Only days remain until Armed Forces Day weekend, when the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will display 1,776 American flags at Castaways Park.

On May 16, about 1,000 children from area schools will be bused to the site to participate in the events of the day. A formal presentation at 12:30 p.m. May 17 will feature Rear Adm. Richard Lyon, a Navy SEAL.

Take your family to Castaways Park, at Dover Drive and 15th Street in Newport Beach, and walk the venue, looking at the dedication of the 1,776 flags. It is a very moving experience. The Field of Honor is free of charge.

The public is encouraged to purchase a flag for $45 and dedicate it to an active-duty member or veteran of the armed forces. The flag may be taken home after the three-day event. For more information regarding the Field of Honor program and dedications, call (949) 631-3567, email or visit the club's website at


Lions raise funds with fashion

The Harbor Mesa Lions Club will hold its annual fashion show at 11:30 a.m. June 7 at the Costa Mesa Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive. The public is invited to support this worthy cause.

The event will feature lunch, vendors with jewelry, home decor, cosmetics, accessories and more. Latest fashions for women will be modeled by club members. This event will raise funds for many community organizations.

Tickets are $30 each and can be ordered from any Harbor Mesa member or by phone at (949) 422-4133. The event is co-chaired by Arlene Schafer and Joan Parks. Information about the club and event can be found at


Honoring those who serve community

The sixth annual Daily Pilot Community & Clubs Hall of Fame luncheon will be held at noon June 6 at American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291, 215 E. 15th St., Newport Beach. The purpose of the luncheon is to honor members of service and community organizations for their contributions to the community.

If you belong to a community group, service club or faith community, you can nominate a member who has given service to Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. For more information on the Hall of Fame, contact Lane Calvert at (714) 906-0929 or by email at

The cost of the luncheon is $50 per person, with proceeds benefiting Exploring/Learning for Life, a program of the Orange County Council, Boy Scouts of America.


Service club meetings this week


Noon: The 15-member Exchange Club of Corona del Mar meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club, 1601 Bayside Drive, Corona del Mar.


7 a.m.: The 20-member Costa Mesa Orange Coast Lions Club meets at Mimi's Café, Newport and Harbor boulevards, Costa Mesa.