October 17, 2016 News & Events
Social Media Workshops
CANCELLED: How to Get Your Local Business Found on Google the Easy Way
Wednesday, October 19
Sorry for the inconvenience, but the Social Media Workshop originally planned for this Wednesday has been cancelled. The topic will be presented again in 2017.

Please note that the workshops will now typically be held the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Our next workshop, Instagram for Business 101, will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 6-7:30pm (checkin begins 5:50), at the Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center.
Learn more and register here.
Lafayette Reservoir Run

REGISTER NOW for the 2016 Lafayette Reservoir Run to Support Local Education

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.

Lafayette Chamber Young  Professionals
Lafayette Chamber's Young Professionals Happy Hour @ RVE Bistro
Tuesday, October 18, 5:30pm, RVE Bistro, 960 Moraga Road SUITE D, Lafayette

Come join us for a Happy Hour on the patio @ Lafayette's own, classic, neighborhood French bistro... RVE. Looking forward to enjoying delicious apps & drinks!  Learn more here.
This Month's Sponsor
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Grapevine Coupon

Premier Members

Quick Links 
Please join us in welcoming our newest member!

The Lafayette Chamber welcomed the following business from October 10 - October 14, 2016. 
We encourage you to visit their website for more information. 

 SoulCycle Walnut Creek - Fitness / Health Clubs  

Stone Creek Tile - Marble, Tile & Granite 

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 Construction EBMUD Diablo Vista Pumping Plant Construction Update October 2016

EBMUD's contractor is almost done installing 30-inch diameter pipeline and related services lines along  Mount Diablo Blvd. Traffic shifts to accommodate the pipeline and subsequent patch paving work are tentatively scheduled to complete in the next few weeks. Expect pumping plant construction vehicles and deliveries to access the site via the site entrance on Mt. Diablo Ct. until the project is complete. Work will continue into the summer of 2017 with the majority of heavy construction at the new site to be completed by spring 2017. Once the new structure is complete, systems will be tested and it will be placed online to pump water to your community. The old pumping plant on mount Diablo Blvd. near Carol Ln. will then be taken out of service and demolished and a new City parking lot will be constructed in its place.

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.
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.
Green Committee
Green Committee Open Meeting
Tuesday, October 25, 12 noon, Lafayette Chamber Office
The Lafayette Chamber's Green Committee will meet on Tuesday, October 25 at noon at the Lafayette Chamber's Conference Room. Please park on the street.

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

Join us for our October mixer at Byron Park! Byron Park is located at 1700 Tice Valley Blvd., in Walnut Creek. Bring your business cards!  Learn more about Byron Park here. 
Coffee with City Planning Director - Niroop Srivatsa  
Friday, October 28, 8am, Lafayette Chamber Office

Join us on Friday, October 28 at 8am for Coffee with the City Planning Director, Niroop Srivatsa! Bring your questions, coffee will be provided. This meeting is open to everyone and will be held in the Lafayette Chamber conference room. Bring your questions. Please park on the street.

Trick or Treat Street Trick or Treat Street in Downtown Lafayette 
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.

Community Events and Member Announcements

CASA of Contra Costa County - Bring Positive Change to a Child in Foster Care!
Monday, October 17, 6:30pm-8pm; Wednesday, October 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. 

The Longest Day Volunteer Launch Party
Wednesday, October 19, 6-7pm, Alzheimer's Association, Lafayette Office, 3675 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Suite 250
Join us to mix, mingle and learn more about the volunteer committee for our annual signature event, The Longest Day, which is responsible for planning, marketing, and partnering with other organizations for The Longest Day.  Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Lacey at LTodd@alz.org or 408.372.9901, or visit www.alz.org/TLD.

MCE-Hosted Community Event - Learn More About New Energy Choices
Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Walnut Creek City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 1666 N. Main St, Walnut Creek
Come to an MCE-Hosted Community Event to learn more about the new energy choices coming to Lafayette and Walnut Creek! Now is the time for residents and businesses in Lafayette and Walnut Creek to make their final decisions about MCE service before the end of the 60 day enrollment period without a $5 service fee for residents and a $25 service fee for businesses. You can always choose to opt up to MCE's Deep Green 100% renewable, and back to PG&E service, but the sooner you choose, the better! RSVP here.

