Community & Clubs: Interfaith Council to visit China

July 27, 2010|By Jim deBoom

The final orientation meeting for those interested in learning more about the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council introductory tour to China is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harbor Christian Church, 2401 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach. The meeting will be the last chance to register for the 2010 tour.

This is the council's seventh trip to China. More than 850 youths and adults have been on previous council tours of the People's Republic. The Oct. 14-22 trip to Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Shanghai is open to members of the faith communities, service club members and the general public.

The $1,999 tour package includes round-trip airfare, double occupancy stays at 4- or 5-star hotels, three meals per day (except for one dinner on your own), deluxe bus tours, English-speaking tour guides, admission to tourist spots, a day at the World Expo in Shanghai, and airport tax. A side trip to Xi'an to visit the Terracotta Warriors is an additional $450. Single-room occupancy for the entire trip is available at an additional $450, and a round-trip upgrade to business class on international flights costs $4,500.


For more information attend the meeting on Aug. 3 or visit or call (949) 689-4443.


Tickets for Sunday's second annual Lobsterfest in Newport Beach, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Newport Beach Sunrise, need to be purchased online at by 9 a.m. Friday, so that the right number of fresh Maine lobsters can be flown in for the event, according to Rotarian Laura Dietz. The Lobsterfest is from 3 to 9 p.m.


Lions clubs in District 4-L4, which includes three in Costa Mesa, are collecting new pajamas for children taken out of dangerous situations and placed in custody for their safety. In most cases, these children, who range from infants to teenagers, have only the clothes they are wearing. There is a great need for pajamas for these children. How comforting it is to put on a brand new pair of PJs for the first night in a strange but safe place to spend the night. If you would like to donate a new pair of pajamas to this cause, please contact any Lion member of the Harbor Mesa Lions, the Costa Mesa Newport Harbor Lions or the Costa Mesa Breakfast Club Lions. This project lasts through the year. You can check out the contacts on the clubs' websites, or by calling (714) 962-0265.


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