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Community & Clubs: Learn about local homelessness resources at meeting

The Oct. 17 meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council will focus on resources for the homeless.

Families Forward, Family Promise, Friendship Shelter, Grandma's House of Hope, Laura's House, Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition, Mercy House, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Orange County Rescue Mission, Share Our Selves, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, South County Outreach, U.S. Vets and 211 will have table-top displays and provide information.

Greeting time begins at 11:45 a.m. with the meeting called to order at 12:10 p.m. and the Resource Fair starting at 12:40.

The luncheon will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 801 Dover Drive, Newport Beach.

The luncheon is $10 with a reservation, $15 without. Send reservations to nmiinterfaith@aol.com by Monday.


4K/7K Walk to end hunger

The 24th annual Interfaith Hunger Walk steps off at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

Hundreds of walkers from all faiths, ages and walks of life will enjoy the walk along the beautiful Upper Newport Bay, according to Steve Goetz, lead organizer of the walk. There will be live music, games, food, drinks and prizes.

Local organizations benefiting from 25% of this year's proceeds include Share Our Selves, Jewish Family Services, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Orange County Catholic Worker and Standup for kids.

Participating in the event, also known as the CROP Walk, are St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Irvine United Congregational Church, Christ Church by the Sea, Harbor Christian Church, Islamic Education Center of Orange County, Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, Temple Bat Yam, Fairview Community Church, Baha'i of Costa Mesa, First Drops, Orange Coast College's Puente Club, Student Honors Council and men's basketball team, First United Methodist of Costa Mesa, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Buddhist Center of Orange County — RKINA, and Good Shepherd Lutheran.

High school students can receive community service hours for their participation. Donate directly to the Newport Beach CROP Hunger Walk by going to http://www.cropwalkonline.org/newportbeachca.

For more information on how to participate, contact Goetz at (949) 436-1946 or sgoetz53@gmail.com.


Rotarian Laura Dietz Honored

Rotary District 5320 honored Newport Beach Sunrise Rotarian Laura Dietz at a recent presidents meeting for her Service Above Self.

She comes to the aid of others by providing service and financial assistance to Marines and their families. She is trying to reduce their burden, according to Bill Hossfeld, who presented the award.

Dietz is tireless when it comes to helping a service member, their families, or wounded warriors. She raises money and gathers needed or special items and treats and sends them as care packages to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines or other units when they are deployed. She also gathers school supplies and backpacks so members of the 1/1 Civil Affairs Group can give them to children in Afghanistan as a goodwill gesture ; plus she hosts special projects and events for the Marines' spouses and children including Christmas events, makeovers, beach parties, barbecues and more.

She is very active with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton and Twenty-Nine Palms facilities that includes getting donations of musical instruments, "roll-about units" for single-leg amputees to use in lieu of crutches, fly fishing trips to Big Bear and memory-foam mattresses.


Lions Casino Night to benefit

Harbor Mesa Lions Club will hold its annual Wild West Casino Night at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Costa Mesa Community Center. The event features gambling tables, chuckwagon dinner by Newport Rib Co., a deejay, dancing, a bigger-than-ever silent auction and more. Tickets are $40 each, which includes $100 in gambling scrip and the chance to win a shopping spree at South Coast Plaza and a $150 gift card to Target.

This event is a fundraiser for community organizations and Lions International projects. For more information or tickets, visit nhcmlionsclub.com.



Noon: The Corona del Mar Exchange Club meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.

5:30 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by District 5320 Gov. Jim Lorman. For more information, visit http://www.newportbalboa.org.



7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, 1835 Newport Blvd., Costa Mesa.

Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach-Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.

The 95-member Newport Harbor Exchange Club meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Carolyn Mani on selling at auctions. Ed Cook discusses his experience as a CIC agent Oct. 18. For more information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org.

The 40-member Costa Mesa Kiwanis Club meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit http://www.costamesakiwanis.org.

The 55-member Newport Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine for a presentation by Jim Paddock on "U.S. Submarine Force of Today." Keith Rhodes of Big Brother Big Sister speaks Oct. 18. For more information visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.



7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at Five Crowns restaurant, 3801 E. Coast Highway., with Nancy Weinstein discussing "Doing Business in China: The Truth." District 5320 Gov. Jim Lorman visits Oct. 23. For more information visit http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.

COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published twice monthly on Wednesdays. Send your service club's meeting information by email to jdeboom@aol.com.

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