March 2015                                      
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Student profile:
Grossmont College's
Elham Ryland



 Grossmont College student Elham Ryland's favorite quote comes from the late South African leader Nelson Mandela: "It always seems impossible until it's done." It has, in fact, become her mantra. Read more. 



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Sustainable Turf & Landscape Seminar at Cuyamaca College
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Healthy Landscapes With Limited Water" is the theme of the 7th annual Sustainable Turf and Landscape Seminar being held from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at Cuyamaca College's performing arts theater.
The seminar, hosted by the college's Ornamental Horticulture department, serves as a forum for educators, industry representatives and local organizations to foster a culture of sustainability.
The featured speaker is Carlos Michelon, principal water resources specialist with the San Diego County Water Authority, who will provide a water supply update and highlight regional water conservation programs and resources.
The registration fee is $75. A complete program and online registration is available.

Romeo'Romeo and Juliet' taking stage at Grossmont College in March 

The Grossmont College Theater Arts program will stage an adaptation of Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" March 12-21 at the Stagehouse Theater.


Directed by Jeannette Thomas, the Grossmont College production is set against the the turbulent backdrop of a Boardwalk Empire-esque mafia family drama with the timelessness of forbidden love.


The young lovers' illicit desire is hindered by a deadly organized crime feud, and ultimately they must decide if duty and family honor outweigh the allure and depth of their love. The tale of Shakespeare's "star-crossed" lovers is an enduring, tragic romance that challenges the audience to examine not just the power of passion, but also the inevitability of fate.


Performances are 7:30 p.m. March 12-14 and March 19-12, with matinee performances at 2 p.m. March 14 and 21. Tickets range from $10-$15 and are available online by calling (619) 644-7234, or in person at the ticket office, Building 22A/Room 200 A-1, beside the Aztec mural. Box offices hours are 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Thursday and one hour prior to all performances.      


Indonesian music performance  

at Cuyamaca College March 9   


Kembang Sunda, an Indonesian Gamelan ensemble, performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Cuyamaca College.


Based in San Diego, Kembang Sunda performs traditional Sundanese music from West Java. Gamelan ensembles developed in the ancient courts of Java and Bali, and primarily consist of tuned bronze percussive instruments. Kembang Sunda has been performing throughout Southern California since 2007.


The Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Department sponsors a series of 12-15 concerts each semester, with musical, dance, and theatrical performances from a wide variety of styles.


The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. and will be held in the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets are $8 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

InstrumentsGrossmont Symphony Orchestra
performing 'King of Instruments'

San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus Robert Plimpton, best known for his years 
playing weekly recitals on the famed Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park, will perform with theGrossmont College Symphony Orchestra in "King of Instruments," Saturday, March 14, at the First United Methodist Church of San Diego, and the following evening at Paradise Valley Adventist Church. Both performances begin at 7 p.m.

The program will feature the organ and orchestral music of American composer Samuel Barber (Toccata Festiva, Op. 36); Italian composer Ottorino Respighi ( Metamorphoseon Modi XII); and Belgian composer Joseph Jeongen (Symphonie Concertante, Op. 81.)


Plimpton, who has served as resident organist of the First United Methodist Church of San Diego since 2004, performs often with the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra. GSO,under the musical direction of Dr. Randall Tweed, is a 75-member orchestral ensemble comprised of music- and nonmusic majors and musicians from the community.


First United Methodist Church of San Diego is at 2111 Camino del Rio South, San Diego, 92108. Paradise Valley Adventist Church is at 2701 E. 8th St. in National City, 91950.  


 Both performances are free, but donations will be accepted.

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