community together to celebrate a program designed to “unite military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud.” The Loews Coronado Bay Resort ballroom dazzled with evening wear, military uniforms, and tuxedos and the attendees filled the room with cheerful chatter and laughter. The 350 corporate executives, senior military leaders, long-time supporters, and military families gathered to give recognition to those organizations and individuals who have made Untied Through Reading the vital force it is in the military community.

The Presentation of Colors, the National Anthem, and Invocation opened the ball. Catherine Garcia from NBC 7 San Diego welcomed guests, and Sally Zoll, Chief Executive Officer, added her welcome and remarks before dinner.

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What if you could reduce the damage of greenhouse gases on our planet by simply saving food scraps? What if that simple act could undo the damage of 3 and-a-half cars?

One local woman is passionate about helping our planet heal while at the same time helping her garden. Cays resident Laura Wilkinson started composting 4 years ago after learning about the process at the Living Coast Discovery Center where she took classes and became a master composter. These days Wilkinson gives lectures on composting, helping residents of many cities, especially in low income areas, learn about something she loves to do and make a difference.

Before becoming a master composter, Wilkinson worked in the media industry as a deejay on KCBQ and KPRI and later as a co-host of Eye on San Diego on Channel 10. She has also been involved in the legal cannabis industry.

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Christmas shopping is approaching top priority, especially with the expected shortages in shops. Think about presenting a one-of-a-kind painting to those special people on your list. Art in the Park, sponsored by The Coronado Art Association, invites you to shop locally with them in December. Artists Tina Christiansen, Mary Hale, Jean Pierre Marques, Jim Nix, Connie Spitzer, and others will be displaying their

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The Coronado Recreation and Golf Services presented the Turkey Coloring Contest Awards at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

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Raise the spirit of sharing and giving with the toy drive at the Coronado Retirement Village. On Wednesday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., donate a new toy for the San Diego Military Outreach Ministry’s Christmas Store (newborn through 17 year old toys are needed). Enjoy a selection of the gourmet cookie buffet.

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Sharp Coronado Hospital is hosting a blood drive in partnership with the San Diego Blood Bank on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sharp Coronado Hospital, 265 Soledad Place. Please parked next to the auditorium.

All donors will receive a Comic-Con Special Limited-Edition T-shirt (sizes subject to availability and while supplies last).

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Coronado Public Library, in partnership with the Coronado Island Film Festival, presents Film Forum Coronado, taking place the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Winn Room. Film expert Ralph DeLauro provides a brief introduction to each film and leads a discussion afterwards, often including pointers about how lighting or camera angles contribute to a scene’s mood or propel

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Look beyond the guns and politics of ongoing war in a screening of the award-winning documentary “Where Soldiers Come From” on Tuesday, Nov. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Coronado Public Library.

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Calling all Coronado Chapter Navy League and MOAA Members. Join us at the Coronado Yacht Club on Tuesday December 7, for great food, fellowship, and fun. Cocktails are at 5:45 p.m., followed by a delectable buffet dinner and fascinating presentation by renowned expert in U.S. grand strategy …

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Philharmonia may be a new word, but it is destined to become familiar to Coronado residents. After the first inaugural concert at the high school’s Black Box in July which was supported by the library, enthusiasm mounted to build a city orchestra. With director Osvaldo Mendoza, the former music director for CoSA (Coronado School of the

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The 2021 Lorton Mitchell Memorial Surf Fest is happening on Saturday, Nov. 27 at Shipwreck Beach from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a surfing division for all ages, including and the annual non-competitive “Expression Session” for the whole community to paddle into. There will also be sever…

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The month of December promises to bring holiday cheer at the John D. Spreckels Center as we begin with our Craft and Cider by the Tree event on Dec. 1 from 1:30 to 3 p.m. This is a casual time for participants to join the Spreckels staff and enjoy an afternoon by the fireplace listening to m…

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This Christmas children in Coronado can receive a written response to their letters to Santa. The “North Pole Express Mailbox,” located at the Coronado Community Center, (1845 Strand Way), is on a direct route to Santa’s house at the North Pole. Stop by the Community Center Dec. 1-15,

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For the past five years, Coronadan Rick Shaughnessy has organized a community-wide effort to provide Thanksgiving meals for homeless and disadvantaged families. Through the Monarch School Turkey Project, Shaughnessy works with volunteers from around Coronado and Coronado businesses to get, cook, prepare, and deliver home-cooked turkey dinners to the Monarch School in Barrio Logan.

