Ride Metrolink anywhere on Saturday or Sunday for only $10

Ride Metrolink anywhere on Saturday or Sunday for only $10 (train photo)
Leave your car, skip the weekend traffic, and ride Metrolink to the beach, theme parks, ball games, downtown Los Angeles and beyond. Metrolink’s Weekend Day Pass gives you unlimited rides for only $10. The pass is valid system-wide on Saturday or Sunday and is available for purchase at all Metrolink station ticket vending machines that have weekend service.

Whether you’re visiting old favorites or embarking on a new adventure, Metrolink makes it easy to leave traffic and parking hassles behind. Many outstanding destinations are a few steps from the train station. Others require a quick hop on a connecting bus, light rail, or subway—all free with your Metrolink ticket.

Need a few ideas? Take the family on a trip to Disneyland and avoid the parking charges! Or have lunch in beautiful San Juan Capistrano. Visit Old Town Pasadena, a great place to shop and stroll, and it is easy to reach by way of a seamless connection from Metrolink to L.A. Metro. And since the beach is in season year-round in southern California, enjoy a quick trip to the lovely San Clemente, known as the “Spanish village by the sea”. For a complete list of destinations, click here.

Click here for schedules.  For more information, visit octa.net/metrolinkweekends.

Irvine Museum showcases Westways Magazine Cover Art through Jan. 15

Irvine Museum showcases Westways Magazine Cover Art through Jan. 15
The Irvine Museum presents Scenic View Ahead: The Westways Cover Art Program, 1928-1981, one of the largest exhibitions of works from the Westways cover art program ever mounted.  Westways is the member magazine of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

The cover art program began in 1928, with the Auto Club commissioning paintings from major artists working in Southern California for the cover of each issue of its member magazine. With 55 artworks on view, The Irvine Museum’s exhibition traces prominent styles of art through most of the twentieth century, such as California scene painting, Pop Art, and assemblage art.

When: The Irvine Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 18881 Von Karman Ave., Suite 100 in Irvine
Cost: Admission is complimentary for all visitors

The museum validates parking for visitors. For more information, visit irvinemuseum.org or call 949-476-0294.

Firearm Turn-in Program

Often, community members find they have firearms they no longer have a desire to safeguard but do not have a place or plan to safely dispose of them. The Irvine Police Department has had a long standing policy to receive unwanted firearms at any time from members of the public and to facilitate their safe destruction. The process is simple. Call the police department to arrange a convenient time. An officer will meet you at the police station or at your home to take possession of the firearms. Very brief information is taken, which will include a signature stating you no longer have interest in the property and you give the Irvine Police Department permission to have the weapon destroyed.

This free service is intended to enhance safety in our community by preventing unwanted firearms from finding their way into the wrong hands. If you own a firearm, its safe storage is one of your most important responsibilities. You must always secure your firearm and ammunition so they are not accessible to children or other unauthorized persons. For more information, contact the Irvine Police Department at 949-724-7000.

Destination Irvine

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Looking to book an Irvine hotel or have friends and family visiting?  Use the Destination Irvine’s online booking option for travel deals!

Book online or call 1-800-559-2408 for unpublished rates and exclusive offers!

Letters to Santa

Letters to SantaSanta is busy getting ready for the holidays and would love to hear from his friends in Irvine. Heritage Park Community Center (HPCC) and Turtle Rock Community Park (TRCP) will be accepting and sorting letters to Santa from November 17 through December 12.

Santa’s response letters must be picked up at HPCC or TRCP.  Allow one week for responses; classrooms allow two weeks.  A dropoff/pick-up box will be located at each site.  Send letters to:

SANTA CLAUS                                     SANTA CLAUS
Heritage Park Community Center        Turtle Rock Community Park
14301 Yale Ave.                                  1 Sunnyhill Dr.
Irvine, CA 92604                                 Irvine, CA 92603

For more information, call 949-724-6750 (HPCC) or 949-724-6734 (TRCP).

FBI ranks Irvine as safest big city in U.S. for 10th year in a row

Irvine Police Chief Receives Prestigious Award (3)
For the 10th consecutive year, the City of Irvine has reported the lowest per capita violent crime rate in the nation for cities greater than 100,000 in population.  Irvine also recorded its lowest per capita violent crime rate in the City’s history.

Free Paper Shredding for Irvine Residents on Nov. 22

Free Paper Shredding for Irvine Residents on Nov. 16On Saturday, November 22 from 9 a.m.- noon, the City of Irvine is hosting a free shredding event to help residents safely and securely recycle unwanted and confidential documents.
( Event Flyer )

  • Residents can dispose of up to five banker-size file boxes
  • All items accepted will be shredded onsite


  • Lakeview Senior Center 20 Lake Road, Irvine

For more information, visit cityofirvine.org/environmentalprograms or call 949-724-7449.

