Category Archives: About Dublin

Looking for babysitter for after school care

Looking for an after-school baby sitter.  This individual would be responsible for picking up my boys (8 and 11) from school, helping with HW and driving them to activities.  Light house-keeping help, such as laundry, straightening the house etc preferred.  Need ASAP.

Any Feedback on Wellis Ranch, Dublin?

Hi, Considering buying a home at Wellis Ranch Dublin. Anyone have any feedback about that community?
How is the commute to the elementary school given its 3.3 miles away?
proximity to Indian store, and other stores etc?   How is the community overall?
Are there a lot of Indian families with elementary/middle school aged kids ( like 2-3rd grades) ?
Is there domestic help available in that area?
Do they have any community events?
Looking for any positive or negative feedback I can get. Thank you in advance.

Dublin: Middle and High Schools

Neighbors, We are thinking of moving to Dublin but have been scared by reading overflows in middle and high schools. I understand that there is only one high and it is way beyond the capacity. I know they are using portable class rooms by adding more classes but wondering if it is having negative impact on securing AP placements and electives.  The property that we are looking has Wells Middle as the home school whose rating seem to have plummeted from 9 to six!
Interested to learn experiences of parents who have middle and high school going kids.
Thanking you all in advance

Dublin: More Housing, No; Pedestrian Friendly Retail, Yes

Dublin City is entertaining a proposal to construct more blocks of dense housing on the eastern side on Tassajara Road, opposite Emerald Glen Park, just north of Dublin Blvd. So far this land is supposed to be for pedestrian-friendly retail and restaurants.
It would simply be good and desirable by all Dublin residents if the land is left alone to be used for retail as originally planned. Dublin, after all, has a lot of big-box retail and now an enormous amount of housing for its size. Modern pedestrian-friendly retail would be an awesome, welcome addition. (Another story for another day – if the parcel can be used for the new High School).  To understand what’s going on – the pink color below is the originally planned retail-oriented area:

Existing Land Use - AT Dubin
Existing Land Use

And see, below, the pink area replaced with housing.  So the new proposed plan is to instead construct more dense housing. Really? ?(And amongst other issues, where would kids from this new development go to school? – there is some serious thinking required here on part of the City Council and the School District).

Proposed Land Use - AT Dublin
Proposed Land Use

A large retail area, walkable from across the Emerald Glen Park, Waterford, Sorrento, The Villas would be pretty cool – it’s a need, it’s a desire, both for the city’s residents, and its image.
Pictures above, worth a thousand words, are telling a different story that is evolving instead.
Granted a relatively much smaller retail is still part of the proposed plan – with two Hotels and a small Cinema. But it’s unacceptably small.  There is a large well-earning population around that can help the retail sustain and flourish. There is no reason to dilute or change the existing Land Use Plan. And every reason for Dublin residents to oppose this planThere is a petition to make the voice heard, that can be signed here.  The Dublin city staff report on the item is available at on the city website (source of the pictures above).

For Here or To Go? Movie Opening in Hacienda

Opening Friday, March 31 at Regal Hacienda Crossings Stadium 20 in Dublin, as well as 4 other movie theaters in the Bay Area. Local  filmmakers, director Rucha Humnabadkar and writer-producer Rishi Bhilawadikar, invite you to attend opening weekend of the theatrical release of their film “For Here or To Go?” – a light-hearted narrative inspired by true events sharing the untold story of Indian immigrants in America as they strive to make a home away from home. Starring Ali Fazal (Furious 7, Fukrey), Melanie Chandra (CBS’s Code Black), Rajit Kapur (Making of the Mahatma), Amitosh Nagpal (Besharam), Omi Vaidya (3 Idiots), Samrat Chakrabarti (Viceroy’s House), and Bay Area local actor Keith Stevenson. RSVP to our Facebook event and bring your friends and co-workers (even if they have never had a samosa!) –

Kuchipudi Dance classes in Dublin

Sindhu Surendra is the Founder and Artistic Director of Shiva Noopuram(School of Kuchipudi) established in Dublin,California in the year 2014, dedicated towards propagating the Indian classical dance form kuchipudi which has more than 2000 years old history and has originated from a small village by the same name, Kuchipudi, in Southern India. The mission of the school is to perform, spread and teach the dance form.
About Artistic Director :
Location: Safari Kids 4564 Dublin blvd Dublin CA 94568

