Energy Saving Tip

Energy Saving Tip
Unplug your cell charger when not in use to save energy.
See video: http://youtu.be/g3e8V5L28Ms

Support the American Red Cross


Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross – whether it’s responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life or assisting our military members and their families.

Visit redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

Got-a-Minute? Distracted Driver Awareness

Got-a-Minute - Distracted Driver Awareness
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The Irvine Police Department would like to share with you some important information about distracted driving.

Every year over 3,000 people are killed and more than 380,000 injured in the U.S. in collisions involving distracted drivers.  These collisions are 100% preventable by simply refraining from common driver distractions.

The most common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a smart phone and other hand-held devices
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Talking with passengers
  • Using navigation systems
  • Adjusting the radio

The use of a smart phone is by far the most dangerous distracted driving decision.  Sending or receiving text messages while driving takes the driver’s attention from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds and creates a crash rate 22 times higher than normal driving.  That’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour blindfolded.

So remember, when it comes to distracted driving, it’s not worth it.  Please keep your attention on the road.

See video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knoJy-RuG1M&index=8&list=PLy4HlaBoVf2BCFv_0Vz9ij19Lb_cOA-3x

Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 4th annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament

Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 4th annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation invites you to the 4th annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club, 11:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Events include:
-Scramble Format
-Helicopter Ball Drop
-Cocktail Reception
-Dinner
-PLUS, all golfers will receive a pair of golf shoes courtesy of Asics!

Not a golfer?  Support our schools by purchasing tickets for the Helicopter Ball Drop and have a chance to win up to $5,000!  You do not need to be present to win.

For more information, visit www.ipsf.net/golf-tournament

Effort to Befriend Vietnamese City Sparks Outrage at Irvine City Council

Effort to Befriend Vietnamese City Sparks Outrage at Irvine Council
Hundreds of Vietnamese Americans attended last Tuesday’s City Council meeting to protest a proposed “friendship agreement” with Nha Trang, Vietnam, saying the idea is disrespectful to the thousands of people who fled from their homeland as Communist forces took over at the end of the Vietnam War.

I am pleased to say that, instead of approving the friendship agreement, the City Council voted 3 to 2 in support of a motion by Councilwoman Christina Shea to make sure potential cities are screened for human rights violations before being proposed as friendship cities.

As part of the motion which was approved, I also proposed that a letter be sent to the Vietnamese consul general stating that the City of Irvine supports “freedom and not communism” and condemns “all human rights violations, holding political prisoners, child trafficking, not allowing full and free media, and not allowing people to worship with freedom.”

Below is an excerpt from a news article in which I’m quoted:

“Let President Obama worry about foreign relations — that’s his job — not here in City Council,” Lalloway said. “And to accept a communist regime as a friendship is insulting to everything we are as Americans.”

To read the entire article, click here.

WALK UNITED on June 29

WALK UNITED on June 29
Register for United Way’s 6th annual WALK UNITED by April 15 and get a discounted early bird rate of $15.  WALK UNITED is a family-friendly community walk at Angel Stadium on Sunday, June 29.

Register TODAY!  For more information, visit www.walkunited.com.

Rabbit Run 5K / Easter Egg Hunt

Rabbit Run 5K Easter Egg Hunt 2

The Rabbit Run 5K is an Easter-themed race staged at picturesque Concordia University.  The course will be full of Easter prizes and eggs.  Every runner will get a Rabbit Run T-shirt, hunt bag and souvenir photo with the Easter Bunny.  Race, run, walk or stroller it.  Age division awards for the fastest runners.  For more information, visit ItzAboutTime.com

WHERE:
Concordia University
1530 Condordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

WHEN:
Saturday, April 19, 2014
5K starts at 9 a.m.

REGISTER HERE:
CLICK HERE!

FEES:
Adults: $34
Youth (17 and under): $22
Prices increase race day by $2

Walk for Wishes to be held at Great Park on April 26

walk for wishes
Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation at their 4th annual Walk for Wishes Orange County event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Orange County Great Park.

Registration for the walk and festivities is $25 through 5 p.m. April 18.  $40 onsite registration at the event on April 26.  The price includes a Make-A-Wish T-shirt and access to all of the day’s activities. To register, visit walkforwishes2014oc.kintera.org.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States.  To learn more, visit wishocie.org.  Questions? Call them at 714-573-9474 or email walk@wishocie.org.

