Orange County Transportation Authority: Bike Quiz

Orange County Transportation Authority Bike Quiz
Road bike, beach cruiser, mountain bike – which one would you be? Answer a few short questions about bicycling and find out!  Link:

Irvine Has Heart Food Drive

Irvine Has Heart Food Drive 2015
The City of Irvine, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, is hosting a community food drive to help families and seniors in need. Residents are asked to donate healthy canned or non-perishable food items. The main drop-off location for the food drive is in the Civic Center lobby. The food drive continues through March 31.

Click here for a complete list of drop-off locations and suggested food items. For additional information, call 949-724-6880.

Preference for Vets is Built into Affordable Housing Project

Preference for Vets is Built into Affordable Housing Project
Preference for veterans is part of last month’s City Council approval of an 80-unit permanently affordable rental housing project at 17275 Derian in the Irvine Business Complex.

City Council approval of the project meets the City’s affordable housing inclusionary requirement while including a preference for veterans.

The agreement with developer Lennar Central Park LLC, satisfies both the City Council’s goal of providing 10 percent of the City’s housing stock as affordable by build-out as well as addressing the principles that the newly formed Veterans Affordable Housing Committee is reviewing. The Committee meets once a month to develop recommendations to the City Council for affordable housing options for veterans.

The Derian affordable housing project could be underway by December 2017. C&C Development is the managing partner.

For information about the Veterans Affordable Housing Committee and its meeting times, click here for the committee’s webpage.

Moonlit Marshmallows

Make a warm and gooey s’more by the campfire at Turtle Rock Nature Center. Each session is one hour. Bring a flashlight and dress warmly. All ages are welcome. Cost is $3 per person & an adult must accompany children under 18.

The Turtle Rock Nature Center is located at 1 Sunnyhill Drive in Irvine. For more information, call 949-724-6738. Register online at

Mootlit Marshmallows on Feb. 8Schedule:
Friday, March 13, 6:30–7:30pm, Course #148539
Friday, March 13, 7:30–8:30pm, Course #148540

Great Park Balloon is a Great Place to Take Your Kids

Great Park Balloon is a Great Place to Take Your Kids 2
If you want to do something new with your family, then go check out the Orange County Great Park where you can soar 400 feet above the city in a balloon.  From Thursday through Sunday (see hours below) enjoy a ride that allows you to see a 40 mile span on a clear day.

For more information, visit or call 866-829-3829.

• Thursday–Friday: 10 a.m.–3 p.m. and 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
• Saturday–Sunday: 9 a.m.–3 p.m. and 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
• Monday–Wednesday: Closed

• Adults (19 and older): $10
• Children (age 12-18): $5 without paid accompanying adult
• Children (age 18  and younger)*: Free with paid adult
• Family & Friends Pass: $40 for five adult flights

*Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult on Balloon flights.

Kite Flying in Bommer Canyon

Saturday, March 14 from 3–5 p.m. Celebrate spring by making and flying kites in Bommer Canyon. Event includes kite-making materials, demonstrations, safety tips and time to fly kites in the beautiful canyon.

All ages welcome. Adults must accompany children under 18. $6 per person. Register online at and sign up for course #148433.  For more information, call 949-724-6738.

Art Exhibition: History Repaints Itself

Art Exhibition History Repaints Itself (cropped)The Irvine Fine Arts Center presents History Repaints Itself, a group exhibition that pays tribute to innovative masters of the past through reimagined or referenced renditions of iconic and classical art. This educational project will challenge viewers to contemplate art history and its contemporary influence.  The exhibition runs through April 18.

Gallery admission and parking are free to the public. The Irvine Fine Arts Center is located at 14321 Yale Avenue, Irvine (in Heritage Community Park). For more information, visit or call 949-724-6880.

Class for Preschoolers at OC Zoo

The Orange County Zoo is offering a class for preschool kids called “Bonkers for Bunnies” on Friday, March 13 from 10:15-11:15 a.m.  Kids will learn all about bunnies and meet some up close.  Class includes hands-on learning and fun crafts.

