Pumpkin growers from all over California and beyond will be competing at the 2013 Pumpkinmania! Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off & Contest on Sunday, October 26 at Tanaka Farms, 5380 University Drive in Irvine. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., with the weigh-off beginning at 11:30 a.m.
Competitors will be vying for $1,800 in prize money. Categories include: Biggest Pumpkin, Best Color, Funniest Shape, Unluckiest Pumpkin Grower, Most Experienced Grower, Youngest Grower and more.
Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pumpkinmania.blogspot.com.
Boot Hill Haunted House rises from the fog for its 15th year to haunt the residence at 16 Goldenrod in Irvine. The unearthly spirits from the old west town of Bridgewood will materialize and transform the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetery that once occupied this hallowed ground.
Come if you dare…but beware the ghost of Jedediah Smith, who has been known to roam through the decaying grounds of Boot Hill, exacting revenge on all who cross his path!
Oct. 24-26, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 from 7-10 p.m.
Halloween from 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Free to all, but donations are accepted with proceeds going to CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County. For more information, visit legendofboothill.com or call 818-633-0300.
On Wednesday, October 29 from 6-8 p.m., enjoy tasty snacks and delicious hot chocolate while you create your own masterpiece with helpful patterns and suggestions from staff.
$18 per family includes one pumpkin; additional pumpkins $5 each. If registering online, click on the ‘Details’ button under costs prior to check out to add pumpkins. Ages 2+.
Register online at irvinequickreg.org (#136697) or call 949-724-6610.
Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass and plastic containers are part of the California Refund Value program (marked with “CRV” or “CA Cash Refund”). Rather than throw away your pocket change, redeem the California Refund Value from your empty beverage containers at one of these locations:
- Albertsons, 4541 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949-854-8282
- 99 Ranch Supermarket, 15333 Culver Dr., Suite 800, Irvine, 909-981-8978
- 99 Ranch Supermarket, 5402 Walnut Ave., Irvine, 909-981-8978
- Waste Management Recycling Center, 16122 Construction Circle East, Irvine, 949-642-1191 – Hours: Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays)
If you don’t want to redeem your CRV, be sure to RECYCLE your beverage containers in your recycling cart. You can recycle all plastic containers (marked #1-7), all glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, paper, magazines, junk mail, cardboard, drink cartons, and more in your recycling cart. For a list of accepted recyclables, click here.
Half-Pint T-Ball – Saturdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Community Park, Course #144471
Batter up! Introduction to the basic skills and techniques of catching, throwing and batting. Class will stress hand-eye coordination, team strategies and cooperative play. Bring water bottle and glove; wear tennis shoes. Parent participation required. Ages 3-5. Cost $45.
Half-Pint Hoops – Saturdays, Nov. 1-22, 10-11 a.m. at Heritage Park Community Center, Course #145081
Look out NBA, here come the half-pint hoopsters! Geared for energetic youngsters using pre-school sized equipment, fun drills and games. Ages 3-5. Cost $45.
Half-Pint Soccer – Saturdays, Nov. 1-22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Woodbury Community Park, Course #140982
Pass, shoot, score! This is an Introduction to the basic skills and techniques of soccer shooting, dribbling and passing. Class will stress cooperative play and fun! Bring water bottle and wear shin guards and tennis shoes; ball optional. Parent participation required. Ages 3-5. Cost $45.
Register online at irvinequickreg.org or call 949-724-6610. Heritage Park Community Center is at 14301 Yale Ave. in Irvine. For more information, call 949-724-6750.
The City of Irvine will host a Senior Resource Expo on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lakeview Senior Center.
More than 50 exhibitors will be onsite showcasing products, services and information related to wellness, safety, nutrition, long term care and assisted living options. The event will also feature demonstrations, health-related screenings and product samplings. Free flu vaccines will be provided by Hoag Hospital for seniors 50+.
For more information, visit irvineseniors.org or call 949-724-6908. The center is at 20 Lake Road.
Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free parking and admission. Shop for a variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
The Orange County Great Park Farmers Market also features handcrafted artisan products, live entertainment and gourmet food trucks. Follow the signs from Sand Canyon and Marine Way.
For more information, visit www.ocgp.org.
Over nine million people will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 16 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill. Knowing what to do during an earthquake is vital in Southern California. In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:
• DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
• Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
• HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops
If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.
Myth: “Head for the Doorway”
For years people were told that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In truth, doorways are no stronger than any other part of a house. You are safer under a table.
For more information, visit www.shakeout.org.
Did you know you can sign up online to become a registered voter for the November 4 election? The deadline to register is October 20.
Visit www.ocvote.com and sign up today!
Money Magazine has ranked Irvine as the top city in California, and #14 in the nation, in its annual cover story, “Best Places to Live in America.”
Here’s what Money Magazine had to say about Irvine:
This SoCal city appears on our list year after year, thanks to its strong economy – more than 100 companies are headquartered in Irvine – incredible schools, and acres of green space. The city boasts more than 54 miles of bike paths and 20,000 acres of parks and preserves. Then there’s another little perk: The Pacific Ocean is just 10 miles away.
One of the largest master-planned communities in the country, the city is organized around 24 “villages,” complete with parks, pools and shopping centers. READ MORE
Please be sure that your recyclables go into the recycling cart with the gray lid (curbside service) or into the gray dumpster (multi-family complex). Recyclable items include: paper, plastic, glass and metal.
Most Irvine residents with curbside cart service also have green cart with a green lid to recycle green waste, such as grass, leaves, garden trimmings, branches, brush, wood chips and other garden clippings.
Since 1989, the City of Irvine has been at the forefront of recycling and sustainability efforts. Last year, Irvine diverted over 70% of its waste from landfills.
For more information about household recycling, call the Irvine Recycles Hotline at 949-724-7669 or click here. Also sign up for our eco-Newsletter and join us on the City’s Facebook page to stay up to date on events, programs, and everything GREEN in the City of Irvine.
On Saturday, October 25, explore beautiful Old Pasadena independently, enjoy lunch at a cafe or bring a picnic. Then spend the afternoon visiting the area’s most notable center for art, the Norton Simon Museum, home to master works by Van Gogh, Monet and Picasso. On exhibit, Home and Away: The Printed Works of Ruth Asawa.
This excursion requires substantial walking. Includes motor coach transportation and museum admission; lunch at participant’s expense. Cost is $39 (IFAC member: $35), ages 18+. Register online at irvinequickreg.org, #145926.
Come join the Irvine Ranch Water District and NBC4 for a discussion on the Drought on Saturday, October 11 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Free water kits to the first 500, NBC4 raffle & giveaways, family activities and more! More details: irwd.com/save-water-money/drought-2014
FivePoint Communities and the City of Irvine invite you to join them in breaking up the runways to make way for the next 688 acres of the Orange County Great Park on Tuesday, October 7 from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. There will be hosted food trucks and a live special performance by Kenny Loggins.
- Free Event/ All are welcome!
- Live Music/ Kenny Loggins will perform from 7-8:30 p.m.
- Food Trucks
Enter this event from Trabuco Road – off of Sand Canyon Ave. Follow directional signs to the event. ( Event Flyer )