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Tsukuba E-Pal Project Concluded
The Irvine -Tsukuba Sister City Student E-Pal Project, which launched in October 2014 with 70 Irvine and Tsukuba middle school students actively exchanging messages, came to a close on April 23 with an event at Venado Middle School. Venado students received Certificates of Appreciation presented by Mayor Choi and enjoyed Japanese snacks and mementos from both the City of Irvine and Tsukuba. ICTV filmed the occasion and recorded personal greetings to be presented to their Tsukuba e-pals. The City and Irvine Unified School District will be publicizing the project through our respective websites and social media outlets.

News Image'Irvine Gives' Supports the Effort to Help Nepal
Irvine Gives, the City’s portal for humanitarian aid in times of great disaster, now provides links to national and international organizations that are helping with the Nepal earthquake’s aftermath. To donate, click here.

Ride of Silence for Bicyclists
The annual Ride of Silence that pays tribute to bicyclists killed or injured while riding will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Irvine Civic Center. Open microphone at 6:30, ride to begin at 7 p.m. Free ride, community invited, no RSVP. Riding lights required by state law, as this is a night ride. Helmets required of all riders under 18, including those riding as passengers. Info: www.rideofsilence.org.

Pool Safety for Summertime
Pool safety is the most important topic for families and individuals near water this summer. Click here for a checklist as well as a video.

News Image2/11 Marine Welcome Home Packages
The City of Irvine, in partnership with the Irvine 2/11 Marine Adoption Committee, is collecting personal items for welcome home packages for the City’s adopted 2/11 Marine Battalion returning home from deployment. The collection drive runs through Friday, May 29. Suggested donation items include: towels, washcloths, men’s body wash, individually wrapped snacks and single serve drink powder mix packets. Donation bins are located at the Irvine Civic Center, Irvine Police Department and the Orange County Great Park Visitors center. For more information, call 949-724-6655.

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