Memorial Day is a time of remembrance; a time for Americans to honor those who have given their lives while defending our nation. On Monday, May 27, I have the honor and privilege of leading the City of Irvine’s tribute to fallen military service members during a Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.
Attendees will have the opportunity to memorialize our troops’ sacrifice by writing down a brief remembrance to be posted on a memory board. Cards will also be available for well-wishers to send a message of appreciation and support to Irvine’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion.
For more information, call 949-724-6606 or click here to download a pre-made remembrance card for the event. Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park is located at 4 Civic Center Plaza, Irvine. Guests are encouraged to park in the lot at Harvard Ave. and San Juan Street.
An additional Memorial Day ceremony will be taking place on May 27 at 6 p.m. at the Northwood Gratitude and Honor Memorial at Northwood Community Park, located on the corner of Bryan Ave. and Yale Ave. Bring blankets or chairs for seating during the program.
The Neon Splash Dash 5K is the wildest and brightest night time running event you’ve ever seen! And it’s coming to the Orange County Great Park on Friday, June 14 at 6 p.m. Participants will run through different Glow Zones and be sprayed with different colors of Super Intense U.V. Glow Water. There will also be pumped up music blasting at each Zone to keep the energy going! For more information, visit neonsplashdash.com.
Overall growth in California has slowed to a crawl, but the population continues to boom in Irvine, according to new estimates released by the state Department of Finance. For the second year in a row, Irvine ranked as the seventh fastest growing city in California, with a growth rate of 3.2 percent for 2012. That’s up from 2.5 percent 2011, when Irvine shared the seventh spot with Calabasas in Los Angeles County. Irvine is alone at seventh this time, however, growing by more than 7,000 residents from Jan. 1, 2012 to Jan. 1, 2013. Irvine has an estimated population of more than 231,000.
Click here to read the entire Orange County Register article. (OC Register subscribers only).
Below is an excerpt from an article in the Wall Street Journal about the Orange County Great Park:
The previous leadership focused on drawing people in for temporary events at the park, not on lasting infrastructure and amenities, said Jeff Lalloway, a city councilman who also serves as the park’s chairman. “I want to actually build things at the park—amenities, so that people can come in and do stuff on a Sunday afternoon,” he said.
To read the entire article, click here.
The Annual Irvine Korean Cultural Festival is an event designed to commemorate Korean immigration to the United States, which began in 1903. The festival also represents an opportunity to celebrate and share Korean cultural heritage and artistic traditions with the broader Irvine community and Orange County. The Festival is a culture-filled extravaganza replete with fine Korean cuisine, games, art, music, and entertainment. The Festival takes place on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center. Admission is complimentary, and everyone is welcome! Click here for more information.
I would like to wish all mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day. Thank you for all that you do and for the sacrifices that you make for your family throughout the year. Today is your day. May you enjoy it to the fullest.
Every second and fourth Monday of the month at the Irvine Katie Wheeler Library, beginner readers can share a story with Onyx, the dog. Come from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Be sure to put your name on the list as soon as you arrive.
Located at 13109 Old Myford Rd. in Irvine. For more information, visit www.ocpl.org or call 714-669-8753.
The Bubble Run 5K is taking place on Saturday, May 25 at 9 a.m. at UC Irvine. At each kilometer, participants will run through Bubble Bogs, and come out covered head to toe in colored bubbles and foam. For more information, visit bubblerun.com.
The 21st annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive will take place on Saturday, May 11. The Campbell Soup Company will again join forces with the National Association of Letter Carriers for this event, which is the nation’s largest single-day food drive. Residents across Orange County can make a donation in just ONE easy step:
1) Place non-perishable food items next to the mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday. Then, local letter carriers will pick up the donated items and bring them to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
Are your teenagers driving you crazy? Check out this free class, Tips for Raising and Managing Your Teenagers, being offered by the pediatricians at Hoag Medical Group on May 21 at 6 p.m.
Hoag Medical Group Pediatrics is at 4870 Barranca Pkwy., Suite 300 in Irvine. Click here to reserve your spot.
Irvine Mayor Steven Choi will address business professionals and community leaders at the annual Business Luncheon with the Mayor on May 21. The Irvine Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the City of Irvine will host this event at the Hyatt Regency Irvine from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Continuing the theme from the State of the City address, Mayor Choi will speak about the City’s constant support of companies large and small, the importance of sales tax to local government, and the advantages of an Irvine address.
In addition, the Irvine Chamber and the City of Irvine will be recognizing the 2012 Business of the Year recipient. Past winners include companies such as Edwards Lifesciences, Allergan, Kia Motors, Wells Fargo and Waste Management.
The cost is $45 for Chamber members, $55 for visitors. Table sponsorships begin at $1,000 and includes a table for 10. To register or for more information, visit www.irvinechamber.com or call 949-502-4115.
I am pleased to report that the Irvine City Council, at its April 23rd meeting, voted 3-2 to lower and freeze a number of city fees. Raising various administrative, business, and building and development fees at a time when lingering effects of the recession are still being felt would have sent the wrong message to Irvine homeowners and businesses. That is why Mayor Steven Choi, Councilwoman Christina Shea, and I voted in favor of a substitute motion to reduce and freeze most city fees for at least another year, not increase them as had originally been proposed on the agenda.
Click here to read the Orange County Register article about the Council action (OC Register subscribers only).
Recycle your aluminum, glass and plastic beverage containers in May to help one of four local non-profits in the Irvine Cans for Cash + Recycling Challenge.
Cash awards to participating organizations, listed below, will be distributed based on the volume of material collected:
• Team Kids
• Stand Up for Kids
• Makapo Aquatics Project
• Community Services Programs*
All containers must be California Refund Value (CRV) eligible and deposited at the Waste Management Recycling Center, 16122 Construction Circle E, Irvine.
For more information, call 949-724-6156 or visit cityofirvine.us/cansforcash. Cans for Cash + is sponsored by Waste Management.
* Community Service Programs (CSP) is an independent non-profit organization and not affiliated with the City of Irvine.
Rally the troops to run, walk or stroll at the Orange County Great Park Runway Dash 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run on Saturday, May 18 at 8 a.m. and enjoy a day of fun and fitness while supporting Irvine’s 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee and the Kiwanis Club of Irvine. (Event flyer)
Cost: $25 for 5K Run/Walk, $12 for 1 Mile Fun Run, pancake breakfast included. Pancake Breakfast alone is $5. Space is limited, so visit ocgp.org to register now!
Treat the kids to an outdoor movie experience under the stars at Woodbury Community Park on Friday May 17 at 7 p.m. Grab your beach chairs, blankets and snacks for a night out with the family, and enjoy seeing the movie “Wreck it Ralph” on the big screen on our outdoor movie projection system. Admission is free. Show starts at dusk. For more information, call 949-724-6840.