Community & Clubs: Another quick vacation

Barbara and I joined long-time friends and traveling partners Chris and Larry Frank at their beach home in Morro Bay for a night, prior to our departure to Half Moon Bay and the Ritz-Carlton Resort. Along the way we stopped for dinner in Buellton at the Hideaway, the restaurant made famous by the movie "Sideways."

Each year for the past four years, Barbara and Chris (the retired chief executive of the Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce), purchase at the WACE Foundation Auction a two-night stay at the Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay Resort. This year they purchased two, two-day weekends with gift certificates for six restaurants. Try eating at six restaurants for four meals. We couldn't and ended up gifting our cards to two of the valets at the Ritz-Carlton.

On Saturday night, we dined at Mezzaluna, which is a fine dining restaurant with a good wine selection.

On Sunday, we had an early lunch at Sam's Chowder House restaurant. The Lobster Roll was not to be missed, and the fish and chips were excellent and could have been shared by two. We had appetizers and found the best clam chowder in Northern California at the Princeton Seafood Co., where our attentive waitress, Krista Stone, was eager to brag that "this is where the locals eat." Then it was off to dinner at Café Gibraltar, which served up organic Mediterranean Cuisine. The scallops and swordfish were excellent.

It was a cool 57 degrees and windy on the Ritz-Carlton golf course that runs along the coastline. The sun popped out a couple of times during the afternoon. Larry and I had played the course on our previous trips, but this time the body ached after a couple of swings, so I rode along for most of the 18 holes. I am still recovering from being broadsided by a red-light runner in mid-July.

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COASTLINE CAR CLASSIC

The Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce announced the seventh annual Coastline Car Classic will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Corona del Mar State Beach parking lot, and will feature 150 world-class motorcars.

Festivities include live entertainment, food and beverages, unique vendor exhibits, VIP hospitality and an awards ceremony emceed by automotive commentators Dave Kunz (KABC) and Art Gould (KPFK). Watch the pages of the Daily Pilot for further information, or contact the Corona del Mar Chamber of Commerce at http://www.cdmchamber.com.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain but it takes character and self control to be understanding and forgiving."

—Dale Carnegie

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SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK

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.

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TODAY

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, to hear a talk by Rita Tezak.

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

6 p.m.: The Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to hear Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor discuss illegal immigration and other issues the city is dealing with. Visit http://www.newportbalboa.org.

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THURSDAY

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 http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org.

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, to hear Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach on the "County Update." For more information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org.

The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, UC Irvine. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.

The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. Visit http://www.costamesakiwanis.org.

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TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, to hear Craft Talks by Bill Robbins and Thomas Giulioni, visit http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.

COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Wednesdays. Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to jdeboom@aol.com.

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