November 2022

Welcome to the November 2022 edition of "The Backyard Brief." In this month's edition, you'll find information about the upcoming election; a new shopping rewards program; the quarterly "LIVE! With Dublin City Council" presentation; the annual Hometown Heroes luncheon event for our veterans and active-duty military; holiday happenings; and more!

Join the City of Dublin and Dublin Rotary in Celebrating Our Hometown Heroes

The Rotary Club of Dublin, in cooperation with the City of Dublin, will proudly present the annual Hometown Heroes Veterans Day luncheon on Wednesday, November 9, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Shannon Community Center. Please join us as we honor and recognize the many courageous men and women in the United States Military, past and present.


Tickets may be purchased for $35 per person or $350 per table of eight. Veterans and active military personnel are welcome, free of charge, but must also RSVP on Eventbrite. Those purchasing tables help to support the complimentary meals for those who serve our country.


Others wishing to purchase tickets can scan the QR code on the invitation to the right, visit rotaryhometownheroesluncheon.eventbrite.com, or text 925-321-5319.


Each November, the Dublin Senior Center also celebrates the dedication and bravery of local veterans with a photo display that runs through Veterans Day. Guests are invited to visit the Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.), Monday through Friday, November 1 - 10, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., to view the Wall of Heroes display and pay tribute to our local heroes. Please note that the Senior Center will be closed on November 11.

Invitation to the Hometown Heroes Luncheon on Wednesday, November 9, at 11:30 a.m.
2022 Military Banners hanging along Dougherty Road in Dublin.

Last Chance to View Banners Honoring Local Heroes

The City of Dublin's Military Banner Program, now in its fourth year, honors local veterans and active-duty members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Twelve local heroes are being honored this year. The banners have been on display along Dougherty Road since Memorial Day. They will be taken down after Veterans Day and presented to the honoree or a family member at an upcoming City Council meeting.


The banners, sponsored by community members, are located close to Camp Parks on Dougherty Road between Scarlett Drive and Amador Valley Boulevard. A "walking tour" map, showing the location of each banner, can be downloaded at www.dublin.ca.gov/militarybanners.


2022 Honorees:

Pablo G. Colon, U.S. Army (Active Duty)

Joshua Harris, U.S. Marine Corps (Veteran)

Jeffrey Hellman, U.S. Marine Corps (Veteran)

Jack Hyundo Kim, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Martin A. Korte, U.S. Navy (Veteran)

Connie Mack, U.S. Army (Veteran)

John Mercado, U.S. Army (Veteran)

Russell Parrington, U.S. Navy (Retired)

William R. Shoemaker, U.S. Navy (Retired)

Bronson L. Suyat, U.S. Coast Guard (Active Duty)

Janine Thalblum, U.S. Army (Veteran)

Ronald J. Wellendorf, U.S. Air Force (Veteran)

Join Mayor Melissa Hernandez for the Quarterly "LIVE! With Dublin City Council" Program

The City of Dublin will hold its quarterly event, "Live! with Dublin City Council," on Monday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m., via Zoom. Joining Mayor Melissa Hernandez will be Councilmember Michael McCorriston, Dublin Police Chief Garrett Holmes, and Dublin Police Sergeant Chris Shepard to discuss the upcoming holiday crime suppression campaign. Residents are welcome to converse with and ask questions of the panel.


Join in the webinar:

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Or One tap mobile:

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Or Telephone:

Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):

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Webinar ID: 876 4998 4101

Passcode: 67251365

International numbers available: https://dublinca.zoom.us/u/kdpAfW4iuG

Dublin City Council, surrounded by members of Dublin Little League and cricket groups, cuts the ribbon on Phase 3 of Fallon Sports Park.

