Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  May 11, 2015 News & Events
Today's EBMUD Pipeline Project/Lafayette Circle Update 

Today - Monday,  May 11 - Update - The EBMUD crew returns on Monday, May 11, to continue their work to do service hook-ups. This work will primarily be on Hough and not on Lafayette Circle. There will still be flagmen working but the activity level should be at a minimum. There will be some work continuing at the corner of Mt. Diablo & Lafayette Circle. Beginning Tuesday, May 12 through Thursday, May 14 the entrance to Lafayette Circle will be closed beginning at 9:00am. Then, Thursday night, May 14, the crew will be working through the night up on Mt. Diablo Blvd. between Bank of the West on the west end to Wells Fargo (Moraga Rd.) on the east end. Water to businesses along Mt. Diablo will be shut off beginning at 10:00pm. That work will be completed around 6:00am. The crew will be taking next Friday off.

Questions? Please contact Matt Luttropp, Senior Engineer, City of Lafayette, Ph. 925.299.3247 Fx. 925.284.3169, or Stan Polite, EBMUD Project Manager,, (510) 774-6266.

Orinda Restaurant Tour, Tomorrow, May 12, 6:00-8:00pm 

That's right - nothing like taking in a Restaurant Walk in Orinda on Tuesday, May 12 before you join us for the Taste of Lafayette next week.  You can diet in June!  You can buy tickets at  They are also available at First Republic Bank, 224 Brookwood Rd., Orinda.


Welcome to our New Members!

The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from May 4 - May 10:

Capital Advantage Inc. - Financial Services & Planning
Girards Catering - Catering & Event Planning
Paleoventures - Educational Services
Panache Caffe - Coffee 
The Salon at Merrill Gardens - Beauty Salons & Services

Thursday, May 14 - Ribbon Cutting at The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Lafayette Restaurant - The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe on Thursday, May 14 at 5:00pm. The Hideout is located at 3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 4 behind the Soccer Post.
Thursday, May 14 - Bike to Work Day

Thursday, May 14 is the 21st Anniversary of Bike to Work Day This event promotes bicycling as a green form of transportation that is healthy and fun.  Bike to Work Day encourages employees to join the tens of thousands of Bay Area residents commuting to work on their bicycles on May 14th.  There well be over 200 energizer stations, located throughout the Bay Area.  In Lafayette you will find stations at  Plaza Park (Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Moraga Rd.), at Lafayette BART and at the  Lafayette-Moraga Trail at the corner of Pleasant Hill Rd. and Olympic. Blvd.  Find other stations by going to Use the Interactive Bike Mapper which is designed to find flat, safe and fast route anywhere in Contra Costa County.  For more information go to

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In This Issue
Today's EBMUD Pipeline Project/Lafayette Circle Update
Orinda Restaurant Tour, Tomorrow, May 12
Welcome to our New Members!
Thursday, May 14 - Ribbon Cutting at The Hideout Kitchen & Cafe
Thursday, May 14 - Bike to Work Day
Thursday, May 14 - Last Chance to Join the Community Conversation
Tuesday, May 19 - 13th Annual Taste of Lafayette
Wednesday, May 20 - "Personal Branding in a Social Media (and Increasingly Mobile!) World" Workshop
Thursday, May 21 - Entrepreneur's Club.
Thursday, May 21 - Ribbon Cutting at Behymer & Steel Chiropractic
Walnut Creek Chamber Looking for Volunteers
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Thursday, May 14 - Last Chance to Join the Community Conversation

City of Lafayette logo It's time for the community to initiate a discussion regarding what's next for Lafayette. The City wants to know what else is on your list. To collect the broadest range of opinions representing all of the community, they have put together several ways to share your thoughts:

1. Fill out the Vistas survey and mail it to the City
2. Go to and fill out the survey online. Click on the Hot Topics button on the homepage.
3. Send a letter or email that reflects your priorities to
4. Attend a Community Conversation meeting in your neighborhood & make your voice know.

The last Community Conversation meeting is at 7pm on Thursday, May 14 at Oakwood Athletic Club. Childcare will be provided - to reserve a spot email City Clerk Joanne Robbins at

Tuesday, May 19 - 13th Annual Taste of Lafayette
There is no better way to experience Lafayette's Restaurant Row dining than with friends, family and neighbors - and that is exactly why "Taste of Lafayette" has become such a popular annual event. 

