Italian Chef Marco Palazzo provides a cooking class to eighth-grade members of the National Charity League. (Daily Pilot / February 12, 2013)

Cindy Dole and Marena Padden, grade-level advisors of the Newport Chapter of the National Charity League, hosted an event this week at the newly opened Hood Kitchen Space in Costa Mesa.

More than 30 of the chapter's eighth-grade girls participated in an interactive cooking class led by Italian chef Marco Palazzo. The menu featured Italian regional cuisine. The venue was perfect for this mother-daughter evening and allowed the group ample space for the cooking demonstration and dining.


Homeless in Orange County

The Feb. 20 luncheon of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council will feature Karen Roper, interim executive director of the O.C. Commission to End Homelessness, speaking on "Partnering with the Faith-Based Community in Ending Homelessness in Orange County." Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach chairs the O.C. Commission to End Homelessness.

The luncheon, which is open to all faith communities and the public, will be held at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach, beginning at 11:45 a.m., with registration followed by lunch, the presentation by Roper and tour of the new house of worship facilities of Our Lady Queen of Angels. Lunch is $12 with a reservation, $15 without a reservation. Reservations can be made by emailing All attendees will receive a free copy of the 2013 Faith Community Directory for Costa Mesa, Irvine and Newport Beach, which includes a listing of resources for homeless in the local area. For more information, visit


Going to Antibes, France

The Newport Beach Sister City Assn. will host an informational meeting on a delegation trip to Antibes, France, at 6 p.m. Feb. 21 in the Friends Room in the Newport Beach Public Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach. If you are interested in being part of a delegation trip to Antibes, information about a July trip will be discussed. Antibes and Newport have had a sister-city relationship for 23 years. Enjoy the south of France, known for its Jazz à Juan, one of the oldest jazz festivals in Europe, and participate in a Bastille Day celebration. For more information, visit


National Pancake Day

The Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa participated with IHOP at 3125 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa in National Pancake Day on Feb. 5. They raised money for the Children's Miracle Network and Children's Hospital of Orange County. General Manager Benito Roman said the combined efforts of IHOP and Kiwanis raised more than $3,100 for the two charities. The Kiwanians that joined in were Jim Schabarum, 2012 - 2013 club president, Joe Panarisi, Adam Schuster, Jeff Dimsdale and Kent Mueller.


How Costa Mesa Got Its Name

Sunday's meeting of the Costa Mesa Historical Society will feature author Marcia Lee Harris portraying Fanny Bixby Spencer, who, along with her husband, W. Carl Spencer, sponsored the contest that gave Costa Mesa its name. Harris wrote the book "Fanny Bixby Spencer: Long Beach's Inspirational Firebrand." Doors open at 2 p.m., program at 2:30 p.m. Free admission and refreshments. The meeting will take place at 1870 Anaheim Ave., northwest corner of the Lions Park complex. For further information, call (949) 631-5918, visit or search for the group on Facebook.


Service Club Meetings This Week


Noon: The Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.