October 2016
In This Issue


It's not every day that a five-time world arm wrestling champion is told to get a life, but that's what Carolyn Fisher's son and daughter suggested to her after they grew up and moved out of the house, leaving Carolyn with a classic case of empty-nest syndrome.

"They said it in a loving way," laughed Carolyn, "but they were right."
Carolyn got a life at Grossmont College, where she started taking classes three years ago and found her passion in communications and public speaking.

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classesEight-Week Classes
Begin October 17
Eight-week courses from Oct. 17-Dec. 10  are a great way to pick up general education or subject-specialty classes at Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges in less time, but at the same affordable cost of regular semester-length classes.

The classes 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 colleges and enrollment links are posted at www.gcccd.edu/now. The deadline for registering is Oct. 21.
Fourseasons   Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons' at Cuyamaca College
 A 2 p.m. presentation, followed by a performance of Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" from 3-5 p.m., takes place Sunday, Oct. 2, at Cuyamaca College. The presentation in Room B-120 will be led by humanities instructor Paul Carmona and music chair Taylor Smith, and will explore the basics of the baroque concerto. Performing Vivaldi's "The Four Seasons" and works by J. S. Bach at the Performing Arts Theater will be baroque-music ensemble, House of Time.

Newly arranged by oboist Gonzalo X. Ruiz for historically appropriate instruments, the music will portray the sounds of singing birds, bubbling brooks, barking dogs, summer storms and wintry winds. More information about the concert is available at www.sdems.org

Tickets are $20-$30; $10 for students as long as seats are available. Call the San Diego Early Music Society at (619) 291-8246. All are invited after the concert to a no-host dinner at a local restaurant. Location to be announced. RSVP for dinner: paul.carmona@gcccd.edu

Other music performances at the Cuyamaca College Performing Arts Theater this month include:
  • Cuyamaca College Choir, directed by Paul Infantino, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Performing Arts Theater in Building B.
  • The Grossmont College Concert Band, under the direction of Russ Sperling, will perform its fall concert 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Performing Arts Theater.The band will play:
    •  "Sinfonia Nobilissima" by Robert Jager 
    •  "Before the Sun" by Julie Giroux
    •  "A Moorside Suite" by Gustav Holst 
    •  "Galop" by Dimitri Shostakovich 
    •  "Americans We" by Henry Fillmore
    •  "The Ascension" by Robert W. Smith 

General admission tickets for the Oct. 13 and 18 events are $8; tickets for students, seniors and reserved seating are $5 each. More information is available by calling (619) 660-4288. 

'Got Plans?' college & career fair at Cuyamaca College
Cuyamaca College will be hosting the East County Education Alliance's annual college and career fair, "Got Plans?," for high school students and their families from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, at the college.

The largest college and career fair in East County draws representatives from colleges, universities, and employment agencies to provide information and workshops on higher education and potential career and job options. This free public event draws thousands of Grossmont Union High School District students, their families, and others.

Call the High School and Community Relations department at (619) 660-4422 for further information.

rockette Learn to dance like a Rockette
As part of the Grossmont College Dance Department's fall 2016 master class series, former Radio City Rockette Renee
Fox-Moore will be leading a Rockette dance class from noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, in the college's main dance studio (24-271). She will also lead a contemporary jazz class from 1:45-3:15 on the same afternoon.
Fox-Moore, who teaches at MiraCosta and Mt. San Antonio colleges, holds her master's in fine arts in dance from UC Irvine and bachelor's in music theater dance from OCU. She has been a performer, choreographer, and instructor of ballet,
jazz, tap, contemporary, and music theater dance for more than 29 years.

She holds certifications for Pilates, yoga and online teaching, and has performed nationally and internationally, including eight seasons as a Radio City Rockette, and in two modern dance companies in Los Angeles. She stresses biomechanics and proper alignment in her technique.
Register for the classes by calling (619) 644-7766. The fee is $10 or $18 for two classes on the same day. The master class series is open to all dance students, including those not from Grossmont College.   
The Grossmo nt Symphony Orchestra and Master Chorale, under the direction of Randall Tweed,
presents "Jewish Classical Music to Soothe the Soul" featuring soloists Ondrej Lewit, violin; Suzanne Kennedy, flautist; and Ava Baker Liss, mezzo-soprano, performing the music of:
  • John Williams: Three pieces from the motion picture, "Schindler's List" (multimedia)
  • Rossi: Choral Music selections-Haleluyah (Psalm 146), Adon Olam
  • Bloch: Suite Modale
  • Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cantata Naomi and Ruth
  • Mahler: Totenfeier
Performances are Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at Santa Sophia Catholic Church, 9800 San Juan St., Spring Valley, CA 91977; and Saturday, Oct, 8, at Temple Solel, 3575 Manchester Ave., Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007

General admission prices: $10 for adults, $5 for students. For more information, call (619) 644-7245; or email  FriendsOfMusicGC@gmail.com 
The play "Blue," which explores bullying and offers a message of inclusion - all set within the colorful world of the circus big top - will be performed at the Grossmont College Stagehouse Theatre. Directed by Grossmont College Theatre Arts instructor Jerry Hager and based on a children's book, the play explores bullying and offers a message of tolerance and inclusion. "Blue" is a quiet clown in the Circus of Colors. "Red" is the ringmaster who picks on "Blue." The other clowns don't like what they see, but what can they do?

"Blue" is this year's children's touring show, but will be performed for all audiences at the Stagehouse Theatre on Oct. 28 and 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Tickets, including a season ticket plan, can be purchased by phone at (619) 644-7234, online, or at the box office. Individual tickets are $10. 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.
Forums offer historical perspective
 of politics in America

The Cuyamaca College Department of History, Social and Behavioral Sciences will present "Politics: Past and Present Series 2016," through the month of October to focus on a variety of political discussion topics, including voter suppression, gender, foreign policy, local propositions, and the role of persuasion in politics.

The free events, sponsored by Student Affairs and led by Cuyamaca College instructors, are open to the public. Refreshments, music and a voter registration drive will cap each discussion. Here are the details about the forums. 

Join the conversation!  

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