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.

Conserve Water

Conserve Water
A few simple changes to your water usage can make a big difference in water savings.
Visit to find out ways you can conserve water in your home, garden and workplace.

Earth Day 2015

Earth Day
April 22 marks the 45th anniversary of Earth Day.  In Irvine, our goal is to make Earth Day every day.  Click here to find out how you can make a difference.

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

Parents DO Make a Difference!

Parents DO Make a Difference
When: April 30 from 6–9 p.m.
Where: Irvine Civic Center
We all want the best for our children, but what are the traits that really matter in raising caring, successful and happy kids? Join Dr. Michele Borba, award-winning author of 22 parenting and educational books including “Parents DO Make a Difference,” as she presents practical strategies to help parents improve their child’s behavior, self-esteem, character, attitude and resilience in school and at home. Seating is limited; child care is not provided.

Register online at, course #154401, or call 949-724-6610. Cost is $15 per person for Irvine residents and $20 per person for non-residents. For more information, call 949-724-6632.

Irvine Kiwanis Charity Putting Contest

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The Irvine Kiwanis club will hold their 3rd annual Charity Putting Contest on Saturday, April 25 from 8:30–11 a.m. at the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course located at 1 Ethel Coplen Way.

The cost is $50 per player ($25 for under 12) and all proceeds will benefit local youth programs.  The contest will include prizes for the top three putters, player goodie bags, raffle prizes and a pancake breakfast.

REGISTRATION: Checks payable to Irvine Kiwanis
Mail to: Irvine Kiwanis, 5299 Alton Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604
Questions: Steve Knollmiller (949) 697-9767,
Walk-up players welcome! 

Kitten & Puppy Shower & Open House

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Please help us “shower” our new puppies and kittens with needed supplies. The Irvine Animal Care Center will be accepting donations throughout the month of April and will hold an Open House event on Saturday, April 25 from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

The Open House will include the accepting of donations, toy sales and a chance to learn more about the Irvine Animal Care Center.  ( Event Flyer )

For more information, visit or call 949-724-7740.

Energy Saving Tip

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

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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 new replacement filter free of charge.

Saturday, April 18, 2015
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
O’Reilly Auto Parts
15315 Culver Drive, Suite 170
Irvine, CA 92606

Mobile Office Hours on April 16

On Thursday, April 16, my staff will be hosting Mobile Office Hours in the community from 11 a.m.1 p.m. at Heritage Park Library at 14361 Yale Ave. (located at the corner of Walnut and Yale).

Irvine residents and business owners who wish to discuss city-related issues, ask questions, or share ideas or concerns can stop by and speak with my staff at that time.  Information: 949-300-8301 or

April 14 City Council Meeting

The Irvine City Council will hold its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, April 14 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:

  • Orange County Grand Jury report on human trafficking
  • Adoption of the City of Irvine Active Transportation Plan
  • Consideration of matching sponsorship for Irvine Adult Day Health Services, Inc.

For the complete agenda, click here.

Pet of the Week – Adopt!

Pet of the Week – Adopt!
A new “Pet of the Week” column has begun on the Irvine Animal Care Center’s webpage, which highlights adoptable dogs, cats and rabbits. Visit their webpage at and then visit the Center in person to discover the perfect partner for you.

Earth Day Celebration at Great Park

When: April 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Orange County Great Park’s Farm + Food Lab
Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the benefits of environmental stewardship through hands-on crafts and activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. For more information, visit

Earth Day Hike in Bommer Canyon

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When: April 18 from 9–11:30 a.m.

Celebrate Earth Day (officially April 22) with a fun hike in the wilds of the Irvine Open Space Preserve.  You’ll explore the uniqueness of Bommer Canyon and what makes it such a special place, discussing its past, present and future while enjoying the spectacular views and beautiful trails. This program occurs concurrently with the monthly Wilderness Access Day. The trails will be available for self-guided access from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. Ages 8+.

Bommer Canyon is located at 6400 Shady Canyon Drive in Irvine. For more information, visit

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.

Survive and Thrive 5K Run/Walk

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The 11th annual Crime Survivors Survive & Thrive 5K Run/Walk will take place on Saturday, April 25 at Mason Regional Park, 18712 University Drive in Irvine.

All proceeds will benefit Crime Survivors, a group that provides assistance to crime victims.

• 7 a.m. – Registration Begins
• 8:15 a.m. – Warm Up
• 8:30 a.m. – Special Guest Presentations
• 8:45 a.m. – Survivors Dove Release
• 9 a.m. – Run / Walk
• 7 a.m.-noon: Health & Safety Expo

To register or for more information, visit

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