Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  April 11, 2016 News & Events
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Dogtown Downtown with us this past Saturday!
In spite of the rain, it was a great event, fun and fairly well attended. The parade, contests, smooching booth and demonstrations were big hits.

Thanks to Patxis, the City of Lafayette and the Lafayette Library and Learning Center for donating prizes. There were plenty of vendor booths to visit.

Thank you to Top Dog Sponsors: Cobain Orthodontists, Merrill Gardens and Four Seasons Animal Hospital.

Thanks to the many helping hands from Boy's Team Charity, National Charity League,
Girl Scout Troop 32238 and Boy Scout Troop 200. A special thanks to our judges: Ellen Reintjes, Cameron Deal and Teresa Gerringer for helping narrow down our top 5 contestants in each category. And a shout out to Terry Ring who constructed the puppy bowl and our Master of Ceremony, Brian Aiello. The clean-up crew rocked!

Our volunteers had an all hands on deck approach from setup to take down which was most appreciated. If you see any of them please extend a thank you on behalf of the chamber members: Norma Evans, Terry Ring, Don Tatzin, Dennis Garrison, Tim Regan, Robin Fox, Amy and Scott Ruegg, Mason and Scott Loyet, Peggy Brennan-Wagner, Claudia Miyar, Pablo Nguyen, Declan Tsuyuki, Michael Brennan, Jack Bayless, Matthew, Nicolas and James Crosby, Caitlin and Juliette Benazra, Darci Olson, Madison Rogers, Emily and Janeene Goodman, Sydney Christensen, Bella Gonzalez, Georgia Carpenter, Jennifer and Eric Larson and the Library staff.

And the best news of all ~ both ARF and Contra Costa Animal Services each had a dog adopted during the event. Successful morning. Hope to see you next year!  
Tuesday, April 12 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12pm-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Offices
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Join us for the Green Committee Open Meeting, tomorrow, April 12 at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. This is the rescheduled meeting from March 22. Please park on the street.
EBMUD Work on Lafayette Circle Upcoming
Business owners and residents will recall the extensive work that was done on replacing the main water lines along Lafayette Circle last year.  Work on the western portion of Lafayette Circle from Mt. Diablo Blvd. to Hough was stopped as archeological discoveries delayed the scheduled completion of the project.  It looks as if EBMUD crews will be returning to Lafayette Circle to continue the work.  The proposed start date will be April 14.  This will result in some "one-way" traffic, no parking zones and flagmen attending to the traffic delays.

Questions? Please contact Matt Luttropp, Senior Engineer, City of Lafayette, at (925) 299-3247 or or Stan Polite, EBMUD Project Manager, at (510) 774-6266 or
Wednesday, April 20 - Lamorinda Small Business Forum Presents "Paths to Success" - 5:30pm-7pm - Lamorinda Music
A lively panel discussion among 3 Lafayette brick-and-mortar business owners whose businesses have thrived by taking unique paths. Free and open to the public, but space is limited. Panel participants include Tom Stenzel (Venture Quality Goods), Carole Sinclair (Farmyard Darlings) and Colleen McCormick (Lamorinda Music). The Lamorinda Business Forum was formally The Entrepreneur's Club. RSVP recommended. 
Wednesday, April 20 - Orinda Academy Open House - 7pm-9pm
Orinda AcademyVisit the Orinda Academy Open House on Wednesday, April 20 from 7pm - 9pm. The Orinda Academy works to inspire success while fulfilling potential for grades 8-12. Enjoy small classes and personal attention. Fall 2016 applications are now being accepted. The Orinda Academy is located at 19 Altarinda Road in Orinda. Visit to learn more or call (925) 254-7553.
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In This Issue
Thank you to all who came out to celebrate Dogtown Downtown
Tuesday, April 12 - Green Committee Open Meeting
EBMUD Work on Lafayette Circle Upcoming
Wednesday, April 20 - Lamorinda Small Business Forum "Paths to Success"
Saturday, April 23 - Wine & Tapas Speaker Series
Sunday, April 24 - The 11th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Countdown continues...159 days away.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Member!
2016/2017 Lafayette Chamber Directory is Here!
2016 Lafayette Information Guide
Volunteers Needed as Judges for Project LPIE
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Saturday, April 23 - Wine & Tapas Speaker Series - 7pm-9pm - Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Wine & Tapas Speaker Series presents The Future of Food - From Nutritional Poverty to Sacred Relationship, Saturday, April 23, 7pm-9pm at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 1035 Carol Lane, Lafayette. Following a wine and tapas social, members of the Cooking with Kids Foundation will discuss the crisis of nutritional poverty that has saturated so many of our lives, share their work to re-orient our relationship with food, and explore our sacred connectedness to the food that nourishes us. The Cooking with Kids Foundation is working to build awareness and food preparation skills with children in under-served communities. Nutritional food will be provided at this free event. For information visit
Sunday, April 24 - The 11th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival - 11am - 3pm - Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Celebrate Earth Day with fellow Lafayette businesses and organizations! We invite you to join us as we explore this year's theme of Act Local. Think about the products you purchase, the transportation options, the lunches we pack for kids, the snacks we carry with us to parks and sporting events. Throughout the day, we all have opportunities to make better, more environmentally-friendly decisions with booths, activities, a bike parade, entertainment and more! Join us on Sunday, April 24 from 11am-3pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Learn more here. 
Wednesday, April 27  - Lafayette Downtown Creeks Plan
Ideas to help achieve the City's goals of increasing the community's appreciation of its downtown creeks and enticing more people to shop, dine and linger downtown have been posted on the City's website, which has an entire webpage dedicated to development of its Downtown Creeks Plan. Opportunities for these and other creek enhancements will be described at walking tours being organized by the City Creeks Committee during Lafayette's Earth Day celebration on April 24. The next public workshop on the Downtown Creeks Plan is scheduled for April 27 at 6:30 pm at the Lafayette Library's Community Hall. For more information, contact Steven Goetz via email at and visit our website.
Saturday, April 30 - Lafayette Partners in Education's 35th Anniversary Celebration - 3pm-5pm - Plaza Park
LPIE is turning 35! Join us to celebrate LPIE's 35th anniversary on Saturday, April 30 from 3pm-5pm at Plaza Park in downtown Lafayette. We'll have free music, food, kids' activities and more! Feel free to bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic or treat yourself to the food truck items - available for purchase.  For more information visit
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette - 5:30pm-9pm - Lafayette Plaza Park
Taste of Lafayette is quickly approaching! Get your tickets now for the Tuesday, May 17 event in downtown Lafayette. 
We have a great line up of restaurants for you to taste this year. Starting with savory appetizers from The Park Bistro and Bar, The Hideout, Lantern Catering, T's Firehouse and the Whole Foods plus wine reception with Wine Thieves in the plaza 5:30-6:30pm.

