From the daily archives: Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Imperial Valley College will be hosting its annual Disability Awareness Day March 29.
Events begin with campus tours, an agency fair, and disability awareness activities from 9 a.m. to noon.

“This year represents the 38th annual celebration of the talents, and abilities that people with disabilities bring to our community,” said Norma Nava, Director of IVC’s Disabled Student Programs & Services.

The tours of the IVC campus will be available for any special or regular education class. Teachers should call 355-6313 to reserve a tour by Friday (March 25).

There also will be a special appearance by Joe Gandelman, a comedian ventriloquist, as well as performances by students from around the county.

The public is cordially invited, and all activities including parking are free of charge.


EL CENTRO, Calif.On Monday morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents rescued 17 illegal aliens who were stranded in the mountains approximately 29 miles west of the Calexico, California Port of Entry.   The incident occurred at approximately 3:20 a.m. when radio dispatchers received a call from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) stating that a female along with 16 other individuals were stranded in the mountains near Jacumba, Calif.   One of the stranded persons used a cellular telephone which allowed the CHP to generate GPS coordinates of the group’s location.   Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team (BORSTAR) agents conducted a thorough search of the area.  At the conclusion of a three-hour search, agents located the 17 individuals.  BORSTAR agents provided the group with water, assessed their health and provided medical assistance to one individual.   BORSTAR is one facet of the U.S. Border Patrol Border Security Initiative (BSI), which was implemented as a proactive, bi-national strategy to reduce injuries, prevent fatalities, and ultimately make the border region safer.


The Imperial County National Day of Prayer Task Force is pleased to invite the Imperial Valley to 2011’s “Concert of Prayer,” Thursday, May 5 at 7:00 p.m., at the Jimmie Cannon Theatre for the Performing Arts, Southwest High School, 2001 Ocotillo Drive, El Centro, California.


This year’s event, “A Mighty FORTRESS is our GOD,” marks the 60th Annual National Day of Prayer and the seventh consecutive “Concert of Prayer” service sponsored by the local Task Force.  The theme Bible verse is taken from Psalm 91:2, “I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” (NIV).  The “Concert of Prayer” includes prayer, and worship, bringing together a multi-generational event from throughout the Imperial Valley.  Representing many denominations and backgrounds, this year’s attendee’s will join millions uniting in prayer in thousands of events from coast to coast.


Besides a time of prayer on seven points:  Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church, and Family – there will be praise and worship by Christ Community Church under Grisel Colace’s leadership with pre-service music beginning at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. Pastors from throughout Imperial County will also come together in prayer and unity.  KXO’s Gene Brister will once again serve as Master of Ceremonies.


The local National Day of Prayer activities begin with a 7:00 a.m. Prayer Breakfast, sponsored by the Salvation Army.  Guest Speakers include Jeremiah Vic, Youth for Christ and John Lowry, Kairos Prison Ministries. The breakfast is open to the public and will be held at the El Centro Police Athletic League Facility, 1100 N. 4th Street ($10.00 per ticket).  In addition, the Imperial County Task Force is pleased to invite the public to “Servicio de Oración en Español” at Calexico’s Rockwood Plaza, at 7:00 p.m.  All Imperial County youth are invited to a “The Prayer Experience,” at 6:30 p.m., at First Christian Church, 450 South Waterman Avenue, in El Centro.


The National Day of Prayer Task Force is the Judeo-Christian expression of the National Day of Prayer.  It exists to communicate with every individual the need for personal repentance and prayer and to mobilize the Christian community to intercede for America’s leaders and its families.


For more information, please contact Imperial County National Day of Prayer Task Force coordinator, Nancy Fields at (760) 353-1395.


The inaugural SALSA (Save-ALife- SAturday) Community Safety Fair was held at Eager Park on Saturday, March 19th in celebration of MARCH IS RED CROSS MONTH!


The extraordinary teamwork of the American Red Cross Imperial Valley Service Center, Prime Lending and the City of Imperial Department Parks and Recreation Department organized the fun filled day of Safety-Preparedness themed games.  Notable support that also helped make this a successful event was provided by Blanc Image Productions, Seven-Six-O Real Estate, Parties by Elizabeth, Desert Cruisers of Imperial Valley, Imperial Fire Department, Jalisco’s Mexican Bar & Grill and Maria Preciado.

The event was opened by Mayor Mark Gran who read the Proclamation announcing their endorsement and proud support of the Inaugural SAVE A LIFE SATURDAY that was presented to Manager Sylvia Preciado.  Special recognition was made to Veronica Platero, Branch Manager Prime Lending and her team of experienced agents, Stan Armstrong and Ember Haller with the City of Imperial Parks and Recreation, Oscar Garcia with Blanc Image Producations and Christopher Marrs owner of Seven-Six-O Real Estate and his team.


