Centennial Book

Full-color coffee table style book chronicling Chula Vista’s 100-year history makes a great holiday gift and gives back to the local community

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (November 13, 2012) – Over the holiday shopping season, proceeds from purchases of the award winning coffee table style history book “Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress” will go to the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation to fund local philanthropic efforts in the city of Chula Vista.

cent_bookcover_final_280x361The book is now available for $24.99 at Barnes & Noble in Otay Ranch Town Center and at both Chula Vista Costco locations at membership pricing through the New Year. The book can also be purchased at Chula Vista City Hall (cash or check only) at the front desk of the office of the Mayor and Council Mon. thru Thurs., 8a.m. – 5p.m. (276 Fourth Ave., Chula Vista 91910) through December 22, 2012.

“Sales of this beautiful book can help increase funding for positive community efforts made possible through the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox. “You can give people in your life a lasting gift for the holidays, knowing your gift is also working to help others in our community.”

In 2012, the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation awarded more than $47,000 to nonprofit organizations serving Chula Vista. These awards enabled South Bay Family YMCA and The Starlight Center to provide physical activity and healthy lifestyle education for 500 elementary school children and more than 150 adults with disabilities. The Chula Vista Community Collaborative also benefitted from a grant to help Chula Vista families in crisis access needed services.

bookaward benfranklin finalistCelebrating the city of Chula Vista's 101st birthday on October 17, 2013, Chula Vista 100, the Centennial volunteer organization, announced that "Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress" by Steven Schoenherr won three nationally recognized book awards and a local award from the San Diego Book Award Association. The colorful coffee table style book is now available at a special anniversary price at both Chula Vista Costco locations and Barnes & Noble in Otay Ranch.

The book won the following awards:

• Independent Book Publishers Association's "Ben Franklin" Award – Finalist, Regional category. Named in honor of America's most cherished publisher/printer, the Benjamin Franklin Awards™ recognizes excellence in independent publishing and judges books on editorial and design merit by top practitioners in each field.

• Eric Hoffer Book Award – Finalist, Art category. This award recognizes books that capture the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, design, photography, and coffee table books. Fewer than 10% of titles become category finalists.

• Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) -- Finalist in the Regional Best Non-Fiction West-Pacific. IPBA recognizes excellence in publishing. Of 4,813 print book entries, 2,400 independent authors and publishers submitted books.

• San Diego Book Award Association – Winner, Local Interest and History. Founded in 1994, the SDBAA honors the best published books and unpublished manuscripts by San Diego County residents each year.

Eighteenth_Annual_San Diego Book_AwardsOur book Chula Vista Centennial: A Century of People and Progress by Steven Schoenherr is the 2012 winner of the Local Interest and History category awarded by the San Diego Book Awards Association (SDBAA). Founded in 1994, the SDBAA honors the best published books and unpublished manuscripts by San Diego County residents each year. A volunteer organization, SDBBA is dedicated to enriching the large, diverse, and vibrant literary community of the nation’s third largest county. 

Mayor Cheryl Cox accepted the award for author Steven Schoenherr at the evening ceremony held on June 9, 2012 at the AMN Healthcare auditorium in San Diego. The Eighteenth Annual Award Ceremony was hosted by author Bruno Leone and the guest speaker was Sylvia Mendoza, journalist and author of The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength and Success.

rohrsilverdollarsDo you remember Rohr's famous "Silver Dollar Payday?" Or the day President Eisenhower paid a visit to Chula Vista? Or when H Street dead-ended at what is now interstate 805? Relive those memories - and learn more about the people and events that shaped today's Chula Vista - during a lecture sponsored by the Friends of the Chula Vista Library at 6 p.m.Wednesday, July 20.


Dr. Steven Schoenherr will show photographs and talk about Chula Vista in the 1950s and '60s in a free presentation at the Civic Center Library auditorium. This is the third in a series of programs on Chula Vista history sponsored by the Friends in celebration of Chula Vista's 100th year. The January lecture focused on the period from 1888 to 1925, and the April presentation covered local events during the Great Depression and World War II.

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