Monthly Archives: October 2014

City Council Officially Concludes Centennial Year

Time Capsule

Time Capsule

The Centennial officially closed at the Tuesday, October 21 meeting of the City Council — coincidentally, 100 years to the date of the official incorporation of the City.

During the 100-minute meeting, the City Council read aloud the minutes of the first meeting of the Walnut Creek Board of Trustees from October 1914, received congratulations from numerous County and State officials, opened a time capsule that was sealed in 1999, revealed a plaque listing the names of the former Walnut Creek mayors, and sealed a new time capsule, which will be opened in 2064. View the evening’s photos.

Walnut Creek City Council with former Walnut Creek Mayors (from left): Bob Schroder, Gary Skrel, Sue Rainey, Charlie Abrams, Merle Hall, Kathy Hicks, and Gwen Regalia.

Walnut Creek City Council with former Walnut Creek Mayors (from left): Bob Schroder, Gary Skrel, Sue Rainey, Charlie Abrams, Merle Hall, Kathy Hicks, and Gwen Regalia.

Community Celebrates at Centennial Birthday Festival

Birthday FestivalMore than 5,000 community members of all ages celebrated Walnut Creek’s 100th Birthday at the Centennial Birthday Festival on Saturday, October 18. Party-goers enjoyed live music, local artisan booths, activities and crafts for children, tours of the historic Penniman House, and special exhibits by local community groups.  And the day culminated with a group sing of “Happy Birthday” and birthday cake!

Check out the photos from the event.


Birthday Festival

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A Few Centennial Keepsakes Still Available

Walnut Creek 100 Centennial

Centennial Birthday Festival celebrants truly showed their pride for Walnut Creek at the Centennial Store. By the end of the October 18 Festival, Centennial merchandise was virtually sold out!  A few items still are available for purchase. Gets yours while they last!

The Walnut Creek Historical Society offers two books about Walnut Creek. 

  • An Illustrated History (2009), by Brad Rovanpera
  • Vintage Homes & Family Recipes, A Historic Homes Cookbook (2014)

A few bottles of the Centennial Wine are still available. Local vintner Shadowbrook Winery has produced a special Centennial blend, created from eight different red varietals representing Walnut Creek soil, climate, and topography – terroir, in the language of winemakers. Orders can be placed through The wine sells for $100 per bottle, and for every sale, Shadowbrook Winery donates $50 of the purchase price to the Walnut Creek Historical Society. Only 600 bottles have been produced and after 2014, this special Centennial blend will no longer be available.

Centennial Grove Dedication Set for Dec. 6

Walnut Creek Grove

The Centennial Grove at Heather Farm Park — a living legacy to the spirit of Walnut Creek — will be dedicated on Saturday, December 6 at 11 a.m. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

Encompassing 100 trees, the Centennial Grove will be located on the western edge of the pond at Heather Farm Park. The Grove was funded with more than $60,000 in contributions from community members as a legacy gift to commemorate the Centennial. Read more about the Grove.

Please note: Due to overwhelming community response, the Centennial Grove fund raising effort met its goal in late September and no additional contributions are being accepted. Thank you to all of the donors!