City of Dublin Celebrates the Opening of Phase Three of Fallon Sports Park

On Saturday, October 22, the City of Dublin celebrated the grand opening of phase three of Fallon Sports Park, a 60-acre community park bordered by Fallon Road, Central Parkway, Lockhart Street, and Gleason Drive. Phase three represents the final 14 acres of the park's 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 included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the park; a simultaneous "first ball" on the cricket pitch, new baseball diamonds, and sand volleyball courts. Immediately after the ribbon cutting, Dublin Little League played games on the new baseball diamonds; local cricket and baseball players filled the batting cages; and a cricket demonstration was held on the new field.

How to Cast Your Vote in the Upcoming Election

The next General Election will take place on Tuesday, November 8. The Alameda County Registrar of Voters has systems in place to make voting easy for registered voters in Dublin.


Accessible Voting Locations:

24-hour Vote-By-Mail Drop Boxes in Dublin:

* Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza)

* The Wave (4201 Central Parkway)

Drop boxes are now open and accepting ballots.


Vote Centers in Dublin:

4-Day Vote Centers:

* Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza)

* John Knox Presbyterian Church (7421 Amarillo Road)

* Santa Rita Public Works (4825 Gleason Drive)


4-Day Vote Center Hours:

November 5 - November 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 8, 2022 (Election Day), 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


11-Day Vote Center:

* The Wave (4201 Central Parkway)


11-Day Vote Center Hours:

October 29 - November 7, 2022, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

November 8, 2022 (Election Day), 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Voters may also mail in their ballots. All ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, November 8, in order to be counted. All mail-in ballots are in postage-paid envelopes. Ballots can also be dropped off at any of the four voting locations during the posted hours.


For more information, visit https://www.dublin.ca.gov/elections.

Dublin City Council Chamber

Deadline Approaching to Apply 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. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the City Clerk’s Office at (925) 833-6650.

City of Dublin Partners With Reach to Create the First Municipal Loyalty Rewards Program

The Dublin City Council recently approved an agreement with Reach, a brand-empowering partnership platform, to deploy the country’s first municipal loyalty rewards program. The program, “The Dublin Marketplace,” is an application designed to help boost local commerce and small business activity.


The loyalty rewards program is one of the initiatives from the City’s Business Recovery Playbook, which was designed to aid businesses in a recovery and support role.


This American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)-funded initiative represents an exciting opportunity for the local business community and Dublin residents, who will earn cash-back rewards in the form of “Dublin Dollars” when shopping local.


Through this partnership, Reach, via their product, ReachPlaces, will give local residents a single platform to manage and make the most of their local business relationships. Local businesses will benefit by partnering with customers to drive growth, reinforced by an incentive system that ensures a mutually beneficial relationship.


The Dublin Marketplace is scheduled to launch in time for the holiday season. It is open to Dublin-based businesses and consumers. For additional information, including program eligibility, please visit www.dublin.ca.gov/DublinMarketplace or contact Felicia Escover, Special Projects Manager, at economic.development@dublin.ca.gov for further details.

Dublin Marketplace app - photo of Asian lady with long black hair, wearing a striped shirt, and carrying a shopping bag and smart phone.
Pail for organics/food scraps from Amador Valley Industries.

Amador Valley Industries to Deliver Compost Pails to Dublin Residences

In response to the State law (Senate Bill 1383), Amador Valley Industries (AVI) will begin delivering two-gallon kitchen compost pails, at no additional charge, to all Dublin residences within the next 30 days. AVI will work with property managers of multi-family complexes to coordinate kitchen pail delivery and compost service arrangements.


Kitchen pails can be lined with a newspaper or paper bag in order to collect food scraps and other compostable items. When the pail is filled, the contents should be emptied into your large green compost cart. For additional information on how to properly sort compostable items, and tips for preventing food waste, visit StopFoodWaste.org. For questions about your kitchen pail delivery, please contact AVI at 925-479-9545 or info@amadorvalleyindustries.com.


Learn how to sort your compostable and recyclable items.

Save the Date for Upcoming Holiday Events!

Start Your Holiday Shopping at the City of Dublin's Annual Holiday Craft Boutique!

