Community & Clubs: Luncheon location has changed

Wednesday's meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council luncheon has been relocated from Hoag Hospital Irvine to the Hoag Cancer Center auditorium, on the lower campus at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, One Hoag Drive, Newport Beach.

The luncheon starts at 1 p.m. and the program will feature Robert Braithwaite, chief operating officer for Hoag Health System, who will discuss "Changes in the Health Care in 2011."

For more information, call (949) 689-4443 or visit


Lions student speaker contest

Harbor Mesa Lions Club's Student Speaker Contest winner was Isabella Gomez, from University High School in Irvine. Her coach is Nora Seager, from Costa Mesa. Isabella will go on to the Zone Contest to compete with other clubs' winning speakers.

The theme this year is "Enforcing Our Borders: State Versus Federal Rights."

Contests are held on the club, zone, region, district and state-wide levels with the final winner receiving cash and scholarships totaling more than $21,000. For further information, check out the website at


You got talent?

Are you between the ages of 6 and 18? Do you play an instrument? Dance? Sing? Have any other talents?

You should be in the Search for Talent contest put on by the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor. It will take place on March 11 at the new OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar. Get more info from Deane Bottorf at (949) 673-8701.


Pearl Harbor survivor to speak

A "living history" of the attack at Pearl Harbor will be presented Feb. 23 by Jack R. Hammett, a retired Navy warrant officer, Pearl Harbor survivor and former mayor of Costa Mesa. The program will begin at 11 a.m. during the monthly meeting of the Newport Beach DAR chapter (Liberty Baptist Church, 1000 Bison St., Newport Beach). If you would like to attend the presentation, e-mail the chapter at

For further information about membership in the DAR, please contact Karen Treaccar at


Informal American Legion gathering

Albert Rasch, a local attorney and member of a number of community groups, is inviting business leaders, members of the American Legion, Rotary, Scouts, church groups, the military and Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce to an informal gathering on Friday at the American Legion Hall, 15th Street in Newport Beach.

"The purpose … to visit the legion if you have never been there, to meet, talk, snack, drink, have dinner and/or dance to the band that starts playing at 7 p.m. Come and visit and stay as long as you want," says Rasch.

If you are interested in joining the gathering, e-mail Rasch at


Thought for the day

"It's not that I'm so smart, it's just that I stay with problems longer."

— Albert Einstein



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.

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 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a belated Valentine's dinner with their significant others. Visit



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

11 a.m.: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Craig Donor of the Patriot Guard Riders on "Honoring Fallen Heroes." On Feb. 24, the program will be Celeste Haug, "Here's the OASIS Senior Center." For more information, visit

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



6:30 p.m.: Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Golden Dragon Restaurant on 2023 Harbor Blvd. #A, 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 clothing drive to benefit Working Wardrobes. Visit

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