Community Link Newsletter: December 14-21, 2023


Community Link Newsletter

December 14, 2023 | Edition 151

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. 


The City of Irvine is a Top Workplace!

Top Workplace

The City of Irvine was awarded a Top Workplaces 2023 honor and ranked No. 14 on the list of Large Companies with 500 or more employees in the 16th annual The Orange County Register’s list of Top Workplaces awards and magazine publication. 


This is the third consecutive year the City of Irvine has received this prestigious award, and the only Orange County municipality to receive this recognition. 


This is the 16th year The Orange County Register has partnered with Energage, a Philadelphia-based workplace survey and employer-relations company, to determine Orange County’s Top Workplaces. The results are based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey that uniquely measures 15 culture drivers that are critical to the success of any organization.


Read the overall list on The Orange County Register website

Want to join our dynamic team?


The City of Irvine is currently hiring. Please visit to learn more about available opportunities. 

Team Irvine
Blood Drive

Take Life-Saving Measures Next Week

The City of Irvine and UCI Health are hosting a Blood Drive event Wednesday, December 20, at Irvine Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Stop by and spend an hour with us to help provide critical care for patients at UCI Medical Center. Your blood donation can save up to three lives.


To learn more about eligibility, safety, common questions, and to book your appointment, visit


Together, we can impact the critical demand for blood donations in Orange County and help our neighbors in need.  

Log a Leak

Log a Leak with the Irvine Ranch Water District

Help save water in the community with the Irvine Ranch Water District's Log-a-Leak tool.


This reporting system allows you to easily send pictures of outdoor leaks in our community from your smartphone or computer. Visit to get started. 


If you are experiencing a leak on your own property, contact the Irvine Ranch Water District and learn more about checking for leaks on their website.  


As we continue to experience more frequent and intense drought conditions throughout the year, each act of conservation makes a difference. 


Celebrate the Holidayz at the Park! 

'Tis the season for family fun and holiday cheer! The Great Park has transformed into a winterscape of holiday-themed art, music, and lights. 


Plan a trip to the Palm Court Arts Complex at the Great Park through January 7 to enjoy interactive displays and festive photo backdrops. For more information, visit

Palm Court lights

Palm Court Light Display

Holidayz at the Park features an outdoor light display in the Palm Court, inviting guests to stroll and snap photos.


Drop in to see the lights and displays daily from dusk to 9:30 p.m. 

Holidayz Pop-Up at the Artist Studios

Snap a selfie or a family photo at the Great Park Holidayz Pop-Up. Come explore our various winter themed backdrops as the Artist Studios is transformed into a pop up museum crafted to delight visitors of all ages. Holidayz Pop-Up is open Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m., and weekends from noon to 8 p.m.


Pop Up selfie stations
Electrical Fire Safety

Avoid Holiday Electrical Fires

This holiday season you may be taking time to "unplug" and connect with family and friends. The City of Irvine's holiday elf, Gus, has been connecting with his friends at the Orange County Fire Authority and wants to remind us all to consider unplugging at other locations, too.

If you are spreading holiday cheer with festive lights and decor, avoid overloading power strips to reduce your risk of electrical fires. If your extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors are worn, old, or damaged, skip the wish list with these items and replace them right away.

For more holiday fire safety tips, visit

View OCFA's Holiday Electrical Fire Safety flier for more tips on candle and Christmas tree safety.  


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.


Las Posadas: December 16
The religious festival of Las Posadas is primarily celebrated in Latin American countries, Mexico, and Spain. People of Hispanic decent residing in the United States may also celebrate this festival. The festival is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph traveling to various homes in the community that are designated as “inns.” After the reenactment, there is a celebration.

World Arabic Language Day: December 18
The Arabic language is a pillar of the cultural diversity of humanity. It is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, used daily by more than 400 million people. World Arabic Language Day is celebrated every year on 18 December since 2012. The date coincides with the day in 1973 when the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted Arabic as the sixth official language of the Organization.


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

December 21 | 5:30 p.m.

Planning Commission


December 21 | 5 p.m.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee 

Through January 7

Holidayz at the Park

View the City Calendar 

We Are Irvine