Table Tennis Classes in Tri-Valley by Top Desi Coaches

Tri-Valley Table-Tennis Classes take place on Sunday evenings from 6-7 PM and 7-8 PM at Genius Kids Club Dublin at 6044 Dougherty Road, Dublin, CA 94568. The classes are led by ITTF certified coach and course conductor Shashin Shodhan who has represented the US in many international competitions including the North American Olympic Trials where he was one of the top performers. Shashin owns the Fremont Table Tennis Academy which is one of the top performing clubs in the nation awarded the designation as a USA Table Tennis National Center of Excellence. Shashin has also won 15 US national titles in various age and rating categories. He is assisted by other top Indian ITTF-certified coaches in the table-tennis class. Email: inf…@f…com

Lil Buds Daycare in Pleasanton has openings

Lil Buds daycare in Pleasanton (across the street from the Kaiser IT center on Hacienda), has 1 full time and 2 part time openings for toddlers. We are a licensed, small family daycare, with a huge emphasis on learning. Check us out on Facebook:
Call us for more information, at 510-943-4374.
Facility Number: 013422374

Need a Teaching assistant

Hi, I have a large family day care and I am looking for a part time teaching assistant.  For now, I am looking for someone to work Monday/Wednesday/Friday from 1-4 pm.  These days will eventually increase to 5 days/week from 1-4 pm.  The children are 3-5 year old and need minimum assistance.  The main job is to teach basic phonics and Math skills.  Will train on the job.  Will get fingerprinting and first aid training done.  If you are a warm personality and have the patience to listen and respond to preschoolers, then you are right for the job.  Will pay $12/hr.
Please contact me by mail renuk_sing…@y…com or by phone 925-8332751.

Elementary / middle / High school with good sports program

Hi, we are looking to move to either dublin or san Ramon CA .
I want to look for a school with good attention towards sports and other extra curicular activities along with academics.
Which elementary schools / middle / high schools are better .
Can anyone give individual review on the dublin and San ramon schools. I have seen greatschools website but the reviews are so much old.

any other pro-cons between dublin and san ramon ?

which is a better place between dublin and san ramon in terms of software jobs both opportunity vise and commute.
Does it get really hot in summer and cold and windy in winters compared to fremont or east bay ?

please help

Room for Rent – PG needed

Have One Bedroom available in a 5 bedroom single family home in East Dublin. Females only!

-In East Dublin
-Walking distance to Hacienda/Regal Theater complex and Emerald Glen Park
– In quiet neighborhood close to park and walking/biking trails
-Easy access to 680/580, Stoneridge Mall, Ranch 99, Bart
-HOA community with Olympic Sized swimming pool and  nice greenbelts

-Access to all common area of the house (family room, kitchen, laundry room, dining room)
– Can park on street  (plenty of parking space on street)
– Private Full Bathroom

-$700 for room
-Utilities (PG&E, water, trash, washer/dryer and Comcast internet ) are included for FREE! 

Move in:
Can move in starting on May 1st
1st Month: $700
Security Deposit: $700
Term: Month to month lease and 30 day advance leave notice

NO: smoking, drugs, pet, kids, overnight guests.

Looking for working professional(s) or college student with income that are clean, responsible, quiet, cook lightly only. You can respond to this email for schedule viewing of the room.

Please respond with detail about yourself so we know you are not a spammer. Also, we are only interested in ONE person per room.
email at:

Fresh homecooked Indian food available daily. Pickup available in Dublin, CA.

Fresh homecooked Indian food available daily. Pickup available in Dublin, CA. Please call Holistic Kitchen to place order – 925-322-5526
Pls see blog for weekly menu –
Delicious healthy and fresh food cooked in Olive oil. Catering for parties available upto 50 people
32 oz paneer dish – $16
16 oz paneer dish – $8
32 oz daal – $14
16 oz daal – $7
32 oz sabzi – $15
16 oz sabzi – $7.50

New menu everyday. 1  sabzi plus 1 curry available, freshly cooked from scratch everyday plus roti and rice. A variety of healthy homecooked meals available, Daal, rajma, punjabi kadhi, white chole, daal makhani, matar paneer ( peas with matar),matar aaloo (peas with potatoes), bhindi masala, mushroom matar(mushroom with peas), palak paneer, shahi paneer, aaloo gobhi(cauliflower with potatoes), capsicum with potatoes, methi aaloo, green beans with potatoes, rajasthani gatte ki kadhi, bhartha (roasted eggplant with tomatoes) chicken masala, karahi chicken

Any place desi parents (visiting from india) meet up/walk in evenings?

