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Adrian Tolbert has found a home at Grossmont College. Now the Grossmont College student and football player has his sights set on a football scholarship to a major Division I program and a possible future as an NFL wide receiver.

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Registration is now open for spring intersession classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges. Students attend classes Jan. 3-28 and can complete a course, including those satisfying general education requirements, in just four weeks.

The deadline for registering is Jan. 6. The cost of the courses is the same $46 per unit that applies for regular session classes, with most classes meeting daily for 2.5 hours and earning students three units.
Additional information on admissions and registering for classes is available  online.

Register for spring semester

Registration continues until Jan. 27, 2017 for spring semester which starts Jan. 30 at Grossmont College and Cuyamaca College. Open registration starts Dec. 6, so now is the time to take a look at what classes are available.

Check out the Cuyamaca College Spring 2017 class schedule and Grossmont College's Spring 2017 class schedule. Grossmont College is also offering Saturday classes.

Beginning the week of Jan. 30, eight-week classes will also be offered, with a second set of eight-week classes beginning the week of April 3.

Additional information on admissions and registering for classes is available online at
Gospel choir's holiday present music to people's ears

The Grossmont College Gospel Choir is giving its annual holiday concert 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at Trinity Baptist Church, 1150 Merritt Drive in El Cajon.

Admission is free and the concert will be followed by a dessert reception. A free will offering will be taken.
The public is invited.

The Grossmont College Gospel Choir, under the direction of Ken Anderson, will be singing a mix of gospel and Christmas songs. Anderson, a member of the Grossmont College music faculty for 10 years, is an internationally celebrated gospel director, singer and pianist who also conducts the UC San Diego Gospel Choir and the acclaimed Martin Luther King Junior Choir of San Diego.
The Grossmont College Music Department presents the Justin Grinnell Jazz Quartet at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the Grossmont College Recital Hall, Building 26, Room 220. Admission: $10 general, $8 seniors, $5 students.

Grinnell, who plays bass, joins fellow Grossmont College music faculty Tripp Sprague on tenor sax; Melonie Grinnell on piano; and Richard Sellers on drums. Grinnell performs and composes for several local jazz-influenced groups. The Danny Green Trio, which consists of Grinnell, Green and Julien Cantelm, won the 2015 San Diego Music Award for Best Jazz Album.

Grinnell has developed a strong following and a reputation as one of the finest bassists in San Diego.

Cuyamaca College Choir sings holiday standard, Vivaldi's 'Gloria' 
The Cuyamaca College Choir directed by Paul Infantino will be singing the hymn, "Gloria," by Antonio Vivaldi 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, at the Performing Arts Theater. Tickets are $5.

Vivaldi's "Gloria," a holiday favorite for its uplifting choral works, has been recorded on some 100 CDs and has also been used in several films, including the 1996 film, "Shi ne," about pianist David Helfgott.

In addition to leading the Cuyamaca Choir, Infantino is also the director of Valhalla High School's choir department. With more than 170 students, it is the largest high school choir in the Grossmont Unified School District.
Cuyamaca's annual poinsettia sale in full bloom

Now that Thanksgiving Day has come and gone, it's time to turn your full attention to the December season of giving.
Cuyamaca College's Ornamental Horticulture program is holding its annual poinsettia sale, so stop by the OH nursery to pick up a beautiful and modestly priced plant to give to a friend or relative, or even one for your home

This year's varieties are the Ecke Early Freedom Red and Ecke Gold Rush, a golden poinsettia that contrasts nicely with the traditional red blooms. Prices are $7.99 for 6-inch pots or two for $14; $24.99 for jumbo-sized; and $19.99 for color bowls, a mix of poinsettias, alyssum and lamium. All proceeds benefit the OH program and help pay for lab supplies and gardening tools.

The annual sale, which continues while supplies last, is a project involving about 30 students who began caring for some 500 fledgling, half-inch plants in early summer in courses including plant propagation and Fundamentals of Ornamental Horticulture.

Cuyamaca College's Ornamental Horticulture nursery is on the campus at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway in Rancho San Diego. The nursery is located at Building M, near the bus turnaround at the end of Cuyamaca College Drive West. The nursery is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Free customer parking is available.
Two campus bands playing in concert at Cuyamaca College 
Grossmont and Cuya maca colleges' concert bands, each comprising about 40 musicians playing brass, woodwinds and percussion instruments, will showcase several concert band masterpieces at a joint performance 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater.

Tickets are $10, general; $8 seniors and faculty; and $5 for students.

The repertoire will include Grossmont's performance of " Rocky Point Holiday" by Ron Nelson and "Symphonic Suite" by Clifto n Williams performed by the Cuyamaca College Concert Band. A special joint performance of "Russian Christmas Music" by Alfred Reed is also planned. A powerful and beloved concert band standard, the work is performed worldwide during the holiday season.

Classical guitarist Robert Wetzel performs 'Guitar in Spain & Italy'
Grossmont College music instructor and renown class ical guitarist Robert Wetzel performs "The Guitar in Spain and Italy" 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater in Room B-117. Admission is $10 general; $8 seniors, $5 for students.
A founding member of the award-winning Odeum Guitar Duo with guitarist, composer, and colleague, Fred Benedetti, head of Grossmont College's guitar studies program, Wetzel is a frequent performer in solo, chamber music and orchestral concerts and currently resides in San Diego, where he is on the music faculties of the University of California, San Diego; San Diego State University, University of San Diego and Grossmont College.

Wetzel, a former private pupil of Celedonio Romero and his three equally famous sons, Celin, Pepe and Angel, is also the founder of his own successful independent record label, Concert Hall Records.
Working conditions of downtrodden focus of play
Grossmont College's Theatre Arts production of "These Shining Lives," written by Melanie Marnich and directed by department chair Beth Duggan, will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and Dec. 8-10 and at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 at the Stagehouse Theatre in Bldg. 21.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $12 for faculty, staff, seniors and military and $10 for students. Tickets are available by calling 619-644-7234-, or can be purchased at the Stagehouse Theatre Box Office 22A/200A1 or on line at

The time: The 1920s. The place: Ottawa, Illinois. For a woman, good-paying work is hard to find, yet the assembly line is in full swing at the factory of the Radium Dial Company. Here, Catherine Donohue and her coworkers spend their days hand-adorning the hour markings on clocks and watches with glow-in-the-dark radium paint whose dangerously radioactive properties are unknown to the workers and downplayed by the bosses.

As the women begin suffering from mystifying and terrifying ailments, they suspect their job may be to blame. "These Shining Lives" recounts the true story of the women who formed a bond of kinship as they fought the Radium Dial Company in their search for justice, and how their sacrifice forged a legacy of better working conditions for future generations.

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