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It is difficult to imagine that it has been a year and a half since Coronadans danced and sang together on summer evenings in Spreckels Park. Coronado Promenade Concerts [CPC] is the non-profit organization that produces and manages the summer concerts-in-the-park series; a tradition in the community for five decades. CPC President Cathy Brown said that although the pandemic temporarily brought the gatherings to a halt, the CPC Board has remained active and is prepared for the future.

“We have continued to meet and we are constantly strategizing. We have a five week series ready to go,” said Brown. The 2020 season was canceled and 2021 requires flexibility with almost weekly changes in COVID-related restrictions.

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Coronado Promenade Concerts President Cathy Brown is a relentlessly positive person, who with assistance from her Board Members is prepared to celebrate the ‘Fan Favorite 50th’ season of the Sunday concert series, when it’s possible to do so. “I’m super excited,” Brown said last week. “The lineup this year is off the charts. Originally it was going to be our normal 16-week season from Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend, with 17 bands. The bands this year are fan favorites and the best. Every single Sunday there is a super fun band.”

Brown described the selection process for the 2020 Concerts lineup. “The most memorable bands rise to the surface. I have the last nine years of souvenir programs from Concerts in the Park and

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For the sixth consecutive year, the Coronado unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is hosting the Coronado Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28. All net proceeds go to Rady Children’s Chadwick’s Center, offering programs and services that provide for the prevention, identification, and treatment of abused and traumatized children, as well as women impacted by domestic violence. Turkey Trot sponsorships are now being accepted, and registration for participation is open at

On Thanksgiving morning, hundreds of people join together to “move your feet before you eat” to support a division of Rady Children’s Hospital. Last year the Coronado Turkey Trot raised $70,000 for the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department. This year’s goal is to raise $75,000 for the Chadwick Center, one of the largest hospital based child advocacy and trauma treatment centers in the nation.

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Music has long played a prominent role in the life of Marilyn Rees. The Manhattan, NY, native and Coronado High School graduate (CHS ’57) has a regular piano gig at Vigilucci’s Ristorante Monday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. “I play standards, from the 1940’s forward, partly because my parents always took me and my sister Pat Flynn to hear cocktail pianists in New York,” Rees recalled. “We grew up with that. I took lessons from a society pianist in Los Angeles after studying 10 years of classical music. That is where my soul is. The closest thing to classical I play now is Scott Joplin.”

You can perhaps tell from that opening paragraph that at the age of 75, Rees is still the