Community & Clubs: Attend movie night; celebrate Soroptimists

The Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will hold its 23rd annual movie screening on Oct. 10 at the Lido Theatre, according to past president Bob Wood.

The featured movie is "Captain Phillips," which will be shown at 7 p.m. "Captain Phillips" is a multilayered examination of the 2009 hijacking of the U.S. container ship Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates. The story is simultaneously a pulse-pounding thriller and a complex portrait of the myriad effects of globalization.

The film focuses on the relationship between the Alabama's commanding officer, Capt. Richard Phillips (award-winner Tom Hanks), and his Somali counterpart, Muse (Barkhad Abdi).

Included in the ticket price is the Food Festival, featuring tastes from a dozen restaurants, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $60 for general admission and $90 for VIP seating. Proceeds go to the Orange County Child Abuse Prevention Center and other community charities.

Tickets may be purchased at To sponsor the event or get questions answered, contact Wood at


Soroptimist International Newport Harbor Area

Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area was chartered in 1955 and has continuously served local and global issues that affect women and girls, according to past president and longtime member Dawn Marie Lemond.

This year, President Dalia Badajos Lugo has taken the theme "Legacy for a Better World" as an invitation to be part of the new direction the group is moving toward, that of preparing teenage girls to be service leaders and, in doing so, attracting their mothers to join the service leadership team.

Members have been excited to work with the teens on service activities that they choose and help them learn how to research, develop and implement projects.

Soroptimist is a global women's organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. More than 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories support community-based and global projects. The organization is particularly concerned with providing women and girls access to education, seeing this as the most effective path to self-determination.

Soroptimists have been involved in our annual Women's Opportunity and Violet Richardson awards, Race for the Cure and Healthy Girl Fair in Laguna Beach, in addition to supporting local shelters such as Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter and participating in awareness activities related to human trafficking and violence against women. One international project supports maternal health and training in Papua New Guinea.

SINHA's life blood is its members — a diverse group of women who are passionate about contributing to opportunities and solutions that empower women and girls.

Email at for more information. The group meets once a month to plan its service work and fundraising.


Last weekend of the Festival of Children

This coming weekend marks the end of the 12th annual Festival of Children at South Coast Plaza in celebration of National Child Awareness Month. This communitywide event, held every weekend in September, offers more than 100 free family activities while showcasing 75 youth-serving organizations in the community.

Be sure to visit Assistance League of Newport-Mesa's booth in the Bloomingdale's wing. Look for the blue and red backdrop to learn about the services it offers for children and families in Costa Mesa, Newport Beach and surrounding areas. For more information, visit


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 a program by Jan Lansing on the Children's Hospital of Orange County's new tower. For more information, visit

Noon: The 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for awards and recognition of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach fire departments. 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.

6 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. 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 various restaurants 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 Peter Bennett, author of "Life Lessons of a Harvard Reject: Tear Down the Walls Holding Back Your Success." On Oct. 8, Gary Robinson will discuss "Native American Warrior and Helping our Returning Wounded Warriors." For more information, visit

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