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Community Link

October 22, 2021 | Edition 43

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 about our community, cultural events and celebrations, and news of interest by reading this newsletter, 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. 

Drug Take Back Day

IPD Drug Take Back Day

The Irvine Police Department (IPD) will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Community members can drop off unwanted medications at two designated locations in the City of Irvine. This free service, which allows the public to anonymously discard prescription medications, addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The participating sites are:

  • Civic Center Parking Lot, 1 Civic Center Plaza, front lot of IPD
  • Hoag Health Center, 16405 Sand Canyon

Additional Information regarding the Drug Enforcement Administration's national campaign, including other local collection sites, is available on the U.S. Department of Justice's website.

Irvine Fine Arts Center

Hispanic Heritage Highlighted in Irvine Fine Arts Center Exhibition 

Manos is one of the current exhibitions at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Manos features sculptural works by José Flores Nava and paintings by Kiara Aileen Machado that share a proposition that sustenance is both a physical and emotional requisite of daily life.

Nava’s works detail fruits and vegetables native to the Americas, and Machado’s delicately rendered paintings of familial figures and fauna from her family’s native El Salvador and Guatemala, converge to hold homage and space to what nourishes them.

View their work online here, or visit the Irvine Fine Arts Center


Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali to those who celebrate this religious holiday! The five-day Festival of Lights is celebrated globally Thursday, November 4. 

‘Diwali’ or ‘Deepavali’ often referred to as the ‘Festival of Lights,’ is celebrated all over the world by people of Indian origin. Drawing on traditions, epics, and simple truths of life experienced by civilizations past, the festival celebrates the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, good over evil, and hope over despair.

The burning of ‘diyas’ (lamps or candles), prayers, family feasts, sweets and fireworks are common
activities and elements during the celebration making it one of the ‘happiest’ festivals.


The Ektaa Center of Irvine celebrates the arts and cultures of India, and they are hosting Diwali Festive 2021 at Great Park this Saturday, October 23. 

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence 
Awareness Month 

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and our City has joined with others across the country in supporting programs and organizations dedicated to increasing awareness of domestic violence.


Our clock tower is being lit up in purple this week to show our commitment to supporting victims and increasing public awareness of domestic violence. FOR Families is the City's confidential, free service for those who live in Irvine and need assistance with relationship violence.


Human Options is an Irvine-based nonprofit dedicated to helping abused women, children, and seniors. It maintains a 24-hour toll-free hotline for anyone seeking assistance and connects people with vital resources.


To learn more about Human Options’ services and to find out how you can make a difference for those affected by domestic violence in our community, visit

50th anniversary

Facts for 50 Years of Incorporation 


The City of Irvine’s official insect is the Western Swallowtail Butterfly; while we don’t have an official City amphibian, the frog might be a good contender!

During the rancho era, runoff from the Santa Ana foothills drained down into the lowlands creating a waterlogged marshland that covered the southern portion of Irvine and extended into the Back Bay and up to Red Hill in Tustin. The area was known as the "Swamp of the Frogs," because the sound of frogs croaking was so loud it served as an audible landmark for travelers at night.

Credit: Irvine Historical Society


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Oct. 23 | 8 a.m.

Bicycle Safety Training


Oct. 26 | 2 & 4 p.m. 

OCGP & City Council

Oct. 28 | 3 p.m.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

View the City Calendar 

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