The restaurant tastings will be from 6:30-8:30pm. They will be joining returning favorites: Amarin Thai, Amphora, Bistro Burger, Floral Arts, La FinestraMangia, Patxi's, Pizza Antica, Postino, Powell'sRancho Cantina, REVE, The Cooperage, Roundtable PizzaRustic Tavern, Sideboard, Smitten Ice CreamSusie Cakes Bakery, Uncle Yu's, Yankee Pier, etc...

Coffee and dessert reception back in the plaza from 8-9pm with Huckleberry Cafe, Millie's, Vitality Bowls and more plus musical entertainment, raffle and auction to benefit the Lafayette Community Foundation and the programs and services of the Lafayette Chamber.

Tickets on sale now. Early Bird $45. Remember we sold out last year. Don't miss out!  
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival ... just 159 days away!
Yes, just 159 days away! Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 for the 21st annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival in downtown Lafayette.

Welcome back La Fiesta Square as our Beer Glass Sponsor; Whole Foods as our Premier Food and Wine Pavilion Sponsor, and two of our favorite food vendors Lantern Catering and Proverb Foods. The entertainment schedule is coming together. Stay tuned for the band list in the weeks ahead.

For more information please contact Sara at or 925-284-7404.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Member!
The following business has recently joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 
April 2 - April 10.

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Don't forget to bookmark the complete Lafayette Chamber Member Directory!
The 2016/2017 Lafayette Chamber Directory is Here!
2016-2017 Lafayette Chamber Directory
The 2016/2017 Business and Community Directory was delivered to Lafayette residents' homes last week. If you need an additional copy, please contact the Chamber at (925) 284-7404.
2016 Lafayette Information Guide
Chamber members may be asked to advertise in New Start Media's 2016 Lafayette Information Guide. Please note that this publication is not a Lafayette Chamber program and the Chamber has no affiliation with New Start Media. As you may know, the Chamber just published the 2016-2017 Business and Community Directory. If you need copies, please contact the chamber office at (925) 284-7404.
Volunteers Needed as Judges for Project LPIE
Lafayette Partners in Education and Acalanes High School conduct Project LPIE, an opportunity to recognize talented Acalanes High School Students each spring.  Students compete in any of 14 categories that showcase their skills both within and outside the curriculum.  Professional business people with expertise in the category will judge the entries.  Cash prizes will be awarded to students selected as winners by the panel of judges for each category.  The categories include Acting, Applied Design (3D Art), Computer Programming, Community Service, Creative Writing, Digital Design, Entrepreneur, Instrumental Music, Journalism, Photography (digital), Science and Engineering, Video Production, Visual Arts (2D), Vocal Music.
The purpose of the program is to create collaboration among students, educators, and the business community in Lafayette, to promote educational excellence and to prepare students for the business world of the 21st century.  To that end, we are hoping that you would consider volunteering to be one of our judges for the Entrepreneur category.  We hope to have 3-4 judges for each category.  The time commitment should be minimal.  Projects are due April 13th and most categories will be judged electronically.

