Community Link Newsletter: March 7-14, 2024


Community Link Newsletter

March 7, 2024 | Edition 162


State of the City 

State of the City

Irvine Mayor Farrah N. Khan will deliver the 2024 State of the City Address Tuesday, March 19, at the Irvine Barclay Theatre. 


This City event will begin with a free public reception at 5 p.m., followed by the State of the City Address at 6 p.m., where Mayor Khan will reflect on City achievements from 2023 and share initiatives and goals for 2024. This year's event will also include community performances by Arpana Dance Company, Viorythym, Chinese Dance Company of Southern California, and more.

Great Park Rendering

Bringing Nature, Exploration, and Wonder

to the Great Park

The City is working with landscape design firm SWA to bring to life a vision for the Great Park that connects people with nature.


In the next phase of development, a botanical garden, Veterans Memorial Park and Gardens, forest reserve, landscape wildlife corridor, riparian arroyos, California native tree palette, and more are planned. 


As we continue our series introducing the Great Park partners, SWA's Sean O'Malley shares how the Great Park Framework Plan incorporates nature, exploration, and wonder for all to experience.

Connecting People with Nature at Great Park

Celebrate Spring at


Celebrate the spring season with a splash at Egg-a-POOL-Looza Saturday, March 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center.


Children and families can enjoy splash time, egg hunt stations, face painting, spring crafts and games, an opportunity to take photos with a special guest bunny, and bounce houses ready for hopping-good fun. Snacks and drinks will also be available for purchase.


Registration is $12 for children 14 and younger and is required to participate in the event. The fee includes an egg basket and all activities. Registration is available online at

Solarize Irvine

Solarize Irvine Community Workshop on March 14

The City of Irvine, in partnership with the nonprofit OC Goes Solar, is offering a workshop for community members to learn about the benefits of going solar at home. 


Meet with experts and community-screened solar installers to learn about the benefits and basics of going solar for your home Thursday, March 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Portola Springs Community Center. 


This workshop is free and open to all Orange County residents. Learn more and sign up at

Free Tax Prep

Free Tax Preparation Services

The City of Irvine, in partnership with Orange County United Way, is offering free tax preparation services to taxpayers who earned less than $60,000 in 2023.


Qualifying taxpayers who live, work, or attend school in Irvine can receive help filing their taxes from IRS-trained and certified volunteers, who will also assist eligible taxpayers in applying for tax credits, including the state and federal Earned Income Tax Credits (EITC).


The OC Free Tax Prep service is available at Harvard Community Center, Tuesdays from noon to 7:30 p.m. through April 16. An appointment is required; no walk-ins will be accepted.


Call Orange County United Way at 888-434-8248 for more information on EITC cash-back credits, and to schedule an appointment.

Jazz in the Palm Court

Jazz in the Palm Court 

Join us at the Great Park Palm Court Arts complex Saturday, March 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. for "Jazz in the Palm Court." 


This free event is the second in a three-part series celebrating the creative energy of "Natural Language: Contemporary Book Art," now on view at the Great Park Gallery. 


No advanced registration is required. Grab a blanket or folding chair, bring your friends and family, and prepare for an afternoon of musical fun.


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.


March 10: Ramadan

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. It is believed to be the month during which the Quran, the holy book of Islam, was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. 


In addition to fasting, Muslims also engage in extra prayers and spiritual activities during Ramadan. Many Muslims also donate to charity and engage in acts of kindness and goodwill towards others. 


Upcoming Meetings & Events 

March 12| 4 p.m.

City Council 


March 13 | 1:30 p.m.
Zoning Administrator



March 16 | 2 p.m.
Art Exhibition Opening Reception 


March 18 | 5:30 p.m.
Finance Commission


View the City Calendar 

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