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Community & Clubs: A tuneful Christmas celebration

By Jim de Boom

4:44 PM PST, December 4, 2012

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Christmas has inspired great music from many of the world's great composers. So, as angels heralded the first Christmas, the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant will present a program of great selections performed by the choir, the Da Capo Orchestra, soloists, piano and organ beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday. Bach's Third Orchestral Suite opens the program and will be followed by Vivaldi's Gloria in Excelsis Deo, a contemporary cantata and beloved carols — music that will lift your heart with the joy and spirit of Christmas.

The Presbyterian Church of the Covenant is located at 2850 Fairview Road, Costa Mesa, one half mile south of the Fairview exchange with the 405 Freeway and just north of Costa Mesa High School. There is no charge to attend, but a freewill offering will be taken to offset the cost of the performance. Call (714) 557-3340 for more information.

Rotary, Salvation Army and Working Wardrobes

"What an incredible honor it has been for me to head up the vocational service project for the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club involving the women of the Salvation Army and Working Wardrobes," states Patricia Bintliff. "This project consisted of a series of six workshops designed to assist the women of the Salvation Army to get J-O-B-S! The topics of the workshops were expectations and self-assessment transferable skills; smart goals and elevator speeches; how to fill out master job applications; how to build a powerful resume; how to develop and build skills for the job interview; and developing strategies for how to land a job."

The ladies also were outfitted with appropriate business attire and pampered by Working Wardrobes by getting their hair and makeup done.

Lastly, at a beautiful graduation celebration, the Rotary Club gave the ladies elegant portfolios, Cross pens, dictionaries and a plaque, and Working Wardrobes prepared handsome certificates of completion for each of the graduates.

Welcome to the World of Service Clubs — Marvin MaGee, who joined the Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club and was sponsored by Reniero Francisco.

Worth Repeating

"Thought for the Day" as provided by Greg Kelley of the Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council: "I can't believe that God put us on this earth to be ordinary." — Lou Holtz

Service Club Meetings This Week

TODAY

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

THURSDAY

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 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a business meeting. On Dec. 13, the program will feature motivational speaker Gina David. For more information, visit http://www.nhexchange.org.

Noon: The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Newport Beach/Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachkiwanis.org. The program on Dec. 13 is Jim de Boom discussing his recent trip to Cuba.

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 http://www.costamesakiwanis.org.

Noon: The 55-member Newport-Irvine Rotary Club meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine for a presentation by Jim Paddock on "U.S. Submarine Force of Today." On Oct. 18, Keith Rhodes of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County will be the speaker. For more information, visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.

5:30 p.m.: The 57-member Rotary Club of Newport-Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. The program on Dec. 13 is de Boom discussing his recent trip to Cuba. For more information, visit http://www.newportbalboa.org.

TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The 58-member Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at the Five Crowns Restaurant, 3801 E. Coast Hwy., Newport Beach on Dec. 11 for a program by Mark Harmon, Newport Beach general services director, and on Dec. 19 will hold a Christmas party at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club. For more information, visit http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.

6:30 p.m. on Dec. 18: The Costa Mesa-Newport Harbor Lions Club will hold its Christmas party at the Newport Rib Company, 2196 Harbor Blvd., Costa Mesa.

SATURDAY

5:30 p.m. on Dec. 15: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club will hold its annual Christmas party at the Stansburys' Christmas Castle. Contact club president Eileen Jensen at aejen@sbcglobal.net for the address.

COMMUNITY & CLUBS is published Wednesdays. Send your service club's meeting information by fax to (714) 921-8655 or by e-mail to jdeboom@aol.com.