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Community & Clubs: The latest on healthcare from Hoag

You are invited to Wednesday’s Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council luncheon for a presentation on the effect of the new healthcare laws on you, your doctor and your hospital. The presentation will be made by Robert Braithwaite, chief operating officer of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. The luncheon will be held at Hoag’s conference center on the lower campus, Room CC2. Enter the lower campus off Pacific Coast Highway. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m., followed by a 12:10 p.m. luncheon, 12:40 self-introductions, 12:50 program and adjournment by 1:30.

RSVP your attendance to or call (760) 641-0301. The cost of the meeting, which includes lunch, is $12 with reservation, $15 without reservation.


Dancing for Tomorrow


The Assistance League of Newport-Mesa presents Dancing for Tomorrow’s Stars on Saturday at the Grove of Anaheim. It is a ballroom dancing competition featuring community leaders paired with professional dancers. The celebrity dances are Ray Eldridge, Stephanie Argyros, Shawn Weatherly Harris, Christopher Gialanella, Elizabeth An and Gordon Orsborn. For ticket information, call (949) 645-6929 or go to


Service Clubs gaining new members

A.J. Thielen, president of the Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa, reports that six new members have joined in recent months. Those joining the Thursday evening Rotary Club meetings are Diane Daruty, who was sponsored by Dan Hoffmann; Dave Hodges and Laina Sullivan, who were sponsored by Thielen; and Jerry Klemmer, who was sponsored by Bill Hossfeld. Also, former member Richard Oberreiter has rejoined the club. According to Thielen, two more potential members will be inducted shortly.


Not to be outdone, Mike Scheafer, president of the Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club, reports that the Multiple District Lions convention in Sacramento announced good news for his club. It was recognized as one of the top 20 Lions Clubs in California for membership growth. Rumor has it it was actually in the top five clubs for net member growth.


Hootenanny at Oasis

The Oasis Senior Center in Newport Beach hosts a free Sing & Pick Hootenanny Group that meets from 1 to 3 p.m. Fridays, excluding holidays. The members welcome anyone who is retired and interested in singing and playing American folk, bluegrass, country, blues and jazz songs to come join them.

They accompany themselves with their acoustic guitars, banjos, mandolins and fiddles and hope someday to add a bass or wash-tub bass player. Regular attendance is not expected, and anyone interested in being part of such a group is welcome to visit. For additional information, call Millard MacAdam, volunteer facilitator of the group, at (949) 644-5552.


Community & Clubs Hall of Fame

Keep June 14 open. That’s when the fifth annual Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame luncheon is being held at American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 on the Balboa Peninsula. Service clubs, church groups and community organizations can nominate one person each to be recognized for his or her service to youth and the community. County Supervisor John Moorlach will serve as the master of ceremonies, while Daily Pilot editor John Canalis, city editor Jamie Rowe and yours truly will induct the honorees.


Inducted into the Community & Clubs Hall of Fame in 2012 were John Kruse, Exchange Club of Newport Harbor; Carol Proctor, Harbor Mesa Lions Club; Joseph Panarisi, Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa; Laura Dietz, Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club; Roger Gilbert, Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa; Sanjay Dalal, Newport-Irvine Rotary Club; Irvian Kanareck, Laurel House; Rich Kapko, Costa Mesa United; and Carol Cowden, Assistance League of Newport Harbor.

For information on how to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame, send me an email at


Service Club Meetings This Week


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


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 a program by Bill Sinclair on “The State of Union on the Economy.” On the 28th, Donnie Hubeli will talk about “Climbing K2.” For more information, visit

Noon: The 80-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a presentation by Amy Nagy, “Climate for Success at Newport Elementary,” and on March 28, Don DiCostanzo will discuss “Electric Bikes.”

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

Noon: The 55-member Newport-Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for a presentation by Talena Mara, vice president of education, and Tim Dunn, director of public relations for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, on the educational and community outreach of the center. On March 28, Moorlach will provide an update on Orange County.

6 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Newport Rib Company, 2196 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa. For more information, visit


7:15 a.m. The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at Five Crowns, 3801 Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a program by Jeff Bott of the Transportation Corridor Agencies. He will discuss toll roads. On April 2, Carlos Leija will provide an update on the Orangewood Children’s Foundation. For more information, visit

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