Cost: $5 per child (includes one adult)
Parking: $3 per car
Ages 3-4 years old only (Parent must accompany child for duration of program)
Registration is required.  To register, call 714-973-6846

Located within Irvine Regional Park at 1 Irvine Park Rd. in Orange. From Irvine go north on Jamboree Rd. until it ends. For more information, visit

2015 State of the City Address

2015 State of the City Address
Last night I had the privilege of introducing Mayor Steven Choi, who delivered his third State of the City Address.

Topics included 688 acres at the Orange County Great Park now being developed as parkland and sports fields in a public-private agreement; the local economy including the City Council’s plan to pay off the unfunded liability years early; and the continued growth of Irvine as a tech center, including a new incubator for emerging entrepreneurs that is now open in Irvine.

He also spoke of the many projects that will be completed or underway this year in the City, including two more community centers.

The City Council also is addressing improvements at the Irvine Animal Care Center and Mayor Choi continues initiatives that include the Irvine Mayor-Chamber Advisory Council on Business.

State of the City Address video: click here


Participate in Parks, Facilities Master Plan

Participate in Parks, Facilities Master Plan
The City of Irvine is gathering information on how people use our public parks. Your feedback will help us identify ways to enhance park and recreation opportunities in our community.

To learn more or participate, click here. It takes just a few minutes to help shape the future of our parks and recreation system.

Visit the Getty!

Visit the Getty!
Visit the Getty with the Irvine Fine Arts Center on Saturday, March 7 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.  Explore the incredible art collection, amazing architecture and spectacular hilltop views. Bring a lunch or enjoy one of the three cafes located on site. On exhibit, J.M.W. Turner: Painting Set Free.

Fee includes motor coach transportation; lunch at participant’s expense. Cost: $29 (IFAC Member: $27).  For more information, call 949-724-6880.  To register for this fun excursion, visit

Spring Issue of Inside Irvine Now Available

Spring Issue of Inside Irvine Now Available 2015The spring edition of Inside Irvine is now online and will be in homes the week of February 24. This edition features articles on Great Park development, Irvine camps and Earth Day tips. Other features include Irvine parks and facilities, tax assistance, preventing distracted driving and the City’s Activity Guide with hundreds of course listings. Click here to view Inside Irvine online or check your mailbox for a print copy.

Visit to register now and secure a spot in one of the many popular programs. Don’t delay – many programs fill up!

Stroller Strides Exercise Class

Stroller Strides Exercise Class 2
When: Thursday, February 26 from 4-5 p.m.
Where: Orange County Great Park
Stroller Strides is a one-hour, total body workout designed for all fitness levels. Certified instructors, who are also moms, will help you get and stay in shape without having to leave your little one in daycare. Don’t forget your stroller, sunscreen and water bottle.

The six-week class meets at the Great Park Visitors Center Pavilion. Accompanying child(ren) are included in the registration cost.

The Stroller Strides class series will be held every Thursday beginning February 26 and continuing through April 2. Price for the full six weeks is $35.

Click here to register. Spaces are limited.

Stroller Strides Schedule:
Thursday, February 26
Thursday, March 5
Thursday, March 12
Thursday, March 19
Thursday, March 26
Thursday, April 2

Tax Assistance for Irvine Residents

Tax Assistance for Irvine ResidentsThe City of Irvine in partnership with the United Way of Orange County, is offering free tax preparation services to taxpayers who earned less than $60,000 in 2014. Qualifying taxpayers who live, work or attend school in Irvine are eligible to receive help completing and electronically filing their tax returns through April 15, 2015.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 888-434-8248 or visit

Take Your Dog to Central Bark!

The Central Bark dog park features almost three acres of open field for off-leash play.

Hours: 6:30 a.m.-10 p.m. daily Closed Wednesdays for maintenance

  • Watering facility for dogs
  • Handicap accessible
  • Lighted
  • Main yard with a separate fenced area for small or frail dogs
  • Covered seating

For more information, call the Irvine Animal Care Center at 949-724-7740.

Public Invited to the Mayor’s State of the City Address on Feb. 24

Public Invited to the Mayor’s State of the City Address on Feb. 24
Join Mayor Steven S. Choi, Ph.D. and the rest of the Irvine City Council for the annual State of the City Address on Tuesday, February 24 at 6 p.m. at Irvine City Hall.

A public reception begins at 5 p.m. in the lobby.  For more information, click here or call 949-724-6077.

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