Free Oil Filter Exchange at O’Reilly Auto Parts

Free Oil Filter Exchange at O’Reilly Auto Parts
Bring in your used oil filter to be recycled and receive a brand new replacement filter free of charge.

Saturday, April 26, 2014
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
15315 Culver Drive, Suite 170
Irvine, CA 92606
Only one filter exchange per person

April 22 City Council Meeting

The Irvine City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 22 at 5 p.m.  To address the City Council on a scheduled agenda item, please complete the Request to Speak Form which can be found on the table at the entrance to the City Council Chamber.

Here’s what’s on the agenda:

  • Approval of the 2014-15 Action Plan for Federal Community Development Block Grant and Home Investment Partnership Entitlement Grant Programs
  • Educational Partnership Fund Fiscal Year 2013-14 presentation and approval of Fiscal Year 2014-15 work plans
  • Ad Hoc State Veterans Cemetery Committee implementation and consideration of Councilmember Shea’s recommendation for Affordable Housing for U.S. Military Veterans in Orange County
  • Discussion regarding school traffic safety

For the complete agenda, click here.

Earth Day 2014

Earth Day 2014
April 22 marks the 44th anniversary of Earth Day.  In Irvine, our goal is to make Earth Day every day.  Click here to find out what you can do and how to make a difference.

For more information about the City of Irvine’s environmental programs, visit or call 949-724-7449.

Voice of Girls Forum on May 9

Voice of Girls Forum on May 9
Join the Girl Scouts of Orange County at the 3rd annual Voice for Girls forum to address the challenges facing girls and rally the community’s support in encouraging the female leaders of tomorrow.  By working together to support girls in achieving their full leadership potential, we can help ensure that we have the best and the brightest from 100% of our population working together on our nation’s toughest challenges.

The forum will take place on Friday, May 9 from 8-11 a.m. at the Pacific Club located at 4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach.  Click here to register.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 26
On Saturday, April 26, 2014, the Irvine Police Department will be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

This year, Irvine Police will be operating two collection sites:
Irvine Civic Center, One Civic Center Plaza, Irvine 92614
• Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center, 6670 Alton Pkwy, Irvine 92618

Collection hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The public may drop off their medications free and anonymously during those hours.

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, prescription medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Also, improper disposal of these medicines, including flushing them down the toilet, is not good for the environment.

For more information, contact Sgt. Matt August at 949-724-7023.

Smart Gardening Workshops

Smart Gardening Workshops
Join the University of California Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners for advice on a diverse range of gardening topics. Workshops are free, but registration is required. Click here to register.

April 28 from 6:30-9pm: Chickens produce eggs, but are also excellent composters, weeders and pest control specialists. Course #137453

May 5 from 6:30-9pm: California native plants and other drought resistant varieties are great for gardening and lower water usage. Learn design tips, native plant care and plant profiles. Course #139577

Energy Saving Tip

Energy Saving Tip
Unplug your cell charger when not in use to save energy.
See video:

Support the American Red Cross

Your gift supports the lifesaving mission of the American Red Cross – whether it’s responding to a disaster, collecting lifesaving blood, teaching skills that can save a life or assisting our military members and their families.

Visit or text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10.

Got-a-Minute? Distracted Driver Awareness

Got-a-Minute - Distracted Driver Awareness
April is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month.  The Irvine Police Department would like to share with you some important information about distracted driving.

Every year over 3,000 people are killed and more than 380,000 injured in the U.S. in collisions involving distracted drivers.  These collisions are 100% preventable by simply refraining from common driver distractions.

The most common examples of distracted driving include:

  • Using a smart phone and other hand-held devices
  • Eating and drinking
  • Grooming
  • Talking with passengers
  • Using navigation systems
  • Adjusting the radio

The use of a smart phone is by far the most dangerous distracted driving decision.  Sending or receiving text messages while driving takes the driver’s attention from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds and creates a crash rate 22 times higher than normal driving.  That’s the equivalent of driving the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour blindfolded.

So remember, when it comes to distracted driving, it’s not worth it.  Please keep your attention on the road.

