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Sound Bites - Issue #2 / October 2013

Issue #2 / October 2013


The Holidays – and Community Education – Are For Families, Too

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Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator, Community and Contract Ed Alice Meyering,
Program Coordinator
Community & Contract Education

What's New

As Halloween and the holiday season approach, we can’t help but think back nostalgically on this time of year as a time of family gatherings. We’re pleased to present two upcoming classes that are perfect for families: Halloween Card-Making Workshop and Holiday Cards Workshop (see article below).

Keep your eyes open for the Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruise and Valentine’s Day Card workshop that are perfect for the families in the upcoming Winter semester.

Our new collaboration with the highly acclaimed Broad Stage at Santa Monica College for a series of family-oriented cultural events starts with “Puss In Boots: From Drawings to Dance” on October 26. CE students get a 2 for 1 special discount that allows the whole family to enjoy this event at a family-friendly price.

We’re proud to offer our students and community new adventures, acquisition of new skills and opportunities to enrich – or even change – lives.

But we’re equally proud that we can provide families some fun and much-needed quality time together.

If you have ideas on new ways we can bring families together, let us know. In fact, we welcome suggestions and feedback on all aspects of our college-within-a-college. Please email us at or call us at 310-434-3400.


Alice Meyering
Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education

Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education


“Puss In Boots: From Drawings to Dance”

Special Promotions

Take the whole family for half the price to Broad Stage!

SMC Community Education is very pleased to announce a new collaboration with the critically acclaimed Broad Stage at Santa Monica College. The Broad Stage is happy to offer a 2 for 1 special just for Community Education to “Puss In Boots: From Drawings to Dance” on Saturday, Oct. 26 at 11:00am. Please use the code word “EDU" to redeem this special offer when you purchase online at or by phone at 310-434-3200.

“We’re very excited to enter a partnership with The Broad Stage for cultural and educational programs,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education. “The Broad Stage has won praise not only for its top-notch cultural programming, but also for its family events and educational outreach.”

She added, “Watch for upcoming details.”

Committed to making great performances accessible, Education & Outreach at The Broad Stage invites Community Education students to take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Dreamworks’ Academy Award-nominated film, Puss in Boots. Helios Artistic Director Laura Gorenstein Miller and her dancers share the process of creating the choreography for the characters.

Drawings dance to life in styles from Flamenco to contemporary as this award-winning company incorporates rarely seen hand-drawn story boards, choreography, video of the motion capture technology and finished film scenes from the movie.

“It’s fascinating for audiences of all ages to experience live dance in this new and innovative way using popular culture and the love of film,” Meyering said.

The show is followed by a half-hour fun festival with fresh cookies and milk, entertainment, crafts and an artist meet-and-greet.

When: Saturday, October 26th at 11:00am.
Where: The Broad Stage 1310 11th Street, Santa Monica 90403.

Please arrive early for free onsite parking.

Get a 10% Discount When You “Like” Our Facebook Page!

Community Ed Facebook Page

Get a 10 percent discount on on-ground classes just by “liking” our new SMC Community Education Facebook page, and mention it when calling to register. The Facebook page is part of Community Education’s exciting new makeover that seeks to reach out in a more personal way to its “family” – students, instructors, and staff. So, if you haven’t done so yet, discover the sense of community you will find by signing up for classes.

A few of our students did just that and got the jump on a special promotion as part of our Broad Stage/Community Ed collaboration -- they won free tickets to the “Puss In Boots: From Drawings to Dance," by being the first 10 to email the Broad Box Office with our special free ticket offer. Next time it could be YOU!



Coming Soon! Halloween/Holiday Workshops & Tours

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South Pasadena

It’s not too early to think about the holidays: Halloween is just around the corner, and seasonal festivities get in full swing soon after. Community Education offers two great family-friendly workshops and a holiday shopping tour to make this season special!

“Our Halloween and holiday workshops not only give participants an opportunity to express creativity through making cards, but they are also a great family activity,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education. “And our brand-new ‘Holiday Shopping in Historic South Pasadena’ will be a fun excursion to charming boutiques, antique stores, cafes and more.”

Classes coming up soon are:

Halloween Card Making

 “Halloween Card-Making Workshop,” Saturday, Oct. 19 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Participants will create one-of-a-kind Halloween cards in this fun and very hands-on DIY workshop. Bringing their ideas and images, they will find out how to transform them into unique works of art for sending, framing or displaying.  Students will learn how to make their own printing stamps, how to mix inks for custom colors, and the techniques for printing clean and vibrant cards that will give the "unlucky" recipients the fright of their lives! The class is kids-friendly for ages 7 and up.

Holiday Card Making


“Holiday Cards Workshop,” Saturday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Similar to the Halloween card class, participants will make their own cards in time for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza and more! This class, too, is kids-friendly for ages 7 and up.

Historic Pasadena


“Holiday Shopping in Historic South Pasadena,” Sunday, Dec. 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Participants will start the day with a look at the art in the Hollywood & Vine Metro Station, then ride the Red Line downtown to Union Station, and board the Gold Line for the short ride to South Pasadena. They will then stroll along quaint Mission Street and explore its charming boutiques, antique stores, and cafes. Lunch will be at one of the local eateries, followed by a visit to the South Pasadena Historical Museum, located in what was once the Meridian Iron Works building. Also on the itinerary is a stop for a beverage or snack at Buster’s Coffee and Ice Cream Shop, established more than 20 years ago by the town’s former mayor. Participants are asked to wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothes, and bring along a shopping bag for goodies. Parking, Metro fare, and lunch costs are NOT included in the tour fee.

Registration is online or by calling (310) 434-3400. You can also email


From Our Instructor, Paola Barcaccia: "When in Rome. . ."

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Italian instructor Paolo Barcaccia wants you to truly enjoy her native country, its culture and language – whether as a visitor or student in her Beginning Italian class (which starts Oct. 24).

Here are three tips she playfully suggests for you when in Rome. . . or anywhere in Italy:

• Use your vocabulary combined with your HANDS to make them understand
 • Italian people love helping tourists so, don't be shy to ask!
 • Wear a pair of sunglasses to look more Italian and fit in with the

Paola Barcaccia was born and raised in the beautiful countryside of central Italy and has been teaching Italian as a Second Language for several years. Sociologist and artist, she has developed a creative and stimulating way of teaching that makes the learning process easier and fun.