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Sycuan Tribe Unveils Memorial Sign for Slain Tribal Member

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Reminds Public of $100,000 Reward for Information Leading to Conviction LA MESA — Joined by San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and La Mesa Chief of Police Walt Vazquez, the Sycuan Tribe unveiled a memorial sign to be placed on Interstate 8 in honor of Xusha Brown, Jr., Tuesday, June 21. Brown, a tribal member was tragically murdered on May 5, 2013. His murder remains unsolved. “The Sycuan Tribe and the Brown family lost an incredibly talented and inspiring young man to senseless criminal violence the night of May 5, 2013,” stated Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez. “His memory will be honored through the placement of this memorial sign. In addition, we encourage anyone with information that may help in the investigation to contact the La Mesa Police Department or Crime Stoppers.” A reward of $100,000 was established immediately after the murder for information leading to an arrest and conviction of the individual(s) responsible for this murder. Chairman Martinez used Tuesday’s unveiling to remind the public that the full reward remains unclaimed. Information can be shared confidentially with either the La Mesa

Police Department or Crime Stoppers. San Diego District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis and La Mesa police spoke during the unveiling ceremony, but declined to speak to the specifics of the case citing an open investigation into Brown’s murder. This case is still being actively investigated by the two, as well as by partners in other law enforcement agencies. Members of the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation have resided in and around the foothills of the Dehesa Valley for nearly 12,000 years. Today, they are a modern government providing public services to their members, employees and neighbors. The Sycuan Tribal Government operates one of the region’s premier Indian gaming and resort facilities, the Sycuan Casino and Resort. The Sycuan Tribe demonstrates its strong commitment to the San Diego region through the support of hundreds of civic and charitable organizations. The Tribe, through the Sycuan Tribal Development Corporation (STDC), also seeks to reinvest back into the San Diego community with a progressive business develop-

Above: Sycuan Tribal member, Xusha Brown Jr., then 22, was a victim of a freeway murder on Interstate 8 in La Mesa in 2013. Police and family unveiled a memorial sign in his honor, Tuesday, June 21. ment effort. To date, STDC has purchased the former Singing Hills Country Club and the historic U.S. Grant Hotel; is an investor in Hotel Solamar near Petco Park; and is owner/developer of the Marina Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in National City. Combined, these enterprises now employ nearly 4,000 San Diegans. For more information on Sycuan visit www.sycuantribe.com

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On The Cover SANTEE — Santana High School Class of 2016 held their commencement, Wednesday, June 15. There were 270 graduates with 86 graduating with honors. Valedictorians were Catelyn Marie Renna and Jordan Lindsey Tockstien; Solitarian was Sophia Josephine Stepp.

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So Cal Focus with Thomas D. Elias Illuminating Politics: Disclose Act Plus ‘NASCAR’ Measure


Give light and the people will find their own way. – Longtime motto of the former Scripps Howard Newspapers.

News & Notes Smart spending:

The county’s new budget includes more money for public safety, mental health programs and services for the elderly. While the budget trims spending overall, it allows for the expansion of programs aimed at helping the mentally ill, including the homeless, and seniors who want to stay in their homes as they age. It includes money to develop new branch libraries in Lakeside and Casa de Oro, new fire stations in Jacumba and Pine Valley and for

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improvements to Lindo Lake and other East County parks. Money is also set aside for a planned equestrian center in Lakeside.

Stay cool:

Now that summer is here, seniors and those with disabilities need to be especially careful during the hot weather. Those looking to escape the heat can head to one ofthe county’s more than 115 designated “Cool Zones” across our region. Look for the Polar Bear Cool Zone sign outside these airconditioned locations, which include county libraries and

San Diego County Supervisor Dianne Jacob District Two Vice Chair community centers.

