Weekly Update Nov. 22, 2019

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Weekly Update Nov. 22, 2019


Weekly Update Nov. 22, 2019


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Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule: The City will observe the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, Nov. 28, and on Friday, Nov. 29, and reminds residents and businesses that some municipal facilities will remain open. Certain City departments and services are open both days, some with varying hours of operation, but all non-public safety facilities are closed on Thanksgiving Day. On Wednesday, Nov. 27, the Library will close at 6 p.m., the Spreckels Center at 12:30 p.m. and the Community Center at 5 p.m. Due to the holiday, there will be no Weekly Update next week. Here is the holiday schedule:

Thanksgiving Holiday Schedule 


Holiday Camp Thanksgiving: 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. Kids in kindergarten through seventh grade are welcome to join in the autumn fun. Register at www.coronado.ca.us/register.

  • Monday, Nov. 25, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $50 for residents; $60 for nonresidents
  • Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cost is $50 for residents and $60 for nonresidents

Holiday Camp Thanksgiving 


Turkey Coloring Contest Winners: Recreation and Golf Services and Coronado Junior Women’s Club Turkey Coloring Contest 2019 received 152 entries this year. Of those entries, nine winners were chosen in three categories and presented with their awards at the Nov. 19 City Council meeting. First place winners were awarded turkeys. Second and third place winners were awarded pies. Thank you to everyone who entered the contest and congratulations to the winners. The entries will be on display at the Coronado Community Center until Dec. 2.

Kindergarten and First Grade Category

  • 1st place: Andy Irvine, a kindergartener at Christ Church Day School
  • 2nd place: Sofia Anaya, a first grader at Sacred Heart Parish School
  • 3rd place: Izabella Gaines, a kindergartener at Silver Strand Elementary School

Second and Third Grade Category

  • 1st place: Susan Lund, a second grader at Village Elementary School
  • 2nd place: Ander Rivadeneyra, a third grader at Village Elementary School
  • 3rd place: Kent Harris, a third grader at Village Elementary

Fourth and Fifth Grade Category

  • 1st place: Van Marinics, a fifth grader at Village Elementary School
  • 2nd place: Leo DiGrazia, a fourth grader at Village Elementary School
  • 3rd place: Brendan McLaughlin, a fifth grader at Village Elementary School

Turkey Coloring Contest 


Recent Rain Event: The first storm of the fall season hit San Diego County this week. More rain may come next week. Sand bags are available for residents at four locations: First Street and Alameda Boulevard; Fourth Street and Alameda; North Beach; and at the Cays near the Fire Station. A general water advisory was issued on Wednesday, Nov. 20, for all coastal waters. It is recommended to avoid water contact for 72 hours following rain. Public Services crews are monitoring storm drains and debris that washes ashore on the bay. The City has notified the Port of San Diego about the usual accumulation of debris after the first rain of the season and is expecting help with the clean-up.

Financial Report:  At its Dec. 3 meeting, the City Council is expected to hear a report on Coronado’s comprehensive annual financial report to close out the Fiscal Year 2018-19. The City has received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its annual reporting for the past two years.

Coronado Aquatics Center: Work on the Aquatics Center and the south hallway floors at the Community Center is close to completion. The south hall floors got crystal quartz “sand” layers and the sealant layers are next. To allow for setting time, the hall will remain closed until Nov. 25. The staff will work on balancing the chemical levels of the water to make it safe for swimmers. The new heaters are in place and the installation is in progress. The work on the gas line and its connection to the heaters continues. The hallway and locker rooms will open Nov. 25. There is no change to the pools’ expected open date of Dec. 2. For more information, call (619) 522-7342.

Aquatics Center South Hallway work 

SR 75 Medians Project: The State Route 75 Medians project will reconstruct the existing medians along SR 75 between Pomona Avenue and R. H. Dana Place as landscaped medians. The City is working on adding the existing median on Pomona Avenue at SR 75 to the project. Construction is anticipated to begin on Monday, Dec. 2. This work is required by the California Department of Transportation to be conducted at night. The City will work with the contractor to ensure the project is completed as quickly as possible; we currently estimate construction will be completed in early January.


