Coronado Library Summer Festival Series – Unlocking The Secrets to Organizing Your Photos – Saturday, July 26 at 1:30pm at the Coronado Public Library Winn Room.

7th Annual Bike the Bay

July 22, 2014

The 7th Annual Bike the Bay on Sunday – August 24, 2014 – The Tradition Continues!

Join the ride and this FUN summer tradition! Bike The Bay supports local bicycling and raises funds for the The San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, www.sdcbc.org, a non-profit organization that advocates for and protects the rights of ALL people who ride bicycles.

Bike The Bay is a fun ride for people of all levels of riding ability, and features individuals, families, corporate teams and the serious and not so serious bike rider who experience a scenic bayside ride and also enjoy their only opportunity of the year to ride over the San Diego-Coronado Bay Bridge. The 25-mile route passes through the cities of San Diego, Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista and National City and finishes at Embarcadero Mariana Park South with a festive celebration with food, entertainment and a New Belgium beer garden. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, August 24th, 2014

General Info

  • Start/Finish at Embarcadero Marine Park South, near Harbor Drive and Park Boulevard, San Diego
  • NEW FOR 2014 – Choice of 7:00 am (Enthusiast) or 8:00 am (Recreationalist) Start Time!
  • Scenic and flat 25-mile, non-competitive ride along the Bayshore Bikeway
  • Post-ride Festival with food, beverages and entertainment at the park

Please plan to arrive early in order to park before the ride and be at the starting point not later that 6:30 AM for the wave start staging.

U.S. Navy This Week

July 19, 2014

U.S. Navy this week – Being the destination beach town that Coronado is, a reminder, especially during the crazy summer season that there are lots of military folks who live and work quietly on Coronado, or maybe not so quietly when the occasional loud jet flies over head! Here’s some of what they are up to this week….

Coronado movies play daily at the Village Theater at 820 Orange Avenue. First run movies play in three theaters.   619-437-6161


Movies Showing at the Village Theater July 18 to 24

Planes: Fire & Rescue (PG) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (1:30), 3:45, 6:10, 8:30

Begin Again (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:20), 5:10, 8:30

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:00), 5:10, 8:30


First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka.

 

This week’s Coronado in Pictures – July 13 is a collection of this week’s activity in our little city.

Coronado Gopher

July 12, 2014

Field Guide to Coronado History: The Strange Case of the Coronado Gopher

Another in a regular series of fascinating, intriguing, or thoughtful tales about people and places in Coronado history — presented by your Coronado Historical Association

gopherDuring most eras of Coronado history, gophers have reigned supreme, easily outnumbering human residents and content to have their way with any number of bushes, native shrubs, and wild plants.

As most know, gophers are burrowing critters frequently building extensive tunnel systems for both protection and the chance to feast on plant roots. They prefer loose and moist soil for their tunneling and Coronado’s generally sandy and loamy soil would have put a smile on their faces.

Right from the start of modern Coronado, gophers were a problem. The city’s first homebuilders quickly discovered that any ownership of a Coronado Beach Company lot was to be shared with neighborhood gophers claiming squatter’s rights.

In 1897, the Board of Trustees of the Coronado Beach Company (effectively, Coronado’s City Council) decreed the first public campaign against the city’s principal “pest” when gophers were mentioned as primary suspects in the demise of the city’s orange trees along Orange Avenue. The kingly sum of five cents a head was offered for gophers dead or alive.

This may have had some effect, but when a local newspaper provided gopher advice in 1911 they sent their intrepid reporter straight to Coronado (a clear indication that we were still gopher-central). The Coronadan quoted in the subsequent article (home and garden at E and Seventh) talked tactics … from chicken wire to traps to “a crystal of strychnine in a raisin” but wound up saying: “a good cat on the premises is very useful in ridding the place of gophers.”

The simmering city-wide standoff with the Coronado gopher made news again in 1925 when it was discovered, much to the horror of the city’s Board of Trustees, that gophers were endangering expensive palm trees right in front of City Hall! Coronado’s official rat catcher (yes, we had one) was fired from his duties and the San Diego Union scandalizing the entire affair with the headline: “Pied Piper Fails to Get Gophers; Denied Contract.”

The City Council docket again involved gopher affairs in August 1930 with intrepid action ordered to formally increase the city’s gopher bounty from five to ten cents, to be paid by the city’s health service. It was assumed that the world would soon be free of the pesky varmint.

Much like most other well-intended governmental programs, the gopher bonus soon reeked of unintended and expensive consequences. Shockingly, it was discovered that city costs for the gopher extermination program were rising rapidly as many sought the advantage of, eek, profits.