Helping our elderly:

I was glad to recently help lead the county’s latest Aging Summit, which has become the to-go event for seniors and caregivers in our region. We talked a lot about what more communities can do to better accommodate the needs of our oldest residents. As the number of San Diegans 70 and older grows, it’s critical we do all we can to help them stay in their homes and neighborhoods as long as they are able. Aging & Independence Services oversees county programs for the elderly. For more information, call 800-510-2020. 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 week!

he essence of that slogan – that voters will act in their own interest if they know enough about an issue or a politician – is at the heart of two measures that might just be California laws less than one year from now. One is the so-called “NASCAR Initiative,” which would require all state legislators to wear the emblems or logos of their top 10 campaign donors every time they attend an official function. Imagine if that had applied to the ongoing series of primary election debates in both parties this spring: The stage at early contests with as many as a dozen candidates splayed across a series of stages would have looked a lot like the infield at the Indianapolis Speedway or the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, where dozens of race car drivers in fire-resistant jumpsuits are festooned with logos of car companies, breweries, battery makers and many more. What logos would some candidates have chosen to represent the industrialist Koch brothers or other large funders of their Super PACs? Would Democrat Bernard Sanders have been the only candidate with a plain business suit? Would donor logos have made attractive accessories for the pantsuits usually worn by candidate Hillary Clinton? They certainly could have made voters better informed, as the words emerging from her mouth and others’ could much more easily have been evaluated in the light of their sponsors. No one knows just now, because no polling has been done on it, whether this somewhat whimsical idea pushed by Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox will make the ballot and then pass at the polls. Or, if voters do pass it, whether it would pass constitutional muster. How people dress can be interpreted as a form of speech, which might make this measure a First Amendment violation no matter how popular the idea might become (by late April, it had more than one-fourth the signatures needed to reach the fall ballot). So it’s good to have backup. And the newest version of the California “Disclose Act” would provide some of that. This measure, first proposed at the end of the last decade by then-Assemblywoman Julia Brownley of Ventura County, now a Democratic congresswoman, is less splashy than the NASCAR proposal, but might be more effective because it contains no discernible constitutional issues. Known this year as AB 700, the Disclose Act would force all political advertising to clearly and prominently list the top three “true” funders of any ad in large, clear type, one name per line, on a solid black background. This would be the first law in America to finger so-called “dark money,” which is donated to some political action committees and non-profits in ways specifically aiming to keep them anonymous. This measure passed the state Assembly on a 60-15 vote, with all Democrats voting in favor, along with nine Republicans. GOP members voting against openness in political financing included the Assembly minority leader, Chad Mayes of Yucca Valley. Said Democratic Assemblyman Jimmy Gomez of Los Angeles, “Voters deserve transparency in our electoral process. (The Assembly) vote moves us forward in the fight to undo unlimited money in our elections.” In fact, passage of the Disclose Act could provide the first true test in many years of whether the old Scripps Howard motto remains valid. If voter preferences were to change as disclosures are made in TV commercials and newspaper ads, that would be a reliable sign of public reaction to new information. If both measures should pass, California could end up with the greatest amount of openness in American history. That would be an even better test of whether Scripps Howard, which for generations used a lighthouse as its logo, was correct.

Elias has covered esoteric votes in eight national political conventions. His book, “The Burzynski Breakthrough, The Most Promising Cancer Treatment and the Government’s Campaign to Squelch It,” is now available in a soft cover fourth edition. His opinions are his own. Email Elias at tdelias@aol.com


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. How common is osteoporosis?


. Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and structural deterioration of bone tissue. This condition creates an increased risk of fractures. Our bodies remove old bone and replace it with new bone. During our growth stage, new bone is added faster than old bone is removed. We hit peak bone mass around age 30. After that age, we lose more bone than we form. Who is at risk of getting osteoporosis? he chances are greater for women because they have less bone tissue and lose bone faster than men; this is caused by changes from menopause. Small, thin-boned women are at greater risk. Caucasian and Asian women are at highest risk. Age is a major risk factor because bones become thinner and weaker as you age. Heredity can also increase fracture risk. Osteoporosis is a major public health threat for more than 40 million Americans; about seven out of 10 of them are women. One out of every two women and one in four men over 50 will have an osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Worldwide, osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women and cause more than 8.9 million fractures annually. Low calcium intake appears to be associated with bone loss. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, dark-greenFull leafyService vegetables, Salon almonds, and foods fortified with calcium, such as orange juice. Some people may need to take a calcium supplement. Vitamin D plays an important role in calcium absorption and in bone health. It is made in the skin through exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D production decreases in the elderly, in people who are housebound, and for people in general during the winter. Depending on your situation, you may need to take vitamin D supplements. Bone responds to exercise by becoming stronger. Weightbearing exercise is the best for your bones. Get off the sofa. Women who smoke have lower levels of estrogen compared to nonsmokers, and they often go through menopause earlier. Smokers also may absorb less calcium from their diets. Quit. Regular consumption of 2-3 ounces a day of alcohol may be damaging to the skeleton. Heavy drinkers are more prone to bone loss and fractures, because of poor nutrition and increased risk of falling. Quit or, at least, cut down. People may not know they have osteoporosis until their bones become so weak that a bump or fall causes a hip to fracture or a vertebra to collapse. See your doctor for a check-up. Following a comprehensive medical assessment, your doctor may recommend that you have your bone mass measured. A bone mineral density (BMD) test is the best way to determine your bone health. BMD tests can identify osteoporosis, determine your risk for fractures, and measure your response to osteoporosis treatment. A comprehensive osteoporosis treatment program includes a focus on proper nutrition, exercise, and safety issues to prevent falls that may result in fractures. In addition, your physician may prescribe a medication to slow or stop bone loss, increase bone density, and reduce fracture risk. Ask The Healthy Geezer a question at: fred@healthygeezer.com


Living with MS with Dee Dean

Four new risk genes associated with MS discovered Indications of an interplay between genetic and environmental factors

cientists of the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry have identified four new risk genes that are altered in German patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The results point to a possible involvement of cellular mechanisms in the development of the disease, through which environmental influences affect gene regulation. The research project was supported by the German Competence Network Multiple Sclerosis (KKNMS). The newly identified regions in the human genome associated with the disease improve our model of how MS develops. “All four genes are important for regulatory processes within immune cells. Interestingly, they are linked to epigenetic mechanisms. These are bookmarks in the genome that are placed by environmental influences and control the expression of genes,” explains Prof. Dr. Bernhard Hemmer, Director of the Clinic and Policlinic for Neurology at TUM’s Klinikum rechts der Isar and Spokesman of the Executive Board of the KKNMS. Epigenetic signals mark DNA sequences in human cells and are critical for regulating which of the approximately 20,000 genes inside a cell get activated. These signals are programmed by environmental influences throughout a person’s lifetime. One of the genes identified, named SHMT1, plays a central role in DNA methylation, one of

the most important epigenetic regulatory mechanisms. “Environmental factors strongly contribute to the disease” The findings expand our understanding of the extent to which genetic influences play a part in the development of MS: “Because the hereditary component in developing MS is limited, environmental factors strongly contribute to the disease. They can influence the activity of MS-relevant genes via epigenetic mechanisms. We have now discovered indicators for regulation of methylation being a potential interface where genetic and environmental MS risk factors interact,” says Prof. Dr. Bertram Müller-Myhsok, Research Group Leader Statistical Genetics at the Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry.

The largest genetic MS study carried out in a single country Not only did the scientists identify four new risk genes in the German population, but they also confirmed the existence of a dozen previously identified genes. In contrast to earlier studies, they took a new methodological approach: instead of examining a large number of international samples from different ethnic groups, the scientists focused on a single population of genetically homogeneous German patients. This allowed them to identify risk genes that had so far not been discovered


in international studies. With just under 5,000 patients and a sample of over 10,000 healthy people, this is the largest genetic MS study carried out in a single country to date. The study has been published in the current edition of the journal Science Advances. Multiple Sclerosis is an inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. With about 200,000 people affected in Germany and 450,000 in the U.S. alone, it is one of the most common neurological diseases among young adults. In the majority of cases, MS is a relapsing-remitting disease that causes a wide range of symptoms, including visual disturbances, paralysis, numbness, and dizziness. Its cause remains unknown. Source: Technical University of Munich (TUM)

