Time to eat! Best new eateries around UCI

H2O Poke Grill
13262 Jamboree Rd, Irvine, CA 92602
(714) 544-0066


Love the big craze about the Southern California spin on a traditional Hawaiian dish called “poke”? There is a new Poke restaurant that opened up in Irvine called “H2O Poke Grill” on Jamboree at Tustin Market Place. Here you “Build your own” poke bowl, which include 5 different steps in creating your dish from choosing your base, to your fish, your flavors, fruits and veggies, to your toppings. The price range is under $10.

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Churned Creamery
The District, 2493 Park Ave #21, Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 203-5226

crocreamLocated inside the Union Market within the District, Churned Creamery is a hit. Different from the famous “Cronut” (Croissant + Donut), Churned creates the “CroCream” (Croissant + Ice Cream). Churned has flavors such as Bananas Foster pie, organic matcha green tea, California pistachio, coconut cream Nutella, maple walnut butter, strawberry crumble, salted butter caramel, tiramisu and more.

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Snooze An A.M. Eatery
3032 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782
(714) 415-6269


Located at the Tustin Market Place, Snooze, an A.M. Eatery re-energizes the way you think, feel, and ultimately eat breakfast. Picture breakfast and lunch crafted from scratch recipes focusing on the highest level ingredients; a setting filled with energy and pouring over in creativity; service radiating fun and knowledge throughout. Their goal is to bring you the best breakfast and lunch experience around.

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Blackmarket Bakery
211 N Broadway, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 571-0801

Blackmarket Bakery

Blackmarket Bakery offers a selection of fresh, whole-foods based items that are pleasing to the body and the mind. By using baking fundamentals – butter, flour, sugar and eggs (all blackmarket goods during WWII, thus the name) – Chef Rachel focuses on delivering a culinary experience that revolves around natural ingredients, complex textures, and global flavors. Her incredible cakes and fresh breads are just a few of the items that showcase her culinary genius.

In addition to her homemade pastries and scrumptious tarts, Blackmarket in Santa Ana also offers an array of breakfast items, sandwiches, and salads. To accompany these savory dishes, Blackmarket Santa Ana serves a selection of hard cider and craft beers on tap and by the bottle.

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Things to do in the OC this summer


Disneyland resort
60th Anniversary celebration ends September 5. Come see Disneyland’s special 60th celebrations before it ends. These events include “Paint the Night”, “Disneyland Forever” Fireworks and “World of Color – Celebrate”.

UCI faculty, staff and students can purchase discounted tickets through ASUCI.
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The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music comes to the Segerstrom Center of the Arts Theatre from July 20 – July 31. Tickets start at $29.

The Hills Are Alive in this brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC, directed by three-time Tony Award®-winning Director Jack O’Brien. The spirited, romantic and beloved musical story of Maria and the von Trapp family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®,- Grammy®- and Academy Award®-winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Do-Re-Mi,” “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” “Edelweiss” and the title song.”

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The OC Fair is back July 15 – Aug 14. On July 21, Andy Grammer, best known for his singles “Keep Your Head Up” and “Fine By Me”, and Rachel Platten, best known for her singles “Fight Song” and “Stand By You”, are performing at the Pacific Amphitheatre at the OC Fair. Tickets start at $32.50.

Note: All reserved tickets to the show include FREE admission to the fair.

Find tickets to the OC Fair »

Andy Grammer & Rachel Platten tickets »

2016 “must try” food at the OC fair »


Irvine Escape Room

Think you can escape from a room under an hour?

Irvine’s Square Room Escape located on Jamboree tests those who dare to enter a list of puzzles, riddles and coded clues in a way to escape. This game is for 3 – 6 users and tickets are $29 per person where you can choose either the “Sorcerer’s Study” or “The Phantom Soldier” to escape from. Good luck!

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Countdown to Commencement

Countdown to Commencement

The 50th UC Irvine Commencement ceremonies are coming soon. Please visit the Commencement website for schedules and information.

