Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

November 26, 2021 | Edition 47

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. 


City of Irvine Wins 2021 Digital Cities Survey Award from Center for Digital Government

Government Technology

The City of Irvine received a 2021 Digital Cities Survey award from the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute focused on technology policy and best practices in state and local government.


Irvine ranked ninth place in the 250,000–499,999 population category for innovatively using technology to tackle social challenges, enhance services for the community, strengthen cybersecurity, and more. Irvine was recognized for:

  • Continuing to invest in its Transparency Portal, which provides residents with information on capital improvement projects and budget and finance news.
  • Enhancing digital services during the pandemic.
  • Providing Irvine residents an easy and accessible way to comment and participate in virtual City Council meetings. 

The City will join all top-10 ranking cities in each of the five population categories to be honored during the Digital Cities Awards and Workshop event December 8.


Learn more about Irvine’s 2021 Digital Cities Survey award here. For the full list of winners, click here.

Great Park Town Hall

Great Park Development Town Hall Meeting

Help the City of Irvine continue to develop a premiere destination for all to enjoy by attending our upcoming Great Park Public Input Town Hall Meeting. 


The meeting will take place Wednesday, December 1 from 6 to 7: 30 p.m. at Great Park Hangar 244. Hangar 244 is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd. Guests should park in Lot 3; view a high-resolution Great Park map and parking guide here

You also invite you to visit our Digital Foyer, a virtual space where you can access information about Great Park planning and share your feedback to help shape the future of the park.


Learn more on the City's website.  

Holiday Tree

Holiday Tree Lights up December 4

Celebrate the season as “snow” falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony on Saturday, December 4, 4–6:30 p.m.

Join an evening of holiday cheer at this free event, which will include visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, and a winter-themed train route.

For more information about this event and other upcoming holiday events, visit

Home for the Holidays

Bring a Pet Home for the Holidays

The Irvine Animal Care Center invites the community to its 15th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair Sunday, December 5, 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Home for the Holidays will feature local pet rescue groups and pet-related vendors, along with upwards of 200 adoptable animals. Advance ticket reservation is required for all attendees (including children).

Admission is $5 per person. Learn more and purchase tickets here


Celebrate the City of Irvine's 50th Anniversary

50th Anniversary Symposium

This year may be winding down, but our 50th anniversary festivities are still going strong. We hope you will join us at these upcoming events. 

50th Anniversary Symposium & Photo Exhibition

Join us Tuesday, December 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., as we celebrate Irvine past and present with a 50th Anniversary Symposium and Photo Exhibition Reception at City Hall. We will look back on our City’s rich history with a special oral history video and symposium highlighting how Irvine became the model master-planned community it is today. In addition, the winning images in the City’s 50th Anniversary Photo Contest will be on display, and the 24 contest finalists and winners will be recognized at an opening reception.

Party at the Park

Party at the Park: Irvine's 50th Birthday
On Saturday, December 11, we are throwing a birthday party for the whole community. Bring your family and friends to Great Park from 2 to 7 p.m. for Party at the Park, a family-friendly evening with music and dancing, crafts and interactive activities, food trucks, and a few special surprises.


For more information, visit cityof­

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month: Educate Yourself

Continue your education about Native American Heritage Month by checking out various resources dedicated to the arts, culture, and history of Native Americans. 


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, expand your knowledge about the day and culture as you celebrate with friends and family.  

For more information, visit our DEI Spotlight webpage to learn about how we are recognizing Native American Heritage Month and our diverse community. 

50th Anniversary

Fun Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 


A stroll along the Jeffrey Open Space Trail (JOST) offers more than fresh air, tree-lined paths, and meadows – it provides a glimpse of Irvine’s history.

Displays along the 3.5 mile trail depict three historical eras. Mosaic tiles illustrate the area’s early history going back to the 1500s. Engraved panels and benches highlight the Irvine Ranch from 1864. There are also 14 beams along the trail, remnants of the Irvine Valencia Growers packing house that once stood there. Finally, the last section highlights our City from the late 1900s on.

You can learn more about the JOST, which runs parallel to Jeffrey Road from the 5 Freeway to Portola Parkway, at

To learn more about Irvine history, join us at the 50th Anniversary Symposium and Photo Exhibition Reception December 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Irvine City Hall. Details at
Photo credit: Irvine Company 


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Nov. 30 | 3 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion


Dec.1 | 5:30 p.m.
Community Services Commission


Dec. 2 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

Dec. 4 | 4 p.m.
Holiday Tree Lighting

View the City Calendar 

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