The Glendale Community College Theatre Arts Department will present the Elmer Rice play, “Two on an Island,” opening at 8 p.m. March 31 in the Auditorium Mainstage Theatre.
Melissa R. Randel directs the production, set in the late 1930s and telling the story of two young people searching for happiness and success in New York.
Tickets are $10, $6 for students and seniors and $4 each for children 12 and under and groups of 10 or more.
For reservations, call (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5612. The college is at 1500 N. Verdugo Road. There is free parking Friday through Sunday only, next to the auditorium building on Circle Drive and in Lot I off Verdugo Road. Go to www.glendale.edu/maps to see a campus map.
GCC has many free lectures this spring
Three GCC speaker series will have presentations in March — the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series, the Humanities/Social Science Lecture Series and the Science Lecture Series.
The biannual Los Angeles Writers Reading Series was started by GCC English instructors Jocelyn Heaney and Claire Phillips to celebrate local writers and to give students access to literary events in which they can meet and talk with some of the authors of the books they have been reading in their English classes. The series will feature Aimee Bender and Sarah Shun-lien Bynum from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. March 29 in Kreider Hall. Both will read from their work and answer questions afterwards.
Bender is known for her 2010 novel, “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake,” and for the 1998 short story collection, “The Girl in the Flammable Skirt,” which spent seven weeks on the Los Angeles Times best-seller list. She is also a professor of creative writing at USC.
Bynum’s debut novel, “Madeleine is Sleeping,” was nominated for the 2004 National Book Award. She made the New Yorker’s 2010 Top 20 Under 40 list. She also wrote “The Ms. Hempel Chronicles.” Bynum heads the creative writing program at UC San Diego.
The Humanities/Social Science Lecture for March is held as part of the college’s observance of Women’s History Month. Dr. Amy E. Hackmann, a cardiothoracic surgery resident at USC, will present, “You Can’t Do That, You’re a Girl,” on March 24. In April, a lecture observing Earth Day, “State of the Earth: A Global Check Up,” will be presented by geography professor and GCC sustainability coordinator Mike Reed. English professor Susan I. Henry will discuss “Titanic: Sailing into Legend,” on May 26. The Humanities/Social Sciences Lectures are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Kreider Hall.
The remaining spring science lectures are “Harmonic Analysis in the Real World,” with math professor Ashot Djrbashian on March 22; Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World,” on April 26 by Daniel Lewis, Dibner senior curator of the History of Science, Huntington Library; and “The Science of Making Chocolate,” on May 24 presented by Scott Ionson, technical support specialist, Technical Services, Nestle Confections and Snacks. All of the science lectures are from 12:20 to 1:20 p.m. in room 243 of the Santa Barbara Building.
Admission to the lectures is free and open to the public, but seating can be limited.
Fire academy applications now being accepted
Applications are being accepted for the Verdugo Fire Academy Class XV that begins in January, 2012. The application deadline is Oct. 28.
The application and explanation of the application process can be found on the Fire Academy (VFA) website, www.glendale.edu/fire. In addition, anyone interested in the academy can attend one of the VFA monthly information meetings. The next meeting will be at 7 p.m. April 7 in room 108 of the Aviation/Art Building on campus.
Contact Victor Castellanos (818) 240-1000, Ext. 5326 for more information or to schedule an appointment to submit the application.
WENDY GROVE is public information coordinator at Glendale Community College. Her column runs once a month. Reach her at (818) 551-5161 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.