Shaughnessy began volunteering as a classroom assistant at Monarch School five years ago which is when he was first asked if he could cook a turkey for the school’s Thanksgiving Harvest Festival event. “One of the first few weeks I was there, we got an email saying that Project Connect had lost their source of turkeys and if we could roast a turkey they would really appreciate that,” he began. “And I thought to myself, ‘I bet I could get ten of my friends to also do this, so I put out the email and had 32 responses.”

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The Optimist Club Thanksgiving Day movie tradition is back this year! At the Village Theatre, 820 Orange Avenue, the featured movie is “Encanto,” a new, animated release from Disney. The theatre opens at 10 a.m., movie starts at 10:30 am. The movie is free, sponsored by the Optimist Club.

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The three-member California Interscholastic Federation Appeal Panel released its ruling on the Coronado Unified School District appeal against sanctions issued by CIF. The three members of the Appeal Panel were all members of the CIF Federated Council and Executive Committee. The Appeal Pane…

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A new, members only, social club launched this November with the focus on memorable evenings filled with music, dining, and dancing. Dine & Dance Coronado is the new and improved Crown Club which was a vibrant part of Coronado’s social scene for over 70 years.

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We are so very thankful for another successful year and in the spirit of giving back alongside side our fantastic colleagues at Coldwell Banker West, the Nelson Riddle Team will be participating in the Toys for Tots program.

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Coronado Cays resident Ellen Schulte recently opened up her shop, Brite Boat, providing a variety of boat-cleaning services and a gift shop. Located at 505 B Grand Caribe Causeway, Schulte’s business operates with a focus on environmental sustainability to keep oceans healthy and clean.

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Over 700 kindergarten through fifth grade students at Village Elementary School will participate in musician ‘Meet & Greets’ during their Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) classes this week.

“I try to bring as much diverse and in-depth content to students as I can. This program adds another layer of interaction, with time to ask questions and make real life connections with music,” said Village Elementary VAPA teacher Cyndi Fuhrman.

The program, a 25 minute live virtual field trip, features an interactive musical performance by a professional musician, an explanation of the instrument, and time for student questions.

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Nearly 40 years ago a small group of women in the Coronado Cays began an organization to help improve life for children around San Diego. Over time the organization has evolved into what FOCUS is today, a group of men and women in Coronado dedicated to providing direct support for charitable foundations and partners that seek to assist children in need locally. Today Pat Robitaille is the president of FOCUS, (Friends of Children United Society), and I had a chance to speak with her more about the group.

“When I first moved to Coronado just a few years ago,” Robitaille began, “my neighbor happened to be a part of FOCUS and said I should start out shopping [for FOCUS] and get involved.” While FOCUS raises money to support charitable groups and agencies (100% of which always goes to the foundations), members also take a direct approach with support by providing agencies with much-needed items such as beds, clothes, food – whatever immediate needs are requested that can be met. “When you go into the agency and find out what it’s all about, you find how much these things can really make a difference,” Robitaille said.

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The Coronado Soroptimist Club welcomed their newest members on Oct. 14. From left, Genevieve Rohan (Membership Chair), Lynda Wood, Lynn Kepp, President, Jennifer Alvord, Ann Nguyen and Maryke Davis.

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Nicole Paquin’s first book, “Sofia Madison and the Voice Within,” took readers to Las Vegas and then to San Diego, Coronado and Imperial Beach where Sofia Madison, or “Maddie,” spent a year with a man she thought, was the love of her life. The story, based in part on her life experience and …

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Friends of Children United Society (FOCUS) is inviting you to shop for Christmas in November! On Nov. 20, Saturday, FOCUS will be having their annual boutique from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Coronado Cays Yacht Club, 30 Caribe Cay Boulevard in the Coronado Cays.

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Coronado businesses help community organizer Col. Michael Wastila USMCR kick-off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Your donations are needed now more than ever during this inauspicious period of COVID. Please bring a new, unwrapped toy to any collection site from now until Friday, Dec. 17. Your thoughtfulness will help make a difference in the lives of San Diego County’s most needy children this Christmas season.