Projects will be displayed and the winning projects will be recognized at the Open House event on May 13th at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center.  We hope you would be able to attend this showcase.

If you have an interest in working with LPIE and honoring these students here is an great opportunity,  The judging would take place the last 2 weeks of April. For more information, please contact Gabrielle Ohleyer at or call 925-2999-1644.
Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Tuesday, April 12 - Contra Costa Master Gardener's present - Seasonal Vegetable Gardening - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
Bio-intensive gardening can reduce the amount of water, fertilizer and space used for vegetable gardens while increasing the amount that is produced. Come to this presentation and leave with the knowledge necessary to create your own bio-intensive garden. Learn more here.

Tuesday, April 12 - Storytelling Concert - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Children's Room
Join the Lafayette Library & Learning Center in welcoming The Bay Area Storytellers! Bring the kids for an evening of stories told in the oral tradition, featuring Jean Ellisen and Dale Allen Boland who not only tell great tales but use music and song to bring the stories to life! Event on the Children's Balcony. Please register for this event.

Wednesday, April 13 - Folk Art Series: Chinese Paper Cutting - 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
Join us for the second offering in a three-part series celebrating Folk Arts from around the world. In April, Artist Evie Michon will teach us traditional Chinese paper cutting techniques, an intricate and ancient art form. Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 13 - Wonders of the World: Oscar de la Renta at the deYoung Museum - 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM - Community Hall
This world premiere retrospective of Oscar de la Renta's work celebrates the life and career of one of fashion's most influential designers. The exhibition will include more than 100 ensembles produced over five decades, and is presented in collaboration with the House of de la Renta and the designer's family. For more information click here.

Wednesday, April 13 - Painter's Tape Art & Book Cover Paintings - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
 Join us for painter's tape art, book cover paintings and cookies! Teens 13 to 18 are welcome. For more information click here.

Wednesday, April 13 - Science Cafe presents: Underwater Wilderness - 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM - Community Hall
Marine Applied Research & Exploration deploys robotic submarines to survey and assess fish populations beyond depths accessible to recreational scuba divers. Learn how Dirk Rosen and his team of MARE engineers and biologists track changes over time to ensure a healthy ocean for future generations. Learn more here.

Thursday, April 14 - Nature Journaling Workshop with Naturalist John Muir Laws - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
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. Learn more here.

Saturday, April 16 - "Upcycle" - Create Treasures from Trash - 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
Join the Lafayette Community Garden group who will be here to help us create treasures from recycled items. Get a head start on the Earth Day celebrations! For more information click here.
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Upcoming Chamber Events
Friday, April 22 - Coffee with the Mayor - 8am-9am - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for Coffee with the Mayor with Mayor Mark Mitchell on Friday, April 22 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room. This meeting is open to everyone. Please park on the street.

Friday, April 22 - 6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup - 12pm-1pm
Join Us Friday, April 22, for the 6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup! Hunsucker Goodstein PC will be conducting its 6th Annual Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup at the Lafayette Reservoir.  We invite you to join HG, the Lafayette Chamber Green Committee and Byron Park at the Lafayette Reservoir Visitor's Center at 12 noon on Friday, April 22. Gloves, garbage buckets, litter sticks and vests will be provided.  As in the past, lunch for all volunteers will be provided by Byron Park prior to the Reservoir cleanup. Please RSVP to Marie Montoya at or (925) 299-5113.

Tuesday, April 26 - Green Committee Meeting - 12pm-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room 
Join us for our monthly Green Committee Open meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Chamber Conference Room.  Please park on the street.

Tuesday, April 26 - Workshop: Create an effective video to attract clients/develop personal brand! - 5:30pm-7pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Come join the Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals and learn how You CAN create effective, authentic videos that bring in clients or develop personal brand within your workplace! Workshop by Stephanie Shaterian, owner of fLO Content Marketing & long time Young Pro member. Tuesday, April 26, 5:30pm-7pm. Please park on the street.  Learn more here.

Wednesday, April 27 - April Mixer at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile & Lighting - 5:30pm-7pm
Our April mixer will be a joint mixer with the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce. Join us Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile and Lighting, Tile and Lighting, 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 5:30pm-7pm.

Thursday, April 28 - Ribbon Cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge - 5pm-5:30pm
Join us for a ribbon cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge on Thursday, April 28 at 5pm. The Tale Haven Hotel & Day Lounge is located at 3399 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette.   

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar. 
Jay Lifson, Executive Director 

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