Street Preventive Maintenance: The City Council awarded road maintenance project to American Asphalt South in early November. Minor work such as crack-filling, striping removal, and dig-out repair operations may be observed as early as Thanksgiving week, while the slurry operations will tentatively start the first week of December. The City’s goal is to complete the slurry operation before Christmas holiday and restore striping and active transportation elements shortly after.

Street Maintenance Work map 


Holiday Events:  Coronado begins the City’s holiday events season on Friday, Dec. 6, with the annual lighting of the civic holiday tree and menorah at Coronado Rotary Plaza in conjunction with the annual Coronado Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade and Open House.

  • The fun begins at 2 p.m. with Coronado’s annual Snow Mountain at the Ferry Landing, 1201 First St. Snow Mountain activities, such as crafts, hot chocolate, bounce houses, and snow, are provided free until 7 p.m. thanks to funding from the Port of San Diego Tidelands Activation Program and the support of the Coronado Ferry Landing and Chamber of Commerce.
  • Santa and his elves will arrive via ferry at 3:20 p.m.
  • The Coronado Rotary Plaza public art piano will host a holiday music sing-along under the Christmas Tree at Rotary Park. The concert will begin at 5 p.m.
  • The downtown shopping Open House begins at 5:30 p.m.
  • The parade begins at 6 p.m.
  • The Tree/Menorah Lighting is at 7 p.m.
  • The Coronado Community Band Concert begins at 7:15 p.m.

All events are free. The holiday lights will remain on through December at the plaza at Orange and Isabella avenues near Tenth Street. For more information on Snow Mountain call (619) 522-7342.


Parking Meter Holidays:  Beginning Monday, Dec. 2, parking will be free in the City’s commercial corridor. “Parking Meter Holidays” will run through Wednesday, Dec. 25, this year. Parking in the business district will be free for up to 2 hours to promote local holiday shopping. Please note that most of the meters in the business district have 2-hour limits, however, some are 12 minutes, and a select few have 4 and 8-hour time limits. Time limits will be enforced. Make sure to read your meter and follow the free posted limit. The free parking was approved at the annual request of the Coronado Chamber of Commerce by the City Council. 


Breakfast with Santa:  Breakfast with Santa is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. This event sells out fast so call or stop by the Community Center to get your tickets. Breakfast with Santa includes a pancake breakfast, crafts and activities, a prize wheel and a chance to visit with Santa This is a great opportunity to get your family photos with Santa. Cost is $10 for children and $12 for adults.


Letters to Santa:  Letters to Santa Claus will be accepted from Dec. 1 through Dec. 14 at the Community Center. Send your letter to the North Pole via our North Pole Express Mailbox and be sure to include a self-addressed, stamped envelope so Santa can answer letters.


Holiday Camps: Coronado students on winter break can sign up for holiday camps at the Community Center. Campers in kindergarten through seventh grade can participate in sports, crafts, games, cooking events at holiday camp. Dates are Dec. 23, 26, 27, 30 and Jan. 2 and 3. For more information check the flier below, visit www.coronado.ca.us/Recreation or call (619) 522-7342.

Recreation Holiday Fun flier 


Ride the Lights: Ride the Lights is set for Sunday, Dec. 15. Meet at Spreckels Park at 4:45 p.m. Make sure you have night lights and helmets. Enjoy cookies, cocoa and other holiday festivities after the ride. Brought to you by Coronado's Mobility Commission. Don't forget to decorate your bike for the 2.9-mile route.

