February 2016                                        
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StudentClaudia Sandoval has never been afraid to step outside of her comfort zone. When most of her friends at Sweetwater High School were heading to Southwestern College after graduation, she opted for Grossmont College. And when the accomplished cook whips up a traditional Mexican dish, she's not afraid to experiment with the ingredients.  

That trait helped the Grossmont College graduate (Class of 2010) claim the title to the recent "MasterChef" Season 6 competition.  

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Contemporary crafts
 exhibit at Grossmont

Grossmont College's Hyde Gallery is presenting "Contemporary Crafts," a two-person show featuring modern, vibrant quilts by artist and middle-school science teacher Kathy Nida, and the artwork of longtime San Diego sculptor and painter James Watts through March 3.

A free opening event for exhibit curated by gallery director Prudence Horne is set for 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the gallery. 

Nida, whose eclectic quilts have exhibited throughout the country, has been making quilt art for more than 20 years, exploring images of women.

Watts, who was an art teacher at the Museum School and other local youth organizations in San Diego, and ran a co-op for several years in downtown San Diego, is a self -taught artist, whose sculpture and other art pieces demonstrate craftsmanship and refinement that set them apart from much of the "Raw Art" movement. 

Hyde Art Gallery is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, with the exception of legal holidays. Admission is free and open to the public. Visitor parking is available from the vending machine in Parking Lot 1, section F. 
Cuyamaca College Powwow makes return 

PowwowThe 2nd Annual Native American Student Alliance Powwow featuring Native American dance, music arts, crafts and food is set for 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, on the front lawn of the Communications and Arts Center, Building B, at Cuyamaca College. The gourd dance begins at 10:30, with the grand entry set to start at 11 a.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Free parking is available in student lots.

The powwow is an event put on by the Native American Student Alliance, a student organization whose purpose is to promote tribal heritage and to educate others through activities and educational opportunities. The powow is expected to draw Native American participants from throughout Southern California representing various tribal nations throughout the United States and Canada. 
Grossmont Theatre Arts opens spring season with 'Discovery'

The Grossmont College Theatre Arts Department opens its spring 2016 season with "Inside The Actor's Process: Discovery."

Directed by Jerry Hager, this touring production is performed at 15 San Diego County high schools beginning Jan. 25 to expose teens to stage performance. 

The Feb. 5 and 6 shows at the Stagehouse Theatre are the only ones open to the general public. Show times are 7:30 p.m. on both nights, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Feb. 6.

This presentation offers audiences at peek at the actor's process of discovering the character by continually looking to the text with a fresh perspective. Watch as each reading and re-reading of the script has the potential to unlock new discoveries and new ways of bringing the story to life for an audience.

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by phone, online, or at the box office. For online tickets, visit . By phone, call (619) 644-7234. The box office is at Grossmont College, Building 22A/Room 200A1 (Back of Parking Lot #1) The box office opens one hour prior to each production.

A new series of Diversity Dialogues begins at Cuyamaca College

DiversityA new series of Diversity Dialogues, a program of free Cuyamaca College workshops aimed at fostering a greater understanding of diverse cultures and various social issues, launches Thursday, Feb. 18, with a session on becoming mentors in promoting social justice and change.

The workshops, which are open to the public, kick off with "Awaken our Inner Mentor", set from 11 a.m. to noon in Room I-207 of the Student Center. The session, led by Art Guaracha, focuses on how mentors can promote social justice, effective strategies of successful mentors and the steps each of us can take to develop the inner mentor within. Guaracha is a counselor and instructor at Cuyamaca College who previously served as an assistant director at the UC San Diego Graduate School of International Relations.

The complete schedule is available on the Cuyamaca College Student Affairs website.

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