October 31, 2016 News & Events
Healthy Lifestyles Fair 2016
The 2016 Reservoir Run ended up a great success! The rain held off until nearly the end of the 10K!     

We must do big shout out to THANK our amazing group of volunteers that helped with road closure, set-up, start and finish lines, registration, bike valet, traffic control, vendor set-up, water stations, awards, costume contest, etc... Denise Davidson-Starkey and the Oakwood staff, Terry Ring, Travis Johnson, Mike Heller, Fred Lothrop and his communications team, Jeremy Steel, Logan MacDonald, Contra Costa County Search and Rescue, CERT, Stanley Opportunity Knocks, Stanley's 8th grade history students, Stanley's Band Volunteers, BTC (Boys Team Charity), Norma Evans, Karen and Larry Blodgett, Mayor Mark Mitchell, Teresa Gerringer, Mark Kindhouse, Mike and Kathy Merchant, Jacques Bernou and daughters and of course, our starter Randy Bennett along with our incredible MC's Tom Stack and Julia Glyde.

Thanks to the school liaisons that worked alongside our staff and committee for weeks to make this event such a success for our local schools: Kate Mason, Stephanie Hamilton, Karen Dixon, Katie Blair and Leslie Whitney.
Thank you to Acalanes High School student Nick Davidson for designing this year's 2016 t-shirt. If you didn't get one, please contact us at the chamber 284-7404, we are selling them in the office for a $10 donation.
Don't miss the results if you didn't have a chance to see them posted at the awards table:  10K Results    5K Results
The healthy lifestyle fair was well attended. Thank you to our vendors: A Runner's Mind, Camp Bow Wow, Contra Costa Animal Shelter, Creekside Park, GoodEggs.com, Gymboree, Imperfect Produce, KKDV, Lafayette Physical Therapy, Lamorinda Audiology, Lamorinda Tooth Buds, LPIE, Orangetheory, Trainer Rich Edgrin, Rivulet Chiropractic, Roughing It Day Camp, Solar Technologies, Soul Cycle, STAT MED Urgent Care, Behymer & Steel Chiropractic, Oakland Running Festival and Vitality Bowl.
Roll call would not be complete without thanking our loyal sponsors: A Runner's Mind, Behymer & Steel Chiropractic, City of Lafayette, Cobain Orthodontics, Concord BMW, Oakwood Health Club, Sutter Health, Dudum Realty, EBMUD, Lafayette Police, LPIE, Love Bugs, Minuteman Press and Sequoia Signs.
See you in 2017! Remember to sign up early online next year to avoid the day of registration lines.  
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Trick or Treat StreetTrick or Treat Street

Downtown was buzzing with families, monsters and super heroes last Friday, with over 60 merchants participating in the annual "candy crawl."  We wanted to create a Halloween experience that was safe for our kids, but had no idea how much fun it was going to be - share a little candy and get our residents to walk in your door!  This is also a great way for our business owners to say "thank you" to their loyal customers and "welcome" to new ones.  The rain played nice and kids stayed dry.  Thanks to our downtown merchants for making this last October weekend so memorable. And thanks to our Stanley and NCL volunteers! 
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. 
Regional Early Voting at the Lafayette Library and Learning Center
Monday, October 31 - Friday, November 4: 11:00am-7:00pm
Saturday, November 5: 8:00am - 5:00pm, Arts & Science Discovery Center

Regional early voting starts on Monday, October 31, and allows Contra Costa voters the flexibility to receive and cast their ballots at ANY of six sites throughout the county the week before Election Day. The Arts & Science Discovery Center is located on the Mezzanine level (second level of the parking structure, one level below the main library).
Instagram for Business Social Media Workshop Series - Instagram for Business 101
Wednesday, November 9, 6-7:30pm (checkin begins 5:50), Homework Center, Lafayette Library and Learning Center

Instagram is a great - and easy - way to tell a visual story about your business, whether you sell a product or provide a service. In this workshop we'll go over everything you need to get started using Instagram for your business. Speaker: Robin S. Fox, Digital Strategist. This workshop is free but registration is requested. Register here.
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.
Community Events and Member Announcements

Halloween Candy Buy Back
Lamorinda Tooth Buds will buy back unopened Halloween candy for $1/pound and all collected candy will be donated through Operation Gratitude. Bring in your unopened Halloween Candy on November 1st through the 3rd at their office at 3501 School Street, Lafayette.
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

Lamorinda Rugby Tour Sponsorship Opportunity
The Lamorinda Rugby Club has been active in the Lafayette community almost 40 years.  Thousands of local youth have developed life long friendships and found athletic excellence through the program.  Lamo Rugby launched a Women's rugby team this year to provide the same opportunity to our region's female athletes.  Each year the team visits a foreign country to learn about their culture, establish friendships and engage in friendly competition with local clubs.  This year, the tour destination is Australia!  In order to ensure that all players are able to participate in the tour, regardless of their economic means, the club offers sponsorship opportunities to local businesses who, through their generosity, ensure that no player is left behind.  Lafayette Chamber members who would like to learn more about participating in the sponsorship program are encouraged to contact Jonathon Wall, Lamo Rugby Corporate Sponsorship Chair at lamorugby@gmail.com or 925-759-7088.  
Be sure to also check out the October Local Events Not to Be Missed! November Events will be posted this week!  

Friends of the Lafayette Library present Sweet Thursday: Get the Scoop with Ron Shoop
Thursday, November 3, 7:00pm, Library Community Hall
Join Ron Shoop, Penguin Random House rep and Sweet Thursday favorite, as he presents fifteen exciting titles sure to appeal to readers and book clubs. Then join in a lively discussion about authors, the publishing industry, and writing. Books will be available for sale. Come wish Ron a well-deserved retirement. Free, Refreshments provided. Register HERE.

4th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands
Saturday, November 5, 5:00pm, Library Community Hall
The 4th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands is back and ready to rock! This event will feature a competition among student bands for prizes. Audience members will take part in music-related trivia for raffle prizes. Event sponsors include Live 105, Henderson Nut Factory, Lamorinda Music, Campana Music, Friends of the Lafayette Library and the LLLC Foundation. Free, Doors open at 4:30 PM. For more information click HERE.

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Upcoming Lafayette Chamber Events

Chamber Office Closed: Friday, November 11 for Veterans Day

Mixer at Bistro Burger & Grill
Wednesday, November 16, 5:30pm-7pm, 965 Mountain View Drive
Join us at our November Mixer at Bistro Burger & Grill! Bring your business cards!

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.

Chamber Office Closed: Thursday & Friday, November 24-25 for Thanksgiving Holiday

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