Community & Clubs: 9/11 remembrance covers all faiths

This year will mark the first year of a 9/11 memorial focused on interfaith compassion and community building.

Interfaith communities will gather at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 23 Lake Road, Irvine, for an evening of sacred text, musical performances and prayers sponsored by the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, according to Farrah Khan, event chair.

Participants include the Rev. Julie Elkins, president of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council; Acharya Mahadevanji, Rameshwaram Chinmaya Mission; the Orange Coast Unitarian Universalist Church Choir; Rabbi Susan Conforti, Hoag Hospital; John Gremer, St. John Neumann Catholic Church; Sikh Women Now, Gurdwara; Jill Lutz, president of the Irvine Stake, Church of Latter-day Saints; the Rev. Dr. Paul Tellstrom, Irvine United Congregational Church; and Shaykh Jamaal Diwan, Islamic Center of Irvine.

Also featured will be Baha'i prayer and song and a performance by Denise Rosier and Laura Ava-Tesimale of the Hawaiian/Polynesian indigenous community.

A special ceremony will be conducted for the local veterans. The evening is family-oriented, and participation by all faiths is encouraged.


Changing religious diversity and demographics

Keynote speaker for the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council's New Clergy Luncheon on Sept. 18 is Eric Spitz, president of Freedom Communications, publisher of the Orange County Register. The subject is "The Changing Religious Diversity/Demographics in Orange County." We will also hear about the Orange County Register's emphasis on faith and values.

The luncheon is being held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, 1441 W. Balboa Blvd., Newport Beach. Registration begins at 11:45 a.m., follow by lunch at 12:05 p.m., self-introductions at 12:35 p.m. and program from 12:50 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

All clergy and lay people, not only members of the council, are invited. With a reservation, clergy are free this day only. Admission for all others is $12 with a reservation and $15 without a reservation. RSVP by Sept. 16 to


Back to school made easier by service clubs

The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa held its fourth annual Kelly's Closet "Clothe the Children" project in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Club of the Harbor Area.

The project is planned by a committee of students from the Circle K Club of Orange Coast College, the Key Clubs of Costa Mesa and Estancia high schools, the Builders Torch Club of the Lou Yantorn Branch of the Boys & Girls Club, and members of the Kiwanis Club and Young Professionals club, according to Kiwanian Jeff Dimsdale.

Each of the 28 student recipients (in grades 2 through 11) were given a bag of school supplies, from pencils to backpacks to graphing calculators. Then each youngster was assigned one or two student members of a Kiwanis-sponsored student leadership club.

These teams boarded a bus for a shopping trip at Sears in South Coast Plaza. With Kiwanians as chaperones providing assistance, each team purchased a full complement of school clothes.

After the ride back, Kiwanians provided a picnic and Kiwanis-family students sponsored a carnival.

After a joyful day for all, the student shoppers were ready for the Sept. 3 start of school. They have met new mentors, students who can show them the path of education through college, added Dimsdale

"The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa is grateful for the major support provided by Hoag Hospital, South Coast Plaza and the Costa Mesa Community Foundation, and for additional support by Office Depot, Sears, Pink House Imports, Starbucks, Stater Bros., Target and Trader Joe's," he said.


Lions helping schools with tools

The Harbor Mesa Lions are supplying school boxes to first-graders in two local schools, according to Carol Van Holt. The boxes have items that the teachers have requested such as rulers, pencils, glue, scissors, marking pens, crayons and erasers.

The first-graders in Whittier and Rea elementary schools will be given the boxes the first week of school. Cathy Waters, president of the club, stated, "We assembled 209 boxes this year to distribute to the children. To be able to do this, we have fundraisers such as casino night, fashion show, garage sale and candy sales. We appreciate the community support we have to enable us to serve in this way."

For further information about the club, see its website at


Service club meetings this week


Noon: The 15-member 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 the program "Raising Champion Show Dogs" by Sharon Rehmeyer. On Sept. 19, Hal Horrocks will present a program on genealogy. For more information, visit

Noon: The 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Rikk Hansen titled "New Fire in Your Life." On Sept. 19, Mayor Pro-Tem Steve Mensinger will discuss "Costa Mesa Happenings."

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

Noon: The 55-member Newport-Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine.

6 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to host Newport Beach Fire Chief Scott Poster and members of the Newport Beach Fire Department. For more information, visit


6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Costa Mesa Country Club on the first and third Monday of each month. The club meets at a different restaurant in the area. For more information, email


7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant, 3801 Pacific Coast Hwy., Corona del Mar, for a program by RYLA Student Talks. On Sept. 24, Shizhong Chen will present "Renaissance of the Chinese Culture." For more information, visit

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