Community Link Newsletter





Community Link

April 9, 2021 | Edition 15

Welcome to the Community Link Newsletter

Our weekly newsletter aims to keep residents and businesses connected to us and all that is going on in and throughout the City. You can connect with us and learn more by visiting our website at, and by following us on our social media channels, listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 

360 Testing

360 Clinic COVID-19 Testing

The City of Irvine in partnership with operator 360 Clinic is providing free COVID-19 testing at five City facilities, including the Irvine Civic Center, Las Lomas Community Center, Quail Hill Community Center, and Trabuco Center. Operating days and hours vary per facility. Learn more at

Pre-registration is recommended; however, walk-ups may be accommodated as availability permits. Guests must bring a form of ID, and results are completed within two to three days. 

Earth Day

Take the Earth Day Pledge

A healthy planet is not just an option – it’s a necessity. You can help protect our environment by promising to perform earth-friendly acts to conserve our valuable resources and reduce pollution. Take the City of Irvine's Pledge to Restore our Earth by completing at least seven activities which will help protect our world. For a seamless experience, please use Microsoft Edge, Chrome, or Firefox when completing this pledge form.


Charge Up at the Irvine Civic Center

Plug into one of the new electric vehicle chargers at the Irvine Civic Center. Four dual-port Level 2 EV chargers and two DC fast chargers have been installed, providing more EV charging options in Irvine. The Civic Center service stations are located in two areas of the parking lot — adjacent to the Irvine Police Department and along the San Diego Creek Trail. The Level 2 chargers cost $.29/kWh and the DC fast chargers cost $.34/kWh.

We continue to explore additional locations for charging stations throughout the City. For more information about the stations, visit

Pick Up 50

Participate in the Pick Up 50 Challenge!

The City of Irvine's Youth Action Team invites the community to take part in the Pick-Up 50 Challenge, a citywide campaign to promote and expand clean-up efforts throughout Irvine.

Participants are asked to go out into their community, pick up 50 pieces of trash, and then challenge their friends and family to do the same. Encourage members of your school clubs, youth groups, sports teams, or favorite local businesses to take part!

Clean-up kits are available at local community centers for all those involved, and additional prizes and giveaways may be won through social media. Learn more at

Pet Adoptions

City Support Through the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Sunday, April 11 is National Pet Day. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Irvine Animal Care Center has had 780 pet adoptions via an appointment-only system. 

Through this system, and to protect our community and animals, staff has conducted pet matching interviews while making appointments, to ensure a good fit for both the pet and the adopter, with all paperwork handled online prior to adoption. Learn more about how you can adopt at


Fun Facts for 50 Years of Incorporation!

Knowlwood Restaurant in Old Town Irvine serves up Irish Nachos and the World's Best Hamburger, but in 1909 the building on Sand Canyon Avenue was the site of a blacksmith shop that served this agricultural community.

The shop was built by Frederick Culver and run by his brother, Willard. It played a critical role in ensuring farm machinery was in working order, especially during harvest season, and it was also where wagon wheels were made, buggies were fixed, and horseshoes were fitted. In 1925, Gene Thomas took over the blacksmith shop and worked there until 1978. If you want a glimpse of Irvine's history, head over to Knowlwood and you'll see some of the original tools, cattle brands, and pictures on display in the restaurant. 


Photo credit: First American Title; Irvine Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

April 12 | 5:30 p.m. 
Finance Commission


April 13 | 4 p.m. 
City Council 

April 15 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

Irvine Cares