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January 13, 2023 | Edition 104

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. 

Great Park Town Hall

Upcoming Town Hall Focuses on Great Park Development

The community is invited to a public town hall to learn more about the continued framework and development planned for Great Park. 

Join us Monday, January 23, from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Council Chamber to hear from City staff about the next phase of development, which will bring 300 acres of exciting new amenities to Great Park.

No RSVP is needed. Read more about Great Park planning and development

Utensils and Condiments Drive

Utensils and Condiments Drive is Underway

The City of Irvine is partnering with Second Harvest Food Bank Orange County to collect sealed, unused takeout utensil packs and unopened condiment packets that many of us receive but do not need, and put these items to good use.

Donations will be used by Second Harvest in meal programs and can be dropped off through Thursday, February 9, at these locations:

  • Irvine City Hall

  • Great Park Visitors Center

  • Lakeview Senior Center

  • Portola Community Center 

  • University Community Center


Learn more about the Utensils and Condiments Drive.

artists showing their work

Art Happens Here

Did you know the Irvine Fine Arts Center offers a range of art classes for artists of all skill levels? Some of the center's upcoming classes include French baking, Japanese flower arranging, and an introduction to Mosaic art. You can also sign up for more traditional classes in painting, photography, drawing, and ceramics.

To learn more, visit and click Arts.

Fair Housing Workshop

Fair Housing Workshop 

The Fair Housing Foundation is a nonprofit partner of the City dedicated to eliminating housing discrimination and promoting equal access to housing. The agency is hosting a free Fair Housing Workshop on Tuesday, January 31, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The event is virtual via Zoom.

The workshop is for tenants, landlords, property managers, and interested parties, and covers information on state and federal housing laws, eviction processes, rent increases, housing discrimination, and more.  

The workshop is free, but registration is required. Learn more and register


City Council Proclamations in Honor of Celebrations

Korean American Day Proclamation
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Proclamation

On Tuesday, January 10, the Irvine City Council proclaimed Friday, January 13, Korean American Day and Monday, January 16, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Korean American Day commemorates the arrival of the first Korean immigrants to the United States. In December of 1902, 102 Korean immigrants set sail for Honolulu, Hawaii on the SS Gaelic. These families initiated the first wave of Korean immigration, resulting in more than 7,500 immigrants over the next two years. On this day, we honor and celebrate Korean Americans' immense contributions to every aspect of our society.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a Baptist minister and prominent civil rights leader who advocated for the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil disobedience. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. It serves as an opportunity to honor Dr. King by volunteering in our community and enhancing our City.  

City Hall will be closed Monday, January 16, in observance of the holiday. 

Visit the City's DEI Spotlight to learn more about these and other observances of our diverse community. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Jan. 17 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission


Jan. 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Community Services Commission


Jan. 19 | 5:30 p.m. 
Planning Commission

View the City Calendar