Spring Garden Festival blooming
at Cuyamaca College
The 25th Annual
Spring Garden and Butterfly Festival
at Cuyamaca College, set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, is a family-friendly community celebration of spring and a greener future that attracts more than 3,000 visitors annually. The free event features fun programs, exhibitors and demonstrations on ways to become a better gardener and to conserve natural resources.
- Cuyamaca College Ornamental Horticulture department's biggest plant sale of the year
- Food trucks and wine tasting
- OH Department showcase
- Educational demonstrations
- Heritage of the Americas Museum on the college campus is open with free admission
- Water Conservation Garden Open House
- Butterfly Pavilion tours and butterfly releases at the Water Conservation Garden
- Landscape design consultations ($20 for 20 minutes.) Register through the Water Conservation Garden.
- Craft, food and garden vendors
- Free chlidren's activities
- Information about San Diego's garden clubs
- Horticulture books
Parking is free.
to talk, play saxophone at Cuyamaca Colle
Legendary jazz saxophonist Charles McPherson will give a talk and musical demonstration during a free event, "Conversations with a Legend: Charles McPherson," 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in Cuyamaca College's Digital Theater,
For more than 50 years, McPherson's rich musical style, rooted in the blues and bebop, has influenced and inspired generations of musicians and listeners. McPherson is most famous for his work from 1960 to 1972 with Charles Mingus and as a solo artist who has recorded with the likes of Barry Harris, Art Farmer, Kenny Drew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.
He has toured extensively worldwide and has performed at concerts and festivals with his own variety of groups, consisting of quartets, quintets to full orchestras. He was recently featured at Lincoln Center showcasing his original compositions and arrangements with a seven-piece ensemble. McPherson also was commissioned to help record ensemble renditions of pieces from Charlie Parker on the 1988 soundtrack for the Clint Eastwood film, "Bird."
His Cuyamaca College visit is free and open to the public.
More music at Grossmont, Cuyamaca colleges
There's no shortage of music events planned for April at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. For ticket information, and repertoire, go to
- Cadence Vocal Jazz performs 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, and Monday, April 23, in the recital hall, Building 26, Room 220
- Grossmont Symphony Orchestra plays 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, at the First Presbyterian Church of El Cajon, 500 Farragut Circle; 8 p.m. Saturday, April 7, with the Patrick Henry High School Orchestra at Patrick Henry High, 6702 Wandermere Drive in San Diego; and Friday, April 27, at Foothills United Methodist Church, 4031 Avocado Blvd. in La Mesa
- Grossmont Guitar Ensemble, 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, in Building 26, Room 221
- The Grossmont College Concert Band presents a free evening of music from multiple San Diego County college concert bands during "College Band Night" from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, April 19 at the Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park
Performing Arts Theater:
- The Great Wall String Quartet performs 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 9
- The Benvenue Fortepiano Trio, 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15
- A Tapestry of Women's Choral Music, 7:30-9 p.m. Thursday, April 19
- Formosa String Quartet performs 6-8 p.m. Sunday, April 22, with pianist Jessie Chang
- Pianist Siu Hei and soprano Kirsten Ashley Wiest performing 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26
Literary Arts Festival
at Grossmont College
The Grossmont College Creative Writing program kicks off its 22nd annual Literary Arts Festival 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Monday, April 23, with a reading from San Diego memoirist, blogger and fiction writer, Jim Ruland.
The Literary Arts Festival continues through April 26.
In addition to his novel, "Forest of Fortune," Ruland has also published a short story collection, co-authored nonfiction works, and regularly blogs on the topic of punk rock for the indie nonprofit magazine, "Razorcake."
The Literary Arts Festival features several readings and book signings by writers and poets, as well as a student poetry slam, a student panel discussion, student writing contest awards and student readings, all taking place in Griffin Gate in Building 60. All events are free and open to the public.
LAF events include:
- Monday, April 23, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.: Jim Ruland reading and book signing
- Monday, April 23, 7-8:15 p.m. "New Voices" student readings by this semester's creative writing classes
- Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. "Zine Fest with Margarat Nee of Grrrl Zines-a-Go-Go" highlighting do-it-yourself indie journals, "zines," which engage visual and cultural literacy and promote empowerment, advocacy and change.
- Tuesday, April 24, 7-9 p.m. Poet Ada Limon, author of four books of poetry, including "Bright Dead Things."
- Wednesday, April 25, 2-3:15 p.m. Student Poetry Slam with performance poet/DJ Gill Sotu
- Wednesday, April 25, 7-8:15 p.m. "We Need Diverse Books" panel with author Cindy Pon and poet Janine Joseph
- Thursday, April 26, 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. "Why Literature Matters" student panel
- Thursday, April 26, 7-9 p.m. Author Kazim Ali reading and book signing, along with student writing contest awards.
For more information, visit www.grossmont.edu/laf or contact festival director Daniela Sow at 619-668-1743.
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