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Community & Clubs: Plenty of fish to fry at carnival

May 21, 2013|By Jim de Boom
  • A fresh batch of fried Pacific cod prepared during Newport Harbor Lions Club annual Fish Fry and Carnival last year. This year's event is May 31 to June 2.
A fresh batch of fried Pacific cod prepared during Newport… (KEVIN CHANG )

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.

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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, http://www.cmnhlions.com or by calling President Mike Scheafer at (714) 435-0300.

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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.

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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 nhcmlionsclub.com.

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