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City of Dublin Poetry Walk 2022 Combines Poetry and Local Businesses

March 31, 2022

DUBLIN, CA–Viewless Wings, in collaboration with the City of Dublin, today launched Dublin’s first ever Poetry Walk as part of the City of Dublin’s 40th Anniversary and National Poetry Month 2022. For the month of April, 26 locations across Dublin are displaying poems curated from over 150 submissions by Tri-Valley residents and beyond. Submissions were curated by City of Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead. Residents and visitors are encouraged to share selfies with poems on social media using the hash tag #DublinPoetryWalk. Viewless Wings will select up to five Poetry Walkers to receive free signed copies of Morehead’s books “canvas” and “portraits of red and gray“. Explore the City of Dublin and read them all!

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Dublin Poet Laureate’s New Book “portraits of red and gray” On Sale Now

March 20, 2022

DUBLIN, CA–Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead second book, portraits of red and gray, is on sale now. The collection of memoir poems takes readers on an unforgettable journey from the Cold War USSR to Savery, Wyoming, from the mountains of Tuscany to the peak of Yosemite’s Half Dome, from the Canadian wilderness to the beaches of Normandy.

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EXPLR Media Founder Jenny Buccos on Sparking Curiosity and Conversations in the Classroom

March 14, 2022

The last two years have been extraordinarily stressful for students, parents and educators. The dislocation of the pandemic has also accelerated the adoption of new technology into the classroom that provides more flexibility in how education is delivered. Consistent with our mission to celebrate education excellence, we recently sat down with Jenny Buccos, Founder & Head of Content for EXPLR Media, an education streaming service that “creates standards-aligned videos to educate, inspire, and empower young people to become agents of change.” We’re excited to share Jenny’s vision on the future of education.

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Dublin Youth and Local Mosque Lead Efforts to Support Newest Arrivals to the Tri-Valley

February 23, 2022

Benevolence (n) – “a disposition to do good, an act of kindness” Merriam-Webster

At times, words are insufficient to paint a complete portrait. It is often more rewarding to experience something to truly understand it. While COVID-19 has impacted every corner of the globe over the past two years, geo-political events have added another layer of resonance to many that have already suffered enough. When the United States declared a complete withdrawal of military forces from Afghanistan, it signaled the end of 20 years or war. It also triggered an extremely complex evacuation of refugees and personnel by August 31, 2021, before the Taliban would take control of the country. Many of those seeking to relocate included contractors and Afghani citizens and their families that assisted the U.S. military with intelligence and translation support. The plan was to immediately evacuate up to 65,000 individuals and up to approximately 95,000 in sum by the end of 2022. These evacuees were to be temporarily housed at eight U.S. military bases and then be resettled in up to 46 states. At its inception, California and Texas would receive the highest number of evacuees.

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Open Call for Poetry: City of Dublin Poetry Walk for National Poetry Month (April 2022)

February 19, 2022

DUBLIN, CA–The City of Dublin and Viewless Wings, led by Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead, are collaborating on the City of Dublin’s first Poetry Walk during National Poetry Month (April 1-30). Modeled after a similar event in Rutland, VT, Dublin’s Poetry Walk will feature poetry submitted by poets around the world displayed in local business storefronts. Residents and visitors will be able to download or access online a Poetry Walk Passport with a map to visit all participating businesses.

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Dublin High School Cross Country Teams Emerge as Jewels in the Athletic Crown

December 21, 2021

“You can’t build a reputation on what you intend to do.” – Liz Smith, English Actress

The successful rise of an athletic program is usually a gradual and constant process. It takes the combination of commitment, innovation, athletes that compete for each other and sometimes a bit of good fortune. What Coach Chris Williams has accomplished with the cross country program at DHS has been nothing short of remarkable. This has not been an overnight sensation. It’s an accomplishment that has been built over a number of years. Roughly 75 students compose the boys and girls teams.