Great Shake Out
Thursday, October 20, 10:20am
On Thursday, October 20th the Lamorinda Cities, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, our schools and Saint Mary's College will be participating in the Lamorinda's 2016 Great ShakeOut exercise. The ShakeOut is based on a major earthquake scenario hitting the Hayward Fault. The Lamorinda agencies will be activating their Emergency Operations Centers to different degrees to deal with the impacts of the shake. www.shakeout.org/california

Contra Costa Climate Leaders, welcomes you to our upcoming workshop! 'Cities Partnering with Business to Meet the SB32 & Community Wide Climate Action Plan Goals'
Thursday, October 20, 8-Noon, Lafayette Library
After transportation, businesses are the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG's) and  working together with cities is going to be critical to reduce those GHG's to comply with SB 32 recently signed by Governor Brown. SB 32 requires that GHG emissions are reduced to 40%  below 1990 levels by 2030.  The goal of this workshop is to share case studies and best practices of how cities can make their own "business" (city-owned/leased buildings sustainable) and provide outreach/incentive programs to inspire their business community to reduce GHG emissions as part of reaching the goals outlined in the city's Climate Action Plan and General Plans.  Cities + Businesses: Together we can become a more sustainable community!  The institute for local governments will provide an Overview of SB32 and State Requirements/ Role of Cities and Businesses, and Beacon Award: Recognizing Holistic City approaches to Addressing Climate Change; DNVLG will discuss Utilizing and Sharing Business programs to Reduce City-wide GHG and Energy and Water Use; and the county and others will discuss Regional Efforts and Sharing Best Practices on business incentives, green business programs, business loan programs, and more! Hosted by the City of Lafayette, we will hear about how they launched their own city-wide green business program. RSVP or for more details: info@cccclimateleaders.org or (925) 631-0597.

TEAM UP with Adonal Foyle, former professional basketball player and community champion for an unforgettable meal!  
Sunday, October 23, 5pm-8pm, Rustic Tavern, 3576 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Meals on Wheels of Contra Costa and Rustic Tavern in Lafayette TEAM UP with Adonal Foyle, former professional basketball player and community champion for an unforgettable meal! Enjoy delicious chef created food paired with fabulous wine! All proceeds will go towards our frail homebound seniors. Special Guest Adonal Foyle is a retired NBA player, who was the eighth overall pick in the 1997 NBA draft. He played a total of 13 seasons, the first ten with the Golden State Warriors. A published author, national speaker, and consultant, Adonal currently serves as the Community Ambassador for the 2015 World Champion Golden State Warriors. Silent and Live Auction items from the world of Sports and Entertainment! Register here.

HOWL About Chiropractic with Rivulet
Here's your opportunity to HOWL about how chiropractic has changed your life. And if haven't experienced the many benefits for yourself, now's your chance! Call Rivulet today to make your free appointment during the week of October 24! (925) 385-8353 or visit www.rivuletchiro.com.  View flyer.

Sustainable Contra Costa and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance present: The 1st Annual Sustainable Enterprise Conference 
Thursday, October 27, Registration opens at 8 am; Event: 9 am to 4 pm; Networking/Reception: 4 to 5:30 pm, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill
Sustainability and new business opportunities are the themes of the first annual Contra Costa Sustainable Enterprise Conference to be held on October 27 from 9 am to 4 pm at the Pleasant Hill Community Center. Presented by Sustainable Contra Costa and the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, the goal of the conference is to encourage and inspire business owners, entrepreneurs, and students to explore the myriad of opportunities and markets for innovation in new products, new services, new buildings and new business models that incorporate principles of sustainability. www.SECContraCosta.com

Be a Hero! Burton Valley Elementary PTA Annual Blood & Bone Marrow Drive
Friday, November 4, 8:15am-1:15pm, Multi-Purpose Room, 561 Merriewood Drive
Donate Blood - To schedule your appointment or for more information visit redcrossblood.org (Sponsor Code BURTON) or call 1-800 RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). If you have questions regarding your eligibility to donate blood, please call 1-866-236-3276. Join the Bone Marrow Registry - Donors ages 18-44 and in general good health, please drop-in to learn more, do some paperwork & swab your cheek - no appointment necessary. Learn more about the registry & eligibility at bethematch.org. If you are unable to attend but would like to order a swab kit, go to join.bethematch.org/burton.  For more information please click Blood & Bone Marrow Drive  or contact Becky Bearce at rebeccabearce@gmail.com.

Upcoming Small Business Development Center Workshops
The Small Business Development Center will be holding local events through December including First Steps to Successful Start-ups, Finding Investors For Your Business, Maximizing the Sale of Your Business, Basic ABC's Employment Laws for Business Owners, 4 Easy Steps to Motivate Your Customer to BUY and Human Resources Workshop at their Pleasant Hill location. And Growing a Consulting Business and Search Engine Optimization Strategies in Walnut Creek. View attached flyer for details.

Walnut Creek Chamber China Trip
Come with us to China!  Our stay in the cities of Beijing and Shanghai will take us to the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, world famous Chinese gardens and museums.  We'll have spectacular panoramic views of many magnificent regions and plenty of opportunities to discover the city and local food with the help of a guide and on your own.  All for the low price of $2,199 per person double occupancy.  This includes roundtrip air from SFO on Cathay Pacific; hotel accommodations for 7 nights;  daily breakfast; 4 lunches; and 4 dinners. An optional 3 night extension to Hong Kong is available. See attached brochure for more information.  Any questions please call Lynn Pauline at the Walnut Creek Chamber (925) 934-2007. Download flyer here.