Hello, I live in pleasanton and have parents visiting from India;  but they are bored in the evenings. Is there a place desi parents (visiting from India) meet up/walk  in evenings? Similar to lake Elizabeth area in Fremont?

Preferably closer to pleasanton/dublin (as opposed to Windermere) – that is too far from where I live.

Bollywood Dance Summer Camp in Dublin

Planning for summer activities for your children? How about some fun and learning with Bollywood Dance?!
Friends, I am going to start a Bollywood Dance Summer Camp from June 11th to July 5th, 2012 – Monday to Thursday.

  • 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM for Age Group 9-13 years
  • 02:00 PM – 04:30 PM for Age Group 5-8 years

Kids will learn multiple dance styles during these 3-4 weeks. It would be full of entertainment, as well as fitness for kids.
Each week they learn different dance/song. So you can sign up for full 4 weeks ($200), or even choose any 3 weeks ($150) (to accommodate for any other vacation plans).
Hurry up and sign up soon; kids will sure have FUN and enjoy this summer camp.

Just confirm on this post, and don’t forget to send it across to your other friends.

You can always reach me @408-625-7237 or to get more information.
Looking forward to some fun summer time!


Hindu Heritage Camp for Kids Apr 8

We are having a Hindu Heritage Camp  for kids (age 5 yrs to 13 yrs) at Dublin Library on 8th April (Sunday) from 1 PM – 4:30 PM. With a perfect blend of cultural activities, games and sports and religious lessons, HHC is proven to be an effective medium to impart Hindu values to the children while they make many friends. The following are the activities to be held the coming Sunday afternoon:

  • Ice Breakers for kids to get acquainted with others and feel comfortable as a group.
  • Warm-up exercises for kids to get ready to play games.
  • Games where kids have fun and channelize their loads of energy.
  • Shlokas to be recited during various times of a day – waking up, food, study time, sleep. 
  • Art and Crafts to realize their innate creativity and artistic talents.
  • Story telling where kids learn moral and historic stories to develop great character.
  • Discussions where they can address common challenges faced by kids at school.

There will finally be a kids performance of what they learn as well. Please register immediately at

Where:            Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza, Dublin, CA 94568
When :            April 8th, 2012
Time:              1 PM – 4:30 PM
Fees:                $11/Family (goes towards Balgokulam souvenir and Balagokulam magazine annual subscription)
Contact:         Smita @ 925-354-4396 and Shailaja @ 925-931-0654
Email id:

Forward it to all those who want their kids to be confident Hindus!

Dublin Library hosts an intriguing workshop on the Spiritual Practice of Chanting

On 29th January, 2012 (Sunday) attend a free workshop on the Spiritual Practice of Chanting at the Dublin Library. The workshop would cover topics like what is Chanting, what name of God should one chant, how should one chant and benefits of Chanting.

  • Venue: Dublin Public Library 200 Civic Plaza Dublin, CA 94568
  • Language: English
  • Date: Sunday, 29 January 2012
  • Time: 2.00 PM – 3.30 PM
  • Total seats available: 30

This event is being organized by the Spiritual Science Research Foundation (SSRF). SSRF’s aim is to “educate society on the spiritual dimension and how it affects our lives. We conduct research and convey knowledge about the spiritual dimension to help people understand it, advise those who are curious to experience it for themselves, and guide those who have intense desire for spiritual growth and God-realisation towards achieving their goal.”