Tuesday, May 19 is our 13th Annual Taste of Lafayette.Over 25 restaurants participating, an exciting raffle and 7 new stops highlight the event. This event gives the chamber a chance to share our good fortune and the Lafayette Community Foundation raises money through the raffle to support their annual grant program that gives to local non-profits and local projects.  Register online.

Wednesday, May 20 - "Personal Branding in a Social Media (and Increasingly Mobile!) World" Workshop

Social Media 101 with a Twist! Google yourself. Does your online image support your word of mouth referrals, or does it detract? In this workshop, we'll focus on must-do online steps (including social media) to help you align your online image with your true personal brand, even when people search for you on mobile devices. Wednesday, May 20 at 8am. 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. 
Questions? Call Robin @ (925) 451-3069


Thursday, May 21 - Entrepreneur's Club

Join us for our monthly Entrepreneur's Club on Thursday, May 21 at 8:30am in the Chamber Conference Room. This month's speaker is Sara Skowronski, SPHR, Principal Consultant, EOS Human Resoures Consulting. In her presentation she will discuss steps to create an HR process and strategy that will align with business growth. Please park on the street.
Thursday, May 21 - Ribbon Cutting at Behymer & Steel Chiropractic  

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at the new location of Behymer & Steel Chiropractic on Thursday, May 21 at 5:00pm.  Their new location is at 1043 Stuart Street , Suite 100.        


Walnut Creek Chamber Looking for Volunteers

KWalnut Creek Chamber of Commerce is reaching out to fill volunteer ticket booth shifts at the upcoming Art & Wine Festival at Heather Farm Park. The openings that we have to fill are as follows: SATURDAY, May 30 - 10-1:30, 1:30-4 & 4-7 OR SUNDAY, May 31 - 10-1, 1-3:30 or 3:30-6. You are welcome to volunteer for one shift, or more than one shift on either day or for a shift on both days. Any time that you are willing to help out would be welcome. Please contact me directly and as soon as possible at:

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center


Monday, May 11 - "Reading is Fun" Week! All Week - Library Open Space. This is "Reading is Fun" Week! Get caught reading in the library, get a raffle ticket for a chance to win great prizes! Good luck! Raffle drawing will be May 16. For more information click here.

Tuesday, May 12 - The Commonwealth Club of California presents: An Evening of Culinary Delight with Rebecca Katz & Mollie Katze - 6:30 - 8:00PM - Community Hall. Healthy eating tends to focus on keeping our bodies physically fit, but what about improving the health of our minds? In The Healthy Mind Cookbook, Rebecca Katz takes cutting-edge brain research and applies it directly to the plate through recipes like cozy lentil soup with delicata squash and chocolate cherry walnut truffles. Mollie Katzen is listed by The New York Times as one of the best-selling cookbook authors of all time and is a James Beard Cookbook Hall of Fame inductee. The author of the iconic Moosewood Cookbook, Katzen is largely credited with having brought vegetarian cuisine into the mainstream. Join Katz and Katzen for a conversation on science-based culinary delight and promoting happier, healthier minds through food. Visit for tickets.

Thursday, May 14 - Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Community Hall. Do you want to keep a nature journal or bump your current practice to a higher orbit? Join us for the first of a monthly nature journaling workshop series. See the possibilities of what a journal can be and how to make journaling and drawing a life changing habit. If you already have a journal kit, bring it along plus any personal favorite sketching or nature study supplies. For more information click here.

Sunday, May 17 - Gold Coast Chamber Players Whirlwind - 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Community Hall. The season finale of Gold Coast Chamber Players' 2014-15 series, showcases woodwind chamber music and includes works by Schumann, Hummel, and Klughardt. San Francisco Opera Orchestra musicians Kevin Rivard, Mingjia Liu, and Stephanie McNab will appear. A 2:30PM pre-concert talk starts the program. Tickets are available at and by phone at (925) 283-3728. Limited seating, please reserve early. For more information click here.

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Upcoming Chamber Events 

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

May 22 - Coffee with the Mayor Brandt Andersson - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room

May 25 - Chamber Office closed for Memorial Day Holiday

May 26 - Green Committee Meeting - 12:00pm - Chamber Conference Room

May 27 - Mixer at Lafayette Physical Therapy - 5:30pm - 3468 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Suite #B110  

May 28 - Ribbon Cutting at Red Carpet Flooring - 5:00pm - 3561 Mt. Diablo Blvd.      

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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