Help Shape the Future of Irvine’s Community Programs! Take Our Resident Activity Survey Today!

The City of Irvine, through the Community Services Department, is conducting a Resident Activity Survey about recreational activities offered to the community.

Results from the survey will be used to assess how City activities and programs meet the needs of the community, and how the City can continue to accommodate future needs.

We value input from the community and welcome you to take this important survey.

Questions cover City activities that you and members of your household may have participated in, and those you might want to see offered in the future.

The survey may be taken in English, Chinese, Korean, Persian, Spanish or Vietnamese.

Share your feedback and take the online survey here!

For questions, contact 949-724-6156.

Help shape the future of Irvine programs and take our survey today!

Join Irvine Senior Services for a Twilight Holiday Social!

Join Irvine Senior Services at Trabuco Senior Center on Thursday, December 13, 2018, from 2:30pm – 4:30pm for an evening of holiday cheer, including hor d’oeuvres, entertainment, and pictures with Santa.

Event fee is $7 per person; register online at

For more information, visit or call 949-724-7300.

We all know that Irvine is a great city for young families, but Irvine is for seniors, too!

Irvine’s strategic plan addresses the needs of all our community members — children, youth, families — and seniors.

Irvine’s Senior Centers — Lakeview Senior Center, Rancho Senior Center, and Trabuco Senior Center — provide a tremendous variety of social, recreational, and wellness programs for seniors, including health, nutrition and outreach services through community collaborations.

For more information on assistance programs, support groups, transportation services and more, visit the Senior Services Resources & Services page.

Irvine’s Public Libraries: I Need Your Input!

Irvine has three libraries that are managed through in agreement with Orange County Public Libraries.  These are the Katie Wheeler Library, the Heritage Park Library, and the University Park Library. Irvine taxpayers pay for the maintenance and operation of these libraries.

As the daughter of a librarian, a member of the Irvine City Council, and as Irvine’s representative on the Library Advisory Board (LAB) of Orange County Library System, I have been very concerned about the conditions and quality of the public libraries in Irvine.

This past summer, I assigned my interns to research our public libraries and make a report on the status of libraries.  Among the many problems noted in the report were overcrowding, inadequate work space, and lack of amenities.

Something must be done.

Irvine residents need and deserve a public library system that is modern, well-maintained and inviting, with a multitude of amenities and programs for students, seniors, and the entire community.

Going forward, I would like your input.

Do you use the public libraries in Irvine?

What problems do you see?

What suggestions do you have?

Please let me know at

Please forward this post to others who are interested in improving our public libraries in Irvine.



I made this blog post partly to test whether Irvine residents really want improved libraries, with awareness that every improvement has a cost and that financial realities must always be taken into account. What I’ve found is that there is tremendous interest in improving our libraries, and that — like me — residents believe that our relationship with the County regarding our libraries is not positive for Irvine. I have also been impressed with the ideas that residents have put forward regarding the kinds of libraries and library services we need in the digital age. Please keep your comments coming — preferably to my City Council email address at (even if you’ve also commented online). Thanks!

Happy Martin Luther King Day: National Day of Service

Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, What are you doing for others?” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Everybody can be great … because anybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love.” — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service.

Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”  It calls for Americans from all walks of life to work together to provide solutions to our most pressing national and community problems.

There are many opportunities for service in Irvine.

Click here to see our City of Irvine website special section on volunteer opportunities.

Among the many Irvine organizations that need volunteer service are: the Irvine Animal Care Center, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Farm + Food Lab at the Great Park, Irvine Fine Arts Center, the Irvine Global Village Festival, Heritage and Aviation Exhibition-Orange County Great Park, High School Youth Action Team, Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, Irvine Disaster Emergency Communications (IDEC), Meals on Wheels, Senior Center, and the Turtle Rock Nature Center and Irvine Open Space Preserve.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to give back to our community and directly help those in need.

In addition, Irvine Gives is a comprehensive online resource to help locate the giving opportunities you seek.

If you want to donate time, money or materials, clicking on Irvine Gives is a great place to start.

Thank you for your service to our community!

Come to the Irvine Animal Care Center’s “Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption Fair!

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On Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, the Irvine Animal Care Center will host its 7th Annual “Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption Fair, featuring more than 500 animals for adoption from more than 40 animal shelters and rescue organizations.

All animals are spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped. There will also be vendors, low-cost microchips, a silent auction, food trucks and an opportunity drawing.

Sponsors include PetSmart and PetSmart Charities, Irvine Subaru, ASPCA, Pedigree,,  the Orange County Register, Lunar Pages Web Hosting, Komfy Pet Products, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, Delca Corp., and Irvine Veterinary Services.

