Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  March 30, 2015 News & Events
Tuesday, March 31 - Deadline fo Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) Grant Applications

The Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) will be accepting grant applications from local non-profits until Tuesday, March 31 for its Spring 2015 grant cycle. LCF invests in programs and projects that promote and enhance the civic, cultural, educational and environmental health of Lafayette and beyond. ALL applications must be received through the online application form- please go to our website at and click on APPLY FOR A GRANT.

Should you have any questions, please contact Kathy Bowles via my email at


Monday, April 6 - EBMUD Pipeline Project on Lafayette Circle Begins.

EBMUD begins major pipeline project on Lafayette Circle next Monday, April 6. Work will begin on Lafayette Circle between Hough Ave. and Mt. Diablo Blvd.  The EBMUD crews will be excavating for installation of a new water main which includes transfers and hookups to water meter and fire hydrants. The length of the project and staging have not been shared at this time. The chamber has asked for weekly updates and we will pass these along. For the retailers and restaurants along Lafayette Circle we know this inconvenience will come at a tough time. With Easter, Mother's Day and Graduations coming up we want to make sure your business has free access at all times. We will work with EBMUD and the City of Lafayette to help reduce the issues that can be avoided. Understand that much of the parking in the area will be lost to "staging" of materials and equipment. If you have a business on Lafayette Circle, you should have received a letter from EBMUD over the weekend. Here are the contacts: Construction & Maintenance Scheduler - Walter Coty, 510-715-6046, email: City engineer, Matt Luttropp, Senior engineer, 925-299-3247, email: The chamber will continue to furnish information as we receive it.


Monday, April 6 - Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Join Congressman Mark DeSaulnier as he reports out on his first 100 days in office on Monday, April 6.  Check in begins at 6:00pm. Listen to a presentation and update, and share your thoughts about issues important to you and your family.  For more information, please email or call 925-933-2660. The Town Hall Meeting will be held at Concord City Council Chambers, 1950 Parkside Dr., Concord.


Saturday, April 11 - Dogtown Downtown

Join us for our second annual Dogtown Downtown on Saturday, April 11 from 10am-1pm. Dog Parade at 10am from the Lafayette Plaza Park to the Lafayette Library & Learning Center.  Activities at the library include workshops, lectures, demonstrations and dog adoptions. There will also be contests for: best team tricks, best costume, looks most like owner, waggiest tail and best of show (enter you dog in any/all contest - Free registration starts @ 9am at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center).

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In This Issue
Tuesday, March 31 - Deadline fo Lafayette Community Foundation (LCF) Grant Applications
Monday, April 6 - EBMUD Pipeline Project on Lafayette Circle Begins
Monday, April 6 - Town Hall Meeting with Congressman Mark DeSaulnier
Saturday, April 11 - Dogtown Downtown
Welcome Our New Members!
Wednesday, April 15 - "Easy Steps to Claim & Optimize Your Google Plus Local Business Profile" Workshop
Project LPIE Needs Judges
Thursday, April 16 - Second Community Conversation Meeting
Call for Artists, 2015-16 Exhibition Season
Sponsorships Available
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Welcome Our New Members!

The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from March 23 - March 29:

Brown Dog Mustard Co., LLC - Gourmet Foods / Food Products
Interiors - Interior Design

Wednesday, April 15 - "Easy Steps to Claim & Optimize Your Google Plus Local Business Profile" Workshop

Join us for this free "easy Steps to Claim & Optimize Your Google Plus Local Business Profile" Workshop on Wednesday, April 15 at 8:00am. Lets put your local business on the Google Map for Local Search. In this workshop, we'll explain how to use the Google Your Business dashboard to claim & optimize your Google Plus Local business profile. If you've claimed a profile on "Google Maps" or "Google Local" in the past, it's time to review & update! Workshop location: Lafayette Library and Learning Center's Arts & Science Classroom, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette (Enter from Plaza, off First Street).

