Community & Clubs: Interfaith Council gears up for busy season

The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council fall schedule kicks off Sept. 19 with the New Clergy Luncheon at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, 1441 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach.

The subject is "Self Care: Renewing your Body, Mind and Spirit." The presentation will include information and resources for clergy and the layperson. The presenter is the Rev. Julie Elkins, of the First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa.

Clergy new to their congregation in the past 12 months or who have never attended an Interfaith Council luncheon are guests! For all others, the cost is $10 with reservation, $15 without. Send reservations to

On Oct. 17 the meeting focus will be resources for the homeless, with 15 to 20 agencies that provide services to the homeless. The luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 801 Dover Drive, Newport Beach.

The annual Interfaith CROP Walk starts at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Our Lady Queen of Angels, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

So far participants are: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Irvine United Congregational Church, Christ Church by the Sea, Harbor Christian Church, Islamic Education Center of Orange County, Stand up for Kids, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Temple Bat Yam, Fairview Community Church, First Drops, Orange Coast College's Puente Club and men's basketball team, First United Methodist Church of Costa Mesa, Christ Our Redeemer Church, and Baha'is of Costa Mesa.

All faith communities, service clubs, and college and high school groups are invited to participate. For more information, email Steve Goetz at

Hearts & Hands, a day of hands-on service, will be Nov. 17, with dozens of faith communities and more than 500 youth and adults participating.

At 7 p.m. Nov. 18 is the 13th annual Interfaith Council Celebration of Thanksgiving. It is an hour of inspiration filled with readings, prayers and music from a variety of faith communities. It is a family event. Admission is two cans of food for Share Our Selves and Families Forward.

For more information on any of the council's events, email



Several local Lions Clubs volunteered to work at the second annual Orange County Stand Down from Aug. 17 to 19 at the Army Reserve Center in Costa Mesa.

The District 4 L4 Lions Sight and Hearing Van was on site to give vision and hearing screening to veterans. Harbor Mesa Lions members Gina Stansbury and Joan Parks chaired the screening project with Lions from their club, Huntington Beach, Orange and Brea participating. District Gov. PJ Smith also volunteered for this event.

"These veterans have sacrificed so much for us. The least we can do is offer our help one weekend to make their lives better," Parks said.

The veterans also received health screening, clothing, housing, food, dental and legal assistance, while enjoying musical entertainment and a soft place to land for the weekend.



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

5:30 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to hear Barbara Lichman who heads up the community working group to inform citizens on the expansion plans of John Wayne Airport. For more information, visit



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

The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for Ladies Day featuring James P Gray, the Libertarian vice presidential candidate. The club hosts a business meeting Sept. 6. 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. For more information, visit

The 55-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a presentation by the club's chartered Boy Scout Troop 645 presentation on their summer treks. On Sept. 6, the program will feature Dr. Len Indianer, author of the "H Factor," an International thriller. For more information visit



7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club meets at the Five Crowns, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for "Parents, Hero or Enemy" by Keith O'Neil. Sept. 11 will feature Laura Johnson, from the Well Foundation. For more information visit

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