June 13, 2016 News & Events
Tonight's City Council Meeting - Full Agenda 
Monday, June 13, 7:00pm, Lafayette Library's Community Room

The city council meets tonight at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center beginning at 7:00pm in the Community Room.  Tonight's agenda includes a discussion on the possibility of adding a Sales Tax Ballot Measure in November, a pilot parklet program downtown, adoption of the Proposed Budget/Workplan for FY 2016-2017, housing requirements for residential units in the downtown, MCE's rollout and timeline for our new energy provider and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority's plan to add a one-half percent sales tax to fund CCC transportation improvements.  Much more exciting than game 5 for the Warriors...

Social Media Workshop: 3 Easy Steps to Get Your Business and Website Found on Google
Wednesday, June 15, 8:00am - 9:30am, Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Join us for our June Social Media Workshop on Wednesday, June 15 at 8am at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette. Presented by the President of the Bay Area Search Engine Academy. This workshop is free but registration is requested. Please make your reservation by sending an email to workshops@lafayettechamber.org or by registering here.

A great time was had in the Plaza on Friday night with Ticket to Ride! Join us this Friday, June 17 at 6:30pm for The Big Jangle, a Tom Petty Cover Band and Tuesday, June 21, 6:00pm-8:30pm for Make Music Day. 

Rock the Plaza with The Big Jangle
Rock the PlazaFriday, June 17, 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 17 - The Big Jangle - Tom Petty Cover Band
Friday, June 24 -  2016 Lamorinda Idol Finalists

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Make Music Day  - Local Music and Live Karaoke
Tuesday, June 21, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Lafayette Plaza

Held annually on June 21, Make Music Day is part of the international Fête de la Musique, taking place in 700 cities across 120 countries. The daylong, musical free-for-all celebrates music in all its forms, encouraging people to band together and play in free public concerts. This year, we are excited to participate in Make Music Day. Restaurants will feature live music while you dine. Live band karaoke, singing, ukuleles and crafts in the Plaza 6pm-8:30pm. Co-sponsored by Lafayette Chamber and Lamorinda Music.  Want to participate or perform?  Learn more here.  

Capital Advantage June Monthly Mixer at Capital Advantage Inc.
Wednesday, June 22, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm, 3708 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200

Join us for our monthly mixer at Capital Advantage Inc. on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30pm. Capital Advantage Inc. is located at 3708 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200.

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, June 24, 8:00 am - 9:00 am, Chamber Conference Room

Join us for Coffee with the Mayor with Mayor Mark Mitchell on Friday, June 24 at 8am in the Chamber Conference Room. This meeting is open to everyone. Thanks to PG&E for sponsoring this event! Please park on the street.

Welcome to our Newest Member! 

 The following business has joined The Lafayette Chamber during the week of Jun 6 - June 13, 2016.

Stearns Home Loans - Mortgage Lending / Services

Appreciation Message to the Community 

The Lafayette School District would like to extend its deepest appreciation to the community for your support of Measure C.

Nominate a Volunteer for Diablo Magazine's 2016 Threads of Hope Awards  
Do you know an outstanding volunteer who deserves to be recognized? Diablo magazine is now accepting nominations for Diablo magazine's 2016 Threads of Hope Awards, which honor individuals who help strengthen the fabric of the community. They are looking for outstanding East Bay volunteers of all ages who provide vital services in a variety of fields, including but not limited to, the arts, youth, children and families, education, health, the environment, and athletics. To nominate visit www.diablomag.com/threads. The ballot closes on June 30.

Chamber goes Deep Green with MCE

On January 25, 2016, the City Council passed Resolution No. 2016-02 stating that the City intends to join MCE. Once entered into the program, service will likely begin in September. Rates will vary depending on rate schedules, program choice, and rate adjustments.  Each resident or local business will have a choice of service or the ability to "opt out" and stay with PG&E.  Light Green is the default program that currently enrolls you in a 50% + renewable source.  To be enrolled in Light Green you do not need to take any action.  This level is currently 50% renewable and 63% carbon free.  You can also choose to go Deep Green which is 100% Renewable.  To enroll in the Deep Green program please enroll online or call 1 (888) 632-3674. The average increase in cost to a residential customer is about $5.00 a month.

The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors supports this new citywide program and has agreed to give an early endorsement and go 100% Renewable.  

MCE IS SCHEDULED TO REDUCE ITS RATES BY 9% ON AVERAGE, EFFECTIVE SEPTEMBER 1, 2016. Based on these rates, the cost of MCE Light Green 50% renewable energy service will be slightly less than the cost of PG&E 30% renewable energy service for typical residential and commercial customers.

