September 12, 2016 News & Events
Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival is THIS WEEKEND!   

Join us on Saturday, 10am-7pm and on Sunday, 10am-6pm for the 21st Annual Lafayette Art, Wine & Music Festival in beautiful downtown Lafayette.

Check out our INTERACTIVE MAP for local artists, non-profit and vendor booths, beer and wine booths, food vendors and food trucks, kid's zones, stages, local businesses and more!

We will have SF's Best Cover Bands with a mix of Jazz, Blues and Rock on three stages plus a Kid's Stage - check out the music lineup here.

Thank you to those that have already signed up to volunteer. All volunteers should check-in at Festival Headquarters at the Lafayette Chamber Office, 100 Lafayette Circle, Ste 103. Volunteers are still needed, click here to signup.

Learn more at

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.

Please join us in welcoming our newest members!


The Lafayette Chamber welcomed the following businesses from September 2-September 9
. We encourage you to visit their website for more information.  

Carefree Boat Club of San Francisco - Boating
White Pony Express - Non-Profit Organizations & Clubs
This Month's Sponsor
Lamorinda Villate

Premier Members

Quick Links 
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.  
Social Media Workshops
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.  
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 15
Contra Costa County - Tuesday, October 4

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

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

The Ask Asha! Podcast Release
Ask Asha! is a podcast for aspiring entrepreneurs, nonprofits and small business owners. It will provide quick legal updates and interviews with business owners and entrepreneurs in the San Francisco Bay Area. Topics range from forming a business to hiring employees and everything in between. The first episode has been released! Check it out on the The Wilkerson Law Office Blog. Archives of all the episodes will be uploaded here. Look out for podcasts discussing entrepreneurship, relationships and business in Cuba this month! Learn more here.

Thursday, September 15, 6pm-8pm, Keller Williams Realty, 760 Camino Ramon #200, Danville
Special Free Seminar and Networking Event -- Is your business controlling your life? Are you doing all the work yourself? Is there never any time for yourself, family and friends?  Do you fell stressed all the time? Come hear Christoph Nauer, time management specialist, business & productivity coach speak on Time Management & Strategies for Work/Life Integration. Learn more here.

Savvy Social Security Planning for BOOMERS
Thursday, September 22, 5:30pm-7:00, Walnut Creek Main Library, 1644 N. Broadway, Las Trampas Room
Saturday, September 24, 10:30am-noon, Lafayette Library, 3491 Mt. Diablo, Arts & Science Discovery Room
Making Sense of Social Security to Maximize Your Retirement Income - Bring your questions and join us at this FREE educational workshop, which will cover the essential information on Social Security planning for couples, singles, divorced and widowed Boomers who are concerned about their financial security in retirement.  Register Now - Seating is Limited. Contact Jeffrey Stark at 925-283-2733, or

Candidates and Issues Night sponsored by the Lafayette Homeowners Council - ALL WELCOME!
Thursday, September 22, 7pm-10pm, 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 7pm 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.

Brighter Beginnings' 9th Annual Playing Together for a Brighter Beginning Tennis Tournament & Dinner Auction
Saturday, September 24, Registration 2pm, Dinner 6:15pm, Moraga Country Club
Spots are filling up fast, don't miss this chance to support important services for vulnerable children and families in the East Bay. Brighter Beginnings has been meeting the needs of families in Alameda & Contra Costa Counties for over 30 years now. Last year, we provided services to over 5,200 individuals in the areas of healthcare, early childhood development, teen family support, and community strengthening. This year, we expect to serve over 6,000 individuals in the Brighter Beginnings Family Health Clinics alone. Be a part of our work in ensuring the best health outcomes for at-risk families by joining us on September 24th at the Moraga Country Club. Purchase tickets here.

Managing Employees in the Restaurant & Retail Industries: Regulations & Best Practices
September 26, Cal State East Bay, Montclair Room, 1000 Broadway, Suite 109, Oakland
Calling Restaurant and Retail Business Owners!
The Wilkerson Law Office will be hosting a seminar with the Alameda County Small Business Development Center to help business owners navigate the maze of federal, state and local regulations while creating a robust and positive working environment. Topics will include: The rules regulations that apply to your workforce. Developing and maintaining operations that work within these parameters. Creating a high functioning operation with goal setting, accountability and responsibility. This seminar is FREE to attend! Sign up today!

Meet & Greet at Merrill Gardens
Thursday, September 29, 4pm-6pm
Join the team at Merrill Gardens at Lafayette for a reception to welcome our new General Manager, Rosa Campbell. We will be serving light refreshments and hors d'oeuvres in our beautiful roof top garden.

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!

Knee Arthritis: Options for Eliminating Pain & Removing Limitations
Tuesday, September 13, 6:30pm, Lafayette Library, Community Hall
Join us to learn about new treatment options that can help you get back to your active lifestyle. Living with pain or arthritis in your knees can hold you back from the life you want to live. At our free seminar, you'll learn about treatments and techniques that may help you relieve your pain and get you back to the activities you enjoy. FREE
Presented by: Thomas Peatman, MD, Orthopedic Surgeon.  For more information: (888) 263-1350 or
Friends of the Lafayette Library present WOW Docent Lecture Series Stanley Kubrick The Exhibition, Contemporary Jewish Museum
Wednesday, September 14, 2pm-3:30pm, Lafayette Library, Community Hall
From LOOK magazine photographs taken in the 1940's to directorial achievements of the 1950's through the 1990's, this exhibit covers the breadth of Kubricks achievements. FREE. For more information click HERE.

Friends of the Lafayette Library present: Sweet Thursday: Jil Plummer Remember to Remember
Thursday, September 15, 7pm-8:30pm, Arts & Science Discovery Center
Remember to Remember is a fictionalized true story of Chanbopha, a courageous child who survives the Cambodian death march from Phnom Penh. Chanbopha succeeded, and many of us know her as Brenda, who with her husband, Tom, owns Papillon coffee shop in Lafayette. FREE, refreshments served. For more information click here.

Architects Cafe Series
Saturday, Sept. 17 and Sept. 24, 8:30am, 9:30am and 10:30am, Lafayette Library, Community Hall
With the monthly Architects Cafe Series, Marvin Design Gallery brings the best architects and designers together to offer free one-on-one appointments to the public. Just bring your building plans, projects or ideas and sit down for a personal consultation with a member of the team while enjoying coffee and small bites. This is one of the best opportunities to ask a professional what you always wanted to know about remodeling and design, and especially about windows and doors. Appointments available at 8:30am, 9:30am, or 10:30am.
Presented by Marvin Design Gallery by Truitt and White. Admission: FREE. For more information:

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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.

Top Shop Auto 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