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Articles by Cynthia Robertson

The Joan B. Kroc Theatre was packed on the blustery evening of May 7. Everyone was eager and ready for a night of unforgettable dance put on by alumni of the Grossmont College Department of Dance.

Choreographers, dancers, and musicians who have all graduated from the college were ready to show what they could do. But first, Department Chair Kathy Meyer came onto the stage.

Rather than spend a lot of money on brunch for a couple of hours at some place on the coast, think East County for Mother’s Day. A multitude of places will please mom and the entire family for the whole day.

Anytime that the Grossmont College Dance Departments puts on one of its concerts, everybody knows they are in for a good show. Last weekend’s annual “Entrances and Exits” concert at the Joan B. Kroc Theatre was no different.

Department Chair Kathy Meyer and Instructor David Mullen opened with the announcement of three recipients of the department’s Excellence in Dance scholarships.

For Raymond Wong, a resident of Rancho San Diego, writing a memoir was a life-changing experience. His book titled, “I’m Not Chinese: Moving from Resentment to Reverence” is a compelling account of how he rectified his past after a life-changing trip to Hong Kong with his mother.

At the San Carlos Library, Wong talked about the book. He read aloud the first few paragraphs of his memoir. 

On a beautiful day like it was last Saturday, parents try to get their kids to go outside. But with that, there’s usually a warning to not get too dirty or wet and not to make too much noise in the neighborhood. Kids got a chance to do all that with their parents’ hearty approval at the Fun with Physics in La Mesa’s Highwood Park.

When Wendy Esterly prepares to hike at Mission Trails Regional Park, she always make sure she has her DSLR camera with a 400-mm lens attached to it. “The camera is part of me. Without it, I feel lost,” she said.

She puts into her backpack a Phillips screwdriver and a pair of work gloves. Then she checks to make sure she has her iPhone with her, and dons her bright green reflector vest and sun-protective hat. Now she is ready to go to the Oak Grove section of the park.

With the recent rainy season coming to an end, many held their breath hoping that the rain would somehow count toward relieving the drought. But forecasters are always dim with their report that the rain barely made a difference. Rather than give up, we can get smart and head to San Diego Drums and Totes. The Lemon Grove based company has its own answer for water conservation.

La Mesa resident Christopher Quinn has made a major career change. Once an accountant and later an educator, Quinn is now preaching minister at Johnson Avenue Church of Christ in El Cajon. His story will inspire people who decide to follow God’s call no matter where or how far it takes them.

Classic tales like “Romeo and Juliet” live endlessly throughout the centuries because of their overarching truth about human nature. The age-old story of two star-crossed lovers in impossible circumstances works because we can imagine it in any setting. This is precisely what the Theatre Arts Department of Grossmont College has done.

Jazz music is like a good bowl of gumbo. All the ingredients are from different cultures blending into a soul-pleasing mixture. In San Diego, many people are hungry for jazz because they can’t find enough of it. The San Diego culture and lifestyle is not yet ripe for it. Dar Lilly, a La Mesa resident, is on a quest to change that.