If you would like to speak to an MCE representative, stop by one of our Rock the Plaza concerts on Friday nights this month.  Lindsay is there to answer questions.  Look for the MCE table in Plaza Park between 6:00pm-8:30pm.

A personalized itinerary for your next day trip to Lafayette

To truly experience everything the Bay Area has to offer, you need to travel around, even if only a few BART stops down the line.  The next weekend you have free for a day trip, we suggest venturing to Lafayette, where you can explore an infamous 500 acre animal-filled reservoir, seven miles of historic hiking and biking trails, and a vibrant downtown walking district.  Bring your family, friends, and pups-yes, with an abundance of parks and outdoor patios, this is an incredibly dog-friendly city! - and spend the day experiencing all Lafayette has to offer. Check out this article published by SFGate last week.

Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Project

You may have noticed that there has not been a lot of activity lately down between the Lafayette Park Hotel and Mt. Diablo Court (Blodgett's Abbey Carpet & Flooring).  The reason is because the subcontractor has been waiting on the pipe that will run between the old site and the new site to be delivered.  Beginning today the crew will begin doing lateral connections and then closing major section of the road beginning on the 27th.

Heed no parking and speed limit signs and expect temporary traffic delays. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed at the owner's expense.   
Note that pedestrians should continue to use the path created with orange barricades in the East bound parking lane. Since some of the saw-cutting and future pipe installation work will cross the pedestrian path, please follow posted detour signs and flagmen, when present, to stay safe.

Work hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM  Monday through Friday.
For more information about this project contact Sharla J. Sullivan, Community Affairs Rep., East Bay Municipal Utility District at ssulliva@ebmud.com.  Or visit their website for more information. 

Community Events and Member Announcements
Rock the Run with A Runner's Mind and Body Zing   
Rock the Run A Runner's Mind and Body Zing will kick things off before Rock the Plaza at the Lafayette Plaza on Fridays in June at 5:00pm, starting off with a short core warm-up with John from Body Zing! We'll then take the group on a 3-5ish mile run (routes determined by staff and after getting feelers from the group) ending back at the plaza. There, we'll pitch up an ARM tent, will hand out $2 Smitten coupons and blankets for all to hang out and to enjoy the concert!  10% in-store discounts will be given to all who attend the run and concert.

"Painting with Light" exhibition at Lafayette's Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery
Stephen Elbert will be one of five artists in the upcoming "Painting with Light" exhibition at Lafayette's Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery. The exhibit runs through July 9th.  Additionally, they will be giving an Artist Talk on Wednesday, June 15 at 7:00pm.  
Learn more here.

Come and Play on July 4th with the Orinda Volunteer Marching Band!
This year the Orinda Volunteer Marching Band will be marching in honor of Mic Gilette. All levels of musicians are welcome. Percussion practice starts are 8am, all others 9am, march starts at 10am. Meet at Casa Orinda on July 4th wearing blue pants/shorts and white shirt. For more information call Lamorinda Music at (925) 385-0963.

Be sure to also check out the the June Local Events Not to Be Missed!

Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Science Cafe: Medical Marijuana
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM  Community Hall
Science Cafe looks at the health benefits of medical marijuana. Its use in treating serious illness, managing chronic diseases and providing pain relief from chronic conditions. This panel discussion on medical cannabis (aka medical marijuana) features: Steve DeAngelo, Uwe Blesching, and Eloise Theisen, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC. Designed for Adults (18+), Seniors. For more information click here.

STEAM - Science - Insect Discovery Lab
Wednesday, June 15, 2016, 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM, Arts & Science Discovery Center
Big Bugs are coming to the Lafayette Library! The Insect Discovery Lab from San Francisco is coming with some BIG bugs for you to see and touch! For more information click here.

Lafayette Library
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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Tuesday, June 28 - Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals Present Cyber Security for the 21st Century & Best IT Practices - 5:30pm-7pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Grant Stubblefield (fellow Young Pro member & owner of Neighborhood Computers) will be our speaker/presenter for our June meetup. The topic of the night will be "Cyber Security for the 21st Century", and will touch on topics such as (but not limited to) passwords, updates/patching, phishing scams, and other technology security threats.
Learn more here.

Tuesday, June 28 - Green Committee Open Meeting - 12:00pm-1:00pm - Lafayette Chamber Conference Room
Join us for the Green Committee Open Meeting at 12pm (noon) at the Lafayette Chamber Conference Room. Please park on the street.

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 sara@lafayettechamber.org.

What's happening at the Lafayette Chamber? View our Events Calendar.

Jay Lifson, Executive Director