October 3, 2016 News & Events
Lafayette Reservoir Run
Last Call for T-Shirt Sponsors for the Lafayette Reservoir Run
We are signing up commercial vendors, t-shirt sponsors, water station sponsors, etc ... 

The deadline is TODAY at 4pm to be a sponsor of the 2016 Lafayette Reservoir Run T-shirt.  As a sponsor your logo will be placed on 2000 t-shirts commemorating the day. 

Please call Sara at (925) 284-7404 by 4pm today to secure your sponsorship. 
Lafayette Reservoir Run
REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Lafayette Reservoir Run to Support our Local Education

Every registration makes a difference.

Each local school selected by the entrant gets 10% back from the registration fees - all 4 local elementary schools plus the middle school and ALL 4 high schools. Plus each school is rewarded directly for every volunteer that helps puts on this event. It takes a village. Additional percentages are dispersed based on the total net income too. Sign up to volunteer here: http://bit.ly/res-run-volunteer-2016.

There is an EARLY BIRD CONTEST going on right now through Sunday, October 16 for the local schools: Burton Valley, Happy Valley, Lafayette, Springhill and Stanley. Register now and help them win the contest which means even more money.  If you choose Acalanes, Campolindo, Los Lomas or Miramonte they will still get 10% of their registration fees back too. Register NOW!
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 next town hall will take place at 6:30 pm on 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.
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Notice of BART Pathway Closure

As part of its approved improvement plan, KB Home is obligated to widen and improve the ped/bike pathway from the Town Center retail parking lot to BART's southern parking lot.  Additionally, a storm drain pipe will be installed under the pathway.  To efficiently and safely construct these improvements, the existing pathway along the creek will be closed from October 12 to November 30, weather pending. KB Home will install signs to divert users to the detour route (Mt Diablo Blvd. to Happy Valley Road to BART). View attached PDF file for more information.

Lamorinda Business Forum Lamorinda Business Forum
Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm, Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle

For our final installment of this quarterly program, Lamorinda Business Forum, we are proud to present "Pitfalls to Avoid as You Grow Your Business" Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle.

A business owner works determinedly to grow his/her business and to succeed in the most competitive marketplace of all time. Not paying attention to certain concerns, or putting off concerns until the business owner has more time, could produce disastrous results and diminish or destroy what the owner has worked so hard to produce. Hear local professionals discuss the common mistakes that businesses make while growing, and what possible actions to take to avoid or remedy these mistakes. Dino Riggio (Dino Riggio & Associates) will facilitate a distinguished panel through Q&A. Panel includes: Bruce Ramsey - Founder of the Ramsey Law Group; Francoise Hansen - Founder of Balance Right Services, a bookkeeping services company; Craig Santa Maria - Co-Owner of Santa Maria & Co Risk and Insurance Services; and Rob Silverman - Founder of R. Silverman Law Group.

This is an interactive event, so come loaded with questions. Come early to mingle, presentation will start at 5:45pm sharp. There will be 20-30 minutes after the presentation to talk to any of the presenters and guests. The Big Room at Lamorinda Music is located at 81 Lafayette Circle. This event is presented by the Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette Chambers. A great place to network and meet your peers from the other chambers. This event is free! Learn more here.
LPIE's Business and Real Estate Partner Program - Mexican Fiesta
Tuesday, October 18, 5pm-6:30pm, LPIE Parking Lot, 3450 Golden Gate Way

Lafayette Partners in Education (LPIE) thanks our generous business community for their ongoing support of our Lafayette schools.  We invite current donors and those interested in learning more about our Business and Real Estate Partner program to join us for a Mexican fiesta on October 18 from 5pm-6:30pm in the LPIE parking lot (3450 Golden Gate Way). Enjoy delicious food courtesy of Rancho Cantina, ice cream from Smitten and music by Lafayette's own students. Thank you for supporting LPIE, our schools and our community! www.lpie.org
EBMUD Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Construction Update Fall 2016

Pumping Station
EBMUD thanks you for your continued patience as we work to upgrade the Diablo Vista Pumping Plant for continued reliability of your water infrastructure. Work continues on the new pumping plant located at the corner of Mount Diablo Blvd. and Mount Diablo Ct. This work will continue into the summer of 2017. Once the structure is complete, systems will be tested and it will be placed online to pump water to your community. The old pumping plant will then be taken out of service and demolished and a new City parking lot will be constructed in its place.

