The Annual WCHS Dinner and Meeting is set for Mon., Jan. 22, 2017 at Scott’s Seafood Restaurant. Stay tuned for more details.
Holiday gifts for all ages will be available at this year’s Holiday Faire at Shadelands Ranch Museum, starting Sat., Nov. 25.
An annual tradition, the historical home will overflow with beautiful handcrafted items of every description. More than 30 vendors will be offering their items.
The Faire will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 10.
Walnut Creek visitors and residents can now explore the city’s fascinating 165-year history through the new Downtown Heritage Walk, a self-guided, cellphone-based walking tour.
Created by the Walnut Creek Historical Society, the Heritage Walk features 60 sites in downtown Walnut Creek that tell the story of Walnut Creek’s history.
The Heritage Walk is part of “Walk Walnut Creek: Art and History Live Here,” a collaboration between the Historical Society and the Public Art program of Walnut Creek’s Bedford Gallery. In addition to the 60 heritage sites, Walk Walnut Creek features some 30 public art installations that grace the downtown landscape.
Walk Walnut Creek allows visitors and residents to use their mobile phones to tour the city at their own pace, visiting as many or as few sites as their schedules allow. Each site is marked with prominent signage that includes a telephone number to access tour site information via standard cellphone. Visitors simply call 925-322-6427 via cellphone or visit WalkWC.TourSphere.com with a web-enabled cellphone or tablet to get started.
“Walnut Creek’s centennial celebrations in 2014 generated an extraordinary amount of interest in the city’s roots, heritage and our public art. That inspired us to bring all the pieces together in one cohesive, fascinating and informative tour,” said Karen Majors, president, Walnut Creek Historical Society.
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.
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.
The 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.