Commercial Solar Connection Event on Nov. 20

When: November 20 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Where: Double Tree Irvine Spectrum
Sponsored by Southern California Edison
To register call 866-970-9221

During this event, you will learn about the money-saving and environmental benefits of solar energy and receive information to help determine your company’s potential for a commercial solar photovoltaic or solar water heating system.

SCE will provide:

  • An overview of the commercial rebate program
  • A session on how to calculate the return on your investment
  • A Q&A session with SCE and a panel of experts who can speak to financial options for energy efficiency/green loans
  • An opportunity to discuss a potential project with local commercial solar contractors

Reservations will be held 15 minutes following the start time above. After this time your seat may be given to a waiting customer.

Double Tree Irvine Spectrum
90 Pacifica
Irvine, CA 92618

Ice Skating Rink at the Irvine Spectrum is now open!

The Ice Skating Rink at the Irvine Spectrum Center offers fun for the whole family. Open daily through February 16, 2015. The cost is $18.50 for adults and children, including skate rental. The cost for toddlers is $14. Helmets are optional and provided free of charge. Ice scooters are available for $5.

The Irvine Spectrum Center is at 71 Fortune Drive in Irvine.  For more information, visit www.SkateSpectrum.com or call 949-748-8280.

Veterans Day

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Today we honor all the men and women who have served our country and defended our great nation.  As we remember those who sacrificed for us, we are reminded that freedom is never free.

Irvine Community Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 20

The 33rd annual Irvine Community Thanksgiving Prayer Breakfast will be held on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30 a.m. (7 a.m. check-in) at the Irvine Marriott Hotel.

The keynote speaker is Erin Runnion, founder of the Joyful Child Foundation.

Cost is $40 ($50 after Nov. 13). Purchase tickets through the Irvine Chamber of Commerce at www.irvinechamber.com or call 949-660-9112.

Veterans Day Ceremony

Veterans Day Ceremony
Tuesday, November 11 from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park

The City of Irvine is hosting a special ceremony on Veterans Day to pay tribute to our nation’s troops – past and present. The ceremony will honor and thank America’s veterans for their commitment to service and sacrifice for our country, while highlighting local veterans, veterans’ groups and military organizations.

The ceremony is free and open to the public. Col. Bill Barber Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza in Irvine.  For more information, call 949-724-6606.

Irvine National Veterans Day Run on Nov. 8

Irvine National Veterans Day Run on Nov. 8 (2)
The 4th annual National Veterans Day Run will take place on Saturday, November 8 at 3:11 p.m. at Mason Regional Park in Irvine. The race will offer two distances, 5K and a 1-mile family and supporter walk/run.

A large turnout of veterans and active-duty military are expected at this race, so come out and support the men and women of our armed forces.  For more information, visit www.veteransdayrun.org/register/irvine

Irvine Holiday Faire

Irvine Holiday Faire 2014
The Irvine Fine Arts Center will host its 32nd annual Holiday Faire on Friday, November 7 from 5-9 p.m. and Saturday, November 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. More than 100 talented Orange County artisans will showcase unique handmade items for purchase, including holiday decorations, hand-blown glass, ceramics, jewelry, folk crafts, clothing and more.

The Faire features music and delicious foods and desserts, including the ever-popular handmade, ceramic collector bowls filled with hot chili or baked potatoes with all the trimmings.

Admission is $2 per person; children ages 12 and under are free. The Center is located at 14321 Yale Ave. (in Heritage Park). For more information, visit irvinefinearts.org or call 949-724-6880.

Your Vote Counts

Your Vote Counts

Don’t forget to vote today!  Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.  If you need help finding your polling place, visit www.ocvote.com.

If you’ve forgotten to mail in your vote-by-mail ballot, it must be delivered to any polling place by 8 p.m.

Holiday Toy Drive

The City of Irvine, in partnership with the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, is holding a special toy drive to benefit the children and families of Irvine’s adopted Marine Battalion from Camp Pendleton.

Help make the season brighter for a child whose mom or dad is in service to this country by donating a new, unwrapped gift suitable for infants or children up to 12 years old.

Toy drive containers are located in the lobbies of the Irvine Civic Center, Irvine Police Department (1 Civic Center Plaza) and in the Orange County Great Park’s Visitor Center. Toys will also be collected at the Joyful Jingles concert on December 7.

Donations will be accepted November 3 through December 12
Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Tax ID # 26-2790567. For more information, call 949-724-6606.

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