Dean has been fighting Multiple Sclerosis for 29 years. She continually studies and researches the disease to educate herself. She writes this column as a community service to share her findings and to raise public awareness about MS. The opinions and experiences shared are her own. Dean is NOT a medical doctor. ALWAYS check with your doctor first before trying a new therapy. This column is intended for informational purposes only. Dean can be reached at ddean@echerald.com. NOTE: Dean is the recipient of the 2004 STAR Community Outreach Award by the MS Society Dec. 2, 2004, the American Red Cross Real Hero Wendell Cutting Humanitarian Award, Oct. 13, 2006 , the Stoney Community Service Award, February 29, 2008, Women in Leadership Award for Art/Media/Culture Oct. 29, 2010, El Cajon Citizen of The Year Nominee Feb. 2013 and Recipient of the National MS Society’s 2014 Media Partner of The Year, Feb. 10, 2015.

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reetings precious people, this week we continue our series entitled, “A day in the life of Jesus the Messiah.” As a reminder, we are doing this series that you may come to know the truth about Jesus as the Word of God the Bible conveys it. We are looking at the Apostle John’s account for he gives the most detailed account of Jesus’ final hours before the Crucifixion. In John 13:18-30 we read “I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, “He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’ Now I tell you before it comes, that when it does come to pass, you may believe that I am He. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who receives whomever I send receives Me; and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me.” When Jesus had said these things, He was troubled in spirit, and testified and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.” Then the disciples looked at one another, perplexed about whom He spoke. Now there was leaning on Jesus’ bosom one of His disciples, whom Jesus loved. Simon Peter therefore motioned to him to ask who it was of whom He spoke. Then, leaning back on Jesus’ breast, he said to Him, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a piece of bread when I have dipped it.” And having dipped the bread, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. Now after the piece of bread, Satan entered him. Then Jesus said to him, “What you do, do quickly.” But no one at the table knew for what reason He said this to him. For some thought, because Judas had the money box, that Jesus had said to him, “Buy those things we need for the feast,” or that he should give something to the poor. Having received the piece of bread, he then went out immediately. And it was night.” Here we have what is commonly known as the scene of the Last Supper. Within it we have Jesus identifying Judas Iscariot as the one that would betray him. One of the things that amazes me in this account is that none of the other disciples ever suspected Judas for what he was, a traitor. Notice what is said of Judas, “Satan entered into him”. In another place, Jesus made this statement of Judas, “Have not I chosen 12 of you and yet one of you is the devil.” How astounding is this! When Jesus had made the announcement that one of the 12 would betray Him, all the disciples questioned, “Is it I?” They all did not at once turn and look at Judas and say, ‘I bet it is that dirty rat.” Here is the point dear ones, or should I say 2 points? First, we really do not know people as well as we may think that we do. You can be around someone for years, like the disciples were around each other, only to find out in time of crisis or otherwise the person you have been with really wasn’t what you thought. Secondly and even more troubling is that we really do not know ourselves as we think we do. This is vividly illustrated for us in the life of Peter (who really depicts ourselves ever so well). Jesus told Peter that he would deny three times that he even knew Jesus, and what did Peter argue? “Even if all the others (disciples) deny You, I never will, I will even die with You.” Secondly, how little we know ourselves, we think we would never do such and such, but given the right circumstances, we are capable of all kinds of wickedness. The Word of God the Bible give us a clear picture of our own heart, Jeremiah 17:9-10 “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it? I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” Do you dare ask God to search your heart dear one and have Him reveal the truth about your heart?

