On Jan. 28, 1914, Beverly Hills was incorporated, forming an independent city. Since then, Beverly Hills has thrived, growing into a prosperous, beautiful and world-renowned community.
Beverly Hills kicked off the centennial year with a beautiful float in the Tournament of Roses parade on Jan. 1. The countdown for the big celebration began in October 2013 with the Rodeo de los Caballos.
Here's a run down of the scheduled centennial events throughout 2014:
- Centenarian Presentation – Tue. Jan. 21, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. The City Council will honor 100-plus-year-old citizens at the study session in City Hall Council Chambers.
- Planting of Centennial Tree – Sun. Jan. 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. The public is invited to a participate in the planting of the Centennial tree – a Ficus Macrophylla (Moreton Bay Fig) – while reflecting on the history of the urban forest, past and present. This is at Beverly Gardens Park at Santa Monica Boulevard and Crescent Drive.
- Centennial Concert and Sing-Along - Jan. 28, 2014 at 7 p.m. The free Centennial concert and sing-along features the L.A. Lawyers Phil harmonic, the Beverly Hills High School Marching Band and numerous celebrity guests including Betty White and Monty Hall. Saban Theatre. For tickets, call the theatre box office at 323-655-0111.
- Lily Pond Dedication – Feb. 4, 2014 at 1:45 p.m. Councilmembers will formally dedicate the pond in front of the Beverly Hills sign. Timed to coincide with the Centennial, the historic Lily Pond has been recreated as the first phase in the Beverly Gardens Park restoration project.
- BH100 Block Party on Rodeo Drive – April 27, 2014 from 4 to 8 p.m. Rodeo Drive will host a huge block party to commemorate the City’s Centennial and the April 24 Independence Day. The evening’s fun includes carnival rides, entertainment, a “Taste of Beverly Hills” food festival, historical displays, fireworks and a cake big enough to feed 15,000 people. 200, 300 and 400 blocks of Rodeo Drive
- Beverly Hills Centennial Cookbook – On sale now! The Beverly Hills Centennial Cookbook features recipes from Spago, Scarpetta, Il Pastaio, the Stinking Rose, Matsuhisa and Bouchon, among 39 elite and beloved Beverly Hills restaurants. Stop by the Visitor’s Center at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd. or go to www.beverlyhills.org/cookbook.
- Centennial Merchandise – On sale now! Purchase centennial merchandise including centennial-themed books, mugs, hats, coasters, hand-crafted water, pins and more. Stop by the Visitor’s Center at 9400 S. Santa Monica Blvd. or go to www.beverlyhills.org/centennialstore.
Check the city’s website often for updates and new events: www.beverlyhills.org/centennial.