Community Link Newsletter



Community Link Newsletter

November 25, 2022 | Edition 98

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. 


Celebrate the Holidays in Irvine 

Holidays in Irvine

View holiday-themed art, music, and decorations and enjoy festive lights, photo ops, and family activities at Great Park through January 1.


On Saturday, December 3, join in celebrating the season as “snow” falls over the Irvine Civic Center and the community gathers for the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony. Enjoy an evening of holiday cheer featuring visits with Santa Claus, live holiday music, games, crafts, and a winter-themed train route. This free event is from 4 to 6:30 p.m.  


Guests are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12. Toy donations aid the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Toy Drive. Donations can also be dropped off at the following locations and times:


  • Drive-Thru Drop-Off events
    Sunday, December 4
    Saturday, December 10
    9 a.m. to noon
    Irvine Civic Center parking lot


  • Irvine City Hall & the Irvine Police Department
    Monday-Friday through December 14
    8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


  • Great Park Visitors Center
    Daily through December 14
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Woman holding dog

Home for the Holidays Adoption Fair

The Irvine Animal Care Center will host its 16th annual Home for the Holidays Pet Adoption Fair Sunday, December 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pet rescue groups and animal shelters will bring hundreds of homeless dogs, cats, rabbits, and small animals for adoption.

In addition to adoptions, Home for the Holidays features vendors and services for pets and their humans, gourmet food trucks, a bake sale, and an opportunity drawing.

Tickets will be on sale at the door for $5 per adult; children are free. Parking is free.

GIS Team Ranks 3rd

Irvine’s GIS Program Recognized Among the Best

The City of Irvine has been recognized as having one of the best Geographic Information System (GIS) programs in North America, according to a survey released earlier this month. The City tied for third place in the 2022 Geospatial Maturity Index Report, which evaluated organizations in the United States and Canada.

Irvine’s GIS staff goes above and beyond when it comes to enhancing the quality of life for residents. They provide maps of City parks, road construction and capital improvement projects, evacuation areas during an emergency, and have even gone out of their way to help a resident who was having trouble receiving deliveries because her home was not correctly located in Google Maps. The team contacted Google to remedy its map data, and also reached out to UPS to make sure the local supervisor had the correct information in their internal system, ensuring she could receive the medical supplies she relied on.

View the many City maps available online.

Family at the mall

Shop and Dine Irvine

This holiday season, when you Shop Irvine and Dine Irvine, you are supporting our quality of life, as well as your neighbors, friends, and family who have chosen to build their businesses in Irvine.

For every $100 in taxable sales in Irvine, one dollar goes directly to the City to support our schools, police, parks and open space, and services that make Irvine unique.

Learn more at

Turtle Rock

Native American Heritage Day

The Irvine City Council has proclaimed November as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, and Friday, November 25, is designated nationally as Native American Heritage Day.

We recognize that Irvine is built on the land of the Indigenous peoples of this region, the Gabrielino Indians and the Juaneño Indians. We celebrate their rich culture, traditions, and history, and honor their sacrifices, strength, and resiliency.

Learn more about the Native Americans whose homelands and villages were here by visiting the Irvine Historical Museum located at 5 San Joaquin. To learn more about the cultural observances of our diverse community, visit

Image: This 20-ton rock between Valley View and Rocky Knoll in Irvine was given its name by the Gabrielino Indians, who used it for ceremonial purposes. The rock is sacred to the Gabrielino Indians and should be admired from a distance.


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Nov. 28 | 5 p.m.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee


Dec. 6 | 6:15 p.m.
Climate Action & Adaptation Plan (CAAP) Workshop


Dec. 15 | 3 p.m. 
Art at City Hall Exhibition Opening Reception

View the City Calendar