Prior to Thanksgiving, the team had been preparing to compete in the CIF North Coast Section Championship to be held at Hayward High School and hosted by Campolindo. Based upon previous successes and their training schedule, Williams felt that the athletes were poised for both team and individual success. However, the meet results may have exceeded even the most optimistic projections. Scores of students compete across five different divisions in the three-mile distance – Dublin High competes in Division 1. The girls team captured 2nd place and became the first girls team in school history to qualify for the California Interscholastic Federation State Championship. The boys team etched their place in the annals by winning their fifth consecutive NCS title. This achievement was further embellished by the fact that the finishers recorded the first ever perfect score (15-point performance) in history. To decipher: the first five finishers in this event of 53 elite runners were from Dublin High School. In sum, this is the first time that both teams have qualified to compete at the State Championships.

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DECA Offers Business-Minded Students an Active Platform at Dublin High School

November 30, 2021

Dublin Unified School District (“DUSD”) students have returned from their traditional Thanksgiving break on the academic calendar. However, a reflection of the diversity of our students also includes other fall festivals including Moon Festival, Diwali and Chuseok. While they differ in purpose, each includes and element of gratitude and the hope for future prosperity/happiness. With that, OneDublin.org would like to express our thanks to the many Certificated and Paraprofessionals that literally go the extra mile to support our students in various extra-curricular activities. We elected to spotlight an organization that functions in both High School and Collegiate divisions.

Members of The Dublin DECA Chapter at the Dublin DECA’s Leadership Conference 2021. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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“Gallery” by Dublin Poet Laureate James Morehead and Composer Deon Nielsen Price World Premiere at The Presidio Chapel Sun Nov 14

October 27, 2021

DUBLIN, CA–“Gallery” for baritone and piano, composed by Deon Nielsen Price, with words by Dublin, CA Poet Laureate James Morehead (from his poem of the same name), will be world premiered Sunday November 14 – 4pm PST, as part of the free ICP Sunday Concert series. “gallery” will be performed by Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams, accompanied by Paula Fan on piano. James Morehead (Poet Laureate – Dublin, California and author of “canvas: poems”) will recite his poem “Gallery” before the performance. The program also features pieces set to poems by Dana Gioia (Poet Laureate – State of California), Charlene Derby and E. E. Cummings, and songs by Welsh and American composers. Free tickets are available.

Signed copies of “Gallery” and Morehead’s book “canvas: poems” will be available for sale at the event with a portion of each sale being donated to the Interfaith Center at the Presidio.

Interior of The Presidio Chapel

“I’m thrilled that my poem ‘Gallery’ has been set to music by Dr. Price”, said James Morehead, “Both my poem and Deon’s music will premiere, together, at the Presidio Chapel. The acoustics, the location with the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco National Cemetery in view, is spectacular. ‘Gallery’ was the most challenging poems I’ve written this year, requiring multiple revisions and edits. I look forward to being in the audience and hearing ‘Gallery’ performed by two wonderful musicians, baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan.”

The ICP Sunday Concert series, in its 5th year, recently returned to in-person performances after transitioning to virtual concerts during the pandemic. “We love to have people come in person,” said Deon Price, “We do them as a service to the community, we’d built up a nice audience and then the pandemic it. We have just completed 15 concerts online, and that has spread our audience geographically, and our artists geographically. We had one concert that came to us from Japan, another one from Boston, and that was really quite exciting. We had, overall, successful productions. We’re back in person in the Chapel, but we’re also streaming the concerts.”

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In over 100 recitals together since 2013, baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and pianist Paula Fan have engaged audiences in the UK, Europe, USA, Canada, India and the Far East with their creative and communicative presentations of classical song. Together they have recorded 10 CDs.