SSRF was founded with the blessings of His Holiness Dr. Jayant Balaji Athavale. As a Consultant Clinical Hypnotherapist, he had learned that some of his patients with whom he had very little success, had recovered after adopting spiritual remedies such as visiting sacred places, remaining in the holy company of spiritually evolved people (Saints) or performing certain religious rituals. After interacting with Spritual minded people, he concluded that there are spiritual causes behind not just illnesses of patients, but also behind all major events and most problems in life. He worked tirelessly in the field of Spirituality to share with others his research into the understanding of the spiritual dimension using a scientific approach. The believers also believe in their ability to perceive the subtle dimension or the unseen world, or in other words, sixth sense.
The organization is based out of Australia, has very active member base in Europe, and also registered in the USA.
Not sure what brought the workshop to the Dublin (California) Library, but it may be worth attending – even if just to get more exposed to the intriguing concept.
Check out this video on the concept:

Understand Your Child Workshop

Understand Your Child – Workshop will be conducted on February 3rd, 2012 – 7:00pm in Dublin, CA.
Parenting can prove to  be a very rewarding experience in one’s life. Because of the changes in our  lifestyles, values and human relations, parenting is also becoming a challenge with parents having to deal with many issues related to children’s behaviour.  Often parents are found saying my kid

· Does not listen to me
· Jumps around and breaks  many things
· Does not eat properly
· Is just glued to the TV  all the time
· Is just not interested in studies, etc.

Understand Your Child workshop is a 2.5 hour interactive seminar from the Art of Living which helps parents deal with several such issues by finding the root cause behind them. It gives them an insight into how children think and thus a better understanding of their behavior. It points out small things that adults tend to overlook that may have a deep impact on children. Several hundred such workshops have been conducted benefiting many thousands of parents making their relationships with their children much more harmonious.

Please click on the following link to register for the workshop:

Date & Timings: Feb 3rd 2012 Friday at 7.00 p.m.
Course Location: 6690 Amador Plaza Road, #215, Dublin, CA 94568
Contact Information: Sridhar Nomula (510) 334-7908 and Rashmi Patel (925) 3361203

 Invite your friends, family& peers!

Jhankar Live Bollywood Music at the Dublin Library

Stop by at the Dublin Library on Sat, Jan 28 for a “breathtaking” bollywood music concert by Jhankar Live. Started in 2006 by a group of passionate music enthusiasts, the team excels in presenting soft, melodious songs as well as fast-paced numbers. Jhankar Live Bay Area Music GroupJhankar-live-bollywood-music-dublin-ca-2012

JhankarLive also performs for charitable causes and supports education and artistic talent development of poor children. Members of JhankarLive, fondly called “the jhankaris”, are all full-time employees of leading Bay Area organizations. Since its very first year of performing, Jhankar Live has performed to massive applause and rave reviews. For more information about the free afternoon concert, please call (925) 828-1315 or write to

An afternoon of Bollywood Music
Saturday, January 28
2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dublin Library
200 Civic Plaza, Dublin
(925) 828-1315

Update: Jan 28, 2012
The group performed to a packed hall. The songs were chosen in memory of late Deva Anand and Shammi Kapoor. Entertaining!

Jhankar Live Performs in Dublin Library
Jhankar Live Performs in Dublin Library

Holi celebration in Dublin, San Ramon, Pleasanton Mar 7, 2010

Holi kab hai…Kab hai holi…?!

For the second year, the Tri Valley India Association is organizing the Festival of Colors ‘Holi Dhamal’  in the Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon area. The Holi itself is on Mar 01 (Monday) as per and is being celebrated widely in the San Fransisco Bay Area.

  • When: Mar 7th, 2010 (Sunday)
  • Location: Emerald Glen Park, Dublin, CA (Use 4201 Central Parkway, Dublin CA – 94568 for GPS/Online directions)
  • Time: 11:00pm – 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Adults $7; Kids (4 -12 yrs):$5; Kids 4 and under: Free; Group of 10 of more -Adult $5; Group of 10 or more – Kids $4  (Apparently Cost includes  colors)

No water guns allowed

Email for tickets or more Info

Tickets Available At:

  • Kamal Spices (Pleasanton) – 6700 Santa Rita Road Pleasanton, CA 94588-3467 (925) 227-1600
  • New India Bazaar (Dublin) – 4552 Dublin Boulevard Dublin, CA 94568-7564 (925) 875-1692
  • New India Plaza (Dublin) – 6040 Dougherty Rd (at Houston Pl) Dublin, CA 94568 (925) 829-9950
  • ONLINE at
Holi - Festival of Colors Celebration 2010 - at Emerald Glen Park, Dublin CA (Pleasanton San Ramon Livermore Danville - Bay Area)
Holi - Festival of Colors Celebration 2010 - at Emerald Glen Park, Dublin CA (Pleasanton San Ramon Livermore Danville - Bay Area)


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How we decided on Dublin Emerald Glen as the best place to live!

