Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  August 31, 2015 News & Events
Thursday, September 3 - Ribbon Cutting at Earth and Sea Yoga
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at Earth and Sea Yoga on Thursday, September 3 at 5:30pm. Earth and Sea Yoga is located at 3400 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Earth and Sea Yoga offers classes for every level of yoga including Vinyasa, Power, Restorative, Beginning, Kids, Tweens/Teens, Yoga for Athletes, and soon, pre- and post- natal yoga. Workshops  are held throughout the year.
Welcome to Our New Members!

The following businesses joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce from August 24 - August 29:

CarTech - Automobile Services
Elevents Group LLC - Event Services
Gymboree Play & Music - Preschools / Child Care
Lamorinda Plumbing - Plumbing

Sunday, September 6 - Community Celebration, Happy Birthday Marquis!

Please join French For Fun and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce for an afternoon of fun and music on Sunday, September 6.  We celebrate the Marquis de Lafayette's 258th birthday in Plaza Park (Mt. Diablo and Moraga Rd) with a casual gathering that includes music provided by Isabelle Fontaine and Jeff Magidson "Duo Gadjo" - Gypsy Jazz , French Classics and Cajun music. We get started at noon. This event supports and promotes our relationship with our sister city, Langeac, France. Bring a picnic! For more information please call 283-9822.

Monday, September 7 - Chamber Office Closed in Observance of Labor Day Holiday
LaborDayDog The Chamber Office is closed on Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  We will re-open at 9am on Tuesday, September 8.  The staff wishes you a safe and relaxing holiday.
Tuesday, September 8 - Lafayette Partners in Education Hosts Party for Business Partners 

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate LPIE's business, real estate and community partners on Tuesday, September 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the LPIE offices located at 3450-A Golden Gate Way. LPIE business partners Patxi's Pizza and Smitten Ice Cream will provide food for the event. The event will also feature live music from local musicians.

The reception will recognize local businesses that have provided crucial support to LPIE with both monetary support for the foundation's programs and in-kind donations for events like the annual Power Party and activities throughout the year.
Business owners and realtors who would like to learn more about LPIE and sponsorship opportunities are also invited to attend the reception. For more information about LPIE's business and rell estate partner programs, go to For more information Contact Myrna Kimmelman  at 299-1644 or
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In This Issue
Thursday, September 3 - Ribbon Cutting at Earth and Sea Yoga
Welcome to Our New Members!
Sunday, September 6 - Community Celebration, Happy Birthday Marquis!
Monday, September 7 - Chamber Office Closed in Observance of Labor Day Holiday
Tuesday, September 8 - Lafayette Partners in Education Hosts Party for Business Partners
Lafayette Loses One Of It's Great Leaders
Wednesday, September 16 - "How to Leverage Social Media to Help You Get the Most from Events" Workshop
Lafayette Art & Wine Festival and Reservoir Run Needs Volunteers!
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Saturday, September 12 - A Celebration of Life - 11:00am - Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Former Lafayette Chamber Executive Director Ann Denny passed away last week, peacefully surrounded by her family on Swans Island, Maine, where she loved watching the sunsets and having her children and grandchildren around her.   Her husband of 27 years, Ray Bland, was by her side.  Ann spent her life working for causes that made the world around her better.  She served as Director of the March of Dimes in San Francisco and the American Diabetes Association prior to taking over as Executive Director of the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce in 1993.  She introduced the inaugural Lafayette Art and Wine Festival in 1995, and was later named Lafayette's Business Person of the Year to honor her tireless efforts in promoting the unique and special qualities of the town and its businesses. Ann was a founding board member of the Lafayette Community Foundation and, after retiring from the Chamber in 2005, Ann remained an active board member for the next decade, offering advice and encouragement to the community she loved.  She could always be found volunteering at community events.  She personified the spirit of "Love Lafayette," and we'll miss her smile; her laugh; the twinkle in her eyes.  We'll miss her heart; her integrity; her commitment to improving the community and to helping people who were less fortunate than her.   Ann lived boldly but kindly.  She made a difference where she went, not with brashness, but with smarts, with compassion, and with a listener's ear, and it always, always felt like a privilege to be with her.  A Celebration of Ann Denny's life will be held on Saturday, September 12 at 11:00 AM at Our Savior's Lutheran Church located at 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette.
Wednesday, September 16 - "How to Leverage Social Media to Help You Get the Most from Events" Workshop

"How to Leverage Social Media to Help You Get the Most from Events" Workshop on Wednesday, September 16 at 8:00am at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center. Do you host or attend events that support your business? In this workshop we'll talk about easy steps to leverage social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, LinkedIn) to get the most from these events. This includes tips for integrating social media efforts with traditional marketing and event communication strategies. 

Free - But Space Limited. Reservations Recommended. Register online: or email Questions? 925.451.3069

Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Replacement Project - September 2015-September 2017

EBMUD's Diablo Vista Pumping Plant, located at 3305 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette has reached the end of its useful life.  This critical facility serves the communities of Lafayette, Pleasant Hill and Walnut Creek. EBMUD will construct a new pumping plant at the southwest corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Court. To connect the new facility to the existing water distribution system, a 30-inch diameter water pipeline will be installed on the north side of Mt. Diablo Blvd. Once the new pumping plant has been constructed and tested, the existing pumping plant will be demolished and turned into a city/public parking lot.

Work on this project is expected to start in mid-September.  Typical work hours for this project are 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Noise generating activities will not start before 8:00 AM.

Initially, EBMUD will clear the lot for the new pumping plant and replace the existing storm drain system located within the property. The bike lane and walkway on the south side of the street will be closed during construction. There will be parking impacts and lane closures along Mt Diablo Blvd. during certain construction activities.

To learn more about this project go to Select Construction in my neighborhood and scroll down to Lafayette to select the project. If you have questions or would like to be added to our project email list please contact Michelle Blackwell in Community Affairs at (510) 287-2053 or

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival and Reservoir Run Needs Volunteers!


Proceeds for two big annual events the 20th Lafayette Art & Wine Festival (September 19-20) and the 23rd Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run (October 25) support Lafayette's schools, non-profit organizations and the Chamber's programs. But it "takes a village" to put on these events. If you can help us  and the community by volunteering, please sign up:

Art & Wine Festival:

What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center

Monday, September 07 - Lamorinda Kids Read: I Spy a Spy - All Month - Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Spies have infiltrated our library! Every week in September the Spy will be hiding in a new location in the Children's Area. See if you can find him! For more information click here.

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Upcoming Chamber Events 
September 19 & September 20 - 20th Lafayette Art & Wine Festival -  Downtown Lafayette

September 21 - Chamber Office Closed for Art & Wine Festival Clean-up

September 22 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm (noon) - Chamber Conference Room

September 23 - Mixer at Rivulet Chiropractic - 5:30pm - 3732 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 280

September 25 - Coffee with Mayor Brandt Andersson - 8:00am - Chamber Conference Room


23rd Lafayette Reservoir Run - Sunday, October 25 - Downtown Lafayette

Trick or Treat Street - Friday, October 30 - on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave. and in La Fiesta Square from 4:00-6:00pm

Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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