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Longtime RSF resident continues to help The Village Church and Village Church Community Theater thrive Do you know Drew Middleton? If you live in Rancho Santa Fe, you may. He’s lived here his whole life. Drew works not only as part of this community, but he also works in the extended locale at the Del Mar Race Track, which he has done for many years. What brings him to our pages today is the longevity he has with The Village Community Presbyterian Church and the Village Church Community Theater. Drew’s parents moved to Rancho Santa Fe in 1960. The youngest of five children, he was born a few years later. He is a true native of this community-in-the-hills with ties to The Village Community Presbyterian Church since he was very young. Nursery school, Sunday school, youth programs and becoming a member of the church when he was 13 years old opened doors to his later work in the Village Church Community Theater. Not only does he have The Village Church connection, but Drew, in his younger years, worked with 4H as a leader. He eventually gave up 4H, because he became a Mason and needed time in his already hectic schedule to accomplish work in community outreach. This was part of the “Getting together in friendship” ideal that the Masons introduced to him in those years. Drew has been a Mason for 12 years and is a Past Master for the Oceanside/San Dieguito Lodge #381. In 1989, Drew was hired at the Del Mar Race Track as loader operator, loading horse manure into trailers and fixing equipment when it broke down. Later working for multiple seasons as a mechanic, he became head mechanic in 2006, which is the position he still holds today. Drew worked with Village Church Children’s Ministry in some of its productions prior to his Community Theater work. He mostly worked with props, for one production he created rolling platforms for the old-style desks we can all picture in our minds from the old “one-room” school houses. This work was so effective that the Children’s Ministry Director gave him one of the antique desks he used for the set. He cherishes that memento even today. Margie Wood, the long-time director of the community theater, recruited Drew to work on a Sunday worship Christmas play. Things

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simply “evolved” from there with Drew. In some instances, he would come to the rescue, to fix a scene-malfunction, a silent microphone or assist teens who wanted to learn about the tech side of theater. His upbeat and cheery attitude made him especially valuable as a teen mentor. Drew was there for the first performance as the Village Church Community Theater came into being in 2005. Even though Margie Wood has retired and the new director, Twyla Arant of Carlsbad, has taken over as producing director, Drew continues his stellar advisory role as technical director. He keeps quality of sound and lighting in good order. However, you can’t limit Drew’s work around the theater when a production moves though its many stages of development… so basically the word out there is, “Ask Drew; he’ll know!” Twenty-eight years working as a volunteer or as an employee for The Village Community Presbyterian Church, and, Drew still loves to help everyone as much as he can. Working not

only at the technical side of church and theater, he has also acted in seven productions. One time, when Margie had trouble casting for a Drama Dessert Night skit, “Parable of the Missing Sermon”, she called Drew when he was out of town skiing. He accepted the role on the telephone, knowing he only had three weeks to learn his part. Everything he tackles, he’s solid in the work, no matter what. The current Village Church Community Theater production, Scrooge! The Musical, with a cast of 35 actors, has its challenges for Drew as technical director. Coordinating lighting with the lighting director, and sound with the sound director, and trouble-shooting when a particular prop or microphone is not working, Drew is at the pulse of connecting all the dots for the scenes we so love to see and hear on stage. Be sure to join Drew, the cast, the team of professional artisans/technicians, and the theater volunteers for the production of Scrooge! The Musical by Leslie Bricusse and Charles Dickens, Dec. 1, 2 and 3 at the Village Church Community Theater, 6225 Paseo Delicias, Rancho Santa Fe. For more details, please visit villagechurch.org/scrooge-the-musical — Report by Amy Zajac, Village Church Community Theater

Correction The photo credit was incorrect for the RSF Rotary Club “Spooktacular Halloween Dinner” photo page in the Review’s Nov. 2 issue. The photos were taken by McKenzie Images

Scripps unveils Master Plan for five hospital campuses Building program is largest in the history of the San Diego County health system Scripps Health Nov. 7 unveiled a master plan that represents the largest building program in the health care system’s 125-year history and triggers significant construction projects at its hospital campuses across San Diego County designed to serve the needs of the community for generations to come, according to a press release. “This is our vision to build the health care system of the future — starting today,” said Chris Van Gorder, Scripps president and CEO. “Our focus is on delivering the right care in the right setting that reflects the changing health care needs of the communities we serve across the San Diego region.” The master plan accounts for changing health-care trends. Flexible space designs will

A rendering of the future planned development for Scripps Encinitas. recognize the rapid evolution of technology so that the latest equipment and devices can be easily incorporated into patient rooms, operating rooms, laboratories and diagnostic centers, the press release said. More care is being delivered on an outpatient basis at clinics and other medical facilities, so


Scripps will design its acute care hospitals to care for the most seriously ill patients. Plans include state-of-the-art private patient rooms. Floors will be designed following best practices. Nurses will be placed closer to patients and will have more direct access to equipment and SEE HOSPITAL, A16

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