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Community Dedicates Centennial Grove

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The Centennial Grove at Heather Farm Park — a living legacy to the spirit of Walnut Creek — was dedicated on Saturday, December 6. More than 100 community members attended.

Encompassing 100 trees, the Centennial Grove is 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.


Centennial Time Capsule

Friday, November 21st, 2014

Time CapsuleThe Centennial Time Capsule is ready for its 50-year sleep. The Time Capsule contains more than 100 items, from stuffed “school mascot” animals contributed by elementary schools to a swimsuit worn by a member of the Walnut Creek Aquanuts on “America’s Got Talent.”

More than 150 community members shared ideas for what should go in the Time Capsule via an online survey. For a list of contents, click here.

City Council members filled the Centennial Time Capsule at the October 21 City Council meeting. The time capsule is stored in the City vault, to be opened in October 2064.


City Council Officially Concludes Centennial Year

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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.

 

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A Few Centennial Keepsakes Still Available

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

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 Shadowbrook100.com. 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

Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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!

 


Centennial Birthday Festival Set for October 18

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

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 caromelk@aol.com.


Centennial Keepsakes Still Available!

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Walnut Creek 100 Centennial

Centennial Birthday Festival celebrants truly showed their Centennial pride: By the end of the October 18 Festival, Centennial merchandise was sold out!  A few items still are available for purchase.

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 Shadowbrook100.com. 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.

A limited list of Walnut Creek 100 merchandise is available online by simply clicking here.


Families of All Ages Celebrate Heritage Day

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Heritage DayMatt RogersMore than 850 community members celebrated Walnut Creek’s early ranch days this past Saturday, May 17, at the Centennial Heritage Day at Borges Ranch.

Toddlers to seniors and all ages in between enjoyed pony rides, an equestrian demonstration by the Amigos de Anza Riders, farm animal demonstrations, a blacksmith demonstration, early 1900s craft activities and games, and entertainment by local musical groups and cloggers.

Highlighting the day were two performances by country singer and American Idol star Matt Rogers. Joined by two of his band members, Rogers “wowed” the crowd for nearly two hours.

Historical Society
Heritage Day was the second of three Signature Events planned for the Centennial.

Click here to view more photos from our Centennial Events.


Flappers and Flasks Roars in 100th Celebration

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Flappers and Flasks Centennial Celebration January 2014More than 200 community members kicked off Walnut Creek’s 100th Birthday Celebration on Friday evening, Jan. 24 at “Flappers and Flasks: Roaring in the Centennial.”

Held at the Lesher Center for the Arts, the speak-easy-themed event paid homage to Walnut Creek’s early years as a grape-growing region. Guests came in creative Roaring 20s attire and enjoyed great food and beverages — including the Walnut Creek Centennial Wine — live entertainment, gaming, and even Charleston lessons.

Check out the photos from the event.


How to Host a Centennial Event

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

2014 is Walnut Creek’s Centennial Year, and the Centennial Steering Committee wants to find 100 ways to celebrate! Be part of this special time by submitting your organization’s special event (existing or new) for consideration for inclusion on the Centennial Calendar.

Events must be open to the general public. Let’s see if we can come up with 100 ways (or more) to commemorate our 100th year.

To submit an event for consideration, fill out the form below.