Backyard Brief header - A monthly newsletter from the Dublin City Manager (on grass)

February 2024

Welcome to the February 2024 edition of "Backyard Brief." In this issue, you'll find information about the upcoming Dublin Police Services Citizens Academy; a Lunar New Year event; a Small Business Navigator Program; The Wave Hiring Fair; the 2024 "Nature in Our Backyard" Photography Contest; a preview of the City's St. Patrick's Day Celebration; and more!

Save the Date! Join us for the City of Dublin's 40th St. Patrick's Day Celebration!

The City of Dublin’s 40th St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will take place the weekend of March 16 & 17! In honor of 40 years of St. Patrick's Day festivities, the festival will be extended on Saturday, March 16, until 8:00 p.m. for a St. Patrick's Day-themed drone show, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the skies above the Dublin Sports Grounds.


The 40th St. Patrick’s Day Festival will feature three stages of Irish music and dance; authentic Irish food and beverages; more than 250 fine arts and commercial vendors, including an Irish Marketplace; roaming leprechauns and bagpipers; carnival rides; an Irish Tea Cottage; and the drone show. The weekend celebration will also feature the Alameda County Firefighters Local 55 Pancake Breakfast, the Dublin Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and the Shamrock 5K Fun Run & Walk.


On Saturday, March 16, revelers can start their morning bright and early at 7:00 a.m. with a big stack of hot, green pancakes served fresh off the griddle at the annual Local 55 Firefighter’s Pancake Breakfast at Fire Station #16 (7494 Donohue Drive). Breakfast also includes sausages and juice or coffee. Tickets can be purchased at the door for just $5 per person. Proceeds benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation.

A golden retriever and a labrador in front of a Happy St. Patrick's Day sign.

After a hearty breakfast, residents and guests can find a spot in Downtown Dublin to watch the Dublin Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. The parade kicks off at Dublin Boulevard and Amador Plaza Road, traveling east on Dublin Boulevard, north on Village Parkway, and west on Amador Valley Boulevard, ending near the Dublin Senior Center. Guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs and blankets to watch from along the parade route.


On Sunday, March 17, the City of Dublin will host the annual Shamrock 5K Fun Run and Walk. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. along Dublin Boulevard near the Civic Center, and winds its way through town, finishing at the festival with live music, awards, and giveaways for participants. Register here. For further race information, please call (925) 556-4500.


For additional details about the Festival, including entertainment highlights, parking information, and more, visit


*Please note that while pets make great photo content, we ask that you keep them at home for this event, as pets should not be in any area where food is prepared or sold.

Enjoy a Special Lunar New Year Celebration Concert at the Dublin Senior Center

The Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.) will host a free Lunar New Year Celebration Concert on Sunday, February 4, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., featuring classical Chinese music and dance. The event will include an afternoon of performances by graduates from the prestigious XingHai Conservatory of Music and mesmerizing classical Chinese dance performances by the Eva Dance Academy.


The Celebration is made possible by Inspiration Studios, XingHai Conservatory of Music Alumni Association, Eva Dance Academy, Breaking BEARriers Youth Leadership Club, and the Dublin Rotary Club.

Lunar New Year Celebration banner with dragon - Sunday, February 4, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Small Business Navigator Program logo

City of Dublin Businesses Encouraged to Submit Proposals for the Small Business Navigator Program

The City of Dublin’s Office of Economic Development invites qualified business consultants to submit proposals for the City’s Small Business Navigator Program. The deadline for proposal submission is February 22, 2024.


The Small Business Navigator Program is designed to connect small business owners with experienced consultants who can provide valuable support in various crucial business areas. The primary goal of the program is to assist business owners in thriving and addressing challenges by offering technical assistance in the following areas:


• Business Planning & Development

• Marketing & Advertising

• Architecture & Space Design

• Technology Consulting

• Graphic Design

• Legal Services

• Financial Guidance



Through this program, the City aims to match qualified consultants with local business owners to address their specific needs in the mentioned areas. To provide more information about the Small Business Navigator Program, the Office of Economic Development will host an online informational session on February 8, 2024, at 3:00 p.m. Interested individuals can register for this session online at


The City encourages local businesses to participate and submit responses to the Request for Proposal.  Additionally, Tri-Valley-based businesses (including the Cities of Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon, and the Town of Danville) may receive additional points in the evaluation process.


For additional program information, visit or contact the Office of Economic Development via email ([email protected]) or 925-833-6650.

Military Banners hanging on poles along Dublin Boulevard.

Honor a Veteran or Active-Duty Military with a Sponsorship of a Military Banner

In 2018, the City of Dublin created an annual Military Banner Program to honor local veterans and active-duty members of the Armed Forces. Since then, 65 members of the military, all with a connection to Dublin, have been recognized with a banner flown in their honor along Dougherty Road, near Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (Camp Parks).


The banners are raised just before Memorial Day each May and are taken down after Veterans Day in November. The banners are then cleaned and presented to the honoree or their sponsor at a Dublin City Council meeting in December.

If you would like to recognize a local hero, the application period to sponsor a banner opens on Monday, February 12.


Visit for more information.

Dublin Police Issue its 2022-23 Annual Report

The 2022-2023 Dublin Police Services Annual Report is now available for viewing. The document provides an overview of each unit in the department, as well as budget information, crime statistics, criminal investigations, and much more.


View the report.

Cover of the Dublin Police 2022-2023 Police Annual Report.
A collage featuring residents participating in the Dublin Police Citizens Academy, including using a radar gun; firearm training; police dogs; driving a Police vehicle.

