Welcome to the latest edition of the "Backyard Brief." Summer is nearly here, and the City of Dublin has plenty of activities in store for residents this season. We begin this month by highlighting Pride Month activities, our 2023 Military Banner Program, the Summer Concert Series, National Night Out, summer events, and more!
City of Dublin to Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride Month
On Thursday, June 1, the Dublin City Council will hold a ceremony to raise the Progress Pride Flag in honor of LGBTQ+ Pride Month. The ceremony will take place at 5:00 p.m. at the flag pole in front of the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza). Members of the public are welcome to attend this outdoor event.
Also taking place on June 1 is “Pride Night at the Dublin Farmers’ Market.” The Market runs from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Emerald Glen Park (4201 Central Parkway). The public is invited to attend the flag-raising event before or after a visit to the farmers’ market. At the Market, there will be Pride crafts and giveaways, and local Pride clubs and organizations will be on hand to share information about their initiatives and activities.
At its meeting held on January 11, 2023, the Dublin City Council proclaimed June 2023 as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, recognizing the importance of fostering acceptance for all residents and preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
View the 2023 City of Dublin Military Banners Honoring Local Veterans and Active-Duty Military
In 2018, the City of Dublin created a Military Banner Program to honor local veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Beginning in March of each year, the City issues a call for sponsorships in order to recognize local members of the military -- veterans or those who are still serving our country. The honorees must have a connection to Dublin. The banners are displayed annually between Memorial Day and Veterans Day (late May to mid-November), along Dougherty Road between Scarlett Drive and Amador Valley Boulevard, near Parks Reserved Forces Training Area. Fifteen local heroes are being honored this year:
Vaughn Lewis Baker, Sr., U.S. Army
William Joseph Baldridge, U.S. Air Force
Merlin Carter, U.S. Air Force
Javier Castillo, U.S. Army
Kerri Chase, U.S. Navy
Chanel R. Davis, U.S. Army
Allan Dunlop, U.S. Army
Delbert T. Greer, U.S. Marine Corps
Maria K. Harral, U.S. Army
Robert F. Heady, U.S. Army
Maurice Lee Korte, U.S. Navy
Carlos M. Mendez, U.S. Marine Corps
Dennis Pearce, U.S. Marine Corps
Ronald G. Satterthwaite, U.S. Navy
Alex K. Squire, U.S. Army
Residents and visitors can download the Walking Tour Map or pick up a copy inside the Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center and then enjoy a one-mile walk to view the banners.
The Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center is located at the Camp Parks Visitor Center, just outside the military base's main gate on Dougherty Road. The History Center is open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and admission is free.
City of Dublin Installs a Flag Retirement Drop Box at the Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center
For those who love to regularly fly the American Flag in front of their home or place of business, you know that it can become worn or faded over time. Once the flag is no longer fit for flying, it should be respectfully retired in a dignified way.
While the Boy Scouts of America and many veterans organizations will take retired flags for proper disposal, the City of Dublin has made it easier for residents to drop off retired flags. A Flag Retirement drop box has recently been installed at the Dublin Camp Parks Military History Center, located just outside of the main gate checkpoint at Parks Reserve Forces Training Area (PRFTA), along Dougherty Road.
Register Now for National Night Out!
Dublin Police Services invites the community to participate in the 2023 National Night Out event, to be held on Tuesday, August 1, throughout the community. This annual event is designed to promote civic pride and unity among neighbors who share an anti-drug and anti-crime stance. When community members watch out for each other and take pride in their neighborhood, crime rates decrease.
National Night Out was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) in 1984. Today, millions of people across thousands of communities from all 50 states, U.S. territories, and military bases join together on the first Tuesday in August to participate in National Night Out.
We are excited to meet with residents during this year's National Night Out event on August 1, 2023. Residents are encouraged to host barbecues, ice cream socials, pizza parties, or other fun events at home or at a local park. Those who register their events with Dublin Police will receive a visit from Dublin Police officers, Alameda County Fire, Dublin Area CHP, and/or Dublin City officials.
Register here by Friday, July 21, at 5:00 p.m.
City of Dublin Parks and Community Services Department to Host a Part-Time Hiring Fair
Looking for part-time work in a fun and friendly environment? Join the City of Dublin at a Part-Time Hiring Fair on Thursday, June 8, 2:00 to 6:00 p.m., at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza), where you will learn about opportunities working with Dublin youth.
The focus of the Hiring Fair is to fill Recreation Leader positions in after-school programs. Most available positions will require employees to work from 1:45 to 5:45 p.m., Monday through Friday, with summer and school holidays off.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older. Interviews will be held during the Hiring Fair.
The Wave Waterpark Resumes Daily Operations on Saturday, June 3!
It’s that time of year again! The Wave waterpark will open its doors on Saturday, June 3, for daily use, just in time for the summer heat. The Wave offers the Splash Zone for younger children, two recreational swimming pools (indoors and out), and six water slides for the thrill seekers.
The Wave is also the perfect place for your child’s summer birthday party. Parties at The Wave include paid admission to The Wave Waterpark, decked out tables with a party favor, and a hamburger or cheeseburger lunch meal for your party guests. Birthday cakes can be stored by Wave staff until it's time for the birthday child to blow out the candles. Visit thedublinwave.com for details.
The Wave waterpark had a fantastic opening over the Memorial Day weekend. It will be open for daily operations beginning Saturday, June 3, through Sunday, August 6; and weekends from Saturday, August 12, through Labor Day, September 4. The waterpark hours of operation are 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Come out and have a fun and thrilling time at The Wave this summer. Please note that you cannot bring food or drinks into the waterpark. A concession stand with a plentiful menu is available. In addition to standard amusement park fare, there are healthy food options, as well as items for vegetarians. For more information, please visit TheDublinWave.com, or call 925-574-4800.
