Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  April 18, 2016 News & Events
EBMUD Work on Lafayette Circle
We finally have some good news to report.  The EBMUD crew completed the installation for the new water main line from Mt. Diablo Blvd. down to Hough along Lafayette Circle.  This week the new line is being pressure tested and chlorinated.  Next week will be a busy week as all the new connections to the individual businesses and apartments will be made.  Also expect the entrance to Lafayette Circle to be closed at sometime between April 28-May 6 for work under the cross walk between Misto Lino and Bank of the West.  If all goes well, they should have this job completed during the first week of May.  

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
Construction Update of the new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant
The construction of the new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant requires the installation of a 30" pipeline under Mt Diablo Blvd. from Mt Diablo Court to the old pumping plant east of Carol Lane. The pipeline work will be starting later this week and we expect the following traffic impacts, April 18 through April 22:  All West bound lanes will be closed.  West bound traffic will be directed to one of the East bound lanes.  One East bound lane will be open for East bound traffic.  Traffic control will be in effect.  Parking will not be allowed on Mt Diablo Blvd in the closure area.  Pedestrians should continue to use the path created with orange barricades in the East bound parking lane.  

Expect delays and allow extra time for your trips.  The speed limit is 25 MPH. Please slow down.
Work hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM  M-F.
Water tanks and/or water trucks will be staged on Mt Diablo Blvd and on Old Tunnel Road for dewatering and flushing of the pipeline.  Flushing is required to make sure the pipe meets water quality standards.  The tank/truck will be in place from April 14 - April 22 including weekends. Schedules subject to change. For more information about this project click here.
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 - Fireside Chat with Mayor Mark Mitchell - 7pm - Sequoia Room at the Lafayette Community Center
Mayor Mark Mitchell will hold a "fireside chat" Wednesday, April 20 at 7pm in the Sequoia Room at the Lafayette Community Center.  The purpose is to present and update people regarding City activities.  After a brief presentation, there will be a question and answer period.  Anybody and everybody is welcome to attend.
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 - Lafayette Reservoir 
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.
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In This Issue
EBMUD Work on Lafayette Circle
EBMUD Work on new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant
Wednesday, April 20 - Lamorinda Small Business Forum "Paths to Success"
Fireside Chat with Mayor Mark Mitchell
Coffee with the Mayor
6th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Earth Day Lunch Hour Cleanup
Sunday, April 24 - The 11th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival
Earth Day Creek Tours
Workshop: Create an effective video to attract clients/develop personal brand
April Mixer at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile & Lighting
Wednesday, April 27 - Lafayette Downtown Creeks Plan
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival Countdown continues...152 days away.
The KKDV Ultimate Coffee Break
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Member!
Announcements and Events from our Members & Community Organizations
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Sunday, April 24 - The 11th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival - 11am - 3pm - Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Sustainable Lafayette in conjunction with the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, the Lafayette Library & Learning Center, and the City of Lafayette, invite the Lafayette community to explore this year's theme of Act Local at the 11th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival.  Throughout the day, we all have opportunities to make better, more environmentally-friendly decisions.  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.  Could you take one more step and bring your reusable shopping bags, walk or ride, carpool once a week or choose fruit that comes in its own organic wrapper (oranges, apples and bananas)? Sustainable Lafayette's mission has always been to support activities that enhance the quality of life in Lafayette. Making even small changes in your daily decisions can have a huge impact.

Things you can do at Earth Day:
* Create art with recycled materials at the LPIE Art booth.
* Recycle old, used crayons with the Crayon Initiative.
* Help preserve open space in Lafayette.
* Reduce food waste with White Pony Express.
* Learn about choosing renewable energy for your home with MCE.
* Request larger recycling and compost bins for your home with Republic Services.
* Daisies, Brownies and Juniors can earn their Girl Scout Global Action Award.
* Practice bike skills at the Safe Moves bike rodeo at Stanley Middle School (9:30-11am).
* Take a guided creek walk with the Lafayette Creeks Committee.
* Enjoy scrumptious food from IzzyA, Ebbett's Good To Go, and 333 Food Truck

The 11th Annual Lafayette Earth Day Festival will be held on Sunday, April 24 from 11am-3pm at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Learn more here. 
Sunday, April 24 - Earth Day Creek Tours for the Downtown Creeks Plan - 11am & 2pm
Each tour will be one hour long and include visits to several sites for potential creekside enhancements between the Lafayette Circle (Shield Block) and the Gazebo at the east end of Golden Gate Way. Meet at the Lafayette Creeks Committee booth at the 11th Annual Earth Day Festival at the  Lafayette Library and Learning Center on Sunday, April 24, 11am and 2pm.
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 at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile and Lighting, 3535 Mt. Diablo Blvd. from 5:30pm-7pm.  

Wednesday, April 27  - Lafayette Downtown Creeks Plan - 6:30pm - Lafayette Library Community Hall
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 Wednesday, 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.
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 Indian Restaurant and the Whole Foods plus wine reception with Wine Thieves in the plaza 5:30-6:30pm.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! We appreciate the support.
Wine Sponsors: Cobain Orthodontics and Republic Services along with Wine Thieves
VIP Passport (ticket) Sponsor: Tom Stack, Coldwell Banker Realtor
Shuttle Bus Sponsor: Diablo Foods  
If interested in getting involved with this fun community event call Sara Regan at 925-284-7404.  We still have 2 Sponsorship Opportunities available (the second shuttle bus and the music in the plaza).

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 Bistro, 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 152 days away!
The Big Downtown Party is only 152 days away!

