Lafayette Chamber of Commerce  May 23, 2016 News & Events
Chamber office will close at 12:00pm today
Due to a PG&E emergency, our office will close at 12:00 noon today.  Power to our building and a few others in the area will be turned off.  We will be back tomorrow at 9:00am.  For any emergency, please call Jay Lifson at 925-330-5635.  
City Council tackles tough issues tonight - Monday, May 23, 2016 - 7:00pm, Lafayette Library & Learning Center
The Parking Ordinance Committee has been meeting for two years reviewing our city's parking ordinance and preparing recommendations for the council to consider.  Tonight, the Parking Committee will be sharing the findings and recommendations.  This is item number 8C and should come up on the agenda around 7:45pm.  Much of the discussion will about expanding the parking meters in town and in-Lieu Fees and additional parking.  Later in the meeting the city will consider whether to adopt an inclusionary Housing Ordinance that would require a percentage of new for-sale housing units in the Downtown to be sold at below-market-rates. If you would like to weigh in on these topics, please attend tonight's meeting or send your thoughts to
Wow! Taste of Lafayette was Amazing!
The weather was perfect. The food samplings were delicious, each stop offered new savory tastes. The music was fun. AND we couldn't have asked for a better crowd. Thanks to everyone who participated in the downtown restaurant tour.

This event was a huge team effort by so many so please let the credits roll ...

Thanks to our generous sponsors! We appreciate the support.  Cobain Orthodontics, Republic Services, Tom Stack, Coldwell Banker Realtor, Oakwood Athletic Club, Diablo Foods, Lindsay Olives and the music through Red House Studios.

Thanks to the restaurants for donating the delicious tastings: The Park Bistro and Bar, Bonehead's Texas BBQ, Lantern Catering, T's Indian Restaurant, Whole Foods, Amarin Thai, Amphora, Bistro Burger, Coffee Shop, Floral Arts, La FinestraMangia, Panache Caffe, Perks Double Drive-Thru, 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, The Hideout, Huckleberry Cafe, Millie's, and Vitality Bowls.

Thank you to Floral Arts for the beautiful wooden flowers they gave to each guest.

Thanks to all the volunteers who worked to help make the event such a huge success from setup to take down and everything in between: Dennis Garrison, Brian Aiello, Harriet Davidson, Reid Edwards, Rinata Garayeva, Michelle and Eli Goldsmith, Robin Fox, Elizabeth Regan, Lulu, Rebecca Haney, Kyle Troxell, Christina Alba, Barbara Lefcourt, Nancy Sanders, Karen Blodgett, Karen Rose, Janice Yi, Norma Evans, Kathy Barleen, Caryn and Emma Rorabaugh, Beverly Schmidt, Jeff Stark, Daisy and Carolyn Shea, Donna Peiper, Marlyn Poulin, Karen Yuen, Megan Wong, Lisa Gallo, Gerry Nickerson, Wendy and Danielle Sposato, Sandy and Amy Chen, Doug Scougale, Abby and Juleen Lapporte, Emma and Laura Dillard, Madi, Petrina and Remi James, Michaila and Shauna Silva, Carolyn and Kristen Kemner, Allison and Camilla Loyet, Lana and Caroline Fitzpatrick, Avery and Kaisa Lyon, Juliette Benzara, Carrie and Anna Hillen, Sue Milby, Annie Cimperman, Grant and Gilly Malmquist. Teresa Gerringer, Sereta Churchill, Kathy Welch, Michael Heller, Yolanda Mendoza, Doreen deRoque and family.
Thank to our partners at the Lafayette Community Foundation for the great team effort!
Finally, mark your calendars now ... The 2017 TASTE OF LAFAYETTE will be Tuesday, May 16. Tickets should go fast again so look online after the first of the year. Don't miss out!!  
Tuesday, May 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12noon-1pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
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Join us for our next Green Committee Open Meeting, Tuesday, May 24 at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.
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In This Issue
Chamber office will close at 12:00pm today
City Council tackles tough issues tonight
Wow! Taste of Lafayette was Amazing!
Tuesday, May 24 - Green Committee Open Meeting
Tuesday, May 24 - Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals Meetup
Wednesday, May 25 - Mixer at Lace & Bustle
Wednesday, May 25 - Lafayette City Update with Mayor Mark Mitchell
Thursday, May 26 - Ribbon Cutting at Oakbay Chiropractic
Thursday, May 26 - Orinda Chamber's May Mixer at Bay Sotheby's International Realty
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Members!
Survey of Stores & Services in Moraga
Thursday, June 2 - Ribbon Cutting at Lamorinda Tooth Buds
Lafayette StoryStudio at SFGate
Upcoming Member and Non-Profit Events
September 17 & 18 - The 21st Lafayette Art & Wine Festival
What's Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Upcoming Chamber Events

