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December 10, 2021 | Edition 49

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. 

Mayor Farrah N. Khan's Innovation Council 

Innovation Council

Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan, along with representatives from local business, education, and government, launched an Innovation Council to secure the City of Irvine’s position as a technology and innovation hub.

The Innovation Council will develop a multifaceted Strategic & Action plan for attracting, retaining, and supporting high-growth technology businesses and will work to define specific actions needed to help position Irvine as a regional hub of innovation and technology. In particular, there will be a focus on pipeline programming to encourage innovation at local schools.

The Innovation Council is made up of industry leaders from a cross-section of government, education, and business sectors. For a list of the members and to learn more, visit the City's website.


Party at the Park Tomorrow!

Party at the Park

The community is invited to Party at the Park this Saturday, December 11, 27 p.m. at Great Park. Bring your family and friends for a family-friendly evening. There will be music, games, performances, and fun surprises throughout the event.


Admission is free, and no registration is necessary for this all-ages, family-friendly event. Music on two stages and activities throughout and surrounding the Palm Court Arts Complex will lead up to Celebration in the Sky presented by FivePoint  a show using more than 100 drones to light up the sky with festive images.


The event will also feature:

  •  Live music and DJs all day.
  • Cultural dance performances from local community groups.
  • Crafts and interactive activities.
  • Family-friendly shows, games, and booths.
  • Food available for purchase with local food trucks on-site.
  • Video montage of the history of Irvine.
  • On-the-ground fireworks displays in multiple locations.
  • Special surprises to celebrate Irvine.

Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine. For a complete event program, directions, parking information, and additional details, visit

Learn more about the City’s 50th Anniversary at


Block Party Incorporation Celebration

Block Party

In addition to Party at the Park, join a block party December 28 to celebrate the date of our City's incorporation all across Irvine. 

Our largest community centers will host mini celebrations for residents throughout the afternoon, with crafts, cupcakes, and anniversary photo ops.

Locations include:

  • Lakeview Senior Center 
  • Portola Springs Community Center
  • Quail Hill Community Center
  • Northwood Community Center
  • Turtle Rock Community Center

For more information, visit

We Are Irvine

Live, Work, and Thrive in Irvine

The City of Irvine wants all residents and visitors to feel welcome in our City. We value and cherish our diversity and strive to make Irvine a safe and welcome community where our residents and visitors are able to work, live, and thrive.


If you are experiencing any discrimination, intolerance, or hate, please report it. As a City, we will do everything we can to foster an environment that celebrates our cultural heritage and diversity while promoting peace, unity, and inclusion.


Welcoming New U.S. Citizens


As a City committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we are proud to have hosted the U.S. naturalization ceremony Thursday, December 2, at Great Park.


The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalized 30 new U.S. citizens from 30 different countries as part of the 30th anniversary of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Asylum Corps. We are honored to have our Great Park chosen as a host location for the momentous occasion. 

Pearl Harbor

Supporting Our Veterans

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, or Pearl Harbor Day, is observed annually on December 7 to remember and honor the 2,403 Americans killed in the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii 80 years ago on December 7, 1941. This attack led to the United States declaring war on Japan the next day and thus entering World War II.


The City of Irvine is committed to providing services, recognition, and continuing support to all active duty reservists, veterans, and retired United States military members. 


Visit to be connected to resources, programs, and services for active duty and veteran military personnel.   

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Fun Fact for 50 Years of Incorporation 

Irvine at 50

Did you know Irvine’s first City hall was actually located across the street from UCI campus, right above a bar? During City Council meetings, the live band playing at the bar would occasionally need a friendly reminder to tone down the music in order for our first City Councilmembers to conduct business.


Today’s Irvine Civic Center located at Harvard and Alton was built in 1989 and serves as a home to all City departments, including the Irvine Police Department, and is the location of many City events and activities. 

You can learn more fun facts about our City’s history and beginnings by watching Irvine at 50, a video retrospective of the City of Irvine’s first 50 years.


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Dec. 11 | 2-7 p.m.

Party at the Park


Dec. 14 | 4 p.m.
City Council


Dec. 16 | 3 p.m.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Dec. 16 | 7 p.m.

We Are Irvine Lecture Series

View the City Calendar 

Lets Be Friends