Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  April 25, 2016 News & Events
East End EBMUD Project Update
As part of their work for the new Diablo Vista Pumping Plant on the corner of Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Ct., EBMUD will be performing work at two locations within the westbound travel lanes of Mt. Diablo Blvd. between Mt. Diablo Ct. and Carol Ln. this week. Westbound Mt. Diablo Blvd. traffic will be re-routed to the left lane on the south side of the road (eastbound direction).  This shift will occur at Mt. Diablo Ct. and traffic will shift back to the north side of the road just west of the Lafayette Park Hotel, before Carol Ln. This will result in one travel lane in each direction on the southbound side of Mt. Diablo Blvd. Traffic control flaggers will be guiding vehicles through the intersections at the hotel, as well as helping vehicles enter and exit the hotel, and at Mt. Diablo Ct. The traffic signals at the Hotel will be covered during working hours to avoid confusion for drivers. Vehicles leaving the cemetery will only be allowed to make right turns onto Mt. Diablo Blvd.

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. For more information about this project click here. 
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.
Thursday, April 28 - Ribbon Cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge - 5pm-5:30pm
The Tail Haven
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. 
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In This Issue
East End EBMUD Project Update
Tuesday, April 26 - Workshop: Create an effective video to attract clients/develop personal brand
Wednesday, April 27 - April Mixer at Douglah Designs Plumbing, Tile & Lighting
Wednesday, April 27 - Lafayette Downtown Creeks Plan
Thursday, April 28 - Ribbon Cutting at The Tail Haven Hotel & Day Lounge
Show a little love to our neighbors in Moraga...
Tuesday, May 17 - Taste of Lafayette
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Members!
Announcements and Events from our Members & Community Organizations
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Show a little love to our neighbors in Moraga ...
  As I know you are aware, our Sink Hole has qualified for emergency funding from the State of California. Although this is very good news,  the fact remains that this will be a very long restorative process. The Rheem Blvd. traffic has been diverted through both the Rheem and 24 Hour shopping centers which in itself is a challenge.
  Our biggest concern is for the businesses that border the hole and construction area. For the most part they are small, privately owned businesses and quite frankly they are taking a big hit with this interruption in everyday business. Chef Chao, who have had their restaurant doors open for over 40 years, has had to close on a couple of evenings as there just were no customers.  These businesses include:  The New Rheem Theatre, Rheem Valley Pet Shoppe, Subway, Nation's, Ristorante Amoroma, Ariel, China Moon, Graze Food Bar, Home/made Kitchen as well as Chef Chao.
   The Lamorinda area is really one community. I think we all work hard to support each other and we are all in this together. I am hoping that you could ask your members as well as members of the community at large, that over the next couple of weeks and months, to consider doing some shopping or dining at the Rheem Center and help these small business owners during this difficult time.
  As always, I thank you for your energy and support of our entire business communities.
Kathe Nelson
Executive Director, Moraga Chamber
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, Bonehead's Texas BBQ, The Hideout, Lantern Catering, T's Indian Restaurant and the Whole Foods plus wine reception in the plaza 5:30pm-6:30pm. Music is sponsored by Red House Studios.

Thank you to our generous sponsors! We appreciate the support.
Wine Sponsors: Cobain Orthodontics and Republic Services along with Wine Thieves pouring
VIP Passport (ticket) Sponsor: Tom Stack, Coldwell Banker Realtor
Shuttle Bus Sponsor: Diablo Foods and Lindsay Olives

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

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

There's some great dining and getaway prizes that include:
  • Year of Dining at Lafayette's Finest Restaurants Packages (Two Separate Packages)
  • Weekend at a Charming Carmel Cottage (Includes a Concord BMW rental to get you there)
  • Lafayette Park Hotel Staycation (Includes Deluxe Room and Dinner)

Raffle tickets are $25/each or 5 for $100 & can be purchased at the Lafayette Chamber office, at the Taste or via email at  Need not be present to win.

Event Tickets on sale now. Early Bird $45 before May 6. Remember we sold out last year. Don't miss out!  
September 17 & 18 - WOW! Excitement is in the air! - 145 days to go to the 2016 Lafayette Art and Wine Festival.

Wine and Beer Booth Sponsorships are filling up.  Come join: Alain Pinel Realtors, Bay Sotheby's, Blodgett's Floor Covering, Dudum Real Estate, Forma Gym, J Rockcliff Duson and Jones, J Rockcliff Larry Williams, J.V. Lucas Paving Inc, Karen Richardson Group, RE/MAX Realty and Village Associates Ignacio Vega.

Don't miss your chance to be a part of the festival weekend. This is a great way to engage the crow, promote your business and make new contacts. If you are looking for a different fit, we still have a few offerings available at nearly every sponsorship level.

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.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Members!
The following businesses have recently joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, 
April 18 - April 25.

