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Community Link

July 9, 2021 | Edition 28

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. 


Wild Rivers Water Park is Coming to Irvine

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Wild Rivers Farrah N. Khan
Wild Rivers Groundbreaking

Ground broke this week on the 20-acre Wild Rivers Water Park project which will be built at the Orange County Great Park and is expected to open next summer.

Wild River’s plans include multiple components such as in-ground slides, pools, and thrill slides. As currently proposed, there will be 20 attractions available on opening day, with additional attractions planned for the future, including a potential 3-acre expansion.

For more information about the Wild Rivers Water Park in the City of Irvine, please visit the Orange County Great Park’s planning & future development webpage.

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine Opportunities in Irvine 

Opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine continue to be available in Irvine through neighborhood vaccine sites and at various pharmacies and health care centers. 

A vaccine clinic will be held July 14 at Diamond Jamboree Shopping Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Appointments are required and can be scheduled at All vaccines are administered free of charge. 

For a list of vaccine opportunities in your area, please visit our vaccine resources webpage

Movies on the Lawn

Movies on the Lawn

Summer is in full swing, and the next Movies on the Lawn screening is just around the corner! Join us Saturday, July 17, at the Orange County Great Park for Raya and the Last Dragon. Movies are shown on the Terraced Lawn and begin after sunset, approximately 8:15 p.m. Admission is free, and seating will be first-come, first-served. No registration is required for this free event. Learn more about Movies on the Lawn at

Flex Alert

Flex Alert Issued for July 9

The California Independent System Operator Corporation (ISO) has issued a statewide Flex Alert, a call for voluntary electricity conservation, on Friday, July 9 from 4 to 9 p.m. in order to reduce stress on the grid and avoid power outages. 

Consumers and residents are urged to conserve electricity especially during the late afternoon and evening when air conditioners typically are at peak use. You can help avoid power outages by:

  • Turning off all unnecessary lights.
  • Using major appliances before 3 p.m. and after 10 p.m.
  • Setting air conditioners to 78 degrees or higher.
  • Closing blinds and drapes inside your home. 

For more information, visit

Shredding Event

Free Paper Shredding Event

The City of Irvine, in partnership with Waste Management, is hosting a free paper shredding event Saturday, July 17, at the Lakeview Senior Center. Irvine residents can safely and securely dispose of up to five banker-size file boxes (dimensions 24 inches x 12 inches) at a mobile shredding unit on-site. Event is first-come, first-served and will end when truck capacity is reached. 

50th Anniversary

Fun Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

The City of Irvine consistently lands on the list of America’s Safest Cities, but this was not the case in 1912 when the Tomato Springs Bandit, Ira Jones, wreaked havoc on our town in an infamous shoot-out and manhunt which took place after an attempted assault on a bean farm.

Jones escaped from initial capture after the attempted assault and made his way throughout town, hiding in a rock formation near Tomato Springs, the place that gave the bandit his name. Over 200 armed farmers and two sheriff’s deputies took on the bandit in a shoot-out, leading to the death of Jones himself, and Deputy Robert Squires, the first Orange County officer killed in the line of duty. Three others were injured, including Willard Culver, who helped run operations with his brother Frederick “Humpy” Culver at Irvine’s first Blacksmith shop. Willard went on to be known as “Gimpy” due to the loss of his leg during the shootout; Frederick “Humpy” Culver’s name lives on as our Culver Drive in Irvine.

Photo and information credit: Irvine Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

July 10 | 7:30 p.m.

United to Heal: Lighting a Candle Together


July 10 | 8:15 p.m.

Movies on the Lawn at OCGP

July 13 | 4 p.m.

City Council

View the City Calendar 

Irvine Cares