Communities & Clubs: Scouts to organize O.C. food drive

Both the Boy and Girl Scouts have been delivering door hangers announcing the Nov. 6 food drive. Last year, 140,000 pounds of food was collected for distribution by Second Harvest Food Bank, according to Lane Calvert, scout executive. On Saturday, the Scouts will be back, picking up the sacks of donated food which will be taken to a collection site at 801 Dover Drive, Newport Beach, where Rotarians, Interact Club members and other volunteers will pack them into a semitrailer for delivery to Second Harvest. Donations may also be dropped off at Albertsons grocery stores on Saturday. For more information, call (949) 653-2900.

Hearts and hands

The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council presents the 10th Annual Hearts & Hands, a hands-on day of community Service on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Latter-day Saints church, 881 Dover Drive in Newport Beach, according to Jaimie Day, the event chair. The 2010 theme is "Neighbors Helping Neighbors," preparing ourselves and our neighborhoods to be self-sufficient in emergencies.

Congregations, service clubs and youth groups are invited to participate in a day of service with more than a dozen projects scheduled to be completed for the local community and around the world. There will also be a CPR class and blood drive for which reservations can be made at learncpr@me.com. A special effort will be made to send letters and packages to our troops overseas to show our gratitude for their service. Students and Scouts can earn service credit hours, and lunch will be served by local firefighters with the proceeds going to charity. For more information or to register your congregation, club, youth group or family for the event, email jaimieday@yahoo.com.

Thought for the day

"The true test of character is not how much we know how to do, but how we behave when we don't know what to do." - John W. Holt, Jr.

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.

TODAY

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

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 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, to hear retired Marine Col. Stewart Navarre talk about Iraq and Afghanistan. http://www.newportbalboa.org

THURSDAY

7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and 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 http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org.

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a business meeting. For more information visit http://www.nhexchange.org.

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 http://www.costamesaKiwanis.org.

The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a program by UCI's Bill Cooper on water projects with the Kenyan government. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.

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

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 William Hahn give a new Civic Center Project update. 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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