Drew Macintyre is associate pastor of Calvary Chapel of Alpine and can be reached at 619-445-2589, or ccalpinemac@gmail.com


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Grab a Blanket and Watch a Movie Under the Stars…The Movies in the Park Series is back, and it’s in Lakeside! LAKESIDE — Join us for a night of entertainment, games, food and fun for the entire family. As part of San Diego’s Movies in the Park series, the Lakeside Community Center will be hosting a movie at the Lindo Lake Baseball fields featuring “The Incredibles” on Friday, Aug. 26. These box office hits will be shown on a high-definition, inflatable mega screen. In addition to the movie, attendees will enjoy face painting, a bounce house arts and crafts and activities for all ages, starting at 6:30 p.m. Food and drinks will be available to purchase, so come hungry! Admission and parking are free. The movie starts at dusk. For more information about Movies in the Park, contact the Lakeside Community Center at (619) 443-9176 or visit the center’s office at 9841 Vine Street Monday through Friday, between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. For more information about County Parks and ongoing recreational programming, visit www.sdparks.org.

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he Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) reports that construction employment was at 6.67 million in April 2016, the highest level since December 2008, and has increased 4.1 percent in the past year. The AGC notes that many firms are having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire as demand for construction continues to expand. Helping meet this increasing demand are SDSU College of Extended Studies online certificate programs in Civil Sitework, Construction Estimating, Construction Practices, Construction Project Management, and Construction Supervision. Whether you’re a seasoned professional or new to the industry, these programs help you write your own ticket for a successful career in construction. The last day to register for current online courses is Monday, June 27. All programs are authorized by SDSU’s College of Engineering. “I’ve been putting much of what I learned in the online courses to good use,” said program graduate Mark Gonzalez, now an assistant construction superintendent for Pardee Homes San Diego. “Coupled with my internship experiences throughout the last few years, I’m certain the Construction Supervision certificate I received played a big part in securing my new job. I fondly believe it is one of the best educational investments I have made, and has provided me with real-world, practical knowledge as I embark in my construction career.” Each course meets online for ten weeks. Students should budget five to seven hours per week for each class. “I work full-time up to 60 hours per week, so it’s very convenient for me to take these courses online at home,” said former student Pete Spangler. “I don’t have to leave my children or my family and I’m not rushing to campus to try to make a class. I was able to connect with people across the country. They had some really good insight and I learned a lot of valuable information from them.” Financial aid may be available to students through programs like the federal Workforce Investment Act and MyCAA for military spouses. For an online demo, go to ConstructionClasses.com/demo course. For additional information visit neverstoplearning. net/construction, email construction-­ces@sdsu.edu, or call (619) 594­-3297.

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EAST COUNTY BIZwith Rick Griffin Lakeside Chamber Annual Awards Night

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce has announced this year’s annual awards dinner and board of directors installation will be held on Thursday, July 21 at Barona Resort and Casino’s Golf Events Center in Lakeside. The announcement was made by Kathy Kassel, Chamber president/CEO. The event will feature installation of the Chamber’s 2016-2017 board of directors. Also, outgoing board members will be honored. In addition, the Chamber will honor the recipient of the 2016 Harry J. Spence Lakeside Citizen of the Year award. The annual award is given to a man or woman who has made outstanding volunteer contributions and contributed to a better way of life for all in the Lakeside and East County communities. The recipient also will part of the Lakeside Western Days parade in April 2017. The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award originated in 1980. The 2015 honoree was Jill Fleming, who has overseen the Miss Lakeside and Miss Teen Lakeside pageants for the past 18 years. Additional awards will be presented on July 21. They include several awards to chamber members, including sponsor of the year, member of the year, ambassador of the year, board member of the year and volunteer of the year. Other awards will include elected official of the year and the Rick Smith Award for volunteer service to the community and chamber. Cost to attend is $20 per person. For more information and to RSVP, visit www.LakesideChamber.org.

La Mesa Chamber of Commerce announces `Summer Bash’ business expo

The La Mesa Chamber of Commerce has announced that Thursday, Aug. 11 is the date for its annual “Summer Bash,” a business expo, to be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m., at the La Mesa Community Center, 4975 Memo-

rial Dr., La Mesa. Exhibit booth space is available to any La Mesa Chamber member. Cost for exhibit space starts at $65 per table. Premium placement is available. The event will feature food sampling and more than 45 display tables featuring La Mesa Chamber members, according to Mary England, Chamber CEO. “We encourage the public to join us and meet our business community in this fun-filled setting,” she said. Admission is $15 per person in advance or $25 per person at the door. Beer and wine will be available for sale. Raffles and door prizes hosted by vendors and participants are planned. For information on sponsorship opportunities and an exhibitor application, contact England at (619) 251-7730, or maryengland@ lamesachamber.com. To RSVP, send an e-mail to rsvp@ lamesachamber.com or call (619) 465-7700.

