Community Link Newsletter: Sustainable Future | Holiday Happenings | Letters to Santa


Community Link Newsletter

November 16, 2023 | Edition 147

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. 


Join us on our Journey to a Greener, Sustainable Future

In 2021, the City of Irvine embarked on developing its first Climate Action and Adaptation Plan (CAAP), a quantifiable plan of action we can use to measure, track, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and climate-related risks through a framework of initiatives most impactful to our City.


Help Irvine create a truly climate-smart City for the future by getting involved:


  1. CAAP Virtual Workshop
    Join us for the next CAAP Virtual Workshop Thursday, November 30, 5:30–6:30 p.m., via Zoom. Registration is required here. Learn more here.

  2. Online Community Survey
    The City recently reopened the online community survey, where you can provide your input on potential CAAP actions. The survey closes December 8.

  3. Request a City Presentation
    Do you want to learn more about the CAAP, what it will do for Irvine, and how your business or community group can take an active role in this change? City staff will come to you to share details. Request more information by emailing


Celebrate the Holidays with the City of Irvine

Holiday Happenings in Irvine

The City of Irvine invites the community to celebrate the holiday season with three signature events opening Saturday, December 2, at the Great Park. 


Illuminate Irvine | December 2, 3–7 p.m.
Illuminate Irvine offers an enchanting evening at the Palm Court Arts Complex with live holiday music and activities designed for guests of all ages that are sure to inspire festive cheer. The night's grand finale will be the dazzling lighting ceremony of the Holiday Tree and Palm Court Arts Complex, adorned with thousands of radiant, glistening lights. Guests are also encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to age 12 in support of the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee Holiday Toy Drive. 

Holiday Market | December 2, 3–7 p.m. & December 3, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
This two-day market at the Great Park Hangar 244 showcases a carefully curated selection of 28 skilled vendors and artisans featuring one-of-a-kind treasures perfect for the gift-giving season. These handcrafted products encompass a wide range of artistic creations, from exquisite jewelry and intricate ceramics to captivating folk-crafts, fine woodwork, and more. 

Holidayz at the Park | December 2–January 7
Guests can step into a winterscape as the Great Park is adorned with sparkling light displays that twinkle and shimmer throughout the Palm Court Arts Complex. This captivating setting offers the perfect backdrop for a leisurely evening stroll or snapping family photos. Holidayz at the Park is open daily from dusk to 9:30 p.m. 


Parking and admission are free at all holiday events. Great Park is located at 8000 Great Park Blvd. in Irvine. Visit for a list of all activities. For more information, call 949-724-6600. 

Letters to Santa

Write your Letter to Santa

Santa is going digital this holiday season, and would love to hear from his friends! 


Use our magic online mailbox to send your letter, now through December 11 at 5 p.m., and get a reply as fast as reindeer fly. Gus, the City's official elf, will make sure all letters get to Santa, and receive email responses. Allow one week for responses. In person, drop-off, and pick-up of hand-written letters will not be available. 


Visit to send your letter.

Irvine Fine Arts Center Exhibitions

View New Art This Weekend

Immerse yourself into fine art this weekend and attend the opening reception for two new fall exhibitions at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.


Join us for a free opening reception with the artists of two exhibitions, Revision and Into the Garden, Saturday, November 18, from 2 to 4 p.m.

Works featured in Revision exist as paintings, photographs, sculptures, site-specific installations, and hybrid forms that propose new uses for domestic objects, symbols of nostalgia, historical artifacts, and tools of perception.


Showing in the center’s Gallery 1, Into the Garden couples works on fabric by Dani Dodge and sculptural works by Carolyn Mason in an environment that invites viewers to indulge in the act of looking and imagining.


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.


Dutch American Heritage Day: November 16
On November 16, the Netherlands and America celebrate Dutch-American Heritage Day to commemorate the longstanding relationship we share. The Netherlands was one of the first countries to recognize the budding United States as a sovereign state.

Transgender Day of Remembrance: November 20
Transgender Day of Remembrance is an annual observance November 20 that honors the memory of transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.




Upcoming Meetings & Events 

November 21 | 5:30p.m.

Transportation Commission


November 23-24 

City Hall Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday

November 28 | 2 & 4 p.m.

Great Park & City Council Meeting

View the City Calendar 

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