National Preparedness Month: Are you prepared?

National Preparedness Month
September is National Preparedness Month.  Are you prepared?  Put together an emergency kit for home, work and your car.

Learn more at  Also visit the Irvine Police Department’s Office of Emergency Management website at

Turtle Rock Nature Center

Looking for something fun to do with your kids? Check out the five-acre Nature Center at Turtle Rock Community Park. It’s open six days a week (closed Sundays) and offers a nature trail, streams and interpretive center. Admission is free.
The Nature Center is located at 1 Sunnyhill Drive in Irvine. For more information, call 949-724-6738 or click here.

Irvine Global Markets Webinar

Irvine Global Markets
The Irvine Chamber of Commerce is presenting an online webinar on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 2 p.m., entitled “Doing Business with Saudi Arabia” presented by Steven Garrett, Office the Middle East at the U.S. Department of Commerce.

To participate, go to For more information, contact David Hammers at 949-502-4125 or

Volunteers Needed for Senior Services

The City of Irvine Senior Services is seeking volunteers to help support the Rose Garden Café and Irvine Meals on Wheels programs in the following areas:

Rose Garden Café Server
Irvine Senior Services is looking for volunteers to provide assistance with plating food, serving meals, working as a cashier or washing dishes in the Rose Garden Café at Lakeview Senior Center. Volunteers must be 16 years or older and provide a current TB test with negative results. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Meals on Wheels Deliverer
Volunteers provide a vital service to older adults who are unable to prepare meals for themselves. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday, between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to commit one to four hours per month, provide proof of valid California Driver’s License and current auto insurance, and complete and pass a criminal background check. Training is provided.

The City of Irvine Senior Services offers a broad variety of programs and services through the Lakeview and Rancho Senior Centers. Visit for more information.

Irvine Historical Society and Museum

Irvine Historical Society and Museum
The Irvine Historical Society was founded in 1976 to preserve, research, and promote the heritage of the original Irvine Ranch.  The Irvine Historical Museum, which opened in 1980, is operated by the Society.

The Irvine Historical Museum is open Sunday and Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.  It is closed on holidays.  The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers, so a phone call to the museum prior to visiting is encouraged.

The Irvine Historical Museum is adjacent to the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course clubhouse, south of the 405 freeway, west of Culver Drive at 5 San Joaquin, Irvine, CA 92612.

For more information, call (949) 786-4112 or visit

13th Anniversary of 9/11

12th Anniversary of 9 11
On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked four commercial airliners to strike targets in the United States.  It is a day that none of us will ever forget.  Nearly 3,000 innocent people died as a result of a terrorist act on American soil.

My thoughts and prayers are with the families who lost loved ones, and I am grateful for the incredible selflessness and courage of all the first responders who were there 13 years ago.

Please take time today to observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Stay Informed During an Emergency: Register for iAlert

iAlert is a mass notification system designed to keep Irvine residents and businesses informed of emergencies.
By registering with iAlert, time-sensitive voice messages from the City of Irvine may be sent to your home, mobile or business phone. Text messages may also be sent to mobile phones, e-mail accounts, and hearing impaired receiving devices. To register, click here.

Irvine Economic Development

On the City of Irvine’s website, you’ll find information highlighting the value of doing business in Irvine and the City’s outreach and support of our business community. Along with the Irvine Chamber of Commerce, we are proactive and consistent in attracting and retaining businesses. To learn more, visit

Wilderness Access Day at Bommer Canyon on Sept. 20

Wilderness Access Day at Bommer Canyon on June 15
When:  Saturday, September 20 from 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where:  Bommer Canyon
Hikers, mountain bikers and trail runners can enjoy a day of self-guided access to multiple trails in historic Bommer Canyon.  Distance and difficulty are up to you.  Registration is not required for Wilderness Access Days. All ages.

Located at 1 Bommer Canyon Rd. in Irvine.  For more information, visit or call 714-508-4764.

“Make Your Pet a Star” Calendar Contest

“Make Your Pet a Star” Calendar Contest
Calling all furry, fluffy and feathered friends… The Irvine Animal Care Center is currently accepting entries for the 2015 “Make Your Pet a Star” Calendar Contest.  Entries are being accepted now through September 15, 2014.

How to Enter
1. Take your pet’s photo.
2. Email your completed form with payment information and pet photo to: with “2015 Calendar Contest” as the subject line.
Or mail your completed form, pet photo and payment to:
Irvine Animal Care Center
Attn: 2015 Calendar Contest
6443 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92618

For more information, visit

Drive Carefully – It’s Back to School Time

The Irvine Police Department would like to remind you that many schools are back in session this week. Please slow for school zones and wait for crossing guards and children to clear from the roadway before entering the intersection. If you are a parent dropping off a child at school, be familiar with the traffic plan for your campus. Dropping students in unauthorized areas may save a moment of your time, but puts everyone at risk!

September is National Preparedness Month

As part of National Preparedness Month in September, the Irvine Police Department’s Emergency Management Office would like to remind residents about the importance of being prepared. Taking simple steps can go a long way in keeping you and your family safe.
Remember to assemble a supply kit; develop a plan of action; register your home, cell and other phone numbers with the City’s iAlert system to receive information about emergencies; follow the Irvine Police Department on Facebook and Twitter for information during emergencies; or take a Community Emergency Response Team course offered by the City of Irvine.
To learn how you and your family can prepare for an emergency, click here.

Keep Your Attention on the Road

DON’T TEXT & DRIVE. Be safe this summer and keep your attention on the road!

Here are some scary statistics: If you text and drive, you’re 23 times more likely to have a car crash. One in four teen drivers admit to texting while driving, and 40% of teens say they have been in a car when driver was using a cell phone in a way that placed people in danger.

Using a cell phone while driving has become the number one driving distraction for many people. Drivers need to be aware of the dangers and keep their attention on the road, not on their cell phones or other mobile devices.

Healthy City Healthy Planet includes veterans services

Healthy City Healthy Planet 2014
The City Council has affirmed Irvine’s long-held commitment to health, fitness, well-being, support for veterans services and the sustainability of our community. Through our webpage, residents can find more than 100 relevant categories, descriptions and links that support Irvine’s Healthy City Healthy Planet initiative.

Visit the Healthy City Healthy Planet webpage at

TRIPS Program

The City of Irvine provides low-cost, door-to-door transportation service for adults 18 and older who are unable to drive due to a permanent physical and/or cognitive disability.  Pre-registration and eligibility determination are required.

Services include:
• Door-to-door transportation
• Lift equipped vehicles; wheelchair accessible
• Service area is limited to the City of Irvine and adjacent cities
• Shuttle service to Lakeview Senior Center
• Grocery shopping at various Irvine markets
• Rides are on a first-come-first-served basis and must be scheduled in advance
• Evening, weekend and holiday service contingent on demand

For more information, visit or call the TRIPS office Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. at 949-724-7433.

Mobile Office Hours on August 20

On Wednesday, August 20, my staff will be hosting Mobile Office Hours in the community from 2-5 p.m. at Heritage Park Library at 14361 Yale Ave. (located at the corner of Walnut and Yale).

Irvine residents and business owners who wish to discuss city-related issues, ask questions, or share ideas or concerns can stop by and speak with my staff at that time.  Information: 949-300-8301 or

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