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Author: Marilyn Vassos

CultureCorner: A Whale of a Tale

You may have asked yourself what happened to A Whale of a Tale Children’s Bookshoppe that, for many years, was located at the UCI Town Center, across from UCI. Did it swim away?  Was it captured by Moby Dick?  Or, was its new home Sea World in San Diego? Rest assured, A Whale of a Tale can be found at Irvine Oak Plaza, right here in Irvine — at the corner of Alton and Laguna Canyon. Yes, Alexandra Uhi is still the owner, and she is as excited as ever about children reading books.  I visited Alex at the bookstore,...

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CultureCorner: A Book Group For You

A Book Group for You Have you ever wanted to be part of a book group…but you weren’t sure if you wanted to make the commitment?  If so, this might be the answer for you. The beautiful Newport Beach Public Library hosts a monthly book group meeting — and you are welcome to attend, even if you haven’t read the book!  The Library is located just a few miles away. Here are the upcoming books — and the dates of the group meetings: March 8 – The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie. This is a book about love and...

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Impressive in Irvine: Orange County: A Literary Field Guide

Andrew Tonkovich and Lisa Alvarez are co-editors of a remarkable anthology, which they have entitled, ORANGE COUNTY: A Literary Field Guide.  Tonkovich edits the West Coast literary journal Santa Monica Review and hosts Bibliocracy Radio, a weekly books show on KPFK (90.7 FM).  He teaches writing at UC Irvine, where he is the president of the union representing librarians and lecturers.  His wife and co-editor, Lisa Alvarez, is a teacher at Irvine Valley College. For the benefit of ICNV readers, we asked Andrew Tonkovich to prepare a brief description of ORANGE COUNTY: A Literary Field Guide.  We are pleased...

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CultureCorner: A Cultural Event

I am taking this CultureCorner opportunity to offer a public service announcement that I hope will be of interest to many of our readers.  On Wednesday, February 22nd, you are invited to the Women For: Orange County open meeting — an 11am mid-day cultural event at Irvine’s iconic “Duck Club,” located along the San Diego Creek, at 15 Riparian View, Irvine. (Enter off of Campus Drive.) Join us for two outstanding cultural presentations.  Andrew Tonkovich and Lisa Alvarez, both instructors at UCI, have written a first-of-its-kind anthology, ORANGE COUNTY:  A Literary Field Guide  — a literary review of the...

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CultureCorner: Step Back in Time at Irvine Historical Museum

Take an enjoyable step back in time…with a visit to the Irvine Historical Museum, located next to the Rancho San Joaquin Golf Course. From the moment you enter the Historical Museum, you’ll find yourself surrounded by photos and mementos from the early days of the Irvine Ranch. A docent will be there to guide you on your trip back into the history of Irvine. The Irvine Historical Museum, originally built as a house in 1869, is the oldest structure on the Irvine Ranch. Although James Irvine lived in San Francisco, he needed a place to stay when he visited...

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  • Monday, Apr 24, 2017 -

    Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

    Enjoy the company of good friends while singing catchy tunes around a piano. Music selections are seasonal.Lakeview Senior CenterMondays 10:30-11:30am. FreeInfo: 949-724-6900
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    Lakeview Senior Center
    20 Lake Road
    Irvine, CA 92604

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    City Council Meeting

    Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 -

    Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Irvine City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber, Irvine City Hall (One Civic Center Plaza, corner of Alton and Harvard).Regular sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. with a possible recess prior to 5:00 p.m., to discuss matters under Closed Session.  Presentations follow at 5:00 p.m., as well as any other matters of business which were not acted upon prior to 5:00 p.m.Irvine City Council meetings are open to the public with the exception of Closed Session Meetings (when legal and personnel matters are discussed).Irvine residents can watch council meetings on Cox Channel 30.Click here to view agendas.
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    City Council Chamber
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

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    Teen Advisory Board

    Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 -

    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss and plan library activities and to help the library keep up with teen trends.  Drop-ins always welcome.  Meets in the Community Room.4-6pm.Info: 949-936-4040

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    Irvine Heritage Park Community Room
    14361 Yale Ave
    Irvine, CA 92604

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    Birds of Fremont Canyon

    Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 -

    Time: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Join us in Fremont Canyon as we observe the many species of birds that call it home. A wide variety of birds can be seen, such as California Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner, Western Scrub Jay, California Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk and many others. Please bring your binoculars if you have them, though some will be available for use. Be ready to slowly walk along the trails to observe the birds of Fremont Canyon. If time allows we may also look for warblers and tanagers in Irvine Regional Park.Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.8-11am. Registration Required.Info: LetsGoOutside.org
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    Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

    Fremont Canyon, California 92869

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  • City Council Meeting

    Irvine City Council meetings are held the second a...