Grossmont Healthcare District recognized for transparency from state association

The Association of California Healthcare Districts (ACHD) has recognized the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) with its “Best Practices in Governance” certification, indicating GHD’s commitment to open and transparent government. The designation signifies that GHD is compliant with ACHD core standards for demonstrating open and transparent business practices for the benefit of the communities served, said ACHD officials. The compliance relates to transparency in several areas, including reporting, purchasing, conflict of interest and expenditures of public funds. “We are very pleased and honored to receive this prestigious certification that affirms our current and ongoing practices as well as our commitment to the public to continually operate in an open and transparent manner, at the highest of standards,” said Robert “Bob” Ayres, 2016 GHD board president. “East San

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Diego County residents can be assured that we are taking seriously our responsibility to adhere to sound business practices, integrity and openness and with the taxpayers’ best interests in mind, for the benefit of the communities we serve.” “Our certification process is a thorough review that involves an examination of best business practices,” said ACHD Executive Director Kenneth Cohen. “The general public, as well as our state legislators, can have confidence that a healthcare district’s affairs are conducted in a manner that is open and transparent.” California’s healthcare districts are public entities providing community-based healthcare services to residents throughout the state. Each district is governed by a locally elected board of directors who are directly accountable to the communities they serve. Districts provide a range of services, which may include a hospital, clinic, skilled nursing facility or emergency medical services, as well as education and wellness programs and community grants and scholarship support. GHD is the 11th healthcare district in the state to receive the recognition since ACHD introduced its certification program in 2014. Certification is available to all 78 California healthcare districts. The certification is valid for three years. Palomar Health, which covers a large portion of northern San Diego County, was the first California healthcare district to earn the ACHD certification in August 2014. The Grossmont Healthcare District is an East County regional public agency that supports various healthrelated community programs and services in San Diego’s East County. Formed in 1952 to build Grossmont Hospital, the District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent more than 500,000 people residing within the District’s 750 square miles. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.

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EL CAJON — High school and college actors, actresses, costume designers and stagehands are preparing to team up once more for the 2016 version of Grossmont College’s Summer Conservatory program, which culminates with a musical adaptation of the Jules Verne classic, “Around the World in Eighty Days.” “This really is the most incredible of programs,” said Theatre Arts Department Chair Beth Duggan. The 3rd Annual Summer Conservatory Program enables student performers and technicians to learn what it’s like to work in a professional theatre through daytime or evening classes that teach specialized skills. High school students can earn college credit, and the course culminates with 10 performances in the Grossmont College’s Stagehouse Theatre. • 7:30 p.m., July 28, 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5 • 2 p.m., July 29, 30 and Aug. 4, 5, 6 Ticket pricing: General $15/Military and Veterans $12/ Students $10 This year’s family-friendly production, entitled “80 Days! A New Musical,” is an adaptation of the Jules Verne classic and melds music with comedy. The screenplay was written by Theatre Arts instructor Jeannette Thomas and is directed by Theatre Arts instructor Brian Rickel. “This is giving me an opportunity to learn from college students as well as professors who work in the industry,” said Aimee-Marie Holland while taking a break from serving as a stage manager for a production of Cinderella – A New Pop Musical last year. Tickets for the 2016 Summer Conservatory – which is funded entirely by donations from the community – are on sale now. Tickets are available at the Stagehouse Theatre Box Office 619.644.7234, via www. grossmont.edu/theatrebrochure or one hour prior to each performance. For further information about the 2016 Summer Conservatory or “80 Days! – A New Musical,” call 619.644.7234 or visit www.grossmont. edu/theatrearts.

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