Community Link Newsletter


Community Link Newsletter

June 16, 2023 | Edition 126

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. 

City of Irvine

City of Irvine FY2023-25 Budget Adopted

This week, the Irvine City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Fiscal Year 2023-25 budget.


The City's budget is built upon the City Council’s strategic priorities and provides a long-term policy framework and financial plan to deliver high-quality programs and services to our community. It is available to view at


The two-year budget goes into effect July 1, 2023, with quarterly financial updates and budget revisions each year, as necessary. 

Super Swim Lesson

Join the Super Swim Lesson

Participate in a worldwide effort to raise awareness for drowning prevention at the Super Swim Lesson and Splash-in Movie at the William J. Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center Friday, June 30.


Arrive at 5:30 p.m. to sign up for the one-time lesson to be held at 6 p.m. Then, stay for the free recreation swim that includes a water slide, giant inflatable, and diving boards. “Sing 2” plays on the big screen beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Lifeguards will be on duty. For recreation swim, an adult must accompany children 6 and younger in the water. A swim test is required for deep-water activities, or a Coast Guard approved lifejacket is required.


William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center is located at 4601 Walnut Ave. in Irvine. For more information, visit or call 949-724-6717.

Summer in the City

Enjoy Summer in the City!

Enjoy summer in the City of Irvine with movies, music, and dance! The City of Irvine is launching a new summer series, Summer in the City. Enjoy the outdoors with family-friendly movies, live music performances by local bands, and brand new event — a fun for all ages, festive Summer Dance Party featuring live music.


Movies on the Lawn at the Great Park Terraced Lawn:

  • June 24

  • July 8

  • July 15

Sizzlin’ Summer Concerts at Mike Ward Community Park — Woodbridge:

  • July 22

  • August 5

  • August 19

Summer Dance Party at Great Park Hanger 244:

  • August 12

All events are free (no tickets or pre-registration required). Learn more about Summer in the City events at


Come out and play at Summer in the City!

Cool Irvine Sustainability Fair

Cool Irvine Sustainability Fair

Kick off your summer by making a difference in our City while having fun. Attend the second annual Cool Irvine Sustainability Fair June 24 at Heritage Community Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

This free event will feature:

  • Information on energy efficiency, water conservation, plant-based diets, solar and battery energy, and federal and state incentives on going green.

  • Kids' activities.

  • Food trucks with items available for purchase.

  • Retail vendors.

  • Opportunity drawings.

Bring your friends and family out, and don't miss out on the fun! Get free tickets at


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.



The Juneteenth holiday is recognized June 19. On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which declared slaves in the Confederate territory free. This paved the way for the passage of the 13th Amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States of America. Word about the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation was delayed in reaching authorities and Black Americans in the South and Southwestern United States until June 19, 1865. This is where the word Juneteenth originates. 


At its meeting June 13, the Irvine City Council signed a proclamation recognizing the holiday. The proclamation calls for residents to become more aware of the significance of this celebration in Black American History and the heritage of our nation and City. 


To this effort, join the second annual Juneteenth Freedom Celebration, presented by BIPOC Orange County, in partnership with the City of Irvine. The free event will take place Sunday, June 18, 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at the Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex.  


The celebration of freedom, hope, and joy honors the history and contributions of African Americans to the cultural fabric of our community and nation. The community is invited to learn about Black culture as well as the history and significance of Juneteenth through interactive activities, local organizations, and live performances. 


For details, visit



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

June 20 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission


June 20 | 5:30 p.m.

Transportation Commission



June 21 | 10 a.m.

Fair Housing Workshop

June 22| 5 p.m.

DE&I Meeting

View the City Calendar 

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