Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

May 13, 2022 | Edition 70

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. 

UCI Blood Drive

Donate Blood at Great Park

Help those in need during critical times by participating in the UCI Health Blood Drive. 

UCI Health and the City of Irvine will be holding monthly blood drives to help supplement the UCI Medical Center Level 1 Trauma Center in Orange County. 

The first blood drive will be held Tuesday, May 17, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Great Park Parking Lot 2. Appointments are required for all donors. 

For more information about eligibility and safety, other donation dates, and to register for an appointment, visit UCI Health's website

Inside Irvine

Summer Inside Irvine Now Available

The summer issue of Inside Irvine is available online and arriving in mailboxes soon! 

Pick up this issue to learn how you can safely explore the City on two wheels and read more about programs, services, and efforts made to strengthen the health and well-being of Irvine residents. Finally, see what exciting changes await you at Great Park. 

Learn more at


Register to Vote in the June 7 Election 

The Statewide Direct Primary Election is Tuesday, June 7, 2022. The last day to register to vote and receive a vote-by-mail ballot for this election is May 23, 2022.

All active registered voters will receive a vote-by-mail ballot beginning this week. Vote-by-mail ballots can be delivered to any Orange County Vote Center, via a secured Official Ballot Drop Box, or by U.S. Mail. 

All registered voters can also vote at any of our Irvine locations, or at any Orange County Vote Center beginning May 28. Some locations offer a drive-thru ballot drop-off option. 

Learn more about Irvine voting locations at 

Transit Vision Study

Share Your Feedback about Irvine's Transit Needs

The City of Irvine is conducting a Transit Vision study to explore how to improve mobility around the City – including getting to and around Great Park.

The study aims to define community transportation needs in Irvine and determine additional transit needs (beyond the existing iShuttle and bus routes located in the City). 

The City is considering piloting new transit options and we want to hear from you! Please join us and review the proposed options and provide your feedback Sunday, May 15, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Great Park Certified Farmers Market, or Saturday, May 21, near the Visitors Center.

If you cannot make it to Great Park, visit the project website to learn more and complete the survey at

National Public Works Week

Celebrate National Public Works Week at Great Park May 19

Celebrate National Public Works Week with the City of Irvine at a free public event Thursday, May 19,
10 a.m.–2 p.m., at Great Park Hangar 244. 

Guests will learn what the City of Irvine Public Works & Transportation Department does for our community, residents, and businesses while getting an up-close view of equipment, including excavators, backhoes, and construction trucks. Attendees will also have the opportunity to talk to staff to hear more about careers in the field of Public Works. 

No RSVP is required. View the flier for more information. 

City of Irvine UCI Baseball

City of Irvine Day at UCI Baseball is May 20

Come out to Cicerone Field at Anteater Ballpark May 20 for City of Irvine Day at UCI Baseball!

Join the City of Irvine and UCI Baseball as the Anteaters take on CSU Bakersfield. Enjoy the game, with the first pitch thrown by Mayor Farrah N. Khan, and learn about other initiatives at the City of Irvine. Be sure to stop by the City of Irvine booth for giveaways and other items. 

Discounted tickets for the game can be purchased at


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In May, communities all over celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands. 


The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. 


To pay tribute to the heritage month, the 11th annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival will be held this Saturday, May 14, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.  


The event will feature Korean traditional dance and music, food vendors, Korean arts and crafts, a K-Pop cover dance competition, squid games, and more. The mission of the festival is to share Korean culture with the entire community. Learn more at  


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

May 16 | 5:30 p.m.
Finance Commission Meeting


May 17 | 9 a.m. 
UCI Health Blood Drive

May 19 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

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