August 1, 2016 News & Events
EBMUD Construction Mt. Diablo Blvd. and Mt. Diablo Ct.  

EBMUDCrews will continue to be working from 7:00 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Mount Diablo Blvd. Please 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 the 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.

For more information about this project click here.  If you have any questions, please contact Sharla J. Sullivan, Community Affairs Rep., East Bay Municipal Utility District at or (510) 287-7208. 
8th Annual Senior Symposium "Aging by Design"
Saturday, August 6, 8:30 am-Noon, Lafayette Elementary School Auditorium, 950 Moraga Road, Lafayette

This free event is a most informative resource fair for seniors in the Lamorinda community, with more than 40 booths sponsored by local vendors of services to seniors, as well as many non-profit organizations that serve seniors in the community. Presentations by local aging experts featuring Sandra Karpenko MD, John Muir Health "Love Death and All That Matters; " Ann Thomas, Hearing Loss Association of America, President of Diablo Valley Chapter; Annie Goglia, Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher and more. This free event provides the most up to date resources for Lamorinda seniors and helps to raise funds for the Lafayette Community Foundation, which has historically supported many local organizations since its inception in 1999 with "Excellence Grants" totaling more than $300,000. Register here.

Welcome to our Newest Members! 

 The following businesses have joined the Lafayette Chamber July 25, 2016-July 29, 2016.
We encourage you to visit their website to learn more about their services.

SHARP Barber Shop - Barbershop
Transitions - Gifts 
This Month's Sponsor

Premier Members

Quick Links 
2016 Lafaette Art _ Wine Festival
August is here! That means the 2016 Lafayette Art and Wine Festival is next month!

Welcome to our newest commercial partners: Paloma Lafayette & Lafayette Physical Therapy.

If you haven't had a chance to get involved, please join us! Check out our volunteer sign up list here.

Stay tuned weekly for news on upcoming attractions and festival footprint details.
And as always, please check out the festival website for more specific details.   
Taste of Open Space - Fundraiser for the Lafayette Open Space Project
Wednesday, August 10, 6:00pm - 8:30pm, Amphora Nueva, 7 Fiesta Lane

On Wednesday, August 10th, 6:00 - 8:30 PM, join Sustainable Lafayette for "A Taste of Open Space" at Amphora Nueva, the fabulous olive oil and balsamic vinegar boutique, located at 7 Fiesta Lane.  At the event, you can enjoy olive oil tasting, refreshments from local eateries, and wine, while you learn about our new Lafayette Open Space Project.  Our mission is to identify, protect, and preserve Lafayette open space lands which serve significant environmental, recreational, and aesthetic benefits to our community.  Come hear about some of the parcels we're considering and suggest undeveloped properties you know that might be coming up for sale. Tickets are $25.  Click here to reserve your ticket while they last!  Amphora Nueva will donate 15% of all sales that evening to the Lafayette Open Space Project. 

Downtown Creeks Plan - Public Meetings Scheduled 

The City of Lafayette Creeks Committee will be presenting the Draft Downtown Creeks Plan to various city commissions and committees whose responsibilities are affected by the draft Plan's recommendations. These are public meetings and anyone interested in the Downtown Creeks Plan is encouraged to attend. The schedule for these presentations is as follows:  
  • August 10, 7:00 PM, Parks Trails & Recreation Commission, Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road, Lafayette.
  • August 22, 7:00 PM, Design Review Commission, Arts & Sciences Discovery Center at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.
  • September 15, 4:30 PM, Downtown Street Improvement Master Plan Implementation Committee, Suite 265, Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.
  • September 28, 5:00 PM, Parking Ordinance Committee, Suite 265, Lafayette City Offices, 3675 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.

The Creeks Committee presentation will typically be scheduled early on the agenda. Please check the City Calendar to confirm the above information as this schedule may change. Following these presentations, the Creeks Committee will consider the comments received by these commissions and committees prior to presenting the Downtown Creeks Plan to the Planning Commission and City Council. Additional information on the Downtown Creeks Plan is available at  Contact Steven Goetz at 925-525-5527 or if you have questions on this information.  

