Irvine is privileged to have one of the nation's finest universities right in its own backyard. UCI

When the city of Irvine was conceived in the early 1960's, The University of California at Irvine was always at its heart.

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Architect and Planner William Peireira intended for the school and the town to have a symbiotic relationship; the students would benefit from the surrounding community and the new city would be enriched by the intellectual vitality. 

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Today, UCI is a valuable resource for the City of Irvine, providing rich cultural venues such as the Barclay Theatre and nationally ranked Division I athletics

On Saturday, April 21st, UCI will hold its annual Open House, "Celebrate UCI:2012" .  This special event is a chance for prospective students to tour the campus. From 10am until 5pm, the campus will be alive with a variety of activities.  

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It is also an opportunity for those who live in the Irvine community to learn more about their home town university.

 This year will be the 41st annual Wayzgoose, UCI's  oldest campus event .

Over 125 student groups will fill Aldrich Park with live entertainment, food booths and carnival rides.  

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 And as if Campus Tours and the Wayzgoose Festival weren't enough fun for one day,

The UCI University Police Department is sponsoring a Classic Car Show and Competition.

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More than 100 specialty cars will be on display. The firendly competition will include awards for Best of Show, Best Truck, and Best Muscle Car.

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Best of all, Celebrate UCI is a free event, with free parking available as well.

So, Irvine, go back to school this weekend and celebrate the university that's at the center of it all.