September 6, 2016 News & Events
Mandatory ABC Training for all Beer and Wine Festival Booth Sponsors 
ABC Training
This is a friendly reminder that the Chamber is hosting the Mandatory ABC Training for all Beer and Wine Festival Booth Sponsors. Yes, this is mandatory! Today, Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30pm or tomorrow, Wednesday, the September 7 at noon at the Chamber Office, 100 Lafayette Circle, Ste 103. If you haven't signed up, it's not too late. Sign up here.   
Deer Hill Road Roundabouts Discussion at Tonight's Circulation Meeting
TONIGHT, Tuesday, September 6, 7pm - Community Room, Lafayette Library

The Circulation Commission meeting tonight reviewing designs and peer review for the two proposed roundabouts on Deer Hill Road, one serving Brown Avenue/Deer Hill and the other serving the main entrance to the Homes at Deer Hill project, will be held tonight in the Library's Community Hall on the main floor rather than at its normal meeting location. 7 pm. Come early if you want a seat.
The roundabout is proposed to be installed at the main entry of the Homes at Deer Hill is designed to be on a gradient that exceeds the 4% Cal Trans gradient. If this issue interests you, you will want to read the Peer Review located in the packet (behind the drawings). This will be the first item on the agenda. Learn more here.

10 Days until the Festival Weekend  ...   

Lafayette Art _ Wine
We've been planning for months. We are so excited for you to see what we have planned. Check out our new festival footprint here.

We have SF's Best Cover Bands with a mix of Jazz, Blues and Rock on 4 stages. 225+ Art and Craft Vendors, 18 Local Artists, 44 Commercial Vendors, 22 Local Non-Profits, 2 KID ZONES, 14 food vendors, 7 food trucks, 13 beer booths and 15 wine booths. 20 restaurants and numerous downtown stores all within the festival footprint. YOU do NOT want to miss!!!  

Big Thank You Shout Out to our ...
Presenting Sponsors: Xfinity and Sungevity.
Festival Sponsors: Concord BMW, La Fiesta Square, Mechanics Bank, Yelp.
Stage Sponsors: Cobain Orthodontics, Diablo Foods, Bank of the West, Lamorinda Theatre and Redhouse.
Corporate Sponsors: Whole Foods, Lafayette Park Hotel & Spa, Sutter Health, JetsuiteX, BART, MCE Clean Energy, Merrill Gardens, Oakwood, EBMUD, Chevron, Golden Road, Stella Artois, Central Self-storage, AMR, Sequoia Signs, Wine Thieves, Republic Services, Diablo Rapid Print, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery.
Partners with Lafayette Chamber: Eckerstrom Productions and the City of Lafayette.

This Month's Sponsor
Lamorinda Villate

Premier Members

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The Lafayette Chamber welcomed the following businesses from August 29-September 1. We encourage you to visit their website for more information.

Eldercare Services - Home Care / Care Management
Lafayette Beauty Store - Beauty Salons & Services 
Art & Wine Marketing Opportunity For Local Lafayette Businesses

As you know the city adopted a Bag Ban Policy for single-use plastic bags. Last year we reached out to our local merchants to see if they had a box of reusable bags that has their logo on the bag.  We got hundreds of reusable bags that we circulated through the festival and gave them to the vendors to use when visitors bought arts & crafts.  It was a big hit and the businesses that donated the bags got a lot of free publicity.  We are asking again for your help.  Bring us your bags and we'll make sure they get into the festival visitors hands.  Please drop them at the Chamber office by Wednesday, September 14 and we'll put them to good use.

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.  
MCE Clean Energy
MCE Open Forum
Wednesday, September 7, 7pm-8:30pm, Social Hall, Walnut Creek United Methodist Church - 1543 Sunnyvale Avenue, Walnut Creek

MCE will be hosting an open forum at the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church for local residents and business owners to ask questions and share their thoughts about the program. Complimentary refreshments will be provided. Learn 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.
Lafayette Reservoir Run 2016
Sign up Now for the Lafayette Reservoir Run 
Sunday, October 30, 2016

The 24th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run will be held Sunday, October 30, 8am in Downtown Lafayette. The Lafayette Reservoir Run is a Fun Halloween Event - Wear Your Costume for the 2 Mile Fun Run at 8am, 5K Run at 8:30am, 10K Run at 8:45am or Family Bicycle Ride at 9:30am. Also enjoy the Kid Zone, Live Music and Healthy Lifestyles Fair. This event supports local education.
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.   
Community Events and Member Announcements

Diablo Fine Art Gallery Art Fair
Saturday, September 10, 10:30am-3pm, 1535 Palos Verdes Mall, Walnut Creek (Lunardi's Shopping Center)
The Diablo Fine Art Gallery, is under new management. The Gallery features fine art and hand made gifts created by Bay Area artists. Many of the artists are former members of the Lafayette Gallery which closed last March after 17 years in Lafayette. On Saturday, September 10, many artists will be exhibiting their work outside the Gallery and throughout the Palos Verdes Mall. In addition, visitors will be able to watch while some artists work on their creations. Inside the Gallery, our artists have filled walls, display cases, and pedestals with more than 100 works of wonderful art, including paintings, jewelry, ceramics, photographs, and more. The work shown is of remarkably high quality and represents a value unusual in today's art scene. Art Fair is Saturday, September 10 from 10am-3pm. Gallery Hours Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm.

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!
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 pm 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.

Character Builder Awards
Saturday, November 12, Rossmoor Event Center, 1021 Stanley Dollar Drive, Walnut Creek
On Saturday, November 12, 2016, The First Tee of Contra Costa will be hosting our third annual Character Builder Awards dinner & Concert at Rossmoor Event Center, the Tahoe Room.  We will be honoring nine adult leaders whose values anchor our community, as well as nine youth who represent our "Nine Core Values" of Respect, Courtesy, Responsibility, Honesty, Sportsmanship, Confidence, Judgment, Perseverance, and Integrity. We are looking for businesses to help us make this the best Character Builder Awards for our participants, their families and our coaches. We have several ways in which a business can help us.  The first is to be a sponsor, the second is by buying an Ad, and the third is by donation. A donation can be anything from money to free items or services that we can use in our auction we have during this event. Contact Wendy B Jones at (925) 446-7701 or for more information.

VOTING is NOW open for the Local Happenings Magazine 2017 Local's Choice Awards!
You can now nominate and vote for your favorite businesses in Napa, Solano and Contra Costa Counties in our annual Local's Choice Awards. Voting will be open until Sunday, December 11. The winners will be announced in our February/March 2017 edition. You can nominate AND vote for your favorites. Vote here.

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

Happening at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Information Session

Thursday, September 8, 3pm-4:30pm, Community Hall

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Berkeley offers innovative education for the 50+ learner. This information session is a chance to meet Lafayette faculty and hear a talk by Kayleen Asbo on "Artistic Dialogues: Mozart, Beethoven, and T.S. Elliot."  FREE; no registration required. For more information click HERE.

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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

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 to enter the sweepstakes (new!), 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!

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

Jay Lifson, Executive Director