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October 2023

Happy Autumn! As we head into fall, I hope you are enjoying the changing of the seasons. In this month's Backyard Brief, you'll find information about an upcoming community bike ride with Mayor Hernandez and Police Chief Schmidt; Walk and Roll to School Day; the biannual Dublin Police Drug Take-Back event; the second annual "Trunk or Treat" event, sponsored by Dublin Police Services; the annual Floating Pumpkin Patch; a Senior Info Fair; and more.

Join Mayor Hernandez and Police Chief Schmidt on a Community Bike Ride!

Join Mayor Melissa Hernandez and Police Chief Nate Schmidt on a bike ride through Dublin on Sunday, October 8, at 9:00 a.m. The ride will start at Dick's Sporting Goods (2820 Dublin Blvd.) and make stops at Emerald Glen Park (4201 Central Parkway) and Don Biddle Community Park (100 Horizon Parkway) for community conversation and refreshments, and end at the Public Safety Complex (6361 Clark Avenue). Along the way, you can share thoughts and views about Dublin issues that are important to you.

Dublin Cyclery (7001 Dublin Blvd.) will be providing swag for riders, including gift cards, at the end of the trip.

This is a free event, but please register here to participate.

Bicyclist in white tennis shoes.

Nationwide Alert Testing to Take Place on October 4

Be advised that on October 4, 2023, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are planning a nationwide test of the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System (IPAWS). The test will be activated on ALL consumer cell phones, televisions, and radio stations. Messages will read: “THIS IS A TEST of the National Wireless Emergency Alert System. No action is needed.” These are National Level alerts; residents cannot opt-out of receiving messages.

October is Fire Prevention Month

October is Fire Prevention Month! The goal of Fire Prevention Month is to raise fire safety awareness and help protect homes and families. In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) named the second week of October Fire Prevention Week in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Today, the nation celebrates Fire Prevention Week and Month by spreading fire safety awareness and educating families, students, and communities across the United States with help from local fire departments. The NFPA's 2023 campaign for Fire Prevention Month is "Cooking Safety Starts with You."

How to “Cook with Caution”:

• Be on alert! If you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol, don’t use the stove or stovetop.

• Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, boiling, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen, for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.

• If you are simmering, baking, or roasting food, check it regularly; remain in the home while food is cooking; and use a timer to remind you that you are cooking.

• Keep anything that can catch fire — oven mitts, wooden utensils, food packaging, towels, or curtains — away from your stovetop.

Exit your home and call 9-1-1 immediately if you have a fire in your home.

Visit for more information.

A graphic of a boy in a wheelchair, a girl walking with a backpack, and a girl on a bike in front of trees and the sun.

Walk and Roll to School Day is Wednesday, October 4

Throughout the month of October, the City of Dublin works with Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools to increase awareness of issues surrounding physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and the environment. The Walk and Roll to School program encourages walking, bicycling, scootering, or skating to school throughout Dublin. In the United States, International Walk to School Month is celebrated at over 3,500 events at participating schools. Participants from the U.S. join children and adults in 40 countries around the world.

On Wednesday, October 4, Amador Elementary School, Cottonwood Creek School, Dougherty Elementary School, Fallon Middle School, Frederiksen Elementary School, John Green Elementary School, and Kolb Elementary School will participate in Walk and Roll to School Day. To promote alternate modes of transportation, students walking, biking, carpooling, or taking transit to school will receive giveaways provided by Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools and the City of Dublin. Celebrations will take place between 7:40 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Members of the Dublin City Council will also join in on the early morning festivities. Dublin schools celebrate walking and bicycling with promotional assemblies; create Walking School Buses and Bike Trains from nearby locations; and offer giveaways, refreshments, and prizes. Students should check with Administration at their individual schools for more information on specific events planned regarding their Walk to School Day celebration.

The Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools Program is a program of the Alameda County Transportation Commission ( and is funded with Alameda County’s local Measure BB sales tax, and regional, state, and federal funds. Dublin's participation in Walk and Roll to School Week is partially funded by Measure B bike and pedestrian funds.

Dublin Police Present a Drug Take-Back, Shredding, and E-waste event.

Dublin Police Services to Hold a Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

On Saturday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., Dublin Police Services will host its biannual prescription drug take-back event at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza). Residents may also drop off e-waste for collection, as well as personal papers for destruction.

This event is a free and anonymous collection. Dublin Police will collect tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms 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. Prescription drug abuse in the United States is at an alarming rate, 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 medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.