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Tuesday, May 24 - Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals Meetup - 5:30pm - The Roundup Saloon, 3553 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
The Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals will be networking, socializing and, as always, having a great time on Tuesday, May 24 at 5:30 at The Roundup Saloon, 3553 Mt. Diablo Blvd. in Lafayette. Learn more here.
Wednesday, May 25 - Mixer at Lace & Bustle - 5:30pm-7pm - 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite E
Lace _ BustleJoin us for our monthly mixer on Wednesday, May 25 at Lace & Bustle from 5:30pm-7pm. Lace & Bustle is located at 3569 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite E.
Wednesday, May 25 - Lafayette City Update with Mayor Mark Mitchell - 7:00 PM - Acalanes High School
Mayor Mark Mitchell will be giving a presentation about issues related to the City, on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 PM, at Acalanes High School, in the Multi-Purpose Room. Joining the Mayor will be Police Chief Eric Christensen, who will update us on safety issues.  City Planning and Building Director Niroop Srivatsa will also be in attendance.  After a 45 minute presentation, Mayor Mitchell will welcome questions from the public.  This meeting presents an opportunity to hear from the Mayor in an informal and informative setting. No RSVP required.
Thursday, May 26 - Ribbon Cutting at Oakbay Chiropractic - 10am-10:30am - 1080 Carol Lane
Oakbay Chiropractic Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Chamber member and Lafayette business - Oakbay Chiropractic - Lamorinda on Thursday, May 26 at 10am. 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.
Thursday, May 26 - Orinda Chamber's May Mixer at Bay Sotheby's International Realty - 5pm-7pm - 3725 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Bay Sotheby's International Realty would like to invite the Lafayette Chamber to mixer on the patio with the Orinda Chamber on Thursday, May 26, 5pm-7pm at their Lafayette location, 3725 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. More information here.
Join us in Welcoming our Newest Members!
The following businesses have recently joined the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, May 16-23.

Coldwell Banker - Tina Jones - Real Estate Services
Transamerica - Financial Services & Planning
Chevron - Petroleum

