Community & Clubs: Bid to win 'A Day with the Marines'

Lt. Col Craig Wonson, commander of the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines — the Marine unit adopted by the city of Newport Beach — has agreed to provide a one-of-a-kind auction item at the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise's April 2 fundraiser at the Newport Beach Central Library: an unforgettable day at Camp Pendleton.

"A Day with the Marines" will be a full day of activities, demonstrations, and post-deployment debriefing available only to those who attend the "Passport to the World — Italy" event. Support our troops and bid on this incredible opportunity.

The Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise event, which will benefit charities it supports as well as the Newport-Mesa Pro Literacy Foundation, will include a fabulous dinner provided by the awarding-winning White House of Anaheim, along with excellent wines, fantastic desserts, Jim Roberts' Rat Pack band for listening and dancing, a wine bar and freshly rolled cigars.

Tickets for the benefit are $125 and can be ordered through http://www.MyPassportToItaly.com, or by calling Caroline Babott at (949) 723-1878. The NB Sunrise Rotary Foundation supports Newport-Mesa Schools Foundation, OC Drug Court, Back Bay High School, Working Wardrobes/Salvation Army rehabilitation job skills program in addition to the "1/1" Marines. Order your tickets by March 30.

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Lions Club honored

Harbor Mesa Lions Club was one of three finalists statewide in the "Significant Project Division" to be honored for their school box project. Eberhart Wirfs, immediate past president of Lions International, presented Harbor Mesa President Jennifer Kelder and PR Chairwoman Carol Van Holt a certificate of achievement at the recent convention in Primm, Nev.

The club provides school boxes filled with supplies for first-graders at Whittier Elementary School in Costa Mesa at the start of each school year. The teachers provide a list of all supplies that are needed, such as pencils, erasers, rulers, glue, scissors, etc. Funds to purchase these items are raised at several events each year, including a Casino Night, Bingo Night, Spaghetti Dinner, Candy Sales and a yard sale. For further information about the club, go to nhcmlionsclub.com.

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Musical oasis

Join in the fun singing and playing of American folk, bluegrass, country, blues and jazz songs. Accompany yourself with your acoustic or dobro guitar (non amplified), using basic chord families.

Beginners to advanced folks are welcome as are banjo, mandolin, fiddle or washtub bass (gut bucket) players. Regular attendance is not required. Join us when you can, says Millard MacAdam, the Sing and Pick Hootenanny group facilitator at the OASIS Senior Center in Corona del Mar.

The group will begin meeting on March 11, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in Room 5 at OASIS, 801 Narcissus Ave. They will meet each Friday thereafter, excluding holidays.

For more information, contact MacAdam at (949) 644-5552, or by e-mail at mnmacadam@sbcglobal.net.

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Thought for the day

"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being."

— Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

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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.

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. Visit 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.

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

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 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 business meeting. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.

TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a program by Jan Lansing, vice president of marketing for Children's Hospital Orange County. 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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