Guest Tickets
Guest tickets are required for all undergraduate and master school ceremonies at the Bren Events Center. Be sure to get printed guest tickets from your graduate prior to the ceremonies and bring them with you to Commencement.

Free Commencement Program
Graduating students’ names and degrees are listed in the Commencement Program. Each graduate may pick up a complimentary Commencement Program using the coupon they receive via email the week prior to Commencement. Programs will be available for pickup at The Hill during finals week and inside the Bren Events Center during all ceremonies. Parents or guests may redeem the coupon for their graduate. Additional programs are available for purchase for $5 at all ceremonies.

Security Check
Please be advised that bag checks may be conducted at the entry doors prior to entering the Bren Events Center. Backpacks, large tote bags, large camera bags and large purses are discouraged.

Commencement FAQs » 

Commencement website »

Email commencement@uci.edu » 

SA Update Recap

Thanks to everyone who attended the Fall Student Affairs Update on
September 16, 2014.

Congratulations to TAPPED award recipients!
TAPPED recipients 2014

Rogelio Camerena
Betsy Franklin
Rick Ternet
Housing Assisting in the quick response to a child falling out of a window
Frances Diaz
Jessica Eldridge
Zer Alon
Diana Chan
Counseling Center Provided quickly needed after- hours support following the devastating Isla Vista mass shooting near UCSB
Milo Dodson Counseling Center Collaborated to provide resources for the evening campus vigil & New Narratives (Common)
Vivian Yamada
Annie Ahn
Counseling Center Collaborated to provide resources for an evening campus vigil
Jeff Hutchinson,
Asst. Chief
Joe Reiss,
Police 2014 Commencement at Angel Stadium – Security
Daryl Han Student Center 2014 Commencement at Angel Stadium – Organizing 38 Banner Carriers, 10 ROTC Color Guard and scheduling deliveries to and from the stadium
Ben Duong
Ben Sumali
OIT 2014 Commencement at Angel Stadium – Ticket Reservation System
Ron Fleming
Jennifer Cartnel
Parking & Transportation Going Green to 2014 Commencement at Angel Stadium – Over 4,600 Graduates and guests reserved seats on 76 buses, & 2 Metrolink trains
Kate Klimow Community & Govt. Relations 2014 Commencement at Angel Stadium – Over 4,600 Graduates and guests reserved seats on 76 buses, & 2 Metrolink trains
Santana Ruiz
CFEP Achieve UC Program
mike knox
Anella Aquino
Marie Paulo
Student Life & Leadership First ever Spanish SPOP – 150 parents and family members attended


Download slides from these presentations

Vice Chancellor Parham remarks
Vice Chancellor Parham remarks
Budget update
Budget Update
Director Bonous-Hammarth remarks
SA Learning Outcomes update
AVC Dooros remarks
AVC Dooros update
AVC Cornish remarks
AVC Cornish update
AVC Holmes remarks
AVC Holmes update
AVC Yunek remarks
AVC Yunek update


Frightful fun this Halloween season

Fall is upon us and so is the Halloween season – my favorite time of year!

There are so many seasonal things to do in the area, it’s scary! Take a look at some of the more unique experiences, ranging from silly fun to frightfully silly and everything in between.




October 25, 26, 27 & 31

Back by popular demand, the Pageant of the Monsters returns with “Triskaidekaphobia (fear of the number 13)” in Laguna Beach on October 25, 26, 27 and 31 at the Festival of Arts from 6 – 9:30 p.m. The backstage of the Pageant of the Masters will be transformed into a family-friendly haunted house with a sinking luxury liner. Plus art activities, live music, wandering zombies and other “spook-tacular” surprises!

ADMISSION: Adults $15, children 12 and under $10 (not recommended for children under 5). Tickets available online or by phone at 800-487-3378.

