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By Sarah Peters | October 8, 2011
IRVINE - The two new iShuttle routes opening Monday provide a "seamless last-mile transfer" among major live-work destinations and the Irvine Station, a transportation official said. The new routes, labeled C and D, will connect the Irvine Station to the Irvine Spectrum Center. FOR THE RECORD: [This version clarifies where the new iShuttle routes will go.] "Thank you for making this service available and connecting people where they want to go," Paul Glaab, vice chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors, told Irvine City Council members at a recent launch event at the Irvine Station.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2007
Fashion Island opened a new three-story parking garage with electronic signs telling drivers how many spaces are available and where to find them. The structure, which opened Wednesday in a space formerly occupied by a surface parking lot, resides by the intersection of Santa Rosa and Newport Center drives and features approximately 1,100 spaces. The sign by the front entrance indicates whether the structure is full, while signs inside indicate how many spots are available on each level.
LOCAL
September 4, 2009
Submitted by Dan Pittman Employees of Costa Mesa-based Experian and members of their families recently spent a Saturday amid nine incredible playhouses and one amazing doghouse at HomeAid Orange County’s 18th Annual Project Playhouse fundraiser at the Irvine Spectrum Center. The group volunteered their time and energy to help members of the public get up close and personal with the unique playhouses that will continue to be on display until Sept. 12. On the weekends, for a $5 donation per person, visitors can view the house interiors through playhouse Dutch doors.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | June 4, 2011
Irvine Spectrum Center shoppers will have eight new shopping and dining options by the end of the year, according to a news release this week. The Irvine Co.-owned shopping center recently opened women's apparel and accessories retailers Francesca's Collections and Charlotte Russe. The Spectrum location is the first one in Orange County for Francesca's, according to the release. Six other tenants, including retailers and restaurants, will begin opening as early as next week though the end of the year.
LOCAL
July 28, 2009
Submitted by Carolyn Baker Children’s fantasies come to life at HomeAid Orange County’s 18th Annual Project Playhouse®,  premiering for the first time at Irvine Spectrum Center® in Giant Wheel Court on Saturday, Aug. 1 from noon to 6 p.m.  Project Playhouse’s official Open House is sponsored by Rubio’s.  This is the only day the nine incredible playhouses and one dog house will be open for the public to actually step inside to view up close the furnishings and details of these exquisite cottages.
NEWS
January 10, 2014
A former Costa Mesa family is being honored this weekend for efforts in benefiting a foundation that fights childhood cancer. The Taggart family, who lived in Costa Mesa until about 2008 and now live in Newbury Park, will receive the Stand Hosts of the Year award from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation during a gala Saturday in Philadelphia. Since 2005, the family has raised $80,000 toward the Pennsylvania-based foundation. The Taggarts hold their annual lemonade stand fund-raiser at the Irvine Spectrum Center in honor of their young son, John Kelly Taggart, who died in 2005 of neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects nerve cells.
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By Brianna Bailey | September 25, 2009
Local mom Keree James has memories tied to the carousel at Fashion Island. Last weekend, she took her 9-month-old daughter there for her first ride. James was upset when she heard that the Irvine Co. had plans to do away with the carousel as part of a $100-million face-lift, which the shopping center is undergoing. “I just didn’t understand why that was necessary — they’re taking kid-friendly aspects out of Fashion Island, when on a weekday, all you see is moms pushing around strollers there.
NEWS
By Joanna Clay | July 7, 2012
In the coming months the Irvine Spectrum Center will see three new restaurants opening and two others expanding. Luna Grill, a Near East and Mediterranean restaurant with locations in San Diego, is slated to open this summer near the Edwards movie theater, according to a press release from the Irvine Co., which owns the shopping center. The grill will offer kabobs a la carte, topped on salad or paired with other items. The restaurant will also serve gyro quesadillas, spicy cilantro hummus and falafel burgers.
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By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 30, 2011
It will be a beautiful day in the neighborhood when picturesque red trolleys pick up Irvine Spectrum Center and Fashion Island shoppers for the first time beginning mid-August. The two Irvine Co.-owned shopping centers will offer free trolley rides to shoppers or just anyone who wants to experience a ride on the San Francisco-style vehicles. The first trolleys are designed by Laguna Woods-based Saddleback Golf Carts and Irvine Co.'s in-house design group. Additionally, trolleys — each custom built — will arrive as they are completed until each center has four, said company spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
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NEWS
January 10, 2014
A former Costa Mesa family is being honored this weekend for efforts in benefiting a foundation that fights childhood cancer. The Taggart family, who lived in Costa Mesa until about 2008 and now live in Newbury Park, will receive the Stand Hosts of the Year award from Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation during a gala Saturday in Philadelphia. Since 2005, the family has raised $80,000 toward the Pennsylvania-based foundation. The Taggarts hold their annual lemonade stand fund-raiser at the Irvine Spectrum Center in honor of their young son, John Kelly Taggart, who died in 2005 of neuroblastoma, a rare form of cancer that affects nerve cells.