Free, but Limited Seating - Reservations Recommended
Online Registration:
Or Email:
Questions? Call Robin @ (925) 451-3069
Project LPIE Needs Judges

Project LPIE is an opportunity to recognize the talented Acalanes High School students for their project-based learning with a unique community twist! The students compete in any of the 14 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the curriculum. Project judging is done by professional business people with extensive expertise in the various categories. We are busy recruiting judges for Project LPIE (judging is done week of April 13 or 20). We need help with the following categories: Entrepreneu, Digital Design, and Video Production.

Interested? A description can be found on Judges application can be found at For more information you can contact Myrna Kimmelman, Lafayette Partners in Education Executive Director, 925.299.1644 or email:
Thursday, April 16 - Second Community Conversation Meeting

The City is convening a series of Community Conversations to find out what kinds of projects (if any) you'd like to see in Lafayette between now and 2034. You still have time to join the Community Conversation! 

1. Fill out the survey found in the Vista newsletter and mail it to the City.
2. Fill out the survey online.
3. Send a letter or email that reflects your priorities to
4. Attend a Community Conversation meeting in your neighborhood & make your voice know.

There are two more Community Conversation meetings both at 7pm - April 16 at the Lafayette Community Center and May 14 at Oakwood Athletic Club. Childcare will be provided - to reserve a spot email City Clerk Joanne Robbins at


Call for Artists, 2015-16 Exhibition Season

The City of Lafayette Public Art Committee invites artists living or working in the Bay Area to submit proposals for exhibitions in the Library Art Gallery located at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in downtown Lafayette. Individuals and non-commercial groups based in the Greater Bay Area may exhibit. Priority consideration is given to those in Contra Costa County.  There is no cost to apply for review or to exhibit in the LLLC.  Potential exhibitors must submit a complete a LLLC Gallery Exhibition Application to the City of Lafayette, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 210, Lafayette, CA  94549.  Completed applications will be reviewed by the Public Art Committee.  The committee meets on the first Wednesday of each month.  For more information, contact Juliet Hansen at 925-299-3216 or


Sponsorships Available

Sponsorships and space for the 2015 Art & Wine Festival are selling at record pace. Don't be left out. September 19th & 20th mark our 20th year bringing as many as 100,000 people to downtown Lafayette. Call Sara Regan for details at 925-284-7404 ext. 12 or email her at You can also find out about other sponsorship opportunities including the Reservoir Run, Taste of Lafayette, Summer Concerts, Dogtown Downtown and Earth Day.


What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Tuesday, March 31 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Community Hall.David Boaz: The Libertarian Mind. David Boaz, Executive Vice President, The Cato Institute; Author, The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom in conversation with Josh Richman, State and National Politics Reporter, Bay Area News Group. Boaz has played a key role in the development of the libertarian movement in the United States.  Join Boaz for a conversation on this growing ideology as he addresses everything from the campaigns of Ron Paul and Rand Paul to issues of national security and the 2008 financial crisis. For tickets:

Wednesday, April 01 - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
Decorate Ukrainian Eggs! Evie Michon will teach us the folk art of Pysanky, Ukrainian Egg decorating. Each person will get to dye and decorate an egg. All Ages / Families Welcome! Registration Required at: Participants must be in third grade or older. $5 for materials to be collected at door.


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Upcoming Chamber Events 

April 16 - Entrepreneur's Club - 8:30am - Chamber Conference Room

April 22 - Mixer at Merrill Gardens at Lafayette - 5:30pm - 1010 Second Street

April 24 - Business Forum - 8:00am  - Chamber Conference Room - sponsored by PG&E

April 26 - 10th Annual Earth Day Festival - 11:00am - Lafayette Library & Learning Center

April 28 - Green Committee - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

May 19 - 13th Annual Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm - Plaza Park & Downtown Lafayette - Purchase tickets online.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
100 Lafayette Circle, Suite 103
Lafayette, CA 94549