Community Link Newsletter: January 4-11, 2024


Community Link Newsletter

January 4, 2024 | Edition 153

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. 

Electrification Workshop

Go Electric in the

Kitchen this Year

The City of Irvine is partnering with the Switch is On and Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide the community with an Electrification 101 Workshop.


At this event, attendees will learn about what it means to transition from gas to electric-powered appliances; how to make energy-efficient upgrades that save both energy and money; and what federal, state, and local rebates are available; as well as hear testimonials from residents who have made the switch. 


The event includes an expo where attendees can connect with local organizations and contractors to learn more. Join the City of Irvine on our path to achieving our climate goals, and learn how to save money and energy by electrifying!


Sign up for the Electrification 101 Workshop at

Art at City Hall

View New Art at City Hall

Attend the opening reception of the new Art at City Hall exhibition Thursday, January 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Irvine City Hall. 


The new exhibit, Paul Gardner: A Retrospective, celebrates the contributions and work of the late Paul Gardner, a visionary artist who had a profound impact in cultivating the local art scene in Orange County. 


For over two decades, Gardner contributed to the cultural landscape of Irvine by teaching painting at the Irvine Fine Arts Center. Gardner’s artistic creations offer a contemporary and abstract interpretation of our world, capturing the essence of fluidity, forms, and vitality.


Learn more about the exhibit at You can view the art though March 22 anytime City Hall is open. 

IACC Donation Drive

Help our Furry Friends

in the New Year

Thanks to support from our Irvine community, more than 13,750 Irvine Animal Care Center animals have been provided homes since the Third Chance for Pets program began in 1999.


Continue to help our animals in need during this season of giving by donating to the holiday donation drive through January 31.


Donations received help our staff make happy outcomes for pets and other animals in challenging situations through the Enhanced Care, Third Chance for Pets, and Foster Care programs.


Donate today at

Holiday Tree Recycling

Holiday Tree Recycling

Waste Management will collect and recycle holiday trees through January 16 at no additional charge. 


To participate, place trees at the curb on your regular collection day. Trees taller than six feet must be cut in half. Remove all decorations including tinsel, lights, ornaments, and tree stands. Plastic or faux trees should be placed in your trash if under six feet in length or scheduled as a bulky item pick-up if larger.


Multi-family residences without curbside trash service may take their trees to Sunset Environmental at 16122 Construction Circle West. Trees will be accepted Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. through January 12. Please bring a driver’s license or utility bill to show proof of Irvine residency.


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.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

January 1: Emancipation Proclamation Enacted 

The Emancipation Proclamation was a presidential proclamation issued by President Abraham Lincoln during the American Civil War. It was issued January 1, 1863, and it declared that all slaves in the Confederate states "shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free." The Emancipation Proclamation marked the beginning of the end of slavery in the United States, though it did not immediately free all slaves in the United States. It applied only to slaves in the Confederate states, which were in rebellion against the Union. However, it had a profound impact on the course of the Civil War and on the eventual outcome of the conflict. 


January 6: Feast of the Epiphany 

The Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Epiphany or Three Kings' Day, is a Christian holiday that commemorates the visit of the wise men, or magi, to baby Jesus. According to the Bible, the magi were guided by a star to the birthplace of Jesus, where they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. The Feast of the Epiphany is celebrated January 6, 12 days after Christmas. The Feast of the Epiphany is a joyous celebration that marks the end of the Christmas season. It is a time for Christians to reflect on the significance of the magi's visit and the revelation of Jesus as the son of God. In many cultures, the Feast of the Epiphany is also a time for gift-giving and feasting, and it is often marked with parades, festivals, and other special events. 



Upcoming Meetings & Events 

Through January 7

Holidayz at the Park


January 9 | 4 p.m.

City Council Meeting

January 15

City offices closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

View the City Calendar 

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