Community Link Newsletter: Support our Animals through Comedy | Join the Senior Citizens Council | Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month


Community Link Newsletter

August 31, 2023 | Edition 137

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. 

Senior Citizens

City of Irvine Seeks New Members for our Senior Citizens Council

Do you want to advise on matters related to Irvine's senior citizen community? Apply to be a member of the Irvine Senior Citizens Council. The City of Irvine is accepting applications for two member-at-large-positions to serve on the board and act in an advisory capacity to the City Council on matters related to the senior community, such as the planning of facilities, transportation, services, and programs. 


Applicants must reside in the City of Irvine, be 55 years of age and older at the time of appointment, and be willing to commit to a two-year term of active service beginning November 2023.


Applications are available starting Friday, September 1, at Lakeview and Rancho senior centers, Trabuco Center, Irvine Civic Center, and online at Completed applications must be received by 4 p.m. Friday, September 22. For more information, contact Sandra Salcedo by emailing or by calling 949-724-6356. 

Orange County Maintenance Facility Open House

Attend the Orange County Maintenance Facility Open House 

Join the Orange County Transportation Authority for an open house at Irvine City Hall Monday, September 11, at 5 p.m. to learn more about the planned Orange County Maintenance Facility (OCMF).


The proposed 90,000 square foot facility would be located off Ridge Valley near Marine Way in Irvine, on a 21.3-acre parcel owned by OCTA. This facility is where passenger trains would be serviced, cleaned, and stored overnight. It would also serve as a base for train crews during shift changes. The proposed project is comprised of a 48-foot tall, one-story building that includes locomotive and car service platforms for inspection and sanitation dump stations. 


The open house will offer a chance to talk to project staff about:

  • The background and overview of the project.

  • Results of environmental studies.

  • Planned next steps.

Learn more about the project on the City's website or at

Comedy Unleashed

Enjoy a Night of Laughs while Supporting our Animals

Support Irvine animals in need while enjoying a comedic night out on the town at the seventh annual Comedy Unleashed fundraiser at the Irvine Improv, Tuesday, September 19, at 7 p.m. 


Experience hilarious performances from comedians Gary Cannon and Patrick Keane, along with headliner Erik Schwartz. Guests will be treated to dinner and a show for $44 per person, with all proceeds benefiting the Irvine Animal Care Center.


Comedy Unleashed is open to adults 18 and older only. Purchase your tickets online or at the door. For questions, call the Irvine Animal Care Center at 949-724-7740. 

Fiesta Latina en Irvine

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the City of Irvine

Join the City of Irvine in celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month at Fiesta Latina en Irvine Sunday, September 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Great Park.


Presented in partnership with UCI and UCI Health, this free all-ages event honors the cultures and contributions of Latin American indigenous communities and those with Spanish, Mexican, Caribbean, Central, and South American roots through music, food, language, literature, and art.


This family-friendly celebration features:

  • Community booths.

  • Art displays and interactive crafts.

  • Live music.

  • Food trucks.

Learn more at, and be sure to share the fun on social media by using our Fiesta Latina en Irvine GIF stickers on Instagram by searching "City of Irvine." 

Irvine Nights

Make it an Irvine Night at the Great Park 

Have you made it out to Irvine Nights yet? Your next opportunities are September 1 and September 8. Join the City of Irvine and partner PSQ for a night of fun, food, and festivities at the Great Park Palm Court Arts Complex from 5 to 10 p.m. 


Irvine Nights features 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 by The Flux Capacitors Friday, September 8. Entry into the event is free; Kids' Zone wristbands can be purchased here.


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.


Labor Day

Labor Day is a federal holiday in the United States that honors and celebrates the contributions of workers and the labor movement. It also marks the unofficial end of summer and is often associated with parades, picnics, barbecues, and various recreational activities.


On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed a law making Labor Day a national holiday to be observed on the first Monday of September every year. As such, all non-emergency City of Irvine offices will be closed on Monday, September 4, in recognition of the holiday. Regular City operations and business hours will resume Tuesday, September 5. 




Upcoming Meetings & Events 

September 5 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission Meeting


September 6 | 5:30 p.m.

Community Services Commission Meeting

September 7 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission

View the City Calendar 

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