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Community Link

September 10, 2021 | Edition 37

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. 

Art at City Hall

City Hall Art Exhibition Honors David Kawashima 

David Kawashima was a longtime City photographer whose images captured the spirit of our community. We are honoring his contributions to the City with an art exhibition of his photographs at the Irvine Civic Center. Please join us for the exhibition reception Thursday, September 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. 


The exhibition will be on display at City Hall September 16 through November 24. The exhibition is free and open to the public during business hours: 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday–Thursday and 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday.  

For more information about the exhibition and the reception, please visit

Emergency Preparedness Month

Emergency Preparedness Month: Hi/Lo Siren

What’s that noise? Have you heard the Irvine Police Department’s (IPD) new Hi/Lo siren? The new siren, which sounds different from other police sirens, will sound off police vehicles to alert residents of the need to evacuate during an emergency. 


This Hi/Lo siren allows IPD to quickly alert entire neighborhoods that are in the area of immediate danger. A recorded evacuation message will also be broadcast in multiple languages with the siren.  


If you hear Hi/Lo, it’s time to go, and evacuate now. For more information regarding emergency management, visit

Chalk Art Project

Draw it Out in Chalk 

Don’t miss out on your last chance to celebrate the final Irvine 50th Anniversary Chalk Art Project event, paying homage to five decades since Irvine was incorporated as a City.

Join us Saturday, September 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Northwood Community Center, where you can help create a chalk version of the City’s 50th anniversary logo. While you’re here, bring a picnic and enjoy a day at the park as the summer season winds down. Registration is required and admission is $5 per family. Learn more at

50th Anniversary

Celebrate our 50th with Us!

The City of Irvine is celebrating its 50th anniversary of incorporation this year. Many exciting activities have already taken place to honor these remarkable 50 years and more are planned.

"Say Cheese" and pose for a picture behind our 50th Anniversary photo frames! Snap a picture at the permanent frame which is located at Great Park Palm Court. Or, take a picture with our traveling frame which is stationed at the Irvine Civic Center through October 4.

Make sure you post to social media and use the hashtag #Irvine50thPhotos to join in on the celebration!

Cool City Challenge

Make an Impact on Climate Change

Get involved and help make a meaningful impact on climate change in Irvine. Time is running out to sign up to be a Cool Block Leader and help our City reach carbon neutrality by 2030! 


Learn more and signup to volunteer by September 20 at

50th Logo

Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

El Toro

In the midst of World War II, the U.S. Navy chose a site in the middle of one the most productive bean fields in Irvine for a military base, changing the Irvine Ranch forever. Construction of Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) El Toro began August 1, 1942 and the base was established in 1943.

The base's five runways were built to handle the U.S. military's largest aircraft, and the site served as a major debarkation location for military personnel being deployed for overseas duty. It also served as a training base for pilots, aircrews, and ground personnel. MCAS El Toro closed in December 1993. The site is now home to Great Park, but the air station's history is preserved through the adaptive reuse of existing buildings.

The Palm Court Arts Complex and Hangar 244 features historical images, displays, and artifacts that tell the story of Great Park from its roots. Learn more at and plan a visit today!
Photo credit: Flying Leatherneck Historical Foundation and Aviation Museum


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

September 11

9/11 Day of Service Event


September 14

City Council


September 16
Planning Commission

September 16

Art at City Hall Exhibition Opening

View the City Calendar 

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