As part of the project, new 30-inch diameter distribution pipe is currently being installed on Mount Diablo Blvd. to serve the new pumping plant. Expect lane closures and traffic shifts, in phases, along Mount Diablo Blvd. through October 2016. Flag persons have been stationed on Mount Diablo Blvd. to ensure the safety of crews and the public during intensive project-related work activities and deliveries. Please heed reduced speed limits and no parking signs and allow some additional time for your regular commute.

If you have any questions about the Diablo Vista Pumping Plant replacement Project, please contact Sharla Sullivan, sharla.sullivan@ebmud.com or call (510) 287-7208. To learn more about the project, please visit www.ebmud.com/construction and scroll to Lafayette. If you have questions about the unrelated Lafayette Park Terrace development project that is taking place at the end of Mount Diablo Ct., Please contact Larry Babli, larryb@echelcon.com or (408) 677-2977.
Community Events and Member Announcements

Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse - Create Jobs, Not Lawsuits Small Business Summit

Friday, October 7, 11:30am-1:30pm,  Il Fornaio, 1430 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Walnut Creek
Come to a free legislative briefing and luncheon featuring Assemblywoman Catharine Baker (R-16) at the California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse (CALA) Small Business Summit on October 7 at Il Fornaio in Walnut Creek. Learn how Assemblywoman Baker is working to protect business owners by making California a pro-job, pro-employment state again. Hear how she is working to protect business owners against frivolous lawsuits that have forced companies to pay huge settlements, lay off workers or event take their businesses and jobs to other more business friendly state. She is co-author of AB 54 which would streamline the processing of plaintiff-attorney demand letters and complaints in construction-related Americans with Disability Act claims. For additional information contact Maryann Marino, Southern California Regional Director,California Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse at (949) 375-0856 or by email at mmarino@cala.com.

CASA of Contra Costa County - Bring Positive Change to a Child in Foster Care!
Monday, 10/17, 6:30pm-8pm; Wednesday, 10/19, from 12:30pm-2pm
A child in foster care longs for a safe and loving family like no one else. As a CASA volunteer, you are empowered by the courts to help make this dream a reality. Bring positive change to a child in foster care. And in doing so, change your life as well. Sign up to attend one of our Informational Sessions to learn more.  
Be sure to also check out the October Local Events Not to Be Missed!

Folk Art Workshop: Straw Figures
Wednesday, October 5, 1PM, Homework Center
Intricate designs and figures made from straw have been found around the world for ages. Learn to weave and braid your own straw figures in this 3-part workshop led by local folk art teacher Evie Michon. For children in 3rd grade all the way to older adults! For more information click HERE.

Distinguished Speaker Series presents Tracy K. Smith, Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet
Wednesday, October 5, 7:45 PM, Library Community Hall
Tracy K. Smith is the author of three books of poetry including Life on Mars, which won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Smith's recent memoir Ordinary Light is a quietly potent exploration of her coming-of-age and the meaning of home set against a complex backdrop of race, faith, and the unbreakable bond between a mother and daughter.
This program is in partnership with Saint Mary's College MFA in Creative Writing. Students admitted for Free. For more information click HERE.

The Changing Landscape of College Admissions
Thursday, October 6, 6:30PM, Homework Center
It's not too early to start planning! Find out how to make the application process stress-free and manageable. This workshop will cover the changing landscape of college admissions. Free. For more information click HERE.

