August 29, 2016 News & Events
Lafayette Chamber
Election Petition for 2017 Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors

Those interested in filing as a candidate for the 2017 Lafayette Chamber Board of Directors should complete the attached form and return to the Chamber by September 15. Board meetings are held monthly on the second Monday at noon. Board members are expected to attend and pay a yearly charge of approximately $330 for their lunch meetings at the Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa as well as attend a planning retreat typically in early November. Each Board member is required to serve on a standing committee, attend regular committee meetings and help with the work of the committee. To be a successful Chamber, our leadership must be an involved leadership! For more information contact the Chamber office.  
Now Scheduling Mixers for 2017

We are now currently scheduling mixer's for 2017. These events are a great way to showcase your business and meet new business contacts. Please email Barbara at for dates and details.
Please join us in welcoming our newest members!


The Lafayette Chamber welcomed the following businesses from August 22-26. We encourage you to visit their website for more information.

 Susan F Hurrell CPA - Accountants - Certified Public / Enrolled Agents

Lamorinda Arts Alliance - Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs

Nature's Candy Company - Gourmet Foods / Food Products 
The Final Countdown has begun to the 2016 Lafayette Art and Wine Festival!

The Beer and Wine Booths are finalized! Big Shout out to our sponsors, look for them on the 17th and 18th.

Lafayette Art _ Wine
Alain Pinel Realtors
Anderson Bros Movers
Bay Sotheby's International Realty
Blodgett's Floor Covering
Dr. Julia Lee, DDS
Dudum Real Estate
Floor Coverings International
Forma Gym
Hank & Frank Bikes
Ironstone Vineyards
J Rockcliff - Duson & Jones
J Rockliff - Williams - Lafayette Office
J.V. Lucas Paving, Inc.
Karen Richardson Group
Lace and Bustle
Lamorinda Sunrise Rotary
Lamorinda Wine Growers Assoc.
Leap Frog Plumbing
Manor Care Health Services
Mechanics Bank
Pacific Union Real Estate
Very Fine Pools
Village Associates
Wine Thieves
Winning Ways, LLC
Young Professionals

And as always, please check out the festival website for more specific details.   
This Month's Sponsor

Premier Members

Quick Links 
Chamber's Business Showcase Area

Have you recently changed your business cards and/or brochures? Added new services or new entrees to your menu? Please bring them in to the Chamber office and we will display in our business showcase area. We have 100's of people coming into our office for meetings and for referrals. We are open Monday-Thursday 9am-4:00pm and Friday 9am-1:00pm. We love to see you!
Lafayette Reservoir Run 2016
Sign up Now for the Lafayette Reservoir Run 
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Help your school qualify for early bird credit! Sign up now for the 24th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run! Volunteer opportunities now available at more here.   
Downtown Creeks Plan - Public Meetings Scheduled 

The City of Lafayette Creeks Committee will be presenting the Draft Downtown Creeks Plan to the community/landowners/business owners and various city commissions and committees whose responsibilities are affected by the draft Plan's recommendations over the next few weeks. These are public meetings and anyone interested in the Downtown Creeks Plan is encouraged to attend. The schedule for these presentations is as follows:

  • 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.  
BART BART to Host Telephone Town Halls on Rebuilding Plan
BART is reaching out to the community to share details of the plan to rebuild our aging system after 44 years of service. This is your chance to hear from BART's General Manager as well as Board Directors.  This will also be a forum for participants to ask questions and give their input on why it's so important to update the system.
BART will be holding three different telephone town hall events: one for each county in the BART District. During these meetings, you'll hear from BART's General Manager and Board Directors, as well as input and questions from BART riders about why system reinvestment is so important.  This is your opportunity to add your voice to the mix, and to hear about what's in BART's plan for you and your county.