This free, anonymous service will help keep homes safe and could save lives.

Please note: The paper shredding truck will only be available until 1:00 p.m.

Fall into Fun at the Harvest Fair!

New Public Art to be Unveiled at the Event

Join the City of Dublin for an afternoon of old-fashioned fall fun at the annual Harvest Fair, on Saturday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums.

Bring the kids and enjoy some of your favorite fall foods in addition to activities such as a pumpkin ring toss, hay bale maze, pumpkin golf, face painting, apple crate toss, pumpkin decorating, gold panning, calf roping, and more. Local bluegrass musicians, East Bay Grass and Tyler Gene, will provide lively music, while farm vendors will sell arts and crafts as well as delicious fall foods.

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.

At 10:00 a.m., new pieces of public art will also be dedicated and unveiled at the northeast corner of Heritage Park. "The Junction," by San Ramon sculptor Brian Keith, depicts early Dublin pioneers, as well as members of the Ohlone and Miwok tribes, working the land. Several smaller sculptures, created by artist Adan Romo, will also be unveiled throughout the park.

Admission to the event is free, but attendees can purchase activity wristbands for $10 per person at the event or $5 in advance at Tickets for the wagon rides will be sold at the event for $2 per person for those who have not purchased an activity wristband.

Young boy covered in hay.
Elderly lady smiling to promote the Senior Info Fair on Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Adults, 55 and Older, are Encouraged to Attend the City of Dublin's Senior Info Fair

The Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.), in cooperation with senior service professionals, is hosting a comprehensive “need to know” information fair designed for seniors, their adult families, and caregivers on Saturday, October 7, 9:00 a.m. to noon, in the Senior Center parking lot.

Attendees are encouraged to explore the many agencies and organizations which will be on hand to provide information, resources, referrals, and health services. Admission is free. Attendees also have an opportunity to win door prizes.

For more information, please email: [email protected].

City of Dublin to Celebrate our Hometown Heroes

During the month of November, the Dublin Senior Center celebrates the dedication, bravery, and heroism of our veterans with a photo display of local heroes through Veterans Day. To be included in the display, veterans (or their families) may submit a photo in uniform (from any branch of military service,) and a short biography about their military experience, along with an application to the Dublin Senior Center. The deadline for entries and photo is Monday, October 15, at 4:00 p.m. Download the application.

The City of Dublin, in partnership with Dublin Rotary, will also present a "Hometown Heroes" luncheon for veterans and active-duty military on Wednesday, November 8. Details to follow.

A couple views the Wall of Heroes at the Dublin Senior Center.
Dublin's Pioneer Cemetery at night, with light showing through the trees.

Enjoy a Spooky Good Time at "Ghosts of Dublin"

The City of Dublin's spook-tacular "Ghosts of Dublin" 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.

Ghosts of Dublin tours will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 20-21, at Dublin Heritage Park and Museums. Tours will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will run every 30 minutes until 10:30 p.m. Many of the earlier time periods are already sold out, so book soon at to secure a spot.

Find the Perfect Pumpkin at Dublin's "Floating Pumpkin Patch"

Halloween will be here before you know it! Find your perfect Halloween pumpkin at the City of Dublin's "Floating Pumpkin Patch." Join us at The Wave (4201 Central Parkway, Dublin) for one of two sessions on Saturday, October 21, where guests can float in and find the pumpkin of their choice! There will be swimming, pumpkin decorating, prizes, and more! Each registered participant is allowed to choose one pumpkin and have two spectators at the event.

In order to reserve a pumpkin, please register by October 19 at Session One begins at 1:30 p.m.; Session Two begins at 4:30 p.m.

Pumpkins floating in the pool at The Wave are ready for picking.
Graphic of children dressed in Halloween costumes for the Dublin Police Trunk or Treat event on October 28, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Dublin Police Invite Residents to Participate in the 2nd Annual "Trunk or Treat" Event

Dublin Police Services invites the community to participate in the second annual "Trunk or Treat" event on Saturday, October 28, 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., at Emerald Glen Park. This fun Halloween-inspired event will provide a safe, and less spooky, alternative to door-to-door trick or treating.

Dublin Police, City of Dublin staff, and Dublin City Councilmembers will decorate their cars for the holiday and share treats with community members. Participants are encouraged to dress in Halloween costumes for the event. Food trucks and other snack vendors will also be available. Visitors can also enjoy a viewing of the movie, "Hotel Transylvania" (PG), which will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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