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Articles by Kenslow Smith

Opening night of “Cinderella a new, Pop Musical,” featured a world premiere version of the Cinderella story.

Grossmont College’s Art Instructor Jeannette Thomas wrote the musical that premiered at Stagehouse Theatre at Grossmont College on August 23. This was the second annual performance for Grossmont’s Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory program, a combination of college and high school actors and stage technicians partnering to produce a play.

Ronald Reagan Community Center in downtown El Cajon hosted the first Iraqi student achievement awards on July 21, sponsored by the San Diego Iraqi Center for Dialogue.

“They are the spirit of rodeo, we call them cowboys,” said Bulls Only Rodeo Announcer Howdy White to start the 17th Optimist Bulls Only Rodeo in Lakeside on July 17-18. With two action packed nights of cowboys taking on the best broncing bulls in stock, Wild Horse Racing (Team Bronc riding) and a crowd favorite, the kids Mutton Bustin’ event, dust, rain nor mud could stop these champion athletes from Georgia to Lakeside performing for the crowd.

Wheels are churning at Stagehouse Theatre in Grossmont College’s Theatre Arts department, and Cinderella is riding shotgun.

“Cinderella A New, Pop Musical” will be presented beginning July 23 at Stagecoach Theatre, by GCC’s second annual Summer Theatre Arts Conservatory program, a combination of college and high-school actors and stage technicians partnering to produce a play. The program prepares students for four-year universities and technical opportunities in theatre.

Team Diaz Tennis USA, a non-profit tennis program, returned to La Mesa to host its sixth Summer Tennis Camp. The camp holds two sessions Monday-Thursday for six weeks. Session one is the 10 and Under program, and session two is the High Performance Junior Training program.

To improve the program Diaz shifted from Helix High School’s facilities, to La Mesita Park.

Bob Dylan said it first, “the times they are a changing,” and this time it is in the City of El Cajon.

Mayor Bill Wells proposed for the city manager and city attorney to investigate options in creating a city-sponsored measure for an amendment to establish district elections in the city of El Cajon in the November 2016 general municipal election.

In celebration of the summer solstice, fairies, fauns, mischievous and lovely winged creatures gathered in La Mesa for the annual “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” art exhibition.

Five days, four homes, one NASCAR champion, it was an all out blitz.

From June 22-26 the Jimmie Johnson Foundation, San Diego Habitat for Humanity with local builders, Lowe’s and the city of El Cajon partnered for the El Cajon Foundation Lane Home Builders Blitz, a project that builds four homes in five days.

Home Builders Blitz returned to El Cajon to complete phase two of the Habit for Humanity’s Foundation Lane community that began with four homes built in 2009.