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Community Link Newsletter

October 5, 2023 | Edition 142

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. 

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Irvine City Council to Select District Boundary Map 

At its meeting October 10 the Irvine City Council will select a map for adoption as part of the City of Irvine's pursuit to form district-based elections.


All City of Irvine registered voters currently vote for the Mayor and all four City Councilmembers. Upon completion of the districting process, the City of Irvine would have six separate voting districts. Beginning in 2024, each voter would vote for the Mayor and one Councilmember to represent the district they live in based on the map selected at this meeting. 


You can view the maps for consideration by the City Council and learn more about the process at

Solarize Irvine Workshop

Learn about Going Solar 

Did you know you can receive a 30% Federal Tax Credit for utilizing solar power on your home? Meet with experts and learn about the benefits of going solar for your home at the Solarize Irvine Community Workshop Tuesday, October 17, at 6 p.m. at Quail Hill Community Center.


OC Goes Solarize is a community-based solar photovoltaic (PV) group-purchasing program that makes solar energy, battery storage, and home electric vehicle (EV) charging more affordable and accessible for all residents. 


Attendees can meet with community-screened solar contractors and learn how to improve their home value and maximize energy bill savings.


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Irvine Global Village Festival

Celebrate our Diverse Community at Irvine Global Village Festival

The countdown is on for the 22nd annual Irvine Global Village Festival! Join us Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. at the Great Park as we celebrate 22 years of fun. The festival incorporates the best of Irvine’s historic fall festivals and includes kids' activities, local and global cuisine, a global marketplace, music, art, and exhibits.


Celebrate our multicultural community through music, food, art, and fun:

  • Taste a variety of food items, ranging from global cuisine to festival staples, with prices ranging from $3 to $10 per item.
  • Watch music and dance performances representing diverse genres and cultures.
  • Shop for a variety of handmade goods and art in the global marketplace.
  • Browse art exhibitions and displays showcasing traditional dress, culinary and religious traditions, and history.
  • Play in the expanded Kids Village, featuring a petting zoo, crafts, and interactive activities.

Irvine Global Village Festival is presented by UCI & UCI Health. View a list of all participating merchants and learn more about Irvine Global Village Festival at

Upstanding Resident

Be an Upstanding Irvine Resident  

Join the City of Irvine, in partnership with OCAPICA and Groundswell, for a training on How to Be an Upstanding Irvine Resident. 


The training, which takes place October 12 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Quail Hill Community Center, will teach attendees how to address and de-escalate anti-Semitic, anti-Black, and anti-Asian racist situations through the Bystander Intervention Methodology. The program will overview hate crime statistics and information from the Irvine Police Department. 


You can learn more and view a program agenda at

Irvine Nights

Join for the Final Irvine Nights October 20

Are you up for an Irvine Night? Come out to the Great Park October 20, from 5 to 10 p.m., for the last Irvine Nights of the season.


Come in your best Halloween costume or Country outfit and join the costume contest online by October 9. Submit a photo of your costume and choose your category to be voted on as part of the contest. The winners from each category will be announced at Irvine Nights October 20. 


Attendees can enjoy:

  • Free entry and parking.

  • Food and Retail vendors.

  • Live entertainment by Scotty Mac Band.

  • Line dancing. 

  • Adult refreshments.

  • Kids Zone: purchase is required for anyone participating in gameplay. 

The event is also dog-friendly. Please RSVP for the event. Learn more 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.


Global Diversity Awareness Month 

Global Diversity Awareness Month pays tribute to the diverse minds and beliefs held by all cultures around the world. We live in a multicultural society and embracing the values of various cultures only strengthens our understanding and appreciation of the world. Open your mind to new views and ideas, appreciate cultural differences, and enjoy a fresh perspective you may have been missing by attending the 22nd annual Irvine Global Village Festival.   


National Disability Employment Awareness Month

In recognition of the important role people with disabilities play in a diverse and inclusive American workforce, the theme for National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) 2023 is "Advancing Access and Equity." Observed annually in October, NDEAM celebrates the contributions of America’s workers with disabilities past and present and showcases supportive, inclusive employment policies and practices.   


The City of Irvine is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Want to learn more about our open opportunities? Visit



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

October 10 | 2 & 4 p.m.

Great Park &City Council Meeting    


October 11 |  4 p.m.

Sustainability Commission

October 16 | 5:30 p.m.

Finance Commission

View the City Calendar 

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