Community & Clubs: Interfaith Council to visit China

The final orientation meeting for those interested in learning more about the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council introductory tour to China is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harbor Christian Church, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. The meeting will be the last chance to register for the 2010 tour.

This is the council's seventh trip to China. More than 850 youths and adults have been on previous council tours of the People's Republic. The Oct. 14-22 trip to Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai is open to members of the faith communities, service club members and the general public.

The $1,999 tour package includes round-trip airfare, double occupancy stays at 4- or 5-star hotels, three meals per day (except for one dinner on your own), deluxe bus tours, English-speaking tour guides, admission to tourist spots, a day at the World Expo in Shanghai, and airport tax. A side trip to Xi'an to visit the Terracotta Warriors is an additional $450. Single-room occupancy for the entire trip is available at an additional $450, and a round-trip upgrade to business class on international flights costs $4,500.

For more information attend the meeting on Aug. 3 or visit or call (949) 689-4443.


Tickets for Sunday's second annual Lobsterfest in Newport Beach, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise, need to be purchased online at by 9 a.m. Friday, so that the right number of fresh Maine lobsters can be flown in for the event, according to Rotarian Laura Dietz. The Lobsterfest is from 3 to 9 p.m.


Lions clubs in District 4-L4, which includes three in Costa Mesa, are collecting new pajamas for children taken out of dangerous situations and placed in custody for their safety. In most cases, these children, who range from infants to teenagers, have only the clothes they are wearing. There is a great need for pajamas for these children. How comforting it is to put on a brand new pair of PJs for the first night in a strange but safe place to spend the night. If you would like to donate a new pair of pajamas to this cause, please contact any Lion member of the Harbor Mesa Lions, the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions or the Costa Mesa Breakfast Club Lions. This project lasts through the year. You can check out the contacts on the clubs' websites, or by calling (714) 962-0265.


Long time member Walden Hughes has been installed as president of the Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions club, replacing Judy Wines, whose term expired. Serving with Hughes are Ray Ott, 1st vice president; Walter Garcia, 2nd vice president; Judy Webb, secretary/treasurer; Jess Bequette, assistant secretary/treasurer; Ron DeGear and Irwin Kinney, Tail Twisters; Tom Gielow, membership; Eric Anderson, Ted Marinos, Mike Giddings and Phil Hughes, directors; Bob Walker, bulletin editor; Dick Greer, chaplain; and Hans Lamme, assistant chaplain.


"An average person with average talent, ambition and education, can outstrip the most brilliant genius in our society, if that person has clear, focused goals." — Brian Tracy


How are you giving back to your community? Help your community and the world through a service club! For many, service club membership is an extension of religious beliefs and congregation affiliation.

You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunities for service. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.


7:30 a.m.: The 10-member Newport Harbor Kiwanis Club meets at Denny's restaurant, 290 Bristol St., Costa Mesa.

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

5:15 p.m.: The 10-member Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Visit

6 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by the Orange County Water District on regional water and water conservation. Visit


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. For more information, visit

Noon: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a Ladies Day program, "Keeping Your Brain Fit and Memory Sharp," by Dr. Bonnie Olsen. For more information, visit

Noon: The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, UC Irvine. Visit

Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club. 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa.


7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to hear Kim Farthing, Operation Home Front. For more information, visit

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