October 2022

Welcome to the October 2022 edition of "The Backyard Brief." There is a lot going on in Dublin this month! In this issue, you'll find articles about the recent Grand Opening of Don Biddle Community Park; an upcoming ribbon-cutting ceremony for phase three of Fallon Sports Park; City of Dublin commission/committee vacancies; what's happening at the Dublin Senior Center; Dublin Police Services' upcoming "Coffee With a Cop" and Prescription Drug Take-Back events; Fire Prevention Month; upcoming fall-themed events; and more!

Dublin City Councilmembers pose in front of bust of former Vice Mayor Don Biddle.
Dublin City Council and Artist Steven Whyte posing in front of four statues of military personnel.

Dublin Celebrates the Opening of Don Biddle Community Park

On Saturday, September 24, the City of Dublin held a grand opening celebration for the new 30-acre Don Biddle Community Park (6100 Horizon Parkway). The new park, built in the heart of Dublin, is named for Donald C. Biddle, who passed away in February 2018, while serving as Vice Mayor of the City of Dublin. Don and his wife Donnamarie moved to Dublin in 1974, where Don began a long and distinguished career, giving more than 40 years of public service to the Dublin community.

Following speeches by Dublin Mayor Melissa Hernandez and Patricia Biddle (daughter of Don); an original poem by Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead; and the unveiling of a bust of Don Biddle (created by artist Steven Whyte), a ribbon cutting was held and the park was officially opened to the community. Attendees then made their way to an unveiling of a new public art piece, which features four larger-than-life statues of members of the military, representing four different branches and four different theaters of war (World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and the Gulf War), also created by artist Steven Whyte. The Dublin City Council approved the military-themed artwork, as the land upon which Don Biddle Community Park was built was once home to a portion of Parks Reserve Forces Training Area, also known as Camp Parks. Don Biddle was also a veteran, having served as a member of the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.

Following the dedications and speeches, community members enjoyed a barbecue lunch, provided by Dublin Little League and Dublin Soccer League, and all of the park amenities including two playgrounds; basketball, bocce, and tennis courts; horsehoes; a rockwall; the opening of a new community garden; and more.

An aerial photograph of the new phase three of Fallon Sports Park with two baseball diamonds, a large cricket field, batting cages, two sand volleyball courts, a playground, restroom, and parking.

Join the City of Dublin at the Grand Opening Celebration of Phase Three of Fallon Sports Park

Fallon Sports Park is a 60-acre community park bordered by Fallon Road, Central Parkway, Lockhart Street, and Gleason Drive. Phases one and two of the park have been completed, and phase three represents the final 14 acres of park development, referred to as the Upper Terrace. This phase includes a large cricket field with five cricket pitches; two Little League baseball fields; five multi-use batting cages; four sand volleyball courts; a playground; and restrooms. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on May 20, 2021.

The Grand Opening Celebration for phase three of Fallon Sports Park will be held on Saturday, October 22, at 10:00 a.m., and will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the park; a "first ball" on the cricket fields; a community photo; sports demonstrations; games; giveaways; and more.

Apply Now for a Position on a City of Dublin Commission or Committee!

The City of Dublin is seeking applicants to fill positions for the Heritage and Cultural Arts Commission, Human Services Commission, Parks and Community Services Commission, Planning Commission, and the Senior Center Advisory Committee. Applications must be submitted to the City Clerk's Office (100 Civic Plaza) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 14. The Mayor recommends all appointments, subject to confirmation by the City Council. Appointments are for two-year or four-year terms. Terms will begin in January 2023 and end in December 2024 or December 2026.

Dublin residents interested in serving on one of the above boards must complete an application. Applications are available on the City’s website at www.dublin.ca.gov/commissions. More information can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (925) 833-6650.

Inside the Dublin City Council Chamber
Graphic of a school bus and kids skateboarding and biking to school on International Walk and Roll to School Day.

Dublin Parents, Teachers, and Students: It's Time to Walk and Roll!

On Wednesday, October 12, teachers, parents, and students are all encouraged to "walk and roll" to school! Join the City of Dublin and the Alameda County Safe Routes to School in walking, biking, skating, scootering, or busing to school that day. Choosing an alternative mode to school is a great way to stay healthy, save energy, help the environment, and build a strong community.

Dublin City Councilmembers, City Staff, and Alameda Safe Routes to School staff will be on site at all participating schools, providing small giveaways to the students.

Join Dublin Police Services at "Coffee With a Cop" on Wednesday, October 5!

Dublin Police invite you to come out to the Starbucks at Persimmon Place (5138 Dublin Blvd.) on Wednesday, October 5, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., for "Coffee With a Cop." This is a great opportunity to get to know several of the officers who serve and protect the Dublin community, as well as fellow Dublin residents. Free coffee and treats will be served.