Interested in Police Work? Register for the Dublin Police Services Citizens Academy

If you have you ever wondered what it's like to be in law enforcement, apply to be part of the Dublin Police Services Citizens Academy. The application period will open on Monday, February 5, at 8:30 a.m., and spots fill up quickly, as the 25 applicants are chosen on a first-come, first-served basis.


Participants must be at least 18 years old, and must successfully complete a background check, sign waiver forms, and be approved by the Chief of Police.


The 2024 program will run for 10 weeks, every Wednesday, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., beginning March 27. Participants will learn about Crime Scene/Evidence Collection; Gangs and Drugs; Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Services; Traffic and Radio Operations; Auto and Residential Burglaries; Technology; the Police K9 Unit; and more. Other activities include a tour of Santa Rita Jail, and a taste of officer training at the Emergency Vehicle Operations Course (EVOC). The program will conclude with a graduation ceremony on Wednesday, May 29, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


Visit on or after February 5, to apply. The deadline to apply is Monday, March 11, at 5:00 p.m. (or when all spots are filled).

Looking for a Fun Summer Job? Come to The Wave Hiring Fair on Saturday, February 3

Looking for a summer job?  The Wave is hiring!  Learn more by attending The Wave Job Fair on Saturday, February 3, 2024, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at The Wave (4201 Central Parkway, Dublin).


The Wave will be interviewing candidates for:

  • Lifeguard / Swim Instructor 
  • Recreation Aide
  • Slide Attendant


No experience necessary.  FREE training and certification are provided.  Learn more:

  • Flexible hours with competitive wages
  • Hiring for most positions begins at 15 years old.
  • Interviews and swim tests will be conducted on-site at the Job Fair, as well as job offers to successful candidates. Applicants who receive a job offer will be required to complete an American Red Cross Certification course (paid for by the City of Dublin). 
  • Talk to current staff to see what the job is like and get a behind-the-scenes look at the facility. 
  • Learn about available positions and which would be the best fit for you. 
  • Pay rates start at $16.50/hr. for Recreation Aides and Slide Attendants, and $17.50/hr. for Lifeguards/Swim Instructors.


For more information, call (925) 574-4800.

A diverse group of teenagers (lifeguards and swim instructors) pose in the indoor pool at The Wave.
Teen Job and Career Fair flyer - Saturday, March 9, noon to 3:00 p.m., at Alcosta Senior and Community Center

Teen Job Seekers: Attend the Teen Job and Career Fair on Saturday, March 9

In addition to The Wave Job Fair, there are other opportunities for teens to secure employment. The annual Teen Job and Career Fair will take place on Saturday, March 9, noon to 3:00 p.m., at the Alcosta Senior and Community Center (9300 Alcosta Boulevard, San Ramon).


Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with employers; apply for jobs; attend resume-building workshops; participate in mock interviews; and more.


Those interested should dress in professional attire and bring an updated resumé and high school i.d. Food will also be provided.


Contact [email protected] for more information.

2024 "Nature in Our Backyard" Contest Now Open

Whether you are a professional photographer, someone whose hobby is photography, or you just happened to take a great nature shot while hiking around Dublin, you can now submit your creek, wildlife, nature, or landscape photo taken anywhere in Dublin for a chance to win prizes in the annual "Nature in Our Backyard" photography contest. Photos must have been taken on or after April 1, 2023.


The deadline to submit pictures is no later than 11:59 p.m. on April 1, 2024.

Mike's Camera in Dublin will award gift certificates to the top four winners. The Grand Prize winner will receive a $200 gift certificate; the First Place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate; the Second Place winner will receive a $50 certificate; and the Third Place winner will receive a $25 gift certificate. In addition, all of the top four winners will receive certificates of recognition at a City Council meeting; be featured on the City of Dublin website; receive a metal print of their picture from Mike's Camera; and their photographs will be displayed in the lobby of the Dublin Civic Center.

Photograph of a young fawn near a green bush.

Photo Guidelines:

• Photographer does not need to be a Dublin resident, but the submission must be a photograph taken in Dublin, CA.

• Location of where the photograph was taken must be included.

• Photographs should represent the scene that is photographed; no removal or insertion of objects using software. It is acceptable to change the exposure or use software to highlight various parts of a photograph.

• Photographs must have been taken no earlier than April 2023 (generally, April to April).

• Limit of five (5) entries per individual. One form submission is required for each photograph.

• A panel of judges will narrow contest submissions down to the top ten. The Dublin community will be asked to decide the final winners in an online survey in April.

Enter the Photo Contest


Photo credit: Amit Srivastava, "Fawning Around" (2023 Grand Prize Winner)

Colorful graphic of teens singing in front of a brick wall.

Royal Theatre Academy and the City of Dublin Present a "Musical Mashup"

Join the City of Dublin and the Royal Theater Academy (RTA) on Saturday, February 3, at 2:00 p.m., for an enchanting afternoon of dazzling performances by talented local community members and gifted kids. The performance will be held at Dublin High School Center for Performing Arts and Education (8151 Village Parkway). The event will feature favorite songs from some of RTA's prior shows, including "James and the Giant Peach," "Matilda," "Seussical," "Spongebob," and "School of Rock."  Attendees will be encouraged to sing along to the musical favorites.


Tickets can be purchased at Prices are $12 for kids, 17 and under, and $15 for adults, 18 and over.

Dublin, California logo with graphic of grass and links to social media sites