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Author: Marilyn Vassos

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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CultureCorner: Stop Hunger Now

My column this time is about an organization that promotes a different kind of “culture” — what I call a “Culture of Volunteerism and Generosity.” Imagine this: 50 people packaging 10,000 meals in just two hours.  STOP HUNGER NOW is an organization that coordinates volunteers who are ready to work for a couple of hours packaging healthful meals for people in need around the world. On Veterans Day, Nov. 11th, Women For: Orange County provided the volunteers to participate in just such an event at IRWD’s “Duck Club” in Irvine. There we were, 50 of us who donated $25...

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Culture Corner: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI)

You may have heard the word OLLI and wondered if it was the latest fast food place in Irvine.  Or, perhaps the title of a popular new book.  Or a new singing sensation.  Well, interesting guesses aside, OLLI is an acronym for Osher Lifelong Learning Institute — an amazing Irvine cultural treasure. Bernard Osher, a resident of San Francisco, was interested in education for the “more mature” among us — in other words, older people.  So, Osher generously founded and funded what has become a truly remarkable organization, the aptly named Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Here in Irvine, in...

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    American Mah Jong

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    Join the weekly Mah Jong game every Monday from 9:30 AM until noon at the Rancho Senior Center.For more information, call (949) 724-6800.
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    Rancho Senior Center
    3 Ethel Coplen Way
    Irvine, CA 92612

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    City Council Meeting

    Tuesday, Feb 28, 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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    Bunco at the Rancho Senior Center

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    Join the monthly Bunco game at the Rancho Senior Center. The first Wednesday of the month from noon to 3:00 PM.
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    3 Ethel Coplen Way
    Irvine, CA 92612

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    Join the monthly Bunco game at the Rancho Senior C...

  • Certified Organic Farmers Market

    Sunday, Feb 26, 2017 -

    Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm

    Sundays at the Orange County Great Park are headlined by the fresh produce and fun at our Certified Farmers Market. Every week, rain or shine, the Great Park Certified Farmers Market features fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted artisan products, live music and entertainment, and a selection of gourmet food trucks. Rain or shine.
    Thumbnail Image

    Location


    Orange County Great Park
    6950 Marine Way
    Irvine, CA 92618

    Event Fees:


    American Mah Jong

    Monday, Feb 27, 2017 -

    Time: 9:30am - 12:00pm

    Join the weekly Mah Jong game every Monday from 9:30 AM until noon at the Rancho Senior Center. For more information, call (949) 724-6800.
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    Location


    Rancho Senior Center
    3 Ethel Coplen Way
    Irvine, CA 92612

    Event Fees:


    City Council Meeting

    Tuesday, Feb 28, 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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