More info: http://www.foapom.com/events/pageant-of-the-monsters



Aliso Viejo Town Center
October 19, 2013
10:00 a.m. – noon

Festival will have Family Games, Pony Rides, Arts & Crafts, Balloon Twisters and DJ Entertainment. Wear your costume to walk through the costume parade! Parade begins at 10:30 am.

CANNED FOOD DRIVE – Bring THREE canned food items and be entered in an opportunity drawing to win a prize. Canned food will be collected and distributed to those in need here in Orange County.

Grand Park – at Aliso Viejo Town Center, near Aliso Creek Road & Pacific Park Drive
Aliso Viejo

More info: For more information, please call 949-243-7750



Saturday, October 26
11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Center Street Promenade, Downtown Anaheim

The Anaheim Fall Festival has a 76 year tradition of presenting an annual community-wide Fall Festival event. The Fall Festival recognizes the Harvest Season and brings children and families together to educate and celebrate the history and cultural diversity of the City of Anaheim and the surrounding cities.

All proceeds benefit the non-profit Anaheim Fall Festival and its mission to continue the tradition of an annual community-wide Fall Festival and Halloween Parade.


More info: http://anaheimfallfestival.com/index.html



Saturday, October 26
10 and 11:30 a.m.
Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall

Pacific Symphony spooky favorites like “Harry Potter” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” are paired with Latin American symphonic hits for a cross-cultural celebration! Enjoy music and traditions from “Dia de los Muertos” alongside Halloween tunes and spine-chilling fun. Don’t forget to wear your costume and mask! Designed especially for children 5-11

Pacific Symphony’s Family Musical Mornings are fun and fascinating 45-minute concerts designed especially for children 5-11. Enjoy family fun time together while enhancing your child’s (or grandchild’s) love of music.

During the Musical Carnival, enjoy free hands-on activities for children, who can meet Symphony musicians, sing, dance, play, color, try musical instruments and enjoy themselves in thematic activities related to the concert. 9 a.m. for 10 a.m. concertgoers; 12:15 p.m. for 11:30 a.m. concertgoers.

More info and tickets: http://www.pacificsymphony.org




Saturday, October 26
11 p.m.
Art Theatre Long Beach
tickets $11

More info: http://www.arttheatrelongbeach.com

Tickets: http://72268.formovietickets.com:2235/Tickets.ASP?WCI=buyticket&Page=schedule&SelectedDate=20131026



Enjoy the Vendor Fair

May 13-17, 2013


‘Shop till ya drop’ right here on Ring Road at the spring Vendor Fair: Monday, May 13 through Friday, May 17. Money generated from the fair goes to help ASUCI hold events such as Shocktoberfest, Reggaefest and other concerts/events held throughout the year.

Visit the different booths to grab a bite to eat, purchase unique jewelry, find a good book … or just enjoy walking throughout the fair to relax!

Take a look at a partial list of vendors participating:

Christine Ly – sunglasses, bags, jewelry, accessories, hats wallets, bowties

Duffner Kettle Masters – Jerry Duffner makes fresh Kettle Korn

Supot Pinihirun – sterling silver jewelry, earrings, body jewelry, sunglasses

Trendy Gravity – Larry sells discount boots, sandals, and shoes

The Reading Conservatory – Eric sells used books

Los Nietos Mexican Food – fresh Mexican food

London Manori – vinyl records, cd’s, music dvds, vintage band shirts, record players

Manchester & Bailey’s Hand-Picked Accessories – Summer and Isaac sell handcrafted women’s fashion jewelry. Be sure to stop by and pet their puppy!

Emy’s Clothing – sustainable men and women’s bamboo clothing, hats and bags

Avicenna Oils – fragrance oils, beard oils, incense

Mystic Vision – ethnic and cultural sterling silver and body jewelry from around the world

Ranipak Inc – laptop sleeves, messenger bags, backpacks

…. and many more vendors will be there!!

Mark your calendar now! Attend the Vendor Fair May 13-17 and support ASUCI.  To learn more about ASUCI visit www.asuci.uci.edu.