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San Ramon gearing up for 150th birthday celebration

Birthday bash, multicultural celebration, 'Pioneer Profiles', museum exhibit all part of sesquicentennial happenings

The San Ramon community is joining together throughout this year to commemorate San Ramon's 150th birthday, with a series of local events planned throughout 2017 as part of the sesquicentennial celebration.

San Ramon 150, a grassroots group of local residents, businesses and community leaders, on Monday announced the schedule of festivities for throughout the year, including a video series, a San Ramon 150 museum exhibit, a multicultural celebration and a birthday bash Sept. 9 at City Hall.

"With the many incredible improvements within arm's reach including construction of the San Ramon City Center and bike/pedestrian walkways over Crow Canyon and Bollinger Canyon roads, and improvements to the Iron Horse Trail and San Ramon Library, I can't think of a better way for us to celebrate San Ramon than with the San Ramon 150 yearlong anniversary," Mayor Bill Clarkson said in a statement.

The sesquicentennial celebration follows the San Ramon City Council's action last year to establish for the first time 1867 as San Ramon's official founding year -- a date selected based on the construction of the area's first permanent, two-room schoolhouse.

San Ramon, which officially incorporated as an independent city in 1983, now boasts more than 78,000 residents, 2,600-plus businesses, and acres of open space and public parks -- not to mention more than a dozen schools -- at the southern end of Contra Costa County.

To shine a spotlight on San Ramon's accomplishments over the century and a half, San Ramon 150 has planned a series of celebratory events, educational opportunities and other activities this year.

Marquee events include:

* The San Ramon 150 video series.

* San Ramon "Pioneer Profiles" on the San Ramon 150 website. This month's article, written by San Ramon Valley historian Beverly Lane, profiles Maj. Samuel Russell, San Ramon's first postmaster who served from 1852-59.

* San Ramon Library's grand reopening, April 15.

* The San Ramon 150 exhibit at the Museum of the San Ramon Valley in downtown Danville from April 15 to June 11.

* The San Ramon 150 Birthday Party, Sept. 9 at City Hall.

* The San Ramon 150 Multicultural Celebration, Oct. 15 at the San Ramon Community Center.

* San Ramon Pioneer Presentations, August through December at the San Ramon Library.

* Forest Home Farms Pioneer Event, Aug. 26.

San Ramon 150 will also feature displays of community and civic pride, including light-pole flags on main San Ramon thoroughfares, commemorative pins for third-graders and Scouts who visit City Hall, a special poem by poet laureate Kathy Moore, an official San Ramon 150 geocache and a San Ramon 150 photo/video "Why I Love San Ramon" campaign.

To learn more, visit the San Ramon 150 website.

San Ramon 150 is presented by the San Ramon Chamber of Commerce and Discover San Ramon in partnership with the city government. It is also being organized by a committee of representatives of the school district, business community, library, arts and historic foundations, sports groups and other interested residents.

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