Community Connections
March 2013                                                                                           Volume 4, Issue 3
Activities blooming this spring at Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges
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Cindy Miles     
 Dear
 ,
 
Once again, East County residents and businesses have shown their support for the students of Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. I want to thank everyone who donated to Give the Dream, our fundraising event for the Dreamkeepers program that supplies emergency  grants to students whose dream of a college education is imperiled by a financial emergency.   
 
As the result of generous donations from throughout East County, we netted about $80,000 for Dreamkeepers. That's enough to provide scholarships in the 2013-14 academic year and begin an endowment for future years.
 
For more information about Give the Dream or to donate, go to www.givethedream.net. You can also give $10 by texting DREAM to 80888, or you can text DREAMS to 41444 to donate any dollar amount.
 
Thank you, East County! We appreciate your support.
 
 
Sincerely,
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District

  


Sounds of Africa at Cuyamaca College
 
Traditional Senegalese and Afro-pop music are what's on tap from 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 4, when Sene Africa, a duo from Senegal, Africa takes the stage at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater. Amadou Fall will play the West African stringed instrument, the kora, and Ibrahima Ba, the guitar. Ba's magical voice and special touch on the guitar coupled with Fall's strong presence on stage playing the kora have entertained fans of world music.
African music duo, Sene Africa  Born in 1977 in Dakar, Fall comes from a family of musicians. His earliest memories include the sounds of the 21-string kora filling the rooms of his childhood home.    

 

Ba was born in 1975 in a neighborhood outside of Dakar. His love of music began at a young age when he was first inspired by the singing and drumming of the all-blind INAS Orchestra. From his early teens, he used to walk by the river or sit near the ocean, training his voice and developing finesse on his homemade guitars. He has been the opening act for such well-known musicians from West Africa as Baaba Maal.

 

Tickets are $8 for general admission; $5 for students and seniors. Free parking is available in student lots.

 

Cuyamaca College is at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in the community of Rancho San Diego.

Theatrical fundraisers for Grossmont 

 Two theatrical productions, "Judevine: A Solo," and "Stories that Come to Mime," will be presented at 7:30 p.m. April 5 and 6 at Grossmont College in Building 26, Room 220, both as fundraisers for the theater arts program.

 

Originally written by David Budbill as a two- and three-act play, "Judevine" explores the humaGraphic listing Grossmont Theater productionsn condition through a collection of vignettes and monologues in a portrayal of 24 characters.

 

Brian Rickel's adaptation, "Judevine: A Solo," uses both versions of the play and a book of poetry, on which the play is based, as his source material. The original 24 characters are pared down to 14 and are all played by Rickel, a Grossmont College theater arts instructor, under the direction of Kari Hayter.

 

"Stories that Come to Mime," created and performed by Grossmont College theater arts instructor Jerry Hager, brings to life two original stories through the magic of mask theater and movement. The story of "Love" is a sentimental, romantic comedy about two middle- aged people looking for love. A rendezvous is arranged, leading to a startling surprise and bringing adventure to a new chapter in their lives.

 

Based loosely on Shakespeare's "All the World's a Stage," the story of "Life" portrays the journey of eight lives -- their ups and downs, and rewards and challenges, all through Hager's masked characters.

 

General admission for each production is $20, or $10 for Grossmont and Cuyamaca students with ID. All proceeds from these exclusive shows will go directly toward adding classes back into program after severe budget-related cutbacks.Click here for more information or call (619) 644-7627. 

 

 


Grossmont College dancers make 'Entrances & Exits'

 

The Grossmont College Dance Department will present the always-popular "Entrances and Exits," a faculty-choreographed dance concert featuring performances by Grossmont College studeGrossmont College dancers performingnts showcasing the program's diverse instruction in salsa, tap, ballet, contemporary, modern and hip-hop.

 

The dance department, which serves an average 100 students each semester, presents two concerts yearly. The spring performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. April 25-27 at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave., in San Diego. Admission is $10, pre-sale; $13 at the door - cash only. Call (619) 644-7766 or visit www.grossmont.edu/dance for more details. 

 

Spring Garden Festival at Cuyamaca
Thousands will flock to Cuyamaca College April 27 for the 20th Annual Spring Garden Festival, a family-friendly event featuring horticulture demonstrations, garden and farm experts, animal encounters, kids activities, aCuyamaca College Spring Garden Festival logorts and craft vendors, the Rancho San Diego Farmer's Market, live entertainment and much more. Scheduled for 9 a.m.-4 p.m.,  the Saturday festival is free and open to the public. With urban farming as the theme, visitors can see a demonstration on urban farming topics -- raising urban chickens, beekeeping and the like.

For the person with the green thumb, this is Christmas in April as the venue for the largest plant sale of the year for the Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture program.

Experts at the Water Conservation Garden will help visitors create the water-wise garden of their dreams, with demonstrations and presentations throughout the day. Parking is free, and free trolley shuttles will be available throughout the day to event venues.
For further information, click here.
 
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