On Dec. 7, at the Lido Theater in Newport Beach, the Exchange Club of Newport Harbor will host its annual movie event. This year the club will be screening the Christmastime classic, "Miracle on 34th Street." What a great way to get in the mood for Christmas.

The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with a food festival sponsored by 14 restaurants. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 and $125 for VIPs with VIP ticket holders, who are entitled to free parking and preferred seating. All ticket holders get a free T-shirt, unlimited food sampling that evening, courtesy of the sponsoring restaurants, admission to the movie and the knowledge that your donation will go toward helping prevent child abuse!

Proceeds from the event go to the prevention of child abuse and other youth activities in the community. Last year alone, the movie event generated $60,000 for the prevention of child abuse, more than $20,000 in scholarships to students and teachers, and more than $5,000 to other charities. To buy tickets or for more information, call (949) 887-6788. Contributions are tax deductible.

Christmas Carol Ball

What began in the mid-1960s as a gathering for caroling of close personal friends, such as John Wayne and Buddy Ebsen has grown into the 44th annual Christmas Carol Ball, one of Orange County's most anticipated fundraisers that attracts as many as 600 friends, patients, physicians and staff of Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

But what has made it such a fundraising blockbuster has been community partnerships. This year's ball will also benefit Human Options of Orange County.

This is the second year that Dr. Lisa Karamardian is co-chairing the ball with her husband, Vahé. They are joined this year by co-chairs Tyler and Pamela Terry. The Christmas Carol Ball is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 11, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort and Spa in Dana Point.

Hosted by the Hoag Hospital Foundation's 552 Club and the Christmas Carol Ball Committee, the ball has attracted and raised more than $7 million since 1966. Requests for invitations may be made through Laura Nelson at (949) 764-7211 or via e-mail to laura.nelson@hoaghospital.com. More information can be found at http://www.ChristmasCarolBall.org.

Thought for the day

"There are two types of people — those who come into a room and say, 'Well, here I am!' and those who come in and say, 'Ah, there you are.'" —Frederick L. Collins

SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK

You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week to learn more about opportunities for service. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.

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.

5:15 p.m.: The 10-member Rotary Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Ramada Inn & Suites, 1680 Superior Ave., Costa Mesa. Visit http://www.costamesarotary.org.

6 p.m.: The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Balboa meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club to hear from Rotary District 5320 Administrator Jim de Boom with a live demonstration of the district's new website and online directory. http://www.newportbalboa.org

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 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.

11 a.m.: The 95-member Exchange Club of Newport Harbor meets at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club for a business meeting. For more information visit http://www.nhexchange.org.

Noon: The 40-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club, 1701 Golf Course Drive, Costa Mesa. For more information, visit http://www.costamesaKiwanis.org.

The 65-member Rotary Club of Newport Irvine meets at the University Club, 801 E. Peltason Drive, Irvine, for the Newport Beach Fire Department Awards. Visit http://www.ni-rotary.org.

The 45-member Kiwanis Club of Costa Mesa meets at the Costa Mesa Golf and Country Club. http://www.costamesakiwanis.org

MONDAY

6:30 p.m.: The Harbor Mesa Lions Club meets at the Golden Dragon, Harbor Boulevard in Costa Mesa.

TUESDAY

7:15 a.m.: The Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary Club will meet at Hoag Hospital Speech and Language Development Center/Autism, http://www.newportbeachsunriserotary.org.

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.