June 20, 2016 News & Events
The Longest Day at the Lafayette Reservoir  
TODAY, Monday, June 20, until 8:00pm, Lafayette Reservoir

Longest Day Join the Alzheimer's Association for The Longest Day at the Lafayette Reservoir to honor those who are facing Alzheimer's disease and other dementias and remember those we have lost to this terrible disease. Spend an hour or more with us walking, running, rowing, picnicking, flying a kite or anything you love doing at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir, to raise awareness and funds to fight Alzheimer's disease. We'll be there Monday, June 20 from 8:00am to 8:00pm with music, activities, refreshments, and prizes. For more information visit http://act.alz.org/goto/Lafayette.
Make Music Day 2016
Make Music Day  - Local Music and Live Karaoke
Tuesday, June 21, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Lafayette Plaza

Tomorrow, Tuesday, June 21 is worldwide Make Music Day, and the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with Lamorinda Music to make it happen here in Lafayette, too.  You'll find musicians playing from 6pm to 8pm at these restaurants:  Rancho Cantina, Rustic Tavern, Reve Bistro, Yankee Pier, Bonehead's BBQ, Sideboard, Bistro Burger, and Peets/Noahs. Musicians will also be at Merrill Gardens and Chateau Lafayette.

Festivities will begin at the Plaza at 6pm. The Lamorinda Music Ukulele Club will be playing, Kala Ukulele, Camp Awesome and pBone Fun will have activities at their booths.

Join the live band karaoke in Lafayette Plaza from 6pm to 8pm with The Big Jangle.  That's right:  this is your rock star moment, your chance to sing on the big stage with a live band.  Interested? There are limited spots, so sign up by 5pm today to reserve your star turn.  Learn more and sign up here.
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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 after hours mixer at Capital Advantage Inc. on Wednesday, June 22 at 5:30pm. Capital Advantage Inc. is located at 3708 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 200.  That is up the hill behind the Lafayette Veterans Building.
Capital Advantage Inc. offers a range of solutions to help you more effectively invest, save, spend, and protect the things most important to you.  Meet John Hayman, Donna Zimman and their staff and enjoy the company of Lafayette Chamber members.  We look forward to seeing you Wednesday.
Downtown Congestion Reduction Plan - Steering Committee Meeting
Wednesday, June 22, 6:00pm - City Offices, Room 240

The city has been working with a consultant, ARUP, to prepare an in-depth review of Lafayette's traffic & congestion.  A committee was appointed to work with the city & consultant and determine Short, Medium & Long Term solutions.  At Wednesday's meeting ARUP will share the findings and review the solutions.   The public is invited to attend this meeting and make comments during at the beginning of the meeting. 

Once the Committee affirms the Short List content and arrangement, including the proposed strategy packages, ARUP would commence modeling those scenarios for detailed traffic analysis during the summer.  With this approach, the next public outreach period will occur in fall 2016. Between the summer Committee meetings and the fall public outreach period, staff propose a presentation 2 of 3 to a joint Council and Circulation Commission meeting, to convey results of the alternative scenario modeling and to announce launch of the next public outreach exercise. For complete information about this upcoming meeting, click here.

Rock the Plaza with The 2016 Lamorinda Idol Finalists
Friday, June 24, 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 our last 2016 Rock the Plaza on Friday, June 24 from 6:30pm-8:30pm. The 2016 Lamorinda Idol Finalists will perform. There is no cost for this event. Bring a picnic and enjoy the band!
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.

Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals Present Cyber Security for the 21st Century & Best IT Practices
Tuesday, June 28,  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.
Green LogoGreen Committee Open Meeting
Tuesday, June 28, 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.
Welcome to our Newest Member! 

 The following business has joined the Lafayette Chamber during the week of June 13 - June 20, 2016.

BevMo! - Wines / Liquors / Specialty Cheeses
Countdown continues ... under 90 days until the 2016 Art and Wine Festival
Things are getting excited_   Art by Local Artist Deborah Koonce dkoonceart.com
Art by Local Artist Deborah Koonce
Things are getting excited!

A special thank you to our corporate partners and sponsors as we are now nearly sold out us for this year's festival weekend.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center
Backyard Carnivals
Bank of the West
Central Self Storage 
City of Lafayette 
Cobain Orthodontist
Concord BMW
Diablo Foods
Diablo Magazine
Eckerstrom Productions 
Goose Island Beer Co.
Lafayette Park Hotel and Spa
La Fiesta Square 
Lamorinda Theatre Academy
Merrill Gardens
Minuteman Press
Oakwood Athletic Club
Recycle Smart
Republic Services
Rotary Club of Lafayette
Special Events
Stella Artois Belgium Beer
Whole Foods
Wine Thieves

IF you aren't already signed up to participate in some manner during the weekend, contact Sara Regan sara@lafayettechamber.org.

