Here’s the latest Irvine news and events – Orange County Register

Most enterprising cities

Irvine was ranked the third most enterprising city in the country by e-commerce company Volusion.

The ranking reveals the top cities where small- and medium-sized businesses flourish, based on data from more than 30,000 merchants across the U.S. who run their online shops using the Volusion platform, according to a news release.

After adjusting per capita, San Diego, Tampa, Fla., and Irvine took the top three spots for the number of merchants and average revenue during the first half of 2017, followed by Charlotte, N.C., Raleigh, N.C., Baltimore, Indianapolis, Anaheim, Santa Ana and Minneapolis.

Representing the country

Irvine resident Rose Zhang, 14, will represent the United States at the PING Junior Solheim Cup.

Run by the American Junior Golf Association, the event will be at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Aug. 14-16, 2017. Zhang was selected to join the team by Team USA Captain Alice Miller.

Nonprofit grants

Cox Charities will award $50,000 in grants to Orange County nonprofit organizations to support youth, education, conservation and military initiatives. Applications are accepted at coxcharitiesca.org until Sept. 1. Cox Charities, the philanthropic arm of Cox Communications funded by employee donations that are matched by the company, will consider requests up to $5,000.

Laser Week 2017

Irvine Valley College will host its 2017 Laser Week Aug. 16-18, where first-time college students can learn about the college’s academic programs, campus resources and college life while connecting with faculty, staff and fellow students.

Each day includes breakfast, workshops, lunch and entertainment, campus tours and prize drawings. The event is 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Registration: admissions.ivc.edu/pages/lw.aspx

Poke Me

Poke Me, which opened three locations in Los Angeles in the past year and a half, will open its first Orange County restaurant in Irvine.

The build-your-own poke bowl shop will host its grand opening celebration noon Aug. 18 in the Heritage Plaza at Culver Drive and Trabuco Road. Poke Me will give away 25 swag bags full of goodies to the first 25 customers and one lucky winner will win free poke for an entire year.

Pancake breakfast

Grant Thornton will host its 10th annual Pancake Breakfast on Aug. 18 to benefit BLCI, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide comprehensive programs that empower elementary through high school students.

This event will be hosted by the company’s summer interns in the…

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