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Sound Bites - Issue #3 / November 2013


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Michelle King, Director Community and Contract Ed Michelle King, Director
Career & Contract Ed.

Thankful, We Share a Holiday Recipe

It’s the season for gratitude, and we at Community Education count our blessings frequently, but particularly at this time of the year as we approach Thanksgiving.

We are thankful for the our interesting and diverse student body, our instructors who share their knowledge with great passion, and our staff members who strive to give our customers the best service. We’re also grateful for the opportunity to serve our community for over three decades.

In the spirit of this holiday – and as an expression of our commitment to healthy foods – I would like to share with you one of my favorite recipes that my family enjoys at this time of year.

Santa Monica College has always had a strong commitment to sustainability and it recently held “Food Day” with the goal of informing the community about healthy, affordable, sustainable, and local food options.

Keep watching for more learning opportunities as we increase our organic food-related course offerings; classes will range from “Organic Gardening” to “Organic Shopping.” 

In the meantime, here is the recipe I promised. The vibrant color of butternut squash matches the colors of the season and will beckon anyone visiting a farmer’s market – if you haven’t tried butternut squash this is a good way to enjoy it.

Butternut Squash Soup

Serving:       6, Yields: 7 cups
Cook Time:  25 minutes
Total time:  1 hour 5 minutes


  • 1 medium (2 ¼ pounds) butternut squash
  • 1 small onion, sliced
  • 2 cans (14 ½ ounces each) chicken broth, divided
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. Cut squash in half and remove seeds.  Peel and cut into cubes
  2. Preheat oven to 425°. Place squash and onions in casserole dish and add 1 can of broth, dot with butter and sprinkle with pepper and nutmeg.  Cover dish with foil and bake until tender, about 40 minutes. 
  3. In batches, pour cooled vegetables into blender, and blend until smooth.  In saucepan, combine pureed squash and remaining broth.  Bring to a boil. Serve topped with sour cream and a sprinkle of nutmeg.

We wish you and yours a bountiful and happy Thanksgiving.

Michelle King
Director of Career & Contract Education



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

What's New

SMC Community Education is pleased to announce a robust Winter Session  – with more than 60 classes, workshops and tours – and several new offerings. Online registration is now open and classes begin Jan. 6.

“We’re very excited to offer a dynamic collection of courses this winter ranging from
the arts to fitness, from languages to professional development,” said Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of Community & Contract Education.

Meyering said the program is particularly pleased to offer a new certificated “Secrets of Public Works Projects Series,” which begins Jan. 11 with a course on “Prevailing Wages: Tips You Need Before You Bid.”

“With more than $100 billion of approved California public works projects at stake, this new series is crucial for the construction business,” Meyering said. “We want contractors to learn about complex wage regulations so they can keep on track and maintain healthy profits.”

Other new classes include “Introduction to Basic Mindfulness,” a French pronunciation class, and “Animation Creators: Stop Motion” for 8- to 13-year-olds. 

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


Four Exciting SoCal Tours in Winter

Santa Monica Pier Santa Monica Pier

Community Education is offering four exciting tours this winter
– three urban, one rural, two new – that will introduce you to
places you’ve never been, or reintroduce you to spots with a
whole new viewpoint. Two of them are local photo safaris.

“One of the special things about Community Education is that
it offers unique tours to places in our Southern California
backyard – and gives us insight we would never have otherwise,
” says Alice Meyering, Program Coordinator of SMC Community
& Contract Education.

Join us for adventures to lovely Cachuma Lake in Santa Barbara
County, Pasadena, Watts Towers and Heritage Square Museum
(by Metro rail), and the Santa Monica Pier. Space is limited, so
sign up now!

 Lake Cachuma (with Nature Center & Picnic), Jan. 18, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.: Discover glimmering Lake Cachuma, set amid acres of wilderness and
flanked by the picturesque Santa Ynez and San Rafael Mountains north of
Santa Barbara.

It's an area teeming with wildlife, so you may get the chance to see deer, bald eagles, hawks, and possibly even a fox. During an especially beautiful time of
year at the lake, enjoy a relaxing, 90-minute cruise led by an expert naturalist.

The itinerary on this new Community Ed tour includes a stop at the Nature Center, which is set in a picturesque ranch house and has exhibits of the area's flora and fauna, as well as the indigenous Chumash tribe. Participants will also enjoy a
picnic lunch in a scenic country setting as part of the day's excursion.

Participants are advised to wear comfortable walking shoes and casual clothes.
The boat has both shady and sunny areas to choose from, but a hat and a sweater
or light jacket are recommended. And abundant photo opportunities will be available.

The tour departs from SMC's Bundy Campus. Parking is free.

Underground Art Museum

 The Los Angeles Underground Art Museum, Jan. 12, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.: Participants will ride the Metro Red Line and stop frequently to see
the amazing public art in the subway stations – and, as a bonus, attend the
Annual Re-Enactment of the Treaty of Cahuenga Signing on its 166th anniversary
at the Universal Studios stop.

Join professional Los Angeles guide Gayle Gale for a fascinating journey through L.A.’s “underground art museum,” featuring the works of such artists as
May Sun, Frank Romero, Jonathan Borofsky and more.

Also on the itinerary will be walking tours of many of the subway stations’ surrounding neighborhoods and local sites of interest.

The group will meet at the entrance of the Hollywood and Vine Metro station.

Watts Towers

 Photographing Watts Towers & Heritage Square Museum, Jan. 18, 9 a.m. to
4 p.m.: Spend a day with experienced professional photographer Brian Leng photographing and exploring two of LA’s historical locations. Start at Philippe
“The Original”—home of the French Dip Sandwich—then board the Metro
Blue Line for a short ride to Watts Towers.

Participants will have the opportunity to take close-up detailed photos of the
towers and enjoy a docent-led tour of the extraordinary towers and a short film about their remarkable builder, Simon Rodia.

Lunch will be at the Grand Central Market (LA’s first farmers market), followed
by a peek into the everyday lives of Southern Californians at the close of the
19th century as you tour and photograph the historic houses at the “living
history” Heritage Square Museum, and more!

Santa Monica Pier

 Photographing Santa Monica Pier at Night, Feb. 1, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Ever wondered how to capture the gorgeous nightscape without the use of flash?
Learn how to take amazing after-dark images using just the available light
at the iconic Santa Monica Pier.

Participants will see firsthand how using a time exposure affects the colorfully
lit moving Ferris wheel in this newly minted class/tour.

This hands-on workshop will begin at SMC’s main campus with a review of
technical procedures for nighttime photography. Students will receive one-on-one guidance from the instructor, providing the opportunity to produce awesome
works of art.

Participants are asked to bring their cameras, tripods, jacket/sweaters, water, snack, cell phones, small flashlights or camping headlamps.



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



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“Like” Our Facebook Page!

Get a 10 percent discount on on-ground classes just by “liking” the 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.