Join the City of Dublin for a Campout in the New American Backyard
Summertime is the perfect time to sleep under the stars! At the City of Dublin Family Campouts, you'll feel like you are camping miles away, instead of in your own backyard. Campouts will be held at three different Dublin parks this year:
June 10 - 11: Jordan Ranch Park (4299 Jordan Ranch Drive) - SOLD OUT
July 15 - 16: Alamo Creek Park (7601 Shady Creek Road)
August 5 - 6: Schaefer Ranch Park (9595 Dublin Boulevard)
Family Campouts include plenty of games and activities to keep everyone active and entertained including arts and crafts; a campfire; and S'mores! Dinner is provided on Saturday night, and staff will serve up a hearty breakfast on Sunday morning!
Check-in begins at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, with dinner served from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Breakfast is served at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, with check-out at 10:00 a.m.
All campers must bring a tent and sleeping bags. You will also need chairs, flashlights, snacks, clothing, and personal items.
Dublin residents: $27 per person
Non-residents: $30 per person
Register soon at DublinRecGuide.com, before all of the spots are taken!
Mark Your Calendars for Our Annual Picnic Flix Outdoor Movie Series
The City of Dublin's free outdoor movie series, Picnic Flix, begins this year on Friday, June 23, with the showing of DC League of Super-Pets (PG). This year, the movie night locations will rotate through three different parks in Dublin:
* Emerald Glen Park (4201 Central Parkway)
* Don Biddle Community Park (6100 Horizon Parkway)
* Dublin Heritage Park & Museums (6600 Donlon Way)
The movies will begin at dusk (approximately 8:30 - 9:00 p.m.). Guests are encouraged to bring low-back chairs and/or blankets, and to dress warmly. Sorry, but pets are not allowed. Food and other concessions will be available for purchase by 6:30 p.m., along with games and activities.
June 23 - DC League of Super-Pets (PG) at Emerald Glen Park
June 30 - Lightyear (PG) at Don Biddle Community Park
July 7 - Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG) at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums
July 14 - Encanto (PG) at Emerald Glen Park
July 21 - Rumble (PG) at Don Biddle Community Park
July 28 - Turning Red (PG) at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums
Dublin Summer Concert Series Kicks Off on Thursday, June 15, with Careless Whisper
Join the City of Dublin for our eight-week Summer Concert Series, taking place on Thursday evenings, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., at the Emerald Glen Park Amphitheater during the Dublin Farmers' Market. The concert series begins on Thursday, June 15.
The Dublin Lions Club will be on site for beer and wine sales before and during the concerts. It is recommended that you bring blankets and/or low-back chairs for seating, and wear warm clothing on cooler nights.
June 15 - Careless Whisper - The Ultimate Tribute to the '80s
June 22 - Salvage Title - The East Bay’s Own Rock Covers from the '70s, '80s, and '90s
June 29 - Evolution - Journey tribute band
July 6 - The Big Jangle - Tom Petty tribute band
July 13 - The Deep Fakes - Rock, pop, and dance hits from the '70s, '80s, '90s, and today
July 20 - Houserockers - 10-piece rock and soul band
July 27 - The Cheeseballs - High-energy dance band
August 3 - Fleetwood Mask - Fleetwood Mac tribute band
Winners Selected in the 5th Annual "Nature in Our Backyard" Photography Contest
The City of Dublin recently held the 5th Annual "Nature in Our Backyard" Photography Contest as part of Dublin Pride Week activities. The City received over 230 beautiful photographs of landscapes and wildlife taken in Dublin by 73 photographers in the past year. A panel of judges selected the top ten photographs, which were then posted on the City's website for a community vote. The top four vote-getters were chosen for awards.
Photographer Amit Srivastava was named the Grand Prize winner for the photograph, "Fawning Around." First Place went to Chris Begin for the photograph, "Dublin Ranch Sunset." The Second Place winner was Ben Radhakrishnan with a photo entitled, "Dublin Mini Alps." Third Place went to Monique Rardin Richardson for her photograph, "The Ponderer."
Mike's Camera will provide gift certificates, as well as metal prints of their photographs, to the top four vote-getters. They will be recognized at the Dublin City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 6, and their framed photographs will be displayed in the lobby at Dublin Civic Center and on the City's website.
City of Dublin Seeking Residents to Join a Focus Group for the Human Services Needs Assessment
Every 10 years, following the U.S. Census, the Tri-Valley cities of Dublin, Livermore, and Pleasanton update a Human Services Needs Assessment. This assessment addresses current Tri-Valley human service gap areas, both in services and infrastructure. The Needs Assessment allows the Tri-Valley region to be strategic in assisting local service providers with human service needs.
The City of Dublin is seeking residents who would like to be part of a focus group about the Tri-Valley. There are two opportunities for people to participate. A remote meeting for participants will take place via Zoom on Sunday, June 4, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., and an in-person meeting will take place on Sunday June 11, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (location to be determined). Participants will receive a $50 gift card for their time.
For more information, scan the QR code on the flyer, or email the organizers at [email protected], in order to receive the Zoom meeting information.
June is Healthy Homes Month: Learn More About the Dangers of Lead
If you or a loved one live in an older home, educate yourselves about the dangers of lead poisoning. Older homes or homes that are not well maintained can expose children to hazards such as lead or mold, leading to issues like asthma or lead poisoning.
The month of June is Healthy Homes Month. Learn about ways that you can keep your home healthy and protect your family, including getting your home tested by a professional to ensure you have a lead-free home.
The Alameda County Healthy Homes Department will be hosting events, trainings, and webinars throughout June. Visit https://www.achhd.org/ to learn more.