Spiders, Fangs, and Venom!
Thursday, October 6, 6:30PM, Arts and Science Discovery Center
How dangerous are rattlesnakes, tarantulas, black widow spiders, or California scorpions? Meet these creatures and learn to understand, appreciate, and respect the diverse wildlife that inhabits Contra
Costa County. Free. For more information click HERE.

Oakland ZooMobile
Monday, October 10, 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM, Library Community Hall
An Oakland Zoo Education Specialist will bring small live animals to the Lafayette Library! Join us for a wild afternoon! Space is limited so please register for just one session. Free. For more information click HERE for 12:00 session or HERE for 1:00 PM session.

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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Chamber Office Closed:
Monday, October 10 (Columbus Day)

Lamorinda Business Forum - Thursday_ October 13 Lamorinda Business Forum - Thursday, October 13, 5:30pm-7pm, Lamorinda Music, 81 Lafayette Circle
For our final installment of this quarterly program we are proud to present "Pitfalls to Avoid as You Grow Your Business".  Dino Riggio (Dino Riggio & Associates) will facilitate a distinguished panel through Q&A.  This is an interactive event, so come loaded with questions. The Big Room at Lamorinda Music is located at 81 Lafayette Circle. This event is presented by the Orinda, Moraga and Lafayette Chambers.  A great place to network and meet your peers from the other chambers.  Learn more here.

Social Media Workshops Social Media Workshop - Wednesday, October 19, 6pm, Lafayette Library's Homework Center
Topic: How to Get Your Local Business Found on Google the Easy Way. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. Learn more and register here.

Green Committee Meeting - Tuesday, October 25, 12 noon, Lafayette Chamber Office

Mixer at Byron Park - Wednesday, October 26, 5:30pm-7pm, Byron Park, 1700 Tice Valley Blvd., Walnut Creek

Coffee with City Planning Director - Niroop Srivatsa - Friday, October 28, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Office

Trick or Treat Street Trick or Treat Street - Friday, October 28, 4pm-6pm, Downtown Lafayette (1st Street to Dewing Ave.)
For a fun, safe Halloween event, children and their parents are invited to Trick-or-Treat on Mt. Diablo Blvd. from Oak Hill Rd. to Dewing Ave. and in La Fiesta Square from 4:00-6:00pm on Friday, October 28, 2016. All participating businesses will displace a "Trick-or-Treat Poster" and balloons. Please come in costume to receive a special treat. Don't forget to bring a Trick-or-Treat bag. Learn more here.

Lafayette Reservoir Run 201624th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run - Sunday, October 30, 8am, Downtown Lafayette 
Help your school qualify for early bird credit! Sign up now for the 24th Annual Lafayette Reservoir Run! 2 Mile Fun Run at 8:00AM, 5K Run at 8:30AM, 10K Run at 8:45AM. Plus Costume Contest, Live Music and Healthy Lifestyles Fair. Register here. Sign up to volunteer here.
Chamber Office Closed: Monday, October 31 for Reservoir Run Cleanup

37th Annual Community Thanksgiving Breakfast - Friday, November 18, 7am-8:30am, Lafayette United Methodist Church, 955 Moraga Rd
Dick Callahan, Keynote Speaker, presents "Are You enjoying your Journey?." Catered breakfast provided by Lantern Catering. Music provided by: Harpist Wendy Tamis. Register here.

It's a Wonderful Life in Lafayette - Friday, December 2, 4pm-6:30pm, Lafayette Plaza Park
Free admission. Fun, family-friendly celebration. Tree lighting, live music, community sing-a-long, crafts. Santa is scheduled to parade along Golden Gate Way on Lafayette's treasured Old Betsy fire engine, along with a police escort. This caravan will start from the Lafayette Historical Society and arrive at Lafayette Plaza Park at 4:30 p.m. A must-not-miss for the little ones! Learn more here.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