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.
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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.
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.
The City of Irvine, in partnership with Assemblyman Allan Mansoor and the Contractors State License Board, will host a Senior Scam Stopper seminar on Friday, April 26 from 3-5 p.m. at the Lakeview Senior Center, 20 Lake Road in Irvine.
Learn from the experts from a variety of local, state and federal agencies how to protect yourself from fraud relating to home repair, mail, finances, identity theft, auto repair, Medicare and more. Seniors, their families and caregivers are welcome to attend this free seminar. (Event Flier)
For more information, call 949-724-6685 or visit seniorscamstopper.com.
The City of Irvine will host “Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline,” a workshop geared toward parents of children from infants to 12 years, on Thursday, April 25 from 6-9 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.
Based on the book by Becky Bailey, Ph.D., award-winning author and renowned teacher who specializes in early childhood education and developmental psychology, the workshop is designed to empower parents with the social and emotional tools necessary to meet their children’s developmental needs and teach them the interpersonal skills necessary for lifelong success.
Seating is limited. Register online at irvinequickreg.org, course #127190, or call 949-724-6610. Cost is $10 per person for Irvine residents and $20 per person for non-residents. For more information, call 949-724-6632.
Want to do something cool after school? Learn the basic skills of lacrosse such as, stick handling, passing, shooting, teamwork and basic rules of the game. Organized by the City of Irvine Middle School Program. Middle school students only.
Dates: Tuesdays & Thursdays, April 23 – May 16
Class ID#/ School/ Practice Time:
#126736 Lakeside 3:05-4:30 p.m.
#126739 Rancho 3:05-4:30 p.m.
#126737 Sierra Vista 2:35-4:00 p.m.
#126738 South Lake 2:40-4:00 p.m.
#126740 Venado 2:35-4:00 p.m.
#126741 *Plaza Vista 3:05-4:30 p.m.
#126742 *Vista Verde 3:05-4:30 p.m.
*Plaza Vista practices at Lakeside and Vista Verde practices at Rancho. Transportation not provided.
To register, visit www.irvinequickreg.org. For more information, visit www.irvinemsp.org or call 949-724-6744.
Have you taken a great photo of Irvine? Submit it to our Resident Photography Program! We are seeking photos of people enjoying Irvine’s open space and parks, children and adults partaking in one of the many classes and programs offered through the City, families enjoying themselves at City-sponsored events, beautiful cityscapes of Irvine and more! For more information, click here.
April is Earthquake Preparedness Month and the Irvine Police Department Office of Emergency Management would like to encourage Irvine residents to be prepared by making a family plan, stockpiling emergency supplies and knowing how to stay connected to the City. Taking these simple steps will go a long way during an earthquake or other emergency.
Start by assembling a supply kit that is tailored to your family’s needs; develop a plan of action for meeting up with and communicating with family members; register your home and cell phones with the City’s iAlert system to receive emergency alerts and information; listen to 1640AM during an emergency for live updates, follow the City on Twitter and Facebook; and take a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course offered by the City. For more emergency preparedness information, visit cityofirvine.org/prepare.
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The City of Irvine will host a free “Autism Education: Understanding and Teaching the Visual Learner with Technology” forum for educators, therapists and other professionals on Thursday, May 9 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at the Irvine Civic Center.
Presented by Dr. Howard Shane, a pioneer in augmentative and alternative communication from Harvard Medical School and founder of Children’s Hospital, Boston’s Autism Language Program, the presentation will focus on the benefits of using technology-based solutions to enhance learning and communication skills for children on the autism spectrum.
Admission is free; however seating is limited. Register online at irvinequickreg.org (class #127320) or call 949-724-6610. For additional program information, call 949-724-6690.
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 irvinecamps.org or call 949-724-6610.
The City of Irvine recently became a member of the Association of California Cities, Orange County (ACC-OC). Here I am presenting ACC-OC CEO Lacy Kelly with the City of Irvine’s plaque for the “Wall of Cities.”
ACC-OC serves as a vital resource for municipal staff and elected officials, a strong voice for Orange County’s cities and a hub for good public policy.
Energy Upgrade California is a one-stop shop for home improvement projects that lower your energy use. Being held on Thursday, April 4 from 6–8 p.m., this free workshop is presented by the City of Irvine, Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas Company. Includes a meet and greet with participating contractors.
To register, visit www.irvinequickreg.org and sign up for course #123810.
On Tuesday, April 2 from 1–2:30 p.m., kids ages 5-8 can learn how to help the environment in this free educational and interactive program that teaches kids about recycling, pollution prevention and more. Parent participation required.
To register, visit www.irvinequickreg.org and sign up for course #123987.
The City of Irvine and Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee are accepting items through April 1 for care packages to be delivered in May to Marines returning from Afghanistan. In 2007, the City adopted the 2nd Battalion, 11th Marine Regiment (“2/11 Marines”) based in Camp Pendleton. Each year, the Committee prepares packages for nearly 175 of the battalion’s single Marines, many of whom return to empty barracks and no family to welcome them home. (Flyer)
The public is encouraged to donate towels, washcloths and men’s body wash/shower gel (AXE and Dove brands are preferred as all Marines returning this May are male). Welcome home notes and cards are also encouraged. Drop off locations include: Irvine Civic Center, Orange County Great Park Visitor Center and Woodbridge Village Association (31 Creek Road).
For more information, call 949-588-8014 or visit irvine211marines.org.
The public is invited to attend either of two workshops on the City of Irvine’s Housing Element update – March 13 at 9:30 a.m. or March 19 at 5:30 p.m. Both workshops are being held at the Irvine Civic Center. The update will establish the City’s housing goals and policies through June 30, 2021. (Workshop Flyer)
For more information, contact Amy Mullay, Senior Planner at 949-724-7454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.