  • Monday, Apr 24, 2017 -

    Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

    Enjoy the company of good friends while singing catchy tunes around a piano. Music selections are seasonal.Lakeview Senior CenterMondays 10:30-11:30am. FreeInfo: 949-724-6900
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    Lakeview Senior Center
    20 Lake Road
    Irvine, CA 92604

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    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
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    City Council Meeting

    Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 -

    Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Irvine City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber, Irvine City Hall (One Civic Center Plaza, corner of Alton and Harvard).Regular sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. with a possible recess prior to 5:00 p.m., to discuss matters under Closed Session.  Presentations follow at 5:00 p.m., as well as any other matters of business which were not acted upon prior to 5:00 p.m.Irvine City Council meetings are open to the public with the exception of Closed Session Meetings (when legal and personnel matters are discussed).Irvine residents can watch council meetings on Cox Channel 30.Click here to view agendas.
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    City Council Chamber
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

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    Teen Advisory Board

    Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 -

    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss and plan library activities and to help the library keep up with teen trends.  Drop-ins always welcome.  Meets in the Community Room.4-6pm.Info: 949-936-4040

    Location


    Irvine Heritage Park Community Room
    14361 Yale Ave
    Irvine, CA 92604

    Event Fees:


    Birds of Fremont Canyon

    Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 -

    Time: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Join us in Fremont Canyon as we observe the many species of birds that call it home. A wide variety of birds can be seen, such as California Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner, Western Scrub Jay, California Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk and many others. Please bring your binoculars if you have them, though some will be available for use. Be ready to slowly walk along the trails to observe the birds of Fremont Canyon. If time allows we may also look for warblers and tanagers in Irvine Regional Park.Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.8-11am. Registration Required.Info: LetsGoOutside.org
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    Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

    Fremont Canyon, California 92869

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  • Teen Advisory Board

    TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets on the second and ...

  • Monday, Apr 24, 2017 -

    Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

    Enjoy the company of good friends while singing catchy tunes around a piano. Music selections are seasonal.Lakeview Senior CenterMondays 10:30-11:30am. FreeInfo: 949-724-6900
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    Lakeview Senior Center
    20 Lake Road
    Irvine, CA 92604

    Event Fees:



    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@rvinecommunitynewsandviews.org

    City Council Meeting

    Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 -

    Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Irvine City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber, Irvine City Hall (One Civic Center Plaza, corner of Alton and Harvard).Regular sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. with a possible recess prior to 5:00 p.m., to discuss matters under Closed Session.  Presentations follow at 5:00 p.m., as well as any other matters of business which were not acted upon prior to 5:00 p.m.Irvine City Council meetings are open to the public with the exception of Closed Session Meetings (when legal and personnel matters are discussed).Irvine residents can watch council meetings on Cox Channel 30.Click here to view agendas.
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    City Council Chamber
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

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    Teen Advisory Board

    Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 -

    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss and plan library activities and to help the library keep up with teen trends.  Drop-ins always welcome.  Meets in the Community Room.4-6pm.Info: 949-936-4040

    Location


    Irvine Heritage Park Community Room
    14361 Yale Ave
    Irvine, CA 92604

    Event Fees:


    Birds of Fremont Canyon

    Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 -

    Time: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Join us in Fremont Canyon as we observe the many species of birds that call it home. A wide variety of birds can be seen, such as California Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner, Western Scrub Jay, California Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk and many others. Please bring your binoculars if you have them, though some will be available for use. Be ready to slowly walk along the trails to observe the birds of Fremont Canyon. If time allows we may also look for warblers and tanagers in Irvine Regional Park.Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve.8-11am. Registration Required.Info: LetsGoOutside.org
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    Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

    Fremont Canyon, California 92869

    Event Fees:


  • Birds of Fremont Canyon

    Join us in Fremont Canyon as we observe the many s...

  • Monday, Apr 24, 2017 -

    Time: 10:30am - 11:30am

    Enjoy the company of good friends while singing catchy tunes around a piano. Music selections are seasonal. Lakeview Senior Center Mondays 10:30-11:30am. Free Info: 949-724-6900
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    Location


    Lakeview Senior Center
    20 Lake Road
    Irvine, CA 92604

    Event Fees:



    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@rvinecommunitynewsandviews.org

    City Council Meeting

    Tuesday, Apr 25, 2017 -

    Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Irvine City Council meetings are held the second and fourth Tuesday of each month in the City Council Chamber, Irvine City Hall (One Civic Center Plaza, corner of Alton and Harvard). Regular sessions begin at 4:00 p.m. with a possible recess prior to 5:00 p.m., to discuss matters under Closed Session.  Presentations follow at 5:00 p.m., as well as any other matters of business which were not acted upon prior to 5:00 p.m. Irvine City Council meetings are open to the public with the exception of Closed Session Meetings (when legal and personnel matters are discussed). Irvine residents can watch council meetings on Cox Channel 30. Click here to view agendas.
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    City Council Chamber
    1 Civic Center Plaza
    Irvine, CA 92606

    Event Fees:


    Teen Advisory Board

    Wednesday, Apr 26, 2017 -

    Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    TAB (Teen Advisory Board) meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month to discuss and plan library activities and to help the library keep up with teen trends.  Drop-ins always welcome.  Meets in the Community Room. 4-6pm. Info: 949-936-4040

    Location


    Irvine Heritage Park Community Room
    14361 Yale Ave
    Irvine, CA 92604

    Event Fees:


    Birds of Fremont Canyon

    Thursday, Apr 27, 2017 -

    Time: 8:00am - 11:00am

    Join us in Fremont Canyon as we observe the many species of birds that call it home. A wide variety of birds can be seen, such as California Gnatcatcher, Cactus Wren, Greater Roadrunner, Western Scrub Jay, California Towhee, Red-tailed Hawk and many others. Please bring your binoculars if you have them, though some will be available for use. Be ready to slowly walk along the trails to observe the birds of Fremont Canyon. If time allows we may also look for warblers and tanagers in Irvine Regional Park. Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve. 8-11am. Registration Required. Info: LetsGoOutside.org
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    Fremont Canyon Nature Preserve

    Fremont Canyon, California 92869

    Event Fees:


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