Coffee with a Cop graphic featuring coffee beans and the Starbucks logo.  Event to be held Wednesday, October 5, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., at the 5138 Dublin Blvd. Starbucks.
Fire Prevention Week graphic with the statement,

October is Fire Prevention Month

On Sunday, October 9, the City of Dublin will lower its flags to half-staff, in honor of the 41st Annual National Fallen Firefighters' Memorial Service. At the Memorial Service, the U.S. Fire Service will pay tribute to the lives of 148 firefighters who died in the line of duty in the past year. The ceremony will also honor the 469 fallen members who would have been recognized at the canceled in-person 2020 and 2021 Fallen Firefighter Memorial ceremonies. The annual recognition of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial began with legislation signed by former President George W. Bush in 2001, following the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

The memorial event coincides with the 100th Annual National Fire Prevention Week, which runs October 9 - 15. This year's theme is, "Fire Won't Wait. Plan Your Escape." Fire moves fast! You could have less than two minutes to get out safely, once your smoke alarms sound. Smoke alarms need to be in every bedroom, outside of the sleeping areas, and on each level of your home. Knowing two ways out of every room is an important piece of your home fire escape plan. One of the best things you can do for yourself and your family is to rehearse what to do in the event of an emergency, such as a house fire. Have an outside meeting place, that is a safe distance from your home, where everyone should meet. For valuable fire safety information, and activities for the family, visit https://www.nfpa.org/FPW.

The City of Dublin would like to acknowledge and thank the Alameda County Fire Department and all public safety personnel who often risk their lives in service to the Dublin community. We also pay tribute to Dublin firefighter Sekou Turner, who suffered a heart attack and died on duty while assisting another heart attack victim in 2002.

Dublin Police Services to Host a "Trunk or Treat" Halloween Event

Dublin Police Services invites the community to participate in the First Annual "Trunk or Treat" event, taking place on Friday, October 28, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the parking lot at the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza). Police and City staff will decorate vehicles for Halloween in this safe, less spooky alternative to trick or treating. Children are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes.

Dublin Police Services'
Free Drug Take-Back, Shredding & E-Waste Recycling Event on Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m.

Dublin Police to Hold Drug Take-Back and Document Shredding, and E-Waste Recycling Event

On Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza), Dublin Police Services will take part in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back event. This event will also include document shredding services and e-waste recycling.

The goal of the drug take-back event is to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. It is a free and anonymous collection. Dublin Police officers will collect tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage form of prescription medications, no questions asked. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted.

The Drug Take-Back event addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, usually by people raiding medicine cabinets. Additionally, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicines, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.

With the uptick in identity theft, City of Dublin residents are also encouraged to bring any type of documents containing personal or sensitive information to be professionally shredded on-site. Residents participating in the shredding event must provide a valid I.D. with a Dublin address.

Residents may also bring old electronics, including printers, computers, smart phones, VCRs, old gaming systems, and more for recycling.

For more information, please call the Dublin Police Crime Prevention Unit at 925-833-6686 or 925-833-6677.

Dublin Senior Center Seeking Submissions for its "Wall of Hometown Heroes"

Each November, the Dublin Senior Center celebrates the dedication, bravery, and heroism of our veterans with a photo display that runs through Veterans Day. Veterans or family members are invited to submit a photo and a military biography by Monday, October 24, at 4:00 p.m.

To be included in the display, veterans (or their families) may submit a photo of the veteran in uniform (from any branch of military service) and a short biography about their military experience, along with a registration form, to the Dublin Senior Center. For more information, please email seniorcenter@dublin.ca.gov.

A female officer and her daughter view a portion of the Senior Center's
Senior Center marquee with an invitation for BINGO, Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m.

Are You 50 and Better? Come to a Dublin Senior Center Orientation to See What You're Missing!

Have you always wanted to come to the Dublin Senior Center, but are unsure if it’s right for you? Come to an orientation, where we’ll familiarize you with our daily activities, programs, and events, which include many free or low-cost events. Come join us for:

Senior Cinema: Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. - FREE

Senior Mixers: Second Tuesdays at 2:00 p.m. - FREE

Table Tennis Club: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, from 9:00 a.m. to noon - $4 or convenience pass

Table Games: Contact the Senior Center for dates and times - $4 or convenience pass

BINGO - Wednesdays, 1:00 - 3:45 p.m., in the Alamilla Springs Ballroom; drop-in fee is $1 per card or $2.50 for three (3) cards.

Lunch Program: Open Heart Kitchen continues to provide boxed lunches for seniors, Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The lunches will be provided inside at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). Seniors may now enjoy eating their lunch in the Senior Center's Alamilla Springs Ballroom, or they may take their meals "to go." Reservations are required and a donation of $3 is requested (but not required). Call 925-500-8241 at least one business day prior or on Friday for lunch on Monday.

Other activities for Seniors can be found in the 2022-23 Fall/Winter Activity Guide. For more information, please contact the Dublin Senior Center at seniorcenter@dublin.ca.gov or visit www.dublin.ca.gov/seniors.

Young girl in striped hat playing in the hay at the Dublin Heritage Park and Museums.
Young caucasian girl wearing goggles on her forehead and hugging a pumpkin in a swimming pool.
Tom Donlon headstone at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums.