Upcoming Police Motorcycle Competition is Looking for Sponsors

You may remember that last year, in conjunction with the Lafayette Art & Wine Festival, Lafayette's Traffic Safety Unit hosted Lafayette's first Police Motorcycle Competition in the south BART lot.  This year, they are back with a new date and place. This year's event will be held on September 10-11 at Stanley Middle School, 3455 School Street, Lafayette.  The organizers are currently seeking sponsors with the money raised to go to The competition will include over 50 motorcycle police officers.  If you would like to participate, please contact officer Jerry Shaman at  For more information visit  
Leadership Contra Costa is Accepting Applications 

For 29 years Leadership Contra Costa has been helping identify and prepare community leaders. With an alumni roster of more than 600 graduates, including Mayor of Walnut Creek Loella Haskew, former Mayors of Walnut Creek Cindy Silva and Kathy Hicks, former Assemblywoman Lynne Leach, fomer Concord Mayor, Lou Rosas; Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder; and Ret. Superior Court Judge Harlan Grossan, this program has proven to be an asset to the community and society. To apply, click here.  If you are interested in finding out more about the program, please contact Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau at (925) 934-2007 or send her an email.   
MCE (Marin Clean Energy) Electric Service Provider Notification Letter

All Lafayette residents and businesses should have received a letter this month in the mail from MCE notifying of the switch to MCE as your electric service provider. Unless you opt out, 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. For more information click here.

Community Events and Member Announcements

Manor Care Walnut Creek RN/C.N.A. Open House/Job Fair
Thursday, August 4, 2016 10am -2pm, 1226 Rossmoor Pkwy., Walnut Creek

Make this Summer your time for a career change! At ManorCare of Walnut Creek you'll find the kind of opportunities and support that can really get your career growing. Come join a 5-Star facility that was voted "2015 Best Overall Quality Outcomes"! Click here to apply.

A Runner's Mind, your local run specialty store presents CONQUER THE RES!
Fridays, August 12, 19, 26;  Check In Opens 5:30pm, 6:30pm Race Start, 7:30pm Kids Dash, 7:45pm Awards
3 races, 3 chances to post your best time! Join A Runner's Mind to Conquer the Res and forever be immortalized in Lamorinda history. Choose between a loop around the lower reservoir or challenge yourself to the upper rim trail, either way A Runner's Mind will be there to provide you with a chip time, prizes for top finishers AND a post-race BBQ, kids races, a family fun zone and MORE!

Exclusive Offer for Huckleberry Cafe-to-Go

We are excited to announce that our catering business, Huckleberry Cafe-to-Go, has received a makeover that includes a fresh new look, name and menu! Our new name is Huckleberry Kitchen. While our branding has changed, our mission remains the same: we will continue to make culinary dreams come true for adults with developmental disabilities while offering our customers exceptional service and cuisine. Huckleberry Kitchen specializes in making gourmet breakfast and lunch platters, baked goods, and other delicious treats for company functions or special occasions. As fellow Chamber members, our kitchen crew would like to offer you an exclusive 5% DISCOUNT on your first order from Huckleberry Kitchen. Please use code: CHAMBER16 (offer expires August 31). See our full menu here and details about how to order here.

Measure C Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee Seeking Applicants
The Lafayette School District is currently seeking applicants to serve on the Measure C Bond Citizens' Oversight Committee. Applications are available on the District website at or email Sharon Carman at for information. Applications are due by September 9, 2016.

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

Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Contra Costa Master Gardeners: Planning Your Winter Garden  
Tuesday, August 2, 6:30pm, Arts & Science Discovery Center
Believe it or not, it's time to start planning and planting your winter garden! Learn how growing vegetables in the winter has its advantages over summer vegetables and what allowances have to be made for the shorter days and less intense sunlight. For more information click here.

Sustainable Lafayette Summer Film Series: Four Short Films
Tuesday, August 2, 6:30pm, Community Hall
 Trailhead: a documentary film project of Martin's Boat: Martin believed the best way for people to understand the importance of preserving the Grand Canyon was to have them experience this secret world from the river, but not in just any boat. Comes With Baggage: A light-hearted history of bicycle travel in the Americas, that makes you want to sell your possessions, quit your job, and escape on a bike. Soil Carbon Cowboys: These ranchers now know how to regenerate their soils while making their animals healthier and their operations more profitable. For more information click here.

LLLCF and Diablo Ballet present: Dance on Film
Thursday, August 4, 6:30pm, Community Hall
EAST BAY PREMIER of SFDFF International Dance Film Festival Dance Shorts and Rare Birds. An intimate look at the creativity of choreographer Alexander Ekman and his 2014 production of A Swan Lake, for the Norwegian National Ballet. SFDFF Executive Director Judy Flannery will introduce the films. $ 5 at the door. Children under 18 FREE with a paying adult. Registration recommended. Refreshments will be served. Click here for more information.

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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Beer at the Bruns Beer at the Bruns
Tuesday, August 16, 5:00pm-7:00pm 
You are invited to Beer at the Bruns on Tuesday, August 16 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm hosted by Cal Shakes, City National Bank and your local Chambers of Commerce. FREE but limited attendance. RSVP by August 10. Special rate for Cal Shakes show immediately after. View invitation and RSVP here.

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

Jay Lifson, Executive Director