Ride the Lights flier


Holiday Schedule: The City of Coronado will observe the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays on Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1, and reminds residents and businesses that, except for the Golf Course, all municipal facilities willbe closed. There will be some adjusted hours for Christmas and New Year’s Eve as noted in the schedule below. The Skatepark will be open from 1 p.m. to dusk only on New Year’s Day. Here is that schedule:

Holiday Schedule 2019-20 

Music Festival Across the Bay: The Port of San Diego has notified the City of a three-day music that is set at various locations along San Diego Bay from Friday, Nov. 22, through Sunday, Nov. 24. More than 80 acts are set to play on seven main stages and at smaller venues at the Wonderfront Music and Arts Festival. Organizers expect 35,000 people each day. The event’s hours are 3:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 11:45 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. However, the Broadway Port Pier will remain open until midnight on Friday and Saturday. All complaints and questions should be directed to the Wonderfront hotline at (619) 356-1639. A live operator will answer this number until 11 p.m. nightly. The hotline also will offer the option of a live online chat. The festival is required to keep a log  of all complaints.



Celebrating Coronado Artists: 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 from April through June. Applications are due Feb. 1. The Commission is seeking submissions from a broad range of media, styles, and genres of local artists. Fifteen new artists will be selected to participate in the banner display. Artists who were selected in the 2019 class will not be eligible to apply this time as their banner will be displayed for a second time in 2020. For more information, contact Kelly Purvis at [email protected] or (619) 522‐2633. To apply, download the application online or pick up a copy at City Hall at 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118.

Artist Banner Series 


Pet of the Week: Jessie, a mixed-breed three-year-old energetic dog, is this week’s Pet of the Week. Jessie is a fun girl who came to PAWS of Coronado without much training but with a lot of zip. She has received a lot of training and love and she’s ready for a home. She would do well with an active adult. Since she not had much training before, PAWS will include three training sessions to help her settle in with her new family. Her adoption fee is $125. To set up a visit with Jessie, call PAWS at (619) 522-7371.

Pet of the Week


Board, Commission, Committee Vacancies: The following positions are open on the Civil Service Commission (two vacancies), Cultural Arts Commission (one vacancy), Historic Resource Commission (one vacancy) and Mobility Commission (one vacancy). Applications are being accepted for these positions. Responsibilities of each commission/committee, qualifications for appointment, term of office, and deadline for receipt of applications can be found on the bottom of the City’s Boards, Commissions and Committees page.

Vacancies Boards Commissions 


Events Held at the Library:

  • A Pokémon Meetup was held on Nov. 14. Kids brought their decks of cards, traded cards, learned how to play and hung out with other fans.

    Pokemon Meetup 


  • The monthly Lego building challenge was held on Nov. 19.  Kids were challenged to build fall themes, and their designs are on display in the Children’s Library until the next challenge.

     Lego Challenge two images

     Lego Challenge Display area


  • The Children’s Library is full of fall-ing leaves. Children are encouraged to write down what they are thankful for, and librarians are decorating the Library with their colorful leaves.

         Fall into a Book Leaves craft


Events Coming up at the Library:

  • The Spoilers Book Club will meet at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the Library to view and discuss “The Shack” based on the novel of the same name by William Young. The Mystery Book Club meets at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 25, to discuss “The Case of the Careless Kitten” by Erle Stanley Gardner.
  • Two of the co-authors of “The Knock on the Door: Three Gold Star Families Bonded by Grief and Purpose,” Ryan Manion and Heather Kelly, will discuss their new book at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, in the Winn Room. The book is about losing a loved one in combat and will touch and inspire anyone facing an unexpected, life-altering event.
  • Kids will create colorful art with tissue paper and water at the Library’s Tinker Tuesday event, at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 26.
  • Kids are invited to come to the Library at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, to make cinnamon clay ornaments. Each child will make two ornaments; one to take home and one to go on the Library tree. Everyone is invited to come back at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, to help decorate the Children’s Library.
  • Public readings of Shakespeare’s work continue at the Library at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5. This month’s Shakespeare Out Loud features “The Winter’s Tale,” Part 2. The reading is led by the San Diego Shakespeare Society and the audience is invited to read and can either take part or listen.

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Turkey Coloring Contest
Posted on 11/22/2019
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