Though Christopher Marr’s commitment had been sealed in the planning stages of the event, it was only a few days before the SALSA Community Safety Fair that he had found himself in Tokyo experiencing the incredible wrath of the 9.0 earthquake.  His recollection of the immediate and constant appearance of the Japanese Red Cross was something he says he will never forget and will forever be greatful to.  Though he was still exhausted and not fully recovered from the jet lag – his gratitude in being home safe with his family and team far exceeded his desire to rest and he said there was no other place he would rather be that day than to be sharing the message of preparedness with our community!


Close to 300 attendees enjoyed free hot dogs, refreshments and of course Chips and Salsa. The prize drawings were generously sponsored by Prime Lending and were held throughout the day.  Beautiful baskets filled with goodies and American Red Cross Disaster Backpacks were among the prizes that were drawn.

The great sounds provided by Blanc Image kept the crowd in a festive mood and helped the entertainment provided by the amazing FireFox Spinners – Stilt Walkers create an engaged audience to participate with the entertainers.  The IV Desert Cruisers Car Club featured their always popular American muscle cars; the Imperial Fire Department came out to provide the guests with a closer look at their emergency equipment and fire truck.


To our Red Cross volunteers – JoAnnie Holder, Bill Browning, Brooklyn Haller, Jenni and Brad Mellon thanks a gadzillion for all you do!

To Ronnie (Veronica Platero) and Ember Haller – it was an incredible pleasure working with you … and to Ronnie I promise that I won’t put the stops on anything next year!   =)

American Red Cross volunteers provided Disaster Education presentations for the community and provided all participants with a Red Cross Safety Tube courtesy of Prime Lending. Hands on CPR demos (not trained certifications) were provided to the attendees in two stages – a get to know Annie stop that then went on to the actual CPR compressions – for many it was the first time that they had any direct contact with the mechanics of compressions on a mannequin.


With just over a month ago that Arizona reminded the nation of the importance of being prepared in the event of an emergency and just a few  weeks away that will mark the one year anniversary of the Easter Earthquake – now more than ever we are calling on our neighbors all across the country to JOIN US! – get prepared, do your part, be ready … Though the event is over, March is on it’s last days of being RED CROSS MONTH – please rest assured that safety for community will remain the leading theme of your American Red Cross Imperial Valley Service Center!



Keep it Red and Stay Safe!

2010/2011 Professional Performance Season

concludes with Tony-award winning play:

Alfred Hitchcock’s


The 2010 /2011 POW! 20th Professional Performance Season concludes on Saturday, April 16th at 8pm with Broadway’s award-winning, longest-running comedy thriller Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps.  Hitchcock meets hilarious in this madcap comic thriller, a juicy spy story mixed with a dash of Monty Python mayhem.  The suave hero Richard Hannay is pursued across the country in a manhunt with international portents. This delicious farce has kept audiences rolling on Broadway with ingenious comic staging and Hitchcock’s special brand of romance, intrigue and espionage. Four ridiculously talented actors take on over 150 roles in a plot packed with intrigue, international danger, an on-stage plane crash, old-fashioned romance, high-spirited comedy and a death-defying finale! Winner of two Tony® and Drama Desk Awards and London’s Olivier Award for Best New Comedy, this performance is packed with laughs!

Absurdly enjoyable…Fast and frothy… Theatre at its finest” –New York Times

Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps

8pm, Saturday, April 16, 2011

Adult: $55;

$5 Youth (Under 18 years of age with the purchase of an adult ticket)

Groups: Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.  Call 858-668-4797

Phone: 858.748.0505
Ticket Office: 15498 Espola Road, Poway CA 92064

The Cast


Dan Fenaughty (Richard Hannay) is elated to be working with such a talented cast on such a great show. He was last seen as Ernie Cusack in the Palace Theaters production of Rumors. Other credits include National Tour: Cabaret (Ernst Ludwig), Miracle on 34th Street (Fred Gailey), Encore! / Eureka! (Original Cast). Regional: Play by Play: New Play Festival, Camelot (Lancelot), The Seagull (Trigorin), Thoroughly Modern Millie (Trevor Graydon).


