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    Irvine Ranch Historic Park ~ Bunkhouse 1917

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    In order to accommodate a growing labor force, the company built the Bunkhouse in 1917. Each floor was originally one large room. The rooms were later divided into smaller rooms to give some privacy to the men who lived there.

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    Irvine Ranch Historic Park~ Krauss House 1897

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    The Krauss House is named after C.F. Krauss, James Irvine II’s brother- in-law. He served as ranch superintendent from 1893 to 1915, and the house was built for him and his family in 1897. It was originally a three- room house, but it now has eight rooms due to several remodeling jobs.

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    Irvine Ranch Historic Park~Red Barn 1900

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    he Red Barn was originally constructed circa 1900, northeast of buildings 21 and 23 and moved to its current location in 1999. The barn’s first purpose was to house mules, which were essential to the day-to-day operations of the ranch. After World War I, the mules were gradually fazed out in favor of machinery. The barn was then used to store grain and equipment.

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    Katie Wheeler Branch Library~1876 Replicated

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    The Katie Wheeler Branch Library is on the original location of the Irvine residence. Originally constructed by C.E. French in 1876, James Irvine II nearly doubled its size in 1892. Following the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, Irvine moved his wife and three children permanently to the ranch. A fire damaged the home in 1965, and it was demolished in 1968. The library was carefully designed to replicate the historic residence.

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    Monday - Thursday 10 am - 9 pm
    Friday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
    Sunday 12 noon - 5 pm

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    Irvine Ranch Historic Park~Foreman’s Row 1906

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Construction of Foreman’s Row originally started circa 1906, with the houses on the south side of Old Irvine Boulevard. The houses on the north side Old Irvine were added around 1935. James Irvine II liked promoting men from within the ranks and longtime laborers were some- times made foremen. One foreman would later comment that the ranch was a “darn fine nice place to live.”

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    Irvine Ranch Historic Park~Avocado Grove

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Irvine Ranch Historic Park is a 16.5 acre special use park established by the County in 1996 and serves as the headquarters for OC Parks.

    This sign reads: OC Parks is revitalizing this avocado grove in cooperation with the University of California Cooperation Extension and the California Avocado Commission.

    The major tree trimming seen here was done to revitalize the grove. These stumped trees have been serverly pruned to bring down the canopy, make the trees a uniform size and encourage new growth. The stumped trees will also be whitewashed as part of the process. New growth is expected to begin several months after the initial trimming.

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    Turtle Rock Community Park and Nature Center

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    After dropping my husband and my oldest son off at the airport, I wanted to find the famed Turtle Rock so I ventured here thinking it was here, but it is not. Instead we took advantage of the time and needed to let my autistic son stretch out and walk off some of the frustration of being couped up in the car. So we enjoyed the walkway and grassy field. A very nice park.

    Park amenities:
    1 multi-use buidling
    2 restrooms
    5 drinking fountains
    2 child play areas
    1 open play area
    1 amphitheater
    4 lighted tennis courts
    1 lighted volleyball court
    1 ball diamond
    12 barbecues
    1 group picnic area
    25 picnic tables
    electrical outlets

    Park Hours:
    Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm
    Saturday 9:00am-10:00pm
    Sunday 12:00pm-6:00pm

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    Nature Center Displays & Educational Tools

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    As you walk in, you will notice right away a wonderful area filled with some really neat displays of the history of the former ranch and many displays of the environmental protection, nature and a small collection of animals. Also, there is a small area for children to have hands on activities. Plus, this place is free.

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    Nature Center

    by Yaqui Updated Nov 22, 2012

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    Located with the Turtle Rock Park is the nature center, which includes an interpretive center set in a former paddock for the Irvine Ranch, a historical landmark. The building features displays on environmental protection, nature and local history, and a small collection of animals.
    A beautiful self-guided nature trail (paved for wheelchair access) winds through the preserve, which includes a stream and pond. Wildlife includes great-horned owls, raccoons, ducks, rabbits, lizards and squirrels.

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    Go Global!

    by marinarena Written Oct 17, 2011

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    The annual Irvine Global Village Festival, taking place in early fall, is a must-do event for those curious to explore diverse world cultures. Best thing about this event: it is FREE!

    Attendees can discover world culture with their eyes (looking at the vibrant color on booths, decorative items and various ethnic costume from the major world continents adorned by presenters and performers); with their ears (listening to live indigenous music, especially decidedly folk, Asian and Latin cultures) and with their palettes (sampling a wide range of ethnic cuisine, particularly Mexican, Indian, Thai, Chinese, and of course good ol' American are savored and favored).

    Scenes pictured are from the festivities in 2011, at the Bill Barber Park. A well received moment I was excited to see was a main performer stage featuring traditional Chinese lady dancers and tantalizing bellydancers from a local troop.

    For future Global Village festivals, I would vouch for a change of route, perhaps to the 1,347-acre master planned recreational area, OC Great Park. Since 2001, the Festival has dramatically grown, beginning from a mere thousand attendees. In 2011, more than 16,000 people crowded into the 42 acre Barber park, which has convenient parking only for a small fraction of that population.

    It is recommended to take the free I-Shuttle bus, public transportation (OCTA bus for $1.50 one way), go by bike or by foot. If like most attendees, (i.e. with a car0, have patience with the parking situation, which is tiring. Try to arrive a hour or two if you want to park with ease.

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    Go bike riding or running on the trails

    by Lizchiq Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Since Irvine is a master-planned city, there are many trails for biking and running throughout the city. Enjoy a run or a bike ride any time of the day or night, because Irvine is the safest city in the United States! Even a woman can go running or biking alone at midnight and she will not feel unsafe or in any danger. Great during the summer!

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    Get yo' game on!

    by fancydancer Written May 15, 2007

    Who doesn't love video games. They've got your music based games like DDR, your action games like Tekken (at least I think they have it), and even your old fashioned ticket games like skee ball. In their outdoor area they have mini golf, bumper boats, batting cages, laser tag, etc. On Tues, Wed, and Thurs night they have unlimited video games for 12 bucks so if you're a video game junkie then get yo' game on!! And they have a McDonald's inside.

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    Bowlarama

    by fancydancer Written May 15, 2007

    Your typical bowling place, but if you're not feeling it it's right next to Boomers arcade so you can hop on over there. A little pricey at $18 an hour at the cheapest and $5.50 a game for adults on your weekend nights.

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    See a movie in 3D

    by Lizchiq Written Apr 6, 2007

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    Go see a movie in 3D at the IMAX in Irvine! It's definitely the only 3D movie theater in Southern California. Some of the shark and underwater movies are a little bit more suspenseful when seen through those dorky plastic 3D glasses! Enjoy.

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    University of California Irvine Arboretum

    by matthieuxjames Written Jun 26, 2005

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    The Arboretum is a 12-acre botanical garden and arboretum just north of the University of California Irvine campus. Near the corner of Jamboree Road and Campus Drive in Irvine, California, and alongside the 200-acre San Joaquin Freshwater Marsh Reserve, the Arboretum is open six days a week, Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and there's no admission fee.

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