Visit the Getty with the Irvine Fine Arts Center on Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Spend the day exploring incredible art and amazing architecture independently. Don’t miss this opportunity to view the newly restored Mural by Jackson Pollock, considered one of the most important modern American paintings. Also on exhibit, Hatched! Creating Form with Line which includes powerful work by da Vinci and van Gogh.
Fee includes motor coach transportation; lunch at participant’s expense. Cost: $29 (IFAC Member: $27). Ages 18+. For more information, call 949-724-6880. To register for this fun excursion, visit http://bit.ly/getty_ifac
The Spring 2014 Art Beat is now online!
Click here to find out about art classes, art camps, events and exhibitions from March-June 2014 at the Irvine Fine Arts Center.
Hard copies are also available. Stop by the Fine Arts Center to get your copy today.
Register for classes at irvinequickreg.org.
The California Police Chiefs Association has awarded its most prestigious award, the Joe Molloy Award, to Irvine Police Chief David Maggard. This annual award is bestowed on individuals who embody the characteristics of the late Police Chief Joe Molley of Anaheim, namely professionalism, leadership, energy and commitment to the mission of the California Police Chiefs Association.
Both children and adults can take a trip back in time and experience the life of a miner, the history of California, the routes people used to travel to get to California and more.
California History Education Program Family Day will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., (each session lasts for two hours). This fun program is a hands-on learning experience featuring a miner’s camp, water wheel demonstration, train rides, wagons and buggies, panning for gold and more.
Admission is $14 per person; space is limited so reservations are recommended. To make reservations, call 714-997–3968. For more information, visit www.irvineparkrailroad.com.
Yesterday was Read Across America Day, and I had the privilege of reading to Miss Spencer’s 4th grade class at Myford Elementary in Irvine.
Where: Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave. Irvine, CA 92618
When: Friday, March 7 at 6 p.m.
and Friday, March 21 at 6 p.m.
Come learn about creating a water-efficient California-Appropriate Landscape from landscape experts. Email email@example.com to sign up – include your name, number of attendees and which date you’d like to attend.
For more information, visit the CALscape section on the IRWD website. Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-453-5581
Between 1920 and 1970 hundreds of talented artists produced oil and watercolor paintings inspired by scenes of everyday life in California. Today these works are being rediscovered. As they are analyzed from a retrospective viewpoint, their value as highly creative fine art and as a visual record of the social history of California is becoming increasingly evident. The exhibition runs through May 8.
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: General admission is $5. Children, students and seniors ages 60 and older get in free. Admission is free the second Wednesday of every month.
The museum validates parking for visitors. For more information, visit irvinemuseum.org or call 949-476-0294.
During inclement weather, please check the field conditions website prior to use of City and school district fields. Updates will occur by 1 p.m. for high school use; by 3 p.m. for youth and adult sports. Weekend updates will be posted by 7:30 a.m. and revised throughout the day as conditions change. Click here for detailed information.
There are four easy ways to find out about City of Irvine and Irvine Unified School District field conditions:
MUDD Report – Online report of field conditions
MUDD Line – Recorded information about field conditions 949-724-6833 (MUDD)
MUDD Tweets – Sign up to receive Tweets about field conditions
MUDD Mail – Sign up to receive email alerts
The Irvine Kiwanis club will hold a charity putting contest at the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Club on Saturday, March 8 from 8:30–11 a.m. The golf club is at One Ethel Coplen Way.
The cost is $50 per player and proceeds will go toward various community support organizations. The contest will include prizes for the top three putters, raffle opportunities and a pancake breakfast.
REGISTRATION: Send check payable to Irvine Kiwanis Club
Mail to: Irvine Kiwanis, 5299 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
Questions: Charlie Markel 949-642-6438
The Muscular Dystrophy Association will hold its 2014 Muscle Walk on Saturday, March 8 at the Orange County Great Park. Money raised will go to finding a cure for the 43 neuromuscular diseases covered by the MDA. Registration begins at 9 a.m. The Orange County Great Park is at 6950 Marine Way. For more information, call 714-245-0921 or visit walk.mda.org.
Last night I had the privilege of introducing Mayor Steven Choi, who delivered his second State of the City Address.
Topics included the 688 acres at the Orange County Great Park that will be 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; an anticipated refund from the Orange County Fire Authority that will address years of overpayments; the overall financial health of the City; his vision for a City library; and support of public safety, the tech industry and public education.
Mayor Choi reported on the success of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 and XPO that was held at the Great Park, and the anticipation of the international event’s return in 2015. He also talked about the establishment of the Irvine Mayor-Chamber Advisory Council on Business.
State of the City Address video: click here
The Angels Express is returning for another baseball season, providing train service to all weeknight Angels home games for only $7. Between now and March 9, fans have a chance to win tickets to the April 11 game, merchandise, train tickets and more. To enter, visit octa.net/14days
The Orange County Zoo is offering a class for kids called “Magnificent Mammals” on Friday, March 7 from 10-11 a.m. The class includes hands-on learning, fun crafts, and meeting zoo animals up close!
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)
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 ocparks.com/oczoo.
Irvine is #5 in the latest ranking, Best Places for Young Families in California, by NerdWallet, an online consumer-based finance blog. Criteria included public schools and economic growth. READ MORE
The 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 irvinequickreg.org to register now and secure a spot in one of the many popular programs. Don’t delay – many programs fill up!
Check out the “SoCal Insider with Rick Reiff” video clip on the audit of the Great Park as Councilman Larry Agran and I debate where $215 million in public funds have gone. http://video.pbssocal.org/video/2365183824/
Here’s a transcript of what I had to say:
The question I hear every single day in this community and in the county at large is: What happened to all that money?
We have a balloon. We have a big green field. We have some other amenities out there. And others will claim we have a lot for that money, but I think a fair interpretation is that we don’t have $215 million worth of amenities at the Great Park.