Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

July 1, 2022 | Edition 77

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. 

Fourth of July Field of Valor

Fourth of July Field of Valor

The City of Irvine, in partnership with the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, is hosting its inaugural Fourth of July Field of Valor event July 1–10, 8 a.m.–10 p.m., at the Great Park Reflecting Ponds.

Celebrate the Fourth of July by visiting the flag display and honoring veterans, active duty, and fallen service members. Each of the 50 flags have been sponsored by a member of the community in honor or in memory of a veteran or active duty service member, with all proceeds benefiting the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee.

Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine. For more information about the Fourth of July Field of Valor event, please call 949-724-6247 or visit

All Media

View Local Artwork at All Media 

See it all at Irvine's All Media exhibition! Works selected for this year's exhibition span painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, fiber, video, and mixed media — all created by Southern California artists. 

The free opening reception will be held Saturday, July 9, 2–4 p.m. Members of the community are invited to view the works of art on display through October 8. 

Awards will be announced at the opening reception for three outstanding artworks and three honorable mentions, all of which will be chosen by guest juror Joseph Daniel Valencia. Learn more at


Jeffrey Open Space Trail Extension 

Do you enjoy going for a bike ride or walking along the Jeffrey Open Space Trail (JOST)? Good news — we are on our way to making it even better!

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Funds from a $14.5 million state budget allocation presented to the City by Senator Dave Min last August will allow the JOST system to be completely built out. A 1.5-mile extension will run from Barranca Parkway to Interstate 5. It will link existing bike and pedestrian trails, including a 15-foot-wide bridge stretching almost 1,200 feet over I-5, and connect the coastline to the Santa Ana Mountains and Cleveland National Forest.

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Work on the JOST extension is expected to begin in spring 2023 and be completed in spring 2024. Construction on the JOST/I-5 Bridge is expected to start late 2022 and be completed fall 2024.

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Read more about our continued commitment to being bicycle-friendly and get tips to help you explore Irvine on two wheels in the current issue of Inside Irvine at

Sizzlin Summer Concerts

Irvine's Sizzlin' Summer Concerts are Back! 

The City of Irvine Sizzlin’ Summer Concert series is back! The first concert will kick off at Mike Ward Community Park — Woodbridge on Saturday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. Enjoy ‘80s and ‘90s high-energy hits from Knyght Ryder.


General admission is free (no tickets or pre-registration required) for first-come, first-served seating. Bring a picnic basket or purchase treats from on-site gourmet food trucks. Limited reserved seating near the front of the stage is available for $20 at


Bring chairs, blankets, and layered clothing. For more information, visit


Celebrate Safely & Responsibly this Holiday Weekend

This Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks are illegal in the City of Irvine; instead, enjoy the professional fireworks displays in many Orange County cities. To find a display near you, please visit

Take precautions for all your family members when celebrating this Fourth of July by following a few safety reminders. 

  • Sparklers burn. Hand-held sparklers burn at 1200-2000 degrees and account for roughly 25% of emergency room fireworks injuries. Only allow responsible users to hold a sparkler.

  • More pets run away on the Fourth of July than any other day of the year. Keep your pets indoors, lower the blinds, and ensure your pets get plenty of exercise during the day before fireworks begin. Make sure your pets are microchipped and wear a collar and ID tag. 

  • Use of illegal fireworks may result in a fine and up to a year in jail. Additionally, if you start a fire from fireworks, you will be held liable for the fire suppression and property damage costs. 

We hope you have a safe and happy Fourth of July.


Juneteenth Freedom Celebration a Success

Thank you to everyone who helped make our inaugural Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, held in partnership with BIPOC Orange County, a success! About 2,500 community members, nearly 30 vendors, and 15 community partners turned out for the recent event, honoring the history and contributions of African Americans to the cultural fabric of our community and nation.

Relive the celebration by watching our Irvine Scene on Juneteenth, and view photos online. For more information, visit


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

July 5 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission


July 7 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

July 9 | 5:30 p.m. 
Sizzlin' Summer Concert: Knyght Ryder

View the City Calendar 

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