EBMUD WaterSmart Retrofit Program
EBMUD is promoting a pilot program to help property owners of multi-family units and commercial buildings to take advantage of our EBMUD WaterSmart Retrofit Program. Basically, this program assist property owners to retrofit all sanitary fixtures, devices and landscape upgrade at no cost upfront and will take the payment on the back end of their water bills each month. The payback period must be less than five years. If the property owners are able to retrofit sanitary fixtures and upgrade landscape at their properties, they can save significant amount of water, thus cutting utility cost. Please refer to my PDF attachment. For more information contact Joseph Lerma at (510) 986-7611 or joseph.lerma@ebmud.com. Download flyer here.   
Be sure to also check out the October Local Events Not to Be Missed!

Friends of the Lafayette Library present WOW Docent Lecture Series The Brothers LeNain 
Wednesday, October 19, 2:00pm, Library Community Hall
The mysterious LeNain bothers were celebrated painters in Paris in the early seventeenth century. Little is known of their lives, but they lived and worked together, producing some of the most arresting paintings of their time. Free
Register HERE.

Friends of the Lafayette Library present Sweet Thursday: Julie Barton Dog Medicine
Thursday, October 20, 7:00pm, Library Community Hall
Author Julie Barton will share the unforgettable story of how her dog saved her life. Her memoir, Dog Medicine, captures the anguish of depression, the slow path to recovery, and the astonishing way animals can help heal even the most broken hearts and minds. Free, Refreshments provided. Register HERE.

Distinguished Speaker Series presents Mary Ellen Hannibal Citizen Scientist
Friday, October 21, 7:00pm, Library Community Hall
Mary Ellen Hannibal traces today's tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots: the centuries long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists. Combining original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir in impassioned prose, Citizen Scientist is a literary event, a blueprint for action, and the story of how one woman rescued herself from an odyssey of loss - with a new kind of science. For more information click HERE.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation presents The Little Fall Music Fest
Saturday, October 22, 4:00pm-7:00pm, Library Community Hall
Enjoy Bay Area bluegrass, blues, boogie-woogie and beer! Featuring Dirty Cello with Pleasant Valley Boys and Wendy DeWitt. Along with a terrific afternoon of live music, Epidemic Ales will be on hand selling beer and Lafayette Rotary Club will barbecue hot links and sausage. All ages welcome. Tickets $10. For more information click HERE.

4th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands
Saturday, November 5, 5:00pm, Library Community Hall
Auditions due by October 23rd! Interested in auditioning? Click HERE for information on how to audition as well as the event rules. Free, Doors open at 4:30 PM. For more information click HERE.

Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation and the Commonwealth Club present Senator Barbara Boxer, The Art of Tough: Fearlessly Facing Politics and Life
Wednesday, October 26, 12:00pm. Library Community Hall
Senator Barbara Boxer's memoir, The Art of Tough, shares provocative and touching recollections of her service, and cements her commitment to the fight for women, families, quality environmental protection, all in a peaceful world. Advance tickets required. No tickets sold at the door. For more information click HERE.

Take our Survey!
We want to hear from you! So that the Lafayette Library and Learning Center may better serve the needs of the community, please take a few minutes to fill out this survey about our programs and events. Your responses will be kept anonymous. As a thank you for completing the survey, you will have the opportunity to enter a drawing for two tickets to the annual fundraising gala, A Night at the Library, a $350 value. Please follow the link below to take the survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LLLCF2016

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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Chamber Office Closed: Monday, October 31 for Reservoir Run Cleanup

Gymboree East Bay Ribbon Cutting at Gymboree - East Bay - Thursday, November 3, 5pm, 3450 Mt. Diablo Blvd.
Join us for a Ribbon Cutting at Gymboree's new Lafayette location in front of Merrill Gardens at 3450 Mt. Diablo Blvd. Gymboree has been in Lafayette for years and is excited to show you their new facility! Ribbon cutting will be held at 5pm.

Home Care Assistance Ribbon Cutting and Open House at Home Care Assistance - Thursday, November 10, 4pm-7pm, Ribbon Cutting at 5pm, Home Care Assistance, 3518 Mount Diablo Blvd., Suite P

You're Invited! Celebrate Aging Well in Lamorinda and Home Care Assistance New Lafayette Location at a Ribbon Cutting and Open House. Join the Home Care Assistance care team, Orinda's Eileen Nevitt, LCSW, ACSW, CMC and Lafayette-based Mobility Matters to celebrate the opening of their new office in Lafayette. This fun event which will address the importance of bringing the Lamorinda community together to support the needs of the area's aging population. Educational talks from the team and Eileen Nevitt will focus on how each senior, their families and care teams can communicate effectively so the individual can reach optimal levels of safety, health and wellness. The event will also include a silent auction featuring beautiful gift baskets, with the proceeds going back to support Mobility Matters. RSVP to Francesca Vogel at (925) 989-6877. For more information visit www.HomeCareAssistance.com/Lafayette.

38th 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