Baritone Jeremy Huw Williams and Pianist Paula Fan

Deon Nielsen Price, (BA Brigham Young University; MM University of Michigan; DMA University of Southern California) is an internationally recognized composer, award-winning pianist, recording artist, conductor, author, church musician, veteran educator, and advocate for women in music and for living composers. James Morehead is Poet Laureate of Dublin, California. “canvas: poems” is his debut collection, and he hosts The Viewless Wings Poetry Podcast. James’ poem “tethered” was transformed into an award-winning hand drawn animated short film, and his poems have appeared in Wingless Dreamer and Prometheus Dreaming.

The music of Morten Johannes Lauridsen, composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale from 1994–2001 and professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than thirty years, occupies a permanent place in the standard vocal repertoire of the twentieth century. Michael Dana Gioia, born December 24, 1950) is an American poet, literary critic, literary translator, and essayist. Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed poet and writer. Former California Poet laureate and Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Gioia was born in Los Angeles of Italian and Mexican descent.

Richard Derby has a Ph.D. in music composition from the University of California Santa Barbara. In 1977-78 he held a Fulbright Fellowship to study composition with Justin Connolly at the Royal College of Music in London. “All Saints Day” was written for the prominent Welsh baritone Jeremy Huw Williams in January 2021. It sets a poem by the composer’s wife, Charlene Derby, in which she remembers her deceased mother on All Saints Day.

Welsh-born composer, Hilary Tann, lives in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in Upstate New York where she is the John Howard Payne Professor of Music Emerita at Union College, Schenectady. Her compositions have been widely performed and recorded by ensembles such as the European Women’s Orchestra, Tenebrae, Lontano, Marsyas Trio, Thai Philharmonic, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, and BBC National Orchestra of Wales. e e cummings, was an American poet, painter, essayist, author, and playwright. He wrote approximately 2,900 poems, two autobiographical novels, four plays, and several essays. He is often regarded as one of the most important American poets of the 20th century.

Grace Mary Williams (19 February 1906 – 10 February 1977) was a Welsh composer, generally regarded as Wales’s most notable female composer, and the first British woman to score a feature film. During and after World War II, Williams experienced depression and other stress-related health problems. Grace Williams died at the age of 70 in February 1977, in Barry.

The Presidio Chapel

Life as an MIT Engineering Student – from Dublin High School to East Coast Boston

October 24, 2021

DUBLIN, CA–All I can remember from MIT’s visit weekend was the following brief phone call with my mom.

“There is absolutely no way that I can go here.”

It seemed so blatantly obvious. I had spent my entire childhood fantasizing about college tailgates and beach volleyball. MIT seemed to offer neither. It’s a small, intense school with DIII athletics and a relatively specialized student body. Engineering students with a goal of changing the world for the better. Impressive, to say the least, but as someone who never took AP Chemistry or AP Physics (purely out of fear), the prospect of surrounding myself with a community of technical geniuses was terrifying.

Malika (middle) with friends
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Retiring DHS Staffer Shepherded Thousands of Students to Chart Their Next Course

October 13, 2021

As we know, life is a journey. For Leann Nobida that odyssey began as a youth in Michigan, then to personal and professional success in California and will now shift to Washington state by the end of October. While employed at Dublin High School as a College & Career Specialist, she has had the rare opportunity to guide students – regardless of where their post-high school path might take them. As an active parent volunteer that supported her two children at DHS, a professional opportunity emerged that would allow her to impact many more students.

To appreciate the College & Career Center, one must appreciate its evolution. With the confidence granted to her by the school administration, Ms. Nobida created a vibrant environment that transcended the mere name of the space. Among other things, the center served as a temporary meeting place for clubs, a quiet space for those that needed it, a central repository for scholarship opportunities, a location to host “First Friday” discussions and even a place to see a friendly face. Throughout the past seven years a countless number of students have gained resources that have impacted their post-DHS route. We recently sat down with Leann to reflect on her experiences and accomplishments.

Ms. Leann Nobida, retired Dublin High School College & Career Specialist. Photo by: Michael Utsumi
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