The Wardrobe EditHer - Wardrobe Consultation / Personal Stylist
InSight Business Solutions - Consultants
Zip2Media - Marketing Services
Freethy IT Services - Computer Consulting Services / Sales
MCE Clean Energy - Non Profit

Don't forget to bookmark the complete Lafayette Chamber Member Directory!
Announcements and Events from our Members & Community Organizations
Orinda Restaurant Tour Tuesday, April 26 - Orinda Restaurant Tour - 6pm-8pm - Orinda Theatre Square
Dining Al Fresco is back this Spring on Tuesday April 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  The event will be held throughout and about Theatre Square in downtown Orinda with most of the new and favorite Orinda restaurants providing samples of some of their finest offerings to tour participants who want to "taste" Orinda at its finest all in one, easy walking tour. Tickets are $35 including benefit to the Miramonte Boosters Club. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

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

13th Annual JF Kapnek Trust Family Fun Run Sunday, May 1 - 13th Annual JF Kapnek Trust Family Fun Run - 9am-12noon - Miramonte High School
Run, Walk, Jog...Eat, Dance, Play...Help support children and families affected by AIDS in Zimbabwe!  Get your family and friends together for the 13th Annual JF Kapnek Trust Family FUN RUN and post-race brunch.  All race participants receive a t-shirt and delicious post-race Brunch, Music, Kids' Craft Booth, Face Painting, Prizes for the top finishers and MORE! Sunday, May 1, 9am to 12noon. Miramonte High School, 750 Moraga Way, Orinda. Register at

What_s In Our Hat_Sunday, May 1 - 28th Annual What's in Our Hat? Las Trampas Fundraiser - 3pm-6:30pm - Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
Steel drums, Harry Belafonte and more happening at the 28th Annual What's in Our Hat? Las Trampas fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 3pm-6:30pm at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa.  Dollars raised go directly to support individuals with developmental disabilities ... and one lucky person wins $10,000! Could be you! Details

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
Tuesday, April 26 - Kids Adventures in Our National Parks - 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM - Community Hall
Children's author Mike Graf is coming to Lafayette to talk about touring National Parks and writing about them in his Adventures with the Parkers series! Hear about his adventures in the parks and start planning your own! Mr. Graf will sign books afterward; copies of his books will be available for purchase. Geared for 2nd grade and up. Let's celebrate the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS)! For more information click here.

Wednesday, April 27 - Button Making, Bookface & Bookspine Poetry! - 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM - Teen Center
 What better way to spend an afternoon than making buttons, bookface pictures and bookspine poetry! Teens 13-18 are welcome. For more information click here. 

Saturday, April 30 - LLLC Volunteer Information Session - 10:00 - 11:00AM - Arts & Science Discovery Center 
Learn about the various volunteer opportunities available for adults at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. We will describe the three Library entities and how they work together: The Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation, the Friends of the Lafayette Library and the Library itself. Whether you seek a short-term project or a regular weekly shift, the Library can use your talents - be it a love of books, graphic design, hospitality, event planning, or budgets and finance, we have a role for you. For information, email or call (925)283-6513 x 102. Register here. 

Saturday, April 30 - Group Meditation - 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM - Teen Center
Join us for an exciting and unique opportunity to learn meditation at the library! Using the timeless practice of Primordial Sound Meditation, certified meditation instructor Mojgan Kaviany, will lead a group meditation. Practiced for thousands of years, meditation is a tool for rediscovering the body's own inner intelligence. Primordial Sound Meditation uses individually selected sounds of nature called mantras to disconnect us from the activity of life. For more information click here.  
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Upcoming Chamber Events
CANCELED: Tuesday, April 26 - Green Committee Meeting - 12pm-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
The meeting originally schedule for Tuesday, April 26 has been canceled. Please join us at our next Green Committee Meeting on Tuesday, May 24.

Wednesday, May 18 - Social Media Workshop: Keep Social Media Simple - but Engaging: Top 3 Things You Need to Know Today - 8am - Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Join us for our May Social Media Workshop: Keep Social Media Simple - but Engaging: Top 3 Things You Need to Know Today on Wednesday, May 18 at 8am at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center. Presented by Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. This workshop is free but registration is requested. Please make your reservation by sending an email to

Tuesday, May 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12noon-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for our next Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.

Wednesday, May 25 - Mixer at Lace & Bustle - 5:30pm-7pm
Join us for our monthly mixer on Wednesday, May 25 at Lace & Bustle from 5:30pm-7:00pm. Lace & Bustle is located at 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite E.

Thursday, May 26 - Ribbon Cutting at Oakbay Chiropractic - 10am-10:30am
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Chamber member and Lafayette business - Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda on Thursday, May 26 at 10:00am. This new time will include a KKDV92.1 Free Ultimate Coffee Break! Dr. Mylo Magtoto will be interviewed for radio streaming of the event during the event. We will commence to the ribbon cutting ceremony with full tummies and lots of coffee. Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda is located at 1080 Carol Lane.

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day - Chamber Office will be Closed

If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about these and other upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cel phone number to Sara at

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