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July 2, 2021 | Edition 27

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 following us on our social media channels, listed at the bottom of this email. We look forward to connecting with you. 

Access Irvine

If You See Something, Say Something with Access Irvine

Did you know there is an easy way to help keep our City a great place to live, work, play, and visit? If you "See Something, Say Something," by using the Access Irvine mobile app. Employees are encouraged to download the app and use the “How Can We Help?” feature to report concerns that should be addressed by staff to better our community for all. Examples of reportable features include maintenance issues, traffic-related matters, noise complaints, and many others.

Visit the City’s website to learn more about the Access Irvine mobile app, and download the application for iPhone and Android use. Together, we can continue to ensure Irvine remains a great place to live, work, play, and visit.

Irvine Child Care Scholarships

Irvine Child Care Scholarships

Do you need assistance with child care payments for your elementary age child? The Irvine Child Care Project (ICCP) provides scholarships to income-eligible families which provides help paying for your child to attend an ICCP child care program. An ICCP child care program is located on each Irvine Unified School District elementary campus.

Families must meet the following criteria to be eligible for an ICCP Scholarship:

  • The child must attend an IUSD school.
  • Qualifying family income must meet current HUD income guidelines, based on family size.
  • Adult household members must be employed.

Due to the availability of temporary, one-time funds provided through the CARES Act, families who have lost employment, wages, or are at risk of homelessness due to the coronavirus pandemic may also be eligible for funding.

Awards to eligible applicants cover a percentage of monthly tuition fees based on demonstrated financial need. Scholarship payments are made directly to the ICCP child care provider.

Scholarship funding provided by the Irvine Children’s Fund.

Chalk Art Project

50th Anniversary Chalk Art Project

Celebrate the City of Irvine’s 50th anniversary with us by joining the Chalk Art Project this summer. Two Saturdays a month, July through September, the community is invited to gather at various community centers where guests can contribute to a chalk rendition of the Irvine 50th anniversary logo.

Artwork will be done in an open outdoor area, and photos of each reimagined anniversary logo will be entered into a community contest. Bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park while helping honor five decades of City history. Pre-registration at will be required for all events, and individual 20-minute slots are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to ensure all community members have opportunities to be involved. Admission is $5 per family. Learn more at

Chuck Jones

Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity Coming to the Orange County Great Park

The City of Irvine is partnering with the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to spotlight artist Chuck Jones and his iconic career through an exhibition and interactive programming. On July 4, Chuck Jones: Season of Creativity Exhibition opens at the Orange County Great Park Gallery, exploring the process of animation from script to screen through original art, writing, and other ephemera created by Chuck Jones.

In addition to the exhibition, the Season of Creativity includes opportunities for the community to participate in art and creativity programs, educational lectures, and a film series all inspired by Jones’ work and legacy. Orange County Great Park arts staff collaborated on the exhibition and supporting activities with Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Center for Creativity who also happens to be Chuck Jones’ grandson and a longtime Irvine resident. More information on the Season of Creativity is available at

Fourth of July

Celebrate the Fourth of July Safely

The City of Irvine and the Irvine Police Department are reminding residents to enjoy the Fourth of July safely by following local rules and COVID-19-related guidance.

Fireworks are illegal in Irvine. Instead, enjoy a public fireworks show conducted by trained professionals. To view a list of public firework display shows and how you can celebrate safely this holiday weekend, visit

50th Anniversary

Fun Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

Irvine Post Office

Have you heard of Myford, California? That was the name of our little ranch community when it officially became a town in 1899.

In the late 1800s, James H. Irvine set aside land for the ranch community to become a town. Once the Santa Fe Railroad tracks were laid down and a post office (pictured above) was established, the community needed a name. Since there was already an Irvine in northern California - named after James Irvine's uncle William - our community was named Myford in honor of James Irvine's infant son. In 1914, after the northern California Irvine changed its name to Carson Hill, Myford adopted the name Irvine.

Photo and information credit: Irvine Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

July 6 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission


July 10 | 8:15 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn at OCGP

July 14 | 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Diamond Jamboree COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

View the City Calendar 

Irvine Cares