The town halls will take place at 6:30 pm on the following dates:
San Francisco County - Thursday, September 15th
Contra Costa County - Tuesday, October 4th

Register here.  For the live webcast, click here. Choose a date that represents your county and dial the toll-free number 1-877-353-4701 to listen and participate.
Community Events and Member Announcements

Orangetheory Fitness Lafayette Grand Opening Event
Friday, September 2, 5pm-8pm, 3517 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
DJ, raffle, swag bags! Food and refreshments provided by Tender Greens. Check out the new studio in Lafayette! For more information about OT,

Open Mic Night at Coffee Shop, 50 Lafayette Circle
Every Thursday night at the Coffee Shop Lafayette location enjoy Open Mic Night!

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.

September workshops being offered through the Small Business Development Center
The Small Business Development Center is offering workshops including Finding the Right Franchise Business (Sept. 6) and The 5 Ways Smaller Companies can Become Bigger Companies (Sept. 29) at 300 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill. For a complete schedule and to register, visit

Alameda County Career Expo
Tuesday, September 13, 9:30am-2:30pm, Zero Net Energy Center, San Leandro
The Alameda County Workforce Development Board invites Lafayette Chamber business members to participate in their First Career Expo on Tuesday, September 13.  For more information visit

Candidates and Issues Night sponsored by the Lafayette Homeowners Council - ALL WELCOME! SAVE THE DATE!
Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Lafayette Community Center, Jennifer Russell Building, 500 St. Mary's Road
The Lafayette Homeowners Council is sponsoring a Candidates Night, including an initial, brief, Annual Meeting, on Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in the Jennifer Russell Building of the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary's Road, Lafayette. Speaking and participating in Q and A will be candidates for Lafayette School District Board of Governors and the Lafayette City Council. 
Mobility Matters Annual Raffle
Help support the programs of Mobility Matters including developing a Rides for Veterans program for Lamorinda and surrounding areas. Tickets are $25. Drawing to be held September 24, need not be present to win. Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.

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

Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

The Library will be closed Sunday, September 4 and Monday, September 5 in observance of Labor Day

Learn Something New this Fall!
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley offers innovative education for the 50+ learner, including four courses at the LLLC. Come to an Info Session! Thursday, September 8, 3:00pm - 4:30pm. Meet faculty and hear a talk by Kayleen Asbo on "Artistic Dialogues: Mozart, Beethoven, and T.S. Eliot"

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

Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Office Closed for Labor Day Monday, September 5
The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed for Labor Day, Monday, September 5. We will be open Tuesday, September 6 at 9am.

Lafayette Art & Wine Festival in Downtown Lafayette
The 21st Annual Lafayette Art & Wine Festival (Music Too!) will be held on Saturday, September 17, 10am-7pm and Sunday, September 18, 10am-6pm. For entertainment schedule, volunteer opportunities and more, visit

Office Closed for Art & Wine Cleanup Monday, September 19
The Lafayette Chamber Office will be closed on Monday, September 19 for Lafayette Art & Wine cleanup. We will reopen Tuesday, September 20 at 9am.

Social Media Strategies for Local Businesses Workshop - Easy Steps to Create Engaging Social Media Images
Wednesday, September 21, 6pm-7:30pm, Library Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette
NOTE NEW TIME AND PLACE FOR OUR SOCIAL MEDIA WORKSHOPS! Join us for Step by Step instructions to create engaging social media images. Regardless of platform, images matter! We will cover free tools and tips for creating social media images others will notice. Workshops are free but space is limited. Reservations recommended. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist

Coffee with the Mayor
Friday, September 23, 8am, Chamber Office
Join us for Coffee with the City of Lafayette Mayor, Mark Mitchell, at the Chamber Office on Friday, September 23 at 8am. Thank you to PG&E for sponsoring. Please park on the street.

Green Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 27, 12 noon, Chamber Office
Join the Lafayette Chambers Green Committee for our September meeting. Please park on the street.

Mixer at Top Shop Auto
Wednesday, September 28, 5:30pm-7:30pm, 3340 Mt. Diablo Blvd., #D
Join us for our September monthly mixer at Top Shop Auto. Bring your business cards!

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

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

Jay Lifson, Executive Director