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Communication Through Crisis: Ken Wolter Explores the Power of Communication at TEDxEmeraldGlenPark

May 1, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–As I recently shared, our theme for this year’s TEDxEmeraldGlenPark event is “Future.” A vital part of building a bright future is ensuring a shared vision, especially if there is an obstacle in the way. The importance of clear communication cannot be underestimated when we are building our shared future. Without clear communication, it can be difficult to overcome obstacles and implement your shared vision.

Ken Wolter, oncology chaplain, will focus on the importance of effective communication in critical or crisis situations during his talk at TEDxEmeraldGlenPark. As an oncology chaplain, Ken knows first-hand the damage that can occur without effective communication. He explains, “When we are emotionally invested with someone or in a particular situation, logic has a habit of leaving the room, and we only hear what we are expecting to, or in a real sense hoping to hear.”

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Dublin High School Spring Carnival Coming to Town Friday May 4

April 30, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–In just over a week Dublin High School will finally be opening its campus to the community for a carnival. Last fall the Homecoming Carnival was canceled due to the smoke from the tragic Santa Rosa fires. What was once planned to be a Homecoming Carnival is now the Spring Carnival.

The carnival will be held next to the Dublin High School Baseball Fields and will feature a variety of family friendly events including:

  • Classic carnival games including can toss, bean bag toss, tip the clown, ducky race, etc.
  • Tons of delicious and refreshing food and beverage items like Boba, iced coffee, burgers, smoothies, and desserts
  • Inflatable race courses, jumpy houses, and a trampoline bungee jumper
  • Demos from campus clubs including the Award-winning Gaels Robotics Club
  • Live music and performers

The event will be open to families young and old and cost $5 for students, $7 for adults and children aged 3 and under are free. Doors open at 4pm but if you arrive early make sure to stop by The Quad – there will be a Dublin High 50th anniversary time capsule ceremony at 3:45pm.

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Dublin’s Boy Scout Troop 905 Gearing Up for a Summer of Scouting

April 29, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–While many families are making plans on what to do this summer, Dublin Boy Scout Troop 905 is gearing up to execute the second half of their Scout developed annual plan.  Most long time Dublin residents are well aware of Troop 905’s 36 years in the community with their annual Christmas Tree Pick-up Fundraiser.

Whether they are camping in the snow or hiking up to the top of Mt. Diablo there is something every month through the entire year.  Scouts plan each event using a Scout Planning Worksheet that answers the who, what, when and where. They then put this theory to practice by executing their plan. With a four night 30 mile backpacking trip in their rearview mirror from last year, they will be planning and participating in a four night 26 mile backpacking trip this summer on the Lost Coast Trail in June.

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Practical, Playful Magic: Author Elisa Kleven Envisions the Future at TEDxEmeraldGlenPark

April 27, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–As I recently shared, our theme for this year’s TEDxEmeraldGlenPark event is “Future.” Isn’t the future inspiring, exciting, and just plain magical? Think about it – the future doesn’t yet exist. It is a product of our active minds. Planning, imagining, and influencing the future is what we do, though some of us do it more intentionally than others. Therefore, no conference that explores the future is complete without a touch of magic.

Children’s author and illustrator Elisa Kleven will explore the power of magic for all – children and adults – in her TEDxEmeraldGlenPark talk. Elisa has invented miniature characters and settings in art for as long as she can remember. She started out making handmade dollhouse worlds when she was young, and now she channels her creativity by creating miniature, handmade worlds within her picture books. Elisa is intimately familiar with “magic” and what it takes to preserve it in this modern, fast-paced world.

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Karl Wente Explores Winemaking at TEDxEmeraldGlenPark: Wine, Wisdom, and What’s Next

April 25, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–As I recently shared, our theme for this year’s TEDxEmeraldGlenPark event is “Future.” When we think of the future, we look forward. But the past can also guide us. How do you look at the future when you have a lot of history and tradition behind you? How does can you grow with the times yet remain true to where you comes from?

During his TEDxEmeraldGlenPark talk, Karl Wente, fifth generation winemaker, will explore the intersection of old and new, technology and culture, past and present, tradition and innovation, mind and body, science and art, family and self, and business and society. He will challenge you to see the complexity and simplicity of winemaking and wine enjoying in a way you haven’t appreciated before. By the end of his talk, you will appreciate the complex interdependency between past, present and future, both in the context of winemaking and in everyday life.

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Celebrating Retiring Teacher Carla Huntzinger’s Four Decades in the Classroom

April 24, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median number of years for a salaried worker with their current employers is 4.2 years in January 2016 – which is down from 4.6 years in January 2014. This somewhat limited tenure is understandable in the era of start-ups, technology, mergers and acquisitions. This is what makes these numbers almost impossible to comprehend: 41/31. As in, 41 years in the same profession and 31 years with one employer.

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For many, June 1st will represent the end of another school year. For Carla Huntzinger, it will define the end of a teacher era. Ms. Huntzinger attained a B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Northern Colorado. Subsequently, she secured her Teaching Credential from California State University Hayward. Carla began her teaching career at Valley Christian School and remained for 10 years. At the time, the Dublin Unified School District was becoming more stable after enduring a period of declining enrollment. When the opportunity arose at Frederiksen Elementary School to teach Kindergarten, she seized the opportunity – 31 years ago. We thought it would be appropriate to tap into her legacy and to examine how teaching has changed in a rapidly growing town like Dublin. Read more…

Dubliners for Change Questions Whether Measure H is On Track (OPINION)

April 22, 2018

DUBLIN, CA–It has been almost two years since voters entrusted the Dublin School Board with $283,000,000 to, among other things, construct the initial phase of a second high school to prevent overcrowding at Dublin High School. This voter approval of Measure H was a substantial investment in Dublin schools amounting to approximately $1,000 from each Dublin taxpayer per year for next 40 years. The official argument in favor of Measure H stated that “Measure H will construct the initial phase of a second high school to prevent overcrowding at Dublin High School”. Months earlier in February 2016, the Dublin School Trustees unanimously approved a recommendation for the initial phase of a 2,500 student capacity school with the completion date of the first phase targeted for the fall of 2021.

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