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From Golf to Galas: Supporting Our Community

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KidWorks Toy Drive | Continuing through December 18 | This year, KidWorks has set a goal of collecting more than 1,500 Christmas presents for parents to have the joy of purchasing for their young family members. To make that happen, the toys will be made available to them at the Annual KidWorks Christmas Store at the Dan Donahue Center on December 18 for just 10 percent of their retail value. Proceeds collected from the store then go to a benevolence fund to assist the neediest of families throughout the year. Suggested gifts for children 4-12 years old include arts & crafts supplies, bikes, skateboards, scooters, dolls & action figures, along with grooming items, science sets and games. Gift cards from Amazon, Starbucks, Target, Walmart, Visa and movie theaters are popular with teens. Interested parties have three ways to assist. They can donate unused, unwrapped toys and gift cards directly to the Christmas Store, host a toy drive, or volunteer to work at the store on December 18.

Contact: or contact the KidWorks Volunteer Department at 714.834.9400, extension 115.

Takes place at The KidWorks Dan Donahue Center, 1902 West Chestnut Ave., Santa Ana.

Operation Christmas | Continuing through December 23 | The City of Newport Beach is supporting Operation Christmas for our troops & their families this year to make the holidays brighter for military personnel and their families. Interested community members may drop off new, unwrapped toys and sports equipment, new or used DVDs and gift cards at the following locations:

–Newport Beach City Hall, 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach - Revenue (1A), Community Development (1C), City Clerk’s Office (2E)

–OASIS Senior Center, 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona del Mar

–Newport Coast Community Center, 6401 San Joaquin Hills Road, Newport Coast

–Marina Park Community & Sailing Center, 1600 W. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Newport Beach Police Department, 870 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach

–Balboa Peninsula Fire Station #1, 110 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Lido Fire Station #2, 475 32nd St., Newport Beach

–Fashion Island Fire Station #3, 868 Santa Barbara Drive, Newport Beach

–Balboa Island Fire Station #4, 124 Marine Ave., Balboa Island

–Corona del Mar Fire Station #5, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

–Mariners Fire Station #6, 1348 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

–Santa Ana Heights Fire Station #7, 20401 Acacia St., Newport Beach

–Newport Coast Fire Station #8, 6502 Ridge Park Road, Newport Coast

–Newport Beach Central Library, 1000 Avocado Ave., Newport Beach

–Balboa Library, 100 E. Balboa Blvd., Balboa

–Crean Mariners Library, 1300 Irvine Ave., Newport Beach

–Corona del Mar Library, 410 Marigold Ave., Corona del Mar

Donations will be accepted now through 12 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 23. Military personnel pick up donations take place on the afternoon of Monday, Dec. 23.

Contact: For more information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 949.644.3005. 

Takes place throughout Newport Beach, Corona del Mar and Newport Coast.

53rd Annual Christmas Carol Ball | Saturday, Dec. 14 beginning at 5 p.m. | This has become a must-attend event which sells out every year. Anticipated to attract more than 600 Hoag friends and supporters who will join the event for fun, fellowship and fabulous food along with dancing and special holiday touches in a gorgeous setting.


Takes place at the Monarch Beach Resort, One Monarch Beach Resort, Dana Point.

Women of Elegance Events I Sunday, Dec. 22 I They have invited SABIL USA to conduct a high-end silent auction and will be selling diamonds to benefit this charity. Women of Elegance honorary awards will be given out to women who have made an impact on society for the betterment of humanity. Festivities include vendors, a fashion show and a red carpet. Dress: Elegant evening gowns; be red carpet ready, as media will be in attendance. Schedule: 3 pm. VIP red carpet with extras; 4:30 p.m.; general admission. SABIL USA supports the needy, homeless and refugees. Tickets: General admission, $80; VIP, $120. Table seating 10, $750.

Contact: 310.292.6578

Takes place at the Fashion Island Hotel, 690 Newport Center Dr., Newport Beach.

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