Get a head start on your holiday shopping at the City of Dublin's annual Holiday Craft Boutique, to be held on Saturday, November 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Dublin Senior Center (7600 Amador Valley Blvd.). The event will feature a wide selection of handcrafted items and gifts such as jewelry, pottery, soaps, lotions, clothing, and more, created by local senior artists, artisans, and crafters.

Holiday Craft Boutique ad with colorful ornaments  - November 12, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Holiday Tree Lighting - Thursday, December 1, 5:30 PM

Dublin Civic Center tree lit up in colorful lights for the holidays.

Come out to the Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza) on Thursday, December 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., for a new take on the traditional Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony!


Santa's elves will soon be busy decorating the Civic Center parking lot and turning it into Dublin's very own Winter Wonderland.


Entertainment will include a Bollywood performance, a Chinese dance group, and other performances from the Stratford School, Quarry Lane School, Radiance Ballet, and more. Purchase dinner at one of the many food trucks available on site.


The tree lighting will take place near the Civic Center clock tower at 7:00 p.m., with a new 28-foot tree. Of course, children should be on the lookout for a very special visitor from the North Pole!

Register Now for the Holiday Home Decorating Contest

Dublin home covered in holiday lights.

Registration for the the 2022 “Deck the Homes” Holiday Home Decorating Contest is now open. There is no cost to participate in the contest. Winners will receive a gift card to a local business, a yard sign, and a certificate of recognition from the Dublin City Council.


Categories and Descriptions for the 2022 Contest:


Seen from Space Award (Best Use of Lights & Color)

Winter Wonderland Award (Best Use of Music, Movement, Technology)

Gingerbread House Award (Best Use of Homemade Decorations)

Over Inflated Award (Best Use of Inflatables)

Deck the Halls Award (Best Apt./Condo/Townhome)

Candy Cane Lane Award (Best Neighborhood - Three or More Homes)


The deadline to register is Friday, December 9, at 4:00 p.m. Judging, which is done by the City's Parks and Community Services Commission, will take place between December 12 and 16, 2022.

Breakfast with Santa - Saturday, December 3

Santa Clause greets participants of the

Santa Claus is coming to Dublin! Don't miss this fun annual event, taking place on Saturday, December 3, with seatings at 8:30 a.m., 9:45 a.m, and 11:00 a.m. Families are invited to enjoy a delicious hot pancake breakfast served with sausage, fruit, coffee, and juice, followed by the arrival Santa Claus!


Santa will happily pose for holiday photos following each session.


Cost: $15/residents; $18/non-residents, per person, all ages


Register at dublinrecguide.com.

The City of Dublin and Radiance Ballet Present a Holiday Classic, "The Cobbler's Gift"

Join the City of Dublin and Radiance Ballet at a presentation of, "The Cobbler's Gift," on Saturday, December 3, at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 4, at 2:00 p.m. Performances will be held at the Dublin Center for Performing Arts and Education (8151 Village Pkwy.) This Christmas ballet weaves the tale of a good and kind, yet poor cobbler, struggling to survive the holiday season.


Tickets: $17-$26;

Purchase tickets at www.radianceballet.com.

Gurney with Red Cross logo in the foreground; woman donating blood in the background.

Help Save a Life (or Three) at a Red Cross Blood Drive on Friday, December 9

Did you know that every pint of blood donated at a Red Cross Blood Drive can save up to three lives? Please join the City of Dublin by participating in the next blood drive to be held on Friday, December 9, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in the Regional Meeting Room at Dublin Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza).


To make a donation, call 1-800-733-2767 ot visit RedCrossBlood.org and use the sponsor code, "Dublin Community," to find the City's blood drive. The Red Cross asks anyone who feels unwell on the day of their appointment to postone their donation. Donors may streamline the donation process by visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org/rapidpass on the day of the blood drive to complete the pre-donation reading and health history questions.

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