DUBLIN

City honors volunteers in annual ceremony

A soccer dad, a student leader and a local service club were honored at Dublin's annual Volunteer Recognition Awards held Feb. 19 at the Shannon Community Center.

Jacob Collins was recognized as the 2013 Citizen of the Year for his extensive work with the nonprofit Dublin United Soccer League. Collins has volunteered as a coach and leader for soccer, softball and baseball programs in the city.

Dublin High School senior Caroline Nolan was honored as the 2013 Young Citizen of the Year. Nolan has served in leadership roles at school, spearheaded community events like Toys for Tots and is a sergeant with Dublin's Police Explorers Troop.

The Rotary Club of Dublin was named the city's 2013 Organization of the Year for its wide-ranging community service projects.

Visit dublin.ca.gov/index.aspx?NID=833 for more information about this year's recipients.

-- Zoe Francis, Correspondent

DUBLIN

St. Pat's Day lunch at senior center March 13

The Dublin Senior Center will host a catered St. Patrick's Day luncheon with live fiddle music at 11:45 a.m. March 13 at the center at 7600 Amador Valley Blvd.

The charge is $10 for Dublin seniors, $12 for nonresidents or those younger than 50. To register by the March 3 deadline, drop by the senior center or sign up online at www.DublinRecGuide.com and use activity #33306. For more information, call 925-556-4511.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff

SAN RAMON

Get your rainbow on at the Holi Festival

The Holi Festival, a colorful celebration to kick off the start of spring, is coming to the Bishop Ranch this year on March 14.

The free festival, which is an offshoot of an ancient annual Hindu tradition from India, is a fun, family-friendly event that will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Bishop Ranch 2 parking lot, 2680 Bishop Drive.

Organizers describe the event as beautiful, messy and fun. Also on tap will be plenty of free activities for the family, including face painting, henna tattoo artists, dance performances and live music, as well as mobile gourmet food trucks.

The carnival of colors allows people to frolic around playfully and chase each other with dry colored powders, covering each other with the hues of spring. Participants should bring a pair of old clothes to take part in this free family event. For more information, call the Bishop Ranch's community and outreach office at 925-543-0100.

-- Joyce Tsai, Staff

DUBLIN

Ten-week citizens police academy starts April 2

People who live or work in Dublin can get an inside view of police work in the city's police services academy on 10 Wednesdays starting April 2.

Experienced police officers, sheriff's deputies and jailers will lead instruction and field trips for 25 people enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis. Each session will last from 5 to 8 p.m.

Applications are due March 21. To get applications, visit www.dublin.ca.gov or contact Sgt. Dave Snider at 925-833-6681 or dave.snider@dublin.ca.gov. Participants must be at least 18 years old and pass a police background check.

-- Denis Cuff, Staff