Its not an easy situation to be in. We finally decided that we are ready to uproot from Burbank (Los Angeles), and would settle down somewhere else. I started travelling to projects to make the transition easy. Now the deal was to find an ideal place to live in the entire US, for us as an Indian family with two little ones 5 and 2.
It wasn’t easy to figure out what that some place could be. The place needed to be liberal and cosmopolitan such that we as immigrants feel comfortable.
Away from vagaries of weather and snow meant that east coast was not the best. And Chicago and Minneapolis. Florida and Texas was too hot and humid, though the real estate prices were enticing. And places like Austin fell out of the list based on economic opportunities.
California still seemed golden. If not south, we decided to consider the bay area. As we focussed more, it just seemed too expensive. A good school district and nice houses couldnt just seem to come together. Palo Alto, San Jose, Fremont. Then San Ramon came into picture. Though a litle away from center of action in the silicon valley, this city seemed to have it all – excellent schools and parks, new, nice, houses, a lot of Indians. Seemed like this was where the silicon valley was new and growing. So one day, we searched on internet to find the options for a three bedroom apartment on the ground floor – and it just so happened that we found availability in the small city of Dublin, next to San Ramon; signed up on the lease for six months, and within two weeks, moved there just in time before the schools started.
The idea was to continue scouting for houses as they came on sale, primarily, but not limited to San Ramon. As we started driving through the city we really liked the plenty of parks and schools, the library – it looked like a beautiful city with good roads, slightly hilly and scenic. The newer San Ramon, the Windermere and Gale Ranch and all, were either too expensive or too small. And with a higher tax rate. But then we found out that shopping and entertainment was a challenge in San Ramon. Going up to Walnut Creek or coming down to Dublin didn’t seem very practical – taking Dougherty Road all the way down didn’t seem easy. The idea of driving many miles for anything but schools didn’t seem very appealing, and we started questioning the very idea. Then some realtor gave us the long and short of living the tri-valley area. San Ramon afterall was designed as a family, residential community, with no plans for a mall or big shopping, other than plans for a high end shopping square. We weren’t so sure if we liked that. Even access to the BART system or nearest freeways seemed at least 20 minutes away. We heard the concentration of Indian and other Asian students was very high in the otherwise above par schools of the city. The schools were great, but we then also wondered if we instead would prefer a more rounded and cosmopolitan group in the schools…
We next checked out Danville; the downtown was cute, but the communities, many gated, seemed to have an over-emphasis on golf. If golf was not important, the city which was anyway even farther off from commute perspective didn’t seem very appealing in terms of the value of the houses.
We started checking out Fremont again, and Pleasanton. But couldn’t seem to be find a right balance between size, age, schools and location. By this time, we had already increased our price range by 25% since we had come to the bay area.
Then, we thought why not Dublin – we kind of seemed to like the town. Specifically the Hacienda-Tassahara area in the east. We saw that a lot of collataral benefit of the growth of San Ramon and surrounding area was actually coming to Dublin. It had in its catchment area big parts of San Ramon, Pleasanton, and probably even Livermore and Danville. We realized many people were actually coming down to the Hacienda area for restaurants, shopping or spending the evening. And some new, exciting developments were about to take shape – Whole Foods, the super new and up coming shopping area called TheGreen, The Promenade, etc. And that is where our daughter’s elementary school was as well – at no less than 945 API. And not to forget BART and the fact that 580 was right there. We quickly started scouting the Emerald Glen and Dublin Ranch area for any houses coming on sale. Dublin Ranch seemed like good value – but for some reason it just seemed to much of an extension or a new development and seemed a little far out there on the hill. Luckily a house came up for sale in a street right facing the Emerald Glen park within the main Dublin city, and we wasted no time in snapping it up.
We are all set to move in there with the closing around Thanksgiving this year (09). Only time will tell if east Dublin is really the best value in terms of weather, reasonable commute to an area of immense opportunity, good schools, and good value for the home in terms of age and style, in the entire US of America, or not. We have made out bet that it is!