Parking is free and admission is just $1.

The Irvine Animal Center is located at 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, California 92618.

I hope to see you there!

What: 7th Annual Irvine Animal Care Center “Home for the Holidays” Pet Adoption Fair
Where: Irvine Animal Care Center, 6443 Oak Canyon, Irvine, California 92618.
When: Sunday, December 8, 2013, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

For more information, contact the Center at 949-724-7740

About the Irvine Animal Care Center

The Irvine Animal Care Center is a pioneering, progressive, and innovative municipal animal shelter that continually strives to strengthen the human-animal bond and improve the welfare of animals by promoting their humane care and treatment.  The Center’s 3.73 acre, park-like facility cares for thousands of homeless, neglected and abused animals every year.  All animals in their care receive veterinary care, high-quality food, soft bedding and daily socialization.

The mission of the Irvine Animal Care Center is to provide a safe, clean, caring and enriching environment that meets the high standards of our community and provides the community a resource of trained and knowledgeable staff and volunteers; place all adoptable animals into permanent, loving, responsible pet homes and reunites owner-identified animals with their owners; and promote human responsibility for companion animals.

Click here to learn more about the Center’s adoption program.

Click here to see the dogs, cats, rabbits and other animals available for adoption.

Irvine Animal Care Center’s Hours of Operation:
Weekdays: Noon-7:00 pm
Weekends: 10:00 am -5:00 pm
Closed Tuesdays & Holidays
Note: Adoptions stop one hour prior to closing.

The Irvine Animal Care Center is also home to several innovative special programs.  These programs are funded by donations and would not be possible without your help.  Special programs include:

Extended Care: Animals awaiting their forever home for more than 45 days are part of the Center’s Extended Care program. The City provides basic care for Irvine animals for 45 days. After 45 days, it costs the Center $6.75 per animal per day. Most animals are adopted in less than 45 days, but there are some that take a bit longer to find that special new family. As with all adoptable animals, they will remain at the Center until they find a home.

Third Chance for Pets: This program transfers animals from overcrowded Southern California shelters where they may have limited chances for adoption, and brings them to the Irvine Animal Care Center for a chance at finding their forever home. Over the years the program has expanded to include rescuing animals from hoarders and disaster situations. Since these animals come from outside of Irvine, their care is funded through donations from the day they arrive at the Center.  Why the name Third Chance?  Their first home was their first chance, the shelter they were brought to was their second chance, and the Center is their Third Chance. Since inception 15 years ago, the Center has accepted more than 7,400 animals into the program.

Enhanced Care: The Irvine Animal Care Center occasionally receives animals that have been injured, neglected or need additional medical treatment. The Enhanced Care program funds the treatment these animals need to become healthy and adoptable.

Seniors Helping Seniors: If you are age 62 or older, you may be eligible to adopt a senior animal for free through the Seniors Helping Seniors program. The age an animal becomes a senior varies, so adopters can look for a green “senior” stamp on a kennel card to quickly identify the Center’s senior animals. Senior animals available for adoption may also be viewed here.

Foster Program: The Center is fortunate to have the support of caring volunteers who foster animals not yet old enough to be placed for adoption and those recovering from medical ailments. Foster supplies, such as powdered KMR and ESBILAC formulas, nurser bottles, gram scales, carriers and blankets are needed year round, with the largest need during the spring and summer (kitten season). For more information on how to become a foster parent, click here.

Donating to the Irvine Animal Care Center

We are so fortunate to have the Irvine Animal Center in our community!  Please consider contributing and/or volunteering. Making donations to the Irvine Animal Care Center is easy and available online.

What does your donation to Irvine Animal Care Center mean for the Center’s animals?

$500 covers medical expenses for an abandoned pet.
$250 covers dental surgery for a needy animal.
$100 provides supplies for a litter of orphaned kittens and puppies.
$50 covers the cost of special dietary foods for two weeks.
$20 feeds a litter of unweaned kittens for 10 days.
$10 provides fresh vegetables to 10 rabbits for one week.

Volunteer opportunities are also available.

The Irvine Animal Care Center is proud to have the support of more than 400 dedicated volunteers. Center volunteers support staff in implementing the mission, vision and programs of the Irvine Animal Care Center. Volunteers assist staff with a variety of tasks, including cleaning kennels, doing laundry, feeding, assisting the public and socializing adoptable animals. Areas of volunteer service include dogs, cats and rabbits, farm, front office and education.

Thank you and a very Happy Holidays to all the Irvine Animal Care Center’s dedicated staff and terrific volunteers!