Halloween Safety Tips

There are lots of simple ways to help keep your kids safe on Halloween, when accidents and injuries are more likely to occur. Check out the safety tips below provided by the Irvine Police Department.

Have a safe Halloween!

Halloween Safety Tips

Trade-In Your Halloween Candy for Cash

Irvine Children’s Dentistry invites kids to turn in their Halloween candy for a nice cash prize on Saturday, Nov. 1 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.  Children will receive $1 for every pound of candy that they donate, with a maximum of 5 lbs. per child.

In addition, the first 100 kids will receive a goody bag with a new toothbrush and toys. All of the candy collected will be sent in care packages to our troops overseas.

Visit childrensdentistry.com for more information, or call 949-786-0800.  Irvine Children’s Dentistry is at 18124 Culver Drive, Suite E.

Art Programs for Adults

Art Programs for Adults Irvine Fine Arts Center offers a wide variety of hands-on activities for people with diverse interests and backgrounds:

  • Ceramics & sculpture
  • Culinary arts
  • Drawing and painting
  • Jewelry and glass
  • Print making
  • Photography

For more information, visit irvinefinearts.org or call 949-724-6880.

Trick or Treat Event for Kids, Ages 2-6 on Oct. 31

Trick or Treat Event for Kids, Ages 2-6 on Oct. 31
Bring your little ghouls and goblins to the Lakeview Senior Center for a morning of Halloween fun on Friday, October 31 from 9-11 a.m. Featuring special trick-or-treat stations, snacks and Halloween activities, this annual event is a safe and spooktacular way to celebrate. Pre-registration is recommended. Walk-ups accepted while supplies last. Preschools and organizations must pre-register. Cost: $2 per child; ages 2-6. More info: 949-724-6900. (Event Flyer)

Register online at irvinequickreg.org (#144747) or call 949-724-6610. The center is at 20 Lake Road (corner of Alton & Lake) in Irvine.

Pumpkinmania! Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Contest on Oct. 26

Pumpkinmania! Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off and Contest on Oct. 27
Pumpkin growers from all over California and beyond will be competing at the 2013 Pumpkinmania! Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off & Contest on Sunday, October 26 at Tanaka Farms, 5380 University Drive in Irvine. Registration will be held from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m., with the weigh-off beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Competitors will be vying for $1,800 in prize money. Categories include: Biggest Pumpkin, Best Color, Funniest Shape, Unluckiest Pumpkin Grower, Most Experienced Grower, Youngest Grower and more.

Admission is free. For more information, visit www.pumpkinmania.blogspot.com.

Halloween Haunted House

Boot Hill Haunted House rises from the fog for its 15th year to haunt the residence at 16 Goldenrod in Irvine. The unearthly spirits from the old west town of Bridgewood will materialize and transform the residence at 16 Goldenrod into the old church and cemetery that once occupied this hallowed ground.

Come if you dare…but beware the ghost of Jedediah Smith, who has been known to roam through the decaying grounds of Boot Hill, exacting revenge on all who cross his path!

Oct. 24-26, Oct. 30 and Nov. 1 from 7-10 p.m.
Halloween from 6:30-10:30 p.m.

Free to all, but donations are accepted with proceeds going to CHOC, Children’s Hospital of Orange County. For more information, visit legendofboothill.com or call 818-633-0300.

Pumpkin Pickin’ & Carvin’ at Bommer Canyon Community Park

On Wednesday, October 29 from 6-8 p.m., enjoy tasty snacks and delicious hot chocolate while you create your own masterpiece with helpful patterns and suggestions from staff. Pumpkin Pickin' & Carvin' at Bommer Canyon Community Park

$18 per family includes one pumpkin; additional pumpkins $5 each. If registering online, click on the ‘Details’ button under costs prior to check out to add pumpkins. Ages 2+.

Register online at irvinequickreg.org (#136697) or call 949-724-6610.

Cash for Bottles and Cans

Most beverages packaged in aluminum, glass and plastic containers are part of the California Refund Value program (marked with “CRV” or “CA Cash Refund”).  Rather than throw away your pocket change, redeem the California Refund Value from your empty beverage containers at one of these locations:

  • Albertsons, 4541 Campus Dr., Irvine, 949-854-8282
  • 99 Ranch Supermarket, 15333 Culver Dr., Suite 800, Irvine, 909-981-8978
  • 99 Ranch Supermarket, 5402 Walnut Ave., Irvine, 909-981-8978
  • Waste Management Recycling Center, 16122 Construction Circle East, Irvine, 949-642-1191 – Hours: Tues.–Sat., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Closed Sundays, Mondays and major holidays)

Cash for Bottles and CansIf you don’t want to redeem your CRV, be sure to RECYCLE your beverage containers in your recycling cart.  You can recycle all plastic containers (marked #1-7), all glass bottles and jars, aluminum and tin cans, paper, magazines, junk mail, cardboard, drink cartons, and more in your recycling cart.  For a list of accepted recyclables, click here.

