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Pennies and Peanut Butter Can Really Add Up in Aid Drive

February 03, 2001

The Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is looking for elementary and middle school students to help the hungry by participating in the Pennies and Peanut Butter Food Drive this month and next. Students, classrooms and entire schools are encouraged to collect pennies, peanut butter and other nonperishable food items to donate.

"We're able to stretch every penny donated here," said Mark Hunt, food drive coordinator. "For every 10 cents, the Food Bank can provide a meal for a family of three."

In previous years, the food drive has brought in more than $2,000 and 9,000 pounds of food. The food drive is also designed to promote hunger awareness among young people.

The Food Bank serves more than 180,000 people each month and provides food to more than 360 charities. The organization will provide literature and food barrels to distribute in schools. For information, call (714) 771-1343.

The Whole Truth

Rabbi Elie Spitz promises to ask Alan Dershowitz provocative questions during the attorney's Feb. 20 visit to Congregation B'Nai Israel in Tustin. Among the queries: How does Dershowitz justify representing clients like O.J. Simpson, Claus von Bulow, Mike Tyson and Leona Helmsley? Who really won the presidential election? Does he see a future for Jews in America? And, of course, the toughest question: Did Ron Silver's portrayal of Dershowitz do the attorney justice in the movie "Reversal of Fortune"?

Tickets for the evening event range from $18 to $54. The synagogue is at 2111 Bryan Ave., Tustin. (714) 730-9693.

Kosher, the young leadership division of the Orange County chapter of the American Jewish Committee, also will take on a tough subject during its annual membership dinner tonight at 6:30 at the Center Club in Costa Mesa.

The program, "Being Jewish in Orange County: Living in Two Worlds," will feature panelists discussing the pressures, challenges and joys of living in a non-Jewish community."

Tickets are $36 for members. $42 for nonmembers. The Center Club is at 650 Town Center Drive. (949) 660-8525.

If you want truth from the Catholic perspective, you may want to attend a discussion led by the Rev. Kevin Collins, professor of moral theology at St. John's Seminary in Camarillo. He'll talk about the hottest moral topics facing Catholics, including issues concerning the end of life, bioethics and homosexuality. The event is free and takes place from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at St. Irenaeus Church in Cypress. St. Irenaeus is at 5201 Evergreen Ave. (714) 826-0760.

Promises to Keep

If you're planning way ahead, Promise Keepers is coming to town this fall. The venue hasn't been finalized, but the evangelical men's ministry--which made headlines in the mid-1990s by filling football stadiums with men singing, crying and offering praise--will hold an event in Anaheim on Oct. 19 and 20.

Led by Bill McCartney, the former football coach at the University of Colorado, this year's event is "Turn the Tide: Living Out an Extreme Faith."

The theme, organizers say, is inspired by Paul's letter to the Romans: "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will."

In the last few years, Promise Keepers has lost much of the heady momentum of its early days, resulting in sagging attendance and a downsizing of the organization.

An Orthodox View . . . and More

St. Paul's Greek Orthodox Church in Irvine will host its annual four-day Spiritual Odyssey Festival beginning Friday evening. Father Thomas Hopko, dean of St. Vladimir's Theological Seminary in New York and a popular Orthodox speaker and writer, will lead this year's event, "Love, Transformation and Holiness." The program is designed to deepen understanding of the Orthodox church, Scriptures and Christian life. The event, including meals, is free and open to the public. St. Paul's is at 4949 Alton Parkway in Irvine. For more information, see the church's Web site--http://www.stpaulsirvine .org/odyssey--or call (949) 733-2366.

A Valentine's date without the kids isn't out of the question as far as Light of the Canyon United Methodist Church in Anaheim Hills is concerned. The church will offer a service for children 12 and under as a treat for parents who would like to have a pre-Valentine's Day date to themselves. The Friday night event, which includes singing and dancing to live music, storytelling, arts and crafts, and a scavenger hunt, is set from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Suggested donation is $5. RSVP by Tuesday. The church is at 101 S. Chaparral Court. (714) 283-4633.

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