Have you already blown that New Year's resolution to get healthier? Well, even if you haven't, here's a unique opportunity to join with family, co-workers and your Dublin friends to get healthier.

The city is teaming up with Live Healthy America, an online, team-centric wellness program, for the Live Health Dublin 10-Week Wellness Challenge. From March 17 through May 25, teams will create an online plan consisting of training and nutrition. In addition to tracking your individual progress, the personalized online support includes healthy recipes and motivational and informational videos all designed to "create a lifestyle of healthy habits, physical activity, improved nutrition and weight loss.

There is a $5-per-person fee, but that includes a T-shirt, a one-year subscription to a healthy lifestyle magazine and all the online support. Teams will consist of two to 10 people, and the team captain must have an email address. The Parks & Community Services Department is spearheading the effort on behalf of the City Council, which has a goal of enhancing the overall lifestyle of the city. For information or to register a team, log onto www.livehealthydublin.com.

St. Patrick's Preview: While I'll have much more about it in my next column, I did want to mention the upcoming St. Patrick's Day Festival.


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This year's event will take place on March 16 and 17, although the official celebrating starts March 15 with the Green & White Gala. The Gala, which includes guests from Ireland, is put on by the Dublin Sister City Association and is usually a sellout. So, if you are interested in attending, call Carol Satterthwaite at 925-829-3657.

The St. Patrick's Festival generally runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dublin Civic Center. This year, however, because the carnival rides will be near the entrance of the festival in part of the Dublin Sports Grounds parking lot, the rides and games of the carnival (only) will stay open until 7 p.m. Saturday. Log onto www.dublinstpats.com to get all the details about this year's event.

Attention BiKERiders: If you are a bicycle rider or enjoy taking long walks, then you should plan to attend the city's Bikeways and Pedestrian Master Plan meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Dublin Library. The original plan, created in 2007, is being updated to include a new pedestrian initiative, including plans to create a "downtown pedestrian network."

Rate Increase: It looks like your already-pricey water bills will go up. The Dublin San Ramon Services District has announced its intention to increase the fixed-rate charges of your bill. In its public notice, the agency argues that it needs a more predictable revenue stream to be able to improve its credit rating and increase its reserves.

For the average customer, the district reports monthly bills will increase by $1.35. Apparently, all the extra minerals and sediment in our water are free. If you want to comment on the price hike, you can submit a protest or general comment via email or regular mail before their April 16 board meeting. For more info, log onto www.dsrsd.com.

Contact Alan Elias at elias2000@sbcglobal.net.

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