Community & Clubs: Interfaith groups gather for youths

The public is invited to the Oct. 16 Youth Services Fair sponsored by the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council, according to Rev. Julie Elkins, the council president.

A number of youth services agencies will share what they offer to youths, from substance-abuse programs to leadership skills development.

The luncheon will be held at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dover Drive and 16th Street, Newport Beach. The day begins with registration at 11:45 a.m., followed by a buffet luncheon and the fair from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

RSVP by Monday to The meeting includes the buffet lunch, which is $12 with reservation and $15 without.


Walk against hunger

The 25th annual Newport/Irvine/Mesa CROP Interfaith Hunger Walk will be held Oct. 27 starting at 1 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

The 7K walk (4.2 miles) goes around the beautiful Newport Beach Back Bay. A shorter 4K (2.4 miles) walk will also be available.

"This is a fundraising event to help fight hunger and homelessness both locally and internationally," according to Steve Goetz, walk chairman. "It's a wonderful opportunity for religious groups from all faith traditions, businesses, schools and other secular groups to walk together towards this common goal."

The walk is non-denominational. More than 300 walkers from at least 20 congregations and organizations are expected to participate.

Local groups that receive a portion of the donations include Isaiah House, Share Our Selves, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Jewish Federation & Family Services and StandUp For Kids. The local event joins 2,000 other walks nationwide in raising millions of dollars for the more than 1 billion people in our world who go to bed hungry.

For more information, contact Goetz at (949) 436-1946 or


Wild West Casino Night

The Harbor Mesa Lions will hold their Wild West Casino Night fundraiser Oct. 18 at the Costa Mesa Neighborhood Community Center. Featured will be gaming tables, a silent auction, opportunity drawings, two grand prizes, hoe-down dancing and a chuck wagon dinner of ribs and chicken.

The fun starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Tickets are on sale for $40 each and may be purchased from any member of the club . All funds raised will be donated to charitable causes. For contact information, check out the 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 a program by Jack Kenefick on nutrition and fitness. On Oct. 17, the program will feature Valerie Crawford discussing ways to reduce stress and increase success. For more information, visit

Noon: The 75-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a program by Billy Whitford of the Newport Aquatic Center. On Oct. 17, the club will hold Oktoberfest. 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 Dudley Tabakin of the Surfrider Foundation. On Oct. 22, the speaker will be Paula J. Caplan on "When Johnny and Jane Come Marching Home." For more information, visit

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