Community Link Newsletter





Community Link Newsletter

August 20, 2021 | Edition 34

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. 

COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

California COVID-19 Rent Relief Program

Irvine residents and landlords can now apply for Round 2 funding for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program, recently established by state and federal governments. The City of Irvine has joined the State of California COVID-19 Rent Relief program for Round 2. 


The State of California COVID-19 Rent Relief program provides financial assistance for rent and utilities to income-eligible renters and their landlords who have been impacted by COVID-19. Both renters and landlords can apply for assistance.  

If you are a first-time applicant, or if you are still in need of assistance after previous funding, you can apply directly to the State of California COVID-19 Rent Relief program. Learn more on the Housing is Key website or contact the California COVID-19 Rent Relief Call center at 833-430-2122. Applications and assistance are available in multiple languages.  

We Are Irvine

We Are Irvine: Living Resource Guide Series

Lecture 1: Safety is Everybody’s Business

The City of Irvine and South Coast Chinese Cultural Center (SCCCC) are collaborating to offer the We Are Irvine: Living Resource Guide Series for Chinese-Irvine newcomers. The collaborative efforts will be presented in Mandarin and feature a series of lectures on the various, widespread challenges of adapting to all aspects of life as a new immigrant in a new culture. These lectures will also prepare residents and assist them with efficiently navigating and connecting to resources within the City. 


Join the first lecture August 26 from 6 to 8 p.m. The presentation will cover personal safety practices, driving and traffic safety, an explanation of common police resources, and crime prevention tips. For more information about the lecture series and to register for a session, visit the City’s 50th anniversary page.

Studio 50 Dance Party

Dance the Night Away at Our Studio 50 Dance Party!

Celebrate the City of Irvine’s 50th anniversary at the Studio 50 Dance Party at Great Park Saturday, August 28, 6–9:30 p.m. Put on your best disco-era attire and come groove to the sounds of the ‘70s, in honor of the City’s incorporation in 1971.


This event is free and open to all ages. The party starts with a live DJ at 6 p.m. and continues with a seventies-inspired set from local favorite Southland Mega Groove, starting at 7:45 p.m. 


Food trucks will be on-site, or you can pack your own picnic to enjoy. Registration is not required for this event. For more information, visit or call 949-724-6247.

Photo Fundraiser

Is Your Pet Ready for its Close-up? 

The Irvine Animal Care Center is seeking photo entries for its annual Photo Fundraiser, to benefit life-saving programs –- and time is running out to participate!

Photo submissions will be accepted through August 31. Entry fee is $25 per photo. All eligible photos with a minimum of five votes by the end of the contest will be guaranteed inclusion in the 2022 Irvine Animal Care Center wall calendar. The top 13 winners will have their pets featured with a full-page photo for a month in the calendar. 

Voting is online and open to the general public through August 31. Votes are $1 each. 

Visit to enter your pet’s photo and cast your vote

50th Anniversary

Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 


Irvine is home to outstanding schools that are nationally recognized, and it all began with one school on the Irvine Ranch back in the early 1900s (seen above). James Irvine built the school in 1899 to serve children of Irvine Ranch farmer tenants. By 1911, the school, which was located near the railroad tracks and warehouse facing what is now Sand Canyon, accommodated 100 students. Average attendance was 80 students, and many of them came to school barefoot.

A second, larger school was built in 1929 near what is now Sand Canyon and the 5 Freeway, and the original school became a community center where monthly dances were held. The second school was used until the early 1970s when the El Camino and College Park schools were built.
Courtesy Orange County Archives


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

August 21 | 5 p.m.

Splash-In Movie & Recreation Swim


August 24 | 2 p.m.

Great Park & City Council


August 26 | 3 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

August 26 | 6 p.m.

We Are Irvine Lecture Series

View the City Calendar 

Photo Contest