This year marks the 74th year of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program.

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Some of you will recall the wonderful reception in 2020 held for local artists Doris Besikof, Phil Martin, Susan Bartsch and Carol Young. The art was fantastic, the artists were fun and engaging, (laugher could be heard outside of the Center), the hors d’oeuvres were delicious and the wine f…

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Rose came to PAWS as a mom, and was a fierce and protective momma. Once her kittens were adopted and she could decompress, she proved herself to be a tender and sweet companion for her new human friends. 

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The Coronado Lions Club and Coronado High School (CHS) Leo Club held the annual White Cane Days on Nov. 12 and 13, to educate the public about the meaning of white canes and to raise funds for efforts to assist individuals that suffer from blindness or other sight difficulties. This annual effort goes back to Helen Keller’s challenge to the Lions Club.

In 1925 Helen Keller spoke to the Lions International Convention and challenged Lions to become the Knights of the Blind in the Crusade Against Darkness, a challenge the Lions Clubs readily accepted and are still trying to fulfill today. Later, George Bonham , a Lion in Peoria, Illinois, hand painted the first white cane so that sighted people who saw the distinctive red and white colors would recognize the cane users’ challenge as blindness.

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Since its introduction to Coronado Unified School District (CUSD) in 2020, the Anti-Defamation League’s anti-bias and bullying prevention program, No Place for Hate (NPFH) has taken a new form as a club at Coronado High School (CHS) for the 2021-2022 school year. Several members of Coronado …

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Monday, Nov. 8th Coronado kids came together at Chabad of Coronado for a project called: Kids Do Kindness. In the spirit of the holidays and to bring cheer to children less fortunate, the kids made and designed warm scarves and fun headbands which will be delivered to other kids in the for t…

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The Friends of the Coronado Public Library are holding a Holiday Sale on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the library lawn area bordered by Orange Avenue and Sixth Street adjacent to the Winn Room. Items for sale include a large selection of DVD’s and audiobooks, holiday cards, comic books, Christmas books and items; children’s books, military books and fine art coffee table books.

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Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF) is proud to announce Naming Rights opportunities are now available at all four Coronado public schools in support of sustainability of funding STEM and the Arts programs.

“We have some wonderful opportunities and are so excited to share these with our donors,” said Michelle Gilmore, president and CEO of CSF. “Multiple spaces are available throughout all of the district facilities, and suggested donations range from $10,000 up to one million. Naming Rights is truly the gift that keeps on giving as these donations fuel our endowment year after year.”

Legacy giving has played an integral part in building the CSF endowment. The endowment was created in 2010 with an initial gift of $3.8M from Frances G. Harpst. Since 2011-12, CSF has returned 4-6% per year to the schools from this fund. Multiple restricted and non-restricted gifts, including one last year from Jill Hardman designated to fine arts, have helped the endowment grow.

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The Coronado Public Library opens its exhibit of small-scale monuments and sculptures by Christopher Slatoff and Elisabeth Pollnow with a reception at the library from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 20. As a bonus, attendees can also check out the exhibit of large-scale photographs of local scenes in the Spreckels Reading Room, as well as attend the Friends of the Library Book Sale which is happening all day.

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What makes a film come together cohesively is the combination of people behind the scenes that create the experience for viewers. Some of them are people we don’t know so well or have never heard of, but are instrumental in the success of a movie. If you have watched “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor,” or other Marvel movies, “Apocalypto,” and “JoJo Rabbit,” there are two people that have held major roles in their success.

Cinematographer, Producer and Television Director Gabriel Beristáin and Costume Designer Mayes Rubeo, both originally from Mexico, have made a name for themselves in Hollywood by working hard, persevering and believing in the dream. Arts in Motion International Ricardo del Rio and Sue Allen Villalva are responsible for bringing the two gems to light and were honored at the Coronado Island Film Festival during Leonard Maltin’s celebrity tribute dinner Nov. 12 in the Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado. Beristáin received the

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The Bridge and Bay Garden Club will have their next meeting on Monday, Nov. 22. Guest speaker will be talented club member Nancy Baldwin. Long time participant in Art Alive for many years, Baldwin will present a beautiful fall floral arrangement.