Don't forget to bookmark the complete Lafayette Chamber Member Directory!
Survey of Stores & Services in Moraga
Moraga Chamber In partnership with the new owners of the Rheem Shopping Center, the Moraga Chamber has created a survey soliciting community input of stores, restaurants and services they would like to see at the Rheem Shopping Center. An added bonus of completing the survey is being eligible for one of eight $25 gift certificates. The results of the survey will be turned over to U.S. Realty Partners to consider as they move forward to improve this shopping center. Take the survey here.
Thursday, June 2 - Ribbon Cutting at Lamorinda Tooth Buds - Pediatric Dentistry - 5pm - 3501 School Street
Lamorinda Tooth Buds Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at new Lafayette business - Lamorinda Tooth Buds - Pediatric Dentistry on Thursday, June 2 at 5pm. Lamorinda Tooth Buds - Pediatric Dentistry is located at 3501 School Street.  
Lafayette StoryStudio at SFGate
The Lafayette Chamber is taking part in our first cooperative advertising opportunity with SFGate.  This opportunity goes in line with our goal to drive traffic from outside communities to downtown and surrounding businesses in Lafayette. On June 10th, SFGate will be launching a sponsored story called StoryStudio in the same look and feel as an article on SFGate dedicated to the city of Lafayette and showcasing select merchants! Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is subsidizing this project and is limited to the first 10 merchants. Harrison Prewett is our contact. Call him directly at 209-663-2505 or email him at for details/questions.  
Or call the office at (925) 284-7404 or email me at
Upcoming Member and Non-Profit Events
Monday, May 30 - Salute & Scoot 10K/5K Fun Run - 7am check in, 8:30am Run and Festival, 9:30am Kids Dash
Kick Off Your Summer With A Runner's Mind at the first annual Salute & Scoot 5K/10K Fun Run! Join us at A Runner's Mind Lafayette on Memorial Day for a morning of fun, celebrating friends, family and community. A Runner's Mind Lafayette is located at 3541 Plaza Way. Learn more and register here.

Saturday, June 4 - Loaves and Fishes "A Night Under The Stars" - 5pm - Hacienda de las Flores

A night of dinner and dancing featuring a meal prepared by The Cooperage's Chef Eric Hopfinger and served by the first graduating class of the Loaves and Fishes Culinary Career Pathway Program. Dance under the stars to the rock and roll rhythm of the "The Sun Kings". Live and Silent Auctions. Hacienda de las Flores, 2100 Donald Drive, Moraga at 5pm. Click here for tickets.

Check out our May Events Not To Be Missed email blast for more community events.

September 17 & 18 - The Countdown Continues .... 116 days left till the 2016 Lafayette Art and Wine Festival

We ran the participating businesses and organizations roll last week but are excited to report that we keep growing ... welcome back Chevron as a Corporate Sponsor of the Kid Zone. And thanks to our 2 new local businesses that are joining the festival team: Green Stock Solar and Kelly Moore Paints.
Art is the key to the festival. Thanks to Chelly Dallara with Eckerstrom Productions and Tom Taneyhill for their efforts to bring you the best selections yet. Be sure to visit our Local Artist Alley in Lafayette Square featuring work by Peter Harris, Molly Kars, David Mudgett, Patricia Smith, Tom Taneyhill and others. If interested at all in getting on the wait list for the local artist alley email   

If interested in finding out how to best get involved and not miss out, contact
Happening at the Lafayette Library & Learning Center
Tuesday, May 24 - Contra Costa Master Gardeners - Conserving Water in the Landscape - 6:30 PM-8:00 PM - Arts & Science Discovery Center
A Master Gardener will be on hand to guide the audience through a variety of practices that will provide important information during this period of severe drought in our state. Free. Reserve your spot via email at: Learn more here.

Thursday, May 26 - Lafayette Historical Society: Ships, Bombs, and Steel - 7:00 PM-8:30 PM - Community Hall
Board a plane or ride the rails to experience the industrial transformation of Contra Costa County's north coast. Witness the scheme to produce ships for World War I, and the struggle of a community to fend off the import of bombs and other nuclear weapons. Learn the new names of old towns, and the old names of new towns. Witness how steel drove the economy during the era of bridge building and war. For more information click here.

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

Rock the Plaza 2016 Fridays in June - Rock the Plaza - 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Lafayette Plaza
Get ready to Rock the Plaza! Join us at Lafayette Plaza Park  -  intersection of Moraga Road and Mt. Diablo Blvd. for live bands each Friday in June from 6:30pm-8:30pm. There is no cost for this event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the band!

Friday, June 3 - The Allmond Brothers Clan
Friday, June 10 - Ticket to Ride
Friday, June 17 - The Big Jangle
Friday, June 24 - 2016 Lamorinda Idol Finalists   

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