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Dublin Farmers' Market opens at 4 p.m. today

Market will be held every Thursday through Sept. 24

The Dublin Farmers' Market will open its fifth season today at Emerald Glen Park. The Market will run each Thursday, from 4-8 p.m. through Sept. 24.

The city of Dublin is partnering again with the Pacific Coast Farmers' Market Association (PCFMA) to operate the Market. The first night of the Market will feature a performance by the Quarry Lane School Jazz Band and Orchestra at 6 p.m.

In addition to its weekly traditional farmers' market fare of fresh, locally grown produce, baked goods, and hot foods, the Dublin Farmers' Market will also feature weekly special events, such as free music, wine and beer tastings, cook-offs, local entertainment, and children's games and activities.

The weekly themes this year include:

"First Thursdays" (First Week of the Month): The "First Thursday" events will include musical performances, in addition to beer and wine tastings from local breweries and vintners. A full line-up of free, staged concerts returns this year, after a two-year hiatus.

The following bands are scheduled to perform:

May 7: Stealin' Chicago (Chicago tribute band)

June 4: Tom Rigney and Flambeau (zydeco)

July 2: The Fundamentals (rock and pop favorites)

August 6: Caravanserai (Santana tribute band)

September 3: The Department of Rock (rock and pop favorites)

"Dublin Cooks" (Second Week of the Month): This night will feature cooking demonstrations and cook-offs, where residents and local service organizations can show off their talents in the preparation of a variety of foods, such as chili and ribs.

"Community Night" (Third and Fifth Week of the Month): This night will again provide local groups with an opportunity to showcase their talents. The Market will feature entertainment from local musical, theatrical, and dance groups.

On July 16 and 30, the Market will feature its third "Dublin Idol" competition, where kids and teens in grades 5-12 will be able to compete to win the crown. A KKIQ deejay will emcee the event, and the station will present monetary awards to the winners.

"Family Night" (Fourth Week of the Month): Designed to give families an opportunity to spend more time together, this night will feature games and activities for the kids, including face painting, clowns, and a host of fun and interesting shows and exhibits. Scheduled exhibits include a bubble artist, the Lindsay Wildlife Museum, and the Oakland ZooMobile.

Due to construction of the Emerald Glen Recreation and Aquatic Complex, the Market will be held in the plaza at Emerald Glen, along Gleason Drive.

For more information about the Dublin Farmers' Market, including the "Dublin Idol" competition, please visit the City of Dublin website at www.dublin.ca.gov/farmersmarket/

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