Nonprofit Founded by Local High Schoolers Teaches Computer Coding to Homeless Youth

“Open Sesame,” the immortal words of Ali Baba, is a phrase frequently used to represent the secret code to open any door. In Irvine, two high schoolers have taken this common phrase to represent their own kind of code, a code that could help underprivileged children push their way out of poverty and homelessness, and open the door to a future of their own design. Their code, however, is a …

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Persian New Year Festival Celebrates Love, Peace, Joy and Happiness

This Sunday, March 24, the Iranian American Community Group will be celebrating its 6th annual Persian New Year festival. The celebration will take place at Irvine’s Bill Barber Park from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Persian New Year, or “Nowruz,” translated from Persian to literally mean New Day, takes place at the end of winter and the beginning of spring, centering around the Spring Equinox. It is an ancient tradition, …

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Irvine Mayor Donald Wagner Makes Strong Showing in O.C. Supervisor special election

Following last week’s special election, Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner appears to have won the vacant seat representing the Third District on the Orange County Board of Supervisors. As of 5 p.m. on March 15, Wagner held a 3,518 vote lead (42 percent to 37.1 percent) over former U.S. Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez. According to the Orange County Registrar of Voters, there are only an estimated 48 ballots left to count. …

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State of the City: Mayor Wagner addresses homelessness, traffic and the Great Park

From the newly remodeled Council Chambers at the Irvine Civic Center on Feb. 26, Mayor Donald Wagner delivered his first State of the City address since being re-elected last November. His speech hit a similar tone to his prior annual city updates. We’ve broken down most notable elements of his speech below: Community Response: The mayor opened his speech by reminding the audience of some darker moments the city faced …

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Welcoming the Year of the Pig

Rainy weather wasn’t enough to put a damper on the recent Lunar New Year celebration event held at Irvine’s Cadence Park. Despite waking up to gloomy skies, hundreds still showed up to welcome in the Year of the Pig, and they were not disappointed. “They really went all out for this event,” said one community resident, enjoying the celebration with her family. Indeed, guests were presented with a wide variety …

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