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Cuyamaca College’s Band Aid Project Seeking Musicians Who Need Help With Promotion


Attention, local musicians! Cuyamaca College’s Band Aid Project is seeking musicians who need help promoting their band (recordings, gigs, web presence, etc.). Artists must audition to be chosen.

Reserve a spot today by calling 619-660-4627 or email taylor.smith@gcccd.edu.

Auditions will take place on September 29th & 30th at Cuyamaca College (located at 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon CA 92019)


Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Don’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks.

The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood and other experts will offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandmother scam,” “IRS scam” and other common ruses targeting older residents.

To register call 844-899-1597 or go to surveymonkey.com/r/dontgethooked

Barks and recreation: The Board of Supervisors recently approved an updated park development plan that includes $13 million in general fund money, along with other funds, for park improvements in many East County communities, including Campo, Descanso, Jamul and Julian.

Also in the works – new dog parks in Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley.

Be careful out there: The most hazardous time of the year is here. Are you prepared for the fall wildfire season?

Among the things you can do: Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home; create a disaster plan and emergency supplies kit; sign up for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system; and download the SD Emergency app on your cell phone.

For more on all these, and for additional help, go to readysandiego.org

The county has significantly ramped up fire and emergency services since the deadly firestorms of 2003, investing more than $400 million on improvements that include new rural fire stations and aerial resources.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!






Special Event and Reception for Ray “Padre” Johnson’s “Face of the Global Human Family” Art Donation

The Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College Governing Board & The Heritage of the Americas Museum Invites you to Attend a Special Presentation and Reception Celebrating Padre Johnson and his Gift of the Global Human Family!

Friday, October 6th, 2017
3:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Heritage of the Americas Museum
12110 Cuyamaca College Dr W, El Cajon, CA 92019

Free & Open to the Public!
Free Admission & Free Parking

Meet Padre Johnson at his presentation of his 25 paintings on display at the Museum. Light food and refreshments will be served.

The Heritage of the Americas Museum is proud to present on permanent display the paintings of Ray “Padre” Johnson, “Faces of the Global Human Family.” These 25 portraits can be seen in Cases 56, 57, 58 and 59 and on the upper walls on both sides of the Art Wing. His story is best described in his book, Journeys with the Global Family: Insights Through Portraits and Prose.

Because of his experience with both the seminary and medical school, he served in the Vietnam War as a Navy Special Forces Medical Chaplain. That’s where he was branded with the respected names “Padre” and “Doc.” During the war, he served the “Black Berets River Raiders” River Assault Force One in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta where he was wounded twice, receiving a Purple Heart and a Silver Medal for valor. His exceptional courage is described in the book, Brown Water, Black Berets, by Thomas J. Cutler.

After his service, Padre worked in leadership positions in human services at national, state, and local levels. His work over the years brought him in contact with many cultures. He also earned his doctorate in cultural anthropology. It was the research for his thesis that provided the motivation for his project on the “Faces of the Global Human Family” that would ultimately take him all over the world painting the unique, yet common, faces of humanity.

He returned to Wyoming and worked as a hired hand on high-country ranches as a true American cowboy. This was when he started sketching and painting and his professional art career was born. As his success as an artist soared, he realized he finally had the income and the time to pursue his dream of capturing the global human family.

Padre spent the next 14 years living with the people in 159 countries and capturing the common humanity in their faces. He says he wanted to “listen, observe, feel, enjoy, laugh, and appreciate the cultural tastes of almost every racial, ethnic and cultural group on our revolving globe.”

Upon returning from his fourteen-year journey, he put together an exhibition. The centerpiece painting provides a view of earth from outer space surrounded by the open faces of children and adults, each representing a cross section of the cultures of the world. The exhibit also includes 24 major canvases of Padre’s oil portraits representing the human diversity on Earth.

The first exhibition of his work was held at the United Nations. His second was at the Heritage of the Americas Museum for its Grand Opening in January 1993! He then took the exhibit to a showing in Beijing, China at the Royal Palace in the Forbidden City. He was the first American invited to do so. He planned on leaving his paintings to the United Nations, but later decided that the belong in the Heritage of the Americas Museum.

Racism, Social Justice, Tolerance Addressed as Diversity Dialogues Returns to Cuyamaca College

Discussions on topics ranging from social justice to the unique cultural challenges facing Muslim immigrants in the region highlight Cuyamaca College’s fall menu of Diversity Dialogues, which launches Sept. 14.