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NEWS
By Joanna Clay | July 7, 2012
In the coming months the Irvine Spectrum Center will see three new restaurants opening and two others expanding. Luna Grill, a Near East and Mediterranean restaurant with locations in San Diego, is slated to open this summer near the Edwards movie theater, according to a press release from the Irvine Co., which owns the shopping center. The grill will offer kabobs a la carte, topped on salad or paired with other items. The restaurant will also serve gyro quesadillas, spicy cilantro hummus and falafel burgers.
NEWS
By Britney Barnes | January 14, 2012
IRVINE — Families gathered this week in a business park near the Irvine Spectrum Center to celebrate the grand opening of a Chinese language school's second location. A Little Dynasty Irvine Spectrum, 9844 Research Drive, opened to better accommodate the hundreds of families who enrolled at its original location, 6829 Quail Hill Parkway, since it opened in September 2010. The school teaches children as young as 15 months Chinese through singing and dancing, puppet shows, games, stories and other techniques.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters | October 8, 2011
IRVINE - The two new iShuttle routes opening Monday provide a "seamless last-mile transfer" among major live-work destinations and the Irvine Station, a transportation official said. The new routes, labeled C and D, will connect the Irvine Station to the Irvine Spectrum Center. FOR THE RECORD: [This version clarifies where the new iShuttle routes will go.] "Thank you for making this service available and connecting people where they want to go," Paul Glaab, vice chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority board of directors, told Irvine City Council members at a recent launch event at the Irvine Station.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | July 30, 2011
It will be a beautiful day in the neighborhood when picturesque red trolleys pick up Irvine Spectrum Center and Fashion Island shoppers for the first time beginning mid-August. The two Irvine Co.-owned shopping centers will offer free trolley rides to shoppers or just anyone who wants to experience a ride on the San Francisco-style vehicles. The first trolleys are designed by Laguna Woods-based Saddleback Golf Carts and Irvine Co.'s in-house design group. Additionally, trolleys — each custom built — will arrive as they are completed until each center has four, said company spokeswoman Erin Freeman.
NEWS
By Sarah Peters, sarah.peters@latimes.com | June 4, 2011
Irvine Spectrum Center shoppers will have eight new shopping and dining options by the end of the year, according to a news release this week. The Irvine Co.-owned shopping center recently opened women's apparel and accessories retailers Francesca's Collections and Charlotte Russe. The Spectrum location is the first one in Orange County for Francesca's, according to the release. Six other tenants, including retailers and restaurants, will begin opening as early as next week though the end of the year.
BUSINESS
By Brianna Bailey | November 17, 2009
A local mom upset over the Irvine Co.’s plans to tear out a landmark carousel at Fashion Island is organizing a one-day boycott of the center at the height of the holiday shopping season. Keree James, a mother of two, wants parents to head to South Coast Plaza on Dec. 3 to ride the carousel instead of visiting Fashion Island. “Hopefully, this will show in one day what would happen if the carousel and other kid-friendly aspects of the shopping center are gone. The moms will go to South Coast Plaza,” James said.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | September 25, 2009
Local mom Keree James has memories tied to the carousel at Fashion Island. Last weekend, she took her 9-month-old daughter there for her first ride. James was upset when she heard that the Irvine Co. had plans to do away with the carousel as part of a $100-million face-lift, which the shopping center is undergoing. “I just didn’t understand why that was necessary — they’re taking kid-friendly aspects out of Fashion Island, when on a weekday, all you see is moms pushing around strollers there.
LOCAL
By Laura Mickelson | September 8, 2009
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. of Newport Beach and its employee volunteers, the McCarthy Heart Hats, have teamed with CHOC Children’s to build the opportunity playhouse for HomeAid Orange County’s 18th Annual Project Playhouse event which is now underway at Irvine Spectrum Center®.  For the past 17 years, the tiny structures have been predominately built by homebuilders. However, this year, McCarthy became the first commercial builder to donate its services to construct a HomeAid Orange County playhouse.
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