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 and 8:30pm.

Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Project

At the City's request, EBMUD has obtained written approval for an earlier start time from both the Lafayette Commons apartment complex and the Lafayette Pointe condominiums on Mt. Diablo Ct.  Unless anyone objects, the City will approve a 7 am (previously 8 am) start time for traffic control setup and construction activities along Mt. Diablo Blvd.  Contact Zach Oates if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding the start time. Zach Oates can be reached at zoates@ci.lafayette.ca.us.

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
ELEVATE YOUR BRAND - Mastering the Art of Being Seen 
A two hour workshop will be held at Lily Dong Photography's downtown Lafayette studio (3506D Mt. Diablo Blvd) this Thursday 6/23 6-8pm. If you or someone you know, who is a business owner for the past 5 yrs and lacks the clients they know they deserve, they can learn to fill their pipeline simply by learning more about brand identity. FREE, but limited seating. Please register here.

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! They will 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, they'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.

Moving Made Easy!
Join Merrill Gardens in Lafayette on Thursday, June 30, 11am-12pm for a fun and informative presentation on how to make your next move your best move! Speaker Greg Gunderson is the owner and president of Gentle Transitions and a respected specialist in the art of senior relocation. RSVP to (925) 299-6912. Merrill Gardens Lafayette is located at 1010 Second Street. merrillgardens.com

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.

AC5 Seeks New Arts Recognition Award
The Arts and Culture Commission of Contra Costa County is seeking a new Arts Recognition award. This award honors individuals and art organizations whose work has had a significant impact in Contra Costa County. AC5 is seeking an artist from Contra Costa County to design and create an original art piece that can be duplicated. Deadline is Tuesday, July 5. For more information, contact staff@AC5.ccCounty.us.

Hospice East Bay is seeking Hair Care Professionals and Massage Therapists
Hospice East Bay provides care to terminally ill patients and their families in their homes or facilities throughout Contra Costa County. Many of their patients benefit greatly from a haircut or hair set or from the gentle and compassionate touch of a massage therapist. Would you be interested in volunteering a few hours a month to provide comfort to our patients? If so, please contact the Volunteer Department at Hospice East Bay, (925) 887-5678 or volunteers@hospiceeastbay.org. License and/or Massage Certification required.

TechKnow - The Digital Marketing Guide for Business, June Issue
BlastMyBiz has been the leading small to medium sized business marketing service in the Bay Area for over six years. They help businesses connect with more customers online and on mobile. View their June issue here (PDF) or visit www.BlastMyBiz.com.

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

Lindsay Wildlife: Animals of Yosemite
Monday, June 20, 2016, 2:00 PM, Community Hall
Lindsay Wildlife Experience will be here with some live animal specimens to talk about the animals that live in Yosemite National Park. Join us to see some creatures of the parks! For more information click here.

Three New Artists on display at Lafayette Library Art Gallery
Reception TONIGHT, Monday, June 20, 5:30 - 7:30 PM; Runs June 13 - August 31, 2016
Exhibit features oil paintings by Geoff Meredith, pastels and watercolors by Dalia Alekna, and ceramics by Olga Jusidman. The Gallery at the Lafayette Library is adjacent to the Community Hall; exhibitions there are curated by the Lafayette Public Arts Commission.

Lafayette Book Club
Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 7:00 PM Located at the Teen Center
Join our lively discussion group on the 4th Wednesday of each month. This month's selection is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler.

Backpacking in Yosemite National Park
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM, Arts & Science Discovery Center
Happy 100th Birthday to the NPS! Join us as a backpacking expert from REI shares tips on their favorite overnight backpacking trips in Yosemite National Park!  Learn how to take full advantage of the wonders of Yosemite National Park! For more information click here.

Lafayette Library
Always check out the latest events at www.LLLCF.org and follow LLLC on Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Please note: The Lafayette Chamber office will be closed Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8 for the Independence Holiday.

If you'd like to receive a text message reminder about upcoming Lafayette Chamber events, email your full name and cell phone number to Sara at sara@lafayettechamber.org.

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

Jay Lifson, Executive Director