In 1934, City Councilman D. H. Cameron reviewed the skyrocketing costs of gophers with the comment: “Either there’s an awful influx of gophers into this city or else somebody is raising them on purpose.” His remark came after the city had paid a whopping $48 for gopher extermination in January 1934 (480 beasts in a single month!). The city, ever vigilant, first investigated the possibility that someone might be importing dead gophers from elsewhere for payment but finally determined that was not the case (how that was determined is lost to history … but the bounty was kept). “Our outlying vacant lots are, or were, alive with gophers,” added E. A. Ingham of the Coronado Health Department.

Again, the headline writer for the San Diego Union scored well: “Coronado Smells a Rat But Finds Gopher Hunt Fair.”

Against all odds, these continuing efforts by the always-alert City Council ultimately turned the corner in the war against the Coronado gopher. The city’s gopher bounty was quietly rescinded (we believe in the late 1950s) and nary a gopher is seen today.

Importantly for Coronado history, this whole exciting episode is still fondly remembered by a generation of Coronado boys who supported themselves by buying a few traps and striking it rich! (BL)

 Many thanks to “Coronado: The Enchanted Island” and to several newsworthy articles from the San Diego Union. © CHA

Coronado movies play daily at the Village Theater at 820 Orange Avenue. First run movies play in three theaters.   619-437-6161


Week of Friday, July 11, 2014 through Thursday, July 17, 2014

Begin Again (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (2:30), 5:30, 8:30

Tammy (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Thu: (3:00), 5:45, 8:30

 


First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka.

Coronado Beach Fire Rings PSA: Play It Safe/Have Fun

The City of Coronado wants to keep and protect the Southern California tradition of beach fires but we need the community’s help. Follow these simple rules when using the City’s fire rings or when enjoying a fire on the beach. Use clean wood only; place fire materials no higher than 12 inches above the upper edge of the fire ring or container; and, keep fire materials inside the ring or container. Burning pallets, as well as any wood that has been painted or varnished or that has other materials attached, such as rubber or hardware, is prohibited. The City of Coronado is committed to maintaining Coronado’s pristine public beach and ensuring that it remains an affordable and accessible attraction for everyone.

Coronado movies play daily at the Village Theater at 820 Orange Avenue. First run movies play in three theaters.   619-437-6161


Week of Friday, July 04, 2014 through Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tammy (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Sun: (12:30), 3:00, 5:40, 8:30
Mon: (3:00), 5:40, 8:30
Tue: (3:00 PM)
Wed & Thu: (3:00), 5:40, 8:30

Transformers: Age of Extinction 3D (PG-13) Digital Presentation
Fri – Mon: (2:00), 7:30
Tue: (2:00 PM)
Wed & Thu: (2:00), 7:30

Chef (R) Digital Presentation
Fri – Sun: (12:00), 2:45, 5:40, 8:30
Mon: (2:45), 5:40, 8:30
Tue: (2:45 PM)
Wed & Thu: (2:45), 5:40, 8:30

 

Special Movie Premiere: Tickets Here

Travis: A Soldiers Story (NR) Digital Presentation; No Passes Allowed
Tue: 7:15 PM

 


First-run movies daily in three theaters, plus the monthly Mayor’s Movie of the Month pick by Mayor Casey Tanaka.

Schedule of events:

7 a.m. – 37th Annual Independence Day 15K Run/5K Run-Walk; Registration begins at 5:30am/start at Tidelands Park; (619) 298-7400 www.kathyloperevents.com

8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Art in the Park; Spreckels Park at Sixth Street and Orange Avenue; http://www.coronadoartassn.com/

9 a.m. – 56th Annual Rough Water Swim; Central Beach; registration at 7:30 a.m.; http://www.july4roughwater.org/

10 a.m. – 65th Annual Independence Day Parade – 2014 Theme “America, Star and Stripes Forever”; Orange Ave. from First Street to Churchill Place – Live on Time Warner Cable, Channel 19

2:30PM – 4PM: Adrian Empire Demonstration (Re-creation of Western European culture between the years 1066-1603) plus the San Diego Star Wars Society at Spreckels Park.

4 p.m. – Concerts in the Park at Spreckels Park; Coronado Community Band; http://coronadoconcert.com/ – All Patriotic!!!

9 p.m. – Fireworks Show over Glorietta Bay broadcast live on radio station KYXY 96.5 FM; Big Bay Boom over San Diego Bay; http://www.bigbayboom.com/

Don’t forget to bring lots of sunscreen and drink lots of water….  Have fun and be safe!!!

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