City of Irvine Summer Camps 50+ different types

The City of Irvine has 50 different summer camps to choose from at several locations in Irvine.  Half day, full day or part-time options available for kids ages 3 to 18.  Types of camps offered include: sports, nature, art, theater, excursions, tennis, engineering, math and more!  To register or for more information, visit irvinecamps.org or call 949-724-6610.

Registration is open for preschool program offered by IUSD’s Early Childhood Learning Center

Preschool options are available through IUSDRegistration is now open for parents seeking to enroll their children in IUSD’s preschool program for the 2014-15 school year.

The program – open to children ages 3 and 4 who live within the district’s attendance boundaries – is administered by a team of professional educators at IUSD’s Early Childhood Learning Center. A sliding scale is available for income-qualifying families.

Established in 2002, the Early Childhood Learning Center has worked collaboratively with local families to build a world-class learning community, one designed to support each child’s social, emotional and pre-academic needs.

The ECLC campus is located at 1 Smoketree in Irvine. To learn more, visit the center’s website or call 949-936-5890.

Celebrate UCI

Celebrate UCI
Come to Celebrate UCI on Saturday, April 12.  Most events begin at 10 a.m.  This spring event features an outdoor Festival, Open House and Car Show.  Wayzgoose, UCI’s oldest tradition, is a student run festival in Aldrich Park filled with live entertainment, food, games and rides for the community.  Many offices and services will be open or available with information for everyone especially prospective students.  This includes academic program information and sessions; campus, housing and recreation facilities tours; Financial Aid and Admissions; and much more.

Events are FREE and parking is complimentary.  For more information, visit celebrate.uci.edu

April 8 City Council Meeting

The Irvine City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 8 at 5 p.m.  To address the City Council on a scheduled agenda item, please complete the Request to Speak Form which can be found on the table at the entrance to the City Council Chamber.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Establish a Friendship City relationship with Baoji, China; Karachi, Pakistan; and Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Discussion regarding potential loss of $71,308,257 in City assets to the State of California

For the complete agenda, click here.

Angels Express Fan Friday

Angels Express Fan Friday
Join Orange County Transportation Authority at the Irvine Station on Friday, April 11 at 5 p.m. for a free event to celebrate the return of the Angels Express.  There will be something for everyone, including food, prizes, games and more.  For more information, visit www.octa.net/fanfriday.

Get Your Child to Cooperate without Threats, Bribes or Consequences

family
The City of Irvine is hosting an educational presentation for parents, titled “Get Your Child to Cooperate without Threats, Bribes or Consequences” on Thursday, April 24 from 6-9 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.

Presented by Laura Markham, Ph.D., author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids and creator of ahaparenting.com, the program imparts parents with practical, everyday strategies to promote cooperation, diffuse oppositional behavior and help children become self-disciplined.

Seating is limited; child care is not provided. Register online at irvinequickreg.org, course #139395, or call 949-724-6610. Cost is $15 per person for Irvine residents and $20 per person for non-residents. For more information, or to apply for payment assistance, call 949-724-6632.

Public Invited to Bike Safety Workshop on April 14

Public Invited to Bike Safety Workshop on April 14
You are invited to attend the Orange County Bike Safety Workshop hosted by the Orange County Transportation Authority on Monday, April 14 from 5-7 p.m. at Irvine City Hall.  Please join Supervisors Todd Spitzer and Shawn Nelson, OCTA CEO Darrell Johnson and myself for an important discussion on how we can make the road safer for cyclists and drivers.

A group discussion will follow comments by OCTA, cities and agencies regarding plans to make cycling a viable and safe choice for commuting and recreational travel.  During the open discussion, your input is essential to developing workable solutions that will move cycling safety forward for the entire community.

To RSVP, click here.

Survive and Thrive 5K Run/Walk

Survive and Thrive 5K Run Walk
The 10th annual Crime Survivors Survive & Thrive 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, April 12 at Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive in Irvine.
All proceeds will benefit Crime Survivors, a group that provides assistance to crime victims.

SCHEDULE
• 7 a.m. – Registration Begins
• 8:15 a.m. – Warm Up
• 8:30 a.m. – Special Guest Presentations
• 9 a.m. – Run / Walk
• 10 a.m. – OC Crime Victims Monument Final Design Unveiling, Program/Speakers and Survivors Dove Release
• 7 a.m.-noon: Health & Safety Expo

To register or for more information, visit surviveandthriverunwalk.org




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