Don't hide the pride! What started out just a handful of years ago as an attempt to build resident engagement and satisfaction with their city has turned into a nice-sized success. Dublin Pride Week themes and events are now found embedded in our schools and around the community. Plus, it's actually fun to get involved.

Dublin Pride Week runs April 27 through May 4 with a number of different ways to participate. Here's a quick rundown on some of the major goings-on.

Chances are you have unused prescription medications -- and I'll bet some of them have expired -- sitting in your medicine cabinet. It's time to get rid of them the correct way, and not by flushing them down the toilet into the wastewater system!

Dublin Police Services is joining forces with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration on the national "Take-Back Initiative." The goal is to keep powerful prescription drugs out of the hands of the wrong people -- including young children and teens.

The event is free and anonymous and will take place April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Civic Center (100 Civic Plaza) parking lot. IV solutions, injectable solutions and syringes will not be accepted.

While we're on the getting-rid-of things topic, there will be a Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day on May 4 from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Dublin (5601 Arnold Road parking lot). This requires you to make an appointment ahead of time (877-880-6403, or via e-mail at psc-appts@answerquick.com) but is a great opportunity to clean out the garage of unwanted items such as paint thinner, motor oil, car batteries, pesticides, mercury thermometers, aerosol cans and more.

Since there seem to be more and more bicycle riders around the city, the Dublin Pride Week festivities include a few different bicycle safety events. For the whole family, there will be a free bicycle workshop May 4 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Frederiksen Elementary School (7243 Tamarack Drive). Adults and kids must be able to ride, and must bring their own bike and helmet. There will be a discussion along with games and drills and a neighborhood ride as a part of the event.

For adults, there is a two-part class in urban cycling to learn the basics of how best to bike in traffic along with advanced bike handling, emergency maneuvers and other safety skills. The first class is April 28 at the Dublin Library. Part II is May 5 at Dublin High School. To register and get more information, log onto www.dublinrecguide.com and click on "adult classes."

By the way, after you learn all of these skills, the whole family (no trikes or bikes with training wheels) might consider taking part in the Dublin Community Bike ride May 19, starting at the Civic Center parking lot. Free bike checkups will also be a part of this one, and the Dublin Rec Guide has the details.

The centerpiece of Dublin Pride Week is April 27, when a large number of people will take part in Volunteer Day. There are a number of fun, volunteer opportunities ranging from stream cleanup, to landscaping, to helping a senior citizen with home projects that have traditionally been a part of the day. You can volunteer as an individual or as an entire family, and you'll be treated to a BBQ lunch courtesy of the Dublin Lions Club at the conclusion of the various volunteer events.

Preregistration is preferred so city event planners can determine how many volunteer projects can be tackled during the day. Log onto http://dublinca.gov/index.aspx?NID=210 to sign up.

Farmer's Market: The Dublin Farmer's Market is back starting this afternoon (4 p.m. to 8 p.m. or dusk) at Emerald Glen Park.

As in the past, the city works in conjunction with the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and features farm-fresh fruits and vegetables and a variety of great tasting specialty items.

In addition to the food vendors, opening day festivities including musical performances by the Quarry Lane School Jazz Band and Jazz Orchestra, as well as "Coffee with the (Dublin Police) Chief" and "Coffee with the (Dublin City) Council."

Contact Alan Elias at elias2000@sbcglobal.net.

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