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Iveth Estrada didn't know she was an undocumented immigrant until shortly before she enrolled at Cuyamaca College. She didn't know while growing up with her family in Spring Valley. She didn't know while competing with the varsity swim and water polo teams at Monte Vista High School.

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Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival at Cuyamaca College

The popular event is open to the public and annually draw s thousands to the college. 
Cuyamaca College and the Water Conservation Garden are presenting the 2017 Spring Butterfly and Garden Festival from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the college campus. 
Planned at the free event are Ornamental Horticulture's biggest plant sale of the year; a tour of the Water Conservation Garden's Butterfly Pavilion an d butterfly releases; children's activities; food trucks and wine tasting; and vendor booths.

Landscape design consultations -- $20 for 20 minutes - are available by reservation at the Water Conservation Garden. Customers are asked to bring photos of their yards and any landscape designs they like, and a list of preferred plants. Call (619) 660-0614, ext. 10 to register.

For more information, go to www.thegarden.org/springfestival/  
Still time to register for
 8-week courses 
Interested in earning college credit in just two months from Cuyamaca or Grossmont College?

Eight-week courses beginning the week of April 3 are a great way to pick up general edu cation or subject-specialty classes in less time, but at the same affordable cost of regular semester-length classes.
The classes ending May 27 offer from one to five credits at a cost of $46 per unit. They consist of traditional, online and hybrid classes, which require both in-classroom and online attendance.
Lists of class offerings at Grossmont and Cuyamaca, in addition to information on applying and enrolling, are posted online at www.gcccd.edu/now.

The deadline for registering is April 7.
symphonyGrossmont Symphony Orchestra's 'It's a Mystery'

The Grossmont Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale presents "It's a Mystery" 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 21, at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church, 8175 Lemon Grove Way, Lemon Grove, 91945; and at 4 p.m. Monday, April 23, at the Point Loma Presbyterian Church,  2128 Chatsworth Blvd., San Diego, CA 92107.
Featured are soloists Robert Plimpton, organist; Audra Nagby, soprano; and Robert Sokol, baritone.

A multimedia presentation of Charles Gounod's "March of the Marionette" will be featured, as well as Bernard Herrmann's score from the movie, "Psycho," Samuel Jones' "Aurum Aurorae," Leo Sowerby's "Medieval Poem," and Gabriel Faure's Requiem, Op. 48.

General admission is $10; $5 for students. 

Literary Arts Fest  
at Grossmont College

Grossmont College Literary Arts Fest is Monday-Thursday, April 24-27, in Griffin Gate, Building 60, and is free and open to the public.

Presented by the English Department's Creative Writing program, this year's event features:
  • April 24, 2-3:15 p.m. "Viva Literatura," in which students from Julie Cardenas' Introduction to Literature and Puente courses talk about why literature matters, perhaps more than ever.
  • April 24, 7 p.m. Poet and performance artist Denise Benavides, a Grossmont College alumnus, shares her work confronting themes of xenophobia, sexuality, religion, relocation, and love  .
  • April 25, 7-8:15 p.m. "New Voices," a student reading of original works of short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, novel excerpts, drama and mixed-media word art.
  • April 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. "And Justice for All," a poetry slam open to all Grossmont College students interested in verbal sparring over social justice issues. There will be two rounds of competition for up to a dozen participants, with the second round matching the top six challengers.
  • April 26, 7-8:30 p.m. Performance poet and musician Gill Sotu addresses topics such as social justice, racial empowerment, masculinity, and love.
  • April 27, 7-8:30 p.m. A reading and book-signing by 2005 Pulitzer Prize nonfiction finalist and the best-selling author of 16 books, Luis Alberto Urrea. His time slot will be shared by students from the English department's pre-transfer writing program, who penned writings inspired by excerpts from Urrea's works. Finalists from the Writing Project will have their essays collected in a publication, and the winner will read his or her work following an introduction by Urrea.


Lute duets at Cuyamaca College

Two of the world's leading lutenists, Grammy-nominated Paul O'Dette and Ronn McFarlane, will play duets from pre-1700 Italy and England at 3 p.m.
Paul O'Dette and Ronn McFarlane 
Sunday, April 30, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater. Presented by the San Diego Early Music Society, the virtuosos will play both improvised and composed pieces.

Tickets range from $18-$30 and can be bought at the door or through the music society at www.sdems.tix.com
Students, faculty and staff are being offered $10 "rush" tickets at the door. Call (619) 291-8246 for further information. 
'Ent rances and Exits' dance concert a perennial favorite

The Gros smont College Dance Department will present "Entrances and Exits," its annual spring dance concert, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, April 20-22, at the Joan B.  Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. in San Diego.

The concert is open to the public and will feature original choreography by Grossmont College dance faculty: Melissa Adao, Blythe Barton, Nancy Boxkin-Mullen, Lesa Green, Kathy Meyer, David Mullen, Angela Moran, Colleen Shipkowski and Debi Toth-Ward, as well as guest choreographer and San Diego artist Kyle Sorensen. This year's show will feature a variety of dance genres, including hip-hop, modern, ballet and jazz, and performances by Grossmont College dance students.

General admission, cash-only ticket prices: $12 pre-sale through April 19 and $15 at the door. Pre-sale tickets are sold at the Grossmont College ASGC Student Activities Window in Bldg. 60 and through the Grossmont College Dance Department at (619) 644-7766.
careerfairs Career fairs at colleges  

Both Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges are hosting free career fairs this month for networking and career exploration for students and the community. Both events are free and open to the public.
Cuyamaca College is hosting a Public Service Career Day from 10:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, on the Grand Lawn. About 40 public service organizations and agencies are expected, including State Sen. Joel Anderson's office, the Armed Services YMCA, YMCA of San Diego, the San Diego Fire Department, the FBI and the East County Career Center.

For more information, contact the career center at (619) 660-4436.

Grossmont College is holding an inaugural Sustainability Resource Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, April 27, in the Main Quad, an event geared for students and community members to connect with employers and explore career opportunities in sustainability.
Among the companies and agencies attending will be San Diego Gas and Electric, Clean Tech, Eco Tech Services and Gafcon.

This is an event that students of every major should consider attending, said Renee Nasori, a supervisor at the Grossmont College Career Center, which is hosting the fair with support from the college district's sustainability specialist Jacqueline Hall.
For more information, email renee.nasori@gcccd.edu

vaginamonologues Theatre Arts and ASL joint production talk of the college
A deaf and hearing co-production of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, in Building 26, Room 220.

Coordinated by Theatre Arts instructor Beth Duggan and ASL Department chair Jamie Shatwell, the joint presentation is a special event fundraiser for Grossmont College's Theatre Arts Summer Conservatory and the college's American Sign Language program. Because of adult language and content, no under 18 will be admitted.

General admission is $20 and $10 for students. Tickets are available online and will also be sold at the door one hour before performances.

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