The Oct. 17 meeting of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council will focus on resources for the homeless.

Families Forward, Family Promise, Friendship Shelter, Grandma's House of Hope, Laura's House, Laguna Relief and Resource Coalition, Mercy House, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Orange County Rescue Mission, Share Our Selves, Someone Cares Soup Kitchen, South County Outreach, U.S. Vets and 211 will have table-top displays and provide information.

Greeting time begins at 11:45 a.m. with the meeting called to order at 12:10 p.m. and the Resource Fair starting at 12:40.

The luncheon will be at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 801 Dover Drive, Newport Beach.

The luncheon is $10 with a reservation, $15 without. Send reservations to by Monday.


4K/7K Walk to end hunger

The 24th annual Interfaith Hunger Walk steps off at 1 p.m. Oct. 28 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School, 2046 Mar Vista Drive, Newport Beach.

Hundreds of walkers from all faiths, ages and walks of life will enjoy the walk along the beautiful Upper Newport Bay, according to Steve Goetz, lead organizer of the walk. There will be live music, games, food, drinks and prizes.

Local organizations benefiting from 25% of this year's proceeds include Share Our Selves, Jewish Family Services, Orange Coast Interfaith Shelter, Orange County Catholic Worker and Standup for kids.

Participating in the event, also known as the CROP Walk, are St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Irvine United Congregational Church, Christ Church by the Sea, Harbor Christian Church, Islamic Education Center of Orange County, Mesa Verde United Methodist Church, Temple Bat Yam, Fairview Community Church, Baha'i of Costa Mesa, First Drops, Orange Coast College's Puente Club, Student Honors Council and men's basketball team, First United Methodist of Costa Mesa, Christ Our Redeemer AME Church, Buddhist Center of Orange County — RKINA, and Good Shepherd Lutheran.

High school students can receive community service hours for their participation. Donate directly to the Newport Beach CROP Hunger Walk by going to

For more information on how to participate, contact Goetz at (949) 436-1946 or


Rotarian Laura Dietz Honored

Rotary District 5320 honored Newport Beach Sunrise Rotarian Laura Dietz at a recent presidents meeting for her Service Above Self.

She comes to the aid of others by providing service and financial assistance to Marines and their families. She is trying to reduce their burden, according to Bill Hossfeld, who presented the award.

Dietz is tireless when it comes to helping a service member, their families, or wounded warriors. She raises money and gathers needed or special items and treats and sends them as care packages to the 1st Battalion, 1st Marines or other units when they are deployed. She also gathers school supplies and backpacks so members of the 1/1 Civil Affairs Group can give them to children in Afghanistan as a goodwill gesture ; plus she hosts special projects and events for the Marines' spouses and children including Christmas events, makeovers, beach parties, barbecues and more.

She is very active with the Wounded Warrior Battalion-West at Camp Pendleton and Twenty-Nine Palms facilities that includes getting donations of musical instruments, "roll-about units" for single-leg amputees to use in lieu of crutches, fly fishing trips to Big Bear and memory-foam mattresses.