Community & Clubs: Helping clean up the bay

Dozens of members of the Rotary Clubs of Newport Balboa, Newport Beach Sunrise and Costa Mesa teamed up with Newport Beach firefighters Saturday to serve hamburgers, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, chips and soft drinks to nearly 800 volunteers who participated in the annual Back Bay Clean Up, according to Rotarian A.J. Thielen, who coordinated the event on behalf of the Newport Balboa Club. Food was provided out of two locations, Shell Maker Island and the University Drive Park, with leftovers taken to a soup kitchen in Costa Mesa.

Support Lions and Estancia Basketball

The Beach Pit BBQ, at 1676 Tustin Ave., Costa Mesa, is donating 15% of Wednesday and Thursday night dinner proceeds to the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions Club and Estancia High School Basketball program. Check out the menu at, or call (949) 645-7427 for more information. You will need to let the restaurant know that you are there for the Lions/Estancia fundraiser.

Genealogy at OASIS Center

Computer Friends is a computer club dedicated to helping senior citizens learn computer basics while enriching their creative efforts through speakers, classes and social functions held at the OASIS Senior Center, 800 Marguerite Ave., Corona del Mar. "The Computer, the Internet and Genealogy" will be the topic of the club's next meeting, at 1 p.m. Oct. 13. The speaker will be Hal Harrocks, who will introduce a computer program designed for genealogy and share what is available on the Internet to help in your family research. Hal has been doing family research for 15 years and is a member of the Assn. of Professional Genealogists, Genealogical Speakers Guild, and the Orange County California Genealogical Society. Harrocks will be followed by Randy Langel, the club's computer expert, who will answer questions and comment on the latest developments in computer technology and the Internet. The fee is $2 and everyone is welcome.

Casino Night Silent Auction Offer Golf with TV Actor

The Harbor Mesa Lions "Wild West Casino Night" will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 22, at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center, 1845 Park Ave. A special silent auction bid item will be "Play a round with Bobby Cobb," who is played by actor Brian Van Holt on the ABC show "Cougar Town." The round of golf with the actor will be for three people and will go to the person placing the highest bid.

Casino Night will feature gambling, music and dancing, theme basket prizes, $100 hat raffle and delicious chuckwagon food from the Newport Rib Co. Tickets are $40 per person and must be purchased before the event. No tickets will be sold at the door. Funds raised will be donated to local charities. For further information or to order tickets call (714) 545-6126, or contact the club through its website:

Thought for the Day

"Success on any major scale you to accept responsibility ... In the final analysis, the one quality that all successful people have ... is the ability to take on responsibility." —Michael Korda


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.


Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar, to hear Diane Cranley discuss TAALK.

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 Jack Keating, founding director and vice president of the Newport Bay Naturalists and Friends. He will be discussing Newport Beach's Back Bay and the history behind the dredging of Newport Harbor that was originally done in 1937. Visit


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

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a Ladies Day program by Cordula Dick-Muehlke, "Alzheimer Family Service." For more information, visit

The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit

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

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, for a club assembly.

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