Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fundraising Completed for The Centennial Grove

Walnut Creek Grove

Due to overwhelming community response, the Centennial Grove fund raising met its goal a week before the deadline. No more space is available on the Centennial Rock.

Everyone is invited to the dedication of the Centennial Grove on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 11 a.m.

For more information, please call (925) 943-5895.

Centennial Birthday Festival Set for October 18

A free, fun, family-friendly “party of the century”
at Shadelands Ranch Museum

Birthday FestivalEnjoy the party of the century as Walnut Creek officially celebrates its 100th birthday. The public is invited to celebrate this momentous occasion at the Centennial Birthday Festival on Saturday, October 18, from 11am to 4pm at the historic Shadelands Ranch Museum in Walnut Creek. Party goers will find live music, food trucks, local artisans, activities and crafts for kids of all ages—and, of course, the singing of “Happy Birthday” complete with birthday cake at 1pm!
Generously sponsored by Broadway Plaza and the Centennial’s Sponsor of the Century, Mechanics Bank, this fun, free, family-friendly celebration includes a full day of live music and dancing to Locust & Main, featuring an all-new take on popular music from the 1960s to today, and delightful performances on the main stage by the Devil Mountain Chorus.
More than 50 booths will dot the ranch grounds, including artisans and vendors, community service groups, children’s activities, the Centennial Store, and the History Alley tribute to Walnut Creek. Please note: Because of the overwhelming interest in participating, the Centennial Committee is unable to accept additional booth participants. Thank you!
Food trucks are trending—look for a variety of delicious offerings to please everyone’s palates from Best Food Trucks Bay Area: Maui Wowi Hawaiian Coffees & Smoothies, Moonstruck, Tonli Dumpling Truck, Sugar & Spun, and United Bites.
Community service groups will offer live, interactive experiences that showcase their missions, including Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek CERT, Tony La Russa’s Animal Rescue Foundation (ARF), the Ruth Bancroft Garden, Fantasy Forum, Save Mount Diablo, and the Walnut Creek Library Foundation, to name a few.
Children’s activities include The Karaoke Girl, Big Al Caricatures, Bricks4Kidz, Face Painting by Hollis, and The Pumpkin Patch at the Shadelands.
Shining a spotlight on Walnut Creek’s rich art community and the programs and offerings exclusive to the city, the Artists Market will feature educators; artists from the Civic Arts Education Program, Clay Arts Guild, and Fiber Arts Program; and local independent artists and vendors. Demonstrations in a variety of studio art genre and art sales will be going on throughout the day.
Located at 2660 Ygnacio Valley Road in Walnut Creek, the Shadelands Ranch Museum will also be open to the public that day. Built in 1903, the former home of Hiram Penniman (1824-1907) now houses the Walnut Creek Historical Society and showcases numerous historical artifacts.

The public is encouraged to come, join the party with family and friends, and help Walnut Creek celebrate its Centennial–it only happens once in 100 years!

For questions contact Festival organizer Carolina Katz at