November 2013                                                                                          Volume 5, Issue 3

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Cindy Miles     
 As Thanksgiving approaches, we at the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District are  thankful to be part of the East County community. In addition to educating about 30,000 students each year, we're glad that we can offer cultural and training events that entertain and enlighten audience members and participants. 
I hope you are able to attend some of the events on our campuses. You'll be thankful to see such talented students and employees and know that they're a part of our vibrant community! 
Cindy L. Miles, Ph. D.
Chancellor, Grossmont-Cuyamaca
Community College District


Grossmont College dancers relish 'Breaking Boundaries'

Dance - humanity's physical expression of culture - takes the stage with the Grossmont College Dance Department's presentation of "Breaking Boundaries," a popular student-choreographed concert, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16, 2013, at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. in San Diego.  


The annual event showcases a variety of dance genres, including jazz, ballet, tap, hip-hop, and modern dance. All dances are choreographed and performed by Grossmont College dance majors and other students under the direction of co-directors David Mullen and Kathy Meyer.


Presold tickets are $10; $13 at the door - cash only. For tickets and general information, call the dance department at (619) 644-7766.

The Swamp Critters at Cuyamaca November 19

Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters, a San Diego-based Zydeco band specializing in music and dance from the Gulf Coast and Caribbean, perform 7:30- 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are $8 general; $5 students/seniors.  

 Lee brings his native southeast Texas/Louisiana roots to create a spicy gumbo of "zyde-grooveable" Cajun and New Orleans jazz dance music. Influenced by his years living in the "Cajun Triangle" of southeast Texas around Beaumont, Houston, Port Arthur, and Galveston, Lee's music is the epitome of the Gulf Coast sound.  He is a board member of the Bon Temps Social Club, a 300-member  group that supports Cajun and Zydeco music and sponsors live bands from Louisiana each month in Balboa Park. Lee also teaches dance and is an organizer of "Gator by the Bay," becoming one of San Diego's largest festivals.  


The Swamp Critters consists of between five and seven band members playing accordion, fiddle, scrub board, bass, guitar, and drums. The trombone, clarinet and sax have occasionally been part of the Swamp Critters sound, recognizable for the band's three-part vocal harmonies. 

"To Jillian on her 37th Birthday" at Grossmont College November 14-23
Grossmont College's Theater Arts production of "To Gillian on Her 37th Birthday," a play by Michael 
Brady and directed by Beth Duggan, takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16 and Nov. 21-23 at the Stagehouse Theater. Matinee performances start at 2 p.m. Nov. 16 and 23.
 Although David's wife, Gillian, died two years ago in a tragic sailing accident, he still walks the beach at night with her - or at least he believes she is there. His pain and isolation has even caused him to neglect his relationship with his precocious teenage daughter. When his sister-in-law brings a guest to the house that she hopes will help David to find a new romance, he has to face the fact that his wife is truly gone. Will he finally learn that his daughter still needs him and his life must go on? This poignant play examines the process of grief and the tenuous hope that comes with trying to move forward.

Tickets are $10 for Grossmont College students with I.D., $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and military; $15 for general admission.

Call (619) 644-7267 for tickets and further information.  

Green workshops at Cuyamaca College 

Green Ventures at Cuyamaca College, a network of K-16 educators, counselors, industry experts, and community-based organizations whose goal is to help students acquire the high skills needed to prepare for green-industry jobs, is offering "What IS 'Green?,'" a series of free Saturday workshops from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 9-23 and Dec. 14, 2013.


The workshops will provide information on the growth of the green technology industry. The sessions will also cover green careers and provide information about job opportunities and training. Students who attend all four sessions will receive a Cuyamaca College certificate of participation. Students must be at least 18 years old and seating is limited.


The workshop was made possible through an Economic and Workforce Development grant from the California Community College Colleges Chancellor's Office.


For more information, contact program coordinator Camille Currier at or at (619) 660-4574.

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