Diversity Dialogues were developed by Lauren Vaknin, associate dean of student affairs at Cuyamaca College, in spring 2011. From initially offering three workshops that drew a total of about 50 students, these days, up to 300 people – mostly students — attend the workshops each year.

“Diversity Dialogues has a tradition of fostering greater understanding by sparking open and honest discussions, and we look forward to another year of healthy and respectful conversations that underscore our commitment to diversity and inclusion,” Vaknin said.

All sessions are free and open to the public and take place in Room I-207 of the Student Center.

The series begins Sept. 14 with Developing a Positive Multicultural Orientation towards Diversity: Self-Reflection about our Diverse Identities and Cultural Orientation from 2 to 3 p.m. Presented by licensed marriage and family therapist Mayumi Y. Douglass, who is a lecturer at San Diego State University and a clinical supervisor at the Cuyamaca College Health and Wellness Center, this workshop is aimed at recognizing biases, increasing awareness about cultural prejudices and encouraging engagement with others who are culturally diverse.

That will be followed Sept. 18 with Diversity & Social Justice from 12 to 1 p.m. Presented by Grace Bagunu, who is the Student Affairs/SOLES Collaborative coordinator at the University of San Diego, this highly interactive session will focus on social justice-related concepts and effective communication skills when working in diverse groups.

A session titled Teaching Tolerance Supporting Students from Immigrant Families and Undocumented Students is on tap Sept. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. Presented by Cuyamaca College counselor and interim First Year Experience coordinator Mary Garcia, this workshop will address how increased immigration enforcement is impacting many immigrant students and their families – both documented and undocumented – and how the Cuyamaca College community can best support them.

The Border Corrido: Music of Resistance is set for Sept. 26 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Led by John Escobedo, Cuyamaca College’s Title V activity director in the Department of Institutional Effectiveness, Success and Equity, will lead a discussion about the role of music in resistance movements and the development of the border corrido – popular, narrative songs that often speak to oppression and other socially relevant topics.

Learning about Filipino Culture & Traditions takes place Oct. 12 from 1 to 2 p.m. Grace Bagunu of USD will provide an overview of Filipino history, culture and tradition while touching on such topics as why the Philippines is the only Asian country to practice Christianity, why lumpia is such a well-known dish even though it did not originate in the Philippines, and why the Philippine flag has three stars.

Aversive Racism and Microaggressions is set for Oct. 19 from 2 to 3 p.m. with Douglass of the Health and Wellness Center leading a discussion that explores assumptions based on an individual’s culture and the various ways people can casually degrade a socially marginalized group in brief, everyday exchanges.

Understanding Your Cultural Identity takes place Oct. 25 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Presented by Tanis Starck, assistant dean for special projects and director of the Cultural Proficiency Institute for Educators at San Diego State University, this workshop will investigate how we are likely to see people of differing cultures and how we could transform our cultural differences into healthy, authentic relations with others.

Breaking Barriers to Build Bridges: A Mental Health Initiative, is set for Oct. 30 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Presented by Cuyamaca College and Southwestern College counselor Ahmed (Rasheed) Aden, this workshop will delve into the stress felt by immigrant communities – particularly Muslim immigrants in the United States – and how that can affect a person’s mental health.

Diversity Dialogues ends its fall semester run with Developing Cultural Humility on Nov. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. Douglass returns for an important discussion on becoming more sensitive to the importance of diversity and respect for cultural differences.

Diversity Dialogues is but one of Cuyamaca College’s ongoing efforts at celebrating all cultures. The campus hosts an annual powwow to promote Native American heritage, Latino Heritage Month and Black History Month celebrations and a Veterans Week Barbecue honoring those who have served in the armed forces.

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Free Backyard Composting Workshop – September 30, 2017

In partnership with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation, The Water Conservation Garden presents a FREE composting workshop! Learn all about traditional composting and vermicomposting, and how to harvest and use your compost!

Saturday, September 30 | 10 am – 12 pm
The Water Conservation Garden
12122 Cuyamaca College Dr. West
El Cajon CA 92019

Register online at: http://solanacenter.org/wcg-workshop or call (760) 436-7986 ext. 700.