To Our Dear Friends

john preisnerWe are very pleased to announce that the Peg Taylor Center is now celebrating our 30th Anniversary! 

Since 1985, when we opened our doors through the gracious hospitality of a local church, we have worked hard to provide care that allowed people to thrive and improve their health even in the face of significant challenges. When it was time to grow and spread our wings, our community stepped up to the challenge — your donations and hard work ensured a successful capital campaign, and in 1992 we moved into the lovely, purpose-built building we still call home today. Year after year, whatever obstacles we faced, your contributions and volunteer hours have helped to fill the gaps. Your friendship has made our Adult Day Health Care community thrive. Thanks to you, we have supported thousands of individuals and families on their journeys of health and independence. Thank you. ♥

Now we’re getting ready to celebrate our history, and our partnership with all of you, with our sixth annual Poppy Walk and 5k Run, on Saturday, April 2nd, 2016! The Poppy Walk is our principal yearly fundraiser, and a great way to connect with the community. We would love for you to be involved, whether your company or family sponsors the event, you join with some friends and family and register a team, you just run in the 5k yourself, or even show up to cheer people on.

We know the Poppy Walk & 5k Run is still a few months away; this is a big year, so we’re starting early on the planning. Here are some things you can do right now to get involved!


Thank you so much!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to the Fifth Annual Poppy Walk! We had a wonderful time and raised nearly $30,000 in direct and in-kind support for the Peg Taylor Center, thanks to our amazing sponsors, volunteers, and walkers & runners.

You can view the results of the timed run on Under the Sun’s website. We’ll have pictures up very shortly! In the meantime, please take a moment to check out all of our wonderful sponsors one more time. And thank you, again, for your support. It means the world to us and all of our Peg Taylor Center participants!

2015 poppy walk t-shirt

Packet Pick-Up & Race Day

The Poppy Walk and 5k Run is only a few days away! We’re getting excited…

Are you all registered for Saturday? Great! The next step is picking up your packet.

The packet contains your t-shirt (guaranteed if you registered on or before 3/14), your runner’s bib (if you signed up for the timed run), some info about the Peg Taylor Center, and some coupons and other goodies!

Packet Pick-Up is on Friday, at Fleet Feet (241 Main Street in Chico), from 10-6. You can also stop by Fleet Feet to register for the race, since online registration will have closed by then.

If you can’t make it to Fleet Feet, no worries — just come by the Packet Pick-Up table at the One-Mile picnic area before the Poppy Walk! Packet Pick-up will be open from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on Saturday.

If you do pick up your packet at Fleet Feet on Friday, when you get to the park on Saturday, there’s no need to check in with us. Just get stretched, enjoy yourself, and find the starting line! Runners and walkers will both take off at 8:30.

A few notes and reminders:

Race Day Registration

  • Race day registration will go from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. (Registration is available up until Friday afternoon at Fleet Feet or the Peg Taylor Center.)

Start Time

  • The Run and Walk both start at 8:30 a.m. and Runners and Walkers should be in line by 8:15, with timed runners (those with bibs) in front.

Timed Runners

  • Timed Runners should wear their numbered bibs over their midsection (for best timing results, be sure not to cover up the bib). Water will be available after the Run, but not along the route except at park drinking fountain. Results from the timed 5K will be available after the event at


  • Please park outside the park and then come to the 1 Mile Picnic Area (near the ball field by Caper Acres). Normal parking within the park will be available after 9:00 a.m.
  • People with a Disabled Person Parking Placard may park within Bidwell Park, if you arrive between 7:00 and 7:45. Please show your placard to the gate monitor. You can call us at (530) 342-2345 for more information.

Online Registration Still Open

Online registration is open through tomorrow (Wednesday, 3/25) at noon! Just click on the “Register” button to your right to register online now.

Once online registration has closed, you can still participate — just stop by Fleet Feet between 10 and 6 on Friday, 3/27, or register on race day at the park between 7:30 and 8:15.

We’re Now an Official Run of the 2015 Fleet Feet Race Series!

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The 2015 Fleet Feet Race Series

Good news for those of you participating in Fleet Feet’s Madison Bear Garden race series this year — the Poppy Walk & 5k Run has been added to the series! 

Our 5K, which is chip-timed by Under the Sun Events, is one of the Short Races in the series this year. That means that if you’re signed up for the series, running in our 5K can earn you points!

For more information or to register for the Series, check it out on Fleet Feet’s website. To register online for the Poppy Walk 5k, click here.

Are You a Poppy Pal?

791575092002_915420364002_1060_0042Did you know that families, as well as organizations, can sponsor the Poppy Walk? Your personal sponsorship at the Poppy Pal level ($100 or $250) makes a real difference for the people we serve. All contributions are tax-deductible and go directly to participant care. Plus, you get your family name (or a Poppy Pal name of your choosing — once we had “The Squirrels”) on the back of our Poppy Walk t-shirts with the other sponsors!

To get started, just click on the “Sponsor Now” button, or go to our Sponsorship page for more information.