Community Link Newsletter: Back to School Safety | Test out a Cycle Track | Pet Photo Contest


Community Link Newsletter

August 24, 2023 | Edition 136

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. 


Drive Safely for Students Heading Back to School 

student riding bike through crosswalk

As students head back to the classroom for the start of school, the City of Irvine and the Irvine Police Department remind drivers to slow down, follow the speed limit, and be extra cautious driving through school zones.


If you are behind a school bus with a stop sign and flashing red lights, drivers need to stop to allow students to safely get on and off the bus. Drivers must remain stopped while the red lights are on. Drivers in both directions must stop on any two-lane road without a median or a center turn lane.  


Follow these tips to stay safe around schools:

  • Slow down and follow the speed limit.

  • Adhere to school policies and procedures for dropping off and picking up students.

  • Stop for school buses. Watch for children rushing to catch the bus or exiting.

  • Whenever possible, avoid blocking the crosswalk while waiting to make a right-hand turn.

  • For parents with children walking or biking to school, teach them safe walking and riding behaviors such as looking both ways before crossing the street, using sidewalks when available, and crossing at marked crosswalks with stop signs or signals.

For more information or if you have questions, call the Irvine Police Department non-emergency line at 949-724-7000. You can also view the suggested routes to school map.

South Yale Corridor Project

Test out a Cycle Track this Saturday

Experience a separated bikeway in Irvine! Join us at a demonstration event with a temporary cycle track along South Yale Avenue this Saturday, August 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. 


As part of the South Yale Corridor Improvements project, the City of Irvine is exploring bicycle and pedestrian-friendly alternatives to enhance safety, access to neighborhoods, and connections to nearby parks and trails.  


The demonstration event will take place on Yale Avenue between Michelson Drive and Royce Road. Community members can drive their vehicles and/or ride their bikes while experiencing the cycle track along Yale Avenue. 


For more information, view our flier and visit


Volunteer to Serve Irvine's Children and Families

Make a positive impact in our community by applying for volunteer positions on the Irvine Child Care Committee.


The Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the Community Services Commission, providing input on the needs of families and children in Irvine and on child care related issues. There are two community member positions available and two center- or home-based child care provider vacancies. Irvine residents and licensed child care providers are invited to apply. 


Applications are available online at Completed applications must be received by 5 p.m. Thursday, August 31.


Show off Your Cute Pet Photos

There is still time to participate in the Irvine Animal Care Center's annual Photo Fundraiser! Submit your entry by August 31 to participate. 


Voting is online and open to the general public through August 31. Votes are $1 each and all eligible photos with a minimum of five votes by the end of the contest will be guaranteed inclusion in the 2024 Irvine Animal Care Center wall calendar. Each entrant will receive a print calendar. Winners will be notified by email in September.


All proceeds benefit animals in need and the center’s Enhanced Care, Foster Care, and Third Chance for Pets programs. For more information, contact the center at 949-724-7740. 


Share Your Travel Methods and Help Shape New Alternatives

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) is working on a plan to identify strategies that shift trips away from those driving alone and encourage alternative travel options.


Examples include carpooling and car/bike share programs, teleworking, subsidized transit passes, and mobile trip planning apps. OCTA is seeking public input.


Take the online survey by September 18 and attend the public webinar Thursday, August 31, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Learn more at

Irvine Nights

Join us at Irvine Nights September 1

The City of Irvine, in partnership with PSQ, invites you to join in a night of fun, food, and festivities at Irvine Nights, a vibrant night market offering a blend of food, drinks, shopping, entertainment, and engaging activities.


A Kids Zone and games and activities will be offered for younger attendees, as well as live entertainment. Entry into the event is free, and Kids' Zone wristbands can be purchased here.


Irvine Nights will take place September 1 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Great Park Palm Court Art Complex. For more information, visit


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.


Women's Equality Day

Women's Equality Day is recognized August 26 and is celebrated to commemorate the 1920 adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the states and the federal government from denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex. 


The City of Irvine aims to create a community and support a culture where residents and visitors feel cared for, supported, and represented. Visit our Health and Human Services webpage to access resources that support this mission. 


International Taekwondo Day

Did you know that September 4, 2023, is International Taekwondo Day? Taekwondo is a Korean form of martial arts in which participants wear a uniform known as a dobok, attack or defend with punching and kicking techniques. This combat sport was conceived in the 1940s by Korean martial artists skilled in karate, Chinese martial arts, and indigenous Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. The observance coincided with the date when Taekwondo was included in the Olympic games in 2000. At its March 28 meeting, the Irvine City Council voted to proclaim September 4, 2023, as Taekwondo Day in Irvine.


If you would like to learn more about Taekwondo, head to the Great Park Baseball Stadium located at 8000 Great Park Blvd., Sunday, August 27 at 3 p.m. to watch the incredible talents of Sun Moon University's world-renowned traveling Taekwondo Demonstration Team.




Upcoming Meetings & Events 

August 25 | 9 a.m.

Senior Expo


August 26 | 10 a.m. & 2 p.m. 

City Council Districting & Expansion Workshops

August 28 | 7 p.m.

Solarize Irvine Virtual Workshop

View the City Calendar 

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