Community & Clubs: Plenty of fish to fry at carnival

The 66th annual Fish Fry and Carnival will take place May 31 through June 2 at Fairview Park in Costa Mesa. The three-day event will include the traditional world-famous $10 fish dinners, hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts, the annual cute baby contest, opportunity drawings, wine and beer.

New for 2013 is the partnership with the Costa Mesa Community Run on Sunday the 2nd, and in celebration of the City of Costa Mesa's 60th anniversary. Friday night, May 31, has been designated as Costa Mesa night. Kids wearing a shirt that says "Costa Mesa" or wearing a youth sport league shirt will receive a free carnival ride. Additionally, adults wearing similar items will receive special considerations.

Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. The location is Fairview Park, 2525 Placentia Ave., Costa Mesa. Recommended parking is at Estancia High School, and there is a short walk to Fairview Park.

It is a great, safe family event with fun for all ages, and it's affordable! You will see elected officials and community leaders serving up the fish and working game booths. Enjoy the fun! Proceeds go to Lions community projects.

Details of the event can be found on the Lions website, or by calling President Mike Scheafer at (714) 435-0300.


Packing meals for Haiti

Six members of the Newport-Irvine Rotary Club — Jim Parsons, Carol and Ed Smith, Singh Sawhney, Cecil Hess and Guy Harden — along with Shamila Mustafa of eClub of the West joined 70 other volunteers to pack 100,800 meals for Haiti on a recent Saturday. The Rotary Club's shift packed 25,000 meals. If you'd like to volunteer to help make a difference in a future event, just call President Bob Fish at (949) 365-6502.


Lions Roar at Convention

The Harbor Mesa Lions Club received special honors at its recent convention in Palm Springs. President Eileen Jensen accepted the roll call honor for the club's attendance at district meetings, Sue Seager received the club visitation award, and Carol Van Holt was named District 4-L4 Lion of the Year. This honor was given to member Joan Parks last year. The Lions district includes over 1,200 members in clubs from San Clemente to Rancho Cucamonga. For further information about the club, please check out its website at


Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame

Don't forget to add to your calendar the fifth annual Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame luncheon being held at noon June 14 at American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 in Newport Beach, where we will celebrate some of Costa Mesa's and Newport Beach's finest volunteers. Do you know someone involved in a community group, service club or congregation who should be inducted into the Daily Pilot Hall of Fame? We are not looking for the paid staff, but the volunteers who give freely of their time, talent and even treasure to the community. If so, send me an email at and I will forward the nomination form to you.




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 special program on "Computer Stuff!" On May 30, Kelly Mangen of Let's Face It will present "Miracles to Stay Young." For more information, visit

Noon: The 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Jesse Cozean, author of "My Grandfather's War," and on May 30, the Ladies Day program will feature comedienne Cindy Burns. For more information, visit

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 Dr. Aisha Simjee, the author of "Hope In Sight," which chronicles over 25 medical missions to countries such as Bosnia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Haiti.

6 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by past District Governor John Brainerd on "Strategic Planning." For more information, visit


7:15 a.m. The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant, 3801 Pacific Coast Highway, Corona del Mar for a program by Steve Rosansky, president of the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce, and on June 4, Det. Keith Kralman of the Newport Beach Police Department will be the speaker . For more information, visit

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