Save the date - mark your calendars now for the 3rd week of September: Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016.

Come for the Art and Wine. Enjoy the food and don't miss the entertainment.  The Spazmatics and SuperHuey will be closing us out on the main stages on Saturday.  Plus we will have the local Lamorinda favorites: The Ripplers and Other People's Money (OPM) on the Premier Pavilion Stage.  Evolution and Life in the Fast Lane are our Sunday closers.

Our next A&W Committee planning meeting will be May 5 at 5:30pm at the Chamber office. If you want to get involved, contact Sara at or 925-284-7404.
The KKDV Ultimate Coffee Break - You deserve a KKDV Ultimate Coffee Break!
KKDV Coffee Break
KKDV delivers delicious coffee and "bundtinis" from Nothing Bundt Cakes every weekday to local businesses, just like yours...absolutely FREE! Send KKDV an email to with your name, business name, phone number, fax number and number of employees. Once entered, you will be contacted to confirm your entry, set up a date, get permission from the boss, etc. We can handle up to 50 folks, and would love to stop by where you work and take your mind off the work day for a few minutes! Learn more here.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Member!
The following business has recently joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 
April 2 - April 10.

Proverbs Foods - Food Concessions

Don't forget to bookmark the complete Lafayette Chamber Member Directory!
Announcements and Events from our Members & Community Organizations
Tuesday, April 19 - RN/C.N.A. Open House/Job Fair - Manor Care of Walnut Creek - 10am-4pm
We have full-time & part-time RN, C.N.A., Dietary and Housekeeping positions available! $5,000 Sign-on Bonus for RNs. All qualified applicants that attend the event will be entered into a raffle to win a fabulous prize! New grads welcome to apply. On-the-spot interviews available. Tuesday, April 19, 10am-4pm. Manor Care of Walnut Creek is located at 1226 Rossmoor Pkwy., Walnut Creek. For more information call (925) 975-5000. Click here to apply.

Orinda AcademyWednesday, April 20 - Orinda Academy Open House - 7pm-9pm
Visit 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.

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

Thursday, April 28 - Spring Fling-Spring Into Health Health Fair - 6pm-8pm - Rivulet Chiropractic
Enjoy premium wine & healthy bites, chair massages, and complimentary mini-facials at Rivulet's Spring Fling. Meet local health and wellness experts on Thursday, April 28 from 6pm-8pm. Receive free consultations and exams plus learn about non-toxic home & personal care products at Rivulet Chiropractic, 3732 Mt Diablo Blvd, Ste 280, Lafayette. RESERVE YOUR SPOT TODAY! Call: 925-385-8353 or email:

Friday, April 29 - Orinda Trivia Bee - 7pm - St. Stephen's Church Auditorium
Chamber members, we have been challenged!  If you accept the challenge you will be competing with such high caliber teams as the Orinda Chamber of Commerce, Lamorinda Weekly, Breedlove Insurance, Oakland Zoo, to name a few.  Enter the Orinda Trivia Bee to be held on Friday, April 29 at St. Stephen's Church in Orinda. Six -member teams compete in a multiple round trivia competition.  A no-host bar and dinner is included.  For tickets or more information, visit

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

Don't miss all the great community events in the April Events Not to be Missed e-blast. Have an event to include? Send us an email at
Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Monday, April 18 - Technology Lab-3D Mondays-3D Printer Tinker Lab - 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM  
Come learn how to create some simple 3D models, find out about our 3D printers, get a demonstration and maybe win a chance to print your creation the same day. This is open to all ages 10 and up. Learn more here.

Tuesday, April 19 - Paper Tigers Film Screening - 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Community Hall
Join us for a screening of the powerful film Paper Tigers hosted by the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Contra Costa County. Paper Tigers explores the impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and toxic stress on struggling teens. The film follows a year in the life of Lincoln High Alternative School in Walla Walla, Washington. After radically changing its approach to disciplining students, Lincoln High School saw a dramatic turnaround in everything from the number of fights to test scores to graduation rates. The school has become a promising model of how to break the cycles of poverty, violence and disease that affect families through the practice of trauma-informed educational strategies and is a testament to what the latest research on childhood adversity is proving: that one caring adult can change the trajectory of a young person's life.  For more information click here.

Wednesday, April 20 - STEAM-Science-Sink or Float? - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
Come have some fun with water and find out what sinks and what floats. Build your own boat with our materials and test it to see whose can hold the most weight. (Please be on time for this event as this will involve group participation.) Learn more here.

Thursday, April 21 - From Silicon Valley to Swaziland: Finding Meaning in an Encore Career - 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
Join us for an evening with Rick and Wendy Walleigh, two former Silicon Valley executives who left high-powered careers and moved to Africa to volunteer in nonprofit economic development. Their book, From Silicon Valley to Swaziland, will be available for purchase and signing. For more information click here.

Thursday, April 21 - Sweet Thursday with Joshua Braff - 7:00 - 9:00PM - Community Hall
Join us as we welcome Bay Area author Joshua Braff. His most recent novel, The Daddy Diaries, is a funny and honest tale of a stay-at-home dad and his two pre-teen kids who've been uprooted from California to a small Florida beach town. While the kids navigate the difficulties of adolescence, the father faces the challenges of parenting, marriage, and trying to make a life in a very different place.This is a free event. Register here. 
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Upcoming Chamber Events
CANCELED: Tuesday, April 26 - Green Committee Meeting - 12pm-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room 
The meeting originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 26 at 12noon has been cancelled. Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, May 24.

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