Jackie Schram (Annabella, Pamela, Margaret) is thrilled to be on her first national tour!  Regional Credits: FL Rep: You Can’t Take It With You (Essie), Boeing, Boeing (Gloria), and Educational Outreach Children’s Series (performing/teaching).  TBPAC: The Rocky Horror Show (Ensemble). Jackie graduated from the University of Tampa and now lives in New York.  She gets by with a little help from her family and friends!


Nicholas Pauling (Clown #1) RSC: Hamlet, The Tempest. South Africa: Amadeus [Fleur du Cap: Best Actor], Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf, Romeo and Juliet, Antony and Cleopatra, Much Ado About Nothing. For The Mechanicals: Cowboy Mouth, Dumb Waiter, Glengarry Glen Ross, Buried Child, Importance of Being Earnest, The Zoo Story, and The Birthday Party.


Tobias Shaw (Clown #2) is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts and the clown school Estudio Busqueda de Pantomima- Teatro in Guanajuato, Mexico.  He is also a member of the Shakespeare Forum in NYC and has been an instructor of various circus skills with a number of companies for around 10 years.  He has performed regionally with such companies as the American Shakespeare Center, Geva Theatre, The Public Theatre (NYC),  PCPA  Theaterfest, Chamber Theatre Productions, Adirondack Shakespeare Company, and Shakespeare  Santa Barbara.  Some favorite roles include Hotspur (Henry IV,1),  Richard II (Richard II), The Clown (The Rehearsal),  Stephano (The  Tempest) and Cliente (The Imaginary Invalid).  This summer he will be appearing as Valentine in Two Gents of Verona at PCPA.  When not treading the boards he can be seen hanging from a Trapeze

or plying his trade as a real estate agent around NYC.


Kevin Bigger (Director) is excited to be working on The 39 Steps again. After acting as Assistant Director on the Tony Award winning Broadway and Off Broadway production, Kevin is glad to be bringing Maria Aitken’s vision to audiences around the nation. In addition to his training at Boston University, Kevin spent seven months in 2007 living with Double Edge Theatre in Ashfield, MA, where he studied Double Edge’s twenty-five year-old physical training methodology and helped to create multiple original performances as an actor, musician and lighting technician.



The Production

This particular production has had a long and fairly complex gestation prior to arriving with great success on the West End stage. Back in 1995 two writers based in the North of England, Nobby Dimon and Simon Corble came up with a version of The 39 Steps which toured with great success to small venues (village halls and small theatres). This version was based both on John Buchan’s book and on the highly reputed 1935 Alfred Hitchcock film version. An element fixed at this point was the idea of just 4 actors playing all the parts: 3 men and a woman. Edward Snape of the production company Fiery Angel then asked Patrick Barlow to adapt the script. Patrick decided that his adaptation would be based on the film

rather than the book, as the film is more inherently dramatic. After a tour the show came to the Tricycle Theatre in London in August 2006 and was so successful it gained an immediate transfer to the West End, where it is still running. The Broadway production was directed by Maria Aitken. The show is very characteristic of the work of Patrick Barlow, who is greatly respected in theatre for his work since 1980 with his own company, The National Theatre of Brent. The brilliance of these shows is often in the creation of a lot from very little, so that with minimal set or costume (or indeed cast), complex or even epic stories can be both hilariously and movingly told. This is achieved through fearless engagement with the audience, and a full embracing of theatricality. (Often things go deliberately wrong; actors come out of role momentarily to give the audience or another performer a look.) This is a knowing, self-reflexive approach to theatre that says “look, we know we’re in a theatre, and we know you’re there, so let’s just have a good time shall we?”



About the Poway Center for the Performing Arts Foundation:

Poway Center for the Performing Arts (POW!) Foundation, now in its 20th season, serves Inland North County by presenting a series of professional concerts, plays, family programming and more.  Functioning through a special partnership with the City of Poway and the Poway Unified School District, the center draws audience from throughout San Diego County with world-class talent from the worlds of drama (Michael York, Ed Asner), rock and roll (Los Lobos, Edgar Winter, Dave Mason, John Sebastian); country music (Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson); folk music (Peter Yarrow, Tommy Makem); and television (Ed McMahon, the Smothers Brothers and John Astin).


Add to that list international dance troupes from China, the Philippines, India and Hungary, as well as top-notch, family-friendly programming from the Kennedy Center and the Missoula Children’s Theatre, and it’s easy to see why the PCPA is the destination of choice for North County families seeking quality, live entertainment.


In addition, the Foundation sponsors the Arts in Education Initiative created to help fulfill the instructional need for arts education in area schools through an assortment of programs including in-school workshops and assemblies, Master Classes with visiting artists and a one-week, all-expenses paid theater camp held at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. Visit our website at

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