Looking for Family Fun This Fall? The City of Dublin Has You Covered!

There's plenty of fun to be had in Dublin during the month of October! The City of Dublin has three wonderful events planned for families throughout the month:

The annual Harvest Fair will take place on Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums. Come out and enjoy some of your favorite fall foods in addition to fun activities such as a pumpkin ring toss, apple crate toss, hay bale maze, pumpkin golf, face painting, pumpkin decorating, gold panning, calf roping, and more. The event will also feature a photo booth, wagon rides, and lively bluegrass music, and farm vendors will be on hand selling arts and crafts. Visitors can also tour the 1910 Kolb House and learn what it was like to live as a farming family in the early part of the 20th Century. The Murray Schoolhouse will also be open, where you can see many exhibits on Dublin's immigrant founders. An exhibit celebrating the City of Dublin's 40th Anniversary of Incorporation will be on display in the Little Classroom. Admission to the Harvest Fair is free, but attendees can purchase activity wristbands for $9 per person at the event or $7 in advance at www.dublinrecguide.com. Tickets for the wagon rides will be sold at the event for $2 per person for those who have not purchased an activity wristband.

Looking for the perfect pumpkin? The City of Dublin has the perfect "patch"! Join us for the annual Floating Pumpkin Patch at one of two sessions on Saturday, October 22, at The Wave, where participants can float in and find the pumpkin of their choice and then decorate it on site. Afterward, they can enjoy games and more pool time! There are two sessions available for pumpkin-seekers - 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The cost to participate is $20 for residents; $24 for non-residents; and $2 for spectators. Please register by October 20 to guarantee a pumpkin. Visit dublinrecguide.com for more information.

The ever-popular "Ghosts of Dublin" event returns to Dublin Heritage Park and Museums on Friday and Saturday, October 21 and 22. This spook-tacular event includes a walk through the Dublin Pioneer Cemetery in the black of night. You'll hear haunting stories of ghosts thought to be lurking in Dublin, including news of possible recent sightings. You'll make your way through the dark and creaky 166-year-old Murray Schoolhouse, and get a peek inside the Kolb House, where you may have to look twice at the eerie shadows in the corners. Tours last approximately one hour; tours departing at 9:00 p.m. and later are reserved for older teens and adults. Many of the tours are already sold out, so register soon at www.dublinrecguide.com.

City of Dublin Celebrates Milestone Anniversaries of Dublin Businesses

The City of Dublin values and appreciates the businesses located within the City. Each year, the City celebrates milestone anniversaries of 20 years or more by recognizing the businesses at a morning reception with the City Council. This year's event was held on Tuesday, September 27, at Dublin Civic Center, and the City Council recognized 62 long-standing businesses:

50-Year Anniversary 30-Year Anniversary 20-Year Anniversary

Harvey's Cleaners Dr. Roger S. Chan 7-Eleven, Inc.

Dublin Nails Corporation All American Label

45-Year Anniversary El Monte RV Armadillo Willy's BBQ

Challenge Dairy Products Joseph E. Gordillo, CPA Avana Dublin Station

Dublin Honda My Space to Grow Bank of the West

Dublin Mini Storage Parkwood Apartments Cafe Tapioca

Earl Anthony's Dublin Bowl Turbo Spas Cal Engineering & Geology, Inc.

Yonemoto & Associates Dynetix Design Solutions, Inc.

40-Year Anniversary Envision Construction & Design

Baskin Robbins 25-Year Anniversary Gateway Pacific LLC

China Village Avalon Dublin Apartments Heddy Consulting

Dublin Creek Kennels Debut Salon Hope Home

Driversity of Dublin Kim's Health Center

35-Year Anniversary Dublin Glass Company Law Office of Kim Wollenberg Burgess

Justin Michael's Heating & Cooling Supply Law Offices of Cynthia Campanile

T&C Auto Wholesale & Detail Ironhorse Vetcare Live & Smile Dental & Orthodontics

T.J. Maxx Jeff's Performance Automotive Mattress Firm, Inc.

Target Stores John F. Johnson, Sr. Metro PCS California

The ICEE Company Leinaala Yee Gray & Associates Molinar Home Design

Mancini's Sleepworld Pacific Industrial Services Group, Inc.

Music Connection Panda Express

Theresa A. Herrera, DMD Peet's Coffee

R L Western, Inc.

Safeway, Inc.

Sky Martial Arts Academy Corporation


Scoring Chix Enterprises

Wells Fargo Bank

White Cap Construction Supply

New blue banner hanging on a green lamppost that says,

New Street Banners Installed Along Village Parkway

The street banners on Village Parkway, between Dublin Boulevard and Amador Valley Boulevard, have been refreshed with a new design that continues the tradition of establishing this area as, "The Village."

The Village contains a variety of food and beverage establishments, retail shops, and service providers.

Take a stroll down The Village to see what you've been missing!

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