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May 12, 2023 | Edition 121

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. 

Pride in Irvine

Stand Together and Raise the Progress Flag with the City of Irvine

Join the City of Irvine Monday, May 22, from 5 to 7 p.m., as we raise the Progress Flag on Harvey Milk Day.


In honor of Pride Month, the City will raise the Progress Flag in front of City Hall in recognition and support of our LGBTQIA+ community. The Progress Flag is a symbol of the diversity and intersectionality of LGBTQIA+ persons and communities around the world.


During the event, attendees will have opportunities to explore programs provided by local advocacy and support organizations, enjoy live entertainment, refreshments, and activities, learn about valuable resources, make connections, and celebrate Pride at this free event.


Learn more at

Inside Irvine

Summer Edition of Inside Irvine is now Available

The summer issue of Inside Irvine is available now at


Learn about the City's plans to acquire and close the All American Asphalt plant, while also adding open space and a residential village in North Irvine; see how the City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) class taught in Mandarin will be featured at the 2023 National CERT Conference this summer; and discover how the City is addressing the need for affordable housing in the community. Then, search the Summer Activity Guide for City classes, summer camps, and programs happening this season.


The digital edition is online now, and Irvine residents will see Inside Irvine in their mailboxes soon. You can also preview all upcoming classes now at Registration will open for all summer activities Monday, May 15.


Public Works Week

Celebrate National Public Works Week! 

Want to learn more about how our teams keep our City beautiful?

Mark your calendars for a free event Wednesday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Great Park to discover how staff in our departments of Public Works & Transportation and Project Delivery & Sustainability serve our community.

See construction equipment up close, learn about our environmental and sustainability program, meet our teams, and learn about careers in the field.


No RSVP is required. Learn more at

Diaper Drive

Support Families with Toddlers and Babies Experiencing Homelessness

The City of Irvine is proud to support HomeAid Orange County’s goal of collecting 1 million essential items for babies and toddlers through the organization's annual Diaper Drive. From May 14 to June 9, you can donate new, unopened packages of diapers, baby wipes, and baby food (no glass containers, please) to support families with toddlers and babies experiencing homelessness.


Donations can be dropped off through June 9 during the following hours at the locations below:

  • Irvine City Hall, 1 Civic Center Plaza: 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday
  • Great Park Visitors Center, 8000 Great Park Blvd., Irvine: 10 a.m.–8 p.m. Daily.

HomeAid Orange County is a nonprofit founded by the Building Industry Association of Southern California. Donations for the annual Diaper Drive can also be made online.


Visit for more information, or call 949-220-1136.


This Week in DE&I  

There are many cultural and religious holidays celebrated and recognized throughout our community this month. Learn about some of the significant dates being observed in Irvine below and on our DE&I calendar.


At its May 9 meeting, the Irvine City Council recognized our diverse community with proclamations declaring May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, as well as Jewish American Heritage Month.


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).  


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


Jewish American Heritage Month 

Jews first arrived on American soil in 1654 in New Amsterdam. In search of better opportunities and lifestyles, they made the U.S. their new home base, finding in it a space where they could openly practice their faith and lead their lives freely. In April 2006, the whole month of May was dedicated to recognizing and honoring Jewish contributions and achievements. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

May 13 | 4:30 p.m.

Clean Comedy for a Cause



May 13 | 3 p.m.

Council Districting and Expansion Community Workshop


May 15 | 5:30 p.m. 
Finance Commission Meeting


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

View the City Calendar 

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