Sports Clinics for Kids Ages 3-5

Half-Pint T-Ball – Saturdays, Oct. 25-Nov. 15, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at Turtle Rock Community Park, Course #144471
Batter up! Introduction to the basic skills and techniques of catching, throwing and batting. Class will stress hand-eye coordination, team strategies and cooperative play. Bring water bottle and glove; wear tennis shoes. Parent participation required. Ages 3-5. Cost $45.

Half-Pint Hoops – Saturdays, Nov. 1-22, 10-11 a.m. at Heritage Park Community Center, Course #145081
Look out NBA, here come the half-pint hoopsters! Geared for energetic youngsters using pre-school sized equipment, fun drills and games. Ages 3-5. Cost $45.

Half-Pint Soccer – Saturdays, Nov. 1-22, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. at Woodbury Community Park, Course #140982
Pass, shoot, score! This is an Introduction to the basic skills and techniques of soccer shooting, dribbling and passing. Class will stress cooperative play and fun! Bring water bottle and wear shin guards and tennis shoes; ball optional. Parent participation required. Ages 3-5. Cost $45.

Register online at irvinequickreg.org or call 949-724-6610. Heritage Park Community Center is at 14301 Yale Ave. in Irvine. For more information, call 949-724-6750.

Senior Resource Expo – Oct. 25

Senior Resource Expo - Oct. 25
The City of Irvine will host a Senior Resource Expo on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m.-noon at the Lakeview Senior Center.
More than 50 exhibitors will be onsite showcasing products, services and information related to wellness, safety, nutrition, long term care and assisted living options. The event will also feature demonstrations, health-related screenings and product samplings. Free flu vaccines will be provided by Hoag Hospital for seniors 50+.
For more information, visit irvineseniors.org or call 949-724-6908.  The center is at 20 Lake Road.

Farmers Market at the Orange County Great Park

Farmers Market at the Orange County Great ParkEvery Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Free parking and admission.  Shop for a variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.

The Orange County Great Park Farmers Market also features handcrafted artisan products, live entertainment and gourmet food trucks.  Follow the signs from Sand Canyon and Marine Way.

For more information, visit www.ocgp.org.

Great California ShakeOut on Oct. 16

Drop, Cover and Hold On
Over nine million people will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:17 a.m. on October 16 during the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill.  Knowing what to do during an earthquake is vital in Southern California.  In most situations, you will reduce your chance of injury if you:

DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!)
• Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

If there isn’t a table or desk near you, drop to the ground in an inside corner of the building and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not try to run to another room just to get under a table.

Myth: “Head for the Doorway”
For years people were told that a doorway is the safest place to be during an earthquake. In truth, doorways are no stronger than any other part of a house. You are safer under a table.

For more information, visit www.shakeout.org.

Bicycle Safety Tips

Bicycle Safety Tips

  • Buy a bike that is the right size, not one your child has to “grow into.”  Oversized bikes are especially dangerous.
  • Your child needs to wear a helmet on every bike ride, no matter how short or how close to home. Many accidents happen in driveways, on sidewalks and on bike paths–not just on streets.
  • Buy a helmet that meets the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) safety standards. Look for the CPSC sticker when purchasing a helmet.
  • Be seen by wearing bright clothing and attach reflectors to bicycles.
  • Don’t let loose clothing such as pant legs and skirts or back pack straps hang near the chain.
  • Always ride in the same direction as traffic, stop at all stop signs and obey all traffic signals. Young children may ride on sidewalks.
  • For more bicycle safety information, contact Sgt. Matt August at 949-724-7023. Or visit cityofirvine.org/bikeways.

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Register to Vote by Oct. 20

Did you know you can sign up online to become a registered voter for the November 4 election?  The deadline to register is October 20.

Visit www.ocvote.com and sign up today!

Irvine is Best Place to Live in California

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Money Magazine has ranked Irvine as the top city in California, and #14 in the nation, in its annual cover story, “Best Places to Live in America.”

Here’s what Money Magazine had to say about Irvine:

This SoCal city appears on our list year after year, thanks to its strong economy – more than 100 companies are headquartered in Irvine – incredible schools, and acres of green space. The city boasts more than 54 miles of bike paths and 20,000 acres of parks and preserves. Then there’s another little perk: The Pacific Ocean is just 10 miles away.

One of the largest master-planned communities in the country, the city is organized around 24 “villages,” complete with parks, pools and shopping centers. READ MORE

Are You Recycling All You Can?

Please be sure that your recyclables go into the recycling cart with the gray lid (curbside service) or into the gray dumpster (multi-family complex). Recyclable items include: paper, plastic, glass and metal.

Most Irvine residents with curbside cart service also have green cart with a green lid to recycle green waste, such as grass, leaves, garden trimmings, branches, brush, wood chips and other garden clippings.

Since 1989, the City of Irvine has been at the forefront of recycling and sustainability efforts. Last year, Irvine diverted over 70% of its waste from landfills.

For more information about household recycling, call the Irvine Recycles Hotline at 949-724-7669 or click here. Also sign up for our eco-Newsletter and join us on the City’s Facebook page to stay up to date on events, programs, and everything GREEN in the City of Irvine.

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