See video:

Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 4th annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament

Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s 4th annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament
The Irvine Public Schools Foundation invites you to the 4th annual Tee It Up For Education Golf Tournament on Monday, May 12, 2014 at Strawberry Farms Golf Club, 11:30 a.m. shotgun start.

Events include:
-Scramble Format
-Helicopter Ball Drop
-Cocktail Reception
-PLUS, all golfers will receive a pair of golf shoes courtesy of Asics!

Not a golfer?  Support our schools by purchasing tickets for the Helicopter Ball Drop and have a chance to win up to $5,000!  You do not need to be present to win.

For more information, visit

Effort to Befriend Vietnamese City Sparks Outrage at Irvine City Council

Effort to Befriend Vietnamese City Sparks Outrage at Irvine Council
Hundreds of Vietnamese Americans attended last Tuesday’s City Council meeting to protest a proposed “friendship agreement” with Nha Trang, Vietnam, saying the idea is disrespectful to the thousands of people who fled from their homeland as Communist forces took over at the end of the Vietnam War.

I am pleased to say that, instead of approving the friendship agreement, the City Council voted 3 to 2 in support of a motion by Councilwoman Christina Shea to make sure potential cities are screened for human rights violations before being proposed as friendship cities.

As part of the motion which was approved, I also proposed that a letter be sent to the Vietnamese consul general stating that the City of Irvine supports “freedom and not communism” and condemns “all human rights violations, holding political prisoners, child trafficking, not allowing full and free media, and not allowing people to worship with freedom.”

Below is an excerpt from a news article in which I’m quoted:

“Let President Obama worry about foreign relations — that’s his job — not here in City Council,” Lalloway said. “And to accept a communist regime as a friendship is insulting to everything we are as Americans.”

To read the entire article, click here.

WALK UNITED on June 29

WALK UNITED on June 29
Register for United Way’s 6th annual WALK UNITED by April 15 and get a discounted early bird rate of $15.  WALK UNITED is a family-friendly community walk at Angel Stadium on Sunday, June 29.

Register TODAY!  For more information, visit

Rabbit Run 5K / Easter Egg Hunt

Rabbit Run 5K Easter Egg Hunt 2

The Rabbit Run 5K is an Easter-themed race staged at picturesque Concordia University.  The course will be full of Easter prizes and eggs.  Every runner will get a Rabbit Run T-shirt, hunt bag and souvenir photo with the Easter Bunny.  Race, run, walk or stroller it.  Age division awards for the fastest runners.  For more information, visit

Concordia University
1530 Condordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

Saturday, April 19, 2014
5K starts at 9 a.m.


Adults: $34
Youth (17 and under): $22
Prices increase race day by $2

Walk for Wishes to be held at Great Park on April 26

walk for wishes
Join the Make-A-Wish Foundation at their 4th annual Walk for Wishes Orange County event on Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 8 a.m. until noon at the Orange County Great Park.

Registration for the walk and festivities is $25 through 5 p.m. April 18.  $40 onsite registration at the event on April 26.  The price includes a Make-A-Wish T-shirt and access to all of the day’s activities. To register, visit

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Founded in 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States.  To learn more, visit  Questions? Call them at 714-573-9474 or email

City of Irvine Summer Camps 50+ different types

The City of Irvine has 50 different summer camps to choose from at several locations in Irvine.  Half day, full day or part-time options available for kids ages 3 to 18.  Types of camps offered include: sports, nature, art, theater, excursions, tennis, engineering, math and more!  To register or for more information, visit or call 949-724-6610.

Registration is open for preschool program offered by IUSD’s Early Childhood Learning Center

Preschool options are available through IUSDRegistration is now open for parents seeking to enroll their children in IUSD’s preschool program for the 2014-15 school year.

The program – open to children ages 3 and 4 who live within the district’s attendance boundaries – is administered by a team of professional educators at IUSD’s Early Childhood Learning Center. A sliding scale is available for income-qualifying families.

Established in 2002, the Early Childhood Learning Center has worked collaboratively with local families to build a world-class learning community, one designed to support each child’s social, emotional and pre-academic needs.

The ECLC campus is located at 1 Smoketree in Irvine. To learn more, visit the center’s website or call 949-936-5890.

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